By   June 18, 2013

I touched my daughter’s forehead last night and realized it was so soft and smooth. I remember having skin like that, but over time I’ve lost moisture and elasticity. If this is happening to you as well, use the below tips and tricks to help your skin regain it’s youthful resiliency.

When attempting to have the most attractive skin possible, try to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Stress can lead to acne breakouts, wrinkles, and other skin issues. If you can’t avoid the stress, at least take time to relax and help mitigate it. Activities such as meditation can benefit you in this way.

If you want to keep your skin looking youthful, try sleeping on your back, not with your face against the pillow. Research done in Japan shows that wrinkles increase as the day goes by, thanks to the effects of gravity. Sleeping on your back makes gravity work in your skin’s favor, and it also prevents your skin from acquiring wrinkles from being pressed against your pillow.

Chamomile tea bags make excellent astringents for skin. The next time you enjoy a hot mug of chamomile tea, set the tea bags aside. Placing them on the skin for a few seconds to a minute, can do wonders for skin health and can even clear up an acne breakout.

A good way to prevent acne is by creating an aspirin mask. Take some uncoated aspirins and crush them while mixing just enough water to create a paste layer. Apply for ten minutes and rinse off. This paste contains salicylic acid from the aspirin which helps clear pores and get rid of acne scars.

To help keep lines and wrinkles at bay, you need to keep your skin hydrated, both inside and out. Drink plenty of water, and be sure to use a daily moisturizer. There are many to choose from, and it might take some time to find the one that is right for you. Apply it when your skin is moist for maximum effectiveness.

If you are a female, be careful with the type of makeup that you use. Try not to use a makeup with a lot of chemicals, which can harm the surface of your skin and starve your pores of oxygen. Find a mineral makeup that is made up of natural, breathable ingredients.

To protect the sensitive, delicate skin around the eye area, invest in a good pair of sunglasses. The ideal pair should wrap entirely around your temples, which protects the whole area from the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. Lenses should be uniformly tinted and should also block ultraviolet light.

It is possible to make your own therapeutic lip balm if you are plagued by irritated, dry lips. If you want a natural remedy, try mixing honey, sour cream and cucumber and put it on your lips for about 15 minutes. After this, use warm water to rinse it off your lips with and put on almond oil so the moisture sticks.

Although you should normally pick skin care products for your skin type, you may have been buying the wrong products for so long that your skin has become denatured. So, in order to truly know what your skin type is, sometimes you have to go back to square one. Start with a simple routine, a gentle, non-drying cleanser morning and night, toner if your skin is truly oily, and a moisturizer (again, unless you have very oily skin). After a couple of weeks of this normalizing routine, you should be in a much better position to evaluate your true skin type and can buy products that meet your skin’s true needs.

A lot of people suffer from very dry skin on their elbows. A great way to prevent your elbows from cracking and getting really damaged is to apply lotion to your elbows on a daily basis. If you do not take care of dry skin areas like your elbow, it can hurt very much and will look grey and dull.

There are a lot of skin care products on the market today. Before purchasing anything, make sure you know your skin type. Then choose products according to skin type and what they’re used for. While there are facial toners, scrubs, masks, night creams and moisturizers, you may not have need for all of them. Using what you don’t need may have negative side effects.

Using facial cleansers twice a day can be helpful in removing dirt and oils from your skin. There are two types of facial cleansers: lathering and non- lathering. Non- lathering cleansers are lotion based and aid in removing dirt from your face and giving you a healthy complexion. Lathering cleansers should be used carefully as they contain different Ph levels and purchasing a cleanser with a higher Ph level than your skin can actually damage your skin.

Banish the bad habit of smoking to get glowing skin. Smoking destroys the elements of your skin that keep it looking youthful: collagen and elastin. Also, the constant act of smoking increases the instance of wrinkles around your mouth and on your lips. Stop puffing on those cigarettes, and your skin, lungs and heart will thank you.

To give your skin a healthy glow, get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. Exercise improves your circulation, and helps oxygen to flow to your face. If your circulation is poor, you may look washed out and tired. Regular exercise will keep your face looking as healthy as the rest of you.

Use a home-made clay mask to soothe and heal your skin. Clay masks can be used for all skin types. You can get a basic green clay from your local health-food store, this is called bentonite clay. Add water or milk to the clay, which comes in a powder form, to create a mask that is the consistency of lotion.

After using all of these methods my skin should return to being soft, beautiful, and taut. Hopefully, yours will too, so let’s set up our own skin care regimens and give it a go! The only way to keep aging at bay is to go the extra mile to take good care of your skin!