The face is a fantastic part of the body, and even our brains are incredibly good at processing faces. Research has shown that the brain first decodes properties such as gender and age before drilling down to the specific identity of the face itself.
Someone may, therefore, choose to respond to you instinctively based on gender and age, as seen on your face. Today, the cosmetic industry is flooded with facial products. You can choose a simple homemade facial mask or more complex surgery by a cosmetic dermatologist.
Cleaning your face is an essential part of facial care. It removes makeup, natural oils, pollutants and bacteria. It also opens up the pores on your skin so that the skincare products are better absorbed for maximum benefits.
As you age, your skin has been scientifically proven to slow down, and dead skin cells don’t get replaced as quickly as when you were younger.
This makes your skin look dull and uneven. It is best to exfoliate your face often to get rid of dead cells on the surface of your skin.
Some of the best anti-aging ingredients to use on your face are those that contain vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A contains retinol, tretinoin, and tazarotene. In contrast, Vitamin C contains L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl phosphate, and magnesium. These increase collagen in your skin and act as antioxidants.
Always consult your dermatologist for advice on skincare products.
Wrinkles mainly form on parts of the body that continuously get exposed to the sun, and these include the face, neck, backs of the hand, and tops of the forearms.
They can be subtle or deeper furrows. Other factors that trigger wrinkle formation include smoking, hereditary, and skin type. You can help slow down wrinkling by not smoking and avoiding sun exposure.
There are various ways in which wrinkles may be minimized and even eradicated; these include:
- Antioxidants. Using products that have antioxidants may protect you from the harshness of the sun. These include vitamins A, C, E, and beta –carotene.
- Retinoids. (Retin-A) is proven and effective among medical treatments that remove signs of aging, such as roughness and wrinkling. It causes peeling as a side effect, but the results are excellent after that.
- Moisturizers. They are temporary and do not make the lines go away. They just make them look less noticeable.
Constant exposure to the sun results in sunburn, which increases your chance of being at risk to other skin ailments. Sunburn symptoms include; redness, pain, tenderness, itching skin that is sensitive to touch, and swelling.
In severe cases, one may experience headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Exposed parts of the body, including eyes, earlobes, and scalp can burn. Signs of sunburn appear after a few hours of sun exposure. It takes several days to fade with the help of home remedies.
- You can avoid sunburn by staying away from the sun between 10 a.m and 4 p.m.
- The sun’s rays are strongest at these hours. Minimize your exposure in the sun.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and clothing that covers your arms and legs.
- Wear sunglasses and beware of medications that increase your sensitivity to the sun.
- Apply sunscreen whenever you are exposed to ultraviolet light.
Remember to see a dermatologist if your skin is blistering and covers a large portion of your body. If you have a high fever and extreme pain, nausea, or chills, seek medical attention immediately. Sunburn can cause other ailments such as wrinkled skin, dark spots, rough spots, and skin cancers.
Dry lips are unsightly and could dent an otherwise good look. Chapped or cracked lips are caused by factors such as; excessive licking of the lips, weather, and certain medications.
The severe condition of dry lips is known as cheilitis. Cheilitis can be caused by infection due to broken skin at the lip corners—symptoms of dry include bleeding, flaking, dryness, scales, sores, and cracks.
Dry lips often can be treated at home by simple home remedies such as;
- Applying lip balm or coconut oil
- Drinking enough water
- Avoiding cold weather conditions or covering your mouth with a scarf
- Avoid exposure to the sun as it also contributes to the dryness of the lips, especially as you age.
For severe dry lips, cheilitis, you may be required to seek medical attention as this could be a sign of other underlying conditions such as Crohn’s disease, Dental trauma, dehydration, or malnutrition. A dermatologist will be able to ascertain whether your lips are chapped or if you have cheilitis.