Get Smooth, Young-Looking Skin
likes of Brad Pitt came along, Robert Redford was
cohort of actors who held the title of "sexiest man
Sadly, Redford disappeared from the limelight and
emerged later on
as the founder of the Sundance Film Festival-minus his heart-melting
His skin, leathery and deeply lined, had aged
prematurely, no doubt due
to the intensely arid climate of Utah, where he has
made his home.
Though those of us living in tropical regions don't
have to slap on copious
amounts of moisturiser like those living in
temperate lands, we still have
to take steps to prevent the onset of dry skin due
to the ravaging effects of
the ageing process.
Here are some useful tips to keep skin looking good:
Cleanse skin with lukewarm water
Some of us may not be aware that hot water robs skin
of moisture. It's
best to shower and cleanse your face and hands with
If your skin turns red, the water is far too hot.
Also, try not to shower too
many times a day or soak in the bath or hot spa for
more than 10 minutes.
The hot temperature of the water, combined with the
shower and bath products, can be damaging to skin.
Moisturising is the key to keeping skin soft and
Apply moisturiser when skin is slightly damp; for
the best effect, pat
skin instead of rubbing vigorously with your towel
to dry yourself after
Oils might work better than lotions for those with
dry, itchy skin.
Moisturiser is much more effective on properly
Use a scrub in the shower and exfoliate facial skin
with a gentle scrub
designed for the face.
Some beauty experts recommend scrubbing/brushing the
skin when it's
dry to remove flaky skin, and massaging the scrub
into skin for a few
minutes for the best results.
Invest in a humidifier
Like the hot, dry air from furnaces and other
heating sources, the cold,
dry air from air-conditioners will also suck the
moisture out of skin.
If you work in an air-conditioned environment, keep
a bottle of hand
and body moisturising lotion and facial mist on your
If the air-conditioning in your residence is
perpetually running, it might
be wise to invest in a humidifier.
Protect your skin
Weather conditions like low temperatures, low
humidity and strong,
harsh winds deplete skin of its natural lipid layer,
which keeps the skin from
So if you are travelling in places with such
climactic conditions, be
sure to wear a hat, shawl or jacket to protect your
skin against the elements
and slap on slabs of moisturiser!