Beauty... Is it really skin deep?

Keeping up with the latest hair and makeup trends is fun. But if you have bad skin nothing can hide that. Everyone should have a daily skin care routine. But that doesn't mean you have to spend hours in the bathroom to achieve beautiful, healthy skin.

Just start with the basics: cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. Wash your face when you wake up and before you go to bed. Choosing what kind of cleanser to use can be a little tricky. Be sure to read labels before purchasing anything to avoid products that contain alcohol or perfume. Use products that are made specifically for your skin type. You may have oily, dry, sensitive skin etc.

Exfoliate your skin 2 to 3 times a week to get rid of dead skin. - then moisturize. Just like your cleanser, you need to find a product that works well for you, as everyone's skin is different. Always apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher when planning on being outdoors for a long period of time. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause wrinkles, early aging, & dryness, which none of us want.

Your diet also has an affect on your skin. Fried, greasy foods, & carbonated drinks can cause breakouts. And there's nothing worse than waking up to a huge pimple on your face! When this does happen, before bed just apply toothpaste to the pimple, leave it on for about 30-45 minutes, then rinse with warm water. When you wake up in the morning the pimple will be reduced in size and hardly noticeable. You should always eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and drink lots of water. Green tea and salmon also have a lot of the nutrients needed for healthy skin. Maintaining a good beauty regimen definitely pays off!