I have recently been reading out of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I have read some really interesting articles that I would like to share and also remember, so what's better than blogging about it =)
There was an interesting article about skin and different problems people were having. There was one section that I loved.
It said that sun exposure thickens your skin, so it can handle daily exfoliation. It also said that it's not just a lobster-red burn that indicates sun damage. Even the slightest tan is a sign of overexposure. "Within seconds of the sun's UV rays' hitting your skin, pigment producing cells go into overdrive" That's why your porcelain complexion may look freckled and uneven at the end of the season.
You can fix the problem by exfoliating daily. It removes the top layer of discolored skin, lightening spots and allowing active ingredients to penetrate the skin more easily. They recommend that you exfoliate everyday for a week and then reduce down to one to two times a week. It is recommended that you get an exfoliator that is labeled for daily use. I really love the Beyond Belief A B H pore refining exfoliating scrub ( found at Sally's) They also stated that you want to pick one with a alpha-hydroxy acids. I use to be all about getting the darkest tan during the summer times. There would be times that I would be outside playing softball 3 hours plus a day during High School and then I would go straight to the tanning beds. I am for sure paying for that that poor choice now. The doctor has told me that skin cancer doesn't show its presents until later in life. I am making it a goal of mine, since I am getting older and noticing a lot more wrinkles to better care for my skin and to have better habits.