Few people go through life with no blemishes or skincare woes. The marketplace is flooded with cosmetic companies that claim to have a product for everything and everyone - and all at a hefty price to the consumer. But good skincare does not have to be costly and time consuming. Here are just a few tips to help with occasional cosmetic problems.
1. Do you have a painful pimple just under the surface that is threatening to erupt soon? You can actually ï¿½dissolve' it by pressing on it, rubbing in a small, circular motion. This will dissipate the clogged dirt and oils, spreading them over a greater surface area, to be discharged through perspiration and eliminated with frequent washing. This press-and-dissolve method works best when done several times for a couple of minutes each time.
2. Overnight eruptions can be embarrassing as well as extremely uncomfortable. If there is no tip, apply heat. Once the blemish has discharged, cleanse the area well and, using a cotton ball or swab, dab on some rubbing alcohol. This will dry it up faster and help to close the pore. A slice of cucumber will help to reduce the redness. Corn starch also works well to lessen the redness, further drying the area. Keep a small stick of blemish cover up handy to blend in the area with the rest of your skin, but be sure to use it sparingly so that the entire area looks natural and not made up.
3. Puffy eyes are common during colds or after weeping. A couple of cucumber slices placed on your eyes for about twenty minutes while you lie down will take care of the problem. No cucumbers in your refrigerator? No problem. Just use a cool washcloth wrung out well and place it over your eyes instead. The difference will be remarkable and leave you feeling refreshed.
4. Chapped lips are very common, especially in the winter when everyone's skin dries out due to harsh weather conditions. It is tempting to lick your lips when they feel dry and sore; but doing so will make chapped lips worse. Instead, use a lip balm that does not contain alcohol, such as Burt's Bees Lip Balm. A good lip balm will soothe and help to heal chapped lips, and will be a preventive measure against further damage. Try to avoid using products that are heavy and thick; lighter, creamier products, made with natural ingredients, absorb better.
5. Most of us need to moisturize our skin to maintain a healthy appearance. With so many moisturizers on the market today, choosing the right one can be difficult. Dermatologists agree on one that is right for everyone, even those with very sensitive skin: Vaseline. In order to best reap the benefits, apply a small amount of Vaseline to your skin immediately after washing in very warm water, as hot as you can comfortably endure. Your skin will absorb the Vaseline, leaving you feeling greaseless, soft and smooth. It is a terrific moisturizer and an inexpensive way to fight wrinkles.