Your skin is almost like the storybook of your life. From the perplexing stress of puberty, to the wonderful glow of pregnancy, and eventually the unfortunate spots of aging, your skin can tell the story of who you are and what you’ve been through. That’s why it’s crucial to take care of your skin and keep it as healthy as possible. Not only will this help in making you look younger than you really are, it may also help you feel younger as well. Luckily, the knowledgeable estheticians at Studio Branca of St. Louis are experts when it comes to skincare. So here are some of their secrets for keeping skin looking and feeling both healthy and rejuvenated.

Stay Out of the Sun

Although a nice sun tan can make you look healthy and refreshed, there’s actually nothing worse for your skin than prolonged sun exposure. Not only can the sun’s ultraviolet rays damage the fibers in your skin, causing it to sag, stretch, and easily bruise, too much sun over time can also cause skin cancer. So try to stay out of direct sunlight for long periods of time, and remember to protect yourself with a good sunscreen, like Skin Ceuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30, whenever you go out on a sunny day. If you want to retain the healthy radiance of a tan without exposing your skin to damaging rays, Studio Branca offers a Sun-Kissed sunless tanning treatment that delivers a fresh-from-the-beach glow without having to go outside.

Wash Properly

It’s important that when you wash your face and body you use the proper methods and products that won’t leave your skin dry or irritated. Firstly, don’t overdo it on the washing. Even though you want to make sure to get rid of all the dirt and dead skin cells every time you wash, remember that over exfoliation can lead to puffiness and even breakouts, so be gentle. You should use a cleanser that will get rid of the oily residue on your skin that can clog up your pores and lead to pimples. Try a cleanser that contains natural and non-irritating ingredients like Skin Ceuticals Simply Clean, which uses botanical extracts to gently smooth out rough texture and remove impurities, excess oils, and makeup.

Avoid Dryness

Dry, flakey, and itchy skin is no fun for anyone, so try to keep your skin moisturized as much as possible. Use a nourishing moisturizer, ideally a cream or ointment which are less irritating on your skin than lotions, immediately after bathing. Emollience by Skin Ceuticals, is a great choice since it restores and maintains your skin’s moisture, especially for those with dry or sensitive skin. Also avoid daily shaving, which scrapes off your skins natural oils. As an alternative, consider waxing, which can leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

Don’t Stress

As your teenage self will attest, too much stress can do a number to your face and skin. In order to keep your skin, as well as your health and well-being happy, take steps to manage your stress when necessary. Whether you decide to take a relaxing nap, exercise, or treat yourself to a full body massage here at Salon Branca, taking the time to encourage a healthy state of mind and body can not only reduce the stress hormones that cause acne and eczema, it can also improve circulation and the flow of nutrients to the skin.

So keep your skin healthy by incorporating these few easy steps into your normal skin routine. If you’re around Creve Coeur, St. Charles, Chesterfield, or anywhere in the St. Louis, MO area, visit Studio Branca or Salon Branca for any of the products or services mentioned earlier. Book your appointment today and we can help you begin your process for looking and feeling younger and more refreshed.