You might not realize how important it is to keep your skin clean and healthy. Luckily, it’s not difficult. Small things can go a long way when it comes to improving the healthy glow of your skin. The piece that follows shows you how.

To keep your skin looking young and healthy, it is important to carefully protect your skin against the sun’s harmful UVB rays. Wearing sunscreen with the proper SPF (Sun Protection Factor) can greatly prolong the time it will take your skin to burn. Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach and summertime; using sunscreen throughout the year on your face can help reduce the risk of sun damage.

You should take special care to avoid wrinkles around your eyes, because the skin in that area is different than elsewhere on your face or body. There are special products that are made specifically for the more delicate skin around the eye area. You should apply it delicately too, to avoid stretching or pulling the skin.

Do not smoke if you want healthy skin. Smoking ages your skin, making you appear older than you really are. It causes the blood vessels in the top layers of skin to become thinner, decreasing blood flow, and causing the skin to be depleted of oxygen as well as other key nutrients. In addition, smoking causes the collagen fibers of your skin to weaken. These fibers are what give your skin strength as well as elasticity.

Even winter skin care regimens should include liberal use of sunscreen. Broad-spectrum products are ideal for use on the hands and face and should be applied a half an hour prior to anticipated exposure. Using sunscreen in the winter protects vulnerable skin from damage caused by bright winter sunlight and snow’s reflected glare.

Be gentle. You don’t need to scrub your skin with harsh cleansers for it to stay clean and healthy. Instead, use warm – not hot – water and a mild gentle cleanser to wash skin. Use a moisturizing shaving cream and sharp razor when shaving. Dry your skin gently by patting, rather than rubbing, with a towel.

Stay away from tanning beds if you want to keep your skin looking young. Many people like the look of a tan, but what might be a healthy-looking glow today is a ticket to excessive wrinkles in the future. Overly-tanned skin looks especially damaged and leathery as we start to age.

Drink fewer alcoholic beverages. To keep your skin clear, try not to drink more than one alcoholic beverage a day. Anything more than a single drink of alcohol can increase oil production in your skin. This can enlarge pores and may, ultimately, lead to a breakout.

If your skin has been lacking in vibrancy and luster lately, the tips you’ve just read should help you. Taking care of your skin is an important part of taking care of yourself, and by now you should realize how to do so. It is very simple and it does not take much time.