There are particular signs of youthful and healthy skin. Most of us know that skin should have a healthy glow. A subtle redness blush to the skin has long been the mark of good health. Today we know it is a sign of healthy circulation, but there is an intuitive sense of beauty that goes along with the look. A certain measured softness to the skin’s appearance is also ideal. It means the skin’s production of oil is well under control. This keeps the skin healthy without the excess of oils causing the skin to breakout or otherwise leading to rougher, ruddy skin. A final sign that you are more aware of your skin than others is how soft the skin is. Healthy skin is soft, resilient, and firm. Constant sources of damage and sometimes products can ensure our skin isn’t as soft as we’d like, but there are steps anyone can take to ensure softer skin.

Remember to Exfoliate Regularly
Exfoliating properly is one of the keys to keeping your skin soft. Remember that your skin is composed of layers that fill a different role in maintaining its overall health. The layer closest to the surface is actually composed entirely of layers of dead skin cells whose purpose is to protect the younger, healthier skin beneath them. These layers are meant to be shed and refreshed routinely. It keeps all of your skin healthier and ensures there is less buildup on your skin that can stick. Exfoliation helps this along by rubbing free this loose, dead skin or dissolving it away. It exposes more of the skin beneath these layers. This skin is healthier and softer than the layers of dead skin. Most people need to exfoliate at most twice a week, but properly spacing it out will ensure your skin is consistently softer than it would otherwise be. Don’t over-exfoliate though or you’ll irritate your skin.

Proper moisturization is also necessary for keeping skin soft. Your skin actually gets rough as it dries out because it begins to flake and fracture. Moisture helps to keep your skin pliable and resistant to outside forces that would otherwise damage it. Those who use chemical exfoliants need to be particularly aware of appropriately moisturizing their skin. That class of exfoliants, in particular, is known for drying out the skin. Dry skin is much more susceptible to damage from all fronts. Physical damage and sun damage will be both more prominent and lasting. With this in mind, make sure that you use a moisturizer appropriate to your skin type. People with oilier skin should aim for lighter products such as lotions or higher while people with dry skin should favor thick moisturizing creams to ensure that as much moisture as possible is sealed into their skin.

Stay Hydrated and Protected
The previous two steps are good ways to approach the problem of softer skin through topical treatments. You can do things to help keep your skin soft by cultivating good habits as well. As ever, remembering to use appropriate sun protection is a big factor in keeping your skin healthy. Every sunscreen product you use should be at least SPF 30 and offer broad spectrum protection. This will help filter out as much sun damage as possible and thereby help keep your skin remain moisturized. Additionally, you should try to favor drinking water over other drinks you have available to keep your body as a whole hydrated. Hydrating properly in this fashion will help keep your skin moisturized from the inside out as to from the outside in.

Soft skin is within the reach of almost everyone providing they’re willing to take proper care of their skin. All of us can make mistakes that impact our skin negatively and there is no shame in this. You just need to remember to adjust your habits to make up for any mistakes made. In the end, the quest for softer skin will actually help ensure your skin is healthier as well.

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