Fresh and beautiful skin can easily be yours by learning how to really take care of your body both inside and out. Effective skin care requires a combination of dos and don’ts for both what you do to your skin and the nutrition that you are getting.

One of the most damaging things to human skin is the sun. The sun emits ultraviolet rays that can cause further damage to skin that is already experiencing acne trouble, increasing redness and inflammation. Be sure to wear a sunscreen lotion with an SPF of at least 15 and has the ability to block UVA and UVB rays. Apply to the skin before entering the sun (at least 20 minutes in advance). Before applying, make sure the screen isn’t acne sensitive.

Try to avoid too much sun exposure on your skin. The sun tends to be hotter between 10am and 4pm, so it’s best to stay out of it then. You can protect your skin with clothing like hats and long pants. Also make sure to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside.

If your skin is oily, sensitive, or prone to breakouts, do away with bar soaps and bar cleansers. Instead, look for cleansers that are dispensed in pump or spray bottles. The moist, exposed surface of bar soaps, combined with the humidity of an enclosed bathroom, encourages the growth of acne-causing bacteria.

Mix sunscreen into your favorite lotion to ensure you stay protected from the sun. If your lotion of choice does not have a sunscreen in it, you can mix a little bit of sunscreen in. This makes it easier, and therefore more likely, that you remember to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Remember to look for an unscented sunscreen so that it does not clash with your lotion’s scent.

Whenever you go outside, remember to use plenty of sunblock. If you fail to do this, your skin could undergo something called photo aging. The sun damages the cells in your skin and will cause your skin to prematurely age, leading to more wrinkles in your skin as you age.

If you want to ensure that you look youthful for as long as possible, you should consider quitting smoking or never smoking at all. Smoking causes your skin to look older and contributes to the formation of wrinkles. Smoking narrows blood vessels, depleting vital nutrients from entering your skin.

Use a heavy moisturizing and nutritive product at night to hydrate and reinvigorate your skin. Your whole body uses sleep as its time for regrowth and healing. Give your skin the tools it needs to do this most effectively. Apply liberally before bed and wash off in the shower the next morning.

Following the advice listed here will get your skin in the best shape of it’s life. Make sure to not focus on just one area as everything in skin care is connected, from what makeup you wear, the cleanser you use, and the food you eat. Take good care of your skin, and you will see the results you want.