A softer face requires forming new skin-care habits.

Getting a Softer Face

by David Lipscomb

Sun exposure, diet and even heredity all have an impact on our skin. You might be most concerned with your face, in terms of overall skin health and softness. Fortunately, there are numerous products and techniques available -- making adoption of this new regimen that much easier -- in order to enjoy better skin.

1 Apply a daily moisturizer that is equipped with SPF protection. These products perform two essential functions -- keeping your skin moist and healthy while offering some protection against harmful UV rays. The two-in-one factor is a convenient time-saver.

2 Exfoliate twice a week. Removing old, dead skin cells forces new dermal growth, fostering a softer face in a relatively short amount of time. This also reduces the visibility of fine wrinkles and defects.

3 Remember to remove your makeup every night. The compounds block pores, resulting in the appearance of blackheads and oily skin.

4 Use a daily facial cleanser. Even if you go without makeup, contaminants in the air and what you consume will show up on your skin. Removing dirt, oil and toxins on a regular basis has a direct correlation to softer, smoother facial skin.

5 Drink plenty of water each day. Skin that lacks sufficient hydration is wrinkly, rough and less pliable.

6 Consider using a product with retinol, a form of vitamin A that is proven to reduce facial skin defects, keeping your appearance soft and smooth.

Items you will need

  • SPF-enhanced moisturizer
  • Exfoliant
  • Makeup remover
  • Facial cleanser

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