Proper care is necessary to keeping your skin healthy, soft, smooth and fresh-looking. Just a little knowledge can make a big improvement. Whether you want to take ten years off your looks or heal an annoying rash, here are some tips to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

A good way to prevent acne is by creating an aspirin mask. Take some uncoated aspirins and crush them while mixing just enough water to create a paste layer. Apply for ten minutes and rinse off. This paste contains salicylic acid from the aspirin which helps clear pores and get rid of acne scars.

Eat more antioxidant-rich foods to help your skin. Antioxidant-rich foods help to protect the skin. Some great foods that will help your skin are orange and yellow fruits such as carrots and apricots. Other excellent choices are blueberries, and green leafy vegetables such as spinach, tomatoes, peas, beans. Try to get some EFA-rich fish and nuts regularly too.

Plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt is calcium-rich, which makes it an ideal and affordable skincare treatment. When applied to tight, dry skin, yogurt will impart a soft and silky feeling. It can also be applied to oily skin as a masque; after five minutes, rinsing off the yogurt will also remove excessive oils without stripping the skin.

If you have sensitive skin, avoid facial scrubs that feel gritty or grainy; they will only make your skin retreat in pain. Instead, wash with a gentle castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s is a quirky but reliable brand) and pat gently dry after rinsing. Your sensitive skin is very reactive to its environment and needs the gentlest of treatment. Using grainy scrubs, or especially any products containing AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) will further aggravate your skin’s sensitivity, creating redness and irritation.

These tips should help you take care of your skin to stay younger looking longer. With a little time and effort, you can see improvements in a short while. Skin care doesn’t need to be a mystery, just give these tips a chance to reveal a healthy and younger-looking you!