Learn the basics of Facial Skin Care

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What is  the easiest and quickest way to be noticed? Like it or not, it’s our face that makes the initial pep talk and a well-taken cared facial skin speaks  more than half an hour of sales talk. Here’s  the basic steps of taking  care of  your facial skin.

Step 1: Cleansing 

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In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need. Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries). Lukewarm water will loosen dirt and clogged pores. Don’t wash your face too often (unless your job takes you to field work where your face is exposed to dust and all the elements). You really only need to wash your face at night to remove makeup and sunscreen, which can clog pores.

Find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to and stick with it. Avoid bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin. Use high-quality products with natural ingredients for the best long-term benefits for your face. Skin care products that contain essential oils, botanical extracts, and bases such a coconut, olive, and sesame oils nourish and protect the skin with antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Consider using a cold cream to remove your make, which the French often use. Simply apply then cream, then wipe off, no water needed.

Make sure to remove eye makeup with a proper makeup remover. The area around the eye is delicate so don’t pull or rub too hard.

Step 2:Exfoliate

Exfoliating works by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull one’s complexion. Do it one or twice a week with a a facial  scrub, and  using a  wahscloth also help. Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains as the bigger grains can tear skin and cause more harm than good. Simply put a dab of cleanser on a damp washcloth and massage the cleanser into the skin in a circular motion. After a quick rinse, any sign of dead skin is erased. You can also do a once a month exfoliation done at derm clinics using microdermabrasion, chemical peels and retinoids.

Should you use a toner? Toners are meant to remove all remaining traces of oil, makeup and dirt, but a good cleanser should do this. But it’s all up to you.  If you like the way your skin feels with a toner, then use and enjoy it.

Step 3: Moisturize

A basic rule of beauty is that if you have dry skin, you should invest in a basic moisturizer. When your skin is always feeling too tight, it’s crying out for moisture. All the washing and exfoliating can be tough on your face, we need to soothe and protect it afterwards. Use a light moisturizer designed for the face to replenish the natural lipid balance. Be careful not to over-moisturize as this can clog pores.

Step 4: Apply Sunscreen

Exposure to UV radiation from the sun is the leading cause of premature aging of the skin. Sunlight breaks down elastin and collagen fibers in your skin’s dermis layer, which results in a considerable weakening and loss of flexibility. It’s important to use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF from your early years on even in winter and on cloudy days. Most women today purchase two moisturizers: one for the evening and one day use that includes UV protection. Don’t use moisturizers with sunscreen at night, the ingredients are not meant to be user for 24 hours and can aggravate skin.

Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing every day are important for removing dirt and bacteria, refining tissue, and keeping skin hydrated to prevent premature lines and wrinkles but aside from taking care of your skin externally, there are also other measures that you can take to attain beautiful skin. Try all these and you’ll find your skin radiant and glowing in no time:

  • Make it a priority to eat a healthy diet. Skin care also includes nourishing and rehydrating from within. Try to drink eight glasses of water, fresh juices, and herbal or green tea every day to help flush out toxins from the body, hydrate, and prevent swelling under the eyes. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, including beta carotene-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, red peppers, and carrots. Beta carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, supports healthy tissue repair. Berries, mangos, and dark greens supply the skin with vitamin C, which is needed for new collagen production. Whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes are also beneficial.
  • Exercise to keep the endorphines coming. It makes  you less stressed and promotes better blood circulation and when your body is well from within, it  shows in your skin.
  •  Stop smoking. Smoking negatively affects the blood supply to your skin, leading to premature aging and the formation of wrinkles. Smoking also dries out your skin and makes existing wrinkles more noticeable.

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