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One of my favorite topics in the Beauty World: Skin Care
I love everything about taking care of the skin…my skin, your skin…specially the face!
But 1st things First:
Are you wondering how to clean your skin? Which cream comes first? Which comes last? What’s my skin type?
After performing endless facials in local Spas and attending numerous training and workshops, i am more then happy to share with you my beauty tips and secretes that you will never Forget!
In order to keep a beautiful and healthy skin, everyday, it’s important not to forget:
Good Sleep + Drinking plenty of water + invest in a good and the right products for your skin + have a good cleanse routine
Most of us assume that cleansing is a task so basic it can be accomplished even when you’re completely exhausted or slightly tipsy — which, of course, it can. But with all the latest options (lotions, milks, foaming mousses, oils, wipes, motorized brushes) and antiaging ingredients to consider, there’s a lot more to it than soap and water.
It’s important you keep a consistent routine – morning and evening OR either one.
The rule is to use common sense:
Always wash your face after a workout to prevent breakouts, and wash excessively oily skin morning and night.
For very dry or sensitive skin, stick to cleansing once daily in the evening.
No matter what kind of skin you have, make sure the ingredients list doesn’t contain fragrance, which can be irritating; parabens (potentially toxic preservatives); or harsh soap (it’s drying). If a cleanser fits that bill, the formula itself [cream, lotion, foaming, etc.] is more a matter of personal preference.
People with dry skin may prefer formulas with added moisturizers, like glycerin or shea butter.
If you have oily skin, you might want a foaming wash that leaves skin feeling super clean
Save your pricier ingredients, like retinol or antioxidants, for leave-on products instead of washing them down the drain. They’re most effective when they stay concentrated on the skin.
Remember: Remove your makeup before you wash your face. Many cleansers can’t take off concealer or foundation completely, especially around the eyes and nose.
Use an oil-based cream, an emollient wipe, or a cleansing oil to dissolve stubborn sunscreen and makeup. Follow with lukewarm water and a dime-size amount of cleanser (look for the ingredients cocamidopropyl betaine or caprylic triglyceride, which are sulfate-free surfactants) on your fingers or a clean, damp washcloth. Rinse and dry with a soft paper towel if you’re acne-prone.
Where skincare is involved, knowing exactly what to do will give you that glowing, healthy looking skin. It may sound simple but not having it down pat can either cause you not to do enough for your skin or worst, aggravate it by doing the wrong thing. So here you go – a breakdown of what your skincare routine should look like
Ready, Set, Cleanse!
You will need:
Cleanser, Face scrub, Toner and Moisturizer.
If you need a little bit help, invest in a good eye creme and a serum!
(All my products are from Origins – they do WONDERS!!)
1. Pull your hair back. If you’re washing your face at the sink, hold your hair back with an elastic or a headband. If you’re in the tub or shower, either rinse your hair back or put it in a cap. Remember to get bangs/fringes out of the way if you have any.
2. Splash warm water all over your face. Warm water opens your pores and helps you clean deeper, so avoid using cold water if possible. (You might even want to let your face steam in the bath or shower for a few minutes.) Don’t dry your face yet!
3. Apply a cleanser or soap using gentle, circular motions. Spread all over the face gently, especially if you have acne; scrubbing hard will make it worse or even leave scars. Remember that you don’t need a lot of product for a thorough clean.
4. Wash your face
Facial scrubs contain tiny beads or particles that help rub away dead skin cells (i.e. exfoliate). This will make your face smoother and fresher looking while helping to unclog your pores.
To exfoliate with regular soap, use a face scrubber (a soft, knit piece of material) or facecloth. Gently rub it in circles over your skin as you did the soap. Don’t scrub hard or you will irritate the skin and encourage wrinkles.
What’s recommended? Just once a week, say experts. Apply a thin layer on wet skin, use your fingertips to gently massage in circular motion. Make sure to avoid sensitive areas like around your eyes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
6. Thoroughly rinse away the soap. Splash your face repeatedly with water, rubbing gently with your hands after each splash. If it all does not come off, wet a cloth and rub your face gently to get the more obvious stuff off, then rinse again.
Rinse more than you think you need to. Soap residue will clog your pores, dry out your skin, and possibly even affect your skin’s natural pH. Leaving soap film on your face will make it dirtier than when you started.
Pay extra attention to your hairline, jawline, and anything that drips down your neck. It’s easy to neglect these spots while rinsing.
7. With a soft, clean towel, gently pat your face dry. Try not to rub or pull at your skin, which encourages wrinkles.
8. Apply an alcohol free toner with a cotton ball or pad.
9. Apply moisturiser – After the Serum if you decide to apply. Doing this won’t make your face any cleaner, but it can enhance the wash by giving your face a healthy, glowing look.
If you have acne, choose a non-oily moisturizer. If necessary, make sure it won’t conflict with any anti-acne products you’re already using.
If you’ll be going outside, use a moisturizer that contains sunscreen, preferably with SPF 15 or 30.
Everyone needs a moisturizer, even if you have oily skin. A moisturiser not only hydrates your skin – which is extremely important for skin’s healthy – it helps to lock it in for softer and smoother skin with regular use. With our humid weather, it’s best to stick to a light moisturiser for day and a slightly heavier one for night to repair skin from sun damages. Go for creams if your skin is dry and normal, and lotions if your skin is oily. Make sure to look out for words like “non-comedogenic”, “dermatologist recommended” or “hypoallergenic”. This means the moisturiser won’t clog your pores.
The Serum FOR A SKIN BOOST
If you’re targeting specific skincare concerns like ageing or redness, then a serum can come in handy. In a gist, a serum is concentrated with the right ingredients that penetrate into deeper layers of skin to give it a boost (which is why it’s so expensive too!). Think of it as vitamins for your skin.
With so many serums out there for specific skin needs, picking the right one won’t be too much of a challenge. To use though can be quite confusing. As a general rule of thumb, apply your skin brightening serum during the day and your anti-ageing serums at night (as skin repairs take place at night). Follow by your moisturizer.