Who doesn’t want radiant, beautiful baby soft skin? We all do! Right?
We are all born with it… until we hit our teens, our skin is so perfect and them BAM! The hormonal changes start taking place, we start aging, the sun does its damage, not to mention the pollution our skin gets exposed to daily. Some people are genetically blessed with good skin. For others, like me, it takes some work. No matter what your skin condition, a proper skin care routine is essential for everyone. Here are some tips on how I take care of my skin.
Adopt a “no excuses” philosophy when it comes to taking off your makeup at the end of the day. No matter how late it is, and no matter how I’m feeling, I take the time to properly cleanse my face and remove all traces of makeup. Even if you don’t wear makeup, keeping your skin clean is the first step to a good complexion. Choose a face cleanser that fits your skin type. For oily skin, use a foamy type of face wash that lathers well then rinse off with water. For dry skin, use a creamy, non-foamy cleanser. If your skin is normal, you are very lucky and can use any kind of makeup remover you prefer.
Exfoliating your face is important to keep it smooth and to remove dead skin cells. I exfoliate once a week by gently rubbing a facial scrub in circular motions all over my face and neck, avoiding the under eye area. Do not exfoliate more than once a week, as you may damage your skin with too much scrubbing. If you are a home-remedy girl, (DIY) like me, try using baking soda. Wet your face, pour some baking soda in your hand and add a bit of water, then rub the mixture into your skin in circular motions. It has a gentle abrasive action and you can use it as an exfoliant for face by adding half a teaspoon of it to your regular facial cleanser. It also helps neutralize skin’s pH.
3. Facial Mask
Try incorporating a weekly pamper time, a “just for you time”. Using a mask for your face can have revitalizing, healing, and refreshing. Use a mask once or twice a week after cleansing and exfoliating your skin. There are different types of mask for different skin types. A clay mask is ideal for oily or combination skin because it draws out oils and impurities. Acream or gel mask is better for dry skin as it hydrates and infuses your skin with vitamins. For normal skin you may use any type of mask, or a clay/cream combination.
After you’ve cleansed your face and done your weekly exfoliation and mask routine, the next step is to nourish your skin with a moisturizer. There are so many different types of moisturizers to suit any skin condition and preference. The lightest type of moisturizer is a water-based lotion and is best suited for humid climate, summer season or oily skin. For dry or combination skin, or for dry winter season a thicker cream moisturizer is best. Cream moisturizers may contain some oils so if you have a tendency to break out or have problems with clogged pores, look for Oil-free label. For aging skin, look for moisturizers that have antioxidants such as vitamin E and alpha hydroxy acids that help reduce fine lines. You should use a lighter moisturizer for daytime, and a thicker one for nighttime.
The final step of any skin care routine is to protect it from over exposure to the sun, so when you are going outside during the day and you know your skin will be exposed to the sun, make sure to apply a lotion with SPF. We all know the sun is essential to your over all well being but too much sun exposure can cause skin damage and premature aging. Kind of a catch 22 right? Not really, just apply sunscreen lotion on a clean face before makeup. Some foundations and tinted moisturizers already have SPF built in.
6. Lead a Healthy Lifestyle!
Leading a healthy lifestyle can make your skin healthy too. Have you ever heard the old saying “You are what you eat” ??? Well it’s true! Drinking lots of plain water, avoiding alcohol or limiting your intake, eating fresh fruit and veggies, and refraining from smoking all add up to a healthier body, therefore better looking skin!