Basic Skin Care
Lets start with the basic first ! 🙂
How to take care of your skin.
Very few people are blessed with perfect, clear skin. The rest of us have to work at it. Knowing a few basic skin care principles will help, but you really need to follow your skin care plan religiously to get clear, glowing skin.
Know Your Skin Type
Your skin type will influence what products you use and how to use them. The type of skin you have will change as you age. It can also change due to diet, stress, and sun exposure. What works now may not work forever.
Dry : Skin feels tight and appears chalky or dehydrated.
Normal : You lucky duck! Neither dry nor oily.
Oily :Your skin is shiny or greasy, especially on you forehead, nose, and chin.
Combination : Parts of your face are dry (often your cheeks), while others are oily (usually forehead, nose, and/or chin). The worst of both worlds, and the most common skin type.
The good news is skin care can be simple. Washing your face doesn’t have to be a 10-step process, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to fill up your medicine cabinet with shelves of products. The fact is, good skin care involves 3 basic steps:
Wash, Tone, and Moisturize Daily
The most important step to beautiful, glowing skin is finding the right daily routine for you and then stick with it religiously! Skipping just one day can get your skin off-balance, and you might end up with problem spots for days afterward. Most experts recommend washing, toning, and moisturizing twice a day.
Five Steps to a Daily Skin Care Routine
Most of us know that cleansing is an important part of good skin care. The purpose of a cleanser, or soap, is to surround, loosen, and make it easy to remove dirt, debris, germs, excess oils, and left-over products applied to the skin. This removes dirt, makeup, and excess oil. It will keep your skin clear and clog-free. Creamy cleansers are usually better for dry skin, while clear ones are better for oily skin. Click here to make your own oatmeal soap.
Toner soothes the skin, tightens it, and reduces the appearance of pores. The also can remove oils. If you have dry skin you may want to skip this step.
Moisturizing is an essential step in good skin care. A good moisturizer can stop the dry skin cycle from spiralling into cracked, thick, flaky skin. This replenish moisture in your skin. Be careful not to over-moisturize or you risk clogging your pores.
You’ve worked hard to take care of your skin by cleansing and moisturizing it. Don’t undo all those benefits by exposing it to UV radiation. Find a good broad-spectrum sunscreen and make its application a part of your daily routine like brushing your teeth and bathing. It’s easy to tell if your skin is dirty or dry, requiring a good washing or some added moisture. We can see or feel that our skin needs some extra care. Unfortunately, most of the damage to the skin from UV radiation is beneath the surface and happens so slowly that we don’t realize how much damage is being done. Most people know that exposure to UV radiation can cause sun damage to the skin, including sunburn, photo aging, and increased risk of skin cancer. But did you know this damage also occurs when you walk from your house to your car or sit next to a window during the day? Even those little bits of exposure add up over the years and can cause wrinkles, dark spots and skin cancer.Sunscreen will protect your skin from harmful UV Rays and prevent premature aging. You should always wear sunscreen when you are outside, even if it’s only to run errands. One year of regular sun exposure is as bad as one sunburn. It’s a good idea to use a daily moisturizer with SPF. Also keep some higher SPF sunscreen and a hat around for when you’re outside all day.
The final step in a good skin care program is exfoliation, but it’s the most forgotten.Exfoliating scrubs will remove dead skin cells and reveal a new layer of healthy skin. This will give your skin an instant glow, and it will help it stay beautiful over time. There are a lot of homemade recipes online or you can buy ready-made scrubs at the store. Be careful not to exfoliate too often. About once a week is the right frequency. Learn to make your own here.