Thursday, February 27, 2014

Taking Care of Your Skin

Majority of women and a number of men have a desire to look younger and will go to any lengths to prevent aging. Some, turn to cosmetic procedures others to invasive surgery to turn the clock around but let's be real though, aging is a part of life and no surgery will make you look how you did in your 20's. Instead of worrying about ageing, importance should be given to how radiant, healthy and glowing your skin looks overtime and maintaining that healthy look over the years.

1. Knowing your skin type is essential. There are five skin types:
  • Normal - is the least problematic. It shouldn't show any oil and should feel elastic.
  • Dry - Dry skin will feel flaky and dry once cleaned and is prone to wrinkles, fine pores and other          signs of ageing.
  • Oily - is problematic. Will look greasy, shiny, and more likely to breakout.
  • Combination - like the name suggests, it will be both oily (usually in the t-zone) and dry (usually                        around the cheeks).
  • Sensitive - is usually dry and prone to irritation easily. It is the most problematic type which                         needs special care.
Once you know your skin type, then you can proceed with the methods required to take care of your skin.

2. Cleansing should be a daily ritual!
  • It's very important to cleanse your face, however it should be noted that over cleansing can cause more problems; such as irritation and the stripping of essential oils. Therefore, if you have oily skin wash once in the morning and once at night. If you have dry or sensitive skin wash once at night and in the morning splash some water on the face. It's essential to wash your face after a workout too, to prevent breakouts. 
  • To start the cleansing ritual- always use a makeup remover with cotton pads. This helps remove all the makeup and dirt. (I swear by Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution - available in Boots.)
  • Then proceed to washing your face with a facial cleanser- if you have oily to combination skin choose a gel based face wash and if you have dry to sensitive skin use a cream cleanser.
  • Exfoliation is key, to a smooth face. I exfoliate no more than twice a week. There are plenty of good exfoliation products in the market but I use baking soda with a few drops of water. It's cheaper and readily available in the kitchen!
  • Another important tip is to NEVER going to bed with a dirty face. After hours of being outdoors, makeup, dirt, and germs have accumulated on your skin. The last thing you want to do is leave all that grime on for more hours on your skin than necessary- which will cause acne, breakouts and spots. Always remove, and clean your face before bed!
  • No matter what your skin type, moisturizing should be a must. Many people think that having oily skin negates the use for moisturizers- but that's not true. Moisturizing your face helps retain water which helps you give a glow. If skin isn't moisturized, skin doesn't exfoliate. Not only should you moisturize your face, but your neck (the most obvious giveaway sign of ageing) and the rest of your body!
  • Using sunscreen is vital to helping retain healthy skin. Sun damage is the leading cause of premature wrinkles, ageing, spots, and worst of all cancer! Use a minimum of SPF 15.

Products that are easy on the wallet and that work!

Neutrogena Visibly Clear - Gentle Exfoliating Wash

Neutrogena Visibly Clear - 2 in 1 Face Mask and Face Wash
St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub 
Dove Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser
Bioderma Sesibio H20

The Body Shop - Vitamin E Tinted Moisture Lotion

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you start taking care of your skin- It wont only make you look good, but feel good too!

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