Skincare

Skin Care

A lot of skin care merchandise manufacturers have become way too complex and costly, with skin care products taking up too much time and too much money. Taking care of your skin shouldn’t be complicated; you don’t have to make rocket science out of it. Keep it simple, and it will be just as effective. Many of us tend to overindulge our skin anyway: if our skin is dry, we are inclined to over moisturize; if our skin is oily, we over exfoliate.

Good skincare, like makeup, doesn't have to cost a lot. A 80€ jar of moisturizer, a 100€ tube of anti wrinkle cream? Not many of us can afford a skin care daily routine at that price! So don't get hooked by the marketing madness, otherwise all you will end up paying is a shiny labeled product. Your opinion is the only one that counts.





To maintain healthier younger looking skin you need to follow a stringent skin care regime.

There are four main stages of your skin care:

• cleaning

• toning

• moisturizing

• protecting yourself from sun rays



Cleansing

Before even trying any skin care treatment, you should clean it accordingly to your skin type first. It is an essential part of good skin care.

Cleansing removes dirty film, which the skin picks up from the surrounding environment during the day. Cleansing is a complete necessity for healthy skin.

Exfoliation is very beneficial for your skin care, as it removes the build up of the dead cells (the formation of which is absolutely normal).

One should exfoliate once or twice a week with a gentle scrub.

When cleansing, one should massage the cleansing cream thoroughly into the skin first, then, after a few seconds, remove the residue with facial tissue, or washing the face with a gentle exfoliating cream.

The only disadvantage of cleansing the skin is a removal of beneficial oils from your skin together with the unclean residue.

These oils, as we know, help retain moisture which is so valuable to our skin and build up a barrier between pollution of the environment and yourself.

This minus is easily neutralised by using a suitable moisturizer after cleansing.

Toners

Toners remove all traces of dirt, make-up or cleanser that remain after cleansing.
Immediately after cleansing apply toner to the forehead, cheeks,the crevices around the nose and chin.Then allow to dry naturally.

Moisturizers

There are two types of moisturizers:

• Lightweight thin moisturizer to apply during the day and use underneath the makeup

• Heavy, more nutritious cream for night-time care

Protection

It is important to understand that the protection of our skin from outside elements (environment) is as important as taking care of the skin by applying creams, moisturizers, etc.

The sun radiates dangerous ultra-violet rays therefore continuous exposure to sun can cause lasting damage to your skin, health problems like skin cancer, etc.

It is advisable to use sunscreen with a minimum of SPF15 whenever you outside, even if it is overcast and cloudy.

Always check the lotion container for SPF number before applying it to your skin.

Here are 10 easy skin care tips:

1) Protect yourself from the sun (sun block, cosmetic products with SPF, etc., see the info above). Avoid direct sunlight between the hours of 10 and 2.

2) Don't smoke. Skin is a large organ and it needs a lot of circulation. Smoking impairs that severely. Instead of having oxy-generated blood delivered to the surface of the skin, smokers get a supply of toxins and oxidants every time they pick up a cigarette.

3) Get enough rest and healthy nutrition. Sleep at least 7-8 hours a day.

4) Protect yourself from stress: both emotional and environmental.

5) Wash your face at least twice a day and apply adequate skin care treatment. Some women say, they don't wash their face in the morning - imagine how much of yucky stuff collects overnight - dead skin cells, dirt, and dust!

6) Don't neglect certain areas of the skin. Elbows, heels, neck, and décolletage. These parts need moisturizing too. Do not forget to put sun protection on the arches of your feet and toes.

7)Touch your face less and wash your hands more! Don't get surgical on yourself. It's very tempting to pick, squeeze, and scratch in front of the mirror. But the more you traumatize the skin, the greater your risk of scarring. Let skin care products work on your troubled areas.

8) Keep your makeup clean. Replace sponges of your compact powder on a regular basis. The average shelf life for cosmetics is 6 to 12 months. Don't buy expensive skin care products if you are going to be heartbroken when you have to throw them away.

9) Take every skin care product in moderation. More is not always better. Moisturizer, for example, is the most overused product in America. Cosmetic companies got us into thinking every square inch of our body has to be slathered with moisturizers and oils, which is simply not true. Exfoliator is another skin care product to be careful with: when used too often, it over acidifies and irritates your skin.

10) Watch out for counter girls, if taking them seriously, you might end up applying all their products for hours in the morning looking like a mummy in the end. Keep your skin care routine simple. And when you do add a new product, do it gradually, so that your skin has time to get used to it. Each skincare or makeup product has an average of 20 to 40 ingredients. Think of it in this way: you are might be introducing from 20 up to 40 potential allergens to your face every time you try a new product.