In the environmental challenges we encounter daily, getting and maintaining great skin can be difficult, to say the least. Many skincare products and services meant to help deal with these challenges are simply too complicated or invasive for most people to maintain a long-term daily regimen.
Simplicity is the key to consistent skincare. The following seven simple, but effective steps will allow you to improve the look of your skin over time with persistent care. The results and improvements will allow you to put your “best face” forward!
Avoid using regular soap on your face because its high alkalinity levels can cause pH imbalances resulting in irritation, skin tautness and the stripping of the protective oils in your skin. A cleanser should remove excess oil, dirt and makeup from your face while balancing the skin’s natural pH level and providing nourishing agents to the skin. Sometimes, we have long, tiring days and nights or even a wild fling out with the girls, but muster up all of your energy when you get home and wash that face of yours every night! Gorgeous skin requires make-up free nights of clean, breathing pores.
Because 60 sixty percent of skin-cell rejuvenation occurs at night, you want your skin to breathe and be free from yesterday's environmental surface build-up.
Splurge or Save? Cleanser is the product that you don't want to skimp on. Cheap cleansers contain known endocrine-disruptors like parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and also palm oil (most often labeled Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate).
For most anti-aging benefits, look for cleansers formulated with antioxidant Vitamin C, which will brighten discoloration and even tones.
Mechanically or chemically exfoliate your face and body on a regular basis. The largest organ of your body, your skin, needs care and resurfacing for critical cellular turnover. This part of skincare promotes healthy collagen production by removing millions of dead skin cells that make your skin appear dull.
During exfoliation by hand or when using mechanical means such as a scrubber, avoid harsh exfoliating scrubs containing walnut shells or apricot seeds on your face, Their use may rupture fragile skin. Instead, use scrubs with a milder, non-abrasive physical agent or enzymes.
If you are not already using an exfoliator, add it to your nighttime skincare routine once a week: even if you're buying the most expensive lotions and creams, it won't be effective if your dead skin cells are making a barrier. Dull skin cells also look, well, dull, uneven, and rough.
Your skin needs moisture and proper nutrients to appear and remain soft, supple and strong. Serums, creams and lotions are effective at nourishing the skin. They work by providing moisture, nutrients and forming a barrier to prevent water loss.
Serums are great for penetrating into the deeper layers of your skin, tackling signs of aging and stimulating collagen production. Creams and lotions work best to prevent water loss, and protect the skin from pollution and the damaging elements of our daily environmental exposure.
Toner is not a step that you want to skip! Simple swipe of toner balances your skin's pH levels after cleansing, mildly exfoliates, and evens skin's surface for better makeup application.
The latest formulations like BB creams and CC creams provide a more natural coverage and lighter texture with active ingredients to even and brighten skin tone. The key is to cover only as much as you need. Start with a dime-sized amount on the back of your hand (less or more, depending on your needs) and dab a bit onto your forehead and nose, followed by your cheeks, around your mouth, and chin. Blend well with your finger tips. If you still need more coverage on blemishes or spots, you can dab with a concealer over the BB cream, and set with pressed powder.
Just do it! The words “Healthy tan” are any oxymoron. There's nothing healthy about a tan! A tan is the result of your skin's defense mechanism to sun exposure. The skin creates melanin as a defense mechanism against the sun's damaging UV rays. It is, essentially, your body's cry for help. Overexposure and long-term exposure to the sun increases your body's production of harmful free-radicals, and accelerates skin aging.
The best way to avoid sunspots and premature wrinkles is to put on sunblock. Nowadays, anything from tinted moisturizers, BB creams, to foundations are labeled with some UV protection; but most women don't use enough product to get adequate protection from tinted products alone, so it's crucial not to skip this step. Go for a daytime moisturizer with at least SPF 15, and apply liberally, including neck and chest.
Use natural sunblocks, containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, to protect against harmful UV rays.
Though synthetic sunblocks are easier to rub into the skin, they contain many chemical ingredients that cause irritation and are sometimes ineffective.
Using sunscreen will help you prevent future free-radical damage, fine lines, wrinkles and, possibly, even skin cancer. The best policy anyone can follow is: “Stay out of the Sun”
Most people have heard this phrase at some point in their lives - you are what you eat!
Keep your meals real. Work to reduce or eliminate processed foods and sugars! A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is not only good for your health, but it's also great for your skin, as well. Fruits and vegetables contain potent antioxidants that protect against the damaging effects of free-radicals. Drink plenty of water, about six to eight glasses daily to keep your body and skin well hydrated. Alcoholic beverages dehydrate the skin, too. If you drink, supplement by consuming lots of water. Drink about two glasses for every glass of alcohol consumed.
We need six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep daily. This is the time that cleansed, nourished skin is working hard to recover and prepare for what lies ahead tomorrow. The greater majority of the body’s cell rejuvenation occurs during this quiet time. The body and mind need time to rest, recover and regenerate. Look how gorgeous Sleeping Beauty was!
In addition to its many other health benefits, exercise can dramatically improve your skin tone. Regular aerobic and anaerobic exercise improves circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells. Exercise helps the body eliminate metabolic waste products and toxins through your pores as you sweat. Sweating flushes out the pores, removing oil and debris that can clog pores and potentially lead to acne breakouts.