How to Be Your Own Skin Expert
The key to buying the right facial products for your skin type comes down to one key point, understanding your skin. Is it dry – use a cream cleanser, sensitive - , oily – use a medicated cleanser. It is also important to remember that it will change from time to time dependant on
factors such as weather, diet or menstrual cycle.
Once this has been determined, the next step is to establish an appropriate routine using the correct skin care products for your skin. Nothing beats the classic skin treatment routine of cleanse, tone and moisturise.
Cleanse – Find a cleanser that suits your skin type. After washing your face with warm water, apply the cleanser in circular motions and then wash off. Don't scrub as over washing and scrubbing can cause skin to become irritated.
Tone - Toners work by removing any residual cleanser left on your skin and shrink the appearance of pores. Again, choose a toner that suits your skin type and apply to your face with the help of a cotton ball, using gentle upward strokes.
Moisturise - Finally, finish off your skin care routine by using a moisturiser which matches your skin type. Moisturisers work by protecting your skin against the excessive loss of water and keep it looking healthy and more youthful. Protect your skin against the harmful rays of the sun by using a moisturiser that has sun protection factor included. This will help prevent sunburn, wrinkles and can decrease the risk of sun cancer.
Over and above this daily routine here are a few dos and don’ts for your skincare routine :
Remove your make up before going to bed. No matter how tired you are, always ensure you take the time to cleanse your face before bed. Not removing it will result in blocked pores, sore eyes and a breakout of spots.
Your skin reflects your general health. To keep it in good condition, you need a healthy balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, regular exercise, enough sleep, and plenty of water. Drinking one to two litres of water everyday will help hydrate your skin.
Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes can dull the complexion, by narrowing the blood vessels and damage the quality of the skin. Cutting down on alcohol consumption and smoking will help ensure your skin looks healthy and bright.
Catch up on your beauty sleep. On average most adults need at least eight hours of sleep per week. A good night’s sleep helps to banish those dark circles and dull skin. Snoozing will delay the effects of ageing, aid cell regeneration, restore and rejuvenate the skin and energise your body.