Some simple tips to get the most of out your skincare routine.
Skincare, once you have spent some time improving the health of your skin and given it the tools it needs to rebuild itself, you can work to establish the best possible maintenance routine.
Remember, habits are made within three to four weeks.
Start with what you know that you can follow those three weeks. If that means you’re just working on your skincare routine for a month, then your hair routine is fine.
Just don’t forget your basic routine to improve your nutrition, hydration and rest!
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FACIAL SKIN MAINTENANCE FOR SKINCARE
All make-up should be removed every night before bedtime for skincare. There are numerous products to cleanse your skin, with different formulas for each skin type.
Unless you use heavy make-up, the easiest way is to choose a cleanser that also removes make-up.
Another option is to simply use makeup remover or oil on eye makeup because foundations and blushers usually come off easily with most regular cleansers.
Either way, clean your facial skin every night before bed and again in the morning.
If you’ve cleaned your face well in the evening, you’ll need a light morning wash to remove sebum and sweat and prepare your face for makeup.
If you use a water-based cleanser, wet your face with lukewarm water. If you are using an oil-based cleanser, apply it directly to dry skin.
Using your fingers or a soft cloth, gently apply a cleanser in small circles over your face, working from your nose to your hairline.
Remember to apply a cleanser to your neck with gentle sweeping movements upward towards the jawline. Be careful not to pull or stretch the skin while cleaning.
Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
If you plan to shower or bathe, apply your cleanser before you step under the shower/bathtub to allow it to work on your skin for a few minutes.
Toning restores the skin’s natural pH and provides a protective acid mantle that strengthens the skin.
It helps to remove cleanser residues and reduces pores.
Depending on your skin type, toners will range from gentle acidic formulations to highly antiseptic formulas.
Generously soak a cosmetic pad with your toner and gently wipe your face from your nose outwards and over your forehead.
Don’t forget your neck.
You can use cotton balls, but cotton cosmetic pads are easier.
You should avoid the delicate skin around your eyes unless you are using a very gentle firming formula that contains absolutely no alcohol or peroxide and only then to remove oil and dirt from the eyebrows.
Your skin should be protected from harmful UV rays daily. Protecting’ is a two-step process.
The first part of the process is providing antioxidants and ingredients that help your skin protect itself by preserving natural protective enzymes.
The second part protects against sunburn.
If you are going to use a vitamin / nutrient antioxidant solution or serum, you can soak a cotton ball with your solution and apply it to the face, patting your “problem areas” first and then gently rub it over the rest of your face. Apply to the neck in an upward motion.
If you are using a commercial antioxidant serum, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
As women get older, their natural sebum production slows down.
The skin needs inner and outer hydration to maintain its strength, flexibility, and integrity.
Moisturizers also reduce the risk of mechanical damage to the skin by reducing friction and the risk of stretching or tearing through contact.
You can protect and moisturize in one step, but use a comprehensive skin lotion with vitamins C, E, and A and oils to moisturize and a sunblock.
You can also provide your antioxidant protection by applying solutions of nutritional vitamins/herbs to your skin and then use a moisturizing sunblock.
We’ll show you more about which ones to choose and how to apply them in later chapters.
Apply moisturizer lightly to the face in external movements.
Apply to the neck in upward movements.
Be careful not to pull or stretch your skin.
If your moisturizer does not provide sun protection during the day, apply a grease-free sunscreen to your face, throat and all body skin exposed to the sun.
As your skin grows and recovers, the outer layer of dead cells fades.
To speed up this process and go to the fresher, newer cells below, it is advisable to exfoliate your skin at least once a week. This can be done in two ways, mechanically and chemically.
For mechanical exfoliation, you can use a good skin scrub, a microdermabrasion cream or a loofah pad.
Chemically, you can use one of the usual acid exfoliating preparations, glycolic acid peels, lactic acid peels, alpha-hydroxy, etc. Use it.
Some skin cleansers come with this step built into the formula. Your skin type determines how often you should exfoliate and which method to use.
Irritated skin, such as acne, eczema, or rosacea, will not appreciate the heavy scrubbing of mechanical exfoliants, and even a chemical formula can be too irritating for more than occasional use.
Older, sun-damaged skin may need one or both methods, perhaps more frequently, to remove the layers of damaged skin and stimulate the production of healthy collagen structures in the deeper skin layers.
Again, we’ll show you how to determine how often and which exfoliation method works best for you.
Whatever formula you want to use, exfoliants should be applied in the same way as cleansers.
If you use a chemical peeling, don’t “scrub” your skin, let the chemicals do the work.
If you use a scrub, apply VERY light pressure and work in small circles. Again, be careful not to pull or stretch the skin.
Most exfoliants need some time to “work”.
Applying exfoliants just before showering is a good idea, as you can rinse them off in the shower, which helps to remove any residue.
Facial masks serve several purposes, the most important being to deeply cleanse the pores.
Masks are also made for super hydration, increase blood circulation and pure pleasure.
Which type you use and how often is determined by your skin type and your results using the P Method.
In general, it’s a good idea to use a deep cleansing, clay-based mask at least once a week.
These masks use different cosmetic clays because they “pull” and absorb impurities, dirt and dried sebum from your pores, allowing sebum to flow naturally and smoothly, brightening the appearance of the skin, preventing acne infections and improving the texture of your skin.
There are different types of clay masks available for each type of skin moisture.
Carefully apply the mask and let it dry.
Most clay masks take 10-15 minutes to absorb all the impurities and debris from your pores. Gently rinse the mask with fingertips – do not pull.
Again, it’s a good idea to apply it before getting into the shower.
After exfoliating or using a mask, tone, protect and moisturize your skin.
Example Routines For Skincare
SKINCARE IN MORNING:
Use a gentle cleanser to remove sweat or sebum from your skin.
Use the right toner for your skin type.
Using a toner will help make your makeup smoother.
Use a non-greasy moisturizer if you wear makeup.
The combination of an oily moisturizer and foundation can make a made-up face cake-like and greasy within a few hours, even on dry, aged skin.
If you don’t wear makeup, you can use a greasier moisturizer.
Necessary – use a sunblock of at least 15 SPF daily (unless you work at the church service). Even the darkest skin should be protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
Sun protection can also be found in some basic commercial formulas. If you use a moisturizer or foundation with a built-in sunblock of at least 15 SPF, you don’t need to add a separate sunblock, but you do need to reapply it all day.
Cleanse your skin thoroughly before bedtime at night.
Remove all makeup and use a cleanser that matches your skin type.
Use a toner to remove detergent residues and restore pH balance.
Add an antioxidant serum to your skin and let it soak in (can be combined with your moisturizer).
Gently add a special eye cream plus skin moisturizer to your skin.
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