A Guide to Skin Care Basics

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The first step in skin care is CLEANSING. A good cleanser cleans while simultaneously conditioning the skin, removes makeup without stripping the skin, tone the skin and prepare the skin for the next step.

The next step is EXFOLIATION. There are two types of exfoliation. One is manual and one is chemical. A good manual exfoliator should be gentle, nonabrasive (Jojoba beads) sweeping away impurities and dead skin, reveal fresh glowing skin, help unclog pores and prepare your face for the next step. A good chemical exfoliator will contain mixed fruits acids, Vitamin C and other ingredients. The benefits, it will supply your face with antioxidants while reducing the signs of aging, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and tighten and refine pores. A chemical exfoliator is usually stronger than a manual one but very necessary for the health of the skin.

The next step can be a TONER  which removes all traces of make-up your cleanser may leave behind. (A good cleanser should not leave any residue behind.) I personally skip this step and use a chemical exfoliator to prep my skin for my moisturizer.

The next step is MOISTURIZER. A good moisturizer is easily absorbed, leaving no reside, hydrates and softens, soothes and refreshes the skin. Great moisturizers will contain Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is a humectant,which draws moisture from the environment and will help retain moisture.

The next step can be FACIAL OILS. Yes, I said oil!! Each oil features a special ingredient that treats sensitive or irritated skin. Another oil treats dry, tired or mature skin. The next oil would treat dry, oily, or combination skin. Oils prime the skin for makeup, leaves skin dewy, supple and luminous and provides antioxidants. Oils support the appearance of healthy skin. Once you use treatment oil you will never want to go without it again!

The next step is EYE CREAM. A great eye cream can be used day or night. There are lightweight eye creams and heavier eye creams. It is a personal preference. It should be moisturizing but not greasy, absorb into the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and make the area around your eyes appear bright and soft.

Last but not least is SUNSCREEN with an SPF 30. I cannot stress this enough. It should be used every day, even when it is cloudy outside. It protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays of the sun that causes wrinkles. It should be a lightweight formula that applies easily and does not turn the skin white (Titanium Dioxide) can be worn alone as a moisturizer or under makeup.

Now, “Love the Skin You’re In!”

 

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