Skincare Regimen

11 Sep

The Basic 4-Step Skincare Regimen

Step 1: Cleansing Simple is key here.
You need to find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to, and stick with it. Most cleansers contain oil, water & surfactants. The oil dissolves oil on your face, surfactants dissolve dirt & makeup & the water washes it all away. The secret is finding the right mix of oil. Too much on your skin will clog pores, while too little will dry it out. This is why you need to know your skin type. I personally use Aveeno Balancing Bar for combination Skin. This is an older formula and I really hope they don’t discontinue it. The oatmeal in it does wonders for my skin.
Most women need only clean their faces at night. In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need. However, if you apply moisturizer/a treatment at night, you will need to cleanse in the morning, too. Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both hot & cold water causes broken capillaries) & never go to bed with makeup on, you run the risk of clogging your pores. Also be careful about over-cleansing your skin.
Here’s the best way to wash your face: Use warm water to loosen dirt & clogged pores. Use a dime-sized bit of cleanser & gently apply it in a circular motion, then rinse with cool water. Cool water tends to tighten the pores. You’ll also want to take off your makeup with a proper makeup remover.

Step 2: Exfoliate
The most important thing you can do for bright, glowing skin is gentle daily exfoliation.
Every 3 weeks, skin cells are replenished, meaning new skin cells make their way up from the lowest level of the epidermis. The secret to exfoliating is to make way for new skin cells by getting rid of dead skin cells. Removing dead skin cells helps give your skin a youthful, fresh appearance not only because new skin cells are fresh & plump, but because getting rid of the dead skin allows your skin to absorb moisturizer more readily. Exfoliation is the step most people skip in their skincare routine. But trust me, if you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference. I use baking soda to exfoliate. I apply it to my damp face after cleansing, and sometimes leave it on for 20 minutes and let it try up (like a mask). I exfoliate 2-3x a week. Sometimes, I add lemon juice to it. Other times, I switch up and use cornstarch. So how much should you exfoliate? If you have oily or combination skin, you’ll need to exfoliate 3 or 4 times a week, after you cleanse. If you have dry skin or sensitive skin, it’s recommended that you exfoliate once or twice a week. You’ll actually need to exfoliate more in summer & any hot months because sweat acts like glue & will cause your dead skin cells to stick together and coat your skin. Many women with mature or sun-damaged skin (a sure sign: wrinkles) have turned to different types of hydroxies which act as deep exfoliants. One of the reasons men’s skin looks more youthful than women’s is because men tend to exfoliate daily when they shave.
Should you use a toner? Some people swear by toners, but many beauty experts do not. I sometimes use peroxide and then ACV as a toner to help keep my skin tone even. I read about it in a forum. However, this is an optional step. So go ahead, skip it & save money. Turns out only copy machines really need toner.

Step 3: Moisturize
A basic law of beauty is that everyone, no matter her skin type, should moisturize. Even if your skin is oily, it will benefit from moisturizers. (The only exception is those with acne). Why? Moisturizers attract moisture & draw it into the skin. They also seal in moisture (Berg calls this the ‘Saran Wrap effect’) & plump skin cells. So how much should you moisturize? Your skin will tell you. When your skin is tight, it’s crying out for moisture. Be careful not to over moisturize — this can cause pore-clogging.

Step 4: Apply sunscreen
The #1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage, so it’s important to use sunscreen from your early years on even in winter & on cloudy days. A great trick is to purchase 2 moisturizers: one for nighttime & one for daytime that includes UV protection. Don’t use moisturizers with sunscreen at night, the ingredients are not meant to be used 27/7 & can aggravate the skin. When choosing a sunscreen, make sure it contains 1 of 3 ingredients as an ‘active ingredient’: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or Parsol 1789 (avobenzene).

In addition to the 4step skin care regimen, I give myself weekly facials. A facial consists of the first 3 steps in addition to steaming the skin and using a facial mask.

 

1. Day time  example of regimen

 

2. Nite time

 

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