Cleaning Basics ~
The simple truth is that good skin care involves three basic steps: cleansing your skin to safely rid it of grime, chemicals, and toxins, moisturizing to hydrate and replenish the skin and last applying sunscreen to protect the skin from harmful UV-rays.
Most of us know that cleaning our skin is an important part of skincare but did you know the purpose of a cleansing agent is to loosen any dirt, debris, germs, or any excess oils on the surface of your skin. However, some cleaners are better than others.
Some people can even develop dry skin from washing there face every day. They may think that they have oily skin in when in fact it’s extremely dry. As a result, they might have dry(rough) skin on there hands or face, itching during winter months, uneven skin or dull complexion. So how do you know which cleanser is right for you?
*Body Cleansers ~ offer a wide variety of tolerability but often are oily. *Bar Soaps ~ are the most common, but are also the most irritating to your skin. *Facial Cleansers ~ are the mildest but depending on which one may or may not remove all dirt and oil.
Basically, when it comes to a cleanser, start with the mildest option. It only needs to remove dirt, and oil not your skin! Now, non-foaming face washes are considered the mildest, while face scrubs offer more in the removal of dirt, grime, and yuck.
Moisturizing Basics ~
Moisturizer is an essential part in not just good skin, but great skin! A well-chosen moisturizer will stop dry, flaky, cracked skin. The best options will have a combination of ingredients that will 1)help skin cells function 2) replenish the skin to maintain its ph balance and 3) reduce free-radical damage.
Skincare is not what your mom used to use! It’s better! Moisturizers today are made with state of the art ingredients that are meant to replenish the skins natural moisture here’s just some: hydroxy acids: assist with exfoliating, glycerol: helps water and other ingredients penetrate the otter most layer of skin (dermal), and much more.
Picking out the right moisturizer for you comes down to your skin type are you (dry, oily, normal or sensitive) and any other skin condition you might have for example acne, eczema or rosacea to name a few. If you do have skin concerns, don’t trust or rely on the product labels. Meet with an aesthetician or dermatologist that can address both your skin care and beauty needs.
Finally – Sunscreen ~
This is the final step in a good skincare routine, and it is sometimes the one forgotten about the most. With exposure to the UV-rays which can damage the skin (think of your sunburn last summer) and it can increase the risk of skin cancer, we just can’t avoid the sun the rest of our lives. Damage can occur in everyday life for ex: walking from your car to the office in the morning, or sitting outside reading a book drinking Starbucks. Every bit of exposure adds up over the years, causing age spots, dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. When picking a good sunscreen to consider something’s 1) what’s the SPF? 2) is it an everyday or out in the sun reapply every 4 hours sunscreen. 3) does it contain a moisturizer?
You have worked hard to take care of your skin, don’t undo all that work by leaving out the sunscreen. Find a broad spectrum sunscreen, even after applying, it’s important to cover the parts of your body that do get burned. Remember to reapply sunscreen when you sweat or swim excessively. That’s it really, take care of your skin and love the skin you are in.