Skin Care Basics

thCAW3AQ99  I felt it only appropriate that my first post simply be on the basics. In the world of skincare it’s not difficult for one to become a bit overwhelmed. From day creams, night creams, toners, exfoliators, AHAs to serums, (just to name a few). Now, this is not to say each mentioned does not play an important roll in your skincare regimen, in fact they are all greatly beneficial, but what are the basics?

Cleansing, Exfoliation,Toning, Moisturizing

Cleansing – Most people should cleanse their face twice a day. It is best to use warm water and a mild cleanser. Always use an upward circular motion while cleansing. Gravity needs no help in this area. There are many types of cleansers to choose from. Selecting the right cleanser depends on your skin type. But whatever your skin type may be, avoid cleansers with harsh detergents, soap and alcohol.

Exfoliation – This step removes dead cells on the outer layer of the skin. Potential benefits include fresher, brighter looking skin, better product penetration, and for those with excessively oily skin, a varying degree of reduction in oil secretion. For most people twice a week is sufficient. If you notice irritation, increased sensitivity to dryness, you are probably over exfoliating. Also, NEVER exfoliate if receiving chemical peels. I have seen many do this, which is why I stress. This combination is much to harsh on the skin and could lead to very negative results.

Toning – The traditional belief was that toners were essential for closing your pores after cleansing, but actually just a splash of cool water will do this. The main purpose is to bring the skin back to it’s proper pH level, as cleansing usually interrupts the chemical balance of your skin, which can effect it’s ability to absorb moisture. Toners may be used by everyone, but especially those with oily and combination skin. Just be sure to stay away from toners containing alcohol, as you don’t want to strip away the natural oils that your skin needs. If you have sensitive, dry skin, look for a toner with natural moisturizers.

Moisturizing – Moisturizing is an essential step in your skin care regimen. This step Replenishes the skin’s natural ingredients that help maintain structure, cuts down on free radicals and helps the cells function more normally. Not all skin is the same, nor are all moisturizers the same. Picking the right moisturizer depends on your skin type and needs. Bottom line…just don’t settle for your grandmother’s old cold cream.

Sunscreen! You’ve worked hard to take care of your skin. Don’t undo all those benefits by exposing it to UV radiation.

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4 thoughts on “Skin Care Basics

  1. Yes, exfoliating may greatly improve the appearance of dry skin. However, too often is yet another example of overdoing a good thing. If you have sensitive or dry skin, once a week is usually sufficient, especially in winter months. It is VERY important to moisturize after the use a acid exfoliant. Your skin has been stripped of it’s uppermost layer and needs that moisture and protective barrier replenished. Personally, I like to use a gommage or a rice based exfoliant with a BHA as part of my regular exfoliation routine. Generally, I use a AHA (PH 3 or less) once a month to receive a deeper exfoliation, jump-start the production of skin cells, reduce appearance of wrinkles, blotchy pigmentation and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. Again, it all depends on one’s skin type and needs.

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  2. Whether you choose to use a chemical exfoliant such as an AHA product like glycolic acid or a mechanical means such as a
    facial scrub, incorporating a means of exfoliation into your routine at least a few times a
    week can dramatically improve dry skin. To test these techniques, I washed one side of my face with
    my regular cleanser mixed with 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
    The skin is extremely sensitive to the fabric, it really depends on the person
    to decide what kind of face mask works best with your
    skin.

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