When we first get up in the morning and walk into the bathroom, look in the mirror, our face tells us a lot. It tells us if we had a good night’s sleep if we are tired or our face is just dull. A good (at least 8-hour sleep) has a big impact on our face. But most of all, a skincare regimen every day is a must.
The first step to achieving a healthy complexion is to know what type of skin you have. You often read that there are three types of skin, dry, oily and combination skin. Categorizing our skin in three types is to some extent true, but not quit. Our skin goes through changes with the weather, age, health, the foods we eat and the environment. Making a test to find out what type of skin we have is a start. The skincare assessment, finding out if the skincare you are using is working for you.
Shopping smart and with awareness is the way to better health inside out. Our skin observes everything we put on it like a sponge, making sure we do not use products with toxic ingredients is the best way to avoid health complications in the future.
Test your skin type:
you have oily skin:
- when you wash your face in the morning and it is shiny a couple of hours later.
- When you have oily skin all year round.
- When you have big pores all over your face.
- When you struggle with adult acne and break-outs and whiteheads.
You have dry skin:
- When your skin is dry all over.
- When your skin constantly flakes and ashes during the winter months.
- When you wash your face with soap (face soap) it feels dry afterward.
- When your pores are very small and hardly noticeable.
You have combination skin:
- When you have large pores around the nose, and chin area but normal size pores around the rest of the face.
- When your skin looks shiny in the T-zone, forehead, nose, and chin but somewhat dry on the checks.
- When you have oily skin in the summer and dry in the winter.
You have sensitive-skin:
- When your skin is sensitive and gets blemishes and reddish skin-breakouts.
- When your skin breaks out in a rash after using certain products, make-up and fragrance creams.
- Regardless of the combination, when you wash your skin and it gets irritated quickly.
Note: Any skin type can be sensitive.
Wash your face with care.
For all types of skin, use a non-alcoholic soup or gel. With some soap move your fingers in circular motions from the nose towards the ears until where the hairline begins. Always move your fingers from the middle of the face to the side, until you reach the hairline. From the middle of the forehead to the side. This method is not only a good cleansing habit but also a slight stretching, a way to smooth out wrinkles from the forehead and around the mouth.
Tip: Wash your face every night before you go to bed.
For oily skin, Remove makeup with a non-oily toner, then wash with a mild soap or a gel. You do not need to use a harsh cleanser since they can dry the skin and cause irritation. A good way to open the pores is steaming (chamomile seeds and flowers), it softens the skin and causes dirt to come out of the pores. Use a face cream that is unsent, alcohol and mineral oil-free. Use a moisturizer that is formulated for oily to very oily skin that leaves a matte smooth finish.
For dry skin, Remove makeup with a creamy cleanser, then wash your face with a mild soap. You may use a toner to remove the rest of the makeup and soapy residue. When choosing a moisturizer to be sure to read the ingredients carefully because moisturizers may contain lanolin, petroleum jell that could cause acne.
Sensitive-skin, Remove makeup with non-alcoholic ingredients, chemical-free and make sure you use products that are fragrance-free, specially formulated for sensitive skin. If possible go for organic -natural-products.
Exfoliating once a week is important. It is to remove dead skin and cells. Dead skin and cells make the face look older, tired and dull.
Very important! when you shop for beauty products, make sure they are specifically formulated for your skin type. If you have sensitive and problematic skin that break out with products, its important to stick to non toxic organic gentle face cleansing skin care products. Check out my article Makeup and cosmetics
Toner or astringent. Astringent contains alcohol which can cause dryness to oily skin if it is overused. Tuners are mostly alcohol-free. Regardless of what you use, make sure to use a cotton pad when removing residue and make-up.
Moisturizer: helps the skin stay moist, attracting moisture in the air and fighting off radicals. Choose an oil-free moisturizer made especially for oily skin.
AHA products: Alpha-hydroxy (which comes from fruit and milk sugars) chemically produced. AHA is known for helping to improve the look of your skin. Mildly exfoliating revealing a fresher look. But since it is chemically produced one should not ignore the fact that it is an acid. Acid thins the skin rising the sensitivity to sun rays. Always test products with these ingredients on your elbow for example.
Lip care routine:
Lips are the most exposed part of the face. The skin is very thin and sensitive. Lips deal with heat, cold, dryness and have to fight off radicals like pollution from the sun.
- Exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub lip exfoliating gel.
- Use sunscreens and moisturizing lip balsam every day and carry them in your bag.
- Put a moisturizer on your lips at night.
- If, you have dry lips, use a moisturizing lip-cream then apply lipstick (especially for Matt lipstick)
My Personal Recommended products.
Clinigue for skin-care
Lancome for skin-care
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