Cosmecuticals/Skin Care

Skin Ceuticals

Skin Care Tips

Cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize...this daily routine should help to achieve healthier skin. Select a gentle skin cleansing solution that works for your specific type of skin - dry, oily, normal. Using your selected product, cleanse face in a circular motion and rinse with lukewarm water, as hot water depletes skin's moisture.

The most important time to wash your face is before bedtime. Dirt, bacteria, and makeup left on overnight can irritate skin, clog pores, and trigger breakouts. Remove this top layer with a gentle face cleanser (skin should feel pleasantly tight for 10 to 15 minutes post-cleansing), which also allows anti-agers to penetrate deeper for better results. Because oil production dips with hormonal changes in your 40s, cleansing twice daily can dry out your complexion and make wrinkles look more pronounced.

Follow the cleansing stage with an exfoliant. A granular product is effective in smoothing rough areas and releasing dead skin cells, allowing the face to be better moisturized.

After the exfoliation process, use a toner or an astringent to tighten skin and remove any makeup or cleanser residue. Another alternative to a toner or astringent would be doing a facial masque at least once a week, which removes clogged pores while also firming skin and leaving it soft and silky.

Finally, pat skin dry with a soft towel. Apply a moisturizer (with or without sunscreen) to help protect skin from dryness. Those who have oily skin do not have to moisturize as often as those who have dry, normal or combination skin.

Use Moisturizers to Keep the Skin Soft and Supple

Moisturizers can be both water based or oil based. People with oily skin should use water based moisturizers. Those with dry skin should use oil based moisturizers. These should be applied immediately after washing the skin to retain the moisture on the surface.

In winter, the application of moisturizers should be carried out at least twice daily.

Use Sunscreen to Avoid Premature Skin Aging

By using a moderate strength sunscreen, you will be protecting your skin from sun damage, skin cancer, aging and premature wrinkles. Too much sun can blister one's lips, leaving them red, sore and charred. Sunburned skin will eventually peel most times, leaving skin areas blotchy and sensitive.

The best approach to preventing sunburn and other sun-caused skin problems is to monitor how much time one spends in the sun and to avoid sun exposure by using sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater depending upon the skin type and the intensity of the solar radiation.

Treat Skin Blemishes Early

Any skin blemishes should be treated immediately to avoid bigger, deeper scars later on. Selecting the most effective skin lightener depends upon the extent of the pigmentation.

Products containing hydroquinone should be avoided for a period of no more than 3 months at a stretch. Sunscreens should be used regularly during the treatment period and afterwards also to prevent recurrences.

Update Your Routine

Altering your regimen every 6 to 12 months jump-starts more impressive improvements in tone and texture. When you apply products consistently, your skin slides into maintenance mode after about a year. To keep your skin primed for rejuvenation, substitute a cream that contains alpha hydroxy acids twice a week to boost the benefits.

Manage Stress

Emotional stress can make your skin appear 5 years older than your chronological age. Constant anxiety increases the stress hormone cortisol, which causes inflammation that breaks down collagen. It also triggers a chain of responses that can lead to facial redness and acne flare-ups. To prevent inflammation, eat antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, oranges, and asparagus.