Even in her early 90s, my grandmother still claimed beautiful skin was nothing more than a splash of water on soapy skin, a moisturizer to minimize the creases of old age and great genes. She was right! Her beauty regime was simplistic and left her skin soft and youthful. As women, we pull and pluck, and have individual ways to achieve a desired, natural beauty using the products we love. Have you ever wondered if aspects of your routine are necessary? In returning to the simple care of our face, here are five tips to reaffirm the need to continue, and possibly expand personal pampering.
- Drink Water Throughout the Day: Beautiful, radiant skin is established by drinking eight, eight-ounce glasses of water every day. Start your morning with the first glass. Hydration will show immediately on your exposed areas such as you face and hands. Do not wait until you are thirsty; begin the habit of drinking water or even research cucumber and other types of infused water combinations.
- Washing Your Face: To prevent irritating the skin, it is advised to wash your face with only your fingertips. Use warm water (to help lift the dirt from your skin) and a non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol. (Cream cleansers will aid in hydrating the skin while gel cleansers remove makeup.) Rubbing will lead to stretching the skin and promote additional wrinkles; therefore, pat your wet skin with a towel. While washing your face after a workout is necessary, it is recommended to only wash in the morning and night.
- A Moisturizer: The experts claim there are approximately 10 different skin types ranging from dry to normal to oily. While the most essential “product” is the moisturizer, it is important to determine your skin type and find exactly what your skin needs. Most moisturizers combine SPF, which is beneficial during the day; however, allowing the skin to breathe at night requires a “light moisturizer.” To eliminate clogged pores, begin the application at the middle of the face and push outwards, ensuring to include the chin and neck. Only one application is necessary.
Tip: To fight wrinkles, you can use an antioxidant-rich moisturizer or serum. While having a lighter texture, serums will deposit moisture and penetrate further to hydrate your skin.
- A Weekly Face Mask: Concerned about hydrating dry skin, removing excess oils, improving the appearance of pores or want to extract impurities, the answer is to apply a face mask weekly. There is a term for combination skin called “multi-masking.” It involves applying multiple treatments to improve those areas that require individualized attention. For instance, dry skin requires a moisturizing mask containing the ingredients glycerin or hyaluronic acid. Oil-prone skin should use alternately an exfoliating mask and a clay-based treatment. Before removing the multi-mask, drape a hot towel over the face or try steam to help those thicker textures to soften, which will ease the removal process.
Tip: While you are waiting 10 to 15 minutes, apply cucumbers over your eyes and enjoy the time in sweet contentment. Cucumbers contain 95% water and vitamins E and potassium; therefore, they are perfect for moisturizing the skin while acting as an anti-wrinkle treatment to reduce fine lines and blemishes.
Tip: Is your toner “alcohol based?” If so, there are other products which can help remove impurities and cleanse the skin. One solution is to either replace with a natural non-alcohol based toner or the cream or gel cleanser to wash your face.
- Know Your Ingredients:It’s not about the brand name or the price of a product. The only things that matters are the ingredients. On the bottle or jar, you will notice the order will list the highest concentrations first according to the percentages. You can determine how much of an active ingredient you want to either have or avoid. Further research will help you avoid the following -incomplete – list of harmful chemicals: Alcohol and Isopropyl (SD-40), aluminum, synthetic colors (FD&C or D&C), Propylene Glycol (PG), 1,4- dioxane, acrylates, formaldehyde, mineral oil, phthalates (DEA, MEA, and TEA), PABA, parabens and toluene.
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