As you age, your skin begins to breakdown. You have less collagen and elastin, which makes your skin look thinner and more fragile. The dark circles are the blood vessels beneath your skin that are now showing due to aging skin.
Dry skin, whether during the winter months or year-round can be irritating. Using a non-fragrant cream right after taking a shower or bath can lock in the moisture. It also helps to limit your time in the shower to 5 – 10 minutes, using warm water, not hot.
Washing your face morning and night helps cleanse your skin and open up your pores. It also helps ensure that your skin absorbs the nutrients provided in any skincare products you use whether cleansers, moisturizers, toners, or astringents.
Free radicals actually damage your skin’s DNA. They take atoms away from your skin’s cells, which then cause the unpleasant signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging.
Yes, with proper skin care you can slow down the signs of aging. Proper skin care includes cleansing, moisturizing, toning, and protecting your skin with sunscreen. Choose products with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation, free radical damage, fine lines, and wrinkles. With proper skin care and the right products, you can prevent and even reverse the signs of aging.
There are five skin types. You may have one or a combination of several: - Normal – You have little to no acne, your skin isn’t dry or oily, and it doesn’t get irritated - Oily – Your skin often feels excessively oily, you have acne, and you have a hard time keeping your face from looking shiny - Dry – Your skin is extra tight, looks flaky and it gets easily irritated with red patches or inflammation - Combination – You have an oily ‘T zone,’ which is your forehead and down your nose. The rest of your face is dry, flaky, and irritated. - Aging – Your skin looks saggy, has fine lines or wrinkles, and it doesn’t ‘bounce back’ like it used to.
Exfoliating your skin removes the dead layers and gives your skin a chance to rejuvenate. Most people should exfoliate twice a week, but if you have sensitive skin, you any want to only exfoliate once a week or less if your skin gets irritated.
Yes, it is even more important to moisturize if you have oily skin. You should use a light, oil-free moisturizer that doesn’t make your skin oilier but provides the replenishment your skin needs. If you don’t moisturize, your skin overcompensates for it by producing more oil, which clogs your pores and makes you more prone to acne.
If you shave often, it’s crucial that you exfoliate your skin too. Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin from your face. It also helps unclog your pores, which helps the razor get as close to the root of the hair as possible, reducing the risk of ingrown hairs.
Shaving means more than using a razor on your skin. It means preparing your face for the shave. Properly washing your face with warm water before you start shaving will help open up your pores, which softens your facial hair. This makes it easier to get a closer shave.
As we age, our skin stops producing as much collagen and elastin. They both keep your face looking full and wrinkle-free. Without collagen and elastin, your face becomes less flexible and your skin may even look thinner. This is when wrinkles begin to develop.
If you don’t cleanse and tone your skin, it will have a buildup of impurities on it. This takes away from your skin’s natural shine. It also causes your pores to become larger, which can cause acne. Washing and toning your face daily as well as exfoliating your skin twice a week will help keep your skin from looking dull.
Yes, sunscreen should be a part of everyone’s skincare routine. Even if you aren’t going to be in direct sunlight, if you drive a car, walk outside at all, or even walk near windows, you need sunscreen. Use at least SPF 15 on a daily basis to prevent sun damage.
Your skin cells regenerate every night. If you don’t get the proper amount of sleep, your cells can’t turnover, which leaves you with damaged skin with impurities. In order to enhance your skin’s rejuvenation at night, it’s important to use a night cream that addresses your issues, such as anti-aging, dryness, or large pores.
Stress wreaks havoc on your skin, causing unpleasant breakouts. It’s important to find ways to control your stress and use the appropriate skincare products during breakouts.
Start with clean hands. Next, splash your face with warm (not hot) water. Dab a small amount of cleanser in your hands and working in circular motions, rub the cleanser all over your face. Massage lightly, then rinse the cleanser off with warm water and dab your face dry with a clean towel.
Before you use a toner, make sure you cleanse your face. Once clean and dry, dab a small amount of toner on a cotton swab and lightly dab the toner over your entire face including your neck. Let the toner dry for a minute or two before applying moisturizer.
Wait until your toner is dry before applying moisturizer. Place a small amount on your fingertips and working in ‘up’ motions, apply the moisturizer all over your face and neck.
Before you shave, you need to open up your pores. You can do this with the steam in a hot shower or by washing your face before shaving. Next, apply a pre-shave oil and/or shaving cream. Pull your skin taut and shave with the grain of the hair.
You can apply an exfoliating face scrub with your fingers or a brush. Working in upward strokes, apply the exfoliating scrub all over your face, rubbing it in circular motions to remove the dead skin from your face. If you use a brush, make sure you use light strokes so as not to irritate your skin. Once applied, thoroughly rinse the scrub off and moisturize your newly cleaned face.