Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Before we start with the proper daily 4-step skincare routine, you'll need to know your skin type. How you care for your skin is utterly dependent on the type of skin you have: oily, normal/combination, dry, sensitive or sun- damaged.
The Basic 4-Step Skincare Regimen
Step 1: Cleansing Simple is key here. You need to find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to, and stick with it. Here's the best way to wash your face: Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a dime-sized bit of cleanser, then rinse with cool or lukewarm water. You'll also want to take off your makeup with a proper makeup remover. Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries).
Step 2: Exfoliate... Exfoliation is the step most people skip in their weekly skincare routine. But trust me, if you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference. There are several ways to exfoliate skin: Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and retinoids. Scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. Exfoliating skin once a week with a microdermabrasion kit keeps skin glowing year-round. Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains. Big grains in cheap scrubs can tear skin and cause more harm than good.
Should you use a toner? Some people swear by toners, but many beauty experts do not. Toners are meant to remove all remaining traces of oil, makeup and dirt.
Step 3: A basic law of beauty is that everyone, no matter her skin type, should moisturize. Even if your skin is oily, it will benefit from moisturizers.
Are eye creams necessary? Well maybe. Some beauty experts strongly recommend eye creams. Why? The skin around the eye contains no fatty tissue and is therefore very thin and susceptible to wrinkles. Special eye creams are formulated to 'thicken' this area and keep it sturdy.
Step 4: Apply Sunscreen. The number 1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage, so it's important to use sunscreen from your early years on even in winter and on cloudy days. A great trick is to purchase two moisturizers: one for night and one for day that includes UV protection.
Until Next Time...Have a Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Have an Awesome Day!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Pimples, zits, blemishes...no matter how you say it, acne is a total self-esteem buster. Sometimes even the smallest pimple can look like Mount Everest to you. And all you can think about is why, right? Many people thought zits were for teenagers! Acne affects a lot of people.
Here’s the results from a poll on products people have tried to combat ance:
· 14 percent choose
· 11 percent said over-the-counter products
· 63 percent said a combination of all the choices, which also included antibiotics.
· Epson salt worked for one women.
· Rubbing alcohol, Acutane, and egg whites worked for another women.
Never dry your face with your hand or bath towel. Think about it...how many times have you wiped your hands on it? It has oils that will transfer to your face. Instead use non-scented/non-dyed tissues and pat dry.
Pay attention to the products you use on your face and how your skin reacts to them. Use gel around your eyes, not cream. Creams are heavier and can cause those tiny white bumps in the under eye area.
Remember that everyone's skin is different. What works for one woman may not work for another, but if we all know a bit more about the different products out there maybe we can help each other. Until next time...