Using the right skin care products, imbibing good skin care practices and a healthier lifestyle is the winning combination for getting flawless, smooth and fresh-looking skin. Skin care products do not necessarily need to be expensive to be effective and sometimes expensive and very effective products might prove to fail without following a good regimen and doing the needful.
A great skin care regimen that guarantees flawless skin regardless of your age will include the following steps:
- Pre – Cleanse
- Deep Cleanse
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Wet the face and use a mild face cleansing gel or cream. Gently work into your pores in an upward motion. For a better cleanse and rejuvenating feel, use a face cleansing/massaging brush to do the job instead of your fingers, they give you a great clean feel and remove dead skin cells. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a soft clean towel.
Do a deep cleanse 1-2 times weekly with a face mask. Face masks draw out the accumulated dirt in your pores thereby deeply cleansing your skin. Deep cleanses are not optional as accumulated dirt in your pores will lead to breakouts and we do not want that. You can use store bought products or make your own face mask with the Aztec Indian Healing Clay – The world’s most powerful Facial Deep Pore Cleansing Bentonite Clay.
The next step is Toning. This step is essential for removing any dirt traces left behind after cleansing. It also restores the balance of the pH of your skin, tightens it and reduces pores.
If you feel your cleansing routine is thorough enough, you can skip this step or do it it once in a while.
Rosewater can also be used as a toner for a Natural and cheaper alternative.
Exfoliating is very crucial for all round skin care, not just for the face. Naturally, the body renews skin tissues, exfoliating helps hasten the process and to remove the dead cells that would block pores to reveals smoother, fresher skin. Be careful not to overdo this as it would prove detrimental to your skin. Exfoliating once a week is sufficient but as you get older, exfoliating more than once a week is recommended.
Moisturizing is the step to never miss. The right moisturizer will keep your skin supple and glowing, eliminate dryness, cracks, and slow down the appearance of wrinkles on your skin. Dry skin looks unhealthy, can be itchy and consistent dryness ages skin faster.
For your face, use a face moisturizer for day or night. Night time moisturizers help repair and rejuvenate your skin while you sleep. Apply your moisturizer in upward strokes on damp skin when the pores are still open after cleansing.
Using eye creams also will help moisturize under eyes better, reducing the appearance of lines and slowing down the aging process in that area. The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream is a great eye cream that can take years off your eyes and reduce under-eye dark circles.
Other practices to imbibe for Flawless and Healthy skin include:
- Use sunscreen SPF15+ if your day cream does not contain sunscreen. Even for dark skinned Nigerians, the melanin in your skin cannot completely protect you from harmful UV rays that cause premature aging, damage and cancer. Using a sunscreen when going out in the sun is a must.
- Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. Hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking not less than the required 8 glasses of water daily.
- Avoid smoking and over consumption of alcohol.
- Get enough sleep everyday
- Eat less sodium and over-processed foods
- Exercise regularly