Skincare is King
Jan 21, 2013
Your skin reflects your
health. The truth is, you can make a substantial investment in pricey
foundations, concealers, mascaras, eye shadows and lipstick, but nothing can
hide bad skin.
good news is skin care can be simple. Caring for facial skin doesn’t need to be
a 10-step process, and you don't have to spend a ton of money on dozens of products.
Essentially, skin care involves 4 basic steps:
- Cleansing and toning- Removing
makeup and skin debris to allow the skin to function well.
- Exfoliating - Using a gentle scrub to remove dead skin cells to expose newer,
- Moisturizing - Hydrating,
replenishing and protecting the skin from harmful toxins and UV rays.
- Nourishing - Applying treatment
products that address specific needs, such as acne or wrinkles.
healthy skin regimen must include exfoliation. The skin is constantly shedding
cells; if those cells are not removed they can build up a layer that will not
allow treatment products to penetrate. They can also lead to blemishes as
the skin cannot expel toxins through the blocked dermal layer. Removing the
dead cells allows products to nourish the live cells. The shedding process unclogs pores, keeps skin clean and allows it to
The idea is to not scrub your way to China, but in a warm shower
or once the skin is wet, gently buff to remove the debris. You should
exfoliate twice a week, though if skin shows irritation don’t scrub so hard or
switch to a milder defoliant.
regular exfoliation, the next step is cleaning and moisturizing your skin
daily. Wash once in the morning and once at night. Cleansing the skin is
followed with a toner and moisturizer. Toners act as a post cleanse, helping
remove oil, dirt, and make-up you may have missed when cleansing. Depending on what product you're actually using,
different toners can work as moisturizers, astringents or fresheners. To get
the results you want from a toner, you've got to read the ingredients and know
how to use it properly. Oils and extracts help soothe your skin, alcohol-based
toners tighten the skin and pores, and fresheners tighten the skin like
astringents, but they are made of ingredients like caffeine and green tea
instead of alcohol.
is a key component of healthy skin; it is most effective when applied at night
after cleansing, when skin renewal is most active, and again in the morning,
within a few minutes of showering when the pores are open. Moisturizers prevent and treat dry skin, protect
sensitive skin, improve skin tone and texture, and mask
imperfections. They work to hold water in the outermost layer of skin and
act as a temporary barrier. Many moisturizers contain some combination of
humectants and emollients, along with other ingredients. It is best to
use a moisturizer suited for your skin type (dry, normal, or oily). For dry
skin, I recommend the Green Science line from Aveda for its nourishing and
there’s skin protection. We generally think of skin protection in terms of
sunscreens against damaging UV rays, but skin protection begins with a balanced
diet full of nutritious foods, anti-oxidants
and regular hydration. Regular exercise is also important to ensure circulation and nourish cells to keep
your skin healthy and vibrant.
With all the products on the market, it’s easy to get
overwhelmed. Rather than trying to sort it all out and making an unnecessary
investment, I recommend consulting with a knowledgeable skin care expert and
letting them assist you in developing a regimen care that will help prevent
future problems and solve current skin care issues. Face Value is dedicated to providing cutting edge, reasonably priced products that
will address any and all issues you might have with your skin, whether you are
young or old. Come see us, we promise to take good care of you and your skin.
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