Ever wondered what the secret is to achieving beautiful looking skin? What mistakes are all those people with clear skin not making, that you are? What you put on and in your body will have an effect on your overall skin health. So its time to let the cat out of the bag and share the 9 top tips to a clear complexion.
Where do you start in achieving beautiful looking skin?
No matter your skin type, age or gender; your skin will benefit from an everyday skin care routine. Whilst it may be tempting to clean your face until it’s squeaky clean with any available face wash or face wipe; you may do more damage than good.
Remember skin is there to perform so treat it well.
Skin protects you from the environment around. Every day it is subjected to a number of pollutants that try to damage or age it.
Your skin is an amazing network of nerves. It tells your brain if something feels hot or cold.
It is the largest organ in the body and this should be reason enough to give it some serious TLC.
Sebum: friend or foe?
The surface of the skin is kept lubricated by sebum, this is the oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands. Hormones have a part to play in the amount of sebum that is produced; which is why during teenage years your skin may feel and act suddenly very differently. Sebum serves to protect, nourish, waterproof and lubricate the skin and hair.
If you get that squeaky clean feel after washing what you’ve actually done is strip your face of its natural oil, which in the long term is not such a great thing. More about this later though.
Free radicals are the enemy
When skin is exposed to negative environmental pollutants the term ‘free radicals’ is used. These free radicals can cause skin ageing. Antioxidants attack the free radicals and make them harmless.
Vitamin E is secreted from the sebaceous gland, along with sebum, and it is also an amazing antioxidant.
Sebum therefore helps to keep our skin looking younger! So, if you have oily skin, think of it as a blessing. Being an oily type means that you are not as prone to premature aging as other skin types. When middle age sets in you will be thankful of this.
Knowing your skin type
There are four basic types of skin; normal, oily, combination and dry. If you don’t know which skin type you are, here’s a quick skin type guide to working it out.
Understanding your skin type enables you to choose the correct products for your skin.
9 Steps to beautiful looking skin
The importance of cleansing
Cleansing gets rid of the days dirt, make-up, dead skin cells and so on. You really don’t want to skip cleansing from your regime, no matter how tired you feel before bed.
Your skin has a pH between 4.5 and 6.2. This range helps prevent bacterial growth on your skin. By using strong alkaline soaps with a high pH you could be upsetting your own skin’s pH, leaving it open to possible attacks from bacteria.
Choose a mild cleanser with a pH similar to your own skin. Remember the aim of cleansing is not to aim for squeaky clean. The aim is to remove just the dirt, leaving your clean, beautiful looking skin with its natural oils still intact.
This is the second step in your skin regime, but a step often overlooked. The toner carries out a few functions and should be viewed just as important as both your cleanser and your moisturiser.
Having taken the day’s grime off with your cleanser, your toner now acts as a multi-functional middle man. Removing any final traces of makeup and dirt that your cleanser didn’t quite get, and rebalancing the skin to prepare it for moisturisation.
A toner will leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated providing a perfect canvas for your serum.
Applied with cotton wool it will benefit all skin types. Oily and acne skins may prefer toners with mild astringent properties, to close pores that have been opened during the cleansing stage.
Serums can either be an oil or a lotion. They provide concentrates of active ingredients, giving nutrients to the skin. They are often used to provide specific functions, such as blemish control, pore reduction, redness reduction. This is where the action can really happen, serums are your microbullet.
Apply a small amount to the face twice a day.
Moisturisers can vary in their thickness depending on the job that they have been tasked with. Ranging from a light lotion to a heavy nightcream. Oily skin will benefit from a light lotion and dry skin from a heavy cream. Some skins will benefit from a twice daily moisturise whilst others will need less.
Face masks are products that are applied to the face and left on for a period of time, usually between 5 – 10 minutes. A face mask will have been designed so that it treats a particular issue. They can have many functions such as cleansing, detoxifying, radiance enhancing or exfoliating. Often they are applied wet to the face and then left to dry before removing with a damp cloth.
Generally they are applied once a week, but this could be more or less frequent depending on your skin type. Multimasking is a term relating to using more than one mask at the same time to tackle 2 or issues. For example a detox mask used on the t-zone area and a radiance mask used on the cheeks.
Powdered face masks enable you to make the required quantity of mask. As you are adding the water to the mask there is no need for a preservative. You are therefore getting the freshest face mask possible.
Something that I will bang on about on numerous occasions is the need for SPF. Even on a grey cloudy day you should be applying an SPF. Exposure to sun damage will age the skin, using an SPF protects our skin from the harmful rays. You’re reading this post because you want beautiful looking skin, if you add only one thing to your regime, make it this one.
Drinking plenty of water will keep your body hydrated and will have a positive effect on your skin. You will be flushing out toxins and waste from your body, which can make your skin look dull. Water doesn’t have to be boring, it can be jazzed up in many different ways. Why not try these four water infusions for starters and get you on your way to beautiful looking skin.
Incorporating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet will give your skin the vitamins that it needs. Dairy products are thought to congest the skin so try using dairy free milk products such as almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk if you think dairy is having an impact on your skin.
Getting plenty of good quality sleep will help you and your skin function properly.
Choose natural skin care products
Natural skin care products that are packed with carefully selected skin loving ingredients will work with your skin. For beautiful looking skin without nasty chemicals, parabens, SLS , artificial fragrance or synthetics choose natural skin care products.
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