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Basic Face Care to Look Your Best

Posted by on January 06, 2015

Face care starts with you. Many easy lifestyle changes--such as improving your nutrition and learning basic skin care practices can help improve your skin's appearance. Discuss skin care tips with your doctor, and follow these essential face care steps:

  • Good nutrition
  • Drink six to eight glasses of water per day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Smoking cessation
  • Regular use of sunscreen
  • Avoid sun exposure
  • Wear protective clothing when outside.

Cleansing

Cleansing removes impurities from the skin's surface and encourages a more radiant appearance.

When choosing a facial cleanser, it is important to be aware of the condition that your skin is currently in so that you use products suitable to your particular skin type. The basic three skin types are dry, normal/combination and oily.

Keep in mind that your skin type could change and may be affected by the season or the climate where you live. If this happens, alter the products that you are using to suit your needs.

Those with dry skin usually have smaller pores and an ashy appearance with some flakiness on the skin's surface. It's best to pick a mild cleanser with an off-base and a low-to-no alcohol toner to prevent dryness.

Combination skin can be difficult because you're dealing with dryness on the cheeks and oil in the T-zone. Reduce the oil in the T-zone by cleansing with products that contain glycerin, which helps to moisturize the skin. Follow up with an astringent to keep the oil in the affected areas under control.

People with oily skin are often more prone to breakouts, usually have larger pores, and the skin may look shiny even after washing. Wash the face with oil free, water-based cleanser and remove any dirt left behind with an astringent.

Whatever your skin type, get into the habit of washing your face at least twice a day. Ladies, don't get lazy. Before bed be sure to remove any traces of makeup that may clog pores, which can lead to unwanted breakouts.

Moisturizing

After the skin has been thoroughly cleansed, the next step is to apply moisturizer. A big misconception is that this process is only needed for dry skin types. The truth is that all skin types require moisture that should be applied accordingly. The purpose of moisturizing is to restore the oil-water balance lost during the removal of bacteria back to the skin's surface. Experts recommend that you apply moisturizing lotions or creams to the skin within 3 minutes of rinsing the face.

The most important part of skin care is getting into a routine. You won't see result is you don't establish these daily habits. Once this process of face care becomes second nature to you, beautiful skin is sure to follow.

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