Our 4-Step Skincare Regimen
Step 1: Cleansing the Skin
You need to be simple here. You should find a good cleanser that your skin reacts well to, and stick with it. You can find a good skin cleanser in the drugstore. The average price is around $25.00. There's no need to spend a lot on an expensive wash. Avoid bars of soap as they have the tendency to dry out your skin. In a book written by Rona Berg called "Beauty," a French cosmetics executive once told her, "Soap should only ever touch your skin from the neck down." This is good advice. Select a clear cleanser if you have oily skin and a creamy cleanser if you have dry skin.
Our next point is
not to cleanse too often. Washing before you go to bed should do the trick. If
you have problems with dry skin, consider using a cold cream like Pond's, which
the French women often use. Simply apply the cream, then wipe it off, no water is
needed (soft water is better for your skin, hard water can be especially harsh
on skin). Most women prefer the water method: Use can 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 need to take off your makeup with a proper
The book A Lifetime of Beauty says: Never go to sleep at night without removing every trace of makeup . . . Habitually sleeping with a layer of dirt, debris and dead skin cells stuck to your face will leave your complexion looking muddy and dull. One dermatologist even claims that you risk infection and irritation if you fail to clean off all makeup each night before retiring. Use a makeup solvent, such as a cold cream, to cleanse your face.
In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need (this is good for removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing). Dont wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries). Be careful not to over cleanse your skin.
Both men and women should use moisturizer.
Are eye creams necessary?
Maybe. Some beauty experts strongly
recommend eye creams others strongly disagree. 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.
Yet, "In The Skin Type Solution," Dr Baumann mentions that she feels eye creams aren't necessary as they're nothing more than glorified moisturizers. She recommends simply bringing your regular moisturizer up to the eye contour.
Should you use
Some people swear
by toners, but many beauty experts do not. Toners are meant
to remove all remaining traces of oil, makeup and dirt, but a good cleanser
should do this.
There are many professionals who state that it is really an unnecessary step in your skin care regime unless you have oily skin or just love using a toner.
Step 4: Apply Sunscreen
How does sunlight
damage your skin? The most common and best-known acute effect of overexposure
to the sun is sunburn, or erythema. Its immediate effects can last for days and
may include blistering and peeling.
When sunburn occurs, UV radiation kills most of the cells in the outer layer of the skin and damages deeper layers. Any change in the color of a persons skin as a result of sun exposure is a sign of damage. Sunlight also alters the texture of the skin and weakens its elasticity. This leads to premature wrinkling and sagging, as well as easy bruising.
|What about getting a tan indoors, from sun lamps and tanning beds? Just 20 minutes in a tanning salon is estimated to be equivalent to approximately four hours in the sun. Indoor tanning was thought to be safe because it used mainly UVA radiation, which did not seem to cause burns. But The Skin Cancer Answer states: It is now known that UV-A penetrates more deeply into the skin than UV-B, can cause skin cancer, and may suppress the immune system.|
Scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. We find 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.
Are you looking for a non-surgical way to freshen and
rejuvenate the skin on your face?
Microdermabrasion treatments, a less aggressive approach than dermabrasion, make use of a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage and there's even microdermabrasion for stretch marks.
Imagine a very fine sand blaster and you'll get a picture of how microdermabrasion works. It uses microparticles, or a diamond-tipped wand, to slough off the top layer (epidermis) of your skin and stimulate new skin growth. This technique also helps to thicken your collagen, which results in a younger looking complexion. Collagen is a protein in your skin that's abundant when you're a child and makes skin appear taut and smooth. Collagen production declines as we age, resulting in looser, uneven skin.
There is almost no discomfort in microdermabrasion, meaning you won't need a topical or local anesthetic and there is no recovery or downtime.
What is a chemical peel?
Sun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. If you want your skin to look smoother and younger, consider a chemical peel, which uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.
A chemical peel, also called chemexfoliation or derma
peeling, is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your
skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be
used to improve the skin on your neck and hands.
You can improve:
In the hour it takes to get a chemical peel, you can take off five years from your face. Be careful though, chemical peels can be quite expensive. There are however, some over-the-counter peels that work over the course of a month.
Retinoids also work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells while also generating collagen in the skin.