Winter has probably been brutal on your skin, especially your face.
But cleansing, toning and moisturizing can help rejuvenate dry skin almost with a snap of two fingers. Dermatologists say that a comfortable skincare routine is key, but there are do’s and don’ts to everything.
First off, the biggest mistake most of us make is washing too often. Avoid washing your face more than once or twice a day, unless it’s covered in dirt. Stay away from soap bars, people! Wash with a mild, watersoluble cleanser that avoids drying and irritating the skin even more.
Make sure the cleanser has an apt pH balance for your skin type. pH balance is the potential hydrogen ion concentration in a substance. To have great looking skin, your body’s pH balance should be relatively close to a 7, which is neutral. Some skins work better with a highly acidic product (0 on the pH scale), while others need more alkalinity (14 on the pH scale). Dermatologists say pH plays a fundamental role in the skin’s barrier— an invisible veil that keeps things like lipids and moisture in and pollution and bacteria out.
Some skins work best with a separate cleanser and toner. So, invest in a good toner to remove oily residue and provide a fresh appearance, but make sure it is a non-alcohol based product.
Exfoliate once a week. If the harsh weather has caused your skin to flake, skip foundation in your makeup routine until you’ve exfoliated. Understand that no matter how great the formula, foundation will highlight the trouble on your flaky skin. Make sure to keep skin smooth by exfoliating regularly with a scrub containing gentle beads. And for a natural brightening power, squirt a little lemon juice because thanks to the citric acid, the glue that keeps dead cells stuck to your skin will dissolve away.
For individuals with more alkaline skin, turning to several effective treatments like a glycolic peel can be a good alternative. A glycolic peel not only has an exfoliating effect, but it also regulates pH and starts the neutralizing process.
Then, lather on a moisturizer to soothe and protect the skin. Rehydrating and repairing occurs after you have cleansed and moisturized. So, tune into what your skin is telling you. If it feels taut, add lotion in order to give it the balance it needs. If you’re overly moist, keep moisturizing to once a day only.
Remember also that in the moisturizing is where science and technology have exploded with really great options for all skin types. The basics are Vitamin C for brightening and reversal of sun damage, and Vitamin A for skin renewal. Higher tech options include growth factors and peptides to support cell renewal and increase collagen/elastin production. There are also many sophisticated products that can add to these cornerstones that target anti-aging, brightening, firming and anti-acne, depending on your skin diagnosis and needs.
Although it might be cooler outside, the sun’s rays are still out there. UV rays are potent even through the clouds and protection is essential in order to not further damage your skin. Look for a daytime moisturizer with broad-spectrum protection (UVA and UVB) and at least SPF 30.
Lastly, keep in mind that skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside your body. Thus, balance your diet like you are balancing your skin. Food has a pH system as well. Stay away from too much highly acidic foods like dairy, meats, processed grains, alcohol and sweet fruits. Mix in foods like green vegetables in order to alkalinize your pH a bit more.
Dermatologists say to have supple and healthy-looking skin one needs a slightly alkaline internal environment. If your diet is too acidic, the skin will not be healthy because your cells aren’t getting the necessary minerals and oxygen they need.
So, finding your happy face place is relatively easy. With the correct foods and adequately balanced skincare products, slightly moist, plump and healthy glowing skin is simply effortless.
– Before starting a new skincare regimen or changing your diet, consult your doctor or dermatologist for expert advice.
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