Whether you have oily, dry, combination, sensitive or acne-prone skin; whichever type of skin you, there is a beauty regime out there that can help you achieve that healthy glowing looking skin you want! Find a routine that works for your skin and stick with it! The first thing you need to do is identify your skin type.
· Dry : small pores, dull-looking skin, tight feeling after cleansing
· Oily: large pores, acne prone, often looks shiny
· Combination: forehead, nose, and chin (T-zone) while cheeks are dry
· Normal: similar to people with combination only they have less oil in their T-zone
Once you find your skin type and proper routine, it is something you have to keep up with. Your skin won’t respond to occasional cleansing and moisture. Another element of healthy looking skin is not over doing the products. It’s better to simply just use cleanser, moisturizer and toner (if you really need it).
When you can, use natural remedies because chemicals in other products can take the natural life out of your skin! A natural glow is the prettiest one! And natural remedies and creams are much cheaper than and just as effective as expensive products. Despite what magazines try to tell you, you don’t need to spend a fortune on beauty products! You can find products that are extremely effective at stores like Target and Ulta.
Wash your face nightly with a mild, creamy cleanser. Always make sure to wash face in warm water because hot water will strip the skin of all moisture and leave it drier. Make sure you moisturize your face within three minutes of getting out of the shower to lock in the moisture.
To moisturize, people with dry skin it’s better to use creams that are all natural because harsh chemicals can dry out skin. A popular moisturizer for dry skin is Mayiah Luxurious Face Cream. It has 100% al natural ingredients that leave the skin soft and glowing!
People with oily skins should use a potent cleanser with alpha-hydroxy acid or salicylic acid to help dissolve the dead skins and excess oil that clog your pores. After you cleanse your face, it might be a good idea to use a toner before you moisturize to remove the rest of the oil and impurities.
As far as moisture goes, people with oily skins might think they don’t need it; they do! Look for a moisturizer that is a non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores. Also, make sure you sleep with your hair up and change your pillow case often to avoid excess oil getting in your pores. (Try Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion)
For combination skins, use a foaming wash with salicylic acid that is oil-free. That way it can wash away excess oil without drying the dry areas. Toners are also a good idea for people with this mixed skins.
Put the toner on a cotton ball and use it on your T-zone areas where your skin produces the excess oil before you moisturize. If the dry parts of your skin are extremely red and irritated use a calming cream with chamomile or aloe. And if not, just treat your skin as oily skin and use a humectant lotion; like Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion for the face.
Normal skin is obviously the easiest to care for. Simply wash your face with a gentle oil-free cleanser once or twice a day. Use a light weight moisturizer that is meant for normal skin after you cleanse at night. The Mayiah Night Cream is perfect for this and helps give your skin that natural glow.
Exfoliating is good for the skin because it sloughs off dead cells and boosts radiance. It also evens your skins tone, unclogs pores and fades fine lines. The key is to choose the right exfoliator for your skin type. Another important tip is to not use chemical peels or microdermabrasion products more the one time in a week.
· If you have dry or normal skin, its okay to buff two or three times a week. You might want to avoid microdermabrasion kits because they can be very harsh. Instead try an at home chemical peel with glycolic and lactic acids.
· If you have oily skin, using a daily exfoliating face wash is alright; make sure that it is meant for daily use. Another more effective form of scrubbing would be an at home microdermabrasion. It will help reduce the appearance of acne scars and fine lines. I love Olay’s at-home Microdermabrasion Kit, it’s relatively inexpensive and it works really well.
Start Fighting Aging When You’re Young!
Studies consistently show that taking care of your face when you are young helps slow the process of aging when you are older. The more cautious and careful you are now, the longer you can keep your youthful skin! These are some important tips to consider once you hit your 20’s:
· Always be sun smart! Read more about being safe in the sun on the page title Summer Love. Sun is the number one damager of skin. It causes cancer and premature wrinkles among sun spots and other skin disorders. Wearing sunscreen year round is important, not just in the summer. In other months pick a moisturizer that has SPF in it for morning moisture.
· Add antioxidants: antioxidants that are applied to the skin like the ones in special lotions or serums help reverse the effects of UV rays and other skin-damaging factors. Using a product that contains a mix of vitamins such as vitamin C, E and ferulic acid will give you even more protection.
· Care for your skin at night: skin absorbs moisture better at night than it does during the day. Try using a product with collagen stimulators such as retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids or pentapeptides.
· Nourish your eyes: start using an eye cream because the skin near your eyes is where signs of aging first appear. Use Mayiah Revitalizing Eye Cream to help tighten and revamp the skin naturally.
Other Natural Ways to Get a Healthy Glowing Skin
· Eat food rich in omega-3’s such as salmon, flaxseed, walnuts, and tuna.
· Eat healthy super fruits rich in antioxidants.
· Take a multivitamin regularly.
· Make sure you get your sleep and give your skin time to heal and relax.
· Exercise and work up a sweat! Sweating cleans pores from the inside out.
· Drink plenty of water, always stay hydrated.