To keep your face looking as youthful as possible, you need proper skin care .
Here I'll show you how to properly cleanse , exfoliate and moisturize your skin while never leaving the house without at least 30 SPF sunscreen. I've dubbed this process "The Basic 4-Step Skincare Regimen," which I outline in this article .
I also include organic skincare tips for the growing number of you who are concerned with putting only natural, organic products on your skin .
How you care for your skin is utterly dependent on the type of skin you have: oily, normal/combination, dry, sensitive or sun- damaged . Find out what skin type you have .
The Basic 4-Step Skincare Regimen
Step 1: Cleansing -
Simple is key here . You need a good cleanser that your skin responds well to , and stick with it:
"Choose a creamy cleanser if you have dry skin or a clear cleanser if you have oily skin .
For you organic types , you can cleanse skin with milk or yogurt (who knew ? ) .
Be careful not to cleanse too often , you risk over-cleansing skin .You really only need to wash your face at night to remove makeup and sunscreen , which can clog pores .
Simply apply cream, then wipe off , no water needed (if you have hard water, it can be especially harsh on skin) .
Most women prefer the water method : Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores . Use a dime-sized bit of cleanser, then rinse with cool or lukewarm water .
Make sure you remove eye makeup with a proper makeup remover .
The area around the eye is delicate so don't pull or rub too hard . You can also use olive oil as a natural eye makeup remover .
In the morning , a splash of lukewarm water is all you need (I find it's great for removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing) . Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries) .
Step 2: Exfoliate - Exfoliation is the step most people skip in their weekly skincare routine . But trust me , if you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference .
There are several exfoliating options that I use weekly. Here are my favorites:
A facial scrub -
You can buy a great scrub I prefer salt scrubs to sugar ones, but it's just a matter of preference .
A Washcloth -
Put a dab of cleanser and a sprinkle of white refined sugar on a damp washcloth and massage skin in a circular motion . After a quick rinse, any sign of dead skin is erased .
If you have dry skin, try extra virgin coconut oil .
You can buy microdermabrasion kits . I have and found quite a few I like
In the hour it takes to get a chemical peel , you can take a year from your face .
Retinoids (such as Retin-A or the more moisturizing Renova) also work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells while also generating collagen in the skin . "Collagen is the skin's structural fiber , "As we get older, it breaks down , creating lines and large pores . "retinoids can be a miracle skin saver . I'm addicted to Retin-A .
Should you use a toner ? Toners are meant to remove all remaining traces of oil , makeup and dirt , but a good cleanser should do this . I firmly believe it's up to you . If you like the way your skin feels with a toner . Buy it. Use it. Enjoy it .
Step 3 : Moisturize - A basic rule of beauty is that if you have dry skin, you should invest in a basic moisturizer . So how much should you moisturize ? Your skin will tell you. When your skin is tight, it's crying out for moisture . Be careful not to over-moisturize -- this can clog pores .
For you Dark skinned ladies , nothing beats a good oil for your skin . You can use extra virgin coconut oil , olive oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil as an Overall Body Moisturizer .
Are eye creams necessary ? Well maybe . Why ? The skin around the eye contains no fatty tissue and is therefore very thin and susceptible to wrinkles . Eye creams are formulated to "thicken" this area .
Step 4: Apply Sunscreen -
The #1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage , so it's important to use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF from your early years .
A great trick is to purchase two facial creams: One for night and one for day that includes UV protection . Don't use moisturizers with sunscreen at night, the ingredients are not meant to be used 24/7 and can aggravate skin.