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By Shalini Yogendra Gupta
Healthy skin is fundamental to looking your best, and it’s the one thing the beauty industry hasn’t really found a substitute for. Think about it: No matter how much makeup you put on, what clothes you wear or how you style your hair. Your skin is one of the first things people notice about you, and it can make or break your appearance.
Skin care should be a part of your daily beauty routine. By identifying your skin type, you can choose the most appropriate products to meet your skin care needs and learn what you should be doing on a daily basis to keep your skin looking as clear, young and healthy as possible.
So let’s start and identify you skin type. It’s very likely you fall into one of the basic categories:
Oily skin, this is usually a skin that has breakouts from time to time (pimples) and fills up easily with white heads and blackheads. Many times when the skin of the body is oily, the face is always oily. So the skin of the face is shiny, have breakouts too. The hair is usually oily and has an oily smell too and needs frequent shampooing.
Oily skin tends to be smooth, needs frequents cleansing with drying agents and more often than not acne treatment is warranted.
Dry skin, also is easy to identify it a usually dull, flaky and sometimes itchy. Dry skin needs special care, no scrubbing, no hot water, frequent moisturizing and trying to limit exposure to chemical agents (chlorine and soap)
Dry skin if not taken well care of will develop eczema. Red, itchy patches that need treatment.
Sensitive skin is not very common. It is the sort of skin that reacts badly to creams, perfumes, and any topical agent once applied to it. Dry skin may become sensitive but it’s not the rule. Sensitive skin is a genetic condition. There is not much to do except use special cleansers and moisturizers.
Combination skin- Many times, the skin of our bodies like the skin of our face is a combination of these types depending on the area. For example the back can be oily but the legs dry etc.
The key to any good skin care regimen is to figure out which skin category you belong to and choose your creams, cleansers and other treatments accordingly. And now that you have identified your skin type join me in my next video you help you create your perfect skin care regime to suit your skin type.
If your skin’s been taking a beating, it’s time you fight back. Take a look at this basic yet highly effective 4-step skin care routine that will completely transform the way your skin looks. And how people look at you.
Step 1: Cleansing
Before you even go to the local chemist to buy a cleanser, you need to identify what your skin type is. Would you offer an Eskimo ice-cream? No, you wouldn’t. It’s just like that. Once you are sure what your skin type is, namely, oily, sensitive, and acne-prone or dry, you will find a range of products that will suit your skin. And if you want natural skin care, there’s nothing like some good old fashioned yogurt cleansing.
Warm water really helps loosen dirt and unclog your pores. Use a coin-sized quantity of cleanser and then rinse with cool water.
DO NOT cleanse too often or you will strip off all the natural oils that keep your skin healthy. In fact, only wash your face at night to remove makeup and sunscreen, which tends to clog pores.
When removing eye makeup, please use a legit makeup remover. And be gentle too! The area around your eyes is very delicate and rubbing too hard can damage it.
Cold cream is great if you’ve got dry skin. Just apply it and then wipe it off; don’t even use water.
NEVER wash your face with water that’s hot or cold because you can break capillaries; lukewarm water is just fine.
Step 2: Exfoliation
While the temptation to skip this step in your daily skin care routine is high, don’t. Exfoliate regularly and you will see the difference it makes! You can use a facial scrub or you can also put a bit of cleanser and white refined sugar on a damp washcloth and massage your skin in a circular motion. And if you can afford it, chemical peels work really well too.
Toners aren’t necessary; a good cleanser should suffice.
Step 3: Moisturize
If your skin is dry or feels tight, that’s a sure-fire way to know it needs moisturizing. Get an organic moisturizer if you can afford it else ask for a really mild moisturizer when you go to the chemist. Also, olive oil and coconut oil are amazing natural moisturizers for your skin.
DO NOT over-moisturize unless you want to clog your pores.
Use eye creams instead of moisturizers to soften the skin around your eyes. That’s because the area around your eyes is very thin and susceptible to wrinkles, which the eye creams take care of by thickening the skin in this area.
Step 4: Sunscreen
Did you know that sun damage is one of the biggest reason for the formation of wrinkles? Which is why, it’s essential you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.
DO NOT leave sunscreen on in the night; always wash it off. That’s because 24X7 use of SPF can really damage your skin.
Follow this daily if fabulous, glowing skin is what you want!