Having a daily facial cleansing routine is vital to warding off blackheads and acne and is an integral part of keep your face smooth, moisturised and free of dirt. Neglecting to build a daily facial cleansing routine can lead to spots, sore skin, flakiness and dry areas on the face and other skin conditions which are irritable and unsightly.
English: A Facial mask. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Luckily, a daily face care routine doesn’t need to take a great deal of time and can be developed for a relatively low price. The key is to be well-informed on what you need in order to build an effective process.
Try these simple tips:
1. Know Yourself
Part of knowing your body is understanding what skin type you have. There are five basic skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive, and the face type that you are determines what products you should be using on your face. Dry skin, for example, needs a great deal of moisturizing, oily skin will not benefit from rich creams and sensitive skin may be prone to irritation from highly perfumed products.
Think about how your skin reacts to certain products and how it feels at the end of the day. People who feel a tautness in their skin after a long day will most likely suffer from dry skin. People who find themselves with a sheen in photographs or a sweaty feel to their face are most likely suffering from oily skin. Most difficult to diagnose is combination skin. This can be described usually by a dryness on cheek areas and around the eyes, juxtaposed with an oily nose and forehead.
2. Consider Your Tool Set
It is common knowledge that tissue should not be used to wipe the face at it absorbed all facial oils which are essential for locking in moisture. The question is which tools you need to use and when.
When exfoliating your skin with a facial scrub, using just your hands allows the microbeads in the exfoliant to create the abrasive texture needed for exfoliation. When applying makeup remover, cotton pads are a good idea, or a soft sponge. Moisturizer can be applied with a disposable cloth but should be massaged in with clean hands.
3. Work Out a Time
One of the major causes of spotty skin or dryness is over-washing. Washing your face constantly throughout the day removes the oily layer which locks in moisture, allowing dirt and grime to enter the pores in your face. Despite the common misconception that greasy skin causes spots, removing that layer can be worse.
The best idea is to wash your face in the morning and evening before bed. That removes dirt from the night before and from the day’s activities.
4. Understand Your Products
Having a repertoire of products for your face is a good idea but you need to understand what they all do and why they’re important. To clean your face properly, you should have a cleanser, toner, exfoliation scrub and moisturizer.
- Cleansers removes oil, dirt, makeup and grime from your skin. A toner will also help to remove these but is better at removing the last traces.
- Toners are predominantly aimed at balancing the skin’s pH and toning the skin to prevent wrinkles.
- A moisturizer should be applied to a towel patted face to lock in moisture, within three minutes of cleansing your face.
- Exfoliating your face at least once or twice a week will give your face a deep clean. Be careful not to do this too often as the facial skin is sensitive and exfoliation can cause damage.
Be aware that perfumed products or those containing chemicals can be irritating to sensitive skin; those with sensitive skin types should try natural remedies for clear skin using organic products.
5. Stick to It
Ensuring that you complete this routine every day, twice a day will give you a clean, healthy and glowing face. Irregular cleansing routines lead to changes in skin type, exacerbating oily or dry skin as your body fights to balance the irregularity of chemicals.
6. Treat Yourself
Once or twice a month, treat your skin to a face mask. Face masks help to moisturize the skin deeply and lock in moisture. They also remove any traces of dirt and help to prevent wrinkles and anti-aging.
A frequent, consistent facial cleansing routine is highly important to keep your face looking fresh and warding off the signs of aging. It prevents dryness or excessive oil as well as keep the skin taut and retaining its elasticity. It’s one of the easiest ways to stay looking young!
Melissa Cameron is a freelance writer with a passion for keeping fit and staying healthy. One thing she swears by is the use of natural skin products to reduce aging, and follows advice from www.mysensitiveskincare.com to keep a healthy glow to her face!
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