Step 1: Always, always, always – did I say ALWAYS? Seriously, though this is the # 1 golden rule to follow, always cleanse your makeup off every night before going to bed. Your skin needs to breath and makeup prevents that. Leaving your makeup on overnight clogs the pores, does not allow for proper cellular turnover and it has been said that each night you go to bed with makeup on – your skin ages 7 days. Be sure to use a proper cleanser, toner and moisturizer for your skin type.
Cleansing your skin is important for other reasons as well. Healthy skin is a reflection of a healthy you. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and the outer layer provides a waterproof barrier housing the melanin pigment that creates our skin tone and the sebaceous or oil glands that provide the skin with softness. The dermis or inner most layer is where the hair follicles and sudoriferous or sweat glands are housed. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing two times a day is recommended for all skin types unless you have acne and three times a day will help keep your skin clearer.
Step 2: Wear a sunscreen or use a daily moisturizer that has SPF 15 or higher. Even on days that are cloudy, apply to protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. Be sure and show your doctor any changes to your skin.
Step 3: Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, with sufficient protein. Diets high in Vitamin A and rich in Vitamin C, low in fats and sugars promotes radiant skin allowing cells to maintain a healthy balance.
Step 4: Regular exercise helps with blood circulation and accelerates the cleansing process of the whole body. Exercise of all types as simple as brisk walking, jogging, running, biking and more. If you have oily skin use a toner before exercise to slow down the production of oil and use an exfoliator after exercise will help keep pores unclogged.
Step 5: Beauty sleep… it is actually a fact that sleeping a minimum of 8 hours every night keeps your skin young. When we don’t get proper sleep our skin looks tired and sags and bags.
Step 6: H2O does the body good and makes the skin look its best youthful self. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses or more a day. Eating fruits and vegetables high in water content like melons, cucumbers, strawberries, oranges and grapefruit also add to your water intake.
Your skin care regimen should be done two times a day – morning and evening. The morning should focus on protection and prevention while the night time should focus on cleansing and repair. Keeping your regimen simple allows us to get into a fast, easy habit like brushing our teeth became a part of our daily routine. You will need to alter your moisturizer strength with seasonal changes. In the winter your skin can be dryer and be less hydrated from the environment so a heavier moisturizer would be needed and during the warmer months a lighter one usually works best.
Don’t forget that you have skin from your head to your toes. Wear sunscreen that covers your body when out in the sun and moisturize your skin daily. Use luke warm water when showering or bathing as hot water dehydrates the skin.
Take time out for yourself and try to avoid stress as much as possible. Schedule monthly facial appointments at the salon to keep your skin in tip top shape. As your skin changes with age or the seasons, our skin care experts can help you change your home skin care regimen. With a few good products and good habits your skin can look radiant all year round and keep that youthful appearance. A little time and effort goes along way.
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