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New Skin Care Treatments for Rosacea

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Rosacea is a common skin care struggle for so many people.  If you suffer from rosacea, it’s important to know first and foremost you’re not alone.  Fortunately, because there are many that struggle with this skin concern the experts have been working diligently to discover new treatments to help give relief all the time.  While different people have different variations of rosacea we thought we would take this opportunity to share some of the new skin care treatments for rosacea that we’ve found – so if you tend to struggle with rosacea you can try these out for yourself!

Check Skin Care Products
Naturally, you likely use different skin care products and you’re probably used to looking for products that aren’t going to cause you to have any breakouts.  However, what many don’t realize is there are a list of certain ingredients that experts suggest avoiding when it comes to rosacea treatment.  Since you use skin care products on a daily basis, they can play a major role in your rosacea.  Experts suggest avoiding products that contain: alcohol, witch hazel, peppermint, fragrances, menthol, propylene glycol to name a few.  It’s important to make sure that the products you’re using aren’t contributing to your rosacea, which has been found to be a really beneficial new skin care treatment for rosacea.

Keeping Things Simple
Whenever people have a skin care struggle, it’s common to want to use a lot of different products to get relief.  But what many experts have found as a much more effective skin care treatment for rosacea is keeping things simple.  Using too many products on skin that’s prone and struggling with rosacea has been found to make things much worse.  Find products that are going to give you results, without needing to have a lot of different products applied.  In addition, look for products that don’t contain a ton of different ingredients – similar to the amount of products, experts have found that keeping things simple with simple products is also an incredibly beneficial treatment option.

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Give Your Skin Moisture & Protection
So often those that have a skin concern, like rosacea are often afraid of applying moisturizing products in fear that it will make things worse.  But what many experts have found in the treatment of rosacea is that the skin needs moisture.  When our skin is well moisturized it’s able to function much more properly, and those with rosacea is no different.  In addition, don’t forget to apply SPF on a daily basis.  If you have rosacea chances are your skin is much more sensitive.  Applying an SPF daily is going to help your skin keep from getting more irritated.

Use Warm Water, Instead of Hot
We get that there’s something about hot water that’s comforting…and warming.  But what many experts have found is that hot water can cause those with rosacea to have more irritation in the skin.  When washing your skin or dealing with water in any way, shape or form, it’s suggested to opt for warm water instead of hot.  This will allow you to still feel warmm but not cause any irritation in your skin.

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Prep Your Skin for All Day Makeup

You’ve probably noticed by now that skin care and makeup go hand in hand.  Since we are putting makeup on our skin, it’s only natural that they both impact one another.  While it’s easy to want to use makeup to cover your skin if you’re having any skin struggles, it’s important to make sure that you’re also taking care of your skin properly otherwise and BEFORE you actually apply the makeup.  With so many makeup trends and application styles going around, we noticed there aren’t many ladies chatting about the prep steps.  So we’re sharing our tips to prep your skin for all day makeup so you can make the most of your makeup moving forward.

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Make Sure Your Skin is Clean
To make sure your skin is prepped for makeup, experts suggest to make sure that you’re starting with a clean canvas.  Since you are putting product on top of your skin, ensuring that it’s clean first is going to help prevent a lot of problems from happening and allow you to start with a better canvas right off the bat.  Cleansing your skin with a gentle cleanser is the first step; when cleansing, take your time and really be sure that your skin is clean and cleansed thoroughly.

Don’t Forget to Add Moisture
Ever try to put makeup on dry skin?  It doesn’t go on too smoothly, let’s be honest here.  To really help your make-up to glide on and have a more flawless finish, it’s important to make sure you’ve moisturized your skin really well before putting any additional product on.  After you’ve cleansed your skin, be sure to add a super hydrating moisturizer onto your skin to really prep it for all day makeup.  This will help keep your skin from becoming even drier throughout the day, too.  This is also where you’re going to want to apply your SPF product, so that you’re protected throughout the day.  Optional to add a serum here, depending on your skin’s needs.

Apply a Primer
One of the most common steps women tend to forget when applying makeup, is actually applying a priming product to their skin.  Priming products are amazing for prepping your skin for all day makeup and helping you to achieve a more flawless finish.  Let’s face it, no one wants to be re-applying their makeup throughout the day (or evening) and primers are really helpful to keeping your makeup on all day long.  After you’ve cleansed and moisturized your skin, make sure you add a priming product all over your skin before adding any actual makeup to your face.  This helps to create a barrier between your skin and makeup that keeps the makeup on, and also gives your skin a barrier from getting negatively affected by any of your makeup products that could clog your pores.  Not to mention, because it does create that barrier many will notice that you’ll get a much more flawless finish on your make-up because it’s smoothing the surface of your skin.

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Beauty Solutions for Every Skin Type

Taking care of your skin is something that we all have quite a bit of focus on, most of us realize that in order to have the glowing skin we want we need to take the necessary steps in our beauty routine to achieve it.  In addition to taking care of your skin, your skin type plays a major role in how you care for your skin and the solutions you need to seek out.  We’re sharing our favorite beauty solutions for every skin type, because although there are certain solutions that are specific to certain skin types there are also solutions that can every skin type can adapt and find relief with.

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Use a Gentle Cleanser
It’s easy to feel as though using a cleanser that’s a bit more harsh will really help give you that cleansing treatment that you want from a cleanser.  However, what many experts have found is that regardless of your skin type you need to make sure that your cleanser isn’t too harsh.  When we use a cleanser that’s too harsh, regardless of your skin type, it’s been found to strip too many of the natural oils out of our skin and cause us to have some problems in our skin.  Instead, switching to a gentle cleanser has been found to give all skin types the cleansing benefits it needs and maintain your skin’s health.

Exfoliate Your Skin Consistently
Exfoliating skin is something that’s skipped among many of the skin types.  While you’ve likely heard or read that it’s important to exfoliate, you may not be in the habit of being consistent with it.  Exfoliating your skin can be a major beauty solution for so many struggles, regardless of your skin type.  Exfoliating your skin helps to eliminate dead skin cells, dirt, oil and grime from the skin in a really gentle and healthy way.  Essentially, exfoliating helps to really get a deep clean on our skin in a way that simply cleansing can’t get to all the time.  Not to mention, it helps our skin to better absorb products because it’s able to get such a deep clean.

All Skin Needs Moisture
A common myth we hear people talking about is that they don’t all feel they need to moisturize their skin, however, regardless of your skin type you need to make sure you’re moisturizing your skin on a daily basis.  Yes, even if you have oily skin!  The truth is, our skin needs moisture and hydration in order to be healthy and happy.  The key is to make sure that the moisturizing product you’re using is designed and formulated with your skin type in mind.  When your skin is moisturized it’s able to function properly and be much healthier.

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Avoid Irritants
Regardless of your skin type, another one of our must know beauty solutions is to avoid products that are filled with irritants in them.  Irritants include fragrances and sulfates most often.  Why?  Because these are known irritants regardless of your skin type they can cause you to experience problems in your skin that you can easily avoid.

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Exfoliate Without Causing Abrasions

Exfoliating is an essential part of our skin care routine, if you’ve been following along with us for a while now you’ve seen us talk about how important it is.  However, just like with anything else doing this step properly is just as important as actually doing it.  Because exfoliating is something that can cause problems if not done properly, we wanted to make sure we spent a little time sharing some tips on how to exfoliate without causing abrasions.  We’ve heard some people say that they’re a bit intimidated to use exfoliating products in fear of causing damage or abrasions to their skin, and since we know that exfoliating can be so great when added to your skin care routine we want to ensure you’re making the most of it.

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Of course, any time you’re going to exfoliate the first step is to ensure that the exfoliating product that you’re using is a good quality product.  You want something that’s going to exfoliate and eliminate the dead skin cells and dirt off the top layer of your skin, but you also need something that’s going to be gentle in the process.  The common misconception about exfoliating the skin is that it should be rough to really accomplish the results you’re looking for.  Remember that our skin is delicate and we need to make sure that we’re being gentle and treating it like the delicate organ it is.  Using a quality, proper exfoliating product is going to be the first step in helping you accomplish that.

Once you have the right type of exfoliating product that will suit your skin type and needs, you want to make sure that you’re using it properly.  As we mentioned above, many people feel they need to be rough when using an exfoliating product, but that’s often how people end up causing irritations and abrasions to the skin.  Instead of being rough, take your time and really be gentle with it.  Avoid pulling and really being too quick when removing the exfoliating product from your skin.  Typically the best way to exfoliate the skin without causing abrasions is to apply and remove the product in soft, delicate, small circular motions.  The circular motions are what’s going to help you to eliminate the dead skin cells and dirt/oil, but allow you to do so with gentle, soft pressure.

We know that exfoliating is a process that many of us tend to rush because it is an additional step in our routine, but when we are in a rush is often when we end up causing abrasions to the skin.  Take your time when going through your exfoliating routine, enjoy the self-care aspect of it and remember that the more gentle and patient you are the better the results will be.  So to really ensure that you’re making the most of your exfoliating routine make sure that you’re using quality products, taking your time and not being too rough on your skin.  Following these steps may seem simple, but they really do help to ensure that you’re not causing abrasions to the skin.

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Signs You’re Using the Wrong Products

If you really think about it, we use quite a few different beauty products on a daily basis.  But have you ever stopped to really think about whether you’re actually using the right beauty products?  You know we’re all about beauty products and incorporating them to help you reach your beauty goals and needs.  But, if you’re not using the right products you’re not maximizing on all the time, effort and money you’re spending on them.  We thought we would share some of the common signs you’re using the wrong products so you can begin to evaluate your own beauty products.

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You’re Not Getting The Results You Want
Whether it’s with your hair care products or skin care, if you’re using products and not seeing much on the results that you’re looking for, it’s a definite sign they’re not the right products for you.  It can be because of a number of reasons, primarily because they may not be the best fit for your hair or skin type.  When using hair and skin care products it’s crucial to be sure that you’re using products that have been formulated to work with your specific needs and type.

You’re Very Dry
Much like the two mentioned above, this can go for skin and/or hair.  Experiencing a lot of dryness in either or both areas, is another sign that your products aren’t working for you.  In general, experts suggest that when you experience a lot of dryness in your hair or skin from products it can be because the products are stripping these areas of the natural oils too much – almost like over exfoliating.  While we don’t want an excess of oils, we also don’t want our hair/skin to be lacking too much of its natural oils.

Your Skin is Sensitive
Another major sign that you’re using the wrong products is that if you notice that your skin is becoming very sensitive.  Sometimes using products that aren’t the best for you and your skin’s needs can result in your skin becoming sensitive due to the irritation from the products.  If you’re noticing that your skin is sensitive after using certain products, it’s a tall tale sign it may not be the best product for you.

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You’re Very Oily
This can be with your hair and/or skin as well, if you find that your skin or hair is really oily it’s another sign that you could be using the wrong products for yourself.  Typically, if you’re experiencing oiliness in either area of your beauty routine, it’s because the products you’re using may not be giving your hair/skin enough moisture or hydration so they begin to develop oil to try to compensate.

Your Hair is Frizzy
Similar to sensitive skin, if you begin to notice that your hair is becoming more and more frizzy without much of an explanation it could be because of your hair care products.  Typically our hair becomes frizzy when it’s lacking moisture or hydration, so it may be time to re-evaluate your hair care products if your hair is frizzy.

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Five Ways To Nourish Your Skin

Our skin needs constant care, and it has a lot of its own needs.  Since our skin is the largest organ in our body, we need to be sure we’re keeping up with keeping it as nourished as possible.  If we’re really honest, very few of us are really happy with the way our skin looks and feels.  You may be feeling frustrated and feeling as though you can’t get your skin as nourished as it needs to be.  You know we’re always all about making sure that we’re giving you the best tips and advice in the beauty world, so we’re sharing five ways to nourish your skin to help you get that nourishment back!

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Drink More Water
We know that you already know that drinking enough water is incredibly important to your health as a whole, but truly in order to have your skin well-nourished you need to make sure you’re drinking enough water.  Most of us, even if we drink water during the day still aren’t quite getting enough water.  Get into the habit of making drinking water a main priority for your daily routine to really get the skin nourishing benefits.

Protect Your Skin From The Sun
The sun wreaks havoc on our skin, and so many people think that they only need to worry about sun protection when they’re outside for extended periods of time.  Whether you realize it or not, our skin is exposed to the sun constantly (yes, even during the winter).  Give your skin the nourishment it needs and wants by making sure that you’re protecting your skin from the sun every day.

Clean Up Your Dirt
Did you know that what you eat (and drink) can have a major impact on your skin and its nourishment?  Well, it does!  When we eat a lot of sugar and overly processed foods our skin isn’t getting the nourishment it needs.  Since when we eat, we’re essentially feeding our body to give it the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly, we want to make sure that we’re giving our body (and skin) the foods it needs to function at its best.  That means eliminating as much sugar and processed food as you can, and incorporating more fresh fruits, veggies and lean proteins.

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Exercise More
While exercise is obviously a great activity to do to get your body healthy and reach your weight goals, it’s also really great for helping to give your skin the nourishment it needs.  Yep, sweating can actually give your skin great nourishment.  How?  Well, anytime we get our bodies moving we’re increasing the blood flow in our bodies which help our skin to get that boost to function much more efficiently.  In addition, exercising has been found to help give our skin that healthy glow, look more youthful and help minimize inflammation.

Use the Right Products
When we use skin care products that aren’t really designed to work with our skin type, we’re not doing ourselves any favors.  Take a look at your skin care products, if you feel like your skin just isn’t in the place you want it to be, it could be because you need to re-evaluate your skin care products and switch to those that are designed to work with your skin type.

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Winter Skin Saviors

Winter blues have your skin feeling a little blah?  We’re all right there with you!  The winter tends to come with different weather, and changes to our skin.  While you may be feeling like you have to just chalk up the winter skin blues as part of the winter season, we’re all about eliminating those frustrations and getting glowing skin all year round.  We thought it was the perfect time to share some of our favorite winter skin saviors.  Because you know we’re all about sharing the wealth in beauty tips – here’s to glowing skin the rest of the winter!

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Hydrating Mask Treatments
You know that exfoliating your skin is an essential part of any skin care routine.  Hopefully, you’re on an exfoliating routine with your skin care routine to get the results from that step.  However, during this time of year, so many of us tend to struggle with some major skin dryness.  So often it feels like no matter how much moisturizer you apply it just doesn’t seem to be enough.  One of the best winter skin saviors for this struggle is incorporating a hydrating facial mask treatment.  These treatment masks are specifically designed to add a major dose of hydration to your skin, which can be exactly the dose your skin needs to feel more nourished and hydrated this time of year.

Body Scrubs
Similar to our lips, the rest of the skin on our bodies needs a little TLC this time of year to fight some of the dryness you may be experiencing.  Body scrubs are such a great way to help fight some of that, and again helps your body to better absorb that moisturizer you apply daily.  Since our skin is dry all over, body scrubs are great to keep in your shower to use 1-2 times a week to get your skin nice and smooth, and get rid of some of the dryness you have.

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Lip Exfoliating Products
Chapped lips are always a major struggle this time of year.  Doesn’t it seem like every year they just continue to be a bit of a pest to your daily life?  Well, one of our musts for a winter skin savior has got to be a lip exfoliating product.  Just like our skin needs exfoliating to get rid of dead skin cells and help with dryness, our lips do as well.  Exfoliating our lips can be a really great way to help your lips better absorb your lip balms that you apply and eliminate a lot of the dryness you’re fighting.

Body Butters
We’ve established that our skin needs moisture during the winter months, and if you’ve been using moisturizers on your body and feel like they’re just not cutting it, you may want to give a body butter a try.  Since our skin is lacking so much moisture this time of year because of the climate, adding moisturizers that are thicker and creamier can often be the answer for this struggle.  Body butters tend to be really great for that exact situation.

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How To Safely Use Skin Bleaching Products

Skin bleaching products are skin care products that have really grown in popularity in recent years.  People use them for a variety of specific skin concerns, and in certain situations they’ve gotten a bad rap among the skin care world with consumers.  Because of some of the more drastic skin bleaching products, many people are afraid of them in fear that they could do some major harm to their skin.  While it’s important to know that you can misuse skin bleaching products, that does go for any skin care products.  Ensuring that you use skin care products the proper way is essential to keeping your skin healthy and happy.  We’re sharing our tips for how to safely use skin bleaching products.

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Test the Products
Many experts suggest doing a test on your skin before applying skin bleaching products all over your skin.  This will help to be sure that you’re using a skin bleaching product that’s going to work with your skin in the best way possible.  Choose a small area of skin to test the product on and ensure that you don’t have any negative reactions.  Many people suggest behind the ear or inside the elbow, these areas tend to show any sensitives that may occur quickly.

Use Quality Products
This is much like any other skin care products, since there are a wide range of different skin bleaching products available on the market, it’s important to make sure that the products that you do choose are of high quality.  Since skin bleaching can and is a serious skin product, using the high quality products are going to help keep your skin’s health as a priority (as it should be).  It’s suggested to avoid products that contain very harsh chemicals in them, as those tend to be the ingredients that can be harmful to your skin when not used properly.  Of course, after that, you want to be sure that you’re using products that are designed and formulated to suit your skin type in the best way possible.  Much like any other skin care product.

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Follow Directions
So often when it comes to skin care products and routines, many of us feel as though we know how to use them in the best way possible without reading directions.  They’re self explanatory, right?  Not necessarily.  Especially with skin bleaching products, to make sure that you’re using them properly, be sure that you don’t use them until you read the directions thoroughly and completely understand the directions so that you’re sure to use them the way they’re intended.

Maintain Sun Protection
Skin bleaching products can cause your skin to be a bit more sensitive to the sun than you may normally be.  That being said, you’re going to need to make sure that you’re applying proper sun protection and being extra cautious around the sun while using these types of products. Since your skin is likely going through some changes with these products, keeping things protected is going to help keep your skin healthy and happy.

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Solutions for Oily Skin

Do you have oily skin?  You’ve probably tried a wide range of skin care products to try to curb some of the oiliness in your skin, but may not have quite gotten the results you were hoping for.  By now, you know that we’re all about bringing you the best tips and also making sure that we cover specific tips for everyone.  We’re sharing some of our favorite solutions for oily skin, so if you have oily skin this post is for you!  Keep reading to get our favorite solutions for you.

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Get a Cleanser That’s Going to Work With Your Skin
Those with oily skin tend to feel as though they need to look for cleansers that are going to have more drying elements to them to counteract the oiliness.  However, that’s just not the case.  Finding a good cleanser for oily skin is like finding a cleanser for any other skin type – to get a cleanser that works best with your skin you need to find one that’s been formulated for oily skin.  Experts suggest steering clear of cleansers that have alcohol in them, as they can be too drying and harsh on your skin – and they can actually eliminate too much oil from your skin.  Many experts are actually suggesting oil based cleansers for those with oily skin, because it’s believed that oil helps with oil.  If that’s not quite something you’re comfortable make sure you choose something that’s designed for your skin type for the best results.

Don’t Skip Moisturizing
Many people with oily skin tend to steer clear from applying much moisturizing products to their skin in fear that it will add more oil to their skin.  Oily skin, just like the other skin types, needs moisture to be able to make sure it’s functioning and healthy.  In fact, when oily skin doesn’t have enough moisture in it, it tends to start to develop even more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture.  Of course, much like with the cleansers you want to ensure that you’re using a moisturizer that’s going to be specifically formulated to work with oily skin types for the best results.  And we can’t forget to mention, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water!

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Be Mindful of Your Makeup
We’re all about makeup and having fun with it, but when you have oily skin, it’s essential that you’re sure to not use makeup products that could be making your oily skin even worse.  Look for makeup brands and products (especially foundations) that are non-comedogenic.  Those types of makeup products are made to ensure you don’t clog your pores – when you have oily skin using makeup products that could clog pores could lead to breakouts and your skin appearing even more oily as a result.  Make sure you’re mindful of using makeup that’s not going to cause your skin any additional stress and oil.

In general, we find that those with oily skin feel that washing their skin more often helps with the oil in their skin.  Resist the urge and stick to a morning and evening skin care routine for the best results.

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Winter Skin Care For Darker Skin Tones

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The winter tends to have a different effect on our skin than the other seasons, which is why it’s so important that we make necessary adjustments to our skin care routines.  Regardless of your skin tone or type it’s essential to make sure that you’re keeping your skin care routine consistent to YOUR skin’s needs.  We all have different needs for our skin, if you have a darker skin tone you’ve probably noticed some changes in your skin during the winter months.  We thought we would share some of our favorite winter skin care for darker skin tones to help ensure your skin is glowing and vibrant all winter long.

Increase Your Moisturizing Routine
We don’t have to tell you that your skin is likely feeling quite a bit more dry this time of year, typically darker skin tones tend to notice dryness in the skin pretty quickly.  This is why it’s crucial to make sure your moisturizing routine is in check this time of year.  Most experts suggest switching your moisturizing products to those that are much more thick and creamy since your skin needs the extra boost this time of year.  Make sure you’re applying a moisturizer to your skin every morning and evening, and for the best results for moisturizing your entire body – apply a quality moisturizer right after you get out of the shower when your skin is soft.

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Watch Your Showers
Like we said above, we all tend to get pretty dry this time of year and the weather tends to be really dry.  In addition, with the cooler temperatures outside, we all have a tendency of wanting to hop into a hot shower for a while to warm up.  If that’s you, you’re going to need to make a little adjustment.  The hot water, and being in the hot water for too long can cause your skin to become even more dry and strip it of its natural oils.  We get it’s tempting and feels great, but switching up your shower routine to only around 5 minutes and keeping the water temperature to warm instead of hot is going to do wonders for your skin.

Don’t Skip the SPF
Even if you have darker skin tone, it is important to make sure you’re applying SPF on a daily basis.  So many with darker skin feel that this is a skin care step they can skip, but experts suggest that everyone, regardless of your skin tone, needs to be applying SPF on a daily basis.  Yes, that even means during the winter months.  Although the sun may not seem to be as strong or out as long as during the winter months it can still do damage to your skin.  So make sure that you’re applying SPF to your skin on a daily basis to protect your skin all winter long.

Finally, we can’t forget to mention the importance of making sure that you’re being gentle on your skin. While it’s tempting to be a bit more harsh and use products that are a bit on the harsh side because our skin is so dry, resist the temptation and make sure you’re gentle.