Skin Care September 30, 2015

Skin Cleansing Basics

No matter your age or skin type, chances are you will need a normal skin cleansing regimen. Even if you have idyllic clear skin, a regular cleansing routine will be beneficial to keep your skin looking healthy. If you don’t cleanse your skin regularly, this guide will help you transition from clogged pores and blackheads to beautiful looking skin by following just a few simple steps.

Woman cleansing her skin.

Unfortunately, cleaning your skin requires products, which requires spending money. Knowing which products are best for your skin can be a daunting task but we’re here to help you work through the process. Before we get into the actual cleansing of your skin let’s talk about some natural ways to keep your skin healthy. Sleeping a full eight hours a night will give your body, and skin, plenty of time to recover and recharge. Stress is a bad influence that can lead to breakouts and bad skin so removing the things that cause the stress in your life will surprisingly do wonders to help clear up your skin. Your diet also affects the way your skin looks and feels, so look at what you put into your body closely. Stay away from excessive sugars and try to eat foods with antioxidants and healthy fats such as those found in avocados, olive oil, and fish. Green tea, and wine consumed in moderation can also help your skin. Hydration is also key in cleansing skin from the inside, out! 64 ounces of water is recommended each day and it works to plump up the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

After you’ve reduced or removed stress and unhealthy food and drink from your life it’s time to get to working on your skin from the outside in. The first step is getting a good cleanser to remove makeup, dirt, and oil. Something water soluble without harsh soaps is best to reduce acne and breakouts. Try NOT to use washcloths when cleansing your skin – believe it or not, these can be harsh and drying to skin, causing more damage than good!

Next, you can choose an astringent, or toner, although they are not considered necessary for everyone. If you have oily skin a toner can fry out your skin initially before causing it to produce more oil. So be careful when selecting a toner and look for one made for sensitive skin, no matter what skin type you may be.

Whether you decide to use a toner or not, the next step is to go with an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and clear your pores. You need to be careful here once again thought, as some exfoliants can be harsh on sensitive skin. Sloughing off dead skin cells at least once a week helps the regeneration process and leaves skin healthy and glowing.

Woman applying moisturizer.

Lastly, apply a moisturizer if you have dry skin, although, for those of you with oily skin, moisturizers might be unnecessary. If you have fair skin, a moisturizer with built-in sunscreen might be a great idea to help prevent long-term damage.

Remember there is no golden rule to clear skin. Everyone’s skin is different, and you might need to experiment before coming up with your successful combination of skin products.

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