Style The Space Coast: The Importance Of Daily Skin Care Routines
By Gina Liberto, Fashion & Beauty Editor // February 13, 2017
Manic Monday Skin Care Routine tips
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Besides being the first thing people see, our skin is the largest organ our bodies possess.
As you can imagine it serves many purposes, most importantly acting as the only barrier from outside exposure.
This is our best protection from infection.
Usually, until wrinkles become apparent or skin shows the weathering of age, we don’t realize how essential skin care can be.
As we age, taking care of our skin and protecting it from harmful elements such as the sun, are crucial for healthy skin. Taking good care of your skin can keep it healthy and healthy skin is beautiful skin.
You can begin by keeping your skin clean and moisturized.
Keeping your skin clean will keep it in good condition and promote faster regeneration after small injuries, like scrapes and cuts, which will help maintain the barrier against the outside world and the germs that can cause infection and make us sick.
Moisturizing your skin will keep it from dying and cracking. Cracked skin makes us more susceptible to infection.
The sun is an unavoidable predator that you must guard against. Damage sustained in early years makes the skin much more likely to develop harmful conditions such as cancer.
Simply protecting against exposure can greatly improve your chances of staying healthy. Gorgeous skin is a process and since it sheds daily, a routine skin care regimen is very important.
Prevention is much easier and less expensive than treatment for conditions caused by neglect or exposure to the elements without care.
Besides the fact that healthy skincare routines can help us learn to follow other healthy routines, it can make us feel good.
After all, when we look good, we generally feel good. It’s important look our best as it increases confidence and encourages a positive attitude.
I always appreciated a good thought from Zig Ziglar and one of my favorites that applies here is, “Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.”
Before you develop a skin care routine that suits you, you must determine your skin type.
It will be one of the following:
- Normal: balanced, clear and not sensitive.
- Dry: flaky our rough.
- Oily: shiny, greasy and often with large pores.
- Combination: dry in some places and oily in others.
- Sensitive: may sting, itch, burn or become red after using some products.
The first step in your routine is cleansing.
You should never use just any old soap. Make sure to select a cleanser that works with your skin type and is gentle.
Wash, never scrub your face and thoroughly rinse before patting dry. If you find your skin reacting adversely, change cleansers. Select a non-alcohol cleanser for dry skin and a non-oil cleanser for oily skin.
Be mindful with sensitive skin and look for very gently alcohol free cleansers and don’t ignore any irritation.
The second step is to exfoliate periodically if your skin type allows.
You don’t want to do this too often and keep it gentle. You don’t need to scrub too much. You also don’t need anything other than your hands. Tools and gadgets are not necessary to properly cleanse or exfoliate with the correct products.
You may incorporate a toner into your routine at this point to give your skin the proper PH after cleansing.
The more products you use the higher the cost, some people like to keep it down to the bare necessities.
This means you would moisturize next.
During the day, you can find a light moisturizer depending on your skin type but make sure it has an SPF protection of at least 30.
This is very important in guarding against damage that can cause future health issues such as cancer, discoloration and age spots.
If you have oily skin make sure it is light and oil free so as not to block pores and create blemishes.
If you’re going to be outside, make sure to reapply sunscreen to prevent further damage. Night cream should also be appropriate for your skin type but is generally a heavier cream. You may want to apply only to certain areas.
In most cases, you should wash in the morning and at night. If you spend time working out or playing sports where you may sweat, it’s a good idea to wash afterwards to keep pores from clogging.
Be sure not to wash too often and never go to bed wearing make-up. Although this is tempting, it’s liable to clog pores and create acne. If you use any acne medication it’s probably a good time, after your evening cleanse, to apply.
We only have the skin we are born with—so it’s important to take the best possible care of it that we can.
Creating a beauty regimen or skin care routine early, is vital to healthy skin later in life.
If practiced regularly, you will enjoy clear, healthy and glowing skin while receiving lots of compliments. We can’t prevent aging but by consistently caring for our skin, we can look like we do.
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