After wholesome nutrition, the process of cleansing, toning, masking, peeling and moisturizing are key to maintaining beautiful and healthy looking skin, period. Diligence and consistency, along with appropriate products for your skin can mean the end of your skincare struggles.
Easier said than done, right? But, it’s not that difficult. And, what’s more, if you really want your skin to look and feel its best, you’ll care and treat it accordingly.
Though they may vary slightly based on skin type, here are 10 skin care commandments that are certain to empower your routine.
- Wash with a gentle cleanser, using your fingers or facial brush. I’ve been using face brushes or years. I began with the sonic brush then switched over to the manual brush. The sonic brushes are great for deep, gentle cleansing.
- Drink lots of water. At least 8ozs per day to rehydrate you skins’ cells.
- Use a gentle toner to get rid of residual bacteria and restore the skin’s ph balance.
- Use a vitamin C serum at night. It contains antioxidants that fight free radicals and maintain collagen production for firmer skin. If you find that your skin burns or feels irritated after applying vitamin C, it may mean that you are sensitive to the treatment. Consult your dermatologist.
- Apply topical acne treatment if your dermatologist has prescribed one.
- Apply a night cream to moisturize and restore and repair your skin while you rest.
- If you have oily or combination skin, use an oil control mask two to three times per week to control oil buildup and congestion. Those with normal skin can do this once or twice per week.
- Use an exfoliating peel 1 to 2 times per week. This is recommended, especially if you have scarring and hyperpigmentation. The peels will exfoliate and also remove excess oil and congestion. Over time you will see a significant improvement in discoloration and skin tone. There are lots of toxicant-free and organic ones on the market.
- It may be too much to do this every night, but flip your pillowcase every other night and change it on the third night to avoid bacterial build up and cross contamination. Pillowcases are major skin saboteurs. What’s on them will go right back to your face.
- MUY IMPORTANTE! Use an SPF moisturizer of at least 30 to prevent premature wrinkling and for protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays, which can cause skin cancer.
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, health and wellbeing consultant and Qigong instructor. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo and more. She is the founder of Inside Outer Beauty Market, a multi-cultutal retailer curating and creating products to support the body inside and out. Visit the site at www.iobeautymarket.com