As I get older I pay more and more attention to the mirror. I like what I see and I work hard to keep my skin looking fresh. Nowadays, I find myself browsing the beauty aisles in department stores, turning to the beauty pages of magazines and reading beauty related articles on the internet. I haven’t always been this way; in fact I went a few years using no skin care products whatsoever, apart from a moisturizer, as I felt soap and water did the job just fine. Actually, it’s not fine as the harsh weather conditions and the daily dirt and grime from the atmosphere really do play havoc with my skin. Over time I have come to realize that skin care products have been developed and designed to help keep our skin looking radiant and blemish free. There is only one conclusion for me and this is to find something that is suitable for your skin type and feels good – and then stick to it!
My basic skin-care regime
So, here is my basic skin care regime. When I wake up in the morning I start by splashing my face with lukewarm water. I pat it dry and then apply cleanser by rubbing it gently into my face with my fingertips, in small circles. I am careful to get into the areas at the side of my nose and am gentle around the eye area. I use a cotton wool ball to remove the cleanser. I use another cotton wool ball to apply the toner. I like to use quite a lot of toner and make sure that I go all around my face and neck in order to remove any remains of the cleanser. The toner makes my face feel fresh and my skin feels tightened up. Finally I apply the moisturizer and always use a generous amount as my skin tends to absorb it quickly.
I carry out a similar routine in the evenings as far as the cleansing and toning goes, but I don’t use a moisturizer at night. Instead, I apply organic beauty oil to my face, paying particular attention to areas where I know fine lines and wrinkles are present. My intention is to keep them at bay in the hope that they do not develop any further. When I am in a hurry and feel that I don’t have time to carry out my skincare routine, I just skip out the cleanser and apply the toner first. Sometimes I feel that this does the job just as good. However, I always make sure I use the moisturizer before I go out and my favorite has a SPF 30 in it.
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Skin care products
We all have different skin types and sometimes we suffer from skin problems and conditions. For some of us, these are ongoing and for others they are periodical – for example we may get blemishes or our skin becomes greasy at certain times of the month. Acne is common in teenagers but also affects us through our adult life. Most of us get greasy skin in patches such as around the nose or the chin and forehead. Dry skin can also be a problem and may also develop into psoriasis which flares up during periods of stress.
There are many types of over the counter creams and serums that can help with these conditions; you just need to find the ones that suit your skin type and try them out. There are creams that lift and tighten the skin as well as creams that act as fillers for fine lines and wrinkles. Serums keep your skin feeling fresh and hydrated whilst glowing and looking young and radiant. The reason that they are able to do this is because of the ingredients they contain, which are specially designed and formulated to do the job.
Two key ingredients which you should look for in serums are Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid. On their own, each of these has amazing benefits to the skin. Vitamin C improves your skin tone and maintains elasticity. The key benefits of Hyaluronic acid are plumping the skin and reducing the signs of visible aging. Together they form a perfect combination to deeply moisturize, prepare and repair your skin so it’s ready for the day. Use of this formula will help to preserve and promote your skin’s natural moisture, therefore making your skin look more hydrated and youthful.
I find that using a serum containing Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid not only combats my dry skin but also adds a glow to my face which keeps it looking younger. My skin tone has become more balanced out and I don’t have any dry or greasy patches anymore. Most importantly for me though, when I look in the mirror I don’t see blemishes and my skin doesn’t look patchy. Instead it looks radiant and blemish free, therefore making me look and feel younger and more confident.
Signs of aging
Signs of visible aging on the skin come to us all. Mainly these are the fine lines that begin to develop at the sides of the eyes and around the lips. These are more visible on smokers. There are also the wrinkles and creases that form on the forehead and the neck area. The skin looses its elasticity and begins to droop around the eyes, cheeks and neck areas. Age spots on our faces can appear as unsightly brown marks which start off small but can grow in size.
There are several suggested ways of slowing down and reversing the symptoms of aging and I have tried a few. I have tried facial massage which I always feel a benefit from after the treatment. However, this can prove costly unless you practice and follow a routine and take the time to do it yourself. I have been to the beauty salon in town and had facials which claim to be uplifting and rejuvenating. I am always amazed with the results, but only until the next day. I have also tried a course of non-surgical face lift treatments which had great short term results but again, very expensive to keep up with on a regular basis.
So my personal recommendation is to follow the advice of someone who knows because they have tried it. To keep your skin looking blemish free and radiant you need to use products designed to help you to do so. Don’t get confused by the massive choice available to you as it’s really quite simple. Keep your skin clean, prepared and protected. Do follow a skin care routine twice daily, as it only takes a couple of minutes of your time each day to reduce these visible signs by years. Do use lotions that suit your skin type as they will have the best desired effect. Most importantly, look at the ingredients that the lotions contain and be sure to use a facial serum which contains Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid to combat visible aging.
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