Important steps to having beautiful skin

Most people don’t realize just how complex the skin is. The skin has many functions. Out of all the organs in the body the skin comes second in complexity only to the brain. Having beautiful skin takes both internal and external balance and harmony. Each person is different; some may use a certain product or eat a certain food and break out while another person may have no effect at all.

Here are some tips on what you can be doing to help your skin externally.

Before you do anything to your skin, make sure your hands are clean. Hands are a breeding ground for bacteria and you don’t want to spread it to your face.

Cleansing the skin is key. Cleansing the skin can help with any skin condition just as long as you know what type of cleanser to get for what skin condition. Cleanse your skin in the morning and at night before bed. If you can only afford one product to use, get a good cleanser. If you skip this step, it wont matter how great any other of your products are, as they wont be able to penetrate until the skin is as clean as possible.

Cleanse with warm water. Unless you have rosacea or very sensitive skin, cool water may be better. Cleanse for at least 90 seconds. Many people like a cleanser that gets frothy, but there are also lotion cleansers that don’t froth up, which are good choices for dry skin.

After you’re done cleansing and rinsing your face, you can decide if you want to use a toner. Many toners have astringents and antibacterial ingredients to help with problem skin. Toners make sure the face is spotless after cleansing; and are good for women who wear heavy makeup. You can use a cotton ball/round for this step. Just spritz cotton round once or twice then swipe over your face. Toner can be used morning and night and should give your face a nice tight and clean feeling.

Next step is to moisturize. Moisturizing is very important, it helps preserve collagen so your face will develop less wrinkles and sagging.  Moisturizing is not only important for antiaging but also for dealing with problem skin. Often, people with oily acne will not want to use a moisturizer because they think it will just clog their pores more. As long as you are using a high-quality moisturizer it wont clog your pores. Actually, the water in the moisturizer will flush away oil and impurities and can really help clear up skin. Somebody with dry skin should look into a creamy lotion cleanser while somebody with oily skin might feel better about a gel moisturizer. Depending on how dry your skin is, you may want to moisturize both in the day and at night, or maybe just once a day.

Last, but not least, use an SPF in the daytime. I recommend an SPF between 15 and 30. Sometimes SPF is built into your moisturizer. That can be convenient, but you do want to make sure you have a good moisturizer for night that doesn’t have SPF in it. Sunblock is important. especially when spending much time in the sun. I recommend a mechanical sunscreen over a chemical. Mechanical sunscreens contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Although sometimes these sunblocks take a little more work to rub in, they are worth it because they sit on top of your skin and protect it—rather than penetrating the skin surface where it is still unsure what long-term effects some of these chemicals can have.

Depending on your skin care goals you may want to purchase specialty products such as serums, eye creams… Here is a list of the basics that everyone should own.

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