Here are the skin care staples for glowing, healthy skin: what to do and what not to do!
Healthy skin needs to breathe, stay smooth and hydrated, protect you from the environment, fight infection, and repair its own inner and outer barrier structures. For this to happen, we need the substances that allow this process to take place. Some of these substances, we produce internally, and some we produce less of as we age, such as hyaluronic acid and collagen, so it’s wonderful to be able to replace what we no longer make in adequate quantities, and in a form that allows the body to easily use them.
There is a current term for these ingredients, they are now known as “skin identical ingredients”. Skin identical ingredients provide the nutrients to repair the outer layer of the skin, and help the skin to hold moisture. They reinforce the skin’s ability to function normally and fight environmental stress. This in turn improves the skin’s texture and reduces cellular damage that leads to loss of collagen.
So what to do first? Cleanse the skin! The face should be washed twice a day. Use organic, pure and natural cleansers without palates, synthetic fragrances, or petrochemicals such as mineral oil or paraffin. Europe bans 110 personal care product ingredients from use, but the U.S. bans only 10. There are concerns of cancer risk, birth defects, and reproductive issues with these ingredients.
Cleansing removes pollution, sweat and makeup. The pores really need to be clean. Top models will assure you that cleansing is everything, although one if the nice additions to your routine after cleansing, is facial massage, working in small circular motions, and always upward to counteract gravity.
There is an oil cleansing method which is quite lovely as oil can dissolve other oils. By rubbing organic, cold pressed oils into the skin, the cleansing oil softens the wrong oils that have hardened and are blocking pores. This method results in fewer blemishes and is a gentle but thorough method of cleansing. Skin feels soft, and natural protective oils remain.
To cleanse with oil, apply a small amount of great quality oil to the face and neck, then hold a warm wash cloth on the skin, and gently wipe. Repeat with the wash cloth and you are done.
The next three musts are: Stay hydrated, by drinking six to eight glasses of water per day. Sleep 7-8 hours per night, as skin repairs while you sleep. Have a healthy diet– eat well and manage stress. Your diet should include protein, healthy fats, complex carbs, and fruit.
As for antioxidants, they are essential! Antioxidants are found in your diet in colored fruits and veggies, and in your skin care, in ingredients such as Vitamin C, Rose hips, Sea Buckthorn Oil, and others that help heal the skin and produce healthy collagen. Remember that these antioxidants become unstable in jars that allow air to circulate and cause the antioxidants to deteriorate.
Toner finishes the cleansing process, setting the skin at a neutral pH, and preparing it to accept moisture. Use toner that does not include alcohol in its preparation, as alcohol is drying.
Hydrate your skin. The best hydration products provide the nutrients that let your skin repair itself. It is almost impossible to consume enough of the foods your body needs in a day, to take care of all it should ultimately do in this stressful and polluted world of ours. So we can be kind to our bodies, and our skin as the bodies’ largest eliminative organ, by providing high quality, organic antioxidants and other nutrients in our hydrating and protective products. What you use on your skin, gets absorbed into your body, so choose well!