How do you get great skin or maintain the great skin you were born with?
This question can sometimes feel like you are asking someone where to find the Holy Grail. People who actually talk about their skin usually start the conversation pointing out areas where they have problems. Some people go for years with skin issues choosing just to ignore it. While others off load tons of money buying product after product trying to achieve that movie-star-glow. I have watched the interaction between women when issues of skin come up. These conversations frustrate me to no end. The women with beautiful skin just smile and take on the complements. They shrug their shoulders when asked, “What’s your secret?” Sometime they give an answer that is so insufficient that, in my estimation, they could have said nothing and it would have been a far better answer. Others give a polite answer stating “I really don’t do much to my skin, but thank you.” Well, that might be true, and if it is, I say to that woman, “Girl, you have hit the mother load.” But for the rest of us, we need and want answers. How do we take care of our skin so that we too can have healthy radiant skin?
Here is the secret!
I believe that there are essentially 4 basic steps to achieving great skin, and 1 or 2 other steps to really push your results to the max. Taking these steps for some will show results over night, but for others it will take time for your skin to show the benefits of your efforts.
Step 1: Identify and embrace your skin type and skin issues
Although this type of skin may be problematic from time to time, you have no idea how lucky you are to have skin that produces oil. One great benefit is when you age, and we all do, those fine lines and wrinkles will, for some, take years and years to appear, and, for others, they may only appear upon very close inspection.
But how do you take care of the problem now?
Oily skin is the result of an overactive sebaceous gland that produces too much sebum. Sebum is good; you don’t want to eradicate it. You want to control it. Products that dry out the skin will only make your problem worse. It will trigger you skin to produce more sebum. Talk about a vicious circle. Stay away from harsh detergents and alcohols. You will want to use natural products that will help to clean and balance skin oils.
Dry skin is the exact opposite of oily skin… But I didn’t have to tell you that. Dry skin does not produce enough sebum to create that protective layer on the skin which traps in moisture. Skin that is dry will tend to feel tight, flaky and show signs of aging.
How do you take care of this problem?
Like with oily skin, you should stay away from harsh detergents and alcohols. This will only serve to dry your skin further. Who wants that? People with dry skin tend to benefit from products with butters in it such as Shea butter, mango butter and cocoa butter to mention just a few. These butters help to create that barrier that is missing, due to the under production of sebum, which help retain moisture to the skin. In addition to butters, products made with milk, such as goat milk and coconut milk, are also very good for people with dry skin.
Whether you are a teenager with acne or you suffer for adult onset acne the situation is still the same, the problem is bothersome and sometimes embarrassing.
How do you take care of this problem?
There are a host of products on the market that deals with acne-prone skin. Some are a hit, and some are a miss. However, when dealing with acne-prone skin, products with salicylic acid in them will help to clear up acne sores. Gentle cleansing is also a good practice. Try to only use your hands when cleansing your face. Wash clothes and sponges only serve to cause more irritation to an irritated surface. When choosing a moisturizer, chose one that is light and specifically constructed to deal with your skin issues.
These are just a few skin types, but you should identify your own and then accept and embrace it for change.
Step 2: Cleanse your skin
Once you know what type of skin you are dealing with, you can identify the proper soap that will cleanse and hydrate your skin. I don’t believe that there is one cleanser that will help all skin types. Get to know your skin so you can provide it with what it needs. Cleansers come in all different shapes and sizes: bars, creams, liquids, or foams. The medium your cleaner comes in is really up to your preference. The main key is that you cleanse on a daily basis. You would be surprised at the amount of impurities and toxins exposed to skin. Allowing these unwanted hitchhikers, to take up residence in your pores is simply a mistake that will cost you the health of your skin.
Step 3: Use a toner
This step is overlooked more frequently than any other step in a skin care regimen. However, I believe that this step is just as important as any other step. Toners are the gatekeeper to skin health. After cleansing the skin, the process opens your skin’s pores, but it does not close the pores when you are done. In addition, there still may be some dirt and residue left on the skin that your soap has not removed. Using a toner after cleansing solves both of these problems. Toner helps to remove the deep down dirt, and it also closes the pores preventing additional dirt from getting in. There are many types of toners and knowing your skin type will help you to choose the best one.
Step 4: Moisturize
Bringing moisture back to the skin after it has been cleansed is very important and essentially the finishing touch. But be careful when choosing which moisturizer you use. This is probably the most important part of your regimen that requires you to really know what your skin type is. If you have oily skin and you use a heavy moisturizer, you have just created an oil slick on the surface of your skin. If you have dry skin, and you use a moisturizer that has clay in it which absorbs oil, your face will feel like a desert. There is an ongoing debate on whether people with acne-prone skin should use use a moisturizer. Well my 2 cents on that is, yes you should. However, it must be the right one and it may not be needed on a daily basis, but it is needed. I love herbal moisturizers for the skin because of all the healing properties it provides. The right creation and combination can help with just about any skin issue or skin type.
Well, those are the 4 steps that I believe are the secret to healthy skin
I did mention that there are some additional steps that can really boost the health of your skin to the status of Glowing and Radiant. Those steps we will discuss in a future blog post, but to give you a little preview, we will talk about:
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