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Your skin and you
The skin is the body’s largest organ, so taking care of your skin with healthy habits is crucial. Many conventional skincare products are toxic, but those toxins do not remain on the surface of the skin. Instead, they are absorbed into our bodies. Choosing clean, natural skincare is a healthcare issue that is beyond skin deep. What we put on our bodies can affect our health from the inside out
Before figuring out what to include in your natural skin-care routine, it’s important to know your skin type and if you have any major concerns you want to address.
To figure out your skin type, think about how your skin acts without any makeup or products on it a few hours after taking a shower.
Knowing your skin type will help steer you toward products that will manage dryness and oiliness while effectively taking care of any other skin concerns you have.
If your skin tends to get irritated when you use certain products, if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to a product, or if you have certain skin conditions on your face (eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, et cetera) you may have sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin can have oily, dry, combination, or normal skin too, but may need to take extra care in selecting products that don’t cause irritation or exacerbate skin conditions.
Though everyone has different skin — and therefore different skin issues, concerns, goals, etc. — there are certain skin-routine rules that generally apply across the board. These are otherwise known as the basics, "In creating your first skin-care routine, keep it simple,” Effective Skin care does not need to be complicated.
Those basics should always include the following three steps, performed in the following order:
Step 1 - Cleanse
The general rule of thumb here is that cleansing your face twice per day — once in the morning, once in the evening — is ideal. Cleansing in the morning will help to remove any evidence of sweat or oil left from your pillow and hair during your beauty sleep. There is one common exception to the twice-daily rule: Dry skin. "If you tend to be dry, it’s OK to use plain water in the morning,
Cleansing your skin in the evening, however, should never be compromised or skipped. "At the end of the day, it’s important to cleanse to remove not only skin-care products and makeup that you applied in the morning, but also excess oil, sweat, dead skin cells, pollutants, and other debris that collect on the skin throughout the day,
Step 2 - Tone
Next, a toner is a fast-penetrating liquid that delivers skin a quick hit of hydration and helps remove some dead cells off the surface of the skin. Think of a toner as prep for your pores, It brings your skin back to its natural acidic state, sweeping impurities away and helping your skin absorb your skincare products.
Your skin is like a dried-up sponge. If you put a thick cream on a brittle dry sponge, it won't accept it and it isn't 'prepped' for moisture. But if you wet the sponge, the cream will sink in more easily.
Step 3 - Moisturise
Finally, use a moisturizer, typically oil-free, fragrance-free, irritant free moisturizer this will be well tolerated in [all] skin types, from acne- prone to sensitive."
Beyond these parameters, you can also utilize this step to simultaneously address specific skin concerns by seeking out a moisturizer that's formulated with additional ingredients that target specific needs eg Hyaluronic acid: Plumps skin and restores lost hydration in dry skin.
Additional steps (as needed)
Once you have a basic routine down, you can begin to add in extra steps here and there, as needed. A good place to start is with exfoliation, adding it in as an additional step once or twice per week using beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), which work in different ways to slough off excess build-up on the skin's surface.
Remember these important tips It brings your skin back to its natural acidic state, sweeping impurities away and helping your skin absorb your skincare products. Your skin is like a dried-up sponge. If you put a thick cream on a brittle dry sponge, it won't accept it and it isn't 'prepped' for moisture. But if you wet the sponge, the cream will sink in more easily.