By Ugochi Obiajunwa
What’s the first thing people notice about you? It’s always your skin. If your skin isn’t in great shape to begin with, covering it up with layers of makeup will do little to hide the fact. Instead of spending all your hard-earned money on foundation and concealers, try doing these simple skin steps to get to the root of the problem. Do them regularly and you’ll never feel the need to cover up your skin again.
- Double Cleanse
This method originated from South Korea (the land of the ageless goddesses), double cleansing is a simple but effective technique to getting clear skin. It involves massaging your dry face with an oil cleanser to remove all the oil-based products on your face like makeup and sunscreen. After everything is broken down, wipe it off with a warm cloth or a tissue and wash your face with your regular face cleanser. This method ensures that there isn’t any dirt trapped under your skin, which might lead to large pores and breakouts. If you don’t want to spend so much for an oil cleanser, plain old coconut or olive oil is just as effective.
- Use Mild Toners
Super astringent toners most likely contain alcohol and do absolutely nothing for your skin. Rather, use toners with natural ingredients to hydrate your skin and restore its pH value. Always look for the alcohol-free label before buying a toner or better yet, DIY one yourself. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water for a toner that fights acne and minimizes pores. Natural distilled rose water will also give you a glowing, even skin tone.
You have to moisturize your skin no matter what. By skipping moisturizing, you’re throwing your sebum glands into further imbalance. They try to produce more oil to compensate for the lack of it. Look for a water based moisturizer if you’re not completely sold on the idea. If you’re willing to take a leap of faith, try natural face oils instead. It might sound strange, but plant oils can actually make you less oily. Try a dry oil like rosehip seed oil to hydrate your skin, bring your oil production back in balance and improve your skin quality.
- Drink lots of Water
Most people stumble out of bed in the morning and reach for a big mug of coffee. You might not realize it now, but this habit could actually be damaging your skin. Your body is very dehydrated when you wake up since you haven’t drunk water all night. Drinking caffeine first thing in the morning dehydrates you even further. One of the first areas to show symptoms of dehydration is your skin. Drink a large glass of water before anything else in the morning.
- Reduce Sugar Intake
Sugar has been discovered to be addictive, the more you have of it, the more you need. Sugar can cause inflammation in our body which shows up as acne on our face. It also breaks down collagen and accelerates the ageing process of the skin. Chronic sugar addicts also have unhealthy gut flora, with an abundance of candida. Candida also manifests as acne on the skin. So cut out refined sugar for good if you desperately want perfect skin.
- Use A Serum
Serums are different from moisturizers in that they are very concentrated solutions of potent ingredients which spot treat your skin. They don’t contain any emollient properties so they cannot be used as substitutes for a moisturizer. No matter what your skin concerns are, whether it’s acne, ageing or hyperpigmentation, there’s always a serum which can cater to your needs So every night after toning, apply a few drops of serum and massage it into your skin before using your moisturizer.
- Choose Chemical Exfoliators
When we think of exfoliators, what comes to your mind first are those abrasive scrubs we used from our high school days. These scrubs were probably made up of apricot or walnut kernel and we would vigorously rub them all over our tender skin. Now that you’re older and wiser, stay off these abrasive exfoliators for more gentle and effective chemical ones. Chemical exfoliators contain peeling agents like AHAs or glycolic acid which dissolve the glue-like substance holding your dead skin cells to healthy ones. They remove the dead skin layer, leaving radiant healthy skin in their place.
To get a flawless skin, one needs to invest a lot of time and effort into maintaining it. At least once a week do a full skin routine to rejuvenate your skin. Start by double cleansing and toning, then exfoliate your skin, followed by a face mask and sheet mask. Finish off with your regular serum, eye cream and moisturizer. This will keep your skin looking refreshed through the week and will keep acne and dullness at bay. You could also get a facial done once a month or as frequently as you need to, so your skin can benefit from professional attention.
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