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How High Is Your Skincare IQ {Guest Post}

how high is your skin care IQ

Have you ever wondered what do you actually know about skin care? Do you think that you are taking care of your skin properly? Many people aren’t even aware of the fact that they’re doing it wrong. If you think that you are one of them, stay with us. Here are some basics that everyone should be familiar with.

Skincare in General

Skin is your largest organ, and taking care of it means that you are opting for your health. Here are three crucial steps in every skincare routine:

Cleansing

You should cleanse your skin twice a day –in the morning and before bedtime. Even though it may seem unnecessary, chances are that your skin is covered with impurities that are invisible to the human eye. Avoid ordinary bar soaps and use facial cleanser that you will rinse with warm water. Be gentle when cleansing around your eyes, because skin is thinnest in that area.

Exfoliating

Exfoliation should be repeated two to three times per week. It is crucial especially during winter, since cold temperatures make our skin look dry and flaky. If you let old skin cells pile up on the surface, that will lead to clogged pores, acne and blemishes. Proper exfoliation removes those dead cells and allows moisturising products penetrate deep into your skin, which makes it look radiant and beautiful.

Moisturising

The most important thing is that choose a moisturiser that is suitable for your skin type. Gels are great for oily skin, creams for dry, and serums for normal type. Such products will keep your skin hydrated by maintaining optimal moisture balance, which will prevent it from drying out and getting flaky and tight. Just apply a small blob of moisturiser by gently massaging it in. That will keep your blood flowing and make your skin very soft.

Skin Types

Determining your skin type is very important, because all the products necessary for your skincare routine need to be appropriate for it. It can change over time, which is why it is important to carefully track all the changes. There are 4 skin types (plus the combinations of different ones in particular areas):

Normal

If your skin is neither too dry nor too oily, you can say that you have normal skin type. It is characterised with barely visible pores, few imperfections and a radiant complexion.

Oily

Oily skin often produces enlarged pores, as well as blackheads, pimples and other blemishes. It is very dull and shiny, which can lead to clogged pores. Using a light moisturizer (especially one with oil-control ingredients) can help keep skin in balance and cause it to produce less oil over time.

Dry

When exposed to drying factors, such skin can peel, crack or become very itchy and irritated. It is often characterised with less elasticity, dull complexion and red patches. Opt for olive oil based moisturisers because they are rich with antioxidants that fight free radicals created by exposure to sunlight, wind etc.

Sensitive

Sensitive skin is characterised with redness, itching, burning and dryness. The most important thing is to find out what triggers them – that will help you find an appropriate product for yourself. One thing you can never go wrong with is definitely organic face moisturiser. Due to their natural ingredients, organic skin products they are the safest choice for sensitive skin.

Beauty Treatments

Nowadays, there are so many innovations in the cosmetic surgery which allow women look fantastic all the time. Numerous procedures, either invasive or non-invasive, can enhance your skin’s look for a very short period of time. One of these is fraxel laser treatment, which includes multiple beams of laser energy that penetrate from the upper layers of the skin to the deeper ones. Both deep and surface wrinkles, as well as skin texture, are improved this way. Such a treatment stimulates the production of collagen, which results in your skin looking rejuvenated and luminous.

These are just some of the things you should know about your skincare routine. The whole process of taking care of your skin can be very demanding, especially if you are not sure what is exactly your type. Determining it is the key to success – once it is done, everything will become much easier. You can even do it online.

Written by Peter Minkoff – beauty editor at highstylife.com

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