Glowing Skin Is Easy
Everyone wants to have great skin. Read on and discover how simple it is to put glowing skin within reach.
For Helen Lee Schifter, one of the most significant anti-aging and wrinkle prevention steps everyone can take regardless of skin type is applying sunscreen during all seasons.
Even during cloudy weather, the sun’s ultraviolet rays still penetrate cloud cover. Applying an SPF 15 or above when heading out to work, for example, is a no-brainer step in the war on aging.
Check the moisturizer for SPF, and if it does not contain sunscreen, think about applying a sunscreen veil over any regular moisturizer currently being used.
When headed out for vigorous activity such as hiking or the beach, prolonged exposure to the sun may require an SPF of 50 or above.
Fair skin may be more prone to apparent signs of burning and sun damage; however, darker skins are not exempt from sunburn.
Cleanse, tone, and moisturize. We’ve heard it said hundreds of times before. Even oily skin needs a moisturizer specially formulated to help prevent pimples or blackheads from forming. Ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are commonly used ingredients in products for oily skin.
Dry skin often benefits from a moisturizer containing collagen, omega three fatty acids, and hyaluronic acid to combat rough patches and uncomfortable tightness.
More mature skin often benefits from retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A applied one or more times per week, depending on concentration and skin tolerance.
A nighttime moisturizer often benefits dry and mature skin types needing specialized treatment to work on the skin during sleep.
Wake Up in Three Simple Steps
A simple, basic skincare routine based on healthy daily habits does not need to be expensive or complicated.
Anyone new to regular skincare habits can begin today by following a basic, accessible three-step plan.
Cleanse using the best cleansing product to match skin type. A cream cleanser for dry skin may work best for some; oily skin can benefit from a cleanser containing salicylic acid and similar ingredients.
Micellar cleansing water is an excellent option for all skin types. Cleansing waters remove old moisturizers and even makeup without the face touching tap water.
An excellent option for those of us who head to the gym after work!
Tone the skin. Applying a skin toner removes the last traces of cleanser and prepares the skin for a serum or moisturizer.
Some skin toners help remove dead skin cells and can also remove excess oil and acne-prone skin.
Apply toner onto a cotton pad, sweeping upward and outwards along the neckline and the face until all traces of makeup have disappeared.
Serum and moisturize. Not everybody will need a serum; however, mature skins may require a serum to lift and firm the skin or provide an additional moisture barrier.
Apply a few drops to the skin—massage with the fingertips using an upward and outward direction until fully absorbed.
Follow with an SPF moisturizer. Moisturizer helps maintain healthy moisture levels within the skin cells and can help maintain healthy skin pH levels. If no SPF protection is available in a favorite brand, apply a separate SPF skincare veil for protection.
Helen Lee Schifter advocates a total of seven or eight hours’ sleep each night if we want to look bright and healthy the following day.
No matter how busy the day, how amazing the party, or how tired we feel, removing makeup before going to bed keeps skin looking great.
Cleanse away dirt, dead skin cells, pollutants, and sweat from the skin before hitting the pillow.
Following the morning routine, begin by cleansing the face according to skincare needs. A separate eye makeup remover might also be needed, especially if wearing waterproof mascara and eye makeup.
Once again, follow with the toner followed by serum, moisturizer, or both.
Those with mature skins may prefer a different night cream to provide additional treatment and eye cream for the same reason.
If the moisturizer contains an SPF during the day, use a separate moisturizer at night since sunscreen during nighttime hours is not needed for obvious reasons!
Ultimately, the best skincare routine is one that is sustainable and affordable in the long term. Pick one step, and then another, and before long, enviable glowing skin will be within reach.