Caring for your skin is not an optional item on your daily list of things to do. The way you look plays a very crucial role in shaping the way you feel about yourself. When your skin is fresh and glowing with good health, you feel confident and self-assured. Proper skin care gives you great looking skin which works wonders for your self-esteem!
Daily Skin Care Routine
No matter what your skin type, having a regular cleansing regimen every day is critical for good skin health. Most skin experts advise that excessive cleaning should also be avoided at all costs. Washing your skin twice a day with a good facial cleanser that is designed for your skin type helps keep acne and other skin infections under control.
Cleansing gets rid of left over makeup and cosmetics that will end up clogging your pores. It also removes any sweat and environmental impurities from the surface of the skin. Many cleansers also hydrate the skin and make it supple and elastic. It is very important to use the correct cleanser for your skin type. Do not use regular soap to wash your face. Regular soap is high alkaline which will dry out your skin. Some also contain perfume which removes the normal protective sebum layer from your skin. This tends to make your skin loses its normal moisture and in some cases may even stimulate an oily skin to produce more oil.
Weekly Skin Care Routine- Exfoliation
To support your daily skincare routine, it is also important for you to take some extra care over the weekend to get your skin ready for the week ahead. Although some experts recommend exfoliation as a daily routine, I recommend that you do it once or twice a week. This is quite sufficient for good skin health.
What is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process of removing old, dead skin cells that remain on the outermost surface of your skin. This is an important part of facial skin care and body treatment. Exfoliation, when done correctly, leaves your skin looking and feeling fresh and smooth. Since the outer layer of dead cells is removed by this process, creams, serums and moisturizers penetrate the skin better and have better effect when applied after exfoliation.
When to Exfoliate?
It is not necessary to carry out exfoliation every day. This is necessary only when there is enough build-up of dead cells over the skin surface to be detrimental to overall skin health/appearance. To know when to exfoliate, here is a simple test you can use. Apply a piece of clear tape to your forehead and rub gently.
When you remove it and you see tiny pieces of flaky skin adhering to it, you need to exfoliate. Exfoliation becomes even more important as you become older. As part of normal body processes, the skin renews cells at the lower layer or dermis. These rise to the surface (epidermis), keratinizing as they advance. These keratin-filled cells form a protective outermost layer of skin. In time, they slough off and allow new cells to take their place and the cycle goes on.
How to Exfoliate?
There are four ways in which you can exfoliate the dead skin cells: Granular, Cream, Enzyme and Chemical. Granular exfoliation is best to use on young teenage skins with no acne. Usually fine peach pits are in the exfoliation and this helps to remove any dead skin cells. Use a wet sponge to remove the scrub from your face. Cream exfoliation is best to use on mature skins (women between 40-50 years). It looks like cream and is applied in a thin layer and left to dry.
No steam is used during this. Once it’s dry, you can rub it off with dry fingers. Enzyme exfoliation is usually used with a steamer and it works well on older skin types and acne skins. It is also a cream that you apply. The steamer then activates the enzymes to work on your skin. Remove it with sponges
Weekly Skin Care Routine- Facial Mask Treatments
Another weekly skin care process you should adopt is the use of facial masks. You may be using masks when you need to prepare your skin for a special event or when it seems very dull and lifeless. But making this a part of your weekly regimen ensures that it gets done week after week.
Why is Facial Mask Treatment Necessary?
Facial masks give your skin suppleness, hydration and elasticity. Masks (especially clay based ones) absorb excess oil from your skin and deep cleanse the pores. For those who suffer from severe acne, masks with salicylic acid are very effective as it also revitalizes the skin.
Most facial masks diminish the fine lines that appear on the face with age. Alpha hydroxyl acids in the mask speed up cell renewal to have this effect. This also results in smoother skin texture. Regular use of facial masks also makes your skin firmer and evens out the skin tone. This prepares your skin well for perfect makeup application.