Your face is your first impression. While it is not who you are, but it is a large part of what people see. If your face looks great, you feel great.
Facial skin can host a variety of problems. The good news is that these problems are preventable and fixable. We’re giving you 8 great tips for taking care of your facial skin.
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1. Face Care Tips for Oily, Dry, and Combination Skin
a) Oily Skin
It is hard to find balance when you have oily skin. Oily skin brings more difficulties than most other skin types, but when treated correctly, oily skin can bring a shine and a shimmer that is lacking in other skin types.
Oily skin is caused by an overproduction of oil. The skin can become coarse. Pores are larger and appear duller as a result. All of this combined gives the skin a greasy shine. If you have oily skin, you know that blemishes, dark spots, blackheads, whiteheads, and acne are frequent problems. (1) What can you do?
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b) Dry Skin
Oily skin is hard to maintain, but so is dry skin. If not taken care of properly, the skin can dry out and crack, leading to pain, and, if not careful, sores. The winters and dryer climates really take their toll on dry skin types.
Dry skin can look dull. The top layer of skin can become flaky and detached. It is no longer part of the large organism. It is no longer hydrated and taken care of by your body. It needs help from you. Areas of focus are the eyes, mouth, nose, and forehead. A lack of care can really take its toll as your body ages. (2)
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c) Combination Skin
A mix of dry and oily skin brings a lot of benefits. Sadly, it also brings a lot of the problems. Combination skin can bring a mix of flaky, dry skin and large pores. The skin can be both dull and shiny. The areas around the mouth, eyes, and nose are most affected. (3)
The skin problems will depend on the balance between oily and dry skin. If the skin is oilier, the problems will be more related to that skin type, and vice-versa.
Watch the video below to learn more about a proper skincare routine for combination skin.
d) General Face Care Tips
There are many skin types and combinations. For each type, there is something you can do, but there is some commonality which you can add to your daily routine. Having clean skin is the key, no matter the skin type.
Use products which are natural. Always use clean water. Do not use extremely hot water. Cleanse the skin. Scrub the skin, but do not irritate it. Do not over cleanse or scrub. You do not want to leave your pores open. Finish with a good moisturizer.
There is so much dirt and pollution in the air. Add this to the dirt which is rubbed, transferred, or splattered on our faces, and it is not hard to see why our skin becomes so dirty. The more dirt we have on our skin, the more life is sucked from it.
Cleansing your skin is the first step in your skin routine. Only after your skin is cleansed can you take care of it.
Once you have clean skin, you can begin to exfoliate. Clean skin does not mean healthy skin. As our skin is exposed to the daily elements, it is worn down, resulting in layers of dead skin. Removing this dead skin is key to revitalizing your skin.
We recommend gently scrubbing your skin once a week. This will remove the dead skin and leave you looking radiant.
Cleansing and toning will do a lot for your skin, but there will be remnants of both on your skin. By toning, you will remove any remaining oils, dirt, grime, and debris. One product can do a lot, but it cannot do it all.
A toner will help to bolster the power of the cleansing and exfoliation. The toner will also soothe your skin. It will re-nourish and re-hydrate it.
Moisturizing can work for any skin type; the key is to find the moisturizer for you. Dry skin is lacking in moisture, but so is oily skin. The oil is on the skin, but not in it.
We would love to recommend a moisturizer for you, but the fact is there is not just one. This is where you need to do a little work. Pick a moisturizer for your skin type and try some of that type. Trial and error will help you to find the perfect one.
Facial oils are also a popular option to help your skin stay hydrated. They can be expensive to buy, but they are actual easy and cheap to make at home. Try our chamomile face oil recipe for sensitive skin.
Another suggestion is to try using an avocado facial mask weekly. This works for all skin types.
Keeping your skin clean and moisturized can help to fight off acne and pimples before they become a problem. Dirt and grime can become rooted in the skin and cause inflammations.
You can stop them before they start, but if some break through, there are ways to help them heal and prevent skin discoloration. Vitamin C can help with the healing. Skin peels, sunscreen use, and retinoids can all speed up the process. If blemishes persist, visit your dermatologist.
7. Dark Circles
Dark circles are never attractive. They can be prevented. Taking care of your health is a big part of prevention. Lots of good sleep will help. Consider trying these acupressure points that will help you sleep, an eye massager, or a pillow that is designed for your sleeping position.
Moisturizing will also help to keep your eyes looking young and smooth. If you have allergies, then you may not be able to prevent it, but you can take the above steps to ensure that they are not as visible as they would be.
Times drives forward like a ship through the ocean. As you age, so does your skin. Older skin has less elasticity. This leads to more wrinkles. You cannot keep your skin perfect forever, but there are some things you can do to keep your skin looking its best.
Keeping your skin healthy and looking great is a commitment, but only a small one. A few minutes a day is all it takes to keep your skin looking your and vibrant. Make time for yourself and your future.
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