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Ultimate skin care regime

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Skin is the largest organ of our body and being a modulator of many significant functions (respiration, excretion of wastes, regulation of body temperature, an aesthetic feature); it is our skin that begins to tell tale signs of our inner bodily state. Maintaining a healthy glowing skin not only aids the particular organ of ours in its functions but also gives a psychological boost to our self-esteem and poise.

For most people, taking care of skin includes cleansing and moisturizing but is that enough a ritual.  On the other hand, some individuals take the extra mile and go for extreme of expensive aesthetic options. Where to draw a line and what procedure to adopt to maintain a healthy skin that is responsible for the vitality of our body; let us give you an insight.

The criteria for a skin care regime

Where a good skin care regime tends to the outward and apparent aspect of our skin, it also acts as a future investment towards its vitality; for instance decelerating the signs and symptoms of aging, catering for sun damage control may shield from skin cancers etc.

A skin care regime should cater for the following

  • Seasonal changes

Of course, skin care regime should be different for different times of the year. If you were a resident of a tropical geographical locality, your skin care regimen would be different from the local of a region with cold climate. If you are fortunate to enjoy all the four seasons, then your skin care regime should follow the seasonal variations because our skin responds to the climatic changes (being a modulator) and so should your skin care protocol

  • Skin type

Our skin is intelligent enough to respond according to seasonal changes; therefore, our skin care regime should be logical enough to follow our skin type. Whatever products or remedies you prefer and opt, their aptness to the specific skin type is an obligation

  • Age cohort

Younger people enjoy a more carefree attitude towards skin care than individuals do in the thirties, forties, and fifties. Similarly, the product ranges for different age cohort are simpler for younger lot than their counterpart; therefore, the corresponding protocol steps would also be particular for the age group

  • Wallet limit

This criterion has more to do with the brand name and the type of ingredients one prefers, and thanks to the skin care and aesthetic field, one has a wide range of choice among diverse products. You do not need to spend a million bucks to achieve a million-dollar look, the very same could be achieved by simple home based remedies if one does their homework right

  • Effectiveness

If your skincare regime follows the aforementioned criteria, the effectiveness of a specific skin care regime is not only assured but improvised too

  • Time limit

Your skin care regimen should be a time saver. Of course, there are some therapies that take time but then you can incorporate them at your own convenience, one a week, fortnightly, monthly and so on. However, your daily skin care steps should not be an added hassle to your already busy timetables but a tranquil break

Steps to your ultimate skin care

There are two major strides you need to take for a superior skin care system

  • Diet and lifestyle
  • Steps pertaining to your skin

Diet and lifestyle changes

There is only one word to describe the diet and lifestyle amendment; go simple.

Eat simple fresh food, if you could go for organic, nothing better. Fresh fruits and vegetables would not only be a convenient to prepare but would ease your gut too and will bring a relief to your wallet too. Go for healthy fats as olive oil and butter and make a choice among healthy lean meat, adding a fish portion at least twice a week would do wonders for your skin. Do yourself a favor, let go of anything processed, and super hydrate yourself.

To put it simply, for a vibrant skin the importance of a healthy gut must be recognized and comprehended because we are not looking for temporary solutions, rather a more lasting skin care protocol that brings beauty from deep within and is there to stay.

Likewise, adapt to a simpler lifestyle that includes less of stress and more of physical etiquettes. You will be surprised at the amount of glow and radiance a simple low impact exercise can bring to your facial skin, which might be impossible to achieve by spending a worth on beauty products. Take control of your stress that brings damage to your skin like no other dynamic. Taking some time out for yourself, having a minimum of eight hours sleep and simple cuddling with your partner would ease away wrinkles off your face like no anti-aging application. Simply put; inhale deep, focus on the positives and let go.

Target approach for your skin

The first step in a result-oriented skin care regime is to know your skin type.

  • Dry
  • Oily
  • Combination
  • Sensitive
  • Normal

The next step is to know what products accommodate your skin type, what products work the best together and the sequence in which these products should be applied. If you have multiple skin care concerns as aging or acne prone skin, then a multi-targeted approach needs to be in place.

Following are the essential steps for the specific skin types

Normal skin

Morning

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer with Sunscreen

A gentle cleansing and scrubbing would be more than enough for normal skin.

Evening

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Anti oxidant serum
  • Moisturizer with eye serum

Weekly

  • Glycolic acid serum

Skin guru and esthetician Renée Rouleau suggests to include an alpha hydroxy acid to your skin regimes few times a week “because it has the smallest molecular structure and can absorb deeper into the skin,  this helps to dissolve surface dry skin cells to encourage brighter, more even-toned, smoother skin.”

Dry skin

Morning

  • Cleansing lotion
  • Toner
  • Anti oxidant serum
  • Moisturizer with SPF

For dry skin, use a cleanser with no alcohol or artificial fragrance as it can add to the dryness. Wash with warm water.

Evening

  • Cleansing lotion
  • Toner
  • Retinol serum
  • Eye cream
  • Hydrating moisturizer

Weekly

  • At home peel
  • Face oil

“Dry skin responds well to [gentle] exfoliation,” Rouleau says. “If your skin is dry, it means you have dead skin cell buildup—if you try to hydrate dried skin cells that are expired, it makes no sense.”  

She explains further “Chemical exfoliants do a better job of dissolving dead skin cells without tearing at your skin”

Oily skin

Morning

  • Cleansing gel
  • Toner
  • Anti oxidant serum
  • Sunscreen with zinc oxide

Oil-free cleansers with gel as a base would clear the impurities effectively if you have oily skin. Similarly, a toner or astringent would remove any shine due to oil.

Evening

  • Cleansing gel
  • Toner
  • Retinol serum
  • Oil-free moisturizer

Weekly

  • Clay mask

Experts warn against leaving the clay mask on for too long, as it will dehydrate your skin.

Combination skin

Morning

  • Cleansing gel
  • Toner
  • Light weight moisturizer
  • sunscreen

Evening

  • cleansing gel
  • toner
  • retinol based serum
  • light weight moisturizer

Weekly

  • clay mask
  • face oil

Concentrate on the oily T-zone area of the face while applying facemask. Apply the face oil in the night only.

Sensitive skin

Morning

  • cleansing lotion
  • alcohol-free toner
  • scent-free moisturizer
  • sunscreen with zinc oxide

For sensitive skin, do not use products with alcohol, soap, acid or fragrance but a mild cleanser will do. Wash with luke warm water and pat dry. Look for calming agents in your product as aloe, oats, chamomile and green tea extracts.

Evening

  • cleansing lotion
  • alcohol-free toner
  • scent-free moisturizer

Weekly

  • gel mask
  • lactic acid serum

Gel based masks are best for an irritated and inflamed skin. Lactic acid serums are a better choice for an exfoliant, being less harsh.

Aging skin

Morning

  • cleansing lotion
  • alcohol-free toner
  • antioxidant serum
  • moisturizer with sunscreen

Evening

  • cleansing lotion
  • Exfoliant
  • Toner
  • Hydrating moisturizer
  • Eye cream
  • Retinol serum

Weekly

  • Home based peel
  • Brightening serum
  • Nourishing face oil with anti-aging properties

Brightening serum would help clear dark spots and hyper pigmentation whereas a weekly glycolic treatment would help you get a fresh look.

“Women should begin being proactive about anti-aging in their 20s. Research shows that as early as age 25 our skin’s two structural proteins—collagen (which keeps it firm, taut, and resilient) and elastin (which gives skin its flexibility, enabling it to stretch out and then snap back into place)—decrease,” says Dr. Dennis Gross, founder of 900 Fifth Dermatology in NYC.

Regular exfoliation, use of sunscreen, opting for the right kind of cleanser and moisturizer, incorporating retinol, keeping clear of makeup and hydration are important aspects of a skin care regime that should be adopted in the early twenties.

By the time one hit thirty, a new kind of hormonal change puts you at the aging track so your requirements change. Keeping light on moisturizer with upgrading the antioxidants along with the addition of facial oils would help you on this track. Look for rosehip seed oil, evening primrose oil, borage oil, phospholipids, cranberry oil, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil; these oils mimic the natural oils in your skin, doing a better job at moisturization. You cannot do without a retinol-based product at this stage and incorporate fruit peels to your skin care regime.

The best advice for your skin care is; have a regular skin care regime. If you are not short on time, home based remedies are best, saving you money. However, if you have too tight a schedule, invest in some good quality skin care line and take some time out to use them, the simple am and pm rituals can erase years off your face with a rejuvenated emergence.

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