DIY (Do It Yourself) Skin Care - Part 2 - Toning & Nourishing Your Skin
In a world of tight schedules, harmful pollution, chemically-laden products, high anxiety, and environmental toxin overload, it is nearly impossible for our skin not to feel and show the effects of it all! Thankfully, with a little commitment, you can maintain your skin's natural beauty in the comfort of your own home! Yesterday we learned best ways to cleanse your skin. Today we discuss best practices on how to tone and nourish your skin.
Toning Your Skin
Toning is important because it helps remove any remaining oil and residual makeup on your skin after the cleansing process is complete. It also helps to close pores and maintain the skin's natural pH, and if you intend to use makeup, it leaves a smooth clean texture which will hold foundation and powder much longer, helping you get the most out of your skincare and beauty products.
It's best to tone your skin with products best suited to your self care objective. You can tone your skin using skin freshener (mild), skin tonic (medium strength), or an astringent lotion (strong). Use of each will also depend on your skin type and whether you are sensitive to certain types of toners. We prefer and recommend using plant based toner.
Nourishing Your Skin
Nourishing your skin is also an essential part of any beauty routine. Dirt, dust, hot and cold weather, cosmetics, and even sunlight, all tend to dry out the skin, robbing it of moisture and oil. Consequently, making sure to cleanse your face each night before bed is essential to younger looking skin. Skin "foods" or moisturizers attempt to replenish nourishment to the skin, reviving its natural healthiness. Again, different moisturizers work well for different skin types. If your skin is more on the oily side, avoid moisturizers that contain oils and opt for one that contains glycerin instead.
Note that glycerin is only effective in pulling moisture from the air to aid your skin if your climate is more than 65% humidity. If it is under that percentage as in climate controlled environs or more arid regions the glycerin will pull moisture from the deeper layers of your dermis. Overall we at YEA don’t recommend this ingredient unless the conditions are just right. Since that is hard to predict and the ambient humidity is variable from home, to work etc., we don’t use this ingredient even though most versions are plant based.
We like jojoba oil in small amounts since it mimics the natural oil of the skin. Jojoba oil helps to prevent loss of moisture from skin cells. It has a sebum-regulating action (helps to control sebum production), is suitable for oily skin (even if it's sensitive), and helps to maintain suppleness and elasticity. This can also work for combination skin.
If you have drier skin, applying a plant-based moisturizer right after washing and toning your face is beneficial to prevent drying and to get moisturizer locked in right away.
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