Facial Skin Care - The Basics
‘Facial skincare’ is a necessity for maintaining that young ever after look. To be effective, it's more a matter of discipline than anything else. A facial skincare routine is important to your daily regimen and you need to follow a routine devout commitment. So, what comprises an effective facial skin care routine? A healthy routine typically incorporates 4 basic steps:
Cleansing is the first step in a facial skin care routine. Cleansing helps remove dust, pollutants, grease and extra oil from your skin, thereby preventing damage to your skin. Just spot your face and neck with a good cleansing lotion or cream and gently massage it into your skin using upward strokes. Use a soft facial tissue or cotton wool to wipe your face in a gentle patting fashion (do not rub). Cleansing should be done at least twice a day i.e. morning (as part of complete facial skincare routine) and evening (at least on a standalone basis). Water-soluble cleansers are the best for inclusion in your facial wash routine.
Toning is typically next in a facial skincare routine. This part is mostly optional, as proper cleansing can compensate for toning. Toning helps remove all traces of dirt, grease and excess cleanser. Instead of making it part of your daily facial skincare routine, you can use toning occasionally - i.e. when you have been exposed to a particularly harsh environmental pollutants.
Exfoliation is also an optional step in everyday facial skincare routine. Nevertheless, exfoliation should be done at least once a week (or twice, depending on skin type and environmental conditions). Exfoliation finds its place in facial skin care routine because of the natural tendency of skin to replenish the skin cells every 3 or 4 weeks. As a facial skin care technique, exfoliation helps in removing the dead skin cells that block the pores. However, excessive or harsh exfoliation can cause damage to your skin; so you need to balance it out.
Moisturizing is the last step. In fact, moisturizing could be considered the most important part of any facial skincare routine. Moisturizers prevent your skin from getting dry. Dry skin is considered undesirable, as it causes the upper layer skin to break, leading to dead skin cells. Again, use light upward strokes to make the moisturizer more effective. Moisturizers work best when applied on warm, damp skin. Because of this, you’ll not want to remove all the moisture in the previous steps of facial skincare routine.
These are the facial skin care basics. It's important to find and follow a routine that works for you. We always recommend staying as natural and pure as possible, so we encourage you to find and use plant-based products, as they are typically good for you and the environment.Cheers to living young ever after!