Easy Skincare Tips for Beautiful Skin
The epidermis, statum corneum, keratinocytes; these terms all sound like something out a sci-fi novel. But their origin is of a much more terrestrial nature. In fact you can gaze upon these marvels by just looking down at your hand or looking in the mirror at your face. The three words above are just a few of the many complex layers that form our body's protective layer; our skin.
Why Is Skincare Important
Your skin is your best accessory, it will never tarnish, it won't break, and you can never outgrow it. But just like that ring you may put on in the morning it also requires care and maintaince if you want it to retain it's beauty and luster. The first thing that you need to consider in maintaining your skin is what your skin type is.
Oily: if you have oily skin, you may be prone to skin irritations, some people even call them face demons. Breakouts caused by overactive oil glands, blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples are common daily occurrences for those with oily skin. It may even go so far as becoming full blown acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by the above skin imperfections on a larger scale and can also be else where on the body.
Normal/Combination: normal meaning no real skin imperfections, pores aren't visible, and barely any skin sensitivity. Combination meaning that you may have some spots that are oily and some that are dry. For instance the T-zone (forehead, and nose) may be oily while the cheeks maybe dry.
Dry: this skin type of course is a clear lack of moisture in the skin, come people who have dry skin may suffer from rosacea and premature aging.
Aging: aging skin is skin lacking youth. Fine lines, wrinkles, lack of firmness and elasticity. These are; if not all at once; present and common in aging skin.
Basic Skincare Necessities
A basic and good skincare routine would consist of a cleanser (to clean the skin), a toner (a gentle exfoliant and further cleanse), a serum (a repair for a specific skin concern such as dark spots, redness, uneven skintone, overall anti-aging etc.) and a good moisturizer. Some optional and occational steps may be a mask (again for specific skin concerns), a scrub (for occasional additional exfoliation to remove dead skin such as during a change in seasons) and perhaps an eye cream which is usually common for aging skin as well as dry skin. It is often used as well as a preventative step to get ahead of crows feet an under eye circles.
Another thing that should be considered is a day/morning skincare routine as well as a night skin care routine. A night skin care routine is even more important then a morning routine because you want to get rid of all the impurities that your skin has picked up throughout the day. Also adding a repair serum at night is a smart choice because it serves as a booster for your skin or an additional "pick-me-up" of you will of extra nutrients; your skin's secret weapon. Your body naturally repairs itself at night, although you are asleep your body is still working to repair daily wear and tear that our skin endures. By adding an anti-aging or dark spot corrector for instance; to your night routine could be just what you need to give your skin a little something extra.
Can I Make My Own Skincare Products
There are definitely ways to make your own creams and such, but some can be quite costly to make. Without proper knowledge the wrong combination of ingredients can cause your skin to react if you are not careful. There are in fact serveral skincare products that can be made with all natural products and that will work with any skin type. The easiest skin products to make are toners, scrubs, and masks.
DIY Toner Recipe
The website tasty-yummies.com posted a great recipe for a toner that any skin type can use. Also the recipe is completely customizable. The ratio can be anywhere from 1:1 to 1:10 depending on how much acidity your skin can take. If you see any irritation, change the ratio and add more water to your personal recipe. If you aren't seeing any benefits or changes in the skin then feel free to increase the vinegar ratio and add more apple cider vinegar to your personal recipe. Here is the basic recipe that you can start with.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
-1 part apple cider vinegar (raw or organic is preferable)
-2 parts distilled or filtered water (you can also boil tap water for about 5 minutes, let it cool and use that)
-place mixture in small spray bottle or squeeze bottle
-spray directly onto the skin or on a cotton pad/cotton ball
-shake before each use
-store in cool, dark place and make a new batch each month
Why It Works
This apple cider vinegar (ACV) toner works because according to skinacea.com vinegar is an anticeptic and an antibacterial. It also helps to balance out the pH levels in the skin. ACV also contains mallic and lactic acids to help soften and exfoliate the skin to reduce red marks and treat acne.
DIY Facial Scrub
This facial scrub is my own personal recipe, and is a gift for all of you. I personally have used it and with a few modifications it can be made in large batches and stored for up to three months.
DIY Milk And Honey Scrub
-1/3c granulated white sugar (caster or fine is better because of the smaller grains)
-2T honey (organic or raw is preferable)
-1 1/2 T olive oil
-Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. Moisten the skin, apply some of the scrub to your face, work in small sections and in circular motions. Moisten the skin again and work the scrub until you can feel the sugar start to dissolve. Rinse completely and cleanse the skin like usual.
This recipe is good for use once or twice. If you want to make a larger batch simply...
-fill an air-tight container with the same sugar. Mix in olive oil until you reach the consistency that you like for a scrub. Keep in a cool, dark place. Repeat above steps for anywhere that you want to be silky smooth.
Why It Works
The sugar in the scrub provides a gentle exfoliant for the skin that can help even out overall skintone, while the motion used while using the scrub promotes blood circulation, increasing collagen production and the amount of oxgenated blood circulating under the skin. Also the glycolic acid rejuvenates the skin and keeps it looking youthful and fresh. While also containing alpha hydroxy acids which are found naturally in fruits and have remarkable anti-aging properties. Olive oil known among the beauty community as "liquid gold" helps add a slickness to the scrub, it contains three antioxidants, vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. It also helps restore skins smoothness and protects against ultravoliet light. The honey helps to moisturize, fight aging, and fight bacteria. It also is loaded with antioxidants, nutrients and healing compounds. And finally the yogurt contains tons of nutrients and minerals. Zinc for instance promotes cell regrowth, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Lactic acid which exfoliates and hydrates/moisturizes the skin. Calcium which helps prevent and heal dry skin, as well as vitamins B2, B12, and B5.
DIY Facial Mask
This is another occasional treat for your skin to help numerous skin irritations such as sun burns, heat rash, a dryness of the skin due to weather or diet changes and other environmental assaults. One mask I have used many times to replenish the moisture in my skin is an oatmeal mask. It's a great mask because it is easy and quick to make and for the most part uses ingredients that just about anyone would have in their pantry.
DIY Honey Oatmeal Mask
-1/2c hot water (not boiling)
-1/3c of oatmeal (not instant. rolled oats, or old fashioned oats would be suitable)
-2T honey (raw or organic is preferable)
-1T olive oil (organic is preferable)
-In a small bowl mix add the hot water to the oats, and let them sit for about 2 min. to absorb the hot water. Gently mix in the honey, feel if the oat mixture is too hot on the inside of your wrist. If the temperature is sufficent, apply an even layer over the skin and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Using a mesh strainer over your drain (so it won't clog) rinse the mask off with tepid water; meaning not too hot and not too cold. Enjoy your smooth skin and natural glow.
Why It Works
I'm sure you've heard of giving a figgity itchy child with chicken pox a soothing oatmeal bath. Your skin enjoys the soothing treatment that oatmeal provides. Oatmeal gets rid of dead skin cells, redness and irritation. Leaving behind beautiful glowing skin. The properties of the olive oil and honey are mentioned above.
Enjoy your journey to soft, beautiful, youthful-looking, glowing skin!