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Skincare for beginners

Updated on July 2, 2008

Simple beginner skin care.

Does beauty have you baffled? Do you ever find yourself staring in trepidation and a little bit of awe at the beauty section of your local drugstore? It's all right, that's what I am here for. I am going to be your guide into beauty and getting started. I promise, this won't be painful expensive or too scary. Ready?

Get fabulous on a budget and with minimal effort. Sound impossible? It's not.

First off let's be honest about what you do and don't need. As with any issue of self-care beauty is all up to you. Don't let the hype get to you, what you do and don't do is entirely up to you and it's all optional.

The easiest place to begin is with a skin care routine. Daunting words I know but they don't have to be. If you're already pretty happy with your skin all you need to find is a good cleanser you like, and a moisturizer.

For all skin types I highly suggest using the most gentle but still effective product you can. I have suffered very sensitive skin my whole life and there's no need to cause yourself discomfort. The easiest way to incorporate a skin care routine I've found is to make sure my supplies are right with everything else I need in the morning or at night.

If you don't want to spend a lot of money consider buying a large pump bottle of aloe Vera gel. Keep an eye on the ingredients and keep that by the bed or in the bathroom. Aloe Vera is a natural, safe and excellent moisturizer for all skin types and often is very inexpensive and easy to find. Use it on your face, your hands, in a pinch you can even use it in your hair if you need a little gel but don't have any.

As for cleansers look for things that are unscented and formulated for sensitive skin. If you do have issues with your skin such as dryness, peeling or oiliness check the labels for cleansers appropriate for your skin type. Also if you head to your local drug store many have in house brands that are comparable to the more expensive name brands. These days generic doesn't always mean an inferior product.

Give your skin a few weeks to adjust. Sometimes your new routine might cause a few breakouts along the way, stick to it as your skin gets used to being taken care of. However, as with anything you put in or on your body pay attention to what your skin is telling you. If you notice increased redness, itching or other persistent irritation stop using the product immediately. If you have a severe reaction to something always make sure to call your doctor.

The next thing you're going to need is something with SPF in it to wear on your face during the day. No matter where you live or what color your skin is we all need protection from the sun. Skin damage can take a toll on you even when the sun isn't actually out. If your skin is very pale or your freckle easily you'll want to find something with a higher SPF. If your skin is darker you can go a little bit lower.

Start doing these little things every day, or as often as you remember to and soon enough it will be second nature. You won't even have to think about reaching for your moisturizer or sunscreen you'll just do it. Next time we tackle some simple make up that anyone can do. Until then, stay beautiful.

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      skicaresecrets 

      9 years ago from UK

      You have a good voice, which is something needed in the sea of skin care tips mostly copied or lifted from elsewhere. You've also covered a lot here - from a reminded to not believe skin care hype too much, to relying on what worked for one's particular type of skin, to what we should look for in cleansers. You know your stuff. I'm into skin care myself, which is why I found your hub.

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