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By Tallulah Ray
The trick to fast skin care regimens is to keep your skin healthy. If you keep your skin healthy, you will need less products and your regimen will be kept to a bare minimum. However, no matter how healthy your skin is, you still have to keep some kind of regimen to make sure that it stays clean and salubrious.
There are a lot of parts to good skin care so try to create two different systems: one for the morning and one at night. Each should contain slightly different products and neither system should take more than a couple minutes.
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL?
If you don’t have the time to go through a regimen twice a day, wash your face at night (mainly because you should never sleep with make-up on). Then just rinse your face with lukewarm water in the morning and put on some moisturizer before you apply make-up.
Before you start a regular skin care regimen you have to realize that a product that works for one person, may not work for another. So your best friend may swear by a product that won’t work well for you. That being said, a great way to try a product to see if it works well with your skin, is to see if you can get a sample from their website or find a trail size at the store.
Also keep in mind that there are four different types of skin conditions and types:
Dry Skin (Mature Skin normally falls under this category as well)
Find out which type of skin you have so that you can look for the right types of products at the store. When you’re creating your regimen, note that you should have three basic parts to it: cleanser, moisturizer, and nighttime treatment.
No matter what skin type you are, you should never use soap to clean your face – always use a cleanser. Soap will dry out your face, which will cause you all sorts of problems: drying/peeling, excess oil to make up for the loss oils, skin sensitivity, etc.
You should use a good cleanser twice a day (once in the morning and once at night). Cleansers that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are good choices (especially for ladies with oily skin). If you have dry skin, try a creamier cleanser.
MAKE YOUR OWN ALL NATURAL FACIAL CLEANSER
Honey is a great, natural facial cleanser for any skin type. Just take a half of a teaspoon of honey, rub it in between your hands, and massage it into your face. Wash thoroughly with warm water. If you’ve got make-up on, take the same amount of honey and pour it into a wet washcloth. Sprinkle some baking soda on (just a little bit) and massage into face. Wash thoroughly with warm water.
BATTLING THE DRYNESS
To help cut down on time and money, opt for a moisturizer with broad-spectrum protection and an SPF content of about 30. If you go any higher than that, there isn’t really a point. The higher numbers don’t do any better than the SPF 30 bottles. Apply this moisturizer to your face after you wash in the morning. If you suffer from acne, try to find one that is light and oil free. Always apply moisturizer to your face while your face is still damp from the cleanser (just like with lotion on your hands). It will help lock in the moisture that you have on your face.
MAKE YOUR OWN ALL NATURAL MOISTURIZER
These ingredients are great for any skin type. Take an empty bottle and fill it with 2 parts Jojoba Oil (or grapeseed oil, help seed oil, or apricot kernel oil), 1 part evening primrose oil (or rosehip seed oil), and 4-7 drops of peppermint oil (or you can try lavender, chamomile, or rose). Mix and match to see which ingredients work best for your complexion.
ONE MORE THING BEFORE BED
Look for creams that have retinol or alpha hydroxy acids. These will help to smooth out fine lines and help to unclog pores. Just make sure that you use them for spot treatments only: blemishes and creases. If you have dark circles under your eye, use an under-eye cream that has niacinamine and/or retinol in it to help with redness and help build up collagen.
MAKE YOUR OWN ALL NATURAL NIGHTTIME TREATMENT
Take a half of a cup of yogurt, a half a cup of mashed strawberries, and a fourth of a cup of honey. Mix together in a small bowl, massage into your face for about 10 minutes, rinse off, moisturize, then go to bed. Easy peasey!
Here are 6 more bonus skin care tips to keep in mind while you’re going about your day:
1) The Importance of sunscreen
Since sunscreen stops working after a couple hours, consider using powder sunscreen. It can be a bit pricey but can we really put a price tag on flawless skin? Powdered sunscreen is great when it comes to reapplication since it is light enough to do just about anywhere. No smelly creams or oily fingers.
2) Lotion with Low Level Tanners (instead of sun bathing)
Tanning out in the sun or using a tanning bed is extremely dangerous for your skin. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. More than two million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. In fact, in the past three decades, more people have passed away from skin cancers than all over cancers combined. In fact, one person dies of melanoma every hour.
3) Fatty Acids (and Water) for the Win
Fatty acids, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products are all healthy foods that can help you keep your skin looking great. You can find fatty acids in foods like salmon, and various nuts.
Drinking lots of water is one of the best ways that you can keep your skin clear. Water helps to flush out your pores and if you’re hydrated, your skin will be hydrated as well. Hydrated skin looks better and has that healthy glow to it.
4) De-Stress to Calm Your Nerves & Skin
When you are stressed, your skin shows it: bags under your eyes, blemishes on your face, dry or oily skin, etc. It is a good idea (not just for your skin but for your mind and well-being as well) to take ten minutes out of your day to meditate or center yourself.
5) Stop Touching Your Face
In fact, try to keep your hair out of your face as well. Both your hands and your hair have dirt and oil all over them. You may wash both often, but that won’t help the dirt and oil that you can’t see. So if possible, tie your hair back or put it in an up-do and keep your hands off of your face. Not only that, but try to wash your hands often.
6) Stick With It
The most important and universal tip I can give you is to create a short regimen that you can keep up. If you’re not able to keep up with it, there’s no point in having one.