Friday, November 5, 2010
Exfoliation has its benefits, but it is important to be gentle with sensitive or thinning skin. If exfoliation is done too harshly, it can irritate the skin’s inner layers. Look for natural and gentle methods to exfoliate. Harsh is not necessarily effective. If you routinely cleanse your skin, why exfoliate? Exfoliation removes those dead cells that leave your skin looking dull and lifeless and gives your skin a smooth and healthy radiance. Exfoliation also exposes fresh cells and promotes the growth of new ones. This keeps your skin looking younger and gives a softer, smoother appearance and takes the hard edge off of wrinkles. That’s a plus at any age!
Face masks cleanse deeply and remove the build-up of products that clog pores. A good mask will nourish, moisturize, and replace minerals. If a mask includes toning, it shouldn’t dry or tighten the skin. It should leave your skin feeling soft and resilient with a healthy, glowing appearance. Applied on a regular basis, a mask can re-hydrate dry skin or soak up excess oil and tighten pores on oily skin. Be sure to use one that is appropriate for your skin-type.SO how do we spoil our skin?
Facials cleanse, hydrate and renew your skin. They are deep skin treatments that help minimize blemishes, acne and wrinkles while restoring moisture. Facials vary by skin type, age, and desired treatment. Choosing a facial that is right for your skin type involves different natural skin care products and ingredients that are used for specific purposes. An example would be an aromatherapy facial in which natural essential oils are used for specific curative properties. Facials are also very relaxing and help clear skin congestion and improve its functions. Doesn’t that sound luxurious? Jasmine and lavender may be just what the Dr. ordered!
The basic steps to a facial are to cleanse, massage, steam and apply a facemask. Cleansing removes the dead, outer layer of cells and is followed by a massage to help blood circulation, which promotes the removal of toxins and waste from the body. It also relaxes your facial muscles and helps prevent premature wrinkles. Steaming softens blackheads for easy removal and improves the skin’s ability to absorb. Finally, the mask removes blackheads, unclogs pores and tones your skin.
After all that pampering to improve the look and feel of your skin, it is important to protect your investment. Applying sunscreen will help keep your skin in the condition you work so hard to achieve.
The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) numbers of various sunscreen lotions come from laboratory experiments. The higher the SPF number, the longer it will prevent sun damage to your skin. But the length of protection time varies for different skin complexions. It may be surprising to learn that people with lighter complexions are protected longer with a weaker SPF than those with darker complexions. For example, a sunscreen with SPF 15 should last from 45 minutes for a darker complexion, to 90 minutes for a lighter complexion. The darker your complexion, the more often you should apply sunscreen. Of course everyone should reapply sunscreen after physical exercise or going into the water.
Your skin is a reflection of your health and well-being. You will wear it for a lifetime. Take the time to pamper it, protect it and its beauty will shine through.