Skincare

Face Care Basics

September 24, 2012

Establishing a proper skin care regimen is vital to having healthy, glowing skin, and a youthful complexion.

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Skin types are broken into four groups:

  • Normal
  • Combination
  • Dry
  • Acne Prone.

It’s important when you are choosing your skin care line, that you find products that best match with your skin type.

Step 1 – Wash

  • Start by removing any eye makeup, using a gentle remover that won’t harm your eyes.
  • A simple DIY remover is mixing 50/50 witch hazel & olive oil.
  • Next, splash your face with lukewarm water and using a dime size amount of cleanser, gently massage into your skin.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water (this is important, too hot or cold can cause broken capillaries).
  • Pat Dry.

Step 2 – Tone

The importance of using a toner is basically to help restore the PH level of your skin.

A well-formulated toner can also help to reduce inflammation, remove those last traces of dirt and make-up, as well as add some moisturizing ingredients to the skin. They can also provide some antioxidant and anti-irritant protection.

  • Using a facial pad, pour a small amount of the toner on it, and gently swipe over entire face.  Avoid eye area.

Step 3 – Moisturize

Moisturizing is an important step in caring for your skin.

Moisturizers primarily serve to prevent loss of water, which intern helps to keep the surface of the skin hydrated. Those with oily skin often wonder if they are just going to make their skin more oily, but they’re not.  We all need to keep our skin hydrated to prevent dry skin, and premature aging.

Add a liberal amount to your entire face and neck, and gently massage in.

Step 4 – Sunblock

We all know how harmful the UV rays can be to our skin, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see sunblock added to your daily skin care regimen.

If your moisturizer has the added benefit of sunblock in it, then you’re good to go.  If not, you want to search for a mineral based sunblock that contains zinc or titanium.

Product Recommendations

The following are brands I have personally tried and use, or have had friends and family try in order to get a good review.

All of these products are stocked at Generation Green at The Forks.

Just The Goods Skin Care

Fantastic, handmade, vegan skin care made in Manitoba.

The name really says it all!

Find a complete line for your skin type, as well as sample sizes to try out the line.

Just The Goods

Perfect for even the most sensitive skin, and has amazing results for those who are prone to breakouts and acne.

Just The Goods has also come out with a blemish spot treatment that really works!

 Clinical Luxury by Nature 

Made in Canada with plant-based ingredients.

My two favourite, cannot live without luxury products, have to be The Serum, which is made with Canadian, sourced cold pressed raspberry, blueberry, cranberry and strawberry seed oils. The Serum contains live enzymes, which feed your skin.

As well as the Face Food Elemental Mineral Mist.  

“Face Food”

I personally start my day with this mist! Having “mature skin” It intensifies the hydration that I desperately need, and helps keep my face healthy and fresh.

Formulated with 3 key ionic minerals (copper, silver and zinc). It’s amazing!

Sweet Leaf Bath Co.

Another Canadian company that hand makes their products using natural, organic and Fair Trade Certified ingredients.

Sweet Leaf Bath Co.

My once a week exfoliation favorite, is their Adzuki Bean & Rice Bran Face Polish.

This gentle face polish is full of vitamins, anti-oxidants, and anti-aging properties. It will hydrate and nourish and leave you with a brighter complexion, and a radiant glow.

Exfoliating once a week is great for removing dead skin cells and increases blood circulation, which helps to restore a nice glow to your skin.

Once you get into the daily habit of proper skin care, it really is simple, and just another self-care moment we all need to take!

Sherry

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