Most people have the occasional trouble with the skin on their face. Sometimes its too dry whilst at other times it can be too oily. There are also a group of people, the vast majority, that have a normal and combination skin which is skin that is dry and oily skin at the same time. This article talks about how to look after normal and combination skin types.
Hydrating your skin with water
In general, skin, the largest organ in the body, needs plenty if air to breathe and plenty of water to keep it hydrated. Ensuring that you get drink enough fluids is therefore very important. When we talk about fluids, we’re talking about as much water based drinks as possible. This includes fruit juices, diluted with water and teas in particular. Of course, fizzy drinks also have water in them but they also contain high amounts of sugar and the focus, for your skin at least, should be on the water content. Make sure you drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day and you’ll skin (and hair) will love your for it.
Normal and combination skin needs to be looked after just as much as dry or oily skin types. In the morning, you wake-up routine should include using a cleansing milk followed by a toner or tonic. You can use the milk in a variety of ways. The first and most common way is to use a cotton pad with the milk and gently wipe your face clean. The second way is to use the cleansing milk much like a face wash. This is the way beauticians clean your face too. All you have to do is wet your face with water and then squeeze some cleansing milk into your hands and wash your face with it. Give it a good wash to ensure your face is really cleaned. You’ll need to use a good amount. After you have gently washed your face, avoiding your eyes, just rinse thoroughly with tepid water.
When it comes to scrubbing or exfoliating you should use caution. Exfoliate your skin once as week to remove dead skin cells and give your face a fresh, glowing look but don’t scrub too hard as this can damage your skin and cause scarring. Exfoliate creams (containing good acids) products, which are exfoliates that work without scrubbing the skin with salt, sugar or sand bits, remove dead skin gently and effectively.
Next comes the tonic or toner – very important. This step really mustn’t be missed. The toner ensures that your pores go back to being their regular size so that external dirt or bacteria isn’t able to enter quite as easily. The tonic/toner also removes any remains of the milk wash you’ve used. Don’t be stingy with the toner either. You need to use quite a bit to remove all from your skin and ensure every pore closes as it should be. You face should be quite wet all around after using it.
Looking after your skin takes place in the mornings and the evenings before going to sleep!
So, you’ve washed your face, exfoliated gently, added tonic and are now ready to give your skin some TLC. A gentle day cream for normal or combination skin will do only part of the trick. You don’t need to moisturize at night however.
If you can get your hands on a serum (available in various product ranges and prices), you’ll give your skin an extra boost. Serum feed our skins with extra ingredients such as collagen which prevents wrinkles and helps us to look young. You only need to apply a very small amount to your face followed by a moisturizing cream. Normal and combination skin suffers from dry spots in one area and very oily spot in another. The moisturizer ensures that the dry areas get the external moisture needed whilst the oily area’s get themselves back into balance. Then comes the sun protector. Using sun cream isn’t just something you do when you go on holiday. Our faces are exposed to UV rays every day and by using a sun protector on our faces all year round, we protect our skin even more.
So, if you want to really take care of your skin, make sure you do the following:
- Drink plenty of water based fluids
- Wash your face in the morning AND evening
- Scrub once a week with a lysing product, preferably
- Always use a tonic after washing and exfoliating
- Use a serum, cream and sun protector (in this order) in the morning, no need to at night.
- Love your skin!