I hope that you are enjoying my weekly blogging sessions and they are helpful in your journey to becoming an entrepreneur.
I am going to mix it up a bit this week and cater to the mass. I want give skin care advice to follow at home and for beauty therapists to give to their clients, to result in having beautiful skin, avoid breakouts and aging.
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Skin Care Advice
Firstly I would like to highlight the different products that one should use and the procedure to maintain a good skin care routine.
With all products, avoid using products that have alcohol in them, as alcohol causes the skin to age faster.
Step 1. Cleanser – The purpose of a cleanser is to remove all dirt and make up and clean the skin surface. Some cleansers also constrict the pores and hydrate the skin. Cleansers should be used twice a day, either gel for oily or combination skin or milk for sensitive, dry or mature skin.
Step 2. Toner – The purpose of a toner is to remove access oil, dirt and makeup that the cleanser missed. It should be used after cleansing. Oily skin should use an astringent toner which also constricts the pores, dry skin should avoid using astringent and use soothing or hydrating toners.
Step 3. Eye Treatment – There are two types, either a cream or a gel. The cream is for fines lines, dehydration, wrinkles. The gel is for dark circles under the eye. Eye treatment should be applied before lotion.
Step 4. Serum – I personally prefer to use moisturizer in the morning and serum in the evening, as the skin rejuvenates in the evening and moisturizers can cause a barrier, where as a serum penetrates to the very first layer of skin. Use a serum to suit your skin type or condition. Read below.
Step 5. Moisturizer – Use after toner every morning. Oily skin – water based with no oil. Dry – oil based and hydrating, which can usually be used for sensitive and mature skin too. Combination – balancing lotion, with balancing properties such as Lavender.
Step 6. Exfoliate/scrub – Scrub is used to remove the dead skin cells to prevent the pores from clogging up, which will prevent breakouts. A more abrasive scrub can be used on a dry skin to stimulate the oil glands, where as a soft granule scrub should be used on oily skin, to avoid stimulating the oil glands even more, as the oil glands are already over stimulated. The soft scrub should also be used on sensitive and mature skin. A scrub should be used twice a week after cleansing and toning.
Step 7. A mask should be used twice a week after the scrub, as the skin will be prepared and the pores will be open, so the mask can penetrate correctly. A clay or gel mask can be used for oily and combination skin type, hydrating mask for dehydrated, dry or sensitive skin. You can also get sensitive masks for sensitive skin. There are masks for mature skin types or the dry skin mask can be used on the mature skin.
Step 8. SPF – A daily SPF should be used over your moisturizer, as this help the skin age slower.
Secondly I am going to discuss the different skin types of conditions and the difference between the two
I have read a few blogs only to discover that they give false information regarding the skin types and condition and don’t actually realise that there is in fact a difference between type and conditions and different factors that influence the two.
Skin Types – There are mature skin types. Skin type is related to the pores on the skin, whether they are over active and under active.
1. Oily (sebum) Skin Type – The skins pores are over active, enlarged and there is an oily appearance all over the skin, which could result in breakouts and blackheads if not maintained, which could result in acne.
2. Combination Skin Type – There are areas where the skin is either normal or dry – If they are dry, the pores will be constricted- the other areas on the skin will have enlarged pores and a oily appearance. These areas are usually in the T-zone or on the cheek area, where there will be an oily appearance in one of these areas. There is also a upside down T-zone, where the nose and forehead is dry and the rest of the face has an oily appearance. This is the most common skin type.
3. Dry Skin Type – Dry skin has constricted pores, looks dull and feels tight. People often confuse dry and dehydrated, as they feel the same and look similar. But you can have a dehydrated skin with both an oily and dry skin, as this is a condition not a type. The difference between the two, is that dry skin lacks oil product as the pores are constricted, where dehydrated skin lacks water. It is important to know the difference between the two when buying facial products.
4. Mature Skin Type – Shows signs of aging, wrinkles, sagging appearance, lack of elasticity, flaky and dry. The oil production slows down and the skin becomes very dry and dull.
5. Normal Skin Type – In all my years of experience as a therapist, I have never seen a normal skin. The pores are normal, the skin doesn’t feel greasy or tight (unless the skin is dehydrated).
Skin conditions are caused from external environments, such as air con, climate, dietary, products, medication etc.
1. Dehydrated Condition – This condition lacks water. Which can be caused from not drinking enough water, climate condition, air condition environment, central heating. So it an be hard to avoid. if the dehydration is only superficial there will be small criss cross lines on the forehead and face. If it is deep dehydration, there will be deep line across the forehead, usually only three (if there are more than three, it usually indicated that you have high acidity in the body). There are also deep lines under the eyes, that will eventually turn into profound wrinkles if it is not maintained. You need to put moisture back into the skin, so hydrating products should be used. If you have a oily skin with a dehydrated condition, you should use a hydrating mask and serum and the other products should be products mention for oily skin.
2. Sensitive Condition – This condition is usually caused from using harsh products on the skin, such as soap, a harsh cleanser that contains a lot of alcohol. It can also be caused from medication such as Roaccutane. The skin feels warm, is visibly red, patchy and sensitive. It is very reactive to harsh products and will increase in temperature and redness if it does not agree with certain products. It is crucial to use a sensitive range.
So that’s it for this week guys, if you have any questions or any information you would like to add, please leave a comment below. I hope that this information will be helpful and will give you the beautiful skin you deserve.