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Getting Gorgeous

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Skin is the blank canvas of beauty, so before you do anything else make sure it is as healthy and clear as possible. The right skin care ingredients can coax your complexion from dull to luminous, rough to smooth, blemished to practically flawless. But the important step to take before selecting the best products for your individual needs is to determine your skin type.

YOUR SKIN TYPE

Ascertaining your skin type is easy and is the  first step, you should take before you put anything on your face. To figure out whether it is normal, dry, oily or a combination of dry and oily, take this simple test.

FIVE BASIC SKIN TYPES

Wash and dry your face and leave it unmoisturized for three hours. Press a single piece of tissue or blotting paper to your face and remove it. Make your diagnosis.

NORMAL SKIN

If no oil comes off on the paper and your face does not feel tight or flaky.

DRY SKIN

If your skin feels dry, tight or flaky and no oil appears on the paper.

OILY SKIN

If oil comes off of your nose, forehead and cheeks.

COMBINATION SKIN

If there is oil on your nose and forehead (the areas of the face with the most oil glands) but not your cheeks.

SENSITIVE SKIN

If your skin tends to be tight and blotchy and reacts to new skin-care products by becoming red-inflamed or itchy.

Do not forget that your skin type can change depending on the climate, the season or your age. Which means you may need to switch to a lighter moisturizer or a gel cleanser in summer, or use richer creamier products in winter in an arid climate or even after long flight.

Many women experience adult acne in their 20’s and early 30’s and find themselves scanning labels for pore-scouring ingredients they have not used since their early teens.

Always remember to establish a basic cleansing and moisturizing routine everyday to protect your skin from morning to night.

AT HOME FACIALS

To maintain healthy skin between professional treatments, give yourself a facial at home once a week. It is surprisingly easy and fast and rest assured mom’s egg-white and oatmeal masks are no longer on the menu.

 

Step One

Wash your face to remove all dirt and makeup. If you have oily  or combination skin, use a gentle foaming cleanser. For dry skin use a cream or milk cleanser.

Step Two

Spread a scrub onto your face to exfoliate and buff skin scrub containing small, round synthetic beads in an emollient base.

Since natural scrubs with larger crushed nuts can have jagged edges and may tear skin (scrubs should never hurt). Rinse it off.

Step Three

Fill your bathroom sink with warm water, dip a face cloth in, and press it onto your face one or two times.

Step Four

Spread a store-bought mask onto your face, avoiding the immediate eye area , and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes. If you have oily skin, look for a clay or mud mask. If you have dry skin, apply a hydrating gel or cream mask (use both kinds of masks on combination skin).

Step Five

Smooth on a soothing, basic moisturizer. Avoid anti-aging products containing acids or retinols, you do not want to over exfoliate your skin.

With more cleansers, creams, scrubs and serums crowding store shelves everyday, putting together an effective skin-care routine can be, depending on your view point, an indulgent adventure or an overwhelming task. With a little preparation, you can simplify the process. Begin by determining your skin type and targeting your needs. Are you concerned with moisturizing dry patches or preventing breakouts? Softening lines or making skin glow? Next, familiarize yourself with the most potent ingredients available today. Then, bone up on the myriad cosmetic procedures available in dermatologist offices, and the safest, smartest ways to get good results. This chapter covers it all, from easy, effective routines to at-home facials to the newest professional treatments- what they cost, how they feel and what they can realistically achieve.

Seasons greetings with all good wishes for the New Year

By Shashinika Senadeera

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