House of French

March 2, 2009

Skincare Tips

Filed under: Beauty, Skincare — Tags: , — xfrenchx @ 9:20 pm

Having great skin is the basis to beauty as it helps to reflect youth, health and vitality and gives you a natural glow. Despite these benefits, the average woman does not practice a proper skincare routine, which can largely help improve both appearance and texture. The majority of experts agree that we are too rough on our skin, using abrasive products that should only be used by expert. Another problem is that many of us do not cleanse long enough or often enough. With just a little time and effort, it’s actually quite simple to change these habits so that you maintain a gentle yet effective routine.

– Warm cleanser in the palms of your hands before you apply it to your face; this will help emulsify the cleanser, making it much more affective.

– Wash your face for atleast 30-60 second, gently massaging your entire face and neck, then letting it sit for the last ten seconds. This will ensure that the cleanser reaches deep into your pores without stripping any essential oils.

– Using your fingertips is much better than a cloth or swab; fabrics can pull the skin during washing when it’s at its weakest.

– When using toner, be careful that you do not over-do it; toners are very harsh on the skin, so make sure you use gentle sweeps across the face and skip the twice-over.

– You should generally stay away from cleansers and masks that contain exfoliating beads which are very harsh on the face; unless you know your skin very well these scrubbing cleansers are very risky.

– Always try to use lukewarm water to wash your face; extremeties in temperature can have adverse effects; heat can overstimulate your natural oils, while cold water closes your pores, making it harder to cleanse thoroughly.

– A gentler way to remove eye makeup is to partly dilute your eye-makeup remover with water, soak two cotton pads in the mixture, place over your eyelids and gently rub the pads with your fingertips in small circular motions.

– Try making a trip to a spa at least once a month – having a professional work on your face can give you a proper rejuvenation each month, plus it’s a great way to see the tricks they use so you can keep it up. Ask questions about a general skincare regimen, and ask their opinion on which products would be best for your skin.

The Pimple Problem: A pimple is much different than general acne spots, caused by bacteria invading the skin and causing infection. While your body’s white skin cells fight the infection, the spot and redness appears. Squeezing and poking at pimples can easily damage pores, making it a bad idea to pop them. You should avoid squeezing your pimples as much as possible, but since most women will end up popping them, you might as well do it right. I personally choose to leave pimples as long as possible – if they get really big I give in and pop them; this is how you should do it:

– Make sure you cover your fingertips with tissue before you start, to avoid increasing oil and bacteria on your face.

– Try to pop your pimples late at night, and it’s best to have a warm bath first; the steam will help minimize redness and swelling around the pimple.

– After popping the pimple it’s best to treat the area with a dab of witch hazel or tea tree oil; both will fight reinfection. After about 20 minutes, I like to dab a spot of pimple fighting cream over the area and place a piece of tissue on top. I let that sit until it dries and I repeat it at least 3 times that day – this will speed up the healing process.

Aside from keeping up a great skincare routine and popping few pimples properly, it’s always nice to achieve a beautiful glow. An overall glow makes you look happy and healthy and can make you look and feel a lot younger. Sleep is probably the most important and effiecient way to retain a beautiful glow; lack of sleep can make your skin puffy, sallow and give you dark circles under your eyes. Sleep causes cell-renewal, a process that is activated at night, reaching their peak between 1 and 2 in the morning. If you miss sleep during this time, you lose out on skin-restoration. Realistically, there will always be times when you miss out on important sleep; and there are ways to somewhat makeup for the loss of glow. A 15 minute jog in the morning before you get ready will rejuvinate your body, boost circulation and energy, which will leave your skin glowing. An even quicker and easier way is to have a hot, brisk shower followed immediately by a blast of hot cold for 30 seconds; it has the same affect in circulation as a jog.

The final step of repairing your skin is just feeling good about yourself. Higher stress levels, lack of exercise and eating bad foods all make you and your skin feel bad. A positive state of mind will allow your brain to produce endorphins, which will increase your body’s potential to fight off problems such as pimples and bad skin. The rule is the same always: in order to feel good on the outside, you need to feel great on the inside!

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