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Thursday, August 18, 2011

3 steps of Basic Skincare

"Must I layer my face with so many products?"

Not really

Eye gels, night creams, serums, etc. They're necessary, but not a must

So today, I will be talking about the 3 steps in basic skin care

1. Cleanse

When you get yourself a cleanser, it is very important to understand your skin type; whether its oily, dry, mixture or sensitive.

If you have sensitive skin that breaks out easily (like me) always opt for a mild cleanser. You need something that removes sufficient amount of oil and sebum without leaving your skin too dry and irritating it.

 Neutrogena Liquid cleanser

 KOSE's cleanser. Never read the ingredients before, but the ratings are good

 Vitamin E Cream Cleanser by Body Shop. Great antioxidants

 Clinique Rinse-off Foaming Cleanser

Cetaphil : Gentle Skin Cleanser.

Do NOT use "extra deep clean" cleansers. They're NOT made for human skin. Trust me.

Never cleanse your face more than 2 times a day. Washing your face too often will result with oilier skin.

Avoid cleansers with SLS, and SLES too. You wouldn't want those wretched substances touching your skin

2. Tone

The purpose of a toner is to remove final traces of dirt on your skin and to minimise your pores. If possible, always choose a toner that is alcohol free.

Those containing alcohol will dehydrate your skin and can sometimes cause your pores to enlarge.

 Body Shop : Seaweed Clarifying toner

 Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner

 Age Defense Toning Lotion by Skineeds

 L'Oreal Paris Dermo-Expertise : Pure Zone Toner

Body Shop : Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

There are many ways you can apply your toner : with bare hands (i don't suggest this), using a mist spray, or with a cotton ball

Once a again, please avoid those with "extra deep clean" (Deep clean is already a taboo to me, what more 'extra' deep clean) Many of them use alcohol as their active ingredient, and they have a lot of other ingredients that will kill your skin.

3. Moisturize

It doesn't matter what your skin type is, you NEED a moisturizer.

When applying moisturizer, always apply it with gentle outward and upward strokes.

I don't recommend using rich moisturizers unless it's for night use and you're sleeping in an air conditioned room.

Never use moisturizers with mineral oil. NEVER.

 L'oreal Paris Menexpert Antimark Moisturizer

Nano White Cell Moist Moisturizer

Skineeds Age Defense Moisturizer

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer

So there you have it. The 3 basic steps.

Yea, I know most of you guys know this, but I'm sure some of you don't.

Thanks for reading :)


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