We hear all the time how we need to take care of our bodies- inside and out. Keeping it fit, watching what we eat, what we drink, and even the air we breath. (smog- yuck!) So with this being the new year and several of you have resolutions to keep up with here is something to ad to your list. Having a skin care regimen can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. But in my few years of offering treatments- most prefer a simple skin care routine. (especially the men!)
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your skin care regimen. FIRST is your SKIN TYPE. Just because a cleanser is great for your best girlfriend doesn't mean its great for your- and visa versa. Best friends don't have same skin types- even siblings are very different. Think of it as a 'Personality'- they very from person to person.
SECOND-INGREDIENTS. They are important! There are many labels that "claim" to have to most moisturizing- most aromatic- but be careful, many add alcohol to their products that dry your skin out even faster! Fragrance is the leading ingredient for irritation and skin reactions. Products with a fake fruity smell or offer "aromatherapy" in your OTC and trendy fragrance shops are most likely going to have artificial fragrance added into the product. They phrase you are what you eat- your skin does absorb the products you put on it- so make sure that it's the most beneficial. (I'm not saying spend hundreds of dollars on a new skin care and rid your selves of the stuff you have- just be careful- you may end up spending more in other ways.)
THIRD-SAMPLES anyone? When looking into new products or just starting out see if there are any samples available or ask what the return policy is for opened products. Over the years I have worked with makeup and skin care most places will agree to a refund or an exchange with in 30 days of use (if they don't offer samples) no matter how much product you have used. They understand that products react differently on different skin types. Try a patch test to see how your skin reacts- or go have a facial with some new products you have been dying to try.
FOURTH- SKIN ANALYSIS. If you have had a facial, you might know what I am talking about. When going to the spa or salon you meet with your regular therapist or a new one and each time; they ask questions about your skin. How does it feel? Are you undergoing any stress? Any changes since you have been in last or in the past few months? What are your concerns? How is your diet? What type of work environment do you work in? for men What is their shaving system? and women Are you on your menstrual cycle? ect. Your skin does change- it's affected by everything. Weather, hormones, stress levels, environment, genetics, emotions- inner and outer-all apply. Its good to have it analyzed 2 to 4 times a year. Depending on your climate and season changes and any other big changes happening in your life. It doesn't hurt to have your skin analyzed and enjoy some relaxation at the same time. :)
TIL NEXT TIME-