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Your skin needs consistent care and attention in order to maintain health and vibrancy over the long term. To achieve this goal you must develop and follow a personal skin care routine.
Developing a skin care routine allows you to:
Learn your skin and what it needs, especially during different seasons.
Maintain a good cleansing regimen and avoid breakouts and blemishes.
Thoroughly remove makeup that can clog pores and irritate the skin.
Exfoliate dead skin cells and maintain a bright, smooth complexion.
Knowing your skin can save you time and money so along with my expertise we can have your skin looking healthy, vibrant and youthful in no time.
Components of your Skin Care Routine
Your skin is exposed to dirt and dust, chemicals, sweat, and many other things. If you don’t cleanse your skin properly on a regular basis, it will become dry and weathered, the pores will clog, and the overall appearance will be diminished. Cleansing improves blood flow below the skin's surface thereby enabling its ability to eliminate waste and toxins effectively. A proper cleansing regimen keeps blackheads and white-heads at bay.
Tips for cleansing your face:
Wash your face in a circular motion to stimulate blood flow.
Avoid the sensitive eye area when washing your face, as the small blood vessels under the eye can easily break and cause a bruised, puffy appearance.
Avoid harsh chemical cleansers that can dry out your skin or cause an allergic reaction.
Always wash at least first thing in the morning and before going to bed to remove residue and perspiration.
Avoid scrubbing your face hard, especially if it is irritated or has blemishes.
This is one of the most important elements of your skin care routine. Your skin requires ample moisture to maintain its appearance, elasticity and function. Moisturizing your skin wards off the premature signs of aging. In fact, without moisture, the skin can become dry, gray, and ashy. Dry skin literally drinks in moisture, so it is important to give it what it needs.
Applying moisturizer to your skin aids in replenishing the moisture that is lost through exposure to the elements and helps reduce the signs of aging. For the best results, use natural moisturizers.
A good moisturizer:
Provides moisture, instead of just coating the skin.
Does not clog pores.
Has soothing or healing properties.
Does not contain dyes and synthetic fragrance.
Often we find massive amounts of buildup on our skin that may not be totally removed just by washing. Using The Right Toner can act as a defense against remaining makeup, oil, dirt with your drying the skin. Toners also contain astringents, which are said to help cleanse pores and reduce their size.
Most toners contain alcohol and can be drying to the skin. Some good natural astringents are Witch Hazel, Sandalwood, and Lemon. If you have normal or sensitive skin, you should avoid an astringent altogether and focus more on washing and moisturizing.
Daily cleansing can be harsh on your skin. Keep it gentle by:
Limiting bath or shower time and using warm water.
Choosing mild cleansers over strong soaps.
Applying shaving cream, lotion or gel, using a clean, sharp razor and shaving in the direction the hair grows.
Patting or blotting your skin dry.
Moisturizing your skin with a moisturizer which fits your skins needs.
I use Aveeno on my dry skin and highly recommend it to everyone.
The skin on your body requires exfoliation as much as your face.
Your body needs moisturised at least once daily.
Apply lotions to moist skin as it helps lock in moisture.
Shower off following a bath to remove any unwanted residue from bath products.
Body butters are great for dry skin.
When waxing, apply wax carefully to avoid removing more hairs than you want.
All beautiful skin starts with cleansing and ends with moisturizing. Depending on your individual needs, there may be steps in between.
It is important to choose the correct skin care product for your skin type.
Keep your skin MOISTURIZED.
Coconut oil makes a great night treatment for dry/extra dry skin. Use it every other day and, then, back off when your skin maintains some moisture at the end of the day.
A little product goes a long way; a little dab will do it.
Good skin care products don't need to break the bank.
Check out the Skin Care page for more tips on choosing the right skin care routine for you.
The first cosmetic products appeared thousands of years ago, but the 20th century gave birth to the majority of them. Testing of cosmetics on animals is one of the ways of ensuring health of consumers who will use these products on their skin. However, this practice has been banned in many regions of the world.
It is important to choose a foundation appropriate to your skin type.
Your foundation color should look natural; no make-up up line at the jaw line.
Concealer works best when applied over the foundation - if applied first it tends to rub off.
Choose a type of blush appropriate for your skin type.
Your face shape determines how and where you apply your blush.
Choose a lip stick shade which is a similar color to your blush and works with your skin type.
For dry lips, try Vicks Vaper Rub. It's amazing.
Check out eye shadow best suited for your eye color. Make your eyes pop.
Use an eye-liner that is easy for you to apply. I, personally, can not master liquid liner.
There are several colors and types of mascara out there. Choose one which is easily applied.
As the saying goes, “If you look good, you feel good.” Make-up instills increased feelings of self esteem.
Whether you want a natural, healthy glow for a day at the office or a dramatic look for a night on the town, you will find top of the line make-up products to help you achieve both. No matter where you're going, you are going to look great!!
Check out the Make-Up page for tips on becoming the most beautiful you.
HANDS & FEET
Your hands and feet - they’re probably the hardest working parts of your body, but the most neglected.
During winter months, both hands and feet have a tendency to look dull, red or cracked. So, by summer, you are embarrassed to wear your flip flops and sandals.
You probably have a daily regiment for keeping your face clean and moisturized, but what about your hard-working hands and feet?
Tips for Soft Feet
To eliminate calluses, I suggest you purchase an Electronic Foot File. I consider my 'Amope Pedi' my best friend. Now, with regular use, I have callous free, soft feet.
A night time foot care routine is the first step to keeping them healthy, soft and beautiful.
Start by washing and drying your feet. Pay extra attention to your toenails and the spaces between your toes.
Next, you need to remove dead and hard skin from your feet regularly with an Electronic Foot File.
The final step is to moisturize your feet with an extremely thick foot moisturizer and put on a pair of cotton socks
Tips for Soft Hands
To remind yourself to moisturize your hands, place bottles of lotion by the sinks in your kitchen and bathroom.
Carry a small bottle of lotion in your purse so you can moisturize on the go.
When you exfoliate your face, use the excess product to exfoliate hands. When you moisturize your face, rub the excess into your hands and cuticles.
In addition moisturizing your hands and using cuticle creams, apply extremely rich lotions, hand salves and cuticle oil, put on cotton overnight gloves and go to bed. By the morning your hands will feel super soft and hydrated.
Healthy cuticles lead to healthy nails.
I keep my nails healthy and looking good with my ManiPedi. These products are a must for everyone.
The Hands & Feet page has tips and products that will make it feel like you're walking on air.
Everyone wants beautiful hair and with the correct products and tools, this wish is attainable. "Love The Skin You're In" offers high end hair care products suitable for all hair types (normal, dry, frizzy, oily, fine, flat, colored and curly) to enhance the beauty of your hair.
If, like me, you have fine hair there are specific things you should pay attention to:
Choose a short, layered cut with a bang.
Condition before you shampoo
Use Apple Cider vinegar weekly to get rid of product build-up
Spritz damp hair with a salt spray
Use volumizing sprays sparingly
Fine hair is not the same as thin hair as fine hair has smaller hair follicles than thicker hair and thin hair lacks hair follicles. Both thick and thin heads of hair may be comprised of fine hair.
NOTE: "Coloring your hair adds volume."
Healthy Hair Tips
Use the right products for your hair type.
Gels tend to be too heavy for longer hair but are a great product for short hair
Products don't need to be expensive. Your Super Market has some great products at reasonable prices.
Dish soap is great for removing product buildup.
Especially for dry hair, air dry in place of blow drying as blow drying dries out your hair.
As you age, choose a hair style that gives you a youthful look. As a rule. long hair exaggerates your age while shorter hair gives you a more youthful look.
Wigs are back in style and many women with thinning hair are wearing them. But you don't have to be suffering with hair loss to wear one. They are great for a bad hair day.
Check out the Hair Care page for reasonably priced products for your hair.