Face Care

There are thousands of products available to us these days to help make us look beautiful. Foundation mousse, lip plumper, eye glitters and concealers, we’re so busy with our makeup that we sometimes forget about the needs of the face underneath it. But when it comes right down to it, your face will look better, whether you’re wearing makeup or not, if you take care of it first. So pay attention to your skin, and meet your skin’s needs face-forward. When it comes to a fresh face, it’s all about the cleanser.

Daily use of a good cleanser is the starting point for glowing skin. You should use a gentle, non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) cleanser that won’t dry your skin out. And remember, more isn’t better- washing your face too frequently can dry out your skin, making your sweat-producing glands work overtime to keep up, resulting in oily, unhappy skin. Washing twice a day should do it. If your skin has a tendency toward acne, you can use an acne-cleanser with ingredients like salicylic acid and Benzoyl peroxide to help your skin absorbs acne treatments, but the same rule goes-stick to two washes a day.

Most people should also have a face moisturizer. Even if you already have a moisturizing cream that you use from the rest of your body, you probably need a different one for you face, because your face’s skin and your body’s skin have different needs. To meet those needs, get a light moisturizer for your face, one that is non-comedogenic like your face cleanser, to avoid clogging your pores and causing acne breakouts. A good moisturizer will keep your skin looking young and fresh, prevent dryness that leads it itchiness, flaking, and sometimes blemishes, and help fight off the early onset of fine wrinkles. However, to fully protect your skin from the affects of aging, your moisturizer should also contain UV protection. Studies have shown that exposure to the sun causes premature aging of the skin. A tan looks nice, but tans are temporary-and wrinkles are forever. Your daily moisturizer should have a minimum SPF protection of 15, and if you know you’re going to be out in the sun a lot, use a stronger SPF sunscreen, and apply liberally and regularly.

Finally, lifestyle habits count big. Smoking and excessive drinking can wreak havoc on your complexion, and a good night’s sleep and healthy, balanced diet give you a glow that nothing else in the world can. Take care of yourself, and your skin will take care of you.

“Face Care” s a courtesy of BeautyItems.com, a catalog of beauty products and a directory of beauty tips. BeautyItems is a beauty directory that includes Glendale beauty salons and care face tips.

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