Serious skin care means knowing how and when to use your skin care products. It’s also about knowing which products are good for your skin.
As you grow older, your body’s natural skin-care mechanisms become weaker. It’s important to know how to respond to the changing needs of your skin. Simply put, if you are unlucky and do not have perfect skin, then you are constantly evaluating, analyzing, and changing your skin care routines.
It’s important to note that your skincare routine should change based on the environmental conditions, age, and changes in your skin type.
Good practices include things like applying the moisturizers while the skin is damp, using upward strokes for better penetration of skincare products, removing the makeup before going to bed, cleansing before moisturizing or applying make up, using the correct amount of skincare products, etc. Thus, increasing the effectiveness of your skincare products is another focus area of serious skin care.
To start the discussion on oily skincare, it’s imperative to first understand the cause behind oily skin. Put simply, oily skin is a result of excessive production of sebum (an oily substance that is naturally produced by skin). As is known to everyone, excess of everything is bad; so excessive sebum is bad too. It leads to clogging of skin pores, resulting in the accumulation of dead cells and hence the formation of pimples/acne. Moreover, oily skin spoils your looks too. So, ‘oily skin care’ is as important as the ‘skincare’ for other types of skin.
The basic aim of ‘oily skin care’ is the removal of excessive sebum or oil from the skin. However, oily skin care procedures should not lead to the complete removal of oil. ‘Oily skin care’ starts with the use of a cleanser. However, not all cleansers will work. You may need a cleanser that contains salicylic acid i.e. a beta-hydroxy acid that retards the rate of sebum production. Cleansing should be done twice a day (and even more in hot and humid conditions).
Most of the oily skincare products are oil-free; however, it is always good to check the ingredients of the product, before you actually buy it. For me, I actually like to use oil-based products to help with my oily skin.
Yes, I fight oil with oil. But that is part of my personal routine. Especially in the evening. Double cleansing at night is a must-have for me. This helps me to ensure that I am getting all of the dirt and environmental toxins out of my skin as much as possible.
The next step in your oily skin care routine can be a mild moisturizer. Again, the degree of oiliness of your skin will determine whether you need to include this in your oily skin care routine. If you do decide to include a moisturizer, be sure to use one that is oil-free, wax-free and lipid-free.
If you are on the older and are looking for a way to turn back time, check out some of the tips below! Anti-aging skincare isn’t achieved by some magic potion, it takes hard work. We all want to be as flawless as Angela Bassett at 62, but we have to be realistic as well.
- Maintain healthy eating habits: A well-balanced diet is a key to maintaining proper body metabolism. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables (raw), they are the best source of fiber and have a very refreshing effect on your body. Avoid oily and fatty food; not only do they lack in essential nutrients but also cause obesity and other diseases which aid the aging process
- Beat stress: This is probably the most important antiaging skincare measure. Stress disturbs the body’s metabolism and accelerates the aging process. Sleep, exercise, and a relaxing bath are all good ways of beating stress. Aroma-therapy is also known to bust stress.
- Drink a lot of water: Antiaging skin care can not be any more basic than this. Water helps in flushing out the toxins from the body, hence keeping it clean and making it less prone to disease.
- Regular exercise is a wonderful antiaging skincare procedure. Besides toning your muscles, it also helps in cleaning the skin by flushing out the toxins in the form of sweat. Exercise should be followed by a warm shower in order to completely remove the toxins.
- Avoid the use of strong, chemical-based products on your skin. Natural skincare products are a good option. The use of organic skincare products (homemade or commercial) can be a very effective antiaging skin care measure.
- Do not overuse skincare products. Excessive and harsh application, both are harmful.
- Do not ignore skin disorders; it can lead to permanent skin damage. Try over the counter medication and if that doesnít help, immediately visit your dermatologist and seek his/her advice.
- Vitamin C based skin care products are a very popular means of antiaging skin care. However, these seem to oxidize very quickly (which makes them harmful for the skin). So store them properly. If the product turns Yellowish brown, it means that vitamin c has oxidized and the product is no longer suitable for use.
- Always wear sunscreen. Yes, my melanated ladies and gentlemen (and kids) need it as well. Don’t believe the lies that we cannot get skin cancer, that simply is not true. If you don’t want to crack, protect your skin at all costs. Protect your skin against UV radiation; UV rays are known to speed up the aging process. So, a good sunscreen lotion should be a part of your antiaging skincare routine.