Achieving beautiful skin is not magic, but a matter of consistency and using the right products. Skin care for the face helps you achieve a younger, healthier appearance. For the same reason, you’ll want to extend it to other parts of your body, such as your neck and décolleté, which are also exposed to the sun and other agents.
Whether you want to delay natural skin ageing, reduce the signs of ageing or prevent irritation and acne, there are a few things to do on a daily basis to maintain radiant skin.
Fortunately, an effective facial skincare routine doesn’t have to be a tedious chore. It’s simple, enjoyable and can be an opportunity to enjoy relaxing treatments on a daily basis.
Maintaining a daily skin care routine is the first step to restoring skin’s health and youthful glow. All you need to do is pay attention to these 5 points:
- Hygiene. Gentle cleansing helps the skin to look its best. To gently cleanse the face, moisten it with lukewarm water and then apply a mild cleanser (based on natural ingredients) in a circular motion with the fingertips. To finish, rinse off the cleanser completely and gently pat the face dry with a clean cotton towel. This routine can be applied when you wake up in the morning and also at night, before going to bed. In this last ritual of the day, make-up should be removed. When you go to bed with your make-up on, not only is it left on your skin, but also all the dirt, oil and toxins that your skin has accumulated throughout the day. If not removed, this can lead to clogged pores, skin irritation and acne.
- Hydration. Drinking water nourishes the skin from within. Dehydrated skin can look dull, tight and dry, with more visible fine lines. It can also highlight dark areas around the eyes and nose. Alcohol and coffee dehydrate the skin. Drinking plenty of water keeps skin hydrated and can give it a healthy glow. Eating fruits and vegetables, exercising and getting plenty of sleep can also help keep skin hydrated. In addition to moisturising from within, think about topical products. The European Union bans more than 1,300 harmful artificial ingredients, making it easier for you to find moisturisers based on natural ingredients. Avoid those containing mineral oil, parabens, propylene glycol, fragrances and others. It is best to choose creams with natural extracts such as Silicium Rosehip Silicium which, in addition to moisturising, improves skin firmness and erases signs of fatigue.
- Nutrition. We are what we eat, so think of food as the fuel we need to enjoy each day. Moreover, if we take into account that the skin is the largest organ of the body, the need to make healthy food choices is even more relevant. Drinking plenty of fluids and eating fruits such as watermelon, which hydrate us from the inside, is not enough. Your body needs other nutrients and antioxidants, such as omega-3 fatty acids, which help the skin control hydration and oil production and can also reduce acne. They are found in foods such as nuts, seeds and fish such as sardines and sea bass.
- Firming massage. This type of care activates the blood circulation, thus oxygenating the facial skin effectively and can correct some of the first expression lines, thanks to firm and repetitive movements in the right direction (circular clockwise, from bottom to top and from the centre of the face outwards). It is important to remember that the skin should always be lubricated with natural oils such as Silicium Serum, which not only has a lifting effect, but also regenerates the skin.
- Protection. Sunscreen is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. It can actually slow skin ageing. It can also help prevent skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher) and water resistance. Protecting your skin is not just about making sure it is not affected by the negative effects of the sun’s rays. It’s also about staying away from sources of pollution and fumes, including, of course, tobacco.
The above-mentioned facial skin care is made more effective if you take care to avoid these bad habits in your daily life:
– Use home remedies lightly. Before applying them, make sure you know how, what for and why. It pays to do some research before applying random substances to the skin. Not everything natural is necessarily good (arsenic and tobacco are two examples) and not all combinations work the same for every skin type. The wrong choice can dry out or irritate the skin, or, in the worst case, leave marks forever.
– Not exercising. Exercising the body is not only important for general health and well-being, but it also keeps the blood flowing and brings oxygen to the skin cells, giving it that naturally healthy glow. Exercise reduces stress and also helps control inflammation, both of which positively affect the skin’s ageing process. Good circulation is key, so don’t deprive yourself of increasing your heart rate to recommended levels for at least half an hour several times a week.
– Touching your face – what’s the point of washing it morning and night if you keep putting your hands, which have been exposed to various substances, on it during the day? Gestures such as resting your head on your hands or rubbing your face with your fingers can transfer dirt and oils that cause blemishes.
– Forget about lip care. First exfoliation, to remove dead skin, without overdoing it or irritation may occur. Then moisturise and nourish, two basics for such a sensitive area of the face.
– Not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause a decrease in blood flow and collagen production, both of which are needed for younger-looking skin. With sleep you fight inflammation and your skin repairs itself.
-Do not exfoliate regularly. Out with the old in with the new… a maxim that also applies to skin cells. A natural exfoliator allows a more effective and gentle approach to removing dead skin cells and making way for the production of new cells. This gesture reduces the appearance of wrinkles and gives the skin an overall smoother feel.
By following the 5 facial skin care guidelines and avoiding the 6 bad habits mentioned in the previous section, you will achieve your goal. Glowing, youthful-looking skin deserves products based on natural ingredients, a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants and consistency in routines. These are the cornerstones of any effective long-term maintenance routine.