The rain is here, giving us some relief from the heat that June-July is about to pack in. The clouds are roaring and it is pouring rain when it is not hot from the constant sunshine. Your skin, just like the seasons, change their needs because the environment is now different.
Taking care of our skin is merely a way of life, incorporating simple practices and adopting basic ideas can take you a long way to having healthy glowing skin. The tips below are applicable for both oily and dry skin, it is only a matter of using of the right products geared for your skin type.
Stepping outside our houses is not advised unless it is for necessities. Wash your face with a soap free cleanser that is gentle on the skin, as harsh cleansers can strip the skin of moisture and can damage it further. If you are going out, be sure to immediately wash your face when you come back home as a necessary protocol to steer clear from any outside pollutants and germs.
Be sure to exfoliate your skin once a week with a facial scrub. Exfoliating promotes healthy skin regeneration and renewal by physically removing the uppermost layer of the skin to reveal new cells underneath.
After a cleanser, many seem to disregard the use of a toner, but in reality, it is highly recommended as using a toner balances the pH level of the skin, calms the skin and improves texture. Refrain from using toners that contain alcohol, and include toners that have beneficial ingredients like vitamins, and hyaluronic acid. After cleansing, apply toner using a cotton pad or fingertips.
There is no escape from moisturising. It is essential to complete your skincare with a moisturiser. People with oilier skin types are advised to use oil free moisturisers,while those with dry skin should try moisturisers with more emollient properties.
Aside from moisturising the skin, it is important to keep it hydrated and supple as well. You can achieve this by using several sheet masks that are available on the market. You can also use do-it-yourself (DIYs) facial masks that you can make at home, which include hydrating ingredients like rose water and honey.
Finally, it is advised to always use sunscreen when out of the home.Don't put it off just because its cloudy outside! Wearing a sunscreen is a must, come rain or shine. Using anything below SPF 30 is not recommended for our harsher climate. Protect your skin against the sun, and your skin will thank you.
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