There are tried-and-true ways to properly care for your skin, from the right way to cleanse your face, to the best moisturizers and sunscreens.
In my Basic 4-Step Skincare Regimen, you'll learn how to properly wash your face, exfoliate and moisturize it, plus, you'll find out what anti-aging tricks really work. I include organic skincare tips for the growing number of you who are concerned with putting only natural, organic products on your skin and for those of you who want the best drugstore options, I have that, too.
But first, how you care for your skin is utterly dependent on the type of skin you have: oily, normal/combination, dry, sensitive or sun- damaged. Find out what skin type you have. Here's a little tip that few people know: most of us have combination skin, which means some of our skin is oily while much of it is dry.
In any case, once you know what skin type you have, taking care of it will much easier.
The Basic 4-Step Skincare Regimen Step 1: Cleansing
Simple is key here. You need to find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to, and stick with it: See the best cleansers for your skin type.
You can find a good cleanser at the drugstore. There's no need to spend $40 on a fancy wash. Avoid bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin. For you organic types, you can cleanse skin with milk or yogurt (who knew?).
Here are some tried-and-true cleansing tips:
*Be careful not to cleanse too often or you risk
over-cleansing skin, see signs you are over cleansing your skin. Most experts agree you really only need to wash your face at night to remove makeup and sunscreen, which can clog pores.
*In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need. I find it's great for removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing. If you have super oily skin, you can cleanse your skin again in the morning. Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries).
*Make sure to remove eye makeup with a proper makeup remover. The area around the eye is delicate so don't pull or rub too hard. You can also use olive oil as a natural eye makeup remover. Find out more in Use Olive Oil as an Eye Makeup Remover.
*If you have dry skin, consider cold cream like Pond's, which the French use, or make your own organic cold cream using this simple cold cream recipe. Simply apply cream, then wipe off, no water needed (if you have hard water, it can be especially harsh on skin).
*To cleanse skin, most women prefer the water method: Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a dime-sized bit of cleanser, then rinse with cool or lukewarm water.
*Skin purists believe tap water is bad for your skin because it contains harsh minerals and additives like fluoride and chlorine. If this stuff freaks you out, find out how to wash your face without tap water in How to Cleanse Your Face the Expert Way.