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Women are constantly struggling to find the right combination of products that will lead to beautiful skin. Making your skin look its best isn't hard to do if you have all of the right products. The key to radiant, healthy skin is washing, exfoliating and moisturizing. There are other products you may be interested in trying for more specialized treatment. Everything you need to know about buying for your best face is below:
Use cleanser first
Every skin care regimen should begin with a good cleaning. The right cleanser should take off excess dirt, oil and makeup without causing irritation. If you have dry skin, use a creamy cleanser to help hydrate and lock in moisture. A product with salicylic acid can work to clear acne and remove excessive oil. You'll want to do this both in the morning and at night. Washing before bed is key to keep makeup from sinking into your pores overnight.
To open up pores, you should exfoliate your skin on a regular basis. How often to do so depends on your face. If you have sensitive or dry skin, once a week will be enough for you. Those with excess oil or acne problems may want to up their frequency to twice or three times. Exfoliating can help prevent blackheads and whiteheads by gently removing bacteria from insides pores.
Moisturize morning, noon and night
A moisturizer is a key step to keeping your skin hydrated and healthy. You will want to buy two separate products, one specifically designed for the morning and one for nighttime. In the morning, moisturizer should be applied after cleaning, exfoliating and toning, but before putting on makeup. Before you head outdoors, make sure the product has an SPF of at least 15 to protect from the sun's rays. Sunscreen helps prevent aging, dehydration and discoloration of your skin. You'll want to use a lighter cream on your face underneath your makeup and save the heavier creams for nighttime use. Before bed, apply a moisturizer that has active ingredients designed to heal. Anti-aging face creams work best overnight when not exposed to the elements that break down the healing elements. Certain times of year and as you age, your skin may require additional hydration. Feel free to apply more than twice a day as necessary.
Other steps and products you may want to try:
Apply toner after washing
Some women swear by toner, but others feel it is unnecessary. Again, using this product might depend on your skin type. Toner works by removing any dirt, makeup or film left behind by your cleanser. For teens and others dealing with excess oil, toner can offer many benefits by balancing pH. Skip this step if dryness or irritation occurs easily on your face. The benefits of this process are still being debated by skin care professionals, but most agree that if it works for you then you should continue using it.
Try a concentrated serum for specific problems
Serums can be another way to add moisture and get concentrated amounts of active ingredients and nutrients into skin. There are a number of different serums that can provide the different types of results that you are looking for, from anti-aging to brightening to acne fighting. It can be more effective at removing many skin blemishes by penetrating deeper into the skin than other products. Serum is applied after the toner, but before moisturizer. This step is only necessary if you're looking to clear up a specific problem.
Put on a mask once a week
Applying a mask once a week can help remove deep set dirt and oils and leave your face looking and feeling refreshed. You don't need to go to the spa to feel the full benefits, simply put the mask on and then allow it to sit for several minutes before you wash it off. Since it spends time on your face, a mask sinks deeper into your pores than cleanser alone. To really feel the benefit, you'll want to splurge on a more expensive product.
The key to any good beauty routine is consistency. Don't give up if you don’t see immediate changes on your face. It takes time for your skin to adjust to new products, and it may take as long as four weeks for changes to be seen. Be sure to maintain your regimen - and live a healthy life - to keep skin radiant. These products can only do so much if you're regularly damaging your skin. Maintain a balanced diet, drink plenty of water and avoid tanning beds and overexposure to the sun if you really want a more beautiful face.
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