Friday, January 22, 2010

We all want it. Flawless skin.

































My "must do" skin care tips.
We could all run out and get 10 plastic surgeries in one day (ahem, Heidi Montag) or we could follow these simple rules and let our natural beauty shine through. (Putting Heidi Montag's name in here was jut a shameless attempt at getting more hits...)

Moisturize. This one is the most important. Whether your skin is dry or oily, a good moisturizer is a must. I recommend one which contains Vitamin A as it is proven to aid skin in collagen production (helps skin keeps its elasticity) and prevents premature aging. How? Our cells need water to function normally and moisturizers help our skin retain water. Moisturizers keep our skin hydrated and hydrated skin is able to repair itself and regenerate efficiently. Dehydrated skin is much more susceptible to environmental damage such as sun exposure as well as everyday rubbing because it cannot repair itself. I moisturize both day and night, and always under my makeup.

Give your skin a break! Don't get in the habit of wearing makeup every single day. Even the most organic products create buildup in your pores. So, be sure to go makeup free at least a couple days a week. Let your skin breathe.

Never go to sleep without removing all your makeup. You don't need any fancy face wash, just soap, warm water and a little friction for 30-45 seconds all over your face. It's really important to get it all off. So no matter how tired you are, or how many cocktails you've had.... just do it! Leaving makeup on over night can clog pores causing breakouts, blackheads and also dry out your skin. A cheap alternative to eye-makeup remover? Baby oil.

Be gentle. Avoid touching and pulling at your skin. Also, don't use really cold or really hot water on your face. A lot of wear on the face can cause premature signs of aging.

Wear sunscreen. This one has been really beat into our heads over the last few years - and for good reason. "Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. It accounts for an estimated 1/3 of all new cases of cancer in Canada." Wearing sunscreen protects your skin from UV radiation, which can cause skin cancer, wrinkles, freckles, age spots and more. Your everyday moisturizer or foundation should contain SPF at some level. A lot of companies are making products with SPF 30 these days, so look for those.

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