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Tips for Facial Care at Home

Tips for Facial Care at Home

A trip to the day spa can give your face a healthy, radiant glow. Unfortunately, that glow will not last forever. How you treat your face day-in, day-out makes an even bigger difference to your face than an hour-long facial. Adopting healthy home skin care practices can make your face look healthier than before, and on a regular basis.

Sun Protection

The sun's rays can deal a harsh blow to unprotected skin, and the skin on your face is likely the skin that is most exposed. The Mayo Clinic recommends not exposing your skin to the sun, as much as possible, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It also recommends wearing a protective shield, such as a wide-brimmed hat, in addition to using a generous amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen, 30 minutes before going outside. When choosing a sunscreen for your face, find one labeled "noncomedogenic," as it won't clog your pores and cause breakouts. Also know that you need to reapply the sunscreen after sweating a lot, after being in water and every two hours you plan to be in the sun.

Gentle Cleansing

Hot water and strong soaps can damage the skin on your face by stripping essential moisturizing oils. Use a cleanser appropriate to your skin type (dry, sensitive, oily or combination skin), and rinse it off with warm rather than hot water. When you are finished, use a towel to dab your face dry instead of rubbing it dry of all its moisture.

Exfoliate

When you exfoliate, you remove dead skin cells, allowing pores to remain open rather than clogged. Exfoliating also gives your face a natural glow, because it removes dead cells while it also increases circulation. Different exfoliating products are available for use, including peels, retinoids and microdermabrasion. Skip using scrubs that contain large grains because they may scrape and aggravate the skin. Focus on using products with small exfoliating beads, and apply them in a gentle circular motion.

Moisturize

Even if your skin is not flaking due to dryness, it will more than likely reap benefits from having the added moisture offered by a moisturizing product. If your face is particularly dry, you may benefit from using an oil-based cream, which leaves a residue on your skin that will keep your skin moisturized longer. Alternately, if your skin has an average amount of moisture, or it is oily, try using a water-based cream that will offer moisture without overburdening your face with residue. If your skin is sensitive, stick to hypoallergenic and no-fragrance moisturizers. See a dermatologist for advice if you want to moisturize acne-prone skin; she may recommend that you use a moisturizer which contains acne-fighting benzoyl peroxide.

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