Proper Skin Care for the Face
Since ancient times men and women have had an interest in caring for their skin. The Egyptians took great pride in keeping their skin clean, and after cleansing their skin they would moisturize it with aromatic oils. Today people from all over the world practice skin hygiene. Caring for the skin on your body is different than caring for the skin on your face. Facial skin types vary and require different regimens and products. For this reason, you should understand proper skin care for the face.
Evaluate the skin on your face to determine your skin type. If your skin does not seem to produce too much oil, if dry skin is not a problem, or your skin does not break out with pimples that are hard to get rid of, your skin is probably normal. Dry skin looks dry, and it might appear thinner than normal skin. The pores in dry skin are hard to see. Oily skin usually has open pores that may be clogged. It could also have blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. Skin of this type may be thicker than normal-type skin, and it may feel oily. Aging skin is often dry, wrinkled and sagging. Skin that is couperose has tiny broken blood vessels that look like short red threads.
Wash normal, oily and couperose skin twice a day with a cleanser made for your skin type. Be very gentle with couperose skin to avoid doing more damage to the broken blood vessels and to avoid creating new ones. Avoid skin contact with anything too hot or too cold, and avoid drinks that contain alcohol. According to Joel Gerson, author of "Milady's Standard Textbook for Professional Estheticians," "some foods can affect the vessels." Cleanse dry and aging skin once at night to preserve the skin's natural oils and prevent further dryness. If astringent is used after cleansing, do not use one containing alcohol on dry or mature skin, or couperose skin.
Moisturize your skin after washing to prevent it from drying out. Use moisturizer that contains ingredients beneficial for your skin type. Choose oil-free moisturizer if your skin is oily. If your skin is dry or aging, select a moisturizer for these skin types. Use alcohol-free moisturizer on couperose skin. Spread the moisturizer on your skin before all the water on your skin evaporates to hold in moisture.
Apply a moisturizing mask to dry or aging skin once a week or more. Follow the directions given on the product label. Use a clay mask on oily skin at least once a week to draw out impurities and prevent blemishes. Soothe couperose skin with a sensitive skin mask to calm the skin.
Prevent sun damage by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Apply it to your skin before leaving the house, and according to the directions given on the product label. Use a sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher. Choose a sun block that does not contain alcohol if your skin is dry, aging, or couperose.
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