Skincare 101

Your skin changes constantly some days it may be dry and other days more sensitive. This can be because of many reasons; changes in weather and environment, new make-up and/or skin care, diet and general health. This is why you should look and study your face in the mirror every morning before you start your regime.

Combination Skin;

If you have combination skin then you should have a combination on skin care products. If you have an oily T-zone then you don’t need to apply a thick moisturiser to that area just to the dry patches, like the checks, eyes and temples. It is the same for the reverse; if you have dry patchy skin you should not use a toner on those areas, only on the oily spots, and never apply an alcoholic based toner to the eye area. The skin around the eye is very thin and delicate and you should never rub, instead pat the moisturiser around the eye.

Dry Skin;

People with dry skin should use a thick moisturising cream at night, pure shear butter is great before bed but probably too think for morning use, you can buy shear butter moisturisers in a lotion form, it is still fairly thick and will need to be left to dry for about 5 minutes before applying make-up. A weekly facial mask is also a great idea, be careful which one you buy, look for ones with algae in them.

Oily Skin;

Cleanse your face at least twice a day, use an alcohol free toner and an oil free moisturiser. Cleansers with AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) are great for oily skin as they gently exfoliate the skin  and help renew cells. People with oily skin will also benefit from a facial mask, look for ‘Moor Mud’ this mud is meant to have health as well as skin benefits.

Sensitive Skin;

People with sensitive skin should avoid products with alcohol and fragrance/ perfume, as this will irritate the skin. On many products  the label will read “parfum”.  Use a rich cream at night (Shea butter is recommended) and a lighter moisturiser for the day. I have sensitive skin and suffer from eczema and find that the more basic and natural products work best for me like ‘Burt’s Bees ‘ (http://www.burtsbees.ca/)  I also use the Dove beauty bar, the one for sensitive skin obviously, and I have tried a lot of cleansers and I always come back to the Dove beauty bar for my face and body.

*Make sure that you are buying 100%  Pure Shea Butter as this has greater healing properties.

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