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Hidden Beauty secrets for women, achieve the skin of your dreams with our Skin Care 101 Blog Series
Skin Care is just one of those things we probably don’t think much about. We get up, we wash our face, maybe put on some type of moisturizer and go! Well… That sort of thing doesn’t usually work forever, as we age our skin’s needs change too. At 37 I can say I am far more concerned about my skin than I was as 21. I decided to create a 4 part series on the care of our skin and how developing a concrete skin care routine can save you (and your skin) a lot of agony and strife down the road.
Before I get into the actual routine though I think we should talk about my 3 T’s – Terms, Types, and Tips. This will help my novice skin slaying divas to make sense of the some the material in the next few sections of the series. Actually, you may want to take a moment and join my mailing list so that you don’t miss a single part in our series. Just complete the form below.
We’ve previously discussed the 4 Mistakes Your Making In the Shower. That was all about the body, this series will focus on your face. It’s the version of yourself you present to the world. It’s what everyone sees so let’s make it the best it can be! Let’s go over some terms you should know, you probably learned these in elementary school or middle school but I’m sure you haven’t thought about it much since then.
Understanding What Your Skin Needs
Did you know your skin is made up of layers and layers of cells?
The Deeper layers are called the Dermis- The Dermis contains you hair follicles and sweat glands. It is also rich in collagen and Elastin, fibers and proteins that keep skin looking young. However, these proteins tend to fade with age. This is why so many skin care companies add extra collagen in a lot of their pricey night creams.
The Top Layers are called the epidermis – and just think of it like a big band aid. It keeps are the toxic stuff in the environment out, creating a waterproof barrier for you skin.
Bonus – You’re over 60% water so make sure you’re drinking enough of that. Your skin will thank you
There are 3 basic skin types and we all fit into one of them. I mean as long as you’re not an alien, or a lizard woman ( yes that was a Doctor Who reference) 🙂 So let’s talk about these skin types and how you can figure out which one is yours. Now during the winter and summer months your skin type may slightly – or majorly depending on the person – change. You may need to switch up your routine in these months as your MVP products may not be as effective.
Dry as the Savanna – Dry skin requires additional care, but that’s not an indication of bad skin. It’s just a thing, embrace it. Seriously the worst thing you can do is ignore it, premature aging, ain’t nobody got time for that!
Indications you have dry skin
- Skin feels tight when you wake up in the morning
- You have noticeable fines lines and wrinkles
- You have flaky spots
- Your pores are nearly invisible
- Itchy Skin
- Dull or uneven complexion
- Feels like you could take a bath in a tub full of moisturizer and still can’t get enough of it
- Makeup looks flaky by midday
Oily Skin – The polar opposite of dry skin, oily skin has it’s own set of issues. A common myth is that women with oily skin don’t need moisturizer – Totally not true!
Indications you have oily skin
- Skin is shiny when you wake up in the morning
- Few, if any, fine lines and wrinkles
- Blemishes and large pores
- Congested looking complexion
- Feels like it always slick
- Makeup won’t stay put
Normal/Combo Skin – Most of us have this skin type. \Ordinarily when a women isn’t sure about her skin type it’s because she has combination skin.
Indications you have normal/combination skin
- Dry areas on cheeks with an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin)
- Fine Line and Wrinkles around eye area
- Blemishes and or blackheads on the nose and chin
- Feels like you need a midday makeup touch up
Now that you’re all educated on skin type – do me a favor and comment below and share your type with us. Rep Your Type Girl!
Tips for Healthy Skin
The more you know, the more you glow: Follow thee tips to get radiant, healthy, and pampered looking skin.
Exfoliate: Exfoliating helps slough off dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin so that moisturizing and hydrating products can soak in better.
Bonus: Over time, skin cells make their way to the top layer of skin, where they dry a\out and flake off. To remain healthy, skin needs a combination of hydration and moisture. A balanced diet and drinking plenty of water helps a lot; using naturally based skin care helps even more!
Up, Up, & Away: Cleanse in a circular motion, starting at you jaw and working upward. This helps with the appearance of blemishes, puffy skin, and baggy eyes.
Pat & Press: Apply moisturizers and serums by pressing them into your skin. For delicate areas around your eyes and lips use your ring finger to gently pat on product ( your ring finger has the least muscle power, so it applies the least amount of pressure). BONUS: When you pat and press, more product gets onto your skin instead of being absorbed into your hands – less waste more face.
Wear Sunscreen: Seriously, if you’re going to take anything away from this it should be wear sunscreen. It’s the number one thing you can do to keep your skin healthy and prevent premature aging because it can help prevent collagen and elastin from breaking down. Also sunburns suck and so does skin cancer.
Always Test New Products Before Using: Your inner wrist and elbow most closely resemble the skin on your face. Do a patch test, especially for leave on products like moisturizers and mask to make sure your skin doesn’t have a sensitivity that leave you read and blotchy instead of radiant and glowing.
Treat Your Type: Find Products that work best for your unique skin type to help it look and feel it’s best.
Ok – that’s it! The 3 T’s. next up in our series is ingredients – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.