Monday, 25 November 2013

Prepping your face

Many assume that cleansing is a task so simple it can be accomplished even when you're half awake. But there's really a lot more to it than just scrubbing some soap and splashing water. Before anything else, it is of great importance that you wash your face at least twice a day - after you wake up and before heading to bed. Once you're clear on that, you can start following these simple steps to cleansing your face.

What I'm using: L'oreal Paris White Perfect Facial Scrub
What I'm using: Biore Mild Facial Foam Cleanser
Step 1: Wash your face with warm water and use a facial cleanser. Warm water opens your pores and helps you clean deeper, so avoid using cold water if possible. Apply a cleanser or soap using gentle, circular motions. Spread all over the face gently. Do not scrub hard as this will irritate the skin possibly leaving scars or making your acne worse.

Splash with water and do not rub/tug at your face.

Step 2: Rinse your face thoroughly. Repeatedly splash your face with water and gently rub with your hands after each splash. Soap residue will clog your pores, leaving your skin dry and may even affect your skin’s natural pH. Pat your face dry with a towel. Do not pull at your skin as this encourages wrinkles to form.

What I'm using: L'oreal Paris White Perfect Toner

Step 3: Using a cotton ball or pad, apply an alcohol free toner and wait for it to dry. (Toner is especially useful for those with extremely oily skin.) Once dry, apply any topical medications such as acne or pimple cream. Then, apply moisturizer to lock in active ingredients, helping products be more effective in repairing your skin. This also prevents your skin from drying out and producing more oils.

Tip:  If you have acne, opt for a non-oily moisturizer and ensure that it won’t conflict with any anti-acne products you’re already using. If you're heading outside, choose a moisturizer that contains sunscreen properties, preferably with SPF 15 or 30.

Ensure your pillowcase is clean

Tip: Change your pillowcase weekly as the oils linger on the fabric, getting on your face during the night.  Use a fresh towel daily to avoid contaminating your face as well.

Do not rub your eyes!

Did you know? : The skin around your eyes are thinner than practically anywhere, making it vulnerable to damage. So avoid rubbing your eyes. You risk breaking delicate blood vessels by doing so, leading to dark circles, dull-looking eyes, and thickening of the surrounding skin.

This was just something I felt like sharing. I would like to stress this issue since I wear makeup quite often and find it really really important to properly prep my face before or after I apply makeup. This is so that I do not clog my pores leading to breakouts and dull skin. Therefore, GIRLS & BOYS, do take good care of your face and practice good skincare habits for a healthy skin.

P.S. I will try to finish up my AFA13 post and publish it by the end of this week. Sorry for the delay.

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