Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Skincare Tips Everyone Should Know!

The integumentary system (skin) is the largest organ system included in the human body. The skin itself is comprised of the epidermis (top layer), dermis (middle layer), and hypodermis (the deepest most layer of the skin other than subcutaneous fat). It is important that each layer of skin is taken care of properly to maintain skin health. I am in no way shape and form a professional in the skin care industry but through the years I have picked up some things that have worked for me, as well as I asked my mother, a licensed aesthetician, what she thought were some helpful tips . So here they are:

1. Use a pH balancing toner or face wash but not both at the same time because it will dry out your face.
                The natural pH of your skin should be around 4.5-5.5.   The acid mantle that surrounds the epidermis is the most important thing to maintain, because keeping pH at healthy levels can deter bacteria from wreaking havoc on your face, and therefor prevent any bacterial related breakouts. However, a toner’s main job is to maintain this balance. Less is more, using too much of a good thing (toner or pH balancing products) can throw your skin out of whack and cause breakouts and may over dry out your skin.

2. Obviously, drink as much water as you can throughout the day, exercise, and eat a whole foods, more plant based diet (cutting down on dairy and other hormone rich foods).
At this point everyone has heard this tip before. Becoming healthy is a process that occurs from the inside first then to the outside; if you are eating unhealthy foods and drinking loads of soda, this will often be displayed through your skin. Taking care of the inside of your body will translate to better skin on the outside.

3.  Wash your face in the morning and at night using the correct skin care for your skin type (dry, combination, oily, sensitive).
Keeping a routine can make this step a whole lot easier and making sure that you have followed all the steps that your skin care regimen entails (cleansing, then using a toner, possibly a serum, and a moisturizer). Keep in mind that what works for one skin type may not work for the other.

4.    Get facials once a month.
This step may sound slightly expensive, but your skin should be thought of as an investment; 10, 20, 30 years down the road you will be thanking your past self I guarantee it.

5.  Do not use your nails to pop or penetrate zits, and do not do extractions at home, leave that to an aesthetician.
Not only does using your nails to pop zits or black heads introduce bacteria to your face but it can also cause permanent skin damage and scarring.

6.    Do not share makeup or brushes.
Bacteria, Bacteria, Bacteria. Everyone has their own natural flora, and it is not the same as yours, even your family members. So please do not share makeup/makeup brushes!

7. Test out makeup on your hand or arm before purchasing to avoid any unwanted skin interactions.
Like I said, just because something works for someone else does not mean that it will work for you. Testing a product out on your hand or arm can tell you whether or not the product is worth the splurge or if it causes any unwanted interactions.

8.   Try to avoid fragranced products and dyes.
The more chemicals in the product the harsher the product will be on your skin fragrances and dyes can cause unwanted skin irritation and breakouts.

9.  Sunscreen
Do I need to go into detail on this one, I don’t think so. Wearing sunscreen whenever in the sun not only protects you from skin cancer but also protects you from aging as well, and who wants to risk getting a pesky sunburn!

I hope these tips help you out, and if your interested in skincare you should also checkout My 5 Skincare Favorites post. Do you have any unique skincare tips? Let me know in the comments.