Skincare Know How
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I've been working with women for over 17 years helping them with their skin. I have found that the most Skin problem is the lack of knowing about the skin and how it works. There isn't a one size fits all when it comes to skin.
Skincare can be so confusing. There are so many different products to choose from and we aren't always sure which one will suit our skin. Knowing your skin type and how to treat our skin concerns may not always to understand.
I've put together a Skincare Masterclass to help you to understand your skin better and how to choose the products suited to you, to keep your skin glowing and healthy
Please enjoy and I hope this helps you with your skincare and please know that I am only a message away if you need more help.
What can you expect to learn
How to know your skin type and the conditions you may suffer from.
What your skincare routine looks like - daily, weekly and monthly
Some product knowledge to guide you when choosing skincare for YOU!
How to facial treatments to do at home.
What is skin all about
the basics of the skin
The skin is the largest and most important organ of the body.
So what does it do. It forms a protective barrier to keep out germs, it keeps all the body inside. Your skin has hair, nails, sweat glands and oil glands and sense organs to react to hot, cold, pain and pressure.
Skin has 3 main layers, each has its purpose.
3 main layers of the skin
The epidermis is the top layer of the skin.
This layer consists of tightly packed cells that continually shed and replace. These cells contain Keratin which acts like a waterproof coating. This layer also contains melanocytes that determines the skins colour.
This is the deep layer of the skin. This layer has the blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves, sweat glands and oil glands. It is this layer that is made up of the elastic network called Collagen.
This is the fatty layer of the skin. It gives it the smoothness and shape and acts as a protective cushion for the outer layers of the skin. This layer varies in thickness depending on age, gender, where it is on the body and general health.
Skincare - how to choose
know your skin type
As I mentioned before skincare is not a one size fits all. It can be overwhelming choosing the right products for your skin.
The skin will naturally age, however with proper care the aging process can be slowed. Many factors affect your skin including exposure to the sun, medication, poor diet, pollution, alcohol and smoking.
There are 4 skin types. Many confuse skin type with skin conditions. The easiest way to explain it is - You are born with your skin type, it is genetic and doesn't change. Skin conditions are caused by the environment and other factors.
Knowing your skin type will help you choose the right skincare products to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Below is a description of the different skin types. This will help you to decide what your type is.
So What's your Skin Type?
Now you know the 4 Skin Types let me explain the features of each type let's see which one fits your skin
Very few people have naturally normal skin. Normal skin will look clear and clean, with fine, even texture. It will appear well moisturised and not greasy or dry in any areas. The skin will be smooth to touch.
Dry skin is caused by not enough natural oil in the skin. This can lead to premature ageing if not using the correct skincare routine. Dry skin will usually feel tight, the pores will be very small. It may be flaky and will wrinkle at an earlier age especially around eyes and mouth due to lack of elasticity. Dry skin can tend to be more sensitive.
Oily skin is caused due to an over secretion of natural oils. It is often caused, especially in younger skin, by hormonal changes. Other causes are poor diet, improper cleansing.
The pores will be larger and the skin may appear course and blemished. On a positive note Oily skin ages slower.
Combination skin can be a combination of dry and oily. Usually the T Zone will be oily, that's the forehead, nose and chin, with larger pores. The outer eye area, cheeks and neck can appear dry with much smaller pores. This is most probably the most common skin type and can vary week to week or with the seasons.
how can you fix them
As I mentioned earlier, you are born with your skin type, skin conditions are the result of internal and external factors and can come and go. The best news is that often the correct skincare products can treat, improve and maybe even say goodbye to some of these skin conditions.
Do you suffer from any of these
Usually affects Oily skin
Prone to blackheads and breakouts
Blemishes and blackheads often happen with the dead skin cells block the pores and there is a build up of excess oil. A good diet is a must. Most of all using a cleanser, preferably foaming, twice a day, along with using a gentle exfoliator twice a week will help remove those dead cells and allow the excess oil to be removed. Be careful not to use harsh products as they can strip the skin and create more oil. Using a Clay mask once a week will also help to unclog the pores and deep cleanse the skin.
Sensitivity & Redness
Red blotchy in appearance
Irritated by some products
Often related to Dry Skin
Very fine texture to skin
Often redness is caused by dry or dehydrated skin. The skin is often very fine and the blood vessels can be seen. Skin sensitivity is often cause by the same, although it can also be caused by some medications that dry or dehydrate the skin. Most times it can be treated by nourishing and feeding the skin with moisture and using gentle skincare designed to treat sensitive skin conditions. It is preferable to use a creme type cleanser that wont dry to skin further. Using serums like Hyaluronic Acid will help hydrate the skin. Use exfoliators sparingly and gently.
Pigmentation / Sun damage
Uneven skin tone
Dark or uneven pigmentation
Premature ageing – more prominent lines/wrinkles
Thick leathery appearance
UVA and UVB rays cause damage to the skin. As skin ages the cells break down and the melanin in the skin cells can darken. This is what causes pigmentation and age spots. There are some products that may help to fade pigmentation but its rare for it to totally disappear. Some hormonal changes can also cause pigmentation.
Sun damage also causes premature ageing and the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It is almost impossible to repair sun damage its best to prevent it by using SPF 50 sunscreens.
Fine, crisscrossed lines especially around the cheek area
Skin feels tight, especially around the mouth/eyes
Fine lines around cheek, lip & eye area
Can affect all skin types, not just dry skins
Dehydrated skin can often be confused with dry skin. Any skin type can be hydrated, even oily skin. It is a lack of water in the skin. It is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Next using a hydrating moisturiser will help replace moisture. However this doesn't go into the deeper layer of the skin, so a serum with Hyaluronic acid will help to rehydrate the skin, plump and improve elasticity.
Fine Lines / Ageing
Lines & wrinkles are more visible
Skin becomes thinner
Loss of firmness & elasticity
As we age the skin cells don't regenerate as they used to. This means the skin loses its elasticity and lines and wrinkles start to appear. Keeping the skin hydrated and using products that will help to improve the skin regeneration will help reduce the signs of ageing and its pace. Also using sun screen will help prevent damage and will also help reduce the ageing process. keeping the skin hydrated will improve your chances of fighting the ageing of the skin. A good exfoliator will help remove dead skin cells and promote new skin cell growth.
All the products mentioned can be found in my Shop. I'm am always available to help you with your skin concerns and suggest products that will suit you best
Step by Step How to get glowing Skin
Your Daily Skincare Routine
Your daily skincare routine is how you will keep your skin glowing and looking healthy. At the very least it is important to Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise morning and night.
Now you know your skin type and skin conditions, this routine will be with skincare suited to your skin. It is best to use a Day Moisturiser and Night Moisturiser. These are designed with different ingredients. Day creme with SPF is best for the morning and a specific Night Creme for the evening. Our skin cells do the most repairing and regenerating while we sleep, and night cremes have ingredients to help that process.
Of course for the best results there are a 2 other products I would suggest to add to your daily skincare routine.
A Serum and an Eye Creme. Both these will work to repair the skin and go deeper into the layers.
A Serum is designed to penetrate the deeper layers. they contain "active ingredients" that repair and regenerate the cells and help change how the skin acts.
The area around the eyes is very fine skin. It has no natural oils and dehydrates and often is where we see the first signs of ageing.
Eye Cremes are designed to absorb into the skin around the eye area and keep it hydrated, help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Always follow with a moisturiser after a Serum. The serum is not a moisturiser it is a treatment product.
Weekly Skincare Guide
Now you have your skincare routine for each day, there are a couple of extra steps that you need to add just twice a week for added benefit for your skin.
Using an exfoliator removes the surface layers of dead skin cells. Not exfoliating the skin regularly the surface will become thicker, pores will become blocked and your other skincare products will not be absorbed into the skin.
There are different type of exfoliants, mechanical or abrasive exfoliants – the kind with little granules that work like a scrub. The Microdermabrasion Resurfacer is the perfect solution.
Then we also have chemical exfoliants, mostly formulated with AHS’s. These dissolve the dead skin cells, and help remove excess oil and dirt from the surface layers of the skin.
I usually suggest and scrub type exfoliator for oily skins, while I suggest a more gentle chemical exfoliation for dry skin.. Dry skins are usually finer, and using an abrasive product may sometimes cause redness, sensitivity and other skin conditions.
Masques are designed to work on the deeper layers of the skin. You will find lots of different types of masque used for a range of different skin conditions. For my own skin I will usually masque twice per week – once to do a deep cleanse/skin detox, this is with a Clay based Masque and another for a boost of hydration. There are also masques to help firm, brighten and calm the skin and hydrate the skin.
It is important to use both exfoliators and masques that suit your skin type and condition, this will also determine how often you use them.
I always suggest that most skin will benefit from Exfoliating once or twice a week and a masque once a week.
I've put together a suggested weekly skincare treatment for you to follow.
As much as we would all enjoy a Facial treatment at the Salon...that is not always possible My DIY Facial How To is a way to indulge from the comfort of Home
I believe that healthy glowing skin is something we can all achieve and just takes a little bit of commitment and time. Like everything good in life it takes time to form a habit, and a skincare routine is the same.
Often women have said "Oh it's too late for me"
I can tell you form experience its never too late.
In my younger years I didn't take care of my skin. I found it overwhelming trying to find the right products and those I could afford. It wasn't till my 40's that I noticed those lines appearing and realised that I needed to give my skin some TLC.
Now at 61 I think my skin looks OK for it's age.
If you are just starting out on the skincare path, start with 4 basic steps, Cleanse, Tone, Eye creme and Moisturiser. Then gradually add other treatment products to repair, nourish and treat any skin conditions that appear.
If you need help to get started or improve your skincare routine, I'd love to help you. Below is a little Skin Quiz to fill out. I will send you a personalised skincare regime recommendation for your skin, along with a gift of a Jade Roller.
What's a Jade Roller...
Always remember Love the skin your in and keep it Glowing...