Saturday, August 13, 2022

A few tips on good skin care…with Kopano Seduke

The skin is what people get to see every time they look at you, therefore, its condition speaks volumes about you and leaves a lasting impression about you.

For this reason, it is very important to know basic skin care information so that even when you cannot afford to consult expensive skin care specialists or purchase expensive skin care products you still manage to give your skin the care it needs and deserves.

There are different skin conditions due to a variety of reasons such as the oil production levels of the skin, which results in the skin being oily, normal or dry; hormonal imbalances, which may result in extreme pimple breakouts and many others.

Such extreme conditions need the attention of a skin care specialist, but you also have a very important part to play, which is to religiously follow a simple skin care routine. It is wrong to deprive your skin of its natural beauty due to your failure to follow a simple skin care routine.

It is possible, from observation, to determine which oil range your skin falls under. Once you have determined whether your skin is oily, dry or normal this will help you to choose the right face wash for your skin. The purpose of a face wash is to clean the skin and clear it of all accumulated dirt and oils without removing the skin’s natural oils hence leaving the skin glowing and free to breathe.

Choosing the wrong face wash for an oily skin results in the excess oils that had been excreted by the skin not being thoroughly cleaned and the skin not getting the breathing space it needs.

On the other hand, choosing an inappropriate face wash for dry and normal skins will result in the natural oils of the skin being removed and the skin being extremely dry and losing its glow.

The same rule applies to skin on the rest of the body; be aware if the soaps, foam baths and bath salts you are using are for your skin type. When the above step has been properly taken, you have to ensure that you never go to bed without having washed your skin, especially facial skin, as it is the most sensitive.

During the day, the skin accumulates dirt and excretes oils and if one goes to bed without having washed it, the access oils and dirt will disturb the process of skin renewal, which happens at night when we are sleeping.

For those who use make-up, either regularly or just once in a while, it is important to note that the normal face wash is not enough to cut through the foundation, eye liners, mascaras and other forms of make-up, so always use a cleanser to remove such make-up and a special eye make-up remover because the cleanser is too harsh for the eye area.

The skin also has to be fed with nutrients, such as vitamin C, which, according to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, is needed to assist the body in the making of collagen, a protein used to make the skin. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, broccoli and tomatoes. Other nutrients are vitamin E, which is an antioxidant good for the skin and is found in eggs, green leafy vegetables and poultry and vitamin A, which is essential for healthy skin and is found in meat, eggs and cheese.

The next important thing is to always moisturise your skin. The higher the moisture levels of your daily moisturiser the better.

Be very observant of your skin because it will communicate with you whether it is getting the right amount of moisture or not so you need to know the signs and react accordingly.

Drinking a lot of water is a good way of moisturising the skin from the inside, especially in summer when the body loses a lot of water due to sweating. Always carrying a water bottle makes it easy to regularly replace the water that you lose. On top of the daily moisturiser, make it a point to wear sun screen. The wearing of sunscreen has never been as important as it is today with the global warming era that we are currently in. The sun’s rays are more harmful than ever before and this makes sunscreen very highly rated in the skin care routine and the sunscreen should be of at least SPF15.

Other ways of avoiding direct contact with the sun rays are using an umbrella, a hat and wearing clothes that cover up your skin like long sleeved tops and long trousers and skirts.

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