Okay, I know this picture looks like it’s an exaggeration, but is it really? I don’t think so.
The skin is a living organ, and for it to thrive it needs to be moisturized, nourished and hydrated.
When it is starved for long enough, your skin will scream for attention!! Important lesson from the very first picture above: no amount of make up can cover up bad skin! So!!!, it is very important to nurture and nourish the skin with the right natural skin care products.
The first step to having smooth and supple skin is to drink a lot of water! (Hard for me too, but it works). The next is to follow a basic skin care routine which is:
Even if you are not into the whole long drawn out skincare ritual stuff, just a quick 5 minute routine will do. The secret or trick is that you have to do it regularly.
Moisturization is very important because it nourishes, hydrates and increases the elasticity of the skin. Even if you have oily skin, it is important to moisturize the skin with either oil free moisturizers or moisturizers that have minimal oil in it.
There are many types of moisturizers on the market, and a lot of them in general consist of nourishing oils and /or butters which help to increase the elasticity of the skin while introducing the much needed vitamins and minerals to the skin; and water which helps to keep it hydrated. Some cater to specific skin issues like aging skin, dry skin, acne and so on. It is very important to pick the right product for your skin type and issues. If you are ever in doubt as to what type of skin you have,it is best to consult a reputable esthetician.
A few tips:
Facial moisturizers that contain:
Anti-oxidants like acai, rooibos or green tea extracts, which get rid of free radicals, a culprit that leads to aging skin are good for mature skin,
Hyaluronic acid and/or olive oil which hydrate the skin by attracting water to it are great for dry ashy skin,
Aloe vera which soothes the skin are very good for sensitive skin,
Shea butter or cocoa butter which soothe, moisturize and increase the elasticity of the skin can be used on most skin types.
Silk proteins moisturize and increase the elasticit of the skin, making it soft and supple and can be used on most skin types.
There others with numerous nourishing and skin loving oils, additives and extracts to help improve wrinkles, brighten the skin, treat acne and so on.
Again your moisturizer can be as basic or as complex as you want it, but the important thing is that you need to moisturize.
For me, knowing what type of skin I have and what I need to do to keep it smooth and supple makes me smile because I know that I can put on my make up and be confident in that fact I look awesome!!
Let’s get Gorgeous!