In my line of business, I often work with models with near perfect skin. After the pictures are taken the photographer usually goes in and makes it even more perfect. But what does this mean for you and me? Absolutely nothing! No one has perfect skin. It is unrealistic to think that perfect skin is going to happen everyday of our lives. We all have our "battles" with the blemishes. Right? After all we are women. What we can do is make sure our skin remains healthy.
When my skin is clear and healthy, it is at that time I feel most pretty.....no makeup!
Here are 5 steps to clear up skin for a healthier appearance........
1. Eat Healthier foods
What goes in definitely comes out when it comes to our skin. If you are eating a majority of fried greasy foods then your skin probably looks fried and greasy. *smiles* Try including fruit and vegetables into you diet and don't forget to drink loads of water.
2. Cleanse Your face properly
First you need to determine what type of skin you have ie combination, dry or oily. Choose the proper facial cleanser to suit your needs. (I will go more in depth in a future blog) Start from the center and work your way out. Most people cleanse from top to bottom and end up at the chin. All you end up doing is taking the dirt from other areas and placing it on your chin.
The great debate. Toner vs. No Toner. I love using toner. I have combination skin so I certainly don't skip it. If you have oily skin you certainly shouldn't either! Here is a tip though. Find a toner that has no alcohol or has very little. Too much and it will dry your skin out which is a no no.
I'm so shocked at how many of us are still not moisturizing! Even if you have oily skin you still need to moisturize! You simply must find a moisturizer that is oil free. As with the cleanser and toner you must find one that suits your skin type.
5. Hands Off
This is the most important of step to follow! Keep your hands off of your face as much as possible during the day. Keeping your face free of germs should be objective #1! Through out the day we are touching all kinds of nasty things...do you really want them on your face? This will only bring on a breeding ground of little nasties. You will soon be saying here come the pimples!
(Here is an extra: Keep your pillow cases clean! A dirty place makes for a dirty face!)
I hope you found this helpful. What are some things you like to do to keep your face clean and healthy?
(Photography by Steven Ledell)