We have compiled a list of five simple steps you can follow which will not only treat your skin wonderfully, it will leave you with a natural, vibrant glow. Use these steps to build a great and gentle skincare routine that will keep your skin looking great for years to come.
Can you go natural and get a great looking glow? You can if you follow these five simple tips for creating the gentlest beauty regimen ever.
Avoid heavy-duty cleansers
The first tip to getting flawless skin naturally may be counter-intuitive. Unlike your pots and pans, “your skin needn’t be scrubbed or squeaky to be clean,” says Jeannette Graf, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center. So don’t overdo it. Mild, nondetergent cleansers, such as milks, gels, foams, or cloths as these are your best bet. Scan the ingredient labels of products to see if they contain gentle, plant-derived surfactants (the prefix coco- equals coconut, for example; gluco- equals fruit sugars).
Ditch the toner
These were originally invented to restore the natural pH of the skin after it had been washed with an alkaline-detergent soap. “If you’re using a pH-balanced cleanser, there’s no need for toner,” Graf says. “It’ll only dry your skin.”
Make sure acid-laced products are pH-balanced
Balance is key to having flawless skin naturally. This means their pH is in sync with skin, so “they gently remove sebum (an oily substance secreted by the skin) and makeup without stripping natural oils,” Graf says. Look for the words “pH-balanced” on cleansers that contain glycolic or lactic acids and on exfoliators, she adds, because some have a low pH, which can cause dryness.
Opt for fragrance-free
The fragrance is the most common cause of skin-care-related allergic reactions. If you’re sensitive, be sure to choose products that are labelled “fragrance-free.” The ones that are marked “unscented” typically contain small amounts of fragrance to help mask the odours of active ingredients.
Choose multitasking moisturizers
A good day cream juggles two jobs—hydration and protection. Pick one that has plant-based moisturizers (natural oils, butters, and essential fatty acids penetrate the skin better than man-made emollients like petroleum, Graf explains) and antioxidants (those from natural sources may also contain bioflavonoids and other beneficial compounds not found in synthetic versions), plus nonirritating physical sunblocks, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
With these five simple steps, you will have the ability and confidence to show off your naturally vibrant and beautiful skin.
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