Skincare 101

Taking care of your face, when you are younger can help halt the aging process. Don't ignore it until it becomes an issue, but look after your face now. In ten years you’ll be so glad you did.

Remove make up
Number one on the list is that you must remove your makeup. Everyday. Not just when you remember. But every single time you use it. Your skin cannot breathe if it's covered in makeup 24/7 and it's so easy for it to become oxygen starved with clogged pores. If you can manage a cleanse tone and moisturise routine, then at least get some face wipes and some night cream!

Don't use soap
Next, remember all those old wives tales about soap giving you wrinkles? Well, they are true. The skin on your face is delicate. Ordinary soap can easily dry it out making papery thin, and causing it to lose its elasticity. To prevent this use a specialised product like - Elemis FreshSkin Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash. If premature wrinkles are already a problem, consider a consultation with Dr Leah, who can inform you of your cosmetic skin care options.

Alway scrub upwards
Another Good tip to remember whenever you are washing or moisturizing your face is always make upward circular motions. Don't drag your skin down as you wash it. Especially not around the eyes. You don't want to encourage any more lines to develop there, and your skin has the rest of your life to try and fight the pull of gravity. Give it a bit of a helping hand.

Treat flaws separately
There are a lot of all-in-one products on the market these days that seem like a great budget option for treating all your problems areas together. Be careful, though, if you are concerned enough with an issue, then you might want to address it individually. The creams for laughter lines and spot control are very different and do not do the same job. Make sure you are getting the right products for your age and your issues.

Use good quality makeup / designed for clean skin
The type of makeup you use can have a significant impact on your skin. You can usually tell, by the way, it sits on your face, whether a foundation is going to be good for your skin or not. If you have trouble blending it in, then it's probably not the best quality. Use a BB cream once or twice a week to give your face a break for all the heavy contouring that is so fashionable at the moment and allow your skin to breath.

Healthy diet
A proper diet, exercise and staying hydrated is also key to having healthy looking skin. Our skin is the biggest organ in our body, and if we are not healthy on the inside, our skin will show it on the outside. Make sure to get your five a day and carry a water bottle with you wherever you go. Your skin will thank you for it.

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