When it comes to skin care, many believe that perfect skin lies in the 10-step routine and quality of the products that you use. When in actuality, improving your complexion means improving your cleansing techniques – wash smarter, not harder! But since we've washing our faces for so long, it's natural to slip into autopilot and assume that the simple cleansing moves you've been doing can't be improved upon. On top of that, many women lose track of how to actually wash their faces properly.
That's why Get The Look is here to help you improve your cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing techniques so that you can get the best out of the products you're already using.
HOW TO WASH, EXFOLIATE AND MOISTURIZE PROPERLY
If you're wearing makeup, it's important to remove it with an oil-based product before cleansing your skin. If you don't remove your makeup before cleansing, you're not allowing the product to really penetrate into your skin to clean it and perform its full benefits. Next, pump a liquid cleanser onto wet (and clean) hands and apply, concentrating on the T-zone and working it onto the skin for up to a minute. Work your fingers in small, circular motions to promote blood flow and collagen production – think of it as a little face massage! Once you've finished, rinse generously with water and pat dry with a clean towel.
Exfoliating is the key to radiant, youthful and glowing skin – especially as we age. When we're young, the skin cells on the bottom layer migrate to the top and come off on their own. But in adulthood, exfoliation is necessary to achieve this. After cleansing your skin, saturate a cotton ball with an exfoliating lotion and sweep it down the T-zone, across the forehead, down the nose, and once over each cheek. It's the sweeping action of the cotton combined with the active ingredient that helps loosen those stubborn dead cells. Be careful not to over-exfoliate: it could result in irritation and damage to the skin.
After you've cleanse and exfoliated your skin, it's time to lock in some moisture – even for those with oil-prone complexions. The most important thing is to get water back into the skin, which helps keep that uppermost barrier layer working at its best. Take a few pumps of moisturizer or a dollop of cream and apply it in an upward motion all over the face. For those with dry skin, apply an eye cream under your eyes, in the corners and on top of your lids at night, and apply sunscreen in the morning.
Voila! Perfect, glowing skin!