Facial Skin Care - The Options
Facial skin care requires special attention as facial skin is different from the skin on the rest of the body. The area around the eyes is very delicate and needs extra care.
The facial skin care options which can be done at home include three main areas:
Facial Skin Care - Cleansing
Remove daily build up of dirt and grime and also make-up with cleansers designed for your type of skin.
Some beauty consultants advise against using soap on the face. It can strip the skin rather than cleanse it. Also be aware that skin changes, depending on the season. It may be necessary to use more than one product, depending on your skin condition at any time. Cold weather may make the skin drier. Pregnancy can cause extra dryness or, conversely, it can make skin more oily.
Products to consider: A gel cleanser which is gentle with a non-stripping formula for oily skin, or one for all skin types. When choosing a creamy cleanser, select one that rinses off easily in water.
Some insist that toners are essential in any facial skin care program. Other consultants say they are optional. Do what you find is best from your own experience. Toners can remove dirt thoroughly but there is a danger of over-use with subsequent drying of the skin.
Always avoid toners which contain alcohol. They can dry the surface of the skin. Choose the most gentle formula you can find, apply with a clean cotton pad and prepare the skin for the moisturizer.
Some skip the toner if they find their particular cleanser rinses off well.
Facial Skin Care - Moisturizing
Moisturizers replaces the moisture taken away by the cleansing procedure. Use a gel or an oil-free moisturizer. Apply a richer cream around the eye area at night if it tends to be drier.
Be sure the moisturizer you choose is rich but absorbs well into the skin.
Good facial skin care includes noting which specific areas of your facial skin require more attention. You don't have to use the same products on the whole area. For example, you may wish to use an AHA lotion over all the face, but then apply a hydrating cream just on dry spots.
Facial Skin Care - Exfoliation
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling refreshed. In your facial skin care program avoid exfoliating more than once a week. More frequent exfoliation can result in skin damage.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAS) are an important part of any facial skin care program for many people. They help get the skin smooth looking and combat blackheads and dehydrated skin.
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Facial Skin Care - Another Option: Laser Resurfacing (Laser Peel)
Cosmetic laser resurfacing employs a laser beam to specifically target areas of damaged skin with great precision, vaporizing the upper layers of skin allowing new cells to form so that a smoother, tighter looking skin surface appears.
This facial skin care procedure can be used where there are fine lines on facial skin, such as around the eyes. Facial scars caused by injuries or acne as well as uneven pigmentation of the skin can be improved in many cases with laser resurfacing.
It is important to consult a professional. A skin care professional may advise using vitamins A, E, and C and other agents some weeks before a laser resurfacing procedure as well as some time afterwards.
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