Beauty products make up a huge industry all over the world. Australian cosmetic retailing company IBISWorld employs a total of 28, 750 people and produces a revenue of 4 billion. The US recorded a high percentage of spending on beauty, skin care and anti-aging products, with up to 2.1 billion sales in 2013 alone. By 2021, the size of the global skin care market is estimated to be worth about 121 billion USD. Given these numbers, we can conclude that the emphasis on proper skin care is expanding and awareness might help avoid skin-related medical problems.
Unless you’re a celebrity, you have to rely on your own judgment when caring for your skin. A couple of trips to a dermatologist a year is a good idea, but weekly visits and spending on expensive products and treatments is over budget for most. A simple regimen can keep your skin clear and healthy!
Beauty Tricks from Around the World
Women and men all over the world have different tricks to take care of their skin. Koreans for example take time out of their day for skin care and their regimen can include up to 17 products. They slather on organic based creams layer by layer to defy aging, to promote clear skin and to have that dewy skin appearance.
Women from India on the other hand use Turmeric masks for the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Men and women from Morocco have been using Argan Oil for years to fight wrinkles and acne. It also keeps hair soft, smooth and healthy. Israel’s beauty-conscious use mud from the Dead Sea to cleanse the face.
As you can see, different countries use organic ingredients found in their environments to keep the skin healthy. Many factors may contribute to the choice of the ingredients to use such as the weather, types of organic products in the area and the particular beliefs or traditions of the people. Each country has a different idea of what beauty is, so it is to be expected that many different skin care practices exist.
Whatever way you do it one thing is clear; you have to maintain these steps every day!
Tried and Tested Regimen
The everyday skin care regimen usually consists of four steps; cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturising. These basic steps help clear the skin of blemishes and help avoid other problems. For some, this daily routine can’t really stop factors like hormones and stress from causing acne and blemishes, however, they might help lessen them in the long run.
Never ever go to bed with your make up on! Doing so will clog your pores and will result in irritation, leading to breakouts. Cleansing removes impurities from the skin, declogs pores and draws out any remaining dirt. There are several ways to cleanse, of which washing with water and a cleansing product is most common.
Koreans practice dual cleansing wherein the first step is to remove make up with organic oil based product. This first cleanse will loosen deep seated make up from the day without irritating the skin. After, the face will be subjected to a cleansing product that isn’t too harsh on the skin.
Foam cleansers are good, however, it is advised that soap based products should be avoided since they will dry out the skin and allow wrinkles to form. Constant washing is definitely not advised since it will dry out the skin’s natural oils; two times a day is all you need.
But if cleansing is not enough, this next step one can help to bring out glowing skin.
Exfoliation shouldn’t be done every day. For some skin types, exfoliation can causes dryness and irritation. To be safe, exfoliation should only be done two to three times a week.
Exfoliating is the process of removing deep seated dirt in the pores that can’t be removed by the usual cleansing. Exfoliation makes use of gentle scrubbing of the face to help remove dead skin cells and dirt, resulting in renewed skin.
If your skin is too sensitive for the usual exfoliating products, you can use your washcloth with your usual foam cleanser and gently scrub your face in an upward, light rubbing motion. For a natural solution, you can use a concoction of sugar, honey and lemon combined to mimic the scrubbing effect of commercial products for exfoliation.
Toning shouldn’t be harsh. Opposed to the usual practice, toning should restore the natural pH level of the skin after all the products and the washing. Therefore, any alcohol based toners should be set aside. A good toner will help lessen the size of your pores and will subdue redness. It will also help remove residue from products used prior to the toning.
Apply toner in the usual upward, circular motion. Applying it downward will cause skin to sag in the long run. Use a toner applicator or a cotton ball to do so. If you think you have cleaned your face enough, you can just gently tap your face with the cotton ball and not rub the toner anymore. Don’t forget to include your neck in your skin care routine.
Moisturising is said to be the key to maintaining youthful skin. Let your skin dry out and it will be prone to wrinkles. More wrinkles will make you look older even if you’re in your early twenties. A good moisturiser is a good investment!
Moisturiser helps soften the skin, relax it and help it recuperate from all the harsh elements the environment may throw at it. Choose a moisturiser that can hold in moisture but isn’t too thick. For those with oily skin, moisturiser is still needed but choose a thin one that is easily absorbed into the skin.
Other options for after-toning care include the following:
The skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin on the face making it more susceptible to aging compared to the other parts of the face. Thus, it needs extra care. A bit of eye cream can protect the skin around the eyes and rejuvenate them from daily stress. Some eye creams may have the ability to reduce dark circles and minimise fine lines.
Essence is a lightweight serum-like product that helps speed your cell turnover rate for brighter and smoother skin. Some consider this to be the most important part of a skin care regimen after toning.
Serums are a popular addition to skin care routines everywhere, since it is very effective at reducing spots and smoothing fine lines. Plenty of serums are on the market; some may boast about brightening effects while most may offer an anti-aging effect.
Sunblock during the day
Without sunblock or sunscreen, your regimen is wasted! Sunblock protects the skin from harmful sun rays and UVB and UVA. The sun can do you more harm than you can imagine. Even during winter or on cloudy days, the sun still causes damage to the skin.
Sunblock on the face and body together with other protection may help decrease the chances of skin damage like sun spots, wrinkles and unwanted tan lines. Plus, it’s important to help avoid skin cancer. In Australia, up to 2000 people a year die of skin cancer.
More on skincare
Skin care isn’t just for the sake of aesthetics. The skin is an important part of the body. Keeping it healthy may help fight off illnesses and boost self esteem. However, skin care is not only an external practice; it needs to start from within.
A healthy diet is one major way to keep the skin healthy. For a balanced diet, check out Eat for Health’s diet guidelines. Exercise also plays a big role in skin health as it helps flush out toxins from the body.
If skin problems become hard to manage, dermatologists suggest seeking further medical attention. Procedures to rejuvenate skin are available at most dermatologist offices. These may include collagen injections, microdermabrasion, and laser therapy among others.
Avoiding stress can also help keep skin glowing. Harsh environments can contribute to breakouts, so better protect yourself! For those who have breakouts relating to hormones, the mentioned regimen may help lessen the problem although hormone therapies and other anti-acne medications may be suggested by professionals.
Remember, skin care isn’t a one-step process. It isn’t just external caring; it may involve internal care as well. So to recap, the secret to healthy skin is to eat healthy, exercise, avoid stress and follow a good skin care regimen.
Let us know your skin care regimen in the comments!