Care for your skin! VOL.1

Morning readers,
I am firmly in favour of a beauty routine (and I cannot function until I wash /hydrate my face) but sometimes looking for the right product can let you out a pocket or very disappointed. It may be you are not using your products to its best advantages or need some advice on good products.

Before I start my reviews, we need to go to the basics on skin care and today its all I am going to talk about.
But let’s face it! Creams, serums and other lotions are not magic potions. You also must eat a balance diet and exercise. Don’t even get me started on the amount of water!
The first thing you should do is to identify the skin type : Oily, combination or normal.
You can also have sensitive skin with any of this types.
Once you have this information, then all your face related products must be geared to the skin type you have since different skin types have different needs.
What is my skin type?
Oily Skin: If your skin is oily, it usually has a lot of shine to it very soon after cleansing and the pores are generally slightly enlarged. It is more prone to pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads than other skin types and is coarser in texture.
Normal Skin: Some consider normal skin to be Combination skin, but it is not. If your skin is marked by oily skin in the T zone and dry, taut skin on the cheeks, and changes with seasons (dryer in winter, oilier in summer) it is considered normal. Normal skins can also be ‘Normal-To’s’ as in normal to oily or normal to dry.
Combination Skin: Combination skin is truly two extreme skin types on one face. These situations occur when there is acne and a lot of oil in one area when the rest of the skin is generally not producing oil and dry.
Sensitive Skin If your skin has allergic reactions to beauty products and is usually sensitive to the sun, wind, and cold weather, it is sensitive. Sensitivity can show up in rash, redness, inflammation, acne, and dilated capillaries. Look for cleansers, toners, makeup, and moisturizers that are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.
If you have dry skin and select the wrong product, your skin may not be properly hydrated and your face washing routine can continue to strip young skin of needed moisture. This can dry it out and age it prematurely. 
If you are unsure, go to a beauty counter in boots and ask for a skin consultation. I recommend going to Clinique as they can do the test on the spot and it’s free.
The second step is to see if you can get sample sizes of products geared to your skin type and use them for about two weeks before you make your final decision.
I do this all the time before I actually go and spend my money on a product. I need to know how it feels and if I like the texture and the smell. Also, Products that aren’t good can male your skin react and turn red and tight. Don’t use it again if this happens to you.
The final tip is to make caring for your skin an important part of your morning and evening routine. Don’t skimp it !

Lots of Love,
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