Have you ever given facial care a considerable thought? Why is it so important? Is it enough to wash your face with pure water only? Are conventional soaps a clever idea to use as face skin cleansers? Is it necessary to clean your face thoroughly even if you do not wear makeup? Do we really need all those different products for facial care? If we do – how to choose from a variety of them? And lastly but most importantly, how to use them correctly? Let us give you some helpful advice.
Washing face does not provide clean skin
Daily facial cleansing is inevitable and of great importance for skin health. We all start our day by washing our faces. Water gives us the feeling of purity and freshness. If we sweat a lot or have oily skin or some visible impurities on our face, we tend to repeat that water-washing habit during the day. For many of us, this is the only facial care we apply. Many women think they do not have to practice a facial cleansing routine if they do not wear makeup. However, that is wrong. Impurities on our skin are not only those visible by the naked eye. There are also dead skin cells, bacteria, viruses and, the most dangerous, air pollutants that come from vehicle exhaust emissions. They can’t be washed off!
Air pollutants and skin health
With the birth of the new millennium, scientists gained some essential knowledge about the severity of air pollution effects on skin health. Dr Jean Krutmann, a German Professor of Dermatology and Environmental Medicine and Director of the Institute for Environmental Medicine in Duesseldorf, researched the impact of air pollutants on skin health. He observed the skin conditions of participants from several Asian cities with a high rate of air pollution. It turned out that people exposed to common air pollutants had higher rates of chronic skin inflammation and more age spots than those who lived in cleaner areas. The consequences of this impact were also red rashes and increased rates of eczema. Knowing this, we must accept that skin negligence only helps these external aggressions to make the skin look prematurely aged and unhealthy.
The five steps of a facial care routine
By removing impurities, we enable other products to penetrate the skin properly. For that reason, cleansing is the first step of every good facial care. But how to remove traces of excess sebum, sweat, dead cells, pollution particles or makeup from the skin without altering its natural function? Excess sebum can clog the pores. Consequently, they get bigger, causing facial skin to look unattractive. However, the lack of sebum on the skin surface is not good, too. It allows bacteria to penetrate the follicle, causing inflammation that can result in acne. That is why we must choose a cleanser for the appropriate skin type, avoiding one extreme or another. Cleansing milk is gentler and more hydrating than other cleansers, making them ideal for dry or sensitive skin types. Using conventional soaps is a bad idea. It can leave your face red, dried out, or even result in peeling skin.
To give extra care and attention to the skin around your eyes, use eye makeup remover for cleansing this sensitive facial area.
A cleanser itself will not remove all the impurities in pores. Thus, dermatologists recommend exfoliation as the second step of a facial care routine. However, you should avoid doing it daily, especially if you have dry skin. This process helps remove dead skin cells and breaks up impurities thoroughly removing them. Even so, be mindful that over scrubbing, you risk drying out already dry skin and making micro-tears that open up the possibility of bacteria entering the deeper layers of skin. If your skin is normal or combination, you can exfoliate it two to three times a week. Otherwise, once a week would be enough if the skin is dry.
Once the pores are clean and ready to soak up some highly nourishing ingredients, you need a quality face mask. Choose the one that targets your specific skin issues or the one with an active ingredient that is hydrating and leaves your skin soft and velvety. Aloe Vera is recognised worldwide for its moisturising action. It soothes the skin, helps to retain moisture and maintains the skin’s protective barrier. It also delivers nutrients that the skin needs to maintain tone and elasticity.
Toner will help regenerate skin by providing elasticity, firmness and luminosity to the face. Corpore Sano micellar toners consist of particles called micelles and other active ingredients that have moisturising, emollient, toning, antioxidant and sebaceous secretion regulating properties. They help cleanse and tone the skin. You can use them daily and as many times as necessary because they do not irritate or damage the skin. Toners are very convenient and easy to use: moisten a cotton disk with a toner and apply it to the skin using short, soft strokes (without rubbing). You don’t have to rinse it.
Applying a face cream comes at the end. It is of great importance nowadays to use a face cream with a UV filter contained. Ultraviolet radiation affects the skin by triggering a destructive chemical reaction. When it strikes molecules on the skin’s surface that contain oxygen, unstable compounds called free radicals are created. To stabilize themselves, free radicals steal electrons from nearby molecules – a process is known as oxidation. This can damage the DNA of skin cells, which leads to tissue inflammation, accelerates skin ageing and promotes mutations that contribute to cancer. (https://www.nature.com/)
When these five steps become part of the facial care routine, the result that follows is velvety and healthy skin.
Stem Cells in Face Creams
We recommend the face creams with Plant Stem Cells from Red Grape flower and Sequoia leaf. Stem Cells exist in all living things and are the key to the process of regeneration. Unfortunately, as we age, our natural Stem Cell production slows down and this is where Stem Cell-based products become useful in the treatment and maintenance of the skin’s youthfulness. To find the appropriate face cream for your skin type, click the following link: https://naturvital.co.nz/category/skin-care/facial-cream/