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Looking after your face is essential, it is the first thing people see when they look at you, and it also takes the brunt of everything you do in daily life. Your face is continuously exposed to the elements and carries a large amount of stress from the body displaying it in the form of lines and wrinkles as we age. Thankfully there are a lot of things you can do to help look after your face, so here are the top 10 face care tips that we have put together with the help of many different experts across the industry.
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1. Learn Your Skin Type
While there are many tips that are suitable for all types of skin, it is important that you understand your skin type. Some people have dry skin, others can be oily or prone to spots, for some sensitive skin and, for everyone as you age, your skin falls into the mature skin category and needs different care. There are a few things that are very specific to a type of skin so to ensure you make the best of yours find out what type you have.
2. Patch Test
If you are using a new product, it is really important that you patch test your skin before generally applying it. Even if you have never had an allergic reaction before it can happen, and it can cause breakouts and soreness which are not pleasant to have to deal with. The inside of your elbow is the recommended place to Patch test your skin, and you should apply a small amount of product and leave it for 24 hours to see if you get any reaction or not before applying to your face.
3. Bin Out of Date Products
Products do you have an expiry date for a reason so if you have something in your cupboard that has gone past the date you really do need to bin it. The longer products are open, the more chance they can get spoiled by bacteria, which in turn can lead to infections of your face. Once past their date, skin products also lose their efficacy and stop performing well.
4. Use Sunscreen
To quote the lyrics of a Baz Luhrmann song’ use sunscreen’. Your face is always exposed, and one area that people forget when it comes to sun cream. Even when it is winter, and cloudy, the sun’s rays can damage your skin so you should use sunscreen that has an SPF factor of 30 or above and can claim a five-star UVA rating.
5. Exfoliate Regularly
Exfoliate shun is very good for the skin as it helps remove the dead layers and assists the body with regenerating skin, leaving you with a radiant looking face. There are plenty of exfoliants on the market, and you should be exfoliating two to three times a week, no more as you can overdo it.
6. Don’t Over-Apply
You don’t need to swamp your face in skincare product it is better to use less. If you use too much product, you run the risk of clogging your pores which in turn can lead to breakouts and spots. Only apply as much as is necessary, and you will find your skincare products last longer, and your face looks better.
7. Face Masks
Ironically at a time when the world is full of face masks for socialisation, we recommend face masks for your skin. Making a face mask a regular part of your beauty routine is highly recommended. It is essential that you select the correct mask for your skin type, and you can do a 10-minute mask every single day but if time does not allow then make sure you at least do a clay mask once a week and use sheet masks for hydration where possible.
8. Change with the seasons
Your skincare routine needs to match the changing seasons. In winter the fact that the temperatures outside are lower and we use heating which is drying you run the risk of dehydrated skin. Conversely in the summer, you can be left with oily skin and sun damage. So, you should change your skincare routine to suit the season.
9. Top Up Your Vitamin C
Vitamin C is vital for our skin, and it’s something you can purchase on the shelves of most supermarkets. It is packed full of antioxidants and helps brighten your skin. Regularly taking vitamin C can also help protect against sun damage, and you can also use vitamin C serums directly to the face.
10. Don’t Squeeze Spots
It is really important that you do not squeeze spots. This action spreads bacteria around the face, and you can end up with scar marks. If at all possible, try and leave your sports alone and maintain a good face cleaning routine and avoid greasy creams that will clog the pores further.