SKIN CARE 101

COVERING THE BASICS Skincare BeChicMag.comJust as I promised my beauties. I’m here for your next dose of Beauty Me This! The toolbox is ready to be explored, but before we get a glimpse of it, let's cover the basics of applying make-up so that it looks good and not cakey (eww).

The most important thing for beautiful glowing skin (drum roll please) is skincare!  It helps avoid build up, which can cause acne and troubled skin. So to maintain a silky fresh looking face you should practice the following routine which is utterly dependent on the type of skin you have: oily, normal/combination, dry, sensitive or sun-damaged. To figure out your skin type, take a look at this article on about.com. But first, check out the following Simple 4 Step Regimen:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Exfoliate
  3. Moisturize
  4. Apply Sunscreen (some moisturizers already have SPF)

Cleansing Try to stay away from bar soaps as they tend to dry the skin. Buy a cleanser that accommodates your skin type and stick to it. Be patient and give products a couple of days.  There is such thing as over cleansing my beauties. So two times a day will do. Over cleansing can strip the skin of natural oils that help moisturize. Look at that!  There are some good oils after all.

Exfoliate This can be done once a week preferably. Exfoliation of the skin removes the top layer of dead skin skills which happen to dull out your complexion.  Try not to sabotage your skin with giant grained scrubs; they are more likely to harm your skin than help it.

Moisturize All skin types will benefit from applying moisturizer.  Pay attention to what your skin is telling you—it will not steer you wrong. If it is tight, add more cream than usual. If it’s not, apply a little less. Over moisturizing can cause clogged pores.

Sun Screen Hmmm, who wants leathery wrinkled skin? Not I, and neither do you my Beauties! To help prevent premature aging invest in a good moisturizer that includes UVA and UVB protection from the sun’s harmful rays. If you are buying a lotion with sunblock, make sure to buy a separate night cream.  There are ingredients that are not to be worn 24/7 and will aggravate your pores.

So it’s that simple! In just four easy steps you can maintain healthy glowing skin. I dare you to try it.

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