A l e x a n d r a A z a r o v a
According to Coco Chanel, ‘Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it’s up to you to merit the face you have at fifty’. While physical aging is inevitable (at least, for the state of the art science) we still can slow down this distressing process. With a ‘little’ help from the huge cosmetic industry, of course, who are eager to sell to us a whole variety of tubes, jars and pots filled with That Absolutely Indispensable Skincare Product.
In order not to get lost in the vast ocean of ‘magic potions’ (and not to get ripped, also) it’s vital to understand what basic skincare routine is and what products you need for it.
1-2-3 of healthy skin
Our skin is a part of the organism and like any limb of our body requires nutrition. Being an external body organ, it is in constant contact with the environment, collecting all the good and the bad – UV-rays and pollution, fresh air etc. So, the right approach is to wipe off all the dirt first and nourish the clean skin after. We will surely want to protect it from the aggressive environment, in the end. And here we go: daily skincare is based upon these three simple steps.
Step 1. Clean & Exfoliate
Cleanness is a key point to health – and healthy skin, as well. For those who prefer natural look in ‘woke up like this’ style, washing the face with a dab of cleansing foam will be enough. If you are a make-up addict, clean your face more intensely in order to remove all make-up products. That said, intensely doesn’t mean vigorously (or the result of chasing your twenties will be the opposite). Choose a two-step cleansing – first, wipe off the colors with cleansing cream or oil and then wash up with foam.
Tip: While exfoliation is required to eliminate the dead cells of the upper skin layer it’s up to you to decide how regularly you will want it. Depending on your skin type – oily or dry – it can be anything from once a week to every day. In this case opt for mild products, e. g. gels or pastes without hard particles.
Step 2. Moisture & Nourish
Now when we have our face prepared, let’s proceed to care. According to your skin type, season and personal preferences these may be oilier – nourishing – or more watery – moisturizing – milks and creams. Apply uniformly all over the face avoiding eye areas – for this delicate skin there are special products.
Tip: Most western cosmetic manufacturers recommend using lotion or toner first and basic skin milk or cream second. However, in Asia – Japan or Korea – the procedure is inversed: milk, then lotion. Always consult the recommendations of the brand.
Step 3. Protect
Last but not insignificant is protection which also depends on the season. Thicker, oily creams will safeguard your skin in chilly autumns and cold winters, while a UV-screen is a summer must-wear.
By following these simple steps you will ensure maximum care to your face. It does require time and certain dedication but you will still want to look young at your fifties, right?