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The Four Essential Laws of Facial Skin Care

Most beauty experts and dermatologists believe that a daily facial skin care routine suitable for your skin type and needs can help you achieve that beautiful skin you have always wanted. This routine typically includes the four essentials: cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and applying sunscreen. This article covers the basics of these four easy steps, how you can benefit from them, and the skin care products the experts recommend.

Let’s start with cleansing. Washing your face removes make-up and grime from the skin surface, and clears your skin from any dirt accumulation caused by environmental pollution. The best way to do it? Gently lather your face with a pea-sized bit of cleanser using your fingertips for 20-25 seconds, then rinse off several times by splashing warm water, and pat your skin using a clean towel when drying. Experts recommend a great find called PURPOSE® Gentle Cleansing Wash. Its oil-free, soap-free formula completely washes away dirt and excess oil right down to the pores without drying the skin, and costs only $6.00 at the typical drugstore.

Next step is exfoliating. Most people skip this step in their daily regimen, but experts say that it helps in removing dead skin cells on the skin surface. These dead skin cells have a tendency to dull your complexion, making your skin tone uneven. But how often should you exfoliate? Since the skin undergoes a natural exfoliation process, where there is epidermal cell turnover, some people may not benefit from daily exfoliation. Exfoliating once or twice a week is enough. Determine first your skin type, the strength of the exfoliant you want to use, and other factors to avoid irritation or increased dryness. Try using Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Alpha Beta® Daily Face Peel: it is gentle to the skin; and at $75.00, it may be better than getting those monthly expensive peels from your dermatologist.

Moisturizing preserves the moisture in your skin and has numerous benefits, so experts recommend having this in your daily routine. By using a good moisturizer, you avoid premature ageing that is most likely an effect of dry skin. You can avoid wrinkles, acne and excessive oil production, which can lead to more serious skin problems. Try Eucerin® Everyday Protection Face Lotion SPF 30; it costs about $10.00, and it combines sun protection and intensive moisturizing. Just avoid over-moisturizing, so that you will not deal with clogged pores.

Dermatologists and top skin care experts agree that applying sunscreen is the most important step in your routine. It acts as your protection from the damaging UVA and UVB rays, which are the primary environmental cause of premature ageing and skin cancer. Start early, so you can steer clear of future problems. Experts highly recommend La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Tinted Cream, a sunscreen made just for the face. Though $47.00 is a little costly, it is SPF 50+ and compact enough to fit into your purse, since sunscreen has to be re-applied all throughout the day especially when you are outside.

Your daily skin care regimen does not have to be time-consuming or complicated. Optimize and adjust it to fit your skin type, choose your skin care products sensibly, and you’re good to go!