Hey Gxld Babes,
Hope everyone had a great week, and if not I know this new week will bring you the answers and clarity you need. So first and foremost before jumping into the nitty gritty about skincare we have to start somewhere and that somewhere ius learning what skin actually is.
WHAT IS SKIN?
First, what exactly is your skin? Your skin is actually a functioning and largest organ of the body. With 3 layers the skin helps protects your inner organs from any harm.Your skin is basically like your own personal shield. The outer layer of your skin is called your epidermis what we primarily focus on when we talk about skincare. The epidermis is responsible for your skin pigment and your skin type. Beneath is the dermis that is tough tissue where sweat glands and hair follicles lay.
These two layers of skin is very important in protecting you, so you MUST protect it. Regardless of skin type simple care of skin is keeping it clean, and exfoliation, and moisturizing. Cleansing your skin with a soap or cleanser for face is crucial for healthy skin on any skin type. It helps unclog pores of dirt, oil and bacteria. Dirt can break down skin cells, and oil/bacteria clog pores creating acne, boils and possibly other skin conditions.
Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells. Your skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells naturally. But, sometimes skin cells needs help falling off the skin. These skin cells is what causes dry flakey skin, because the skin cells are dead they no longer can provide a protective barrier for you. Exfoliation come in 2 different forms, chemical and mechanical. Examples of chemical exfoliation would be a chemical peel. Mechanical Exfoliation are like our body scrubs we offer here at Gxld Natural. Exfoliation should NOT be done everyday, 2-3 times a week at most!
Moisturizing your skin is the last step to any basic skin care routine and probably one of the most important. Regardless if you have oily skin or dry skin YOU MUST MOISTURIZE. Your skin does naturally produce its own oil, but only as much as it needs. After cleansing and exfoliating you are taking a lot of the natural oils off your skin and you must replenish. Knowing what moisturizers work for your skin is very important.
For Dry skin a oil based moisturizer will help with the lack of oil your skin may or may not produce. A oil based moisturizer will help add to what your skin already produce.
For Oily Skin a water based moisturizer will work best. Also remember with oily skin DO NOT skip this step. When you skip moisturizing your skin after cleansing it your skin is going to produce more oil from the oils you have washed away. When you moisturize your skin will produce less oil because it does not need too, it is already moisturize.
Combination Skin/Normal Skin are acceptable to either oil based or water based moisturizers. With combination skin you have to really listen to your skin. If you are noticing dry patches or flakey skin then an oil based moisturizer is best, If you notice your skin often feel tight its is not necessarily dry but actually dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin means exactly the same thing as if your body was dehydrated. Instead of your skin lacking oil, your skin is actually lacking water causing your skin to feel tight. With dehydrated skin you will need water based moisturizers to put back the natural water back into your skin. Dehydrated skin can be caused from over cleansing or poor diet.
Even for the simplest beauty skincare routine, for healthy skincare routine including at least 3 steps will elevate your skin appearance almost instantly. Healthy skin is not always the 10 step skincare routine we see on blogs, tv, or youtube, Skincare can be a simple 1, 2, 3 step.
Hope you enjoyed the first blog post and learned some simple key steps to a healthy skincare next week we are going to break down finding your skin type.
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK GXLD BABES!