A Step by Step Skin Care Guide for Beginners
I suppose we could also call this post "skin care for newbies" or "Basic Skin Care 101" - whatever you'd like to call it, this is a simplified guide for those of you who are wondering WHY you need to have a regimen to begin with. We have talked about the benefits of a consistent skin care routine before here on the Seed blog.
We wanted to create an easy guide that is basic for those of you who feel intimidated by the wide range of products on store shelves. I have been in the skin care industry for more than half my life. It is my job to know the ins and outs of products - but it should be easy for everyone else who is NOT in the skin care field. We do not want you to ever feel confused or unsure of your choices. Step into any large beauty store in your local mall and it can be INTIMIDATING. Many people are afraid to ask questions or simply say, "I just want to know WHY I need this product."
We want to help take the guesswork out of it. You want to start a consistent skin care routine. You know it’s important. We want you to know what each product is for & how it will help you - without making it confusing.
Here is a little skin care guide to the three basic steps to start out with:
Three Steps to Get You Started:
1. Cleanse with a gentle face wash. A gentle, water-soluble facial cleanser can help take off your makeup and dissolve impurities. Removing impurities in essential to help prevent clogged pores and skin congestion, which can lead to breakouts. Face wash can also help provide a clean slate for your other skin care products.
2. Next, sweep toner over the face with a cotton ball or pad. A well-formulated toner is free of drying alcohols and can help refresh, balance, and hydrate the skin. It can also help restore skin pH. Toner is used to help remove the last traces of makeup or debris left behind after cleansing. It can help eliminate dry patched, and may instantly provide a healthy, refreshed look to the skin.
3. Lastly, massage facial moisturizer into skin. If you are dry, consider a richer face cream. A high quality moisturizer helps skin lock in moisture, provides immediate hydration, and can offer anti-aging benefits. It is important to use this daily to help plump and soften the skin, as well as visibly improve skin appearance.
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Green Tea is a powerhouse antioxidant which has been shown to significantly promote collagen synthesis. It may also help to slow down the skin glycation process.
Choosing body care products formulated with Green Tea can help minimize the signs of skin aging caused by dietary indiscretions such as excess sugar consumption, which causes skin glycation. What is glycation? Simply put, it is the process of sugar proteins damaging the collagen and elastin in the skin. Too much sugar ages your skin, according to scientific research.
Green Tea is protective.
The EGCG in Green Tea also helps protect against free radicals. Free radicals not only impact your health, but they negatively impact your skin. UV damage, smoke and other pollutants can wreak havoc on your skin, accelerating the aging process and damaging cells. This damage causes collagen and elastin to break down, making you look older, as we just mentioned with the glycation process.
Let’s talk about some acne myths.
Have you ever felt duped? Imagine going to a bakery and ordering a chocolate chip cookie only to bite into it and realize that it didn't contain any chocolate chips at all. Or chocolate of any kind - just something that SMELLED like chocolate. Wouldn't you feel let down?
The same thing happens day in and day out in the health and beauty niche.