the Basics of Skin Care
By Georgia Lousma
Recently, I had the privelege of giving a presentation
to a group of Girl Scouts about proper skin care and skin health.
They had a good time learning the basics and trying some skin
This event reminded me that in the past I have
had to teach some adults about skin care basics as well. I put
together a simple list that will help you keep your own skin
healthy and young looking.
- Facial cleansing should be done
twice a day - before bed and in the morning. Yes! Remove your
makeup before you go to bed. If makeup is left on, it causes pores
to clog, skin to dry out, and premature aging. - Regular bar soap
can be irritating and drying to facial skin because it is more
delicate. This is especially true of deodorant soap. You wouldn't
rub your deodorant soap on your face, would you? - It's important
to start good facial care habits when you are young so that routines
are established when you are older and more susceptible to skin
- Drink enough water. Not only is water good for your body, it
hydrates your skin, as well.
- Get enough sleep. Skin repair occurs while you are sleeping.
- Always use a good sunscreen. The sun is the #1 way to damage
your skin. It causes premature aging in skin, discolorations,
and of course, skin cancer.
4 steps to good skin care:
1. Cleanse - use a gentle cleanser to
wash away makeup and debris from the environment.
2. Tone - use a gentle liquid toner to give your skin a
3. Exfoliate - use a gentle scrub to remove the dead skin
cells. The buildup of dead skin cells are what causes blemishes
4. Moisturize - use a gentle moisturizer to add back the
moisture that is robbed from your skin during the normal course
of a day.
Doing these simple things will ensure
that you are on the right road to healthy skin when you are older.
is an independent consultant with Beauti