Natural beauty and well-being

22 September 2011

A healthy skin in simple steps

The skin is a very important organ of the body as it enables protection, breathing, and detoxification. It reflects our general health status and also our inner-self and psychological state. External agressions (wind, UV rays, pollution, harsh skincare products), hormonal unbalances or poor food diet (too fatty, low proteins, not enough vitamins and minerals) are the main causes of skin disconfort such as being too dry, too sensitive, too oily or too reactive.

Having a specific and consistant skincare routine is one of the key rules to get a healthy, glowing and radiant (face) skin. So what to do?

1-Determining your skin type

A normal skin is soothe, with an even texture and tolerate external factors quite well.
A dry skin has lost suppleness and show tight feelings and signs of disconfort due to a thin hydrolipidic film.
An oily skin has dilated pores, produces an excessive amount of sebum, and is often prone to outbreaks and blemishes.
A combination skin presents enlarged pores and is shiny on the T zone (forehead, nose, ) but dry cheeks and jawlines.

In addition, skin can become sensitive, dehydrated, dull or acneic.

2- Some examples of great skincare ranges

Your skin type determines for a great part which product you choose. There are specific products for each skin type. Many natural brands propose a range of products for all the different types of skins. Some of the best (and natural!) brands available in the UK are: Neal's Yard Remedies, Weleda, Suti, Ren Skincare, Dr Hauschka, Pai skincare, Evolve beauty, L'Occitane, Spieza Organics, and Liz Earle.
If french products are some of your favorites, here is a list of some of the natural brands that propose very good products available to buy directly on their website: Bio Beaute Nuxe, Caudalie, Les Douces Angevines, Doux Me, Melvita, Pulpe de vie, Kibio, Sno Bioflowers and So' Bio Etic.

3- Respecting the following facial care ritual
1. Cleansing- This is an essential first step. It removes impurities, dirts, excess of secretions, dead cells or make up. It must be really gentle without upsteing skin's balance. This step really allows face skin to breathe and leaves it confortable and supple.

2. Toning- After the cleansing a toner perfectly refreshes, helps to remove the remaining impurities from the skin and may act as a delicate rinse. It leaves the skin fresh, soft, luminous and receptive for the next step.

3. Moisturising- final step to restaure or nurture the moisturising level of the skin, brings all the right amount of water and nutrients to preserve or regain a radiant and soft complexion.

4- Occasional special care treatments

Exfoliating- Facial polish cleanses and helps removing dead cells. It reveals a smoother, finer skin texture and the skin feels as renewed. It can be used once or twice a week depending on the skin type. It is ideally applied after the cleaning and before the toner.

Facial mask- It is great to complement the benefits of exfoliation. There different types of facial mask, depending on skin type and need: Moisturizing, purifying, lifting, soothing, calming. With a mask skin can soak up all the natural goodness during the 20 min treatment. It can be applied once a week (but not more often) right after the exfoliating. It brings new feelings of well being, softness and face skin feels ultra-confortable.

As an overall, a good skincare routine is very important. However, remember that general healthy nutritious diet (make sure you eat all the lovely veggies and fruits) with plenty of water, fresh air, exercise amd good night sleep are equally essential!
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