SMALL BASICS, BIG CHANGES
The small and basic things in life are usually overlooked. They are dug so deep into our daily routine that we don't even think about them. We learned them from our parents and automatically marked them as credible. All until we grew up and learned how to use Google. This is for those of you who are drowning in the sea of information and can't really tell what the basics are anymore. We hear you! Because we also love to hear about a miracle ointment that wipes out acne, but forget about the basic towel hygiene. So, let's refresh our basic skin care skills, which, despite its banality, make a huge difference. This knowledge can then be proudly transmitted for generations to come.
Let's start by not sharing the towels. Not with a partner, not with children, and least of all with guests. Don't do that. It is also worth pointing out that the face and body need separate towels. Also, keep a separate hand towel as it is the fastest to go dirty due to frequent use. Why is this important? The towels are breeding grounds for bacteria, product residues, and ultimately dead skin. Yuck. And moisture is the best friend of these bacteria. Together they make a really proper party, which they then move to your skin. Acne is at the top of the invitation list. If you still cannot separate yourself from wiping your face with a towel, follow these steps: 1. Purchase a stock of small face wipes and change them every other day (daily, if you are prone to acne); 2. Lightly soak up the water from your face and leave the skin damp. Rubbing and drying out irritates the skin. Moist skin, when compared to dry skin, also absorbs products much better. If you already know how to handle a towel, you can also try drying without them. Allow the skin to air dry. If you lack patience, you can reach for paper tissues that are much softer than towels. The last two drying techniques are very, very, very recommended for anyone with acne prone skin!
On the other hand, a damp towel is a great addition to a facial cleanser. It also provides gentle exfoliation. Particularly great are those that come as a glove. Soak the towel and gently squeeze. Gently remove your cleanser using this damp towel. This will remove much more makeup and other dirt. Just be careful not to rub too much. Gently, really gently! After use, put it into the laundry basket immediately.
The pillow case story is similar to the towel story above. During the night, all sorts of things pile up on the pillowcase. Dead skin, sebum, sweat, skincare and hair products, and finally saliva. We won't go any further, although we all know that things can go real dirty real quick. In short... Your skin bathes in this stunning cocktail of dirt every night and this is where acne comes into play. In the case of acne, any dermatologist you ask will tell you to change your pillowcase daily, or at least every other day. If your skin is normal, bedding is recommended to be changed weekly. At the same time, avoid excessive use of a softener and put your long hair into a light fig or braid before going to bed. This will prevent the transfer of hair products to the pillow while protecting the hair from scratching. Read: Less fizzy hair. If your skin is sensitive or dry, it is also worth trying a silk or satin pillowcase which causes less friction. The difference will be noticeable the next morning! If you have a silk blouse in your closet that you don't use or a satin robe, wrap it around your pillow and test it before running to the store.
PRODUCT APPLICATION ORDER
Thinking of spicing up your skincare routine and introducing new products? Not sure about the order and compatibility of the products? Don't worry, we're here to help! So, listen up! There is one simple rule when it comes to applying products: apply the according to their "weight". Who would have thought huh? Lighter, more water like products go on first, followed by heavier textures. The steps go something like this... Step one- cleansing. If you like double cleansing, apply oil-based products first, followed by water-based cleaners. The second step is toner, which is applied directly to moist skin. It regulates PH. If you are using an essence, apply it after the toner. You can also find these two products as a 2 in 1. After toning come serums. The first rule is repeated here. From lighter to heavier. Apply the watery ones first and so on. You can choose and combine them to your liking, or customize them according to your needs. You can also use three different ones at once. Just be careful not to use strong acids and antioxidants together, as they can irritate the skin excessively. Use vitamin C in the morning and retinol in the evening. Also, be careful not to mix AHA and BHA acids with vitamin C or retinol. Alternating use is much more optimal. While applying different serums, wait until each product is well absorbed. In between, you can brush your teeth, make coffee, etc. This will also prevent peeling and accumulation of the product. The last to apply are creams and oils. This is also the only step where the first rule does not apply. Apply the oil over the cream, even though it seems lighter. The oil remains on the surface of the skin, so the effectiveness of other products will be significantly lower if applied over the oil. Finally, don't forget about SPF! Alternatively, you can buy a moisturizer that already has protection. Adjust the number of products to suit your needs. Those with dry skin will do best when using a moisturizer plus an oil on top. If you are introducing more aggressive serums and have noticed that your skin has become sensitive, you can reduce their aggressiveness by applying them over, not under your cream. This way the absorption is reduced, which means less irritation.
HOT VS COLD WATER
This has been discussed many times, but some things are worth repeating several times. Stop washing your face with hot water! Sorry not sorry to all of you who wash your face in the shower. It's time to put an end to this terrible task. Hot water dries the skin and irritates it. The veins widen and rupture. This is especially important for people with naturally red skin and/or rosacea! The same goes for steam baths and saunas. If your skin is ok with it then fine. However, if your skin is sensitive, red or dry, then sauna is no place for you. And let's put an end to this myth of hot water opening pores and cold water closing them. PORES DO NOT OPEN AND CLOSE. Okay, now that we've cleared this up, we can move on. Steam only helps to soften the dirt that accumulates in the pores. However, lukewarm water is enough to do this and is also the most ideal temperature for face washing. This way the fat will break down nicely and the skin will not dry out or be irritated. If you wish, you can always finish you cleansing process with a splash of cold water, which speeds up the blood flow and tightens the skin.