What’s a basic skin care routine for Asian women?
Three simple steps to set your day right and end your night well.
- Cleanse and Condition
- Hydrate and Tone
- Moisturise and Revive.
Cleansing the skin is the very essence of a good skin care routine which goes wrong when one simply uses a bar of soap to do the job. Using soap makes your skin dry-out quicker. Most soaps remove the skin’s natural oils, change the natural pH levels and does not remove the dead layers of skin, which can block your pores and lead to blackheads and pimples. The skin produces oils and acids to help it function, to protect it from loss of excessive moisture and to form a barrier. So be good to your skin by replacing soaps and detergents with facial cleanser.
For effective facial cleansing, consider using a loofah or a gentle ‘scrub’ that will remove the dead skin cells and this in turn will promote better blood circulation and help your skin to breath.
Hydrate and Tone
After removing the dead skin layers with a facial cleaner and a loofah, the next step is to hydrate and tone the skin. Using a facial toner with a cotton pad or just your finger tips, it remove the residue, sooth the skin and prepares the skin for to absorb a good feed of nutrients from the moisturiser.
Preparation of the skin before putting on the moisturiser is like preparing a wall which is about to receive a new coat of paint. Painting over a wall that hasn’t been cleaned and prepared for the new paint would be a waste of time and money. Similarly, good skin care requires the same preparation. First get rid of the old layer of paint, than you give it a primer and finally the top-coat.
A good toner for the Asian skin is designed to add moisture to the skin that might be stripped during the cleansing process, and to increase the penetration of additional skin care products.
Moisturise and Revive
Finally, use a moisturiser. If you are already using a moisturiser, you are in a step towards the right direction. In choosing a good moisturiser, study the ingredients.
Are they natural, or are there numbers and words you don’t recognise on the label? If so, then consider that your body absorbs these substances and if they are not useful, (preferably of a natural kind) then the body has to eliminate them. In some cases, the body actually can’t eliminate these substances and has to store them. This is a potential problem and could cause health issues down the track.
Pure essential oils, or herbal extracts are usually good ingredients to have in your skin care products.
So there you have it, three simple steps towards a good skin care. These steps, if you follow them, will help you to achieve the results you want and your body will thank you too.