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Friday, April 26, 2019

What are your top tips for skincare?

1. don't use soap or face wipes on your skin. The natural ph of skin is 5.5. Most face wipes and soap have a higher ph and face wipes on particular have a lot of preservatives and alcohol to increase their shelf life which can damage and dry out the skin. Cotton pads and stick to neutral or ph balanced cleansers. Cream cleansers are good for moisturizing.
2. Ever made a fruit salad and left it in the fridge for a while and it’s started to turn brown? That’s because oxygen gets to it and it starts to oxidize. But if you put lemon juice (vitamin C) on it stays fresh. Same for your skin. Always start the day with vitamin C it’s an antioxidant and will essentially help prevent your skin from oxidizing and decaying.
3. Sunblock. Always sunblock. Everyday. The higher SPF is better. UVA and UVB rays both bad for your skin. UVB responsible for burns and skin cancer and UVA causes premature aging (wrinkles and sagging) always sunblock even if it’s not sunny.
4. Night cream containing Vitamin A (retinol cream/retinoids acid). You can buy it in low concentrations over the counter; higher concentrations are on prescription only but usually, you would start at a low concentration and work up. This essentially increases skin turnover and helps get rid of dead skin cells; kind of like a mild skin peel. It helps the skin look radiant, as well as keeping fine lines at bay. If you use vitamin A it is even more important to use an SPF to protect the newer delicate skin cells from harsh UV rays. Same reason as to NOT use vitamin A through the day, so only use at night time.

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