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The basic 3-step skincare regime

Remi Diagbare
There’s tried-and-true ways to properly care for your skin, from the right way to cleanse your face, to the best moisturizers   and eye gels.

Before we start with the   daily 3-step skincare routine, you’ll need to know your skin type. How you care for your skin is utterly dependent on the type of skin you have: oily, normal/combination, dry, sensitive or sun- damaged. Do you have this information? If yes, then read on. If you are not sure, then you may need to do the research, or stick to this page.

Step 1: Cleansing Simple is key here. You  need to find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to, and stick with it.
You can find a good cleanser in the market. There’s no need to spend  so much on a fancy wash. Avoid bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin. Soap should only ever touch your skin from the neck down. Choose a creamy cleanser if you have dry skin or a clear cleanser if you have oily skin.

Be careful not to cleanse too often. Washing at night should do you .If you prefer water to cram – most women prefer the water method: Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Please note,   You need to take off your makeup with a proper makeup remover.

In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need (i find it’s great for removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing). Never wash your face with hot or cold water.

Step 2:
Exfoliate
Exfoliation is the step most people skip in their weekly skincare routine. But trust me, if you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference.  There are several ways to exfoliate skin: Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and retinoids. The common exfoliation for you at home is the scrub or home made demarbrassion packs. Any thing more, should be done in a salon, manned by professionals.

HOW SCRUBS WORK
Scrubs work by
removing the top
layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. Exfoliating skin once a week with a microdermabrasion kit keeps skin glowing year-round. Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains.

Step 3:
Moisturize
A basic law of beauty
is that everyone, no matter her skin type, should moisturize. Even if your skin is oily, it will benefit from moisturizers. (The only exception is those with acne). Why? Moisturizers seal moisture into skin so how much should you moisturize? Your skin will tell you. When your skin is tight, it’s crying out for moisture.

Are eye creams necessary?  Some beauty experts strongly recommend eye creams. Why? The skin around the eye is very thin and prone to   early wrinkles. Special eye creams are formulated to “thicken” this area. My advice is for every woman who turns thirty to make it a compulsory beauty purchase.


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