With so many products to choose from, it’s sometimes difficult to find which facial formula works best. Keep these tips in mind…
Replace moisturizers for ones with natural ingredients
Check the ingredients on your products. Do your moisturizers have synthetic fragrance, parabens, and colors? These ingredients are artificial and can clog pores or even slow down cell development, leading to dull skin. Instead, look for products with soothing natural ingredients. Cocoa butter, grape seed oil, green tea extract, and soy are just a few examples. Cocoa butter and grape seed oil are great sources of Vitamin E, which helps fight wrinkles and softens skin without making it greasy. Green tea extract is high in calming antioxidants, which helps prevent UV damage and inflammation. Soy naturally lightens hyperpigmentation due to sun damage, and grape seed oil. These ingredients can strengthen and protect your skin and give you a natural glow.
Foaming cleansers are great, but can often dry the skin, leading to irritation and dullness. Choose a milky cleanser with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as mint and tea. Exfoliation is an important part of cleansing for sensitive skin. Using a gentle exfoliator twice a week will encourage the natural shedding of dead skin cells. Your skin can easily look smoother, luminous, and more even-toned.
Don’t let sun damage stop you from having radiant skin! Sun damage can cause premature aging, discoloration, and thinning. Sunscreens and moisturizers with SPF can protect your skin from skin-aging UVA and burning UVB rays. Sun rays penetrate through clouds and even glass, so it would be a good habit to wear SPF all year round. If you have sensitive skin, look for products with active UV filters like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients give excellent UV protection, and doesn’t penetrate skin as easily or cause as many allergies as oxybenzone and octinoxate.
It’s important to patch test new products, especially if you are using a new brand or have sensitive skin. Use a small amount of your new product on your neck and check for a negative reaction within 24 hours. This way, even if you are allergic to the product, you can avoid having any irritation and redness on your face. It’s best to not introduce too many new products at once. Try to introduce only one product to your skin a week, and make sure there is no irritation with it.