It’s almost impossible to decrease the amount of oil your skin makes without prescription medication, but it’s easy to control the excess oil on your skin with appropriate at-home cleansers and toners.
Dryness is the absence of water. So don’t try to correct dryness with oil. Only water based moisturizers will do the trick!
The reason your skin loses its glow is because the dead cells on its surface -- the upper layer of your skin called the epidermis -- that are supposed to fall off, instead accumulate into tiny, uneven piles turning a smooth reflective surface into an uneven, lifeless one. Exfoliation removes those dead cells to restore your luster and glow.
Think about mascara. It’s used to exaggerate the size of your eyelashes, to become more visible. If you use makeup but don’t exfoliate, the makeup has a “mascara effect” on your skin, coating the mounds of dead cells, making them look bigger and giving you even duller, rougher looking skin.
True or false: You can shrink the size of your pores. Trick question! You can’t shrink the size of normal pores, as they’re barely visible to start with. But the good news is that you can easily shrink enlarged pores.
Oil is the root cause of acne. Not bacteria or clogs. If you don’t have excess oil, you can’t have acne! But if you do have too much oil, then bacteria cause inflammatory acne (red pimples, pus pimples and cysts) and clogs from dead cells cause blackheads and whiteheads.
Lines and wrinkles are actually scars. Yes. Scars! They are from damage to your skin that causes a loss of normal tissue. While wrinkles are sticklers, fine lines can be helped by certain topical products, like moisturizers, exfoliants, peptides and reflectors.
It’s not surprising to see the first sign of fine lines in the eye area since the already thin, delicate, eye area skin is stressed more than any other area of your face, hopefully by the repetitive motion of smiling, laughing or even squinting. Topicals help to treat these lines and sunglasses help prevent them!
It’s Not Just About Wrinkles. While we of course have to focus on wrinkles, did you know that one percent of what you see on your face is wrinkles? At home skin care is all about color and texture.
The only reason skin darkens is because it’s been damaged. Your melanocytes -- pigment forming cells -- go into overdrive making extra brown melanin pigment when the skin is injured. So if you see tan or brown, spots or blotches on your skin, stop and think: how did I allow that injury? Ongoing sun damage? Picked pimples? Curling iron burns? Treatment starts with prevention.
These are usually caused by female hormones that unpredictably sensitize your melanocytes to over react to UV damage from the sun and tanning salons. It’s called melasma, chloasma and the mask of pregnancy. I call it “Melanocytes On Steroids!
So many women spend so much time, effort and expense on making their face look a decade younger but ignore their very conspicuous décolletage which then tells the truth about their age! The same revelation will occur if you don’t take care of the back of your hands.
Exfoliation is the single most important skin treatment for more radiant, healthier and younger looking skin.
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