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2020 beauty in focus

Skin beauty regime 

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The morning routine is all about protection from the sun, pollution and the elements.

Step 1: Cleanser

In the morning, start by splashing your face with warm water or, if you must, wash with a gentle face cleanser designed for your skin type.

Step 2: Toner

Most people choose to skip toners, partly because there’s a lingering assumption that most toners are harsh and irritate the skin. Fortunately, that’s not the case anymore. While they don’t physically “shrink” pores, the new breed of toners can serve multiple purposes, like act as a delivery system for antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives and even toning acids. Additionally, each type of toner is intended for a different skin issue, so it’s important to use the right kind for your skin concern.

However, if you have lived all your life without using a toner and your skin looks healthy, there is no need to start using one. Toners were created to help return the skin’s pH after it became too basic from harsh soaps. Face cleansers are now so much better balanced than toners are not a required step for me, particularly in the morning when your face is clean from being washed the night before. Alcohol-based toners contribute to over-drying of the skin by stripping the protective oils, and water-based toners are a poor vehicle for getting active ingredients into the skin.

Step 3: Antioxidant Serum

Serums are super-concentrated, nutrient-dense treatments that address specific concerns, so it’s better to keep them as close to the skin as possible. There are various serums available on the market today, but for daytime, antioxidant serums, which provide a variety of benefits - from blunting your skin’s inflammatory response to neutralizing damage from UV rays and environmental pollutants.

Step 4: Eye Cream

It’s vital to apply an eye cream at least every night, if not twice a day, starting in your 20s. It’s about maintaining the health and thickness of the eyelid skin. Improving the skin quality in this area early on ensures that the eyelid skin does not easily lose laxity and its smooth appearance later on.

For best results, consistency is the key. Regular use of eye cream over time will keep the eyelid skin elastic and can improve or prevent against some fine lines or collagen loss.

Step 5: Moisturizer

Yes, everyone needs a moisturizer, even if you have oily skin. Even though your body has its own natural lubricating system consisting of glands that secrete oil (or sebum) to maintain a protective coating against harsh outside conditions and infections, most of us do need extra hydration after the havoc that sun, weather and harsh chemicals wreak on our skin.

Most experts recommend that the best time to apply a moisturizer is while the skin is still damp, so the sooner you go through applying your serum and treatment, the sooner you’re able to lock in much-needed hydration with your moisturizer.

If you’re using an acne spot treatment, you may want to skip those areas when applying your moisturizer to make sure the ingredients in it won’t interfere with the active ingredients in your spot treatment.

Step 6: Sunscreen

Sunscreen should be the last step in your daytime skin care routine if you’re using a physical or mineral sunscreen, which works by physically blocking the UV rays. This step becomes tricky when you’re using a chemical sunscreen.

Chemical sunscreens have to be absorbed into the skin to be effective, so applying after your moisturizer will delay and hinder that. However, if you apply your chemical sunscreen before your moisturizer, your moisturizer will not work as well either because the skin is coated with chemical sunscreen.

So to get around this, and for many other reasons recommend using a physical sunscreen with zinc and to apply it after your moisturizer. Zinc is safe, effective and provides the broadest protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Hair care

Making sure your hair is as healthy as possible is about more than just which shampoo you use. A multitude of different factors affect how sleek, shiny, and strong your hair is. Sure, some of it's natural - you have to work with the locks you were born with - but a lot of it has to do with how well you care for those locks. From swapping shampoos every once in a while to scheduling regular haircuts, here are the biggest hair care mistakes to avoid, myths to ignore, and healthy habits to start right now for your healthiest hair ever.

Step 1: Brush hair from the bottom up

Before washing your hair, make sure to brush it out to get rid of any tangles. Always brush your hair from the bottom up, little by little, to avoid any breakage or hair damage.

Step 2: Raw coconut oil

A hair beauty secret weapon: Raw Coconut Oil. This is the super power hair product! It prevents hair breakage, moisturizes the hair, boosts blood circulation, is very rich in nutrients, and also antibacterial. Spread it on your hair where it needs the most attention. We recommends doing it in the evening before washing your hair the next morning so it stays on for the whole night while you’re sleeping. However, if you don’t have time, you can also put it on right before you take a shower. If you can, the ideal time for it to stay in your hair is one hour before you wash it out. Then, finish it off by putting your hair in a bun.

Step 3: Wash your hair the right way

How you wash your hair plays a very important step to maintaining healthy and beautiful long hair. Do you only wash your hair once in the shower? If you answered yes (probably just like the majority of us would), then you should know shampooing TWICE is the right way to do it. When you wash your hair twice, the first round gets rid of all the dirt and gunk in your hair, and the second round actually cleans it. Then, finish off by using a conditioner along the ends of your hair to restore moisture.

Step 4: Brush and Blow Dry

Hair is freshly washed and conditioned; brush gently through it to remove any tangles. Next, she likes to apply mousse to the roots of her hair to add more volume to it. Make sure to scrunch in the product evenly into your hair. Now, before blow drying, apply a couple pumps of a nourishing serum for split ends. This serum has argan and jojoba oil in it and also doubles as a heat protectant. Finally, when drying hair always do it upside down for added volume. Try this trick, it’s so simple and it really works!

Feet first

In your daily life, you may not always place a lot of emphasis on foot care. Yet, your feet follow your pace and serve you well in many ways. Did you know that your feet are subjected to a number of “stressors” and must take on countless challenges?

This is why you should pamper your feet. Your occupational and sports activities, choice of footwear, and foot hygiene are among the many factors that influence foot health. In order to remain “on the ball”, your feet need to be pampered a little.

Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana

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