Daily Skin Care

Daily Skin Care

Daily Skin Care
Develop a daily skin care routine that cleanses, moisturizes and protects your skin. All skin types can benefit from a gentle, non-drying cleanser, an exfoliant and broad-spectrum protection from sun damage. Choose cleansers that will remove dirt and bacteria while moisturizing the skin with emollients and humectants. Even if you’re not prone to breakouts, a topical exfoliant such as a lotion with alpha hydroxy acid will remove sun damage and keep skin supple as you age. Finally, using a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays daily will prevent wrinkles and skin cancer.

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    Peptides have anti-inflammatory properties and are used in the treatment of skin wounds and as skin-firming and wrinkle-reducing agents in cosmeceutical preparations.
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    Where there are hundreds of possible skin care ingredients, many with fancy names and expensive price tags, but there is little or no science to most of them. The list of ingredients that have solid scientific backing and really can make a difference in the skin is small. They include these:
    • vitamin A
    • vitamin C
    • vitamin B3 (niacin - or nicotinamide)
    • vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
    • vitamin E
    • alpha-hydroxyacids
    • ubiquinone (small-molecule antioxidant)
    • ferulic acid (small-molecule antioxidant)
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    Texturizers are substances that thicken or add slip to a product, so it can be applied smoothly. They literally add a rich texture to a cream or lotion.

    The common texturizers used are:
    • Alkyl benzoate (also an emollient)
    • Carbomer
    • Polymers (in the form of either polyethylene glycol or natural polysaccharides such as seaweed)
    • Dimethicone, cyclomethicone (these silicones are also emollients)
    • Polysorbate 20 and 80 (also surfactants)
    • Pentaerythrityl tetraoctanoate
    • Caprylic and succinic triglycerides (also emollients)
    • Sodium chloride
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    The biggest challenge of darker skin is pigmentation problems. When your skin is irritated, by either scrubbing too hard or picking at a pimple, it can easily become discolored. Any form of trauma, even a small scratch or redness, can turn into a dark stain that lasts for about six months. To help fade darker spots, ask your dermatologist about including either hydroquinone (a lightening agent) or retinoic acid in your regimen. As for your routine, keep it geared to how your skin feels (oily or dry), but if there's any confusion, it's most likely sensitive. If your skin is pigmentation-prone, it is definitely very sensitive. You want to avoid anything that will cause a reaction on the skin: fragrances, exfoliants that are too gritty, acids that are too strong, and benzoyl peroxide acne treatments. Even a harsh cleanser can cause pigmentation problems. Start by using gentle products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients such as aloe vera, allantoin, soy, vitamin E, and cucumber. And you need to wear sunscreen daily to prevent more hyperpigmentation. Even though your skin type is a little more protected by melanin, it's not completely safe from skin cancer or burning. Sun exposure generates skin tone discoloration, and those darker spots are hypersensitive to the sun, so sunscreen is important. Remember, don't pick or scratch your face, which can cause dark spots. You have to be especially respectful of, and gentle to, this type of skin.

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    Combination skin appears dry in some areas and oily in others. Usually, this type of skin is oily in the so-called "T zone" -- the area comprising the forehead, nose, and chin -- while dry everywhere else. People with combination skin may need to use different products on oily and dry areas to manage both skin types.
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    A regular routine of mild cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection are a necessity for people with oily skin. Wash your face twice daily and always follow up with a moisturizer to keep your skin balanced. While it may seem counterintuitive to use a moisturizer, it is actually important to keep skin hydrated (which the sebum or oil from your skin does not do).

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    The product is not supposed to contain anything that is known to block pores, namely, mineral oil, lanolin, paraffin or fatty acids. It may not be a fail-safe guarantee against breaking out, but it's a good term to look for if you have acne or oily skin.

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    Proper skin care is important because our skin is the largest barrier against infection that we have. Keeping our skin healthy and moist helps keep this barrier strong. When the skin gets dry or irritated by harsh soaps, cracks in the skin can occur. Cracks in the skin make a person more prone to infection. Skincare products should be free of scents or perfumes. Soaps should be gentle and moisturizers should be used daily.

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    For some people, a mask is a useful product for exfoliation or for brightening the skin. To find the mask that’s right for you, follow the guidelines below:

    • For dry skin, use a non-drying mask with a creamy consistency that contains oils, humectants, and essential fatty acids to hydrate the skin and increase cellular renewal.
    • For oily skin, use an oil-free mask that hardens and delivers a tightening, oil-absorbing effect to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. 
    • For normal skin, use a combination clay/creamy mask to absorb excess sebum, hydrate and exfoliate the skin, and help in maintaining healthy skin tone.
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    Vata skin needs to be nourished and hydrated. It is at risk for premature aging due to a deficiency of well-nourished tissues in the body. Vata skin tends to be dry, cracked, and thin. Because of its thinness, Vata skin types have easily seen blood vessels. Lips and fingernails tend to be somewhat pale due to poor circulation.

    To look younger, Vata skin types should eat more whole grains, warm milk, and cooked vegetables. These are nourishing foods that are packed with nutrients and easy to digest. Also, ginger is a great food to replenish Vata skin because it helps increase metabolism and improve digestion, which impacts the color, thickness, and moisture of the skin.

    Ashwaganda helps to ground Vata types, who are constantly moving and tend to spread themselves out too thin. In ayurveda, By reducing the excess mental activity of Vata individuals, ashwaganda helps their gut absorb nutrients better, making the skin look younger and less wrinkled. A typical starting dose for ashwaganda is 500mg twice a day.

    Vata skin types should avoid raw vegetables because their digestion is not strong enough to break them down in order to get the nutrients.