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Discover Skin Care and the Perfect Complexion

Every woman strives for beautiful, flawless skin and a simple skin care routine is all you need to help you achieve a clear, radiant complexion. The perfect skin care system includes a cleanser and toner, followed by a repair product, and a moisturiser targeted to your specific skin requirements.

You should choose your cleanser, toner and moisturiser based on your skin type, while your repair should be based on your specific skin concern. Following a simple skin care routine and eating a balanced diet full of nutrients is the most effective way to achieve a glowing complexion.

It is important to determine your skin type and skin concern to ensure the skin care system you choose is right for you.

Everybody has unique skin, but the 3 most common skin types are:

  1. Normal to Combination Skin
  2. Sebaceous glands will produce sebum (an oily substance) at a moderate rate, resulting in a balanced state. Most people have at least 2 different skin types at any one time, in different areas of their face. Normal to Combination skin may have a shiny T-zone (forehead, nose and chin), but at the same time a dry U-zone (cheeks and temples). Skin may feel delicate with enlarged pores, but overall it will look healthy and feel soft and smooth.

  3. Dry Skin
  4. Caused by under or inactive sebaceous glands that do not produce enough sebum to keep skin naturally lubricated. The result of this is having tight and uncomfortable skin with rough, flaky patches. Pores may appear small and there may be some fine, dry lines too.

  5. Oily Skin
  6. This is caused by over productive sebaceous glands, and can lead to blocked pores and blemishes. Your skin will look shiny and feel oily, you'll be prone to blemishes and the pores will look enlarged.

The five most common skin concerns are: protection against UV & other environmental damage, Dehydration, first signs of aging, lines/wrinkles and loss of firmness. Therefore, if you have dry skin, your skin care system should feature a repair serum which treats your main concern, which could be an uneven, flaky appearance, while your moisturiser should hydrate you. Finally, the cleanser and toner you choose should help to balance your skin type, thereby helping to treat all of your skin care concerns.

Older skin tends to lack firmness and sufficient moisture, and it is also less capable of repairing itself. It is therefore very important to boost your skin's functionality using an anti-aging skin care routine which features a repair serum used in the morning and evening before your moisturiser. The repair serum should treat the lines and wrinkles, while your moisturiser should suit your skin type, whether that be oily, dry or normal/combination. To finish your routine you should use an eye cream (matched to your face moisturiser) to help reduce puffiness, lines and dark circles.

The best skin care products for an oilier skin would be a pore minimising repair serum underneath a moisturising lotion (rather than cream which is thicker) that contains oil control ingredients. Make sure the lotion is lightweight and oil free to ensure your skin stays shine free all day. For oily skin types your skin care routine should also include an exfoliator twice a week and a mask once a week to help draw out impurity's and prevent further blemishes while refining pores. As long as you use the right skin care products to suit your skin type, and keep up a daily routine, you will discover that having a perfect complexion is easier than you thought.

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