The facial skin is one organ that comes into contact with the rest of the world. You can cover the rest of the body, however the face remains exposed to external influences. The skin on the face is thinner than the skin on the body which makes it the most sensitive skin area of the body. The face reflects both one’s ways of life and their age. It is also the organ that is first noticed which is why the right facial care is the foundation for beautiful, radiant skin.
Charlin Lesch, a facial lecturer at Shadonai Beauty School explains that facial care is usually when one implements the use of products and it’s needs in order to maintain the health of the skin and to prevent factors such as ageing and prevent certain conditions such as acne and hyperpigmentation. “It’s specific care of the facial area,” she says.
Charlin further explains that the common mistakes that people do to their facial skin is using incorrect cleansers. “People mostly use very harsh cleansers more than once a day whilst they are only supposed to cleanse their faces in the morning and in the evening. However it is vital to ensure that the cleanser that you use should not leave your skin feeling dry. If it’s feeling dry, then it’s clearly not right for you.
Also, most people use make up products that are not good for their skins. Therefore it is important to use the right make up that is not too oily for the skin and ensure that you wash off your foundation before going to bed. Avoid going to bed with makeup because it may lead to breakouts.
With winter fading fast and summer drawing in, it’s not only time to pack away jerseys but for many, summer brings the promise of clear, easy-to-manage skin. The humidity of summer softens skin and brings back the moisture lost in winter. According to Charlin, during winter the skin tends to be a lot dryer than in summer hence the importance to change moisturisers as seasons change. “When it is summer time it will be great to look for a lighter moisturiser so that the skin does not become oily. It is also very crucial to use sunscreen during summer because the ultraviolet exposure is a lot higher,” she advices.
An article published by Destiny Magazine outlined some of the most common summer skin conditions and how to deal with them.
According to the article, dry, flaky skin is often a result of the skin losing moisture. This is caused by too much sun exposure, dehydration and air conditioners. The key is to apply a moisturiser day and night to keep the skin hydrated. Drinking water is also key in keeping the skin nourished. The best time to apply a moisturiser is right after you take a bath or shower, as this locks in the moisture. Exfoliating regularly also helps remove dead skin cells, resulting in smoother softer skin.
Summer brings out humidity which is good for moisture and unfortunately also causes breakouts. Even those who do not usually suffer from acne may experience random breakouts during summer. It’s helpful to cleanse your face daily to remove the buildup and also go for oil-free makeup and moisturisers. It is also advised to use an oil absorbing clarifying mask three times a week to help control the oil. Also ensure that your makeup brushes are clean and that you drink plenty of water. If you have long hair, a weave or braids, it is advisable to tie your hair up in a high ponytail when sleeping to prevent the transfer of oil from the hair to the skin.
When outdoors and exposed to the sun for too long, the skin starts to look uneven in colour and begins to flake and peel. Peeling is the body’s way of getting rid of damaged skin. It will be good to use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or above to protect the skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Apply it throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated.
The T-Zone area of the face which includes the forehead, nose, chin and cheeks has the most oil glands and if you already suffer from oily skin, then summer may seem unbearable for you. Sometimes when one moisturises their skin less or uses products that are meant to prevent oiliness, skin breaks out even more. It is therefore advisable to use oil-absorbing strips to quickly absorb excess oil on the spot. That way you can control the oil without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
Charlin says that the best way to ensure that you are using the right products on your face and that you are taking good care of your facial skin, is to consult a professional in order to determine your skin type and have them suggest a product range for your skin. “It is good to get recommendation from a professional because most of the products that are available from shops are not designed to effectively treat the skin, so it will worsen the problem rather than helping to get rid of it,” she says.
Quick tips by Charlin:
- Cleanse your face every day both day and night
- Change your facecloths or sponges regularly
- Never touch your skin with dirty hands
- Drink a lot of water because it’s very important for your skin and
- Do not share make up equipments with other people