Daily routines: learn to pamper your skin

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Your skin is a great asset. It can make you look stunning if it’s in good shape – and not so stunning if you are tired. The fact of the matter is that we wear our stress on our skin as clogged pores, wrinkles, acne, dry or itchy skin.

That’s why the first thing one can do for their skin is to learn to self-soothe through coping strategies such as deep breathing, exercising, meditation or yoga. Carve out time for yourself to minimise tension. Relax in a luxurious bath or shower. Get a massage. Unclench your jaw. And, once this is done, the recipe for a flawless complexion is fairly simple: cleansing, hydration, tonifying and nourishment.

Specialized facial care brands offer adapted products for each of these stages. For example, the anti-ageing Olay Regenerist regimen combines 3 actions out of 4, and you just need to choose the right cleansing product to complete.

It’s worth to remember that these same steps apply not only to face, but also to literally any part of your body, from toes to fingernails. You could say that it requires too much time but, after all, these skincare rituals are not an obligation but also a pleasure and a way to relax!

Cleanse and exfoliate

First of all, get rid of dust and excessive oil accumulated on the surface of your skin during the day. Look for natural-based soaps and cleansers. They’re gentle and will prevent your skin from getting drier still when you shower away the stickiness of the day. Opt for tepid water – it doesn’t dry out your skin as much as the hot.

To keep skin looking fresh, don’t neglect regular exfoliation. A gentle exfoliating body scrub will slough away particularly dry, rough patches of skin and will also give sluggish circulation a boost. Look out for an exfoliator that refines and hydrates at the same time. For soles both a special scrub or a pumice stone work very well.

Hydrate

Moisturizer is your skin’s best friend. You want a dewy look without a greasy feel, so the best are gel or fluid textures. During the day, fresh lotions and serums will restore a plumper, smoother look and suppleness to the skin.

Tonify

A great fix to pep up dull, parched skin is to refresh it with a thermal water spray. These are rich in minerals and antioxidants and give your skin added protection with each their light mist. They also help balance skin pH levels.

Nourish

Night is the time when skin naturally goes into repair mode, and it’s a good idea to make use of it for a true ‘beauty sleep’. Try products rich in antioxidants and other restorative ingredients. Oilier textures aren’t to be feared, too. Evening skin rituals marry perfectly with a gentle massage that eases body tension.

Lastly, do not forget to indulge your senses from time to time by using your favourite fragrance or essential oil. Lavender could be a good choice for its excellent calming properties. Even a drop or two on your pillow will make your sleep better – and your morning look fresher.

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