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Skin Care for Your Face

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A facial skin care routine is very important and one that you should follow with complete seriousness. A basic regimen includes 4 steps: Cleansing, Toning, Exfoliating, and Moisturizing. Three of the steps must be repeated daily or even twice a day. Exfoliating is the step that is important but not done as frequently.

Cleansing is the first step in facial skin care routine. Cleansing helps in removing dirt, makeup, and extra oil from your skin preventing damage to your skin. Just dab a good cleansing lotion or cream on your face and neck and gently massage it into your skin using upward strokes. Use a soft face tissue or cotton cloth to wipe your face in a gentle patting fashion (do not rub). Cleansing should be done at least twice a day i.e. morning (as part of complete facial skin care routine) and evening (to prepare your skin for bed). Water soluble cleansers are the best for inclusion in your facial skin care routine.

Toning is the next step in a facial skin care routine and is considered to be an optional step by some. Proper cleansing can compensate for toning. Toning helps remove all traces of dirt, grease and excess cleanser. Instead of making it part of your daily facial skin care routine, you can using toning when you have been exposed to particularly harsh skin conditions.

Exfoliation is an optional step in your everyday routine for facial skin care; however, exfoliation is necessary at least once a week (or twice, depending on the skin type and the environmental conditions). As a facial skin care technique, exfoliation helps in removing the dead skin cells that block the pores, thus assisting the skin in the natural process. However, excessive or harsh exfoliation can cause damage to your skin; so you need to balance it out.

The next step moisturizing is considered to be the most important part of your facial skin care routine. Moisturizers prevent your skin from getting dry. Dry skin is really undesirable since it cause the upper layer skin to break, causing the fine lines and wrinkles that we would all like to avoid. Again, use light upward strokes to make the moisturizer more effective. Moisturizers work the best when applied on warm and damp skin. So do not try to remove all the moisture in the previous steps of facial skin care routine.

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