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A regular cleansing routine can help you get in the habit of cultivating good skin health. Part of putting together a good routine is choosing the skin care products that work best for you.
Once you have navigated through the skin care aisle and found products that work for you, come up with a daily regimen that consists of cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturizing:
Cleansing : Choose a skin care product for your specific skin type --- dry, oily, combination or normal. Wash in a circular motion with lukewarm water to retain the skin's moisture.
Exfoliation : Granular products are best for this procedure to help scrub off all of the dead skin cells, allowing for maximum skin moisturizing. Good exfoliating procedures will also help smooth any rough areas of the skin.
Tone: A toner will help tighten skin and remove any remaining dirt or cleanser residue. At this stage, you can also opt for a facial mask, but refrain from doing this daily --- once a week is most effective.
Moisturize : After completing the toning process, pat your skin dry with a towel. Do not dry up all of the moisture on your face; pat softly. Apply a moisturizer (preferably with sunscreen) to keep skin from getting dry. If you have oily skin, you do not have to moisturize every day; instead try to moisturize three times a week.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|