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Patting is the Best Skincare Application

Last week I came across an interesting discovery – we have been applying skincare products the wrong way! For as long as I can remember, I have been applying skincare products by rubbing them into my skin. That’s the only way I ever knew how. And I am sure most of you apply cream or lotions the same way too.

 

 

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I was very surprised to find out that all the while I had been applying skincare products into my skin, I had been damaging my skin in the process and drastically reducing the efficacy of the products I apply on my face. After I made an interesting discovery of the effects of rubbing, I found it really important for me to share this information with you.

 

What rubbing really does to your face

Rubbing skincare products on your face stretches the skin. This directly results in wrinkles as the rubbing breaks down collagen and elastin that help to keep your skin smooth. So here’s what that means: Every time you rub, you add more wrinkles to your face.

Strangely, I thought that if I rubbed the cream on my skin, it would help evenly distribute the cream on my skin but it turns out I was totally wrong. Instead of distributing my skincare product, rubbing made me remove it off my skin thus leaving only a little product to work on my skin.

Rubbing skincare products on your skin leaves your face looking puffy. This is because the rubbing movement pushes against the flow of your lymphatic system. This is what causes the puffiness.

 

 

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Why you should do more patting

Right now you’re probably as surprised as I was when I found out how rubbing has been affecting my skin all these years. The good news is that there is no better time to make the switch to patting than now.

Apparently, patting comes with a lot of benefits. In fact, it does the complete opposite to what rubbing does. When you pat skincare products on your skin, you’re actually helping to enhance the production of collagen on your skin and stimulate blood flow. Collagen is what will help make your skin firm and elastic.

As you put products on your skin and pat instead of rub, you’re assured of a more even distribution of the product on your skin. This helps to ensure that you enjoy the full benefit from the product you purchase.

Patting is gentler on your skin and it has been proven to increase the efficacy of the products you apply on your face. This is because more product is being absorbed into your skin. No wonder the products I bought some months ago didn’t work as well as I had expected!

Knowing that this little hack can make all the difference in your skincare regimen is comforting. So start showing your skin more love by patting your skin instead of mindlessly rubbing it. It could go a long way to give you the smooth and youthful glow you had been looking for.

 

 

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How to Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize Properly

I don’t think there is any skincare routine that doesn’t include a good cleanse, tone and adequate moisturizing. And as important as those 3 are, some people either don’t do them correctly or neglect them all together.

It may seem strange to think that some people don’t know how to cleanse, tone and moisture properly but it really does happen. That’s why I thought I should outline the step by step process so that you get the full benefit of your skincare routine.

 

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Step #1 – Wash Your Face

Choose a mild soap and wash your face with lukewarm water. Take note not to be over-enthusiastic about the temperature of the water you use to wash your face. The water must not be so hot as to hurt your face or so cold to freeze your skin.

Make sure that you choose a soap that is not too harsh on your skin. Most soaps contain chemicals that may cause you skin irritation so be careful with the kind of soap you use.

 

Step #2 – Apply a Cleanser

You need to also exercise caution with the type of cleanser you go with. There are 3 different skin types: dry, combination and oily skin. So you should buy a cleanser that goes with your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, choose a cleanser that is not harsh as it may irritate your skin.

Soak a cotton ball with the cleanser and gently apply it on your face. It’s better to do this in circular motions so that it goes into your pores and takes all the dirt out effectively.

If you have dry skin, it’s better to use an oil based cleanser so that your skin doesn’t dry up. If you have oily skin then you should go for a cleanser that helps reduce oil production.

Make sure that you avoid letting the cleanser anywhere near your eyes so that it won’t burn.

 

Step #3 – Apply a Toner

The next step is to tone. Toning helps to shrink pores and improve the complexion of your skin. You also need to be careful with the type of toner you buy. Make sure you choose a toner that works well with your skin type.

Soak a cotton ball with the toner and gently apply it all over your face, taking care not to get any toner in your eyes.

 

 

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Step #4 – Moisturize

This is the final step to your skincare routine. Moisturizing is what will help give you that youthful look. It keeps your skin hydrated and smooth. Moisturizers that have UV protection are a bonus as that kind of moisturizer will help protect you from the harmful effects of the sun.

There are different moisturizers for each skin type. With dry skin, you need to apply extra moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. There are specially formulated moisturizers for those with oily skin as well.

Take a moisturizer in your hands and rub it gently over your face in circular motion. This will allow your skin to soak in the moisture. Apply extra care around your eyes as the skin there is very sensitive.

 

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Skin Revivals Age Defying Hydro Crème-Gel

I am currently using this Skin Revivals Age-Defying Hydro Crème-Gel and I am loving it so much. It has the comfort of a cream and the cooling feel of a gel. And it feels so good on my skin. It goes for £14 for a 50ml jar.

 

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Here is the product description from Beauty Naturals website –

 

This ultra-light, luscious creme gel melts away on your skin and provides intense hydration and lasting comfort.

The cocktail of replenishing ingredients includes extracts of pomegranate and aloe vera to help revitalise and soothe redness.

 

 

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Clarol Products

I have been using Clarol products for some weeks now and I like them all. The products are Clarol SeboPure, Clarol Silver and Birch Exfoliating Face Wash, Clarol Conceal & Shield and Clarol Skin Flora Re-Balancing Serum. They are great for my skin. I have fallen in love with the Exfoliating Wash in particular. I think it smells amazing and leaves my skin clean and smooth.

Silver & Birch Exfoliating Wash costs £11.95 (75ml). Skin Flora Re-Balancing Serum is a vegan product and is FREE from perfume, parabens, triclosan, MI and SLS and costs £12.95 (50ml). Sebopure costs £12.95 (50ml).

 

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Defensil Rescue Serum

This Defensil Rescue Serum brings immediate relief to extreme dryness and itching. It is great for the current chilly weather we are experiencing. Defensil costs £9.95 for 75ml and it is available at Skin Shop.

 

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Liquorice Balm

This Liquorice Balm is a super smooth hypoallergenic lip balm containing an active extract of liquorice. I really like the way my lips feel after using this balm. It is definitely my go-to lip balm this winter. It is available from Skin Shop (link above) at £7.95 for 30g.

 

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How do you cleanse, tone and moisturise properly? Have you tried any of these products? Please share any skincare tips in the comments section.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Why Vitamin C is Good for Hair and Skin

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, has many amazing and potent benefits for your health in general. It is said to improve your immune system, healthy heart function and even prevents cancer. Although it is readily available, there are so many people who still suffer from Vitamin C deficiencies which may lead to symptoms like nosebleeds, bleeding gums and a weak immune system among others.

 

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I did some more research and I found out that this vitamin does wonders to your skin and hair. It is an antioxidant and it also contains properties that help in boosting collagen production in the skin. Which means it helps in promoting skin elasticity, thus helping to minimize the presence of fine lines and wrinkles on your face. It also helps in boosting collagen production in our hair, which is very important for the growth and health of the hair.

Since this vitamin is beneficial for the skin and hair, then we need to make sure we take get enough of it. Here are 3 ways to do so.

 

Use the right beauty products

Using the right beauty products for our skin and hair helps. It is best to shop around to find the best products for your skin and hair type. Vitamin C hair products are great in removing mineral buildup accumulated on the surface of the hair. So look out for shampoos that include it.

Vitamin C serums are also available to promote thick hair, get rid of dandruff and improve hair growth. So shop around to find the right serums. Beauty stores like Capital Hair and Beauty stock hair and skin products from various brands.

 

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Take more fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin C

Eating or in some cases drinking Vitamin C rich foods is one of the easiest and most common ways to enjoy the benefits.

Citrus fruits like lemon, orange, grapefruit and lime are rich in Vitamin C. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and turnip greens make a really good source as well. So does Broccoli, cauliflower, and tomatoes.

 

Apply Vitamin C rich fruits topically

You don’t only get the benefit of Vitamin C on your skin from the fruits and vegetables you eat, you can also derive those benefits by topically applying them on your skin. Applying the juice of fruits high in Vitamin C, like the citrus fruits and tomatoes, directly on your skin can do wonders.

The juice of some citrus fruits, most especially lemon or lime, can be a little too harsh for sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, then the best way you can go about it is to mix a little water to the juice before applying it on your skin. Once you’ve applied the juice on your skin, leave it to dry for about 20-30 minutes then wash off with cold water and pat your face dry.

The Vitamin C in the juice makes the skin glow. If you were suffering from acne, the juice helps to reduce the inflammation and heal the cuts caused from a burst pimple.

These are just some of the benefits of Vitamin C for the skin and hair. Do you have any tips to share? Please drop them in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by.

 

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