Who doesn’t want flawless, glowing skin? Everyone does! Unfortunately, there’s a myriad of products on supermarket shelves and seemingly endless tidbits of advice on the best way to take care of your skin.
Because of this, it’s not always easy to know what skin care routines and products will work for you. There are a few rules of thumb, though: drink lots of water, get enough sleep each night, wash your face daily with a gentle cleanser, moisturize, and wear sunscreen every day. The skin is incredibly complex though, and these basic “rules” don’t even scratch the surface of what you need to know.
With the current state of lockdown in most countries, this information is vital if you need to keep your skin glowy and supple at home, without the need for expensive over-the-counter treatments and complex products.
We spoke with the folks at The Source Medispa, one of the best spa and wellness centres in Nairobi to put together an extensive list of fantastic skincare tips. These simple tips are sure to keep your skin glowing for a good long time!
Cleansing for Different Skin Types
Skin type differs from person to person. For normal skin consider using a mild cleanser with lukewarm water to wash your face every evening. Always pat your face when drying it with a clean cotton cloth of facial tissue.
For dry skin, on the other hand, rubbing olive oil and draping a warm, damp cloth over your face until it cools should do the trick.
People with sensitive skin can use face washes that contain no chemicals or parabens.
If you have acne, consider cleaning your face with a product that contains salicylic acid e.g. Lamelle from our home care range.
Skin Care Product Tips For Flawless And Healthy Skin
Turmeric is known to contain natural anti-oxidants, antiseptic and skin brightening properties. Applying a paste of turmeric with lemon gets rid of remove blemishes or tans since it’s high in Vitamin C and antioxidants.
Mixing tomato juice with a few drops of lemon and applying it on your face helps in shrinking pores. Use this regularly for better results.
Raw potato is a great skin brightener. Mash and apply on your face and rinse after a few minutes with lukewarm water. Can also be used for treating eye dark circles. Keep thin slices of the raw potato on your eyes for a few minutes. Make this a regular routine for glowing skin.
Tea tree oil
Use this as a moisturizer as it aids in masking imperfections and improves texture of the skin
Honey + Milk
Every woman craves for a flawless glow. Milk helps in acne prevention and acts as a good moisturizer.
Honey + cinnamon
This is perfect for acne issues. Mix and use as a mask. You can use aloe Vera pulp as moisturizer after
This is one of the best toners out there and is suitable for all skin types. Use it twice a day to help soothe and calm the skin and what’s more it balances ph. levels thus helping in repair skin’s elasticity
Clay, Oatmeal, Aloe Vera and charcoal
Clay is remarkable at absorbing oil. Get a mask that’s made from natural clay e.g jojoba oil mask and set it on your skin for excellent results.
Activated charcoal is all-natural and draws out any gunk that’s hanging around the pores. Despite its heavy-duty cleaning power, charcoal is gentle on the skin.
Oatmeal is a natural anti-inflammatory hence helps calm the skin, while aloe vera helps treat and heal skin against breakouts, sunburn. This is a lifesaver, especially irritated skin. Best used just before night time.
Do’s & Don’ts of Skin Care
Do: Drink lots of water and eat fruits and vegetables
Do: Use a night cream after cleaning your face.
Do: Walk around with a cleansing cloth as this helps when you sweat when it’s extremely hot. We all need a boost to cleanse the skin at times. These are also great for post-workout skin care, or after demanding sporting events. Blotting paper is also a great way to get rid of excess oil on your skin.
Do: Use non-comedogenic oils e.g. argan oil, rosehip oil for skin oil balance to ensure your skin produces less sebum, and ensure your skin’s natural oils are balanced.
Do: Exfoliating skin twice a week
Don’t: Please note over exfoliation causes dryness, which causes sebum production, and the whole oiliness cycle starts again.
Don’t: over scrub your face dry as this can damage your skin. Use a moisturizer after cleaning your face and a sunscreen as long as you are outside your house
Don’t: Drink lots of caffeine as this dehydrates your skin
Don’t: Sleep with without taking off your makeup
If you’re in doubt, book an appointment with a dermatologist. They can help you find a routine that works for your skin’s specific needs.