Now that you have spent time strengthening your skin’s health and providing it with the resources it needs to regenerate, you can set the optimal maintenance regimen.
Keep in mind that habits are formed within three to four weeks. Start with a plan you are confident you can stick to for three weeks. If it means focusing on building a skin care program for a month, followed by a hair maintenance routine, that is OK. Just don’t forget your core diet, hydration, and rest routines!
Facial Skin Maintenance
Every evening, all makeup should be removed prior to bedtime. There are an unlimited number of skin-cleansing solutions on the market, with distinct formulations for each skin type. Unless you use heavy makeup, it is most convenient to choose a cleanser that eliminates makeup as well. Eye makeup can also be removed with makeup remover or oil, as foundations and blushers often take off readily with most standard cleansers. In any case, you should cleanse your facial skin each night before bed and again in the morning. If you cleaned your face correctly the night before, you will just need to wash your face lightly in the morning to remove oil and perspiration and ready your face for makeup.
If you use a cleanser containing water, moisten your face with lukewarm water. Apply an oil-based cleanser straight to dry skin if using one.
Using your fingertips or a soft cloth, apply cleanser to your face in tiny circles, going from the nose to the hairline. Don’t forget to apply cleanser on your neck with delicate upward strokes towards your jawline. When washing, avoid pulling or stretching the skin.
Thoroughly rinse with lukewarm water. If you want to take a shower or bath, apply your cleanser prior to entering the shower/tub to allow it time to penetrate the skin.
The process of toning restores the skin’s natural pH and produces a protective acid layer that strengthens the skin. It aids in removing cleanser residue and shrinking pores. Depending on your skin type, toners will range from gentle acidic formulations to highly antiseptic compositions.
Soak a cosmetic pad in your toner and gently wipe your face from the nose outward and across the forehead using the pad. Do not overlook your neck. Although cotton balls can be used, cotton cosmetic pads are more convenient. To remove oil and debris from the eyebrows, you should avoid the sensitive skin around your eyes unless you use a light toning lotion with no alcohol or peroxide.
Every day, you should protect your skin from UV radiation. The term “protecting” involves two steps. The initial step is to provide your skin with antioxidants and other substances that will help it preserve its natural protective enzymes. The second step is to provide sunscreen protection.
Suppose you intend to use a vitamin or nutrient antioxidant solution or serum. In that case, you can soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply it to your face by patting “problem areas” first and then gently cleaning the remainder of your face. Apply it in an upward motion to the neck. If using a commercial antioxidant serum, adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions.
As women age, their sebum production naturally decreases. Skin requires inner and exterior moisture to preserve strength, pliability, and integrity. Additionally, moisturisers lessen the danger of mechanical injury to the skin by minimizing friction and the likelihood of the skin being stretched or torn by touch.
You can protect and hydrate in one step if you use an all-in-one skin cream containing vitamins C, E, and A, moisturising oils, and sunscreen. You may also supply your antioxidant protection by putting vitamin or herbal solutions to your skin, followed by a hydrating sunscreen. In the following chapters, you will learn more about which ones to choose and how to use them.
Apply moisturiser to the face using outward movements. Apply to the neck using strokes upward. Avoid pulling or stretching your skin. During the day, if your moisturiser does not contain sun protection, use non-oily sunscreen on your face, neck, and all sun-exposed body areas.
As your skin grows and heals itself, its outermost layer of dead cells sheds. You should exfoliate your skin at least once a week to quicken this process and reveal the younger, healthier cells beneath. There are two primary techniques to accomplish this: mechanically and chemically. You may achieve mechanical exfoliation with a thorough scrub, a microdermabrasion lotion, or a loofah pad. Chemically, you may employ any of the usual acidic exfoliants, such as glycolic acid peels, lactic acid peels, alpha-hydroxy, etc. Some skin cleansers incorporate this step directly into the recipe.
Your skin type will define how frequently and how you should exfoliate. Irritated skin, such as that with acne, eczema, or rosacea, will not like the vigorous scouring of mechanical exfoliants. Even a chemical compound may be too irritating for regular usage. To remove the layers of damaged skin and assist in encouraging the formation of healthy collagen structures in the deeper layers of the skin, older, severely sun-damaged skin may require one or both treatments, maybe more often. Again, we will demonstrate how to identify your optimal frequency and manner of exfoliation.
Regardless of the formulation, exfoliants should be used similarly to cleansers. Avoid “scrubbing” your skin using a chemical peel; let the chemicals do the work. When using a scrub, apply EXTREMELY little pressure and move in small circles. Again, avoid pulling or stretching the skin.
The majority of exfoliants take some time to “work.” It is a good idea to use exfoliants before taking a shower since you can rinse them off in the shower, which helps remove residue.
The most significant function of facial masks is the thorough cleansing of pores. Masks are also created for super hydration, increased circulation, and pure pleasure. Your skin type and the findings of the P-Method will decide the type of cleanser and frequency of usage. At least once a week, it is recommended to apply a clay-based mask for deep cleaning. These masks include various cosmetic clays because they “pull” and absorb pollutants, debris, and dried sebum from your pores, enabling sebum to flow naturally and easily, brightening the skin’s look, preventing acne infections, and enhancing the skin’s texture. Clay masks are available for all forms of skin moisturization.
Apply the mask carefully and let it dry. The majority of clay masks need 10 to 15 minutes to absorb all toxins and impurities from the pores. Rinse the mask off with your fingertips, being careful not to pull. Again, they should be applied before entering the shower.
After exfoliating or using a mask, tone, protect, and hydrate the skin.