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Skin Care Factors for Different Complexions

When we talk about complexion we are referring to the natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially on the face. A person’s complexion may be described as clear or clogged, bright or dull, smooth, glowing or rosy. What’s important for all complexions is to keep healthy circulation and blood flow to the skin.

Poor blood flow creates a sluggish cellular system that may block nutrients and oxygen from nurturing the skin. Good circulation boosts collagen production, which helps keep skin firm.

Here are some skin factors to consider for different complexions. Evaluate your skin type – oily, normal or dry to address skin tone issues. What matters most for skin whether a fair complexion or dark complexion is daily care. During the day, consider using a multi-tasking natural day face cream that exfoliates, brightens and tones on a cellular level.

Color
The lightness or darkness of your complexion is due to the amount of melanin in the tissues. When there is more melanin in the tissues, the darker the skin. Going out in the sun whether you have a fair or dark complexion will impact melanin levels. Fair skin needs to be protected against burning. Darker skin has some natural protection but it is still vulnerable to skin cancer, spots or wrinkles. It’s important to get in the habit of always protecting your skin while outdoors. Apply sunscreen, wear a hat and add sunglasses to protect your eye area.

Uneven discoloration, redness, or dark circles may be a reaction to lifestyle choices or indicate something for you to explore with a dermatologist.

Select a complementary foundation color and a concealer color that is one tone lighter than your skin tone. When using products, check the ingredients carefully.

Texture
To support your skin’s texture, cleanse your face with a mild soap in moderate temperature water twice a day. If your skin is dry to normal you can rinse only with water in the morning. Exfoliate once or twice a week. Gently scrub to remove dead skin cells. Don’t overdo it.

Moisturize twice a day after washing no matter what your skin type. Skin needs to stay hydrated even if your skin type is oily, dark or fair. Eat green leafy vegetables and drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Don’t forget the benefits of ancient-greek-skin-care-secrets-still-used-today and the-benefits-of-certified-organic-extra-virgin-olive-oil-in-your-skin-care for your skin’s complexion.

Appearance
Dullness or prominent pores can be a concern for many women. Wash regularly and thoroughly. You may want to follow up with a hydrating mist to seal in skin care products. Face oil can give your complexion an instant glow.

Complexions can be improved through better eating (protein helps with skin cell turnover and helps keep skin moisturized). And through better sleeping (skin produces collagen and elastin during sleep). Use a night face cream that works in tandem with your skin’s natural repair cycle.

Get to know your face and nourish it with proper lifestyle choices and selective skin care products.

Natural Skin Care Tips for Summer

While our skin needs to be protected year round, the bulk of sun damage tends to occur during the summer months. With just a few tweaks to your routine you can protect your skin in a natural, healthy way and still enjoy all your favorite summer activities.

Adding a layer of sunscreen protects skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. To ensure you get into this habit find a sunscreen you like. There are multiple kinds with different textures, absorption, coloration and scents. Choose one with at least SPF 15. I recommend natural, physical sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the skin. They contain the minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. A natural sunscreen that rates high amongst environmental groups and consumers is UV Natural.

Make sure your sunscreen filters both UVB light (sunburn, cancer) and UVA light (premature aging, cancer). If you are a swimmer, or sweat a lot, water resistance is important. Find an oil-free sunscreen if you are prone to breakouts. Keep in mind that you may need to reapply sunscreen throughout the day if you are outdoors for many hours.

On the face, apply sunscreen before your day cream and underneath makeup. Sunscreen alone is a better protector from UV rays than makeup with SPF in it. If you need a touchup during the day there are some natural foundation powders that can help such as Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Mineral Powder with SPF 20. Protect your lips as well. Dermatologists recommend applying a lip balm with SPF every two hours while outside in the sun. Avoid glossy, pale colors.

Another way to deflect the effect of the sun’s harmful rays on your skin is to wear a broad brim hat. Clothing lines with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating show how much of the sun’s light the fabric absorbs. To beat the rays, wardrobe choices in summer might include tightly woven, dark or bright fabrics. That’s right, save white for winter. Wear sunglasses with a UV 400 protection to protect your eyes and the sensitive skin areas around them.

On particularly hot and humid days a facial mist containing natural minerals can help replace those lost through sweat. Pores appear larger during summer heat and humidity so you may want to exfoliate one extra time during the week.

You can keep your bronze glow by using natural sunless tanning products that contain sunscreen. Lavera Self Tanner includes all natural and organic ingredients.

After long summer days your skin deserves a luxe body cream that moisturizes and hydrates. Your best bet of course is YASOU body cream with certified organic extra virgin olive oil, organic aloe vera, shea butter, essential oils and other natural ingredients that pamper and nurture your skin.

Don’t forget to visit your local farmer’s market to buy fresh produce such as tomatoes, avocados, citrus and berries all of which contain anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties that can protect your skin. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Enjoy your summer while protecting your skin.

YASOU!