You probably wouldn’t go all day without a shower or neglect to brush your teeth in the morning, but you might just be neglecting to give the largest organ in your body enough TLC. Your skin does some seriously heavy lifting to protect your body from chemicals and microorganisms. It needs to be primed and ready to respond to temperature extremes and external pressure, and give you tone and radiance to look your best. So you can see how your daily skin-care routine impacts everything from your self-confidence to your ability to fight off infection.
In the crowded skin-care marketplace, it’s tough to know what products to use and when to use them. Before you reach for foundations and concealers, or book expensive cosmetic treatments, get in the habit of nurturing your skin for a fresh, clean look that doesn’t require a dab of make-up to look your best. All it takes is a regular skin-care routine and a few all-natural, non-toxic, and cruelty-free products, like those from VictoriaLand Beauty, to look as good when you step out of the shower as you do when you’re out on the town.
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Keep your skin toned and lock in naturally hydrating oils with a gentle, twice-daily application of Nourishing Face and Neck Cream. Hyaluronic acid reduces sagging and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while essential fatty acids in rosehip seed oil even out pigmentation and repair damaged skin tissue. Antioxidants in meadowfoam seed oil improve elasticity and deliver nutrients to your skin’s deepest layers.
The best time to moisturize is just after you’ve showered or washed your face. Since soaps and hot water can strip your skin of its natural moisture, you’ll be protecting and replenishing oils that may have washed away while you cleansed. Pat your face dry with a clean towel, then dab moisturizer on your face and neck. Massage gently with a circular motion using clean fingertips only. On your neck, work from collarbone to jawline to gently massage emollients into your skin. Moisturizing morning and night delivers healing antioxidants to your skin 24/7 and puts you on the offensive in preventing more serious conditions like eczema and bacterial infections.
Firming and Toning Serums
Harness the power of plant-based Revinage and Gatuline, natural ingredients with anti-inflammatory qualities that lift and tone, to restore luster and smoothness to your skin. Revitalizing Face Oil is rich yet lightweight, absorbing quickly into your skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve elasticity, and soothe rough skin. Start by washing your hands thoroughly, then smoothing three to four drops over your forehead, nose, and cheekbones down to your jawline and chin every other day. Build up to daily use over time, using your pinkies to massage a drop of oil around eyes, lips, and on your cuticles for added benefits.
Avoid spreading dirt and oils from your fingertips to your face by using a facial roller. Distribute the serum evenly by placing drops in the middle of your forehead and on the bridge of your nose. Roll outward across your forehead and cheeks toward your hairline. Finish with a drop or two below your lower lip, rolling up toward your earlobes and across your jawline.
Hydrating Treatments for Delicate Skin
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One of the first places that stress, fatigue, and age show up is in the delicate skin around your eyes and lips. Skin around the eyes is thin and lacks the soft muscle and fat that gives other areas of your body definition. Covering the concave depressions around your eyes, this skin is prone to developing dark circles and puffiness, especially when you aren’t getting enough sleep or are eating poorly. Without daily care, sagging and fine lines are likely to follow.
Your lips are subject to a different set of stressors, but problems like fine lines are the same. Your lip area has three to five times fewer layers of skin than the rest of your body. The collagen your body produces to create plumpness in your lips decreases with age, causing your lips to become thinner and less full. Unlike the rest of your skin, lips don’t have sweat glands or lubricating sebaceous glands, and they produce less melanin. That’s why they’re more sensitive to heat and cold, wind, dryness, and the damaging effects of UV rays.
Twice daily after cleansing your face, generously smooth rich Eye and Lip Treatment cream around your eyes from eyebrows to cheekbones and around your lips. Release meadowfoam seed oil and organic evening primrose oil’s antioxidants and essential fatty acids deep into these delicate areas to reduce fine lines and hydrate without oiliness. Tripeptides restore elasticity and smoothness while reducing puffiness and the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. This a.m. and p.m. routine will give these sensitive areas round-the-clock attention.
Written by Ann Gibson for Matcha in partnership with Victorialand Beauty.