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Skin is the most important part of your makeup routine, which is why skincare is your key to a flawless face. Consider your skin your canvas and your makeup the paint you are using to create beautiful art. Please join me as we discuss what skin does, what impacts the quality of your skin and the most important parts of your skincare routine. 

How Skin Works

Your skin is your largest organ and the better you treat it, the better it performs. Your skin is made up of layers and the outer most layer is called the epidermis. The epidermis helps to shield you from germs and the environment and the melanin it contains not only Is what gives you your color but it also helps protect you from the harmful damage caused by the sun. It's also nice that skin keeps all your insides, well...on the inside. 

 
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Take Care of YOU! 

⛱ Use Protection ⛱

SPF is key in blocking those harmful UV rays that are damaging your skin over time. The minimum protection needed is SPF15 and there are moisturizers that contain SPF but we will talk about that in a later post. 

🚭 Just Say No ... To Smoking 🚭

Smoking causes a who lot of problems and damage to your skin is one of them. if you are a smoker, considering giving it up.

🍴 Eat Right 🍴

A healthy diet improves the elasticity of skin. Vitamin C and E do wonders for your skin and are just as important for the inside of your body as they are the outside. Vitamin C plays a role in protection from UV rays, wrinkling, wound healing and preventing dry skin.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant which aids in the maintenance of healthy skin. It can also absorb the energy from UV light, so it also protects your skin from free radical damage to the skin.  

💊 Take a Chill Pill 💊

If you are anything like me, when I stress I eat everything I problem shouldn't, drink lots of Coca Cola and my face breaks out almost instantaneously. With that being said, work on limiting stress in your life. Find what brings you peace and tranquility be it meditation, yoga, adult coloring, whatever! 

💧 Hydrate 💧

Drink water! Adult women are made up of 55% water in comparison to a mans 65% and on average, the skin contains 64% water. That is a LOT of water! Stay hydrated my friends. 

🔑 Keys to Skincare 🔑

Cleansing  

Cleansing your skin, especially you face, is important for the same reason you wash the rest of your body. Get rid of that dirt! There is a catch here. Washing can dry your skin out because while you clean you also remove some of your skins natural oils. Those oils, are what retain the moisture in your skin. 

We will talk about cleansers in more details in a future post.  

Moisturizing

Moisturizers are designed to make the outer layers of your skin softer and more pliable. There main function is to increase the skin's hydration by reducing evaporation. There is a wide range of moisturizers on the market and you can even make your own at home. We will discuss this in more details in the coming weeks. 

Hope you enjoyed this brief introduction to skincare and I look forward to sharing more with you all in the weeks to come.  


References:

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"Skin Care: 5 Tips for Healthy Skin." Mayoclinic. Mayoclinic, 16 Dec. 2014. Web. 3 Jan. 2016. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/skin-care/art-20048237>.

"The Water in You." The USGS Water Science School. The USGS Water Science School, n.d. Web. <http://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html>.

"Moisturizer." Wikipedia. Wikipedia, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2016. <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moisturizer>.

Michels, Alexander J., Ph.D. "Micronutrient Information Center." Vitamin E. Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University, Feb. 2012. Web. 17 Jan. 2016. <http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrients-health/skin-health/nutrient-index/vitamin-E>.