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GET THAT GLOW- The guide to beautiful skin

Our facial skin is exposed to external influences every day such as: sun, wind, dry heating air, air conditioning, air pollution etc ... It is therefore important to use a good care routine to provide the skin with all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and beautiful . Often the skin tries to give us signals that it needs more moisture or more vitamins: it becomes dry, irritated, flaky or even begins to itch.

Good facial care should ideally consist of different components:

A thorough but mild one cleaning, one Moisturizer, one Serums and one Eye cream. Scrubs and Face masks can also be carried out as required.

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Let's go through an ideal facial care routine step by step:

CLEANING

Preferably twice a day.

When it comes to cleansing the skin of the face, you shouldn't use a “normal” bar of soap, because the protective acid mantle of the skin is stressed.

The exception are so-called "soap-free" wash bars with a pH value that does not stress the skin.

In the morning you can clean the skin with just lukewarm water, in the evening you can use mild cleansing products such as a washing gel or cleansing milk. For women who like to wear a lot of make-up, it is also very important to thoroughly remove all make-up residues in order to avoid clogging the pores and breaking off the eyelashes. The "repair" and recovery of the skin during the night can only take place if the active ingredients can penetrate the skin unhindered. And for that it has to be clean.

Especially for removing mascara, we recommend a mild make-up remover that is applied to a cotton pad or cotton ball. Please do not rub too hard to avoid irritation.

CREAM OR SERUM?

After cleansing, moisture is essential for rosy, healthy and beautiful skin. You should also include the neck and décolleté here, as the skin is relatively thin there and creases can form quite quickly. With a good cream or a good serum you want to achieve the following: the functions of the skin should be preserved, it should look well-groomed and feel soft.

A serum is a concentrated care product with a light texture which can be liquid or even slightly oily. Due to the special molecular structure of the serum, the active ingredients penetrate deeply and effectively into the skin. Serums are often preferred in the morning of a cream because they feel lighter on the skin and provide a good foundation for makeup.

Serums and light moisturizers are also best for men as they don't leave a shiny film on the skin.

With a serum, one pipette filling for the face and neck is usually sufficient.

Creams are generally a bit richer and therefore serve well as night care, here a hazelnut-sized amount should be sufficient.

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EYE CARE

A special eye cream or light eye gel should be used for the delicate eye area. Please do not massage or rub in here, the product should always be tapped in gently from the inside out (for example with the ring finger). Blinking and smiling often cause the first wrinkles to appear in this region, which is why you should use eye care twice a day from your late twenties. Tip: if you keep the eye cream in the refrigerator, you get an extra freshness kick in the morning!

Additional information: The skin regenerates itself within a 4-week cycle: in a lifelong cycle, the skin cells migrate from the inside to the outside and are then shed on the surface. A sufficient supply of moisture is very important for the skin: it is best to drink 1.5 to 2 liters of still water a day, then the skin will also be well nourished!

PEELING

Exfoliators can be used to help the skin get rid of dead skin. These are available in different versions, from mild cream peelings with synthetic beads to somewhat coarser ones based on sugar. Please make sure that you do not exfoliate the skin too often and thereby stress it and destroy its natural protective barrier. If you "sand" the skin too often, bacteria can penetrate more easily and inflammation can occur.

With normal to oily skin, you can gently exfoliate once a week, with sensitive skin it is best not to do so in order not to unnecessarily stress the skin. A rich cream or mask should always be applied after peeling.

MASKS

Whether peel-off, cream, gel or cloth masks, masks provide our skin with an extra portion of nutrients and moisture or remove impurities very thoroughly.

Masks usually stay on the skin of the face for 15-20 minutes and are then either removed with a damp cloth or, in the case of a peel-off mask, peeled off. Sometimes you can just massage the leftovers in. You should always follow the instructions on the packaging to get the best effect.

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POPULAR INGREDIENTS AND WHAT THEY AFFECT:

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

In the beauty industry, activated charcoal is celebrated as a miracle drug. It can be found primarily in products for skin cleansing and peeling, because it removes dirt and pollutants from the skin. The pores are opened and, similar to a magnet, it pulls all dirt particles, fine dust, make-up residues and fat particles out of the skin, which prevents impurities and blackheads and clearly clarifies the complexion. In order to maintain the natural balance of the skin, treatments containing activated charcoal should not be used more than once or twice a week.

RETINOL

From the age of 21, the skin's renewal processes slow down. As soon as the first wrinkles become noticeable on your face, you can include the active ingredient retinol in your skin care routine. Thus, skin aging can be counteracted somewhat.

Retinol is one shape of vitamin A.

Vitamin A and its various forms are important for the growth and regeneration of our skin cells. However, our skin is deprived of vitamin A through external influences such as UV radiation, through free radicals and through the natural aging process. Unfortunately, this cannot be completely reproduced by the body, which means that the skin loses its elasticity and wrinkles appear.

Retinol plays an important role in building the structure of the skin. A modification of this are retinoids, also known as Retin-A in the USA. Even if the terms retinol and retinoids are often used together, each active ingredient has its own characteristic properties and areas of application. Retinoids, for example, are only available with a prescription from a doctor. Look for vitamin A in the form of retinol, retinol acetate, retinyl palmitate, or retinyl aldehyde (also known as retinal or retinaldehyde). These are common forms of the active ingredient in cosmetics that are freely available in stores without a prescription. You should definitely take a look at the ingredients when buying.

All forms of retinol work in a similar way, but they are not exactly the same. Your skin can benefit immensely from the use of retinol, which is one of the reasons why the active ingredient is so popular in the skin care and anti-aging scene.  

The quality and effectiveness of vitamin A is negatively affected when it is exposed to light or air.

You should only buy retinol products in opaque packaging, preferably in dark pipette bottles. Retinol products from pots should be avoided entirely.

VITAMIN C

With regular use, vitamin C makes the skin glow!

With its anti-oxidative effect, it protects the skin's collagen structure and reduces light pigment spots. Vitamin C also has an anti-inflammatory effect and can help reduce redness and heal blemishes faster.

A product containing vitamin C should best be used in the morning; it is very important to apply UV protection with sun protection factor 15 or 20 during the day.

In general, vitamin C is offered as serums or creams. You should make sure that they are filled in a dark bottle or jar in order to preserve the active ingredients. They should be stored in a cool place, but of course you can also put them in the refrigerator. This gives an additional kick of freshness when applied. 

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ALOE VERA:

In general, the desert plant is considered a miracle cure for health.

As an additive in main care products, you benefit from their countless vital substances: a true natural miracle product!

Not only does it provide a lot of moisture, it makes the skin smoother, it stimulates blood circulation and the production of collagen and the elastic fibers of the connective tissue.

Aloe Vera also works as a natural anti-aging agent, as its active ingredients delay the formation of wrinkles and make the skin look younger.

Our skin is constantly exposed to stimuli such as the sun and environmental influences and has to regenerate again and again. The body's own stem cells contribute to the incessant renewal of the skin. At some point, however, this process slows down as the number of stem cells dwindles. As a "flexible building material", the plant stem cells can strengthen our skin tissue again by protecting our skin's own stem cells and supporting them in their ability to resist and regenerate.

 HYALURONIC ACID

Hyaluronic acid is an effective and efficient water dispenser. While conventional moisturizers and other moisturizing products only reduce the skin's natural water loss, hyaluronic acid can actively increase the skin's moisture content. Hyaluronic acid is naturally contained in many organs of the human body and takes on very different and sometimes vital functions.

It increases the moisture content of the skin and acts as an anti-aging agent, as it delays the formation of wrinkles and can reduce the depth of existing wrinkles.

Furthermore, hyaluronic acid promotes wound healing and improves the general elasticity of the skin. In the case of various skin diseases such as eczema or neurodermatitis, hyaluronic acid can also reduce the feeling of tension in the skin and have a positive effect on skin redness and burns.

GET THAT GLOW!

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