Skin care is the series of practices that support healthy skin, improve its appearance and alleviate many skin conditions. There are several terms used for the different methods of skin care. Some of them are: General Practices of Beauty Care (BPA), Skin Types (skin type or allergen), Holistic Skin Care (HSC), Face Oiling, Face Cream, Hand Oiling and Natural Beauty Care. The descriptions of these terms may be confusing to those who are new to skin care, so below is a short explanation of each term.
Skin care is the application of products to help improve the appearance and health of skin. It can contain various ingredients such as herbal extracts, essential oils, vitamins, moisturizers, and antioxidants. They may also contain mineral oil, avoiding excessive exposure to sunlight and appropriate use of astringents. A variety of cosmetic products are used to treat different kinds of skin problems and beauty care products that do not contain synthetic ingredients are termed as natural ingredients. Examples of natural ingredients include avocado oil, coconut oil, Shea butter, Jojoba oil, collagen, glycerin, sea salt, and licorice.
Skin care for the face is suitable for highly sensitive and allergy-prone skin. This is because some ingredients may cause allergic reactions. Some examples are fragrance ingredients. Fragrance is an artificial ingredient used in cosmetic products to give fragrance and texture. The most common fragrance is Eau de Cologne or bath and body products. Some chemicals called alcohols, paraffin, and petroleum based ingredients may cause blemishes.
Skin care for the face is best done with the use of moisturizers. These should be applied generously before going to bed to prevent drying. It may be best to use a clay mask once or twice a week to avoid the accumulation of dead cells that may cause pimples and blackheads. Using a clay mask will help remove the impurities from the skin and thus preventing redness, swelling, and the accumulation of dirt and bacteria.
Apart from the regular use of skin care products, it is also necessary to apply a face oil frequently. Face oil can be bought from any store and is usually sold in the form of gels, lotions, and creams. Face oils may be preferred depending on one’s personal preference. Some people prefer to use natural ingredients while others may prefer to use synthetic substances for better results. A good face oil will provide a layer of protective coating that helps to keep dirt, grime, and bacteria out of the pores.
Collagen is another important component of skin care products, as it helps to keep the body young and healthy. However, collagen may not be effective if it is exposed to the air and the skin becomes too dry. For this reason, it is advisable to use a sun block whenever you are using a product containing collagen.