It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life“-Paramahansa Yogananda
There are only 2 universal beauty habits,which could benefit anybody.Anybody.Regardless of age or skin type.They also happens to be the cheapest.And easiest.All it takes is perseverance .To preserve your skin without spend a fortune on products,which may work on somebody else, but not necessarily on your unique type of skin.Been there,have a closet full of face creams,lotions and potions and what nots.Some sorta-kinda worked,some not,some even brought me to the doctor.When I was 12 my friend(with oily skin) got rid of her acne using a sulphur cream.Being the proud owner of a 3 pimples and inspired by her success,I bought the same sulphur based cream and smeared it all over my face(dry,sensitive skin) including my eyelids and under my eyes in overzealous bid to prevent future acne.Burned by the sulphur, my eyes completely closed and the skin around became shriveled like prune,snake-like and dry- and it hurt like hell-and landed me in the emergency room.It took a week and a tube full of steroid cream to restore my eye lids and under-eye skin suppleness.So I learned the hard way the most important skin lesson of my life:Just because it works with XYZ,doesn’t mean it will work withYOU.Success with XYZ could be disaster with YOU.Be aware of your own unique skin type.Question all the miracle products.Read,read,read.Do your own research.Experiment with caution.I am 44 year old and always on the lookout for the best anti-aging concoctions or routines to keep my skin good without botox or surgery. I discovered that they are only 2 universal, one-for-all beauty habits which can benefit anybody,regardless of age and skin type.
This skin panacea is face and body brushing.
The secret to young and supple skin is the exfoliation and skin turnover.All the expensive cosmetic procedures are based on the same premise-to create artificial,mild damage,injury to the top layer of skin, in order to stimulate your own collagen production(microdermabrasio,dermarolling,chemical peeling).
Do your own good ”damage” without causing a bank account damage.
It only takes 2 brushes,few bucks and 10-15 minutes a day.
Face brushing.It’s a tripple whammy:
Brings blood to the skin surface-oxygen-nutrients-food
Exfoliator -skin turnover,regeneration,draws out impurities
Mini face massage-stimulates the muscles.
The skin rejuvenation speeds up when the dead skin cells are removed.
In the beginning brush gently,depending on your own skin sensitivity-use common sense-whats hard for some is too gentle for other.Use firm strokes and avoid the eye area.Look up while brushing to prevent jowls and turkey neck.Choose a firm brush.You don’t have to pay for ”Sissy brushes”- a specific face brushes,which are way overpriced and soft to to bring blood flow to the surface of the skin, to refresh and invigorate.I use a cheap shoe polish brush-2 euro. It has the right hardness for my own type of skin( sensitive and thin).
I believe that face brushing is just as important as body brushing. Dead skin cells accumulate on the body as they do on the face.Brush from feet to heart direction,using firm strokes-circular on the belly and breast areas.It also helps with muscle soreness after a tough workout,since it brings blood flow to the surface .And whatever brush you choose,avoid the ”Sissy brushes”-boar-bristled brush they sell in most shops.They are too soft to to do the slough (exfoliation),might as well use a sponge-no good!I swear by cactus body brush-it has the right hardness to stimulate and exfoliate.Cactus hooray!
Mine is from Elemis and is with removable handle, which I removed and trowed .Body shop also have a cactus body brush, but theirs is with a fixed, un-removable handle-huge minus for me , since I am a handle-hater.If you have hands,why you need a handle-right?
I cant start my day without my brushing routine.It energizes and pumps my blood right away.Instant wake up.
Give your face and body 15 minutes a day with a firm brush.
Hard brush-soft skin.
Did I mention it’s also best anti-aging habit you could have?