Skin & Body Preparations

Young skin is naturally firm, plump, and resilient, but to keep it that way you need to begin a good skin-care regimen as early as possible. Used regularly as a three-step program, cleansers, toners, and moisturizers work together to keep the skin smooth and clear. Really clean skin provides a much belter base for makeup, too. The skin on your body also needs frequent attention, and there are now body shampoos, gels, lotions, and scrubs to help you pamper yourself on a daily basis.

Cleansers
Cleansers should remove deep-down diri and makeup without disturbing the skin’s balance or stripping away natural oils. Your choice of cleanser will be determined by your skin type.

Toners
A toner helps remove any residual traces of cleanser, which could cause irritation, and also helps to make the skin more receptive to moisturizer. After being toned, the skin should feel firm and refreshed but never dry and taut, l.ook for alcohol-free toners with soothing ingredients, and always use the right toner for your skin type.

Moisturizers
A moisturizer’s most basic job is to preserve fluid in the skin’s upper layers so that it looks fresh and well hydrated. Whether moisturizers can delay the onset of wrinkles is the subject of debate, but they do help skin to look good. Use a light moisturizer during the day (which will not disturb your makeup) and a richer cream at night when skin can absorb most moisture. If your skin feels dry, treat it to an even richer hydrating cream.

Body Cleansers
A warm bath is one of the best places to relax and pamper yourself. Purify the skin with a body shampoo or body scrub, or soak up the soothing properties of a bath oil.

Bath Crystals
Make a warm bath even more soothing by adding some fragrant bath crystals with natural ingredients such as sca-watcr minerals and seaweed extracts.

Body Moisturizers
After bathing or showering, massage a non-oily moisturizer all over your body and follow, if desired, with a refreshing lotion, but always use a specially formulated cream to keep hands soft and supple. To combat cellulite, try a special treatment oil or body halm with natural plant extracts.

Special Treatments
In the summer, you may want more protection than an ordinary sun cream can give. A waterproof face block will provide complete protection against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, and can also be used as a moisturizing makeup base. As a special addition to your normal cleansing, toning, and moisturizing program, try a deep-cleansing clay face pack to remove deep-down dirt and a hot, firming massage gel to reduce puffiness and bring a healthy glow.