Bare Reflection Skin Care Tips Top 10

No matter what your skin type is, it is essential to break the damaging skincare routine habits which are causing your skin to overproduce sebum. Over-washing, over exfoliating, and skipping moisturizer during your daily skin care routine is NOT recommended. Face masks and chemical exfoliants should be used in place of salt scrubs and sugar scrubs. Products containing harsh ingredients like alcohol, fragrance, chemicals, synthetics and/or detergents should be avoided. Implementing these good skincare habits can dramatically improve the balance of your skin's natural sebum production by signaling the skin to stop overproducing sebum which is likely being generated by your skin to compensate for the lack of moisture. Follow 'Bare Reflection Skincare Products - Top Ten Skincare Tips' below to amp up your natural skin care routine.

1) No ways around it, learn your skin and the way it behaves. Choosing your skincare products all comes down to understanding how your skin reacts to your skin care routine and other things, as well as what your skin's particular needs are. Your face may need hydration without additional moisturizing, or vise versa. You may decide that your skin type is dry when in fact it is just dehydrated. Your skin may react differently in hot and cold climates or even air conditioned rooms, and your skin care routine should reflect that. Skin can react differently to certain foods, activities, hormones, stress, and several other exterior factors. Blemishes and breakouts on certain parts of the face can also give us vital information about what’s going on inside the body; breakouts on the chin and forehead could be signs that your hormones are off balance, which could be attributed to certain types of medications, stress, lack of sleep, diet, and may alert you to other medical conditions. Breakouts around the cheek or other parts of the face could mean ineffective cleansing, lack of proper exfoliation, dirt and other external factors like pollution.

If your skin is oily it means there is an overproduction of sebum and that the skin lacks linoleic fatty acids. Oily skin needs a skin care routine that utilizes non-comedogenic skin care products containing ingredients that will clean your pores, minimize pore size, and control excess sebum production. Ingredients high in linoleic acid will penetrate deep into the skin and aid in softening the shiny thickness to the complexion, and help boost the natural brightness of your skin.

 

If your skin is dry it means your skin doesn’t retain enough moisture and it lacks oleic fatty acids. Look to oil based skincare products that are higher in oils and/or lipids than traditional water-based skin care products. Choosing these moisturizing skincare products will smooth out and soften the dry patches and visible lines while rejuvenating the elasticity in the skin and restoring a brighter and smoother natural complexion.

 

If you have combination skin (these are the faces that are oily in the t-zone area and dry around the rest of the face) do not treat the entire face with skin care products designed to only treat one problem area. Address either area of the face separately with the necessary skincare products.

 

If your skin is sensitive, then you need to be mindful of chemicals and harsh ingredients. Use gentle, skin soothing formulas and always patch test a new skincare product.  

 

If your skin is dehydrated, then this is a condition and not a skin type. Many people mistake dehydrated skin for dry skin, but unlike dry skin which lacks oil, dehydrated skin lacks water. Start by drinking more water. Look for and be sure to include humectants in your skincare ingredients. These draw moisture from the environment and pull it into your skin. If you live in dry or desert climates, the environment begins to pull water from your dermis. Hyaluronic acid is recommended because it holds 100 times its weight in water, but always layer it with a moisturizer. Rose water is also a natural humectant, Bare Reflection suggests putting it into a spray bottle, storing it in the refrigerator and using it to spritz your face throughout the day (this is especially great during warmer weather and if you live in hot climates).

2) You are not the exception to this rule: Wear Sunscreen! A good sunscreen protects your skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) which cause premature aging, fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and skin discoloration. Sunscreen may also help in the prevention of some forms of skin cancer. Avoid products and ingredients that cause photosensitivity. For those dealing with hyperpigmentation, we recommend physical sunscreens instead of mineral sunscreens.

3) A healthy skincare routine should be a part of your daily, healthy lifestyle practices. Drink lots of water daily. Don’t smoke or drink alcohol. Get daily exercise. Eat healthy. Cut down or cut out greasy and/or foods high in sugar and processed foods. Consume more fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, beets and kale, healthy fats from nuts, avocados and choose healthy protein from beans, spinach, broccoli, artichokes, mushrooms, fish and other beneficial sources. Pay attention to your diet. What we put into our bodies can really affect our skin. You may love the taste of something but the effects it has on your skin could be catastrophic. Make notes of the changes in your face when you are experiencing issues and look back to the different or new foods you have eaten over the past week. Some skin will have a reaction to dairy, sugar, chocolate, even certain healthy foods like specific fruits and/or vegetables. Find out what you may be allergic to. Just like poor diet can wreak havoc on your skin, a good diet can truly help, repair and restore your skin and overall health from the inside out. Get more and better quality sleep (this might sound cliché because we’ve heard it so often, but that is for good reason as it is scientific fact). Quality sleep helps your skin regenerate, repair itself and look more rested and healthy. A lack of sleep can lead to the development of wrinkles and lines.

4) Let your skin breathe. Give your skin a break from the makeup and heavy skin care products once in a while. Pay attention to the ingredients in your makeup products and avoid harsh and dangerous ingredients. Clean your makeup and other skin care products and never share brushes, sponges, mascaras and lipsticks with anyone else. Don’t tug and pull on the face when applying and removing makeup. Pat dry your face after washing it. Don’t ever sleep in your makeup.

5) Stop over exfoliating your face. Harsh products and especially grainy exfoliants can damage the skin leaving small tears in the skin making it inflamed and vulnerable to infections, dryness, acne and scarring.

6) Don’t over wash your face. A mild cleanse with a low PH in the morning if you absolutely feel you must cleanse your face, however Bare Reflection recommends simply washing the face with plain cool water in the morning. Stop using soaps. Soap strips your skin of the lipids within it. Start double cleansing at the end of each day, beginning with a first step oil cleanser followed by a gentle cleanser that is specific to your skin needs and is made with good ingredients. After your oil cleansing, we recommend following up with a hydrating and moisturizing water based cleanser if your skin is on the drier side, a facial cleanser with an active acne fighting ingredient like salicylic acid if you have acne prone skin, and a very light foam or gel cleanser skincare product if you are oily and combination skin types.

7) Slow down and simplify your skincare routine. Read the labels on your skin care products. Avoid harsh chemicals and products containing alcohol, fillers, synthetics and fragrances. Avoid products containing detergents. These break down the barrier of the skin instead of repairing it. Look for ingredients you know, ingredients that are friendly to your skin type.

8) Use moisturizer! Don’t skip it! Even oily skin types require moisturizing. Find a non-comedogenic moisturizer that won’t clog your pores while offering great soothing and moisturizing benefits. We recommend moisturizers without any active ingredients if you are layering any other products on prior to your moisturizer. A simple, fragrance free moisturizer that is gentle will do. Listen to your skin. Don’t be afraid to switch or have 2 moisturizers. A light one for when your face just needs light moisture, and a thicker consistency for when your skin feels super dry, followed up with a face oil. Oils are occlusive, so they create a barrier of protection to lock in hydration and moisture from your moisturizer and other prior products you have applied. All the while moisturizers and face oils add their own skin loving, antioxidant and nourishing benefits to the skin. Remember that when you are layering your skin care products to give each product a few minutes to absorb well. Apply your moisturizer 10-15 minutes after your prior product. Gently press face oil into the skin after moisturizer is properly absorbed.


9) Store products correctly. Bare Reflection's organic skin care products are best stored in a cold environment and should not be stored in warm temperatures as this may cause the efficacy of important ingredients or the skin care product on a whole to degrade.


10) Maintain good hygiene and grooming habits. Wash your hair at least once a week. Don't have dirty hair hanging on your face. Certain hair products also contain ingredients that can clog your pores and cause breakouts. Keep your hands clean and don't touch or pick at your face. Wash your bedding often. Change your pillowcases often. Keep your environment and home clean. Opt for blinds instead of curtains, if you can, to minimize dust mites. Dust mites produce protein that directly damage protein in the skin which then causes inflammation, this can be especially bad for persons with eczema as this can cause flare ups on the skin, leaving the skin vulnerable to bacteria entering and water escaping the skin. Do not workout wearing makeup. Cleanse your face before and after every work out. Never sleep in your makeup. Always go to bed with a thoroughly cleansed face. Double cleanse at night. Double cleansing with a first step oil cleanser ensures that you are getting rid of the oil based dirt and impurities from the face, followed by a fragrance free gentle water based facial cleanser that targets your unique skin's needs, which gets rid of the water based dirt from your skin. Followed by a hydrating toner or serum, (only if your skin requires the additional step of a toner or serum), and your moisturizer. Then add your final step face oil to seal in all that moisture and great ingredients from the previous products.