Reflekt Rules

The Ultimate Skincare Guide

Rule: Exfoliate

There are many benefits of using an exfoliating scrub. 1. It exposes renewed fresh skin. The best exfoliators have hydrating and anti­aging properties that eliminate dryness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; 2. It rids your face of dead skin cells so pores don’t become clogged, and if you’re prone to clogged pores, it reduces the issue; 3. It allows hair to grow through the surface of the skin, preventing ingrown hairs and bumps associated with hair growing into versus out of the skin.

In the past, the beads in exfoliators were not as evolved. They cleaned effectively, but were also harsh and dried skin out, so they could only be used once a week. Now, with today’s technology and the discovery of natural beads, some face exfoliators can be used twice a day to increase benefits. It’s important to exfoliate your face with a product that has natural beads that clean deeply to remove debris and unclog pores and also has hydrating benefits that replenish moisture and leave skin dewy and supple, which creates clear radiant skin!

 

Rule: Hydrate

When you cleanse and exfoliate your face the top layer of your skin becomes vulnerable, so it needs to be hydrated to maintain a pH balance of 4-5. It’s a well known fact that drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day helps hydrate your body inside and out, but now H2O is becoming a key element in many beauty products because it gives an extra boost to the skin. It not only hydrates the epidermis, but it calms and reduces inflammation as well. Hyaluronic acid and vegetable collagen are also key ingredients in the latest beauty technology because they are effective in delivering optimal moisture and anti-aging benefits.

Improving your skin’s hydration does many things. 1. Plumps skin to diminish fine lines and wrinkles; 2. Makes skin glow versus looking dry and matte; 3. Evens skin tone by healing parched red patches. Skin has a different color when it’s hydrated. Its appearance goes from looking light and matte to radiant, bright and reflective. Think of a raisin, it’s dry and wrinkly, but when hydrated it plumps up. Water has the same effect on skin! For optimal hydration, apply a serum and moisturizer after cleansing to protect your pH balance and give your skin a beautiful healthy glow.

 

Rule: Cleanse

Cleansing removes bacteria, dirt and debris, but how often should you clean your face? Washing too often can dry it out and not washing enough can cause breakouts and enlarged pores. The answer is 2X a day, once in the morning and once at night for very different reasons.

Cleansing in the morning keeps breakouts at bay and the appearance of pores to a minimum. Nighttime is when skin repairs itself so you wake up with dead skin cells on the surface that need to be washed away to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. When residue builds up on skin it clogs pores causing them to stretch and look larger or turn into blemishes.

Throughout the day, excess sebum (oil), makeup and environmental pollutants settle on skin. It’s important to use a cleanser at night to emulsify and remove impurities so skin can get the oxygen it needs to repair itself. Skin’s temperature also rises during sleep causing water to evaporate, which can lead to dehydration. Washing your face before bed allows you to prepare it for a serum and moisturizer that will hydrate your skin while you rest.

 

Rule: Nourish

Everything that passes your luscious lips defines your skin today and every day after. An important way to get and keep your skin glowing is to enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables, beauty foods, and to be sure to hydrate.

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, a wide spectrum of color is great, but be sure to focus especially on orange and green. Foods rich in beta-carotene like sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and kale are amazing anti-oxidants that stimulate collagen and elastin, as well as provide the multitudes of Vitamin A we need for smooth, soft skin. Other foods that should be part of your everyday menu include kiwi, oranges, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and red peppers, which supply Vitamin C to stimulate collagen and protect against wrinkles. It’s more effective to get these key vitamins and minerals from foods and not supplements; nature is best!

Another group of foods you should add to your diet for natural, glowing skin are the beauty foods. The queen of these foods are those that are rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids like trout, salmon, sardines, walnuts, and flax seeds. Omega-3’s keep the skin lubricated, lock in moisture, and are anti-inflammatory. Bonus-they also prevent against skin irritants like acne, dryness, inflammation and rosacea. Easy Recipe: Add walnuts to your favorite trail mix and enjoy some Omega-3’s daily!

Stay hydrated by drinking no less than eight glasses of water per day! Water is key for keeping skin hydrated and plump. Another great choice is green tea. Studies show that it protects skin against premature aging and may prevent cell damage. This is due to their high level of catechins, which are what give green tea their age-delaying, anti-oxidant effects.

While we’re on the subject, let’s highlight a few things we think of as enjoyable, but accelerate the aging process; let’s call them Skin Saboteurs. You know the biggest one… SUGAR! We love it, but it spikes our blood sugar, which leads to hormonal changes that cause less-than-desirable effects like acne and wrinkles (oh no!). Gluten and dairy also introduce sugars into the body that are hard to break down and can lead to premature aging and acne as well. So, keep your diet clean and your skin will reflect all of the pure, radiant beauty from within!

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