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A Picture-Perfect Skin Care Routine Your skin is the largest organ in your body and not surprisingly the most neglected! It is the first part of you that comes into contact with the outside world, meaning it receives the most wear and tear. Just like a car needs regular maintenance to keep it functioning properly, your skin requires the same kind of care. The skin on your face and hands are the first things people notice about you. If you don’t want your appearance to scream “old”, “wrinkly”, “oily”, “dry”, or “dull”, then consider the following skin care routine to attain picture perfect skin. The first two steps involve cleansing. This step should be done twice a day, once in the morning and once before you go to bed. When you skip this step, the dirt and grime which you accumulated throughout the day will lead to the development of large pores.

1. Cleanser: The rule of thumb to follow with cleansers is that the gentler

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the cleanser the better. Try to avoid buying cleansers that have beads of any kind as these can irritate and scratch the skin’s surface. The purpose of cleansing is to remove excess oil and dirt, so consider choosing a mild product. Begin this first step by first taking a warm washcloth and gently wiping your face, followed by the cleanser. Second Cleanse: In the second cleanse, use lukewarm water to wash off the cleanser. These first two steps will give you an instant refreshed appearance. Exfoliate: Exfoliation should be done once in every three to four days if you have oily skin and once in 10 days if you have dry skin. Perform this step after you have cleansed your face. Some popular ingredients found in exfoliants are papaya enzymes, almonds, walnut shells, glycolic and alpha hydroxy acids. The purpose of this step is to give you an intense facial cleaning, leading to the development of new skin cells. Toners: Exfoliation snatches away the moisture from your skin. Thus, toners are necessary to add moisture back into your skin. Put a few drops of toner onto a cotton ball and gently apply it all over your face. If you have oily skin, make sure you rinse off with cold water. Many toners contain alcohol that stimulates the secretion of excess oil. Individuals with dry skin do not need to wash their face after applying the toner. As a best practice, always a buy a toner that contains anti-oxidants. It ensures healthy and glowing skin. Serums: Serums provide extra nutritive benefits to your skin. It is suggested to fight wrinkles, age spots, and crow’s feet. When looking for a serum, be careful. Consider a product that has alpha hydroxy acid, retinol, and lactic acid. Prefer a serum that is fluid n nature over a gel one for better penetration. Two Moisturizers: Always keep two moisturizers, one for daytime and the other for night time. Your daytime moisturizer should be SPF 15 to protect you from harsh sun. Your night time moisturizer should have active ingredients such as retinol and lactic acid. These are more easily absorbed during the night. While you sleep, your skin tries to rejuvenate itself which is why your night time moisturizer should be nutrient rich. Facials: A facial is a great way to give your skin a professional treatment. Try and squeeze out some time once a month to get the facial done or


body spa. Try and go for herbal or fresh fruit facial for great results. This not only soothes and rejuvenates the skin but your mind too. 8. Shower: Prefer a soap or body wash that has nutritive and cleansing components. Body wash with alpha hydroxy acids are great for providing exfoliation. If you have sensitive skin, prefer the soap with milk content. Also consider using a loofah or sponge. This will help remove excess dirt and dead skin cells. Products with too much alcohol or foam can cause excess drying of the skin. 9. Moisturize: After you bathe, apply a moisturizer to your entire body. Use lotion with jojoba oil, shea butter, or lemon grass as it is great for almost all skin types. Avoid moisturizers with perfumes, as these can attract the sun and cause skin damage. Moisturizing your entire body on a daily basis will prevent your skin from drying, and will improve the texture and tone of your skin. These tips are quite simple to follow and can easily be incorporated in the lifestyle without much of troubles. Your skin is like a piece of machinery. If you take care of it, it will look and operate better. A regular skin care routine will help you attain a picture-perfect skin in no time! As the largest chain of skincare clinics in the Middle East, with the region's largest pool of dermatologists, Kaya looks after more than 130,000 customers at 18 clinics (or locations) across the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman. The cumulative knowledge gained from this unmatched depth of experience, helps make Kaya's brand of expertise unique. Combined with the deeply insightful approach and discerning adoption of technology, it empowers the clinic' dermatologists to offer an extraordinary level of customized care - be it a skin or hair concern, or the quest for a more youthful look.

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