Beautiful Facial Skin in Six Steps

Beautiful Facial Skin in Six Steps

BOOKS/INTERVIEWS First impression: our face. It is the very first impression we give of ourselves. And yet we dare to neglect our skin - the outermost layer of that business card.

 Beautiful Facial Skin in Six Steps

Let's face it

Your skin is not only your largest organ, it is the only organ that is visible to yourself and to the outside world. And that certainly applies to the skin on your face, because it is not hidden under layers of clothing. In fact, there is a lot to read from it: whether you are a smoker, spend a lot of time in the sun, eat and drink healthily, take care of yourself… Your face can also make you look younger or older than your actual age. .

Yet we do not always take sufficient care of our outer layer. We usually spend a lot of time tidying up everything at home and maintaining our house picobello, but when it comes to our own 'facade', it doesn't always have to look spic and span. We are often very frugal in this area, both in terms of time and money. Thata few minutes and euros extra can make a big difference, because they are guaranteed to translate into a fresh(er) appearance.

Taking care of beautiful, healthy skin is not an alarm plan that you start when the first wrinkles manifest. It is a lifelong process, a ritual that is best started from an early age.


Everyone beautiful

In her book 'Everyone Beautiful', Angelique Vandewinkel outlines how you can become the best version of yourself by styling your hair in the right way, taking optimal care of your hands, shaping your eyebrows and how to make your face shine with the right makeup. But the very first condition for making your face beautiful is that the products are applied to healthy skin. That is skin that looks fresh, even and feels good.

Her credo for a healthy facial skin is: daily thorough cleaning, both in the morning and in the evening, even if you do not use make-up. And her second hobby is that you have to protect your skin sufficiently from the sun, even in winter. By taking good care of your skin in this way, you avoid rashes and inflammations, but also premature wrinkles and sagging.


That can count as an argument. So we put the foundation and mascara aside for a while and delve further into cleaning and other preparatory work.


Why is cleaning so important?

By cleaning your face well, you not only remove make-up but also dust particles, dirt, bacteria and excess sebum. That is why thorough cleaning is also necessary for those who do not put on make-up . In addition, fresh and clear skin retains the products you apply better: your day cream/make-up during the day and a night cream before going to bed.


The things that come into contact with your face also need to be cleaned or replaced regularly: your hands, your pillowcase (every 2 to 3 days), your mobile phone (weekly), your make-up brushes (clean weekly with a brush cleaner).


It's also a must to nourish your skin from the inside out, because that's where it gets 80% of its nutrients. Vegetables such as broccoli, carrot, tomato, avocado and sweet potato are a real treat for your skin cells, but fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, tuna, sardines) and nuts and berries also make them happy.

Moisture is also important. Angelique recommends drinking 8 glasses of water a day. More than half of people have dehydrated skin, which results in lines that look like wrinkles. Such lines can be perfectly avoided if your skin is sufficiently hydrated both from the inside and the outside.


Discover your skin type

To take optimal care of your skin, you need to know what skin type you have, which is genetically determined. We distinguish four types: normal, oily, dry or combination skin (normal or dry with an oilier zone).


This is how you do the test


·         Remove any make-up, cleanse your skin (see next paragraph) and pat your face dry.

·         Look at your skin and feel it after a waiting period of at least two hours.


1. If your skin is shiny and feels a bit oily when you touch it with your fingertips, then you have oily skin. The good news is that people with oily skin are less likely to get wrinkles.


2. If your skin looks rough with possibly red or flaky patches and feels tight and uncomfortable, then you have dry skin that may also be sensitive.


3. If your skin has a little shine and is not greasy but soft and smooth when you touch it, you have normal skin that feels comfortable.


4. Combination skin will show the characteristics of dry or normal skin in most areas but feel oily in other areas - forehead, nose, and chin.

A daily ritual

Taking good care of your facial skin is more than using a cleansing product every morning and then quickly spreading a dot of day cream? Proper facial care is a daily ritual that includes a morning and an evening pane and it looks like this:


Every morning: Cleanse, tone, moisturize and protect.

Every night: Remove eye make-up, pre-cleanse, cleanse, tone, moisturize


1. Cleanse (morning and evening)

The skin on your face is not the same as that on the rest of your body. Therefore, soap or shower gel are not suitable for cleaning your facial skin. Using only water is also not an option because it dries out your skin.

Angelique prefers a cleansing milk that you massage with circular movements on moistened skin (face, neck and décolleté), then immediately rinse well with water and pat dry.


Why milk?

Most women have dry skin and milk is the gentlest way to cleanse and moisturize.

A gel or mousse is especially suitable for oily or combination skin. You can also use it temporarily when you suffer from pimples or other impurities, for example during menstruation, but daily cleaning with an aggressive gel removes the natural hydration layer. As a result, the skin goes into overdrive and produces extra oil that makes it glow.


Why rinse?

A product that does not rinse off and remains on the skin cannot do its job properly. Compare it to a cleaning agent that you pour on a dirty floor and remove with a dry mop without using water.

Angelique recommends not to use hot water for rinsing. Not only does it dry out your skin, it also removes the natural oils. Lukewarm water is best and so is the rest of your body skin.


2. Toning (morning and evening)

A 'smart' toner or lotion does not only do some extra cleaning work. It moisturizes, brightens your complexion and restores the natural acidity of your skin after the first cleanse. As a result, your skin absorbs the moisturizing cream - which comes after - much better.

Angelique recommends using toner without alcohol. Pour a dot the size of a 50 cent coin onto your palm, rub your hands together to distribute the product and smooth the product over your face, neck and décolleté with your hands.


Do not rinse and wait before applying the moisturizing cream.


3. Moisturize (morning and evening)

Buy a moisturizer that suits your skin type and contains vitamin A. You can use a separate day and night cream or a combination product for both morning and evening.


Why vitamin A?

Vitamin A is a real 'treat' for the skin. It moisturizes dehydrated skin, it makes oily skin less oily, it fades and delays wrinkles, it firms sagging skin, it evens out blotchy skin, it strengthens sensitive skin and it makes the skin healthy and radiant.


4. Protect (morning)

UV rays are always there during the day, even when the sun doesn't seem to shine. And since those rays are the number one cause of wrinkles, pigmentation spots and sagging skin - not to mention skin cancer - an extra layer of sun cream is not an unnecessary luxury. Daily sun protection is the best anti-aging tip.


5. Remove eye make-up (evening)

Your eyelashes and the skin around your eyes are very sensitive and require a delicate approach.

Put a few drops of eye make-up remover on two cotton pads, place them with light pressure on your closed eyelids and let the product soak in first. Then remove the make-up very carefully with up and down movements. Do not rub your eyelids with pressure and be kind to your eyelashes as well.


6. Pre-cleansing (evening)

A pre-cleanser is an oil-containing product that removes excess sebum (which is also fat) from your skin, as well as impurities and make-up.

You cannot dissolve fat with a water-based cleansing milk (water and fat do not emulsify) and therefore a pre-cleaning is very important.

Massage the product in as you would when cleansing, but apply it to a dry face. Only then do you moisten it by imitating your hands and massaging your face with them again. The oil on your skin will transform into milk after contact with your wet hands. You rinse it off with water.

With this routine you are doing a great job of keeping your skin glowing and healthy. A weekly extra in the form of a peeling, mask, serum or supplement is also recommended.

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