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HOW TO MAKE the right skincare choices

You’re beautiful, just the way you are. While the latest make-up trends can add some extra oomph and sparkle, remember that true beauty comes from within. And, to keep that inner (and outer) beauty shining it’s important to know how to choose skincare products to suit your skin type.

Remember that while it’s easy to follow the majority vote and opt for popular products, that's not always the ideal route to follow. There's no one-size-fits-all skincare solution, and what works for your best friend, or your favourite celeb, may not work for you. It takes a little extra time to find the right skincare products with the right ingredients for your skin, but it’s totally worth it.

Dawn has put together some pointers to take the guesswork out of your skincare questions and steer you in the right direction:

 

Know Your Skin Type

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Skin type is the most important factor in determining what skincare products will work best for you. There are no bad products necessarily, but sometimes people use the wrong product for their type of skin, both on the face and body. 

Oily Skin Types

You’re the lucky ones! Oily skin can handle a wide range of ingredients that can sometimes trigger irritation in other skin types. Look for products containing alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid or salicylic acid), benzoyl peroxide, and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are believed to be effective at controlling excess sebum production while hyaluronic acid will produce hydration.

Sensitive/Acne Prone Skin

Those with acne-prone and sensitive skin need to be the most cautious with the different ingredients in skincare products. Look for products containing aloe vera, oatmeal, and shea butter.

Dry Skin

Look for products that provide hydration and mild exfoliation to keep dry skin looking radiant. Products for the body containing shea butter and luxurious oils can tackle dryness and restore moisture. Try Dawn Shea Butter & Almond Oil Lotion for great results.

If you’re not 100 percent sure what skin type you have, it’s worth a trip to the dermatologist to confirm. Once you understand your skin type, you can start selecting your products with a little more precision.

Healthy On The Inside, Beautiful On The Outside

Once you’ve got your skin type sorted, it’s important to remember that your skin reflects what’s happening internally, and the healthier you are on the inside, the more beautiful you’ll be on the outside.

To help you in your goal to be healthy on the inside, follow these useful tips from the Mayo Clinic, a highly rated, non-profit academic medical centre in the US:

Eat Well To Look Well

To keep your skin as healthy as you can it’s important to eat a healthy diet to keep you looking and feeling your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn't clear - but research suggests that a diet rich in fish oil or fish oil supplements and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated.

Avoid Stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger skin problems. To encourage healthy skin - and a healthy state of mind - take steps to manage your stress. Get enough sleep, set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

Treat Your Skin Gently

Limit bath time - hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin.

  • • Avoid strong soaps as they can strip oil from your skin
    • After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin
    • Use a moisturiser that fits your skin type - for daily use, consider a moisturiser that contains SPF
    • After bathing, moisturise your body immediately with a rich nourishing cream. Dawn Cocoa Butter & Coconut Oil Body Cream offers an ideal post-wash hydrating boost.
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How To Chose Your Skincare Brand

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When it comes to effective skincare, remember that the brand you choose is not the definitive factor in embracing your natural beauty. For effective skincare, look for the ingredients in the product to make sure they’re right for you. Choose ingredients that will target your specific skincare concerns and make sure these are high up on the list of ingredients.

Dawn believes that all women deserve to feel proud of their beautiful skin; to celebrate and accentuate it. Dawn’s nourishing range of 100% natural moisturisers, specially formulated to restore and accentuate your skin’s natural radiance, will help enhance your natural beauty.

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