Environmental pollutants and harsh sun rays cause many health concerns. But I won't lie, my five-step skincare process is strictly in the name of vanity. I obsess over youthful skin and will do almost anything to maintain it. This weekend, I learned four new tricks about skincare from an expert, and here are the tips that surprised me.
(1) Take Bioflavonoids. Certain types of Vitamin C contain bioflavonoids which come from orange peels. This element increases capillary strength (reducing broken blood vessels on the face), and helps the overall appearance of skin. It is most useful in doses greater than 150 mg. Currently, I am taking Ester-C, a vitamin C rich in bioflavonoids (200 mg).
(2) Avoid Fluorescent Lighting. I thought that fluorescent lighting just made me look terrible, but it goes much deeper. UV light emits from certain fluorescent lights, which can lead to increased brown spots (aka Melasma) and other skin conditions. Check work and home and replace any fluorescent lighting.
(3) Use Tepid Water. Not only does hot water strip natural oils, it can increase broken capillaries. Only lukewarm water should touch your face . . . always.
(4) Toner Works. There are mixed reviews about toners, and therefore, I've always stayed away from them . . . until now. Have you ever splashed water on the mirror? When it dries, the white residue are chemicals and minerals, and they stay on your face. Only a toner wipes away the "invisible" residue and primes the skin for moisturizer.