Boost Your Beauty IQ

Author Bio: This article was written by Cristina Nika Kask. She is an Editor at highstylelife.com

How to boost your beauty IQ? Well, it is pretty easy if you know the basics of the proper skincare routine. From skincare and make-up products to the truth about beauty sleep, here is the list of everything you should know to be beautiful and healthy. 

Know your skin type
When we talk about a beauty routine, it is extremely important to underlie the fact that each and every skin type requires specific skincare products. The five basic skin types are normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive.

Someone who has dry skin and uses the oil-free products for oily skin type will not solve the problem of skin dryness. The sensitive skin reactions such as redness, burning, dryness and itching can be caused by a variety of factors, from skin disorders to environmental factors. The products should be carefully chosen in this case as one of the main triggers are the ingredients found in cosmetics.

Know the basic skincare products
You can use more than a dozen of skincare products and still only dream of dewy, flawless skin. The trick lies in finding the basic products suitable to your skin type. Your beauty regime should include the following: a face wash, a tonic, a moisturizer, an eye cream, a face mask and a face scrub

The first four products should be used daily, while the application of the last two products should be limited to once/twice a week, depending on the skin type. 

Finally, carefully read the ingredient list on all products. You should be familiar with the nine most common toxic chemicals in cosmetics: phthalates, triclosan, 1,4-dioxane, parabens, 1,3-butadiene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, placental extract and lead. Organic cosmetics does not contain the abovementioned ingredients, but the natural and gentle ones for the most effective nourishment of skin.

Choose the make-up according to your skin type
Yes, you heard mi right. Even your make-up routine should undergo a change. For example, have you ever wondered why you cannot get rid of shiny glare even though you have tried a hundred different foundations? The answer lies in the specific oil-absorbing foundations with matte finish.

From foundations and powders to concealers, choose the make-up according to your skin type as this is the only path towards the perfect skin. In addition, sensitive skin types should pay even more attention to what they apply on the face as the toxic ingredients we have mentioned can be found in make-up products, too.

Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen)
As Baz Luhrmanm once said:  “Trust me on the sunscreen”. Every time you go out, make sure you apply it. Dermatologists suggest opting for a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. The higher SPF, the better protection. And do not forget to reapply the sunscreen every three hours.

Eat your way to healthy skin
Choosing right cosmetics is not enough when it comes to healthy skin. A balanced diet consisting of carbohydrates, proteins and unsaturated fats is one of the key factors contributing to beautiful skin. Additionally, antioxidants found in veggies and fruit are super food as they fight free radicals, the main culprits behind aging. 

Beauty sleep
Last but not least, 7-9h sleep every night do wonders for your skin. Sleep can decrease the speed of aging since a growth hormone responsible for tissue repair is produced in the largest quantities during night. The products absorb better during night because blood flow increases while you sleep. Each and every cell, including the ones in skin are repaired at night. 

Here they are: the basic recommendations leading to the nourishment of your skin inside out. However, always research about the latest products on the market. The knowledge is power, as they say.

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