Repetition makes statements more believable. The Illusory Truth Effect is the name given to this phenomenon in psychology. So it's all the better that we only publish expert knowledge and real insights on the 48grams blog. But repetition makes us all remember better. That's why we decided to go back to the beginning of this blog series in this article - and describe the basis of facial care. Firstly, because the range of possibilities is almost endless; but mostly because the basics should always be remembered.
Secret 1: The power of cleansing
At the beginning of any beauty routine is a thorough cleansing. Dermatologists consider it the foundation of effective skin care. It is ALWAYS recommended to resort to gentle cleansing products that are free of chemicals and fragrances. A mild cleansing gel or light foam cleanser is excellent for removing dirt, excess oil and impurities. It is important to be precise - gentle - to the skin. The water should be lukewarm and the movements circular with which the products are massaged in. Then it is necessary to rinse thoroughly with clean water and dab the skin. Important: DO NOT rub, this may cause irritation. Regular cleansing frees the pores from debris and optimally prepares the skin for the subsequent care steps. We like to compare this to a canvas, on which all colors (in this case creams and serums) can be better absorbed.
Secret 2: The art of exfoliation
The art - yes, it is an art - of exfoliation is the next essential step on the path to glowing skin. Regular exfoliation ensures even and youthful tissues. Again, the word "gentle" is at the forefront of this process. Because when dead skin cells are removed, the skin should not be stressed. Therefore: please do not use rough peelings. If you want to do it right, use products with fine particles or so-called enzymatic exfoliants (fruit acid peels). This prevents skin irritations. Women (but also men) with sensitive skin should limit themselves to one application per week, while normal to oily skin types can be exfoliated up to twice a week. After exfoliation, tissues feel refreshed, pores appear refined, and the overall appearance of the skin is more radiant. Be sure to apply a moisturizing skincare product after exfoliation. This soothes the skin and provides additional protection.
Secret 3: The magic of moisturizing
For some, it's magic... Well, adequate hydration is key to protecting skin from dryness, keeping it supple and maintaining its natural glow. So it doesn't sound so magical... When choosing a moisturizer, it's crucial to consider your individual skin type. Dry skin needs a richer formula. The moisture needs to penetrate deep and strengthen the skin barrier. Combination skin requires a lighter cream that, most importantly, does not overload the T-zone. For oily skin, an oil-free emulsion is ideal to keep the tissues adequately hydrated. This type of care should be an integral part of every routine - morning and evening.
Secret 4: The sunscreen
UV protection cream - let's call it the sunscreen - is a fundamental building block in skin care. The harmful effects of the sun should not be forgotten when it comes to long-term skin health and beauty. In this regard, daily broad-spectrum protection is the ultimate tool against premature aging, hyperpigmentation and even skin cancer. It is essential to apply sun protection on a daily basis. Regardless of the weather or the time of year. Even on cloudy days, the rays penetrate all the way to the earth - affecting the exposed tissue. When choosing the right cream (at least sun protection factor 30), it is also important that it is not greasy or clogs the pores. To recap: Applying sunscreen is NOT a beauty ritual, but active health care.
Secret 5: Care from the inside out
Let's move on to the care that works from the inside out and thus becomes the decisive factor for a radiant skin. A balanced diet (for example, fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) is essential for cell renewal and protection against free radicals. Vitamins such as vitamin C and E have recognized anti-aging properties and can also protect tissues from harmful environmental effects. Nutrition is one factor; adequate water intake is another. Drinking enough ensures that toxins are flushed from the body. In addition, well-hydrated skin looks plumper and healthier.
Secret 6: The power of rest
Go to bed! The importance of sleep is an often underestimated but crucial factor for glowing skin. Only those who listen to the pillow long enough will keep the glow on their face. During sleep, the skin has the opportunity to recover and regenerate from daily stresses. During this phase, important repair and renewal processes are activated. Collagen is produced, cells are renewed and inflammation is reduced. The result: plumper, more youthful skin. A little tip from the 48grams editorial team: Only in a good sleeping environment - i.e. without electronic devices in the vicinity - is a good night's rest really achievable. In addition, the room should be well ventilated and pleasantly cool.
Secret 7: The right care for every skin type
The skin is the largest organ of the human being - but its needs are always underestimated. We want to talk about care first and foremost here. That's why it's crucial to have a customized skin care routine that takes into account individual needs.
1. Dry Skin:
People with dry skin should look for products rich in moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and shea butter. This is nature that the tissues need. But if alcohol is included, then ideally leave the care in the store: These products only dry out the skin.
2. Oily Skin:
For oily skin, a light, oil-free moisturizer is ideal - perhaps with an added mattifying effect. Aggressive cleansers are a no-go, because they cause dehydration, which - paradoxically - leads to increased sebum production.
3. Combination Skin:
For combination skin, a balanced approach is important. Here we recommended a combination of mild cleansing products and a light moisturizer.
4. Sensitive Skin:
Sensitive skin requires gentle, hypoallergenic products that are free of fragrances and irritating ingredients. Soothing ingredients such as chamomile and aloe vera are recommended by dermatologists.