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Even if you don't wear a lot of make up, you need to make sure you remove all of it and do so safely. Mascara (either water proof or regular) can be removed with a cold cream product like Ponds. Be very careful what you put near your eyes. Not just any lotion is a good thing. One thing I know that works inexpensively is baby shampoo. Put a little on a wash rag or cotton ball, it removes it all safely.
Always allow whatever you are using to set a few seconds before removing. It makes it so you won't lose eyelashes that may not grow back. We all have seen products that cost $100 dollars to make our eye lashes grow. Being careful not to pull on them helps them stay healthy. Your eye lashes can be conditioned with vitamin E. Make sure you don't get into your eyes. If I'm not going out, I skip mascara all together. Be careful to take it off going in direction they grow in, do not just rub and tug anywhere near your eyes.
I use glyconic cleanser to wash my face. It works great and can also be used to remover mascara. You put it on without water, using small circles going upward on face and neck. After you have gotten it all over, wash off with warm water. Once you have gotten all make up off, splash your face with cold water, this closes the pores.
You can use home made products on your face, most of these can be found in your kitchen. Milk is great for your skin. Yogurt, egg whites or avocado is also wonderful. Lime (citrus juice) helps large pores. Cucumbers are wonderful for puffy eyes. Honey, brown sugar, and oatmeal makes great scrub; once a week is often enough for any scrub. People actually melt dark chocolate and put on their face. It soothes skin and is full of antioxidants. For me, it would be a huge problem of wanting to eat it.
Many natural organic products help your skin. Some of these things save you money, others can be expensive. Products at your local pharmacy have great sales. If you look, many are natural. Just watch for alcohol, which is drying to every one's skin. You should avoid any thing that is drying to your skin.
I use Retinal, as prescribed by my doctor. It helps make collagen. We all slow down making our own collagen after age 21. Wished I had known that then, same as tanning at 21 I wouldn't have listened. When you use any product with retina,l make sure you use SPF daily. Even if it looks like the sun isn't shining, it is very important. Day cream I use has my SPF in it, makes things easy.
For night cream, look for one that has antioxidants and vitamin E in it. After I wash my face and splash cold water, I put on Retinal, wait a few minutes then put on night cream. I just add vitamin C that comes in little packs or bottle and add it to my night cream. Helps produce more collagen. It's so easy and fits my budget. I use a product for my around my eyes also.
My doctor says to not waste money spending a bunch of money on products that promise results that you question. He does however love my homemade products and sees benefits in each one. It may be 2012. It doesn't mean anything has changed except for good marketing.
Make sure you get all your make up off, other then the sun that is worst aging mistake we can do. Going to bed without removing your make up ages you 2 months. In my life, it's not worth it, I'm cleansing no matter what.
By Luana M. from San Diego, CA