Well, the cast strikes again. You would have laughed or
possibly cried watching me do my makeup today. So I decided I would do a post
on the most important part of makeup and that is skin care. You cannot have
makeup that looks nice if the skin underneath is not cared for properly. I like
the analogy of a cake. If you bake a cake and leave out the sugar or eggs, then
put the frosting on before it’s ready then not only will the cake taste awful
but it will look less than appetizing as well-no matter how high quality and
tasty the frosting you use is. So let’s learn how to bake a cake right!
There are five components to skin care: Cleanse, Exfoliate,
Tone, Moisturize, & Protect.
This step is just what you’d think-cleansing the skin. This includes
not only cleaning the makeup off at night (which you should always do) but also
in the morning when you wake up and before you put your makeup on. Think about
your tables and fans and everything else in your house. Have you ever dusted
your tables and then the next day there is dust on them again? That is what is
attaching itself to your face every night and day as well. My friend likes to
ask her clients how many times they have to clean their eyeglasses in a day. I
know mine get dirty pretty quickly. That’s also what is falling on your face
throughout the day. You just don’t ever want to skip cleansing your face in the
morning. I hope it also goes without saying that you want to get your makeup
off at the end of day as well. Leaving makeup on at night will not only
increase your potential for breakouts but also ages your skin. Nobody wants either
of those things!
To properly cleanse your face you want to use a cleanser that is for
the face and specially formulated for your specific skin type. Whether you have
dry skin, oily skin, or acne prone skin there is a cleanser out there for you.
For best results dampen your face then put the cleanser in your hands and suds
it up by rubbing, then apply it to your face. To rinse, take a warm, damp wash
cloth and gently remove the cleanser. This is to insure that all the makeup and
other icky stuffs are off your face. You can also utilize the help of a battery
powered facial cleansing brush. There are lots of those on the market from high
end to affordable. If you do use a cleansing brush be sure to change the head
every three months.
This step is crucial to healthy skin as well, but you don’t necessarily
have to do it every day but it is recommended no less than twice a week. Exfoliating
is important to your pores’ cleanliness and turn over. Every couple of days
your pores slough off (not to be confused with your skins renewal process which
is 2-3 weeks) and if you don’t exfoliate and cleanse those pores when the skin
within the pore sloughs off it can get stuck and clog your pores. Guess what happens
then? Yep, blemishes. Exfoliating also helps get rid of dull, lifeless looking
skin. You want to put the best skin on your face forward!
There are many exfoliating products on the market. Exfoliating doesn't necessarily
mean harsh scrubs either. Using a gentle scrub made for sensitive skin is just
as effective as those “seriously, we mean business” scrubs. If you suffer from
rosasea or psoriasis, you may want to check with your dermatologist to see what
he/she recommends for you. In cases of severely sensitive skin, a doctor my
recommend a chemical exfoliant. Also if you use a cleansing brush that in
itself helps to exfoliate your skin.
Come back Friday when I will address the last 3 steps of skin care.
Below I have listed some products and product lines I recommend for cleansing
*Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post.
What I use: Mary Kay 3-in-1
Cleanser for Combination to Oily Skin in the morning
Generic Brand of the Clean & Clear Morning Burst Cleanser at night
in the shower
Cleansing Brush I use: Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush
What I use: Daily: Mary Kay 3-in-1 Cleanser contains gentle exfoliating beads
Evening: Garnier Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub (I love this!)
Skin Care Lines I Recommend:
Garnier (one of my favorites)
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There are many great high end as well as drug store brands. If you have
any questions as to what is right for you go somewhere that has a consultant on