Prepping Your Canvas
Alright so I want to talk about what you do before you apply your makeup. I’m talking skin care. Most of us aren’t taking care of our skin properly. Some of us don’t know how, most of us just don’t have the time, and regardless it is our skin that is suffering. So i’m quickly going to go over some basics.
Always always ALWAYS take your makeup off at night. If you are feeling lazy just keep some makeup remover wipes in your bedside drawer. My favorite for this is the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towlettes.
Exfoliate your face twice a week. Spend a little more when it comes to exfoliating face wash because with the cheaper ones the beads actually create micro cuts in the skin that bacteria can get in and cause zits.
Wash your face daily. Even if you don’t wear makeup and think it’s clean, its not. It gets dirty just from walking out in the world and produces it’s own oils/sebum. If you want to do an experiment, put your face wash on a cotton pad and rub it on your face with no water and see the actual dirt on the pad.
Moisturize your face! Surprisingly enough there are people that don’t moisturize their faces. If you have oily skin and are afraid moisturizing it will make it oilier opt for one made for your skin type. Moisturizers help prevent fine lines and wrinkles and keep the skin hydrated. It will also even out your skin before you apply makeup if you have any dry patches your makeup normally gets caught on this will help.
Toner is one of the most overlooked face products that you should be using daily. Back when I would perform a facial we actually had toner in a spritz spray bottle to give a nice relaxing mist during facials. I buy toner from wallgreens and buy a small travel spray bottle from the dollar section and put my toner in there. Toner helps restore your skins natural pH balance and seals in all the good stuff you just put on it. Can also help tighten the pores. Make sure you get one that is alcohol free because that will majorly dry out your skin. You can use toner as often as you like. I keep a spray bottle in my purse and spritz my face throughout the day to freshen the look of makeup.
Masks are great but most people don’t know how they really work. People go get facials and then get upset that they broke out afterwards. That means the mask is doing its job of bringing all that gunk to the surface and out of your skin. If you want the full benefit of them, you should do it once a week to maintain your skin after the initial break out. There’s so many different kinds out there but my favorite right now is charcoal products specifically GlamGlow. It is on the pricey side but worth it when it comes to your skin. I love charcoal because it naturally absorbs toxins. It is what they use in emergency rooms when there’s an overdose because it absorbs the toxins.
Creams are just more concentrated moisturizers. Most are made to be applied at night and have some restorative properties to help your skin heal as you sleep. They are applied at night because they are heavier and take longer to absorb and most of us don’t have that time in the mornings. I also really like eye creams. I am still young i’m only 20 but I use the Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream around my eyes at night and sometimes in the morning. It helps keep the most fragile skin on my face hydrated, helps with my perpetual dark circles, and helps me avoid crows feet,
I am extremely wrinkle conscious because I’m vain and superficial (sorry bout it.) Because of this I am religious with my sunscreen. I never knew 90% of wrinkles are cause by sun damage and the other 10% is from naturally aging. Almost all of the wrinkles you’ll receive can be prevented with proper sun protection. I wear sunscreen everyday. It’s not enough to trust the spf30 that is in your foundation. I’ve lived in sunny places like Arizona, Costa del Sol in Spain, and California. I used to tan all the time and would get very dark. That all changed when my mother got skin cancer. Since then I’ve pretty much turned into a vampire. Right now I use a sunscreen that has zinc titanium oxide. It does leave a slightly white cast on the skin but it covers with bb cream or foundation. I will write a whole article on sun protection at some point because there is just so much information.
Serums are a product not many people use unless you’re really serious about your skin care. The difference between a serum and a lotion is that serums leave out additives such as pretolatum and mineral oils. Most are water based leaving out oils and fluid all together. Leaving a concentrated dosage of the good stuff. The “good stuff” being peptides, antioxidants, and skin brighteners.
If you get breakouts:
First things first follow all of the above
For spot treatments look for a product that active ingredients are either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
DON’T PICK THEM your hands have bacteria on it and it can cause facial scarring. You don’t want to look like Seal.
Steam your pores open, apply a treatment, and seal them with ice cold water.
An ice cube can minimize swelling if you have a particularly angry looking one.
Another product I like that is actually used for anti aging is Glycolic Acid. It’s an exfoliater without the beads that removes dead skin on the surface and brings new skin to the surface. Helps with blackheads, anti aging, removing sun spots or skin discolorations, and lighten skin.
Hope this helps anyone who is a novice in skin care. These are just basics. If you have any serious conditions or concerns definitely go to your doctor or dermatologist. When I was in high school going to the dermatologist with my mom was like a kid in the candy store. I would get fun stuff like latisse that helped my eyelashes grow super long. If any of you have any questions for me specifically you can message me under the ask me anything tab above.