Skin Care 101

Skin Care

Great skin is the foundation for great makeup.  With great skin, you can spend less time correcting and more time doing ANYTHING else!  This 5 step regiment only takes a couple of minutes and will leave your skin glowing – with less makeup!

Cleanse:

Whether you wash your face once or twice a day really depends on your skin type.

An oily skin would benefit from washing twice a day, as this helps to keep the face looking matte and the oil from clogging your pores.

For a dryer complexion, just cleanse in the evening to remove your makeup and refresh by splashing some water on your face in the morning.  Over-cleansing can actually strip the skin of its protective barrier and lead to further dehydration and flaking.

Serum: 

What makes a serum different than a moisturizer?  Serums go on first because they are lighter in texture and contain stronger active ingredients designed to better penetrate the skin.  Serums also target specific skin concerns, like dark spots, acne, aging concerns, etc.

Eye cream:

Lines around the eye area are usually one of the first signs of aging. So why can’t you just use your moisturizer to prevent this?  The under eye area is a very delicate, thin skin that can’t handle a heavy moisturizer.  Eye creams are formulated to hydrate around the eye, without causing irritation or clogged pores.  (Note: If under eye puffiness is a concern, look for a calming eye gel that can help alleviate symptoms.)

Moisturize: 

Like the rest of your skin care, the moisturizer you choose should depend on your skin type and skin concerns.  Choosing a moisturizer that is too heavy for your skin can lead to breakouts, while a moisturizer that is not heavy enough won’t be very effective.  Want the most bang for your buck?  Look for a moisturizer with additional benefits, such as oil absorbing, anti-aging, or sun protection.

Shield:

The sun may feel nice on your face, but the damage it causes can be catastrophic!  Protect your skin from premature aging, sun spots, and even cancer by using a daily SPF.  Look for a sunscreen that blocks UVA (the sun’s rays that cause aging) and UVB (the rays that can burn).  Miss the gorgeous glow that you get from sitting in the sun?  Fake it with bronzer!

Questions about your specific skin type or skin concerns?  Ask them in the comment section below and I’ll be happy to help you find your ideal products!

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