Skincare? What does that have to do with makeup? EVERYTHING! I had to learn that the hard way. However, after becoming a Licensed Esthetician and Professional Makeup Artist I learned that both a day and nighttime routine are essential to achieve a flawless makeup application.
Wash with a facial cleanser day and night. You might think that is obvious, but you would be shocked at the number of people who tell me that they are scared of cleansers and only use water to "wash" their face. Their fear is not unwarranted because the wrong cleanser can be harmful for your skin. However, cleansers remove dirt, oil and debris that water alone cannot breakdown.
A gentle cleanser can be a great start to your skin care routine. In time, as you learn your skin type and skin condition(s), adjustments can be made to cater to your specific needs.
Exfoliate weekly. Exfoliation can also be scary, but is essential for healthy skin. We shed thousands of skin cells everyday. Cleansing helps remove some of those cells, but over time buildup occurs causing the skin to look dull, dry and rough. Also excess oils can become trapped under the skin causing avoidable breakouts.
Exfoliating the skin at least once a week will help breakup and dissolve the dead skin cells resulting in smoother brighter skin. There are various types of exfoliation, but using a gentle face scrub for your weekly routine is a great start.
Moisturize day and night. Whether your skin is dry, oily, or combination we all need moisture. Moisturizers not only help retain water within your skin, but also help to create a barrier to protect your skin from harmful elements.
Your skin type will determine which moisturizer is best for you.
If you start today, by putting these three steps into action, you are on your way to the best makeup application you have ever experienced.
What do you find to be the hardest part of keeping a skin care regimen? Comment below.
• Avoid using soap on your face. Most bar soaps have a pH (potential hydrogen) that is too high and will lead to serious problems with your skin overtime.
• If cleansing your face morning and evening seems too much for you, start with cleansing every evening. At least you will be removing the bacteria, pollutants, and dirt you accumulated on your face throughout the day.
• Oils are not moisturizers. However, they can assist in trapping water in the skin.