Think of your face as a canvas ~ any good artist knows one must prepare the canvas before painting a beautiful image. There are 7 ground rules to follow before putting on makeup, according to expert dermatologists. Continue reading to see what the Malibu beauty salon, Glamifornia, and the experts say to get glowing skin you’ll love.
Cleanse Your Skin
Start by cleansing your skin to remove all dirt, oil, and impurities from the surface of your face. That step is intuitive, although be mindful of the fact that you should choose a cleanser that works best on your skin type. Skin is the largest organ in one’s body and it’s essential to understand what skin type you are as well as how your skin reacts and responds to environmental stressors, seasonality, and the aging process. Your DNA plays the largest role in determining your skin type. How much screen time you spend each day affects your skin, as does the hardness of the water in your area and weather. Not sure what your skin type is? Take a simple, free online test here.
Further, consider using two types of cleansers. Use one to remove makeup — consider a micellar cleanser or cleansing waters, such as Bioderma Sensibio H2OI — and another to cleanse more deeply such as a cleansing gel, foam, milk, or lotion. Theskincareedit suggests Consonant Natural Foaming Wash which suits all skin types.
The next step is not so predictable — gently rub ice cubes on your face to improve circulation. Doing so soothes tender areas near your eyes and helps shrink your skin pores. Doing so works on all skin types and creates a smoother canvas for the foundation, according to #healthshots, a good source for a daily dose of wellness.
Dr. Ajay Rana, a leading dermatologist, advises that one should apply a non-drying, alcohol-free toner to remove any remaining impurities and soften the skin, readying it for makeup application. Rub the saturated cotton pad gently over your face. Then, make sure to wait a few seconds before proceeding to the next step.
Importantly, make sure that before you use any other moisturizers, you apply eye cream to even out the skin tone around your eyes. As an area that is very fragile and thin, this is an imperative step.
Worried about puffiness? Read this: These Caffeine Eye Creams are Better than Coffee, an excellent article that notes that caffeine is an antioxidant ~ it can help reduce reactive oxygen species that can cause damage to the skin. Caffeine is also a vasoconstrictor ~ it has a shrinking effect that can help to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Use a hydrating cream or moisturizer ~ a moisturizer helps to brighten and soften the skin, making the foundation and concealer application easier, more even, and more natural-looking. Look for a moisturizer that suits your skin type and offers all-day hydration.
Important tip: Always press moisturizer onto the skin instead of rubbing it in. Why? Doing so allows moisturizers to properly penetrate the skin and stimulate the skin’s cells.
Check out these 10 tips to determine the right moisturizer for your skin. The website notes that your a.m. skincare regime should focus on what conditions you will encounter during the day. Will you be in the sun? Will you be in front of a computer screen? Spending the day in the desert or in high humidity? All of these environmental conditions drive the decision regarding what morning skin cream to use.
Whereas in the evening, one focuses on using a cream that will focus on repair and beauty sleep — think antioxidants. GSL likes the quality and price point of cruelty-free Flower Beauty, Supernova Celestial Skin Elixir curated by Drew Barrymore. It’s light but effective, giving one’s skin an effervescent glow.
Finally, one of the most important steps to an effective and efficient skincare regime is to use a primer, which helps to smoothen out your skin by filling in any creases or large pores, and adds an extra protective barrier for your skin. Primers are a preparatory product applied to create an ideal canvas to hold onto whatever makeup you apply, whether it be a foundation, tinted moisturizer, or a concealer. Primers are a bridge spanning the gap between your skincare and your makeup. To choose what’s best for you, here: 15 Incredible Face Primers You Can Always Rely On.
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