Skin Care Through Makeup
Americans are obsessed with skincare and we spend billions of dollars searching for the mythological fountain of youth. Regardless of gender, age, or ethnic background, everyone needs a skincare routine. While some people consider themself “low maintenance,” nearly everyone uses some form of skin care product, even if it’s just a bottle of lotion or a tube of sunscreen. Routines are important to helping you achieve your healthiest skin.
7 Skin Care Routines For Better Skin
1. Protect Your Skin From the Sun
Sunscreen is the single most important product you need and is essential to keep your skin protected from harmful UV rays. We know that overexposure to the sun is the biggest health risk to your face, but there are still things you can do to reverse the damage and achieve your healthiest skin, inside and out. If this is not a daily practice for you, start today. Always choose a mineral sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide and/ or zinc oxide and at least 30 SPF.
2. Use the Right Cleanser
Choose a gentle cleanser that will clean your skin and remove any extra product that may be leftover from your daily sunscreen and/or makeup. When choosing a cleanser, it’s important to find one designed for your skin type because some cleansers are too harsh for dry skin. If you’re unsure of your type, take our free skincare quiz.
3. Exfoliate Your Face
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin either chemically or manually. By removing the outermost layers of skin cells, exfoliating ensures that your products penetrate more deeply into your skin. In addition, regular exfoliation can help decrease the likelihood of clogged pores, which may help reduce acne flare-ups. However, exfoliation is tricky, especially for sensitive and dehydrated skin. If not done properly, it could do more harm than good. Try a mild beta salicylic acid exfoliator and alternate with a mild alpha glycolic exfoliator. Once a week use a microdermabrasion cleanser.
4. Hydrate Your Skin
Even if you have oily skin, you still need to keep your skin hydrated. Find an appropriate product for your skin type and use it religiously. After you apply your sunscreen SPF 30 or greater, (SPF designates the level of sun protection), then apply your moisturizing serum. Serums are often a better choice as they contain less alcohol and preservatives. Alternatively, you can mix your sunscreen and serum moisturizer in the palm of your hand and then gently apply them to the face. Every day you want to hydrate and protect your skin. The type of product you use also depends on your age, as aging skin has more wrinkles and less elasticity, for example. Our Squalane & Vitamin E Moisturizer is focused on achieving a younger and healthier appearance for those that are already showing signs of aging and dryness. We have a serum lipid-based shear moisturizer for those with acne, and sensitive or oily prone skin called Satin Seal. Satin Seal is non-comedogenic and will not cause breakouts.
5. Should you use a Primer for Your Foundation?
A primer is usually unnecessary and adds another layer that can potentially clog pores and aggravate the skin. A tinted sunscreen can serve as your foundation or even as a primer for a traditional foundation. There is some controversy over powdered foundations as they may clog or enlarge pores over time. A water-based or light oil-based foundation may be a better option.
6. Find a Great Foundation
Having a great foundation that matches your skin tone and is good for your skin is always important. There are many foundations on the market, so do your homework before choosing one. Determine what your needs are based on your style of makeup. For instance, do you need full coverage or minimal coverage? There is some controversy over powdered foundations as they may clog or enlarge pores over time. A water-based or light oil-based foundation may be a better option.
Should you use a powder or cream foundation? While you’re experimenting, choose travel sizes when available and test products at the store when possible.
7. Use Concealer For Acne and Dark Circles
Concealer works wonders to even out skin tone, cover blemishes, and hide tired eyes. Use a concealer that is made for your skin type and apply it to areas where you need extra coverage, then blend it out with a sponge. Be gentle on the fragile skin surrounding the eyes.
Regular skin care and using good quality makeup will not only help you maintain your health and beauty, but these routines will also keep your skin looking young and beautiful. It is essential to find out what works best for your skin type and use it daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle and Age Gracefully!