Skincare 101

Maybe it’s just my inner makeup artist speaking, but I can’t stress to you enough how vital skincare is in any makeup routine. Whether you’re an all natural chick, full-on glam babe, or a beauty in between, you should always go the extra mile to make sure you’re skin is happy and healthy! I’m sometimes shocked by how neglected some of my clients let their skin get. Your makeup needs a healthy, clean base to cling to in order to get the best beauty results. Every beautiful picture always starts with a clean canvas (:

So, today, I just wanted to address some basic skincare tips. Once I successfully get the hang of uploading pictures (I’m still very, very new to WordPress, hang in there with me!), I’ll go through my personal skincare products, sort them out, and have another blog post showing you pictures and explaining everything!

So, with that, let’s get started on my basic skincare tips…

Get very familiar with your skin now because it’ll be with ya for life! And the better you take care of it while you’re younger, the better it’s gonna be as you mature. I want everyone to be able to identify whether their skin is dry, normal, combination (dry and oily), or oily. It’s also gonna be handy for you to know whether your skin is sensitive or not and, if you get any breakouts, know what kind (hormonal, cystic, white heads, black heads, etc). Breakouts can be a little difficult to identify, so if you’re unsure, consult a dermatologist or someone involved with esthetics (which is what I do).

Figuring out what type of skin you have is gonna help narrow down all the products you need to be using. And, trust me, there are TONS of products out there! Moisturizers, spot treatments, washes, masks, exfoliaters, night creams, day creams… it goes on and on. For example, I have very oily skin, I used to suffer from cystic acne, and I get hormonal breakouts. This means that oil control face washes and spot treatments for those annoying zits that don’t go away are my must haves! Some people can’t leave the house without a heavy moisturizer, others not so much. Some need to exfoliate every single night while, for some others, that would irritate their skin. You get it: no two faces are the same! While on the search for your holy grail products, it may take some trial and error before you find the right ones, but hang in there! It’s worth it once you do and your skin will thank you! 

Since the whole skincare journey can get kind of confusing, I just wanna share what 4 products I recommend the most. I won’t get into name brands or anything yet (I’ll have that in my post using my products when I include pictures), so I just wanna keep it very basic for now.

1) Face wash! It is vital to use a face wash! Never, never, ever, ever, never go to bed with makeup on your face! There’s not much more horrifying to a makeup artist than day-after skin. It makes me shudder just at the thought!

2) Spot treatments! Whether you get breakouts consistently or once in a blue moon, it’s always nice to have a spot treatment on hand. Some are gels that you can swipe on before applying makeup and others are thicker creams that you dab on right before bed. Since there is a wide variation from spot treatment to spot treatment, pick yours and use it sparingly at first! Some can be too drying and you don’t wanna deal with a breakout and dry skin! Once you find out how the product works with your skin, you can start upping how many times a day you use it.

3) Exfoliating scrubs! Now, how often you use this is going to depend greatly on what type of skin you have. Oily and acne prone skin can use exfoliaters more often, whereas sensitive, dry skin should use it once a week. And after you exfoliate, always use a…..

4) Moisturizer! I have disgustingly oily skin, and I still use a moisturizer. And I recommend you do too! It’s just gonna smooth out your skin, prevent wrinkles, and they usually smell really good anyway, so why not!

There we have it! If you have any questions at all regarding anything I mentioned above, leave a comment below and I’ll get right back with ya (: I’m always here to help! And don’t forget to follow me if you’re looking for more makeup and beauty advice, that’s what I live and breathe!


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