It comes as no surprise to most, that to achieve beautiful make-up (without the now accepted practice of photo airbrushing), first there has to be beautiful skin underneath.
Some may be of the opinion that to achieve this, means that we should invest in quality and mostly expensive make-up products. This is sometimes the case, but first and foremost, the most important basics, is a good skin. This is something most ‘know’, but often forget.
So lets start at the beginning….
….1. Having a good skin care routine…
This is one of the essential pieces of the puzzle called ‘beautiful skin’…and for those who don’t and seem to presently have good skin, all I’ll say is, fast forward to the age of about 30/40yrs and plus, have your skin compared with a regularly maintained skin of the same age and I will show the difference, such as texture, elasticity, pigmentation, overall skin colour & radiance.
….a) Cleanse using a ‘non aggressive’ cleansing routine….
If products that are used on a long term basis, are too abrasive, the skin may feel ‘soft’ and ‘radiant’ immediately afterwards, but in my experience and opinion, this is only a ‘temporary quick fix’.
Constant abrasive routines in the long term, can eventually sensitise the skin as well as leave it more fragile to the elements and ultimately more prone to aging, pigmentation, fine or even deep lines and creping of the skin.
Products should have, a high quantity of natural active ingredients which will benefit the skin by feeding, conditioning and protecting. If the product has a high enough quantity of active ingredients, this can result in a superbly revitalised feeling, coupled with naturally radiant healthy skin.
Avoid products with ingredients such as: mineral oil (made from petro chemicals), alcohol and sodium laurel sulphates (SLS). I will be explaining the negative effects of these and other ingredients, in another post, at a later date.
….b) Neutralize ‘the hard water effect’
If you live in a ‘hard’ water area, skin is left feeling tight, dull and uncomfortable, a feeling most associate after a shower or bath.
This may be neutralised by using a ph balanced and/or hydrating toner. Once neutralised, the skin should feel re-leaved from the ‘tight’ feeling that hard water leaves behind.
….c) Protect skin regularly
All skins need to be protected (in the day especially)….yes even if you have an oily skin!!
It is a mistake to think that if you have oily skin, it doesn’t have to be protected. Even oily skins can become pigmented, fragile or dehydrated – the latter, is a lack of water as opposed to oil. In this case, an oily skin would be dehydrated on the outside, while still producing oil in the underneath layers. This can then bring about even more confusion as to what to do.
It is simple…always protect by using the correct skin product. The oilier the skin, the lighter the protecting product should be and vice versa for drier skin types. It is also important to think about lifestyle, seasons and environmental condition each skin type is experiencing, as all of these have an affect on how skins behave and adapt… so the thing to remember is, if any of these influences change, look out for changes in the skin and adapt your skin routine and product accordingly.
….d) Internal and External influences to skin
Protection is most important in the day – 365 days per year! It is during this time that the skin will come up against negative harsher environmental influences; unforgiving sun, wintery winds, harsh air conditioning, drying central heating systems, pollution and lifestyle.
During the night, it is important to use products that are nourishing as well as regenerating as the skin and body are in repair mode, during sleep.
Most of all, it’s really important that each of us re-assess our skin care routine, as and when possible internal and/or external skin influences change. For example, if our stress levels increase, skins can become more irratic and possibly show signs of imbalance and should be treated to help re-balance.
If our eating habits change, again the skin can respond by changing in it’s behaviour or again balance, so it is important to address this, internally as well as externally.
None of us, experience skin or a lifestyle that always stays the same; at times from month to month, let alone year to year. Therefore, we need to reach balance, by constantly re-assessing these influences and adjusting to help achievebeautiful and naturally healthy skin.
I know that this basic start has been only a confirmation for most, but I hope that for some, there has been something useful to consider or even try out!
Ciao for now