It seems that January has turned into a theme of learning about makeup, even when you are of a certain age. This is a great theme in my opinion and I have my Facebook makeup junkie groups (of which I belong to many) for putting this idea into my head. So, thanks all of you in FB land.
What we makeup junkies have learned, through trial and error and reading blogs, talking to experts etc., is that there is one vital step to learning about makeup; skin care.
You must take care of your skin. If you were an artist you wouldn’t paint on an old ripped, dirty canvas would you? Well maybe you would if that’s your style but that won’t work for skin.
My skin is very dry. Like Sahara dry. Which means, as I’ve noted before, moisturizer is my best friend. However, there is one other step which I take BEFORE the moisturizer. That step is exfoliating.
If you’re saying that you’ve never done this before and the thought makes you anxious it’s ok, because you likely have exfoliated your face and just didn’t call it that. have you ever scrubbed your face with a wash cloth? Yes? There, you exfoliated. It’s that simple. You sloughed off dead skin cells. That’s all it is. Now, let’s complicate things…
You don’t want to scrub too hard or scrub like that every day. Ok? Not bad. You can also but products (there’s always products on products) to use that match your skin type and may possibly improve your skin. Here is where we go complicated and offer some important advice.
A dermatologist is an educated skin expert. A visit to the dermatologist is worth the time and money to get a baseline look at your skin. If you are from the 1970’s like me, in all likelihood you sat in the sun with baby oil on your skin and an double record album covered with tin foil. Right? So do yourself a favor and see the skin Dr. Ok, check that box.
As for products, as I’ve said there’s a plethora. (what a word but it’s accurate) All you can do is try some. Your Dermatologist may recommend some too. Or the folks at Ulta, Sephora etc. may offer some. So, here’s my list and feel free to try them or ignore them.
Cetaphil face wash. This is inexpensive, gentle and can be used with a wash cloth whenever you like.
Neutrgena makeup removal wipes. These I love but they’re a bit pricey. I’ve read some girls use baby wipes but I have not personally tried these.
Exfolikate by Kate Somerville is my all time favorite and I only use it once a week or less. Also, it’s VERY expensive. It’s green and scrubby (is that a word really) and it makes my skin feel like satin.
Finally, Angels on Bare Skin from Lush. This product I’ve used for years. Even one of my sons, who is high school was acne prone, uses this product. It does have some sort of “twigs” in it and it has a clay-like texture (oh and it’s expensive too) but it also gently exfoliates and makes my skin feel satiny. Why, you ask don’t I just use that everyday. Well, because with my very dry skin I occasionally (read weekly) need extreme exfoliation and through trial and error I discovered that the Kate Somerville gives me the result I desire when I’m feeling like my skin is “dull”. Does that make sense.
Of course since you may be new to this beauty stuff you’re shaking your head and saying this is all too much. But, I’ve been at this FOREVER and it took me a long time to firm up what products or cleansing routines worked for me. I’ve been to all of those home parties where they try to sell you the 20 step method. This is simply what works for me and it’s not everyday. Cetaphil cleanser, yes maybe everyday. At least at night to clean off the makeup. The above list is what I do. You can work out your own system, and I hope you will.
Please, leave a comment below and tell us what you’re trying, what you’ve tried and how it’s going. We love to really chat in the comments.
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