Great Makeup starts with great skin.
An oldie but a goody that couldn’t be more truer.
When I turned 25 I realized I probably should have started taking good care of my skin earlier on, but there was no time like the present when it came to a healthy change. I’d be 30 soon and I should have an idea of what I should be doing to help my skin look it’s best by then. I recently turned 30 and I have to say I’ve figured a few things out and there are a few things I wish I had of known sooner.
So here’s a current run down on my own personal daily skin care regime.
(***NOTE: all skin types are NOT the same! Speak to a dermatologist or esthetician to find out your skin type and what types of products you should be using! This is just my own personal skin care. I’m neither a dermatologist or an esthetician, but I do know some great products and have played with a fair few the last 5 years. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.)
- -I remove my makeup with MAC’s Wipes to start. (TIP: It’s cheaper to buy them in the bulk 100s!)
- -To remove any excess eyeshadow, eyeliner or mascara, I take a cotton round and soak it with The Body Shop’s Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
- -Usually I hop in the shower after I remove the majority of my makeup. Having a shower and doing your skin care routine at the same time are a great pair. The hot water and steam from the shower help to open your pores and clean out any dirt, grime and makeup build up buried in them.
- -After shampooing my hair and shaving my legs I cleanse my face using either my Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution or The Body Shop’s Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash with The Body Shop’s Round Handle Facial Brush. The brush is great because it acts as a light exfoliator and gets a little more than just the surface grime out of my pores.
- -If I’ve been wearing a lot of makeup I will exfoliate with Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant. I tend to be sensitive to facial exfoliants and this one is great because it’s very soft and uses a fine milled rice enzyme that sloughs away dead skin cells. Another one I’ll use sometimes is the Yonka Pamplemousse 305 Gommage.
- -When I get out of the shower I give my face a quick spray with my Dermalogica Multi-Activ Toner
- -For my eye cream at night I use Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Firm, in a patting motion under my eyes and all over. Never tugging or pulling. Also for the eye area I’ll apply MAC’s Prep + Prime Future Length Lash Serum. This lash serum is fab! It helps to pro long the life of a single eye lash while adding a little thickness.
- -Next prep my skin for moisturizer with MAC’s Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion which is extra important right now for my skin because during the winter it gets quite dull and dry.
- -At night I use a heavier night cream for my face. In the winter months I use and even heavier one. Currently I’m using The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream. In the summer months I use The Body Shop’s Nutirganics Smoothing Night Cream. Still a heavy night cream, but a bit lighter for the summer months.
- -I wash my face every morning with just warm water and a wash cloth. Why no cleanser and toner routine? It dries my skin out so I keep it simple. Besides all I’m really washing away is my pillow case.
- -Using my clean ring fingers I take MAC’s Prep + Prime, Vibrancy Eye and pat it under each of my eyes in an outward motion, never tugging or pulling at my skin (pulling and tugging on the skin under your eyes will cause wrinkles…. wish I learned that earlier in life as I’m an eye rubber with allergies to pollen).
- -I have medium/large sized pores on my nose so I like to treat them with a tiny dot of MAC’s Prep + Prime, Skin Refined Zone. This stuff is great at minimizing the size of my pores and is mattefying to help control the oil on my nose leaving it less shiny. Another one I use sometimes is The Body Shop’s Seaweed Pore Perfector. Works pretty much the same way though I tend to get a little bit better results with the MAC one.
- -I’ll prep my skin with MAC’s Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion, just like my night time routine.
- -To moisturize I mix a dot of Dermalogica’s Solar Defense Booster SPF50 with their Intensive Moisture Balance moisturizer
- -When I do get the occasional break out (namely stressful moments, when I’m over heated in the summer with blogged pores or that time of the month…eek) I turn to Clean & Clear’s Advantage Acne Spot Treatment. This lil silver tube is a life saver! it’s oil free and will show results in as little as 4 hours (I can attest to this! I’ve tried it and it’s worked!) but you’ve got to follow the directions.
- -Not often, but when I find I’m looking a bit dull, tired or just need a quick pick me up I’ll do a mask from The Body Shop. I tend to switch back and forth between the Nutriganics Smoothing Mask and the Warming Mineral Mask. It depends on what my needs are but they’re both very similar. I tend to favour the warming one more in the winter. I like to use their Luxury Flannel Facial Washcloth to remove my mask. It’s so soothing and soft. Not like a regular terri cloth one.
- -If I feel like my skin isn’t getting enough hydration even with MAC’s Moisture Infusion I’ll favour a hydrating mask. I like The Body Shop’s Aloe Protective Restoring Mask. It’s great for getting deep into my skin and giving it that hydration it’s desperately needing.
That pretty much sums up my daily routine.
It’s a simple one, but it’s been good to my skin.
I started the Dermalogica products in the late summer and I’m loving them! I’ve used a lot of Body Shop and Neutrogena however and really can stand by a lot of their products. If you’re on a budget, try them. They really do last a while and some things are worth saving on (ie: cleanser & toner) while others are worth splurging (ie: a great moisturizer & treatments).
Pick and choose your products.
Remember that if you choose to do more than one treatment, don’t over lap and layer them. They won’t be nearly as effective.