Nothing thrills an artist than having a smooth canvas to work on. In the case of a makeup artist, the canvas is the facial skin. On a healthy glowing face, products glide on easily and this in turn produces a better and beautiful look. Whether you are blessed with clear skin or battle acne, the benefits of proper skin care routine are so numerous to ignore.
Here's the drill: Cleanse,Tone,Moisturize(CTM)
This simply means cleaning. Before applying anything to your face, be sure to cleanse your skin to remove any oil buildup that has accumulated throughout the day or night. A cleansed skin allows for better product absorption. Cleansers come in soap, gel or liquid form. I have heard people ask or say "should I ditch my body soap which I have been using since forever for a facial cleanser? If so why? My answer...YES! Yup, you read that rightly. Yes.
|my fave cleanser|
Here's my take: The skin on the face is more sensitive than the rest of the body and should be treated as such. Facial cleansers are made with this in mind. You can only get away with using body soap for some time. A body soap is simply what it is, a BODY SOAP! There's a wide variety of cleansers available to choose from that will suit your skin type and budget. Be sure to start with clean hands, rinse off cleanser properly and use a clean towel.
Most people *me inclusive(covers face)* are usually tempted to skip this step but it shouldn't be so. A toner is used after cleansing to return the skin's pH level back to normal and also helps removes any residual cleanser that may have been left on the skin.
Some toners simply tone your skin while others have astringent qualities for those that have acne prone skin.
|toner & cotton pads|
Soak a cotton pad/ball with toner and wipe all over the face. Avoid using coloured cotton balls/pads as the chemicals used to colour them may seep into your skin and do more harm than good. Save the coloured cotton balls for nail polish removal.
The skin is usually stripped of its natural moisture during cleansing and toning, hence the need to moisturize. Choose a moisturizer that matches your skin type. Dry skin needs a heavy moisturizer while sensitive skin require something mild. Given our typical "naija" weather,it is important to use a day cream that contains at least a sunscreen of SPF 15.
Apply a dollop of your moisturizer onto clean hands. Gently massage the face and neck area using gentle and circular motions. Remember, facial skin is sensitive.
Once or twice a week, the skin should be exfoliated to remove dead skin cells which make the skin appear dull and lifeless. I recommend using an exfoliating facial wash because it can be used in place of your cleanser.
Exfoliating facial wash often contains microbeads which are mild enough for facial skin. Don't be tempted to use your body scrub for your face, biko(please)! Body scrubs often contain nut shells(ground) which are too coarse for facial use. I personally find some body scrubs too harsh to use for my body, let alone for facial use.
|l-r: facial mask & scrub|
Moisturizing, peel off, pore shrinking and home made masks are just a few of the numerous masks out there. Each of these masks promises one thing or another so, once again choose what suits your skin. Mask only once a week or even less, so you don't overwork your skin.
6. Lip Scrub:
Why add this to skin care you may ask? First, the lips are found on the face and need care too. Then again, that your fave matte lipstick won't look nice with dry, cracked lips showing from underneath. I cringe when I see ladies who are guilty of this. There are already made lip scrubs packed in tubes which you can buy off the shelves. There are also, other homemade recipes that include beeswax, honey,coconut oil etc but this is my go-to because its easy to make and highly effective too.
|lip balm & white sugar|
Mix equal amount of lip balm,not lip gloss oo and sugar together. Try to make the quantity you can use up immediately. Apply to dry, cracked lips and gently scrub for a few minutes. Wipe off with a damp cloth.
- Time is no excuse. Once you get the hang of skin care it should take you 15mins tops.
- When at home resist the temptation of applying makeup, let your skin breathe.
- Never go to bed with makeup, it clogs your pores. Keep wipes handy.
- Look out for your hair products seeping into your face during hot weather.
- Change your pillow case very often or better still, use a satin pillow sheet.
- Keep your hands out of your face. Picking and squeezing are not advisable.
- Resist the temptation to buy every new product that launches, consistency is key in skin care.
- Never use coloured cotton balls, save it for nail polish removal.
- Beauty is skin deep, take lots of vegetables,legumes,fruits and water.
Till my next post,
Stay beautie-ful and radiant,