I believe it was famed makeup artist, Kevyn Aucoin, who said (I’m paraphrasing here): “It doesn’t matter how great or expensive your make-up is … If you don’t have good skin underneath of it, it won’t matter.” I can’t tell you how much I agree with this statement. Great make-up looks great on great skin. Great make-up on skin that is not taken care of will look like a great cover up. With this said, here are my skin care tips: cleanse/exfoliate, tone & (my most important) HYDRATE! Let’s explore each step …
I think everyone knows that the first rule to great skin care is to cleanse your skin twice a day, but especially before bed. You’ll want to use a gentle cleanser that removes make-up and impurities. I am currently using the Kardashian Sisters’ skin care line called “Perfect Skin.” I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised with the line. I wanted to try it, but wasn’t sure if it would be good. I am here to tell you that their line, in conjunction with other things I do, seems to work well. The first step in the Sisters’ line is to cleanse/exfoliate with the all-in-one cleanser. The cleanser is great for all skin types and is very gentle. Their kit provides you with mini facial exfoliating pads to exfoliate/cleanse with (you can use the cleanser as an exfoliater with the pads – in this line, the cleanser and exfoliater are one and the same).
After I cleanse/exfoliate with the “Perfect Skin” cleanser, I usually wash my face with Bliss’ No Zit Sherlock Cleanser/Toner. I LOVE this gentle cleanser not only because it contains salicylic acid to combat breakouts, but also because it contains probiotics to “boost skin’s natural defenses against bacteria.” It’s the only cleanser I’ve found that contains probiotics, which is pretty cool. I use this cleanser in addition to the other cleanser because I am pretty sure that at times I have oily skin (even though a facialist once told me I have “normal” skin).
So after the cleansing, comes the toning. The Perfect Skin line comes with a toner to use for step number 2. I like this toner a lot because you spritz it on – no cotton balls necessary! I’ve used a lot of different toners through the years; from the toner that accompanied the Proactiv kit to Avalon Organics Lavender Toner, I’ve tried it all. As long as the toner you choose is refreshing and not abrasive for your skin type, then you have a wide variety of choices. So have fun choosing one that’s right for you!
The next step to great skin care is to hydrate your skin. For me, this is the most important step. Every time I’ve gotten a facial, the one bit of advice I’ve gotten was to hydrate my skin more. I used to use Phytomer’s Hydracontinue Hydra-Nourishing Serum. This is a really lovely, light-weight hydrator (it is not a moisturizer – I hardly use moisturizer – only occasionally in the winter, as my skin is very sensitive). The only issue with this hydrator is that it is pricey; it runs between $50-$60. It does last a while, so it is worth the money in my opinion. But, because I haven’t wanted to spend the money, and because I got a free trial tube, I’ve currently been using Amarte’s Aqua Veil. When I looked it up, I noticed it goes for $42; not much cheaper than the Phytomer. But, if you want to save a few bucks, Amarte’s hydrator is very nice and light-weight. I also like that it is made of natural herbs.
After cleansing/exfoliating, toning, and hydrating, I usually use a little under eye cream to help reduce dark under eye circles. The under eye cream that comes with the Perfect Skin line is nice. But, the best under eye cream I’ve ever used is again by Phytomer. Phytomer’s Expertise Age Contour Intense Youth Eye Cream is amazing but very pricey at $77! If you can swing it, get it because it really does help reduce dark circles. I occasionally will also use a face mask (once/week). The mask that comes with the Perfect Skin line is really great and firming. After all the above-mentioned steps, THEN it’s time for make-up. And make-up is a whole other blog in and of itself!!!