How do you deal with putting on makeup with oily, acne prone skin? Those of you out there that deal with this problem every day know what a challenge this is. Do you need to moisturize? If so, then how do you do that with out feeling like you have an oil slick on your face? And what about foundation? You want to cover up the blemishes with makeup, but somehow doing so just seems to be making things worse!
I know how difficult and frustrating it is but don’t worry, I’m here to guide you in the right direction. Having oily, acne prone skin can be tricky business, but I can help you to have beautiful, healthy, glowing skin.
First of all, to help battle this problem, we need to know a little more about it… like, what causes skin to become acne prone? And how many different kinds of acne are there? I’m not a Dermatologist, but I can give you a very broad explanation of the types of acne and what causes them. There are four basic kinds of acne:
Acne is created when your skin produces too much oil, or sebum, and the pores of your skin become clogged. Sebum is always in our skin and is actually something your skin needs, but when your hormones surge (like during “that time of the month”, being a teenager, or sometimes menopausal women), your body increases the sebum production which can cause the pores to clog. Most forms of acne can be treated by practicing good skin care habits and using the right products, but others might need the help of a Dermatologist and prescription skincare.
I’m not a doctor, but I do know about taking care of your skin, so today I’m going to go over a few important tips on how to care for your acne prone skin.
It’s so important to keep your skin fresh and clean! This is true for anyone, but especially those with oily skin. You want to cleanse the skin, but not strip it. Remember, your skin needs oil, you’re just trying to keep the excess oil at bay as well as removing dirt and other impurities.
I recommend using a cleansing gel, or foam for oily skin, a cream cleansers can feel too heavy and may leave behind a residue as can bar soaps. If you’re oily/acne prone, you need to cleanse your skin twice a day. No exceptions!
This is essential! Since you already have oily skin, you don’t need any extra oil in the products you use. Doing so can cause even more breakouts. To prevent this from happening, you’ll need to check the ingredients… anything that’s oil free, water based and non-comedogenic should be fine.
Be extra careful in checking ingredients on your foundation. I know your first instinct is to cover the blemishes, but doing so with a heavy foundation (especially one that has oil in it) will only make matters worse. Instead, go for an oil free foundation that you can layer for more coverage if you need to. Another thing to consider is to check out the ingredients in your hair care products, pomades and gels containing oils can drip onto your skin and cause breakouts. Also, using products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help treat acne and breakouts.
There are a lot of great oil mattifying, or anti-shine products out there. What that means is that they can actually help control the excess oil through out the day as well as help to prevent unwanted shine, giving a “matte” finish. There are matte moisture lotions, mattifying foundations and powders and even toners that have mattifying properties to help keep your skin free from shine and excess oil.
Tip To help maintain a clear complexion, it’s important to keep excess oil and bacteria off the surface of the skin. You can help by trying not to touch your face, cleaning and disinfecting your phone regularly, as well as using blotting papers to help absorb the excess oil. Blotting papers are portable, light weight sheets of paper (usually rice paper) often coated with powder, that you lightly press against your skin to remove the extra sebum and shine without messing up your makeup. They’re amazing! A definite must have for an oily skin.
If you have oily &/or acne prone skin, then hopefully following these tips will help to clear things up for you… remember, it’s all about keeping your skin as clean and clear as possible. You have to keep it up, too! A good skincare regime is very important to maintain and prevent breakouts. However, I must stress the importance of seeing a Dermatologist if these tips don’t work. With today’s modern medicine, there’s no reason for you to feel helpless about your skin. All you need to do is remember that you’re worth it! You’re worth taking the time to take care of your skin. I promise, you won’t be disappointed with the results.
OK, I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is that aging is inevitable. You can certainly slow things down a bit by taking good care of your skin, but eventually things will start to look different.
Here’s the good news: I just so happen to have some fabulous tips on how to keep yourself looking young and fresh-faced in a matter of minutes and I’m going to share them with you! They’re simple, quick and easy and anyone can do it. Ready? Here we go!
The more makeup you have on, the older you look. To look younger, try to keep things simple and on a “must have” basis. For example, if you need concealer for dark circles, then try using one with a more fluid like consistency rather than a cream. The lighter the formulation, the less likely it’s going to settle into fine lines and wrinkles. You can also try using a concealer to spot cover any blemishes rather than using a foundation all over your face. The more your skin comes through, the better. Keep eye makeup to a minimum using one or two medium to light ranged colors. Don’t go crazy with the eyeliner, either. Too much liner can bring your eyes down and make them look tired.
Browns and nudes can tend to wash you out and look “muddy” on your skin, so instead try to go for some soft color. Looking younger can be as simple as wearing soft, warm pinks on cheeks and lips and peachy pink eye shadows with a plum eyeliner. A little bit of color goes a long way and do wonders for perking up your complexion.
If you’ve never been one to wear lip liner, now is the time! As we get older, our lips tend to fade and look smaller. A quick fix to that is to use a soft, nude lip liner and line your lips going slightly outside your lip line and then feather in the entire lip. Next, put on your lipstick or gloss. Doing this will give you a longer wear on your lip color as well as prevent feathering and bleeding and help to make you lips appear fuller. The trick is to not go too far outside your lip line as well as not going too dark. Keep the color medium to light in either a pink, coral,or soft plum./p>
Tip One more thing to remember: Try to stay away from matte finishes which will accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. Go for the glow with products that have a soft light particle, or radiance boosting properties. Try moisture rich foundations and lipsticks and cheek colors that have a little shimmer to them are wonderful for giving your skin a youthful glow.
So there you have it! I told you they were simple! You can integrate one, or all into your makeup routine to instantly look younger. But don’t take my word for it… check it out for yourself!
Wearing bright colors is one of this season’s hottest trends, including your cheek color. The look is all about fresh, vivid, vibrant, colorful, energizing, spirited color! I know it can seem scary when dealing with so much color, but just relax, today I’m going to give you some great tips on how to wear this season’s bright cheek color.
OK, so you’re afraid of looking like a clown… I can understand that. The key is to go for a blush that is bright, but also sheer (Cream blushes are great for this!), you should start light and then build up the color as you go. Don’t be afraid of the brighter colors, they really do help to make your skin look more alive and vibrant. Look for more natural pink and coral tones and make sure when you put it on, you can still see your skin underneath it.
Here are a few other suggestions for wearing a brighter cheek color:
This hot look is even hotter when paired with a bronzer! Keep the blush color mainly on the apples of your cheeks and blend the bronzer over your temples, forehead and down the center of your nose. If you’re wearing a lower cut top, then don’t forget to add a little bronzer to your decollatage area so your face and chest match.
To get a fresh, dew kissed look, mix a little bit of your moisturizer with your cream blush together on the back of your hand and apply it with your fingers on the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards. This is a great way to try out a brighter cheek while keeping things soft and glowy.
Yes you can wear bright lips and bright cheeks! You want to keep the lip and cheek color in the same family (meaning pinks with pinks and orange with orange) and make sure to blend the blush really well so you won’t have streaking or harsh lines. You’ll also want to keep your eye makeup minimal so you don’t look over done, or garish. It’s all about the pop of fresh color on your lips and cheeks.
Tip If you’re wearing cream blush, a fun makeup tip is to also dab a little of the cream blush on your lips. Add a touch of clear gloss over it to add a little sparkle.
So now you know how to get cheeky with this season’s hot new bright blush trend! Wearing bright blush is not only very fashionable, but it’s also a great way to make you look more awake and full of life. You can do this! Remember that less is best… you can always add more if you need it.
Have fun! Be bright! Be beautiful! Be you.
If there’s one New Years resolution I want you to make and actually keep, it’s to promise to wash your face every night no matter how tired you are! It’s so important… more than you probably realize, or you’d be doing it by now! (If you don’t already.)
Think about this: Whatever’s on your skin at night gets absorbed into your skin while you sleep, including the makeup you’ve been wearing all day, and all the dirt and oil that has accumulated on your face throughout the day. Eww! All of that can cause a whole world of trouble for your skin including breakouts (duh!), dull, drab skin and (gasp!) pre-mature aging! You really do need to wash your face every night.
Today I’m going to break washing your face into three easy steps. No more excuses now!
Remove any eye makeup with an oil free eye makeup remover. I recommend using either a flat cotton round (or square) rather than a cotton ball. You’ll use less remover and get fewer cotton fibers stuck on your face or lashes.
There are many different kinds of cleansers and soaps to clean your skin — too many to talk about right now — so be sure to get one that’s right for your skin type. As a general rule, normal to oily skins prefer more of a gel or foam texture to their cleansers, while normal to dry skins have a preference to creams and/or foams. Whatever you choose, please make sure that it is, indeed, a facial cleanser! You never, ever want to use a body product on your face. The skin on your face is much more delicate and sensitive than the skin on your body and needs to be treated with TLC.
This step is different than the other two because not all cleansers require a toner, and more sensitive skins may have a difficult time using them. Depending on the formula, using a toner can help exfoliate your skin, tighten pores, mattify your skin, replenish moisture, remove any residue left by your cleanser, and prepare your skin to receive serums and moisturizers. You are going to moisturize with a night cream after washing your face, aren’t you?
Tip If you’ve had a long day and you just can’t put in the time to go through the steps above, then using a cleansing sheet before you go to sleep is OK in a pinch. There are many different brands, but I love the Shiseido Pureness Gentle Cleansing Sheets because they’re oil and alcohol free, and they can even remove waterproof eye makeup! You should still wash with a cleanser, but if you can at least use a cleansing sheet your face will be happy.
Alright now, you can do this! Washing your face at night is just a matter of getting it into your routine. If you like to take showers at night, then keep your cleanser in the shower, or make sure you have one in your gym bag; It should become an automatic thing. I know you’ll see a tremendous difference in how your skin looks and feels. Just do it!
Written by Kimberly in: Skin Care21 Dec 2010
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a day cream and a night cream? Are you one of those gals who think all moisturizers the same? Pay close attention, my lovelies, because Mama’s about to set you on the straight and narrow with regards to how different day and night creams are from each other.
Day creams and night creams are each important in their own, special way. Yes, all moisturizers are ultimately designed to moisturize and hydrate your skin, but they also go beyond that. You wouldn’t go to your nail salon for a haircut, even though they both help enhance your already natural beauty. The same goes with skin creams.
A day cream is designed to not only moisturize, but also protect your skin from the environmental assaults we face every day such as pollution, sun damage and stress. Each of those are a source of free radicals, which accelerate skin damage and contribute to premature skin aging. To protect you from those free radicals, most day creams will contain antioxidants, skin-nourishing vitamins, and most importantly, a good SPF. Having that SPF is one of the biggest differences between day and night cream.
Your body naturally restores and repairs itself at night while you sleep and a night cream is designed to do the same thing for your skin. Night cream helps to replenish moisture lost during the day as well as repair any damage done by the environment and/or stress. This is accomplished by their increased amounts of lipids, vitamins, and even oils to nourish and replenish your skin. Night creams are usually made with a heavier texture than day creams, but I’ve occasionally seen them in a lotion if you prefer something lighter.
Tip If you have to choose between either a day cream or a night cream, I would go with using one for daytime. It’s so important to protect your skin from free radicals, and especially from the sun. The sun is a huge source of skin damage and premature skin aging. I’ve been told by several skin care experts that only (something like) 15% of our skin aging effects are actually chronological… that means that 85% is done environmentally! Yikes! I don’t know how much truth is in that statement, but I do know that the sun is one of the worst things for your skin. (So keep that in mind, Sun Worshippers!)
There are many different kinds of moisturizers out there, and you’re sure to find one that’s just right for you and your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask for samples so you can try out different formulas before making the splurge. Once you decide what your greatest concern is about your skin and find a moisturizer that matches, your skin will be visibly firmer and youthful over time.
And be sure that you decide what’s best for you! If you feel like you won’t benefit from a night cream because you’re an oilier skin, that’s totally fine. But at least now you know what a night cream is if and when you decide you need that extra little boost for your skin.