Friday, July 8, 2011

The Science of Makeup: Wearing Your Best Skin

Every Friday we have been discussing skin, how to be healthy on the inside and out and how to have the best canvas for makeup. As we transition into more detailed topics that focus on the technical and theoretical aspects of makeup and skincare I wanted to write a wrap-up. Here's a few notes on how to wear your best skin.

3 Ways to Get to the Best Layers of Your Skin:
Exfoliate - remove layers of your skin using a scrub. I use the Target brand Up & Up Apricot Scrub. It's inexpensive, leaves my skin feeling smooth, and evens my skin complexion.

Chemical Peels - These are usually several treatments done at a spa or doctors office that unclog pores, smooth skin, fade dark marks and even skin tones.

Dermabrasion/Microdermabrasion - Another treatment done over time that removes layers of skin  by sanding the skin with salt crystals or aluminum oxide. This is a skin resurfacing process that treats acne, wrinkles and scars. This is best performed by a doctor.

5 Things You Can Do to Have Better Skin:
1. Control the amount of oil your skin produces. If you have oily skin cut down on the amount of oil your skin produces by wearing face primers such as milk of magnesia under your makeup or using products like H2O+  Face Oasis Shine Neutralizing Gel and Formula 10.0.6 No Time to Shine Oil-Absorbing Mud Mask (Ulta).

2. Remember that skin needs some oil. Our skin releases sebum, which is oil, to protect our skin and hair and prevent dehydration. Because of this your skin needs oil, especially in the summer.

3. Use a moisturizer that works well with your skin type. Meaning, if you have oily skin, use an oil-free moisturizer.

4. Wear Sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 using a golf ball size amount and reapplying every 2 hours.

5. Drink more water and be selective in your food choices. Much of what happens on outside of your body is directly related to what you put into your body.

For more info on my skincare regimen products and what they do click here.

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