Good Morning ALL!!!
This morning, I had to be somewhere at 8AM. I woke up at 7:15 in a frenzy. I had no time to play around with newly purchased eyeshadows and blush from Makeup Forever (although with weather like this, today would have been perfect). So I made a mad dash to the bathroom and showered. But all my joy had not been lost in this uproar. I am a skincare fanatic. See, I believe that good skincare is the foundation of your foundation. Think about it....We use concealer and foundation to give the illusion of having perfect skin. So anyway, when I cleansed my skin with Bobbi Brown Lathering Tube Soap followed by the Hydrating Face Cream (Bobbi Brown Cosmetics :: Hydrate), I looked in the mirror and smiled because my skin felt nice, supple, and hydrated. I don't mean to toot my own horn but TOOT!!! TOOT!! My skin looked damn good, despite not having the pleasure of doing my daily routine of foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, etc. This made me want to thank my grandma and fairy beauty mother for instilling good skincare pratices in my 20s.
So....What is the moral of this story??? Good skincare is important. Invest in products that will properly cleanse, hydrate, and nourish your skin, so foundation and concealer will be options, not necessities. I have listed a few misconceptions that most women have when it comes to skincare:
1. Oily Skin does not need moisturizer.
Most women that I encounter seem to feel that if their skin is oily, there is no need to moisturize. Wrong! Skin can be oily on the surface but dehydrated underneath. If you smoke stop! Drink lots of water and moisturize.
2. Oily Skin should be cleansed with harsh cleansers to remove all traces of oil.
Washing your skin more than twice daily to remove sebum does more harm than good. It only serves to stimulate oily skin to produce more sebum to compensate for the loss. Use a cleanser that will not leave your skin feeling dry and tight afterwards. I find that cetaphil makes an excellent gentle cleanser for oily skin for only $7.
3. The Needs of Skin remains the Same.
This is one of the biggiest misconceptions. My skincare regime changes with the weather. In the summer, I would consider myself a normal to oily gal, so I use a moisturizer that is lighter in weight, but still hydrating. Conversely, in the winter, I am more normal to dry. I use a moisturizer that is heavier. I prefer to use balms and serums in the winter to protect my skin from the wind damage. Most women will find that as they get older their skin will change as well. This is why it is essential to have an arsenal of skincare products, so that on days that your skin feels drier you can make the necessary adjustments.
4. Oily skin must avoid oil containing products.
Acneic skin should avoid oil containing products. That is, skin that is prone to breakouts. Not oily skin. Every other day I use Clarins Face Oil (it is the summer in DC) followed by Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream. Only if you are prone to serious breakouts should you avoid these products.
5. Good Skincare consist of using the same moisturizer that you use on your face.
I cringe as I write this one.Partly because I used to be a victim of this last one, before my fairy beauty mother took me under her wing down the aisle of the cosmetics department of Nordstrom. I saw no difference between using Vaseline Intensive Care and some over priced department store moisturizer. In fact, I really did not know that such a thing was in existence. My grandmother taught me to moisturize, but it was to the extent of using Vegetable Oil on my face during the cold months. I quickly noticed the difference upon using the products. My skin no longer felt tight. Needless to say...Now I NEVER use body moisturizers on my face.
Ok...I think we have it. So Let's repeat this together...Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!!!!