I feel like I haven’t posted in a while…which is weird because in the beginning of this blog we were barely posting once a week and now I feel kind of guilty when I don’t post things daily. But the real difference is that now I have so much more that I want to share with all of you…and of course when I go somewhere or do something fashion/beauty/fun related, I immediately want to come home and write a post about it. And this post was inspired by yesterday's trip to my dermatologist (Dr. Leonel Calderón and his team are amazing!!). I went in for a pumpkin peel (to learn more about its benefits read here) and left with a lot of knowledge and healthy looking face.
That got me thinking about our faces and yes…some factors have to do with genes (thank you, Mom!) but there are a lot of things that we can do to keep our skin healthy and happy which don't require too much money or a trip to the dermatologist. Here I will list my 3 most important points here.
Let’s start with the one thing that I know is an absolute “must”:
Wash your face every day and never (NEVER) go to bed with a full face of makeup. My girlfriend and fellow blogger Ginger Harris (check her blog here) just wrote about super easy makeup remover wipes…making it impossible for any of us to have an excuse for not wiping/washing/scrubbing our makeup off at night. I personally use the Clarisonic Mia every night before I go to bed. Works amazing and with minimal effort on my part...I could almost do it in my sleep. So no matter how tired you are…wash your face. Seriously…no excuses! Getting rid of the day's dirt and makeup is the most important step in daily face maintenance..
When it comes to face washes, I always had assumed I had oily skin and therefore I was using products that were way too harsh for my face. This forced my face to create even more oil to compensate for the healthy oil I was stripping from it…so moral of the story is know your skin type and if you don’t know, definitely ask a professional. If you can't get to a dermatologist, I have found that the people working at beauty counters and stores like Kiehl's are very useful in helping you understand your skin type. This is important because the products we buy and use have to be catered to our skin’s own needs. I know now that I have normal/combination skin and knowledge is definitely key. So before you buy, make sure it's the best for your face.
Next point is:
Purchase products that you WILL use. I am a notorious “pretty packaging” shopper…which means, if it has a good ad and pretty packaging, I probably will end up buying it…but then you end up with a medicine cabinet like mine (see below). And honestly, I really just need a day cream, my SPF, a night cream, an eye cream and maybe a weekly mask…but nope...couldn't just have that, could I? I have stuff for spots, lotions with pure Vitamin C, recovery treatments for night, intensive wrinkle serums, three different kinds of masks and so much more…and as lovely as they all may be, I know realistically I don’t use them frequently enough...and for anything to really do what it says it will do, you have to use it consistently...which is almost impossible when you have so many products packed in. My Mom has been a Lancome lover for over 25 years and she has amazing skin (see here)...and she always says "consistency in your beauty regiment is very important"...and who am I disagree? So, buy what you know, what you trust and what works for you...and resist the temptation to buy every new product that claims to have “Breakthrough Technology for Wrinkles"…
And my last point is:
Clean your makeup brushes, Ladies. This is very important. Our makeup brushes sit around collecting dust, dirt and anything else that maybe flying near them…and then we use them to apply things to our face. Gross! We need to remember and make more of a priority to clean our tools. Not only does it prevent bacteria from building up but it will also extend the life of your brushes. I usually clean my sink bowl thoroughly then fill up the bowl with lukewarm water, add some hand soap (I always use organic products which makes this a very good choice for my brushes) and let them soak a little. Then I take each of them individually and wash them. Once finished, I lay them down on a towel to air dry (definitely make sure they’re dry before using them again). Not only are the brushes cleaners afterwards but they feel much nicer and softer. Perfect for our face.
Well Ladies, those are my pointers on how to keep your skin glowing and happy at home. Of course, I think it’s always good to have a facial or a light peel every once in a while, but that is a luxury…so when we can’t get to the spa or the dermatologist, we need to remember that we can do a lot of little things everyday that will help our skin to look its best.
Having healthy skin is as easy as 1,2,3:
1)Wash your face every day with products that will work with your skin
2)Buy products that you will commit to using and give them a fair shot to do their "thing"
3)Keep your brushes clean
And here I am after the shower, no makeup…just a clean face and personally, it’s not too shabby ;)
Any other super easy pointers you guys think are important?
Till next time…
Bella M for Las Bellas