Sunday, 23 March 2014

The perfect Skin you deserve

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As a Make-up Artist you see and work with so many types of skin. It is essential to understand skin and be able to manage and control each skin type. As well as my make-up background I also trained in Beauty Therapy, which for me has really helped me to understand skin to a higher level and more fully. I am pleased to bring you this blog post based on my knowledge and experience working within the beauty and make-up industry along with the high training I have received.

Your skin is a blank canvas that you work on and if you look after it well, then your make-up will look better and last longer, the ageing process will be slower and your skin will look and feel better.

So how do we do that??

The first thing I recommend anyone to learn about skin is the difference between 'skin type' and 'skin condition'Skin Type' is what you're born with, 'Skin Condition' is something that can happen at any time.

For example;

Skin Types are; Oily, Normal, Dry and Combination

Skin Conditions are; Dehydrated, Mature, Sensitive and Seborrhoeic.

So, next time you're looking at the latest skin care products in Boots remember that cleansers, toners and moisturisers are made for 'skin types' and skin serums are made for treating 'skin conditions'.

I could write pages and pages of tips and information as being in the make-up industry I am in love with anything beauty related, but to make things easier and to keep these tips fresh in your mind I'm going to break things down into 10 steps.

Always begin your skin care routine with a cleanser. A cleanser will remove make-up, dirt and pollutions trapped in your skin, oil and dead skin cells cleaning and refreshing your skin. A mild cleanser may also be used on the eyes to remove eye make-up. Or facial wipes such as Simple work the same way.

A toner removes any last traces of dirt or make-up that the cleanser may have missed. It also makes pores less visible and prepares the skin for the next step.

Always choose your moisturiser to your correct 'skin type'. For 'Dry' skin always choose a moisturiser that is rich and creamy. For 'Oily' skin choose a light-hydrating formula that is designed to help close the pores and reduce the appearance of oil. Remember, even if your skin is oily, never think by applying a moisturiser you are making the skin greasier. A moisturiser has a purpose, no matter what the skin type.

As we grow older we develop fine lines and wrinkles. By adding an eye cream to our daily routine we can help slow the ageing process down. Always choose a firming treatment. These are packed with vitamins and silicone and work in the same sense as a primer by smoothing out the wrinkles as well as moisturising for a better appearance. Bring them into your daily skin care routine by using morning and night.

Serums are similar to moisturisers, but are designed to give a boost and work on 'Skin Conditions'. They treat dehydration, redness, discolouration, fine lines, breakouts on oily skin and much more. They contain ingredients that absorb into the skin more deeply to correct a problem, whether that be short or long term. You apply them before a moisturiser by massaging a small drop into the problem area morning and night.

The skin is constantly generating new skin cells which are sent to the surface of the skin. These cells build up and if not removed you're left with a dry, dull and rough looking skin appearance. By using an exfoliator you are removing the older skin cells making the skin look fresher as well as allowing the beauty serums previously mentioned to penetrate easier and deeper into the skin. However, never over exfoliate as by doing so you will cause the skin to dry out. I recommend 2-3 times a week as part of your skin care routine.

All of us at some point in our lives will suffer from dry, flaky, chapped lips. We can avoid this by using a lip exfloliant/scrub and lip balm. Simply apply a specialised lip scrub and scrub the product into the lips with a toothbrush. Remove and apply balm. Once a week is all that's needed, done too often will cause breakouts and remember lips are sensitive. Balm can be applied daily throughout the day.

A face mask can make a difference between good skin and great skin! Like all products, there is different ones and types for different skin types. They work by penetrating the vitamins deep into the skin, cleaning, exfoliating and removing the build-up of sluggish cells. Used alongside the other facial products they will help keep the skin clear and pores closed and unclogged.

A primer is a product used before you apply foundation. They are nearly all silicone based and help to fill in lines, plump the skin giving a more youthful look and help control shine and smooth over pores. Again there are different types for different skin types. For 'Dry' skin use a hydrating primer and for 'Oily' skin you need a mattifying primer. By using a primer you are helping the foundation last longer and settle better on the skin giving a more flawless look. As a make-up artist I never begin to create a look before using a primer on the skin.

We all know that by drinking water you are keeping your body healthy. But water also helps keep your skin radiant as well as helping make wrinkles less visible and hydrating the skin keeping your skin smooth.

I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog, please come back next week where I shall give you my favourite products with tips and how to use them in line with today's blog.

In the meantime if you have any questions or would like any advice, please send me a message below...