These days many of us thrive to get that beautiful skin we so often see all around us. In our desperate attempt to reach this, many women (and even some men) wear make up on a regular basis. According to the Daily Mail one in three women wont leave the house without any make up on, also “A study has found that eight million women don’t feel confident enough in their appearance to venture out bare-faced. Six out of ten wouldn’t consider going to work without it – and almost half of all women say they prefer wearing cosmetics than going bare-faced. For some, it’s no different even when they’re at home. One in ten of those polled admitted they would never let their partner see them without a full face on.” Shocking!
…but what steps can we take to help us achieve more beautiful skin and a more beautiful make up application? To many this is no secret but I would still like to state their importance…
We so often hear the words “cleanse, tone and moisturise” together, occasionally the word “exfoliate” is even thrown into the mix but why are these steps so important?
Whether you do or don’t wear make up, our skin gets clogged and mucky throughout the day, whether its through the thick layers of make up we plaster on, or environmental factors such as pollution. It is vital we properly clean our face regularly, especially before bed (you wouldn’t want all those horrible things you’ve collected on your skin to clog up your skin and result in spots).
Cleansing your skin removes all traces of make up and impurities your skin has collected throughout the day, it helps to open up the pores and clear them of dirt and toxins. (Pores that are not de-clogged can lead to spots and blackheads).
Toner will help remove any last bits of make up or impurities and help close pores. (You wouldn’t want to moisturise a face with open pores, the moisturiser will just clog them up again!)
Moisturising helps to retain water in the skin. Whether your skin is dry, oily or sensitive it is important not to skip this step out! Not using moisturiser can leave the skin irritated and cause it to flake and become red. If you have oily skin you can always find a moisturiser that is oil free.
Exfoliating your skin helps remove dead skin cells and helps promote new skin growth. If not removed dead skin cells cause the skin to look dull and lifeless. You should aim to exfoliate twice a week. Over exfoliation can cause dry skin. Always remember to use gentle strokes when exfoliating, let the abrasive in the product do the work, using a heavy hand can cause scarring.
Following these steps everyday will make an improvement to not only your skin and confidence but will improve the look and feel of your skin after make up application.
Don’t forget every great make up application starts with a great base.
I personally have found that sticking to these simple rules twice a day my skin has improved so much that I need much less make up to reach a great look.