All About Skin

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Oily skin

Oily skin produces more oil than it needs. This oil is a magnet for debris, such as skin cells, makeup and pollution, which then cause congestion inside the pores. Over time, the congestion becomes hardened, just like plaque on your teeth. Look for facials that include a chemical exfoliant (glycolic acid or salicylic acid.) This will penetrate into the pores and melt the congestion. Oily skin also needs extractions to remove any hardened debris within the pores (so long, blackheads!) But don’t try this at home. Extractions are something your esthetician is trained to do safely as part of your facial.

Combination skin

GDF’s favorite skin type to work with, combination skin, has both oily and dry areas, so these areas need to be treated separately. Enzyme, chemical or even microdermabrasion exfoliants work very well, GDF says. Extractions are also needed (usually in the T-zone) to remove congestion, and a professional treatment mask, such as freeze-dried collagen to replenish lost water and soothe the skin.

Sensitive skin

“We have to be careful working with sensitive skin,” GDF notes. All skin needs exfoliation to remove built-up dead skin, but this needs to be done gently. Facials that use enzymes to exfoliate work very well, because they don’t irritate the skin. Also look for products that don’t have excessive fragrances or irritants in them.

Mature skin

Mature skin can be challenging. It can be oily/acne prone, dry/dehydrated or a multitude of skin type combinations. Mature skin also slows down (cell production, circulation), so there are many issues to address. Your esthetician will first treat the type of skin (oily, dry, combination, normal).Then she will have to focus on that slowing process to increase circulation and saturate the skin with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for healthier, younger looking skin.

Dry skin

Dry skin needs many different treatments, GDF explains. Dry skin lacks natural lipids or oils, making it prone to dehydration. Because of this lack of water, the skin’s natural exfoliating cycle slows down. Facials that include gentle exfoliation (i.e. with enzymes) are a great way to take your skin from flakey to fabulous. Dry skin also needs both oil and water to balance it out, so GDF suggests looking for facials that include masks, which will help penetrate product into the skin. One example is a mask that will rubberize. It may sound a little strange, but any product you put under this type of mask will be pushed into the skin as the mask hardens, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

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Foundation For Oily Skin

Causes of Oily Skin

  • Oily skin may be caused by a variety of factors including hormones, genetics and even the foods you consume. The sebaceous glands in your skin make the oil, which is secreted through your pores. An overproduction of the oils that are made in these glands can cause oily skin.
  • Foundation Types for Oily Skin

    • For those with oily skin, you are not without options when it comes to foundation makeup. Powder-type foundation, whether it is loose or pressed, is one of your best bets when it comes to a foundation makeup that will not only last all day, but soak up excess shine as well.

    Powder Foundation

    • A powder foundation makeup comes in both loose and pressed powder forms and can be applied with a loose powder brush, kabuki brush, makeup sponge or powder puff. A powder foundation helps to soak up excess oil and keep your face looking matte throughout the day. Keep in mind that the applicator you use to apply your powder foundation can harbor excess oil and bacteria, so make sure to clean or replace your powder applicator regularly to keep from spreading oil and bacteria back onto your skin.

    Mineral Makeup Foundation

    • For those wanting a natural oily skin foundation makeup alternative, a mineral makeup product would be the right fit for you. Mineral makeup foundation is also a good choice for those with sensitive skin because it doesn’t have the harsh chemicals and ingredients that are often found in typical powder-type makeup.

    Tinted Moisturizer With an SPF as a Foundation

    • If you feel that layering your moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup leaves your skin oilier than it was before, then a tinted moisturizer may be another option for you. Combining a moisturizer, sunscreen and light color in one product, a tinted moisturizer with SPF can replace all three of these products for you. Try a tinted moisturizer with SPF in lieu of a foundation and then dust a loose powder on your T-zone for an added mattifying effect.

     

     
    If you have oily skin, you know that finding a foundation for your skin type is tough. A liquid or cream foundation makeup may just slide off. Fortunately, there are foundation makeup options for those with oily skin.

Youthful, Natural Makeup Tips: Application Hints & Tricks For a Fresh, Young Face

Did you know the cosmetics you use could be making you look years older than you actually are? Many women instantly assume makeup takes years from their “face age”. However, when done incorrectly makeup can actually make your face appear to be much older than it is. Use these tips and secrets to help you look younger at all times!

Wrinkles Happen, but Don’t Cover Them Up with Heavy Makeup

When it comes to skin care, most women focus on reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Although you might not be able to completely cover your already present wrinkles, there are a few things you can do to make them less noticeable. The most important thing to remember is to keep it light!

Fresh, clean skin always appears full of youth. While you might be tempted pile on concealer and foundation, be warned. Adding layers of makeup on top of these fine lines can be a mistake! Instead, choose a light weight oil free beauty products to give your skin a slight tint. It will give you just enough coverage, without caking in your wrinkle areas. Natural makeup with added moisture is most important when it comes to concealing fine lines. In addition, the extra moisture can help you prevent more lines from appearing in the future.

Brighten Under Eyes with Concealer Applied the Right Way

Another area of concern when trying to look more youthful is the under-eye area. The skin under your eyes is some of the most delicate skin on your body. Therefore, it can easily show wear and tear from stress and skin-abuse. To brighten up the eye area, consider using a small amount of concealer directly under your eye. This can help you with under-eye circles. Use a tint one-shade lighter than your foundation and blend it well. To apply the concealer (or any other product to this area of your face) be sure to use your ring finger and pat the product on. Your ring finger will apply the least amount of pressure. Other fingers can be too rough and actually damage the delicate skin in the area.

After applying the concealer and a light dusting of powder, use a light colored eye shadow all over your lid. Dab a bit of the shadow in the corner area of your eye (next to the bridge of your nose) and a bit under your bottom eye lashes as well. This will help your eyes look bright and youthful. Finish with a bit of mascara and you’re ready to go!

Secrets for Youthful, Fresh Lips & Cheeks

Just because you’re aging doesn’t mean you should pile on the red lipstick! Sure, it may be appropriate in some instances but not for everyday wear. You may not be dealing with blemishes (like a teenager) but you may be dealing with a lipstick crisis! To look younger, choose a dewy lipstick-gloss combination. Most brands (such as Sephora, Clinique and Loreal) are all offering this type of lipstick. It gives you a hint of color, without going matte. The shiny or “dew” of this lip choice instantly adds youth to your face.

For the cheeks, stick with a natural and light blush. Mineral blushes are often fool-proof and natural in color. Apply a bit to the apples of your cheeks and go! Remember, it’s easier to start with a little bit of blush and add more rather than adding too much blush and trying to tone it down. A quick hint: If you add too much blush, use your powder to lightly dust the area, toning down the intensity of the color.

The Natural Way to a Younger Look

Overall, there’s no steadfast advice or answers when it comes to looking younger. While a facial or a microdermabrasion session might help you on a monthly basis, choosing the right makeup and age-appropriate application techniques can help you daily! So, remember to keep it light and dewy for the youngest look possible.

How To Make Dark Skin Glow

If a fresh, dewy complexion is important to you, makeup that makes dark skin glow can give your skin the iridescent quality you’re after.

Prep First

Before you apply makeup that makes dark skin glow, you need to prep first. Good skin is the best foundation. You should practice a regular skincare routine that works with your particular skin type. You should also follow a healthy eating plan and drink plenty of water. Great complexions begin on the inside. The more you take care of what goes into your body, the less makeup you’ll have to apply to achieve a glowing look.

After your skin is cleansed, apply a moisturizer–yes, even if you have oily skin. Moisturizer helps your makeup go on evenly.

Makeup that Makes Dark Skin Glow: Colors

Your skin tone may range from olive to chocolate and be considered “dark.” There are makeup colors that will flatter any complexion; the trick is choosing which ones are made just for you.

You’ll likely find a full range of cosmetic colors in nearly every major brand, from mainstream names that cater to all ethnic groups to lines geared toward women of color. The following colors are great for African American skin tones as well as Indian or Hispanic complexions that are tan or darker.

Bronze or Gold

Bronze is an equal opportunity glowing color. It works for eye shadow, blush and allover bronzers. Bronze is a strong color and should be applied to one area. If you wear it as an eye color, sweep it across your eyelids and almost up to your brows, adding a touch of lighter shadow beneath your eyebrow’s arch as a highlighter. If you wear bronze as a cheek color, use a fluffy blush brush to place it on the apples of your cheeks. The darker your skin, the more bronze will contrast with your complexion, making it perfect for nighttime looks.

Pink

Some women with darker skin feel that pink isn’t an option in makeup colors for them, but this is outdated advice. Just make sure you choose the pink that flatters your skin tone best. Women with warm undertones should choose pinks that have flecks of orange or gold in them, or pinks that are yellow-based. Women with cool complexions will look best in pink that contains undertones of blue or purple.

The good thing is that pink is a versatile color. It ranges from pale to deep, so there is a pink out there for everyone. Tan skins look good in rosy pinks, while deep, dark complexions can wear colors such as fuchsia that might overwhelm lighter skin.

Peach

Peach is a pretty, subtle color that brings tan skin to life. It works on eyes, cheeks and lips. You can wear it all over for a natural look. Top a pretty peach lipstick with clear gloss for a shiny, inviting lip look.

Choosing Glowing Makeup

When choosing makeup to give your skin a healthy glow, mineral makeup often has the soft, iridescent qualities you’re looking for. You can choose mineral foundations, blush or loose powders.

Shop for makeup that bills itself as iridescent. For some cosmetic brands, the word to look for might be “pearlescent.” For others, it could be “shimmer” or “sparkle.” Just skip the matte makeup, which is designed to look flat, if you’re after a glowing look.

Tips for Wearing

Makeup that makes your skin glow can be subtle or dramatic.

  • For daytime, choose one feature to highlight, but make sure it’s suitable for work. Anything too glossy or shiny should be saved for nighttime.
  • At night, you can choose those deep colors and heavier applications that are too much for day.
  • If nothing else, dip a fluffy makeup brush into a loose mineral powder and apply it all over your face. This gives your skin a beautiful glow all by itself.

Vitamin C Beauty Benefits

Improves Skin Tone and can Repair Skin Damage

While you’ve likely been focusing on getting all of your  vitamins via your nutrition, the good news is vitamins are also beneficial to  your skin through skin care products! One of the most popular vitamin additions  to skin care products is Vitamin C. This anti aging vitamin has been studied  and confirmed as being an extremely effective addition to skin care routines.  When antioxidant Vitamin C is added to your skin, it helps your skin get rid of  free radicals. Since free radicals can greatly damage your skin, the use of  Vitamin C is vital to your skin health! In addition, Vitamin C can help your  body rev up its production of collagen.

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Beauty Benefits of  Vitamin C

On a beauty note, adding Vitamin C to your skin care routine  can help you look great on many levels. The topical use of Vitamin C  revitalizes your skin, allowing for improvement in the tone and texture! You  will instantly look younger with smooth and silky skin on your face and body. It  works to protect you against UVB rays and can help you combat sun damage,  wrinkles and photodamage. These are some of the most common skin worries of  women today.

Effective Topical  Products with Vitamin C For Skin Care

Cosmetic gurus and their sources are taking note of the  power behind Vitamin C and are adding it and its derivatives to many products  on the market. Derivatives like ascorbyl palmitate and ascorbic acid are  commonly used, because they are less irritating than Vitamin C itself. Those  with sensitive skin can still reap the protection and natural benefits of  Vitamin C, without any irritation.

Beneficial Vitamin C  in Cosmetics

When you start your venture for Vitamin C induced skin care  products, there are a few things to remember. First, remember there are many  claims being made from various companies on their skin care products. To find  the best products with Vitamin C, be sure to look at the color of the product.  Those products with a yellow or brown tint should be avoided. Vitamin C often  turns these colors when exposed to air and thus becomes ineffective in creating  collagen and elastic.

Vitamin C Offers  Cosmetic Benefits

Many women would rather sit through a chemical peel or a  microdermabrasion session for skin care repair and conditioning. However, using  a daily Vitamin C product can help you repair and prep your skin everyday. You  can get products which include Vitamin C derivatives (L-ascorbic acid and  others) for use at home. Therefore, you can continuously reap the benefits of  Vitamin C, without heading to the spa.

How To Control And Prevent Oily Skin

Finding the best cure for oily skin can really be expensive and frustrating, and this condition is usually accompanied by other skin problems such as blackheads , clogged pores, whiteheads and pimples.

It’s a fact that there’s no real cure for oily skin, only control. And the only way for you to deal with it effectively is for you to understand its causes.

Some Reasons Why Your Skin Gets Overly Oily

  1. Genes. This skin type usually runs in the blood and can be passed on from parent to child. Either one or both parents will have this skin type. But this doesn’t mean that you have to give up and that there’s nothing you can do about it. There is still hope. A good skin care routine will help to keep your oily face in check, and keep this annoying problem under control.
  2. Hormones. Hormonal imbalance is the invisible trigger that signals to your oil glands to produce more sebum. When too much of the hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is first released during puberty, a lot more oil is produced which normally causes acne. DHT also appears to be high during a woman’s monthly period cycle and also during pregnancy and menopause, causing the skin to be more vulnerable to clogging and pimple infection.
  3. Diet. Even if most experts say that food doesn’t have a scientific connection to having acne or oily skin, still, a lot of people testify that they experience otherwise. You are what you eat! Filling your body with  foods that are fried and greasy, sweet and salty treats, too much red meat, saturated and hydrogenated oils and dairy products can and may result to bad and greasy skin. If your body cannot effectively break down the oil, chances are that it’s going to be released through your pores.
  4. Climate & Weather. Summers are usually the worst time for people with oily skin. Pores seem larger and the face becomes greasier because of sweat and high humidity.
  5. Cosmetics. Ingredients and chemicals (such as mineral oil and harsh soaps) found in most cosmetic products can be too hard on your skin. These irritants can cause  your skin to produce more oil and can also clog your pores. This is why using specially formulated makeup products for oily skin is preferred.
  6. Stress can also take its toll on your skin and hormones, resulting in an overly greasy complexion. So does an unhealthy lifestyle.

How To Control Oily Skin

  1. It begins first with good skin care. If hyperactive sebaceous glands are in your genes, you have to accept just it and resolve to taking better care of your skin to prevent this condition from getting worse. It all begins at home with 3 simple steps – cleanse, tone, moisturize. Remember that your face needs some exfoliating once or twice a week too.
  2. Change your lifestyle. Vices, sleeping late, lack of exercise and stress, especially, can greatly affect your hormones that cause oil glands to work overtime. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help keep your entire body in better balance, causing your endocrine system to function better too. Include simple exercises to your routine and make sure you get sufficient sleep daily. People who sleep more overall have better and smoother complexions, less oil and less visible pores.
  3. Relax and treat yourself! Below are some quick Bath oil – 4 drops of chamomile oil, 1 drop of geranium oil and rose petals should make for a relaxing, warm bath.
  4. Eat right and drink more fluids throughout the day.Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, foods high in protein and fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. These foods benefit your skin by increasing its immunity, normalize stress levels, stimulate blood circulation and encourage fast healing and new cell reproduction.Drinking lots of water also flushes out toxins in your body and prevents dry skin. When your skin is dehydrated, your sebaceous glands will kick in to protect it from moisture loss.
  5. Cleansing and refreshing your skin. Keep a clean face all the time by washing with alcohol-free facial cleansers and by avoiding harsh soaps that can irritate your skin. You can make a really great natural face refresher out of some lemon juice, cucumber juice, witch hazel and water mixed in a squirt bottle. Keep this cold mix in the fridge together with your other skincare products for a cooling effect once you apply them.
  6. Wear less makeup and use oil-free or powder-based cosmetics in general. This will help to prevent that shiny complexion and will also aid in the prevention of clogged pores. Use a good sunscreen when you’re outdoors to prevent sun damage, but choose a sunscreen with SPF 30+ (there’s even SPF 50+ these days). Try a few different product till you find a light sunscreen that won’t irritate your skin and won’t feel too greasy on your face.

Natural Remedies To Try:

  • Facial cleanser – mix 2 tbsp of milk with 2 drops of lavender or sandalwood oil. Use this to wash your face. Rinse well with lukewarm water.
  • Do-it-yourself Facial Scrub Treatments – lemon juice, 1 tbsp of rice powder and corn flour – the rice powder is a natural exfoliant that leaves the skin shine-free and radiant, while the lemon adds a refreshing scent and acts as a brightening agent for dark spots and acne marks. Avoid use if you have sensitive skin.
  • Home-made Facial Masks – This is great for those of you who want to reduce shiny complexions. Make a paste out of water, 2 tbsp green clay, 1 tbsp each of honey and yogurt, plus two drops each of lemon juice and lavender oil. Put it on the same way you use a facial mask. Allow it to dry and suck up excess oil and dirt from your face then rinse with tepid water.

By using some of these natural oily skin remedies and tips, you can make a big difference in the way you feel and look.

Everyday Beauty Questions

What is the best makeup for oily skin?

Oily skin is tough to deal with especially in the summer.  My fix:  oil free primer and Make Up For Ever HD foundation powder.I know Mary Kay has a good mattifier, and I like Bare Escentuals foundation as it soaks up all the extra oil.  Keep blotting sheets with you for touch ups throughout the day.

Should you match your eyeshadow color to your clothes?

NO!  If you’re wearing a green shirt, don’t wear green eyeshadow- it’s too matchy matchy.  Instead, choose something that is opposite on the color wheel.  My biggest tip:  the brighter the clothes, the more neutral color the makeup- this doesn’t mean you need to do a simple look… You can wear a dramatic look if you have a bright pink top on, but go with a black smokey eye or a brown smudged look instead of something with color.  If you are wearing black, brown, or another neutral, then go with a brighter color for the eyes or lips for that “pop”.

 

How do I cover up acne?

Use concealer that is 1-2 shades darker than your skin.  If you use a light concealer, it’s only going to enhance the acne instead of actually hiding it.  The trick is to blend around the edges or apply foundation over the concealer to smooth out the color difference.  If you have redness from the acne, use a green concealer as it counteracts redness- you do need to apply foundation on top though so you don’t look like Kermit….

My favorite concealers:   Coastal Scents Camo Quad,  Make Up For Ever cream concealer, and Bobbi Brown Concealer (for under the eyes)

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How do you do your eyebrows?

I used to take a stiff angled brow brush and matte eyeshadow around the same color as my brows and fill in.  For the blank spots, I’ll take a dry feeling brow or eyeliner pencil and do small strokes to fill in.  But, recently I’ve fallen in love with Tarte’s Brow Mousse- it’s so easy to use and so natural looking, plus it lasts all day!

I do recommend for shaping the brows that you go 4 times a year to have them professionally shaped- Makeup artist, estheticians and hair stylists do brows on a regular basis and can analyze and create a shape that suits you as each person’s face and brows are different.  Then you can just tweeze or wax in between shapings…

How can I avoid looking pale in pictures?

If you know you’re having pictures done, wear extra makeup- especially for blush, lips, and lashes as the flash will wash you out.  If you feel you have just a little too much makeup on, then it’s probably just right for pictures.

7 Tips for Makeup Application Last All Day

 

Most women would prefer to have to apply their makeup once in the morning and have it last all day long.  Unfortunately, by midday, it is usually faded, smeared or smudged, and in need of a major refreshing.  However, there are some things you can do to help your makeup last longer.  Certain tricks and techniques will prevent you from having to do major repairs halfway through the day.

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What Are the Biggest  Problems With Getting Makeup to Last?

As the day wears on and we are exposed to sun and wind and fresh air, the  skin on our faces will produce more oil, which breaks down the makeup we so  carefully applied earlier.  Being able to  control oil and shine will help keep the foundation on and keep the skin tone  even.  Certain cosmetics products, like  mineral makeup, will often last longer because of the natural ingredients and  their ability to control the shine.
Also, eye makeup will often smudge or smear if we rub our  eyes.  Plus, if the right techniques are  not used to apply eyeliner and eye shadow, unsightly creases will appear,  making the makeup look less fresh and clumpy, and it may even start to flake  off.

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What Can You Do to  Help Makeup Last?

If you want your makeup to last all day long, then you need to use better  techniques to apply.  Using the right  beauty products in the right combination, perhaps with a quick midday touch-up,  will help you have a face that looks as fresh at the end of the day as it did  when you started.

Tips for How to Makeup Last All Day

  1. Start  with a perfectly clean face.  Never  apply fresh makeup over yesterday’s leftovers.   You should have washed your face the night before, so all you have to do  is use a toner to remove any oils that may have been created overnight.
  2. Use the  right moisturizer.  Choose a  moisturizer that is right for your skin type (e.g., normal, oily,  combination).  Don’t forget to always use  a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or greater—protecting your face from sun  exposure is super important for maintaining your beauty and reducing the aging  and damaging effects of sun exposure.
  3. Use  makeup primers to help smooth skin.  Primers  help to fill in small lines and wrinkles and make the skin ready to have makeup  applied.  Primers can help to even out  skin tone, minimize redness and help to conceal under eye bags and puffiness.
  4. Apply foundation evenly.  Choose a good foundation product, again, one  that is appropriate for your skin type.   Apply evenly, using a sponge rather than your fingers.  Try mineral based products for best results.
  5. Use  powder.  After applying foundation,  use a translucent powder to “set” the foundation and help prevent it from  breaking down due to skin oils.  Apply  the powder to your eyelids as well, to control the oils that will be created in  the eyelid area which will prevent creasing of the eye makeup as the day wears  on.
  6. Avoid  touching your face.  Resist the urge  to rub your eyes or touch your face during the day.  Not only are you likely to smear or smudge  your makeup, but the oils and dirt from your hands will cause the makeup to not  last as long.
  7. Touch up  as needed.  A quick lunchtime touch  up with a powder compact and disposable blotting papers can help to absorb the  oils that your skin has created in the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin), and  give you a fresh clean look that will last for the rest of the day.  Lightly apply another layer of translucent  powder by dabbing, not rubbing.  Also,  take a quick moment to reapply your lipstick, and you are ready to go!

You won’t have to worry about having that “end of the day”  look if you take the time to apply your makeup properly in the morning and just  take a few moments for a quick touch up in the middle of the day!  Help your makeup last by doing it right the  first time!

 

How To Hide or Minimize Large Pores

Large facial pores can really pull the spotlight away from your natural beauty. Compounding the problem, these pores are often located right in the middle of the face around the nose, cheeks and chin areas. While pores start out as barely visible, they enlarge over time due to age, skin damage, genetics and excess oil production. There may be nothing you can do to change the size of your pores, but there is plenty you can do to disguise their appearances.

Step 1

Wash your face twice per day with a facial exfoliant that contains salicylic acid. This acid helps dissolve oil and dirt stuck in the pores, thus allowing them to shrink back to their normal size. Massage the exfoliant into the skin using your fingers for at least 30 to 60 seconds before rinsing clean with water.

Step 2

Apply a small amount of oil-free moisturizer onto your face using your fingers, making sure to rub it in thoroughly. Focus on the areas of skin that contain large pores. Don’t apply too much moisturizer.

Step 3

Apply a pea-sized amount of a silicone-based primer to your skin by gently rubbing it evenly over your face. Concentrate on areas with enlarged pores. The primer will fill them in and smooth out your skin’s appearance.

Step 4

Use a makeup brush to pick up some powder-based foundation that matches your skin tone, then pat it onto your face. Gently patting the foundation on prevents the primer from rubbing off, which can occur with liquid foundations.

Step 5

Blot your face with oil-absorbing sheets throughout the day to remove excess oil. If desired, you may instead apply a liquid oil-absorbing product under your makeup; this product is designed to absorb oil all day. Blotting papers and liquid oil absorbers are available at drugstores and makeup counters.