Wearing make up can be a bit of a double-edged sword at times. One the one hand it can boost your looks and hide your insecurities and flaws, while on the other hand it can also hide your natural beauty. Furthermore, excessive make up can actually hinder the health of your facial skin and increase facial bacteria. Nonetheless, leaving the house without make up can be rather daunting, particularly if you don’t feel like you have the skin to pull it off. Here are a few tips on perfecting your skin so that you can walk around make up free and proud.
Here are a few bits of advice from tips to products to use.
Genes & Skin Type
Of course, the first thing that must be taken into consideration is the effect genes can inevitably have on your skin health. This means that if your family has acne prone skin then you very well may.
Furthermore, much of what works for your skin will depend on your skin type. This article will concentrate on oily skin.
If you have oily skin the first thing you want to do when you wake up is wash your face. It is recommended to use Biore’s complexion clearing Pore Underclogging Scrub. You can get this in most drug stores, as well as the Biore website and is inexpensive. You might feel it’s a bit strong to use in the morning but it works really well and you only need a pea-size amount, which will foam and lather considerably. Two percent of it is salicylic acid, which treats and prevents acne.
After washing and drying your face, you should put on some moisturizer oil lotion. A good lotion to use is Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion, for normal to dry skin. It works fantastic. You’ll find that it isn’t too oily and feels lightweight on your skin, keeping it moisturized throughout the day.
At night, you should wash your face again with the Biore Pore Underclogging Scrub, or if you’d prefer to mix things up a bit, you could use some St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. This is really cheap and doesn’t have any active ingredients in it and will only help to exfoliate your skin – which is why it’s so great.
Another great product to use at night is a toner such as Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel aloe vera formula. This softens the skin and shrinks pores so that they do not look so large. If you think you have large pores and need a toner, give this a try.
If you feel like using a peel off mask, Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful Facial Peel Off Mask is a great choice. It smells really good and clarifies and renews skin. It also removes blackheads and excess dirt and oil.
It is a good idea to use acne creams to prevent acne. Clean and Clear’s Advantage Acne Spot Treatment works wonders and like the Biore Pore Underclogging Scrub, it has two percent salicylic acid.
Your Hair and Apparel
Of course, looking good without make up isn’t all about the condition of your facial skin. Your image will also depend on the clothes you wear and your hair.
The particular type of hairstyle that works best for you will obviously depend on your facial shape and personal style. There are a number of websites – such as Secret Salons – that will not only give you inspiration for different hairstyles but also provide you with tutorials on how to style your hair.
On the matter of clothing, it must also be said that the particular clothes you wear will depend on your personality and style. However, you should not underestimate the importance clothing has on looking good and feeling confident without make up.
About the Author:
Sophia is a freelance make-up artist from Warwick and loves testing her creations out on her sister Amelia