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I like for Glamorously You to be a place for information and inspiration…but not the stuff you hear over and over again. With that in mind, I wanted to compile a quick guide with my best skin care tips and tricks that I have experienced to be tried and true. So peruse your way through and hopefully you will be able to improve your regimen!
Our skin is like a map – we have areas of rougher terrain, sensitive spots, and smoother planes. This means that one mask is unlikely to fix all of our skin’s problems at once. It is beneficial to really study your skin up close throughout the year to see changes in texture, problem areas, and consistencies (I’m sure a dermatologist can also do this for you quicker and with more detail). This will enable you to better choose which masks are right for you.
For me, I have combination skin with an oily t-zone, large pores around my nose, dry spots around my jaw and temples, and mild acne when I’m stressed or don’t clean my makeup brushes (oops!). To combat all of this, I use two masks placed in specific areas.
The Mario Badescu Flower & Tonic Mask goes on my t-zone and cheeks to reduce oiliness and refine my pores. L’Oreal’s Exfoliate & Refine Clay Mask goes everywhere else. This mask has grittiness to it so when I remove everything, I like to rub it in circles all over my face to get a great exfoliation. Both of these masks are wonderful because they do not leave my skin dry at all like many others tend to do. It’s kind of a miracle!
All in all, figure out what your skin needs the most in what areas and go from there. Is it dull and need brightening? Or are your pores in need of a deep clean and tightening? Don’t get romanticized by all the fancy masks out there. Get what your skin needs the most and stick with it so you can get the best results.
Nobody’s perfect. I’m not perfect. I pop my pimples sometimes. I know, bad idea but sometimes we just can’t help ourselves, right?! Here are a couple tips to do it and not totally rip our skin apart:
- Wait until the blemish is fully-formed and has a white surface. You want it to be as white as possible which means most of the icky stuff has come to the surface requiring less squeezing. You’ll regret trying to pop anything else.
- Before getting into it, make sure your face and hands are clean. I also like to place a tissue over each hand so my fingers aren’t directly touching my skin. You can use gloves as well.
- Gently give a couple squeezes. If nothing comes out right away, it’s not ready. Wait another day.
- If something does come out, gently squeeze until there is no more white substance. If it starts to bleed, then it’s “empty”. Stop squeezing!
- Give it a few minutes to settle down and for any oozing to stop. Then apply an acne cream or Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion which works wonders! (It also works great for preventing smaller pimples from growing)
- The blemish won’t reform if your skin doesn’t remain swelled or if it doesn’t hurt after. If it does, you can most likely expect a new pimple to be there when you wake up the next morning. Sorry, it happens!
My skin is prone to acne scars whether I pop my pimples or not. That sucks, right?! So here is my trifecta for fading those babies out.
This process makes room for new and improved skin cells to thrive. It is one of the easiest ways to help combat acne scars. Only do this once or twice a week though – too much exfoliation can dry your skin out.
This stuff is magic in a bottle. It is a combination of various ingredients like lavender oil and Vitamin E that work wonders on scars, stretch marks, and dry skin. I put a generous amount on my scarred areas every morning and night before applying moisturizer. Within weeks, you will see a difference!
Most scars go away when old layers of skin cells are shed and new ones are given room to come in and using a derma-roller helps with this process. It looks like a miniature Medieval torture device, I know, but it will make your skin sing, trust me. The roller is covered with micro-needles that essentially aerate your skin, like grass! It gets the blood pumping making way for supple and brightened skin. There are various sizes of needles you can get but I recommend a .5mm which works just fine and isn’t painful. Anything longer can cause more pain, minor bleeding, and skin damage if used improperly.
*Click to check out my favorite derma-roller!
Makeup Removal & Double Cleansing
For years, I was hooked on the Aveeno Makeup Removing Wipes but recently I wanted to try something new. Cleansing oils had caught my eye and I decided to give it a shot. Here is my new double cleansing routine that will work for anyone who wears makeup on the regular.
- I take a small amount of the Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil and rub it all over my face which literally melts my makeup away. I then take a warm, wet washcloth and wipe it all away.
- Next, I use the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel to remove any makeup that is left and to cleanse my face. I love this product because it left my skin feeling soft and not stripped like other cleansers.
I recommend double cleansing any time you are wearing makeup. The first cleanse gets the makeup off and the second removes any excess and further cleanses your face. The extra step may be a nuisance but your skin will thank you – and so will the environment for not using up all those wipes!
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What are your best skin care tips? Let me know in the comments!