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Skincare

Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin. It’s important to take proper care of your skin with a pro-active daily regimen. Understanding your skin, what it needs, and how it reacts is key to determining which skin prep products are best suited for you.

Seasonal and hormonal changes can affect the skin and the way it behaves. External and internal factors all play a role in the health of our skin. The skin is our largest “organ” and protects us, it’s important that we care for it.

STEP 1 Observe how your skin feels when you wake up, after cleansing, and mid-day. This can assist you in determining your skin type and needs.

PRO Tip: Oily skin needs moisturizer too, otherwise the skin will think it’s thirsty and over produce oil to compensate. In addition, excessive face washing will also kick oil production into overdrive and create problems for your skin. If you’re on the go, blotting papers are a great way to relieve unwanted shine without layering more product.

STEP 2 Choose a skin cleanser that is suited to accommodate your skin type. For example, someone with combination to oily skin might prefer a foaming cleanser to remove any oil residue and texture from the skin, while drier skin types may prefer a cream or milk cleanser as to not over cleanse and strip the skin of it’s natural moisture. Morning and night cleaning is the best practice for healthy skin.

STEP 3 Choose an exfoliator that your skin responds well to. Decide if your skin prefers an acid based or manual granular exfoliation routine. Observing how your skin reacts to exfoliating is important to determine how often to exfoliate. Over exfoliating can harm the skin surface, causing it to react and become sensitive or dry. Under exfoliating can leave skin feeling rough and dull. It’s about finding the delicate balance that works for you.

STEP 4 Find a moisturizer, or a combination of moisturizers that work best for your skin. This might mean you apply a richer moisturizer to the perimeter of your face, and a lighter one to the center. Often times one moisturizer works for the entire face.

Ensure that you are mindful of what kind of moisture your skin needs throughout changing seasons. You might have to change up your routine based on the environment and external factors.

Certain areas of your skin might need more love. For example, under the eyes, the neck and décolletage might benefit from specific creams to keep these areas moisturized and help with anti-aging

STEP 5 Apply your moisturizer to your face, neck and chest. It’s nice to give yourself a facial massage to increase blood flow and break up fatty tissues, relieving toxins from your skin. Think of it like a restorative workout for your face.

STEP 6 Next apply The Sensual Skin Primer or The Neo-Elixir Weightless Beauty Oil by gently pressing into the skin. This will create a smooth surface for makeup to glide on evenly for a natural result. Now your skin is prepped and ready to look it’s best!

PRO TipIt’s important to clean your brushes regularly — once a week — to keep skin free of bacteria.