I can’t stress enough the need for a good and simple,YES I said simple, skin care routine. After many years working in the beauty industry I still get surprised every time I ask a client how many times a week she exfoliates. The answer is almost always a puzzled expression. Some actually look at me like I have 3 heads and am speaking esperanto.
Hear me out girls and boys, taking care of your skin is one of the most important things you can do if you know you’ll be photographed, filmed and most important wearing makeup at the same time. Not only for these reasons however since the title of this post states 30 days to your skin makeover let’s pretend you have 30 days to prep your skin for an important event, we all have those in our lives right? So I hope.
A lot of women think they can ignore the state of their skin leading to their wedding because they’ve hired a professional makeup artist and she/ he will make it work for them. I hear it all the time: Can you make me look 20 years younger? What about these large pores? Oh my God, look at the lines around my eyes!!!
Darlings, makeup will only maximize any texture that is already present in your skin. If you don’t exfoliate and hydrate, foundation will be on to those old skin cells like it’s going out of style, under eye concealer will bring lines out and you will be saying to the poor makeup artist that his/her makeup is making your look older. Help yourself and your makeup artist out, take care of your skin.
For the models out there, your face is your money maker, don’t dream of ever landing a beauty campaign if your skin is short of phenomenal honey! I know, I know, there’s photoshop but the client will never book a girl whose skin require more post work than what’s standard just because you think so. Take care of what makes you a model: your face, your skin.
How do you start? I can guarantee it’s never too late. I’m definitely not a fan of long routines and regimes and absolutely don’t think that for you to have good skin you need the $600 creams being sold at the upscale department stores. This is totally a question of preference and budget. If money is no object by all means treat yourself to one of the die for La Prairie facials offered at Bloomingdale’s Orlando by Elizabeth Longuette, facialist extraordinaire. If you’re on a budget no problem at all, there are a lot of good quality skin care products being sold in the mass market nowadays that rival their luxe counterparts and do an amazing job as well.
So here is the plan:
1. Cleanse: Non-negotiable, every day twice( morning & night) if you’re oily. Once (night time to remove makeup) if you’re dry. I have dry skin so I splash my face in the morning with water and use a cleanser at night.
2. Exfoliate: This step needs to be done 2 to 3 times a week. You can use a physical exfoliator also known as scrub, the type that you massage onto your skin and rinse off or you can use a chemical exfoliator which comes in lotion or gel form that you apply to your skin and leave it overnight.
3. Hydrate face: During the day you need a moisturizer with spf (also non-negotiable) and at night time a cream or lotion depending whether your skin is oily, normal or dry.
4. Hydrate eye area: If you asked me whether you needed an eye cream a year or so ago I would probably say no and recommend that you used the same product that you used on your face for around the eyes, however I’ve noticed that the lotion I was using for my face at night time was not giving me much hydration around my eye area(Did you know that we don’t produce any oil around the eyes?). I started to use a thicker(more hydrating) product for around my eyes and noticed a huge difference specially when applying my concealer. So I do recommend a separate product for your eye area now just because I experienced the need for it myself and have a completely new take on eye creams.
Yes, it’s this simple! Of course there are many other accessory treatments that you can add to your routine such as peels, facials etc but I’m trying to address the “do nothing crowd” and for them this will be exactly what they’ll need to prepare and possibly keep their skin looking good from here on out.
Here are some product suggestions:
Laura Mercier Flawless skin one-step cleanser
Cerave Foaming facial cleanser
Alpha Hydrox Enhanced lotion 10% Glycolic AHA(chemical)
Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir (chemical)
Nivea skin refining scrub (physical)
Boots expert sensitive gentle smoothing scrub (physical)
Clinique 7 day scrub (physical)
Day time moisturizer
Olay Complete ageless skin renewing uv lotion spf 20
Lab series Daily Moisture defense lotion spf 15
Night time moisturizer
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream night
Roc Multi correction night treatment
Shiseido Bio performance super eye contour cream
What’s your skin care routine? Can you add to the list of products above? I would love to hear from you!
Photography: Betsy Hansen
Hair & makeup: Simone Rosas