What Lies Beneath

Hello Beauties and Welcome Back!

Today we’re going to talk about beauty and the skin you’re in. It doesn’t matter if you love makeup, you hate it, you wear it every day or only on special occasions. There are several things that are important and many things that factor into the success of your glam look no matter how fabulous or basic.

Your Canvas
Your skin is your canvas and whether you do or don’t care for it can affect the way your makeup looks and can affect your life. There are many different skin types, oily, dry, combination, clear, textured (acne- prone), mature (seasoned) and hyperpigmented (discolored). Every canvas should be cleansed on a daily basis and moisturized with some type of non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) facial moisturizer that includes SPF as well. That applies to all skin types and melanin rich people too. Notice I said all skin types, that includes oily and dry skin as well. Questions and problems tend to arise when we have to pick what is going to work best for our skin.

Some of us may be under the impression that oily skin does not need to be moisturized That is not true. When oily skin is not moisturized or hydrated, it causes stress to your skin glands and your skin will produce more oil. Hydration is also important for dryer skin as well. Mature skin requires the same kind of love, care and attention in addition to some type of regenerating or rejuvenating skincare.
For all skin types consuming adequate amounts of water daily is very important, it works on our skin and many other things from the inside out. The foods we eat, the beverages we drink, the amount of sleep we get also impacts what our skin looks like. Utilizing toners, astringents, masks and night creams can also help the skin look fresh and vibrant.

If you experience more serious skin conditions such as severe acne, dermatitis, extreme redness or hyperpigmentation, there are many products on the market. It is easy to become overwhelmed and you must be precise about what you’re trying. You must also use a product line long enough to see results. If you have an adverse reaction you should stop using the product immediately. Remember that every product does not render the same result for every person even if they share the same skin type or condition. In that case, it would be wise to see a Dermatologist or Esthetician for a professional assessment on what is the best course of action to treat your skin. It should be noted that most Estheticians give a free consultation if you’re concerned about the cost.

Beauty and skincare can be overwhelming, that’s why the cosmetic and beauty industry’s revenue is well in to the billions.

Before We Apply

As I previously stated, cleansing your skin is one of the most important things to do daily. After cleansing your skin, a face primer should be applied. Facial primers are created for skin types as well, oily, dry, combination, pore and line fillers, etc. Do your research and choose accordingly. There are water and oil/silicone based primers. DO NOT mix water and oil/silicone based primers together. Color correcting should take place after prep and priming. Some facial primers come in color correcting colors. We’ll talk about how to color correct later. Whichever base/primer you use, your foundation should also contain the same main ingredient to help minimize creasing. Remember oil and water don’t mix. So, if water is one of the main ingredients in your primer, it should be the same for your foundation. If oil/silicone is one of the main ingredients in your primer, you should choose the same for your foundation. You will need to read 4-5 ingredients down on the list to be able to fully determine what ingredients are in your foundation. Even if you set your foundation, if the main ingredients and foundation are not the same, you may experience creasing or separation at some point. In some rare instances, you can use a water base primer and an oil/silicone base foundation, but you should really massage your primer into your skin and let it sink in prior to the application of your foundation.

If your primer and foundation routine is working well for you, continue as you were. Keep popp’n!
I want to note that I am not an Esthetician nor do I have any dermatological experience. I personally see a dermatologist as needed and an Esthetician. These views are my opinion based on my experience with many different skin types.

As always as we beautify ourselves on the outside, let’s continue to let God’s beauty radiate from the inside!