A lot of girls swear by makeup. They either cannot leave the house without makeup or hate how they look like without makeup. Sure, you can slap on primer, foundation, concealer and all those products to achieve the flawless effect but, at the end of the day, you're just covering up instead of erasing.
Instead of focusing packing on all those products on your face to cover up blemishes, you should shift your focus to erasing all those blemishes to begin with. I'm not asking you to give up all those makeup products that you swear by. All I'm saying is that you need the perfect skin care routine to go with your perfect foundation routine.
A skin care routine consists of products that you put on day and night in order to replenish and nourish your skin. It will help lessen the blemishes and, consequently, lessen the amount of time that it takes for you to get ready in the morning.
Before anything, you have to find out what your skin type is. Your skin can either fall in the dry, oily, combination or normal category. Keep in mind, though, it's not always one or the other. You can have normal to oily skin or normal to dry skin. Combination skin on the other hand is having dry spots on some areas on your faces but, at the same time, having oily areas on the other parts. Knowing your skin type will help you find products that are formulated to work with the specific skin type you have.
The first step to any skin care routine is to cleanse. You need to clean your face from all the dirt and germs that got there while you were going about your day. You typically need to cleanse your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Of course, you can manipulate this to suit your skin and lifestyle better.
A product that you're going to need is a facial wash. They may vary in the name but they are generally the same thing made for the same purpose. Another product that you're going to need for cleansing is a make-up remover. They may come in cleansing wipes, cold creams or the typical makeup remover. You just need to find the type that works for you the best.
A controversial product is the toner. Toners are meant to take excess dirt and grime from your face. Some people say that if you still need a toner, then you better look for a better facial wash because the one you're using is not good enough. Generally, facial cleansers and toners do the same thing so, it's up to your personal discretion to see if a toner is necessary or not.
The next step is exfoliation. What this does is it scrubs the dead skin off of your face. You typically use this twice a week but this is where it really varies. People who have sensitive skin exfoliate a lot less than twice a week but people who don't have sensitive skin exfoliate a lot more.
Finding a product to help exfoliate is relatively easy. You just have to look for exfoliators or they're sometimes called facial scrubs.
The third step is to moisturize. Moisturizing makes the skin softer and suppler. It is vital that you look for a moisturizer that suits your skin tone. People who have oily-skin needs a moisturizer that is specially formulated for their specific skin type. Same goes for people with dry skin.
The last step is sun protection. Some makeup products already have SPF in their formulation so you can simply work this into your foundation routine. Basically, it protects your skin from sun damage.
This is the basic framework of a good skin care routine. You can add or remove products to better accommodate your skin type because what works for one person will not necessarily work for someone else.
Take time to research your skin type and look for products that work for you because a clear face beats a face full of makeup, any day.
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