Saturday, September 26, 2015

MY TOP SKINCARE TIPS

medicine cabinet skincare tips

Welcome back beauties for the fourth and final installment in my skincare series!  If you’ve been drowning in pumpkin spiced lattes and missed my last three posts you can check out my morning routine by clicking HERE, my nighttime routine HERE, and the pampering edition HERE.  Today I will be sharing with you my top tips & tricks to get amazing looking skin.  As much as I love makeup,  I would feel like a hypocrite if I spent all my time and energy on my makeup routine and neglected the canvas underneath.  I feel that our skin is such a window into our health and if we’re sick, tired, stressed, or tossing back too many martinis it always shows up on our skin.  The appearance of our skin can really affect our confidence, I know it affects mine, and hopefully by utilizing the tips & tricks below we will all achieve luminous, clear, J.Lo-esque skin in no time.  Keep reading to learn my best, and leave me a comment below letting me know your best skincare advice!  Hope you have a great weekend ladies!!

(P.S.  A lot of what I have learned about skincare has come from reading Caroline Hiron’s blog.  The witty Brit is an advanced facialist and brand manager and her brutally honest take on skincare and product reviews is refreshing.  She is a skincare goddess, a wealth of knowledge, and hysterical.  Go check her out. )

  1. Drink lots and lots and lots of water.  Hydration starts from the inside out and if we're dehydrated it will produce dry, tight, and flaky skin. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to help rid the body and skin of toxins.  If you're not a fan of plain water try coconut water, or adding a lemon or lime wedge to spice things up.
  2. Wear SPF anytime we know we’re going to be in the sun.  Or look for beauty products that have SPF built into them. I love wearing my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer during the summer months for this exact reason, SPF 20 what what?!  I was reading 90% of the signs of aging (wrinkles, brown spots) are caused by the sun, and not by your body's natural aging process.  (Goes and slathers body head to toe in SPF 60.)
  3. Don’t touch your face and be aware of what else is touching your face.  Dirty hand towels, dirty cell phones, dirty work phone = spreading bacteria onto your face.  If you feel acne cropping up around your jaw line this may be the culprit.  I would recommend wiping down your phone with an anti-bacterial wipe regularly and making sure you use a fresh washcloth nightly when cleansing as to not spread bacteria.
  4. Less is more.  When you feel your skin acting up it’s best to return to the basics.  As a beauty blogger I am sometimes culprit to the idea that more is more and my skin routine can suddenly turn into a 10 product brigade.  Step back, pare down your routine to two or three products that you know your skin loves, and stick with it.
  5. Let your skin breathe.  Having a couple days out of the week that you go sans makeup is so important for letting your skin breathe and decongest. 
  6. Be aware of how sleep, stress, and diet affects your skin! Dr. Howard Murad, founder of Murad Skincare said, "Your health and appearance are positively influenced by increasing your emotional and mental well-being. “  Could not agree with the man more.  Poor sleep equals a puffy face in the morning and stress can set off hormones that cause acne.  If you have chronic skin aliments such as eczema or rosacea cutting dairy out of your diet can really help to improve these symptoms as well.  So basically we should all be living zen vegan lifestyles and getting nine hours of sleep a night…lofty goals.  Does drinking a glass of red wine while knitting and watching Grey’s Anatomy count?
  7. When you are looking to play around with your skincare only introduce one new product into your routine at a time.  This way if your skin has a bad reaction to something you know the culprit.  If you throw a new moisturizer, toner, and face wash in all at once it can be a shit storm.
  8. Do not pick at your spots! Popping pimples and harassing your skin will only push dirt and bacteria deeper into our pores, resulting in more breakouts and scarring.  I can’t judge because I am a culprit of this myself and have the scars to prove it, but it is really not worth it for the irreparable damage we cause to our skin.  If you see a spot lurking wait till a white head has formed, cover with a hot compress, and with a clean washcloth push both sides of the spot to pop it.   
  9. Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of a good facial.  If you feel like you're really in a skincare rut shell out some $$ and book yourself a facial with a reputable esthetician.  They can clear out any existing blackheads and problem areas and provide advice on how to best tackle your skincare concerns.  
  10. Skincare brushes are all the rage now and are amazing at lifting debris and dirt from our skin and improving circulation.  To offer these coveted skincare tools at three price points we have the swanky Clarisonic Mia at $195, the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System at $34.99, or you can kick it old school with a $2 baby hairbrush that works just at well.
  11. If you have dry skin try wash your skin in luke warm water, hot water will only dehydrate your skin more!
  12. Don’t forget about your neck!  Any products you use on your face (cleanser, serums, moisturizer, sunscreen) should also be brought down your neck.  The neck is one of the first body parts to show aging, so show this area a little TLC now and your older self will thank you.               
  13. Wash your makeup off every single night before you go to bed.  Cleansing wipes do not count!  Making sure you take your makeup off at the end of every day is the biggest favor you can do for your skin. 
  14. Apply your cleanser on dry skin.  When you apply your cleanser on dry skin first, and massage in for about a minute or so before adding water, this step can really help in breaking down your makeup, sunscreen, and any additional grime while also stimulating your facial muscles.  It may sound a little unorthodox, but this gentle massage will stimulate circulation and keep us looking young and vibrant.  It’s a win-win.
  15. Make sure you’re washing your makeup brushes weekly.  Bacteria can harbor on unwashed brushes and lead to break outs.  Not cool.  I personally wash my brushes with Johnson’s baby shampoo and find it does the job splendidly.

xoxo Nicole

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