YOUR FACE… the first thing people see when they meet you. Your face creates an important part of your entire image. It is difficult to feel attractive and radiate confidence if your skin doesn’t look good, right?
It is said that there is a strong connection between self-confidence and physical appearance. And I believe that to be true. Not loving your face can stop you from doing things that you want to do. For some people, it can even cause them to become anti-social.
Looking after your skin is vital if you are concerned about your physical appearance. I know some people are born with naturally great skin, and others have to work at it. And I know what you are thinking: there is always MAKE UP, and it would do the trick. Well, let me tell you that you can wear all the concealers, foundations and pressed powders on the planet, but covering your skin with temporary make up solutions will never make your skin look radiant and healthy – and it definitely will not stop those fine lines, wrinkles and the sagginess that comes with the ageing process.
Makeup should be used to enhance your natural features instead of completely hide them.
The right skincare regime for your skin type, a healthy diet, and embracing a healthy lifestyle are the best things for feeling and looking good. It’s just common sense – what you put in, you will get out!
Taking care of your skin requires a DAILY ROUTINE, especially if you want to achieve that flawless skin and delay the ageing process NATURALLY. I know, there are so many beauty products and professional facial treatments out there, making some of you feel overwhelmed and confused. But trust me, it doesn’t have to be complicated, nor does it have to break the bank.
SO WHERE DO YOU START?
1/ Know your skin type
Is your skin normal, dry, sensitive or oily? Using the wrong products for your skin type can actually cause more skin issues. So, selecting the appropriate products that suit your skin type is essential. Below is a quick overview of the four main skin types:
Your skin has an even tone, with few or no blemishes. Your skin doesn’t tend to get dry or greasy patches at the end of the day. Because your skin is usually clear, you probably get complimented on how healthy your complexion looks.
Your skin has a dull tone to it, with a dry, sometimes rough texture. Your skin feels tight and can be uncomfortable to you. Because of it, you may suffer from skin irritations occasionally. If you are not on top of the dryness, fine lines will appear much sooner with this skin type.
The texture of your skin is thick with large, visible pores. You are prone to blackheads and spots. Your skin tends to go greasy throughout the day. The good thing is you are less likely to suffer from premature ageing because your sebaceous glands are overactive.
Your skin has been aggravated by temperature extremes, chemicals and some ingredients used in your skincare. Food allergies can also be the cause of your skin’s sensitivity. The texture of your skin is thin and looks translucent. Your skin can look blotchy and often has some noticeable broken capillaries. Your rashes and stinging patches tend to come and go.
2/ Cleanse & Tone AM & PM without fail
How to cleanse your skin:
Cleanse your face and your neck for a good 2 minutes every morning and before going to bed.
Use a cleanser suitable for your skin type.
Wash your face with warm water as too hot or too cold can damage the capillaries of your skin and may also cause dryness.
It is important to avoid products that contain drying alcohol. The alcohol irritates and strips away the skin’s natural moisture.
Personally, cleansing is the most important step in caring for your skin.
3/ Develop a morning and evening skincare system
In the morning, I recommend to: cleanse & tone. Apply your serum, eye cream and then your moisturiser. Don’t forget your SPF minimum 15 or alternatively you could use a Vitamin C serum.
In the evening, I recommend to: cleanse & tone. Apply your night oil/balm and seal it with your moisturiser. If your skin is oily, you may choose not to wear a moisturiser at night.
4/ Facial massage
A favourite of mine. Massaging your face daily is very effective in the fight against signs of ageing – it stimulates blood flow, removes waste and toxins. It also improves muscle tone: lifting, softening your lines and wrinkles and helping your skin to stay healthy and radiant. I love to use Organic Jojoba Oils or Argan oil.
I do not recommend to massage and overstimulate your skin if it is extremely sensitive or if you have any skin issues like acne.
On a final note, please see your doctor or a dermatologist if you suffer from the following skin conditions: severe acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea… as you may need prescription treatment.
If you would like to learn how to create a simple yet effective daily beauty routine and also how to create a natural daytime make up look that takes little time and effort, my Skincare and Make up Consultation is for you. Or if you have any questions get in touch with me here.
Melanie is an Image Therapist, Facialist and Feminine Empowerment Coach based in central London. She offers Authentic Image Transformation from the inside out for women ready to elevate their personal and professional life.