Let’s talk skin.
I’ll be honest; I hate talking about skincare. I’m no guru by any means, and as far as beauty products are concerned, I don’t spend a lot of time researching or testing out skincare products. Quite frankly, it’s always been a bit of a snooze for me. If I get my makeup off, wash my face and moisturize, the job is done.
I’ve also been terribly neglecting going to the dermatologist, but that’s a story for another time.
I’m not the best at practicing what I preach. I’ve made progress in removing my makeup every evening, but that’s about it. Before primer, creams or powder, skin is your true foundation. It’s important to take care of it and treat it well, and it makes a world of difference in makeup application and appearance. Hell, having better skin might encourage me to reach for the BB cream instead of the full-coverage foundation every once in a while.
I’ve made some recent discoveries that have changed my skincare routine, if we can call it that, and if you suffer from horrifically dry skin or get an uber tight face after washing, this post might be right up your alley.
Long ago, Clean & Clear discontinued my favorite foaming makeup removing wash. For years I hated the idea of having to use something to remove my makeup and something to wash, but if you aren’t doing at least those two steps, you are merely surface cleaning. I’ve been through washes, towelettes, oils and creams, and nothing gave me that “A-ha!” moment… until now.
I stumbled upon Garnier’s Micellar Cellular Water at ULTA and I haven’t looked back. Micellar water fits into a strange category of its own – somewhere between a toner and a wash – and it’s a liquid formula comprised of micelles (if you want to get scientific, read on here) that trap all the dirt, oil and makeup on your face. It requires no rinsing, and the best part, IMO, is that it doesn’t strip your skin, yet leaves you feeling clean and refreshed.
I’ve never found a product that removes my makeup this well and leaves my face feeling incredibly soft and moisturized, even. I have used cold cream to remove stubborn makeup many times in the past, and I still do, but it requires rinsing after wiping it off because I feel like an oil slick. When I’ve thoroughly cleansed the night before, many times in the mornings I don’t want to wash my face again because I’ll turn into the Sahara Desert. Not a chance with micellar water. I wake up, pour onto a cotton pad, swipeswipeswipe, and I feel refreshed, awake and all the overnight oils are gone. This might be a miracle product.
I’ve added a little something else to my beauty routine – facial sprays. I never understood it until I tried it. They’ve blown up recently and you can find a spray for just about anything – to get dewy skin, to hydrate, to soothe redness and sensitivity and simply to prep your skin. I’ve long been a user of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, and I can’t say enough good things. It refreshes my skin, and not only adds moisture to make makeup application smoother, but it helps retain moisture throughout the day. Since adding Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray to my daily routine, I’ve noticed a drastic difference in the look and feel of my skin. I use this fresh out of the shower or just after washing my face, morning and night, and any dryness from facial products or hot water is instantly relieved. It’s a very gentle formula and the light rose scent is pleasant, even for a non-floral lover like myself.
If you’ve made any skincare revelations lately, I’d love to hear about them! Any of you oily skin sisters care to share a recommendation or two? Skin is a tricky little bugger, and I think I may finally be on the path to figuring mine out. Now if only I would get myself to the dermatologist like I promised myself at the new year… oops.