Makeup is such a powerful tool that makes women feel confident as well as look presentable. In fact, Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson (Too Faced Founders) too believe that “Makeup is power”! Though Makeup add a glow to our face but it’s side effects does harm your skin especially if your skin is sensitive. “Happy and Healthy skin” makes your makeup look prettier, so here are few tips to maintain your skin’s health!
Pre-Makeup Preparation for your skin:
It is very important to prepare your skin before wearing makeup since it acts as a shield for your skin to save it from harmful effects of the products. So you can follow these steps for your skin prep:
Choose a right cleanser and its application
Selecting a right cleanser is very important specially if your skin is sensitive. Select a pH balanced cleanser, it is always advisable to go for a low pH based cleanser that also works during winter since at a particular point of time our skin becomes dry and it helps in hydrating our skin. Our skin’s pH balance usually stays between 4.5 to 6 so, one can select a cleanser whose pH balance is 5 or 5.5. If you are facing acne issues then low pH balanced cleanser is best for you since low pH is more acidic and often fight bacteria that usually brings up issue like acne and more. And if you have a normal skin type i.e. not too dry and not too oily, then a choose cleanser that best suits your skin. Here are few examples of pH balanced cleanser: Neutrogena’s ultra gentle daily Cleanser, CeraVe Foaming Face Cleanser, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, Soy Face Cleanser, Philosophy’s Purity made simple cleanser. Now after selecting a suitable cleanser for you, apply it on your face and neck, follow the instructions provided to you mentioned on the product and rinse your face and neck thoroughly.
Removing Dead cells using Exfoliating scrub
Cleanser usually removes the dirt but not the dead cells. Dead cells are mainly known as “Keratinocytes” made up of fibrous protein keratin. They gradually move up and reach the outer layer of the skin where they die and forms various layers of dead cells also known as “stratum corneum” leading to creating excess oils, clogged pores, acne and more that’s why exfoliating your skin is a must. You can choose a suitable exfoliating scrub that is gentle and contains small granules. Here are few examples of best exfoliating scrub that are available in India: Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya facial scrub, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Clinique Face Scrub, Lancôme Exfoliating Microdermabrasion. After selection of exfoliating scrub, apply it on your face and neck by rubbing in circular direction slowly. Rinse off thoroughly.
Application of Serum
Applying Serum post-exfoliation helps penetrate the rich vitamins and other active ingredients deeply into your skin. Serum is basically a very light moisturizer that penetrates in your skin leaving it smoother, reduces pores, increases moisture levels and minimizes big concerns like wrinkles. It is advisable to buy serum that contains Vitamin C for smooth skin. Here are few examples of Good serums that you can use for the best results: Neutrogena’s Fine Fairness Brightening Serum, Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Serum, L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Youth Booster Serum, Juicy Chemistry Frankincense & Hemp seed, Olay White Radiance Brightening Intensive Fairness Serum.
Application of Moisturizer
Apply a good moisturizer that offers all day long hydration along with SPF or if your moisturizer doesn’t offer SPF, you can apply sunscreen after the application of your moisturizer. This will act as a smooth base for application of makeup. Here are few examples of good moisturizers: Neutrogena’s oil free moisturizer with SPF 35, Olay Complete SPF 30, Aveeno positively radiant SPF 30, CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30.
Using Primer for staging a base for your makeup
Primer sets a base for your makeup leaving smooth skin as well as protect your moisturizer. So here are the best Primers available in India: MAC Prep+Prime, Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Primer, L’Oréal Paris Base Magique Primer, Miss Claire Studio Perfect Professional Makeup Primer.
Post-Makeup Skin care:
Now it is very important to remove your makeup allowing your skin to breathe! So here are the four steps that you can follow:
Removing your makeup
You have several options of removing your make up like using wet wipes, moisturizer cream and cotton or using makeup removal micellar water for easy removal of your makeup. You can use Garnier Skin Natural micellar cleaning water for the best results.
Cleanse your face with pH balanced cleanser
You can further clean your face using pH balanced cleanser for proper removal of makeup.
Use a Toner
Using a toner is important for maintaining skin’s pH level as well as closing the pores of your skin. Best Toners available in India are: Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-free Toner, Clarins Paris Lotion Tonique, Himalaya Refreshing & Clarifying Toner, The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin clearing Toner.
Moisturizing your skin
Last but not the least moisturizing your skin is a must. Use vitamin E based moisturizer for maintaining health of your skin. Here are examples of best moisturizer: The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, Fabindia Daily Moisturizing Cream, Fabindia Skin Hydrating Cream, L’Oréal’s Pearl Perfect Day Cream.