2015 was the year of make up experimentation. I know, I’m not 16 anymore, but what I didn’t do then, I decided to do now, minus the blue eyeshadow that apparently every 16-year-old has worn at least once. I found tutorials online and tried all sorts of different ones to figure out what type of make up works for my face and my lifestyle and I’m very happy that towards the end of the year I was a pro (for my own face). I’ve also invested into better skin care. I used the cheapest cleanser from the drugstore for years, but last year my skin was drier than ever and I had the worst break outs. I later found out that these harsh cleansers were mostly responsible for my break outs. But I’ll get to that in a moment. Here’s what my advice is, now that I am too far into the beauty and skin care game (and I have the best skin I’ve had in a very long while).
Find out what type of skin you have.
I knew my skin was dry, but reading more about it, I found out that my skin is dehydrated. The reasons are that first, I don’t drink enough water and secondly, the winter in Trondheim is dry and cold. I also found that I have very sensitive skin. I used to break out very often when I was using certain make up products, but I hadn’t made a connection until very recently. Now I know that all my skin care has to be specifically for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin and same goes for my make up.
If you have dry or sensitive skin, avoid facial scrubs, deep cleansing masks and face brushes.
Dry and sensitive skin can be irritated very easily. There is absolutely no reason to use face brushes and facial scrubs that may give you the impression of squeaky clean skin (by the way this is not how skin should feel like ever), but they also disturb a sensitive skin. Deep cleansing masks tend to dry skin even further, so I find no reason to use these either.
Always, no matter what, take your make up off.
To take my make up off, I use a wet cotton pad with a dab of extra-virgin coconut oil (this is the same one that I use for cooking, but I’ve set some apart for when I want to take my make-up off). This takes care of every type of make up. Then, I remove all residue with micellar water. I’ve tried different brands. Right now I am going through a bottle of Bioderma and before that I was using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Micellar Water. Both do a great job, but they’re slightly more drying, since they’re meant to be for oily skin, so I’m still on the lookout for a great micellar water that won’t dry out my skin.
When it comes to my everyday morning and night face cleaning routine these days, I’ve been using this Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, that leaves my skin feeling hydrated and top it with this Clinique Clarifying Lotion. Both of these products are part of the 3-step system for very dry to dry skin. Regular soap (and most facial foaming cleansers) is too drying and can disturb the natural pH of your skin, as well as get rid of the natural oils, leaving your skin unprotected.
These days I use oils that are homemade mix, but I have my eye on a facial oil from Kiehl’s. I have never bought an oil for my face and I would like to see how a store-bought one makes me feel, in comparison to a homemade one. For moisturizer, I use many different ones, some that are from that homemade collection that a friend makes. I also use the La Roche-Posay Nutritic Intense Riche Nutri-Reconstituting Cream, which works like a dream. On top of that, I’ve been testing out Clinique Moisture Surge, but it’s not as rich as the La Roche-Posay one and I won’t be purchasing it when my tester is empty. For the eyes, I’m using the Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream and I’m quite happy with the results.
Use a bb cream instead of foundation.
After buying one full coverage foundation after the other for ten years and rarely using them, because I hate the feeling on the skin, I found Lisa Eldridge. She keeps saying that a pimple or two doesn’t mean you need a full coverage foundation. You can instead use a light coverage bb cream and cover the rest with a tiny (seriously) bit of concealer. Before I used concealer all over the centre of my face and it was a bit excessive. Now I’m using concealer for my under eyes and any red spots that show through a layer of Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. I just bought it and I haven’t made up my mind around it yet. I’ll let you know in due time, when I’m ready to talk about concealers.
Avoid silicone, parabens and oil.
Most of the foundations have one or the other. Silicone dries the skin (and hair as well) in the long run, even though it makes it look flawless when you wear it. Oil is not bad if you don’t have oily skin, but I prefer to use high quality natural oils on my skin before I apply my foundation. As for parabens, they’re supposed to be evil, so better safe than sorry. There are few brands that sell products that fit these requirements and I am still looking for a great bb cream, so if you have a recommendation (for sensitive, dry skin) I’d love to test it out.
Don’t forget the lips.
After many years of dried and chapped lips, I found the perfect lip balm. However, it’s not possible to get hold of it anymore, which makes me really sad because it was perfect and cheap. I’ve been also using the Nuxe Reve de Miel (also almost empty) and while it keeps my lips moisturized, I find the texture weird. Any recommendations on that front?
Here’s my updated skin care routine. I’ve been moving towards more natural products, as well as products that fit my skin perfectly and I’ve seen such a big change. What are your current favorites?