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MAI's Glitz and Glam Makeup Corner: Daily Skin Care Regimen

Good day beautiful!

First and foremost, let me welcome you to my new blog series on makeup! This is my first post on this subject and I have to admit, I'm super excited! Recently, I completed a Makeup Artistry Program at a fabulous school called, "The Academy of Makeup" in Cockeysville, MD. As I embark, on this newest endeavor in my career as a rising, Professional Makeup Artist, I wanted to begin sharing some of the most valuable concepts that I learned. As ladies I know sometimes, we do what we do, such as, put on foundation but we never think about why it's important to properly clean our face prior to application, or other techniques that are important so that our makeup will look flawless. These weekly posts will be a quick and easy read to give you a few pointers on how to be glamorous at all times, even with a fresh and simple everyday makeup application!

First things First! Let's Start With Your FACE!

I wanted to start this blog series with the importance of having a proper daily skin care regimen. This is fundamentally at the base of a beautiful and flawless makeup application. You cannot and will not have a beautiful look at the end of the day, if your skin is not clean. When you wear makeup, particularly, if you wear it on a regular basis it is imperative that you have a great daily skin care regimen. So I came up with an acronym to help us remember the basis of a healthy skin care regimen. It is called, FACE. Below, I will guide you through the essentials of your FACE, and I hope this help you to make better skin care choices.

F - FAMILIAR with your Skin Type

In order for you to get started with your daily skin care regimen, you must know your skin type. Here are the different skin types that you could be:

  • Normal skin is balanced, clear, and not sensitive.

  • Dry skin is flaky, scaly, or rough.

  • Oily skin is shiny, greasy, and may have big pores.

  • Combination skin is dry in some spots (cheeks) and oily in others (forehead, nose, and chin).

  • Sensitive skin may sting, burn, or itch after you use some makeup or other products.

It is important to know which skin type that you have, so that when you purchase products for cleansing your face and use them, they will directly impact your problem areas.

A - APPETITE affects your skin

Remember your diet and added stress also has an affect on your skin. You must maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated. Hydration is critical to your skin. I cannot stress it enough. Having the proper amount of sleep each day, eating a well-balanced meal, and drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day will do wonders for your skin. Avoid foods that are high in cholesterol, trans fats, saturated fats, salt, and sugar. Get plenty of sleep to avoid dark circles, fine lines, dull skin, and other side effects of bad rest.

C - CLEANSE your skin daily

Cleanse your skin twice a day. Your cleansing should be in the morning before you apply makeup and at night before bed. You should also cleanse your skin after working out where you may have sweated heavily. After cleansing your skin, depending on your skin type you should select the appropriate toner for your skin. Finally, use a moisturizer to lock in the moisture for your skin.

How soon should you start your daily skin care regimen? You should start early, preferably when you're a teenager with a daily cleansing routine. I have been cleaning my skin religiously twice a day or more, since I were in my late teens. I also recommend you finding a really good moisturizer to include in your routine. For me, it took a few years in the beginning to find the right products that my skin loved. I've tried high-end brands like, Clinique and yet my skin loved drugstore brands like Noxzema and Clean & Clear. So, I typically start with Noxzema and then I clean my skin with one of Clean & Clear cleansers and a scrub. I follow-up afterwards with a lite moisturizer for oily skin. My recommendation for a moisturizer is Oil of Olay, I live by it, but I also love POND's moisturizer as well. Both are fabulous options. I remember when I was about 18-19 years old, and a mature older lady in a nail salon advised me on having a good skin care routine. She also told me about how she's maintained her skin over the years (she was in her 50's and looked like she was in her early 40's), and she swore by Oil of Olay; even had her daughters that were in their 20's at the time using it. She boasted about the benefits of it's use over time. It was one of the best skin care advice, I've ever received! So as I grew older, and I began to hear about the importance of having a good daily skin care routine, needless to say, "I was lightyears ahead of the game!"

E - EXFOLIATE your skin!

As part of your skin care regimen, don't forget to exfoliate your skin! This is very important. You must exfoliate at least 1-2 times per week. You don't want to do it any more than that because, you also don't want to over-exfoliate which, could cause sensitivity and irritation to your skin.

Well that's it for this week! I hope that this post give you a little push to start a great daily skin care routine, or to spruce up your routine!

Happy Glamming!

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