SKIN IS IN…if you have a great foundation to work with like ‘great skin’ then makeup and its application is pretty much a cinch. Recently I attended an evening at Westfield Marion style lounge hosted by Jess and Tess from MAC. As someone who is very average with a makeup brush I was pretty stoked when Jess invited me along to join the workshop.
MAC run these workshops for a fee a few times a year and I gotta say it was fun and informative so if you need a hand in the makeup department then I recommend you ask at your local MAC store for some information.
I took a lot away from the evening but the biggest thing I took away was how to ‘prepare my skin for makeup’. Glowing, hydrated and flawless skin is what we should be aiming for especially when after a little ‘WOW and Wellness’ factor.
So let’s chat about skin prep today. Oh that’s me with the lovely Jess from MAC at Westfield Marion.
Previously I’ve been very lazy in the skin prep department opting for a dab of moisturiser and primer and that’s pretty much it. Well since I’ve been to the workshop and started using a full regime of KOSMEA products I feel my skin has never looked better and I’m getting lots of ‘glowing’ compliments too.
So what’s involved with skin prep? Well…product and a little time. I know, I know… I hear you all wailing how time poor you are but trust me the more you practice good skin preparation the faster you become at being the master of glowing skin. A couple of extra minutes pays off with makeup that stays put all day and the confidence that great skin brings.
MAC recommends starting with clean skin and a spritz of their ‘Mineralize Charge spray’ followed by the ‘Llightful Moisturiser’ and ‘Lightful Serum’. The ‘Lightful’ range has a marine complex and brightens the skin, perfect for pigmented or freckly skin as it will help lighten over time. A teeny tiny dab of the ‘Lightful Eye Cream’ and another spritz of Mineral Charge and the skin is ready to go.
Using a brush to apply skincare (cleaning in between) is also recommended, I’d never thought to do this but we all know that fingers carry bacteria and we can be a little heavy handed so a brush makes sense. I’m saving my pennies for a #132 Duo Fibre brush.
Now the girls gave me a few sample pots of the ‘Lightful’ range and they felt beautiful on my skin, except the cleanser it felt drying and isn’t for me. I’m using all KOSMEA but when I need a little lift I do use the sample of MAC ‘Lightful’ eye cream because it has a nice shimmer, I might even invest in some of this in the future.
For myself I’m choosing an ‘organic skincare range’ and at this stage in my life I’m choosing to use a full regime but it all starts with a good cleaning routine. As I said I’m lazy in the ‘girly-girl’ department so if I can do it in the shower even better. Lately I’ve been using the KOSMEA daily clarifying wash morning and night, I’ve even got my youngest son using it too. A pea size amount is plenty and gets all my make up off no worries. I used to use coconut oil to remove makeup and cleanse my skin, nothing wrong with that either you might like to give it a try. You can also use face cleansing wipes followed by a quick wash.
I’m also using the daily facial exfoliant, serum and eye cream which is something I‘m loving! When I was a teen it was the age of AAPRI apricot face scrub, more like steel wool for the face. The KOSMEA exfoliant is soothing with calming chamomile, a little goes a long way and my tip is ‘go gently’. Just feather light circular motion is enough to gently lift built up grime and cleanse blocked pores. I steer clear of the ball of my cheeks and the eye area and concentrate on my forehead, side of my cheeks and chin.
Thanks to hormone treatment and early menopause I have a beard to rival my teenage sons and I’m forever plucking at stray hairs, which is terrible for my skin and the result is ingrown hairs. I know, its soooo bad! Recently I’ve noticed that using the scrub has lessened the amount of ingrown hair on my chin which makes living without hormones a little more bearable. Rose hip oil is also a game changer, sooo nourishing and healing. I’ve been using it for years but master 17 is now using it too to help clear up his teenage acne (a little tip Marie from KOSMEA gave me).
A good skincare routine is all about doing what’s best for you, working with your time restraints and within your available budget, but for me it’s also about simplicity.
Find ‘your thing’ and do it consistently, giving your products a chance to work properly. Sometimes skin can get a little worse before it gets better but products shouldn’t burn or damage your skin, if you’re unsure or have problem skin then seek some advice.
Oh, and ‘natural’ doesn’t always mean it’s right for you. I’ve tried plenty of products with the ‘natural’ label and some have been shockers, irritating and drying my skin. These days I have to be even more careful with my choices because chemo and hormone treatment has left my skin sensitive and dry…sooooo freakin dry!
There you have it a little insight into some skin preparation to help you achieve glowing, healthy skin.
How do you go in the skincare department? Are you dedicated and diligent? Maybe you’re a bit like me, still learning?
Til next time,