Recently I was having a discussion with a friend, some interesting points came up and I wanted to widen the discussion to everyone here so I decided to post about it.
I must admit I’ve always been an awkward girl with make up and cosmetics etc. I didn’t like to venture outside the normal daily routine of washing my face in the morning with a simple cleanser then moisturising (I‘ll admit I didn’t moisturise everyday as a teen/some days baby wipes was enough!). As of late through my YouTube’ing ventures and having realised I am 20 and my skin won’t always look the way it does (not that it looks flawless now!), I’ve been venturing the scary world of cosmetics.
I’m anaemic,which isn’t anything interesting because it’s a common thing but my skin colour suffers greatly and sometimes I look yellow (yes, yellow!) my friends call me Homer Simpson (some friends psshht!). Despite being an unaccounted for Simpson, I don’t really care to wear make up, or really do anything extra for my skin. Some days all I want to do is just get into bed and sleep not care about moisturisers and oils but I have come to realise that you only ever have one skin. The skin your born with is the same thing you will die with (getting a bit morbid here – Sorry!).
What I’m trying to say is for someone like me who is socially awkward and always wants to approach the perfect, flawless skin lady at the MAC counter and ask her to give me some runny liquid stuff to fix my face up, or some more runny liquid stuff to cover up spots or dark circles why don’t we all actually just address the ROOT of the problem instead of buying into the solution?
My philosophy on make up/cosmetics is that it shouldn’t be a mask for you, it should only be there to enhance your natural features. You shouldn’t NEED to apply make up everyday or worry that you won’t look good. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what you buy, whether its Chanel, Dior, MAC, Rimmel etc – if your skin isn’t being looked after then no amount of make up expensive or cheap is going to help you.
I shall add that I have nothing against anyone who uses make up – do whatever you want with it as long as you don’t need it like air. I should mention I do like tinted moisturisers and I’m awful at applying or attempting to apply make up so my philosophy works well for me. Make up feels icky on my face but I try new things out in small proportions…
So here’s a few basic tips on how you can address the root of your skin care issues that you go and venture out and buy make up for. Maybe have a little skin detox? (A good old pamper session hurt no one!) There is nothing new about the tips I’m about to give you, they are the same old things you always hear. The secret to good skin care… it’s a routine/ trial and error.
1. If you wear make up – don’t use baby wipes to remove it. Use a cleanser ANY cleanser and possibly a muslin clothe/face wash clothe. Use water and a cleanser every morning (possibly every night too! – but if not once a day should be okay for now).
2. A little tip I learnt from Caroline - just go and read everything on her blog, she’s a skin care guru - is that if you have acne/spotty prone skin then don’t use a foaming facial wash – actually avoid it even if you don’t have acne prone skin. Quoting her here because she explains it better than I can, “As a rule – stay clear of ‘foaming’ on the bottle (there is the odd exception, but they are few and far between) – to get foam you need to use a surfactant – and a surfactant turns your skin alkaline. Alkaline skin is like a petri dish for bacteria. The irony being that so many cleansers pushed on to acne/combination skins are foaming. Naughty, nasty companies should know better” (I love this women.)
3. Drink water. Tap water, bottled water – just drink it. As much as you can. We NEED water to stay hydrated, so try to cut out the copious amounts of fizzy drinks and coffee and glug down the water (me and my sisters usually have water drinking competitions – I usually win! Wohoo!)
4. Sleep. It doesn’t matter how much concealor you buy, how expensive it is or who makes it, you NEED to sleep. The human body needs sleep to heal and repair over night. Get a decent sleep, I promise those dark circles shall go away in time. Maybe if you have trouble sleeping invest in a pillow spray, get the candles out, read before bed (ditch the laptop, iPad, iPhone, iWhatever the hell you have) - actually turn the wretched things off. Turn them off.
5. If you wear make up – have a day off. A day where you don’t wear any make up, just have a pamper day let your skin breathe. Give it a day off (If you’re loved ones love you they won’t freak no matter what is revealed!)
There’s nothing new or exciting about the above tips. I’m not a doctor, or an expert but the above tips work for me so I thought I’d share my views/thoughts.
I don’t want this to sound like a lecture, I just think these days with how the media advertises and endorses perfect skin, which is magnified and perfected by Photoshop we all feel this pressure to have a perfect complexion. The results advertised are unrealistic and hence we are disappointed when they aren’t achieved. The above tips won’t give you perfect skin overnight, it takes commitment (Its kind of like if you want to lose weight and for years you have been eating junk you aren’t going to lose it all overnight – I wish I could though!).
Beauty is about confidence within your own skin, use make up; foundations, concealors, eye thingys, blushes, bronzes, but they shouldn’t be a second skin or a mask. Make a routine, stick to it – results await you (not overnight).
…I’m going to stop typing now!