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We tend to spend most of our energy preparing our face to take on the day and sometimes we seem to forego the needed post-makeup routine. We have all been there… exhausted to the point that our eye lashes seem to hurt and the finite energy still accessible was used to floss. Despite the desire to simply give in to the alluring plea of your heavenly bed, your post makeup skin care routine can define the success of your purposeful skin care choices both earlier in your day and life.
When your skin has been absolved of all pollutants and erased of the day’s stress, it is a perfectly blank palette awaiting luxurious repair and restoration. Throughout my life, I have dabbled in conventional and unorthodox skin care treatments.
Create a ritual.
Of the many I have pondered, the most important I feel is the creation of a ritual. By your bedside, I would recommend that you have at your arms reach an emollient lip balm, an eye serum, a face and neck serum, a face moisturizer and a hand/foot cream. If you have these beauty essentials close by, you will create not only a Zen moment but revoke any excuse of not having enough time. Always pay attention to the essential oils included in the ingredient deck; this can also be a vehicle for mental vigilance for essential rest and relaxation.
Baby your face.
Not once but twice. First of all, avoid any abrasive puffs or brushes. Not only can these create perfect bacteria spawning grounds, but can strip your face and cause irritations and scaring. Your fingers are the ideal mechanism for cleansing, but if you are accustomed to using a wash cloth, visit the baby section and invest in a few packs of these wash cloths. They are the perfect size, the perfect softness and personally it makes my heart smile as I revisit memories of my daughters precious baby giggles. Secondly, when you exfoliate remember to exfoliate for more elongated amount of time versus with more strong and harsh movements. Aesop said it best “Slow but steady wins the race”
Thick then thin.
No, not a diet fad! Always pay attention to the proper order of products for maximum results. At all times, apply serums first then moisturize. Why? To maximize the benefits. The chemical and physical properties of serums (those that are not laden with harmful chemicals or vexatious toxins) provide a potent dose of nutrients as they create hydration and balance. Serums are fast-penetrating and can create a pristine canvas for both the application of a moisturizer but also to take full advantage of the benefits. In essence you are encouraging your serums and moisturizers to work smarter… not harder!
Lastly, I would remind you to keep a routine but create change within your routine. Fall is fast approaching and I would encourage you to reassess the products you are using in your routine. Personally, my skin is quite dry and I have recently begun using the HollyBeth Organics Skin Therapy over my face and neck serum at night. The curative camellia seed mixed with lavender and lime aroma calms my mind while the prickly pear encourages courageous dreams.
We all have our routines, our secret indulgences and our hush-hush beauty tips. What are your top post-makeup skin care treatments?