Hey There, Gorgeous!
Glad you stopped by!
Before we hop into this post, I’d like to say that these tips to get flawless skin without makeup are focused solely on the exterior.
I promise, I’m not going to mention a clean diet no matter how badly I want to 😉
There are many things that we, as busy women, do to work against nature and the effects of aging. However, if you don’t have the time or budget to fit the spa into your weekly routine, it can seem like a loosing battle.
It doesn’t have to be!
In my practice, I would perform a facial on my client, and then recommend things that they could do and products that they could use to improve the appearance and health of their skin, and, lean in close….
MOST OF THE RESULTS COME FROM YOUR CONSISTENCY AT HOME!
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Sure, a deep chemical peel or microdermabrasion at the spa or skincare clinic can be a great help, but really, if you are doing things at home to keep your skin healthy and youthful, that’s where the real results begin to show.
You don’t have to be rich to have flawless skin, and you don’t have to have unlimited free time either.
So, let’s take a look at some tips to keep that skin looking fresh and glowy without a drop of makeup!
1. Spritz And Go
A product that has emerged and become wildly popular in the recent past is hydrating mist.
It will give you a dewy glow (above or below makeup), and can be used on the go. Plus! Most of the hydrating mists available smell great! So you’re getting a little of that too!
When choosing a hydrating mist, make sure to check the ingredients. You do NOT want to choose one that is alcohol based, as it can dry out the skin and totally defeat the purpose of a hydrating mist.
The mists that are alcohol based are used primarily as skin toners, meant to prep the skin for moisturizer.
Scan the ingredients list for nourishing oils such as Jojoba Oil or Avocado Oil.
Have You Used A Hydrating Mist?
What in the world is it about someone touching my face that sends me to La-La Land and relaxes me to the core?!
I can’t be the only one!
While facial massage is certainly relaxing, the primary purpose here is to stimulate the facial muscles and nerves.
While in the shower, use slow, circular motions to massage the face.
Press down firmly when moving upward, and gently when moving downward, and be sure that the skin is well lubricated with water.
To kick it up a notch, use a cream or oil cleanser while massaging.
After you have covered the entire face with slow circles for several minutes, move on to tapotement (or percussion).
This can be done using the pads of your fingertips to gently tap all over the face. This will stimulate anything that hasn’t already been awakened!
P.S….I know you probably think that you look ridiculous while doing this. No worries. No one is watching!
This stimulation of the face will work to speed up cell turnover (a great thing for the prevention of wrinkles and brown spots), as well as bring a dewy, radiant look to the complexion.
Bye, Bye, Dry!
3. Take It Off!
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate! One more time. Exfoliate!!!
This tip is probably the most important, but also the most underused weapon in the arsenal.
If you don’t exfoliate on a regular basis, serums and moisturizers cannot do their job properly. They won’t absorb correctly, and you are basically throwing your money down the drain.
You can choose to use a wash cloth (I use a wash cloth once a day), or exfoliate manually with a product containing an exfoliant such as walnut shell or coffee grounds.
There is also the chemical exfoliant option, but we will discuss that in another post.
It really isn’t necessary or a good idea to use a heavy exfoliant on a daily basis.
I have oily skin, so I use a wash cloth in the mornings when cleansing, which is OK if you do not have sensitive skin.
However, I would not recommend using an exfoliating product ON a wash cloth, nor using an exfoliating product every day.
Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, exfoliating should be done no more than two to three times per week.
Apply exfoliant product in the same way that you performed the above facial massage – in circular motions.
No need to press hard. The product will do its job if it’s quality!
If you are struggling with large pores or dull skin, you can pair your exfoliator with an exfoliating toner.
If you haven’t been exfoliating regularly, its definitely a MUST in your beauty routine, and makes a world of difference in the way your skin appears without makeup.
Try it, Sister. Your baby-soft skin will thank you!
4. Apply A Skin Super Juice!
They have extremely concentrated ingredients in them that target skin conditions and attack them with extreme efficacy.
In some cases (ampoules, mainly), the key ingredient is so concentrated that it is the ONLY ingredient besides the necessary carriers.
I was a huge fan of collagen ampoules when I was working with clients, because, if the skin was prepared correctly, the ingredients from the ampoule would soak right in. In many cases you could see an immediate change.
These two glow-boosting powerhouses are not cheap. Not for quality products, that is. But they are worth every penny.
Serums and Ampoules should be applied after the skin has been properly cleansed, toned, and in some cases exfoliated.
After applying, leave plenty of time for the product to absorb before applying moisturizer. I usually allow up to ten minutes unless I am too cramped for time.
There are serums for day and for night, so be sure to follow the directions very carefully so that you achieve the desired effect.
5. Replenish In The P.M.
While you sleep, your skin is as busy as ever restoring itself, turning over new cells, and re-hydrating.
There is a reason why we have bags and puffiness and all sorts of other unpleasantries when we don’t get enough sleep, ladies!
Not only should you hop into bed as early as necessary to get at least eight hours of sleep, but you should also be sure that you are completing a solid skincare routine before you hit the sack.
Enter night moisturizers and masks.
Believe it or not, there are masks for your face that you can sleep in. They are extremely beneficial – they enter your pores very effectively when your body temperature rises at night.
I recommend popping one of these bad boys on at least once a week, and it should be on an evening that you have exfoliated so that your skin is prepped properly.
On nights that you are simply following your skincare routine, USE A MOISTURIZER, Lovelies!
Your skin needs the extra hydration to help replenish and recover.
You might notice that if you are using a nightly moisturizer regularly and correctly, that your skin is more plump, dewy, and vibrant when you wake up.
There are specific moisturizers made for nighttime, so be sure to check labels, and if you suffer from unsightly bags on a regular basis, grab an eye cream that eliminates puffiness, like this one!
There you have it, Gals!
There are SO MANY things that you can do to keep your complexion looking lovely. Makeup is not a necessity (as much as it pains a beauty hoarder like yours truly to say), and we can look dewy, glowy, and radiant without any at all!
Proper skin care is a must, and since I promised I wouldn’t utter a peep about diet, I’ll just leave it at that!
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