For this debut first Pop A La Mode letter, I want to talk about beauty basics, and that to me starts with skin care. I would say it’s the most important part of your beauty routine. Simplicity often works best for me. The less I mess with my skin the better it looks; and the less I do, the less I need.
I don’t get facials. I don’t have a routine as such. I just go with what works for my skin at the time, and I think that’s what a lot of people find tricky. There is an unimaginable amount of product available to us and believe me, it can be daunting to the pros too. I believe it all starts with cleansing. If you have found the cleanser that leaves your skin neither tight nor oily within a couple minutes after you use it, you’re good. It’s a great sign if this is happening for you… it means your skin is balanced and then the rest is easy.
For me, my skin feels this way when I cleanse with oils or balms. Oil hydrates and can help balance your skin’s natural oils, so don’t worry if you have an oily skin type — it may surprise you how amazing you feel after using an oil based cleanser. Most oil based cleansers turn into a milk when wet, that’s the kind you want. If it doesn’t turn into a milky consistency, it will still feel like its there after you wash it off.
I have combination skin (like the majority of us women), so sometimes I feel oily but mainly on the dry side. My two die- hard cleansers are the Dermalogica Pre Cleanse Cleansing Oil and the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye makeup 3 in 1 Makeup Melting Balm. I use one or the other at night before I go to bed… They are super easy to use – you simply take a dime sized amount onto a dry palm and massage two palms together, then take your hands to your face and start massaging onto the face paying more attention to areas with makeup or oil build up. I like to use a super warm washcloth on my face to remove the cleanser and finish with a cold washcloth to close the pores once skin is fully clean.
I then let my skin dry naturally and see what it needs. If it feels neutral (neither tight nor oily), I will just leave it be and maybe spray a hydrating mist like Milky Mist from Pixi by Petra. If it feels dry, however, I will press on an oil like the Phyto Replenish Oil from Dermalogica for a deep overnight hydration. I also love this oil for under makeup, over makeup or to refresh… it’s so light and beautiful; a great multiple use product.
In the mornings I don’t cleanse, I just hydrate… I want the oils on my skin. I mean, they are there for a reason, because our skin is very intelligent. I love my makeup much more when I just hydrate in the am. Of course this won’t work for everyone and every climate, but if you wake up a sweaty mess, try holding a very cold wet washcloth over your skin to refresh in the AM and see how it feels.
Finally I will say cleansing oils can work for everyone. But if you have tried some and you don’t like it, I love the Fresh Soy Cleansing wash… it’s the only gel cleanser I have tried that doesn’t leave my skin super dry after… So much of this beauty game is trial and error, which kinda sucks, that’s why you should shop at places that sample well and have a very very good return policy. 😉
Til our next chat.