Here are some other tips I want to share:
Hey, Curvy Girls! Today we will be taking a break from the Facial Shapes Series (just a short one, promise) and I’m going to be sharing some tips for skin care. Let’s start with the things you should know about your skin by the time you hit your 30s.
What is your skin type? – By now you should know what type of skin you have, both facial skin and body skin. Facial skin falls into sensitive, dry, oily and combination skin. Combination skin usually means oily on the T-Zone and dry everywhere else. For further clarification, your T-Zone is your forehead to your nose, to the sides of your nose and underneath your lips ie the top of your chin. Combination skin also comes in dry on your T-Zone and all sensitive everywhere else.
What does your skin need? – The next step is you should know what your type of skin needs. If your facial skin is combination skin, then you need to buy products for combination skin and if it’s dry, you need to buy products for dry skin and so on and so forth. Your body skin follows the same rules. There are products out there for every type of skin so you really don’t have an excuse to not treat your skin right. Remember everything you do to your skin now will determine what you look like when you’re in your 50s or 60s or 70s. If you want your skin to hold up when you’re that age then you have to start pampering it right now. The wonderful thing about living in the internet age is that all the information you need is right there at your fingertips via your phone, your tablet and on your laptop. Invest the time and do some research before you hit the stores. This way you’re less likely to buy something just because you like the way the bottle looks or its scent. You can go into the store and buy exactly what you need because you know what it is.
Separate your face from your body – At this age,you should know that you need to separate your facial products from your body products. Yes, I know a lot of ladies don’t want to have to do this but unfortunately, you have to. Facial skin is a whole lot more sensitive than body skin so the amount of oil and other products that your body skin can take might be actually destructive to your facial skin. Remember that just because you have regular facials is not an excuse for you not to have a good scrub, a good facial mask, a good facial wash and the best makeup cleanser for your facial skin type. The face needs to be taken care of on a daily basis just like the skin needs to be taken care of on a daily basis. You must have your own facial and body care products that you use at home.
Invest in good quality makeup – I didn’t say expensive makeup but good quality makeup. Expensive makeup doesn’t always equal good quality because now there are a lot of store brands that are even healthier in contents than the expensive makeup brands. This also needs some research as you have to buy makeup products according to your skin type and usage. There are brands out there that are better for each type of skin. So do your research and come up with the best products for you.
Some useful tips to keep in mind here are:
Moisturizing foundation and cream to powder foundation are great for dry skin. Matte foundation and powder foundations are great for oily skin. Combination skin can take either of them depending on the coverage you want. Sensitive skin can’t stand a lot of makeup being piled on so you should be looking at BB and CC creams. Remember that when buying items like Foundation use the lowest coverage for your face in the sense that if your face perhaps needs medium coverage, it’s better for you to buy a foundation that has sheer coverage as lighter coverage is always better and more healthy for your skin. In the same vein, if you need heavy coverage, it’s better for you to buy medium coverage and build it up. And before you get antsy, do remember that concealer, contour, highlighter and your final finishing powder is still going on over your foundation so you can buy the lowest coverage you need and build up on it then add all the other things to it. This is still a whole lot lighter for your face than if you need heavy coverage and buy foundation for heavy coverage then pile all these other things on top of that. That’s not so healthy for your skin.
Invest in Anti-Aging Products – Next, you need to invest in anti-aging cream. The best thing to do would be to start anti aging cream use it as soon as you turn 21 but I know that a lot of us at that age are usually in a place where we can’t really afford to be so choosy or picky. What that means is by the time you turn 30 you need to start a proper answer agent resume and be strict about it. Everything and everything that you put on your face from your scrub wash mask and makeup should have anti-aging properties in them to continue the work because you’ve already missed nine years you can’t afford to miss anymore. There are also natural products that contain anti-aging properties for those who don’t really like creams and the store brands. Oils like Shea Butter, Lemon Oil, Cocoa Butter and Olive Oil amongst many others do contain anti-aging properties so you can look that up as well. Like I always say, ‘looking good takes time’. If you want to come out and look like you slept and woke up looking this perfect, then you have to put in the time and the investment of time begins from when you start to do research to get the right product for your skin. I’m not an advocate of maltreating your skin and then pile on really nice makeup on it and everything goes away. No! I believe that if you want glowing skin you don’t have to wait until you put in the latest shimmer powder for it to glow. You can achieve the exact same effect by having healthy glowing natural skin and then everything just pops. You know, another good reason for taking care of your skin is you don’t have to put on too much makeup for it to look good. It will look great with the barest minimum of makeup and what more could a curvy girl ask for?
Do you sometimes feel like your skin tones are changing? (not yet sure of what your skin tones are? I’ve got you covered here – https://curvygirlcorner.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/detecting-skin-tones/). Perhaps you were a Deep Autumn but the colors that fit you are becoming lighter. You might think you are becoming a true Summer, but no, it doesn’t work that way. We don’t change skin tones but we can change hues. Over the course of your life, you will move through the range of hues in your skin tone. So, If you notice that darker colors are beginning to look best on you, your skin tones have got darker on your spectrum eg you’ve gone from a Warm Autumn to Deep Autumn.
If it’s deeper, richer then you’ve moved to a truer shade eg Soft Autumn/Soft Summer to a Warm or True Autumn.
If pastel and nudes begin to look better, then you’re at the lighter end of your spectrum eg from a Deep Winter to a True/Clear Winter.
Here are some more tips to help take care of that gorgeous skin:
If you buy a skin or facial moisturizer and realize that it is really thick and you don’t like it that way, why not add a little mineral water to it to increase its absorbency and lighten its texture? Also, try the following:
Use coconut water for dry skin
Rose water for anti-aging and
Add teaspoons of lemon for a toning effect.
As Mama Ru says ladies, “we’re all born naked, the rest is just drag”, you have your beauty in your exquisite hands. Join me next week as I resume the Facial Shape Series. As always, I am only a comment away so you don’t have to learn all this on your own. Until then, be good to yourself!