March Madness - Skincare Edition!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ok girls, you asked and I am listening!.. While everyone (including myself) is going nuts over March Madness basketball, let's go mad for good skincare!

I have had several requests lately to go over the basics of skincare and how to achieve a 'polished-pretty' face. Today we're tackling the issue! 

'Skincare' is just that - Taking care of our skin. The essential elements to achieving a flawless face begin way before the foundation is ever applied. I will tell you up front that one of the single most awful things you can do to your skin is to go to sleep with your makeup on. That will only put you on a fast track to developing early wrinkles and we don't want that. 

While I promote several different brands and products here at The Bee's Knees, I have to tell you that when it comes to my face and skincare- I trust it to Mary Kay. Everyone has their own style and 'fit' but for me it's MK. I have used the products for years now and I personally feel that they have left my face feeling smooth, hydrated, and protected- hence the reason I use them. HOWEVER, these same principles can be applied no matter 'what' brand or products you choose to use. :) 

Let's review a few of the basics when it comes to skincare: 

  • Moisturize 
It is crucial, especially in the winter months, to give your face all the moisture it requires. You can do this several ways. One, drink loads of water. This is a good practice year round- make sure you're getting enough H20. Two, moisturize your face twice daily- morning and night. And three, make sure you apply your moisturizer as soon as you get out of the shower! You will be getting the maximum moisture impact while your pores are still open from the steam of the shower. Capitalize on that opportunity. Never skip moisturizing. 

  • Eye Cream
The area around the eye tends to be sensitive and wrinkle-prone for most women. To combat wrinkles, use an eye cream! Think of it as 'double duty' around the eye area. ;) I personally LOVE this age fighting eye cream from MK. I only use about a half of a pea-sized amount for both eyes. It lasts forever! A note about applying eye cream- always use your ring finger and 'pat' the eye cream in. Your ring finger will give you the lightest touch to the face and keeps you from tugging and pulling on the eye area.

  • Microdermabrasion (A big word that simply means- buff & polish your skin) 
Microdermabrasion is something I do about once or twice a week. The goal is to scrub your face with an abrasive facial cream in order to remove excess dirt & build up that cause wrinkles and pimples. Afterward you want to make sure you really moisturize your face so that you are putting moisture back in the skin after the abrasive scrubbing. Make sure you don't scrub too hard! You can use your hands, a wash cloth, or a battery powered scrubber which we will go over next. I like this set by MK. It comes with the microderm scrub 'and' a bonus moisture cream to apply immediately after the treatment.

  • Battery Powered Facial Scrubber 
This is an example of a facial scrubber. What I love about this tool is that it works the microderm into the skin without applying too much or too little pressure. You simply apply the scrub to the face and then massage the scrubber tool all over the face for a few minutes. Wash off the scrub, moisturize your face, and you're done! Hello new & exuberant skin!

  • Moisturizer on a budget! 
This wonderful Olay Complete Moisturizer has won several Allure Best of Beauty Awards and it's not hard to see why! If you are on a budget- this baby is the way to go. It is very rich & silky and boasts 15 SPF too! It goes on nicely and wears well under any foundation. Once in a while I will switch up my moisturizing routine with this lovely product. 

  • Face Primer 
Once you have finished moisturizing for the day, you will want to complete your routine with a face primer. There are several to choose from but I personally like this 'all-in-one' BB Cream by Smashbox. I just did a review on this product a while back and if you would like to read more about the benefits please click here.
Face primer causes your foundation to go on flawlessly and beautifully. It sort of 'fills in the cracks' and leaves the face looking camera ready. ;)

  • Foundation 
Now that all of the face prep is complete, you are ready for foundation! I prefer this Medium-coverage liquid foundation by MK. It's just the most wonderful product. My face never feels greasy or too dry, but always just right. I have tried 'numerous' foundations and most of them leave me wanting more. I even tried Chanel's new foundation and I felt it was just plain 'runny' and watery. When you apply your foundation with a brush like this one by Eco Tools, the product will last forever! The brush really helps stretch the foundation. You might be amazed if you give it a try.

I know that was a lot of information but I hope that you found it beneficial! You are never too young to start taking good care of your skin. Tomorrow I will be announcing the winner of the Bee's Knees Spring Forward Giveaway!! Exciting. Stay tuned for all of the details on that. Thank you so much for reading. I love you all and hope you have a great day! 

P.s.- Check out this adorable shoes I scored at JcPenny for only $5 dollars!! You might want to check out the clearance racks right now- they're loaded with good deals. :)


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