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New to this site and have never posted before. I just joined this group and I saw girrrlychild's dilemma and it mirrored my own at one point. Hope what I learned can help you out girrly!! :)
My skin too gets acne prone. Most acne products are very harsh, and will dry your skin out, causing your skin to compensate by overproducing sebum(oil), which can lead to more breakouts! Benzoyl peroxide is the standard acne treatment, but it is very drying and basically just kills bacteria on your skin. If you get large, painful acne bumps applying a benzoyl product with a q-tip will help.Smearing it all over you skin like I used to, in an effort to ward off breakouts will only over dry your skin and can cause dry patches and red blotchy spots.
Retin-A products can work well too, but they take a few weeks to work, and its recommended they are applied at nighttime as the main ingredient, Vitamin A, deteriorates in sunlight. It helps with cell renewal and turnover and is a staple in anti aging products. but you will need to be dilligent about applying a moisturizer with a sunscreen to protect your new skin from further damage. Products with Salicylic(hope I spelled that right)acid are common ingredients in acne products now as opposed to benzoyl. Some products may contain a little of both. Where benzoyl kills bacteria, salicylic acid is similar to retin a in that it helps with cell renewal and taking the dead skin cells off your face and is much gentler on your skin.
Switching back and forth and using alot of different products on your face in a short time can wreak havoc on your skin. It takes about 3 weeks of trying a new product for your skin to really benefit from it, sometimes earlier. But this doesnt mean you can only use, say, loreal products because loreal face wash works well.Mix it up! But don't try too many new products at once. It will not only wreak havoc, but it will be harder to tell which one is working and which one isnt. You may need to adjust your skincare rotation as the seasons change, more moisturizing products in the winter(and summer if youre in air conditioning all day, it saps moisture from your skin) and more oil control in the summer, ect. If youre skin is tight after washing, the product could very well be too drying for your skin type. Your skin should feel clean, but not tight when you smile.
I've never had much luck with exfoliating cleansers, and St Ives apricot scrub's particles are large and uneven, and a little too much for the delicate skin on your face. Ever notice foot scrubs have a similar texture? Works good on dry elbows, knees and such. The best exfoliator that I've found was right in my kitchen. I too used to suffer from dry patches. I used this once a day for a week and I was amazed, and now just use it weekly after applying a mudmask. You can use sugar or salt, pour a little in your palm or a bowl, and add olive oil and mix. you don't want too much oil, just enough so that it sticks together, it shouldnt feel slick, extra greasy or be liquidy. Rub it on your skin in small, upward circles and rinse off. The salt/sugar remove flakes, and the oil moisturizes your fresh new skin! You can use anywhere on the body as well.
Eyeshadows are my fave product! Primers are a must, but if you don't have any on hand, use a small amount of foundation and pat it over your entire eye area with a ring finger. Afterwards, lightly dust your eye with either a face powder, or preferably, a skin tone/light beige colored eye shadow, again over the entire area. I use a piece of toilet paper to blot off any excess powder before applying eye color. Invest in different sized brushes for eyeshadow, and clean them weekly in mild soap and a tiny bit of hair conditioner, rinsed well, to keep brushes in top shape. Always start with a very light touch, you can build the color as you apply more light layers. Light touch is essential. Easier to add more than to remove the eye color and start fresh because its too much.
Some bright colors look awesome applied lightly, as they can look like pastels.Use a big fluffy brush when done applying color to blend and soften any eye look.
Also you can try a bright new color as an eyeliner, or just in the corner of your eyes, or if you're bold, try two brights just in the corner near your nose! I like to do a bright with a light, say, a peacock blue/green in the corner near the ear and in the crease. But before that, I apply a light shade, like a pale blue or icy mint pale pastel shade over the entire eye first. I take a qtip and remove any extra color under my brows or anywhere else.
You can take a white eyeliner pencil and highlight your eye if you apply it right under your brows, following the shape of youe eyebrow and using a qtip to blend it so the line isnt obvious!
I love the pin up style, and its very easy. Nude,light browns and pale eye color shades, winged eyeliner(preferably liquid, makes a sharper line), and a sassy red lip! Light brown eye colors can balance out a red lip. I love browsing youtube videos for new makeup ideas, you can try keywords when you search such as pin-up, retro, rockabilly, and glam when you hunt for youtube videos or a google search. Makeup should be fun! If something doesnt work, toss it. Just because everyone else is wearing it doesnt mean you have to. Switch it up too, if you always use pencil black eyeliner, try playing with a liquid and vice versa. If you line your top and bottom lid, try just doing the top only, or just the outside corners of your eye! The eye is my favorite because you can vary the looks and even the shape of your eyes. Balance a bright or smoky eye with a nude or semi light lipcolor if you want your eyes to be the focus! Hope this helped, feel free to message me anytime :)
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I agree with Rhozy and Dollyelf.
Is it possible for you to get a skin analysis? Check Sephora. The consultant can recomment products for your specific skin type.
Generally use an exfoliator 1-3 times a week ; preferably something gentle.
Moisturise daily, morning and evening.Cetaphil works for me.
For acne , apply Phillips Milk Of Magnesia on the spot ; leave on overnight, rinse off next morning.Can also use this as a facial mask if your face is oily.
I agree w/ Rhozy about stripping your skin. Most anti-acne products are made for oily, pimply teenagers and are really harsh. I'd consider products from Neutragena, Cetaphil, Eucerin or CeraVe. I'd also dump the apricot scrub because the ground up hulls are *sharp* and may be causing micro-tears in your skin. I'd look for a much gentler scrub. (I make a paste using super-fine sugar mixed with a little honey and some of my cleanser [sometimes I add avocado oil, too] once a week on my skin.)
GIRRRLYCHILD -- it sounds to me like you're stripping your skin, taking away your protective mantle, then causing it to produce a lot of oil to make up for it. A gentle cleanser, such as Olay Foaming Facial wash would probably be a better cleanser for you. It will clean thoroughly without stripping, and you should see more balance in your skin. There are other really good, gentle cleansers out there as well. You can learn which ones might be good for your skin by looking at cosmeticscop.com. One thing I have learned is that skincare really is all about balance, and cleansers aren't effective as treatment products since they aren't on your skin long enough to make a difference. Again, what you want is something that is gentle and effective.
I would suggest that you try Paula's Choice products. They are really reliable products, and are not as expensive as Arbonne. They are also the one line I have stuck with for the longest. They have a variety of products for any of the skincare issues you may have, so you can put together a regimen that will help your skin balance and see improvement. They also have monthly specials on their website and you can get some really good deals that way. I have found their customer service to be top notch as well. You can chat live with a rep on their website and they can help you find the products that are right for you, and help you decide which products would be most beneficial to purchase first so you can maintain your budget. :)
hmmm....i always think my skin is jacked up, but i've had people compliment me on it. i use a "scrub" cleanser once or twice a week and switch back and forth between cleansers for acne prone or sensitive skin the rest of the time. i swear my skin gets used to cleansers and starts either getting really dry or really break-out prone if i use the same thing all the time. for the last few months, i've been switching between the wal-mart brand apricot scrub, mary kay cleanser for dry skin, loreal 360 go-clean for sensitive skin, and loreal 360 go-clean for acne. right after cleansing, my skin often feels really tight and dry (especially after the scrub or one for acne). i'm currently using Mary Kay moisturizer for dry skin and sometimes use their night gel along with it, when my skin seems extra dry or a neutrogena sensitive skin moisturizer if i start to break out. however, 5 or 6 hours after i've washed my face, it ALWAYS feels greasy, even if i ran out of the house in a hurry without using any moisturizer. if i've put on foundation, any trace of it is usually gone by this point.
i know, i *should* find one set of products to stick with rather than switching all the time, but i've never come across something that really seems to meet all my needs. the closest was the arbone set, however, i don't have $400 to spend on skin care twice a year.
so if anybody has any suggestions there, i'd appreciate that as well. :)
"Be yourself, don't take anyone's sh!t, and never let them take you alive." ~ Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance
Good suggestions, DOLLYELF! I forgot to mention as well, it would probably be a good idea to use a primer for your face, too. It will help smooth out your makeup application, seal in moisture, and help keep your skin from 'eating' your foundation. I like to use Laura Geller spackle, but there are tons of them available. :)
How's your skin without makeup? It sounds like it might be dry and/or rough. If you're getting dry patches, I'd start with a mild exfoliation to remove dead skin and then a nice moisturizer. Some people's skin "eats" makeup and it's usually because their skin is too dry or too oily. If your skin is dry, it'll suck up all the moisture out of foundation and just leave the pigment behind, resulting in a cakey/patchy look.
For your eyes, I'd try a primer like Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (all available at Ulta and/or Sephora) or Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (independent brand available online only). A primer should help natural shadows show up better and keep darker shadows where they belong.
I really hope this helps!
As much as I love makeup, I too feel like I constantly struggle not only to learn good technique, but to keep up with my ever-changing aging skin.
I would suggest a couple of things for you:
1.) To help with the dry patches, I would make sure you keep your skin exfoliated and well moisturized. You may have to play around and see whether chemical or manual exfoliators, or a combination of the two, work best for you. I find when I keep my skin exfoliated and moisturized it has a lot better texture, and my products all work better in addition to getting smoother makeup application.
2.) There are tons of makeup application tutorials on Youtube, and many of them are really helpful for learning technique. You may want to poke around and see if you can find a few that suit your style and have a look at them.
Hope that helps!
i *used* to play with make-up a lot. lately, i've been trying to get back into wearing make-up regularly and having a horrible time with it. i'm a complete mess with foundation, i have dry skin patches that don't show up til i put some foundation or powder on and can't seem to get decent coverage out of anything without starting to have cake face. i seem to have extremes with eyeshadow - either it's so light/natural that i can't even tell a difference in the mirror or i look like a freaking street walker. i can't win. i love pin-up girl style, smokey eyes, and a touch of an obnoxious color here and there. help!
"Be yourself, don't take anyone's sh!t, and never let them take you alive." ~ Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance