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 :)
The girl who uses a toolbox to store all of her makeup aka my toys! :)
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