You really cannot get that glowy look without being adamant about the way you take care of your skin. Make up can only do so much.
#1 Celebrities get so many facial treatments and have access to so many things we cannot afford, so do not beat yourself up if your skin does not in any way shape or form resemble Jessica Alba's.
#2 Everyone's skin is different. My skin care routine is going to be much much different than someone with oily, or acne prone skin.
#3 Soo many factors play into the way your skin acts. Such as age, environment, genetics, and hormone levels.
#4 What goes in... must come out. What you put into your body doesn't just affect your belly and thighs.. It comes out of your pores too.
#5 There is so many advantages in going with high quality products, but there is now some great affordable lines out there.
OK so think of your skin as an onion for a minute.. well except for the awful smell. What I am trying to do is give you a Shrek analogy. There is so many layers that must be cared for in different ways.
Your diet! Diets that are high in bad fats and artificial ingredients can put extra stress on acne prone individuals.. (Hence, the name pizza face) But diets that are high in good fats, make your skin extra extra glowy!
You can find these good fats in supplements, Omega 3 fish oils or Flax Oil, in your food Olive Oil, Fish, Coconut oil, Hemp meal, or... Both!
Another thing that I have been plagued with my entire life is awful dark circles. This is due to genetics, allergies, being anemic, never getting enough sleep, dehydration and lack of phytonutrients.
So if I take my medicines, supplement the iron my body is lacking, get great beauty rest, drink enough water, and eat lots of greens I am fine....... YEA IN A PERFECT WORLD!
But for those times I cannot do this... 99% of the time, there is a great trick that I have found to help temporarily perk up my tired eyes. I'll list this later...
To uncover another layer of your onion, we will talk about the most simple basic beginning step to everyones skin care routine. Cleaning your pores. I have very normal/combination skin and really love the feeling of a deep clean without my skin drying or flaking off.
If I am wearing make up that day, the first thing I do to get clean is remove it with a make up wipe. I get these at Costco, but I also know MAC, and L'Oreal make great face wipes also.
I know this seems like the only step you would have to take to clean your face, but this is untrue.
It is important to first wipe off your make up to clean the surface, so your cleanser can penetrate deep into your pores to remove impurities.
Moving on, after I remove make up I then use CHANEL's Gel Purete Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser $45 at Nordstrom.
If you have sensitive skin another favorite of mine is Kate Sommerville's Gentle Daily Wash $42 at Nordstrom's and some Sephora's. Philosophy Purity is also a great basic one, that wont over dry your skin. About 2-3 times a week a use a face wash with Glycolic Acid. Glycolic is great because it opens your pores, helping them absorb ingredients in your serum or moisturizer. Glycolic also is great for controlling oil, lightening dark spots, and chemically exfoliating skin (great for anti aging.) I don't use it every day because it can strip your face of essential moisture. I love Peter Thomas Roth's Anti Aging Cleansing Gel with Glycolic Acid. Everything can be bought at Nordstrom, and some things at Sephora.
Toners are typically used as a step following your cleansing routine to finish cleaning what your cleanser did not, and also to pH balance your skin. I don't really need a toner because my skin can get dry (and the alcohol in toners makes this worse) I use a spray that refreshes my skin and puts back in some essential oils to it. It is Organic Rose Water from any Henry's, Whole Foods or Sprout's. This is sometimes in the vitamin section. I decided to do this because toner's would often times advertise that they included rose water, so I just decided to put that directly on my face.... seems to be working and it is a hell of a lot cheaper than adding another expensive item. It also doubles to help set your make up, and is great to spritz on your face throughout the day. At a whopping $3.86 I love this guy.
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Now for another layer... SERUM
This step can be skipped but, can be important for any special needs. Serums are concentrated formulas used to address a certain concern. Here is where your skin type really comes in to play, any concerns you have about your skin should be addressed with serum. I am most concerned with protecting my skin from the future. The thought of having wrinkles someday really freaks me out, so I use a multi vitamin/ antioxidant serum to fight free radicals, create radiance, even tone, and prevent future aging: Kate Sommerville Multi Vitamin Serum. On days when I feel my face looks dry and dull, I switch to a serum that is anti aging and moisturizing: Lancome Genefique Youth Activating Serum. Using a Glycolic cleanser helps open up your pores, so serums like these can easily be soaked in! Like I said Serum can be skipped if you don't have any special concerns or acne prone skin. Both can be bought at Nordstrom and Sephora.