Hi there! I hope that your day has been good so far and it will get even better once you treat yourself for something (healthy for both your body and your budget, of course… lol…) And so before I’ll tell you all about my daily skincare routine, let me remind you and myself (because I get SO stressed out sometimes!) that those positive sensations are perhaps the most important component to our beauty! What are your little treats? Mine #1 treat that I just HAVE to have during the day is getting a cup of coffee. And I mean getting it in a coffee shop, served by someone who I’ll have a little chat with. I don’t get to go out for a meal a lot. But I ALWAYS go out for my coffee! I hope you’re smiling now…. Or at least thinking about something that will make you smile…
OK, back to business now!
…Continuing my Daily Routine series: during the day my skincare routine is very uncomplicated since I am always on the run. But nonetheless there are a few important things that I do to help my skin maintain its natural beauty.
- The most important thing that I try to do throughout the day is I make sure that my skin always stays moist. And even though in the morning I made sure to seal that moisture by applying my moisturizer, our skin breathes and the water still does evaporate from it (it’d be very bad if it didn’t since like I’ve mentioned even a thicker film of oil that restricted my skin’s “breathing” made it all inflamed and gave me a few pimples. Any discomfort I consider as my skin trying to tell me that I was doing something wrong. When I listened to it and changed my routine by switching from pure oil to an oily cream, the discomfort went away to assure me that I was on the right track).
I just can’t overemphasize the importance of “listening” to your own body and staying in touch with how you feel and how you look. And I can just feel that somewhere in the mid-afternoon my skin starts feeling dry again. Whether it’s from me getting dressed or from my hair touching my face, some of the moisturizer gets rubbed off my skin. Natural evaporation and things like heat, air conditioning and windy weather all do their job to rip the skin off its moisture. And what happens to a dry peace of paper when you fold it? It’s simple physics: the fold will stay in place. When it comes to our skin, those folds are lines and wrinkles. Well, once again, NO, THANK YOU!!
So with this in my mind I ALWAYS keep a sample-size jar of my daily moisturizer in my bag wherever I go. I reapply it whenever my skin feels dry, which usually happens a few times a day. I can also “spot-apply” it because when I eat I usually wipe my lips with a napkin or when I coam my hair, it always end up touching my cheeks and my forehead. My skin immediately feels dry in these places from me having taken some of the moisturizer off. So I apply the moisturizer back on. When I feel that my skin is especially dry in these spots or all over my face, I may also go to a restroom and first splash my face with some water and then without wiping that water off just spread the moisturizer on top of it. By the way, this is another reason why I don’t like BB, CC and other multi-purpose creams: I don’t always need to reapply a sunscreen, but I always like to retouch my skin with my moisturizer.
And so giving my skin some extra moisture and sealing it with the oily coverage keeps it dewy and prevents the wrinkles from holding on to my face. That brings back that luxurious sensation of a well-nourished skin that I felt in the morning: it’s just so pleasant when my skin finally gets that much-needed extra “food and drink”!
- When it comes to the sunscreen, I very much believe that it’s absolutely necessary to have it on when I go out in the sun. I always apply it in the morning when I go out running my errands. But sometimes I stay in-doors all day. And then I don’t reapply the sunscreen anymore since I don’t need it. I’ll be honest; I don’t like its whitish formula that always dries my skin… In fact when I have my sunscreen on I feel that my skin is getting dry much sooner than when I don’t have it on. And then I just reapply my moisturizer. But yet again, if I end up going back in the sun, nothing will change my mind against reapplying my sunscreen to prevent my skin from the early aging.
- OCCASIONALLY (and I want to stress this word because my heart hurts when I see so many girls damaging their skin by doing this every day!) I do use a foundation. The reason why there is no way I’d be using it every day is that its chalky formula dries the skin, clogs the pores and in a few hours of wearing it I actually can feel my skin “suffocating” underneath its heavy coverage. (A foundation is always chalky, even if there is oil in it, since otherwise, what would give you that coverage? My foundation contains oil. When I tried the oil free foundation my face felt almost like a wall covered in stucco: DRY!). But come-on! Having a beautiful skin and not showing off its full potential sometimes is almost like having a great body and always wearing a pair of baggy sweat-pants. Gotta show off, absolutely must show off all your best assets! But again, I am NOT putting it on to go out grocery shopping. Or even to go to the office if it’s just for work. But for a party, a photo-shoot or for an important interview – let me sparkle and shine!