My winter foundation routine

Do you ever find your skin doing this as soon as December comes around?Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 11.13.42 AM

It doesn’t look so bad when its farther away from your face, but you feel it, and as long as you are on the subway, on the bus, want to kiss your date, getting professional head shots YOU feel like your skin is doing this:

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That’s not way to go into public feeling like you are loosing your face, which just makes you loose your confidence and who know how it could effect your day, your work, or that date you’re on.

It happens to my skin every year too. It’s normal. It’s your skin telling you that you need to change something. This year my skin started to dry less then in previous years and I believe its because of the food I have been focusing on eating. I talk about my food rules this winter here: Skin that gets you carded

Here is my advice on getting your skin to perfect complexion during the winter time.

Gentle Exfoliation

When the skin is already dry and flaky, even after putting on a really good moisturizer it will most likely dry up and start flaking off towards the mid day. Use a gentle exfoliator because at this time your skin will be more sensitive and anytime you’re switching the routine up, its better to be slow and cautious, depending on how sensitive your skin is.

I like to use a Cleansing brush from Mary Kay cosmetics. It has 2 settings and in the winter time I switch to the gentle setting. I use a Timewise Repair foaming cleanser because it doesn’t dry out my skin after and it leathers perfectly!

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Hyper Moisturize

I am a beauty consultant and every year I hear women complain to me about the dryness of their skin in the winter months. I always start by asking a few questions.

-What is your current cleansing and exfoliating routine? When was the last time you updated your moisturizer for the winter?

Once you know what you normally use, upgrade the moisturizer to provide more benefits and definitely more hydration. Personally I use the Timewise Repair Day Cream with spf 50 in the winter. Here are some benefits and why I love it:

  • Restores skin’s youthful cushion.
  • Formulated to help minimize skin reaction to external irritants.
  • Skin tone appears more even.
  • Helps protect against skin-aging UVA/UVB damage.
  • Increases skin moisture for 12 hours.
  • Sealed air tight to give the ultimate benefit of freshness and not effected by oxygenation.

Another one of my personal favorites is Mary Kay Intense Moisturizing Cream and a list of the benefits and why I love it, even though its my second favorite since there is no SPF in it:

  • Leaves skin feeling hydrated for up to 10 hours.
  • Infuses skin with a boost of intense moisture.
  • Helps soften skin with a marine extract and humectants.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.

Foundation Primer

One of the things I notice is how many women don’t pay attention to their foundation primer during winter and how big of a difference it makes in how your skin looks and feels with foundation on. When looking for a foundation primer make sure its lightweight, breathable, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested and feels good when you put it on. The last part here is not as important for your skin as it is for you. I always think if you’re going to put something on your body, or on your face, you better love how it feels, how it smells and how much it costs.

Here is the Foundation Primer I use now in my daily routine: MK Foundation Primer.

Foundation Routine

I believe that the most important foundation is the one that makes you start winking at your self in the mirror. How you get to find that foundation is another story.

Of course you can reply below with your questions and with a comment about how you want your skin to feel and I will personally make sure to help you find what works best for your skin type and shade.

Here is my general rule of thumb:

Dry skin: Pick a foundation that’s extra hydrating, luminous, dewey finish, glowing, and has peptides in it. It will be helping your skin regain the glow without being oily. So on that note definitely read the labels to make sure the foundation doesn’t contain actual oils, they will clog your pores and that’s the most common problem with finding a foundation for dry skin – the oils in the foundation.

Here is my recommendation for Dry skin: MK Luminous wear foundation with 33 Shades

Normal skin: Pick a foundation that feels good on your skin. This is the skin type that allows you to have a dewy finish or a matte finish without effecting your skin’s dryness. So it’s all about personal preference. This is where my skin falls into. So I like to have a matte finish in the summer because when it’s hot outside and I sweat it doesn’t show on my face. In the winter I like to go between Mattewear foundation and Cream to powder foundation. The links include the shades I personally wear.

Oily skin: Pick a foundation that’s matte wear and again doesn’t have oils to clog your pores. I also include an oil mattifier, and translucent powder in a recommended routine. The oil mattifier helps with controlling the oils before foundation, and the powder takes the oily look off after just a quick brush on in the middle of the day, or at any time of the day really, I especially love this powder when I’m traveling thru the airport and my face feels like its collecting all the oils from everyone around me.

I hope you found this information helpful! Reply below with your comments and questions I would love to hear what you think! Subscribe to my blog and get the next detailed post with the video on how I do my own foundation application.

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