It’s a brand new year, HECK, it’s a brand new decade! We want to share with you, what the future has in store for the looks of 2012!
Healthy, fresh, and clean skin! Who doesn’t want that!?! We aren’t looking for cosmetics that just cover up our flaws we want products that correct and protect our livelihood!
Surface Beauty believes strongly about what is said in “first impressions”. So here we are in a new decade, a new year, let’s start it off on the right foot or(face)!
Where to begin?
What do we do right when we wake up?
Wash that face! Keeping the water cold will do positive numbers on your skin right away. It wakes you up, fast, it gets the blood going, minimizes pores, and actually is a wonderful way to de-puff those eyes!
Cleanse with a soap -free wash.(Check out Shiseido/Aesop). If you have the time, exfoliate mildly with a gentle scrub(Check out Answers From Nature at Henrys), or even a wash cloth will do.
TONE, yes it is important. Your toner balances your natural PH, minimizes those pores, and soothes that skin from the first two actions.(Check out Eminence/Aesop).
From here, hydrate your eyes, face, and decollete. One can go right to a basic moisturizer, while this only holds in what you’ve already applied, and protects your skin from the external elements…OR, invest in a specific SERUM, made just for your skins concerns. Be it, dryness, loose skin, hyper pigmentation, dullness, lines and wrinkles, etc. This serum mus be alcohol free, mineral-oil free. Beware. Your serum is your key to actually correcting and preventing present and future damage to your skin.(Check out PCA/ Natura Bisse/T.Le Clerc).
Hydrate & seal the nourished skin with a moisturizer that doesn’t weigh down your skin, look greasy, or consist of alcohols that will just dry up and dissipate before you walk out of your bathroom.(Check out PCA/Natura Bisse/Shiseido).
Note, your eye cream and moisturizer are NOT the same thing. There is a difference between their consistencies, and performance. Eye creams cost more, generally, than your moisturizer. They are formulated with smaller molecules(look for nano-technology) to absorb more effectively around the delicate tissues surrounding our eyes. Eye creams should feel like a satiny layer as it’s applied, not heavy or sticky. If the cream is too thick, consists of bees wax or mineral oils, or too much is applied this may cause milia(small white bumps), to form around your eyes.(Check out 3LAb/Natura Bisse).
Tinted moisturizers are the new and improved foundations! More and more women are enjoying the convenience of their SPF and color combined in one. Looking for a product that isn’t greasy, light weight, and easily blended are important keys.(Check out Remede).
Color those lips! Lip stains are advantageous in several ways. They stay, they don’t bleed, they are weightless, fuss-less, and truly wake up your face! Our pro-celebrity artists recommend choosing colors that typically are the opposite in tone of your eye color. For example, if you have blue eyes, go for warm, peachy tones. For brown eyes, go for cool berry, mauve tones. Enjoy these stains on your cheeks as well, they don’t clog the skin!(Check out Vincent Longo/Nars). Top it of with a natural or clear gloss!(Check out Nars/T.LeClerc/Vincent Longo).
Eyes, the windows to our souls! Let’s pick the right “dressings”. Never overlook the brow. Simply by brushing in a little color into the hairs, to give fullness and shape can make all the difference to your eyes and face. Always pick a similar color to your brows but never darker!(Check out Laura Mercier).
Mascara, always own a great deep black mascara. Water proof or at least resistant. Mascaras no matter how much you pay for one, last no longer than 3 1/2 to 4 months. Any longer you’re asking for itchy, irritated eyes(due to microbes), along with flaking and minimal performance in general. You can invest in a great $30.00 mascara, which will offer you an amazing application, a pleasing odor, and probably a sleek package(Check out Shu Uemura); OR, purchase an $8.00 mascara from your local pharmacy, that takes a little more effort to keep from clumping, endure a subtle chemical scent, and they tend to come in animated tube-like packages.(Cover Girl Lash Blast). They both end up looking much of the same.
If time permits, choosing shadow isn’t rocket science anymore. A wash of color complimenting(opposite tones) your eye color will enhance your look but, in choosing a shadow, there are NO rules. You love purple and you have blue eyes, enjoy! You have green eyes and love…green, go for it! You may be hazel-eyed and love the color pink, work it! Eye shadow is an accessory not a necessity! Wardrobe it to what your wearing out that night or just highlighting around the eyes to brighten up your day, don’t be afraid to play with your shadows!(Check out Sue Devitt/MAC).
Keeping it natural, fresh and clean!
All your beauty needs at SurfaceBeauty.com time and again!
Directing our focus today on skin care over forty; our concerns may not stray too far from that of women and even men ten or twenty years our younger. We all want smooth, soft, and healthy skin. Our biggest concern and enemy to the appearance of aging skin is the sun. Prevention as well as protection is key. Nowadays besides basic sunscreens, we have the advantage of “built-in” uva and uvb deterants found in, tinted moisturizers, foundations, powders, hair product, your eye wear, even nail polish. Actinic rays (uva) are shorter rays absorbed by the epidermis that cause tanning. Uvb rays are longer and can penetrate the dermis, causing sunburns. By looking for products that can protect from both uva and uvb rays labelled as “Full spectrum” protection will only save our skin from the damage the sun can cause such as capillary damage, hyperpigmentation, collagen and elastin deterioration and most importantly, skin cancer.
Caring for the skin we were born with plays an essential role in every ones daily life. Many, though, don’t realize by choosing the right care and protection for their skin-type can actually turn back the signs of aging! For instance, someone who finds their skin dry and flaky no matter how much moisturizer they apply to their skin, may find great results by simply exfoliating the top layers of their skin(the corneum), whether manually or chemically. Next by toning and more importantly applying a serum rather than a moisturizer to the fresh-dewy skin; they will have allowed a passage to their lower layers of the epidermis.
The skin can absorb the moisture and vitamins it’s been depleated of and will now be greatly nourished and it will show. One of the biggest myths I come across almost daily are the people who have the unfortunate experience of an occasional break-out or oily skin in general. They will “dry-out” their skin on purpose and look for skin products labeled “oil-free”. On the contrary by over drying the skin or depriving the epidermis of essential oils it needs to protect its barrier it will tell the brain to produce MORE oil and where in turn create an over production of unneeded oil to the surface.
By understanding the needs of your skin, what it is is that concerns you, what you wish to improve, and a consultation with a well-informed esthetician and or dermatologist one can be put on the right track to correcting or just maintaining youthful, beautiful, healthy skin.