4 Reasons Why Mineral Makeup Dries Out Your Skin

You’ve probably heard others tell you mineral makeup makes your skin super-dry, but you probably didn’t expect me to say they’re right!

While it’s true mineral makeup can dry out your skin, the good news is it doesn’t have to! Today, we’re going to tackle 4 reasons why your  mineral makeup is drying out your skin.

Your Moisture Balance is Way Off

Because mineral makeup is applied dry, it is super important to make sure you create the right moisture balance to your skin before you apply it, or the makeup will soak up all the moisture in the skin leaving it looking dry, flaky and dull. So how do you create the right moisture balance for your skin? That leads me to the next reason mineral makeup dries out your skin.

You’re Not Making Way For New Skin

You’ve probably heard  your skin makes new skin cells every 3 days. What you might not know is you need to help to reveal that skin by exfoliating which will remove 1 to 1/2 layers of dead skin.

Ever notice your skin looking a little flaky? That’s its way of telling you it’s time to get the scrub out. We recommend every 3 days; 2 if you’re over 40.

Why is it so important to get rid of that dead skin? Because a moisturizer cannot penetrate through dead skin. This means if you skip using a facial scrub, you’re throwing money away on moisturizer, and no one wants to do that!

Use the Right Moisturizer (And Never Skip It)

It’s not as important to use a moisturizer as it is to use the right one for your skin type. It’s because moisturizers are created differently to meet the needs of each skin type. And, do you really know what your skin type is? Be careful. This is where so many women go wrong!

It’s common for it to change many times during your lifetime. Your type could change as you age, if you move somewhere where the temperature changes drastically or even as the result from a medication you’re taking.

You’re Using the Wrong Kind of Foundation

If dry skin is a daily concern for you, you’ll want to look for a mineral foundation made for it. This way your makeup will be working with your moisturizer and not against it.

So what do you think? What has your experience been with dry skin and mineral makeup? Share your story below!

 

Why Your Moisturizer Isn’t Cutting It

There’s nothing more frustrating than using a product that doesn’t do it’s job.

Take a moisturizer for instance. If it doesn’t work, it not only affects the condition of the skin, it affects the look of your makeup finish as well. I mean, who wants to look like a dry, flaky mess?

There could many reasons why your moisturizer isn’t cutting it. Today we’ll talk about the top 3.

You’re Using The Wrong Moisturizer

Moisturizers are not all the same. If you’re using a moisturizer, but it wasn’t made for your skin type, you may as well not be using any at all!

Here’s why: if your skin is dry, your moisturizer must be extra-moisturizing so it can give your dry skin all the nourishment your skin needs. If your skin is oily, and you use a moisturizer for dry skin, it can cause an extra buildup of oil which can lead to clogged pores and eventually acne.

You’re Not Exfoliating Your Skin

Moisturizer works best when it’s applied to fresh, new skin because it’s so much easier for newer skin to drink it in. So, what can you do to be sure you’re moisturizing the right skin?

You need to make sure you make room for new skin by getting rid of the old. Since our skin creates new skin cells about every 3 days, we can help by using a scrub or microderm abrasion cream to get rid of the dead skin on top.

You’re Doing it Wrong 

Did you know there’s a right way to use moisturizer? It works best when you’re not in a hurry, and take the time to work it in to your skin, especially the areas that need it the most. Go ahead! take the time to give yourself a little face massage every day!

If your moisturizer still isn’t quite cutting it, especially in the winter, try using it on wet skin just after cleansing. Remind yourself by keeping your moisturizer in the shower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Makeup Tips and Tricks for Mature Skin

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I remember putting on my makeup as usual the morning of my 40th birthday. I had it down to a science!

This time however, it was all wrong!  It was as if I suddenly forgot what I was doing; as if my face was no longer my own.  

The color seemed off, my blush placement was off, and I was looking “older”.  

Mature skin. I knew it was coming; I just thought I had more time.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m comfortable with my age of 48. I’ve earned my laugh lines; every one of them!  

I just didn’t realize there would come a time when everything I knew about makeup would change. So the research began.  I read countless blogs, and yes: even watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to see what they were doing.

Then the real research began.

I came across a book written by Lois Joy Johnson; a top beauty editor and Sandy Linter; a celebrity makeup artist entitled: Makeup Wakeup. Revitalizing Your Look At Any Age.  It was like they wrote it for me.  

This book literally changed my life, and the way I see myself in the mirror these days. After reading it, I knew there were other women out there encouraged and confident about aging gracefully. Although there are countless makeup tips in this book, I decided to highlight my top 5 faves; the top 5 makeup tips and tricks for mature skin.

The Problem: The Apples Are Gone! Well, Not Really

We’ve been told to “apply blush to the apples of our cheeks.” That phrase has been around for as long as time itself, but who knew that they, along with our other body parts would one day no longer be front and center?

The Fix: We must now apply our blush on top our cheek bones because our apples are lower than they were yesterday!

The Problem: Powder Is Not Your Friend!

This might take some getting used to!  By powder, I mean conventional finishing powders that contain talc and cornstarch.  Too much can make the skin appear older as these powders settle into fine lines and can further dry out the skin. The exception to this powder rule is Mineral Powder which settles on top of the skin; not into it.  

When using a mineral powder foundation, be sure to brush the excess powder away with a clean powder brush, concentrating on areas where powder likes to settle; around the nose, mouth and brows.

The Fix: Use finishing powder on your T-Zone and under the cheeks; never over them. You’ll be amazed at how fresh and supple your skin looks when you cut back on the powder.

The Problem: Foundation Is Now A Must, But You May Need to Change It Up

We used to be able to face the day with a fresh face right out of the shower.  Those days are now gone. Foundation can give you fresher, healthier looking skin while minimizing the look of sun damage.

The Fix:  Remember the days when you applied foundation evenly all over your face?  Forget it. These days your foundation must work harder than your concealer. 

It must be applied sheer in some areas, and layered in others where you need better coverage.  Apply it before concealer.  You may be surprised at how much less concealer you’ll use.  

Try to stay away from cool shades that contain pink. At this stage in the game, pink looks pink no matter how you apply it. Gear towards warmer shades like honey, almond, nude, etc..

Warmer shades make your skin look healthier. Consider boosting your shade a couple of notches.  Most women choose foundation shades too light for them.

You don’t want your foundation shade to just disappear into the skin.  A little more color makes the skin look youthful and warm.

The Problem: Over-Correcting the Flaws

Dark circles under the eyes and signs of sun damage can be corrected, but can be easily overdone.  Too much concealer and/or corrector tends to look heavy and cakey, which accentuates flaws and wrinkles.

The Fix: Most women use more concealer than foundation, and in our younger years, we can get away with it.  If you must use a concealer, apply foundation first, starting at the jawline and working in.  Lightly press your concealer/corrector over the areas of concern with a small concealer brush.  Do not brush over them, as you will wipe it away. Follow with a light layer of foundation to even out the skin tone.  

If you need to conceal under eye circles, consider using a highlighting wand as opposed to a concealer/corrector underneath the eyes to brighten them.  Liquid highlighter is thinner in consistency than concealer.  It’s light reflecting properties will deflect attention from this area while looking smooth and not overdone.

The Problem: Over-plucking the Brows

Most women at some point go overboard when cleaning up their brows. I used to be serious offender!  

When I look back at photos from the 80’s and 90’s, I cringe when seeing those untamed brows. Brows are so important as they frame the face, making you look more youthful.  

The Fix: If you’re a serious brow plucker like I was, step away from the magnifying mirror and allow time for regrowth.  Be patient. This takes time. In the meantime, learn to reshape your brows.  

Only 3 things need to be done to maintain your brows. Correct the overall shape, fill sparse areas and control coarse hairs.  

Filling in the areas that need regrowth can be done with a pencil or brow powder.  I prefer to use brow powder because it doesn’t look drawn on and appears more natural.  Choose a shade that matches your natural brow color or one shade lighter.

Fill in the bare areas first and then cover the entire brow lightly with a brow brush to keep color consistency.  Don’t try to make one brow mirror the other.  Each brow is different and creates character.

Although we’ve not covered all there is to know about managing aging skin with makeup, this is a great place to start.  What are your favorite youthful looking beauty tips? Share them below and let’s get the conversation started!

Reference: Makeup Wakeup by Joy Johnson and Sandy Linter

It’s Never Too Early, and Never Too Late

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Growing up, I remember my Mom saying, “It’s never too early to learn a good habit.” (Lord knows I’ve never had a hard time learning bad ones.)

I really took what she said to heart when it came to skincare. I wasn’t much older than 15. I was using everything I could get my hands on; cleanser, toner, facial masks, moisturizers and even night/anti-aging cream.

I remember my older sister giving me a lot of crap about it back then. She would laugh and tell me how ridiculous I was for using those products at my age. She told me she wasn’t going to bother with any of it until she was older, and didn’t understand why I (who is 5 years younger) would even think about it.

Fast forward 30 some odd years later.

Now, I’m not a “proud” person. I’m not one to bask in the spotlight. But I have to admit, these days, when I meet people and the “age thing” comes up, they never guess my real age. They’re always off about 7-10 years, and yes, in the right (younger) direction.

So, is this because I used all of those products regularly throughout the years? Not at all. It’s not about using a particular product or brand as much as it’s about creating good skincare habits. Nothing more, nothing less. 

Recently, my sister confessed she never started her own routine, and wasn’t about to start now because she thought the damage had already been done.

And here’s the thing. There are so many others that feel the same way, and you know what? They couldn’t be more wrong!

Just like it’s never too early to begin a skincare habit, it’s never too late to begin.

While it’s true you might not be able to reverse the damage already done, you can prevent damage that can occur from this point forward by beginning today.

And, I’m not saying you need to fill your cabinet with all kinds of products. In fact, if you only use one product, make it moisturizer.

The reason why moisturizer is so crucial, is because our skin gradually loses it’s ability to retain moisture as we age. And because we’re made with 90% water, we need to replenish moisture as often as we can to restore the suppleness our skin used to have when we were young.

It’s this suppleness, what makes us look younger.

What do you think? Is there another product you feel is just as or more important than moisturizer? Please share your thoughts below.

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