Have you been caught in a makeup rut or does your beauty regimen need a boost for 2017? Do you have products on your bathroom counter that have been collecting dust since the last decade? Do you find that some of the products you are using on your skin sometimes seem to cause more harm than good? Whether you need a complete beauty and skincare overhaul or would just like to make some small changes to brighten up your skincare routine, the following tips can help to bring some sparkle back to your skin.
1. Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes are a breeding ground for dirt and bacteria. Be sure to clean your brushes weekly to avoid this build-up. There are products specifically designed to clean brushes, or you can also use very hot water and face soap.
2. Moisturize your Hands and Treat Your Cuticles
Hands and cuticles become very dry in the winter, so it is important to protect them with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and thoroughly moisture them with a rich and creamy lotion at least twice a day. If your cuticles are in need of extra attention, try a specialized cuticle cream that relieves dryness, repairs, and protects cuticles with its blend of raspberry stem-cell extract, shea butter, and vitamins A, C, and E.
3. Update Your Makeup Routine
Have you recently looked in the mirror and realized you’ve had the same makeup routine since your freshman year of college? Or perhaps your concern is not this dramatic and you just need a small update to your look? Try selecting a few new products, such as a new lipstick shade or eyeshadow to change up your look. If you need more advice on how to select the best products for the look you would like to achieve, consider schedule a consultation with your local Forefront Dermatology esthetician. They can provide product recommendations that will help you develop a new customized routine to get you looking current and glowing!
4. Replace Old Makeup and Skincare Products
Old skin care products and make-up not only work less efficiently, they can also do damage to your skin. There are a few different reasons for this. First, the active ingredients become ineffective over time. For example, after a foundation with SPF has expired, the sun protection may not be as strong as it was when the product was first purchased. Second, the efficiency of active ingredients also become compromised over time. Finally, your expired makeup can start to grow bacteria. When you apply these products to your skin, this can cause irritation and bumps that look like acne. And when it comes to your eyes, this bacteria buildup can actually cause infections and pink eye. Look through your make-up and other skincare products, such as moisturizers and cleansers, and replace products that are more than 12 months old or lipsticks that are more than eighteen months old.
5. Use a Foundation with More Coverage for Uneven Skin Tone
Look for a foundation that provides ample coverage for uneven skin tone, dark spots, and fine lines that is at least one or two shades lighter than your current skin tone. It should also offer repair elements such as evening and brightening skin tone and minimizing and treating the appearance of fine lines to gradually repair the impact of sun damage while providing a base for your make-up to make you look radiant.
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