LETS TALK ABOUT SKIN BABY
I used to have awful adult acne and my acne scars used to be much more prominent, which meant that the main thing I looked for in make-up was full coverage. I kept my oily skin under control with powder-based products and that worked in the past, but since I recovered from acne and scars are now a little less visible, I found that my skin is responding better to cream-based make-up and that includes bronzers. Don’t get me wrong, I still use finishing powder (more on that in another post) to set my make-up before I apply blusher, but my base routine has changed completely since my new clearer skin. I think it’s probably to do with the fact that my skin is finally able to “breathe” and because I’m not stressing over covering up my acne or breakouts anymore – I can finally strip off a few layers. My skin is thanking me in return.
NO MAKE-UP MAKE-UP
As with most make-up and skin-care it’s about trial and error. I usually go through around 5 mascaras before I find the right one and the same goes for foundation. But because I’m really careful about my skin condition now, I’m very cautious about the products I use daily. Same goes for my hair now – it must be the age thing or maybe because now is the happiest I’ve been with my skin and hair? I’ll go with the latter…
So yeah, what’s really working for me right now is focusing on my new skin routine in the evenings (more on that later too) and using less products during day that allow my skin to breathe whilst still covering up all my imperfections. Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation does just that with an added bonus of minimised pores, dewy-looking complexion and the feeling of make-up free skin. It’s incredible.
“This makeup infused skincare (with SPF 30) corrects skin undertones and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and pores instantly”
I first got introduced to Perricone MD a couple of years ago by QVC who at the time were raving about the Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment and I just had to try it. I need to get another one because it’s long gone, but if you’re curious – it’s a non-rinse formula that deeply cleanses off make-up and skin-ageing debris, as it also gently exfoliates and conditions, leaving an instantly smoother and more radiant appearance. Works wonders for travellers and it always gave my skin that boost when I needed it as I didn’t really use it every day. I hear that Perricone MD Cold Plasma is similarly AMAZING…
NO BRONZER BRONZER
I love bronzers but must admit, I don’t think that I’ve ever used them right. You always need the correct bronzer brush, the right amount of pressure, the perfect sweep, the angle… Using my fingers or sometimes my foundation brush, I blend this Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer under my cheekbones, on the sides of the chin and the top of my forehead. It’s so much easier and gives a really natural look too. Plus it has SPF 30 which is so important for me. It’s such a luxurious little product to use and you literally need a drop or two for the entire application. These products LOVE blending, so don’t be shy to use them all with one brush!
NO HIGHLIGHTER HIGHLIGHTER
Highlighter is another (usually) powder-based product that I haven’t experimented enough with – undoubtedly due to improper use or technique. I have super high cheekbones so I always overdid it with brushes in the past, so I usually stay away from highlighters. With this Perricone MD highlighter I’m able to control the areas I highlight by applying little dots along upper cheeks and under my eye-brows to enhance the definition without over-doing it.
All of these gorgeously-packaged products are formulated with Vitamin C Ester which help brighten the skin and reduce imperfections caused by Sun damage. And now that I think about it, I have a feeling that these Perricone MD products are also helping me with the reduction of my acne scars’ appearance… It’s really nice that my skin is improving day by day and it’s even nice knowing that I’m not making it worse with the makeup I use daily.
Good skin-care products, makeup and cleansing routines help, but don’t forget to drink plenty of water and less alcohol. My skin suffers the worst when I’ve had a glass or two of wine.
How do you look after your skin? What’s working for you just now? Does alcohol affect your skin too?
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This post was created in collaboration with Perricone MD. All views, experiences, opinions, words, photography and creative direction are always my own.