Great Skincare equals Great Makeup

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Copyright (c) 2010 John Howell

It seems like such a simple thing, but we often forget just how important good skincare is to maintaining a healthy, clear complexion. And if you love makeup, you'll want to take care of that skin so you've got a great canvas to work with.

Here are few simple tips to improve your skincare routine or take it back to the basics we sometime forget. Think of it as a refresher course for your face!

Always cleanse your skin with warm, not hot water. Hot water might feel great on your skin, but it's also very drying.

Choose a mild cleanser that's appropriate for your skin type. For example, if you have dry skin, look for one that helps hydrate.

If skin is acne-prone, choose a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or tea tree oil if you prefer a more natural approach. Keep your cleanser in the shower - you can make it part of your morning routine!

Once you've washed, rinse your face with a few splashes of water. Using a washcloth is fine, but splashing helps seal in the cleanser's benefits better.

Exfoliate! This will help your pores clear dead skin cells that often lead to break outs. But don't do it more than 2-3 times a week.

It feels great to get all that gunk off, but you don't want to strip your skin of its natural defenses.

Always be sure and finish out your routine with moisturizer. Even if you have oily skin, a moisturizer is essential for keeping your skin hydrated.

Choose one that's oil free and let it "set" on skin 10 minutes before applying makeup.

If you're prone to breakouts, resist the urge to pop or pick. The dirt on your fingers will spread germs around, making blemishes you thought were healing come back.

A spot treatment containing camphor and salicylic acid is your best bet, but in a pinch, you can also use a topical antibiotic ointment like you'd put on a cut. Cover the offending bump with a dab of concealer blended on with a makeup brush.

Take care around your eyes. The skin around your peepers is extremely delicate and tugging and pulling can lead to wrinkles. When applying eye cream, use your ring finger - it's your hand's weakest digit.

Finally, use a makeup primer. It will help makeup stay on longer and put one more protective layer between your skin and the outside elements.


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