Skincare 101: 6 Steps To Beautiful Skin

Everyone wants the have beautiful glowing skin, right? Just like the beautiful celebrities like Halle Barry, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashion, and many more. Most people will run to the nearest sephora or drugstore to find that perfect foundation to achieve it, but your really need to pay attention to what is underneath it which is the skin itself. Wearing foundation is great, but if the skin condition underneath it is uneven the foundation can accentual the problem. I found that beautiful skin starts with the skin first and how we take care of it. The skin’s condition is the most important factor to consider when you are want to achieve flawless skin.  So you may ask, how can I get beautiful skin? Well let’s start off with some basics!

Hydrating the skin: Water is very important to your body and skin health. Water helps carry vital nutrients to your skin cells as a result creating nice smooth and plumped skin. Water also helps flush nasty toxins out of our bodies creating radiant skin. So staying hydrated is important. Like the doctors say drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day does the body and skin some good.
Healthy Diet equals healthy skin. When the body is given a balance diet of fruits, veggies, grains, and lean proteins the skin is proven to be more clear and radiant. I can attest to that myself because when my diets consist of too much soda, fried foods and rich sauces my skin rebels to blemish city.
Active lifestyle: Get you body moving try simply walking our jogging 2-3 days a week. You will see a difference in your skin and your body too! Exercise helps flush out nasty toxins out of of body and since the skin tissue is the largest organ on the body exercise will make a huge difference with out skin. Check out this intruging article from  Web Md. . .
Skincare Regime for Cleansing the skin day and night. I can promise you that cleansing you skin twice a day will keep you skin nice and clear from breakouts especially if you are a beauty junkie like me and love to wear your favorite makeup brands to enhance your beauty. Cleansing the face at night helps remove your makeup, oils and other free radicals that can cause our precious pores on your face to become clogged and break out. Some of my  favorite cleansers are: Moisture Rescue Fresh Cleansing Foam , Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash 6.7 oz, Murad Refreshing Skin Cleanser 6.75 oz, and Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel 5 oz.

Night Time Moisturizing for All Skin types: Not having a moistururizer can cause any skintype to become dehydrated after cleansing. In some case after cleansing your PH balance in your skin is low causing the skin moisture level to become unbalanced as a result, the skin appears dull and dehydrated lacking that resilient glow and moisture. Normal to oily skin may want to consider a moisturizer that is more water based like a light weight moisture lotion.

Final Step is to Protect The Skin: When you are getting ready to head out to the great outdoors it is important to protect your skin from the premature aging that is causes by many things such as the sun's harmful UVA/UVB rays, dirt, smoke and pollutants that is in our environment. You can protect you skin by shielding it from these free radicals by using daytime moisturizers with SPF and vitamins A, C, and E. Almost every skin care enthusiasts and dermatologists will recommend this in any skincare regimen. NOTE: When it comes too sunscreen remember this, If you foundation or moisturizer has an SPF 15 take the 15 and multiply it by 10 and that will give you the minutes that sunscreen is good for. So, for this example the SPF 15 is only good for 150 minutes before it expires. So remember if you will be wearing foundation and you will be outdoor longer than that time wear a higher sunscreen under the makeup. However if you are not wearing makeup make sure you re apply your sun screen for continuous protection.

With these steps taken you will be on your way to having beautiful skin. However, I will say that when considering your skin always consult with a doctor for skin (dermatologist, esthetician and etc) for advice if you are unsure on how to deal with your skin. Of course most people will say what about going to the department store or Sephora? Well, speaking from experience with working in both places mentioned consultants hired to work their are only able to give you advice on what product will work best for your skin type and skin concern. Futhermore linking the correct product to you in order to purchased. Which is fine, however if you truly do not have a clue about your skin or if you have highly sensitive skin and over the counter skincare products are not working or making your skin condition worse please go seek help from a professional.

Now, I would like to hear from you!  How do you keep your skin clear and healthy? What are you favorite skincare brands either drug store or highend please share. I would truly like to know and so would other readers too. So far at the moment I have been testing out drugstore skincare by Garnier Nutritioniste's Moisture rescue line and I am loving it so far. I have been using it for a week now and I will definitely give a review on it soon!

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Beauty Pledge of The Month: Youthful Skin With Murad

Have you ever purchased a new skincare regimen and promised yourself that you would be consistent with it in order to see improvement in your skin? Then after a week of use you start to get lazy with your promise and miss treatments at night to the point where you are grabbing the good old cleansing wipes on the nightstand and calling it a night? I know I have been there many of times where I get so exciting about the new skincare treatments I purchased and never follow through to see if I truly see results from the product I spent my hard earned cash on. Well starting today I am breaking that habit and making a pledge to myself:

“I pledge to the world that I will be consistent with a new skincare treatment I have picked up from Sephora. I have in my masterbath a few goodies from Murad that I would like to see if it improves my skin over a 5 week period of time. I pledge to myself to use it morning and night.”

You all are probably wondering what could possibly be my skin concern for this month? Well, I would like to see more even skin tone, reduced expression lines  around the eyes and forehead, and smoother texture of my skin. How about you? Do you have things that you would like to improve with your skin? Share and make a beauty pledge to yourself too. What are you doing to use to improve your key concerns? Well for me, I will be using the following key items.

To Cleanse:
Murad Refreshing Skin Cleanser 6.75 oz Refreshing Skin Cleanser
What it is:
A non-drying, foaming cleanser that washes away surface oil and makeup.

What it is formulated to do:
Refreshes as it cleanses by removing surface impurities and makeup. Leaves skin soft and smooth.
Hawaiian White Ginger Extract: Hydrates skin.
-Algae Extract: Diffuses oil and improves skin smoothness and elasticity.
-Cucumber Extract: Soothes as it refreshes.

  • What I like about this cleanser is that it removes makeup well, and it works wonderfully with my Clarisonic Skincare Brush. My skin is left with a wonderful invigorating feeling of being clean without over drying my skin.

Treatment For Daytime Use:

Murad Active Radiance™ Serum Featuring Resilient-C™ Complex 1 oz
What it is:
A rich, silky serum that restores a youthful, healthy glow to the skin.

What it is formulated to do:
Murad Active Radiance™ Serum Featuring Resilient-C™ Complex encourages collagen production to help skin resist environmental stress and damage. Its advanced formula boosts cell proliferation to reverse visible signs of aging.

What else you need to know:
This formula has been clinically demonstrated to brighten and renew skin in one week by improving natural radiance and clarity, smoothing skin, and restoring youthful texture and tone.
-Resilient-C™ Complex: Delivers highly stable Vitamin C—50 times the potency of prior generations—to improve skin radiance, help enhance collagen production, and protect against free-radical damage.
-Ectoin: Unleashes the cellular defense system, helping cells resist drastic environmental stresses including UV exposure and chemical aggressors.
-AHA and Myrtle Extract: Provide rejuvenating properties that encourage new cell growth and help boost cellular vitality.

  • What I like about this serum is that just after a few days of using this my skin feel smoother and appears to be more radiant during the day time. The serum absorbs fairly quick, so that your skin in not left with a sticky feeling.

Treatment For Night Time Use:

Murad Sleep Reform™ Serum 1 oz
What it is:
A powerful nighttime antiaging treatment.

What it is formulated to do:
Murad Sleep Reform™ Serum takes “beauty sleep” to a new level—locking in moisture, promoting skin firmness, and fighting signs of aging so you wake up to a radically rejuvenated complexion. Murad’s exclusive Repair Enhancing Matrix (REM) is designed to maximize the effectiveness of the skin’s nightly repair cycle, promoting cellular turnover and renewal. This serum’s unique topical melatonin delivery system promotes collagen production, softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Get ready to say “good morning, gorgeous!” in the mirror in the morning.

What else you need to know:

Sleep Reform™ Serum has been shown to stimulate the proliferation of the cells responsible for collagen production by 78%, improving collagen production potential by 62%.

  • With using this serum for night time use I am noticing that when I wake up in the morning my expression lines appear more relaxed and not too puffy looking. You know how sometimes when you wake up your crows feet and forehead lines looks for exaggerated for sleeping? I guess I look more rested and wrinkles where smoother!!

Eye Treatment:

Korres Olive and Rye Eye Cream 0.51 oz
What it is:
An eye cream with antiaging and firming action for mature skin types.

What it is formulated to do:
Korres Olive & Rye Eye Cream contains a high percentage of vegetable oil (53%) and uses a special technique to ensure the gradual release of its active ingredients. It also provides nourishment for the skin that lasts throughout the entire night.

  • What I like about this eye cream is that my skin feel extremely hydrated, however I am not too sure if I see firming. Although, it has only been a few days since I started to use this one consistently, so stay tuned.

Moisturizer For Day And Night:

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 1.7 oz
What it is:
A powerful, antioxidant-rich sunscreen that shields and restores environmentally stressed skin.

What it is formulated to do:

Block UVA and UVB while preventing free-radical damage with this complexion-protecting essential. The advanced formula multitasks, improving the skin’s barrier function to maintain optimal hydration.

  • I like the fact that my skin is protect for the UVA and UVB rays and it definitely does moisturize, but I am on the fence when it comes to the texture. It feels kind of sticky or thick due to the sun screen that is in it, but overall it is not bad.

Murad Perfecting Night Cream 1.7 oz
What it is:
An intensive hydrating, rejuvenating, and restorative night cream.

What it is formulated to do:
Promotes healthy cell turnover and nourishes and rejuvenates skin overnight by restoring lost moisture.

  • So far I love this night time moisturizer. It is light weight and fluid and my skin just drinks it! I wake up in the morning and my skin feels so soft. Definitely would recommend this one for sure!

All in all, I am going to make a commitment to my skin and stay consistent with this regimen and I will follow back up with you all in 5 weeks to let you know the details and show before and after photos of my skin. Are you up for the same challenge? Share what are you going to do in order to improve your skin and have it in the best condition possible for summer 2010? I would love to know what you will use whether if it is drugstore brands or department store brands definitely share.

Until next day stay fab and fierce inside and out!!

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