5 tips to maximize your bedtime skin routine

When it comes to your skin routine, we all know there’s one part which is possibly more important than all the others put together. And that’s the bedtime skin routine.

At the end of a long day, it can be really tempting to just get those comfies on and sink into bed without taking your make-up off – but it’s absolutely vital that you get into a regular skin routine at night to avoid any nasty skin issues further down the line.

1. Know your Skin type

First thing’s first, you need to know your own skinreally know it.

Many of us are confused about what skin type we have, so if you’re unsure, get yourself down to your local beauty counter and get some help. From this, you’ll be able to select the best products which will be kind to your skin and work hardest to keep it looking its best.

2.  Use Cleanser

Cleanser, or cleansing wipes if you’d prefer, are an easy way to get rid of all the day’s impurities – make-up, pollution, and even sand if you’re lucky enough to live on the coast.

Use soft cotton make-up pads if you’d prefer to use a liquid cleanser, being careful not to apply too much (as your skin will struggle to absorb the moisture).

Be extra careful around the eye area, it’s super delicate!

2.  Exfoliate

Many people are scared to even touch their face with an exfoliant, but it’s not the enemy (in fact, it’s far from it).

Exfoliating our facial skin (gently!), is an easy way to keep it clean, buffing away any dead cells or dirt which could cause issues if left in the pores.

Use a sensitive one if you’re new to the world of exfoliating, and be gentle, moving upwards in small circular movements. The result – fresh, clean skin!

4. Explore New Products

So many of us are guilty for sticking to the same products, even if they’re no longer suitable for our skin. Like our bodies, our skin changes as we age, so using the same product at 29 as you did at 22 may not be the best approach.

Once you’ve established your skin type, explore new product ranges to ensure you’re getting the most out of your skincare. More and more consumers are now taking the cruelty-free approach, and you should do the same. In fact, a recent study found more than 35% of women only bought from brands who didn’t test on animals – it’s the best way.

 

5. Know Your Water

Before using any products, wash your face with warm water. The temperature helps to open up your pores, making it easier to remove any dirt or grime.

After completing your routine, splash your face with cold water and pat dry with a clean, soft towel. The cold water (not too cold!) will close the pores up again, preventing your skin from absorbing any additional nasties in the night.

 

This is a contributed post written by Dale White

7 tips to get your skin ready for a special event

I have mentioned on my social media that this month I was focusing my blog on some lifestyle and beauty features. With a wedding coming up I have really been focused on taking care of myself, whether it be through fitness and eating healthy to taking proper care of my skin and today I wanted to share some of my skin care secrets with you.

As an on air TV reporter, I wear a lot of makeup. Working for the Weather Network takes me outside a ton so it is really important for me to take good care of my skin when it comes to both protecting it outside and keeping it clean. A challenge for most of us after a long day but something that your future self will no doubt be thanking you for.

I have worked with many makeup artists throughout my TV career. I am also working closely with my wedding makeup artists to get me ready for the big day. Over the years from makeup artists and dermatologists I have picked up a few tips and tricks that I wanted to share with you.

 

1. Drink lots of water

Trust me, I know this one can be tough. You are rushing to the office, to your workout classes, to cook dinner. It seems that in this day and age we are always rushing somewhere and to do something but it is so important to remember that in between rushing places, chug some water. I really started focusing on this when I had my makeup consultation for the wedding and the first thing my makeup artists asked me was; “how much water do you drink? Your skin is a bit dehydrated.”

We tend to forget that a big portion of our body is made up of water, including your skin cells and without water they cannot function and repair properly. Because of this I start every morning by chugging a glass of water and make sure I constantly have a full water bottle (even if I am going out for a story).

Since focusing on drinking more water not only has my skin started to look healthier, but I also feel like I have more energy during the day and it has also helped me curve food cravings. Win, win, win.

 

2.Follow the routine, no matter how tired you are

After long days at work and the gym, sometimes I just want to crawl into bed with my face still covered in makeup, but it is so important to keep those pores clean. It is also so important to make sure you find a routine and products that work for your skin type. My skin is fairly neutral so I don’t have to worry about products for oily or dry skin, but recently I started using Dermalogica. My mom has always sworn  by their products and now I do to.

  • Every day and night no matter how tired I am and even when I am traveling I start with the Precleanse balm, a deep cleansing balm to oil which helps melt the makeup off my skin.
  • I then use the multi activate toner to help keep the moister locked in.
  • Next I slather on my secret weapon. It isn’t a Dermalogica product but I picked up a wonderful facial oil in the Yukon made with all natural ingredients including carrot seeds and vitamin E. I use this as my serum. Serums are great because they are made up of smaller particles that can dive deeper into the skin
  • Don’t forget those eyes. After serum I throw on the Mac cosmetics fast response eye cream. This eye cream has caffeine in it which helps with de-puffs and firms skin
  • Lastly I finish it all off with a moisturizer. I use the Dermalogica skin smoothing cream. What I really love about this moisturizer is that it protects for 48 hours against environmental stress which is important when you spend your days working outside.

3.Wear Sunscreen

This one is super important to me for so many reasons. Firstly, a few of my family members have suffered from melanoma. Secondly, as I have mentioned working with the Weather Network I am outside a lot. Protecting my skin from sun damage is super important, not only because of skin cancer but also sun can lead to aging. No matter what the temperature is or if it is raining I always put at least SPF 30 on my face. I also try and find makeup that includes SPF for some extra coverage.

4.Collagen is key 

I have spoken about my love for Biosil in my previous piece for hair care, however the product fits in with skin care as well. Biosil helps create collagen, which creates elasticity in your skin. In return it helps promote glowing, vibrant skin. I take two tablets daily for skin, nail, and hair benefits.

5.You are what you eat 

Eating well doesn’t just have health benefits for your physique but also for your skin. More and more studies that have been done on the connection between skin and diet show that a poor diet can age your skin. Some foods that are good for your skin include:

  • Omega 3: Fatty fishes help keep skin healthy and moisturized. I take a fish oil vitamin daily to help with this.
  • Avocado: Avocado has compounds that can protect your hair from skin damage. It also is an excellent source of vitamin E.
  • Sunflower seeds: Seeds are great for skin health. They help produce vitamin E and Zinc, all excellent products for your skin’s health.

 

6.Get your beauty sleep 

Your sleep time is also your skins time to recover. Also when you are sleep deprived, that produces more stress hormones, which directly impacts the look of your skin. Also, if you don’t get proper rest collagen and hyaluronic acids break down and so your skin looses that glow. I know it is cliche but a good nights rest really has health benefits for your skin.

7.Splurge on a deep cleanse 

No matter how much you scrub and clean and clear sometimes you just don’t have the tools in your tool box. My wedding makeup artist suggested getting regular facials leading up to the big day. I love that the work is all done for you. From hydration to extractions they take care of it all and can also recommend some products that will work well for your skin. Now I know facials can be expensive but sometimes there are Groupon deals (just read the reviews) or membership plans. I joined Skoah’s membership and now my facials cost $60 instead of $90!

Whether you are getting ready for your wedding, a special event, or just want to have beautiful skin these 7 tips can help you get the glowing skin you want.

xo

Mia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Mary Kay Skin Care Favourites

I have been using Mary Kay makeup products for quite some time now and have shared some of the products that I love from the line on my blog before. From vibrant lipsticks to beautiful eye shadows, Mary Kay helps get my ready for both on air and everyday. Today though, I wanted to share a different side of Mary Kay, their skin care products. 

I have started to include quite a few Mary Kay skin products into my daily routine and I have noticed such a difference in my skin’s health and overall appearance. Wth a very busy schedule, that includes lots of travel it is sometimes hard to keep my routine consistent and my skin taken care of. However, these products are quick and easy to use. They also keep my skin moisturized, clean, and clear. Mary Kay’s skin care has become a habit for me both at home and on the road. I wanted to share with you some of their products that I absolutely love using.

My Mary Kay Favourites 

Timewise Replenishing Serum + C

This is my absolutely favourite skin product right now. I use it everyday, twice a day. The

antioxidant rich formula combined with high levels of vitamin c help keep existing collagen from breaking down. The rich botanicals also keep skin lifted and firm. Another aspect of this product that I love is that the pump bottle keeps air out, meaning the formula stays fresh. It is also clinically test for skin irritancy and allergy as well as dermatologist tested.

$65

Timewise Vitamin C Activating Squares

Use this with the Timewise Replenishing Serum for amazing results. In just a few weeks, my skin looked radiant, toned, and refreshed. The activating squares combined with the serum helps deliver put vitamin c to your skin. You mix the square with water and when it dissolves in your hand, you rub it on your face. It really leaves my skin refreshed and rejuvenated

$30

ClearProof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask

I use this mask twice a week all over my face and neck. I leave it on for about 20 minutes and feel it cool all over. It really gives my skin a deep cleanse. the charcoal acts like a magnet to unclog my pores and absorb any excess oil. The mask is made with rosemary and peppermint and not only leaves your skin clean but awakens your senses.

$26

Mary Kay Indulge Soothing Eye Cream

I use this eye cream twice daily and I absolutely love how it has helped the sensitive skin around my eye. It calms, cools and refreshes my eyes after a long day of work. The cream contains botanical extracts, like green tea and cucumber extract which help increase skin moisture by 130% percent. The team is also fragrance free and hypoallergenic making it perfect for sensitive skin.

$22

Satin Lips Shea Suger Scrub

Get ready to pucker up after using this sugar scrub on your lips daily. It exfoliates, soften, smooths, and polishes lips. The scrub uses natural crystals combined with shea butter. The white tea and citrus flavours will also leave your lips shiny and fresh.

$16

Foundation Primer SPF 15

As an on air reporter, I need to make sure my makeup goes the distance and so I use the Mary Kay Foundation Primer, which also has SPF in it (what a bonus). Besides helping extend your makeups life and add a layer of sun protection it also helps diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. It provides a flawless finish time after time and helps me make sure I am game ready.

$22

Mary Kay Satin Body Revitalizing Shea Scrub

I know this isn’t technically skin care, but the satin body revitalizing shea scrub has really helped with how dry my skin gets in the winter months. The scrub is made with shea butter and sunflower oil. It is gentle enough to use daily, but exfoliates dry skin immediately. You will be left feeling moisturized and calm thanks to the scents of white than and citrus.

$22

 

These are just a few of my favourite products on top of the makeup that I love to use on a daily basis. I hope these products can help you as much as they helped me.

xo

Mia

Product Love: Mary Kay Gel Semi Shine Lipstick

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