This goes hand-in-hand with my last post about my problem skin. Here are some easy tips and tricks for dealing with all sorts of skin issues.
- Don’t over conceal! After you prime, use your foundation first to see how well it covers by itself. Then apply a little bit of concealer if necessary. Applying too much concealer can draw attention to the blemish, and make your face cakey.
- Wash wash wash! Wash your face at least twice a day. I do it when I wake up and before I go to bed. DO NOT SLEEP IN YOUR MAKEUP! That is one of the worst things for acne.
- Moisturize! Even if you have oily skin, it is important to moisturize. If you don’t, your skin will dry out and your face will over produce oils that cause acne.
- Try your absolute best not to touch your face with your hands, and if you do touch it, make sure that your hands are clean.
- Change your pillow case regularly. I try to change my pillowcase at least twice a week. Bacteria from your face builds up on your pillowcase and causes breakouts when you lay your face on it over and over.
- Don’t over exfoliate. Exfoliating your face too frequently can irritate your skin and cause breakouts. Exfoliate once MAYBE twice a week.
Large pores and acne scars:
- Primer is key! Use a good pore perfecting primer. I use Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More primer.
- If something doesn’t work for you–don’t give up! Try new products, do some research. Everyone’s skin is different, so what works best for me might not work best for you.
- Using shimmery blush or highlighter on your large pore/acne scarred areas will make them easier to see. Opt for a matte blush, and apply your highlighter higher on your cheek to avoid making those pores/scars more obvious.
- Translucent powder has been a game changer for me, when it comes to my oily skin. Baking my forehead and cheeks with powder after my foundation and concealer keeps my oil at bay all day!
- Don’t skip the moisturizer! You can use less moisturizer, but do use some. It’s like I said in the acne section, your skin will think it needs to produce more oil if you don’t moisturize it. Been there, done that. I was a grease ball.
- Keep pressed powder or oil blotters on hand when you’re out and about. Those are the best tools for on-the-go oil fixes. Just dab some powder or blot your face on the oily section and you’re good as new.
- Choose your moisturizer carefully. Water based moisturizers are best for oily skin.
- Don’t use “dewy” or “luminous” products. They will make your face look even wetter and shinier. Choose a matte finish foundation and/or setting spray.
- I find that using too much highlighter make me look too shiny when my oiliness is in full swing. I go lighter with my highlight if I know that I am going to be out for a long time or sweating.