I often get told I have great skin.
This is surprising to me considering that I’ve always had a problem with acne. It flares up anytime I am feeling really stressed which often leads to eating or drinking something decadent. Think chocolate bars, craft beer or a combination of both!
But that’s besides the point. I love that my skin gives the illusion of well, good skin. Do you want to know my secret? It’s not really a secret but rather a simple routine that you can do in five minutes or less.
Super Easy 5 Minute Morning Routine
Cleanse the skin with something that respects the natural oils in your skin. I love Burt’s Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser.
2. Toner and SPF
Pat concealer (choose one that suits your needs, for puffiness or dark circles or both!) lightly around the eyes and then apply your favourite pressed (or loose) *mineral powder on top. Then, apply your minerals all over the face and neck for an even finish.
4. Use Mineral Makeup for a Flawless Finish
Spray toner on after the mineral application and press into the skin with a sponge to set the makeup. *Mineral makeup (talc-free only) is the simplest and most effective way to give the skin a natural flawless finish. Be sure to check the ingredients to ensure there are no fillers like talc and mica. They are comedogenic (clog pores) and can look flat or too shiny. Most talc-free mineral makeups offer sun protection and because they are in powder form they set the sunscreen you put on before. I prefer Jane Iredale products above all but when you have budget constraints like most SAHMs do you might prefer to get Origins or Skoah mineral products instead. They are nice products and more affordable.If you’re planning on being in front of the camera anytime soon, talc-free mineral makeup photographs very well, in fact it’s what all the newscasters On Global TV are using these days as HD is very unforgiving.
5. Jane Iredale Dual Purpose Bronzer
I love Jane Iredale’s Quad Bronzer because it offers flexibility of colour. There are two colour palates to choose from with four colours in each. You can use separately or mix together for the cheeks, eyes, decollette, or wherever you want a subtle, sun-kissed look.
Other options are Origins and Physician’s Formula as they are talc and mica free and more affordable.
6. Lip Gloss and Mascara
I’m not fussy about lip gloss but prefer one that’s not sticky and it must have SPF. For mascara I use Loreal Voluminous Mascara as it allows me to put several coats on if needed. it doesn’t clump or smudge and washes off easily.
So there you have it! An easy morning routine to start 2014 off by fussing less with your skin.
It will give you the illusion of good skin (or make your already great skin look even better) and won’t contribute to clogging your pores or looking overdone. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
By the way, using an SPF of at least 15 every day is my most important secret to keeping skin looking younger and healthier all year round.
I was not compensated to write this post nor did I have products or gifts lavished upon me. I just like to keep my skin care routine simple and wanted to share that with you.
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