Prefinity Artistry Tips On Being Pretty Forever

Step 1

Cleanse. In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need. This is great for removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing. Never wash your face with hot or cold water. Simple is key here. You need to find a good facial cleanser that your skin responds well to and stick with it. You can find a good cleanser at your local drugstore. Why spend $40 on a fancy wash. Oh,
and avoid using bar soaps; they tend to dry out the skin. Choose a creamy cleanser if you have dry skin or a clear cleanser if you have oily skin. Be careful not to cleanse too often. Washing at night should do you. If you have dry skin, consider a cold cream like Pond’s. Simply apply cream and then wipe off, no water needed. You’ll also want to take off your makeup with a gentle makeup remover. We covered this in the last issue (DECEMBER 2011)

Prefinity Artistry Tips On Being Pretty Forever

Step 2

Exfoliation is the step most people skip in their weekly skincare routine. But trust me, if you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost  immediate difference. There are several ways to exfoliate skin:

  • Microdermabrasion
  • Scrubs
  • Chemical Peels
  • Retinoids
  • Microdermabrasion works by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. The microdermabrasion process is a scientific method, using fine, inert (micro) crystals to progressively abrade the skin’s surface. The treatment takes about 30-40 minutes and produces satisfying results. Usually it takes a few treatments to reach the desired results and they are performed every two weeks. Scrubs have been a longtime secret to healthy skin of most women. Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains. Big grains in cheap scrubs can tear skin and cause more harm than good. St Ives Apricot Scrub is an oldie but a goody.

Step 3:

Moisturize! Moisturizing is a basic law of beauty that everyone, no matter her skin type, should follow. Even if your skin is oily, it will benefit from  moisturizers. (The only exception would be someone with severe acne). Why you ask? Moisturizers seal moisture into skin. When your skin is tight, it’s crying out for moisture. Your skin loves water just as much as you do. It needs something to help hydrate and replenish itself after a long day out in the  elements. Sometimes we avoid moisturizing our skin because of how it makes our skin feel after applying it. Simple tip, if it doesn’t feel right then switch your moisturizer! Here is an easy way to pick a moisturizer: Dry skin should use a cream moisturizer at least twice a day. Combination to oily skin can use a water based moisturizer or a light weight moisturizer.

WARNING: Using the wrong moisturizer and cleansing routine can clog pores and clogged pores equals: BREAKOUTS!

Step 4:

Protect. The number 1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage, so it’s important to use sunscreen from your early years on even in winter and on cloudy days. Nowadays lots of makeup products come with some form of sun block or UV protection. Read the labels and get to know which one works with your skin.

Pretty Simple, huh? Yeah, I thought so too. P.S. You can find tips for making your own tinted moisturizer with your favorite daily liquid foundation here: