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Flawless makeup looks only come with a good skincare routine and should be at the top of everyone’s list. Ever wonder how celebrities manage to always look amazing no matter how old they are or how bad their day was? Many people believe that it’s the result of expensive cosmetic surgery or procedures that only the super wealthy can afford. While this may be true in some cases, there are plenty of celebrities and non-celebrities with amazingly flawless skin despite how old they are. The key to having perfect skin and a glowing complexion is rather simple once you figure out what works for you.

The first thing to do is to determine whether you have normal, combination, dry, oily, or acne prone skin. Choose your face cleanser according to your needs and your budget. Just because a product may cost more it doesn’t mean that it’s superior to those that cost less. Every individual requires a customized skincare routine and not the latest skincare system. Not to say that some of these skincare systems aren’t perfect for the right individual. You should just keep your options open to using different skincare products for your routine. It may take some experimenting to find the right cleanser, whether it’s a foam, gel, soap or cream one. Typically, foaming and sudsy cleansers are harsher on your skin and are best suited for those with oily skin and definitely not for those with very dry or flaky skin. For those with dry skin, choose a non-foaming, non-sudsy cream cleanser to remove debris and cleanse your skin without stripping away moisture.
Many people use toner or astringent on their face after cleansing, however it isn’t always necessary. If you have dry skin then you may want to skip the toner to avoid further dryness. If you feel that you want or need to use toner then use one geared towards sensitive or dry skin. Witch hazel is a great alternative to store bought toners because its ph level is very similar to your skin.
Almost all women apply some type of moisturizer either at night before bed, in the morning before makeup or both. In fact it isn’t just women who are moisturizing; there are plenty of men who adhere to a skincare routine as well. Just about everyone should use some type of lotion or cream every day to help protect the skin from the elements whether it’s summer or winter. It’s also a good idea to use 2 different moisturizers, one for day and one for night. Your day moisturizer should contain an SPF 15 or higher to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays year round. Depending on the weather you may want to use a lighter formula during the summer and a heavier cream in the winter. You may also want to consider whether you are using air conditioning at night during the summer because it can cause you to have drier skin.
No matter what brand or type of skincare products you decide on for your skincare routine just remember to reevaluate your skin every so often because its condition changes as we get older. This will help you to use the right product for your skin and keep you looking your best all of the time.

As we all know, the cold and wind can wreak havoc on your skin and can cause drying, flaking, redness and even breakouts. This is why it’s important to have a good winter skin care routine in place to combat harsh weather. Most of us enjoy all four seasons and must take care to adapt our routine to extreme weather conditions that usually occur during summer and winter.


Dry skin can be helped by using products with high hydration properties. Use a gentle cleanser like a cream cleanser or oil cleanser to help keep your skin moist and supple. Harsh cleansers usually foam and act like a detergent to strip away dirt, but also strips away your skin’s protective oils. There are many amazing cleansers on the market for every skin type, even acne prone skin. The moisturizing effects will also help to keep flaky skin at a minimum.

Many times dry skin is also accompanied by flakiness, either in patches or all over your face. Using a gel exfoliator or other exfoliation mask will probably be too harsh during cold weather as it has a strong drying effect on the skin. Instead, use a fine grain salt or sugar scrub to gently remove dead skin. Be sure to use an oil scrub and not a gel scrub because they tend to be drying as well.

If you are someone who uses toner on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to switch over to pure witch hazel because its ph balance is very similar to your skin. You can purchase straight witch hazel, natural witch hazel blended with essential oils or you can make your own blend.

When it comes to moisturizing your skin, choose a heavier product like a cream instead of a lotion. If you have very dry skin then you may want to try layering moisturizers for additional hydration. Use fast-absorbing water based lotion or hydrating spritzer and blend it until it’s completely absorbed. If your skin still feels tight, dry or looks crepe-y then reapply and allow it to absorb into your skin. Now use a heavier lotion or cream to seal in moisture and act as a barrier. Make sure to always use a sunscreen of at least 15SPF even if it’s rainy or cloudy. The sun’s rays are intense and dark or gray skies can make it seem as if you’re protected, however you are still subjected to them during daylight hours.