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Skin Care 101: The Foundation for Good Makeup

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Healthy, glowing skin is the perfect base for every kind of makeup. When you have a glowing complexion, your face has a luminance that cannot be matched by any cosmetic product. The tips outlined below will help you to achieve that elusive inner glow.

Face Wash/Wipes

Although this is an obvious tip, it is important to wash your face every night before falling asleep. Whether you use a face wash or a cleansing wipe, this prevents clogged pores that cause blemishes. When I have time, I like to use a gentle exfoliating face wash with salicylic acid to prevent breakouts. However, when I’m coming home late and I’m so tired that I can barely change into sweatpants, I use cleansing wipes to quickly remove dirt, oil, and makeup. Because I have sensitive skin, I have to be careful which brands I use, otherwise I breakout in a terrible rash. My favorite skin care brands are Clinique, Olay, and Neutrogena.


To prevent dry, flaky skin, it is important to apply lotion after washing your face. Because many face washes include ingredients such as salicylic acid, they can dry out your skin. I like to change my lotion depending on the time of year. During the summer, I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which is one of the best facial lotions on the market. Because it is a gel, it is not as heavy as a lotion, and therefore is perfect during the hot summer months and all year round for those with oily complexions. During the winter, I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion or another richer product to shield my skin from the harsh winds and dry air.

During the day, I either like to use a light lotion with SPF under my makeup or a tinted moisturizer that contains SPF. Even though I don’t spend much time outside, it is important to always use a small SPF, usually 15 – 25, to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. If you protect your skin from sun damage when you are young, your skin will retain its youthful appearance for a longer period of time.

No matter how old you are, it is never too early to start using eye cream. Applying this rich cream under your eyes every night will prevent wrinkles in the future! I always use Elizabeth Arden Millenium Eye Renewal Cream.


My mom always told me never to pick at my face, but I have never been able to resist the urge! However, I do advise that you keep your hands off your face if you have the self control. If you are like me, however, there are several ways to get rid of acne quickly and safely.

As stated above, washing your face nightly with an exfoliating face wash with salicylic acid will help prevent black heads and breakouts. For extra help, use an acne spot cream. I apply Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment to my major blemishes and they clear up within a few days!

If you truly are having consistent and severe acne problems, there are several ways that your doctor can help you. Creams like Tazorac and Differin are prescription strength acne medications that will help remove and prevent acne. I used both of these medications during my teenage years. They worked very well, but my sensitive skin would burn for hours after using them. Finally, my doctor suggested that I go on birth control. Although it had side effects of nausea and weight gain, the birth control worked and I have never had any major acne outbreaks since!

When you wake up with a large, throbbing whitehead on the day of the date with that cute guy, you may want to have a panic attack! However, there are several ways to remove the unsightly blemish quickly and safely. Whenever you attempt to remove acne, it is important to open your pores so there will be less risk of pain and scarring. To open up your pores, stand in the shower for a few minutes or lie down with a hot washcloth draped over your face. Try gently squeezing the pimple from both sides with the pads of your fingers, not the nail! For extreme cases, I have Body Toolz Double Loop Facial Skin Care Tool. When using this, be very careful. You don’t want to hurt yourself or create permanent scarring. Simply place the loop around the whitehead, press down, and drag slowly towards the offending blemish. Usually, it pops immediately! If it simply does not want to pop, don’t force it. Either apply a hot compress to try to open the pores more or resign and use a concealer. Removing one bad pimple is not worth having a scar for the rest of your life.

The tips above will not only create a flawless complexion, but you will feel more confident about your appearance! When I have flaky skin or a blemish that will not go away, I don’t feel my best. When your skin is healthy, you are happy.

Jessica May

Jessica May

Jessica May is a college student and blogger who is always looking for new ways to stand out in the crowd. She started experimenting with cosmetics at a young age and has continued to be passionate about the subject throughout the years.

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