Picking up where we left off: Pin Up Skin. Family members and friends often ask me if I have a skincare routine. I do. My skin is not perfect. It’s very sensitive, meaning I have to take extra good care of it and watch what I apply on my face. I break out rarely, but when I do, I get irritated and self-conscious, like most women. So let’s start off with cleansing.
I alternate between St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub and Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser. I use only one of the products each day, not wanting too many chemicals coming in contact with my skin. I use the Morning Burst in the mornings, of course, and I like to use the Green Tea Scrub at night while I shower. They’re both oil-free and leave a light, fresh fragrance, not too harsh for those with sensitive skin. These are affordable; both sell for less than $8, full size. I like buying them travel size, because they’re easier to store away when sharing a bathroom with three other women.
I walk to school each day with the bright sun following me. Sunscreen is a must over here. I suggest getting sunscreen that has at least SPF 15. The more, the better. If you don’t like the feeling of regular sunscreen on your face, you can opt for a BB or CC cream. These are very similar. BB creams are a lighter alternative to foundation while having SPF and antioxidants. I don’t like the idea of wearing foundation each day, so I try to use it only for special occasions. Pores need to breath as much as possible. BB creams give more coverage than tinted moisturizers, for those wanting to hide a few blemishes without having to pack on foundation. A friend suggested Garnier’s Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream. It has SPF 15. I wish it had more, because I noticed my skin peeling a bit after a few weeks of walking under the sun. I’d say it’s good for women who spend most of their time away from the from it: offices, classrooms, etc. I use it only when I have to work because it leaves your face looking a bit dewy. (I work in a bar, so it’s perfect.) I got it at Walmart for $11.99.
A couple of months ago, Ipsy, a monthly make-up subscription, sent me a sample of Coola’s Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer. I fell in love with this thing. They sent me the Rose Essence one. I was not too fond of the scent, but I love the texture. It’s extremely light, but it has SPF 20. My skin hasn’t flaked at all since the beginning of the semester and it does, indeed, correct color, which is what CC creams are supposed to do. It leaves my skin with a matte finish. I had to purchase the full size after running out of my sample. It’s pricy, but it’s the best $30-something dollars I’ve spent on a beauty product. I found out they have an unscented one as well. The best part? It’s organic!
Exfoliation & Mask
Years ago, after “liking” Pin Up Passion on Facebook, Sorelle Amore began posting videos on how she achieves a flawless look using the Baiden Mitten. This mitten, scrubs away dead skin cells and in a way, “attacks” your skin, making a new layer emerge. It takes some getting used to and you can scrub away your whole body with it after taking a hot shower (to loosen the yucky stuff). It’s fun and gross to see bits of dead skin coming off. The mitten is durable and sells for $40-$50. It’s worth it.
If you want to take skincare a step further, try Michael Todd’s Pumpkin Mask. Ipsy sent it to me. Be sure to get one that’s appropriate for your skin. For some reason, Ipsy sent me one for non-sentitive skin and it burned a bit. I didn’t like the scent at all – it smells like baby food, but it did leave my skin extremely smooth. I suggest using it only once a week, since it can be harsh.
Remember to apply powder with a Kabuki brush! It applies the product smoother, giving you a more natural look. These can be found at your local Walgreens or CVS for no more than $10! If you want to splurge, but not too much, try Soho’s!
I hope you found this post helpful and may you become even more comfortable in your skin!