The Non-Makeup Girl, Part 1

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Not everyone is as obsessed with makeup and beauty products, and that is perfectly fine. It is absolutely more than perfect actually, it means that someone feels that comfortable in their own skin and doesn’t need to cover it up on a daily basis. I will admit that in the past I have gone a long time before I would get to that one day of not leaving the house in which I wouldn’t put on any makeup. Only within the last month or two I’ve either become a lot more comfortable in my own skin or just extremely lazy in the morning and don’t end up putting on any or as much makeup as I would on a normal day. Not relying as heavily on makeup is a great feeling because you would think it would result in spending less money on makeup. Maybe in the long run, but for a beauty-obsessed person like myself, that may take a long while to set in.

 

I thought I would take a moment to write this blog post for two reasons. One: Even if you aren’t a makeup person, you still need to take care of your skin with the right skin care suited for you. Two: When a person is finally stepping into the makeup world and not knowing where to begin, here are some pointer tips and tricks. This blog post is going to cover the first reason, and a second post will follow shortly after covering the second.

 

When it comes to beauty, it’s not all just about the world of make-up. Beauty is also what you were born with, and you need to take care of that first and foremost. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and you need to treat it that way. It took me many years to fall into a routine of using skin care products on a regular basis, but this past year has been the best for me and my skin is thanking me for that after all that time. Of course not everyone’s skin is the same, some people have oily skin, others have combination skin, and some have dry skin, and some are blessed with the skin that can never make up it’s mind and may change season to season. No matter the skin type, there are still three steps to follow in any basic skin care routine and I am going to guide you through them to the best of my knowledge, giving product examples of different price points for your consideration.

 

Cleanse. When it comes to washing your face, some people simply splash water on their face and call it a day. Using a face cleanser really does a lot more than a splash of water and really makes sure that your pores are cleaned out and all the grime you’ve encountered throughout the day is taken away from your skin. When it comes to picking the products, both of my favourites over the past year were scrub cleansers that had small exfoliating beads in it that weren’t too harsh on the skin like a full out exfoliating product might be, but it’s enough to do the deep cleaning and gentle enough for daily use. My two products of choice are the St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub and the Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser.

 

Tone. A highly skipped step in this routine is using a toner. A lot of toners are being advertised for doing different things for your skin including adding radiance, tightening your pores, soothing your skin, smoothing your skin, and so on and so forth, which can all be true – but also toners are used for balancing out the pH level of your skin and calming everything back to a neutral point. Some of in a liquid consistency, but I definitely prefer the misting spray toners because you don’t lose any of the product using cotton pads upon application to your face, and also misting yourself in the face is always refreshing. When it comes to picking the two products it was an easy decision with my all time favourite of the year, LUSH Breath Of Fresh Air Toner, and a new find for me, Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist.

 

Moisturize. The most commonly known step is the last, giving your skin all the moisture it needs. There isn’t much more to say about moisturizers other than that they moisturize your face without making them greasy and the world is a better place when your face gets the moisture it needs, especially in the chilling and drier seasons such as winter. When it comes to moisturizing products, I personally use an eye cream and serum as well, but for the sake of this post I will stick to mentioning just your everyday daytime moisturizer. My recent addition to my own skin care routine is the REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream made for sensitive skin, and my backup being the Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer for it’s energy boosting citrus smell in the morning to help wake me up.

 

Just because you feel good without make-up doesn’t mean you can forget about taking care of your skin! Stay tuned for part two when I do some introductory make-up tips for the girl that doesn’t usually wear make-up.

  • This was a great blog post. I am quite obsessed with skin care (especially my face) and love to try out new products and see what difference they make. I never wear foundation – not because I think my skin is perfect but because I feel like my imperfections are enhanced by trying to cover them up (probably because I haven’t got the skill…). I really want to try the Origin cleanser as I’ve heard so many good things about it. Up to now I have been using the Tea Tree Cream Cleanser by The Bodyshop and it has done wonders for my skin !

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    • I’ve heard really great things about the Tea Tree Cleanser! I might give it a try one day (or at least when I run out of all the cleansers I currently have). I found other products from that range almost a little too harsh for me, even though I love tea tree oil products, but the “creamy”ness of the cleanser might work well for my skin.