I’m not a make up artist, nor am I known as a beauty blogger, whatsoever, but I have managed to go from bumps and pimples, clownish make up, and totally wrong hair to soft and smooth skin, decent make up and can now style my hair properly 🙂 It took a few years, some embarrassing pictures, and a head full of split ends but I’m HERE now and better than ever so I want to share some of my secrets. Today I’m covering SKIN tips 🙂
A year ago I posted my daily skin routine: Egreis Gjergjani Skin Routine. Almost two years and a baby later I have to say that some of it has changed. Let’s just say I no longer find the time to use 4 different products just to cleanse and moisturize my face. So, I’ll tell you what my routine is now, and believe it or not I think it works even better than the one before.
I wake up in the morning, nurse Gio, change his diaper, clothes and then make him some eggs and veggies. By the time I’ve taken care of him it’s almost 10 (sometimes 11 depending on when he wakes up) and I have yet to even brush my teeth. Disgusting I know. But what can a mom do! So after he’s all set, I put him on his little bouncing chair or his walker and off to the bathroom I go. I always, always, always start with a face towel. I soak it in hot water and wipe my entire face. I hate the feeling of cold water on my skin especially in the morning. So this is a nice, soft way to introduce wetness to your skin (at least for me). I keep the towel on my skin for a while until it is completely moist.
Then I take Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish and rub it all over my skin. This scrub has soft microbeads that are not too harsh on your skin. I have sensitive skin so I have to keep in mind to use soft products. It is a great exfoliator but it is expensive. If you cannot afford it, here is a very cheap and great tip: take Olay Ultra Moisture Beauty Bar and lather it on your face towel with hot water. Then wash your face with it. Make sure to scrub all over for a good exfoliation.
I have a TON of products I have purchased for my face. From LaMer to Laura Mercier to Estee Lauder, you name it. I have used both expensive and non expensive products. In my opinion, and yours may be different, a clean skin is a clean skin whether I used a $32 scrub or a $2 beauty bar. Personally I LOVE the feeling of a nice and clean face. The face towel with the soap does WONDERS for me! After I’m done scrubbing my face, I can feel my smooth skin (you can tell especially on the nose area). Estheticians and people in general will tell you that using a bar is too harsh on your skin. In my opinion this hasn’t been the case. Of course it depends on which soap you use. I don’t use a harsh dove body soap. I use a beauty bar designed to be softer on your skin. So for me this has worked amazingly well.
As for moisturizer, I use LaMer. It’s extremely expensive. I initially got it to get rid of the tiny little marks that I got years ago after I stopped using birth control. Since LaMer is known to get rid of scars, I have been using it in hopes that it will diminish them. I have been using it for over a year now. I like it. I think I will switch to something lighter and cheaper though because I think it’s such a strong product that I really do not need it. It was designed for patients with deep burn scars initially. So my recommendation would be to find a good moisturizer with a high SPF level and that is appropriate for your skin type.
The greatest skin tips I could give you are the following:
- Use a hot towel on your skin before you apply any scrubs, lotions, etc. This will help open up your pores. If you have time, boil water and put your face slightly over the pot so that the steam can get in your face. Put a towel over your head so you can concentrate the steam onto your skin directly. Do this for a few minutes until you feel your skin moist. This opens up your pores and makes them ready to soak up whatever product you want to put in. It’s the perfect thing to do before cleaning your skin. If you don’t have time to do this, then take a shower and wait till the end to wash your face. The steam from the hot water you used during your shower works essentially the same way.
- Take your make up off ALWAYS, especially at night. The best product I’ve ever purchased when it comes to make up removal wipes are the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. They sell them at Costco too!
- Make sure to use products with at least 20+ SPF to protect you from the sun and its damages
- Pop your zits. Yes I said it. Pop them. But only if it’s white on top. When you do, make sure your hands are clean. It’s best to use a cotton ball.
- Drink a LOT of water. I’m horrible at this. I actually do not drink anything else other than water, but I don’t drink enough of it. So I’m working on that. But I keep hearing over and over and over again how great it is for your skin. It replenishes it.
- Use nose pore strips. Have you ever used any of these things? They’re amazing!! I like to use them just to see how full the strip gets after I take it off. It’s a sick thing to enjoy lol. But it pulls all of my blackheads and cleans my pores completely.
- Exfoliate – it’s what gets rid of all the dirt and dead skin cells. Try not to do it daily though. It can be too rough on your skin so twice a week is good enough.
- Green Tea – Cold is better than hot. Experts believe the EGCG in green tea helps prevent collagen destruction which leads to wrinkles.
- Get a Facial or give yourself one once a month at least- there are plenty of recipes online on how to do a quick facial at home, if you are not able to get one done.
- Rest – believe it or not, your skin looks a LOT better after a good night sleep. Stress can exhaust you and your skin. You need to rest to regenerate yourself and the skin you’re in.
If you have skin tips to share with the rest of us, that I haven’t included in this post, please leave a comment! I’d be happy to try them out.