and I am not happy about it. Nor is my skin. So, I thought I would write a blog post on the importance of skin care with the changing seasons.
At Shoppers I have had many people come in looking for relief for dry, chapped skin. Either on their hands, face, or both! It is important that when we are using strong cleansers on our hands and face that we rehydrate that skin - as those cleansers can be immensely drying.
For those of you who have oily, or acne prone skin (like myself), you will know that any sort of acne treatment- prescribed and non- can really wreak havoc on your skin. It makes our skin flaky, dry, and sometimes even painful. The worst part is you CANNOT cover skin in that condition. If you apply foundation, BB cream, or concealer to dry skin it will look like scaly old paint. Not the look we were going for.
So, here is what I suggest. Find a skin care line that works for you. By this I mean create your nightly routine with a line made for your skin type. You will want a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer (with added moisture for the upcoming winter season). For me personally since I have combination, blemish prone, skin I use the Vichy Normaderm line and I LOVE it!
For treatment and targeting blemishes the BEST cream I have found (and I've tried a lot) is Triacneal by Avene. I apply a thin layer on the lower half of my face (as that is my affected area) before bed. It is yellow and some reviews will say that it can stain white pillow cases yellow if you use it before bed. So be mindful of that. The other product I use to rehydrate my skin is Clean-Ac by Avene. It is made to rehydrate skin that is irritated or dehydrated from acne treatments. I use this on my face at night as well. Sometimes just the upper half if I am using my Triacneal, and sometimes all over if my skin needs a break from treatment. You can purchase all of the products mentioned at Shoppers - so save up those Optimum points because these products will not let you down! Trust me.
To be honest, my skin was really upsetting me. It might have been all of the heavy costume makeup, but I had not had a break out this bad in years! Avene and Vichy (but I would say primarily Avene for the acne treatment and Vichy for maintenance) came to my rescue. The reason why Avene is so effective for treatment, is because it is owned by a pharmaceutical company that creates products as close to medical grade as possible. If you're in Shoppers and purchasing cosmetics ask for a sample. See what you think.
For those of you with mature skin, hydration is key. There is dry skin from lack of oil, and dry from lack of water. Most individuals with mature skin find that their skin feels dehydrated. I would recommend a hydrating night cream or mask. There are many out there. I personally like the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa. It is a mask that you apply and let absorb into your skin overnight. So when you wake up your skin feels hydrated and refreshed! Another product I love for all skin types is the Aqualia Thermal Mineral Balm. It feels like giving your skin a drink of water. It acts like a band aid to lock in the moisture you have added to your skin at night. Apply it in the morning and let it absorb before starting your makeup routine. It is an amazing product!
If your skin is dry and sensitive, you might want to try a cream that is geared towards dry and irritated skin since other creams might irritate your skin even further. Two types I would recommend are Avene's Tolerance Cream, as well as their Skin Recovery Cream, and Bioderma's Soothing Repairing Cream.These creams will soothe even the most sensitive of skin types.
Think of it this way. Your skin routine should treat at night and prevent during the day. Use your cleanser, toner and moisturizer/treatments at night before bed. When you wake up in the morning splash your face with water ( I use Bioderma Sensibio H2O on a cotton pad), apply your daily moisturizer (preferably with SPF) to maintain that hydration. Let it soak in. Then apply your makeup to your beautifully hydrated skin.
If you have any questions about your skin type, skin care routine, or skin problems please send me a message and I will do my best to help!
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I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!