It’s been a couple of weeks off blogging (I went to Peru on vacation YAY). Although my busiest season has kicked off finally, I wanted to add my two cents with this topic, I have so much to share! There is no makeup look except for the selfies with makeup vs the no-makeup face. With beauty, I feel this is all skincare and looking after our faces first. No amount of makeup will look good, if your skin is not on point. I see faces from all age groups and ethnic groups when I get hired to do their makeup, to be honest my most favorite looks are largely clean, no-makeup makeup applications (see my IG account). My job as a professional makeup artist gives me insight on what works and how different age groups have different needs as far as makeup and skincare go.
I want to talk about my age. I am 41. So, how do I achieve beauty at my age? All starts with daily rituals, the maintenance and the no-no’s. My skin is mostly dry combination and a little on the sensitive side. When I reached mid 30’s is when I made some drastic changes because I started to notice dullness, sun damage, dry spots plus the monthly breakouts more prominent and this really bothered me. In my 20’s it was the 1990s and makeup/ beauty was very different then, burgundy lips, thin brows, all very grunge music inspired, nothing like the last 15 years I’d say. In my mid 30’s, I stopped going in the sun and started wearing more spf, (at the time I was in Singapore in hot/ humid weather, lots of UV rays). Living in the tropics and in Asia really influenced my views on sun tanning.
DAILY RITUAL MUST HAVE’S
TONE – For toners, I have been a faithful Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist user since my mid 30s. This toner helps my skin tremendously, it is gentle enough for the occasional redness and sensitivity and adds that extra cleanliness step post makeup and dirt. Toning is an extremely important step if your skin has issues and most especially if you wear makeup/ sunscreen or other products during the day. To give you an idea how much I value toning, I carry toner in my makeup kit and will use it when I notice uneven texture on a client.
CLEANSE – My skin is dry so I have to use cleansers that are gentle and non foaming, mostly soap free and creamy in texture. With cleansers, I rotate a few, I love CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, Cetaphil and also Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. If I am tired and literally on my deathbed, I use Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water to remove my makeup and spray myself with toner and moisturize. (Note, that this is not an every day occurrence but I do not ever not cleanse at night).
EXFOLIATE – A very important habit in your skincare game, exfoliating really gets rid of potential blackheads, whiteheads and generally creates a smooth skin texture that glows. I exfoliate at least three times a week and I’ve been using Glam Glow Youth Mud, it is amazing and leaves my skin softer than ever and any other product in the market.
MOISTURE TONS – At 40+ we lose a lot of elasticity, and this starts to happen after 30 years plus. I am saying this with 100% realness, this is when you have to do your homework and go anti-aging full blast based on your skin type EARLY on, ideally with good habits in your 20’s. Our skin loses its tone with age as collagen wears down, resulting in fine lines, for some this happens sooner depending on your genes and ethnic group. Because I have dry skin, I use oils like the Josie Maran Argan Milk and organic oils as well as moisturizers like Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate, Dr Haushcka Day Rose cream (aka the J.Lo cream), these last two are my absolutely most favorite hands down. Whenever I do my makeup, I really don’t do primer unless it is hot/ humid, 80’s degree summer, I do moisture, lots of it. At night, I also do serums and usually I apply my serum before moisturizer and I concentrate in my dry areas so that my skin soaks it up. When I look for a serum, anything with Vitamin C, grape seed oil, Hyalorunic Acid will grab my attention faster than a designer bag on sale. Also, I do overnight treatments at least once a week maybe twice, sheet masks and deep moisture treatments like the Glam Glow Thirsty Mud, in the winter these are musts.
FACIALS/ PEELS – This may come as a shock but am a total believer in both a peel and a regular every two months facial. If you ask me, a peel is probably my favorite thing after a facial. In Asia, I started doing both and this where I learned and gained a wealth of knowledge on the skincare and beauty anti-aging process. I developed an amazing friendship with my esthetician Chris in Singapore, she took care of my skin for six years and taught me everything I know. When you do a facial, think of a car going for its much need fine tuning/ tire rotation/ oil change, lots of long term benefits for ultimate performance. Chemical peels are my favorite because I feel the results are incredible and the pain is minimal, a good and experienced aesthetician would be able to diagnose and best advise you. After a peel, the new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin that slowly peeled off. I usually break out a lot after my peels, all the dirt and gunk does come up in my case, by the 5th day after a peel I start noticing the glow of new skin. My last peel was at SKN Lab in Madison NJ this past March and Beth the owner of this salon and esthetician, did a fabulous job on giving me the right peel.
BOTOX – Yes, I do Botox. This little injection has been my buddy since my late 30’s and I get it done every six months. Usually, I do my forehead and frown line. I am happy to share that my experience has been positive, it is a personal decision and I feel it helps. Injectables soften the lines and if you see my photos, I don’t look frozen. I feel that if you start younger say late to early 40’s, the lines won’t be as deep.
SPF 30 OR MORE – Sun damage is real. This is part of the reason why I started doing peels and avoid the sun like the plague. I love that now there is an awareness of the dangers of sun tanning and sun beds with some states banning the use of tanning beds. In the 1990’s and even the 80’s, nobody talked about Melanoma and how this obsession here in the West has made things worse. For me MyChelle Sun Shield Unscented SPF 28 is my latest rave and also Dermalogica has some outstanding sun care products as well as Juice Beauty CC cream SPF 30, these are my go to products as well as an SPF 50 hat, sunglasses and umbrellas.
SUPPLEMENTS, H20 + WATER BASED FRUITS/ VEGETABLES – This may be unimportant to some but diet and our daily intakes do matter. I have blogged and talked about my love for oral supplements like Hyaluronic acid, love anything with this word in a sentence. Also, since about two months ago, I am all about the Neo Cell Collagen + C tablets, I take a couple of these a day and so far I feel it adds to my overall health. As far as foods go, I will not eat fried foods or fast food, I don’t drink soda or anything fizzy, and for every alcoholic drink I may indulge in, I make sure I drink one full glass of water. There is nothing worse than hungover skin, I have had clients showing up hungover and miracles need to be performed but sometimes it is impossible. I love avocado, tomatoes, strawberries, and Vitamin C and Vitamin A – if you want good skin, these need to be part of your diet and gallons of plain water.
NO-NOs – This is a list of things I avoid, #1 is cigarettes or anything that requires lighting up, I hate it and can’t stress how bad and horrendous it is for the skin/ overall health. Add to that list of no-nos is sleeping less than 8 hours a day, especially now that I reached the big 4-0, mama gets tired and lack of sleep really makes my skin look like sh***. I drink alcohol very moderately and favor wine over hard liquor most of the time. A glass of red wine or a rose in the summer? Yes but I pace myself. I do have a sweet tooth and love my coffee so don’t think I am an absolute bore. I have weaknesses, what I listed re the biggest no-nos and ones every dermatologist or aesthetician will advice you about (no cigarettes, slow down on the alcohol, no sun and get your beauty rest).
Feel free to ask me questions, ANYTHING.
Hope you enjoyed my very real talk, this is how I am embracing my youth these days
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DISCLOSURE ***Some products in this post have been given to me as press samples, some were my own purchases AND all the treatments I talked about I paid for with my own money***