Hosting beauty shows each week is so much fun! I get to work with fantastic guests, learn about the latest trends in skincare and, of course, sample EVERYTHING! The one question I hear from you week after week is: ‘how do I use all of this stuff, and in what order do I use it?’ So, I thought a good, basic overview would be a fun blog post and I hope you find it helpful. Keep in mind: this is a basic overview as we carry so many great brands. For brand specific questions, you can go to our website and find that most brands have super informative tutorial videos. If you don’t find answers there, either leave a comment below with your question or visit my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherHallEVINELive/, post your question and I’ll try to answer it for you. Ready for Skincare 101??
Step 1: Cleansing
This is critical to great skin. Sleeping with our makeup on is one of the biggest mistakes we make, it REALLY ages us! The skin rejuvenates while we sleep and, when its dirty and clogged, we slow or even stop this process. I know we all get lazy at times but, as a general rule, we should all be going to bed with clean and hydrated skin. Use a clean washcloth each time you cleanse and, if you own a cleansing brush, you get bonus points! Alcohol-free cleansing wipes are okay every now and then, but shouldn’t be a substitute for thorough, old-fashioned cleansing.
Step 2: Exfoliating
This is a done on an as needed basis, and everyone will be different. I personally exfoliate three days a week, but you should test what works best for your skin. As we age, our cell turnover slows wayyyyy down (thanks, mother nature) and we need to start doing manually what our bodies once did naturally. If you’re over 35, you should be exfoliating! We offer tons of choices and I’m sure you can find one to work for you.
Step 3: Serums
This is usually the most concentrated and powerful anti-aging step we have! If you’re looking for one area to splurge in, I’d say either serum or eye cream. Most brands we carry tell me their most advanced anti-aging ingredients are in the highest concentrations in the serums. Some brands even offer eye serums! As I layer skincare, I use the thinnest products first and then work my way up to my moisturizer. Serums go from the top of your forehead to the bottom of your neck. BONUS TIP – use leftovers on hands.
Step 4: Moisturizer
Always apply your moisturizer with an upward sweeping motion. Gravity’s working hard enough to pull our skin down, so I’ll take any lift I can get! Take time to massage your moisturizer in, and let serums absorb fully before taking this step. Massage is great for circulation and can make our daily skincare chore feel like a mini spa treatment.
Step 5: Eye Cream
If you can afford it, consider getting a cream specifically for the eye area. The skin around the eyes is more delicate, and requires more TLC, than the rest of our face. Apply eye cream in all areas of the eyes that your sunglasses would cover (I just learned this great tip recently from our of our fab guests!) This includes above the eyebrows, under eyes, along sides of eyes, and really work in the crows feet area. BONUS TIP: work extra product on forehead between brows to avoid the dreaded number 11s.
BONUS ROUND: Masks, peels, face oils, tools and supplements
This is where you take your skin to the next level! Invest in your five basics first and, when you can, splurge on something from this category. Or let your friends and family know that, when holidays and birthdays roll around, this is a GREAT gift idea for you. We offer too may to go through, but please read all the reviews at Evine.com and watch for our great Day of Beauty sales.
Here is to glowing skin!!