Friday, May 27, 2011

Guest Blog: Summer Skin

Hey My Dolls!
I'm still in Atlanta but enjoy this fabulous guest blog by Hannah from WholeHeartedly Hannah.
See ya'll soon!

As the end of May inches closer and closer, we are heading into the absolute hottest monthes of the year. All the sweat, heat, and sun can really take a toll on your skin, so it is essential to take extra good care of it during this time of year!
The skin on our face is some of the most delicate on our entire body, and probably the part people worry about the most. Therefore, it is necessary to pay extra attention to its care.
In the morning, start off with a gentle cleanser. As you sleep at night, you are essentially rubbing your face against a pillow for eight hours, so it is smart to wash all of that away in the morning. This is especially true if you tend to touch your face as you sleep. (i.e. hands under your cheek).
I like to use Liquid Neutrogena to wash my face in the morning.
Then, before you apply your makeup, you'll want to apply some sort of moisturizer. This will not only help your makeup go on smoother, but will also replace moisture that is lost through sun exposure, washing, swimming, etc. If you are going to be outside for long periods of time, your moisturizer should have an SPF.
I use Garnier Nutriste Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV Lotion- SPF 15
If you won't be exposed to the sun much, something lighter would be appropriate.
I use Garnier Nutriste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream, as it feels light and fresh on my face
After a long day, what you use to take off your makeup is just as important as what you put on before you apply it. After removing your eye makeup, it is important to take just as much care in removing foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, etc. from your face.
Cold creams like this one from Ponds work really well for this
(Bed Bath and Beyond's store brand also makes a similiar product that works great for this purpose!)
Then, either before during or after your shower, you should wash your face with the same gentle cleanser you used in the morning, to clean away any dirt or oil that may have collected throughout the day.
If you have any breakouts or acne, you may want to use a cleanser with salycylic acid in it at night. This will help to dry up and heal any zits you may have.
Loreal's Go 360 Clean line includes an acne clearing wash that is both gentle and effective.
Every so often (about once a week or so), it is important to exfoliate your face to remove dead skin and cells and reveal the fresh, healthy skin underneath.
St. Ive's Apricot Scrub is a must-have for keeping your skin fresh and glowing.
Also, every few weeks (or even weekly if you want!) it is nice to do a mask on your face. If you're broken out, a mint mask is a great for drying out and clearing up acne. Because it sits on your face longer than a regular cleanser, a mask will have more time to penetrate the skin.
I like to use this mint mask from CVS:
Thankfully, skincare for your body is usually much less complicated than for your face. I recommend using any kind of body that exfoliates or contains beads, as these will help remove dirt and sweat from your skin. Unlike facial cleansers, these can be used everyday, as the skin on your body is generally not as sensitive as on your face. Also, picking washes in with clean, natural scents will help your skin feel fresh and clean!
Clean and Clear Morning Burst Body Wash has bursting beads and comes in 3 fruity scents: pomegranate and orange zest, mango and papaya, and wildberry and guava.

Have a Fabulous Summer!

I personally adore Hannah's blog and I'm sure you will too.
So make sure to check her out at WholeHeartedly Hannah
Wish us luck, we start play tomorrow at 8AM.
Talk to you soon,

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