Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Determine Your Skin Type
Before you can possibly find the right skin regimen for you, it is imperative you understand the type of skin you have so you can avoid certain products and embrace others.

Dry skin is characterized by flakiness, cracks, or rough texture.  Sometimes the skin will feel tight, or the dryness may be caused by outside elements, such as wind or lack of water consumption.  Those with dry skin will often need to stay away from (or at least be wary of) products that are more extreme in their ingredients.  Toners may be unnecessary for dry skin, because toners help to regulate and reduce oil production, and dry skinned users do not suffer from an excess of oil, making this product potentially superfluous.  Many acne treatments contain ingredients that are drying, so it is important to make note of your skin’s reaction and whether it dries out, so that you can moisturize more thoroughly during certain treatments.

Normal skin is skin that does not feel greasy, but it doesn’t feel dry either.  These are lucky patrons, as they have soft skin that looks naturally lovely with no need to control oil production or increase skin moisture.  Even those with normal skin will periodically find that their skin will change through the year or even over time; normal skin may be found throughout the year until the harsh winter abounds.  Middle-of-the-road products work well for normal skin, and with today’s range in skincare, it is much easier to find products targeted to specific skin type.

Oily skin may feel greasy (or look it for some) and may also have increased pore size.  Sometimes those with oilier skin may be more acne-prone than others, especially past adolescence.  Unlike dry skinned users, oilier skin requires less moisturization, but it doesn’t mean you should skip it altogether.  It is important to find a moisturizer that is suitable for oily skin, so it doesn’t complicate or add to the problem, but it still gives your skin the proper moisture level it needs.  Toners are great for oil reduction/control, and it may be a product to be added to your skincare regimen.  Ultra-thick, luxe creams are generally not needed by those with oily skin, because they are much too intense.

Combination skin is often when you have an oilier T-zone (forehead, nose, chin), but the rest of your face is either normal or on the drier side.  Sometimes the reverse occurs, and sometimes only the cheeks are dry.  Your forehead might be oil-slicked while your cheeks are parched, which means you will most likely need products that are either targeted for combination skin or have a few to use and choose from.  For example, using an all-over facial moisturizer meant for oily skin, but then applying more generously over dry patches (OR getting a thicker, richer cream for those areas altogether).

Sensitive skin is an additional component to dry, oily, or combination skin that is essential to know.  Sensitive skin is marked by reacting more often than the normal person to certain products, ingredients, weather, or other environmental factors.  Someone with sensitive skin may experience a rapid change in skin appearance simply with using a new cleanser.  If you have sensitive skin, it is important to be wary whenever trying new skin products, and spot testing may be advisable.  Stronger products, like expensive anti-aging creams and treatments, may be too strong for sensitive skin to handle.  Those with the most sensitive may even find that natural, organic, or home-made beauty products are the only ones they can use without fear.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

If you were using MAC Northern Lights mineralize skinfinish, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Northern Lights! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What are you most excited about for the N collection? What has you chomping at the bit to get this Thursday?  What are you planning in your haul?  Or if you aren’t planning a haul, why aren’t you excited over N?

I can’t wait to see the lipsticks and lipglasses, because that’s my thing.  It’ll be fun to see what the mineralize skinfinishes are like, too.

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Temptalia asked you only a week or so ago what beauty products did you not understand, and what better inspiration for this post than that?  I’m happy to introduce Beauty Discovered, where I will help you understand some of those confusing products.  If you are totally at a loss about a product, feel free to submit it as a suggestion to me.

Anti-aging cream

Anything that reverses the aging process or prevents has become the must-have beauty product in the past few years.  There are products that claim they are miracles in a jar (and it’ll take a miracle to afford most of them), like La Prairie or La Mer (which is slightly more attainable for the working woman aged 30 and over).  There are a variety of products, some targeted for the entire face, others for eyes, lips, or even the neck; companies covet certain ingredients, even though they often come down to the same basics.

Many anti-aging creams are essentially replacements for your regular, old, non-fountain-of-youth moisturizer.  Instead, picking up a moisturizer with ingredients such as retinol may help stimulate skin cell renewal and dark spot reduction.  Anti-aging creams come in a range of types that you are sure to find one appropriate for your skin type or for a specific area on the face (e.g., eyes) that you want to target when turning back the clock.  Those with sensitive skin will always want to be on the look out for creams specifically made and tested for sensitive skin.

It is imperative that with any higher grade anti-aging product that the user spot-test to ensure that they will not have an adverse reaction, preferrably on their inner forearm (we don’t want to see you ruin your face in the name of beauty!).  Higher grade anti-aging products are those such as Prevage and N.V. Perricone products; this family of products have higher concentrations of the essential ingredients that are said to prevent or reduce the signs of aging.  Cost is generally higher with these products.  Lower-grade products have smaller concentrations, and many of the anti-aging regimens found in drugstores will be in this category.  This is not to say that paying $500 for a jar of anti-aging face cream means it will have $500 worth of ingredients–it is best to look out for reviews, ask for samples, and buy within your budget.

Many anti-aging creams work using antioxidants, collagen stimulants, sunscreen, and assortments of vitamin C or E. Retinoids (Vitamin A) help rejuvenate the skin, giving it a renewed appearance, and it is often considered a wrinkle-reducing ingredient.  Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) help with the removal of dead skin cells for a fresher appearance.

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What beauty don’t are you guilty of? Do you forget to wash your face everyday?  Maybe you haven’t gotten on the sunscreen train yet?  What “don’t” do you do?

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Do you re-apply your makeup to go out at night? Assuming you already did your makeup for the day, do you bother to change it for night time?  Will you completely remove and start anew or do you add something to the existing day time look for night?

I usually re-do my makeup if I’m going out an my day time look is pretty minimal/boring. If my normal look was already bold, then I’ll tend to stick with that!

P.S. – How is everyone’s weekend going? Anybody do something fun? I hope you all did!