Many of my clients stumble when asked the question “What is your skin type?”
For makeup artists it’s one of the most important things to know about the face we are about to make up. We need to know how a client’s skin is going to react with the products we use so that your skin can look it’s best. Personally, I have an oily skin type. It used to be horrendously oily. Or so I thought. Until I started doing makeup, I now know, I was simply using the wrong products which meant my skin was probably oilier than it actually had to be. One of the other ailments I tend to deal with as a result of large pores and hence oily skin is redness across my t-zone (forehead, nose, chin) and around my nose. Over the years I have taken steps to be able to reduce this redness with my own remedying based on what I have learned through makeup artistry. Whenever I make mention of these tips to clients with redness they are surprised to learn it could be that easy to reduce it so fast. I thought it would be a great idea to share these methods here.
Please know I am no cometitician, scientist or skin specialist, just a makeup artist with oily skin that once-upon-a-time suffered with lots of t-zone redness hoping to help others with similar skin issues.
Rejig your skincare routine to find a regime that is right for your skin type
It sounds so simple but many people are just using products that don’t do their skin ailments any favours. As I said, I am no scientist or expert so I really couldn’t tell you why certain ingredients make a cleanser non-drying or why a toner is best for oily skin. Talk to your sales assistants at cosmetic counters they will be able to give you all the why’s and what for’s. As a guide though, my oily skin and redness has been improved with the following routine.
Morning | Cleanse wth a light and gentle non-foaming cleanser (try Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser AUD$16.49 from Priceline), followed by People For Plants Mist Toner then a light day cream and eye cream. People For Plants have a great skincare range available from Priceline. Using a light cleanser and moisturiser in the morning leaves your skin as clear as possible while still removing any excess oil built up overnight.
Night | Remove makeup using cotton pads and Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover. Wash face with foaming cleanser (try People for Plants Grapefruit, Aloe Foaming Cleansing Gel) to wash away excess oil from the makeup remover. Tone with MAC Mineralized Charged Water (AUD$32 from Mac Cosmetics) by soaking a cotton pad then gliding over skin to really clean those pores then moisturise with a heavier night cream so any moisture required by the skin can be absorbed overnight. Up to two times a week at night use a scrub in place of the cleanser. Which leads me to the next tip I have….
Exfoliation is okay!
Redness is not only a reaction to abrasion. Extreme temperatures can cause your skin to act in an extreme manner too so don’t be shy of the facial exfoliant. Just be sure to select one that agrees with the sensitivity level of your skin. My new favourite is Aesop Tea Tree Facial Exfoliant (AUD$40 from Adore Beauty), a bottle of just dry exfoliant that you mix with your usual gel cleanser, meaning you can customise the level of intensity of the scrub. Some days you just need a gentle and minimal cleanse to rid of dead cell as well as clear out those pores.
Most importantly, leave cleansing with an exfoliant to the end of the day and only a coupe of times a week. Be sure to follow with a rich, protective face balm to ensure your skin is kept well over night. The same principal applies when you exfoliate your body, too. Scrubbing sloughs away dead skin cells so you need to care for it right away. Try Clarins Extra-Firming Night Rejuvinating Cream for your face (AUD$100 from Adore Beauty) or for something lighter People For Plants Pomegranate, Burdock, Shea Night Cream (AUD$29.95 from Priceline).
Stop washing your face in the shower
Your facial cleaner is in the shower. Isn’t it? It’s there next to your BODY wash, BODY exfoliant, HAIR shampoo, HAIR conditioner. See where I’m going with this? Wash your hair and your body in the shower and stop there! The water coming out of your shower head (especially in these colder months) is bound to be at a temperature you’ve chosen to convince you to get out of your warm bed. Think about it. There’s probably steam billowing about your shower cubicle mimicking the warmth of your doona. This steam is opening your pores, allowing your skin to warm up. And then you’re stimulating that warmed skin and open pores with hot water and your cleanser. The steam alone is enough to agitate your skin if you have a senstitve or easily reactive type but if you’re also scrubbing and massaging the nose, cheeks, forhead and chin area it’s going to end up in a red hot mess once you step out!
So remove your facial cleanser from the shower caddy and you should see a difference over a short amount of time. Cleanse your skin with tepid water once you’re out of the shower and try to make the water temperature as pleasant as possible, icy cold water is also a cause for redness! Getting out of the habit of washing your face in the hot shower is my best tip for reducing redness and it is so easy to do. You will be amazed at the difference it can make!
Do you have any other great ways you have reduced the redness you experience?
Have you tried any of these methods? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments so get talking!