Healthy skin is beautiful skin. Beautiful skin is healthy - Dr. Howard Murad
Welcome to week two of August Beauty Month. I’m first to admit that as a teenager and even young adult I didn’t care for my skin the way I should have. Tanning beds. Literally zero sunscreen. Hours and hours in the sun.
You can have the best skincare products and even the best makeup artist, but that lighter, brighter and more radiant skin comes from choices you’re making now.
STEP ONE: Steam Baby, Steam
Don’t have time to get a facial? When I want to get my skin it perfect condition, I plug in this Panasonic Mini Home Steamer and radiant skin is imminent. I usually mist with this for three to five minutes. It opens my pores and as a result my cleansers, masks, serums and moisturizers work more effectively.
STEP TWO: Lather Cleanse Repeat
Time and time again I find myself restocking my Murad products. Using my Clarisonic Mia 1, I like to lather up the Murad Refreshing Cleanser and together it works magic. This brush is gentle enough on the skin, but effective enough to give my face the most thorough cleansing possible.
Every couple of days, I also ensure I’m exfoliating my skin to remove old cells and make way for new ones to come through. Exfoliating helps to reduce pore size and give a dramatically smoother, brighter and healthier-looking foundation. At the moment, I’ve found myself reaching between the Bliss Micromagic Microdermabrasion Treatment, Kate Somerville’s best selling product the ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment and the Murad Exfoliating Cleanser - bye bye dullness, hello radiant mug! (I rotate these so my skin doesn’t get used to one particular product and stop responding to the ingredients.)
STEP THREE: Feed Your Skin
Every few days I follow my steam and cleanse with a good mask. Depending on your skin needs, masks help hydrate, remove excess oils and help pull out impurities. I have dry skin so I like to use masks that help nourish and rehydrate. One of my current favorites is the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask. It leaves my skin feeling brand new. If aging and sagging are concerns, my other go-to: the Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Mask. Trust me, it’s a skin tightening game changer! I honestly feel like a million bucks after this one.
STEP FOUR: Treat Yourself
There’s nothing more satisfying than relaxing our senses as we prepare for slumber. Our skin heels, repairs and rejuvenates while we sleep, right? The Murad Rapid Age Spot And Pigment Lightening Serum has helped reduce my sun spots and hyper pigmentation in a major way. I can’t go back in time and change my time in the sun, but from the minute I started using this serum, I noticed a huge difference.
You may have heard of the Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil before. It’s a solution for fine lines, a pore reducer, and smells divine. I am obsessed with this product. I dab it all over my face, behind my ears, and even up my nose before slumber.
And an honorable mention goes to the Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Oil - it’s a similar product that I use the same way after cleansing my face in the morning. A little goes a long way. You can even put a drop of this in your foundation for a glowy, dewy makeup look while doing your skin some good. (Not recommended if you like a matte finish.)