Foundation makeup is one thing, but our actual foundation begins with our skin. Beautiful skin is deeper than the surface level. Real beauty starts with how we nourish our skin. Adding fresh fruits, veggies, and of course water to our diet is always a great idea (You know, what I call pretty food!). Getting good beauty sleep is also fabulous for skin (and those gorgeous eyes), but today we’ll focus on pampering and prepping our outer skin before applying makeup.
Cleansing our skin properly is one of the most important basic steps. It really does matter what product(s) we choose to cleanse with. We want to pamper our skin with moisturizing products that are soft and gentle, and help our skin look and feel it’s very best. There are 2 Avon facial cleansers that I adore and use every day. They are both Rice Water Bright Cleansers. One is Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser, and the other is Rice Water Bright Rice Bran Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. These are super luxurious. Here are Avon’s brief descriptions for both:
Rice water, the milky white water obtained from rinsing rice, is enriched with vitamins A, B and E, ceramide and minerals to help skin feel moisturized and look radiant. Our foaming cleanser produces a whipped cream-like texture that softly glides onto the skin to effectively remove makeup residue while moisturizing
Step up your skin care routine with this daily facial scrub, made with organic rice bran powder, rice bran oil and hydrated silica for gentle exfoliation. Removes impurities and helps skin feel soft and look fresh and radiant.
I keep my Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser on my bathroom sink to use every morning. I keep the Rice Water Bright Rice Bran Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser in my shower to use in the evenings. The gentle exfoliating is great for removing makeup and impurities from the day. The Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser is perfect for gently cleansing and pampering my face in prep for makeup application.
Now, when I desire a deeper exfoliation for satin smooth skin, I always use Isa Knox Anew Collagen Booster Microneedling Polisher. I know that may sound scary, but it is just a denser exfoliating formulation, and honestly, my skin feels soooo soft after using this, it is truly remarkable. I know my makeup is going to go on beautifully when my skin is super smooth. I follow my Polisher with an Isa Knox Collagen Booster Rejuvenating Serum Ampule. These are incredible, and feel like soft velvet going onto my skin. It’s an absolutely beautiful sensation, and my skin feels absolutely beautiful. This routine can be done several times during the week, and I like to make sure to use this duo at night before a photo shoot, or special occasion, so I can look my most vibrant best.
Another tip for super smooth skin, is shaving the peach fuzz off your face before applying moisturizer and makeup. A smooth surface will always provide a smoother finished look. I use those little hair trimmers for women’s facial hair removal. It only takes a couple of minutes, and always makes a big difference.
Next up, Moisturizing and Soothing.
Okay, now that we’re all cleansed, exfoliated, and smoothed, let’s get moisturized and soothed. Your skin is going to love you so much, and reward you with looking super gorgeous!
Now, my evening moisturizing routine is a bit different than my daily for-makeup moisturizing routine. I’ve been using the super luxurious Mission Luxereve line lately. Oh my goodness, you’ll definitely want to try this! I’ve blogged about this recently, but for today, I’m going to share my other favorite skincare line from Avon called Physiogel. If you have dry sensitive skin like me, you are going to fall in love instantly. These formulations are so gentle and soothing, and are great for wearing under makeup. They have different formulations to choose from. Right now I’m using the Physiogel Calming Relief Cream and the Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion. The Calming Relief Cream feels so good, and it is a richer formulation than the lotion. Creamier. I love them both and usually will put the cream on my face and use the lotion on my neck and chest area, and then come back up my neck to my face area with it. These are unscented and probably the gentlest facial moisturizers I’ve ever used.
Now, if I happen to have any especially ruddy areas on my face, I use my super hero serum, Green Goddess, called the solution that soothes.
Here is Avon’s description for you:
Revitalize your skin with Green Goddess, a topical oil with 100mg of CBD and other plant-based ingredients like hemp seed oil, squalane oil and turmeric. This nutrient-enriched formula provides a calm and relieving feeling, making it the refreshing last step to both morning and nighttime skin care routines.
I’ve been using this for quite a while now, and love it. I can wear this under my makeup, no problems. It is a dry oil and goes into the skin very well.
• Dry oil for easy absorption
• Suitable for sensitive skin
• Reduces redness and helps soothe irritation
• Rich in omega fatty acids and vitamin E
• Ultra-pure and sustainably sourced
I also like to use this after my microneedling polishing routine/collagen serum ampule duo. Sometimes my face can get some red splotchy areas afterward and Green Goddess is perfect for this. I am then ready to sleep my restful beauty sleep knowing my skin is going to be beautifully refreshed for the next day.
I hope you’ll stay tuned for part 3 in this Before and After Makeover Flawless Skin Makeup Look Series. Next up is Completing the Makeup Look for a Radiant Finish.
If you missed Part 1: Cashmere Complexion, here is a link for you.
Okay gang, till next time, stay fabulous and follow your joy!
Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative, USA, Avon Team Leader