The Lazy Girl's Guide to Clear Skin
Can I make a confession? I am a lazy beauty queen. I love a good face beat but I can't stare at my face in the mirror for longer than 10 minutes. I can only tolerate having just enough makeup to make me look fly but the moment I feel like a cake face- it's a wrap. Think concealer, eyebrow pencil, lipstick, and a little eyeshadow. Contour ( done with eyeshadow I might add ) if i'm feeling particularly sassy. Oh and the white eyeliner on the waterline is the major key. Looks like you're not wearing anything. Creates the illusion that those eye bags aren't there.
My skincare routine totally follows suit. Lazy. Quick. But also- CHEAP. There are 4 simple items you need in your arsenal to make sure the skin is popping pre and post makeup.
1. Makeup Remover: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
The key, dare I say the major key, in skin care especially for those who wear makeup is to TAKE THAT STUFF OFF OF YOUR FACE BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP. My go to is Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Soak a cotton pad with the micellar water and get rid of the makeup. SIMPLE. Also you can totally find it in the drugstore.
2. Facial Cleanser: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Ok, now that you took most of your makeup off it's time to really cleanse your skin. Now there are TONS of cleansers on the market. Some super overpriced to be honest. If you do nothing else with your next paycheck, you need to go ahead and buy Cetaphil. It has worked miracles for my skin. Oh, did I mention it's super affordable? I read somewhere Pharrell uses it and you know that man still look 16. Don't you want to be forever 16?
3. Moisturizer: Dermasil
Now the face is squeaky clean but totally stripped of all of its moisture. The key is to find the moisturizer that works best for your skin type and your budget. Now for the real magic: Dermasil. Now I know it sounds like some weird cough medicine but it is in fact a dollar store find. A moisturizer and skin protectant that's totally great for dry skin and the colder months. Seriously find a Dollar Tree. Look for it.
Drink a glass a water. When you're done, drink another glass. And another. Thank God for the Water(s). Word to Mick Jenkins.
Now skin care is not a one size fits all type of situation. Your skin is an organ just like your lungs and your heart. Everyone's skin operates differently. Dry Skin. Combination Skin. Oily Skin. Each skin type has its own set of unique needs and if you're dealing with serious skin issues you should see a Dermatologist. And for all of my women of color out there, try to find a dermatologist of color as they will know how to work with melanin.