Thursday, November 1, 2012

Still Look Like The Living Dead After The Party's Over? - Revive Your Visage With A Post-Costume Facial

Getting decked to the nines is great for one impressive evening,
but coating your face in makeup can have some unwanted repercussions 
when you awake the next morning.
If you find an unexpected ghoul in the mirror where your reflection used to be, 
your skin will be in need of a serious 
rever-upper to get your gorgeous glow back for the land of the living.

Exorcise that unhallowed spirit back to where it came from:

Makeup Removal
As obvious as this may be, you don't want to forget to thoroughly remove all
that remains of your makeup.
Plenty of spendy products are on the market, and if you have a weapon of choice,
fire away.

However, I dare you to try this:
Use your expensive makeup remover as prescribed and then
go to your kitchen.

Grab your Olive Oil and go over your face again by applying a splash to a cotton pad.
Feel a bit of a gag coming on from how much stuff was still left over?
I bet you do.

Sweet Almond and Olive Oil are the best and the cheapest ways to remove 
every unwanted particle of powder and paint.
They work wonders on removing stubborn eye makeup and mascara.
And believe it or not, even oily complexions will reap the benefits without the breakout.

Scrub a Dub Dub
For a pristine clean, you're going to have to get out the grinder.
A fine scrub that can get deep into pores will do you best.

My two favorites:

Not all microdermabrasion scrubs are created equal.
Kiehl's Micro-Dermabrasion scrub will polish your skin to a marble finish.
For sensitive skin, or Botanical Purists, Natural Logic makes a marvelous resurfacing scrub that leaves your skin feeling like velvet.
As a lover of tactile experience, there is a reason why they made my top two.
Better get something else on your face quick to keep you from 
touching it to feel how soft and supple it is.

Steam clean 
This is for devout skin care saints out there.
I don't usually have the patience, but the difference this will make is gargantuan!
Heat some water on the stove until it's steaming nicely, not boiling (you don't want burns)
Put it in a nice wide bowl on a table you can sit at,
put a towel over the bowl and put your head under the towel.
Now, remain hunched over the bowl while coughing on steam for about 10 minutes.

Can you tell I love this?
To make it a bit more pleasant, you can add essential oils of Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint,
or Eucalyptus. 
Lavender is calming and soothing to you and your skin,
Tea Tree is a great antibacterial, Peppermint is refreshing and improves circulation, 
and Eucalyptus opens the pores and sinuses, so grab some Kleenex.

Big ++s to steaming your face:
  • It drains impurities from your pores like nothing else.
  • It rehydrates your skin.
  • It increases circulation and preps your skin to absorb nutrients.

Make sure your oils measure up to restoration standards. For the utmost quality:
Now, let's give your skin some much needed nourishment.

Detox Mask aka Skin Rehab
My rules of thumb for a detox mask require only two things:
All Natural (you don't want to put chemicals on your face when you trying to detox it)
And Clay, Clay, Clay.

Pick the right clay for your skin type:

Rose Clay is mild kaolin clay that can be used on normal to dry skin. Gently cleanses and exfoliates.
Improves circulation.

Evan Healy French Rose Clay Mask

White Kaolin Clay is basically kaolinite and is the mildest of all clays. Use White Kaolin Clay for sensitive skin. It helps stimulate circulation, while gently exfoliating and cleansing. White Kaolin Clay does not draw oils from the skin and can be used on dry skin types.

Pure Bellezza White Clay Mask
French Green Clay is highly efficient at drawing oils and toxins from the skin. It's rich in important minerals and phyto-nutrients and is the most commonly used therapeutic clay. Use it for facials for oily skin. This clay is not recommended for dry or sensitive skin.

By Valenti Japanese Matcha and French Green Clay Mask
Yellow Kaolin Clay is mild clay for sensitive skin. It helps stimulate circulation while gently exfoliating and cleansing. Yellow Kaolin Clay does not draw oils from the skin excessively and can be used on most dry skin types. This clay is suitable for dry, sensitive, normal and combination skin types.

Pure Thoughts Banana and Yellow Clay Face Mask
When clay is wet, it penetrates the pores, latching on to imbedded gunk, 
and when it dries and shrinks back, it pulls those little nasties out with it. 

One more company of note, but a half a globe away from me:
They've got'em all, and all organic!!
For more info than you ever thought you could know about clay, et voila:

Rockin' this look might end up looking more frightening than the costume you wore last night.

But when it comes off, you'll be pleased with what lies beneath. Trust me!

Tone It Up!

Toner is essential everyday, but today you really gotta get your tone on!
A good toner removes any residue from cleansers and the like,
and PH balances you skin for optimum health and glow.

Stick to one that works for you if you have it, 
but suggestions will clearly follow suit:
Kiehl's Oil Free Ultra Facial Toner
Kiehl's Calandula Toner

Kiehl's has been arounf since 1851, and there's a reason for that: superior products with years of consistency. Plus all formulas are sensitive skin friendly.
Calendula soothes irritation and lessens redness in the skin. 
It's a great choice for sensitive or irritated skin.
The Oil Free Ultra Facial toner is a great basic toner for all skin types,
balancing PH and tightening the pores.

For normal, combination, or oily skin types
this organic balancing, clarifying toner
has the works!
Rich in botanicals and anti-oxidants to promote fresh, vital skin.
Deep Cleans and tones pores.
Reduces Inflammation and redness.
Heals irritation.
Improves tone, texture, and elasticity.
Natural Logic Balancing Clarifying Toner Mist

For dry and sensitive skin, this Botanical toner has the creme de la creme of luxurious and restorative nutrients:
Cucumber, Vitamin B5, Hyaluronic Acid, Helichrysum, Rosehips.
It has excellent emollient and hydrating properties.
Calming, hydrating, and nurturing.
Rich in botanical extracts and anti-oxidants.
Fights premature aging.
Improves tone, texture, and elasticity.
Natural Logic Regenerative Hydrating Toner

Toning no longer has to be so one dimensional.
These products round all the bases.
Think of them as performance enhancing drinks
for your face.

Now that you're just starting to see those lovely features resurfacing,
keep the vitamins flowing all day by applying a serum to suit your needs:

In the end, only you know what your skin is hungry for.
Observe your countenance closely to see what sustenance
it's still craving and make your choice from there.
All of the above are premier brands, I wouldn't steer ya wrong.
The great news, and one of the price-savvy tricks up my sleeve:
 They're all available at massive discount prices @

 And what ever you do, don't make your eyes jealous.
They need extra love no matter who you are.
Same applies as above: Observe, Orient, Decide, and Acquire.
All of these lovely skin-amins are also available @
I just love a good deal for a superior product, don't you?

Moisturize for the Prize
Even after you put on the serum and think your good to go, it will only go so far if you don't seal it in with a protective layer of moisturizer.
But in this application, your skin still needs to catch its breath after being smothered in powder, paint and other various costume primers.
Anything brightening or hydrating is recommended to complete the overhaul effectively.
Use what you've got in a lighter dose, or go for the gold:

Rich in vitamins with an extra brightening boost from real pearl powder (used for centuries by asian royalty), and tremella mushroom extract, this is my absolute #1 in skin replenishment and recovery.
Buy it retail for a good $50, or once again, heed my advice.
Get it for almost half the retail price: VitaCost is bomb!!

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