If you’re a skincare junkie like myself then you have probably heard of vitamin c and live by it, ever since I implemented it in my routine back in 2016, I literally can no longer live without it. I’m not even exaggerating when I say its life-changing. In terms of science, vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and ascorbate, is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to prevent and treat scurvy. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters but at the same time, it is also known to be one of the best anti-ageing ingredients and the key to maintaining a smooth, even, and glowy complexion.
Although you’re probably getting vitamin C in your diet, there’s no way to guarantee that it’s going straight to your skin, in fact, very little vitamin C ever makes it to the skin so using serums and other topical products is the most direct way to reap these benefits.
So why should you add vitamin C serum to your routine?
Vitamin C serum is typically applied once or twice per day. I usually of cleanse, tone, apply vitamin C serum, moisturise, then apply my eye cream. The best thing to due in terms of skin is to apply the thinnest products first so generally a serum is more watery hence it’s the first thing I apply after toner.
Ever since I started buying makeup at 14, I’ve always asked myself, do I really need a primer? I suffer a lot from oily skin so makeup literally does not last as much as I’d hope to on my face but every time I go to buy a primer I never know where to start because there’s so many, if not too many options available; there’s hydrating, brightening, mattifying, blurring, luminising, and more — so which one do I pick??? Then I’ve seen people use different types of primers for different areas of their face, then do you guys remember that time people were using men’s Nivea shaving balm as primer?? Makeup is actually so confusing sometimes because what works for other people may not work for you, and it’s one of those situations where you actually have to test it out yourself until you actually find what works for you.
Some people love primer, some people hate it and I still don’t know if it’s actually a necessity in my makeup draw or if just haven’t found the perfect one for me.
What exactly is primer and what does it do?
Primer is one of those words that literally explains itself, it is exactly what its name implies: It’s a prep product that’s applied after your skincare to create an almost clear canvas to hold onto whatever makeup you want to apply — from foundation to tinted moisturizer or even just concealer, primer will supposedly make sure nothing moves an inch whilst also blurring your pores, helping to fade fine lines and smoothening skin! Your primer might come in the form of a hyaluronic acid-spiked facial serum that boosts hydration, a sunscreen that protects and softens the appearance of pores, or a traditional silicone-based primer that smooths and blurs.
What’s the best way to apply them?
Primers are ALWAYS applied after your last skin-care step and before your makeup. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Many makeup artists recommend that you apply the product with your fingers to apply primer, as they say, it’s the best and easiest way to blend everything and get a seamless finish. It’s also advised that you wait a full minute for it to dry before layering anything on top in order to avoid disturbing the makeup. A little goes a long way with primer, and too much can ruin your makeup look before you even get to create it.
Dry: Dry skin benefits from moisturizing primers with added glycerine, aloe, or shea butter. Look for words like nourishing and replenishing.
Normal: If your skin isn’t particularly dry or oily, choose a photo finish primer or a blurring primer made with silicone that minimizes pores and leaves a fresh, dewy finish.
Oily: If your skin is oily, look for primers that advertise shine reduction or mattifying to help keep shiny skin under control.
What are the most common primer mistakes?
- Applying too much
- Applying makeup straight after, rather than allowing for the primer to dry first
- Choosing one completely wrong for your skin type
- Picking a primer that does not go well with the formula of your foundation
- Layering primers
So do I really need primer?
Whether or not you feel using a primer is necessary, it’s completely up to you and whether or not you’re happy with your current makeup routine. But it wouldn’t hurt to try it out and see if it actually makes an improvement or adds some sort of value to your life – you may find that primers don’t make a marked improvement in your face makeup, and in that case, skip the step. However, it could also mean you haven’t found the one. Whatever you do, before choosing a primer do your research, get recommendations, and try different formulas in store.
The bottom line: If you’re wondering whether or not you need a primer in your life, just ask yourself how happy you are with the overall look, feel, and finish of your face makeup. If there’s something off or missing — maybe you want to add more overall glow or trim shine from your T-zone — a primer could be precisely what you need.
For some weird reason, I have been obsessed with the bags under my eyes since I was like 12, bearing in mind at that age I DIDNT EVEN HAVE ANY WHATSOEVER but I had convinced myself I did. I was such a weird child. Small things like this will forever be the reason that I scream I was ahead my time hahaha. Before I discovered that makeup was actually the key to evening my skin out, and before I released that my skin will never actually be fully even I was constantly trying to find ways to make the skin under my eyes look brighter, I’d do the cucumber thing on my eyes, the lemon wedge thing and even put ice on my eyes to the point my mum got so annoyed with me that she literally banned me from doing it loool. I am telling you, I have always been destined to be a beauty/ fashion blogger – as in, I was doing this whilst my age mates were still playing with their Nintendos like normal children.
If you do not have an eye cream in your skincare routine then I hate to break it to you, but you’re doing life all wrong! I kid you not, eye cream has literally changed my life and I am not even exaggerating. What most people don’t understand is the fact that eye creams are completely different from face moisturisers – hence the difference in names. Eye creams are formulated specifically for the delicate eye area and it’s so important to use one to your keep skin hydrated and plump as well as brightening your eye are and to keep you looking awake. That’s why it’s so important to invest in one, no matter how old you are, it’s never too early to start using anti-ageing techniques for your skin. Most people say the earlier the better because the best results come from prevention! However, please DO NOT forget to use suncream too!! If you suffer from puffy eyelids, dark circles and sagging skin. These problems will only become worse if you go out without protection. The sun damages the skin in so many ways from dark marks to hyperpigmentation to fine lines etc, you won’t see any results if you’re not going that extra mile and applying spf too. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.
So why do you need an eye cream?
Ever since I can remember I have been obsessed with skincare, I remember when I was 13 I used to spend ridiculous amounts of money on skincare, I’d literally buy the most random of skincare products not knowing that all of them catered to different skin types loool. The craziest thing about it was the fact that my skin was perfect, the only thing I ever used to suffer from was heat rash in summer. It wasn’t until I turned 15 that I realised what type of skin I had (oily/ combination) and it was then that I began buying products specific to my skin. It was a tough road but we got there in the end haha! OMG I remember there was a time when my parents stopped giving me my allowance because they thought that I bought useless things with it (funny IK) so I started making my own homemade face masks and facials and every time I’d put one on someone in this damn house would lecture me on how I’m ruining my skin, I literally couldn’t do anything in peace! So for me, if I won the lottery you can be certain that my skin would never see a bad day, as in every day of the year would be a good skincare day for me! That’s facts!
I was googling the worlds most expensive facials and I stumbled on the Ruby facial which Mila Kunis made famous, hence why she’s today’s cover photo/ Mila Kunis’s $7,000 facial got a ton of attention online. a few years ago and apparently the procedure uses precious stones, including rubies and diamonds, that work as antioxidants for the skin to create create a ‘lustrous sheen.’ During the treatment, you’re also given an ice cube to suck on, which is said to reduce puffiness. Then after your face has been rubbed in these magnificent jewels, the specialist finishes your facial off with a paraffin silk fibre facial. The treatment was created by, Scott-Vincent Borba, founder and CEO of BORBA, a skincare products company.
An editor from ALLURE tried out a 20-minute express version of the treatment and here’s how she described her experience;
I have to say, it was relaxing and unbelievably indulgent: after washing my face, Borba exfoliated my skin by rubbing on crushed diamonds and then rubies (yup, again, you read that right!). Next, Borba layered on a lactic acid peel to stimulate cell turnover (it tingled a bit), and then ran ultrasonic hot and cold wands over my skin, followed by a blast of red LED light. The cold galvanic wand really did feel amazing (especially after the hot wand) and helped de-puff my usually stubborn under-eye bags. Even better, my complexion looked more even after the facial. But in the likely event that my opinion was skewed by this facial’s hefty price tag, I decided to ask Jeannette Graf, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, in New York City, to weigh in. “Since the wands are heated and cooled to particular temperatures that won’t burn the skin, they can help with lymphatic drainage and circulation. Red LED light is good for collagen [production],” says Graf. “But there is no data or study that I have found that state precious gems are better than any other type of exfoliation.” Ah well, at least there’s something to be said for feeling like a million bucks.
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When I was little people always used to tell me that I didn’t need suncream because I am black but bbbooooyyyy where they completely wring, everyone needs suncream, melanin does not make you immune to sun damage and it has a lot of benefits which is why you should wear it EVERY SINGLE DAY not just in summer simply for the reason that “Ultraviolet rays that are the cause of sun damage and skin cancer are always present,” explains Dr. Shilesh Iyer, M.D., a Board Certified dermatologist with the renown New York Dermatology Group. “They are independent of cold or hot weather and are not blocked by clouds. On overcast days, only visible rays (but not UVB rays) from the sun are blocked. The best way to protect the skin is with sun protection.”
And yessss the SPF in your foundation, concealer, primer or powder is not enough. You might be thinking that your makeup containing SPF is a suitable substitute for sunscreen, it’s likely not protecting you from sun damage as well as you think.
What exactly is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor (Pretty obvious). It measures the level of protection a product will give you from UVB. The British Association of Dermatologists recommend always using a minimum of SPF 30, which blocks 97% of UVB. To put that into context, SPF 15 blocks 93% and SPF 50 blocks 98%. So, in reality, they should kinda stop selling anything below SPF15 because it is very misleading and as you can see not useless but not as effective as anything at SPF30 and above.
How much damage can UV rays really cause?
Sun damage shows itself in the form of dullness, uneven pigmentation and loss of firmness. Which is why SPF is perfect for preventing wrinkles for as long as possible, they kind of work as an anti-ageing product. “Ultraviolet rays from the sun are extremely harmful to the skin and cause more than 90 per cent of the visible signs of ageing including wrinkles, sagging, rough patches and skin discolouration,” confirms Dr Shirin Lakhani.
What’s the best way to apply your SPF?
“Your sunscreen should be applied after you moisturise and before you apply your foundation,” says Shirin. “Even if you are wearing makeup you still need to re-apply every two hours.” It also needs to be applied correctly to be effective, so make sure you’re using a decent amount. “Sunscreen should be applied before you leave home in the morning all year round,” adds Dr Qian Xu. “Even on cloudy winter days.”
Best SPF moisturisers
It has taken me a couples of years to truly understand my skin type and what’s best for it. I used to think that I had dry skin but I realised that it was the products that I used that caused my skin to become dry and that In reality I actually had normal skin. However In extremely hot weather conditions I usually end up with oily skin, so every season I have to switch up my routine to suit the weather. I also have to change my foundation but it’s hard to know which ones best for your skin type because the worst thing you could do is spend more than £25 on a foundation that is completely wrong for your skin. But that’s why I’m writing this blog post to make it easier for you!
There are so many different issues when applying foundation to dry skin from a caked finish to flaking skin to emphasising patches of dryness and fine lines, put the wrong foundation on it, and you can end up making things look a whole lot worse – and end up feeling self-conscious while out and about as a result.
- Nars sheer glow, £33 – illuminating and dewy finish to the skin.
- Charlotte Tilbury, £29 – Vitamin C, hyaluronic filling spheres, mushroom extract; Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation is packed with nothing but nourishing ingredients for the skin.
- Make up forever water blend foundation, £31 – This super-sheer foundation is 80% water, so you know it’s going to hydrate your skin like no other.
- Mac studio face and body foundation, £22 – In every make-up artists pro kit, MAC’s Face And Body formula is conditioning and the finish is sheer but buildable for more coverage.
- Chanel vitalumiere satin smoothing foundation, £38.20 – Brightening dull, dry complexions, it gives a luminous finish and contains extra moisturising properties to keep skin feeling comfortable all day long.
The struggle is real when it comes to finding a foundation that controls excess oil and stays in place all day. To say that wearing foundation when you have an oily skin type is tough may be a massive understatement, but it’s not completely impossible. When you have oils skin it’s best to stick to matte foundations and one that are oil free.
- Giorgio Armani Power Fabric, £40 – Lasts for hours and hours, offering great SPF protection, concealing pretty much every blemish and dark circle, and it locks down any excess sebum production.
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation, £32.50– Mattifies skin and lasts all day and into the night, without smudging or needing any touch-ups at all.
- Kat Von D ‘Lock It’ Liquid Foundation, £27– Gives the most flawless, full coverage finish.
- Diorskin Forever Foundation, £35– lightwear but buildable whilst lasting 16 hours, the best for long days!
I have recently been doing a bit of spring cleaning and in the last couple of weeks I have cleared out my my entire wardrobe and makeup draw ready for the summer! My mother calls me a hoarder which I think is nonsense. Every single year without fail she has managed to secretly get rid of a couple of my things and either thrown them away or given them to other people. However this year instead of waiting for her to do it again I decided that It would be best if I did it myself. I hate spring cleaning and I hate getting rid of things especially those that are sentimental to me and hold a lot of memories but sometimes it needs to be done in order to make space for new and exciting thing in our lives!
Now that I have thrown away all of my old and out of date beauty products I am going to need more makeup and skincare so what better place to go than the land of beauty bay! If you live in the UK and have never heard of beautybaty, where have you been living for the last couple of years? It is the go to when it comes to beauty products, they have an amazing range of products from ABH to Morphe, I mean what more could you want!
Beautybay Summer wishlist
Lets talk skincare routines! Every women at some stage in their life is conscience about their skin. We spend hundreds of pounds every year looking for new ways to get clearer and better skin. And spend years trying to perfect our skin care routines. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, it’s a win or lose kind of situation.
As a teenager my skin is so important to me so I try maintain it as best I can. Who has the effort to wear makeup every single day, especially when they’re going to school or college? Definitely not me. That is why I have spent the last few months trialling a range of skincare products looking for my favourite ones. And I think I may have finally perfected my skin care routine (hopefully).
Recently I have been getting a bunch of comments from people on how glowy and clear my skin is, So I thought that i’d share my secret with you because a healthy glow is a way of life!
My Skincare Routine;
- To start off I use my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser, this is extremely hydrating and is a great way to remove excess oils from the skin and makeup residue .
- Next I go in with my Neutrogena Visibly Clear Cream Wash, this is my holy grail, this is amazing for preventing spots and it makes your skin feel so fresh!
- After I use the Garnier Pure Active Charcoal Anti- Blackheaf scrub, I only use this 4 times a week as it is very intense and can be quite harsh on the skin but it is excellent for getting clearer skin and removing impurities, you can also use it as a mask.
- To finish off I use the the mint temptation scrub from scrub love, this is the key to my glow, it’s moisturising, refreshing and just overall amazing, you can even use it on the rest of your body too, especially to lighten stretch marks.
- Lastly I use the Sanctuary Spa Illuminating Moisture Lotion which has spf 15, if you’re looking for something to help get rid of dark marks and hyper pigmentation, this is what you need! Over that I use the Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser to awaken my complexion and enhance my natural radiance to give me a healthy glow. Both of these products are great for awakening dull skin in the winter months!