So ladies what’s the most important rule of thumb when it comes to wearing makeup? If you said makeup removal and or good skin care then you are absolutely correct. If you’re going to wear makeup you have to be dedicated to taking care of the skin underneath. If you don’t already have a good skincare regimen, or are unsure of what you should be doing or using, let’s explore good makeup removal methods.
I like to begin with using a makeup removal wipe such as the one from Neutrogena. These remove a great deal of makeup before you actually start the cleansing process. Next step is to use a cleanser based on your specific skin needs. If you have oily skin you may want to try cleansers that are oil free, gel or foam based. If your skin is dry, cream cleansers tend to be better and don’t dry out the skin even more. Normal/combination skin is pretty neutral when it comes to cleansers. Some great ones to try for any skin type are Neutrogena, Cetaphil, and Purpose. But if you like higher end, great brands to try are Philosophy, Boscia, Murad, and Peter Thomas Roth, just to name a few. Now if you don’t have a Clarisonic, I would highly suggest investing in one. If you’re not familiar with Clarisonic, it is a brush that revolves around the face gently at about 200-300 movements per second. The movement allows dirt, oil and makeup to be completely lifted from the skin, therefore allowing pores to be open to absorbing any topical treatments like moisturizers. You will be amazed at the amount of extra dirt and makeup it removes that simple washing with your hands or a washcloth won’t remove. Once you have cleansed the skin properly, regardless if you’re oily, dry, or combination, you always want to use a moisturizer. Choose one based on your skin type. I would also suggest once a week using an exfoliating cleanser to get rid of dead skin. Exfoliation keeps skin looking young and fresh. Lastly, at least once a week do a facial using a mask that will deep clean and purify the skin. Let me give you the tea on the BEST facial mask I have ever used; Pur Minerals Mudd Masque will leave your skin soft, bright and glowing.
So now that your face is completely clean and free of all the day’s pollutants, what do you see? Or better yet who do you see? Is it the insecure woman that feels inadequate because she hasn’t achieved what others have? Is it the mean girl that secretly longs to have meaningful relationships? Is it the dishonest girl that lies and steps on others to get ahead? Is it the woman that has dug herself into financial ruin by trying to keep up with the IG “Celebs?” What or who do you see?
Sometimes we have to call a time out and strip down to the very core of our inner being. Trust me, it’s not an easy task nor is it a fun one. But the ability to come clean with yourself and really examine oneself can be an amazing thing if you allow yourself to fully take in the truth about who you are. We spend a lot of time telling others about themselves and what they need to do to get themselves together yet we don’t put that same time and effort into getting our own selves together. We know what our shortcomings and downfalls are, so why do we make excuses for what we know we should change? When it comes to ourselves, it’s easier to play the blame game instead of being accountable for our own actions and ways. God has revealed things to me lately about myself through Him and through other people, and I’m like, wow really? Is that me? But because I aim to please Him and not man, I take it in stride and work on improving myself. Listen, the process is no fun. It can down right hurt sometimes and be ugly. But if you’re committed to really bettering yourself, you will be able to take it as constructive criticism and move forward doing and being better.
Try this, but only if you’re truly ready. Pray Psalm 139:23-24 which states “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Believe me when I tell you the things you will see will not be pretty. Be ready to see things about yourself that you didn’t even know you had in your heart. Yeah, that time you and your bff had a fall out and you said you forgave but every time you think about the situation you get mad, that’s unforgiveness still in your heart. Or because such and such did this now you’re going to do the same to get back at them, that’s malice in your heart. But, if you’re committed to the process, you will begin to see layer after layer after layer of offense, jealousy, bitterness, anger, hurt, pain, guilt, sadness, all began to lift from your spirit. It won’t be overnight, or in a day that you start to see things or feel them. You didn’t develop all your bad habits in a day so they won’t go away in one either. Just be patient and push through the pain. Your ultimate purpose in the process of self-evaluation is to gain understanding of who you are, take accountability for your actions and choices, and most importantly, to come clean with your reality.
P.S. Comment below and let other readers know what some of your come clean tips are!