Complexion Tips for Achieving Flawless Skin
I must admit, being half Korean and having worked in the public eye, the pressure is multiplied to have impeccable, flawless skin. I was groomed from birth by my mother on how to eat, wash, and care for my skin. It’s just part of Korean beauty culture, which isn’t about products at its core, but about skin-preserving methods and techniques.
But on the days I need a quick fix, here are some of my daily skin care hacks that’ll transform your skin from blah to amazing, any day.
Seeing photos of all those celebrities with seemingly flawless -looking skin can be enough to make you despair when you look in the mirror and see under-eye circles and patchy, blotchy, tired skin.
But, even without all the stylists and expensive treatments used by those in the public eye, it’s perfectly possible for any woman to achieve a flawless look.
Tips like drinking lots of water, sticking to a good diet, not exposing your face to too much sun, and getting regular exercise may seem obvious but they really do contribute to a glowing complexion.
10 Best Foods to Eat For Flawless Skin
- Red bell peppers
- Dark chocolate
- Coconut Oil
- Green tea
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Skin Care Secrets
A good skincare regime is essential – yes, that recurring cleanse, tone, moisturize mantra!
To find out which are the best products for you, you need to first establish your skin type.
Look at your face in a mirror in natural daylight. Oily skin will look shiny and may have large pores.
Dry skin feels tight and dehydrated and may have a flaky, red, rough appearance.
Combination skin has both oily and dry patches.
Normal skin has a uniform texture and tone.
Once you have determined your skin type, it’s easy to find the products best suited for your skin.
To help get that immaculate effect, apply make-up on really clean skin.
Remember the dire warning: each night you leave your make-up on when you go to bed, your face, they say, will age by eight days!
So take the time to pamper and clean your face before bedtime. Gentle cleansing, using the products for your skin type, will really help your skin to look and feel good.
There are so many good cleansers around, to suit all budgets – my best friend has been faithful to Oil Of Olay for years!
At the moment, I like using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser with its natural ingredients, like chamomile, rosemary, eucalyptus oil and hops.
It really makes me feel I’m feeding my skin at the same as cleaning it.
It’s easy to use – just massage a little of the formula onto a dry face, then remove by moistening the muslin cloth with warm water and rubbing off gently.
Splash your face with cold water to close up the pores and you’re done.
To keep your skin in tiptop condition, exfoliate at least once a week. This will clear pores, lift dead skin cells and help your skin glow.
There are so many good products to choose from.
One I really like, suitable for all skin types, is Clarins Face Cleansing & Exfoliating Care Gentle Refiner.
Before applying foundation, remember to first apply moisturizer with sunscreen (at least SPF 15).
I love using foundation to hide imperfections and these days, there are so many light, sheer and comfortable ones that you no longer have to have that pancake heavy feeling.
Many of them are packed with antioxidants to protect free radical damage and SPF factors to keep the aging effects of sun at bay.
Bear in mind the things that are important to you when buying foundation. Do you need it be long-lasting? Anti-aging? Lifting?
You need to find a foundation that blends into your skin exactly.
Choose according to your skin type and shade and try out your choices along the neck or jawline and then look at them in a natural light, as well as the artificial light of the shop
Foundations come in different formulas – liquid, cream-to-powder, or a powder foundation.
Ask a make-up expert for advice on the formula and colors that are right for your skin tone.
If you need to, ask for help to learn the proper application technique. This is a video below that also some great tips!
Almost all make-up brands also have experienced counter assistants who will give you a makeover for free.
Look for someone who is similar to you in terms of age and skin color and you can often get invaluable advice for free.
Before applying foundation, you may need to use a correcting make-up base to help improve skin tone.
Use a mauve base to conceal pale and dull skin tones and brighten the skin or a green base to cover red blotches.
If you need to disguise dark circles or under-eye bags, apply a concealer, using a small-headed brush with firm bristles.
Apply a generous amount under the eye, along the lash line and innermost corner of the eye.
Gently tap the concealer with the pad of your index finger to blend it in.
The secret to a natural, flawless finish lies in the correct application.
Fingers are best – sponges can soak up too much of the product and I personally find them awkward to use, you have to clean them so they’re free of bacteria and can accumulate in expense.
Apply foundation all over your face or just where you need it to even out your skin.
Use powder carefully so it doesn’t look caked-on. Its main job is to prevent shine, so it’s best kept just to the t-zone.
For a sheer effect, use loose powder applied with a large brush.
So there you have the simple steps you need to follow to achieve a flawless complexion – and you can now get on to the really fun parts of decorating your face with eye shadows, liner, mascara, blush and lipstick.
Nothing says relaxation like a few minutes resting with a face mask.
Face masks help keep our skin looking young, healthy and radiant. Store bought facial masks can be quite expensive and contain chemicals and preservatives that are unnecessary for our skin.
By making your own facial mask, you can save money and provide your skin with all the nutrients that it requires.
When you apply any face mask, you should apply it from your neck to your hairline in gentle, upward sweeping motions.
Avoid the tender skin around your eye area. Face masks should be rinsed gently with lukewarm water, followed by a cool splash of water to help close your pores.
A Very Basic Face Mask
This recipe contains fullers earth. Fullers earth is a wonderful ingredient in skin care products.
Fullers earth is a naturally occurring mineral clay that absorbs excess oil from skin and also removes dirt and impurities.
Fullers earth can generally be found in most health food stores and also online. This facial mask is easy to make and can be made in advance and stored in jar until ready to use.
- 3 1/3 oz. fuller’s earth
- 2 tablespoons arrow root or cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon finely ground cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon finely ground almond meal or wholemeal flour
Mix together all ingredients and store in tightly covered jar. When ready to use, mix 1 tablespoon of mixture with honey, vinegar, or yogurt to form a soft paste. Spread gently over face and leave on for 10-15 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water.
Honey and Orange Facial Mask for Flawless Skin
This mask is a deep cleanser that leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. This facial mask is great for all skin types.
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 2 teaspoons orange juice
- 1 drop orange oil
- cornstarch to thicken
Mix all ingredients into a paste with the cornstarch. Spread gently over your face and neck and leave on for 10-15 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water.
This can be stored in the refrigerator, but must be used within 3 days.
Rolled Oats Facial Mask for Flawless Skin
This face mask is great for all skin types.
It is so gentle it can be used everyday without drying out your skin or causing over-stimulation.
- 1 tablespoon finely ground rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon dried milk powder
- 6 drops almond or olive oil
- warm water to mix
Combine all of ingredients to make a soft paste.
Spread on face and neck and leave on for 10 minutes.
Rinse mask with lukewarm water.
Apricot Facial Mask for Flawless Skin
This mask is great for normal and dry skin.
- 3 apricots, lightly pureed and drained slightly
- 1 tablespoon rosewater
- finely ground rolled oats or un-bleached flour to mix
- olive oil.
Combine the apricots and rosewater then add oats or flour to make a smooth paste. Spread a thin film of olive oil on your face before applying the mask.
Spread mask gently over face. Leave on for 10 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water.
Cucumber Facial Mask for Flawless Skin
This face mask works especially well for oily skin.
- 1 tablespoon finely grated cucumber flesh from a peeled, seeded cucumber
- 1 tablespoon mashed, cooked carrot
- fullers earth or rolled oats to mix
- 1 drop lemon oil
Mix the carrot and cucumber together. You can use just cucumber in this recipe, but must you will need to double the amount if you are not using the carrot.
Add enough fullers earth or rolled oats to make a paste that will stick to your face. Add the oil and mix thoroughly.
Spread over face and leave on for 15 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water.
This recipe must be stored in refrigerator if not all used and be used or thrown away within 24 hours.