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The Right BB Cream For You

BB creams are no longer just a skin care trend; the versatile beauty balm is here to stay. In the past few years these miracle balms have merged skin care and make up together to give us beautiful-looking skin. There are several types of BB creams in the market and today we’re looking at how you can find the right BB cream for your skin type. Learn about the different types of BB cream and how they best suit different skin types.

What Is BB Cream?

BB cream a.k.a. ‘blemish balm’ cream is a multifaceted combination of products. It merges moisturizer, primer, SPF, foundation, and concealer. It’s a one-stop-shop product that was initially popular in Asia and now has spread all over the world with its ease of use and ability to beautify skin in a matter of seconds. Using this all-encompassing cream can cut down your skin care and make up routine and product arsenal by a lot. If you haven’t tried it yet you should definitely give it a try. Unsure where to start? Look out for the three S’s which determine what’s right for your skin.

1. Skin Type

Different skin types have different needs and while BB cream can complement and improve the appearance of all skin types it’s important that you get the right one for you. If you have dry skin, look for a nourishing and hydrating BB cream with moisturizing formulas. A great BB cream for your skin would have humectants or ceramides to help restore hydration on your skin.

2. SPF

Most BB creams have SPF which makes it an especially convenient product in your skin care routine. When you use BB cream you may not need to apply sunscreen and make up separately — they come together as one easy-to-use product. It protects your skin from the sun and can help you avoid sun damage throughout all seasons. If you are fair you should go for a high SPF. SPF 15 should be your benchmark but you can also go higher and use an SPF 30. Protect your skin on a daily basis as sun exposure can account for up to 90 percent of premature skin aging.

3. Shade

Of course you want to have a BB cream that suits your skin tones. BB creams come in a variety of shades and it’s important that you get a product that complements your complexion. Garnier SkinActive’s 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream comes in two shades — Light/Medium and Medium/Deep. BB cream provides instant coverage and correction and can adapt to your skin type. Before you buy a product decide which shade is right for you to make sure that your skin looks natural and glowing every day.

Application Tips

1. Layering

A really cool feature of BB cream is that it can provide buildable coverage. Let’s say normally your skin is blemish-free and even toned; on those days you will only apply one layer of BB cream. For those days that your skin is blemished or uneven you can layer your BB cream in the affected areas. This will help smooth, brighten and even out your skin’s appearance giving you a flawless look.

2. Use A Make Up Brush

Of course you can use your fingers but to achieve layering and seamlessness try using a make up brush to apply BB cream. It will help you blend coverage and may also help you avoid transferring dirt, oil and bacteria from your fingers onto your face. Just make sure to clean your make up brush on a weekly basis so that you are working with a clean applicator (or use a makeup sponge that you can toss after using). You can cleanse your make brushes easily with micellar water.

Should You Know About Skin Care For Beginners

Is this you? You know you need to take care of your skin but you’re not sure what skin care routine is best for you. You want your skin to look good every day but need some pointers on how to get there. The world of skin care is hard to navigate and can be quite overwhelming. Follow our easy skin care routine and we’ll guide you to skin happiness!

Step #1 Determine what skin type you have

Is your skin oily and shiny particularly in the T-zone? You probably have oily skin. Is your skin flaky and feels tight to the touch? Your skin is likely dry. Do you  get blemishes and find that products irritate your skin  We bet that you have sensitive skin. And if your skin is free from the issues s listed above and without blemishes you probably have normal skin.

Step #2 Cleansing

Now that you know what type of skin you have you’re ready to address its needs and find the best cleanser. For oily skin use a gentle face wash that doesn’t contain alcohol, which can dry your skin and cause it to produce more oil. For dry skin try a creamy cleanser that removes dirt but does not strip the skin of its natural oil. For combination skin we recommend a face wash specially formulated for that skin type. It will hydrate the drier parts of your face but not dry your skin out. For sensitive skin a gentle cleanser with fewer ingredients and no fragrance is recommended. For normal skin try a gentle cleanser to maintain your skin’s moisture and natural barrier.

Step #3 Toner

Toner can provide an extra boost of clean particularly on oily or combination skin where the T-zone tends to get a little extra shiny. Dab a little on the oiliest area to tighten pores and remove any leftover residue. Use a product that’s gentle and does not contain, or contains a small amount of alcohol as it could make your oil glands produce more oil in response.

Step #4 Moisturize

No matter what your skin type you always need to moisturize. It’s a crucial part of your skin looking and feeling good. For oily skin we recommend a lightweight, non-clogging, oil-free moisturizer. For dry skin try using a thicker cream. For combination skin look for a hydrating, oil-free moisturizer. For sensitive skin, a lightweight cream with less ingredients and is fragrance and alcohol-free is your best bet. Normal skin needs a gentle yet light moisturizer to maintain its natural balance.

With just four easy steps you have yourself your own easy skincare routine!

Know More About Eye Cream

The skin around the eyes is interesting: you’ve probably treated this region with care identical to the rest of your face until one day you notice changes. You wake up with dark circles, fine lines, or the onset of crows-feet and realize this area needs a lot more tender love and care. The skin around our eyes can be one of the first areas of our face to show signs of aging, so it’s critical that we learn the products most effective at treating it. In this article, we cover how to find the best eye cream or gel for you.

How is your eye area different from the rest of your face?

The skin around your eyes is very thin and fragile, and is susceptible to dryness. That compounded with the fact that your eyes move constantly through blinking and squinting, are all reasons why lines and wrinkles tend form there faster.

Additionally your eye area is unique in that fluid can collect, causing puffiness and dark circles. Eye creams and gels can help with these issues.

What type of eye creams should you use?

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, the area around your eyes may be more likely to flake and suffer from severe dryness. Use a cream that’s thicker than your regular moisturizer to hydrate your skin.

Dark Circles and Puffiness

You’re trying your best to get rid of fluid which is making your eye area puffy. Try using a product with retinol. For example Garnier’s Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller uses Vitamin C, mint, and caffeine to plump around the skin’s delicate area. It can also diminish the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles Around Your eyes

Antioxidants can help the skin on your face appear more youthful and bright; the same applies to your eye area. Retinol, Vitamin C, and peptides can reduce the appearance of fine lines.

All Skin Types

Sun exposure is the number one source of damage to your under eye area. Make sure to always wear at least SPF 15 every single day, but ideally an SPF 25 or higher. Also, wearing sunglasses that protect from UVA and UVB rays are a must.

How to Hide Dark Circles and lines with Concealer

Even if you’ve taken all preventative measures, sometimes you might still need an extra pick me up. A quick way to hide dark circles or fine lines is to strategically apply concealer. A silicone-based formula will do the trick. Initially, apply in the inner corners of the eyes then glide across the entire area to cover dark areas.

What external factors can reduce dark circles and premature aging in your eye area?

Smoking

Yes, you know that smoking is bad for you (don’t do it!) but there are specific ways that smoking cigarettes can affect your eye area negatively. Smoking deprives your skin of Vitamin C, which is vital in the fight against aging and is also a natural source of protection against sun rays. Smoking can also result in the area under your eyes having a blueish tint that registers as dark circles around the eye.

Diet

Salt can retain water in your body which can then lead to under eye puffiness. Reduce your consumption of overly salty foods, such as pre-frozen and pre-packaged foods. Better yet, skip them completely and replace with fresh vegetables and fruits. Make sure to hydrate your body and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Sleep

The importance of sleep for your eye area is two-fold; a night of bad sleep can be visible on your face in the appearance of dark circles. Additionally, if you sleep on your side or stomach you may be accumulating fluid in your delicate eye area. One way to avoid this is by sleeping on your back and getting at least 7-8 hours of shut-eye.

Your eye area is the most sensitive part of your face and can age prematurely. By taking the right steps in your skin care routine and maintaining a healthy lifestyle you can keep your eyes looking young and bright as long as possible.