Posts Tagged ‘hydration’

AT HOME FACIAL SERIES

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE; GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I hope a bunch of you tried last week’s MUD MASK AMP UP and were thrilled with how smooth it made your skin! We got a lot of comments/emails asking how to get really hydrated skin and have just the answer you’ve been waiting for! I learned this trick from a facialist years ago and my skin has been grateful ever since. She taught me that if you layer a serum immediately and directly under a hydrating mask, it will penetrate more powerfully because it’s protected from evaporation from air contact as it’s locked in by the mask. And once it’s fully penetrated, the mask moisturizes as well. It’s a double dose for dry, thirsty skin. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Pump the serum about three times into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together to spread evenly across your fingertips.
  2. Massage the serum all over your face.
  3. Dip fingers into the moisture mask and rub fingertips from both hands together.
  4. Pat the mask all over your face, directly on top of the serum.
  5. Follow the mask instructions for how long to keep it on before you rinse. Some are 20 minutes, others all night!

Do it as often as needed (once or twice a week should work) and dry skin won’t have a chance this Winter!

HYDRATION STATION

photo: feline-fangs.tumblr.com post designed by amy nadine

As a make-up artist, I always joke to my clients that I’m a beautician, not a magician (even though I like to pretend I am)! But unfortunately, I can only do so much… So before I can even begin to attempt any magic, I need a hydrated surface for the make-up to become one with, not a dry/flaky/irritated canvas that the make-up is going to sit on top of. Since I can’t go home with all of you to make sure that you wash your faces every night and apply night creams, I can make sure you know about one of the best secrets in my kit: Hyaluronic Acid. Sounds a little scary with the acid part, even though there’s nothing acidic-feeling about it! It is, hands-down, the most incredible INSTANT hydration available and will become your very best friend.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is actually created in the body and can be found in almost every single cell. The molecule binds to water and lubricates the body, like oil in a car. Unfortunately though, its half-life is between 1-3 days before it is broken down and excreted. Luckily for us, there are many scientists and lab technicians who have bottled 100% HA for us to apply topically to our skin.  Best. News. Ever!!  You will die when you see how instantly your skin is hydrated. No matter what you did or didn’t do to treat your skin the night before, if you drank alcohol or caffeine, were on a 14-hour flight, etc, two drops of HA on clean skin and you’re moisturized back to as if you just left your facialist.

Now that I’ve introduced you to the ingredient, you’ll find that almost every skin care line, and even most makeup lines, offers a version of it.  100% HA is preferred and I promise you’ll find it everywhere once you ask a sales person. Apply it all over your face and neck, wait three minutes or so then apply foundation.  If you are a primer user, apply HA before the primer, waiting a few minutes for it to completely soak in. Now your skin is ready for you to create a little magic too!

XO Amy Nadine