This morning on CTV Ottawa Morning Live I’ll be covering 3 beauty ideas that are heard often from clients and in makeup/beauty discussions with others. Are they truth, or just a beauty myth that needs to be put to rest?
Beauty Myth #1 You can shrink your pore size
Sorry gals, their size is pre-determined by genetics, so no toner or cold water rinse after washing will change that. However, you can temporarily minimize the appearance of them with any one of the number of primers or skin blurring products available from both mass market and high-end brands. The choice is your, but shop for what is best for your skin type and the texture you like. They fill in pores and even fine lines, which helps makeup not to settle in and accentuate them. You can use them alone or prior to makeup (they also help makeup last longer) Just a few of my faves: Whip Hand Cosmetics -Set The Stage, Smashbox Photo Finish Original Primer, Laura Mercier (multiple formulas), Hourglass (both) Kiehls Micro Blur Skin Pefector, Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector™
Beauty Myth #2 Makeup causes breakouts and acne
Most often it’s improper cleansing products or cleansing techniques that are the culprit. Any traces of makeup and skincare left for long periods of time or overnight will irritate and block pores, add in the days dirt and natural oils and voila a breeding ground of bacteria that leads to breakouts. Try the precleanse from Dermalogica, a plant based cleansing oil for all skin types including oily, that melts all the nasties away including waterproof and long wear formulas. It emulsifies with water so no oily traces left behind, follow with your regular cleanser.
Or try super charging your favorite cleanser with a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush, it is 6x better at cleaning than using you fingers alone and with “regular daily use you’ll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas, and blemishes.”
Beauty Myth #3 Cleaning my makeup tools is not needed as its only me uing them
Au contraire ladies. You need to clean your tools regularly. Makeup product mixed with your oils and touches of skincare will build up in the form of bacteria, which is then transferred back to freshly cleansed skin and can cause unnecessary breakouts. You want to use a specific product that pulls out the color, dissolves build up and is antibacterial. Try the beauty blender solid cleanser, it works amazing on sponges, puffs and brushes. It also rinses out thoroughly, unlike shampoos/conditioners for your hair. Cleaner brushes give better application results. Wash weekly.
Shop it: At Sephora on-line or instores
Ciao Bellas, Until Next Time