Five Tips for Camera Ready Skin

February 12, 2018

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As the wife of a photographer, I had to get used to randomly having my photo taken any time a new lens or camera equipment came in. Then, I started blogging and really had to get used to being photographed. If your skin is like mine, it’s difficult to look fresh-faced this time of year because of winter dryness. However, it isn’t impossible to have camera-ready skin in the winter. Here are five ways to keep your skin healthy, hydrated, clear, and camera-ready.

Take a makeup fast

When I know I have a big trip or photo shoot coming up, I take a makeup fast for a few days leading up to it. This allows my skin the opportunity to breathe, get oxygen in, and allows all of the residue extra time to come off. When I do wear makeup, it goes on smoothly and stays much longer.

In the last few months, I have stopped wearing makeup most days. Honestly, my skin has never felt or looked better. Not only have I seen a reduction in breakouts, but I have noticed an increase in my confidence. Try it for a few days before your shoot to give yourself clearer skin and a blank canvas.

Wash your face

If you do wear makeup, and even if you don’t, be sure to wash your face every night. You can use any face wash or just soap and water, but it’s important not to go to bed without doing it. Your face collects pollution, dirt, oils, and sweat that build up and create a layer on the skin. Washing your face prevents irritation and breakouts. You should also rinse your face off first thing in the morning, since germs, saliva, and oils can transfer to you from your pillowcase.


Moisturizing is one of the most important steps in every beauty routine. You should apply moisturizer right after washing your face. Recently I started using Olay Whips Face Moisturizer and love the creamy texture. I also love how smooth my skin feels afterwards. Since I have pale, sensitive skin, and rarely wear makeup, I like the Olay Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer with SPF. However, Olay makes all of their Whips Moisturizers (Regenerist, Total Effects, and Luminous) with and without SPF, so you can choose whichever you prefer.

Since I have switched to Olay Regenerist Whips, I have noticed an increase in my skin’s hydration and firmer skin. The Whips Moisturizers contain Active Rush Technology™ which hold up to 1000x their weight in hydration.  I also love how it decreases the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

I found my Olay Whips Face Moisturizer at my Plano Kroger store, but you can find yours at your local Kroger or Kroger banner store!

Keep your hands off and don’t pick

Think of all the things your hands touch throughout the day. Every time you touch your face, you are putting those germs all over it. All of the bacteria and germs move from your fingers to your skin and create buildup, infections, and can trigger breakouts. Speaking of breakouts, Grandma was right, don’t pick your pimples. We all get them, but it really is best for them if you leave them alone. Not only can picking at your pimples cause an infection, but it makes the redness worse and could cause scarring.

Touching your face is a hard habit to break, but if you start to become more aware, you will be able to quit.

Drink water

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Hydrate. Drinking plenty of water is not only good for your waistline, but it is wonderful for your skin. Many celebrities say drinking water is their secret to glowing skin, and they may be on to something. Keeping your skin hydrated from the inside out reduces breakouts and makes your skin look plumper, reducing lines.  Here are some of my tips for staying hydrated, including a few infused water combinations.

How do you keep your skin camera-ready and battle winter dryness? Leave me a comment below.

  • Marcie February 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    I only wear makeup now when I travel and know I’m going to be in photos. It stays on so much better than when I used to wear makeup every day!

  • Celeste February 13, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Oh man, keeping hands off is probably the hardest for me! I also have to work on drinking more water!

  • Corretta February 13, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Great tips! Camera ready skin is a must especially if your a fashion and beauty blogger like myself!

  • Nikki February 13, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    These are really great tips. I am sure guilty of some of these bad habits 😝. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nita February 14, 2018 at 10:34 am

    I use to suffer from acne, so I’m pretty good at washing and drinking lots of water… but unfortunately, it also means I’m in the habit of covering up even when I don’t need to. Thanks for reminding me to let my skin breathe once in a while!

  • Julie Hoag February 14, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Great tips! I love drinking water with fruit or veggies in it! The more the better! I moisturize everyday but with oily skin, I have to be careful. Thanks! I haven’t tried this product yet, sounds wonderful!

  • Angela Tolsma February 19, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Oh gosh winter is terrible on my skin but thank goodness for great moisturizer and water it makes such a difference. I love your expression for the keep your hands off point!

  • Whitney Roberts Kutch February 19, 2018 at 9:52 am

    You are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! Im sure you dont have to do much to get photo ready! I agree though, sometimes our skin needs a makeup fasting stage to just rest! These are great tips! thank you for sharing.

  • Stephanie February 19, 2018 at 11:54 am

    I love the idea of the makeup fast. I do that often since I work from home and only put on makeup when I go out. I am working on increasing my water intake for so many reasons, including my skin health.

  • Akaleistar February 19, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Excellent advice! I’m always surprised when someone admits they don’t wash their face.

  • Marjie Mare February 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    The past 5 years, I only wear makeup on weekends because I work from home, but having a good moisturizer is a daily most for me. Thanks for sharing those great tips.

  • ShootingStarsMag February 19, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    I tend to unconsciously touch my face throughout the day – I need to work on that. LOL Thanks for all the tips!


  • Arielle Joy February 19, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Great tip! Giving your skin a break from makeup is a good idea when you know you have something major coming up. Moisturizing yourself, both inside and out is also so vital!

  • Lecy | A Simpler Grace February 20, 2018 at 12:46 am

    I’ve been wanting to try this line of Olay products. I love some of their other skincare items!

  • Easter Babe February 20, 2018 at 4:27 am

    These are some great tips! I would love to try the Olay Whips Face Moisturizer without SPF. I could use a little more hydration.

  • Lois Alter Mark February 20, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Though I’ve never been much of a beauty product enthusiast, I swear by a good skincare regime and am always on the lookout for new tips. Thanks for reminding me that staying hydrated is an necessary part of skin health- will definitely swap out my midday Diet Coke for a glass or two of water tomorrow!

  • April February 20, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    I just started using this product and love how my skin looks! Olay is the best!


  • Mayuri Saxena February 21, 2018 at 6:55 am

    I love Olay Regenerist cream and serums but I have never used Olay Regenerist Whips, it sounds amazing to me. I think it is still not launched in UAE because I haven’t seen it here. I guess I need to look for it on Amazon now. 🙂

  • Anshika Juneja February 21, 2018 at 7:37 am

    These are some great tips for keeping hydrated and camera ready skin. I love Olay products, my mum and i have been using it for years.

  • Erica D Ardali February 21, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    I heard of this new olay face cream. I use water or gel creams because the creamy ones are to heavy for my skin, but this seems light so I’m down for trying it

  • Tonya February 21, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Yes! Makeup fasting is such a big deal! And hydration! I remember once, i was sick for a few days, didnt wear any makeup, and on day 4 , I was like DANG, my skin looks GOOD! lol

  • Angela Cardamone February 21, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    These are all great tips! I do a makeup “fast” at least once a week. That Olay product looks like something I need to try 🙂