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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.
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.