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29 March 2012

This post is really for the ladies.  When Scott and I were planning our wedding, I remember reading so many articles on skin care in wedding magazines.  We ladies want our faces to look amazing on our wedding day...okay maybe every dayJ  The problem I had with those articles is that I have extremely sensitive skin.  I am allergic to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which is a preservative that is in pretty much everything, and I have rosacea.  It’s not fun having a skin allergy.  Then, I found Mary Kay and my face problems became a thing of the past. 

My good friend Erika is a consultant for Mary Kay and was nice enough to write a post on skin care for all of us ladies.  Isn’t she so cute?
Photo Credit:  Erika Leitgeb (Facebook)
Hello Everyone! I’m so excited to be a guest blogger for the wonderful Laura Mae! My name is Erika Leitgeb and I am a beauty consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics. As a Mary Kay consultant, I have the opportunity to, not only change the way someone looks and feels through teaching them proper skin care and makeup techniques, but I also have the opportunity to literally change lives. And nothing is more fulfilling than helping others succeed! Today, I am going to share with you five steps to good skin care and the importance of customized skin care.

The five simple steps to good skin care are cleanse, exfoliate, freshen, moisturize, and protect. It takes more than one product to achieve beautiful skin. As part of a daily skin care regimen, the five steps work together to reinforce the benefits of one another. They work with your skin to help keep it healthy and vibrant.

The first step is to cleanse. By cleansing your skin, you are removing makeup, dirt, germs, environmental pollutants, and any other impurities that are sitting on your face. You should wash your face every morning and night. Every time you forget you cleanse, your face ages about seventeen days! You may think “Oh that’s not so bad,” but one day you’ll see a fine line or wrinkle on your face that wasn’t there a few days ago. And then you’ll say “Maybe Erika was right!”

The second step is to exfoliate. Exfoliating helps remove that stubborn layer of dead skin that would not come off by simply cleansing your face. This immediately energizes the skin to reveal a more radiant, healthy looking complexion. It also reduces the appearance of pores. After you do it, your skin feels so soft. It’s amazing!

Next, is to freshen you face. Most often, this comes in a mist form. I would recommend spraying it onto a cotton ball. You want to rub this all over your face, paying particular attention to around your nose, eyebrows, and hair line. Sometimes we forget to cleanse those areas well, so the freshener will help pick up that leftover dirt. It also improves skin texture, which helps it look more healthy and radiant.

The fourth step is to moisturize. It is so important to moisturize your skin right after you wash it to prevent the skin from drying out. The key to younger looking skin is to keep it hydrated. It is also equally important to find a moisturizer that is specialized for your skin type. Even if you have oily skin, you want to find a moisturizer that gives you balanced hydration while controlling excess oil throughout the day.

The final step to good skin care is to protect your skin. Even in the dead of winter, if the sun is out, your skin is at risk. Companies are beginning to make moisturizers that contain SPF, which is great because you can do two skin care steps at once. If you love being outdoors and are worried about aging, I would recommend finding a product that contains a full spectrum sunscreen. Which means it protects against UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are what age you and UVB rays are what burn you.

The last thing I want to talk about is the importance of customized skin care. Everyone’s skin is different and not every skin care product will be the right product to give your skin what it needs. There are three skin types: normal, dry, and oily. Most of us know what our skin type is, but I will explain each one and the products you should use.

Dry Skin- skin feels tight, uncomfortable, itchy, chapped, small pores. Find products that offer at least 10 hours of hydration.
Oily Skin- greasy, oily, shiny, huge pores. You can’t wait to wash your face. Find products that control shine and excess oil throughout the day.

Normal Skin- skin feels smooth, neither shiny nor dry, some visible pores on cheeks, nose, and forehead. Look for products that keep skin balanced.

Mary Kay makes skin care products for every skin type and products to complete the five steps to good skin. It may seem hard at first to remember to complete these five steps every day, but studies have shown that if you do something for 21 consecutive day, it will become a habit. So make little notes and post them in your bedroom or bathroom, reminding yourself to take care of your skin. With Mary Kay products, you will see a difference in you skin within three day, three weeks, and in three months. I can promise you that you’ll love your skin!

If you would like to sample any Mary Kay skin care or makeup products, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you!

Erika Leitgeb
Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay

Disclaimer:  I am not sponsored by Mary Kay or Erika and am not making money off of this.  I really just love Mary Kay products and care about all y’alls skin.

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