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About face: You glow girl!
Tips to keep skin clean and radiant
 
Published Thursday, February 21, 2013 8:42 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

We may still be in the throes of winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until summer for a sun-kissed look or to achieve a straight-from-the-beach glow.


The key to having radiant skin and a glowing complexion is good skincare.


“Beautiful makeup begins with beautiful skin,” said Estee Lauder national makeup artist Derek Miller. “Some women just try to cover up and hide the problem rather than trying to address it; they just try to add more makeup to it.”


Miller said that is a big mistake because makeup is no substitute for healthy skin.


“When your skin is healthy and you put makeup on it, it’s going to be so much easier to get that beautiful sun-kissed, beach glow because your skin is already healthy,” he said.


Miller said hormonal changes and exposing skin to daily stressors or the harsh elements of winter can throw skin off its natural “rhythm” and cause it not to repair as efficiently as it should.


He recommends starting your skincare regimen at night for optimal results.


“We often focus so much on the daytime, but the majority of the repairing that occurs naturally in your skin, happens at nighttime while your sleeping,” he said.


Crystal Wood, key account director for Lancôme, said enlarged pores and discoloration are common skin problems for African-American women.
“Women of color have more melanin in our skin,” Wood said. “So when we get a little pimple, it often leaves a spot behind. Another one of the issues for women of color is they have this tendency for scaring or hyperpigmentation.”


She said a major concern for all women is the skin around the eyes.


“Eyes tend to be really thirsty,” she said. “The skin around the eye does not have oil glands, and that’s why the eye area ages so much faster.”


Wood adds that today’s career woman often further stresses her eyes by constantly being on the go and not getting enough sleep. She said straining your eyes to read a computer screen or text on a smartphone also takes a toll on the appearance of your eyes. She recommends finding a rejuvenating product that takes away under-eye puffiness and dark circles.


Whatever your skincare issue is, Wood suggests finding a way to correct it and resisting the urge to simply cover it with makeup.


“When women talk about anti-aging, sometimes they go straight to the makeup,” she said. “But your makeup only works but so much until you start with your skincare treatment. Good skincare is really your foundation for everything else.”

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