So, I’ve gotten quite a few suggestions for my blogs, most of them being on how to get or create the illusion of perfect skin.  So here I go:   I am going to break it down in little segments, walking you through what a good skin care regimen should look like, to identifying your skin type & finally selecting the right foundation for your skin type.  I hope you guys get some good tips & most of all ask questions & keep reading!

“Skintelligence -understanding what makes your skin behave in the way it does and knowing how to restore balance- is the key to healthy, amazing skin.”

 – Jemma Kidd

Everyone wants to know the secret to obtaining gorgeous, glowing, youthful skin for as long as possible.  Using the right products & being aware of the 4  major NoNo’s that reek havoc on your skin will get you moving in the right direction.

CoCo Chanel made the sun tan fashionable in the 1920’s.  Since then our love hate relationship with the sun is still going strong.  Yes, I love how tanning can make us all  look like a St. Tropez goddesses but  I hate the idea of how ashy & wrinkly I will be down the road..everyone remembers the old lady from Something about Mary right?..enough said.

Ladies, make sure you are applying a sunblock  that is UVA & UVB protectant! this is why:

Sunblock protects your skin by absorbing and/or reflecting UVA and UVB radiation. All sunblocks have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating. The SPF rating indicates how long a sunscreen remains effective on the skin.

TIP: you can determine how long your sunblock will be effective by multiplying the SPF factor by the length of time it takes for you to suffer a burn without sunscreen. ( by burn I don’t mean, I’ve been out in the sun for a hour in a half & I look like a lobster.  I mean: I’ve been out for 10 min & my skin is pink or warm.  That’s about 10 min for a normal person.)

BEAUTY BREAKDOWN :  If you normally develop a sunburn in 10 minutes without wearing a sunscreen, a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 will protect you for 150 minutes (10 minutes multiplied by the SPF of 15, that’s only a little over 2 hours gals).  I always wear and recommend a SPF 50.  Obagi sells a sunblock that is BANANA’s, it’s matte (no oily, shiny look) and works wonderful as a base to hold your makeup too.

Now the other things that can affect your complexion are: Not getting enough sleep, stress & smoking are the tri-fecta of yucky skin.  So make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep,hydrate, get some exercise  to help you relieve stress & stop smoking those cigarettes!