A couple of weeks ago, I hiked up the courage to post a few bare faced photos on my Instagram story (see below) and shared a few of my skin secrets. Don’t get me wrong, I am not one of those blessed individuals who naturally has great skin, it’s been a true investment and I’ve worked on my skin care regime for YEARS! I’ve spent thousands of dollars on products and been on and off medication since I was 14 years old but I finally feel like I’ve reached a point where I’ve FIGURED IT OUT and I’m happy in my skin, with and without makeup! The penny really dropped once I started taking a holistic approach to my skincare. I used to spend tonnes of money on products and follow all the right steps, but wasn’t exercising, eating or sleeping well which really affected the overall result of my skins appearance. I find that good skin is not just achieved through the use of good quality products, but is a result of what you’re putting inside your body and how you’re caring for yourself as a whole.
Anyway, I could keep yapping on about my own experience but since I posted these photos on my Instagram I’ve received a heap of questions about my regime so I thought I’d share it all with you here! Please note, that every experience is unique, and I am no expert - I am simply just sharing what’s worked for me over the years and I hope it works for you too. If you are truly invested in achieving flawless skin, I recommend you see a Dermal Therapist who can give you professional advice based on your own needs.
Cleanse morning and night
It sounds obvious right? But the truth is, we all get lazy. I find a quick splash in the morning is fine, but an evening cleanse is absolutely VITAL. In terms of what cleanser to use, don’t get too hung up on this! The way I see it is that a cleanser is on your skin for no longer than a minute, so just use something gentle that will remove makeup, dirt and grime and give your skin a nice polish. It’s what comes after cleansing that is important! I really enjoy using Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser. It’s non foaming and great for sensitive skin - a little bit pricey, but it lasts a long time and I find that it’s better to fork out a bit of money on good products rather than having a draw full of stuff you’ll never use!
2. Scrub twice a week
I use Dermalogica Microfoliant twice a week, specifically on days where I’ve worn a lot of makeup or feel like my skin needs a good scrub. This is a rice based powder that foams up with water and honestly polishes your skin to perfection! I like to take my time with this, and spend a good minute or so gently massaging it into my skin. It’s called a “Daily” scrub but I would only recommend using is 2-3 times a week. I highly recommend that brides use this leading up to their wedding day.
3. Use a serum
A lot of us avoid this step because we don’t know the value in using face serums. A serum is a very lightweight moisturiser that penetrates deeper to deliver active ingredients into the skin. It gives your skin a firmer, smoother texture, makes pores appear smaller and increases skin hydration. Serums are GREAT for anti ageing - don’t we all want to look younger for longer? I recommend using as serum like Tatcha Violet C or for a cheaper option the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum . Layer this under your makeup and primarily use in the daytime.
Another obvious one! As far as I’m concerned, your skin can never be hydrated ENOUGH! I am obsessed with dewy, glossy, slippery skin and this all comes from your moisturizer. Hydrated skin is the key to flawless looking makeup, so load up the moisture and do it day and night! I like Kate Sommerville Goat Milk Cream, or for a cheaper option the Neutrogena Water Gel is also really great!
Living on the Central Coast, I’m inclined toward the ocean and yes - I was that person who’d take my sunglasses OFF just so I’d get an all over face tan when I was lying in the sun. It wasn’t until my dermal therapist took photos of my skin and showed me the freckles lying underneath the surface that I started being super strict with my SPF. The sun affects us even when we are driving, so be savvy with this and apply it every morning. My absolute favourite is the Ultraceuticals UV Protective 50+ but the Mecca To Save Face 50+ is also perfect.
6. Lip care
Nothing tops off flawless skin more than juicy, hydrated looking lips! I religiously use Carmex and find that nothing else works quite as good. It’s super hydrating and long lasting. I find other brands like blistex, paw paw and chapstick don’t penetrate the skin and just slide around the surface. If you want to use something hydrating that also has a bit of colour and shine (for work or a night out) then try the Fenty Gloss Bomb - it’s truly one of the only lip gloss’s I’ve used that feels incredibly moisturizing and looks good on EVERYONE. It’s a great one to take with you on your wedding day for touch ups too.
7. Water, green tea and vegetables
The healthier we are on the inside, the healthier we will look on the outside! I ignored this notion for years and while I would spend tonnes of money on skincare products, I’d still go out drinking every weekend, eat bad food and rarely exercise. My sleep patterns were all over the place (working in night clubs for years) and I had paid little attention to my overall health. These days, I have a fairly healthy and consistent diet (yes I indulge, and I still drink alcohol on occasions) but in general, I exercise regularly, eat lots of vegetables/fruit/meat, rest well and live a much healthier lifestyle which I believe has contributed to my overall skin appearance. Things I totally avoid: soft drink, deep fried foods, sugary premixed alcoholic drinks, sauces (tomato and bbq sauce), lollies and anything with corn (popcorn, chips, gluten free products, wraps and tortillas). Things you should be eating/drinking more of: Fish, vegetables, bone broth and fermented vegetables, pork, leafy/bright coloured salads, SARDINES (honestly love these - I make my housemates sick), nuts and seeds, green tea and matcha (the real matcha not the sweetened version from starbucks), raw foods (sashimi, salads, vege sticks), and of course WATER WATER WATER. Of course I still indulge in chocolate, wine and the odd pizza (really hard to give this up!), but I try to live by the 80/20 rule and it works for me.
5. A few notes for brides
Don’t forget to drink lots of water the week leading up to your wedding. Too often I work with brides who have cracked, chapped lips on their big day and this is a result of forgetting to drink water! Go crazy with the carmex too.
Facials and LHD therapy can work really well in the lead up to your wedding if you really want that glass like skin. If you’re living on the Central Coast NSW, I recommend seeing Vita at Dolce Vita Skin - she is a skin genius and will change your life.
A face mask the night before you big day (or the morning of) can also really help the appearance of your skin. My favourite ones are the Neutrogena Hydro Boost masks - leave them on for 20mins and then use the remaining serum from the packed to massage into your skin.
Thanks for reading and I hope this was helpful! Follow my skin journey on instagram @kellsiebainmakeup and share your own tips with me!
If you have any questions please comment below and I’ll answer as best as I can.