Friday, May 10, 2013

19 Your Building Blocks to PERFECT SKIN

Beauty by Brianne

The secret to perfect make-up is PERFECT SKIN.

It's so easy to purchase a concealer or increase the coverage of your foundation to hide those problem areas, but check the wear!
  • Do the layers of makeup stay all day? 
  • What happens when your skin gets oily on top of the dry patch you so carefully camouflaged earlier? 
  • It's important to establish a routine with your skin- one that doesn't strip with clarifying toners or skimp on the moisturizer. 
 Four steps is all you need!  
Cleanse, Treat, Hydrate, and Protect.



Cleansing is a huge part of your skin's over all health. The method and products used can easily alter the texture and look of skin. The most important rule- 2x a day! Every evening to wash away the environment 's aging free radicals, oil, and make up. Each morning to create a perfect canvas for make up application. Cleansing the pores also opens up the passageway for those amazing and effective treatment serums!

Make sure to choose the right cleanser- it's important to stay away from the washes infused with scrubbing beads. This is an exfoliator.. And that's a treatment! Each time you scrub, you slough off dead skin cells. Over exfoliating (more than 2x a week) can lead to damaging the skin, removing too many layers. This leads to excessive oil production which most often ends in break outs! Opt for a cleanser that balances skin's hydration levels.

Ingredients like rose, pomegranate, and cucumber are great for cleaning without stripping. My personal favorite- Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser.

It is soap and fragrance free- the crisp cucumber smell is a result of the natural ingredients. It removes eye make-up too! After washing, skin feels soft and supple. If you're feeling tight after washing, your cleanser is too drying!

I love using a Clarisonic to cleanse in the morning and evening.

It cleans 6x better than hands alone! The brush osculates, which performs a deep clean without tugging or pulling at the skin. Best beauty investment I've ever made! You can purchase them in varying speeds and mix and match with different brush heads. If you want those expensive serums to reach the dermal layer, you need to clear out those pores! Nothing does it better than a Clarisonic.


The POWERHOUSE of all skin care routines! Your treat and correct. Acne, Brightness, Anti-Aging, Enlarged Pores, Dryness, Uneven Texture- these are all things you can battle with serums! If you're a skin junkie like me and use more than one- remember to stack in order of texture. Thinnest to thickest. The denser the serum, the larger the molecule. Lighter treatments won't be able to penetrate the heavier ones and you could miss out on some serious results!

I like to cruise to find new and exciting treatments!

You can search by skin concern and read product reviews, check ingredients, and find out it's 1-5 star rating from Beauty Insiders around the US! Honest and informative feedback. It's always easier to go shopping armed with your own research! A beauty consultant can make samples and provide more in depth info on the products you're interested in.


Doesn't matter what skin type you have- hydration is the key to soft, luminous, and beautiful skin.
I like to use a hydrating sorbet during the day- which replenishes my skin with a light and quick absorbing texture.

At night, I love a great face oil. This feeds the skin, reducing its need for added hydration. When you hesitate to hydrate, your skin creates moisture in the only way it knows how- with oil! This is why many of my clients complain of dry and oily skin.

The options are endless- mattifying, brightening, firming; Infused with varying vitamins, peptides, and fruit extracts... The list goes on and on! With that being said, the perfect moisturizer is out there for you. No skin routine should go without, ever! 


After you cleanse, treat, and hydrate your way to perfect skin, it's critical to protect the work your expensive creams are performing!
This means SPF! The FDA recommends you reapply every two hours. This is because sunscreen only comes in one grade and the amount put into a product is what varies the SPF level. The level tells you how many minutes of sun exposure it will protect you from.

Can you believe it?! SPF 30- only a half hour of sun protection!

A great way to continue protecting all day long is with Peter Thomas Roth's Instant Mineral Sunscreen. The packaging is super innovative, with mineral sunscreens (UVA and UVB protection!) that buff on the face via retractable brush!

Awesome to throw in your tote for daily wear and those special days in the sun! He even created an Oily/Problem Skin option which regulates oil production with each application.

Once you select your products to form the perfect routine, you must be consistent! Most product directions will recommend application twice a day.

Results only come with the best beauty discipline! 

Remember that we wear our faces each day. 

It's important to spoil yourself and prolong the years of youthfulness and radiant skin!

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  1. Thanks a million for sharing this great info with us Brianne!
    I know I was doing things all trying to take care of small breakouts on my chest with a cleanser with micro beads!!! (DAILY) I just continued to break out!!

    So lucky to have you to teach me! The skincare routine I've established for this 40+ face is working!! My skin has NEVER looked this good! My only issue is...I wish I had started earlier!!

    1. I love you, momma :) You're such a good student! You owe your beautiful skin to yourself- consistency is the most crucial piece of the puzzle.

  2. Nice tips! I have never used a Clarisonic, but I've been hearing more about it, maybe I need to try it....

    1. Oh, Kelly- you should! I can't even wash my face without it- never feels as clean! You'll notice an improvement in skin brightness and pore size as well. An investment you'll never regret!

  3. Thanks for the great tips and product recommendations! Have wonderful weekend!

  4. I splurged last year and bought a Clarisonic. It has been such a good purchase and my skin has looked brighter and smoother. Taking care of skin is the best thing a gal can do for herself no matter what the age.

    1. You are so right, Lulu! Seems like you're already on the perfect track to maintaining flawless skin!

  5. Awesome tips, I could really use all of them!!! Thank you so much for stopping by and linking this up at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you there next Sunday with a new awesome post or creation!

    Hope you are having a lovely day

    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

    1. Thank you for hosting! I'm glad you enjoyed the tips- I'm such a slave to skin care ;) I appreciate you reading, Cami!

  6. What a great list of tips! I need to look into that mineral sunscreen. I'm really bad at putting on sunscreen before a run and I need to. That looks really fast and easy. Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

    1. You definitely should! So easy to touch up and it feels WEIGHTLESS! I'm a runner too so I understand the need for serious protection with an invisible finish. I hope you enjoy!

  7. Just bought the Clarisonic and have been using for a week along with the unwrinkle peel pads! GREAT products! Brianne you are my makeup/skin care guru for every! LOTS OF LOVE!

    1. LOVE THAT! Can't wait until I get my hands on that beautiful face- we'll have fun and go to town! xoxoxox

  8. Okay Brianne :) I just read this through like five times because I have horrible skin. Like really, really bad skin and I am always trying new products and it just never gets better. My dermatologist has me using Cetaphil for my cleanser but my skin just never clears up. I think I'm not as consistent as I need to be so I'm going to work on that. I also know now that I am an over-exfoliator :) Thank you so much for these awesome tips and for sharing at Mom On Timeout - I learned so much!

    1. Oh, Trish! This made me so happy! Skin can be such a battle- especially if you're using salicylic acid, benzyl peroxide, or sulfur. These ingredients can be effective but more often than most, they're used at concentrated amounts which can dry or agitate the skin. The natural skin care line, Boscia, makes an incredible kit called "Clear Complexion". It uses Willow Bark Extract, which is a natural alternative to salicylic. The ingredient is still powerful enough to penetrate the pore wall and extract all the trapped dirt and oil, but is never too drying or harsh! The line also prides themselves on creating their products in a clean factory. No humans are involved in their actual creation! This method cuts out tons of preservatives which is just a delight for the skin.

      Let me know if you decide to try the line out! I'd love to hear how it works for you. Thanks again for reading!

  9. I'd take skin like that! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can't wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted an amazing round-up from last weeks party… stop on over and check it out!

    1. You are the sweetest, Emily! Thank you for reading and hosting!


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