With the back to school rush comes the day to end all days. The day that shall go down in history: Picture Day. Forget taking a bad picture. It’ll be passed down in your family for years to come. I’ve had a few crappy ones and trust me, you don’t want that. At the same time, the bright lights and flashes of the camera can wash out your face, and maximize all your facial flaws (ie large pores, greasy forehead,etc.), so it seems like you can’t avoid it without mounds of makeup on your face. Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup and all its enhancing features, but I like to keep my face clear of it and work solely on my eyes and lips. So how do I cover up? Easy. I just keep my face clean. It’s a simple as one, two, three.
1) Wash your face every day!
You can’t miss one. Don’t use soap and water because soap naturally dries itself out, and will dry your face out too. I use Clean and Clear Essentials Foaming Face Wash (Walmart, $4). It cleans my face thoroughly, smells amazing, and you can grab the toner and moisturizer to go with it it as a set.
Exfoliating at least twice a week gently scrubs out any built up dirt that your regular cleanser may have missed. I use Garnier Clean Balancing Daily Exfoliator for Combination Skin (Walmart, $6). My T-zone is dry but my cheeks are oily so this product really does help balance my face out, plus it makes me smell amazing. The smell lingers better than perfume! They also have formulas for dry and oily skin. Another exfoliator I can recommend is Julep’s Glycolic Hand Scrub (julep.com, $23). It smells like apricots, and even though it says it’s for your hands, it’s gentle enough to be used for your face.
3) Deep clean at least once a month.
No matter what you do, your face will accumulate a little bit of dirt over the course of time, so I try to deep clean my face at least once a month with a facial mask. I use Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque (Walmart,$3). The mask helps remove dirt, shrink my pores, and the mint smell is sooooo relaxing. It’s great for a monthly spa night!
All of these products help me keep my face clean, pores shrunk, and confidence rejuvenated. I’m 100% ready to battle the picture day beast and look good doing it! What are your favorite face cleaning products?