Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Best Foundation

Different kinds of makeup are out there. Each bear their promise to either hide your blemishes, even out your skin tone, give you the perfect flush, brighten up your peepers, soothe your chapped lips, and so on. However, just like everything else, a great endeavor has to start with a good base; or in makeup terms, a good foundation.

Foundation is applied to create a good canvas for makeup. It evens out the skin and conceals its flaws. But think about how nice it would be if you don't have to cover your skin so much just to look "nice" and "presentable". Yes girls, I'm not going to talk about makeup foundation, but good skin in general--the best foundation there is.

Achieving good skin is not easy. Many factors are out there which could pose as hindrances in our journey to clear skin. These could be our genes, our diet, or our environment. I admit, to avoid these elements could seem next to impossible with our current lifestyles. But nevertheless, we must not fret for there are ways which could help us in one way or another to better our complexion and eventually obtain the clear skin we have always wanted. Here are some tips:

  • Never take water for granted. Water keeps the skin hydrated and may eventually prevent or delay the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Drink at least 2 liters of water a day. It's refreshing and beautifying at the same time.
  • Fruits and veggies are your best friend. Bursting with vitamin C which is an essential component in the creation of collagen, it also helps in preventing wrinkles. Vitamin C also helps the skin by reducing the damage caused by free radicals. So munch on Vitamin C-rich foodstuff and get that natural glow.
  • Sleep. Eight hours a day is ideal, but our busy lifestyles just won't let us get the zzzs we need. So even if it's just two hours, grab the opportunity and go hit the sack. You'll see how sleep rejuvenates your skin and eliminates that tired look. Always remember to cleanse your skin and remove your makeup, though. Let your skin breathe.
  • Cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. Cleansing removes the dirt and makeup lodged within our pores. Exfoliation brings out new, healthy skin. Moisturizing feeds our skin with hydration which gives that fresh glow and prevents wrinkles. However, exfoliate twice a week at most. Frequent exfoliation could do more harm than good.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Premature skin aging is just one of the harmful effects of chronic sun exposure. So whether you're hitting the beach or just going out, slather on some sunblock with at least SPF 15. Don't forget to reapply!
I know that these tips are pretty much common knowledge, but I cannot help but stress how important they are. Sometimes the most basic things are actually the most important ones, and the same applies to our skin. Remember: the best foundation is clear skin!


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