The Skin You're In.

Naked Face. What? Two blog posts in one week you say? I just had to write a little something about my Christmas present I just started using (thanks bf!). My skin is radiant, clear, fresh, hydrated and firm. I have been indoors for the past two weeks working on my Master's thesis and haven't seen the sunshine. What is this miracle product I've been using?

Not makeup or skin care at all! It's actually the Clarisonic. Basically what it does is exfoliate the top layer of your skin, most of which is dead or flaky anyway. By removing this yucky layer of skin, which can create a weblike barrier, you allow your skincare to penetrate the top layers of skin and act more effectively. It also removes oils (and my Asian skin is O-I-L-Y), dirt and makeup which get caught in fine lines. Traditional scrubs (like that awful apricot scrub) won't get deep down in your fine lines and often it leaves little scratches on the surface of your skin.When I got the thumbs up from four co-workers, all who are estheticians, and my cousin who works at Sephora corporate who has been a long time user, I had to get my hands on one. My goal is to get my skin so flawless that I don't need foundation or even tinted moisturizer for every day. I'm hoping my Clarisonic will help me get there. It's been about a week and I noticed a huge difference in my skin in the morning. When I put makeup on, it goes on so smooth and I need even less concealer and foundation than before. Here's my face so far (don't judge me, I'm in study mode)...Here's how it works: imagine an electric toothbrush, but for your face. An electric facial you can use at home every day. At first I thought it was a bit pricey but when I did the math on the money I would be saving from frequently getting facials I figured it was at least worth a try. I am usually sensitive to cleansers and skin care products but the Clarisonic allows you to use your own products (like toothpaste on a toothbrush!).Simple skin tips:
- Treat your skin well by upping your water intake. You want to be hydrated inside and out.
- Make time to wash your makeup off at night, no matter how sleepy you are! Oils from makeup become rancid when they sit on warm skin or get rubbed in by your pillow case. Eew. Remember, not washing your face one night ages your skin two weeks!
- Avoid harsh scrubs or anything new leading up to your wedding.
- Use sunscreen.

The reason I write about this is because so many brides ask me how close to the wedding they can get facials (about a week before is good). Facials are great, but if you only get them once in a while and don't maintain the look of your skin, your skin is not going to look the best it can on the day of your wedding. And you also run the risk of breaking out from any irritating products. I think the Clarisonic is the perfect tool to invest in for the months leading up to your big day. I'll keep you updated on my skin progress!