How to Apply concealer the right way

The right way to apply concealer | elodiebeauty.com Concealer can leave you looking flaky 

As we age, our skin becomes more and more dry. This is mainly because of hormonal changes and a decrease in oil production. Since the skin under the eyes is naturally thinner, it’s the first area of the face to be get dry and wrinkly (*sigh*).

To make things worse, when we apply concealer the dry flaky skin and fine lines can become even more obvious.

How to cover dark circles and get a flawless under eye: 

  1. Always prime the under the eyes with a hydrating serum. This ensures the area is plump and moist, without adding greasy oils. Try: Consonant’s HydrExtreme 
  2. Apply a natural, alcohol-free foundation as a base to help prime and even-out the skin tone. (Many foundations and concealers contain alcohol which will dry out the skin even more!) Try: Sappho’s Essential Foundation (I use ‘Leisha’)
  3. Using a brush (or your fingers!) apply a small amount of colour corrector on the darkest areas. Try: Fitglow’s Eye Bright
  4. Starting at the inner corner, apply a creamy concealer in an upside down triangle shape under your eye (don’t apply a full sweep of colour under your whole eye area, this will make you look like a racoon!) Use your finger to gently pat it in. Avoid smearing it around. Try: Alima Pure’s Cream Concealer (I use ‘Pearl’).
  5. Finish off by applying a little bit of concealer on your eye lid to even out the skin tone.

Watch the video to see the step by step!

The Right way to remove your Eye Makeup

The Right Way to Remove Eye Makeup | elodiebeauty.com

Protect your eyes from premature aging!

We’ve all been there where the end of the day comes around and we just want our eye makeup OFF!

Scrubbing and tugging at the delicate eye area can cause damage over time contributing to those pesky fine lines and wrinkles — not to mention losing precious eye lashes!

I don’t want to presume anything . . . but you’re probably removing your eye makeup all wrong. I was the same way until I got into this whole skincare biz.

The RIGHT way to remove eye makeup

Before you cleanse your face:

  1.  Saturate a cotton pad in eye makeup remover or oil. If your product is creamy or an oil, soak the cotton and in water first.
  2. Place the cotton pad on your eye(s) and let sit for 20-30 seconds (or longer if you have the patience and/or are wearing waterproof mascara!). This should help dissolve a lot of your mascara, eyeliner, etc.
  3. Swipe the cotton pad down the eyelid first to remove the majority of makeup, then do a few circles counter-clockwise, or eye in the direction of your eyebrow.
  4. Dip a new cotton pad in water and repeat step 3.
  5. Dip a cotton swab in water and go around the eye to remove any excess product .

Watch the video to see the full routine! 

Was this video helpful? What makeup removal tips do you have? 

Daily Anti Aging Face Massage

How to give yourself a face massage

YOGA FOR YOUR FACE! 

Face massage has gotten a lot of hype lately –I talk about it all of the time too! It’s a simple step that you can add to your nightly routine that can really boost the health and appearance of your skin!

Face Massage Benefits:

  • Helps increase circulation (which brings nutrients and oxygen to the skin)
  • Helps reduce puffiness
  • Revives tired and dull skin
  • Helps products penetrate better
  • Helps to tone and relax facial lines (where you hold tension)

Oils to use: 

For face massage, I recommend using an oil to prevent pulling or tugging on the face. Apply your toner, serum, and moisturizer first, and then finish off your nightly routine by apply a rich facial oil with the massage.

Face oils can do a world of wonder for the skin. Pure plant-based oils are often rich in omega fatty acids and vitamins. They’re really like a multi-vitamin for the face! They can help to regulate oil production (if you have too much) and help re-enforce your skin’s natural protective barrier (if you produce too little). They can also help to treat specific skin conditions like heal scarring and lighten pigmentation.

Some of my favourite oils:

  • Rosehip oil:  Great for dry, aging, and sensitive skin; it can help even out skin tone, and fade hyper-pigmentation.
  • Seabuckthorn oil: Similar to rosehip oil, but a better option for those who tend to be more acne-prone.
  • Argan oil: Great for anti-aging, but tolerated well if you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts.
  • Black cumin seed oil: Anti-inflammatory, great to use as a spot treatment for breakouts.

Give yourself a face massage, watch how!

There are many complicated routines out there, but it doesn’t have to be. You’ll less likely do it if there are a too many steps and fancy techniques involved! Try this simple routine instead!

Face serum vs. Face oil: What’s the Difference?

well.ca with Seanna Cohen Skin Care Therapist

Read the ingredients

Confused about serums and oils? Which is which? These days, many brands call their products ‘serums’. Don’t get caught up on titles. Look at the ingredient list to figure out the difference between a serum vs. an oil.

A serum contains water-soluble ingredients like aloe, fruit extracts, or hyaluronic acid. An oil or blend of oil contains ingredients like jojoba, rosehip, seabuckthorn, and argan. Always apply the lightest products first (like a serum with water soluble ingredients), and work your way to the heaviest products (like your oil blends). 

Face serum vs. oil

A serum in the traditional sense of the word is a water soluble product. It contains highly concentrated ingredients that are meant to target specific skincare concerns like, dehydration, pigmentation, or fine lines. It’s like a specialized treatment, or multi-vitamin for your face. Apply these immediately after cleansing and toning (before moisturizer).

Oils are sourced from a number of therapeutic plants. Just like serums, oils target specific skincare concerns, but also act as a natural barrier for the skin to protect, heal, and nourish. Apply these last. Oil are the last line of defence against the elements and environment.

Watch this!

In this video with well.ca, I explain the difference between the two types of products and when to use either one. Have a watch!