By IFBB PRO/Bombshell Coach: Jennifer Andrews
How to achieve great “face value” the BOMBSHELL way!
All the sweat, wear and tear that a BOMBSHELL generates in her day to day life works her skin overtime. She needs to make sure her skin gets proper care to cover that BEAUTIFUL body that she works so hard for!
1. Evaluate your skin.
Your skin can change with weather, seasons, hormone fluctuations, sleep patterns, toxins, food and water intake. Skin care regimes that have worked for you in the past often need to be modified if and when any of these factors dramatically change. If you don’t see results in the beginning— be patient. Just like your body, your skin will take time to realize results, and consistency is the key to having a successful glow.
2. Determine your skin type
OILY – greasy even after cleansing, large pores, mid-day shine
DRY – tight and flakey, small pores
COMBINATION – most common, oily in the T-ZONE (across your forehead and down your nose.) and dry to normal everywhere else.
NORMAL – neither oily or flakey; supple and smooth
SENSITIVE – break outs or skin irritations with normal products
After determining your skin type evaluate what you want to achieve and if you have problem areas.
Examples – Do you want to get rid of acne, acne scars, rosacea, pigmentation, wrinkles, large pores, or/ and blackheads.
3. Choosing Products
Health and beauty is a huge industry which can make choosing products overwhelming. When buying products here is a big secret….the inexpensive drug store brands can be as effective as the expensive brands bought from a doctors office or spa, provided the essential active ingredients are present . It is all about the mark up and overhead so it is best to check the label for ACTIVE INGREDIENTS.
You want products with “active” ingredients that address your issue, are PH balanced, and FDA regulated.
Here is a list of ACTIVE INGREDIENTS to look for and what condition they improve:
Alpha Hydroxy Acids – exfoliation, acne, pigmentation, and wrinkles
Vitamin C – Wrinkles and sun damage
Mandelic Acid – Acne and wrinkles
Copper Peptides – skin regeneration, firmness, and healing
Benzoyl Peroxide – Acne
Green Tea Extract – Sun damage, intensive antioxidants, wrinkles, skin rejuvenation
Apha Lipoic Acid – Wrinkles, redness, inflammation, and scarring.
Idebenone – Fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture.
DMAE – Skin firming
Retinol (Vitamin A )– wrinkles sun damage, builds collagen
Skin care for your skin type – With a basic skin care regime it is recommended you purchase all products within one product line. The ingredients in each product within a single line are engineered to work together. When you are getting specialty items it is fine to add in different brands but I would suggest starting with the basics and add products as needed. Most products will label the appropriate skin type, but for reference, here are some guidelines:
Is used to remove oil, dirt and makeup, which allows other products to be absorbed and work more efficiently. You picked the right product if you skin feels clean and neutral (not tight, oily or flakey). You should do this morning and night and use cleansing wipes DIRECTLY after a workout. You do not want sweat to sit on your face because it will clog your pores and cause breakouts.
Oily– cleansers that foams and lathers
Dry– cleanser with a moisturizing agent
Sensitive – avoid acids, harsh ingredients and keep it fragrant free.
Combination– this is the most frustrating so make sure to get the products listed for “combination”
Acne Prone– this doesn’t mean you need harsh cleansers. Removing all oil can make acne worse.
Your skin renews itself about every 30 days and if the dead skin is not removed with an exfoliant than the skin will be dull, scaly, and prone to blemishes. Exfoliation allows other products to fully penetrate into the skin. A Clarisonic or like product is a very effective tool to invest in! The Clarisonic generates the right amount of pressure while giving the skin a nice massage. You want to be GENTLE when exfoliating so you don’t get rid of healthy skin cells which causes more harm than good.
How often should you exfoliate?
The average is 2-3 times per week. If you have sensitive skin you might want to exfoliate 2 times per week, but if you are oily you might want exfoliate more than 3 times per week. Listen to your skin and go by the way it looks and feels. If your skin starts looking irritated or sensitive it is time to reduce the pressure or frequency.
A toner is used to balance the skins PH, give a layer of protection, shrink pores, refresh, moisturize and add nutrients to the skin. It can also calm the skin and remove dry patches and redness.
You have the right toner if after usage your skin feels soft and looks smoother. If you have oily skin your pores should appear smaller.
Again, check the label when choosing a toner and make sure it is for your skin type.
The Body Shop has an excellent Vitamin C line. I really like their Vitamin C Energizing face spritz.
A moisturizer acts as a barrier against sun and environmental damage, preserves the skin and generates healthier skin cells.
You want to choose a moisturizer that will neutralize your skin and keep in mind you may have to switch it up due to seasonal or other lifestyle changes. For example, you may use a lighter moisturizer in the summer as your skin generated more natural oils in the hotter weather. You also may want to use a different moisturizer for day than night, as a Daytime moisturizer should have at least SPF 20. Your night moisturizer might be something a little thicker to replenish the skin.
Oily– oil free
Dry – you want something richer/thicker
Combination– non-greasy, water based with silicon-derived ingredients
Sensitive – avoid acids and harsh ingredients and use fragrance free
Acne Prone – oil free
4. Product Testing
Use a small patch on your neck to test out the area for 24 hours. If there is no reaction than you are good to go :)
- Change your pillowcase every 3 days- This is to keep the bad bacteria off of your face which can cause breakouts.
- Sleep on your back to help your face not to wrinkle on one side.
- Wear a headband when you workout to keep hair off of your face.
- Don’t forget your decollate (chest)
- Keep wipes in your gym bag to keep pores clean.