At Velo Beauty, we’re obsessed with skin - we’re always looking for ways to better care for our skin and achieve that flawless face. What we do know, is that the basis of ANY great makeup starts with GREAT SKIN! Yep, you heard it here first!
Now, this probably isn’t ground breaking news - I’m sure J-Lo didn’t just wake up like that (or did she?) - but looking after your skin is so important and it plays a huge part in how your makeup will not only look but also how it will feel on your skin. As we get older, the term “less is more” seems to become more relevant. Not only do we not have an abundance of time to spend in front of the mirror applying makeup every morning - with the demands of kids, career and life in general - but we are often seeking simple, effortless, yet results driven products to incorporate into our routine. We want our skin to look like skin, not with layer upon layer of makeup caked on.
With the change of seasons we naturally change our wardrobe - coats come out of storage, knitwear keeps us toasty warm and we’re on the hunt for some killer winter boots. But how many of you change up your skincare/makeup routine to suit what your face needs?? Skin tends to get a little bit drier in winter (time to use more hydrating skincare perhaps?), lips can get a little more chapped (keep that paw paw handy) and whilst we may have had a natural glow in summer with very little effort, now we should be trading in those oil free foundations/tinted moisturisers, for something with a bit more dew.
So, in this post, we are going to break down how to analyse and understand your skin and how to determine what the best products are for you - so when it comes to putting on your makeup not only do you have a flawless canvas to work with, but you may realise you don’t need to use as much makeup after all. We’re also going to talk about one of the best makeup products for winter - BB creams - and why our Velo Skinwear is a must-have for your makeup bag this chilly season.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR SKIN
Each of us have been blessed (or perhaps not so blessed) with a skin type, which is usually determined by genetics and the behaviour of our skin. Our skin type can change during puberty or menopause but generally it remains the same. What does change however is our skin condition, which is the behaviour of our skin due to internal and external factors. Skin types/skin conditions are as follows.
SKIN TYPES - Dry, normal/combination, oily
SKIN CONDITIONS - Dehydrated, sensitivity, redness/blotchy, irritated, flaky, pigmented, acne (including blackheads, whiteheads, pimples) allergic reactions.
Beautiful skin begins with a healthy lifestyle which includes eating nourishing foods, drinking lots of water, exercising, not smoking, using sun protection and limiting our intake of caffeine and alcohol (sorry ladies and gents but it's true).
The environment also affects our skin and you will often notice a difference in your skin in the change of seasons - perhaps becoming drier in winter with the cooler climate and slightly shiny in the summer heat. Or if you travel a lot for work your skin can often feel and look a lot more dull or dehydrated. Our skin changes all the time, so we need to look at our skincare the same way.
Whilst we might have an array of makeup products in our beauty cupboards at home, we should also have a selection of skincare, so when we wake up in the morning or go to bed at night we can determine what our skin needs by how it looks and feels and go from there. It’s unlikely our skin is going to need the exact same products year in and year out - just as your foundation colour can change with the seasons, so can your skincare.
So the following is a breakdown on the different types of skin and their conditions, what are the best types of products to use and a basic skincare routine for each.
- Tight feeling after washing
- Possible flaky or dry appearance
- Feels rough/looks dehydrated
- Small pores/fine lines appear faster
- Feels comfortable
- Medium sized pores
- Cheeks can be slightly dry
- May have some shine throughout T-zone
- Medium/large pores
- Shiny skin
- Prone to breakouts and congestion
WHY BB CREAMS ARE PERFECT FOR WINTER
BB creams are a great substitute for foundation. They are lightweight, easy to blend, less irritating on your skin and therefore more ideal for daily wear. At Velo Beauty, we have taken our Skinwear BB Cream one step further by including essential vitamins and nutrients for optimum skin health (hello healthy, glowing skin)!
Eliminating the need for a lengthy beauty routine, this cream combines both skincare and makeup into one simple, daily application. Breathable and long-wearing, consider it your daily armour, providing your skin all that it needs to thrive and look flawless every day.
Our Skinwear features the winning blend of:-
- Hyaluronic acid - improves elasticity and hydration in the skin
- Plant-based collagen - prevents water loss and plumps/firms the skin
- Vitamin E - an antioxidant that moisturises and protects the skin from external damage
With 5 tints available, we can help you find the correct shade to provide natural looking coverage and blend seamlessly into your skin.