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Skip the foundation – how to get the perfect base

We love makeup as much as the next girl (OK, maybe even a little bit more) but you might have noticed that we’re essentially all about what’s underneath it too. Yep, we’re in the business of perfect skin (and we’re proud of it!) Sometimes, there’s nothing better than feeling good to go with just a simple slather of serum – especially if you’re in a rush or caught unaware by a friend ‘popping by’ before you’ve had the chance to put your face on.

There are very few people who feel completely confident going ‘au naturel’ – but there are lots of steps you can take to make your base that little bit more beautiful.

Here are some of our best tips:

Microdermabrasion.

Hardly surprising this is our number one recommendation, is it? But you can’t argue with the results. Celebrities, actors and actresses, beauty experts and (OF COURSE) the thousands of women AND men who undertake this treatment on a daily basis all feedback the same thing – if you want a beautiful base, deep exfoliation by way of microdermabrasion is your BEST FRIEND.

When our complexions look dull, it’s often due to a build-up of dead skin cells. What we want is healthier, dewier skin. Our dead cells naturally slough off in a 28-day cycle when we’re young, but as we age, this period lengthens, which means you need to start manually removing them if you want to maintain a youthful complexion.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is well-known for its ability to aid in ‘instant radiance’ so get it wherever you can. Why not look for a moisturiser that is high in Vitamin C? Try to find products with Kakadu plum in them, which has the highest source of vitamin C of any fruit.

Keep your hair off your face.

Oil, dirt, and product from your hair can get on your face and clog your pores. Keep hair totally clean and try to keep conditioner and other hair product away from your skin. And try to keep your hair off your face.

Blur your pores

One of our favourite beauty websites, Byrdie, suggests choosing products with light-reflecting particles to bounce the light off your face. What this does is soften the look of fine lines, enlarged pores and rough texture to give a sort of blurred-out look—it basically tricks the eye into thinking your skin is flawless. So when a product is telling you it’s light-reflecting or blurring, take note.

Unclog pores with an all-natural treatment!

Whip up a spa-worthy mask right in your own home using strawberries—they’re a great natural exfoliant! This mixture will help smooth bumps and unclog pores. Mix together equal parts mashed strawberries and plain yoghurt. Spread the mixture on clean skin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Follow with alcohol-free toner and moisturiser!

SkinBase x

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