‘Tis the Season to Exfoliate

 

Exfoliation is such an important part of a skincare routine. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and increases blood circulation; both of which contribute to a healthy glow. And in the cold, dry winter months it becomes even more important. I make it a point to a full body exfoliation at least twice a week. My skin really thanks me for this, it feels smooth and polished. This is also a good routine to follow before applying self tanner. Here are the products I’m currently using:

dsc_0165Face: Murad- AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser: The first thing I do is exfoliate my face. I always use a very gentle exfoliator on my face. This one from Murad has only small Jojoba beads instead of a rough sandy texture, which is perfect. And the AHA/BHA helps to prevent Milia, which I used to suffer from.

dsc_0173Body:  Josie Maran- Argan Oil Body Scrub: Next, I exfoliate my entire body. I take extra time on my elbows and where my bra goes. This one by Jose Maran is great because it is very moisturizing and luxurious so it doesn’t strip my skin. However, I just looked on Sephora and it doesn’t look like they sell this anymore. 

dsc_0168Hands: Lush- Salted Coconut Hand Scrub: I feel like hand exfoliation is a step that a lot of people skip. But it feels absolutely incredible and leaves my hands so smooth. I also think it eliminates the need to trim my cuticles as often. This one from Lush smells like a tropical vacation and of course is made with all natural ingredients.

dsc_0171Lips: Fresh- Sugar Lip Polish : I actually exfoliate my lips 3-4 times a week because they get so dry in the winter and I LOVE to wear lipstick. Lip exfoliation only takes 30 seconds but can make a matte lipstick look so much better. This one from Fresh is great because you get a ton of product and it tastes like brown sugar. But I do have a hard time getting the scrub out of the container because I have long nails. 

Do Ring Lights Work?

If you have ever done research about improving the photography on your blog, YouTube Channel, or Social Media one of the first things you will learn is that lighting is one of the most important things, it’s surprising how much light is needed to make a quality image. Natural lighting is great (and free) but it isn’t always practical so buying photography lights can be a great first step. And for people who shoot portraits or film their face Ring Lights are extremely popular.

Basically a Ring Light is a ring of light on a stand that you point your camera through. It illuminates the subject’s face creating an airbrushed, almost angelic effect. It works by removing shadows that are cast on the face from overhead lighting. And as an added bonus it makes a small ring in each eye. Every big YouTuber uses a ring light. They are readily available and easy to use but they can be expensive and are bulky to store.

I recently purchased one from Amazon for $149.99 LimoStudio 18″ Ring Light. I took two pictures both with the same camera and makeup but one with my new Ring Light to see if I could tell a difference.

dsc_0058
~Without Ring Light~
dsc_0072
~With Ring Light~

In my opinion the Ring Light makes a noticeable difference. It illuminates the face and give it that professional photography look. It also displays makeup better than traditional lighting. If you are planning on taking a lot of pictures indoors of your face I would recommend investing in a ring light before any other kind of artificial lighting.