Prepping your skin
It is important to create a fresh base before applying make-up to your skin. Follow this skin care guide to cleanse, protect and hydrate your skin in preparation for make-up application.
Cleanser and toner
Start by soaking two cotton pads with eye make-up remover. Place one pad on each closed eye, hold them for a few seconds allowing time for the product to dissolve any make-up, then gently sweep the makeup away. Always use a new cotton pad for each eye to prevent any risk of infection.
Move on to cleansing your skin using a gentle, creamy cleanser. Warm a small amount of product between the hands, and gently massage it all over the face, avoiding the eye area. Cleanser can be washed off or can be gently removed using a soft, wet towel. Avoid using any exfoliating products as they are too harsh on the skin while undergoing treatment.
To remove excess residue, apply toner to a cotton pad and gently stroke the skin using upward movements.
Toner can be kept in the fridge, particularly in warmer months to leave the skin feeling fresh, and spray toner can be used throughout the day as a refreshing spritz.
Apply sunscreen as part of your morning routine to help avoid incidental sun damage.
Look Good Feel Better follows the recommendations of the Cancer Council Australia in regards to sunscreen use.
There are two types of sunscreens:
- chemical sunscreens (that most of us are used to) absorb UV rays and must be applied on clean, dry skin before moisturiser, and take 20 minutes to work
- physical sunscreens (like zinc) reflect UV rays and as their name suggests, provide a physical barrier. They are applied to the skin after other skin care, just before make-up
There are a number of important things to note about sunscreen:
- A minimum SPF30 broad spectrum sunscreen should be applied at least 20 minutes before going outdoors, and re-applied at least every two hours.
- Sunscreen needs to be applied liberally – at least one teaspoon on each limb, front and back of the body, and half a teaspoon for the face, neck and ears (and the scalp if hair loss has been experienced). Most people apply less than half this amount, which means they get far less protection than the SPF stated on the bottle.
- No sunscreen, even if it is reapplied regularly, offers complete protection against UV radiation. Always use sunscreen in conjunction with other forms of sun protection like protective clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and seek shade when outdoors. A hat that provides shade on the neck is particularly important if hair loss has been experienced as a result of treatment.
- The Cancer Council also recommends patch testing of sunscreen prior to first time use, as skin can be much more sensitive while undergoing treatment.
- Always store your sunscreen in a cool, dry place and be mindful of its expiry date. Although some moisturisers and foundations contain SPFs you should always use sunscreen underneath.
For more information on sun protection, read our Practical Tips
Using a moisturiser morning and night will keep the skin hydrated while protecting from environmental damage caused by pollution, sun, wind and everyday living.
Squeeze or scoop a small amount of moisturiser into your hands and warm it up before applying it to the face and neck using soft gentle patting movements, or gentle upward strokes. A special eye cream should be applied around the delicate eye area by gently patting the ring finger around the orbital bone. Use spatulas or cotton buds to scoop product from jars, to avoid any contamination from fingers that may lead to infection.