Felt really unselfconscious today which is really weird for me, but my skin looked really good! I was having problems with flaking skin but I think I've finally sussed how to stop that:
1. Wash face with face soap-any will do really.
2. Keep face wet and rub in some hydromol ointment, making sure it sinks into skin and you're not left with visible excess. I got this from my Derm instead of Aqueous and it is a lot better, although a lot greasier too so not good if you want to put on foundation (unless applying with water)
3. Moisturise face with Simple Rich Moisturiser (or good alternative) and allow to sink in. I also sometimes apply under-eye cream as my skin is a bit sensitive under there. I'm currently using an Avon free sample.
4. Apply Estee Lauder Double Wear or other good foundation. I usually do this with a brush but today did it with my fingers and it looked a lot better; more natural but with the same coverage. It was a lot easier to blend too so you don't end up with makeup lines around your jaw line. I then apply a loose powder with a soft brush before pressing a little more in with a smaller brush with more compact bristles around my face.
Et voila! My make-up lasts all day and my skin feels nice and hydrated underneath it too.
Note: If you're a boy you could think about buying Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral. It's basically a coverage up from a tinted moisturiser, so it shouldn't look like you're wearing make-up if you apply correctly and buy the right shade. Go to the counter, explain your situation and he/she will definitely understand and match your skin colour-shouldn't take 5 seconds! I know a lot of boys who wear foundation, and some don't even have acne, they just want their skin to look a little better...it's becoming the norm now!
And I'll end with this...got a ton of blackheads out my nose last night. All the big ones are gone and the rest are just little ones that don't bother me that much. Some just slid out naturally when washing my face and others I encouraged with two warm cotton tips; wasn't painful at all.