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  • Writer's pictureArgentina Leyva

How to prepare your skin for a Boudoir Photoshoot and look young in photos.

Updated: Apr 27


Demystifying Skin Care: Interview with skin expert Christi Hall


Getting ready for a boudoir photoshoot is essential if you want to be satisfied with the results, and taking care of your skin is essential for achieving the most the best makeup application.


Good skin care is essential for a successful photo shoot. It can make all the difference between a beautiful shoot and an average one. Knowing when to start a skin care regiment before the shoot is just as important as the skin care routine itself.


Skin preparation is the key to achieving a flawless look in any photo shoot, especially for Boudoir Photographs. Boudoir photography focuses on celebrating a woman's beauty. My makeup artist insists having clear, healthy skin is essential.


When you prepare for a shoot, taking care of your skin will bring out its natural beauty to look your best in front of the camera the day of the shoot.


It is advisable to start a skin care routine a few weeks before a boudoir photoshoot. This will ensure that your skin is in its best condition for the shoot. That way, you can give your skin the time it needs to adjust to the new routine and start to show the results.

It’s important to note that the skin care routine you use should be tailored to your skin type and needs, especially if you have sensitive skin. The basic steps for skin preparation include cleansing, toning, cell turnover (exfoliating), and moisturizing.


Cleansing is important to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from the surface of the skin and to keep it clean and clear.


Toners help to restore the pH balance of the skin, while exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells and reveal a brighter, smoother complexion.


Moisturizing helps to lock in moisture and keep the skin hydrated and healthy.

These are the basics of preparing for a boudoir shoot, but there is much more to learn about proper skin care.


How to age gracefully. Interview with skin care expert Christi Hall


In my recent interview with Christi Hall, owner of Mikel Kristi spa, she explains and demystifies the best skin care practices for healthy and youthful skin. You can listen to the entire interview here.


Here are some highlights from the interview:


1. Start early.

Prevention is key when it comes to aging gracefully. Start using the best skin care products and non-surgical procedures in your twenties and thirties. This will help you keep your skin looking and feeling its best for many years to come.


2. Choose the right products.

Not all skin care products are created equal. It's important to choose products that are specifically designed for your skin type and concerns. For example, if you have dry skin, look for products that are specifically designed to provide hydration and nourishment.


3. Be consistent.

Consistency is key when it comes to skin care. Make sure you use the best skin care products and non surgical procedures every day. Developing a regular skin care routine will help you maintain a youthful and healthy glow.


4. Incorporate non-surgical procedures.

Non-surgical procedures can improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Examples include chemical peels, laser treatments, and micro needling. Talk to your dermatologist or skin care expert to find out which non-surgical procedures might be right for you.


5. Protect your skin from the sun.

UV rays from the sun can cause damage to your skin, so make sure you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day. You should also wear protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat when you're outside.


Christi's advice is that following these five steps is essential for maintaining a youthful and healthy appearance. The right combination of cleansers, toners, serums, exfoliators, and moisturizers can help you achieve glowing and beautiful skin. She especially emphasizes to choose the best products and procedures for your specific skin type and concerns.


And because she understand how confusing it might be to chose the ideal skin care regiment, she is committed to educating women about the truths and myths of skin care so that you are not deceived into a product like that overpromises but underdelivers on results.

Truths and Myths of the 5 skin essentials: Cleanse, Tone, Protect, Cell Turnover and Moisturize

Cleanse

Cleansers are not just a plain looking liquid, but rather an important part of any effective skincare regimen. Cleansers help to remove dirt, makeup, and daily buildup of grime, without relying on chemical agents. It is essential to use a gentle cleanser on the skin. Harsh cleansers can disturb the skin's natural balance.




Tone

Toners are not plain liquids. They are powerful skincare steps that can make your regimen even better. Taking the time to apply toner in your daily routine can be a great addition to your overall skincare regimen.


Toner can help balance the pH of skin after cleansing. It can also make pores appear smaller, remove any dirt and grime left over, normalize oil production, and reduce inflammation.

When selecting a toner, look for calming ingredients such as aloe vera and lavender. Additionally, exfoliating ingredients like glycolic and lactic acid can help improve the skin. Lastly, antibacterial ingredients like geranium and tea tree are beneficial. Mikel Kristi's Lavender Hibiscus Toner and Refreshing Swipes are excellent products to add to your skin care routine.


Protect

Anti-Aging's #1 Rule = Sun Protection. UVA and UVB are the two main types of UV rays. They both contribute to the formation of skin cancer cells and premature aging. Sunscreens and sunblocks are the two main types of sun protection.


Sunscreen relies on chemical agents to absorb UV rays. Sunblock reflects the rays off the skin. Sunscreens often contain chemical ingredients such as oxybenzone and avobenzone, while sunblocks contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.


SPF measures protection from UVB rays, and choosing a broad spectrum SPF over 50 likely won't do too much more for you. To ensure maximum protection, wear protective clothing and a hat, use and reapply sunscreen, and watch the daily UV index. Sun protection is key to healthy and youthful skin.


Cell Turnover:


Many skincare brands claim that heavy moisturizers are the answer to youthful skin. However, the key to healthy skin is actually active skin cell turnover. The use of effective ingredients such as retinaldehyde and HA can help with exfoliation and moisture production.

For HA to effectively penetrate the skin, it needs to have a lower molecular weight or contain sodium hyaluronate. Mikel Kristi products contain hyaluronic acid (HA) and other powerful ingredients. These ingredients include peptides and antioxidants. They help to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.

Moisturizer


Moisturizers are not the secret to ageless skin. The real cause of aging is a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface. To reduce this problem, products containing glycolic or lactic acid and forms of Vitamin A, such as Retinaldehyde, should be used. These can be used to exfoliate the skin gently and effectively.

Keeping your body hydrated and using products to increase skin exfoliation are the best ways to maintain healthy and hydrated skin. Moisturizers can be helpful and soothing in the right situations, but exfoliation is key to healthy skin.



Conclusion


When it comes to preparing for a boudoir shoot, it’s essential to focus on skin preparation.



Proper skin care is the foundation of a successful shoot and can make the difference between a beautiful shoot and a not-so-great one.


If you want to ensure that your skin looks its best on the day of the shoot, it’s important to start a skin care regiment a few weeks before the shoot date.


For more information on the proper skin care routine to prepare for a boudoir shoot, visit Mikel Kristi’s website to get Core Collection Kit that has all of the four essential steps: cleanse, tone, cell turnover and moisturizer.




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