Thursday, 17 February 2011

Goth beauty: beautiful skin

Whilst there are no stereotypes when it comes to the Gothic beauty ideal, there are a few things that possibly hold true for all - smooth, clear skin; glossy hair; and a smile to die for. I hope to provide tips and recipes to aid in all the above (especially as I am now studying cosmetology and beauty therapy ^^), as well as recommendations and reviews for Goth-friendly products to make you even more alluring...

Source: We Heart It
For beautiful skin
  • Don't wash your face with soap. Soap dries out the skin, which may not sound so terrible if your skin is oily, but it will actually end up making you look old before your time. Soap is far too harsh for delicate facial skin. Instead use a cleaner that's specially made for the face (it doesn't have to be expensive!).
  • Every morning and evening, wash your face with lukewarm water (this is kindest to your skin). If you suffer from spots, it may help to add two teaspoonfuls of apple cider vinegar to your wash water. Cider vinegar is a natural astringent and when diluted, should eliminate excess oil without being overly drying. Obviously, test it on your skin first to make sure your skin is not too sensitive and that you are not allergic. Use a foaming cleanser that is suitable for your skin type (oily, dry, sensitive, combination or 'normal') and rinse carefully. Pat skin dry with a towel.
  • Follow with moisturiser. If you like to keep your skin pasty-white, use a moisturiser that has an SPF of at least 15. A moisturiser with SPF is lighter and less greasy than using suncream on your face (which, frankly, feels horrible). Of course, if you're about to go to bed, you won't need a sunscreen, so you may like to purchase different moisturisers for day and night (again, they don't have to be expensive to do the job).
  • Exfoliate your face and body twice weekly. Use a gentle scrub with fine particles for your face, and something a bit tougher for your body. You can also use a dry body brush each morning - move it briskly over your skin with firm strokes, starting from the soles of your feet and always brushing in the direction of your heart. Keep brushing until the skin is lightly tingling. This helps your body shed dead skin cells and keeps your skin soft and smooth. After exfoliation, be sure to apply sunscreen as your skin will be more sensitive to the sun.
  • Don't use body lotion every day. This can actually dry out your skin in the long run, especially in conjunction with suncream.
  • Remember, even the palest of Gothlings need some sunlight occasionally to prevent nasties such as vitamin D deficiency and even rickets. Around 20 minutes of sunlight on bare skin a day will give you all the goodness you need without risking a tan, and if you catch this light on spot-prone areas, will help dry out excess oil and could go some way towards preventing breakouts.
  • I've said it before, but always remove your make-up before bed.
Goths who enjoy sporting a ghostly pallor may find the following recipes helpful:

DIY skin bleach
(Don't be afraid - this recipe contains all-natural ingredients and is actually very good for your skin, as well as serving to enhance one's pallor.)

You need:
a couple of lemon slices
a cup of milk
yoghurt (preferably natural and unflavoured)
flower water (optional. Rose water and orange blossom water are available from most supermarkets and health stores)

Soak the lemon slices in the milk for a couple of hours. Strain out the lemon and add the yoghurt to thicken. Test the mixture on an area of skin (NOT your face) first, as the astringent action of lemon in particular can be too harsh for sensitive skin. If you feel excess burning or itching, rinse the mixture off at once.

If you suffer no ill effects, apply this cream to your face and body for a few hours so that the bleaching action has time to take effect. For a less fussy version of this recipe, pop some lemon juice in a glass of milk overnight and rinse your face with it in the morning, or add a cup of milk and a squirt of lemon juice to your bath. This is useful to help fend off the effects of the summer sun.

Tan remover
You need:
1/2 pint new milk
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. white brandy

Mix the ingredients together and bring to the boil, then skim. The resulting concoction should be applied to the desired areas each morning until the desired result is achieved. (Again, do not forget to test this mixture - and all mixtures on this page! - on a patch of skin to make sure you are not allergic.)

Freckle remover
Personally I think freckles are cute, but if you are unhappy with yours, try budging them with this brew.

You need:
1 dram citric acid
1 oz. glycerine

Simply mix together and apply to freckles three or four times a day. Lemon juice is also said to be an effective freckle remover.

Listening to: Fix - Aesthetic Perfection


Hexotica said...

Great advice! I'll have to try the natural skin whiteners you mentioned.

The reason why most body lotions dry out skin in the long run is because most contain mineral oil, a synthetic oil that creates a layer over the skin, trapping moisture but also bacteria and natural oils. A good moisturizer can be used long term if it contains no mineral oil. It is a travesty "baby oil" is mineral oil! The best lotions are usually found in health food and toiletry stores.

ultimategothguide said...

@ Hexotica - thank you ^^ and thanks very much for the tip.

⚏ Arlecchino Fluorescente ⚝ said...

I'm already white as office paper as I happen to be a Celt but this means having a lot of redness around my nose. I don't like foundation so to counteract that I use a tinted moisturiser, which contains SPF as it seems to be impossible to find one without it. SPF in cosmetics makes you a nasty goopy mess after a couple of hours. I either look like I'm sweating bucketloads or covered in grease. I have to use such a minute amount to avoid this, and it covers so little that I may as well not be wearing it at all.

MakeupAriel said...

@Arlecchino Fluorescente ^ you can make your own tinted moisturizer by simply mixing a small amount of cream foundation with the moisturizer of your choice on the back of your hand (the body heat warms it up. You can also keep away the oil with a simple mattifier (I like Dr Feelgood by Benefit, it doesn't make it feel like there anything is on your skin)

Emily Lynn G. said...

What are Mediterranean-skinned snarklings supposed to do? 3:

Stephanie said...

THANK YOU! This is a wonderful post. You have to do more, please?

So, what do you say about face masks? Do you have any suggestions on a mask that will cleanse but NOT bleach out my freckles? =]

Stephanie said...

THANK YOU! This is a wonderful post. You have to do more, please?

So, what do you say about face masks? Do you have any suggestions on a mask that will cleanse but NOT bleach out my freckles? =]

sweetcyanide said...

Love this :-)

Am working on an article for my site on how to apply perfect pale foundation, will def link to this for advice on how to have good skin before people even start on the makeup!


OpiateVampire said...

I've tried lemon juice for pallor with no effect except a lemony fresh scent, so I switched to Likas Soap. It's an herbal skin-whitening soap with pomegranate. I've used it for a couple months, and it actually has helped.

ultimategothguide said...

@ OpiateVampire and MakeUpAriel - yay for the tips ^^

@ Ellie - thanks very much =D

@ Stephanie - thanks also ^^ hmm, I will go do some research and do a post on masks for purposes OTHER than bleaching (although, if we're talking shop-bought, SkinTree products are fab if you can gett your mitts on them), which leads me to...

@ Emily Lynn - well, Mediterranean-skinned snarklings should chill (did I really just say that?) as I haven't forgotten that pallid is not for everyone, not even every Goth. Some NON-GHOSTLY-PALE beauty recipes coming right up (well, soon-ish, anyway...)

Kitty Lovett; A Charming Notion said...

>so excited
>you will need:

I'm so allergic to milk, contact with my skin gives me hives. Do you suppose goat or even soy would work? Also, sorry for stalking your blog. You tab-trap me. Prepare for more.

ultimategothguide said...

@ Kitty - goat's milk will work. I use goat's milk myself actually. ^^

Kitty Lovett; A Charming Notion said...

Awesome. Lactose hives burn like a mad bastard.

Also, I commented on 64759473857387594 other posts tonight, but I forgot to click "EMAIL ME THE REST". I am going to miss all the answers and now I am sad. XD

Sarah said...

I've tried for years to battling my acne for beautiful skin and am still working on it (genetics and all that jazz...). I've tried similar versions of what you recommended, but they don't really work. :(

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