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Easy Skin Care Routine for Transwomen

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and it’s time to pretty yourself up for this romantic time of the year. This two-part series will teach you how to build the perfect base for any beauty look while keeping your skin soft and vibrant. These simple applications are great for that night out with your long-term mate or for a first date.

When it comes to trans women’s makeup, foundation is probably one of the most important techniques. Perhaps the most common problem is that women don’t know enough about foundation and how to apply it well. Do you remember trying it for the first time? Gouging out a section of your compact, putting a thick coat all over your face, and then following with two bright pink circles on your cheeks? You knew something wasn’t right but didn’t quite know how to fix it. This thick application gives a gaudy stage look – something t-girls want to avoid. All TS women are at different stages in their transition, so this process will be slightly different for each gal.

Starter tips for a pretty feminine you

The key in these first few steps is smoothing out your face. Do a thorough epilation that suits the stage you’re at. Follow with a light exfoliation. Apricot seed scrub is found in every drug store and don’t have to be expensive to work. Don’t rub hard and not for too long. Use your finger tips and warm water to clean the forehead, around the hair and chin line, as well as your neck. Rinse and pat dry.

Follow the exfoliation with a simple, homemade, oatmeal mask. This will smooth and soothe your skin. This can be a bit messy, but the softness that will blossom from your face is well worth the effort.

1. Mix 1/2 cup dry oats (ground or whole) and 1 cup boiling water thoroughly. Add the liquid from a vitamin E capsule for extra moisture.
2. Let cool to the touch.
3. Spread on your skin, wearing a towel to catch any falling bits (this is the messy part!)
4. Allow the mask to sit for at least 10 minutes.
5. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

After the exfoliation and oat mask, be sure to moisturize. A TS woman’s skin can go through a bit more rough and tumble than the average gal, so this hydration step is crucial – especially for the cold and drying winter months. Proper moisturizing also dramatically helps the application of makeup.

If you’re unsure which moisturizer to use, I recommend asking a cosmetics clerk at a department or drug store. They’re very knowledgeable and will be able to suggest the right cream. Another option is to get a few samples sizes on your own and see which one feels the lightest and keeps your skin supple.

Keep up this routine and in my next post I’ll explain how to build a flawless and vibrant face that will help prepare you for your upcoming February 14 night out!

Check out: Basic Beginner or Transgender Skin Care

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