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The holidays are around the corner. Do you have acne? This post is about natural ways to clear acne in time for the holidays. I always tweak my skin care routine to prepare for holidays. This time of the year can be a little challenging for healthy skin.
No matter our age we can have acne. There are many natural spot treatments to deal with acne. But, acne also has to be dealt from the inside.
#1 Clean up your diet
One of the first thing I did to deal with my acne was to cut butter from my diet.You probably heard that you need to cut dairy and sugar from your diet. This tip definitely works for me. My skin has dramatically changed since I stopped eating dairy. With my French roots, cheese is the hardest thing to completly stop eating, so I can have fee flare ups when I do not stick to my diet. When I eat cheese, I drink an apple cider tea drink to help flush toxins.
#2 Use zinc supplement
Studies have suggested that zinc may improve acne and reduce the production of sebum. Take zinc supplements daily and or use for natural zinc moisturizers. I love MegaFood Zinc 60 tablets.
#3 Consider taking evening primrose oil
Evening primrose oil has been shown to dilute sebum and reduce the risk of clogged pores. It has also been used to deal with chin and jaw line acne and bumps
Evening primrose is rich in omega-6 fatty acids. Nature's Way EFA Gold Evening Primrose Cold Pressed is a great option. If you are looking for a natural acne spot treatments that contains evening primrose consider the Osmia Organics Spotless Blemish Oil .
Holiday Season? Take Care of Your Skin Naturally: 3 Natural Masks To Prepare Your Skin For the Holidays
Between the cooking the holidays meals and sleepless nights, My skin usually gets tired, a little duller, and a little inflamed. And, I also have acne flares-up. The holiday season can be so stressful. Whenever you have few hours of sleep or you need a quickly need to prep your skin for the your holiday makeup, these natural masks will help boost your skin happiness.
Three Natural Mask To Calm Stress Skin During the Holiday Season!
I love Pacifica Beauty Stress Rehab Coconut & Caffeine Facial Mask for dry and dehydrated skin. It comes in two form a liquid mask, but also a sheet mask. I applied the liquid mask for 15 minutes and I remove with a damp warm towel. It always leaves my skin so soft and hydrated. My skin feels so nourished and calm. The mask doesn't have a strong smell. The Rehab Coconut & Caffeine facial mask also helps brighten my skin.
This is also a before makeup mask. It will leave your skin smooth and makeup ready. This mask is not for sensitive or irritated skin. It has a little burning sensation at the beginning.
For sensitive skin, I highly recommend the Plant Apothecary Matcha Chamomile mask. I used this mask whe my skin is inflamed and irritated.
For mature skin, It is a about tightening the skin. There two types of tightening mask that I use often. I love adding bentonite clay to my mask. My favorite bentonite clay is Aztec Secret - Indian Healing Clay.
I simply mix it with water before applying on my skin. It takes 10 to 20 minutes to dry depending of the consistency of the mask. You literally feel a tightening effect as the mask is drying. This mask will leave your skin so smooth. I also do different DIY clay masks with Aztec healing clay.
To deal with wrinkles, the Wrinkles Schminkles Smoothing Kit is a great option. They used medical grade silicone to design forehead and eye pads. These pads help smooth forehead lines and wrinkles, frown lines, wrinkles around and under the eyes and crows feet wrinkles.
For blemishes and acne-prone skin - MyChelle Clear Skin Spot Treatment, Targeted Treatment with Probiotics for Oily and Blemish-Prone Skin is a great choice. It help clear your imperfection, but you need to use it often.
No matter the mask you choose from the list, start early to prep your skin for the holiday season.
What do you do to prep your skin for the holiday season? Let me know in the comments
By I have been a little obsessed lately about facial cleansing; washing your face is critical for an healthy skin and to prevent acne and wrinkles, but your hands can only do so much. So, I was so happy to find out and try these natural face-cleansing tools.
#1: Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal
While when you take a look at the Konjac Sponge it may seem that it is just a soft grey puff, the truth is that konjac is actually a root. It grows and is eaten in Western countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China, and southeast Asia.
Due to its composition, it is able to absorb impurities and debris. In addition, its surface is extremely gentle. So, this means that you can use it even under the eyes area.
#2: Holistic Beauties BFF Electric Facial Pore Cleanser
This electric facial pore cleanser is a great option when you prefer mechanical cleansing. Featuring a portable design, its vibration technology will help you remove blackheads, oil, and dirt from your pores.
One of the best things about this electric cleanser is that it can be used for all skin types and you can set your own speed.
#3: Bath Blossom Face Cleansing Brush
By using this facial brush when cleansing your face, you do facial dry brushing and your deeply clean your pores. Facial brushing helps with glowing skin and reduce signs of aging. One of the best things about this brush is that you can use it even if you have sensitive skin, it is gentle.
Learn about the 6 common mistakes we make when washing our face here!
As I was learning more natural skin care and talking with aestheticians about the best ways to take of our skin, I heard so much about double cleansing. Most dermatologists agree that we should cleanse our face at least once a day, but no more than twice per day. And if you do it only once, then you should do it at night. This is the best times since your skin accumulated all kinds of oil, dirt, and pollutants during the day, and you can now cleanse your pores.
Oh, I remember those days when I forgot about removing my makeup; I am so glad it was not a regular thing. Ladies, cleansing is essential for a beautiful skin.
Cleansing helps avoid breakouts, clogged pores. By clearing our pores, cleansers help the nourishing ingredients of our natural skin care products to penetrate the skin. Cleansing “…can help remove stubborn, pore-clogging and acne-causing impurities that can remain on the skin even after washing your face once,” says board-certified dermatologist David Lortscher, M.D. [source: Dermstore.com]
Many dermatologists tend to agree that double cleansing is better than just cleansing.
Double cleansing started in Japan and South Korea before became popular in Europe and North America. The biggest benefits of double cleansing are that it assures that any treatment and moisturizing we put on our skin penetrate deeper in our pores to nourish our skin.
To not strip away the natural oils from the skin, it is so important to understand how double cleansing work and what products to use. The natural skin care products we need to use when double cleansing should hydrate, smooth or exfoliate, help with aging signs, and treat acne.
Double cleansing is an easy 2-steps process
How to do double cleansing for each skin types? Read more
One of the first items of the list in our skin care routines is usually our cleanser. At least this is always the first thing I do. Cleansing helps my skin helps stay away for clogged pores; it also gives me soft and healthy skin. But I had to make some changes. For sometimes actually, my skin was getting drier and I did not know what was happening. So, I needed to learn about how to properly wash my face.
What do I mean? There is a way to clean our face and dermatologists talk a lot about properly cleansing our face.
Dermatologists say that we should clean our face no more than 2 times per day and at least 1 time per day. If we think about it, at night, dead skin, sweat, and oil accumulate on the surface of the skin and during the day on the external pollution also sits on the skin. No matter which way we look at it we need to clean I was face once or twice per day to remove the dead skin or dirt that is building up in our pores.
Also, it’s so important to strike the right balance here. Using harsh cleansers when you remove the natural oils drying the skin and making it look a lot older.
Here are 6 common mistakes we make when washing our face.
We all already know the importance of using moisturizers in our skin care routine; moisturizing your skin is one of the most important step in your skin care routine. But, there are a variety of moisturizers, it can be a little confusing to choose the best one for you. Also, before we know it, winter will be around the corner and using a great moisturizer all year round especially during winter just goes a long ways.
So, in this blog post, I share with you all that I learned about moisturizing the natural way!!
Different Types Of Natural Moisturizers
There are mainly four different types of natural moisturizers: gels, lotions, creams, and ointments. Even though moisturizers can be divided into these four categories, you need to keep in mind that they are all a mix of water and lipids (fat).
There are 6 types of natural moisturizers
Gels are water-based lotions that are lightweight. They tend to be the least greasy and the lightest type of moisturizers. They easily absorb into skin and are usually a mixture of ingredients that include a liquid lipid base, alcohol, and water.
As soon as you apply the gel on your face, you will immediately feel a cool and refreshing sensation since gels tend to evaporate quickly. Gel moisturizers work well with sensitive skin and acne prone skin.
#2: Oil-free moisturizers
These moisturizers are similar to gel moisturizers. They are lightweight and do not clog the pores; they are generally non-comedogenic. They work great for acne-prone and blemish-prone skin.
#3: Facial oils or serums
You might not think facial oils and serums should be included here, but they are lightweight and packed with moisturizing ingredients. They work great for mature skin and sensitive skin. Facial serum are best for any types of skin; they are formulated to target a specific skin concern: skin brightening, aging sign concerns, and more. They are a mix of high quality oils and extracts that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and hydrating properties. The molecules of facial serum have smaller molecules to deeply penetrate the skin.
Facial oils are different than facial moisturizers; they are made from various natural oils. The molecules in facial oils are bigger than those in facial serums, so they stay at the top layers of the skin to moisturize, balance, and protect our skin. These oils are super effective because they are easily recognized by the skin; they mimic our skin’s natural sebum production.
Today, Let’s talk about dealing with wrinkles naturally. I wrote about the subject many times, but aging gracefully requires me to keep talking about it and share more about natural ways to deal with wrinkles. .
It is all about aging gracefully
I refuse to be part of a system that tells us that wrinkles are bad or that we have lost our beauty because we have wrinkles and fine lines. No, we are more graceful as we age and wrinkles are part of us becoming more who we are and that’s ok.
I hope we can love every part of our body or learn how to love every part of our body.
So, as you can imagine this blog post not going to be about products that are harsh on the face to shape up those wrinkles. This blog post is about how we can gently care for our beautiful skin that has been serving us so well throughout the decades.
There are specific natural ways to deal with wrinkles, fine lines, and crow's feet.
As we age our skin acts different too. And, we need to create a specific skin care routine to take care of it. Fine lines and wrinkles are usually at the corners of our eyes, our forehead, and the lines between your eyebrows.
In the blog post you will find:
I was at my one of my favorite natural and organic stores Mom’s Organic, and I saw the Cocokind Mymatcha all-over moisturizing stick at $8.99; of course I love this musti-tasker moisturizing stick, so I bought it.
Then later on, one of my followers commented about the high price tag of organic and natural products. She explained how she really wanted to switch to safer beauty products, but they were too expensive. Some of us always wonder if it possible to have a natural skin care routine on a budget. And, the answer is YES!!!
There are great natural and organic products on the market that will leave you with a luxury feeling without breaking the bank. So, I wanted to write a blog post about that.
In this blog post, I shared with you natural skin care products under $20.
1.Osmia Organics Oh So Detox Soap, $18
This is perfect soap for sensitive skin. It's cold-pressed and made with extra virgin organic olive oil, organic shea butter, organic avocado oil and cold-pressed. They also added organic, powdered coconut milk to make the suds creamy and delicious.
2. Mount Lai, The mini Jade Roller, $20
The jade facial roller is a Chinese skincare tool that has been used for thousands of years. Jade rolling has a multitude of benefits.
3. Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream, $9.99
Designed for sensitive skin, this cleansing cream is soft and luxurious. No heavy scent or irritation here. This cleanser has a nice texture to leave skin clean and soft.
4. Davids Natural Toothpaste, Whitening, Antiplaque, Fluoride Free, $9.95
Natural whitening toothpaste that has a minty taste and smooth consistency. This is a great option if you have sensitive skin. The metal tube is 100% recyclable.
5. BOX NATURALS, Lavender Cleansing Towelettes, 12 towelettes
These wipes are individually wrapped, are pH balanced, and 100% biodegradable. They work great as makeup remover on-the-go. They are scented with organic lavender essential oils
6. 100% PURE Bright Eyes Mask, $7
One of my best green beauty products for traveling. They are reusable. The mask material "hydrogel" is composed from 95% organic aloe water and 5% plant cellulose made to intensely hydrate.
7. French Girl, Le Lip Tint, $18
I love the soft tint of this mineral natural lip tint. Made with lend of organic & wildcrafted waxes, butters, and oils to leave lips moisturized.
8. Cocokind, full brow balm $14
This balm doesn’t just help style brows; they also nourish them and help them grow. The ingredients include castor oil and jojoba oil. They tinted this balm with cacao powder to make your brow look a little fuller.
9. PYT Beauty, All + Nothing Concealer, $18
This is a twist up concealer has 11 shades to cover most skin tones. It has a buildable medium-to-full coverage.
10. Lily Lolo, Eyeshadow Pressed Powder, $14
This eyeshadow pressed powder is lightweight and easily blend-able. It comes in 8 shades that can be built in layers for a more intense look.
11. The W3ll People Bio Extreme Lipgloss, $15
This is a long lasting lip gloss that you want in your makeup bag. This lipgloss feel so smooth on the lips. I love that there are options for nude shade and bold shades
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