Tools For The Skin

I have tried so many different cleansers and moisturizers on my skin for acne that the list is miles long! And with each one I almost always forgot that using your hands to apply these products was not the best idea. Mostly because your hands and fingers contain oils and bacteria from throughout your day, and I don’t always think washing your hands before applying a skin product completely gets rid of them. But recently I have discovered two cleansing brushes that really have helped my skin!

The Danielle

The first one I want to talk about is the Danielle Face Cleanser. This is a battery operated cleanser, which is great for anyone especially travelers. There are also different versions depending on your skin needs. I have found it to range from $20-$40 depending on where you shop. This cleanser gets all your makeup off as well as cleans out the bacteria and oil that gets into your pores throughout the day. The cleansing pads it comes with are very gentle but remember that you have to change them out every few months to keep the cleanser clean and working.

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The Clarisonic Mia Cleanser

This is another great cleanser to use. The Mia is a rechargeable cleanser that also has different variations based on your skins needs. With this one you should also change the bristle brush every few months to keep your skin clear. This is a great cleanser to use however the only problem I have with it is that the price can range from $130-$150. If you’re on a high school/college budget it may not be the cleanser for you. But it gets all the makeup from your day off, cleans your skin so nicely, and works great in the shower!

There are definitely differences and similarities between these two products. You have to decide which one is right for you. I have used both of them and found things that I loved about each one and things that I didn’t. If your looking for a great cleanser, I definitely recommend both of these. But do your research on them and decide which one is best for you and your skin!

:-* MMB

 

Allowing Your Skin To Breathe

For starters lets get something clear- it is impossible for your skin to literally breathe. Skin breathing is usually in reference to your pores being open or closed. In reality the third layer of your skin gets its oxygen from your blood supply and the amount of oxygen it gets from that is determined by what foods and liquids you put in your body. The top layer of the skin is protective of the lower levels and keeps oil and dirt as well as the sun from causing severe damage.

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Allow your skin to take a break and try going at least two days a week without makeup (whether this is two days during your work week or on the two days you have off/a weekend). Even if you try going at least one day without any cleansing, scrubs, moisturizers, etc. just to give the skin a break and allow for whatever products you use on your skin to continue to work because your skin won’t get very used to it.

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Make sure you hydrate! Water is the best medicine for the skin and people are completely unaware! Your body NEEDS water every day, no question. The more water you drink the better your skin will get overtime. There are nutrients your body needs from water and if you are not to keen on drinking plain water, add some of these fruits to it to give it a little flavor. Not only will you be giving your taste buds something different but the vitamins and properties of these fruits can help your body and your skin breath as well!

Little Tip for Clearer Skin Overtime: some mornings I heat up a mug of water and add one to three slices of lemon to it. If I did this every morning I would probably have clearer skin than I do. But doing this every morning will not only eventually give you clear skin but every day your metabolism will get a boost and work at a little bit of a faster pace for you for the rest of the day!

Give these tips a try to let your skin breath a little!!

How Stress Takes A Toll On Your Skin

Many people take on so much in their lives. Juggling the daily responsibilities plus work or school is not easy. And for some of us (myself included) we get into our twenties and still have acne or other skin related issues. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and as important as your daily commitments are, your self care is just as important! I have tried so many face cleansers and masks to try to fix the issues my skin faces and I’m still trying.

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Here are four effects of Stress:

  1. Dark Under Eye Circles: most people don’t think of dark circles as a problem but in fact they are. Dark circles, and puffy eyes included, are caused by lack of sleep. Not getting your eight hours of sleep and staying awake for long hours instead can cause fluid build up from your tear ducts which is how these dark circles happen. And for stomach sleepers, your dark circles will be worse because of gravity.
  2. Dry Skin: As I’ve said in a previous post, “Dry skin? NO THANK YOU!”Being stressed can cause dry skin because your not drinking enough water. Water is the body’s natural medicine! Keeping yourself hydrated is important and if you are stress, chances are you are substituting water for coffee or soda which is actually dehydrating your body. START DRINKING WATER MORE! When your stressed this task may not be easy to remember but your body will thank you for it later down the line.
  3. Acne: Stress can cause acne or even eczema to happen. When your stressed your body releases more cortisol in the body which can throw off your hormones and cause it to show up more in the form of acne. Stress can also make your body to get confused between what bacteria is good for your body and which isn’t which can also cause acne.
  4. Fine Lines: not everyone needs to worry about this one but if you feel you do than be aware of the facial expressions you use. That sound weird but if you are constantly furrowing your brow in concentration or pursing your lips, over time the lines in those areas will become more prominent.

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There are other reasons stress can affect someone and everyone is different. I know that I sometimes forget that as long as I take care of myself mentally, emotionally, and physically I can try to avoid this. But with our daily lives, it’s sometimes not so easy.

8 Ingredients That Are Great For the Skin

Have you ever been curious which ingredients, out of all the ones we put in our food, are purely good for your skin? I have! It wasn’t until I started breaking out that I wanted to know. I’m not saying that you have to change up all your eating habits but adding these ingredients to your skin care routine will definitely help your skin become more healthy. Here are the 11 ingredients I have found that work for me:

  1. Coconut Oil: this is great for cleansing and moisturizing your skin. It naturally contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which helps the skin long term. It is good for removing dead skin cells and protecting your skin from sunburns. A little bit of this goes a long way!
  2. Tea Tree Oil: this can be applied directly to the skin and naturally helps fight breakouts, redness, and inflammation. It naturally can provide scar healing and is why most people recommend it when using home remedies.
  3. Raw Honey: some people find this ingredient a little strange because it’s sticky (I did too at first). But honey is one of the best natural sources of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, and skin boosting acids. If you use honey make sure its RAW not processed like it is in grocery stores. Honey is good for the skin because it reduces breakouts, provides moisture properties, and reduces scars.
  4. Sea Salt: this has a lot of the properties that your skin cells naturally produce. Using sea salt is good because it enhances the properties within your skin and help balance, protect, and restore the skin
  5. Avocado: this is good for inflammation of the skin. This is an ultra-moisturizing fruit that can soothe sunburn skin, boost collagen production, and treat age spots
  6. Aragon Oil: this oil is moisturizing to your skin. Applying a small amount daily can help heal irritations such as acne, bug bites, & eczema
  7. Almond Oil: this is good for the skin because it has properties such as anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. It is great for treating skin rashes, acne, and dryness
  8. Shea Butter: this is great for moisturizing dry skin and is great for reducing flaking, redness, or peeling.

Trying these ingredients on your skin as a mask or by simply eating some of them might help you on your way to healthy skin! Some of these have worked for me and some haven’t but I can tell you that the ones that have, I am still using! You don’t have to use them regularly but every once in a while substitute it for your regular routine. By not using them all the time, your body won’t get used to them and they can still have an amazing effect!

:-* MMB

Dry Skin? No Thank You!

Taking good care of your skin is so important! But I also think that it is one of the things we forget about a little too often. I had the awful issue a few months ago where I was getting dry spots. I thought this was odd because I washed my skin regularly. What I soon noticed is that my skin changes with the season. Every time I got dry spots was usually around fall and winter time. Oily skin happened around the warmer months for me. I also noticed that I never paid much attention to what my skin needed. When I got one of my tattoos done I was consistently putting moisturizing lotion on it so that it would heal more gracefully.

What I didn’t consider was that it’s great to moisturize your skin at least two to three times a week. For some this task may seem impossible because of your schedules. BUT if you take five minutes after a shower and read a book or watch a show while moisturizing your skin, than its easier to manage. Pick your 2-3 times a week and on that day pick one part of your body to moisturize.

I’ve come to realize that thick lotions are not my favorite, because I feel like it clogs my pores. Lighter lotions are great to use for your five minute cleanse on your skin. If you want more light lotions that smell great for your skin, my favorites are from Bath and Body Works and Lush Cosmetics.

One of my favorites is from Lush Cosmetics and is called Sympathy for the  Skin. The smell of this lotion is great (it smells like bananas!) and it moisturizes my skin perfectly, so much so that I don’t need to do it every day. Handy Guru is another one from this company which is a little thick for my liking but it takes care of dry spots.

Almost anything from Bath and Body Works is great for me as long as it doesn’t have an overwhelming  smell or is thick.

You are the best form of judgment when it comes to your skin because everyones skin type is different. But if you have dry skin, go for something that is very moisturizing and will give your skin ways to breath.

:-* MMB

Innisfree REVIEW

I am the person who loves to find new products for my skin. For me it is always changing and for this post I wanted to do a review on a company called Innisfree.innisfree is a Korean based company that makes skin, makeup, and body products. But for this post I wanted to do a review on the skin products. So far I have tried four of their most popular products

Here are my inputs on these products-

The Green Tea Cleansing Foam (Top Left): I was not a fan of this one. It didn’t foam up very easily and over time my skin did not look like it had gotten rid of all the imperfections. After I washed it off, my skin didn’t feel smooth or clean but like it had been scrubbed raw. I was not a fan

The Juju Volcanic Clay Mask (Top Right): I loved the way my skin felt after this. Rejuvenated and everything! But the mask didn’t always harden enough. It also didn’t always clear out my pores completely and if I accidentally left it on longer than instructed, it would irritate my skin

The Super Volcanic Clay Mask (Bottom Left): This one was a favorite of mine! It cleared out all the dirt on my skin, hardened nicely, and left my skin so smooth! I liked both volcanic masks but I think I just needed one that would be able to clear out my skin better

The Green Tea Sleeping Pack (Bottom Right): I have never used a sleeping mask before but I loved this one! It was so light and dried just enough so that my face wasn’t sticking to my pillow when I went to sleep! And when I woke up my skin would feel so moisturized and ready for the day!

What is Acne? Reasons it Happens…

Acne occurs when glands (called sebaceous glands) in the follicles of the skin become overactive. These glands produce sebum, an oily substance that helps to stop the skin drying out. Someone with acne produces too much sebum, which forms a plug with dead skin cells and blocks the follicle.

There are many different reasons why acne happens. One is due to being a teenager. When you get into your teenage years your hormones go through a change. When this happens it can cause an overproduction of natural oils in the skin because the skin begins to interpret this hormone change as giving you dry skin. When it believes the skin is drying out, that causes it to overproduce oil.

You can also blame it on genetics. Sometimes when a family member has had acne in their early years, they pass that down which means you could get it. But none of the reasons I’m giving are saying that you can’t still treat acne.

A few reasons acne can get worse are:

  • Oil that is in skin products (moisturizers, makeup, etc) or grease in a workplace (kitchen, mechanic, etc)
  • environment irritation (air pollution, humidity, high altitude, etc)
  • trying to get rid of acne by popping pimples or squeezing blackhead because of dirty hands
  • STRESS