GROW AND GLOW!

Happy Skincare Sunday!

For women, Summer is a time when we try to cut back on wearing heavy makeup and let our skin breathe. This is partly due to the fact that it is hot and nobody wants to sweat through their foundation. Nonetheless, caring for your skin underneath that makeup is always just as important as the makeup itself. Here are some tips to give you that summer glow without doing or spending too much.

1. Moisturize-Although it is summer, it is still important to moisturize. Lightweight moisturizers are some of the best for the summer time due to the fact that the skin sweats and may over produce oils causing us to look more dewy than usual. Moisturizers like Cetaphil and Cerave are lightweight and will keep you glowing but not over oily. They retail for about $12-$15.

2. Essential Oils-Essential Oils are some of my favorite skin care products. As I have mentioned before, they do not have to be used only on the skin, but for this post they will. Oils like Rose Hip Seed, Lavender, Vitamin E, Almond Oil, and Jojoba Oil are great moisturizing oils that penetrate deep into the skin to give the skin a healthy glow. If you have oily skin, Rose Hip Seed and Jojoba are perfect as they are lightweight and non-comedogenic, meaning they will not break you out. Essential Oils can be found in your local Drugstore or Amazon.com for $6-$14.

3. Vitamin D-The sun produces vitamin D which can make the skin look super rich and glowing. Hence, when you stand in the sun to take a selfie, you notice your skin looks better. Getting Vitamin D from the sun can give your skin a healthy glow but always remember to protect the skin from the UV Rays by wearing a skin protectant such as sun screen.

4. Vitamin C-You can get vitamin c from actual vitamins yes, but using a vitamin C serum can brighten your skin and also treat dark spots by lightening them to return to your normal skin tone. It is best recommended to do serums before your moisturizer and to wear a sunscreen over the serum because it can be acidic and make your dark spots even darker.

Tea Tree Oil

Happy Skin Care Sunday!!! As you may or may not know, Oils can be used on the skin and in your hair to help clear acne, strengthen edges, grow hair follicles and more. Typically, people opt for using what are called essential oils because they are known for their volatile scents and good health benefits. My favorite, Tea tree oil, comes from tea or paper bark trees. It derives from Australia and has long been used as an antiseptic. Anyone who has used this oil knows it has the most pungent smell, but, it has some great healing properties which you can find below:

  1. It is an antibacterial oil-It helps to cleanse the hair and skin by eliminating bacteria
  2. It can be applied to cuts-Because it is an antibacterial oil, you can use it to cleanse any cuts or burns as you would with any alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
  3. It can be used for acne-The oil can help dry out pimples
  4. It can be used for dark spots-Tea Tree oil dies out marks and cleanses them, prohibiting other bacteria to get into or near the skin cells.
  5. It can be used to stop coughs-The aroma of Tea Tree oil is strong enough to take out a cough
  6. It can help grow your hair-It can cleanse the hair of any dandruff and get deep inside the roots of your scalp

Why your skincare routine might not be working

Skincare routines are practices that help us look our best on the outside. Some take their routine more seriously than others. Nonetheless, skincare routines have become a serious competition over the last two years. If you have a Twitter or Instagram account, you might have stumbled across accounts of people who once suffered from acne or darkspots. Through a rigorous skincare routine, they have been able to significantly decrease their marks. Now back to you, you read their story, and decide to try every product the twitter sccount has mentioned in their routine. You spend alot of money and time trying to recreate their routine in order to get results exactly like theirs. So why is this not working? I will tell you why:

Everyone has different skin, by this I mean everyone has different skin types. Some people suffer from cystic acne, hormonal acne, dry skin, oily skin etc. With every skin type comes different products made to cater to that specific type of skin. The reason some products may work on some people and not on you is because they may not have the same skin type as you.

  • Find what works for you
    • You are not going to find your skin care routine overnight. It takes trial and error. For example, some people have skin that can handle drugstore facial soaps, creams etc. Others, have skin that is more sensitive and need prescribed products by a Dermatologist. The only way to know what is right for your skin, is to try different products. More times than not, will need to try multiple products before finding that special one.
  • Be consistent¬†
    • Once you find those special products that work for you, it is imperative to stay consistent with them. Constantly switching products can cause more irritation to your skin and thus, take more time for your skin to heal or adjust.
  • Less is more
    • We’ve all heard this saying right? Well for skincare, this is key in sustaining a long lasting routine. By maintaining a low maintenance skin care routine, your skin has time to adjust to the products. By using alot of products such as a variety of creams and serums, your skin will take longer to adjust to what product is done for what purpose. Using less products allows for your skin care routine to stay consistent even if you’re on the go.

Oily Skin Tips!!!

Yes, I too have oily skin.

Before you get all sad and depressed, smile! This is not to be seen as a problem, instead embrace it.

What causes the skin to be “oily?”

Oily skin also known as seborrhea occurs when your pores become blogged and in return your skin produces excess oil. Those with oily skin are more susceptible to acne, acne scarring, and large pores.

Having oily skin can seem like a curse. But it is actually a gift! Here are some tips to dealing with your oil secretion.

  1. MOISTURIZE!!!!-Moisturizing oily skin may seem like a contradiction, but it is actually beneficial to do so. When oily skin is not moisturized enough, the skin will overcompensate by producing more oil. So, you are actually not doing yourself a favor by not moisturizing
  2. Consistency!!!!-Having a consistent skin care regimen is essential for those of us with oily skin. When our skin is acclimated to the regimen, it is less likely you will get new or constant pimples
  3. Sleep!!!!-Believe it or not, sleep plays a pivotal role in how our skin reacts. By knowing how much sleep your body needs in order for your skin to function at its best, you can prepare to keep oil down and have your skin looking flawless!
  4. Blotting!!!-Blotting is usually a term synonymous with makeup, but just because you do not have makeup on, does not mean you cannot blot. Keeping blotting sheets around can ensure you keep oil down when you are on the go.
  5. Makeup-Be sure to check ingredients on makeup bottles/packaging. Liquid Foundations usually cause oily skin to produce more oil. Be sure to use a mattifying primer and or a powder to help keep the oil to a minimum.