Tips and tricks

3 Key Tips for Treating Acne-Prone Skin


Hello, lovelies!

I spent a lot of time switching up my skincare routine until finding what works. I still experience breakouts, albeit less frequently than before. I often research new tips and methods to care for my skin. I’ve narrowed down my tips to the ones you’ll see in today’s post. Keep reading to find out the tips I use daily to care for acne-prone skin.

1. AVOID HARSH EXFOLIATION 

Exfoliation may seem like the perfect way to cleanse, but for acne-prone skin, it is too harsh. Use your fingertips to massage your cleanser into the skin gently. Avoid cleansers with ingredients like beads or ones with high alcohol contents. These types of cleansers are drying. As a good rule of thumb, pat the skin dry instead of scrubbing.

2. CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES

I’m guilty of not cleaning my brushes as often as I should. Makeup brushes harbor bacteria that contributes to breakouts. You should wash brushes every 2 weeks, and sponges every week.

3. BOOST YOUR SKIN’S HYDRATION 

Hydrating the skin is important. Your skin tends to lose moisture when you use exfoliating products, which contributes to breakouts. Boost the hydration in your skin by adding a water-based serum into your daily routine.

 

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A Guide to the 5 Types of Face Acne and Helpful Tips to Reduce It


Hello, lovelies!

Face acne is surprisingly common. Many of us have dealt with it, and continue to. Acne affects teenagers and adults alike. I continue to battle against acne, into my 20s. For today’s post, I wrote a guide I refer to often to determine each type of acne.

Type #1: All-Over Facial Acne

This acne appears in clusters on the face. Is it prevalant along your t-zone (your chin, nose and forehead).  I combat this acne by washing my face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. My current favourite cleanser is Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser. It gently treats acne without causing further irritation. Applying toner and lotion to the face after cleansing reduces inflammation. This balances oil production.

Type #2: Deep + Inflamed Acne

It is important to avoid touching the face when you have this type of acne. Touching the face attributes to further irritation. This type of acne responds well to acne treatments, especially those containing Salicylic Acid. It is important to be patient with this acne. It takes time for it to heal.

Type #3: Chin-Area Acne

I experience this type of acne often. Chin-area acne is caused by hormonal imbalances, and elevated stress levels. This acne responds well to spot treatments. Applying cold to the affected area also reduces redness.

Type #4: Forehead Acne

Dehydration attributes to increased oil production. Staying hydrated will reduce this type of acne. It is often caused by stress, but increased oil production from the scalp will also cause it.

Type #5: Nose Acne

Acne on the nose and surrounding areas results from excess salt intake. This acne is reduced with gentle exfoliation. 

Do you experience breakouts? If so, what are your favourite remedies to use?

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Sweet as Honey: 3 Ways to Use the Ingredient in Your Beauty Routine

Hello, lovelies!

Honey is often used as a sweetener. It is a delicious, sweet addition to recipes. It also has medicinal purposes. Honey is full of healthy antioxidants that are potent when used on the skin, hair, or nails. Today I share a few of the ways to add honey to your beauty routine.

1. Use it as an exfoliator 

Honey contains antioxidants, enzymes and other nutrients that purify and nourish. The moisture in honey hydrates the skin. Create a gentle exfoliator by mixing one tablespoon honey with one tablespoon baking soda. Gently rub the mixture into your skin then rinse with water.

2. Use it to treat acne 

Honey contains both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. These ingredients help fight acne-causing bacteria. Honey also contains anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness in the skin. Apply a dab of raw honey to any blemishes and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with water.

3. Use it as a hair conditioner 

Raw honey is a great ingredient to add shine and lustre to the hair. The nutrients and enzymes won’t weigh the hair down. Add coconut oil into the mix to condition the hair. Mix one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the bottom of hair strands and work your way up. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes and rinse.

 

 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 


Hello, lovelies!

I use a mask 1-2 times per week to thoroughly deep-clean my skin. My skin type is dry, and acne-prone. When I heard Origins Active Charcoal Mask is composed of white china clay and glycerin water I decided to give it a try, crossing my fingers that it would banish my blemishes. This charcoal mask not only kept my skin free of dirt and oil but it also left my complexion soft.

The Packaging 

The product comes in a triangular tube with a capped closure. I like the tube format of the product, this makes it lightweight. The colour of the product is reflective when you look at the tube – it is a muted ash-grey.

The Mask 

adore how this mask works! The texture begins as a liquid and dries into a hardened material once on the skin for a few moments. I rinse with warm water and my skin is softer and feels brighter. The glycerin water and white china clay ingredients clears my pores and absorbs excess toxins.

How to Use It 

It is important to note that your pores must be open before using the mask. How do you open your pores?

  • Place a warm, moistened towel on the face for a moment to open pores
  • Apply the mask onto the skin using fingertips
  • Allow the mask to sit until it dries completely
  • Rinse with warm water

I noticed considerable improvement in my skin after using the mask a few times. My pores appeared smaller and I experienced less breakouts. Origins masks are great products to supplement with your weekly skincare routine.

Sephora  sells different sized tubes of this product. A sample-sized container retails for $5. The smaller tube (1.7 oz) is priced at $20 while the largest tube (3.4 oz) is $34.

Have you tried Origins skincare before? If so, what type of mask is your favourite? 

 

 

 

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3 Quick Tips for Clear, Glowing Skin All Year-Round

Hello, lovelies!

Achieving a healthy, glowing complexion takes time. I still struggle with breakouts at age 21. After modifying my skin care routine I’ve determined specific steps to minimize imperfections and enhance my natural glow. Today I share a few of the tips I use on a daily basis with you.

TIP #1 – Moisturize your face 

I’ve noticed that using moisturizer makes a huge difference to my skin. If I don’t follow up with moisturizer after cleansing, my skin feels tight. New breakouts also appear when I skip this step. Moisturizing each day adds a healthy layer of moisture into your skin. This moisture prevents the skin from becoming dry and tight – preventing new breakouts.

TIP #2 – Hands off 

Touching your face throughout the day introduces new bacteria into the skin. Keep your hands away from your face to prevent new acne from occurring. When you do not touch your face, your skin stays clear from excess dirt and oil.

TIP #3 – Drink enough water 

Water impacts your skin health. Drinking adequate water helps the skin appear brighter. It also lessens the chance of introducing new particles into the skin. Adequate water consumption hydrates the skin.

What are your top tips for clearer skin? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below! 

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My Top 3 Favourite Skin Care and Makeup Products for Acne-Prone Skin (and How I Use Them)

Hello, lovelies!

I’ve struggled with acne since the age of 15, but it seemed to worsen once I began university. In the past few years, I’ve tried different products and routines to clear my skin. Today I share my favourite products:

1. Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup 

Clinique Acne Solutions is a lightweight facial makeup. It contains benzol peroxide to treat acne-prone skin. I use it most often in the summer months for a light finish that clears my skin. I buff it into my skin with an angled foundation brush to achieve all-over coverage.

2. Dove Beauty Bar 

This soap is the most gentle product for my skin. It cleanses while clearing. I integrate soap into my facial cleansing routine about four times a week. My skin remains soft and clean. I tried 10-20 different products before soap. To my surprise, it worked better than acne-reducing cleansers to clean and refresh my skin. I massage the soap into my skin, let it sit for a few seconds, then rinse with warm water.

3. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 

This active charcoal mask purifies and deep cleans. I use it weekly to remove dirt, oil, and makeup that contributes to breakouts. It contains white China clay and lecithin to remove impurities. It leaves my skin clearer and bright. I use this mask by first opening my pores with a warm towel. I apply the mask and let it dry before rinsing with warm water.

What product do you use to combat acne-prone skin?

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My (Refined) Skin Care Routine 

Hello, lovelies! 

I previously wrote about my daily skin care routine. As part of my New Years Resolutions, I decided to refine my daily routine. I have modified some of the steps in my routine, and added new products. The core steps in my routine include: Cleansing, exfoliating, and brightening

Monday-Saturday: 

I cleanse my face with Noxzema anti-blemish pads to banish any imperfections. I follow this step with moisturizer. My skin tends to be drier in the winter. To overcome this dryness, I switched my moisturizer to Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost moisturizer. This formula is lightweight and non-irritating. 

Sunday:

At least once a week, I use products suited for a deeper clean. I recieved a sample of Fresh Cosmetics Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boost face mask recently, and it is a perfect product to use for this purpose. The mask contains crushed citrus fruits and has a grainier texture than my Noxzema pads. I use it weekly to remove excess dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. The gentle exfoliation creates a good balance for my skin.  (Stay tuned for a full review of this mask!) 

I remove all makeup with a gentle, cleansing makeup remover wipe. I often switch between makeup remover wipes and Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm