I enjoy using face masks 1-2 times per week to supplement my skin care routine. GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment is a mask that is fully effective for clearing my pores and minimizing breakouts. I initially received a sample of the product, but later returned to Sephora for a larger container.
This mask comes in a starry, white and silver jar. The reflective surface is fun and aesthetically-pleasing. It features the GlamGlow logo and a description of the jar’s contents.
I love how this mask works! When first applied to the face, it is sticky and retains the texture of a charcoal mask. As it dries, the texture changes to a clay. It does not fully transform into a clay texture – any black patches that remain are areas where the mask works to clear excess oil!
How to use it
I gently clean my skin before I apply the mask. I apply it to moist skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. An important thing to note about this mask is that if you have sensitive skin, your skin may appear quite red after the mask is initially rinsed. My skin appeared red and blotchy for a few moments after I rinsed the mask, but it quickly calmed to leave my skin soft and clear!
GlamGlow’s SuperMud Clearing Treatment is a great product if you’re looking for a mask to clear and soothe acne. I incorporated it into my weekly routine about 1-2 months ago and noticed results within the first week of use.
This mask retails for $69 at Sephora. It is also available in a travel-sized container for $24.
This season has brought me many things, but consistently clear skin is not one of those things. The state of my skin changes a lot and I’ve modified my skin care routine in response. (I’m currently sitting at my laptop with a charcoal mask smoothed across my face). Today I’m sharing why you need a dedicated skin care routine, and how you can make changes if your routine is just not working.
Why maintain a skin care routine?
Your hormone levels begin regulating between ages 22-25, but you may notice extra breakouts during certain times of the month. Engaging in a consistent skin care routine is beneficial for many reasons:
- The amount of collagen in your skin decreases in your late-20s and your skin’s barrier begins to thin. Sticking to a regular skincare routine ensures your skin continues to look youthful and radiant
- Your skin is a large barrier. It continuously protects you from toxins and other environmental effects. By engaging in a consistent routine, you’re helping your skin function at its best.
- With time, your skincare routine becomes a habit.
A few simple tips to help you maintain a skin care routine:
Developing and maintaining a skin care routine doesn’t have to be hard work! Here are a few of my favourite tips to regulate my daily and weekly cleansing:
- Use a moisturizer – A good moisturizer will keep your skin looking fresh and supple. Moisturizer protects your skin against wrinkles and reduces dryness.
- Exfoliate – Exfoliation rids the skin of dead skin cells which prevents the skin from appearing dry and dull
How do you care for your skin?
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
I 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?
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!