3 Surprising Reasons Why Your Skin Keeps Breaking Out

Hello, lovelies!

We all know the importance of maintaining a skincare routine, but what happens when your skin still breaks out despite the care you give it? For all of you who suffer from acne and blemishes, I empathize with you because I continue to experience regular breakouts! Before you toss your beloved skincare products, check in with yourself! The causes of your breakouts may not be what you imagined. Here are four surprising reasons why your skin continues to breakout:

You don’t change your pillowcase regularly

Just like your cell phone, your pillowcase can contain bacteria that causes breakouts. Even if you wash your face every night before bed, the natural oils from your hair and skin can accumulate on your pillowcase. Once they build up over time, they lead to breakouts. Pillowcases should be changed or washed weekly to keep them clean.

You skip moisturizing 

It took me a long time to realize that moisturizer is actually good for my acne-prone skin. It is easy to assume that too much oil causes breakouts, but this actually is not true. Excessively cleansing the skin removes natural oils, causing rebound dryness that can further irritate acne. Applying moisturizer reintroduces natural oil back into the skin and balances it.

You never clean your makeup brushes

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? It is important to clean all your beauty tools at least once a week to prevent makeup, oil, and bacteria from causing breakouts. If you don’t have a fancy makeup brush cleaner, a small amount of water and soap will do the trick!

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MAC Prep+Prime Skin Base

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I received a sample of MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin Base with purchase over the summer, and I was very excited to try a gel lotion primer. This product is a unique lotion that evens out skin redness and discolouration while adding radiance. I replaced my moisturizer and primer with this product to test it and loved the results!

The Packaging

This product is sleek and lightweight. The product is packaged inside a bottle that mimics an aerosol can, however the nozzle functions similar to a pump. It features the MAC logo and contains 30 ml of product. My favourite aspect of the packaging is the multi-coloured shimmering particles on the bottle that results in a glittering effect when the bottle is turned.

The Product

The primer itself is white but has small golden flecks in it. It feels very lightweight and soft when applied to the skin, drying down without feeling sticky. This primer gave my skin a luminous glow underneath my makeup.

How to use it

I like that this product is easy to apply and dries down quickly. To apply, smooth the product over your face after moisturizing. The product can be applied with the fingertips, a brush, or a sponge.

MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin is a unique primer that evens out skin tone, provides a glowing radiance to the complexion, and feels soft to the touch. I enjoyed trying this product as a primer and it is quite unique compared to other primers that I’ve tried! MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin retails for $31 on MAC’s official website.

3 Quick, Effective Ways to Soothe a Sunburn

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Where I live on the east coast of Canada, we get approximately 10 days of summer weather. When the weather is hot and sunny it is inevitable that you’ll spend time outside. Sunburns are often synonymous with summer, but you don’t have to suffer long with the burning, blistering sensation that the burn often leaves! Here are three quick ways to sooth a sunburn.

Apply a cooling sensation

Applying a cold compress or wet washcloth to the skin is a quick way to sooth the stinging, burning sensation from a sunburn. This method is more effective than applying ice to the skin, as it can damage your skin and irritate the sunburn even more.

Take an anti-inflammatory 

This is a quick method to use when your sunburn is inflamed and painful. Taking an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or Advil will help reduce swelling and inflammation in the skin.

Drink a lot of fluids 

Drinking more fluids when you have a sunburn will help replenish the moisture that leaves your skin when you are sunburned. Increasing your fluid intake will also prevent you from becoming dehydrated. I like to keep a reusable water bottle nearby when lounging in the sun to maintain my fluid intake.

REVIEW: Milk Makeup Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask

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I adore testing new face masks. My skin tends to be dry, acne-prone and dull throughout the winter, so I’m always eager to add a new face mask into my routine to rejuvenate my complexion. I recently bought the Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask from Milk Makeup and the soothing mask balances my skin, reduces oil and clears breakouts!

The Packaging

The packaging of this product is eye-catching and fun. The mask itself is comes in a twistable stick format. I love this unique packaging idea – it is easy to use and not messy when applying the mask to my face. The stick is a gorgeous mint-green shade that bears the Milk Makeup logo.

The Mask

I adore  this mask. The clay mask feels soothing on the skin, non-drying and it is not messy. The mask applies easily to wet or dry skin, and it dries down without feeling tight on the skin. After the mask dries, it rinses quickly with water and leaves no residue. After applying the mask, my skin appeared soft, radiant, and my blemishes were reduced. The clay feels soft and smooth when applied to the skin.

How to use it

This is one of the easiest, quickest face masks I’ve ever used. It can be applied to wet or dry skin. I roll the product onto my skin (I prefer to apply it to slightly damp skin) and let it dry. It takes approximately 10 minutes to dry completely. I then rinse with lukewarm water and the mask disappears in a flash. This product is perfect to apply once or twice per week as part of your regular skincare routine.

If you’re looking for a quick, no-fuss face mask that clears and calms your skin I’d recommend this one from Milk Makeup! Milk Makeup’s Matcha Detofixying Face Mask retails for $29 at Sephora.

REVIEW: First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream

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I recently received a sample of First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream. I was eager to integrate a new moisturizer into my skincare routine to gauge how it helped my dry skin. First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream is lightweight, and acts as a moisturizer or primer.

The Packaging

I adore how fun and whimsical this packaging is! The cream comes in a lightweight, travel-friendly jar that features a striped design with pops of pink, silver and white. The jar bears the First Aid Beauty logo and has a bright pink cover.

The Cream

The cream has a lightweight, balmy texture. It absorbs instantly into the skin without leaving any residue, and it is oil-free. The cream is translucent and airy. My skin feels soft, moisturized and refreshed once I apply the product. One aspect that I particularly enjoy is that the cream retains the texture of a primer when it dries into the skin, making it perfect to wear underneath makeup!

How to use it 

First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream is ideal to use morning or night as part of your skincare routine. Apply it evenly over clean skin. The moisturizer can be worn underneath makeup or alone.

If you’re looking for a lightweight moisturizer to introduce into your springtime makeup routine, I’d recommend First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream! The lightweight moisturizer refreshes the skin without feeling heavy or dense. This product is part of Sephora’s Hello FAB Coconut line that also includes a Priming Moisturizer, and Jelly Mask. Each jar retails for $42 at Sephora.

4 Face Masks I Use to Achieve Clear, Glowing Skin

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Glowing skin and a clear complexion are two of my skin care goals. I like to add face masks into my weekly skin care routine to clarify, detoxify, and moisturize my skin. As a self-proclaimed beauty lover, I’ve tried a variety of masks. Today I share the masks that made it to the top of my ‘must-have’ list.

1. GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Mask

This was the first hydrating face mask I’ve ever tried. This product is from GlamGlow, and I’ve used various masks from their collection. I immediately loved how it added extra moisture to my skin without weighing it down. The THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment  leaves my skin hydrated. glowy and smooth. I typically use this mask 1-2 times a week to supplement with my regular moisturizer.

2. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask 

I adore Tatcha’s Water Cream Moisturizer and was excited to learn that the brand also has a range of face masks. The Dewy Skin Mask is actually a lightweight sheet mask. Because it does not require rinsing, it is a great skincare option for busy mornings. This mask has the consistency of a serum – perfect for dry skin.

3. GlamGlow YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment 

GlamGlow’s YOUTHMUD mask is unique. You apply the mask like others from the GlamGlow collection, but it works differently. Upon contacting the skin, the mask begins to tingle! This mask is excellent for brightening. I enjoy using this mask to exfoliate and clear any blemishes.

4. Sephora Collection Face Masks 

Sephora Collection offers single-use sheet masks for the face, eyes, lips, hands, and feet. I like to rotate face masks from this collection into my skincare routine for an instant refresh. Each face mask is reminiscent of a flower, and the names of the masks range from Lotus to rose. My favorite mask from the collection is the Rose mask – it moisturizes and brightens my skin while preventing blemishes.

Do you use any face masks as part of your skincare routine?

3 Things You Should Never Do to Your Skin

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Your skin is with you for life. If there’s one thing you should do, it is to treat your skin with care and respect. We know there are certain ways to care for the skin, but most of the time, we just bypass them regardless. Here are three things you should never do if you want your skin to love you back.

Over-exfoliating 

Exfoliating 1-2 times per week is great – it refreshes your skin and removes any dead skin cells that may be causing breakouts or dullness in the skin. Over-exfoliating can cause scratching on the skin’s surface which leaves it prone to environmental toxins and breakouts.

Not protecting your skin

Sunscreen is a vital skincare product. You probably know that you’re supposed to wear sunscreen daily, but have you ever considered why? The sun is responsible for how your skin ages, and wearing sunblock daily not only prevents aging, but it also protects against dark spots.

Using the same products for a long time 

You may have found the best moisturizer or cleanser ever, but your skin will eventually change and adapt to any active ingredients in the product. Over time, this causes the product to become less effective. It’s important to know your skin type and how it reacts to different products. If your beloved cleanser or moisturizer is no longer working, it’s time to reevaluate the products you use.