Tips and tricks

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?

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer 


Hello, lovelies!

A good primer smoothes the skin for foundation application and blurs imperfections. Smashbox Iconic Finish Primer is part of the companys Photo Finish lineup. I use it daily to prime my skin before applying makeup.

The Packaging 

The primer is contained within a clear tube. The design is elegant and features black striping and the Smashbox logo. It is triangular shaped and lightweight. This design allows you to easily see the gel inside.

The Primer 

This primer is oil-free, meaning it will not clog pores. I was worried about this when I began using the primer. To my delight, my skin does not break out when using the primer! This Smashbox primer is silky in texture and leaves the skin feeling smooth. 

How to use it 

I dispense the primer on the back of my hand. I then blend it into my skin using my fingertips for even coverage. I blend the primer over my entire face. 

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is my go-to primer. You only need a tiny amount each time you use it. It will stay in my makeup drawer for a while! It retails at Sephora between $16-$49. 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 


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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? 

 

 

 

Tips and tricks

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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4 of the Simple, Effective Beauty Lessons and Tips I Learned in My 20s to Enhance My Daily Routine 

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I’ve learned a lot about beauty in the past few years. Different products, lessons, and routines shaped how I view beauty. Here are three of those pieces of advice I learned:

1. Skin care doesn’t have to be complicated 

, I simplified my skin care routine based on what suits my skin best. I tried a range of products and steps to care for my skin. What I discovered was the more steps I used, the worse my skin became. Your skin care regime doesn’t need to be complex. I primarily use soap/water and supplement it with a charcoal mask weekly.

2. A new haircut is liberating 

I started cutting my hair short in the last two years. Each trim creates a sleek, professional style that I will keep once I graduate. My hair feels lighter and smoother every time.

3. Drinking enough water does wonders for your skin 

I drink more water than I used to. The more water I consume, the brighter my skin appears. Adding more water into my routine has vastly improved my skin. I’ll admit – it’s difficult to drink enough water sometimes. I add extra fruits and flavouring to make the task more exciting.

4. Find your signature colour 

A signature colour is one that you feel confident and unique in. You can incorporate this colour into your makeup, clothes, or accessories. My signature colour is a bright red, seen often in my makeup,

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

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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?

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Origins Skin Re-Texturizing Mask

Hello, lovelies!

I received a sample of this mask about a month ago. I’m already a fan of Origins Active Charcoal Mask and wondered how this one compared. This mask contains nourishing clay and beads to refresh the skin.

The Packaging

The first thing about this mask that caught my eye? The pink colour. I hoped this mask was packaged in the same format as the charcoal mask – the colour of the tube is the same colour as the product. To my delight, the product is a pale pink. The tube I own is travel-sized.

What is in the mask?

Origin’s Skin Re-Texturizing Mask contains Mediterranean Rose Clay, Willow Herb (sourced from Canada) and jojoba beads. The jojoba beads gently exfoliate the skin.

How to use it

Wash your face with water then massage into the skin with your fingertips. I massage enough product into my skin so that it turns a light pink. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. I use this mask 1-2 times per week.

I noticed improvement in my skin. My skin feels healthier and supple. It is smoother. This mask is starting to reduce my pores and imperfections. The jojoba beads provide a gentle exfoliation without scrubbing.

This Origins mask comes in two different sizes at Sephora. A 10 ml pouch retails for $5.00. The full-sized mask contains 3.4 oz of product. It retails for $32.