When I started my esthetics training we quickly learned the process to healthy skin! “Cleanse, tone, moisturize, protect!” Being a girl with acne-prone, oily skin, I didn’t want to add any sort of moisturizer to my skin. I sat down with an instructor one day to go over my regimen. She asked what moisturizer I used, and I said, “Oh! My skin is oily, so I don’t use one!” She looked at me like I was crazy! She explained to me why even oily skin needs a moisturizer, and now, dear friends, I will share that information with you.
You see, believe it or not oily skin can still be dehydrated, meaning it is lacking water, not oil. Dehydration in skin can lead to overactive sebaceous (oil) glands making the skin oily. Using an oil free moisturizer will balance out moisture levels, which will help keep oil production at bay.
It took a couple of months for me to even believe this enough to try it. I finally did, and wouldn’t ya know it! She knew what she was talking about! If you still aren’t buying it, just give it a few weeks. Try an oil free moisturizer! La Roche Posay Effaclar Daily Mattifying Moisturizer is one of my favorites. I bet you’ll notice the difference!
Is your skin oily and blemish prone? Are you looking for a treatment to address the excess oils within your skin, prevent breakouts and help even skin tone? SkinCeuticals has THE serum to calm your skin woes.
Say hello to the Blemish & Age Defense Serum. This special oil-free formulation includes a blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids along with 2% Dioic Acid. This serum can help to control the over production of oils within the skin, reduce P acnes bacteria, decongest pores, help prevent and treat hyperpigmentation, and reduce fine lines & wrinkles. Wow! You can address multiple skin concerns with only one product!. This serum can be used both day and night for best results after you cleanse/tone your skin. With all of the benefits listed above, who wouldn’t want to use one product for multi-beneficial results? I already have mine and now it’s your turn to take control of your skin.
Blotting linens are a perfect way to absorb excess facial oil throughout the day without adding weight, product, or disturbing your makeup. Boscia has a variety of blotting linens available at SkinStore.com and the price is perfectly fit for any budget! Choose from seven 100% natural linens or natural botanical fibers that are mildly scented with essence of vanilla, lavender, rose, orange, peppermint, green tea and unscented.
Looking for the perfect primer? Look no further! New from Murad, Hybrid Skin Perfecting Primer is the perfect fix for a flawless shine free complexion. This 2-in-1 problem solver imparts a shine free finish and creates a smooth resilient canvas while evening skin tone and texture.
Adaptive shade technology creates a perfect skin tone match. A subtle tint evens out tone to disguises flaws. While, light enhancing minerals create a radiant glow. Pore Factor-5, an exclusive complex, minimizes the appearance of pores and balances oil production.
With a multitude of benefits Murad Hybrid Skin Perfecting Primer is perfect for a gal on the go! You can wear it alone as a lightweight foundation without looking heavy or made up. Or if you have plans for a night out, wear as a primer under your favorite foundation for a flawless complexion. It’s a must have for your makeup bag!
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Before beginning any skincare consultation you are asked, what skin type do you have? Although it may sound like a simple question many of us may not know or have not evaluated our skin in quite some time. It’s important to remember that our skin changes over the years and even in different seasons.
This simple skin type test will help to determine your skin type so that you can best address your individual skin care needs:
First wash your face with a cleanser made for normal skin, rinse well with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel.
After allowing your skin to rest for about an hour, it’s time to evaluate your skin. How does it feel?
-If it’s tight, flaky, or ashy your skin type is dry.
-If you’re slightly oily across the forehead, down the nose and on the chin (T-zone areas) then you are normal to combination.
-If you are shiny all over and need a tissue to blot excess oil, then you are oily.
Remember it’s important to reevaluate a few times a year, as our skin changes seasonally and as hormones fluctuate.
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For skin types that usually deal with clogged pores, excessive oils, rough or uneven skin texture and tone, there is a product that may become a your saving grace.
From a brand which needs no introduction, SkinCeuticals has re-vamped a few classic products that have come back with a powerful impact. SkinCeuticals BioMedic LHA Serum, formulated with glycolic, salicylic, & LHA complex is the newest in latest&greatest technology.
Glycolic acid can accelerate your natural cell renewal process to assist with improvement of skin tone & texture. Salicylic acid can help to unclog pores, remove dirt, oil or other debris that can lead to breakouts. LHA can provide a more precise exfoliation.
Temperatures are beginning to rise and the need for a lighter oil free moisturizer is here. Using the same moisturizers in the summer that you do in the winter may result in having a shiny, heavy-feeling complexion.
Here are some suggestions on some of our top rated brands of lightweight moisturizers:
If you’re on the market for a new sunscreen product for this year’s sizzling summer do we have good news for you! La Roche Posay, an innovative skin care company and progressive sunscreen pioneer launched their newest and best. La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 is a sheer and lightweight all-mineral sunscreen that provides broad spectrum sun protection. The formula is an elegant fluid that soaks right in without leaving a residue or a white caste on the skin. Micronized Titanium Dioxide offers long-lasting broad spectrum protection with advanced efficacy against UVA and UVB rays, while Cell-Ox Shield, a powerful patent-pending antioxidant complex featuring Senna Alata, protects the skin cells against damage.
The benefits are outstanding, and because this formula contains a natural mineral sunscreen there is no waiting time; once the fluid is applied it’s effective immediately. As minerals naturally adhere to the skin the sheer fluid formula is remarkably water resistant, too! It’s also great for sensitive skin, and acne prone skin as is non-comedogenic.
Do you have a favorite sunscreen product? Share with us in the comments below!
Peppermint has been widely used in Eastern and Western medicine to alleviate a variety of different ailments. Peppermint helps to ease pain and also kill bacteria. Its antimicrobial properties make it a key ingredient in products for oily or acne prone skin types. Here are a few peppermint wonders that we can’t live without:
Sundari Essential Oil for Oily Skin has a lightweight blend of essential oils that replenishes oily skin without clogging pores. Stimulating peppermint oil cools the skin while rosemary oil works as an astringent to firm and tone. Loaded with vitamins A and E this blend helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The product also helps to regulate oil production within the skin. Peppermint also increases circulation, which purges pores of toxins and debris. With regular use the skin will appear balanced, nourished, and calm.
Cellex-C Betaplex Clear Complexion Masque contains an aromatic blend of essential oils such as peppermint, menthol, rosemary, and Echinacea. Blemish prone skin is soothed and bacteria is kept at bay with a blend of antiseptic peppermint, rosemary and Echinacea. Alpha beta hydroxyl acid (3%) is included to help to slough off dead skin surface cells revealing a radiant smooth complexion.
Decleor Cleansing Gel leaves oily skin squeaky clean and refreshed. Peppermint purifies and rebalances skin without stripping the skin or disrupting its natural pH balance. With continued use blemishes occur less frequently, pores are tightened and shine is reduced.
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What is your Skin like: Like millions of people I would say I have a combination skin. My t-zone is oily (especially in the warmer months), and the rest of my skin is normal. I do have to watch what I use on my face because I do break out easily.
Skin concerns: I try my best to keep my skin clear and use preventative products. My forehead can get very oily and I get the occasional break out.
Cleanser: Kinerase Gentle Daily Cleanser- This is my all time favorite cleanser. I love how gentle this product is, yet it is excellent for removing make-up. It is even good for removing my stubborn mascara.
Treatment: SkinMedica C + E Complex- helps me get my antioxidant defense without leaving a heavy feel on my skin like some other products can.
Hydrator: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion- Fast absorbing, mattifying, helps minimize my pores, oil free, and anti-aging in one! I absolutely love this moisturizer and apparently my boyfriend does too because out of the tons and tons of products I have, this one always seems to come up missing and I always know who to go to when I need to find it!
Eye Cream: Caudalie Vinexpert Anti-Aging Serum & Lips- a hydrating serum that leaves my eye area tight, bright & smooth looking. This is your all in one eye product. Targets lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.
My night regimen is the same as my morning regimen with a few exceptions: I swap out my antioxidant for a retinol treatmnet, and my moisturizer & SPF for an anti-aging, nourishing lotion that repairs sun damage!
Treatment: SkinMedica Retinol Complex- very effective, yet non irritating. I love the consistency of this product and it has definitely cleared up my skin and evened out my tone.
Hydrator: Kinerase Lotion- it’s a light moisturizer but is very hydrating. This moisturizer does not clog my pores and absorbs well. Not to mention it is anti aging, helps even out skin tone, and works very well for those with sun damaged or sensitive skin.
What’s your regimen like? As comprehensive as mine? Tell us! We’d love to know!
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