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.
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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Imagine a skin care line that embodies a mind-body-soul philosophy to bring harmony to your skin. Ayurveda has been around for many centuries and it’s said that Indian sages lived to be over 100 years old through Ayurvedic practices. Ayurveda is a way of life –involving mind body harmony that is conducive to health, happiness and longevity. It’s said that external stimuli enhance the nervous system, and practices such as bath, massage, and meditation bring positive impact from the outside inward. Sundari (which means beautiful woman in Sanskrit) is a product line that combines holistic ayurvedic principles based on an ancient eastern philosophy with the finest quality ingredients from nature, delivering a healthy approach to wellness that result in outer radiance and inner serenity. Sundari products are formulated with organic ingredients and made with therapeutic-grade essential oils to address a wide array of needs ranging from oily skin and acne, to dry skin and aging. Ingredients such as neem, gotu kola, amla, and aloe vera gel are synthesized in potent formulas to provide firming, healing, nurturing, and supplifying results.
Here are some of our top-selling Sundari items:
The Sundari Gotu Kola and Boswellia Firming Eye Serum: An eye contour treatment designed to help prevent puffiness and reduce visible bags under the eyes, tighten the skin, and increase elasticity to the eye region. Calendula extract soothes sensitive skin around eyes.
Sundari Neem Night Cream: A powerful anti-aging cream that contains Neem Extract, combined with Jojoba Oil, Geranium Oil and Shea Butter serves to soften the skin bringing about a new, radiant appearance.
Sundari Gentle Gel Cleanser: A soothing gel cleanser that contains healing aloe and calming chamomile extract to soothe and refresh the skin.
What is your favorite Sundari product? How do you practice your own personal Ayurveda? Is it massage, meditation, yoga, or simply quiet “me” time? Share with us on our Facebook page, and stay tuned for an exciting GIVEAWAY featuring Sundari products!
We start our days and end our days with a refreshing cleanse. While there a million cleansers specific to different skin types, there are a few products which are star cleansers that are suitable for almost everyone. These are cleansers that no matter what your skin needs, can work efficiently and gently.
Here are some of the top contenders for this important daily step:
• Caudalie Cleansing Water – This cleanser removes dirt and makeup without needing to be rinsed off. It encapsulates dirt particles and sweeps them away. Great on the go, or for those with water sensitivities.
• Purlisse Pur Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser – This gentle and non- irritating cleanser is made from a blend of soy milk, soy proteins, whole oat, and white tea. It’s a non-foaming cleanser which helps to balance the skin while removing make-up.
• iS Clinical Cleansing Complex – This cleanser helps to remove dead skin cells, refines the pores, helps to balance the skin, and can even be used for shaving. The ultimate multi-tasker!
• Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser – This cleanser just so happens to be created by the makers of the fabulous Clarisonic device. It is a non-foaming cleanser that contains aloe, cucumber, green tea, and vitamin E to help soothe the skin while providing antioxidant protection against future damage. It’s great for use along with your Clarisonic system or it can be used alone!
Do you have a favorite multi-tasking cleanser? We’d love to know!
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Teenagers are not the only ones that have oily skin. As we age, hormonal levels fluctuate which causes changes in our skin. Some women experience more oil production later in life as hormones change entering perimenopause and menopause. With onset of hot flashes, an oily complexion is only accentuated. Although hormonal transitions are unavoidable, here are a few of our highest rated mattifying moisturizers that will help combat unwanted shine.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion is a top seller addressing anti-aging concerns while taming excess oil. The lotion is infused with retinol and apple stem cells to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Pore size and shine are also greatly reduced.
Do you ever feel like there is not enough blotting paper in the world to combat your oily, shiny skin? Do you walk outside on a hot, summer day and feel your makeup immediately start sliding off of your face? Do you walk outside on a cold, winter day and still experience the same problem? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, let me introduce you to your new best friend…Vichy Normaderm PRO Mat!
My own battle with excess oil and shine has been ongoing for as long as I can remember. Always on the search, it seemed like I was constantly spending time and money trying to find something that worked for me, but to no avail. Now, I have FINALLY found that product…thank you Vichy for creating the perfect product for me!
This oil-free moisturizer is my multitasking miracle! It absorbs quickly, works fantastic as a foundation base, instantly mattifies and keeps me shine-free for hours. Another great feature about this product is that it also contains an SPF 15. UV rays are another cause of excess oil production. As if we needed another reason to wear our sunscreen.
I can already hear you asking “How does it work?” Vichy Normaderm PRO Mat contains microspheres that provide that beautiful, instantly matte finish while the Vitamin CG (a stable precursor to Vitamin C) slowly releases throughout the day to actually regulate your body’s own sebum production. So not only does PRO Mat work as an anti-shine quick fix, it also provides long-term benefits.
You want to have clean, clear, healthy skin like some of your favorite teen idols. While you may want to have that Kellan Lutz or Dianna Agron look, your hormones and skin are telling another story.
Here are some quick things to make clean, clear, healthy skin a reality:
Hormonal changes can cause an increase in sebum (oil production.)
Dead skin cells, sweat, oil, and dirt can clog your pores causing pimples, breakouts and zits.
Using an exfoliating cleanser, toner, spot treatment, and moisturizer twice a day can help clear up existing breakouts and reduce future breakouts.
Using cleansers, chemicals, spot treatments, or acne pads, without following up with a moisturizer can cause your skin to dry out and release more oil, causing more breakouts! Make sure to use a moisturizer.
Be sure to use a clean washcloth each time you wash your face. Avoid buffing sponges as they can over exfoliate skin and irritate healing skin. Avoid facial sponges as they can breed bacteria! If you use your hands to apply cleanser, be sure to wash your hands with anti bacterial soap before washing your face.
Inexpensive makeup foundations can have mineral oils and fillers in them that can cause your pores to clog. Try using a minimal amount of foundation (oil free) and consider switching to a mineral based powder foundation.
Avoid picking at skin that is healing. Doing so can cause cratering and permanent scarring. If you are going to be outdoors in the sun for more than 10 minutes a day, be sure you wear an oil free sunscreen with an SPF of at least 20 or more. Exposing unprotected healing skin to UVA/UVB rays can cause pigmentation spotting.
Here are some kits for acneic skin that won’t break the bank!
“Backne” or Back Acne can be a very embarrassing condition to deal with. Taking your shirt off at the pool or in the gym showers to reveal red bumps, pimples, pustules, zits, cratering and pigmentation spots can be the last thing that you want to do. Backne tends to be more common in men due to hormonal changes during puberty, but can also occur during adulthood. The skin on your back tends to be thicker and the sebaceous (oil) glands are larger. Sweating and oil secretion along with dead skin cells and free radicals (dirt) can all clog the pores.
Contrary to popular belief acne is not caused by eating too much chocolate or junk food. Some acne can be hormonal, some can be caused by genetics and some can be environmental (influences under our control.)
Here are some suggestions on how to control environmental influences and minimize or eliminate those embarrassing break outs. Try to wear light weight cotton t-shirts when you work out or when it’s hot and you’re going to sweat. Shower immediately after you’re done working out or outdoors sweating. Use a salicylic body wash like Menscience Daily Body Wash.
This product will help to remove the sweat, dirt and oil. It contains salicylic and glycolic acids that assist in cleaning out the pores and removing dead skin cells. When you shampoo and condition your hair be sure to thoroughly rinse your back area with warm water instead of hot water. Hot water on your back can cause your pores to open up more and not rinsing thoroughly can cause those open pores to absorb some of the chemicals in the shampoo and conditioner, causing more breakouts. When you step out of the shower, use a freshly laundered dry towel. Doing so will help you avoid reintroducing any bacteria to your freshly cleaned skin. Avoid direct sunlight while your acne is inflamed or healing. UVA and UVB rays can damage your irritated skin and cause pigmentation scarring.
If you have severe redness, inflammation, and hard bumps associated with your backne; see a dermatologist. You could have what is known as cystic acne or cystic nodular acne. These are conditions that will need professional medical help.
Next time you take your shirt off; let’s have them notice your sexy chest and abs, not your backne!