Skincare

6 Mistakes You Make When Washing Your Face

How can you possibly make mistakes in face washing for goodness sake? It should be pretty simple, right? Dunk your face in a sink full of water, work up a little soap lather on a washcloth, scrub it on and then rinse it off. Ahhh, but it takes a little more care and thought; how you wash your face, when, how frequently, and what you use all make a difference.

With a little consideration of method and products, you can improve your skin health, curb acne breakouts, and reduce skin inflammation. To these ends, I will become the Queen of Clean for your enlightenment.

Wash your face before bed

Even if you don’t wear makeup you should always wash your face at night before turning in. All day natural oils and sweat collect on the skin as well as dirt and pollution from the environment. Leaving this accumulation of gunk on your skin at the end of the day can cause acne breakouts, skin irritation, and inflammation.

Don’t skip the morning cleanse, friends

Cleansing your skin before bed is fine, but another rinse in the morning is a good idea. Germs like to leap from your pillowcase to your face as you sleep so you should wash your pillowcases often. Even then, bacteria from your saliva and oils from your hair make their way to your fresh new pillowcase and then to your face and eyes. A quick rinse in the morning will freshen your skin and ensure that any other skincare products you apply have the best possible base.

Keep the water temperature low

Hot water may feel good in the shower especially just after a muscle numbing workout, but it could also be causing damage to your skin. High water temperatures can cause dilation of blood vessels and the possible breakage of delicate tissue as well as strip the skin of its natural oils. Your skin will more quickly dry out and become itchy and flaky, so use lukewarm water to cleanse your face instead of hot.

Don’t use only a makeup wipe to clean your face

A makeup wipe or cleansing cloth is not good enough to deeply clean your face. They remove makeup and surface dirt but also leave behind a residue. If you do use them, rinse away the residue and then use a gentle cleanser for a deeper clean. Wet your face with lukewarm water and apply cleanser using your fingertips in a circular motion for 20 to 30 seconds, then rinse and softly pat dry with a clean towel.

Use the correct cleanser for your skin

That new cleanser on the market that your co-workers and crafting pals keep raving about might not be the best for you. Skincare companies create different product lines for different skin types for good reason.

  • Normal skin has an even skin tone and a soft texture with no blemishes, red or flaky patches, and the skin surface is neither dry nor greasy. Look for a simple cleanser that doesn’t go too heavy on the exfoliants or the moisturizers. Find a solution here for normal skin.

  • Dry skin has a dull skin tone and looks rough, flaky, and is often itchy. If your skin is on the dry or sensitive side, choose creams and lotions that are designed to hydrate while cleansing gently. Find a solution here for dry skin.

  • Oily skin appears shiny, often showing blackheads and pimples and is more prone to acne. Gentle foams and gels will be the best choices to cleanse an oilier complexion without leaving the skin totally stripped. Find a solution here for acne-prone skin.

Moisturize right after you clean

Studies have shown that applying moisturizer while the skin is still damp after cleansing will help to lock in that hydration. Waiting even a few minutes will allow the surface cells to dehydrate and they will become more resistant to retaining moisture. As an added note, even if your moisturizer does have an SPF factor, apply a sunscreen on top to ensure adequate protection for your skin.

So, how did the Queen of Clean do? Are you now enlightened and glowing in the knowledge of correct washing procedure? In all seriousness, if you follow these tips and use the links shown above for more information, you will have beautiful skin, glowing with health.

This guest post is sponsored and written by FacingAcne.com

Review | I Wanted to Love Glossier Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfecter, But...

Let me start by saying that I absolutely adore Glossier. Several of their formulas have become favorites of mine over the years and I have even shared some of them on my platform. This blog post is in no way meant to "shade" Glossier or anything like that...but to share my experience with the Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfecter that everyone has been raving about lately.

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A few months ago, I received Glossier's Solution to try out before its launch. I was so stoked because of the gorgeous millennial pink packaging and the fact that this was supposed to be the "solution" to my skin problems, hence the name. I started using the formula as soon as I received it and this is how the months broke down:

  • In mid-December, I received the product and incorporated it into my Glossier routine consisting of the Milky Jelly Cleanser and Moisturizing Primer Rich. For SPF, I used my Alchemie moisturizer. I noticed a burning sensation in certain areas of my face, but didn't think much of it. It was a little more powerful than the usual light tingling I experience when getting a facial at the spa.
  • In January, I proceed to use Solution almost daily; however, the sensation was not the most pleasant and I began to use it less and less. The burning was more noticeable on some days than others. During this time, I switched back to one of my favorite toners -- Fresh Beauty's Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner -- and my skin was perfectly fine.
  • February was pretty similar. I used Solution on and off due to my reactions. However, my skin seemed to react worse than before with increased burning and prominent bumps that seemed to be from irritation. I would have taken photos to show for blogging purposes, but I was too busy curled up in bed wishing I'd made another decision for toner half of the time.

So here I am at the beginning of March and I've finally decided to give Solution a rest. I gave it a try and wanted to love it so bad (that I gave it 3 whole months), but my skin has officially tapped out.

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If anything, here's what I want you to take away from this post:

  1. My personal experience does not deem Glossier Solution a terrible product. Everyone's skin is very different! It could work for you or it could not work for you...and that's okay. Nowadays with everyone so dependent on the opinions of bloggers, I think it has taken away from many figuring out and deciding what works for themselves. Try it and be sure to read more reviews in addition to mine. Do your own research, too!
  2. Always read the ingredients! In my case, I'm not (and wasn't) aware of any chemical ingredients I may be allergic to. However, I do have friends who have stayed away from the product because they know that they are allergic to salicylic acid. Pay attention to those things.
  3. If you're not sure and you have access to a dermatologist, speak to them first before trying new products -- especially if you have other serious clinical strength products that you're already using.
  4. If you're experiencing burning or irritation when using a product, halt use immediately (then see 3). Do not try to tough it out like I did and take it like a G!
  5. I love Glossier products overall and I'm a rep for the brand! Visit my page here to shop my must-haves and to receive 20% off your first purchase.

Have you tried Glossier Solution? What was your experience?

Beauty Favorites Made with Real Honey | The Holy Humectant

I absolutely adore honey as an ingredient -- whether it's in my food, haircare, skincare or body products. If there's raw honey blended in the formula, I'm all for trying it out.

Honey is a humectant which means it pretty much locks in all of the moisture your skin, hair and body has ever needed. Whenever I use a product with raw honey, I experience some of the longest lasting moisture ever especially during drier winter months. Honey is my holy grail. Many tend to stay away from the ingredient because it's thick but, in all honestly, it's pure liquid gold.

Some of my current favorite beauty products containing real honey:

Honey Leave-In Conditioner | Camille Rose Naturals

With naturally coily and kinky hair, it can be super tough retaining moisture. As long as my hair remains moisturized during the week, my twistouts and other styles can last for days. The Honey Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner from Camille Rose Naturals is perfect because I can pair it with my favorite styling butter (Almond Jai Twisting Butter), let my hair dry overnight and unravel super soft twists in the morning. This leave-in conditioner literally conditions the longer it sits.

Honey Hydrate is available for $13.99 at Target.com and CamilleRoseNaturals.com

Honey Cat Mask | Crecell

I was introduced to the Honey Cat sheet mask at a Jenny Beauty Supply event I was working in the fall. It was probably the cute little cat on the packaging or the fact that it was an attractive hot pink that drew my attention. Either way, I couldn't take my eyes off of it. I ended up purchasing one to try and fell in LOVE.

When I opened the mask, it was so incredibly saturated with honey  -- 15,000 ppm to be exact. Plus, I could smell it. That is by far the highest amount of honey in a skincare product that I've been able to find. If you mask multiple times per week, then you actually might be set with just using this mask once and exfoliating as usual throughout.

10-pack Honey Cat sheet masks are available at Zoetik.com and Amazon.com for $30

It's Raining Men Shower Gel

As I was shopping Valentine's Day goodies at Lush last month, I was looking for a good shower gel to pair with my cocoa-scented products and was pointed in the direction of It's Raining Men. Now, I use Bubbly and Snow Fairy from Christmas all year long, so I haven't really ventured out in the shower gel department...but I'm very glad I did. I will be out of my little bottle soon and need to replenish with a larger size ASAP because the honey was so nourishing for my skin. The scent is sweet, soft and subtle, too. I typically favor bubble baths, but showers just got much more exciting with this product -- a new fave. Lush has had tons of other honey products current and discontinued that are/have been amazing as well.

It's Raining Men is available in 4 sizes: 3.5 oz for $9.95, 8.8 oz for $14.95, 17.6 oz for $24.95 and 35,2 oz for $32.95 (approximate figures -- check the Lush Cosmetics website for your country)

Orange Honey Bath Elixir | Camille Rose Naturals

Camille Rose Naturals is a favorite brand of mine and I have several favorites from their collections. Recently, they released the Body Collection consisting of 3 bath and body blends: Orange Honey Bath Elixir, Caramelized Cane & Sugar Balm and Cupuacu Sweet Cream. I literally take the Cupuacu Sweet Cream with me everywhere, but I love to drizzle my bath with the Orange Honey Bath Elixir for a soft layer of bubbles in the bathtub. Add a little bit of milk and you'll have a soothing milk & honey bath fit for a queen.

Orange Honey Bath Elixir is available for $9.99 at Target.com and CamilleRoseNaturals.com

TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask

The TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask is an older favorite of mine from earlier in my natural hair journey. Aside from occasionally revising it, I tend to gravitate towards my Algae Renew Deep Conditioner, so I haven't really tried a ton of honey hair masks to compare; however, I do have my eye on Bekura's YAM Nectar Hydrating Hair Nourisher (I love their Tapioca Palm Buttercream).

This hair mask is a deep treatment that is made with real honey to pump the hair with plenty of moisture. A good twenty-minute steam treatment with this on and your hair will thank you!

Kiehl's Vitality Skin Renewing Cream

I've always been a fan of Kiehl's. The way they bring clinical and botanical ingredients together always captures my attention in the skincare space. The Vitality Skin Renewing Cream is made with real Manuka honey and can be used for day or night. While many tend to think of hydrating products as water-based and lightweight, this is actually a fairly thick hydrating cream. Remember: a little bit goes a long way here. 

Kiehl's Vitality Renewing Cream is currently discontinued at all retailers. I will update with retailers when it becomes available again.

Tip: Personally, I feel like the scent of honey can sometimes be so strong in skincare that it doesn't always complement the scents of other products very well. Obviously that isn't the point of skincare but, when it's right under your nose, it can be difficult to ignore. If your senses understand where I'm coming from, try using toners and serums that do not have stronger scents -- go for unscented.

What are your favorite beauty products made with honey?

Living My #BestSelf | The Body Collection from Camille Rose Naturals

If you've ever tuned in to my Instagram stories, you know that baths are a huge part of my weekly routine. I've come to learn that a good soak in the bath tub with some of my favorite products is my "happy place". For several months, I've been using the Body Collection from Camille Rose Naturals and love it! The Cupuacu Sweet Cream is definitely a go-to for me and I receive tons of compliments when I wear it -- the scent is super sweet like a honeybun. It has truly helped me live my best self!

Here's the scoop and my thoughts on the collection:

Orange Honey Bath Elixir

This is a sweet bath elixir that can be used to whip up a soft layer of creamy bubbles under warm running water or directly on the body in the bath/shower. I love products with honey in them and this contains real organic honey. It's the perfect blend for my rose petal baths -- I drizzle about two solid dips with a honey dipper. I've even used it to shave in the shower as well as on my body prior to using the scrub!

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Caramelized Cane and Sugar Balm

Exfoliating is such an important step for face and body -- skin in general, really. The granular particles of sugar help dive deep into the pores and remove any dead skin or dirt. This balm offers a gentle exfoliation and, of course, smells super sweet. It's pretty thick, but a little bit goes a pretty long way and leaves the skin moisturized after rinsing/wiping away.

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Cupuacu Sweet Cream

Finally, once I'm out of the bath tub or shower, I finish with the Cupuacu Sweet Cream. This is my absolute favorite blend in the entire trio and I've carried it with me so many times in my purse, car, backpack, etc. Whenever I'm out with friends they ask about the scent, so I'm glad that everyone else thinks it smells amazing, too! I could totally use this is a larger size.

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Watch my full bath routine:

Shop the Body Collection at Camille Rose Naturals website, select Target stores and Target.com

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GLOW Skincare Series | Best Exfoliators of 2017

Best Treatment | Kate Somerville

I tried Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment a few years ago after attending the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show and it was such a fabulous addition to my routine. I never got to try the cleansers or anything, but this one was a gem. Like many of my favorite skincare products, this exfoliator consists of clinical strength and natural ingredients. Papaya, pineapple and pumpkin enzymes are key ingredients that help enhance exfoliation, but I know it's the cinnamomum cassia leaf oil that captured my heart. The scent is wonderful (I'm big on scents)! Aside from that, it is not an abrasive exfoliator -- it's actually gentle and gets the job done.

Best Exfoliating Textile | Muslin Cloth

The first time I used a muslin cloth in my skincare routine, it was with my EVE LOM Cleanser. EVE LOM actually sells muslin cloths to repurchase even after owning one of their products, but you can also get them on Amazon with multiple cloths. This textile is great for exfoliating the skin with a one-step cleanser before moving to the toner and moisturizer...and it's not rough on the skin.

Best Tool for Sensitive Skin | FOREO

I never got around to trying the Clarisonic that everyone raves about, but I did try the Clinique cleansing brush through Influenster. While the two may (or may not) be comparable, I found that it was just too much for my skin even with soft bristles. Shortly after, I had the opportunity to also try the FOREO. It's so much more gentle and my skin doesn't start to feel rubbed raw after use morning and night making it my recommendation for sensitive skin! The different colors are actually meant for different skin types. Here's an old YouTube I filmed about my FOREO. It's a SUPER throwback, so don't laugh! *covers eyes*

Shop my favorite exfoliators:

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