Holla Hydration

In the latest installment of The Skin I’m in series, I’ll being covering dry skin. With winter coming up, it’s great to start getting prepared and this guide can be helpful when it comes to the changing seasons and your skin.

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What causes dry skin?

In order to buy the best skin care products that are suited for your unique skin, you need to look at what’s causing your dry skin. Here are some of the most common factors.

Steamy Showers

While that 20 minute hot shower might feel ah-mazing after Volleyball practice, it’s not doing much for your skin. It can strip the natural oils from your skin leaving it dry and itchy. Prevent that by keeping your showers and baths as cold as you can stand it. Also be sure to keep towel drying to a minimum and rub a thick body butter afterwards.

Harsh Skincare Products

Rubbing just any old bar of soap on your face can also strip the natural oils. Use gentle yet hydrating skin care products to soothe your skin.

Low Humidity

Ever notice that you have to moisturize more often during the winter? And how your normally dry skin might appear oily and greasy during the summer?  That’s the magic of humidity. Be sure to adjust your skincare to the changing seasons.

Poor Diet

Not getting enough  of essential fatty acids,  vitamin E, some dietary minerals, & biotin can take a toll on your skin. Avoid processed greasy food as much as possible and be sure to take a multi-vitamin.

Too much Caffeine

It might be time to stop your daily Starbucks habit or at least slow it down. Caffeine actually draws fluid out of your body which can lead to dry and flaky skin.

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Product Recommendations   

Dry Skin & Acne?

Manage pimples with a gentle cleanser that’s still tough on acne like Cetaphil® DERMACONTROL™ Oil Control Foam Wash, then moisturize with a light cream that won’t clog your pores such as CLEAN & CLEAR® ESSENTIALS Dual Action Moisturizer. Use acne treatments at night and avoid overdosing. One of my favorites is Clean & Clear Advantage acne spot treatment.

Dry and/or Sensitive?

Hydrate your skin with a gentle cleanser like Cerave Hydrating Cleanser    then moisture with CeraVe moisturizing cream. Exfoliate once a week with a gentle exfoliator once a week or make an inexpensive homemade face masks.  Dry throughout the day? Use a hydrating face mist such as Evian.

Toner?

Want to know why I didn’t include toner? It actually doesn’t do anything and is known to strip skin of it’s essential oils. Instead use a hydrating face mist such as Evian to refresh, not strip your skin.

Makeup?

Use a hydrating primer to even and correct your skin tone plus add some extra hydration before applying your makeup. Then be sure to choose the correct makeup for your skin type (I recommend going to Ulta and asking a sales associate for help) and stick to terms like hydrating and dryness reliving.

From Head to toe

Be sure to exfoliate before shaving with an Exfoliating glove and moisturize ASAP as soon as you get out of the shower with a rich body butter. If you are shaving, skip the expensive shaving cream and go with a cheap moisturizing conditioner that does the job just as well and for a lot less  money. Look for bottles labeled hydrate, repair or moisturize for the best results.

In other News

 Blogs I heart page is getting a revamp and will soon be updated. Stay tuned 🙂

As I mentioned before, I’m extremely busy with school and the time/length between posts may be growing. However, please know that I’m trying my best and will try to have uploaded 2 posts per month.

xx MBOB 

All about acne

In my most recent post, I did a poll and asked everyone what was their main skin concern. Which ever topic had the most votes would have the first post dedicated towards solving that issue. Almost everyone seemed to struggle with acne (57%!) so the first post is all about getting rid of your acne. Enjoy and let me know how things went for you 🙂

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Some Skin Care products that are on my must try list

Find your skin care routine

To do this, you have to know your skin type and buy the right products for it. These two quizzes were very helpful for me.

For example, don’t buy a hydrating face wash if you have oily skin!

Product Recommendations  

Cleanser-

You don’t need to get a harsh cleanser. These can strip your skin and leave it dry and even more prone to breakouts. Look for one that gently exfoliates and has  Salicylic Acid to unclog your pores.

I alternate between Neutrogena Pore Refining Daily Cleanser & Neutrogena Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser . These are great for my oily/combo skin and leave my face feeling super soft.

For  dull skin, try Clean & Clear Morning Burst Fruit infusions Reviving cleanser.

On the drier side? You’ll love Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore scrub

Want something quick and easy? Try a face wipe like Neutrogena Oil free cleansing wipes Pink Grapefruit.

Moisturizers-

Look for one labeled non-comdgenic  with Salicylic Acid in a non-greasy formula. Avoid ones with cocoa butter, Wheat Germ oil & Lauric acid, as these are known to clog pores.

I love Clean & Clear ESSENTIALS Dual Action Moisturizer. It somehow manages to moisturize my dry areas without making my t-zone greasy or shiny. A must for combination skin!

Treatments-

A great drugstore option is  Neutrogena On the Spot Acne Treatment which is perfect for anyone with easily irritated skin.

You have to get these from a dermatologist, but they are amazing! I’m currently using Tarzoc which is a prescription cream designed to clear blemishes. There is a an initial breakout for the first 1-3 weeks (as your skin gets used to it), but after that your skin will look much smoother and most breakouts will be gone. I also take Doxycycline which is a mild antibiotic designed to help reduce the inflammation that causes acne.

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I also exfoliate once a week with a homemade scrub consisting of 2 tsb of coconut oil and 2 tsp of sugar.

What zit?

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Some easy ways to distract from your acne include…

– Avoid straightening your hair. This can highlight any oily spots and make your breakouts seem blotchier. Curling your hair has the opposite effect.

– Have well groomed brows. These open up your eyes, make you seem more awake & define your cheekbones.

– Be confident 🙂 A lot of times most people won’t even notice your acne. One day I was complaining about how bad my acne had gotten and my friend was like “What acne?”

– Use light/nude makeup on your lips. I tend to avoid super shiny/matte shades as that can make my t-zone seem even oiler. Go for a light balm with a hint of color like this one by Revlon

You won’t regret it

If you’ve tried everything, a dermatologist is a must. They can give you special prescription medicines that aren’t available at your local target and perform special medical treatments. Mine even gave me makeup suggestions!

You are what you eat

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Personally, changing my diet has done wonders for my skin. Diet is a big factor in the health of your skin and eating lots of greasy and processed foods can upset that balance and lead to breakouts. If you notice that you are breaking out even worse then usual after eating a certain food, do your best to eliminate that food as much as possible. Also be sure to eat tons of fruits and veggies and avoid fried/greasy food as much as possible.

– For example, whenever I ate a bowl of ice cream, I’d have a trio of zits of my forehead the next today. After limiting my consumption to once every 2 weeks instead of 2-3 times a week, my skin became less oily and now I rarely breakout.

Body Breakouts

As if acne on your face wasn’t enough, lots of people struggle with breakouts all over their body. My favorite ways to solve body breakouts are body washes and scrubs that are super easy to use in the shower. Two of my favorites include Clean and Clear Morning Burst Charge Body wash & Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub. Once you are out of the shower, apply a pimple treatment to any areas with breakouts.

Also be sure to  find the right type of razor and to avoid keeping dirty/sweaty clothes on you for long periods of times as that can increase chances of you breaking out.

In other news

Added two pages for navigational purposes and have a brand about section 🙂

Huge Shoutout to Becoming an Alpha! I learned so many amazing things about WordPress, and my posts are looking better then ever because of it.

I bought this from Target. It’s a Major Faux Pas, but it’s so cozy!

xx MBOB