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10 Primal Skin Care Ideas

10 Primal Skin Care Ideas //
Morning, everyone. Hope you all enjoyed a happy and safe holiday. Im turning over the reins to one of our Worker Bees today as I spend some time on a book project (more to come on that). I know many of you have asked about natural skin care ideas in the comment board, and weve got some great suggestions today. I hope youll welcome our Worker Bee to the fold (she just joined us recently) and offer up your own ideas below. (And for those who may have missed it, I shared several of my own favorites last spring.) Have a good end to the week.
Spend any amount of time perusing the shelves at your local supermarket or beauty supply store and you may notice that all the skin care products have something in common: a long ingredient list. Im afraid to say most commercially-packaged bottles, jars, and tubes contain potentially harmful ingredients in the form of preservatives, stabilizers, artificial colors, and/or added fragrances, which could have negative long-term health effects when absorbed through the skin.
Thankfully, there are plenty of all-natural skincare options out there that not only provide better results, but usually cost a fraction of what youd pay for the store-bought version. Here are 10 skin care solutions backed up by research (and self-experiment). 1. Scrub With Sea Salt
Sea salt is one of the best all-natural exfoliators, and chances are its already hiding in your kitchen cabinet. While most of the time we can let nature take its course, now and then we might exfoliate as a means to remove layers of dead skin cells when our skin is itchy and flaky or to encourage skin cell turnover for a fresher appearance. Sea salt is also full of nutrients found in sea waterand in our bodiesincluding calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Combine sea salt with raw honey or coconut oil and gently rub it into your skin. Just be sure to check the texture of the salt before you use it on your face: the salt should be smooth, with no rough edges. You want it to gently remove that layer of dead skin cells, not rub your skin raw. 2. Heal Skin With Raw Honey
Raw honey is widely recognized for its antimicrobial properties , and has long been used as a natural treatment for wounds and burns. This sweet, golden nectar contains a variety of proteins, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, and minerals, which all work in tandem to speed the healing process. After cleaning skin, apply a layer of honey directly onto scars, cuts, and burns. Make sure to choose raw, unprocessed honey, as the commercial honey youll find in most grocery stores is highly processed and lacking in nutrients. 3. Moisturize With Avocado Oil
Pure avocado oil is a great stand-in for commercial creams and lotions, which are usually loaded with questionable ingredients you can barely pronounce. Theres no secret as to what youre getting in a bottle of avocado oil : pure, fatty goodness. Its packed with good-for-your-skin nutrients, like carotenoids, healthy fat, and vitamins A, D and E. Together, these nutrients can boost collagen production , fade age spots, calm inflammation, and treat sunburns. Pour a few drops in your hand and work it into clean, dry skin. (By the way, its part of Marks personal daily routine .) 4. Clean Skin With Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a potent anti-fungal solution thats especially helpful for acne prevention. To make it, producers ferment cider so the sugars turn into alcohol, and ferment it again so the alcohol turns into acetic acid. Its this acetic acidas well as the lactic acid, citric acid, and succinic acidthat makes apple cider vinegar such an effective cleanser. Some studies have even shown that these acids can prevent acne-causing bacteria from growing. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and use it as a facial toner morning and night. 5. Treat Acne With Tea Tree Oil
In a recent pilot study published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology, researchers found that a treatment of tea tree oil gel was more effective at improving mild to moderate acne than a face wash. You can a find pre-made tea tree oil cleanser or make your own by adding a few drops of pure tea tree essential oil to honey. In general, tea tree oil is well-tolerated, but it may cause peeling and dryness for some people. 6. Soothe Redness With Aloe Vera
For soothing sunburns, fighting inflammation, and tempering itchiness, look no further than the aloe vera. This tropical plant contains a host of good-for-you ingredients including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and enzymes. Whats more, aloe has been shown to have anti-microbial effects , making it the ideal all-natural therapy for healing skin. Look for aloe gel with at least 97.5 percent aloe (or keep your own collection of aloe plants in your home or garden). 7. Moisturize With Shea Butter
Its no secret: Shea butter smooths dry skin like no other. This fatty substancepacked with stearic, palmitic, linoleic, and oleic acids, as well as vitamins E and Ahas already been incorporated into commercial creams and lotions. Like most things, however, shea butter is best when used in its purest, rawest form, so seek out unrefined shea butter. It can be used as is or mixed with essential oils. Just keep in mind that those with tree nut allergies should avoid shea butter. An added bonus: a study in the American Journal of Life Sciences suggests that shea butter can also boost collagen production. 8. Remove Makeup With Jojoba Oil
Swap out commercial makeup removerswhich usually contain harsh chemicalswith a healthier option: jojoba oil. You can even use jojoba oil to wipe away eye makeup. Its not only safe to use on sensitive skin, including the eye area, but its moisturizing. Apply jojoba oil to a cloth or cotton ball and use it to gently clean off makeup and bacteria. 9. Shave With Coconut Oil
Commercial shaving lotions and creams often fall short on their promise to protect the skin from irritation and razor burn. A very link layer of coconut oil can deliver on both frontsplus, it smells amazing! Thanks to its low molecular weight and ability to bond to proteins, coconut oil can sink deeper into the skin than other oils. Scoop a small amount into the palm of your hand to warm it up and apply directly onto the area to be shaved. Id recommend washing your hands with soap and water before picking up the razor, however, since coconut oil will leave your hands slippery. 10. Protect Skin With Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon oil, like other citrus oils, has powerful antioxidant properties (and a fresh, energizing scent). One natural compound in lemon essential oil in particular has been shown to be capable of protecting skin against the aging effects of free radical damage . Lemon essential oil can even fade scars and age spots. Safely dilute for everyday use by mixing a few drops of lemon essential oil with a simplebaselike jojoba or avocado oil and massage into your skin.
Here are ten ideas to try. What would you add? Share your recommendations in the comments below, and thanks for reading.

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Your Guide to Vegan Skin Care

2-3 drops essential oil { lavender , rosemary , peppermint } optional
In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients and stir well. Spoon into a clean container.
To Use: Standing in the tub or shower, massage the mixture into your skin. {Be careful: the oil can make the tub slippery.} Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry. Yield: 8 ounces. Easy Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoos have become a popular alternative to regularwetshampoos, proving especially helpful after a workout during the day or when traveling. But spray-on dry shampoos can contain a wealth of questionable ingredients, when, in fact, all you really need is one tablespoon of either baking soda, cornstarch, or rice powder. Thats it
To Use: Simply massage the powder directly onto your scalp and through your hair. You may want to lean over a sink as you apply the powder. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes, and then, using a clean, dry brush, vigorously brush your hair, using long strokes, to remove all of the powder. Reading the Labels
Our skin is our largest organ, and what you use on it does affect your overall health. One advantage of making your own cosmetic products and treatments is that it puts you in control of the ingredients you use and apply to your skin. Of course, you dont always have time to make all of your skincare products from scratch. So, knowing how to accurately read the labels of store-bought products becomes important.
To start, the termnaturalon the label is meaninglesstheres no authority that monitors this claim. Therefore, you really need to take an eagle eye to the back of the product. Ingredients are listed in order of percentage: if the first ingredient is water, that means water is the most prominent ingredient. You may see a product that boasts a desirable ingredient on the front label, only to find that its the last ingredient listed.
Some ingredients such assodium chloridemay sound scary {at least to those whove long forgotten their chemistry lessons}, but are, in fact, completely natural {sodium chloride is table salt}. Manufacturers often use scientific or Latin names for basic ingredients, but a quick search online can reveal the common name and whether its an ingredient you want to put on your skin.
Vegans may not realize that some of their favorite products actually contain ingredients they wish to avoid. Heres a quick list of animal-derived substances. Aspic: an industry alternative to gelatin; made from clarified meat or fish Casein: a protein derived from milk Cod liver oil: found in lubricating creams and lotions Collagen: taken from the bones and connective tissues of animals; used in cosmetics to help skin retain water and keep it supple Elastin: similar use as collagen; derived from the neck ligaments and aorta of cows Gelatin/Gelatine: for smooth skin and to add gloss to hair; obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones from cows and pigs Keratin: used for hair and as an anti-aging skin care ingredient; obtained from sheep wool or from the skin, hooves, and horns of animals Lactose: a sugar derived from milk Propolis: used for its antiviral and antimicrobial properties to treat breakouts and protect skin; created by bees in the construction of their hives Royal Jelly: an anti-aging ingredient; comes from secretions of the throat gland of the honeybee Shellac: found in hair lacquer; obtained from the bodies of the female scale insect, Tachardia lacca Vitamin D3: found in creams, lotions, and other cosmetics; made from fish-liver oil Whey: a byproduct of cheese making Cochineal dye or carminic acid: adds red color; comes from the cochineal insect Ambergris: adds scent and/or color; derived from whales Garden Fresh Vegan Cologne
This fragrance uses fresh vegetable and herb leaves to create a light, summer-garden scent. Try it as an after-bath or after-shave splashor anytime you need an aromatic boost.
4 Tbls fresh tomato leaves, chopped
1 Tbls fresh lemon zest
1 tsp fresh basil leaves
1 tsp fresh mint leaves
1 cup witch hazel
Place all of the fresh leaves and lemon zest inside a clean jar or bottle. Pour the witch hazel over; shake gently. Cover the bottle top and let it sit in a cool, dark spot for two weeks. Strain the liquid and discard any solids. Pour the liquid through a fine strainer or coffee filter into a clean bottle.
To Use: Apply as you would any cologne product. Its especially refreshing on a hot summer day if kept in the refrigerator. Yield: 8 ounces. Avocado Facial Mask
Fresh avocados are a classic facial mask ingredient full of natural fats and protein to help stimulate your skins own natural production of oil, helping to smooth out rough, dry skin. All skin types can benefit from an avocado facial. Make sure to save the pit; you can grind it up and use it in body scrub recipes, and if you live somewhere warm, you can plant it to have your own little avocado tree.
1/2 fresh avocado, mashed
1 Tbls fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir well until you have a smooth, creamy mixture.
To Use: Spread the mask on a clean face and neck and let sit for 15 minutes. {Take this moment to relax!} Rinse with warm water and gently pat your skin dry. Yield: 3 ounces, enough for one treatment. Vegan Substitutions
Need to find a substitute for an ingredient in one of your beauty recipes? Several plant substances serve as effective replacements for some common ingredients derived from animals. Beeswax: Heavy plant waxes, such as candelilla and carnauba, and oils like coconut can stand in for beeswax, which is used to thicken creams, lotions, and lip balms and help protect your skin. Cocoa and shea butters also work well. Dairy: Today, you can find a wide variety of plant and nut milks to replace animal dairy called for in beauty recipes. Egg white: This part of the egg provides astringent and cleansing qualities for oily skin types, but cucumber, chamomile tea, and aloe vera gel will work similarly. Egg yolks : Full of lecithin, egg yolks help with dry skin conditions, but you can replace them with soy lecithin or use a rich oil such as coconut and olive instead. Honey: In place of honey to cleanse and moisturize your skin look to molasses, maple syrup, or agave syrup. Lanolin: Found in sheeps wool, lanolin can be replaced with rich plant oils such as soy, almond, and avocado.

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Summer Beauty Guide

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Long before I started cooking I was utilizing EDS to bring followers a first hand look at natural products. Back in 2012, believe it or not there wasnt a ton of options and reviews were minimal. It was refreshing to offer insight to natural skincare to ultimately make navigating green products more seamless.
When I first started testing products I was very stringent on everything I used and featured via EDS. Products had next to nothing in them and I achieve the results I was seeking at the time. As I grew older and my skin craved more results, I had to branch out and embrace more of the anti aging items. While I explore products today that may have more ingredients than the ones I used in my 20s, Im careful with the products I select to use.
In keeping with tradition with featuring products, Ive compiled a list of my current product faves from skincare to candles and more! This is everything Im in love with! (not sponsored)
Have you tried any of these?
Do you have any personal favorites you would like to share?
Please do so in the comments below!
Rosemary Eucalyptus
Branches of eucalyptus, tied with sisal twine, stand quietly in a tall vessel near the door. Their appearance is not only to add life to a work space, but to help clear the mind. Indeed, its bracing, clean aroma is ideal for unencumbered thinking.
Extra virgin olive oil and almond oil deliver superior moisture and vital nutrients Artisanally dry aged and quadruple milled to offer a rich, long lasting bar Refined, perfume-grade fragrances provide a lasting, natural scent Hypoallergenic and free of sulfates, parabens and other synthetic ingredients for a genuinely pure experience
Faded cushions sink into creaky wicker furniture, as a gentle breeze visits through the wide porch screens. Clean yet creamy gardenia and jasmine drift in from the yards dew-laden shrubs, mingling with the ocean air from down the road.
Essential oil based fragrances deliver a natural and true scent Highly concentrated fragrances fully and evenly scent any room Unique solid soy wax and 100% cotton wicks provide a clean, non toxic burn
Review: I discovered Lafco back in 2007 in NYC. At the time they had a slew of options, a flagship store on the LES and were just being promoted by Oprah. Today they have exploded and offer countless scents and even skincare and soaps! I was instantly captivated by this company from their modern packaging to the unique clean scents. Im currently now obsessed with their soaps. As of 2018, soaps have slipped into the background eclipsed by body wash. However, I grew up on soap, and quality soap is completely different then the pedestrian soap they sell at the market.
Lafco soaps are beautifully blended with the scents mirroring the candles, they last forever, dont dry out the skin and leave you smelling more fresh than anybath gel”. In addition to soaps they also feature hand soap and lotion. If you wash your hands countless times like I do, you crave a high quality duo. Lafco soaps/lotion sets again mirror the candle scents and are amazing! They clean without drying out the hands and the aroma is just perfection. If you love a company that doesnt disappoint in any capacity, you have to check out Lafco!
Eye Cream : Dr. Goldfadens potent age defying energetic eye cream revitalizes the delicate eye area by reducing the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and under eye darkness. May reduce the appearance of puffiness and under eye darkness Boosts, rejuvenates, and rehydrates the eye area Works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and small wrinkles
Neck Cream : This dynamic breakthrough formula will make skin feel stronger, appear firmer, and works to diminish the appearance of lines, crepe-iness and sagging skin on the neck and décolleté. Skin will feel stronger and appear plumper Offers the necessary nutrients to restore a youthful-looking neck May improve the appearance of skin color and tone
Review: Goldfaden MD is a newer company that I explored in recent months. As you would envision, its curated by an MD and they feature a handful of products that really work wonders for the skin. I love the gold packaging, even the boxes are gorgeous, and the price point is higher, but again you get what you pay for and their is longevity in the products (a lil goes a long way). This time I explored the Neck Cream and the Eye Cream. Believe it or not, the neck is one of the first places that begins to show signs of aging because its always overlooked.
As I approach 34 I can already see the aging rings start to become more prominent and with the boom of technology we are constantly looking down creating even deeper lines. While you can simply hydrate your neck with your face cream, this one is specifically geared towards the neck. I felt as though I could see results after a few uses and I personally prefer to have a product specifically for that area to remind me to focus on my neck. The price is high for some consumers, but a little goes a long way!
Everyone needs a good eye cream and this one doesnt disappoint! Hydrating, lifting, and everything you need in an eye cream. Not overly greasy, perf for any season or skin type.
Depuff: A high potency caffeine and peptide complex to counter fluid and fatty deposits that can lead to puffiness and bags. Cellular boosting and pigmentation correcting actives help diminish the signs of shadowing and dark circles. Skin tone is improved by strengthening the cellular matrix beneath the skins surface. Instantly smooths, lifts, and tightens to give a more youthful appearance. Fortifies the skin through organization of the extracellular matrix within the epidermis. Supports cellular mobility and communication for improved oxygenation, repair and luminosity. Helps prevent collagen degradation and loss of elasticity, improving skin tone. Cellular boosting and pigmentation correcting actives help diminish the signs of shadowing and dark circles. Prevents the accumulation of lipids that lead to puffiness and eye bags. Instantly helps smooth, lift and tighten to give a more youthful appearance. Supports barrier properties to prevent TEWL helping maintain hydration levels
This daytime moisturiser features a pioneering combination of encapsulated (non-irritant) Retinol and SPF 30 to simultaneously refine the complexion and protect the skin. Retinol boosts collagen production and smooths fine lines and wrinkles, while the addition of SPF 30 protects from UVA/B rays and free radical damage. Rich in Hyaluronic Acid this moisturizer helps restore hydration, leaving the complexion smooth and supple and skin tone brighter. Clinically proven to increase moisture by 18.5% after 30 days Wrinkle reduction of 16.3% after 30 days Rich in Vitamin A, C and E to protect against free radicals, boost cell renewal, correct imperfections and brighten skin tone
Review: When I first explored MZ Skincare I was completely enamored with her products. The line is developed by an MD and she only offers a handful of products, but they all are game changers. This line is based out of the UK, but you can find it with online retailers. Ive tried other products, loved those, and this time I decided to opt for the de-puff eye gel and the face cream. As of Ive gotten older my eyes tend to get a little on the puffy side at time. I typically just opt for a hydrating eye cream as the gels dont offer a lot of hydration. However, I remained optimistic as her products are just magic. Within 2 uses I could see a difference in the lift it gave my eyes. Ill admit, I dont like pump containers as I love to know that Im getting every drop of a product, the portion looks small, but again, you only need a tiny bit, but the results are noticeable. Given the price point I wouldnt use on a daily basis, but when warranted.
The face cream is ultra hydrating, has a hint of spf, white, goes on smooth, and a little bit goes a long way. I would consider this more of a day cream with an extra boost of hydration, but not overly saturating. I personally love the scent she uses in all of her products. If youre not familiar with the line, I highly recommend checking out MZ Skincare!
WORTH KNOWING Every RODIN formula has a power base of 9 powerhouse oils. All are pure and natural, not synthetic. This core works to keep skin smooth, supple, glowing. Omegas build a skin-strengthening moisture barrier. Vitamins A, E and C to help skin shrug off the effects of modern life.
Southwest Asia Sweet Almond Oil, Moroccan Argon Oil and Himalayan Apricot Seed Oil are the big three in this RODIN quality core. A shared wealth of antioxidants and fatty acids to improve skins appearance, pronto.
Paraben-free, Phthalate-free, Silicone-free, Sulfate-free and Cruelty-free. KEY INGREDIENTS Jasmine Oil, Neroli Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Calendula Flower Oil, Sunflower Oil, Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract
Review: Im beyond elated to say that I finally explored Rodin. Since its inception Ive been trying to get my hands on their products as they are viewed as the cream of the crop in natural skincare. I was instantly intrigued with their marketing, branding, and what set their products apart from others. I was able to sample their first initial product, the facial oil and was instantly swept off my feet. I honestly wanted to feel disappointment as I had built up the product so much in my head and didnt see what all the fuss was about.
However, the oils in the serum blend seamlessly together and its so aromatic that its comparable to a perfume. Its concentrated, making a little go a long way, ultra hydrating, and can even double as a perfume. The price point is steep for the product and portion you see, but at the end of the day I can see the difference, can gauge the quality, and I give it two thumbs up! (The notes of jasmine are my personal favorite) If youre considering exploring Rodin products, they have countless others that are probably also game changers, I highly recommend checking them out!
Winner of Allure Magazines Beauty Awards.
An easy five minute foaming gel mask: Innovative, oxygenating cleansing agents lift dirt, oil and make-up away from the skin, while creating a barrier to seal hydration. Complex amino acids and natural almond extract gently and effectively purify, balance and soothe. Stable Vitamin C, anti-oxidant Vitamin E and Soy Protein help address concerns for aging. Natural fragrance and color.
vitamin c smoothes and brightens. • green tea extract and vitamin e work as antioxidants. • squalene, glycerin, and sodium pca moisturize and hydrate.
Eye Cream: Our most technologically advanced eye treatment. Rich and nourishing, our intensive eye cream absorbs residue free. Luxuriously concentrated, our cream synthesizes absorbent fatty acids to instantly target lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. Hydrating peptides and trusted marine algae protect and balance to help restore and brighten.
amino-acid peptides help address the appearance of lines and wrinkles. • marine algae works as an anti-oxidant. • sodium hyaluronate + panthenol boost moisturization.
Rum Lotion: Smooth on our rum body lotion and instantly feel hydrated. Light in weight, yet heavy in performance, provitamin b5 and essential fatty acids deliver deep, long lasting moisture and nourishment. The quick-absorbing, natural formula leaves skin feeling soft and beautifully scented with out best selling Dark Rum fragrance.
fatty acids deliver lightweight yet intense hydration. • provitamin b5 nourishes and hydrates. • grapeseed oil restores moisture. • dark rum fragrance adds a warm, delicious scent.
Moisturizer: Our two in one moisturizer and sunscreen provides broad spectrum SPF 30 protection from UVA and UVB rays for face and body. This lightweight formula synthesizes Aloe and Willowherb Extracts to soothe and Vitamin E with Allantoin for moisture and added antioxidant protection. Perfect base for make-up application. Natural fragrance and color. Water-resistant for 80 minutes.
avobenzone 3%, homosalate 10%, octinoxate 7.5%, octocrylene 2.75% , and oxybenzone 5% offer broad-spectrum protection. • vitamin e provides antioxidant protection. • aloe soothes and refreshes.
Dark Rum Candle: A scent with cult status, our best-selling dark rum is a modern interpretation of traditional bay rum. Top notes of bergamot and plum mingle with middle notes of leather and rum, and base notes of amber-patchouli and vanilla to create a rich, powerful, lasting scent that completely envelops a space. Handmade locally in Brooklyn, the candles natural wax blend has a clean, slow burn that lasts up to 60 hours.
Review: Oh my goodness, how much do I love MG? Let me count the ways! I discovered this company back in 2007 in NYC and also staying at the Delano Miami as they feature their products in the room. From the marketing to the packaging I was instantly in love with this brand. The candles are aromatic and unique and there is something that just draws me in. In recent years they branched out to feature more skincare items in addition to soaps and I was curious to finally explore them. The mask is said to be one of their best sellers and I can see why. You get a generous portion, its ultra hydrating, more so than any other face mask Ive tried. Within minutes your skin can go from dry to butter soft and its just magic. The facial moisturizer and eye cream are also great as they are staple items that have minimal ingredient and just get the job done. Based on the branding and the scent of both they fall more in the unisex category making them a great find for both men and women. A genres portion for both (a lil goes a long way) and a solid price point.
I love all of their candles and the Dark Rum is iconic within the line. The Dark Rum lotion is also divine and makes post bath like a spa day. If youre wanting to explore the line they offer various sample kids!

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Starting my Retin-A (tretinoin) Journey: Skincare Routine and Tips!

I Bought It Affiliate Link Press Sample Starting my Retin-A (tretinoin) Journey! I am so super excited to announce a new skincare journey! After years of being off of perscription topical facial medications, I am delving back into that routine once again. Yes, I am getting back on Retin-A (tretinoin)…and I am super excited and eagarly anticipating the scientifically proven results that come from using tretinoin. Skincare Background and History: Before diving into what my “new” routine looks like and exactly what products that I use, lets talk about my skincare history and skin type. I am not new to using tretinoin nor new to Rx skincare or vitamin A derivative products. In the past, I literally used Retin-A for decades. Literally. I started on Retin-A (and Retin-A Micro) as a teenager for my moderate acne. I used Retin-A in my teens and 20s (as well as other Rx medications like oral antibiotics, Benzoyl peroxide washes, topical antibiotics like Clindamycin, azelaic acid cream, and more). At some point in my early 30’s, I switched over to Differin (which was then only available by perscription). My acne was always well controlled while under the supervision of a dermatologist, but it never went away. I would always flare up during “that time of the month”. Plus, my skin honestly never tolerated the Retin-A/tretinoin very well. I was plagued with sensitive skin, dryness, flakiness, and sensitivity to hot/cold (flushing). So, as my acne really did start to get more mild in my 30s, I was ready to make the switch to the milder and better-tolerated Differin. Differin worked wonders for me and kept my skin clear with minimal irriation. In my mid-late 30’s, my focus was on getting pregnant, being pregnant, and nursing my babies. So, needless to say, I got off all my Rx topical acne medications. If you are not aware, it is not considered safe to use Vitamin-A derivative products like Retin-A or even Retinol when you are pregnant or nursing. Years later, I am done having babies and, cough, I haven’t gotten any younger. So, needless to say, I am ready to get back on the Retin-A bandwagon! Retin-A is one of the, if not the top anti-acne and anti-aging skincare ingredient. It is proven. It is effective. There are literally decades of research that it works. As much as I love all of the lotions and potions that I try out, tretinoin is the one that is proven. So, I am ready to get it back into my skincare routine. My Skincare Needs and Focus: So, why go back on Retin-A rather than Differin? Well, Retin-A does have more research behind it (Differin is newer). I love that Differin is now available over the counter. While Differin does have many proven skincare benefits like clearing the skin and rejuvinating the skin’s appearance, it is my understanding that it is not proven to work in the deep layers of the skin nor will it stimulate collagen production. My skincare focus is now not only to keep my skin clear (yes, that adult mild acne has persisted…it is mild, but, yes…annoying) but also I want to get proven anti-aging benefits. I want to stimulate collagen production in my skin and tretinoin is proven to do this. Honestly, I think all of us women over the age of 40 should consider adding tretinoin to our skincare routines! This time around my approach to Retin-A use is much different than when I was in my teens and 20s. I was so despirate for clear skin back then that I really neglected to moisturize adequately. I think that lack of moisturization contributed to the fact that my skin never tolerated tretinoin very well. Now I think differently. I know from my extensive years of beauty blogging that most moisturizers do not break me out. My breakouts are caused by hormones, not moisturizers! I wish I knew that back in the early years! Also, I know that 3-5 days a week of Tretinoin use is enough to be effective as an anti-aging skincare ingredient. So, I am going to give my skin “breaks” from the active ingredient trentinoin. In addition, I am not going to neglect using other products that I have used and loved for years (like my Retinol products)…I am just going to use them in other ways (like application on my neck, chest, and hands) and facial application on nights “off” from the Retin-A. Also, I am planning a very specific stragegy for tretinoin application and weekly treatments with moisturizing masks. So, lets talk now specifically of what my morning and evening skincare routine looks like on nights that I use tretinoin (note, my skincare routine on nights off will be more like my previous skincare routine with products that I have used and loved for years as well as new skincare products that I am testing)…but, on nights with Retin-A, I am going to specifically follow my routine listed below. My Tretinoin Routine: Just a note before I jump into my routine! My plan has been to start slow. I am now in the first month of use, so I am only using tretinoin once a week. Yes, only once. No reason to flare up irriation. Slow and steady is my goal here as I am really looking at long-term and lifelong usage here. So, my progression is and will be the following: first month= 1x per week. 2nd month= 2x per week. 3rd month=3x per week. At that point I will stick with the 3x per week for a few months to see if it is sufficiant. I might bump up to 4x a week around the 6 month mark and then stick with that a few more months before deciding if I want to go up to 5 or if that is too irritating. Also, of note: I am starting out at 0.05% strength. My plan is to up the strength once I have gotten up to 5 nights a week of use without irriation. I know that this process might take years. However, I know that is a long-term goal. Morning Routine: For my Retin-A/tretinoin nights, I am sticking to very gentle and basic products. Some of these products are “new” to me and some are old favorites that I am returning to. I have VERY sensitive skin that is even that much more sensitive and irritated from the tretinoin. So, I need to be super gentle to the skin and I really need to layer on the moisture as well. I have often had issues with irriation in the past from scented products and fragrance as well as chemical sunscreens. So, now I am trying to avoid them as much as I can…and almost always will on nights that I use tretinoin. That is not to say that I will *never* use a scented product, I am just going to try to really cut down on my skin’s exposure to fragrance and chemical sunscreens. Now, on my neck, chest, and hands, fragrances and chemical sunscreens do not irritate, so I can continue to use those ingredients there. Cleanse: Salicylic Acid-based cleanser in the Shower. I have a few that I like and some are fragrance free (my preference) but some are not. Either way, all of these have not caused irritation in the mornings on days that I use Retin-A. Most of these cleansers I have used on and off for years and are favorites already. Moisturize: Next, I moisturize with a hyaluronic acid based moisturizer (like Neutrogena’s HydroBoost). Note: this is the best tip!!! Apply hyaluronic acid moisturizer to *wet skin*!!! It works much better this way as hyaluronic acid works by grabbing on to water and holding it to the skin’s top layer. This will prevent moisture loss in your skin. Eye Creams and Benzyol Peroxide: Next, I apply eye cream around my eye area and spot treat with Benzyol Peroxide as needed (I often skip this step). SPF: After letting the hyaluronic acid moisturizer time to sink in and allowing time for your skin to feel dry, apply your daily sunscreen. I personally like physical (non-chemical) sunscreens the best. They give the strongest sun protection AND they tend to not be irritating. My skin is generally irritated by chemical sunscreens…and that has only incrased since being on Retin-A. So, I am just not messing around any more with Chemical Sunscreens unless I am applying them to my body or neck/chest (they dont bother me in those areas). Evening Routine: So, here is my evening skincare routine for the nights that I apply Retin-A/tretinoin. Note: this is my routine only for those nights and I deviate from this the rest of the week on nights “off” of Retin-A (this allows me to continue product testing for the blog and using some of the other skincare treats that I love that cannot be combined with tretinoin). Remove Eye Makeup: Typically, I use a Micellar Water to quickly swipe off my eye makeup. I don’t have a go-to Micellar water as I seem to like them all about equally. So, I really switch around on brands each time I finish a bottle. I do not wear heavy eye makeup. So, Micellar water works okay to break down the eye makeup (however it does not remove it completely…but, no worries, you will see in step two that I use a creamy cleanser that will remove the remainder). If I am wearing heavier makeup after a night out, I like using a creamy makeup remover like IT Cosmetic’s Bye Bye Makeup3-in-1 Makeup Melting Balm (and OMG, it is awesome!!! ) Wash Face: I wash my face with a gentle and non-foaming moisturizing cleanser. I like using a creamy cleanser for evenings. Creamy cleansers are more gentle and hydrating. Plus, they have the added boost of effectively removing my remaining eye makeup after the Micellar Water step (see above). Moisturize: I allow my skin to air dry just for a moment so that it is not “dripping” wet, and then I apply my moisturizer to my *wet skin*. It is just much more effective that way. I like using the most gentle and basic and *fragrance free* moisturizers on Retin-A nights. Honestly, I should use fragrance-free moisturizers every evening…I just haven’t totally made that switch yet as there are some other fragranced ones that I love. However, I know my skin would thank me if I went 100% fragrance-free. When I cut down on fragrance, it drastically improves the tone of my skin as I seem to respond to fragrance in products (and chemical sunscreens) with redness. I also apply my Eye cream during this step. Apply Retin-A/tretinoin: I wait at least 30 minutes before applying my Retin-A/tretinoin. This is essential as your skin needs to be 100% dry to avoid irriration. Water draws products deeper into the skin and this would cause too much irriation. So, it really cuts down on your irritation when you apply after 30 minutes to skin that has been previously moisturized. So, those are my routines for morning and evening. Now lets talk a little bit about the products that I recommend. There are more that I love than this, however these are the actual items that are in current roatation for my above-listed routines: Product Recommendations for Use while on Retin-A/tretinoin: Neutrogena : I love Neutrogena and have literally been a fan since my teenage years. It was always the brand recommended by my Dermatologist back then and now my new Dermatologist’s office recommends Neutrogena as well. I personally love that Neutrogena is readily available at the drugstore and that Neutrogena has so many fragrance-free options for their top products! Here is what I am loving from Neutrogena : Neutrogena | Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Extra-Dry Skin formula Fragrance-Free: OMG! I LOVE this gel-cream. Seriously, you need a hyaluronic acid based product in your routine if you are on Retin-A! Neutrogena | Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Foaming Formula (note: this is not a drying foaming formula…so, don’t let the “foaming” discriptor scare you): Love this cleanser! Works great without over drying. I use this in the mornings when I am not wanting to use a salicylic acid based cleanser. Neutrogena | Oil-Free Moisture Sensitive Skin: This is a great basic oil free and fragrance free moisturizer. I use this on wet skin after washing face and 30 minutes before applying Retin-A. Neutrogena | Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 50 Sensitive Skin: Gentle physical blockers and nice formula! Neutrogena | Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing Lotion: This is a new cleanser from Neutrogena that I am loving. I rotate with this and the Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser when not using a SA based cleanser in the mornings. Olay Products: Olay is another brand that I have used and trusted for decades. Their Olay Complete moisturizers with SPF have been in heavy roation in my skincare routine over the years. Here are the Olay items that are in rotation and/or that I recommend for a Retin-A/treteinoin skincare routine. The Olay Complete SPF 30 Sensitive, the Olay Regenerist Fragrance-Free Regenerating Serum, and the Olay Complete SPF 15 Sensitive (note: the SPF on this one is rather low at SPF 15 for anyone on Retin-A…however, if you layer this with other SPF products, like a BB Cream or if you are not going to be outdoors it would be fine). CeraVe and More! There are quite a few other products that I am loving right now for use in conjuction with Retin-a/tretinoin treatment. CeraVe clearly stands out as a frontrunner with Neutrogena. I love the CeraVe brand so much as their products all contain ceramides which are just such amazing skincare ingredients! I literally use the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser every night and I absolutely adore it….possibly my favorite facial cleanser ever! I love the other products listed here, too. Belli’s Cleanser has been a favorite for years and it still works well for morining use while on Retin-A…and Kiehl’s is an amazing luxury line that also works well for sensitive skin and skin undergoing Retin-A treatment! Kiehl’s creams even work well on my son’s sensitive eczema skin!

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Suggestions For How To Reduce And Get Rid Of Skincare Issues

July 7, 2018
There is more to skin care than simply cleansing your skin and using anti- aging creams. Skin care can also entails avoiding unnecessary sun damage from the sun. Sun damage is something that can rear its ugly head when you are not looking and sometimes even when you are. Read the below article to learn some excellent knowledge on how to improve your skin from all sorts of hazards.
Using a moisturizer is the best tip for great skin healthy. Moisturizers are great at making you have young looking skin from becoming dry. You can use a moisturizer to keep your skin looking good by keeping it moisturized.
Your lips actually contain the softest and most sensitive skin. It is a good idea to use balms and salves regularly. These products help moisturize your lips, prevent cracking and protect lips from damaging UV rays. TIP! Exposure to fresh air and sunshine can help improve your skins appearance and minimize acne . This can be accomplished by heading out to the park during your lunch break.
Avoid using too much makeup. This can make the acne much worse than it is. Try to not to apply makeup to affected skin to avoid making the acne clears up. Do not try to hide pimples with heavy face makeup either. Dead Skin
Do not go to sleep with your makeup on. By the end of the day, your face is pretty dirty so it is important to wash it good and get all of the makeup off. Closed pores all night does not allow your skin to breathe and repair. Just take a few minutes each night before going to bed and remove all traces of your makeup. TIP! Natural choices without fragrances are your best bet. Also, dont use lotions with alcohol in them.
Alpha-hydroxy treatments will make your skin. You can find alpha-hydroxy acids in such foods as milk, milk and some fruits. These acids work by dismantling the bond of a certain protein that allow dead skin cells in place. After these bonds are broken, dead skin will fall off the body easily with a gentle scrubbing and leave only healthy and beautiful skin.
It is important to shower after each workout at the gym.Simply rinsing off your face wont get rid of the bacteria. Use warm water to open up your shower.
Keeping yourself hydrated is important if you want to maintain your skins health. Beauty starts from the inside out, and staying hydrated is extremely important for the overall health and appearance of your skin. Make it your goal to drink eight glasses daily of water, this will get you the kind of supple skin you really want! TIP! Choose a skin care regimen based on your particular skin type. Without knowing what type of skin you have, it is nearly impossible to choose the correct product <