Yes, your oily skin really needs oil

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Yes, your oily skin really needs oil!

What we’re about to say may have you scratching your head, because it seems counterproductive.

Your oily skin needs oil. Forget everything you have heard in the past about avoiding oil at all costs if your skin is oily. In fact, you may be doing your pores a major disservice by omitting oil from your skincare routine. For years, people have shunned oil and had a real fear of it, believing that adding oil to already oily skin would only make matters worse. The opposite is actually true.

Oily skin is shiny and often looks greasy because there is so much excess sebum. It is more prone to acne breakouts, as it tends to be congested. Oily skin affects your makeup’s ability to stay put on the skin, and it even more negatively impacts self esteem.

If you look at the skin care products marketed toward those with oily skin that have been around for years, you will notice something they all share in common: harsh and drying ingredients. If you have ever tried them, you will know that most of them end up making your oily skin look even worse. There is a reason for this. The harsh ingredients in traditional oily skin products strip away the skin’s natural oils. When this happens, your oil glands overcompensate and produce even more oil. In other words, by trying to eliminate oily skin, you are actually causing your pores to produce even more oil.

Research suggests that using face oils for oily skin may be the solution. Your oil glands will find balance with gentle, non-clogging oils. Many skincare oils contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients to soothe and balance oily skin. The right plant-based oils will help to eliminate toxins and ingredients that increase the likelihood of skin congestion.

Don’t be afraid of oil! It is just what your oily and combination skin craves!

The 5 Best Face Oils for Oily and Combination Skin

1. Biossance 100% Squalane Oil is just incredible. I have tried many "pure squalane" oils before and they are NOT created equal. This product from Biossance was formerly known as the Revitalizer. It is amazeballs. I absolutely love this oil. Why squalane? It is a very stable oil, which is essential. Unlike many other popular oils (even argan), it is a 100% saturated oil, so it is even more shelf stable than the good old standby coconut oil. It is ideal for those with an uneven skin tone, roughness, and acne scars from oily skin. It nourishes rough patches, making skin look smoother and softer without increasing sebum production. Note: Squalane is NOT the same as squalene, which should be avoided.

2. Belif Tea Tree Oil is best for those with oily skin who are trying to combat pimples. Tea tree oil is naturallly ant-bacterial. Plus, it is scientifically proven to work as well as harsh benzoyl peroxide, making it an excellent spot treatment. This product also adds in rosemary, chamomile, and lavender.

3. Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil is considered by many to be the gold standard, as it has been around for decades. I have used Clarins Lotus Oil for 20 years! It purifies, improves skin texture, and reduces the appearance of large pores without causing irritation. It is the perfect choice for those with oily skin that is beginning to exhibit the signs of aging.

4. Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil is just what your skin is begging for if it is irritated, red, and inflamed. Wheat germ and calendula help calm and soothe, while neem oil helps ease oil production without stripping natural emollients.

5. Are you looking for an overnight treatment to work its magic while you get your beauty sleep? Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Skin Refining Oil contains salicylic acid, which can penetrate the pores and help lift out bacteria. It also is rich in antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental contaminants. This is a great choice for combination skin prone to oily patches.

The 5 Best Products to Minimize the Look of Pores

Friday, May 26, 2017

One of the most common questions estheticians are asked is, “How can I make my pores look smaller?”

Large pores can wreak havoc on a person’s self esteem. If you could banish your pores with ease, I think it’d be on pretty much everyone’s wish list. The idea that you can shrink pores, sadly, is just a myth. The size of your pores is largely determined by your genetics. You can temporarily minimize the look of large pores, but there is nothing that can be done to permanently shrink them, no matter how tempting ad copy makes a product sound.

So just what can you do to minimize the appearance of large pores? There are many steps you can take.

  • Exfoliate the skin. Just lifting out excess bacteria and sebum by exfoliating can help minimize the look of pores. Look for products with beta hydroxy acid (also called salicylic acid) to help unclog pores, leaving them cleaner and smaller. Glycolic acid, mandelic acid, and fruit enzymes are other effective exfoliants. While they cannot penetrate the pores the way salicylic acid can, just the act of a thorough sloughing goes a long way.
  • You can visit the dermatologist’s office or your favorite skin therapist for a chemical peel. Peels can help refine and resurface an uneven texture, making pores look less visible.
  • When searching for skincare treatments, look for products containing Retinol. This ingredient is derived from Vitamin A and, when applied topically, can help slow down and minimize sebum production. Less oil production equals less visible pores.
  • Be sure you are using a broad spectrum sunscreen. UV damage affects the pores, which is a little known skincare fact. The sun’s rays weaken cells and decrease elasticity, making your skin looser with larger pores.
  • When you apply makeup, be sure to apply a skin smoothing primer. These silicone-based products help to minimize the appearance of pores while creating an even surface. Today’s primers can make even the largest pores look nearly invisible.

There are so many well-formulated products on the market to help with this skin concern. Which pore minimizer is best for you? We’re sharing 5 favorites:

1. Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum is the perfect recipe for those who are looking for both anti-aging and pore minimizing benefits. Featuring Vitamin A and Vitamin C to lessen the appearance of fine lines, this serum also contains reparative ingredients to help improve overall texture and tone. These include Argan Oil, gotu kola, and other tropical extracts.

2. Make pores disappear before your eyes with Dr. Brandt Pores No More Refining Primer. Apply to cleansed skin under makeup to help blur imperfections and provide an even canvas for selfie-ready makeup all day long.

3. Aloette Aloe Pure Restorative Enzyme Peel is a gentle, yet effective exfoliant that helps to brighten dullness as it exfoliates lackluster, flaky skin that gets trapped in the pores and leads to breakouts. Natural fruit enzymes, such as papaya and pineapple help reveal smoother, silkier skin as it lifts away the dead skin cells that make pores appear larger.

4. If your skin could use a moisture boost, Skinceuticals Daily Moisture plumps the skin with hyaluronic acid, to help repair collagen. Natural thyme, horsetail and licorice increase hydration while reducing the appearance of pores.

5. Beautycounter No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask is your best choice for oily skin. Naturally astringent activated charcoal helps to purify, detoxify, and reduce oil as it minimizes the appearance of large, deep pores. Salicylic acid helps exfoliate and kaolin clay draws out excess moisture.

New Subscription Boxes from Seed Body Care

Monday, May 8, 2017

You guys, guess what? Seed Body Care recently launched a body care subscription box and I could not be more pleased with the contents! My May Beneficial Blends Box just arrived today and I wanted to share the contents. The theme of this month's box is Dream Land. Before I continue, though, time is of the essence, as the special introductory pricing ends the day after tomorrow.

Just how does this subscription beauty box differ from others?

  • You always get at least 1 full sized Seed product
  • You always receive 2 to 3 products that are the blend of the month
  • Freebies! A gift! More!
  • Gorgeous, gift-worthy packaging
  • Neat info cards to explain the blends and the products

How much does the Beneficial Blend Box cost?

  • 6 months for an intro price of $17.95 per month (free shipping, regular price is $19.95)
  • 3 months for an intro price of $19.95 per month (free shipping, regular price is $22.95)
  • 1 month for an intro price of $22.95 per month (regular price is $24.95)

What is in the May box? Watch my video for more details.


Review: Jane Iredale Mineral Quad Bronzer

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Let's talk about the Jane Iredale Mineral Quad Bronzer today.

I have been a Jane Iredale fan for years now. Everything from their BB cream to lip gloss to powders and face mists have all been beautifully formulated with exquisite packaging and with a luxurious feel. My newest product from the company is no exception. Love, love, love this product.

Okay, ladies. My skin is very fair. I am equal parts Irish and Greek and I definitely reflect my Irish ancestry as far as my complexion goes. When I "get some color", it isn't a golden glow or beachy tan. Nope, it's somewhere between salmon and lobster.

I have trouble with bronzers. They tend to show on my skin looking orange a la Donald Trump.

What's a girl to do when she wants to have some color, but to have it look natural? Jane Iredale Rose Dawn Bronzer was made for girls like me. It gives a color boost without saying, "OMG, why did Karley dye her skin orange?" 

Ingredient bonus: A bronzer with pine bark extract? Sign me up!

The ingredients are amazing, the texture is luxurious, and a little goes a long way. The best part? You rarely see this ingredient in color cosmetics, but this bronzer contains Pine Bark Extract, which is anti-aging and rich in bioflavonoids. I have written before at length about the beauty benefits of pine bark, including in a recent magazine article.

If you are looking for a new bronzer, I highly recommend checking out the Mineral Quad Bronzer, which come in 4 shades, from Jane Iredale.

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