Want a Breakout? Don’t Read This!

There are 3 things your skin craves twice daily no matter your skin type. It must be fed, cleansed, and moisturized.

And when you cleanse your skin, you actually feed it; giving it what it needs to stay healthy. Think of it as fertilizer. And when it comes to choosing a proper cleanser, don’t assume because you have oily/problematic skin you need to use a heavy duty, concentrated cleanser. These types of cleansers are harsh and can strip your skin of the moisture it so desperately needs!

Gentle, deep cleansers can be very effective, like KmS Skin Essentials African Black Soap Facial Wash. This incredible  all-natural cleanser contains Plantain Skin, Palm Leaves, Cocoa Powder and Kernel oil which work together to gently deep cleanse without robbing the skin of its essential oils.

And cleansing your skin means more than just using a cleanser. Part of the process includes toning the skin. It’s used immediately after cleansing to rid the skin of any oil, dirt or residue the cleanser may have left behind. Toner also balances the skins pH level, and prepares it for moisture.

You may have heard a toner isn’t necessary. I disagree, and here’s why.

In a way, our skin is like our dish and clothes washers. Think about it. Our dishwashers and washing machines each have a rinse cycle. Why? To make sure all of the food, dirt and remaining detergent is removed from our dishes and clothes! You wouldn’t dream of wearing clothes or eating off a dish that wasn’t rinsed first, right?

The same goes for our skin! Test this yourself by taking a close look at your cotton ball after cleansing and toning. You’ll notice a little residue and/or oil EVERY time. Your skin won’t be clean until your cotton ball looks clean and clear.

Toners and astringents that contain alcohol are a thing of the past. The perfect toner for those that suffer from problem skin contains natural, non-irritating ingredients.

The 3rd thing your skin craves is moisture. As we age, our skin gradually loses its ability to retain it. This moisture loss can eventually lead to dry, ruddy skin making us look much older than we are! We need to replenish our skin’s moisture to give it balance.

I know what those of you with oily skin are thinking: “My skin is already moisturized because of my oily skin! Moisturizing will only add to it!”


When you don’t moisturize, your skin will not get the right moisture balance, and will overcompensate by putting out more oil! If this happens, it can and will lead to clogged pores, blemishes, and related conditions. The point is, you need it, and your skin counts on you to not skip this important step!

Questions? Thoughts? I’d really love to hear from you! Please comment below and we’ll get the conversation started.




How to Take it All Off

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I‘m not sure if you know this about me; I really love watching YouTube how-to makeup videos. Contouring, smokey shadow, you name it, I’ve seen it. 
But as many as I’ve watched, (it must be in the thousands by now) I’ve never seen one on how to take off your makeup. Come to think of it, I’ve never written about it either. That is, until now.
It goes without saying we should remove our makeup every night.  
Problem is, most women still go to bed with a dirty face, and don’t even know it.
And, I don’t want this to happen to you!
Today we’re going to talk about how to take it off the right way in 4 quick, easy steps.
Step 1- Melt 
What I mean by melting is breaking down the stubborn eye makeup first. You can do this by using an eye makeup remover. Personally, I’m loving my own blend of Apricot Kernel, Sweet Almond and Avocado oil (watch for the Essential Makeup Remover debut soon), especially if I’m wearing waterproof mascara. 
Apply the oil with a washcloth, being careful not to get too close to the eye itself. (If you wear contact lenses, you’ll want to remove them first.
Step 2- Steam 
Take a clean, warm washcloth and lay it over your face or 10-20 seconds. This helps to further break down the makeup. Remove the towel and carefully remove the eye makeup along with any extra oil.
Step 3- Cleanse
Use your favorite cleanser to cleanse the rest of the face and rinse well.
Step 4- Tone (IMPORTANT!)
You thought you were done, right? Not so fast! Your skin is not completely clean without finishing with a toner. Toner removes any oil or debris the cleanser may have left behind. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean the cleanser removed it all.
This step is a snap! Use a cotton pad to apply an alcohol-free toner or astringent. Wipe the entire face, and repeat until the pad looks completely clear. You’ll be surprised at what you may have missed before.
We’ve only get one face, and one chance to take great care of it. And trust me. your skin will thank you! 
Do you have a tried and true skincare routine? Spill all the details below.