Why Your Moisturizer Isn’t Cutting It

There’s nothing more frustrating than using a product that doesn’t do it’s job.

Take a moisturizer for instance. If it doesn’t work, it not only affects the condition of the skin, it affects the look of your makeup finish as well. I mean, who wants to look like a dry, flaky mess?

There could many reasons why your moisturizer isn’t cutting it. Today we’ll talk about the top 3.

You’re Using The Wrong Moisturizer

Moisturizers are not all the same. If you’re using a moisturizer, but it wasn’t made for your skin type, you may as well not be using any at all!

Here’s why: if your skin is dry, your moisturizer must be extra-moisturizing so it can give your dry skin all the nourishment your skin needs. If your skin is oily, and you use a moisturizer for dry skin, it can cause an extra buildup of oil which can lead to clogged pores and eventually acne.

You’re Not Exfoliating Your Skin

Moisturizer works best when it’s applied to fresh, new skin because it’s so much easier for newer skin to drink it in. So, what can you do to be sure you’re moisturizing the right skin?

You need to make sure you make room for new skin by getting rid of the old. Since our skin creates new skin cells about every 3 days, we can help by using a scrub or microderm abrasion cream to get rid of the dead skin on top.

You’re Doing it Wrong 

Did you know there’s a right way to use moisturizer? It works best when you’re not in a hurry, and take the time to work it in to your skin, especially the areas that need it the most. Go ahead! take the time to give yourself a little face massage every day!

If your moisturizer still isn’t quite cutting it, especially in the winter, try using it on wet skin just after cleansing. Remind yourself by keeping your moisturizer in the shower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are You In Problem Skin Denial?

wrong makeupYou hear the word “Wellness” a lot these days. We’re a lot more health conscious. We do our best to eat right, and stay active.

Wellness is all about taking care of ourselves completely;  mind, body and soul, and this includes our problem skin.

So why are we still wearing makeup everyone else is wearing?

We might be in problem skin denial, and here’s why:

We Think We’re Already Wearing The Right Stuff

We’ve watched the infomercials, we read the claims and saw the before and after photos. We’re actually wearing the makeup that’s supposed to be good for our problem skin, but it just isn’t working. Why do we keep using it? Because we’re convinced if it doesn’t work, nothing will!

What’s really happening: Everyone’s skin is very different, problem skin or not. Just because a brand works well for someone, doesn’t mean it will work for another. It’s possible there could be an ingredient your skin is super-sensitive to. There’s something else out there that will work for you. You don’t have to settle for less than great skin.  

We’re Afraid We’ll Spend More Money On “Problem Skin” Makeup

We’re afraid our problem skin will “nickel and dime” us for the rest of our lives, and think that special makeup for problem skin will cost us a lot more.

What’s really happening: When you use the wrong type of makeup for your skin, you’ll spend more money, but it won’t be spent the way you think.

You’ll either spend your cash on pricey concealers that cover up your acne (that won’t make it any better), or you’ll spend it at the doctor/and or pharmacy when that makeup ends up causing a breakout or rash.

The Bottom Line

Problem skin doesn’t have to be a problem at all, in fact it can be easily managed with a little TLC, and a commitment to using gentle makeup and skincare products that won’t irritate your skin.

Are you guilty of wearing makeup that wasn’t made for your Acne or problem skin? What stopped you from trying gentler products made to manage problem skin? Share your story in the comments below.

 

 

2 Ways To Get Radiant Looking Skin In the Fall

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Fall is such a beautiful time of year! For most of us, it means bright colored leaves, apple cider and comfy sweaters!

But, there’s a drawback to the Autumn season. Our skin becomes dry and dull. And, this doesn’t happen because it’s so much cooler outside, it happens because we turn the heat on inside, and as cozy as it may feel, it also dehydrates our skin. 

The good news is, you don’t have to settle for less than radiant looking skin no matter the weather! And,  today, we’re going to talk about 2 ways  to get radiant looking skin in the Fall.

Exfoliate

Our skin’s job every 3 days is to create new skin cells. Our job is to get rid of the old ones so new skin can show through. This is done when we use a facial scrub or microderm abrasion treatment 2 to 3 times a week.

Why is exfoliation so important? If you don’t exfoliate regularly, it’s impossible for your moisturizer to make it’s way through the dead skin to the new which is both a waste of 2 things we find rare these days; time and money.

So, when do you fit this into your routine? We recommend doing it in the evening. Because exfoliating can be abrasive, it leaves new skin  sensitive. Let it rest when you do. 

Switch Up Your Products

As the seasons change, so do  the needs of our skin. This sometimes means the products that worked for you during the summer might not cut it this time of year. You may find your skin might require more moisture during cooler months.

And, how do you know this? If your skin appears unusually dry and tight after using your cleanser, what you’re using may be too harsh for your skin. It might actually be stripping away the natural (good) oils it needs to stay plump and hydrated.

And your skincare products aren’t the only thing you should consider changing if you find your skin dry.

It may also be time to change your foundation, especially if you normally wear an oil control foundation. Dry skin loving options like KmS Mineral Perfecting BB Cream, or Select Botanical Anti-Aging Foundation were created specifically for dry skin and contain ingredients that prevent moisture loss.

How do you change your skincare routine this time of year?

 

5 Ways to Glow From the Inside Out

 

I don’t know about you, but, I find the older I get, the harder it is to guess someone’s age. Maybe it’s because so many women these days have a youthful, younger looking glow to their skin.

And, how do they get that anyway? Are they getting skin treatments and injections? Maybe some do, but for the rest of us that don’t have disposable budgets, you’ll be happy to know there are 5 easy ways to get that glow from the inside out without having to brave the doctor’s office.

Get Plenty of H20

It’s one of the most important gifts we can give to our body, but to drink 8 glasses a day is easier said than done for many of us; me included. The good news is that we don’t have to drink it plain to benefit. If you don’t care for the taste of water, add a touch of flavor with cucumbers, oranges or lemons. You can even add zero calorie flavor to your water. My favorite? Crystal Light Grape. 🙂

Call it a Night a Bit Earlier 

When you don’t get enough sleep, it disrupts your body’s water balance, which is when under-eye bags, puffiness, dry skin and wrinkles come out of hiding. Have trouble sleeping? Try swapping your phone, tablet or computer for a good book at least an hour before bedtime.

Use a BB Cream, Tinted Moisturizer or Liquid Foundation

There’s just something about liquid makeup and tinted moisturizer that gives the appearance of healthy, glowing skin. If you must use a finishing powder, use it sparingly, avoiding the cheeks.

Use a Luminizer or a Non-Matte Foundation 

Using a luminizer gives the illusion of younger looking skin, and what’s not to love about that? Luminizers have incredible light reflecting properties that “deflect” attention away from fine lines and wrinkles while adding a fresh looking sheen to the skin. Choosing a non- matte finish foundation is another great way to get a luminous glow.

Never Ever Skip the Moisturizer

You’d think using a moisturizer would be rather obvious, right? Even so, some find it daunting to use twice a day, if at all. And those with oily skin? They don’t think they need it at all. Interestingly enough, they’re the ones that need it the most, but that’s for another post.

What are your tips for healthy, younger looking skin? Share them with us below!