5 Reasons Why You’re STILL Breaking Out

skinconcernA breakout is completely frustrating, but, what’s worse, is not being able to figure out why you broke out in the first place.

You’re faithful with a regular skincare program, you eat the right foods, you limit your stress, and yet, it continues to show up like a bad boyfriend.

Reality is, there are a number of reasons why your skin is acting out like a 2 year old. Today, we’re going to talk about the top 5 reasons why you’re still breaking out.

You’re not doing it right

It doesn’t matter how much money you spend or how faithful you are to a skincare routine, it means absolutely nothing if you don’t use it the right way.

I get it. You’re in a rush.

Yes, I do it too. sometimes we speed up the routine by quickly cleansing, then splashing cold water over our face once, and we’re done, right?

Here’s why this is a problem. When we wash our face, the residue carrying oil and bacteria runs down our chin and onto our neck. When we splash just our face, we’re not completely rinsing. We allow it to sit there, only to find we start breaking out around the jawline and neck.

The Fix

Splash twice; once on your face and the other on your chin and neck. Will it mess up your bathroom sink? Probably, but, better that than a mess on your face, right?

You’re using the same washcloth and towel

I know. I catch myself doing this too. 

Sometimes it’s easier to grab the washcloth or towel closest to us, but, it usually ends up being the same one we used yesterday, and even worse, 10 people may have been using it after using the bathroom. Enough said? ? Here’s what to keep in mind. Bacteria loves to live in a used towel because it gets stuck in the fibers.

The Fix

Instead of keeping one washcloth and one hand towel in your powder room, keep 2. Each time you use one of them, replace it. This way, you no longer have an excuse. 🙂

You’re using the wrong stuff

Here’s what I mean by this: If you’re using a cleanser for dry skin and yours is oily, you might as well be using motor oil. Sounds a little extreme I know, but think about it. Different skin types have different needs and those needs require the right products for the right skin type.

The Fix

First, make sure you know your skin type, (keep in mind it may change a couple of times a years during a change of season.) then make sure you are using the right products for that skin type.

You can’t remember the last time you washed your brushes

Once, again, I’m a serial offender. It’s so much easier to use a makeup brush in the basket right next to me instead of grabbing my clean extra set of brushes. But, just like fibers in a towel, bristles easily harbor bacteria, and each time you use a dirty brush, you’re putting it back on your face. 

The Fix

Have 2 sets of brushes so you can swap one for the other when  you clean them. That 2nd set doesn’t have to be expensive. I use the same small set I pack when traveling. 

You’re using the same makeup sponge

Makeup sponges are a great tool, but just like brushes, they suck up bacteria.

The Fix

If you use a blending sponge, be sure to keep it clean every time you use it, and make sure you replace it every couple of months. The easiest fix is to buy a package of disposable sponges so you can easily throw them out each time you use them.

And, it’s possible to not know what caused your breakout. But, by following the tips above, you can be sure it most likely wasn’t you!

Did I miss something from the list? Tell me all about it below. 

 

Oil is not Your Enemy!

oilbottlesWhen it comes to skincare, the word “oil” scares people, especially for those with excessive oily skin. They associate the word “oil” with “bad”.

But, here’s the thing. Oil is not your enemy.

Forget what you think you know about oil and your skin. Truth is, our skin must have an oil balance to stay healthy, happy and younger looking.

But yet, women go to extremes to rid their skin of oil at all costs. And what they don’t understand, is when they do this, they strip their skin of healthy, natural oils.

When the skin is stripped, it goes into panic mode, and compensates by creating even more oil, and this is what clogs pores, causes acne and leads to a host of other skin issues. Yikes!

So, how do you know you’re getting the right oil balance for your skin?

Get to know your skin type

You’re probably thinking, “That’s easy! I already know my skin type”. But do you really? Just because you had oily skin when you were 16, doesn’t necessarily mean you have oily skin today.

In fact, it’s not uncommon to have 3 different skin types throughout your lifetime.

Why? Because as we get older, our skin naturally loses the ability to create moisture. When this happens, we have to compensate by using the right facial products to restore moisture to our skin.

If you’re not so sure what your skin type is, no worries! There’s a simple way to find out for sure.

All you need to do is wash your face first thing in the morning. Don’t exercise or do anything that might make you sweat. Also do your best not to touch your face. After 2 hours, take a good look at your skin in the mirror.

If it feels clean, but not tight, and if you don’t notice any shine, then your skin is normal. If it feels dry and tight, and you don’t see any shine, your skin is dry. If your skin looks oily on your forehead and nose, but looks and feels dry on your cheeks, you have combination skin, and finally, if it looks oily everywhere, you’ve got oily skin. 

Now that you know your skin type today, you need to be sure the skincare products you’re using are right for that type, and you’ll then be able to create that perfect oil balance.

Thoughts? Comments? Enter them below and let’s get the conversation started!

 

 

 

How to Find the Right Foundation Type Best For Your Skin

The right foundation for your skin type.

If you’ve ever found yourself confused with all the foundation choices available, you’re not alone!

You not only have to choose the brand and shade, you also have to decide what type you want between cream, liquid and powder.

Do you choose a type because you prefer it over the others, or should you choose the type based on your skin?

It may not surprise you 80% of women choose their foundation based on preference. For example, they may choose liquid because they think powder is messy. Or they might choose cream because they think it’s easier to apply.

Here’s why this choice is a bad idea.

Each type of foundation was originally created to work it’s best for a particular skin type. When you choose a formula created for another skin type, it won’t meet the needs of your skin which in turn won’t give you the best makeup finish.

Is your skin dry?

Cream foundation was originally designed for dry skin because it contains extra emollients that create a moisture lock, which keeps the skin moist and supple.

Why it won’t work for oily skin: The last thing oily skin needs is more oil. Using cream foundation on oily skin can make the skin look dirty and/or sweaty, and tends to “melt” in warmer climates and during those times we perspire.

Is your skin oily?

Loose powder foundation was created for oily skin because it contains oil absorbers to keep excess oil under control. Liquid foundation can work with oily skin as long as it’s considered “oil-free”.

Why it won’t work for dry skin: Loose powder foundation can be over-drying, unless it was created with  moisture lock ingredients and/or botanicals such as KmS Mineral Essentials Select Botanical Foundation. Powder foundation (again with the exception of a botanical blend), can give dry skin a dull, finish which makes the skin look much older.

Do you have combination skin?

Combination skin is a little tricky. If you have it, you have to find a way to manage the oily skin on your t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and the dry patches on your cheeks. There is no particular foundation created for this skin type, but liquid foundation or BB Cream works best because it’s considered the less of 2 evils. 

Why liquid won’t work for oily skin: Unless it was specifically created as an “oil-free” liquid foundation, liquids are created with oils, (not as much as cream foundations) and again, that’s the last thing oily skin needs. 

Do you have normal skin?

Lucky You! Because your skin is neither oily or dry, any foundation type will work for your skin that when applied properly can give you the perfect radiant makeup finish.

So, am I telling you to switch if you’re using a foundation that wasn’t created for your skin type?

Not at all. 

Because (with the exception of someone with dry skin using a dry foundation) there are things you can do to improve on the less than desirable finish you end up with. For example, if your skin looks oily after you apply your foundation, you can simply top those areas off with a finishing powder or veil.

It’s a about whether or not taking that extra step is worth it to you, and only you can answer that.

So, I want to know what you think. Let me know by commenting below if you agree or disagree about foundation types working best for certain skin types. I’d also love to know if you use what’s recommended for your skin type, or take those extra steps to get the best finish.