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.



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.




A Not So New Skin Game Changer

rice bran oil

Most often we spend time talking about ingredients we need to avoid in our beauty products, we forget all about discussing the ones we do want.

The newest trend in natural skincare? It’s all about Rice Bran Oil. But, what exactly is this ingredient, and how does it benefit the skin?

Rice Bran Oil is oil extracted from the inner husk of rice. It’s Vitamin E and Antioxidant rich. and until now has been a long time anti-aging skincare secret of the Orient.

Anti-Aging Benefits

The Vitamin E contained in Rice Bran Oil protects the skin from free radicals that cause premature aging by regenerating skin cells, smoothing the skin thus minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.

Sensitive Skin’s BFF

Rice Bran Oil is hypoallergenic unlike other vegetable oils, making it a dream ingredient for those with extremely sensitive skin.

At KmS Mineral Essentials, we’re excited to bring the benefits of Rice Bran Oil to the KmS Skin Essentials line with  new Vanilla Almond Cleansing Milk.

Recommended for normal, dry, sensitive and aging skin, Vanilla Almond Cleansing Milk has the following key benefit:

  • gently cleanses while nourishing the skin preventing dryness
  • creates the perfect moisture balance without leaving your skin oily
  • contains oatmeal to soothe irritated skin
  • contains anti-aging benefits of Rice Bran Oil and Vitamin E

If you’d like to sample this amazing new cleanser for yourself, free samples are available for a limited time. Simply send your request via email to

Have you been using skincare products with Rice Bran Oil? Let’s get the conversation going by sharing your experience below.


What You Don’t Want in Your Mineral Makeup

popup-2It’s no surprise mineral makeup is still all the rage. Shop anywhere today, whether it’s the grocery store, pharmacy or even savings club warehouse and you’ll find mineral makeup at your fingertips. That’s a good thing, right?  

Not so fast!  While this popular type of makeup is available at every turn, you must ask yourself; with all the different brands out there, how can you possibly choose the one perfect for you and your skin? To answer this, we have to start at the beginning.

Mineral makeup has been traced back as early as 3100 to 2907 B.C., where Egyptian and Roman women gleaned minerals from the earth and ground them with a pumice stone before applying it to their skin.  Back in those days, the only thing available was raw, natural ingredients, as fillers and preservatives contained in most mineral makeup today were not an available option.  We are all familiar with preservatives, but what are fillers, and why should they be avoided when it comes to mineral makeup?  

So glad you asked! Today we’re going to talk about both. Their disadvantages, and why they’re so commonly used.

Fillers in mineral makeup are just as the name implies; these additives simply fill the jar, and have no benefit to the skin. The presence of fillers, however, can cause serious irritation to sensitive skin in some instances.


Bismuth Oxychloride is a mineral which is a byproduct of refined lead and copper. This ingredients is present in the most popular mineral makeup brands, and its purpose is to create a natural, dewey glow while and smooth application experience. This ingredient is a known irritant, and can cause itching, breakouts and skin sensitivity even to those who are not normally skin sensitive.  Bismuth is by far the one you want to avoid when choosing a mineral makeup.

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Talc is a popular, inexpensive non-natural filler. Talc easily clogs the pores and can be irritating for those with sensitive skin. Talc also leaves you with a powdery looking finish, and who wants that?

Trisodium EDTA

This preservative is non-natural, and includes methyparaben, propylparaben and diasolidinyl urea. Trisodium EDTA binds to metal ions which deactivates them. It’s presence helps prevent the deterioration of mineral makeup, protects fragrance compounds, and prevents rancidity.

This ingredient is a non-natural preservative that can cause skin irritation.

Key Ingredients to Look For

As you research brands, you’ll want to keep this in mind. Know that a pure mineral makeup product will contain only 5 or 6 total ingredients (with the exception of botanical blends) which should include Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.

Avoid The Mineral Makeup Marketing Trap

We’ve all heard the phrase “you get what you pay for,” but when it comes to mineral makeup, it’s not always the case.  The majority of the money spent on the most popular brands of mineral makeup covers the cost of mass marketing, fancy packaging, and false claims that mineral makeup can completely replace your skin care regimen.  The best pure mineral makeup brands are those that are packaged simply, and have a great reputation through word of mouth and online research.  You can rest assured the money spent on these particular makeup brands goes right where you want it; towards the product itself!