I Belif in Skin: 7 Yummy Hydrating Products from Avon

I Belif in Skin: 7 Yummy Hydrating Products from Avon

Drink water, stay hydrated. Feeling just a tad thirsty, get hydrated. Urine, not the right color, get hydrated. Always drinking soda? You need more water. Water, water, water. It has always been a bit of a mantra to stay hydrated no matter what time of the year. Water is one of the many elements that keep life going. There is no exact measurement of how much we need, sure you hear 8 glasses a day but that it a general requirement. enough for most individuals to stay functioning. Water is good for making sure excess water-soluble vitamins are flushed out of the body. It helps the kidneys detox the body. It has such a vast amount of benefit I can say I am shocked it isn’t consumed more. Yet, in our modern societies promote other fluids like soda, milk (not all bad but some consume too much), sugary juices not made of any real juice from fruits, and other drinks that while nice to have for a change of pace, have no long term benefits. The short term always being satisfaction of cravings we are essentially addicted to thanks to processed anything. Other benefits of water are:

  • Lubricated joints
  • helps the saliva form well enough so we can predigest and chew food (you have heard of dry mouth problems)
  • delivers oxygen to the body, it says it in its elemental name hydrogen-dioxide, since our bodies are 60% water and blood 90% water
  • is the lubrication for neuro functions of the brain spinal cord and other parts of the body that wouldn’t be able to function if they were dry (best word for that, and it reminds me of a story involving family having repeat visits to the ER because they simply didn’t drink enough water. One seemed to have issues with speaking as dehydration can affect brain function)
  • Helps with blood pressure. This is why people get hooked up to bags with clear fluids. It isn’t just water in there either.
  • It is good for the airways. Have asthma? You may benefit from making sure you have water every day.
  • Helps the skin stay clear and problem-free. Not enough water can lead to dull skin. Dull skin, wrinkles, enlarged or more prominent looking pores are signs of not enough water. This is our focus in this post. Skin.

So, now you know that water is good for the inside and I have explained a bit of why it is good for the outside. The skin is an organ of the body. It sure receives a lot of grief from our every day being and you wouldn’t think we cared for it as much as we should given the issues we have on a day-to-day basis. I blame part of that on modern conveniences of man-made products like soda. Your skin is 64% water of the water your body is made of. Now, there is more to skin health than just drinking water. Yes, it helps a tremendous amount. It has been noted to clear acne for some. It’s 50/50 for me. It helps but I also have to buff my skin to rid of the dead skin cells that are also an issue in clogging my pores. Still, there is more you can do. And that is to know that skincare products can help with all this in combination with drinking water and keeping clean with a good shower or bath. Whichever you prefer.

Wait, there are a ton of products on the market for skincare! There is a lot to choose from. And much of the time we may not be using the product that is best suited for our needs. No two persons are alike in skin needs. As there is a slew of skin issues. Excema, dermatitis, rosacea, sensitive skin, overly dry skin, extremely oily skin, combination skin, and the list goes on. Knowing which products are best for you takes a bit of research and a lot of reading about products and listening to experts. There have been times I have spent hours just reading lists and looking at ingredients. All of my skin is weird. I have combination oily skin on my face. Back acne that I have to use a strong and not irritating wash for and even then I may only get 60% of it cleared up at any given time. I have dry shins as well.

Why is hydration a thing anyway? Well, besides the medical side of it, it is a long historical facet of human existence. We have pampered our skin since olden times and we aren’t likely to change taking care of our most prominent organ that is seen daily. Because as Bart Simpson would say, “Your epidermis is showing.”

Why Skin Care?

Water evaporates. As it always has. It evaporates from tables where a cup was set leaving a ring that so many housekeepers (men and women) have groaned at the sight of since goodness knows when. It evaporates from the floor after mopping. From the ground after a good rain shower or from our car when it is washed. So it evaporates from our skin even when we aren’t getting out of the shower or pool. a barrier against pathogens, dirt, or damage, while protecting itself from drying out and becoming brittle and rigid. The ability to retain moisture depends on the lipid bilayer between the corneocytes. In Avon we have had a few discussions about our skins layers and a few representatives are fascinated in knowing there is such a thing as a microbiome. Using creams that help keep the skin moisturized and from drying out can help water from evaporating by varying degrees but generally, 50-75% granted you are using the right product. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that more science behind creams and lotions for the skin began. Of course, you don’t want to overuse. There are times I may skip a cream or lotion such as when my hormones are prepping for that ever so fun time of the month and I get a few breakouts. At which point I simply prefer to wash my face twice a day and maybe use a toner. and scrub. Otherwise, the creams and lotions only make my acne worse, and the oil production more so because my skin says it wants to do its job. Also, you need to know if your skin has a reaction to anything and avoid products and ingredients that will harm more than help. Since water alone is only temporary, it’s why other ingredients are added to keep the water used, in.

I belif in Skin

I would like to focus on a select line of products from Avon. Belif came out not long ago and started with two lotions called aqua bombs. Meaning that it adds a burst of hydration to the skin. One add’s up to 70% more moisture in an hour and the other gives you 26 hours of hydration. Both can be used a bit like a mask as well. You put a thin layer on, let it sit and then gently wipe some off. Not all, but some. It adds a boost of hydration for those who need it most.

Let’s get down to the products.

belif True Cream Aqua Bomb

belif True Cream Aqua Bomb

This is the product that offers 70% more hydration. It is lightweight and is a water-based gel-cream with a key ingredient of Lady’s Mantle. Lady’s Mantle has been used since the Middles Ages for stomach issued. Yeah, I know. A very different use than for the skin. It in addition to tea and a few other ingredients were used in baths to helps irritated skin. Basically used as an astringent with a high tannin that, according to verilymag.com, “fight against bacterial infections (i.e., acne) and also act as an antioxidant against free radicals that cause cell damage.” You can find it in Witch Hazel. One of my favorite products for acne treatment, thanks to my brother for telling me about Witch Hazel when I was 15 and suffering acne. I use it to this day. Lady’s Mantle helps to minimize the appearance of pores. I use this product for my T-zome area of my face. It’s drier there but the product is good for oily skinned people as well. I like having a smoother feeling nose and it helps it to not look flaky.

BENEFITS
• Instantly cools skin
• Lightweight formula
• Free from mineral oils
• Keeps skin looking smooth, healthy and supple
• Dermatologist-tested
• No parabens, sulfates or phthalates
• Clinically proven to increase skin’s hydration levels by 70%

You can also use it as a primer for your makeup.

belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

Now, I admit that both the names and the appearance of either one of the True Cream Bombs get me a bit confused and I do wish Avon would make one a slightly different color so as to be a bit easier to differentiate. Nonetheless, this moisturizer keeps your skin moisturized for 26 hours after application but also can be used as a 10-minute face mask that you can wipe off a bit off to add extra moisture when needed. It’s key ingredient, different from Lady’s Mantle, is Comfrey Leaf. When used by itself it is good for wounds and sprains. Just like Lady’s it was also originally used for stomach issues. I think I am seeing a connection here. Only it did more harm than good. So as the story goes in early apothecary. Since at particular amounts, I would not suggest it be used on broken skin. Please don’t. It can be dangerous. And honestly, I don’t think it is good to use products on broken skin, to begin with, that aren’t meant for healing like what is found in antibiotic ointment. Avon’s products only use just the right amount to help skin, roughly 5% from what I can tell.

BENEFITS
• No parabens, sulfates or phthalates
• Free from mineral oils
• Clinically proven to provide the skin with 26 hours of intense hydration
• Leaves skin feeling smooth, supple and nourished
• Helps improve elasticity
• Helps hydrate and detoxify skin
• Lightweight, whipped, cushiony cream

Good for normal, dry, and sensitive skin.

Belif Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser

As of late, this, along with Veilment Natural Spa Black Rose Body Scrub and Cleanser, is one of my favorite products! I first tried it when I got the travel pack of belief products in a cute water droplet-shaped carrier. Formulated with amino acids and glycerin-based cleansing agents, it gently removes makeup and impurities without stripping skin of moisture. Great for all skin types. My face felt nice after using it. It was cooled off. Clean. Didn’t feel too dry like how body bar soap does when you use it (you aren’t supposed to but sometimes when you have nothing else. . .) and my face felt light. Clean. What I like most is that I only have to use it twice a day. In the morning and before bed. I can’t stand being awake with icky skin, nor can I stand going to bed with skin not clean from the day’s occurrences. I feel gross both ways. Just as with the Aqua bomb, it’s key ingredient is Lady’s Mantle. No introduction or explanation needed here.

BENEFITS
• Jelly-to-foam cleanser
• Same explosive burst of hydration as True Cream Aqua Bomb
• Amino acids and glycerin-based cleansing agents
• Gently remove makeup and impurities without stripping skin of moisture
• Ideal for dry and uneven skin (though I have combo-oily skin and had wonderful results)
• Paraben and sulfate-free
• 97% of women felt it was gentle when cleansing based on a consumer perception study

Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb

I use this as well. I know I am only 38 (eek 40 right around the corner!) but I do get dark circles under my eyes. This adds moisture and my eyes look happier and with the added moisture my eyes look more supple. If that is a decent word to use for the under-eye area. Not puffy like when I have been crying a river over a movie that made my heartstrings break. But supple. This lightweight, refreshing eye cream cools on contact and helps keep the eye area resilient and smooth for crease-free makeup application. Great for dryness around eyes. Though, as said, I only have dry skin in the T-Zone area of my face. I have no idea what it is like to have dry under eyes but it sounds uncomfortable.

The key ingredient for this wonderful product is Pennywort (Tiger Grass). It is a Korean swamp-dwelling herb. It isn’t just for Korean beauty products. Estee Lauder has also been known to use this ingredient as well. paulaschoice.com gave me some interesting information about the benefits of this ingredient. It has, “active compounds, including madecassoside, which serves as an antioxidant. Centella asiatica itself also has been shown to have potent antioxidant properties and to be a rich source of amino acids, and there’s additional research showing that it’s a good hydrating ingredient to soothe upset or compromised skin.” It seems to also help with sun damage. There are a few people I would suggest this too as they do have sun damage. For me, I liked how it helped my dark circles.

BENEFITS
• Cools on contact
• Helps keep eye area resilient and smooth
• Good for dryness, fine lines and wrinkles
• Provides eye area with 26 hours of moisture based on a clinical study
• Free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic dyes and fragrances

We also have a few other products that I have not yet tried out but I will mention them because they sound wonderful and shouldn’t be bypassed.

belif x VDL Aqua Bomb Glow Water Cream

belif x VDL Aqua Bomb Glow water Cream

Prepping the skin for makeup is a must. You have the wash and serums and a few other steps. This you use after serum and moisturizer and follow with SPF. belif and VDL (another line I looooove) come together to make more great product babies. It preps your face with moisture and hydration. It is easily absorbed into the skin with its creamy texture and has crushed pearl to add a reflective glow just as with some primers we have. Visibly evens skin tone and is free from mineral oils, fragrances, and dyes being that is is water-based and vegan. Has Lady’s Mantle.

belif x VDL Glow Moist Fix & Mist

belif x VDL Glow Moist Fix and Mist

Makeup isn’t ready until you use a setting spray. I am still using the Avon True Color Setting Spray. I haven’t run out just yet but still plan on buying this. I have this weird comfort of how setting spray feels with it is misting on my face. It’s like a tiny sprinkler and I love that feeling. This 2-in-1 spray both primes and sets the makeup. It is non-greasy and non-sticky and dries quick. Great for those with oily skin (hey you have my attention) and who want to control their T-Zone. Just like with the water cream it is free from mineral oils, fragrances, and dyes.

belif X VDL Glow Moist Primer

Not that I meant to put this after the setting spray, it just happened as I was writing down the list in my notebook, you do need a primer. Used after the water cream or by its self. Makeup will be griped on and better-staying power when you use this especially if you have oily skin. I do have a small issue with makeup still coming off just a tiny bit even when I use a primer. Just a smidge. Free from mineral oils, fragrances, dyes, is water-based and vegan.

Limited Edition belif Aqua Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set and Limited Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set

Limited Edition belif Aqua Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set
Limited Edition belif Aqua Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set
Limited Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set
Limited Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set

This box set includes:
• The True Cream Aqua Bomb, 2.5 fl. oz.
• Moisturizing Bomb powder, 8 pods, each, .005 oz. net wt.
• Mixing Spatula

A powder? For your skin? Yes, you mix it in with a touch of the cream and use it on the face. The powder is freeze-dried pure hyaluronic acid. USe 2-3 of the container with some of the cream, mix and apply as an overnight mask. Suggested use is two times a week so the 8 pods are good for a whole month. There is also a Limited Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set that also has the cream and powder and tiny mixing spatula that is used in the same way.

Bundles

What wouldn’t make a line more perfect than a bundle of products? That’s right we have those, too. There are two to choose from: the Limited-Edition belif Aqua Bomb Tumbler Set and the Limited-Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb Tumbler Set. We had the Belif Travel Kit which is no longer available but you can buy the travel sizes of the cream individually. You just won’t get the cute travel carrier for them all. Such a shame. It is so cute. Still, the tumbler sets come with a tumbler that reminds you each time you use it to take care of your skin and to stay hydrated by drinking water. If you need to add a flavor to it, I see no harm. I do it just to make the day more interesting though I don’t mind water unflavored.

Limited-Edition belif Aqua Bomb Tumbler Set
Limited-Edition belif Aqua Bomb Tumbler Set
Limited-Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb Tumbler Set
Limited-Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb Tumbler Set

Be sure to shop my page here and keep hydrated this summer and throughout the whole year. And check out my Beauty and Skin Facebook group for daily beauty and skin tips. At this point in the time of June 2020, it is still new. But feel free to add any of your beauty and skincare tips to the wall so you can share your suggestions with others. You may just be helping someone out. Stay safe and hydrated.

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CBD's and No THC

CBD's and No THC

No doubt you have noticed the increase in popularity of CBD products as well as the slow but sure growth in legality of CBD products being sold in many states. Colorado is one of the most popular states to legalize CBD and other related products. California is also well known for allowing the growth of either hemp or cannabis within restrictions. This has led many to be confused about what is what and if it is ethical to allow this rise in products with the ingredients many deem bad to be sold much less used medicinally. Idaho has had its fair share of dispute. That is why I want to quickly discuss Avon’s new line of CBD products by first explaining CBD and THC. As not many are aware of the differences despite a lot of already established explanations.

CBD Information

In 2018 the Farm Bill was passed and legalized industrial hemp and medical and recreational cannabis at the state level. This is one of the many aspects of confusion behind what is legal and isn’t. Because one state differs in what it deems legal and not legal compared to another state. As CNET stated in Aug of 2019 (last accessed February 29, 2020), “. . . This . . . discusses substances that are legal in some places but not in others and is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You shouldn’t do things that are illegal — this story does not endorse or encourage illegal drug use.” I want to emphasize that I do not promote illegal activity outside of this post. I only want to explain more behind CBD and THC before you yell foul behind Avon’s new line. Which are great, by the way, and I will get to the products here soon. Now many different places within different states sell varying products. Until recently in Idaho, many places didn’t sell CBD products. Within the last year, we have, in my local area, had an influx of stores pop up. As well as some food locales that add water-soluble CBD to drinks upon request. I will be honest, I tried it. With this growth of products, more confusion seems to have spread. Even Avon representatives have been unsure how to market the new line without confusing the customer. I have known about the difference between CBD and THC for a while. Truth is, it really shouldn’t be so hard to comprehend. No offense. Still, I do see how there is confusion given how either is produced and also the images used to promote both.

Avon’s Cover Featuring the Facial Oil plus the plant leaf.
Hemp vs Marijuana horizontal infographic, healthcare and medical illustration about cannabis.
Image not my own and is from the lifecannmd.com website. Click here for more information. Or the picture.

CBD v THC

So what is the difference? CBD and THC are both structurally similar. Also, our bodies have natural endocannabinoids. Oh, you must be shocked at this point. Yes, we have a system within our bodies that have receptors (similar to neurotransmitters in the brain) to both CBD and THC. The fact of the matter is that CBD is a weak form and doesn’t bind the same way THC does to our own receptors. Making it non-psychoactive and not able to produce a high that is more commonly associated with both CBD and THC. THC, on the other hand, is able to bind to our receptors and produce a high. What’s more, is that Marijuana and THC are heavily regulated nationally. It isn’t uncommon for some stores that sell CBD products to be monitored for the ingredients of their products to be sold. In order to know more about that, I suggest looking at your state information to be more informed. Since depending on whether your state is allowed to grow the plants will determine if you can buy the products. I can’t say how often I have had to politely explain this. I have met some angry people just discussing my state’s own laws on the matter. Many seem to think that what happens in one state will be the same in the other. It isn’t true.

The image is from Green River Botanicals and their website. I don’t claim this image my own. This image is for educational purposes only on my blog. You can see more information about this image at https://greenriverbotanicals.com/what-is-the-endocannabinoid-system-and-how-does-it-work/

Avon’s new line rolled out earlier this year and it created a buzz within the Avon community. There are three CBD products that we now sell.

The Product Line

Green Goddess Facial Oil: This, as well as the other two products, is 99% in its ingredients. It is geared to those with dry, irritated, and sensitive skin. It reduces redness, improves moisture and also soothes the skin. It has 100 mg of CBD as well as vitamin E and omega fatty acids. It is fragrance-free, vegan, and absorbs easily into the skin. Other ingredients it has are:

The solution that soothes. Revitalize your skin with Green Goddess, a topical oil with 100mg of CBD and other plant-based ingredients like hemp seed oil, squalane oil, and turmeric. This nutrient-enriched formula provides a calm and relieving feeling, making it the refreshing last step to both morning and nighttime skincare routines. .95 fl. oz. Price for sale $34.99
  • Hempseed oil: for moisture, anti-inflammation, skin cell repair, balanced oil production, and anti-aging.
  • Sunflower seed oil: for moisture, a source of Vitamin E which protects you from UV rays, has fatty acids (in combo with Vit E these two together are what help soothe the skin) and anti-aging.
  • Turmeric: antibacterial, antiseptic, brightens the skin and removes excess facial oil.
  • Jojoba seed oil: has Vit E and B which help with sooting the skin and repairing damage.
  • Squalene oil: anti-inflammatory, antiaging, and balances oil.
  • Azulene: essentially it does what all the other products above do.

Use 4-6 drops and massage all over the face, then follow up with your favorite moisturizer and for AM use, follow that up with sunscreen. Unless your moisturizer already has it, then you are set.

Veilment CBD Nourishing Body Cream: This product is for the body and is much the same as the oil but in lotion format. That way you don’t have to use as much oil. You can use this all over your body.

Sit back and relax with our nourishing body cream, featuring 100mg of CBD and touches of hemp seed oil and turmeric. This natural formula will help moisturize and rejuvenate skin. 100 mg CBD / 5 fl. oz. Sale Price $28

BENEFITS
• Helps to enrich and soothe your body
• Reduces irritation and dryness
• Absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling soft and nourished
• Light jasmine scent
• Hypoallergenic
• Dermotologist-tested

Ingredients: WATER/EAU, GLYCERIN, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, DIMETHICONE, CANNABIDIOL, CANNABIS SATIVA SEED OIL, TOCOPHEROL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE
MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/Cire microcristalline, POLYSORBATE 60
AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, PHENOXYETHANOL, CETETH-20, CARBOMER, CAPRYLYL, GLYCOL, Fragrance/Parfum, TROMETHAMINE, BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, DISODIUM EDTA, LINALOOL, ALLANTOIN, BENZYL BENZOATE, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, and BENZYL CINNAMATE

Veilment CBD Soothing & Nourishing Body Cream:

This product is the same as the other lotion but much more concentrated. Meaning that the same 100 mg of CBD is found in less lotion and so more can be added to any given spot on the body. Best for those who need extra care for their skin.

Smooth generously all over the body as needed, especially to areas that need extra care. Sale Price $28

My Review

I do not have dry skin overall but I do in some areas of my body such as the T-Zone of my face, my elbows, and my shins. I decided to one day primp my eyebrows, as I do every week. Generally, this creates irritation. I waited a full day as it is never good to apply any product on broken skin and though I didn’t have broken skin, I prefer to take precaution. My skin can be irritated for a while after primping it. A half-hour after using it on my T-Zone, my skin wasn’t as red and didn’t feel as sensitive as it usually was. On my shins, which have been dry forever and I always have to gently scrub to get rid of dead skin after a shower, they were surprisingly more moisturized after application. I will be honest and say I don’t really use a moisturizing lotion. I simply have never been one to do it on the regular for my body. Unless it was for acne treatment. A topic for another post.

I feel this product does what it is meant to and suggest anyone try it. You may not have overly dry skin but we all suffer irritation of some sort throughout the year. I recommend giving this a try. Don’t worry, you won’t get high. Check out my video on YouTube where I demo the products here.

Here you can see a little bit of redness from a day later of doing my eyebrows. They can get very red from the plucking. The redness I noticed was between my eyebrows. A small spot. Hard to see but it is there.
I tried doing a close up of my leg. It was a bit dry even after using a moisturizing wash in the shower.
The redness Here isn’t as prominent. Also My skin looks better overall after using Green Goddess.

A few minutes later after using the concentrated formula of the CBD lotion, my skin looks shinier in a healthy way and less dry. Smoother as well.

Product Caution

It is not recommended to ingest this product or use it on a child unless it is given the okay by a doctor. Never use these kinds of products on minors unless it is medically okay. These products are meant for adults.

5 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT SKIN CARE

5 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT SKIN CARE

I wanted to bring together my list of five things I have learned about skin care and makeup. Remember I am no professional. Simply an Avon Representative and regular female who started late in life when it came to knowing what I do know about makeup. Though I have been wearing eyeliner since I was 13 due to having trichotillomania.

Start Early

Many people are taught to give their babies gentle soaps and lotions to keep their skin healthy and soft. As we get older though, I have noticed not as many parents do this beyond the infant or toddler stage. They just make sure kids wash up. Not that this is a bad thing, but at least teaching kids about sunscreen and using a lotion on rougher areas will teach them that their skin is on big organ of the body. You try to teach them to eat healthy. Their skin should be included. I was watching Today on channel seven where I am at and they mentioned that people 18 and up have seen a rise in skin cancer. Mostly those tanning beds and it’s been touted for a long while that those things aren’t good. I have never used one. Plus, people aren’t always using sunscreen. When you are young and when your kids are young teach them to at least wear sunscreen and follow up with after sun care. Put what lotion is best for them on their skin. Just yesterday when the kids went swimming or playing in the water at grandmas house, I made sure they put on sunscreen. I used Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus with SPF 30. It is water resistant up to 80 minutes. Sometimes mosquitos are in an area simply because there is a pool or maybe a water puddle nearby. I let that sit in for 15 minutes. I used Anew Hydra Fusion Daily Beauty Defense with SPF 50. As for aftercare I use Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration. It has 24 Hours of Hydration. Plus the smell is wonderful.

My Skin Care Collection SSS Bug Guard Plus at regular Price $11. On sale Campaign 17 at $7.59

I have mentioned some great skin care products for regular skin care in my post titled 4 Skin Care Saviors + 1 Popular Brand.

Know That Your Skin Type Can Change

byr skin type is affected by so many things. Genetics and hormones are at the top. But what also causes your skin to be the way it is can be from medications and diet. I for one can personally say that since becoming vegan, my skin is less oily and I have less breakouts. But my back still has issues, thus why I use one of the products mentioned in the article I linked above: Panoxyl. I love it! Still, growing up I had oily skin. I had breakouts. I still have oily skin but now my face and even the skin on my shins has changed to being combination oily skin. So I treat it as such. Treat your skin to its type. Get to know products and what is in them as that has a major affect as to whether or not it will work. Take for example that for us oily skinned folk toners should not have alcohol in them. I like witch hazel with no alcohol by Thayers. My brother got me into using Witch Hazel when I was 15 when he was having really bad backne. It really is genetic for us at least. It was my brother that taught me this one thing about skin care for acne. Also, lotions should be oil free. There are some like Jojoba is said to mimic your natural oil production but I have found that it isn’t that way for me. But if it works for you that is awesome. Dry skin comes with large pores. Mostly. This is the case with my mother. In recent years I have noticed the dry spots on my face do in fact have large pores. You get large pores because your skin is trying to create more oil so it dilates. Here is an article that I like that talks about skin types and how they can change do to a variety of factors called.Your skin type is affected by so many things. Genetics and hormones are at the top. But what also causes your skin to be the way it is can be from medications and diet. I for one can personally say that since becoming vegan, my skin is less oily and I have less breakouts. But my back still has issues, thus why I use one of the products mentioned in the article I linked above: Panoxyl. I love it! Still, growing up I had oily skin. I had breakouts. I still have oily skin but now my face and even the skin on my shins has changed to being combination oily skin. So I treat it as such. Treat your skin to its type. Get to know products and what is in them as that has a major affect as to whether or not it will work. Take for example that for us oily skinned folk toners should not have alcohol in them. I like witch hazel with no alcohol by Thayers. My brother got me into using Witch Hazel when I was 15 when he was having really bad backne. It really is genetic for us at least. It was my brother that taught me this one thing about skin care for acne. Also, lotions should be oil free. There are some like Jojoba is said to mimic your natural oil production but I have found that it isn’t that way for me. But if it works for you that is awesome. Dry skin comes with large pores. Mostly. This is the case with my mother. In recent years I have noticed the dry spots on my face do in fact have large pores. You get large pores because your skin is trying to create more oil so it dilates. Here is an article that I like that talks about skin types and how they can change do to a variety of factors called Does Your Skin Type Change As You Age?

You Skipped A Wash

Granted that skin needs daily care but if you miss a wash because you got busy, as long as it isn’t when you pass out with makeup on, you will be fine. The only time I got upset with missing a wash was when I was pregnant with my middle child and due to hormones, I needed to wash my face A LOT. I even had to shave daily. It was horrible. But now, I do occasionally miss a wash in the morning. Not so much at night. The thought of the days oils on my pillow, though it gets dirty with use regardless, just grosses me out. But if you are on a strict regimen due to prescription, it would be best to keep up at it as best you can. Sometimes we get busy. Just wash when you can twice a day. Plus, as recommended by Refinery, it’s okay to break a routine. In fact it could be beneficial. Let the skin be skin.

See a Doc If Something Is Very Bad

The two times I have had to see a doctor for a skin issue is this one time I had a really hard and tiny black pimple-like thing on my arm that hurt. I am still unsure what it was but had to have it removed. I missed work for it though I would have been fine to work. It was just I worked in food so they take stuff like that serious. The other time is when I got a cyst. I have noticed I am having them more frequently and it is noted that some people just get them. I had one in my armpit. The best I could think is maybe I nicked myself shaving and now use an electric shaver. I had it for about a week. I did see a doc on the third day and was prescribed meds. Now, not that I am advocating this, but it did work, I used the old heated bottle trick to bring it to the surface and drain naturally. It did work. I did it for a few days and even did soaks using a special bottle I keep for such needs because it isn’t easy doing an effective compress on your armpit. The rag got cold far too quickly. So I used salted water in a bottle necked bottle and kind of laid down. I was still taking my meds. I did wear something comfortable though because it hurt putting my arm down. And I had to wear very loose shirts. But things like this need medical attention as you may never know if there is a more serious cause. It can really play havoc on the skin. You don’t want an infection to spread either. Please don’t be like guys I have dated a use a blade to dig it out. Dude, just no. And it’s gross and unsanitary.

Exfoliate

You wash. Sure but do you exfoliate? When you are wanting to make sure all parts of your skin look even and to have makeup go on better or even use sunless tanning lotions, its best to exfoliate. Some people get skin build up and even though they wash, it still shows because it makes the skin look darker and a bit dirty. My daughter gets it on her chest. I can tell if she didn’t exfoliate because it’s dark in spots. You would be amazed at how much it helps everywhere on the body. Lotions and makeup just work better on clean exfoliated skin.

What are things you have learned about taking care of your skin? Let me know in the comments below.