Skin Care 101
Skin Care tips and how you can obtain amazing, radiant skin. As many of you know, I am a busy pro makeup artist. Last week, I was asked three times in one day about how to control oil and shine. Since I was LITERALLY being asked in stereo, I figured it was a sign to share the info.
Some of you may want little to no additions to your beauty routine and some of you may be looking for a complete over haul. Depending on where someone is at, I always like to give people options. Here are three totally realistic choices for clearing skin and combatting excess oil and shine:
What To Carry, What Not To Carry
1 If you are oily and get shiny throughout the day, always carry blotting papers with you. Blotting papers are available in most drug stores. They absorb oil and often eliminate the need for additional powder. When you continually apply powder over excess oil, you will inevitably build up a thick layer of powder in a few hours. This can make your skin look dull and lifeless, so you’ll definitely want to take steps to avoid that from happening.
2 Always carry pressed powder with you. Nothing will refresh your makeup quite like a little powder. Remember, if you produce a lot of oil you will always want to use blotting papers first. If you don’t have blotting papers, then blot the excess oil gently with a tissue. Apply the powder with a brush so you’re not depositing too much. This will help your makeup to stay soft and natural looking throughout the day.
3 Completely rethink your skin care routine.
Don’t Over Do It
When skin is oily we tend to aggressively clean it in an effort to control it. That can kinda maybe sorta work, but you’ll often notice a few things happening – a) after cleansing your skin feels dry and itchy, b) after moisturizing it still feels dry and and c) your skin gets really shiny again no matter what you do.
Cleanse & Hydrate
It’s a vicious cycle. The only way to break it is to cleanse and hydrate in a way that’s much more compatible with your skin. As scary and counterintuitive as it may seem, there is no better way to control oil production then to cleanse and hydrate with oils. Cleansing with oils breaks up makeup and daily surface oils in a way that your skin completely relates to.
Ahhh, Relax & Feel The Difference
Once you rinse off the oil based cleanser, your face will be deeply clean without being red, dry, irritated or overly scrubbed. You then follow up with a hydrating face oil and behold! Over time the oil glands receive the signal that “there is enough” and you magically produce less oil over time. I admit it sounds like a Jedi mind trick, but it’s nothing short of life changing.
All oils are definitely not created equal. Be sure to use products that are designed for deep & gentle cleansing. Clean skin = Clear skin. Essential oils like eucalyptus, clove bud and rosemary gently suction out dirt and bacteria without your pores even knowing it. Chamomile and lavender soothe the skin and keep it feeling happy.
Even if you have oily skin, you still want your skin to feel comfortable after cleansing. I know using oil based products on the face is really tough for us oily skinned girls to embrace, but stripping it IS the enemy. It will put you back on the vicious cycle to oil stimulation and break outs. Stimulating oil means giving bacteria a home for blemishes to thrive in. Without a doubt, the right kind of oils are definitely your friends when fighting oil.
Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Follow up with our hydrating face oil that’s rich in vitamins A, C and E. These vitamins truly nourish the skin. Our hydrating serum has active ingredients like Rosehip, Argan, Black Cumin, Camellia, German Chamomile, Lavender & Olive Squalene – your skin will glow without ever looking greasy.
It also leaves enough hydration on the skin so you don’t need an additional makeup primer. I can’t tell you how much I love products that multi-task and make life easier.
Not many companies can say this, but our products are completely nontoxic, organic, vegan, cruelty free, gluten free, phthalate free and paraben free. They contain no nanoparticles and are safe enough to eat, but please don’t do that! Another excellent point is that oils are compatible with our skin because our glands naturally produce oil, therefore your skin ultimately works in unison with them. It’s like they speak the same language and silently understand one another.
What to expect when using oils
Essential oils are no joke. Anyone who has tried straight tea tree oil on a blemish knows this firsthand. Ouchie ouch. Plants remedies are where modern medicines come from, so take them seriously and know that they work.
Cleanse Me Please
The right essential oils in your oil cleansing routine will passively suction dirt and bacteria out of your pores & lead to skin that’s radiant and glowing. Remember, what I said before clean skin = clear skin. However, now that you are cleansing it in an entirely new and much more skin compatible way, a certain amount of purging is to be expected.
I’m Breaking Out
Purging is how you know the cleanser is working. It is completely normal for the skin to break out while it’s in the initial clearing phase. Flushing out the pores is kind of like flushing out old rusty pipes. The old rust has to get out, so the pipes can work properly. It’s not a pretty analogy, but I hope you get the idea. So, when you see your skin initially break out, know that the products are working. That being said, always read the ingredients before purchasing and discuss all ingredient and allergy concerns with your doctor first before starting a new routine.
Your skin is the largest organ on the body. People tend to treat it like it’s an impermeable clamshell, but it’s not. It is the living, breathing outer layer to your inner anatomy. It is one with the rest of your body. Treat it like it matters and understand that when you abuse it, you’ll see dehydration, blemishes, rashes and all kinds of funky things.
By breaking the cycle of stripping your skin & stimulating oil production – your skin will stay calmer, clearer and better balanced. Your skin loves oil, so give it what it wants.
Why Doctors Don’t Talk About Oils
We’ve had people write in saying that our skin care works better than anything their doctor ever prescribed for them. Those emails are the greatest compliments we could ever wish for and the photos attached to them tell the story. Truth be told, you can’t really blame your dermatologist for not knowing about oil cleansing.
Doctors are highly educated to solve a plethora of issues. Personally I’ve not come across a dermatologist who specialized in plant therapies. They often look at clearing skin through a different lens and the perspective a doctor can offer is very valuable. Just know that depending on your issues, you may want to weigh the benefits of a less aggressive, plant based approach.
I know that finding the right combination that works for you can be frustrating. What works for your mom or your friends may not work for you. Doctors are busy keeping up with patient needs, updates in medication and changing insurance platforms, just to name a few.
You cannot expect your doctor to have the time to do research and think differently than how they were trained in medical school. It is perfectly ok to make informed decisions about what does and doesn’t work for your skin. It is also perfectly ok to share that responsibly with your doctor and your community.
Most doctors will greatly welcome hearing new information about skin care that has worked wonders for a patient. Information and communication is invaluable. You can help shift the next patient’s experience and open the doc’s mind to a new perspective. Plant based remedies are exciting. A whole-istic approach can truly offer us all a a deeper window into our collective best life!