Ok, so we all have blackheads and it seems like they never go away. The good news is, there are solutions and ways to prevent, control and get rid of them. Let’s start from the beginning though and I will tell you what causes a blackhead.
Causes of Blackheads– Basically when a pore gets clogged with too much oil (which enlarges the pore) and then it mixes with built-up dead skin cells that cannot shed normally. The combination of the two then get exposed to air, which causes it to oxidize and turn black.
How to Get Rid of Blackheads– You need to remove and absorb excess oil and also remove dead skin that isn’t shedding on its own. Not all products will do this, even though they claim to. Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid help along with gentle manual exfoliation. Scrubbing harshly and vigorously will not get them out. You will only irritate the skin. This is one of the reasons that pore strips do not work. These blackheads are not just sitting on the surface of the skin so it may appear that you got them out but you actually only got the tip of the blackhead. Using proper skin care products will balance out your skin and keep the blackheads away.
I have blogged about DIY masks and scrubs and warned about the damage they can do to the skin. Now, my amazing skin care line, Skin Script, has written something about it too. I love that they support Estheticians as much as they do! There really is a difference in what you can do at home vs what we can do in the treatment room. Although I do recommend home masks and scrubs from time to time, they in now way replace a good facial or a professional product.
Here is what Skin Script had to say…
The DIY (do-it-yourself) craze has taken the internet by storm, thanks to popular blogs and websites such as Pinterest. With many at homemade concoctions for everything from nail polish remover to peel-away face masks, we decided to compare these at home treatments to professional treatments:
1) Quality Ingredients: DIY home recipes call for easily accessible ingredients that can be found around your home or at a grocery store. For example, fruit acids (such those found in lemons) can actually burn your skin if used incorrectly. Table sugar, salt and even oatmeal can scratch the skin due to sharp edges, causing skin irritation and redness. Professional ingredients are pH balanced and modified so your skin cells will accept the ingredients. Skin Script products are “chirally correct” meaning they are accepted by the skin without irritation and will penetrate further than a DIY avocado/mayonnaise mask would.
2) Tools: Extractions with straight pins, “steaming” your face with a pot of boiling water, or using kitty litter as an at-home microdermabrasion treatment (yikes!) can cause serious harm to your skin. Your aesthetician is trained to use tools (such as extractors, steamers and modalities) in a safe, sanitary and effective way.
3) Experience: Attempting to correct skin issues such as acne, pigmentation, rosacea or wrinkles with at home “kitchen ingredients” is not as effective as the combination of an appropriate homecare regimen and regular treatments with a licensed aesthetician. Your aesthetician is trained to properly recommend treatments and homecare to help you achieve your skin care goals.
So hopefully you’ve been reading my blog (anxiously waiting for every post, right? 🙂 ) and now you know how to make your own Tinted Moisturizer but now I’m going to show you how to make your own Tinted Body Lotion. You can use this as a self-tanner or just to add some glow to your skin. This is why I LOVE being able to do it myself…fully customizable! It’s fun to do this at night, too, for a little extra glam. 🙂 So simple and this is how…
1. Mix body lotion and foundation powder or bronzing powder…depending on the color you want. Blend thoroughly.
2. Apply and you’re done.
1. Your body is different than your face and it takes color better. This means that you can usually go a little darker without fear of looking too crazy. 🙂 Test it out first and then go outside so you really know what it will look like. Remember, indoor lighting is very different than outdoor.
2. If you use bronzing powder (I like MAC’s Golden Bronze) PLEASE don’t get one that is orange!!! You could also do 50/50 of the powders if you feel like it might be too much bronze. I love this mixture for nighttime. 🙂
3. If you only use a foundation powder, you can still add a little shimmer powder (MAC has a great one called, Silver Dusk) to it. A little goes a long way. Great for summer!
4. When applying on areas of your body that have hair, go in the direction of the hair. When it dries, it will look better.
5. Unless you have dry skin, I don’t think it is totally necessary to apply a regular body lotion first but I would put it on your drier areas like elbows, knees and ankles. I actually use Grape Seed Oil on those places (let it settle before applying the tinted lotion).
7. It does wash off when you shower so if you don’t like it the first time, no big deal!
What is the best Tinted Moisturizer? That is one of the most common questions I get and I don’t have a good answer. I have never been able to find a brand that I really like and that I would feel comfortable recommending to my clients, friends and family. So, I’ve stopped looking. For years I have been making my own so from now on, this is what I will be recommending to everyone. What is so great about doing this is that it allows you to choose what you want in the product. If you wear this at night, an SPF isn’t necessary so it’s great that you don’t have to use a moisturizer that has that in it. This is now fully customizable to YOU! And this is how you do it…
1. Mix equal parts moisturizer and foundation. Blend thoroughly.
2. Apply and you’re done!
1. If you want a more natural look, add a little less foundation.
2. If you want a little darker color, add a little more foundation.
3. Apply your regular moisturizer first so the color doesn’t seep into dry patches and/or blemishes. It will give you a more even finish.
4. You can make enough to last you awhile or do this daily. If you are making a bigger batch, just make sure you put it in an airtight bottle. Care for it as you normally would your regular foundation.
I am on the internet a lot. I check out so many different websites just looking for different things to discuss on my blog, Facebook and Instagram. I come across A LOT of DIY stuff and some of it is scary. The problem is people are posting things and other people read them and think, “well, it worked for her so it will for me!” Not always true. I don’t think I’m the absolute expert on skin but I have experience and I do a lot of research to find out what works and what doesn’t.
Please, do your own research if you are going to try some new “miracle” solution for your skin. Ask me! You could be damaging your skin…even if you don’t see the damage now. You can break down the collagen and elastin (what keeps your skin firm), causing you to age faster. (that is just one thing that could go wrong)
Or you could live by this rule…
If it sounds to be good to be true, it probably is.