When I went to Empire Academy of Makeup (best school ever!) many, many years ago, the first thing we learned was that if our skin didn’t look good then our makeup wouldn’t look good. In fact, the first course concentrated on skin so much that I fell in love with it and that is how I got started with skin care.
I’ve learned a lot along the way and things have definitely changed but one thing that always remains consistent is: your skin needs hydration and most people are dehydrated.
If you have dry skin, you most likely need oil and water in your skin. When you wear makeup, powders can age you and accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. And, of course, make you drier.
If you have oily skin, you have too much oil and not enough water. When you wear makeup, it feels like you need to re-apply often and you may be flaky in some areas.
Both of these issues can get better by properly hydrating your skin. A Hyaluronic Acid Serum is the best way to do this. It binds moisture to your skin and draws moisture in.
Does it seem like you always get a blemish in the same spot? There is a reason for this…
The pore may be damaged so it keeps getting re-infected. This is especially common for those who pick. (hint, hint) Picking blemishes loosens the lining of the cell and that causes the clogged oil to go deeper into the skin and that creates an inflammatory reaction.
If you use a drying spot treatment (toothpaste and most over-the-counter spot treatments) this will only dry out the surface infection of the skin. The bacteria is still lurking underneath and will eventually come to the surface again.
Witch Hazel– Did you know that alcohol used to be added to this so that it would evaporate on contact and create a cooling sensation? Nowadays it goes through the same distillation process to draw out essential oils and natural extracts.It is often used in toners and moisturizers to hydrate the skin, lessen oily skin soothe redness in skin and cleanse problem complexions.
Please note: Witch Hazel Astringent found in drugstores does contain alcohol and should definitely be avoided!
I love Hydrating Moisturizer (contains witch hazel) from Skin Script! It is what I use on my skin every morning.
I get asked about these all the time and I know these are quite popular especially for those of you that have late nights. They are easier and at least you aren’t going to bed with makeup and your whole day on your face, right? Wrong. Kind of. 🙂
For the most part, I would prefer you not to use these. There are so many varieties and most are not good for your skin. I simply cannot try every towelette and read all the ingredients to determine which are acceptable and which are not. However, I will give you a couple to use and some to absolutely stay away from completely.
A lot of these contain alcohol so they are super drying to the skin. Then you have the ones that have a lot of fragrance and that can irritate the skin and since you are not washing after, the ones that can be hydrating may leave a film on your skin.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, I would run from these towelettes. I haven’t seen any that are good for your skin types yet. In fact, the only skin type that can really tolerate these, generally speaking, are those with dry skin. As always, there are exceptions to the rules but do you want to find out if you are that exception? You only have 1 face! The more you irritate it, even if you don’t see it now, can cause damage down the road and make you age faster. Now I know you don’t want that!!
That being said, here are my recommendations, as promised, for the good and the bad towelettes…
Good– Neutrogena has 2- Night Calming and Hydrating Towelettes; most brands that are for dry skin will probably be ok because they will have way less alcohol and fragrance in them. This is still not a recommendation to use.
Bad– Olay Facial Cloths for Combination/Oily; as I said above, most brands for oily and acne-prone skin will not be good for the skin. Avoid!
Cleansing your face properly is the best way to keep your skin clean, postpone aging and stay hydrated. If you find yourself using these, try to keep it to “every once in a while, only when you need to” situations. Your skin will thank you! (and you’ll thank me when all you friends are jealous of how great you look! 😉 )
1. Be gentle with your skin. You’re in a hurry, I know, but rubbing and pulling vigorously will only age your skin and damage capillaries.
2. Try to stay away from fragrances. It doesn’t matter what skin type you have, fragrances are usually not good for the skin. They smell nice but can do long-term damage, like break down collagen and elastin. If you have sensitive skin, it can do a lot more, like give you a rash or make you itch.
3. Don’t skip the moisturizer. I talk to clients all the time with oily skin that are afraid of moisturizer. This product is your friend. I promise. Finding the right one is key. Moisturizer doesn’t penetrate the skin and it will protect you from everything coming at you all day…sun, pollution, smoke, makeup, etc. Your skin needs that barrier.
4. Wash your face every morning and every night. Be consistent with your products.
5. Wear sunscreen, rain or shine. No higher than SPF 30 is necessary.
I could talk for days about the products I use and recommend because I love them that much. When used correctly and consistently, my clients get results.
Le Mieux: Hands down…. Le Mieux has the most amazing serums.
TGF – AMAZING anti aging serum. This is my trick on set when prepping skin for makeup for people who have some lines, so that makeup doesn’t settle as much. Also, I love using it as a preventative around the eyes for people that are starting to see the beginning of fine lines.
Blemish Spot Treatment – OBSESSED doesn’t even begin to describe how much I love this product. It’s my crack and sometimes I basically use it as my moisturizer on days that my skin feel likes it’s going to need some help to keep the pimples at bay. It works great over and under makeup. It’s way better than any spot treatment you find at retail outlets, and I’ve tried them all. Please do yourself a favor and get this product. MUST HAVE!!
Glycolic Cleanser – It’s tingly and makes my skin feel squeaky clean. I use it at night twice a week to get that extra boost of cleanliness.
Blemish Pads (Clarifying Pads) – These pads are awesome! And if you rip them in half you get twice as much. My skin is SUPER oily, and these pads are a great degreaser. I definitely target areas that feels like there might be a breakout and do a double pass along those areas. Be careful not to overuse these because your skin can start getting dry.
Green Tea Cleanser – I like using this cleanser as a makeup remover since it’s pretty mild and takes care of the job.
When I was younger, I remember going through my sisters beauty treatments she had stashed in our bathroom cabinets. It was fun for me to try different things and see what they would do for my skin. The problem, and I didn’t know this at the time, was that she had (still has) oily skin and I have dry skin. So I would apply these masks and my skin would feel super tight and dry. I thought that was a good thing. It wasn’t.
Now I know that we never want our skin to feel like that even if you have oily skin. Anytime you are taking something out, you should always be replacing it so that your skin is always hydrated. That is what I think, at least. Stripping your skin of their natural oils and water is not healthy.
I first read about the Kitty Litter Mask a year or two ago and I dismissed it. Definitely not something I would want to do and I wouldn’t recommend it to my clients so I didn’t bother reading more about it. Then, I had a client send me a link to it because she thought it was funny. It is funny and ridiculous but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be good for your skin, right?
I watched the YouTube video explaining how to do it and a couple of days later I purchased some unscented kitty litter and tried the mask for myself. Clay masks are generally not good because they will strip everything from your skin. They will actually tell you that! These masks pull out all the impurities, toxins and oil. Kitty litter contains sodium bentonite clay so it is basically the same as those clay masks you been purchasing. Yes? No, probably not.
My Thoughts After Using the Mask
1. I did not like it. At all. My skin felt tight, like the blogger said it would, and then I felt a little tingling. As I said, I have dry skin so this was extremely tight on my skin and the tingling didn’t feel right.
2. Even though she said just to use the water but it would be okay if some of the “rocks” got on your face, it wasn’t okay. My skin was definitely being exfoliated and not by anything I would want anyone to use. They can tear at your skin and/or breakouts and cause bigger problems.
3. My skin felt softer after I removed the mask but let me tell you, my skin was craving my serums and grape seed oil. It was so dry and tight! Skin should never feel like that.
4. It is now over an hour since I removed the mask and even though my skin has 3 hydrating serums on and my grape seed oil, it still feels tight. That feeling didn’t come back until about 30 minutes ago. My skin is still suffering from it.
There is absolutely NO benefits to this mask. It’s actually a risk to the health of your skin to use it. I’m all for DIY facials but not all of them are good for you or your skin type.
One of the most frustrating things about these DIY bloggers is that they don’t have all the information and so everyone thinks they can do these type of masks. IF, and that is only hypothetical, I were to recommend this, it would be for oily skin clients and certainly not for dry skin. That wasn’t mentioned but it is really important.
*update- My skin took about 1 week to recover from this mask. That may not be true for everyone but for this girl, who has dry skin, it changed things for a bit.
One of the biggest skin issues I think I hear about today is large pores. People want to know how to make them smaller, less visible, etc. Well, I have some bad news for you…it is not possible. Your pores are your pores. That is why it is so important to use the right products for your skin, to manually exfoliate and to also exfoliate with a chemical (glycolic, salicylic). These will help keep your pores clean. The bacteria, dead skin and oil is what enlarges them.
So if this is a concern of yours, I would avoid getting your nose pierced. It is a large pore that will never go away. It is actually larger than your regular pores too. Makeup will get stuck in it…I’ve seen it! Is this something you want when you’re 40?
I’ve never been a big fan of Clinique. It started in high school when I used their products and they didn’t work for my skin, at all. Then, when I fell in love with skin and began reading about ingredients and different product lines, I finally understood why I didn’t like them. So when I heard about their Acne Solutions Foundation w/ salicylic acid, I had to check it out. I try to keep up with as much stuff regarding to skin as I can but it is impossible to do it, unfortunately. This one got away from me because when I started my research, I found that it has been around since 2010! Yikes!
My first thought about have an ingredient like salicylic acid in a product like foundation, that sits on your skin all day, was that there was no way this was healthy. Now that I have done more reading, I don’t disagree with myself. 🙂
My client, who told me about it, said that she stopped using it because her skin became too dry. That is because that acid dries up all the oil in the skin. Estheticians use it as a chemical peel. Of course you see it in a lot of products these days but not often will you find it in a product that is a leave-on.
My biggest problem with this is that people don’t know the long-term damage they are doing to their skin. I can pretty much bet that Clinique is not educating their customers on salicylic acid.
When I read reviews online, people were saying how dry it made their skin, the foundation turned orange mid-day and made their acne worse. I would love to try this out on my skin but I’m on the dry side anyway and don’t suffer from acne or breakouts so I am not a good tester.
Bottom Line: Please avoid this foundation and any other foundation with this ingredient (yes, there are others!). Acne needs to be taken care of with proper skin care products NOT makeup. Come see me if you need guidance. I want to help! 🙂
Glowing skin. Isn’t that what we all want? A good home care regimen with monthly enzymatic facials will do the trick. As we age, the natural exfoliation slows down, which leads to a buildup of dead skin cells. Fine lines, uneven skin tone and sometimes acne are the results of this buildup. Fruit enzymes strengthen the natural exfoliation process which will reveal new and healthy skin cells.
Fruit contains natural enzymes, and for most skin types, they are safe to use. Enzymatic fruits, such as papaya and pumpkin, provide both antioxidant nutrition and exfoliation to the skin when mixed with other fruits such as lemon, pomegranate, blueberry and kiwi. And since the enzymes only dissolve the topmost layer of the epidermis, the skin is not injured so there is no downtime like you might experience with a glycolic peel. You are getting deeper results but still receiving a relaxing treatment.
THEIR SKIN BENEFITS*
Brightening and anti-aging.
Good for normal to dry skin.
Good for combination skin.
Mild enzymatic action.
Good for all skin types.
Excellent exfoliation properties.
Good for acneic skin types.
Brightening. Good for acneic skin.
Firming and anti-aging.
Good for mature skin.
Enzymes are used in every facial at Skin Care by Devyn. They are chosen based on your skin type, needs and concerns. Plus, theses fruit enzymes smell great!
*source, Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa (Dave Waggoner)
**I do not recommend using lemon on your face at home. Lemons are quite strong and can do more damage than good if not used properly.