The Pierced Nose

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, and to properly exfoliate your skin. These will help keep your pores clean. The bacteria, dead skin and oil is what enlarges them.

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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?

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Salicylic Acid in Foundation?

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  daytime product that is a leave-on.

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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! 🙂

Enzymes and Their Benefits

ENZYMES!!!

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.

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FRUITS AND
THEIR SKIN BENEFITS*

Lemon**:
Brightening and anti-aging.
Good for normal to dry skin.

Pomegranate:
Hydrating.
Good for combination skin.

Papaya:
Mild enzymatic action.
Good for all skin types.

Pumpkin:
Excellent exfoliation properties.
Good for acneic skin types.

Blueberry:
Brightening. Good for acneic skin.

Passionfruit:
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.

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Why You Should Start Using Grapeseed Oil

It’s been around for a long time but there are so many oils that are beneficial to your skin these days that it’s hard to keep track of what we should and shouldn’t use. Argan, Macadamia Nut, Olive, etc. They are all good for different reasons so I guess it is really about what you are looking for the oil to do for you. The best part is, it’s not expensive. You don’t have to pay a fortune to get the benefits of this amazing oil. Here are some reasons why I am going to incorporate grapeseed oil into my skin care routine…

1. Great for oily skin– It can help regulate the oil production in your skin. Use at night.

2. Great for dry skin– It is a great moisturizer especially in the winter when you find your skin to be more dry or even chapped.

3. Fast Absorption– This is a lightweight oil so it will absorb quickly and not leave the skin feeling greasy. You can use this all over your body too. Mix with your body lotion/cream or alone.

4. Antioxidants– Yes, it contains antioxidants so it will protect you from those nasty free radicals that are determined to destroy your skin.

5. Collagen– Grapeseed oil protects the collagen in your skin and that is what keeps your skin firm. It also improves the production of elastin and hyaluronic acid (which helps bind moisture to the skin).

6. Skin Tone– Used daily and consistently, it may help your skin become more even and brighter.

7. Eye Makeup Remover– A little goes a long way. Great for removing stubborn mascara and some say it will actually  make your lashes stronger and grow longer.

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Meaningless Cosmetics Claims You Shouldn’t Believe Part 2

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Non-comedogenic or “Won’t clog pores”

Why it’s meaningless: You can’t trust any product that makes claims of being non-comedogenic (or the less common “non-acnegenic”) because there are no approved or regulated standards for these statements anywhere in the world. In other words, no matter what a product contains, a company can claim that it won’t make you break out, even if it contains ingredients that are known to trigger breakouts. With no guidelines or standards in place, even the thickest, greasiest moisturizer around can claim it “won’t clog pores.”

And forget the claim “oil-free”! There are lots of ingredients that can make skin feel greasy that aren’t listed as oils.

What to look for instead: Avoid products that have a thick, creamy consistency. For the most part, ingredients with a creamy texture are usually the ones that clog pores and make skin feel greasy. When shopping for almost any skin-care product or makeup foundation, the best option for those with oily skin or breakouts is to look for products that have a liquid, gel, serum, or thin lotion consistency. Products with thinner textures are less likely to clog pores or worsen breakouts.

(Information by Paula Begoun)

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