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Do you know your skin type?
Do you know your skin type?

February 19, 2019

Before you shop for facial skin care products, there is one crucial pre-shopping step that you must take: determining your skin type. Just because a product works well for a friend or your favorite celebrity is reported to use it, doesn’t mean that it will work for you. Skin types, like skin care products, are not one size fits all. I’m going to share my favorite way to effectively determine your skin type.

 

Find out your skin type in 3 simple steps

  • Pull your hair back away from your face. Using a gentle face wash, remove all traces of makeup. Rinse thoroughly and carefully pat dry with a soft cotton towel. Do not follow with any other products at this time.
  • Wait for one hour. Using a clean tissue, gently cover your face and blot lightly.
  • Remove the tissue and then observe your findings.

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Unplugging: Do you need a social media detox?
Unplugging: Do you need a social media detox?

February 12, 2019

You sit staring at a computer screen all day at work. You text back and forth. You answer emails. You’d think that once the work day is over and the dinner dishes have been cleared that you’d be ready to sit and relax.

The reality, though, is that most people are still plugged into their phones in the evening. Texts continue. Work emails are read and answered long after the work day has ended. Then you just have to check your Facebook feed, order a new pair of shoes, pin recipes and DIY projects over on Pinterest, and share the latest photo on Instagram. And then there is the stressful reading of political posts that appear day after day. Honestly, it can be stressful!

It is almost as if we panic at the thought of missing out on something important if we put the phone down. What would happen if you stayed away from social media for an evening?

Would it be the end of the world? Absolutely not. 

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What is milia and how do you get rid of it?
What is milia and how do you get rid of it?

February 05, 2019

Have you ever noticed tiny white bumps that look like they are right under your skin? Perhaps you have. Milia can appear around the eyes, forehead, nose, and cheeks. They seem to linger and are resistant to most typical acne treatments. Just what is milia and how do you get rid of it? Let's find out!

What causes milia?

Milia can occur for several reasons. I know that I have heard so many women say, "but I wash my face thoroughly."  The truth is that it is not because your skin isn't clean enough. 

 

Our skin naturally sloughs off dead skin cells. Sometimes, though, the skin doesn't shed those cells and what happens is that sebum and keratin will get trapped underneath the epidermis. When this happens, they build up and get lodged in sweat glands and hair follicles rather than being shed. Before you know it, cysts form and you'll notice those little white bumps that do not seem to go away.

There are several skin care ingredients that may contribute to milia. I will share those with you in a moment.

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