The Top 3 Acne Products You Need

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How much money have you wasted on acne products that didn’t work?

Yeah, I cringe too when I hear that question. I don’t even want to think about it. But I know how frustrating it is, which is why I reviewed dozens of products to treat body acne, breakouts, and scarring, and have brought you the top three acne products you need. When I review a product, I consider its effectiveness, cost, and accessibility. These are the superstars in every category. Here we go:

Body Acne

If you have body acne, try Differin Body Scrub. I cannot say enough positive things about Differin. Not only are their products effective, they are affordable and accessible over the counter. This scrub contains salicylic acid, which kills bacteria and dead skin cells. It lathers nicely in the shower and a little goes a long way. It is consistently rated 5 stars on Amazon, making it a top performer. Check it out!

Breakouts

Years ago I stumbled across Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion in Ulta and couldn’t resist trying it because it looked so curious. It comes in a small clear glass or plastic bottle that has a pink sediment at the bottom. Insert a Q-tip to the bottom of the bottle and scoop up some of the sediment. Apply it carefully to the individual breakout. Watch out–it stings–but that is just the salicylic acid penetrating deep into the skin to kill bacteria and oil in the pores. Leave it on overnight, and enjoy waking up to a smaller, drier breakout the next morning. You will immediately see why this makes my top 3 list of products. It is simply phenomenal.

Scarring

Eau Thermale Avène Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream starts healing skin before it scars. It contains postbiotics that restore microbiome health and support the skin’s natural defenses. It is easily the best restorative cream I’ve seen. Apply it directly to active acne to help prevent/minimize scarring. What a relief!

Next time you have an acne flareup you can whip out these superstars and banish it!

~Taylor

Making Time for Stillness in a Busy World

It is hard to be still. Really hard. A lot of us struggle with it, including me. Our modern world is always in motion: phones ringing, texts chirping, social media constantly ablaze. Then there is work, childcare, commuting, meal planning, loving and supporting others, and a million other things that make up this little thing called life. You would think that with a world brimming with activity that we would embrace stillness, and be able to easily slow down and quiet our minds.

But the opposite is often true; we can’t slow down. When we try, our minds whirl, seeking something to latch onto rather than be in the present moment. We avoid uncomfortable feelings by numbing or distracting ourselves. Or we get stuck in our own heads.

Where Do Out Thoughts Go?

In his book, The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle argues that humans spend most of their time identifying with the past or the future. We fret about the past and relive painful moments, and we worry about potential suffering in the future. He calls this the “time dimension.” When we spend our energy focusing on the past or the future, we get trapped in the time dimension and lose sight of the “now,” the present moment.

To escape the time dimension, he advises that we withdraw attention from the past and the future, and one way to do this is to start observing our thinking. “Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it,” he writes. Even something as simple as recognizing that you are dwelling on the past or future brings presence into our lives.

“Clock Time” and “Psychological Time”

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He goes further and breaks the time dimension up into two categories: “clock time” and “psychological time.” Clock time is when we use our mind for the practical aspects of day-to-day living. Clock time includes making an appointment, learning from a past mistake so as not to repeat it, or making a decision based on past experiences. Psychological time is time spent dwelling on the past or the future. While using clock time is an unavoidable part of our lives, psychological time does not have to be. The less that we use psychological time, the easier it is to focus on the present and be still. I’ve found presence and stillness to be the missing ingredient in self-care.

It is hard to train our minds to focus on the present, but when we do, we reduce our suffering. Tolle writes “unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry–all forms of fear–are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, and bitterness . . . are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.”

Try It Out

I found this to be a remarkable way to categorize my own thinking and it allowed me to sidestep some of the discomfort that comes with leaning into the present moment and being still. It is initially easy to focus on my thoughts; the trouble is where they lead me, which is inevitably the past or future. But as soon as I recognize that I am focusing on the past or future and not observing the present, I have brought myself back to the present, even if just for a moment. It allows me to create a moment of stillness–of peace–in this busy world.

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If you want to try this out, start observing your thoughts, your body, and your breath. At some point your awareness shifts from “there” to “here” and “then” to “now.” Can you feel it? Tell me about your present in the comments!

The Most Simple, Yet Sophisticated Fall Makeup Look

It is finally fall. As a Floridian living in the Midwest, this is undoubtably the season I appreciate the most. I love the cooler days, cozy nights indoors, and the shimmering landscape of bronze, pink, copper, and blush tones. Not to mention the pumpkin-spice lattes.

What I also love about fall is its style and aesthetic. Fall fashion is simple yet sophisticated, and makeup is no exception. Today I’m sharing my favorite makeup products and application tips in a routine that takes under 5 minutes.

Skin Preparation

On freshly cleaned skin (see my DIY cleanser here) I apply a pea sized amount of Weleda Skin Food Cream. This cream is ultra-rich and sometimes feels a bit thick for my face, so I often add two drops of jojoba oil to thin it out as I rub it into my skin.

I give it a minute to soak in, then apply my favorite sunscreen, TIZO, which doubles as a primer. This sunscreen feels like rubbing velvet on your skin! It is SPF 40 and contains Vitamins C and E. It lasts all day and is fairly sweat-proof. I’ve been using it for 14 years. I cannot recommend it enough. Get yours here. (Note: this is very tinted, but the color lightens up as it is rubbed in. There is an untinted version, but the titanium dioxide leaves a ghostly sheen on your skin. That’s OK if you apply foundation afterwards, but if you just want to use the sunscreen, stick to the tinted version).

Foundation

Next, I apply Loreal’s True Match  liquid foundation, which leaves a lightly textured, powdery finish on my skin. My color is natural ivory, which does a great job of covering the redness in my skin. AND it’s only $5.00. I pour a dime-sized amount into my palm and use my fingertips to rub it in. I use a brush to set it with Physicians Formula Mineral Wear powder, which helps minimize fine lines. A little of this goes a long way, and it has great coverage.

Highlight & Contour

As I have gotten older I’ve started to get dark circles under my eyes and my favorite, favorite concealer is bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer . It also works great as a highlighter under the eyes and on the forehead. I swipe a little under my eyes and between my eyebrows and pat it with a damp sponge to blend it in. It’s like a miracle worker (that makes me look 5 years younger)!

Next it is time to contour! Physicians Formula Magic Mosaic Multi-Colored Custom Face Powder is an excellent matte bronzer that I like to use to contour my cheekbones and jawline. I don’t use much because I have a tendency to overdo it, but I love how chiseled it makes my face appear. (Contour is an easy way to hack sophistication without looking like you are trying too hard!)

Eyes & Brows

Now it’s time for the shimmery fall colors. The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette is a great blend of light and dark colors that mix together well and don’t fade. Blink and Passion blend together beautifully to match my favorite sweater, and Umber topped with Chrome is perfect for a night out. You can get the palette here. Don’t forget to use your favorite brow gel-a new discovery for me-for bold brows. Those never go out of style.

Lips

Lastly, lips. I can’t do without my Burt’s Bees chapstick. The variety pack is great because they are all pretty delicious (except strawberry–no thank you). Lipstick is optional. I don’t have a recommendation because I so rarely use it. You do you!

Tell me about your go-to fall look in the comments or find me on Twitter or Facebook!

New Beginnings

September has always marked new beginnings for me. It feels like a month of preparation, of gearing up for the last quarter of the year, but it also feels like starting over. Maybe it is the “back to school” energy in the air, or the fact that ancient peoples considered it to be the beginning of the new year. Whatever the reason, this time of the year makes me want to take stock. If you feel this way too, here are four ways to reflect on the year and forge a new path for the one ahead.

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1. Celebrate Your Gains

I used to have a quote hanging in my office that said “stop thinking about what could go wrong, and start thinking about what could go right.” What has gone right for you this year? Where have you made gains, big or small?

Did you make healthier choices this year, or kick a bad habit to the curb? Honor it. You are living life intentionally and your actions had measurable impact. Celebrate the things you are able to do. Every win is important.

2. Forgive Your Losses and Neutrals

Three things I know to be true: (1) nobody does everything right, (2) bad things happen, and (3) sometimes we make no progress at all and stagnate. As the French say, c’est la vie. Such is life, and it is inevitable. Let’s take these in order:

(1) Nobody Does Everything Right

No person on this planet does everything right. Nobody. Not your boss, not your neighbor, not even Hugh Jackman, who seems able to do damn near anything. What we all have in common as a species is this: our imperfection. Sometimes you will misunderstand, fail, make the wrong decision, or say the wrong thing. Messing up is a guarantee, so cut yourself some slack and know that you’re in good company when it happens.

(2) Bad Things Happen

For many of us, there are things we wanted to have happen this year that did not come to pass. We are still not through the Covid crisis, politics are deadly, and the world is literally on fire. The impact abounds. Maybe you are isolated and overwhelmed trying to work full time and homeschool two kids. Perhaps you are a frontline worker. Maybe you lost a loved one and are just trying to make it through the day.

When bad things happen, our lives are disrupted, and it is important to take that disruption into consideration when measuring our results against our goals.

(3) We Make No Progress

Periods of stagnation in life are normal, but it is distressing to find yourself on a plateau with no ladder in sight, especially when you have important things you want to do in your life and you aren’t getting there.

You can look at this two ways:

(1) I am running out of time to do what is important to me,

or

(2) The beauty of tomorrow is that it is a new opportunity to do what is important to me.

The first keeps me up at night, fretting. The second encourages me. We always get to begin again.

3. Reconsider Your Commitments and Goals

Is what was important last year still important this year? There’s an exercise I learned from a friend that I like to do to figure this out. Imagine you have five batteries to power your life. When all the batteries are fully charged, your life is rich and fulfilling. When a battery is not fully charged, the quality of your life diminishes. What should each battery represent? What do you need to have a fully charged life?

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For example, one battery may be relationships with your family and friends. Another might be your spiritual life. Once you’ve identified your five batteries, aka, your priorities, consider the current state of each one. Assign each battery a voltage on a scale of 1-10, 1 being the lowest charge and 10 being the highest. Where are you at? For instance, if your family and friends battery is at a 4, what could you do to bring it up to a 10? Make a list. Are these things you want to do, and if so, how should you go about it?

4. Strategize for the Future

When you know where you want to make changes, you can develop a strategy for moving forward. I highly recommend James Clear’s book Atomic Habits. He distinguishes between a goal, and the systems that are in place to help you accomplish that goal. Focusing on the systems (the habits) is key.

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What do you have to do to get where you want to go? I approach this backwards. For example, let’s say you want to start a business that will become your full-time job. Once you have a clear idea of what product or service the business will offer, work backwards to see what it would take to get there. Let’s take a start-up for example. The company needs funds to create its product or service. One way to make this happen might be to set up a business credit card with a bank. However, to do that, your business will likely need to first be registered with the state.

Once you register with the state and get your business credit card you can use it to invest in growing the business by creating a product or service and attracting new customers. In doing this, you might have to learn new things, research, and experience trial-and-error.

Breaking down a goal into several projects or phases with actionable steps makes it more realistic and easier to complete. Build yourself a roadmap to your desired destination and get started. You likely will need to strategically account for other aspects of your life, like your day-job, spouse, kids, friends, and very importantly-self-care. But you can do it, you can weave the fabric of your own life and create something beautiful.

Leave me a comment: what will you create this year?

The Radiant Regimen: Part 1

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Do you ever feel like your skin is a wild card? Like, one day it has two new pimples, the next day it is dry and flaky, and the day after, it is an oil slick, and you cannot get it under control? We’ve all been there.

While we cannot totally control how our skin acts, there are paths to improvement. Your best bet is committing to a strict, consistent regimen that targets each of your skincare concerns. Allow me to introduce the Radiant Regimen. It has four corners: acne, aging, hydration, and nutrition and is designed to keep your skin at its best. Today we will cover the first corner, acne. I’ve included the products I recommend, but feel free to use your own favorites!

1. Acne

A. Cleanser

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Controlling acne starts with cleansing. A part of your Radiant Regimen, I recommend using a daily cleanser that has minimal chemicals. It is up to you whether you cleanse in the morning and at night, or just at night before you go to bed. Over-cleansing can cause dryness, so if you are experiencing dry skin, consider limiting your cleansing to before bed.

Cetaphil is a gentle cleanser suitable for all skin types. It does not contain unnecessary chemicals, and it won’t leave skin dry and tight after using. Take one pump of the cleanser and apply it to damp skin. Rub it in using small, circular motions and rinse with warm water.

Exfoliating a few times a week is essential to get rid of dead skin and scrub off dry flakes. I know I talk about this exfoliating scrub all the time, but that’s because it is so extraordinary and fun to use. Charcoal has a negative electric charge, which binds with positively charged toxins to pull them out of the skin. Sugar is a gentle exfoliant that leaves your skin baby-soft. Your face will be radiant and glowing after using this scrub.

If that’s not your thing, there are lots of other options. Natural scrubs are easy and cheap to make, or you can use an exfoliating pad with your regular cleanser. If you prefer a store-bought cleanser, you can find St. Ives in most grocery and drugstores.

Retinols are another option; they are chemical exfoliants that kill dead skin. You can get a prescription-strength product from a doctor, but lower-strength retinols are available in drugstores.

B. Prevention

If your skin is acne-prone, you need to be doing something daily to prevent breakouts. Essential oils are fiercely powerful substances; their small molecular size allows them to penetrate deeply into the skin tissues, rather than just sitting on the skin’s surface. Some essential oils are antibacterial and antifungal, and also have healing properties. Others can aid in collagen production and are full of antioxidants.

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Essential oils were a gamechanger in my acne journey. To make my favorite oil cleanser, fill a small jar with jojoba oil and add 10 drops of manuka oil, 5 drops of lavender oil, 3 drops of rosemary oil, and stir until just combined. To use, pour a tiny amount in your palm and rub it into your skin. Give it a few moments to saturate. Tah-da! You’ve just nourished your skin and given it the resources to keep breakouts at bay.

If oils aren’t for you, I recommend something from Paula’s Choice. You may also want to talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for a topical antibiotic gel like Clindamycin.

C. Spot Treatment

OK, so you’ve applied a prevention ointment to your skin that will help prevent breakouts, but you need to bring in the big guns to deal with the ones you already have. This is where spot treating comes in. Your best options are potent essential oils that kill bacteria and promote healing. For swollen or inflamed acne, level up this treatment by dabbing a tiny bit of bentonite clay mixed with apple cider vinegar on it after you’ve applied the essential oils. Let it sit overnight.

If your acne is severe and causes scarring, a better option for you may be the ClearZit Masque from T-Secret in Orlando, Florida. It is a spot treatment sent by the gods, and I’ve never found anything better in 15 years of searching. The ClearZit Masque contains manuka and tea tree oils, jojoba oil, zinc oxide, hamamelis, camphor, and grain alcohol.

Let me know if this regimen works for you!

The Missing Ingredient in Self-Care

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Phew, it’s a Thursday night and you have finally carved out some time for much needed self-care. Whether it is a bubble bath, a massage, or an at home facial, you’re hoping it will be restorative. Yet at the same time, you have a feeling that you will feel the same after as you did before. You feel as though you’re just going through the motions with this process of self-care. Why? you ask. Why do I feel this way? I have everything I need for a relaxing evening.

What’s Missing?

The answer may be one crucial ingredient: mindfulness. Without mindfulness, there is no true self-care.

Now, you may be rolling your eyes right now. I don’t blame you. Mindfulness is an overused term these days. It has become a catch phrase used by companies to promote employee health-along with equally tired words like “balance” and “wellness”. And the typical language used to describe mindfulness is not always helpful because it too is overused. Phrases like “breathe” and “stay in the moment” and “don’t let your emotions affect you” come to mind.

I would like to offer a more meaningful way of thinking about mindfulness. Mindfulness can be accomplished by forcing yourself not to think about the past or the future, but only the “now.” Eckhart Tolle writes in his book The Power of Now that you should “realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life” and “as soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve.” (Maybe talking about “the now” is also a little cliché, but I haven’t seen it on a sign in Home Goods yet. I’ll continue.)

Our brains dwell on the past and future. We replay embarrassing moments or things that pissed us off in our heads, while at the same time making mental to-do lists and worrying about tomorrow. Rarely do we stop and focus on the now. But here’s the thing–the future hasn’t happened yet, and the past is gone. The only thing we have in this world is the now.

Living in the now helps make self-care restorative, because it makes us feel fully alive. If you indulge in a massage, but spend the entire time stressing about tomorrow’s meeting or your kid’s bad behavior, you won’t enjoy a moment of the massage. Focusing on the actual act of self-care, such as enjoying each stroke of the massage, brings us back to the present moment. When we narrow our perception down to the now, things become more vivid and we have richer, more fulfilling experiences. I find that journaling and meditation are the most effective ways to narrow my perception and bring myself back to the now. What does restorative, mindful self-care look like for you?

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Brightening & Exfoliating DIY Masks & Scrubs

There are dozens of amazing skincare products in stores that can exfoliate and brighten your skin. But did you know that you can go shopping in your own kitchen and get everything you need with the same results?

Making your own brightening and exfoliating masks and scrubs with natural ingredients is better for your skin and the planet. Here are the top three to try:

1. Strawberry Honey Spread

What you will need:

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  • Three strawberries (frozen is fine)
  • One tablespoon of honey

How to make it:

Blend three strawberries in a blender or food processer. Add one tablespoon of honey and stir it into the strawberry mixture. Apply the mixture to your face and spread it out on any problem areas. Let sit for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Why it works:

Strawberries have superpower ingredients. First, they contain alpha and beta hydroxy acids, which are similar to salicylic acid and brighten the skin. Second, strawberries release ellagic acid, an antioxidant that lightens dark spots. Third, strawberries are high in Vitamin C, which nourishes the skin and gives it a glow. Honey is highly acidic and an antibacterial humectant, so it will help heal acne while keeping your skin moist.

2. Turmeric and Lemon Brightening Mask

What you will need:

  • One spoonful of turmeric
  • One tablespoon of lemon juice

How to make it:

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Combine the turmeric and lemon juice to make a paste with a thickness of your liking. Apply it to your face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Why it works:

Turmeric contains curcumin, which (1) is an anti-inflammatory, (2) kills free radicals, and (3) helps the skin to produce collagen, keeping skin radiant and elastic. Lemon juice is an excellent skin brightener; it will lighten dark spots and improve the appearance of red scars.

3. Oatmeal Scrub

What you will need:

  • 1/2 a cup of uncooked old-fashioned oats.
  • Water

How to make it:

Pulse the dry oats in a blender or food processer. Add a small amount of water and stir it into a paste with a thickness of your liking. Massage it onto your face and neck (or anywhere else on your body!). Rinse with warm water.

To level up this recipe, replace the water with apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid, which will brighten your skin and kill bacteria.

Why it works:

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Oats are natural anti-inflammatories and their saponins absorb oil and dirt on the skin. Combined with bacteria killing, skin brightening apple cider vinegar, your skin will be squeaky clean and glowing.

Let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!

Sources: Deborah Jarju, 8 Face Scrubs You Can Make With Ingredients From Your Kitchen | Hello Glow, Homemade Brightening Face Masks DIY – Easy Skin Brightening (lighterskin.shop)

Acne 101

If you are wondering whether the red, pus-filled bumps on your skin are acne (and how to get rid of them) you need to read this guide. Simple and straightforward, it will help you understand acne and provide actionable steps to clear your skin. The best part? Reccomendations for products and where to find them. Let’s dive in.

What is Acne?

The Mayo Clinic defines acne as “a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples.” Acne is more than just a skin condition, however; it can contribute to depression, low self-esteem, and anxiety. Acne ranges in severity and there is no simple cure.

1. Where Does Acne Occur?

Acne commonly occurs on the face, neck, chest, and back.

2. How Does it Manifest?

Acne usually takes the form of:

  • Whiteheads: closed clogged pores
  • Blackheads: open clogged pores
  • Pimples: papules with pus at the tip
  • Nodules: large, solid lumps under the skin
  • Cystic lesions: painful, pus-filled lumps under the skin

Acne is a degenerative condition, which means it can get progressively worse if left untreated.

3. Treatment Options

Topical Treatments

Topical treatments fall into two categories: bacteria killers and chemical exfoliators. Bacteria killers include salicylic acid and benzol peroxide. I highly recommend Paula’s Choice Clear Extra Strength Acne Kit, which combines the two to pack a powerful punch. If you are looking for a more affordable option, Nixa Skincare offers a 10% benzol peroxide wash that helps unclog pores and heal active acne.

If you are looking for a more natural product, give manuka oil and tea tree oil a try. Manuka oil is extremely antibacterial and great for severe or stubborn acne. For milder acne, tea tree oil does the trick.

Chemical exfoliators do a different job. Instead of killing bacteria, these products kill dead skin, which helps keep pores clean. Retinol is a chemical exfolitor commonly used to treat acne. Retinol can be drying, and it is best used with a moisturizing cream, like this one from Simplified Skin.

Internal Treatments

Internal treatments can range from prescription antibioitics to over-the-counter supplements. Antibiotics that treat acne include minocycline, doxycycline, and bactrim. You have to go to a doctor for those, but there are lots of over-the-counter supplements that can improve acne dramatically. For instance, Vitamin A, C, and E help strengthen skin and heal acne and oregano oil supplements kill bacteria inside your body when taken internally.

That’s it! I hope this was helpful.

~Taylor

A Letter To Those With Chronic Acne

Hi friends,I wanted to make a post just for people who suffer from chronic acne. I hear you, see you, and I understand how agonizing it is to feel like your body is betraying you and you are at war with your skin.

I know what it feels like to be afraid to look in the mirror, for fear you will see a new pimple or cyst. I remember the nervous visits to the dermatologist, hoping and praying they won’t cut you off from the antibiotics that you’re taking, and that they will actually listen to you. I know what it is like to irrationally obsess over your skin, your diet, your water intake, your hormones, your sleep, and everything else that can impact acne.

I’ve hid at parties or skipped them entirely because I was mortified by how awful my face looked. Thinking you aren’t pretty enough or good enough or that your body is defective feels like a heavy weight bearing down on you. Lots of people will minimize your struggles and feelings, or give you cringe-worthy advice.

I don’t have any silver bullet solutions, but I can offer my empathy and my listening skills. Don’t be afraid to reach out if you need someone to talk to. I know three things to be true: (1) you are worthy of love and belonging, (2) you have equal worth and dignity as everyone else, and (3) you are in good company.

Wrinkle Remedy Roundup

Wrinkles are most common on the face, especially under the eyes and around the mouth-the parts of our face people look at the most. Our hands and necks get wrinkly too! Luckily, sunscreen is not the only preventative measure available, and retinol and plastic surgery are not the only options for repairing already damaged skin. In this “wrinkles remedy roundup,” I will share five easily accessible products, any of which can help prevent and minimize wrinkles by tightening, nourishing, and moisturizing the skin. Let me know which one you like best!

Tightening

  1. Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is a clear, gentle liquid commonly available in local grocery stores. It contains tannins, astringent biomolecules, that tighten skin. This can reduce the appearance of both pores and wrinkles. It is often used in professional facials and is a common ingredient in toners. Apply it to a cotton pad after cleansing and wipe the planes of your face. You will actually feel your skin tingle and tighten. Enjoy!

2. Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Prickly Pear Seed Oil smells lightly of pears, and it feels like velvet when applied to the skin. It tightens wrinkles and shrinks pores, and it can double as a moisturizer. It can be used alone or after applying Witch Hazel. It scores a 1-2 on the comedogenic scale, so it is unlikely to clog pores. The company Leven Rose is my favorite source for Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

Nourishing

  1. Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil has a superpower: it helps the body neutralize free radicals (unstable atoms that cause cell damage). It helps our bodies produce three key antioxidants–glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase–which work together to slow the aging process. Lavender oil penetrates the skin deeply, and despite feeling like a “dry oil,” is quite moisturizing and soothes inflammation. Lavender is a great addition to oil cleansing mixtures. It also smells so delightful that I’ve started wearing it as a perfume. Subtle. Floral. Wonderful!

2. Pomegranate Seed Oil

Pomegranates are good for everything, right? The oil from their seeds is especially useful. Packed with antioxidants, this oil is also full of Omega 5, aka punicic acid, which hydrates the skin and aids in cell repair and growth. It is also a rare plant source of conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid that hydrates skin and hair. Pomegranate Seed Oil has a comedogenic rating of 1, which means it is unlikely to clog pores! The oil smells pleasantly fruity and feels like a warm balm on your face. Try it in my DIY Cooling Blueberry Balm.

Moisturizing

  1. Hemp Seed Oil

Lastly, Hemp Seed Oil is hands down the best moisturizer I’ve ever tried. It is soft, creamy, and it has a comedogenic rating of ZERO, which means it will not clog pores. It is anti-inflammatory, soothes red, irritated skin, and helps the skin retain moisture. It has a nutty scent that takes some getting used to. You can find out here why you should never use it with a washcloth!

Let me know your favorites!