With all the crazy skin products on the market today, it can make your head spin, wondering which products you should be using and in which order. To help keep you straight, we’ve compiled the essential skincare routine cheat sheet for happy, healthy skin.
As the snow begins to melt and the last of the holidays wind down, Spring starts showing signs of life again. The air temperatures rise and the humidity in the air increases. We can finally throw open our windows and turn off our heaters. But what do all these changes mean for your morning and evening hygiene routine?
Nauseating close ups of puss and blood splurging out of clogged pores, cysts and boils—why would anyone want to watch this stuff? While this may be a boggling pass time for some, the fact remains that people—lots and lots of people—not only take pleasure from watching these videos, they make it a habitual activity.
You know how some lizards can lose a tail and grow it back? Or snakes who drop their entire skin at once? Well, we aren’t so different. Humans have our own reptilian regeneration power.
Winter is coming.
And with it, skin can turn into a white walker, with all the life sucked out of it. It’s pretty scary stuff.
Of course, it depends on where you live, but for a good amount of people, winter weather is cold and dry. Why do summers tend to be humid and winters dry?
I’ve written before about how pore strips can totally ruin your skin, all while under the guise of being effective. Quick tip: They’re not doing you any favors!
While they may seem helpful in the immediate, they actually cause way more damage than not. In fact, they make your pores bigger over time! I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard of anyone who wants bigger pores—am I right?
Step up your beauty game and end the nightmare of acne, blackheads, wrinkles, dark spots, and more. We all know the benefits of having a solid daily skin care routine. Here’s why I swapped all my skin care products for this 4-step personalized skin care routine and why you should, too!
Wrinkles are a natural part of aging; they add character, sophistication and even beauty. People say that wrinkles show a map of your life, which is pretty darn cool.
But we get it. You don’t necessarily want excessive wrinkles, nor do you want to wrinkle before your time. They’re great for a grizzled, old character in a story, but not on your face, right?
We’ve spoken before about skin care prices and the wacky variation of cost: sometimes crazy expensive, and sometimes dubiously cheap.
What’s the deal? Is the quality of skin care directly reflected in its cost, or is there more going on?
First of all, acne is not just a cool word for really bad or chronic pimples. When we talk about acne, we’re talking about the medical term for acne. Acne is a chronic condition, which means it’s a recurring problem on your face, chest or back. Acne causes redness and inflammation in patches, not just a cluster of two or three pimples that are red and inflamed because you pick at them when you’re bored in algebra.
Where do you break out the most? Everyone has that ‘special’ area that seems to be perfectly fertile ground for acne—whether it’s your forehead, lips, cheeks, chin, neck or nose, it’s like pimples are just attracted to this one part of your face again and again…and again. UGH. Luckily, if you suffer from repeated acne break outs in the same area, you can actually use this information to your advantage as you seek to resolve your acne.
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Today I wanted to talk about an essential question that plagues so many when it comes to skin care: Sunscreen—is it really necessary?
Ever heard of “bacon-face?” That’s when your skin is so oily you could fry bacon on it. It’s a nasty little joke my friends and I used - although it was usually self-deprecating humor.
Have you ever heard the saying that your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of your day? The same is true for your morning skin care routine! There are sneaky little sins creeping their way into your morning skin care routine that you may have not even been aware of.
Wherever you are in your wrinkle-journey, we can all agree that wrinkles are a part of life & something we probably hope to avoid for as long as possible. You may have also wondered how to get rid of those pesky wrinkles once they’ve officially set into your skin.
We get it - embracing change can be hard, especially when it comes to your skin care routine. It’s so easy to get comfortable with the products & routine that is familiar to you, but sometimes it is just necessary to change things up.
So the other day I was talking to my friend Maggie, and she was telling me about this facial she tried where she ground up aspirin and turmeric into yogurt and pasted it on her face. I’m sorry - what?!
We all know that one woman, the one who always has perfect skin. Each time you see her, you can’t help but wonder, How does she do it? What kinds of fancy procedures is she getting? Which expensive cream is she using?
Maybe you already knew this, but overwashing your skin is actually a thing. In fact, more people overwash their skin than those who don’t wash enough. You would probably think it’s the other way around.
Let’s talk one of the most basic aspects to good skin care: moisturizer.
I know – I KNOW I know I know. Skin care products and the crazy range of prices they come in. Let’s talk about it, ok? I’ll be super transparent about why Y’OUR customized skin care routine is pricier than your generic $10 face cleansers. (AND why it’s wayyy cheaper than the $400/month luxury brands)
Finding the right products to work with my skin has always been a struggle. My skin is a tricky combination of oily in some areas, but dry and dull in others. I’ve even begun to see wrinkles and fine lines around my eyes when I smile. Anti-acne products are harsh and targeted for younger skin types and always end up drying out my oily skin, but anti-aging products trigger my acne as they are made for much older skin. I was struggling to find products tailored to my skin until a friend told me to take the Y’OUR Skin Quiz.
It’s Britney, here.
I figured I’d go ahead and answer my most-asked question about skin care right off the bat for you:
Why isn’t my skin care product/routine working?!
We all know the benefits of having a solid daily skin care routine. However, is it really necessary to have a personalized skin care routine? Today, we wanted to share a few quick reasons why having a personalized & effective skin care routine is so important.
We all know the struggle of dealing with pesky whiteheads. The white, round bumps on the surface of your skin, that love to come along with hormonal breakouts and acne. Whiteheads are a clogged pore covered with a thin layer of skin, giving it the appearance of a small white bump. While they may look smaller, these small bumps are actually harder to treat than their dark counterparts, blackheads. Both of these are signs of clogged pores, but whiteheads are further under the skin, making it more difficult for treatment to work. They are easier to treat than red inflamed pimples, which represent more of a bacterial reaction or your skins sensitive reaction to irritation.
I’ve had blackheads my entire life. Or to be more specific, ever since that inevitable and fateful day that my hormones shifted, and I began the transformation into a woman. My body adjusted over time, but the blackheads have remained a lifelong nemesis. Copious amounts of black pores dot my nose, making me feel unattractive and, to be honest, gross.
I know you do it. We all do it. Honestly, who can stand walking around all day with a hideous, juicy red and white zit practically reaching out and shaking the hand of everyone you meet before you get a chance to introduce yourself.
Your diet and the foods you eat have an impact on every part of your life, including your skin. Many people look for years for the solutions to common skin issues, only to find out that their diet could have been causing acne or dryness all along. Learn more about how your skin reacts to common irritants and find out how you can improve your skin, from the inside out.
I love a good wine, but not this kind of whine:
Wahhh, my natural skin care products won’t get rid of dark spots on my face!
I love junk food as much as the next girl. I mean, just because I’m a skin care proponent doesn’t mean I can help myself around a bag of Doritos.
Myspace was the coolest new thing on the internet.
Napster was weeks away from being sued by Metallica.
The whole country was waiting to see if the Y2K bug was going to crash the banking systems.
You were partying like it was 1999 – because it was 1999.
If you're an acne sufferer, you're probably familiar with all the post-acne dark spots. I mean, what’s the POINT of getting all this fantastic skin care product that clears our acne if we still have to cake on makeup to cover the residual dark spots? I can’t exactly be a spokesperson for skin care if I look like a Dalmatian.
My friend Maggie didn’t expect her first time buying age cream would lead to such an emotional meltdown. But she told me her hilarious story, and I asked her to blog it and share it with you all.