About Stephanie

G+ Hello! I’m Stephanie, founder of Epic Beauty Guide, a natural beauty website and YouTube channel to help women (and men, too!) get and stay beautiful. For most of my life I have been devoted to finding the keys to beauty and wellness and putting them all on one gigantic key ring for all of us to use. If it’s got a label, you can bet your bony bottom that I’m right there reading and analyzing every ingredient to determine if it’s really up to par for us to put in our mouths or on our skin. We only get one body this life, and our health is our own responsibility.

How to Keep Your Skin Flawless in Fall (Plus Good News + Promo Code!)

Hey every­one!

I know it’s been a hot min­ute since I’ve post­ed on the blog. I don’t like to share this kind of stuff, though I fig­ured I should let you in on the fact that I have been han­dling some unex­pect­ed health stuff for a while and my focus has been on get­ting 100% bet­ter – I’m almost there!

Now that it’s Fall, I thought this would be a per­fect time to share my tricks for keep­ing skin smooth, hydrat­ed, and blem­ish-free as it gets cold and dry.

Winter is Coming

Use a Low pH Cleanser

I bab­ble a lot about pH, but that’s only because it’s pret­ty much the key to keep­ing your skin from turn­ing into a dry, patchy mess of dust. Our skin is nat­u­ral­ly acidic, about 4.5 to 5.5 on the pH scale. This healthy acid­i­ty is how we keep bac­te­ria out and hydra­tion in, which pre­vents issues like acne or annoy­ing dry patch­es. Often a quick pH fix is all it takes to make a dra­mat­ic dif­fer­ence in the health of your skin. Avoid cleansers with a pH high­er than 6.5 – even then I per­son­al­ly prefer to use cleansers that have a pH of 4 to 5.5 at most. Some cleansers test this for you, oth­er times you may have to hunt down the pH online, or test it your­self to make sure what you’re using is good for your skin (more on that lat­er).

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My low pH cleanser favorites:

For my hands (which are prone to get­ting super dry) and as a body wash, I actu­al­ly use a low pH face wash – Cer­aVe Foam­ing Facial Cleanser. You’ll notice it’s not real­ly a green beau­ty pro­duct, yet that’s a non-issue for me now (I have some half-writ­ten arti­cles – or may­be I’ll do a video instead? – on why cer­tain ingre­di­ents aren’t the mon­sters they’ve been made out to be).

Hydrate the “Right” Way

There’s some con­fu­sion out there between dehy­dra­tion and actu­al dry skin as it relates to oil pro­duc­tion. You can have oily skin and dehy­drat­ed skin at the same time. Dehy­dra­tion can most often come from using alka­line skin care (see above on pH) and eat­ing a less-than-opti­mal diet. We’ll address the skin care part today.

Right, so real quick – do not con­fuse oil with hydra­tion. Face oils and oil-based mois­tur­iz­ers are best used as a final step as an occlu­sive to hold water-bind­ing ingre­di­ents (like hyaluron­ic acid, which we’ve been see­ing a lot of late­ly) to the skin. Lay­er your prod­ucts prop­er­ly and you’ll be reward­ed with plump, smooth skin that you’ll won’t be able to stop pok­ing.

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My hydration loves (in order of application from lightest to heaviest):

CV Skin­labs Res­cue + Relief Spray and CV Skin­labs Calm­ing Mois­ture are the gold­en cou­ple of body care, so if you’re prone to dry skin on your hands, elbows, legs, etc. def­i­nite­ly stock up on the­se two. First use the spray, and while your skin is slight­ly damp, apply the mois­tur­iz­er. Heav­en.

Extra Help for Blemishes

If you’re strug­gling with blem­ish­es, it’s def­i­nite­ly impor­tant that you eat well, sleep, etc. – you know, all the usu­al things you hear every­one going on about but may not know why exact­ly they’re so impor­tant or where to even begin. If you have acne and not just an occa­sion­al two-pim­ple break­out, you might want to read my book (you can read it free via Ama­zon Kindle Unlim­it­ed) to get a good, easy plan start­ed before “analy­sis paral­y­sis” grabs hold of you and you do noth­ing about it. In the mean­time, I do have two quick top­i­cal tricks to destroy­ing the occa­sion­al break­out and help­ing to calm exist­ing acne.

My favorite anti-blemish hacks:

As always, thank you for all your sup­port since Epic Beau­ty Guide began over 7 years (!) ago. Let me know if you have any ques­tions or need help with your skin.

~Steph  x

P.S. I’ve been get­ting lots of ques­tions about Epic Beau­ty Bar (my hand-picked selec­tion of green beau­ty prod­ucts often fea­tured on the blog) late­ly since there have been some big changes, so here comes the awe­some news – there are new plans in the works and we’ll be relaunch­ing some­thing very dif­fer­ent. So while those plans are in motion, feel free to enjoy 15% off any order over $49 from now until Octo­ber 31st, 2016 (plus free ship­ping if you’re in the US or Canada). Use code NEWNEW at check­out.