How to Get Rid of Blackheads – For Real!

How to Get Rid of Blackheads – For Real!

I’ve been wanting to share this guide for a few months now, since I always get a lot of questions about blackheads, along with commentary about how annoying they are and how ugly they can be and why they just won’t go away foreverrrr. So here we go…solution time. Do You Have Blackheads or Sebaceous Filaments? Do you feel like you are constantly popping out tiny blackheads and watching them return over and over to your nose or chin or other areas? Then you may not have blackheads. I have to say that many people I talk to don’t really have a blackhead problem – they have what’s called sebaceous filaments. Here’s a quick way to know the difference: Blackheads are open comedones (a.k.a. pimples or acne). They are slightly raised and appear black. An extracted blackhead looks like a solid, usually yellow, wax-like plug with a black tip. It can also become infected. Sebaceous filaments are a bit like blackhead impostors. They are pin-like and come in a choice of colors: gray (not the dark black of a blackhead), tan, or skin/flesh-colored. The skin is not raised up around them. They can appear anywhere, but the nose, chin, and forehead are the most common. An extracted SF looks like a plain white or yellowish spike or string. They don’t get infected or inflamed and are natural to every single human. I put them side by side so you can see the difference (see below). See how the SFs are super tiny and dark, but not black, and how they have no raised or puffy skin around them? Now notice how the blackheads are truly...
Fall & Winter Skin Care Ritual

Fall & Winter Skin Care Ritual

Hey everyone! I love taking your requests, and requests for a Winter skin care article have been coming in lately, so here it is! Always feel free to comment on articles here, on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tell me what you think, what you would love to know more about, any reviews or swatches you want to see… You name it, I’ll make it happen. 😉 P.S. I now carry and curate almost everything I personally use on Epic Beauty Bar, so it’s all in one place for you as many of you requested. Let me know if there’s anything you want to see! Transitioning to a Fall & Winter Skin Care Ritual Our skin’s needs change often based on hormone cycles, diet, sleep, and stress, yet sometimes the seasonal changes are the most obvious. In the summer people tend to sweat more and get oilier, thus requiring lighter, cooling skin care products. Now that we are living in cooler, less humid weather, we need to prepare our skin for the barrage of indoor heating, drier air, and cold temperatures. Of course, if you live in a tropical environment (or a hot, humid desert like Dubai) the seasonal changes are less extreme and therefore we can keep our skin care routines almost the same year round. My skin care routine changes pretty often due to the amazing new skin care products I am sent for review, as well as the changing needs of my skin seasonally. There is something to be said for consistency as well. Some products work better over time, others are so perfectly formulated for your skin that keeping them...
How to Select the Right Skin Care (Avoid Common Skin Care Mistakes!)

How to Select the Right Skin Care (Avoid Common Skin Care Mistakes!)

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is “how do I know the right skin care products for my [insert skin type or condition here]?” Never fear! I’ll help you conquer the confusion, and if you still have questions, leave them in the comments. First, an important lesson in Skin Care 101: Be honest about your skin type and condition. Avoid selecting products for imaginary skin conditions or issues. We can be very critical of ourselves, and this can prevent us from making an honest assessment of our skin. Selecting an incorrect product for a nonexistent condition (or one that is not as critical as you might think) can actually result in a skin condition. For example, don’t run out and buy a strong glycolic acid serum made specifically for those with mature and sun damaged skin if your skin has only been around for 21 years and you have a few freckles. That is not mature, sun damaged skin. See the difference? I’ll give you an example of something I see an awful lot: someone gets a small breakout caused by stress or a bout of questionable food choices. The person then freaks out and treats the breakout with harsh, drying acne treatments. The skin becomes dry and sensitive, which compromises skin barrier function and sends the skin into protection mode. Translation: redness, inflammation, and excess oil production. The result? A cycle of dryness, sensitivity, and more breakouts. The solution from the very beginning would have been to use hydrating, moisturizing treatments that speed healing, reduce inflammation, and protect the skin from damage. So instead of “attacking” the issue,...
Get Beautiful Skin in 5 Minutes or Less

Get Beautiful Skin in 5 Minutes or Less

I know we all tend to love a little instant gratification, and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite tips for achieving beautiful, smooth, glowing skin in just 1 minute (plus some bonus treatments that take a bit longer). Have fun! 1 Minute to Beautiful Skin One of the most common things I see is that people think they are washing their skin well, when in fact, they’re only taking maybe 15 seconds to haphazardly mush some foam on their face. I invite you to use a timer and cleanse your skin for a full minute. That is thorough enough to remove excess sebum, dirt, makeup, bacteria, and dead skin so as to prevent rough skin texture, dullness, flakes, blackheads, and pustules. Better yet, use a Clarisonic, which gives a gentle yet deep clean and times the cleansing for you. I use the Clarisonic Mia (with the softest sensitive brush head) with a few different incredible cleansers that I keep in my beauty cabinet on rotation. My favorites to use with the Clarisonic are Kahina Cleanser, One Love Organics Easy Does It, and SIRCUIT Supermild. assets biz2credit sayseasy personal loans no credit check Ice and green tea are my favorite do-it-yourself tools for eliminating puffiness, redness, and inflammation. For a pimple, apply an ice cube or a cold spoon (put a metal spoon in the freezer) for 1 minute directly to the pimple (if your skin is sensitive, wrap the ice cube or spoon in a tissue). Cold constricts blood vessels, and in the case of a pimple, it reduces inflammation, thereby shrinking the pimple. To reduce overall redness, shrink a pimple, or...
My Skin Care Routine for Clear, Radiant Skin (Plus Makeup!)

My Skin Care Routine for Clear, Radiant Skin (Plus Makeup!)

My skin care routine changes often due to all the lovely skin care products I am sent for review, and while so many of them are beautifully formulated, they are better suited to other skin types or concerns. Thus I am fiercely loyal to the rare gems that come across my desk, and they are the products that are most effective for me and that I come back to consistently. Over the years and with much trial and error, I have put together a skin care routine that suits my skin perfectly. It has given me clear and radiant skin, even while I was on long-haul flights and eating food that my body hasn’t experienced in years (chocolate-injected croissant, anyone?). Sure I get the occasional pimple, but the overall quality of my skin is due in part to this simple and stellar routine. HOW TO GET GREAT RESULTS: Remember that what works for my skin may not work for yours. Experiment, but give products a solid chance to work. It can take about 2-4 weeks for the skin to become acclimated to a new skin care product. Lightening or correcting skin care treatments require about 12 weeks to properly evaluate the results. Check out my new skin care guides for product suggestions for each skin type and skin concern. If you don’t spot your skin type or concern, leave a comment on this post so I can add it. Most of the links below will take you to my new curated collection shop, Epic Beauty Bar. I was getting a ton of requests to provide a shop where all...
A Complete Guide to the Best Natural Face Oils [Infographic]

A Complete Guide to the Best Natural Face Oils [Infographic]

Face and body oils are a centuries old beauty tradition. They are luxurious, antibacterial, protective, and highly moisturizing. In the recent past, oil got a bad rap and oil-free products reigned supreme. However, the oils that were causing all the trouble were (and still are) synthetic or unwholesome processed oils that can clog pores and unbalance the skin’s oil production. Now that people are starting to come around on the subject and learn the difference between good oils and bad oils, oil-based cleansers, moisturizers, and serums are making a huge comeback. The amount of face oils now on the market now is staggering, but a lot of them are the typical fluff in a pretty bottle. As usual, I am here to help you wade through the mishmash and make a great choice for your skin. *** Download the PDF Face Oil Guide Here Download the JPG Face Oil Guide Here *** Why Face Oils are Perfect Our skin loves fat. LOVES it. Which makes sense, since our skin produces its own fat (sebum) that acts to protect our skin from outside assailants (bacteria, fungi, funky weather). Oils are protective and help maintain the integrity of our skin’s acid mantle, which keeps out bad bacteria and prevents blemishes, dryness, and irritation. Keeping the skin hydrated and supple also speeds up healing, so if you have a breakout or a rash or dermatitis, a proper face oil will do wonders. Dewy, plump skin is a result of hydration, from both water and fatty acids. If you’ve ever made your own aromatherapy treatments, you may have heard the term “carrier oil.”...