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 black,...
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 as your sta­ble...
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, change your mind­set to...
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 de-puff...
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 my...
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.” That is because...