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,...
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...
March Must Haves: Lily Organics, Skin Apotheke, Sprout Skin Care, JumpSport

March Must Haves: Lily Organics, Skin Apotheke, Sprout Skin Care, JumpSport

Hey everyone! I want to update you on a few things I’ve been using for the last 2+ months, with which I have fallen in love/lurrrrve. Absolute must haves! In no particular order, I give to you… 1. Lily Organics Kukui Sensitive Facial Oil Treatment (Unscented), $28.99. I can sum this one up easily: WOW. I received this luxe oil to try out about 2-3 months ago and noticed a difference after the first night. The area around my eyes gets dehydrated easily, and I want to keep it free of fine lines (no wrinkles, thank you). The oil feels light and silky, and has no discernible scent. I like that it absorbs quickly, so as not leave any marks on my pillowcase. It completely hydrated and smoothed out my dehydration lines – I have zero now. Zero. I love that the ingredients are “clean” and simple, and they make use of the natural form of vitamin E (d-alpha, not dl-), which is a potent antioxidant and skin lovin’ hydrator. I have a sneaking suspicion this one will end up on next year’s Epic Beauty Awards. 2. Skin Apotheke Wild Rose and Sandalwood Mask, $15.50. You may be wondering why Skin Apotheke keeps popping up in my “favorite” products lists and in my skin care routines over the past several years. Well, ask Ria (SA’s owner and skin care magician). I just can’t help that this woman keeps churning out miraculous handmade formulas. This mask is no exception. One, I love the incredible deep red color of this mask. Two, I love the delicious, earthy rose smell. And three,...

My Skin Care Routine – November 2011

Hey everyone! I did two other posts on my skin care routine back in January and April, and I figured it was about time to do another one since some things have changed. Since sticking to a 100% paleo/primal foods for about 4 months now (instead of half-assing it for the 2+ years), my skin has become even easier to manage. As a result, I don’t do as much to my skin, and my routine is more casual. Good times! (By the way, are you on the Epic Beauty Guide Facebook page yet? I post exclusive tips and info on there…just so you know…nudge nudge.) {SKIN CARE} CLEANSER. Filtered water, $ for the filtration system** A must-have. People with sensitive skin may find that water irritates their skin or makes their face red – however, it is not the water itself, it is the chlorine and all the bits of allowable chemicals (VOCs, THMs, pesticides, etc.) in city tap water. Chlorine dries out the skin, makes hair brittle, and can exacerbate asthma and eczema. So I shower in filtered water, I drink filtered water, and I use filtered water to wash my face.** I soak a soft face cloth in warm water (definitely warm, almost hot) and press it on my face for a minute or so, then gently wipe my face with the same wet towel. I don’t scrub. Not only does it feel good and is super relaxing, it also gently removes any dirt and any excess oil. I have found that water is all I need (note that I don’t wear makeup – if you wear...

Skin Care Routine, Plus Hair Care & Makeup – April 2011

OCTOBER 2011 UPDATE ON THE WAY Hey everyone! I just updated you on my skin care routine in January, but in March it started to get warm (it’s in the high-80’s here already) so I needed to change some things and simplify it a little bit. Thussss, I want to share what I am doing. I have also included what I use for hair care, as well as makeup on special occasions since I get a ton of requests for makeup recommendations. {SKIN CARE} CLEANSER. ARCONA Triad Pads, $30, 45 pads (lasts up to 45 days with daily use) A must-have. I use a pad in the morning and a pad at night, after using an ARCONA Clarity pad. I use the scrubby side for my face, then I turn it over and use the smooth side to wipe my neck and chest. It’s extremely refreshing, smells delicious, and leaves your skin moist and glowing. Since I don’t wear makeup (except on my eyes) and I don’t live in a heavily polluted area, the pads are an excellent replacement for washing my face with a traditional cleanser. The pads are also useful if you are traveling, staying in a hotel with chlorinated water, or camping. ARCONA Clarity Spot Repair for Face/Body, $28, 45 pads (lasts up to 45 days with daily use) These pads are amazing for preventing hormonal blemishes women tend to get around period time, and excellent for preventing razor bumps and ingrown hairs (face, legs, etc.). The smell is really intense and makes my eyes water, and even though my skin is sensitive, it does not irritate...