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...
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...
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, I love...

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 make­up,...

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 it what­so­ev­er and...