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...
How to Prevent a Travel Breakout

How to Prevent a Travel Breakout

My recent trip to Japan meant that I was on a plane for rough­ly 26 hours in one week, and I did a sub-par job of tak­ing care of my skin while I was up in the sky, which result­ed in an unusu­al break­out. Live and learn. This is my skin care trav­el plan that I will be imple­ment­ing when I head out to New Zealand in August. Why We Breakout When We Travel Now, not every­one gets a break­out when they par­take in a long haul flight. How­ev­er, I did notice everyone’s skin (I pay atten­tion to skin every­where I go – force of habit) while dis­em­bark­ing from our non­stop flight from LAX to Tokyo. And what I noticed that everyone’s skin was in one of three con­di­tions: A bit inflamed and red Flaky Super shiny With the excep­tion of the stew­ardess­es, who were pop­ping into the bath­room with their big cos­met­ic bags every hour, every­one looked rough. The rea­son is real­ly because of the air. It’s very dry, and the lack of humid­i­ty caus­es dif­fer­ent reac­tions in dif­fer­ent skin types. Dry skin gets super dry and a lit­tle pink (or even red and inflamed) and per­haps even flaky. Com­bi­na­tion and oily skin gets even oilier and shinier. My skin is com­bi­na­tion and react­ed by gift­ing me with a ridicu­lous­ly oily fore­head, yet nor­mal and bal­anced skin every­where else. So if we can pre­vent the arid envi­ron­ment from screw­ing with our skin, we will expe­ri­ence pleas­ant, bal­anced skin for the dura­tion of our trip. How to Prevent a Travel Breakout The idea is to keep your skin hydrat­ed and mois­tur­ized inflight...
May Lindstrom Skin Review: Dirt, Dew, and Damn Fine Skin (GIVEAWAY!)

May Lindstrom Skin Review: Dirt, Dew, and Damn Fine Skin (GIVEAWAY!)

I first heard about May Lind­strom and her apt­ly named skin care line, May Lind­strom Skin, in June of 2012. I researched the line fur­ther and was deeply impressed with May’s skin care phi­los­o­phy. Her firm focus on sim­plic­i­ty, results, and the expe­ri­ence of rit­u­al have com­bined to form a fine­ly edit­ed, high-end organ­ic skin care range. All the prod­ucts are made in small batch­es by May her­self, using her own care­ful­ly devel­oped for­mu­la­tions. Since May has extreme­ly sen­si­tive skin that reacts poor­ly to harsh ingre­di­ents and syn­thet­ics, she devel­oped the line with sen­si­tive types in mind. Some of the ingre­di­ents had me wor­ried at first (with all the spices and so on) but I should have feared not. My skin pos­i­tive­ly rel­ish­es her prod­ucts. “I have tru­ly poured my heart and soul into deliv­er­ing a beau­ti­ful expe­ri­ence with this line. I want­ed to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial — gor­geous potions that feel incred­i­ble to use and provide an excuse to cel­e­brate your­self every morn­ing and night. I insist on prod­ucts that deliv­er seri­ous results. The bot­tles are love­ly, but what’s inside is remark­ably pow­er­ful.” –May Lind­strom Obvi­ous­ly, I had to con­tact her, and it turns out May is even more awe­some than I expect­ed (and I was already expect­ing a high lev­el of awe­some­ness). May grew up in the woods of Min­neso­ta and began con­coct­ing skin potions (mud? water? check!) as a lit­tle girl. She is down-to-earth, gen­uine, and full of heart. She puts all this good­ness into her prod­ucts and makes a con­cert­ed effort to assist oth­ers in their skin care jour­ney. Not only is she a delight­ful, kind...
MUN No. 1 Aknari Review (a.k.a. How to Get Dewy, Glowing Skin) + 10% Off

MUN No. 1 Aknari Review (a.k.a. How to Get Dewy, Glowing Skin) + 10% Off

You guys are like my fam­i­ly and the prod­ucts I review are like the ner­vous boyfriend. Thus, I am very picky and don’t want to intro­duce just any­one to my fam­i­ly. I have to absolute­ly love it. So today, I want to intro­duce you to MUN. MUN No.1 Aknari — Nighttime Dream Youth Serum Review  Brightening Youth Serum Note: The serum changed names slight­ly in 2014. I have men­tioned MUN a few times already on Insta­gram and as a major blem­ish fight­er in my lat­est post, How to Get Rid of a Sud­den Break­out. MUN is a face oil/serum cre­at­ed by the love­ly and tal­ent­ed make­up artist, Mune­mi Imai. (Do you see where the brand got its name now? Pret­ty fan­tas­tic.) In March, I was sent a bot­tle of MUN to review and have been using it ever since. I final­ly ran out of my first bot­tle the oth­er day, so it was about a 2 mon­th sup­ply for me, though admit­ted­ly I was using it on my hands and legs a lot. Under nor­mal face use, this bot­tle would eas­i­ly last 3 months. I just pur­chased my sec­ond bot­tle so I can con­tin­ue my love affair. In fact, I will be repur­chas­ing MUN over and over again because I refuse to be with­out it. MUN even came with me to Japan in my tiny quart bag, so that should tell you just how much I love this potion. That’s lim­it­ed real estate right there, and one must pick their skin care wise­ly when under such space con­straints. MUN No. 1 Aknari is a sim­ple, yet pow­er­ful­ly heal­ing blend of three rare oils...