3 Things You’re Doing That Could Ruin Your Skincare Game

3 Things You’re Doing That Could Ruin Your Skincare Game

Have you adopted a skincare routine but still aren’t seeing results? You could be doing one of these three things wrong:

1.) Exfoliating too much

Exfoliators are best used two to three times a week at most, not every day. The goal of exfoliators is to remove dead skin cells, but if you use them too much, you’re stripping your healthy skin underneath! This can lead to dry skin, extra oil production, and breakouts!

2.) Not changing your sheets regularly

Because you sleep on your pillowcase, you get oil and other gross stuff on there! A buildup of oil and makeup on your pillow can cause clogged pores, leading to breakouts! Ideally, you should be changing your pillowcase at least once a week.

3.) Using too much product

Overloading your skin with moisturizer, for example, can overwhelm your skin and cause clogged pores. A coin-sized amount of product is ideal.  Using toner is also important because it allows your skin to absorb products better.

Toner and Why It’s Important

Toner and Why It’s Important

You’ve probably seen toner in skincare kits like Proactive. Maybe you’ve skipped using them, or you use them but don’t see the point of toner. Toner may seem like an unnecessary step, but it’s actually very important. Let us explain why!

What is toner?

Toner is a fast-penetrating liquid that delivers skin a quick hit of hydration and helps remove some dead cells off the surface of the skin. The result: plump, glowy skin! After washing your face, toner also helps restore your skin’s pH. Skin with out of balance pH will lead to either breakouts or dryness.

How do I know what kind of toner is right for me?

You probably remember using toners like Seabreeze when you were a teenager that made your skin sting. Good news is that toners have gotten an upgrade since your teenage years!

So, what kind of toner should you use? Depends on your skin!

If you have dry or sensitive skin, try a hydrating toner like Origin’s Balancing Tonic or Clarin’s Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion.

If you have oily skin, try Laneige’s Essential Balancing Emulsion for Oily Skin or Dickinson’s Original Pore Perfecting Toner.

You can also try making your own toner!

5 Benefits of Adding Tea to Your Beauty Routine

5 Benefits of Adding Tea to Your Beauty Routine

Teas have been used to improve the overall health and appearance of skin and hair for centuries. Rich in antioxidants and anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, tea is one of the most powerful grocery store staples that can be used topically.

1.) Use chamomile tea to treat a sunburn 

Chamomile tea is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and therefore, is great to treat inflamed skin that results from a sunburn. Brew the tea and wait for it to cool. Once it cools, soak tea in something like gauze (make sure it’s clean) and apply to skin.

2.) Get rid of puffy eyes and dark circles

PLace cold black tea bags over your eyes to get rid of puffy eyes and dark circles. The caffeine helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area.

3.) Smelly feet? Soak ’em in tea! 

The tannic acid in tea is both antibacterial and antifungal, so it stops feet from sweating and smelling funky.

4.) Stop itchy bug bites and poison ivy

As mentioned earlier, chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory properties. To take down the sting and bumps associated with bites and poison ivy, apply a used cold chamomile tea bag directly to the area.

5.) Soothe razor burn 

If your legs are itchy and red after shaving, try pressing a cool black tea bag onto your limbs. The tannins work to provide immediate relief from razor burns.

 

3 Pimple Remedies You Probably Didn’t Know About as a Teenager

3 Pimple Remedies You Probably Didn’t Know About as a Teenager

We tend to stick with what we know. Chances are, as a teen, you found a skincare routine that worked and you stuck to it. Or, you never found a routine that worked and kept doing what you know. Let us be your time machine and we’ll tell your 13-year-old self about 3 pimple remedies you probably didn’t know about.

1.) Sulfur

Yes, #16 on the periodic table can help dry out your pimples! When applied topically, sulfur causes the skin to dry and peel. Despite how this sounds, it is actually a good thing for your skin if you have acne. First, sulfur helps reduce skin oiliness.  Secondly, it helps the skin slough away cells more effectively, so pore blockages (AKA the beginnings of a breakout) don’t develop.  Sulfur works best if you have mild blemishes or moderate acne.  It really isn’t effective for severe acne or cystic breakouts. So, if you have red pimples, or blackheads, or a combination of the two, sulfur can improve your skin.

Sulfur is also a really great option if you have sensitive skin! Some common ingredients in acne products, such as benzoyl peroxide, can be really harsh on your skin.

2.) Hydrocolloid Bandages

Hydrocolloid dressings are little bandages doctors use on wound sites to help them heal. They work by drawing out the fluids produced by a wound and creating an environment where bacterial growth is prohibited. The flexible bandage can comfortably be left on for up to one week and is even waterproof so you can keep it on in the shower.

Use these bandages after you popped a pimple to help absorb pus and oil and speed healing. These also work on cystic acne to bring them to a head. Do not pop cystic acne until they are at the surface of your skin.

Pro tip: Buy hydrocolloid bandages and use a hole puncher to make them the perfect size for pimples

3.) Spearmint Tea

Do you have hormonal acne? Reddit users know that spearmint tea can be an effective way to stop breakouts! In the SkincareAddiction forum on Reddit, users tout spearmint tea as a huge factor in stopping their cystic hormonal acne.

Skeptical? That’s okay! Spearmint tea also has other benefits, such as aiding in relaxation. Spearmint tea also has antioxidants!

 

How to treat sunburns

How to treat sunburns

Sunburns. We’ve all had them. But, what are they? A sunburn is the result of your skin getting too much exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays. A bad burn has a significant impact on your risk for developing skin cancer. Sometimes, you forget to reapply sunscreen or are out in the sun longer than you planned on being and a burn happens. Here’s what to do:

1.) Hydrate

When you get a sunburn, you get inflammation in the skin similar to what you might get from a burn from touching a hot surface.  It’s important to hydrate the skin and help repair the skin barrier as quickly as possible. Try using a lotion with aloe, and for ultimate relief, stick it in the fridge for 30 minutes before applying.

2.) Handle the Swelling

Taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pill (like Advil), can help reduce swelling and redness, plus help you deal with any pain.

Putting an ice pack on the burn can also help bring swelling down.

3.) Protect your Blisters and Your Healing Skin

If your burn blisters it’s important to keep any blisters from popping. Don’t try to pop them yourself, or pick at them. You also risk infection by popping your blisters.

Once your burn heals, using a Vitamin C serum on the skin can be very beneficial. The antioxidants in Vitamin C can help minimize the harmful aftereffects of a burn: free radical damage.