The winter weather really does some wonders to my skin. I tend to have an oily forehead but during the winter my nose and cheeks become so dry and flaky. I hate using cleansers or moisturizers that are oil-based because they seem to only make my face more oily but don't do anything about helping it heal, which is what my skin needs. Here are my faves that I have been using each day for a while now to help combat acne and lock in moisture.
Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel
When I was younger, I had major breakouts. I tried many over the counter skin care treatments, but this one seemed to work the best. Now, even after my pimple-faced teenage years are gone, I still love this cleanser. It is gentle on my skin, doesn't cause any excessive dryness, and I truly feel it working as I massage it onto my skin. My face is left clean and fresh that I can feel.
Elizabeth Grant Biocollasis Complex Cell Vitality Radiance Toner
Over the years I noticed that my pores have been slowly increasing in size, and that they are more noticeable than before. I guess it comes with age (ugh!). So I started using a toner for it. My mom swears by this brand, and so after trying it out myself I too have noticed that my pores have shrunk down a bit within a little less than a year of using this brand. I apply this after I wash my skin with the cleanser.
Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream
I absolutely love this product! I have used oil-based creams in the past but it felt like it only promoted acne on my face. I then saw this product and decided to try it out. It's a gel-based moisturizer so locks in the moisture. Because it is gel-based, it feels like a mist of cool water on your face (think spa!). Plus, you can use it before applying your makeup - a great face prep!
Now it's your turn: Do you have any special facial treatments that you use and swear by?
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Friday, January 4, 2013
I have been noticing recently that my skin has a few areas of acne. I tend to get flareups but this time it seemed to be really popping up (no pun intended!). I assume it's from all the sweets, chocolate and butter that was stuffed in me these past few weeks. And what other way for it to get out of the body than through your skin! So I did a quick search on Google and found a natural homemade facial mask that is perfect for acne. I had all two ingredients - honey and cinnamon. There is another recipe out there that includes nutmeg, but since I have none I only used honey and cinnamon. This recipe is great since the ingredients are natural, helping to reduce redness and acne scars. Honey is antibacterial, an anti-oxidant, and a great moisturizer for the skin. Cinnamon is also antibacterial and in this mask is a great natural exfoliant.
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All you need is one tablespoon of liquid honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon. If you are using nutmeg, do 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.
Mix ingredients in a small bowl into a thick paste. It should be thick enough to spread on your face. If it's too runny add more cinnamon, or add more honey if it's too clumpy. You can make a large batch of this stuff and keep it in an airtight jar or container for convenience. I have a small trial-sized glass jam jar that I store this in.
Make sure to tie your hair back. I use a headband to keep my bangs and any other loose hairs out of my face. This stuff can get sticky! Using your fingertips, apply the mixture all over your face and neck (if you prefer). Apply it in a circular motion to massage it into your skin. You will definitely feel the little granules from the cinnamon or the sugar granules from the honey. If you have sensitive skin, take precaution and don't rub too hard. Leave the mask on for about 15-20 minutes. As with any facial treatment, if it starts to burn wash it off immediately.
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