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Your Makeup Brushes Could Be Causing Your Acne Or Sensitive Skin…Clean (& Choose!) Them Carefully: 30-Day Healthy Skin ChallengeFeatured

Why? Anything that touches your skin daily can hurt, or help, your skin.

Makeup brushes come into direct contact with your skin regularly.
They should get a good cleaning to prevent triggering an infection. Makeup brushes pick up minute traces of moisture, sweat and bacteria, and transfer them back and forth between product and skin. Over time, this can cause skin problems like acne, infection, and even contribute to atopic dermatitis (eczema) as well as other inflammatory skin conditions — 90% of people with atopic dermatitis have Staphylococcus aureus on their skins, which is linked to the inflammation of the skin condition.
In addition to proper cleaning, the brushes themselves can cause acne and irritations.

 

Featured, Skin

How To Cleanse Your Skin? Think Goldilocks…Not Too Little, Not Too MuchFeatured

In all things cleansing, aim for: just right.

Cleansing skin is a daily must for basic hygiene. But you can definitely do it wrong.
Some of the basics to keep in mind:

  • Over cleansing can dry out the skin. Why this is awful for already-dry skin is obvious. But it can also impede effective acne therapy — when skin is dried out it tends to become more sensitive, making effective acne treatment difficult or impossible until the irritation goes away.
  • Soap should never be used on the face because of its inherently high pH level (the skin’s natural pH is slightly acidic).
  • For very dry or reacting skin, pure organic (not RBD) virgin coconut oil can be an excellent option to cleanse the skin. VCO is also great to use before cleansing to remove makeup and provide a soothing barrier to cleansing.
  • Shaving isn’t cleansing. One removes hair, the other removes dirt.
  • Cleansing brushes may be trendy but they can spread bacteria and cause milia (small, white cysts of keratin) or inflamed pores (leading to acne).

For more details on proper cleansing, check out CLEANSING 101: Quick Facts on Skintelligencenter.com.

Beauty, Featured, Skin

Multi-Function Skin & Beauty Wonders You NEED In Your Bag Every Day!

What skincare and beauty essentials should live in your bag? There’s no one combo that’s ideal for everyone but we know that it’s the multi-function products that save the day!
Between work and errands, we know bag space is valuable real estate. Check out our suggestions for the most valuable multi-tasking products to keep in your bag if you’re…
…the Every-Ready Betty (the busy career woman, gal about town or no-time mom; you need everything to cover the busiest of days, from gym to work, cocktails…and possibly kids’ parties, too!),
…the Snapchatter (aka, the Teen), and
Shredded Sister (fitness is your life).

What Multi-Tasking Skin & Beauty Musts Should You Keep In Your Bag?