Prime and Ready Skin

So the Beauty Basics are done with, and hypothetically you have smooth healthy skin, and never felt better… But things could be better, you think to yourself.
Well, that’s true. Things could be, and will be better if you stick to the Beauty Regiment for at least 3 months.
Three months!? Why don’t you just tell me to grow an extra limb, why don’t you?
Three months might feel like a long time to have to wait to have healthier skin, or to at least see significant change with the skin that you currently have, but sadly, it’s the only long enough time period.
In the mean-time, you can fake it till you make it.
With make-up, I mean!
That’s right. I am going to begin talking a little more about make-up, and skin, but don’t get too excited thinking that I will advocate wearing a mask.

You know the old joke: Oh dear Madam, you seem to have some face on your makeup?
Yeah…We’re trying to avoid that. Continue reading

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*Optional: Beauty Basics For Healthy Skin pt. 6

If you’ve just joined in on That B Word’s conversation on Beauty Basics, Hi!

Here’s a re-cap of the things you may have missed out on, as far as Healthy Skin is concerned:
Basic Step 1: Keep your skin clear of any junk, makeup, or foreign objects.
A good makeup remover is a must-have if you intend on having healthy skin!
Basic Step 2: Exfoliate your skin once every week.
Exfoliation helps to unclog your pores, and regulates the rate at which your sebaceous glands provide your skin with the natural oil called sebum.
Basic Step 3: Cleanse your skin daily
Sometimes twice a day. Your cells re-generate every day, and you shed skin cells. If you’re not cleaning you’re skin every day, you’re creating the perfect living environment for acne.
Basic Step 4: Use a Toner after every cleanse
The toner will help make your pores less defined, and also makes it easier for you to cleanse in the future. Your complexion will improve, and the skin will be more firm, and supple.
Basic Step 5: Restore
Because the skin is more receptive to product in it’s toned state, you want to follow with something that will leave your skin more refreshed, reduce inflammation, and replenish natural antioxidants.
Those are pretty much the basics of good skin!
Seems simple enough, but you have no idea how many people just don’t do it.
My mother is in her early Fifties, and she taught me this routine when I was Thirteen, and I only started to take it seriously in my late Teens. See? Easy, but barely anyone does it.
If you are here because you want to know how to get your acne under control, or you’re looking for a good regiment, then you can count yourself as part of the really small minority of people who actually care about their skin.
Good skin isn’t expensive, it isn’t time consuming, and it isn’t complicated, but we’ve made it that way. If you can make healthy skin a habit, wrinkles, and acne will be the last of your worries. Now comes the next step (and it is optional, depending on your skin type) in the Healthy Skin, Beauty Basics line-up… Continue reading

There’s Wheat In My Beauty, Dear Liza

I should really create a category on here, and just call it the Lindsey Chronicles. Much as I love my friend, she asks too many questions.

Cosmetics

(Photo credit: My Sight, as You See.)

Well… I am more than happy to answer them of course, but today she has asked me; “What does wheat do to the skin?”<< What sort of fifth dimensional question is that? It’s so esotheric that a simply Beauty Blogger (who’s obsessed might I add) cannot completely know.

Here are some facts:
Wheat germ contains vitamins D and E and contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
Wheat germ oil can be directly massaged into your skin or added to other skin care products, such as lotions and creams.

Wheat Germ Oil Can Minimize Sun Damage

Wheat germ oil may minimize damage caused by sun exposure, including sunburns and dryness.

  • Excessive tanning, sunburns and unprotected sun exposure cause your skin to have a leathery appearance, and moisturizer such as wheat germ oil may temporarily improve your skin’s condition.
  • There are plenty of other reasons why you would also use Wheat Germ Oil;
  • Dry skin often forms painful cracks, especially in the winter when indoor air is drier. Wheat germ oil can provide more moisture to your skin and relieve cracks.Using wheat germ oil to moisturize skin may also act as a preventative measure to avoid future cracked skin.
  • Although nothing can prevent stretch marks, the formation of stretch marks can be really painful. Massaging wheat germ oil into your skin will add more moisture to your skin and help prevent some pain from the development of stretch marks.
  • Used as a moisturizer, wheat germ oil massaged into your skin can help soften rough patches. The antioxidants in the wheat germ oil are absorbed by the skin, making it softer and more supple, giving it a more youthful appearance. Continue reading

Beauty Basics For Healthy Skin pt. 5

Let’s do a small recap on the previous Healthy Skin Steps;

Basic Step 1: Keep your skin clear of any junk, makeup, or foreign objects.
A good makeup remover is a must-have if you intend on having healthy skin!
Basic Step 2: Exfoliate your skin once every week.
Exfoliation helps to unclog your pores, and regulates the rate at which your sebaceous glands provide your skin with the natural oil called sebum.
Basic Step 3: Cleanse your skin daily
Sometimes twice a day. Your cells re-generate every day, and you shed skin cells. If you’re not cleaning you’re skin every day, you’re creating the perfect living environment for acne.
Basic Step 4: Use a Toner after every cleanse
The toner will help make your pore less defined, and also makes it easier for you to cleanse in the future. Your complexion will improve, and the skin will be more firm, and supple.
You’ve really come a long way to getting good skin. You have survived four long articles on skin. That on its own deserves an award, but then again, skin is the largest organ that we have, so if you don’t commit to it, what are you going to commit to? Continue reading

Beauty Basics For Healthy Skin pt. 4

Let’s do a small recap on the previous Healthy Skin Steps;
Basic Step 1: Keep your skin clear of any junk, makeup, or foreign objects.
A good makeup remover is a must-have if you intend on having healthy skin!
Basic Step 2: Exfoliate your skin once every week.
Exfoliation helps to unclog your pores, and regulates the rate at which your sebaceous glands provide your skin with the natural oil called sebum.
Basic Step 3: Cleanse your skin daily
Sometimes twice a day. Your cells re-generate every day, and you shed skin cells. If you’re not cleaning you’re skin every day, you’re creating the perfect living environment for acne.
But now it’s time for the next step…
You won’t believe how easy, yet important this step is! Continue reading

Phthalates in Cosmetics? Big Deal!

In Beauty Basics Parts one, two, and three, I mentioned that my favourite Bella Terra Cosmetics products are not only paraben free, but they are also phthalate free!
I received a message from someone who was interested in purchasing more conscious products, without compromising on looking ”normal”.
It’s a great thing! You want to take better care of yourself, and not look like a typical Granola Head–Hey, more power to you.
Even though the chemistry of cosmetics is a really complicated game, I will do my best to explain everything as clearly, and basically as possible.
In order for you to understand the difficulty of avoiding this ingredient, it would be good for you to know that;
One billion tons of phthalates are produced worldwide each year, so avoiding this group of chemicals is pretty difficult, as they may be present even in our most prized cosmetics. Continue reading

Beauty Basics for Healthy Skin pt. 3

The last time we were talking about Beauty Basics, I put a great deal of emphasis on making sure that you understand what exactly you were working with, and exfoliating on a weekly basis. (Read it here: Part 2)
Scrutinizing the ingredients in products is just as important, and if you as yet still suffer from sporadic acne flares, sensitivity to certain products, and have no idea where they are coming from, be sure that you consult with your dermatologist, and figure out if you don’t maybe have an allergy to some of the ingredients that your using.

If you are not having an extreme reaction, and just really want clearer, softer, more supple, and milky skin, then this routine may just work for you. Continue reading