Oil is a better cleanser than soap

Why oil is a better cleanser than soap

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Yes, Even For Your Face!

Oil is a better cleanser than soap

When I tell people to use oil to cleanse their skin I get the myriad of responses, most of them shocked and confused. But any skincare expert worth their weight will agree with me whole-heartedly that oil is a better cleanser than soap. Read below to find out why.

1. Oil dissolves oil, and repels water.

Dirt, debris, bad oils, and harmful bacteria almost always live in the sebum (good oil) that is naturally found in your pores and on top of your skin. When you use an oil to clean your skin, it naturally mixes with your natural oil and brings out all that grime to the surface, and then it is wiped away, without harming the natural oil layer on your skin.

2. Water repels oil.

At best, using water to cleanse the skin will do absolutely nothing. At worst, it will push the dirt and grime deeper into your skin, because of the natural repellent properties. Like two opposing ends of a magnet.

3. Soap strips the good stuff too!

Ah, the sudsy stuff we have come to know and love. While soap gets rid of all that grime, it also strips us of all the good. It can dissolve oil away completely and get rid of milder acne-causing bacteria. The problem is it also gets rid of the good oils, and the good flora and fauna on our skin. Our skin responds at the biological level by going into hyper-drive, replacing all that natural oil as fast as possible. This, in turn leads you too soapier cleanses and the terrible cycle continues.

4. Oil cleansing is great for acne prone skin!

Add a drop of tea-tree essential oil to your bottle of olive oil and you have the best oil-cleanse for acne! The tea-tree oil will kill and heal acne, and the olive oil will do the rest, and even prevent scaring.

How Use Oil To Cleanse Your Skin:

  1. Have a bottle of oil set aside specifically for cleansing. Olive oil is my favorite for all skin types, Jojoba is perfect for dry skin, and it doesn’t get better than Grapeseed oil for acne prone skin.

2. Rub a dime sized amount onto your face in gentle circular motions. Or for the whole body, use a bit more.

3. Take a soft damp cloth and gently wipe the oil away.

Pro Tip: If you are oil cleansing before a shower, don’t wipe the oil off, just shower as normal, skip the soap, and dry off as usual.

For people with acne prone skin, using this to heal the sensitive areas on the face please be aware that it will get worse a few days before it gets better.

Here is why:

The mantle layer on your skin is dry and tight from soap use, and thus the oil/grime has a harder time coming to the surface. There is buildup under this layer, despite the fact that your face feels soft and oily because, as mentioned above, your skin is working very hard to produce more oil once you remove it. As the days of oil cleansing go by, your skin is getting softer, and the oils trapped below are beginning to come to the surface. Even slower to get the message, is your skin cells. They will only begin to slow down oil production after a few days of getting the feedback that there is plenty of oil on your skin, and they can calm down.

Please stick with it at least 30 days. I have seen amazing results with this method. Afterwards, e-mail me to let me know if you agree oil is a better cleanser than soap.

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How to get rid of body acne

How to get rid of Body Acne

Acne on your shoulders, back, arms, chest and even your butt. It can be embarrassing and exhausting, but here's how to get rid of body acne and have beautiful clear skin.

How to get rid of body acne

10 ways to get rid of body acne that is easy and inexpensive. 

1. Assess your skin

Know the type of skin that you have. Is it sensitive? Is it dry? Is it oily? This will make a big difference in the products that you should use.

Knowing how long you have had body acne is also important. Have you always had it it? Did it start after a hormonal change? Did it start when you started working out. Did it start when you started a certain diet? 

2. Pick a Soap

If you have sensitive skin, use a body soap specifically for sensitive skin. Dove makes a very inexpensive bar soap. If you have normal skin try Neutrogena Body Soap.

It doesn’t have to be a bar soap, but what you want to look for is Salicylic Acid

3. Use an Astringent with Salicylic Acid

Use a cotton ball and apply to the area. This will serve as a topical treatment. There are many deep pore cleansing products. So totally Clean Deep Pore Cleaner is affordable and effective.

You can also use a spot treatment. 

4. Moisturize

Do not neglect moisturizing, especially after cleaning. Never leave that area dry. Use a good moisturizer. The same night cream you use on your face can be the same night cream you can use on your body to provide great moisture. Don’t neglect your body skin just because it isn’t always visable. 

6. Start Switching to Cotton

Stay away from anything that is not breathable and traps moisture.

If you notice that most of your clothing is not cotton, begin making the switch.
If you noticed that working out and acne came hand in hand, opt for only cotton shirts and pants.

Also, make sure you clean the area right after your workout. 

7. Wash your Clothing more often

For workout clothing, only wear the item only once. Bacteria likes to fester in wet areas. If you can’t afford to wear something new each time, sprinkle baking soda on the inside of the garment. This will help to get some of the moisture that may be causing the acne. 

8. Change your Detergent

Change your detergent to something without scents and that is for sensitive skin. Your body acne may be caused by or even aggravated by the perfume in the detergent or softener. Use a clear formula or a natural brand.

9. Change your Diet

If you are doing the above and still have acne, then it could be something that you are eating. Wheat, cheese, saturated fats are known food items that cause acne. Read 5 Foods that May be Causing your Acne to learn more.

10. Use a Dark Spot Corrector

The scars left behind can be an unfortunate reminder of your fight with body acne.  You can use a topical dark spot corrector, laser scar removal or a natural remedy to get rid of body scaring.  

Essential Skin Care Steps

Essential Skin Care Steps

Beauty

Essential Skin Care Steps

Editors

08-02-2018
Essential Skin Care Steps

With so many popular skin care routines, how do you know which steps are essential?  Our editors picked the six essential skin care steps that you need for clear skin. 

1. Cleanser

The fist step to any skin care routine is a great cleanser and the main difference is the ingredients within the cleanser. Avoid anything with alcohol. Avoid oils if you have acne.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser—is great for gentle cleaning

2.Toner

A toner is an astringent that cleanses skin, shrinks pores, restore pH balance (your skins natural acid) and refreshes skin. It can also prevent ingrown hairs, which is great for men.

Make sure that your toner does not have alcohol. If you have sensitive skin, make sure your toner is gentle.

Popular brands:

Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Rosewater

3. Moisturizer

Moisturizing is a very important Essential Skin Care Step.

Replenishing and adding nutrients back to your skin is important for your cells.

If you have Acne prone skin, make sure your moisturizer is oil free.

If you have dry skin, use a heavier lotion. Also using a lightweight moisturizer and the morning and a night cream is helpful.

Olay Total Restoration Lotion—for normal to dry skin 

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion—for normal, sensitive skin (available at your drugstore)

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream—for dry, sensitive skin (available at your drugstore)

4. Eye Cream

The eyes are often neglected, but having a great under eye regiment will help prevent wrinkles and under eye bags. There are not that may oil glands around your eyes, so providing extra hydration may help with puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles.

For puffiness, eye creams with caffine are helpful.

For dark circles look for products that have vitamin c and is eye brightening.

For wrinkles, look for something with retinol.

Here is a recommended drugstore brand: 

OLAY AGE DEFYING CLASSIC EYE GEL

Here is a recommended high end brand: 

Dermalogica Age Smart Age Reversal 0.5-ounce Eye Complex

5. Sunscreen

If you are going to be in the sun, make sure you apply sunscreen (even if you are just in you car). This will prevent future skin problems.

6. The last Essential Skin Care step is Exfoliating

 Use an exfoliator or exfoliating mask every couple of days to safely remove debris from your pores.

If you have sensitive skin, choose exfoliators that have natural fruit enzymes.

Cetaphil Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

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Foods that may be causing your Acne

5 Foods that May be Causing your Acne

Foods that may be causing your Acne

Whether you are an adult or teenager acne is absolutely awful. Acne is commonly blamed upon hormones, but what you are digesting (eating) may be the biggest culprit, especially in adult acne. This article will review 5 foods that may be causing your acne.

  1. Refined Carbohydrates aka Processed Carbohydrates 
bread that cause

Ever heard of empty calorie foods? Well this is the same type of food and these foods may be causing your acne. 

How? Refined carbohydrates spikes glucose levels —> Causes insulin levels to spike—>  Creating a sebum buildup in your pores —> Leading to more clogged pores. 

Here are some example of food that contains refined carbohydrates:

  • Bread, crackers, anything with white flour (flour is processed from wheat germ to become white flour)
  • Pasta or other noodles (rice noodles/low mien) made with white flour
  • White rice
  • Sweeteners like cane sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave (soda and other sweet beverages and snacks contain this)

Food from the above categories may be causing your acne by causing overactive glands. 

2. Lactose 

lactose causing acne
*All daily products are not the same. Yogurt has less lactose and probiotics.

Some doctors agree that these food items may cause acne while some do not see the correlation. Let’s put it like this, cows have hormones and when you drink dairy items such as milk, you are drinking their hormones. The hormones can affect your own hormones or testosterone and can cause acne inflammation. Also protein powder, which is made from lactose, has been directly linked to acne…which leads to the next point. 

3. Whey Protein Powder

Protein Shake

Between the hormones and amino acids, whey powder can cause acne. Amino acids are found in whey protein and are protein building blocks. They are a great supplement for body builders to take, because it allows them to build more protein for muscle gain, but it might be causing your acne.

If you noticed an influx of acne after you started taking whey protein powder, stop taking it to see if this food is causing your acne

  1. Omega-6 
fried foods

These fats are found mostly in corn oil and vegetable oils. These are the common food items that contain Omega-6 :

  • Processed food
  • Fried food
  • Potato or corn chip
  • Cured meat
  • Nuts with oil and salt

These foods may me causing your acne by clogging your pores. 

  1. Food allergies

If you have food allergies like Gluten, these food items could be the cause of your acne inflammation. Gluten circumferences more than white flour and can be find in many food items. Luckily, for people with gluten sensitivity or have celiac disease there are so many gluten free options in today’s world versus a couple of years ago.

How to find out if food is causing your acne: 

If you have acne, the best thing to do is to start eliminating items from your diet. 

Refined carbohydrates should hardly be consumed anyhow, since there is no nutritional value to those items. Acne should be the least of your worries if you are consuming those items.

Replace lactose with alternative milk and try to cut some of the cheese to nearly all of the cheese out to see if this is the culprit.

If you are consuming whey protein powder as a supplement, try to eat more food items that have protein and eliminate the whey. There are plenty of athletes that are clean eaters that are building muscles without taking protein powder.

Replace Omega-6 food items with Omega- 3 food items because once again, this food category does not have any nutritional value and can cause more harm to your body than acne.

Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials

Editors

Summer comes and our beauty routine changes. We use more lotions and sunscreens and less foundations and concealers; otherwise, our faces will melt off. Here’s the list of our editor’s summer  beauty essentials  that will get you through those hot days. 

1. Sunscreen

Coola has an amazing organic sunscreen line. The product feels great and is lightweight.

3. A great shaving cream that will leave you feeling smooth

EOS’s (evolution of smooth) is a shea based  shaving cream.

4. A great peach  cheek for summer is a great way to look fresh and bright.

Nars’s Orgasm is a classic.

6. Lightweight translucent powder to keep you matte

We love this powder from NYX because it also color corrects and is affordable. Keep the shine away with this line, that offers several color correcting colors.

7. A lot of moisturizer

Vitamin E is a great addition to your beauty routine. Summer can be very drying with the weather, pool and beach. This is  definitely one of our summer beauty essentials.

9. A lightweight foundation 

If you must wear foundation choose a lightweight one. Benefit’s Hello Flawless is a great line.

Skin Care

Is Your Skin Care Right for Your Skin

by Bonnie Min, RN
@glowonandprosper

Skin Care

Do you ever feel like you could be doing something differently or feel frustrated by your skin care routine and not seeing results? Read below to see if your skin care right for your skin.

Skin care isn’t an exact science….OR IS IT??

I used to think it was as simple as washing my face and going out the door…but that’s before I spent 7 years in the Burn Unit as an ICU Registered Nurse and learned real quick just how important sunscreen is.  Then I started a business in skin care and REALLY had my eyes opened.

Here’s the thing.  The majority of us aren’t dermatologists, aesthetic nurses or physician assistants, cosmetic chemists or estheticians.  We see a problem on our skin and we’re off to the nearest drugstore / department store / Japanese / Korean skin care store / Sephora and come home loaded down with a bunch of products along with a lighter wallet.  

But what if the products you bought aren’t designed to work TOGETHER?  You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. I’ll explain. Let’s say you really want to get rid of the wrinkles starting to form on your forehead but you also REALLY want to get rid of the acne that’s there.  Most people will go on Instagram, read all about the power of retinol and conclude that they need the retinol for the wrinkles while using the same, trusty benzoyl peroxide cream they used all throughout their teen years for the acne.  BOOM! Problem solved!!

Right?  

WRONG!!

Did you know that retinol and benzoyl peroxide will actually deactivate each other?  And that’s just one example! “Okay, Bonnie”, you think to yourself. “I’ll just swap out the benzoyl peroxide with SALICYLIC ACID!  HAH!!!”

Not so fast!  Using salicylic acid and retinol will only cause redness and dryness.  So unless you’re really digging the peeling, sunburned look, I’d advise against it.  Another no-no combo I see a lot on social media is retinol plus AHAs. No, not AHA as in the band that came out with the song “Take On Me”.  I’m talking about Alpha Hydroxy Acids aka AHAs. Retinol + AHAs can also lead to redness, irritation and dry skin.

The Vitamin C serum following is really picking up steam because it’s an antioxidant.  The problem is that it doesn’t play nice with AHAs, depending on the formulation. Not all antioxidants are created equal so not all of them are able to withstand destabilization.

All this starting to make more wrinkles appear because now you don’t know if your products are working with you or against you?  Before you start despairing, I want to ask you something.

What if skin care didn’t have to be so confusing?  

What if you could be using clinical skin care that’s created by dermatologists and is recommended JUST FOR YOU and your specific skin care needs?

What if it also didn’t have to cost an arm and a leg?

That’s where I come in to help- take this super short quiz and we can go over your results together to see what’s right for you. 

Have more questions? E-mail Bonnie at bonnie@glowonandprosper.com

Articles by Bonnie Min, RN 

Is Your Skin Care Right For Your Skin

Nail Colors for Summer

Top Nail Colors for Summer 2018

Top Nail Colors for Summer 2018

05-15-2018

Revised 7/31/2018

Featuring IG Blogger Michelle @msessielove

Summer nail colors are just so fun. They can set the mood and tone for your whole outfit. Here are the top nail colors for summer 2018. 

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2. A Beautiful Blue Nail shouts Summer

Blue is definitely the most popular nail color of the 2018 summer season. From vibrant blues to almost greenish blue, to soft blues, to tiffany blue- the blue nail color is in. Essie is a great brand. 

Follow Michelle @msessielove to see more amazing nail inspo. 

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skin care

Advice from a Wedding Planner: Top 5 Skin Face cleansing products

skin care
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Beauty and skin products have always been on my priority list. I remember getting my first Optimum points card at the Pharmaprix, one of Montreal’s drug store at the age of 12. Since then I have always had a secret obsession with skincare products and makeup. At an early age I knew that my skin was super sensitive, so I tried not experiment too much. I started off with Aveeno because it was super mild and ideal for sensitive skin and now I am using mostly, if not only, Clinique products.

Amongst my sisters I am the “go-to” person for which face wash, makeup and lipsticks to get. When I got my first part-time job, it was nothing but saving and then spending at Pharmaprix. My very first experiments were done with Lise Watier’s makeup products, then I jumped onto MAC and now well, like many of us, I am in love with Sephora.

I love Sephora because they can find specific products and brands according to your type of skin and their products are just amazingly fabulous. Clinique won my heart because of how specific their products are: they pretty much have products matching every skin type and still giving a 3-step plan.

Clinique's Beauty face products
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Now let me share with you my Top 5 beauty and skin products:

1. First things first: The Cleanser.

Clinique cleansers, toner and face lotions are the products that I use every day, day and night. I use the mild foam cleanser: a gel to foam activate with water. It does not have a strong scent and it deep cleanses your skin; I even use it as a makeup remover. To find out more about the product click here.

 

2. The Toner:

I use the Clinique Toner in number 4, the purple solution. What I love about Clinique is they have regime and products based on your skin type whether you have normal to dry, or just simply oily. I like to say I have combination skin type because my T zone is oily and my cheeks and around the mouth area dry. Toner is important because sometimes washing just doesn’t do the entire trick, so toner removes all the traces of dirt and oil that was a bit more stubborn. To find out more about the toner click here.

3. Moisturizer:

Also, from Clinique I use their face moisturizers. They have two types of face lotions; the gel formula and the dramatically different formula. I use the gel formula in the summer because my skin is already naturally oily, and I use the Dramatically different formula in the winter when its colder and dryer. To find out more click here .

4. Exfoliant/Masks:

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve seen me share my love for the glam glow line of masks. I have tried all of them and a great way to do so is at Sephora as they have the sample sizes of all the masks. That gives you an opportunity to try them all and see what works for your skin type. I use the green jar, which is the power mud; it is a dual cleanse mud to oil formula. This mud mask is LIFE!! I absolutely love it, love the way my skin feels after using it. Just. Love. It. To find out more click here.

5. Make up Remover:

I use the Clinique Take the day off. This is a balm formula that you rub on to take your makeup off. Its turns from balm to oil but girl when I tell you it works, IT WORKS. To find out more click here.

Beauty's Best Face Products
Curtesy of The Ultimate Planner

Recently I discovered these face cloths called “Face it” by cloth in a box. Its perfect for us ladies who love our cleansing products and like to be cute while doing so. The cloths have these hand pockets that make if easy for you to clean your entire face, Its a gentle face cloth and can be used up to 100 times, hand wash in mild detergent and dry on tumble dry. 

Beauty Face cloth
Curtesy of The Ultimate Planner
Beauty Facial Cleaners
Curtesy of The Ultimate Planner

Well beautifuls, this is it for my beauty and skin products. I hope this helped.

Happy Cleansing!

 

About the Author: 

StaceyAnn Clayton is a Montreal wedding planner and event stylist with over 5 years of experience. For more information, please visit: http://www.theultimateplanner.ca/. 

Follow StaceyAnn @theultimateplanner

Editor: @alavie

Beautiful white nails with pink roses

Top Nail Trends for Spring 2018

Top Nail Trends for Spring 2018

Spring is almost officially here and so are the new nail trends

03-15-2018

Ana Veiga

We no longer have to follow the rule of keeping the nails a softer color for spring. Anything really does go because a good manicure is always in style.

Here are the top nail trends for Spring 2018 to try now. 

All photos are provided from @nailartenon and on 100% natural nails. 

Beautiful white nails with pink roses
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1. A fancy nail 

In 2017 the one fancy nail was so good, that we are doing it again.  It’s conservative enough for the workplace, but fancy enough for those weekend parties. 

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2. Nails that Scream “Spring”

Or Easter nails or just really cute nails with poka dots.

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3. Nails that look like art

How can you have a bad day with nails like these?

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5. Metallic Nail Colors

Taking a beautiful color and adding pizzazz. 

#Essence #metalnails #purplenails

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6. Bold Colors 

Who says Spring is all about pastels?

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Find out more about Nailartenon and even more fantastic nail ideas by going to her website nailartenon.altervista.org . 

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Body Scrub

 

Body Scrub

5 Things you should look for in a Body Scrub

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5 Things you should look for in a Body Scrub

Look for these items in a body scrub because all body scrubs are not created equal

Updated 7-31-18

Crystal S.
Brevity Co.

Body Scrub

 Body Scrub- Yes it is March, and although we would all like to imagine that spring is around the corner, we will likely have a few more weeks of Winter- making this the perfect time to prep our skin for the days of short sleeves and bathing suits.

What is a better way to prepare our dry winter skin and reveal the fresh glow of what’s underneath than with a body scrub? But before you purchase a body scrub, let’s look into what we should look for in the ingredients because not every body scrub is created equal. 

Here are the top 5 things you should look for in a body scrub:

1. The Oils: 

There’s a lot of science behind oils and how they benefit the skin. Some oils are heavy, with large molecules that sit on top of the skin. These act to protect, but not to heal or penetrate. They hold moisture in. Coconut Oil is a good example of a heavy oil.

Then there are oils that nourish the very top layers of skin, and soften dry skin. Olive Oil is my favorite example.

 Then there are oils that penetrate the skin more deeply, and work to nourish new skin and give those cells a great start. Hello jojoba oil!

Coffee Bean Scrub

2. The Coffee:  COFFEE REDUCES CELLULITE. It works by tightening the skin, the same way it shrinks capillaries when you drink it. 

Sugar

3. The Sugar (vs. salt): Salt is great at detoxing. Because of its magnetic relationship with water, it can pull the muckiness from your skin. But in return, it dries you out and can also pull the good things from your skin too, like moisture.  There is a time and a place for salt, but not in a scrub.

Sugar, on the other hand, only deals with the surface. The dead, dry and flaky surface. So when aiming to exfoliate as a spring prep, aim for a sugar scrub. 

Brevity hand and body scrub
brevity's body scrub is handmade with organic coffee

4. The Feel: A Scrub shouldn’t feel like sand paper. Rather it should feel like your delicately scratching an itch. The components should not be course or painful. That defeats the purpose, you want to slough off dead skin, not damage new skin! You also should not have to rub hard, you should be gentle and still get the job done.

5. The Results of the Scrub: How does it make you feel? Do you notice a difference immediately? Do you love how soft your hands, feet, arms or legs feel after a treatment? If the answer is no, then it’s time to keep looking.

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