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Skin Care Sabotage

Did you know that you might be doing things that are sabotaging your chances of having beautiful, glowing skin? Beauty expert Christine Cho came by to reveal the top 3 ways we may be ruining our skin!

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Saboteur #1: Using EXPIRED PRODUCTS

All products have some kind of "shelf life" - some are labeled, some are not.

Here is the general rule for how long your beauty products last...

1 YEAR = LOTION-BASED PRODUCTS
(Foundation, moisturizer, cleansers)
*Some products like moisturizer may not go rancid, but may lose their effectiveness and then are unable to protect your skin!
 
2 YEARS = POWDER-BASED PRODUCTS
(Eye Shadow, Blush, Powder foundations)

EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE:
  • Get rid of your lipstick if you used it during a cold sore outbreak.
  • If your make-up looks or smells differently then when you first purchased it, it is time to toss it!


Saboteur #2: Using DIRTY MAKEUP BRUSHES

  • Sponges for applying foundation are DISPOSABLE, meaning they should be thrown out after one use.
  • Sponges provided in compacts for face powders can be reused, but should be rinsed once in a while (maybe every two weeks or so if you're using frequently) with mild soap and warm water to get rid of excess oil/dirt.
  • Applicators and tools provided in eye shadow palettes are not usually the best quality, and not great to reuse many times, but can be used safely if used only on yourself and rinsed every few weeks.
  • Your personal makeup brushes don't have to be cleaned after every use like a makeup artist's, but whenever you want to change the colour, and definitely at least once a week, you should spray clean the brushes (with 99% alcohol or diluted tea tree oil - something that kills germs and dries fast) to remove product, oil, and kill bacteria. Once a month you should shampoo your brushes with warm water and a gentle shampoo like Neutrogena's anti-residue shampoo.
  • When having makeup done by an artist or someone else, make sure their brushes are clean, and don't be afraid to look and ask!
  • Many people think they are having "allergic" or adverse "product" reactions, when it may just be a response to bad hygiene!

Saboteur #3: Using the WRONG PRODUCTS FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE

Dry Skin: Look for products that add moisture and contain hydrating ingredients (i.e. milky or cream cleansers as opposed to foaming ones; hydrating toners, and moisture-boosting lotion/creams - possibly thicker or richer ones. Ingredients like Q-10, ascorbic acid, hylauronic acid, retinol...) Exfoliating and using a moisturizing mask is also important!

Oily Skin: Look for products that help remove excess oil and calm the over production of sebum (i.e. foaming cleansers; pH balancing toners with a gentle astringent, and mattifying/skin evening lighter lotions. Ingredients like thermal water, tea tree oil, xinc oxide, oil free cosmetics and skincare. Clarifying masks are great for oily skin (esp ones containing clay)! Don't over dry skin though with overwashing or harshly drying chemicals - many people with oily skin make that mistake.

Combination Skin: Look for products that add adequate moisture (especially during dry seasons) and also are non-greasy or overly rich (i.e. gel cleansers, gentle toner, and moisturizer tailored to the season (i.e. lighter for summer, richer for winter).
Sensitive Skin: Be very careful with this skin type, look for products that contain natural ingredients.  Also note, sensitive skin may also be oily, combination or dry, so know your type!


FACE MASK RECIPE

*Use a sponge towel and cut out holes for your eyes, nose and mouth*

PURE VITAMIN E GEL (1/4 Cup)
Olive Oil (1 tablespoon)
Lemon Juice (1 teaspoon)
Turmeric Powder (1 tablespoon)

*FOR BETTER RESULTS USE A WARM FACE CLOTH ON YOUR SKIN FIRST TO OPEN PORES

Mix ingredients together in a bowl, and use a foundation brush or a paint brush to BRUSH the mixture onto the SPONGE TOWEL, place the SPONGE TOWEL on your face for 20 minutes.  DO this every 2 weeks for glowing radiant skin!

FIND OUT YOUR SKIN TYPE:

Normal Skin
Normal skin has an even tone, soft, a smooth texture, no visible pores or blemishes, and no greasy patches or flaky areas. This type of skin has a clear, fine-textured, supple and smooth surface which is neither greasy nor dry. It glows with an inner health which stems from good blood circulation and excellent health.
There may be occasional pimples in women just before menstruation due to increased hormonal activity, which makes the sebaceous glands overactive. Acne is, however, not a problem for people with normal skin.

DRY SKIN
Dry skin has a low level of sebum and can be prone to sensitivity. The skin has a parched look caused by its inability to retain moisture. It usually feels "tight" and uncomfortable after washing unless some type of moisturizer or skin cream is applied. Chapping and cracking are signs of extremely dry, dehydrated skin.
Dryness is exacerbated by wind, extremes of temperature and air-conditioning, all of which cause the skin to flake, chap and feel tight. This type of skin is tightly drawn over bones. It looks dull, especially on the cheeks and around the eyes. There may be tiny expression lines on these spots and at the comers of the mouth.

OILY SKIN
Oily skin is shiny, thick and dull colored. Often a chronically oily skin has coarse pores and pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. It is prone to blackheads. In this type of skin, the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is needed. The oil oozes and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin has a coarse look.

COMBINATION SKIN
Combination skin is a combination of both oily and dry skin. There is a greasy center panel consisting of nose, forehead and chin and a dry panel consisting of cheeks, mouth and the areas around the eyes. This type of skin is very common, and it should be treated as if it were two different types of skin.

SENSITIVE SKIN
A sensitive skin is a thin or a fine-textured skin. It reacts quickly to both heat and cold; therefore, it sunburns and windburns easily. It is commonly dry, delicate and prone to allergic reactions. Temperature changes, some detergents, cosmetics and alcohol (used on the skin) can all cause irritation, leaving the skin red and blotchy, with visible surface veins.
If you have this type of skin, use sun-screen lotions or creams. Choose products that do not contain potential allergens such as fragrance or PABA sunscreens. Wash your face with mild baby soap, rinse thoroughly and pat the skin dry with a soft towel; do not use rough towel. Never use any makeup or perfume without first trying a little of it on the inside of your wrist to see the reaction of your skin to it, for very few items of makeup agree with a sensitive skin. Every night apply home-made moisturizing cream on your face before retiring for the night.

 

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