Is It Really Bad to Sleep in Makeup?

With the holidays almost here many of us will be going to parties, gatherings, and other events.  We come home tired and just want to go to sleep, so we skip out on washing our face and removing the days makeup.  You probably know it is not a great idea but you think ah just this once. 

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And if it was just that one time it probably isn't that bad BUT it does have a cumulative effect.  Also, you have probably had a few alcoholic beverages and that is dehydrating which is very damaging to the skin, as I have discussed in many of my posts. Therefore, coupled with the dehydration, you have now skipped on moisturizer to add the much needed moisture. 

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So just what happens to the skin as we sleep? Our skin goes through a renewing process so that we can wake up to rejuvenated, radiant skin after a good nights sleep. Each night you wear makeup to bed will clog your pores and may causes breakout which may attract bacteria.  In addition, it can also age the skin by causing free radical damage from not removing the the days pollution, dirt and grime.  Free radical damage causes the breakdown of collagen and elastin which results in fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.  Your skin will also begin to appear dull.

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And it isn't just about Foundation. So if you are thinking well, I don't wear Foundation, I just wear some eyeliner and mascara, that can be problematic for your eyes.  You are leaving yourself prone to an eye infection or at the very least irritation and inflammation.

We all want to look our best everyday but especially when we are going to parties and other events.  The best way to achieve that is to take good care of your skin.  Use the right cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliate once a week and DO NOT SLEEP IN YOUR MAKEUP....you will look radiant.   Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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The Oil Cleansing Method

A few years ago the Oil Cleansing Method or OCM became very popular, primarily due to the DIY bloggers.  However, oil cleansing goes back thousands of years.  The ancient Greeks and Romans woud smear their wet bodies with a mixture of pumice and ashes, and then apply olive oil over that.  They would then use a curved metal scraper called a strigil to scrape off the mixture, which would take the dirt and grime that had accumulated on the skin along with it.  The reason oil is so effective in cleansing is like attracts like. But back to the DIY bloggers on this cleansing method...after awhile mixed reviews started popping out.  I believe this is because different oils work for different skin types.  As I stress in many of my posts, there is no size fits all in skin care.  Each of us is unique as is our skin.

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When purchasing your oil cleanser first check to see which oils are used.  If Castor Oil is listed be aware that it can be very drying to the skin.  If your skin is already on the drier side or even combination this is going to dry you out even more.  Coconut oil can also be problematic for a skin that is experiencing breakouts and clogged pores, because like Mineral oil, it can further clog your pores.  So for a oily skin, with or without breakout, chose a cleanser made with light fast penetrating oils such as Hazelnut, Marula, Grape Seed, Meadowfoam Seed and Jojoba.  For drier skin Avocado, Pumpkin seed, Apricot Kernel, Moringa and Argan are some of the oils to look for.  Renew Botanical's AGING WITH ATTITUDE's Oil Cleanser is perfect for dry/mature skin.

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When the correct oils are used for your skin type it can be a luxurious way to cleanse your skin.  The Oil Cleansing Method, however, is not for the person in a rush.  It does take a little more time: First dampen your skin.  Then pour a small amount into the palm of your hand.  Add a little water and start emulsifying the oil.  Gently massage into your skin.  Then take a wash cloth that you wet with very warm (not hot) water.  Place on face and allow to sit a minute.  Repeat.  Follow with moisturizer.

Have you tried this method yet?  I would love to hear your experience.

Caring For Your Skin At Home, Pt 1: Cleansing

When taking a shower, do you use a cleanser on your body?  Would you just stand under the faucet?  You probably answered no, yet it amazes me how many people will not cleanse their face, especially at the end of the day.  Cleansing your skin is an important step in keeping your skin healthy and radiant.  Just as important, however, is choosing the right cleanser.

If you choose a cleanser that is not appropriate for your skin type you may cause problems.  No matter what type of skin you have, you never want to use a cleanser that will make your skin feel dry and taunt.  Although it may be tempting to get that squeaky clean feel, that cleanser will strip your skin of the good oils — making your skin react by producing even more oil!  Always choose a cleanser that is pH balanced.  If your skin is sensitive choose a cleanser free of fragrance, even essential oils.  If it is dry, choose a milk or cream cleanser.  For those with oily skin and acne choose a gel cleanser but as mentioned above, make sure it does not leave your skin feeling tight and taunt.  Another cleansing method that has become very popular over the last few years is the oil cleansing method.  I love this type of cleansing but it is important that you are using the correct oils for your skin type, just as with any other cleanser.  I will be discussing the Oil Cleansing Method in an upcoming blog.  However, the best way to choose the perfect cleanser for your skin type is by an Esthetician's recommendation.  In the last number of years many companies have added alpha hydroxy acids or beads to their cleansers.  I strongly urge you not to use these types of cleansers.  While exfoliation is an important step in a good skin care regime, over exfoliation will cause inflammation, dry skin and possible irritation. And please never, ever use bar soap on your face, especially mass produced, even if it says non drying or moisturizing.

The most important time to cleanse your face is in the evening.  Even if you do not wear makeup your face is continually covered with bacteria, pollutants, and dirt. Many of us are so tired by the time we get ready for bed that we decide to skip cleansing our face.  Here's a little tip I tell my clients:  If you are not going out for the evening, as soon as you get home from work cleanse your face and apply your moisturizer.  This way it's done no matter how tired you are later.  Oh, and please remember, you must apply moisturizer after you cleanse....more about that in Part 3.

So, now you are on your way to beautiful, healthy radiant skin.  Coming next:  Toners

Summer Skin Care

Most of us stay pretty busy during the summer. Many people take their vacations during this time and we tend to be out and about more.  Because of our crazy, hectic, having fun schedules we are more prone to neglect our skin. Yes, more and more people are remembering to use sunscreen but summer skin care is more than just applying sun protection.

The first thing to consider is your home care regime.  Are you using the same products you did in the winter?  Some skin types are not effected by seasonal changes,  however,  many people need to switch their skin care products for lighter weight cleansers and moisturizers.  That creamy cleanser that was perfect in January may not be what you need in July. If you are feeling a bit more oily you may need a gel or foaming cleanser.  Renew Botanicals has a cleanser that is a little of both.  Our Herbal Cleanser has some of the ingredients and properties of a gel cleanser but with additional lightweight oils so that your skin does not feel dry.  The addition of activated charcoal helps to detoxify the skin.  Same idea holds true for your  moisturizer.  Your current moisturizer may still be perfect the rest of the year,  but just as with your cleanser, you may need a moisturizer that is a little lighter.  You still need to use your moisturizer twice a day.  If you are feeling too oily do not stop using a moisturizer, this is a mistake many make.  Your skin can still become dehydrated in the summer.  Just lighten it up.

Don't forget to take your skin care products with you on vacation.  It is also a great idea when you get back from vacation to see your Esthetician for a facial.  It is a great way to replenish your skin.  And please keep applying your sunscreen.  Check out my last blog post on sunscreens

Speaking of dehydration.  It is so important to drink lots of water during the summer.  Remember iced tea (unless it is herbal) and iced coffee will further dehydrate, you as will any alcoholic beverages.  If you are not fond of water, try adding watermelon chunks, slices of orange, lime or lemon, cucumbers or berries.

Happy Summer!