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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Caring for Your Skin at Home: Pt. 3 Moisturizing

As its most basic function, moisturizing your skin prevents moisture loss or dehydration.  if you neglect to use moisturizer, even the most oily skin will become dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to irritation, inflammation, itchiness and sensitivity as well as fine lines.

As I mentioned in the previous posts on caring for your skin at home; choosing the right products for your skin type is crucial to having healthy, radiant skin.  This is just as important, if not more, for your moisturizer, as this is a leave on product.  And while sealing in the moisture and creating a protective temporary barrier from environmental factors, is its most important function, moisturizers can also help bring balance and improve the appearance of your skin depending on the ingredients used.  The wrong ingredients for your skin type, even the incorrect essential oil blends for your type of skin, can make an oily skin more oilier or create a combination skin problem where your cheeks are dry but the rest of your skin is oily.  Therefore, as with any home care regime, it is always best to have your Esthetician make the recommendations for you.

Don't Fear Facial Oils

Most of us, especially people with oilier skin will do anything to avoid using oil as part of their skin care routine.   Unfortunately, oils have gotten a bad rap.  Oils, or what we usually refer to as lipids when discussing skin, create a barrier protecting your skin against the elements.  Damage to this barrier occurs daily, so maintaining an effective barrier requires a continuous application of products containing lipids. . For example when oils are applied on the skin it prevents dehydration not only at the surface but at the deeper levels of the skin.  In addition, lipids increase the water resistance of the skin which is quite important as it obstructs water-soluble pollutants from penetrating into the skin.  Moisture loss may result in dry, scaly or even cracked skin, bacteria-related acne, eczema, rosacea-type inflammation, atopic dermatitis and/or skin congestion, among other problems. Lipids also help to soften the skin, to smooth it and to provide elasticity.The crucial aspect should always be the support of the natural skin regeneration. 

There are many different oils on the market.  And though all oils will create this important barrier, not all oils are necessarily beneficial to the skin such as mineral oil, which is a petroleum based oil.  I also recommend using unrefined, organic cold pressed oils when available.  Aside from the oils being free of pesticide residue, they will retain more of the important properties.  Different oils have different benefits and are appropriate for different skin types.  Therefore when I am mixing a serum for oily skin I would not use the same carrier oil that I would use on dry skin. This is a mistake commonly made, especially from the DIY blogger.  One person may get fantastic results from using Almond Oil and write that it helped their skin, however, it may not be the best oil for your skin. 

Here are a few of my favorite oils and the skin type they are best suited for.  Keep in mind that a synergy of two of three oils work better than one single oil, in my opinion.  In addition some oils such as Argan, Rose Hip Seed, Pomegranate, etc. can be very expensive so using 100% will break the bank.

Dry Skin:  Avocado, Pumpkin Seed, Apricot Kernel, Hemp Seed

Oily SkinAcne:  Grape Seed, Hazelnut, Marula

Combination Skin:  Jojoba, Almond, Apricot Kernel

Great additons:  Argan, Rosehip Seed, Pomegranate, Moringa

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 So put those fears aside, try a serum or body oil you will be so happy you did.  Watch for the launch of my anti-aging serum, which will be available to purchase on my website, this winter.

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!