Cleaning It Up!

Skin Care Tips

After a long day of being fabulous, nothing feels better than taking it all off (and no I’m not talking about getting naked, although that is the bomb too!).

For me, I love when I make it home for the evening and can finally rid myself of the day’s drama and worry. The two main things that I MUST do are brush my teeth and wash my face.

Over the past few weeks, however, I must admit, I’ve been lazy and breaking THE cardinal rule: I slept with makeup on. Take it from me; you never, ever want to do this. The one or two nights that I did, well now I’m now paying for it with a grapefruit sized pimple in the center of my forehead! Ok, maybe not that big, but it’s still pretty huge! I felt it coming on and tried to reverse the damage that I’d caused by thinking I was Sleeping Beauty herself.

So I went into overdrive washing my face with my raw African black soap and treating with benzoyl peroxide and it sucked all of the life out of my skin. Now don’t get me wrong — these products are the, I just went a little overboard in my effort to get my sexy back.

So today, we are going to revisit the simple task of washing your face, and why it’s so important to understand just how the delicate facial skin works, because a gigantic pimple in the middle of your forehead is so NOT cute!

Facial skin is very, very sensitive, and it is very, very different from all of the other skin on your body. The main thing we must never forget is just how fragile this skin is. The outermost layer of facial skin (the epidermis) is thinner than skin elsewhere on your body, thus making it more prone to damage. And when you mix that sensitive skin with Nars Orgasm Blush, MAC NC43, and Smashbox Baby Pout lip gloss, it can feel like you have a serious film on your face. Even still, gentle cleansing with a mild cleanser is always going to be best. Here are some skin care tips to help you keep your skin as healthy (and beautiful) as can be:

  • Try to avoid cleansers that contain fragrances, deodorant or antiseptics (the most common antiseptic in facial cleansers is triclosan – try to avoid this ingredient at all costs)
  • Use products that are specially formulated for the face. Please don’t pull out the Zest or Irish Spring to clean your face. Those are for your feet; not that pretty face of yours.
  • Scrubs and other exfoliating or buffing products can smooth the skin by removing dead skin cells. They can be very effective; however, please be very careful with these products. If they are too harsh or coarse, they can cause redness, irritation and tiny rips in the skin. Ouch! To lessen the likelihood of this, please do not use these products more than twice a week.
  • All skin types should avoid using products that contain harsh surfactants. Yes, the same ones the make your hair turn into straw, are used in facial cleansers. Check your labels and find non-foaming alternatives if your facial cleanser contains any sulfates.
  • Ditch the alcohol-laden astringents and try a gentle, alcohol-free refresher. Look for one that contains floral waters such as rose and other hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic acid.
  • Apply moisturizer to damp skin. This will help balance the moisture levels that were thrown off by your cleansing.

Remember, beautiful skin is always sexy. Find a regimen for your skin type and problems and stick with it! Your skin should be treated with the same level of care that you give to those luscious locks!

What do you think? Is there one go-to facial care product that you just can’t live without? Let us know!


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