blackheads

Steam the Shit out of your face!

I love steaming my face. It leaves my skin feeling soft, and gives me a glow. Here is why you should steam your face too! Steaming your face will literally steam the Shit out of your face that you don’t want.

Benefits

Cleanses pores

Increases blood circulation

Gets rid of toxins

Promotes relaxation

Gives a skin a glow

Here are the directions:

1.       Grab a pot and fill it with water

2.       Wash face

3.       Bring the water to a hot temperature where you can see steam come from pot

4.       Add any oils to the hot water

5.       You can either pour the water into a bowl or leave water in pot

6.       Lean your head over the pot or bowl for 5-10 mins with a towel over your head

7.       Exfoliate, tone and moisturize

8.       Steam your face once or twice a month

Please be careful while following these instructions

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Basil & Honey deep facial cleanse solution!

How to make:

  • 2 handfuls of fresh basil, finely chopped.
  • 1 TBSP  honey

- Add the chopped Basil to a pestle & mortar and work into a consistent fine mass, add the honey and muddle into a paste.

- You can apply this straight to your face with a cotton pad or separate the liquid from the bits by pouring it into a saucer or cup. The liquid is the important stuff as all the goodness has been extracted from the bits in the mortar!

- Let the mixture soak in over 15 minutes and rinse off with water.


What does this do? 

- The Basil helps to clear blackheads away and kill off any lingering germs. It also reduces inflammation caused by any rogue acne and tones the skin.

- The Honey helps to bind any impurities that the basil draws out of the pores and it’s antibacterial properties help to deeply cleanse it of any bacteria that could potentially become infected spots.

- This mask is great for helping tone the skin and clear away blackheads while preventing acne build up.

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Quick bonus tip! if you suffer really badly from blackheads around the nose area just wet two fresh basil leaves and place on either side of your nose for 15 minutes, this will help to fight blackheads.

Vegans can use olive oil in place of the honey!

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Pssst, if you have clogged or enlarged pores, you need this in your life.

I saw it at Ulta the other day and decided to give it a shot and I am seriously so impressed. I have normal-dry, semi flaky skin and I struggle with texture and my husband has borderline oily skin with texture as well and we both loved it. I’ve noticed a big difference in the size of the pores on my nose and it really exfoliates and softens your skin without being too harsh or drying your skin out which is amazing. It’s gotten my pores WAY cleaner than any GlamGlow mask ever has and it’s so much gentler on your skin. And it’s only $10.50 as opposed to $69.

UNEXPECTED scrub for beautiful smooth skin

I been recently  using coffee grounds as a  facial/body scrub and I love it.  I brew my own coffee everyday and use the grounds for my beauty needs. I love how it makes my face feel and look, plus i’m saving money on buying a facial scrub. This is a natural and easy  scrub that I recommend you trying.

Benefits

  • Makes skin smooth
  • Exfoliates dry skin
  • Improves cellulite
  • Contains a lot of antioxidants
  • Improves puffy eyes
  • Fights wrinkles
  • Improves blood circulation

Instructions:

  1. ¼ cup of coffee
  2. ½ cup of Preferred oil
  3. Optional: 2 tbsp of salt or sugar

Mix these ingredients together and rub the mixture in a circular motion. I recommend changing the proportions of these ingredients depending on your skin type and if you will be using this as a facial or body scrub.

anonymous asked:

How do you know the difference between blackheads and sebaceous filaments?

This is a common question and for good reason. People are being paid to convince you that they’re the same thing!

Sebaceous filaments are a little collection of sebum and dead skin cells around your pores. It’s natural to have them. You can cleanse and exfoliate your skin regularly, but you will still always have them.

Blackheads are zits that have been exposed to air, turning the sebum black. These are not natural and should be removed. With proper skin care, they should not return.

Sebaceous filaments are super common, whereas blackheads really aren’t. Beauty companies (*cough* Biore *cough*) make money off of convincing you that your sebaceous filaments are blackheads. Then you buy their pore strips and black masks to remove them. This does damage to your skin in the long term, stripping the skin and potentially causing broken capillaries. I repeat, sebaceous filaments are natural and do not need to be removed!

Sebaceous Filaments:

Blackheads:

Do you see the difference? The sebaceous filaments are flat, uniform, and not necessarily black. The Blackheads are sporadic, slightly raised, and starkly black in color.

I hope this was helpful! :)

My skin care essentials

Except for the occasional attack of the hormones, I’m usually pretty pimple-free (praise to the powers that be). However, I have a huge issue with blackheads in my t-zone and so I have an arsenal of blemish-slaying products (all of which are natural and vegan) to fight off these stubborn nemeses. My regime works pretty well so I thought I would share my essential products with you all.

1. Freeman’s Facial Clay Mask - Avocado and Oatmeal

This may sound more breakfast than beauty but this product is a repeat purchase of mine. Every skin-cleansing arsenal needs a clay mask and this one leaves my skin feeling amazing. I usually slap some of this on about ten minutes before I’m heading into the shower because it makes it easier to clean it off. I usually use this once a week - twice if I’m having a breakout.

2. Lush- Dark Angels

I CANNOT praise this product enough, honestly. This is like dropping a nuclear bomb on your blackheads and it leaves your skin soft and supple. You only need a pea-sized amount of the stuff, add a small amount of water and turn it into a paste. I leave it on for a minute or two before a shower to really soak up the dirt on your face. It kind of makes you look like Derek Zoolander as a coal miner (*cough cough* merman!) but it’s definitely worth it. I would use this sparingly because it is so effective that you only need to provide upkeep on the cleanliness it provides. Once or twice a week should do it and you won’t need any additional exfoliation on those days. I usually follow it up with toner, pore perfector (to help close those cleared pores) and a moisturizer. 

3. The Body Shop - Tea Tree Face Wash

Few things are quite so amazing for blemishes as tea tree oil so the Tea Tree range by The Body Shop is great to keep your skin clear and gorgeous. I even have their tea tree concealer and body wash. It’s used as a simple face cleanser so no specific instructions are needed. Lather and love.

4. Simple: Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash (with witch hazel)

I alternate this with the tea tree scrub. It includes witch hazel (witch I will rave about later on) and it’s nice and gentle. Dark Angel is enough of a nuke for your pores that you don’t need any more rigorous exfoliation so, as the brand says: keep it simple!

5. T.N Dickinson’s All Natural Witch Hazel

LOVE witch hazel because it works for just about anything. It has a naturally occurring percentage of alcohol so it’s a natural cleansing toner. It fights off infections in injuries as well. Put some on a cotton ball and apply to your skin (dry off with a towel first). A really neat trick I figured out when you have a monstrous blemish on your face: apply some witch hazel to the pad of a bandaid and cover the blemish for a few hours or overnight and it will be reduced (and sometimes even gone!) by the next day. I get nasty under the skin blemishes and it helps with that so any whiteheads are sure to be zapped by this product. It’s super affordable and can be found in any old supermarket.

6. The Body Shop: Seaweed Pore Perfector

This little bottle reduces the appearance of dilated pores to hopefully keep those blackheads away. I use this in between toning and moisturizing. You don’t need much and I just focus on my problem areas.

7. The Body Shop: Aloe Protective Restoring Mask

Can you tell I love The Body Shop yet? So this baby is the last part of my routine. It says it’s a mask but it doesn’t dry. I use a sparing amount as a moisturizer. Aloe Vera is also an amazing plant for your skin so it’s a great way to top off your daily regimen. I rub on a small amount, leave it five-ten minutes to absorb and wash/wipe off the excess. Easy peasy!

Ok so those are my favourite and most effective skincare products. They’re vegan so I hope I helped out any vegans out there who were looking for cruelty-free skincare. Hope you like these products as much as I do. Good luck soldiers in your war against blemishes!

Lemon, a natural astringent and a rich source of citric acid not only cleanses and helps make your skin brighter, but also fights off germs present inside your skin pores. It also regulates oil production in the skin, thus preventing more blackhead to be formed. Salt, again having antibacterial properties, combats germs and bacteria that work to clog your pores. It is also an excellent exfoliator which scours off excessive dead cells, dirt, and grime from the skin.

Get this:

  • Seasalt- 1 tbsp
  • Lemon- ½ tsp
  • Water- 1 tsp
  • Mix all the ingredients well.
  • Apply this on your nose (and even face, if you have blackheads there too).
  • Gently massage the area in circular strokes. Don’t be harsh while rubbing.
  • Do this for about 2-4 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.
  • After a while wash off your face with cold water so that any pores that may have opened, get closed again.

Do this:
You may use this scrub 1-2 times a week, but not more than that. Also do not step out in the sun after applying lemon juice to your skin as it makes your skin too sensitive to sunrays.

More OTP prompts
  • you’re dating my best friend but i think i might be falling in love with you
  • we sit next to each other in the park every day during our lunch breaks and one of these days i will have the guts to say something to you
  • we both want the same shoe but there’s only one pair left in what happens to be both of our size
  • you fell off your skateboard, i laughed and you saw me
  • ben & jerry’s is giving away free ice-cream and we team up together to find out where their stupid truck is so that we can gorge ourselves on the goodness
  • your kid threw up on my in the waiting room at the hospital
  • you caught me in the library watching hours of pimple popping and blackhead squeezing videos but didn’t say anything because they fascinate you too
  • “hi i know you don’t know me but i have no idea where i am and i really need the bathroom, can i please use yours?”
Little Skin Care Tip: Blackheads

So I’ve always had quite visible blackheads on my nose (which is already quite noticable itself mind you) and for years I did so many things, or nothing at all since I’m a lazy ass. I would scrub and use nose pore strips and all those things but it only made the open pores more more red and even more visible, and alot more dry and flaky.

Well, around the beginning of last month I was doing some research and decided to try honey and cinnamon. I’m not even joking guys, on the first try I could actually see a big difference, it had cleaned out the blackheads really well.

Honey is a natural antibiotic and really sucks out the dirt from the open pores. It works even better with organic honey which I used. A wee teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon, mix it into a thick paste and slap it on anywhere where you have blackheads. I also ripped a rectangular piece of kitchen towel and placed it gently over the paste on my nose. I left it on for as long as I could (about 5-10 minutes) then washed it off and applied a bit of moisturizer.

Do this every second day. All the best.

✨Hoe Tips✨ Skincare Ed.

1. Find products for YOUR specific skin type. Look into ingredients like salicylic acid (for normal/oily skin) or glycolic acid (for dryer/aged skin) and see how they affect your specific skin type. Don’t just do Proactiv or whatever bevause everyone else does it.
2. Kinda goes with no. 1, but look at the ingredients in whatever you’re putting on your face. Labels like “paraben free” are typically better for your skin. Look up ingredients you aren’t sure of, and make sure they aren’t notably corrosive chemicals.
3. Do a swatch test on your wrist or forearm for all skin products before putting them on your face. If the product irritates the skin on your arm, DO NOT put it on your face.
4. Do a mask once a week to really clean out your pores (cheap ones can be found at Target, Walmart, or your local pharmacy).
5. Drink lots of water, and eat fresh fruits.
6. MOISTURIZE DAILY. Even if you have oily skin (there are moisturizers specifically made for oily skin types). Moisturizers with SPF are a bonus for extra protection.
7. Shower/wash your face with lukewarm/cooler water. Hot water can dry out your skin immensely.
8. My skincare routine order: remove makeup, facewash, exfoliator, mask, toner, acne/spot treatment, moisturizer/spf
9. Never ever ever sleep with makeup on
10. Coconut oil and other essential oils can be great for your skin, but they can also clog up pores if you have an oily skintype. Bear that in mind.
11. Try to buy skincare products of the same brand, or at least that have similar ingredients. Mixing the wrong brands/chemicals can cause acid burn on your face (which from personal experience hurts like a bitch and takes a while to heal.)
12. Witch hazel is a fantastic all natural toner
13. For more acne prone skin, try to find a moisturizer with salicylic acid for that extra defense. Clean and clear ($8 at any drugstore) works wonders
14. Don’t pop your pimples ever (but if you do, make sure to only pop the whiteheads)
15. Those tiny black dots on your nose are supposed to be there. They’re pores, not blackheads, and should be cleansed regularly. However, you should still have those little pores on your nose visibly. Stop tryna get rid of them.
15. Touch your face as little as possible
16. Change your pillowcases often, especially if you sleep on your front
17. Every few months, change up the brand of your skincare products. The oils and bacteria on your skin eventually adapt to the products you use, and they stop being as effective
18. Some brands of birth control can actually double to clear up your skin
19. Wash your scalp and hair often, especially if you have acne on your hairline
20. Relax. Skin can be severely affected by extreme stress levels
21. Swap out your heavy foundation for a light BB cream on casual days. BB cream is more protective and moisturizing for your skin, and still offers natural coverage
22. Look for makeup products with SPF. These products can moisturize and protect your skin from sun damage while still keepin ya face beat
23. Always moisturize and prime before putting on makeup, to make it last longer and to keep your pores clear despite layers of foundation, concealer, powder, etc
24. Splash/spray some rose water onto your face before moisturizing. This both tones and hydrates your face to really lock in moisture.
25. Don’t go overboard with the amount of products you put on your face. Sometimes, less is more.

✨Thats all for now hoes enjoy ya clear skin✨
20 skin things I've learned at 20

Number 1

Patience is key with any skin care problem.


When something unsightly crops up, usually at the worst time too, I know that instinct to want to get rid of it there and then. But that’s not realistic. And if you (do I what I did) and slather loads of products on in an attempt to destroy it overnight, you will make more problems for yourself.

Below is my rough time scale for how long things should go, with a bit of encouragement from skin care products.


Whiteheads: 2-5 days
Black heads: 2 days - 1 month
Milia: 1 week -a couple months
Deep pimples/ blind pimples: 1 week - 1 month
Eczema/ dry skin: 5 days - 2 weeks


Please don’t do what I did and damage your skin by desperately using ultra strong products, and a different product each day to try and get rid of a pimple.

I hope these time scales reassure you, but everyone’s skin is different and they can of course vary.

beauty products people should stop sleeping on

shimmer body lotion- this deadass will make you feel so good about yourself. Turns you into an instant goddess.

Hydrogen peroxide- take advantage of its bleaching properties!! If you have hair that you want less visible but don’t want the upkeep of shaving (like arms, tum, upper lip, tush, etc.), use this to lighten the hair. Also can be used on blackheads (but be cautious not to bleach any hair near your face). If you do this, gently exfoliate the area first and then use a cotton pad to apply this. Rinse it off after 20 ish minutes. Mix with baking soda and brush it on your teeth to whitten them. this can be done pretty often but be gentle and have limits please. Also gets blood out of anything.

Honey- honey is literally a miracle product I love it so much. Has anti bacterial and antimicrobial properties bc of its low pH and it basically has no water in it. use it as a face mask as often as you want. Mix with things like turmeric for extra results but be careful bc turmeric in particular stains your skin yellow for some time. Use in or as a hair mask to soften hair and prevent hair loss. Use in your tea, oatmeal, smoothies for health benefits but be careful not to microwave it bc that kills all of the good stuff. Also honey is best when its raw and it will say that on the label.

Sunscreen- do I even need to say anything about this. Do your best to get a natural one that does not have retinal palmitate bc that actually is really bad for you when its exposed to sunlight??? Capitalism is amazing. No rules

Face peel- these will usually be fruit based and you only have to use them for less than 10 mins usually. More gentle and even than physical exfoliators. Makes your skin nice and soft but don’t over exfoliate by using another exfoliating product afterwards and avoid the sun for a little bit afterwards.

Cuticle oil and hand lotion- basically just treat your hands kindly. Wear sunscreen on the back of your hands. Give yourself a hand massage when you can. The hands are the windows to your soul and they age like raisins if youre not careful

Dry brush- !!! ill probably do another post about this but basically you get a natural brush and brush your skin before you shower or you use the brush and an oil of your choice after you shower. Brush towards the heart. This will improve the appearance of cellulite, improve your circulation, help the lymph nodes thus detoxifying you, less dead skin, better digestion, etc. doesn’t take very long either!!!

Day 7/30 of my Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask Treatment

It’s been a week since I started using the mask. I went on vacation this weekend and forgot the mask, so I missed two days. My skin was clear heading to my trip. Over those three days, I started breaking out on my inner cheeks. Aside from not masking, I also overindulged with food and alcohol. I was clearly dehydrated that whole time! Once I got back home, (and back to masking and my usual diet/water intake) I started to clear up!

This is my face after masking today, one week in:

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‎"How to we get rid of blackheads and whiteheads"

Maintaining a clear and beautiful skin, takes time, consistency and effort. Dermatologist may recommend lots of products, but some of them can be expensive and may actually take a long time to work. You can, however, incorporate some home remedies for blackheads and whiteheads into your daily beauty regimen and in a few weeks, you will experience a drastic reduction or even total elimination of the problem.

● Toothpaste – Toothpaste is an effective blackhead and whitehead remover. Apply a thin paste to your infected areas and let it sit on your face for at least 25 minutes. You will probably feel a burning sensation when you apply the toothpaste, but this is normal and will pass. Once you remove the toothpaste, the top of your blackheads and whiteheads will disappear, but you still need to thoroughly wash your face to remove the buildup underneath. Repeat this home remedy every other day for two weeks.

● Tomato – Tomatoes have natural antiseptic properties that dry up whiteheads and blackheads. Peel and mash a small tomato. Apply the tomato pulp to your blackheads and whiteheads before going to bed. Leave the tomato pulp on your face while you sleep and then wash your face in warm water in the morning.

● Lemon -Wash your face in warm water. Then, squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl. Add in a pinch of salt and stir the mixture. Apply the mixture to your blackheads and whiteheads. Leave the mixture on for approximately 20 minutes and then wash your face with warm water again.

● Lime – You can also use equal parts of lime juice and cinnamon powder and apply this mixture to blackheads. Leave it on overnight and rinse it off in the morning

● Cornstarch – Mix about a three-to-one cornstarch to vinegar ratio into a paste. Apply it to your problem areas and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove the paste with warm water and a washcloth.

● Yogurt - Mix three tablespoons of plain yogurt with two tablespoons of oatmeal. Add one teaspoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of lemon juice to the mixture. Stir the mixture thoroughly and apply it to the effective area of the face. Let the mixture sit for five to seven minutes then rinse off with cold water.

● Almond or oatmeal – Mix either oatmeal or almond powder with just enough rose water to make a spreadable paste. Apply it to your problem areas with your fingertips first and then apply it to the rest of your face. Let it set for about 15 minutes and then rinse your face with cold water.

● Rice – Soak rice in milk for 5 hours and then grind this in a blender until it is paste-like in consistency. Use the paste as a scrub on affected areas of the body.

● Potatoes – Grate raw potatoes and then rub the area with the mixture. Wash it off after 15 minutes.

● Fenugreek leaves – Crush some fenugreek leaves and mix with water to form a paste. Put this on the face for 15 minutes and then remove it. Do this every night to keep your face free of blackheads.

● Coriander leaves – Mix some coriander leaves and a little turmeric powder with water and form a paste. Use this as a mask to eliminate blackheads.

● Oatmeal -Grind oatmeal into a powder in a blender and then add some rose water. Use this on affected areas for 15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.

● Baking soda – Prepare a mixture of equal parts of baking soda and water and rub it onto your face or other body areas prone to blackheads. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

● Honey is also good for removing blackheads. Spread honey on the affected area and remove it after 15 minutes.

Remember – Be gentle to your skin. Never pinch, scrape, poke, press, or squeeze too hard!