face mask for acne prone skin

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I didn’t realize how misinformed I was about skincare until I started practicing a little witchcraft. I thought that apricot scrubs were good, oil was bad, and that cystic acne couldn’t be treated topically. Oh, was I wrong. About a year ago, I befriended a 30 year practicing witch who had about 14 years cosmetology experience at the time. Having just discovered Paganism myself, I constantly bugged her about both subjects. She taught me some basics and I’ve been using them ever since. They really work. And it’s a nice and easy introduction to spells if you’re looking to get into somethin’ spooky. 

First things first: Apricot scrubs are TERRIBLE. Any facial scrub that has granules you can see is going to put tiny cuts in your already irritated face and make your acne more susceptible to infection/irritation. She recommended using a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda to make a paste that will very very gently remove dead skin without causing redness. People with rosacea should avoid using any type of scrub, even though this one is very mild. Never exfoliate more than 2-3 times a week, and never ever do it two days in a row. When you’re done, make sure you put as much oil as you can in the trash can- rinsing it off in the sink will clog the drain over time. And remember- the thicker the paste, the more coarse the scrub will be. Scrub using gentle yet wide circular motions, timing yourself at about 60 seconds. 

Oil is not bad for your skin! Coconut oil has tiny molecules unlike other oils, so it can penetrate hair and skin better than other oils. Coconut oil is excellent at pulling your natural facial oils out of your pores without stripping moisture. After you use the scrub, use a warm, damp wash cloth to gently wipe away the oil and baking soda. You should always moisturize immediately after cleansing, but I’ve noticed that after using this cleanser my skin doesn’t ususally need it. Besides coconut oil, lavender oil, grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil are also very good for acne prone skin. Tea tree oil can be diluted heavily and applied to spot treat, but do not use more than once a week in small quantities or it will make your skin itchy and red. Always always always moisturize before putting on makeup by the way!

As for the face masks! I have a face mask recipe that will reduce my pore size by like 80-90%. Seriously. If I used it once a week I’d have perfect skin, but I don’t, so even when my skin is at its worst, this mask still kicks ass. I don’t have exact measurements for everything (or anything really) so please be patient with yourself when making them. But that’s the beauty of this recipe- you can change it to fit your skin problems with a little research and a trip to the health food store. Side note: Do the mask right after you use the scrub. Otherwise it won’t work as well.

The base of the mask is this magical powder called kaolin clay. I buy it in bulk at the health food store and it’s cheap as hell. It’s just a mild clay that turns to putty then hardens in ten minutes. I probably use ¾ cup, maybe even a full cup for a mask. Just depends on how many liquids you want to include. Star out small and add as you go.

After putting a starter amount of clay into a small bowl, I set that aside and start on the liquids. I like to use tea instead of water. I make a teensy amount of hot water then pour it over green tea, rose petals, and calendula petals. Green tea is anti-inflammatory, rose balances pH, and calendula is great for skin. Try to buy organic so you’re not dousing yourself in pesticides. I set these aside to brew. The less water you use, the stronger the tincture, and the less time you need to wait. 

I only have a few essential oils, but if you do a little research, it is super easy to pick out some that are good for skin and are non-comodegenetic (won’t clog pores). I take my little bowl of clay and start adding a few drops of lavender oil, a few drops of grapeseed oil, a squirt of sweet almond, and two tiny drops of tea tree. Other options are ylang ylang (good for oily skin), chamomile (very soothing), and clary sage (for reverse aging and puffiness). I would say maybe 5 oils would be a good maximum, just because you need room for the tea. 

Add the tea by holding the flowers back with a spoon and pouring tiny little amounts into the clay and oil mixture, stirring frequently so that you don’t get it too thin. You want it the texture of Elmer’s glue. If a few petals get into the mask, that’s fine. Some people add loose green tea leaves to their masks straight up, so whatever’s clever. Then just smear the mask on, avoiding the eye area if you used tea tree oil, and leave it on for about 10 minutes. It will harden so if you want to drink anything you should use a straw, and the mask will flake a bit towards the end, so be aware of that. Once the ten minutes is up, just splash wet water on your face to turn it back to glue texture, then wash off with warm water. This may take a while. Then after you dry your face with a clean towel, check out your pores in the mirror! This is my favorite part because there are patches of my skin when I don’t have visible pores at all, and where I do, they are so much lighter and smaller. The essential oils must penetrate the blackheads or something, I have no idea, but it does what no Biore strips or Clean and Clear scrub have ever done before. 

Make sure you moisturize after ! I have really bad acne so I follow up with benzoyl peroxide (doctor’s orders) and a light drugstore moisturizer to keep my pores looking like this as long as possible. I recommend doing this mask once a week at least, but definitely no more that once every three days. And don’t pop pimples! Give these remedies some time and you will see a huge difference. 

One more thing: Rose water. I make my own, but it can be bought at $30 a bottle at Sephora. However, I don’t use mine that often because it’s non-organic, so unless you have the hookup on organic roses, you might want to steer clear. Basically all it is is rose tea. I get roses from my boyfriend frequently, so I hang them up to dry thoroughly and then collect the petals in a burlap bag. Once I have a grocery bag’s worth, I toss them in a pot to boil. There are lots of ways to do this online, but mine is very simple. Just bring petals to a soft boil, steep until it’s dark red, then let cool. I store mine in a massive mason jar in the refrigerator. I leave some petals in there to make it stronger, but you can strain them immediately if you like. Definitely strain them before using the water to make you life a little easier.

I use rose water as a toner between cleansing and moisturizing. It’s cool from refrigeration, which calms any puffiness, and it apparently balances pH. Another cool thing about it is it moistens your face right before you moisturize. Lotion doesn’t always add moisture to your skin, it often just retains what moisture you have. So if you moisturize damp skin, you’ll retain more moisture. Seems weird but it works.

The witchcraft comes in where you want it to. I like to put intention in the stirring; meaning I stir right if I want to embrace good vibes and positive outcomes, stir left if I have something negative on my mind that I want to banish. I think there is magic in the herbs and oils themselves so I don’t get too fancy or chant, but it is totally a thing for people to chant while making these kinds of elixirs. Tumblr is full of awesome little rituals! I just tend to keep it simple. 

So anyways this is basically everything I know about skincare, and it was all taught to me by a woman in her late thirties that looks like she’s 24. Kudos if you read this entire thing! Seacrest out.

Self care tip~ Face mask

Recipe for honey sugar lemon face mask~ (leave on 15 minutes)

Honey- 1tbs
•Antibacterial, antioxidants, moisturising, soothing
Lemon juice- 1tbs
•Antibacterial, Vitamin C, citric acid
Sugar- 1tbs
•Gentle yet exfoliating

This is a brightening and glowy face mask that is good for acne prone skin thanks to antibacterial properties! The sugar is optional but add it for an exfoliating factor ✨
(leave on 15 minutes)

how to get into skincare

I’ve already done a post about how to get into makeup, and one about how to get into SFX, so I figured I might as well make one for skincare. I have extremely sensitive, extremely acne-prone skin, so when it comes to skincare products, I’ve literally tried everything. It’s gotten to the point where I’m the “resident expert” that all of my family and friends come to when they need help figuring out which products to use.

I think a lot of people don’t take proper care of their skin because they have the misconception that it’s time-consuming and/or expensive. Honestly, I spend less than two minutes on skincare on most days, and I only use affordable products that are available at drug stores. No matter who you are, you can afford to take good care of your skin.


product names you’re likely to see, and what they mean:

  • cleanser is just soap that’s gentle enough for the delicate skin on your face. It comes in liquid, cream, and even powder formulas, but all you need to know is that if the label says “cleanser,” then it’s just face wash. If you’re only going to use one skincare product, this is the one you should invest in.
  • Note: You should NEVER use bar soap on your face! The skin on your face is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body, and most bar soaps will damage it. There are some cleansers that come in bar form, but as a general rule you should never use a product on your face that wasn’t made specifically to be used on faces. 
  • moisturizer is probably the second most commonly-used product, after cleanser. This is exactly what it sounds like – it’s basically lotion that is specially made to be used on your face. No matter what your skin type is, you should be moisturizing daily. (Proper moisturization actually helps cut down on oily skin in most cases.) 
  • toner (sometimes also called astringent) is a product that is usually applied after cleanser, but before moisturizer. It’s called “toner” because it tones your skin, as well as cleansing any dirt or grime that your cleanser missed. Not everyone needs to use toner, but if you have oily or acne-prone skin, I’d recommend it.
  • a face mask is any product that is made to be used occasionally to give your skin a little extra love. A lot of them are made to address certain issues, like acne, dryness, or dullness. Usually, you apply it and let it sit on your face for a few minutes before you wash it off. I personally try to use a mask on my face once or twice a week whenever I have the time, but they’re more of a treat than a necessity. (And you probably shouldn’t use them every day.) 
  • exfoliators or exfoliating scrubs are products designed to buff away dead skin cells. Usually, they have some kind of gritty texture to them (like sugar grains) that scrubs off the dead skin. Like face masks, they’re more of a treat than a necessity, but unlike with face masks, too much exfoliating can actually hurt your skin. You should never exfoliate more than 2-3 times a week, and never, ever exfoliate two days in a row.
  • pore strips are kind of like waxing strips for your face, but instead of removing hair, they remove blackheads and other junk clogging your pores. I would not recommend pore strips to someone who is new to skincare, and like with exfoliators, using them too often can really damage your skin. If you’re going to use them, you should never use them more than once every three days. 

There are other product names that you might see floating around online (like “essence” or “facial oil”), but these are the basic products that you need to know about. Honestly, if you have a good cleanser, toner, and moisturizer (plus maybe a face mask or two for occasional pampering), then you don’t really need any other products, because those three will get the job done. 


how to build your own skincare routine:

  1. The first step is to understand your skin type. The three most common types are: dry, oily, and combination (in between dry and oily). Shop for products that are designed and labelled for your skin type. (If you have a lot of acne, look for products labelled “acne care” or something along those lines. If you have a lot of skin allergies, or if your skin doesn’t react well to harsh chemicals, look for products made for sensitive skin.)
  2. Go to the nearest Walmart, CVS, Walgreen’s, ect. with $20, and find the skincare aisle. Keeping your skin type in mind, look for a good cleanser and a good moisturizer. (If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you might want to pick up a toner as well.) If you can, look for generic brands (I know Walmart carries one called Equate) that make products with the same ingredients as name-brand products, but significantly cheaper. (If you’re looking for cruelty-free products, check out the brands Burt’s Bees and Yes To.)
  3. If you want to make things easier, you can buy all of the products you need in a pack. (Like this, or this.) These usually contain a cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer. 
  4. Every morning when you first wake up, wash your face with the cleanser and pat it dry with a clean towel. Then apply the toner, if you bought one – you do not wash this off. Then (after waiting a few seconds for the toner to take effect), apply your moisturizer. That’s literally all there is to it. If you’re a morning shower person, you can save time by washing your face in the shower, then applying toner and moisturizer after you get out.
  5. Every night before you go to bed, do the same thing. (Of course, if you wear makeup, you’ll have to remove it, either with makeup remover or with warm water, before you wash your face.) 
  6. Right before bed is a good time to use face masks/exfoliators/pore strips, if you want. I always wash my face first, then skip over my toner and go straight into applying the mask/exfoliator/strip, and let it sit for as long as the directions on the packaging indicate. After I wash it off, I use my moisturizer like always.
  7. Congratulations! You now have a skincare routine!


This post goes into detail of all the products and tricks I use in my own personal routine, if you’re curious. 

I hope this post was helpful! If you have any questions about specific products, or about treating specific skin conditions, feel free to message me and I’ll try to help in any way I can. 

masterlist (there’s more beauty/skincare tips on there, if you’re interested)

Lush Reviews✨

I love Lush. They create such amazing cruelty free, vegetarian, fresh, affordable products that are very effective. About a month ago, I got these three products from Lush and I wanted to try them out before I gave you guys a full review. Please keep in mind that I have oily, acne-prone skin and what might work for me might not for you😌

•Don’t Look at me fresh face mask💙

This mask is made with lemon juices and ground rice. It is this vibrant blue color that definitely draws attention. I like this mask, but I don’t love it. It did leave my skin smooth, and it did exfoliate, but I was expecting my skin to brighten up. Because I’m oily skin, I’m looking for something less Hydrating. This mask is intended for all skin types, but I’d suggest it more for sensitive-dry-combination skin. I feel like it was too soft on me and didn’t do much. I would rather put on the Cup O Coffee ☕️ mask. It did leave my skin soft, but it’s not as much as the coffee mask would.

•Tea Tree Toner Water 💦

This has been a game changer for me. I barely use my cucumber water anymore because of this product. This toner comes in a spray bottle, and when sprayed on my face it left me refreshed, hydrated, and it took care of my redness. It is redness reducing and it has helped with my blemishes. What I like to do is, after cleansing I swipe some witch Hazel all over my face and then spray my face with the toner water. I love how fresh my skin feels and how quickly it calms my redness and blemishes❤️

•Magical Moringa Moisturizer

The magical moringa Moisturizer is truly magical. It has been my first matte moisturizer. This moisturizer contains Rosehip, Argan, and Moringa oil so it has the perfect combination of GOOD oils for your skin. It does feel a little oily (I wonder why) but it leaves a very smooth matte finish. It is not drying for me, but it might be for more dry skin types. It says it can be used as a makeup primer. I personally haven’t tried it as a makeup primer but I have used it every day and I apply my spf ☀️ afterwards and I’m still Matte so I do not need to bake my face with translucent powder. I will keep you guys updated for when I do use it as a makeup primer and tell you how it went😘

The only product that I can say for sure that I will repurchase is the Tea Tree Water Toner. I want to give the other products a chance. Don’t get me wrong, I love the magical morning moisturizer, but I want to try out other matte moisturizers (like the new GlamGlow Matte glow moisturizer). I will keep you guys updated💕

anonymous asked:

What the FUCK how are u so attractive... whats ur skincare routine

good natural lighting and a filter that masks imperfections lol. no but seriously i’m super into skincare, my basic night routine involves:

  1. removing makeup with micellar water
  2. cleansing with sulwhasoo snowise ex cleansing foam
  3. drying face and applying a BHA or AHA or retinol serum (i alternate)
  4. applying a thin hyaluronic acid toner (there’s loads out there but i like hada labo)
  5. i sometimes apply a brightening serum here, sometimes don’t bother
  6. apply a heavier night cream (i like lush’s gorgeous cream or sulwhasoo overnight vitalising mask)

i try to remember to always apply a 50 SPF sunscreen in the morning and drink lots of water because my skin is super acne prone, especially when my period is due -___-

my affordable, cruelty-free skincare routine for sensitive, acne-prone skin

I have terrible skin. Maybe it’s the Celiac Disease, maybe it’s the PCOS, maybe I’m just unlucky… whatever the case, on bad days I look a lot like Deadpool without his mask. To top it off, my skin is extremely sensitive, especially on my face, and I’m allergic to benzoyl peroxide, which is the active ingredient in most acne treatments. (Luckily, I’ve gotten pretty good at covering my acne with makeup.) I’ve tried just about everything you can try for acne, from Neutrogena to Proactiv to a prescription cleanser my doctor gave me, and most of it just made my skin worse. Then, when I was just about ready to sell my soul or start bathing in virgin blood, I found these products. All of them are all-natural or mostly-natural, none of them are tested on animals, they’re all fairly cheap and available at most drugstores, and all of them WORK. My skin looks and feels amazing – for the first time in years, I don’t have any big spots or breakouts. 


First of all (and this is probably not what some of you want to hear, but it really is true), what you put into your body effects your health and appearance, especially your skin. Someone who eats a lot of greasy, artificially flavored, or highly processed food will almost always have worse skin than someone who eats a healthy, balanced diet. That’s just a fact of life. And there are always going to be a few people who just have ridiculously good genes, and can consume a family sized bag of Doritos and a two-liter of Dr. Pepper every day and still have perfect skin, as unfair as that might seem to the rest of us. 

My skin has gotten significantly better since I was diagnosed with PCOS (that’s Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and insulin resistance (which is often caused by PCOS and can lead to full-blown diabetes if not treated) last November. My doctor put me on a couple of medications to regulate my insulin and my hormones, and also suggested that I switch to a low-carb diet – both of those things have improved my skin a lot. If you have chronic or severe acne. especially if acne does not run in your family, talk to your doctor. Sometimes, skin conditions like acne can indicate a bigger, underlying health issue. If that’s the case (as it is with me), treating the underlying issue will often improve your skin.

Anyway, now that the PSA is out of the way, here are some things you can do to improve your skin from the inside out:

  • Take zinc supplements. (Just be sure to take them with food – taking zinc on an empty stomach can make you very nauseous.)
  • Take fish oil. (This one is a bit more expensive, but one bottle will last you almost a year, since you only have to take one a day.)
  • Drink green tea every day. I’ve talked about the benefits of different teas on this blog before, but green tea in particular has been proven to improve your skin over time if you drink at least one cup a day. My current favorites are Tazo’s Zen and Green Ginger blends, but Yogi’s Skin Detox blend is delicious and contains other herbs that are good for your skin. 
  • Avoid artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives in your food. 
  • Switch to a low-carb, or even paleo, diet. (This one is a pretty extreme solution, but if you decide to try it, just know that it’s actually normal for you to feel sore, tired, grumpy, and sick during the first two weeks eating low-carb. This is so common that it has a nickname – they call it “the carb flu.” Don’t let those first couple of weeks discourage you – you will feel much better once they’re over.) 


And if all of that sounds like way too much effort, don’t worry, because what you put on your skin makes a big difference, too. Here are the products that I use in my day-to-day skincare routine, in the order that I use them:

  1. Yes To Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar Soap - (Please note that, normally, using a bar soap on your face is a very, very bad idea. But this one is specially made to be gentle enough for it, even if you have extremely sensitive skin like mine.) I just rub it on my face, lather it up, (gently!) scrub a bit, and then rinse it off. It’s very convenient and easy. 
  2. Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner, Original - (As you may have already learned the hard way, toners with alcohol in them can be damaging, so even if you don’t use this one, look for one that’s alcohol-free.) I pour it onto a cotton ball or cotton pad (or, in cases of emergency, a folded up paper towel) and swab my face with it. Again, pretty easy.
  3. Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer - (Part of the reason I love this product is because it smells really good – but it also works really well. My skin looked visibly clearer and less red after one use!) This is EVEN EASIER than the previous two steps. I just apply it immediately after toner, and use my fingertips to massage it into my face. 

Those are the three products that I use twice a day, every day, but if you want to really go all-out, here are a couple of others you can try:

  • Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Mask - (It looks like mud. It kinda feels like mud. But it also makes my skin feel smooth, soft, and buttery, and does a really good job of clearing up acne and redness.) You just smear it on your face, leave it on until it dries (I usually do 20-30 minutes), and then rinse it off. I like to use it immediately after washing my face with the bar soap, then after I wash it off I skip toner and go straight to moisturizer.
  • Lush Dark Angels Scrub/Cleanser - (Are you picking up on a theme yet? Turns out, charcoal is amazing for clearing up acne. I debated even putting this one on the list, because unlike all these other products, it is definitely not cheap, and you won’t find it at your local drugstore. Honestly, it does almost the exact same thing as the Freeman mask – which is $17 cheaper – but this one has a bit more of an exfoliation factor to it, and smells really nice.) I’m currently out of it (because it’s expensive and I’m a bit low on funds at the moment), but when I used it before I would pinch off a small amount, mix it with water to make a paste, and use it on my face instead of my normal cleanser. Then I’d skip toner and go ahead and moisturize. 
  • Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips - These are really handy if you have a lot of blackheads. You just wet your nose, smooth the strip down on it, wait for it to feel dry and stiff, and then rip it off. It is NOT painless, but it’s not as bad as waxing your legs or ripping off a band-aid. And it removes all of the gunk clogging your pores. My favorite part is looking at all of the nasty stuff left on the strip after you rip it off. It’s disgusting, but kinda fascinating. Glad all of that isn’t in my pores anymore. 


Those are all of the products I like to use on my face. All of them are cruelty-free, none of them give me an allergic reaction, and all of them help my skin a lot. 


Here are some extra tips for keeping your skin as soft, clear, and glowing as possible:

  • If you wear makeup, you might wanna invest in a primer to create a protective barrier between your foundation and your skin. I’m currently using e.l.f.’s Poreless Face Primer (which, btw is sold at Walmart for half of the price Amazon is asking).
  • Also, you should never, ever sleep with makeup on, or leave your makeup on overnight. It will damage your skin and make you break out, no matter how prone to acne your skin normally is. Even if you’re too tired to do your full skincare routine, at least swab your face down with a makeup remover wipe before you go to bed.
  • Look for makeup products that are labelled “non-comedogenic” and “hypoallergenic.” Usually, these products are the safest bet for people with sensitive skin.
  • Exercise has been linked to clearer skin. Even little things like walking your dog or ten minutes of yoga can make a difference.
  • Lack of sleep can and often does cause breakouts. I literally cannot stress how important getting enough sleep is, not just to your skin, but to your overall physical and mental health.
  • Don’t wash your face more than twice a day. Washing too often can cause your face to produce excess oil, which clogs your pores, which causes breakouts.
  • Do not exfoliate more than three times a week, and never exfoliate two days in a row. 
  • Using pore strips too often can be really bad for you. After using one on your face, wait at least 2-3 days before you use another.

And finally, remember that other people do not look at your skin as closely as you do. Most of the time, other people don’t think your acne is as bad as you do. Your friends don’t care if you have a huge pimple on your chin, or if your nose is covered in blackheads. And even if you follow all of the advice in this post, never miss a dose of vitamins, wash your face twice a day, every day, and use masks and special treatments several times a week, you might still have occasional small breakouts or redness. And that’s okay, because no one’s skin is always perfect. Having acne or bad skin doesn’t make you ugly, and investing time, effort, and money in treating your skin doesn’t make you vain. Do what makes you feel happy, comfortable, and confident. 

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This is my face mask collection😍(I need to make it bigger) There are different face masks with different purposes. I like to buy face masks that will help me with my oily/acne prone skin, pores, and dullness😋 

 *For Acne* The L'ORÉAL black charcoal mask and the Queen Helene mint julep mask are the ones I like to use when my skin is breaking out🍕. I had the GLAMGLOW Supermud clearing mask and I can firmly say that the L'ORÉAL one is an exact dupe. Once you have it on it starts to draw out dirt from your pores and that’s why the mask creates black dots where you most have open pores🍉. I don’t usually use the Julep mask for my entire face, instead I apply it directly onto blemishes. Using it as a spot treatment dries the pimple out since the mint in the mask is pretty intense. I also like to multi-mask with these two by applying Julep on my cheeks and forehead and the charcoal mask on my nose and chin (where I tend to get more blackheads. They both have amazing results.  

*For Pores* I’m a big fan on peel-off masks. Anything that will prevent me from standing up and washing off again😂 I use the cucumber peel-off mask as a nose strip…except for my entire face. This is a mask that is better to apply after you have washed off the “main mask”, since the peel-off will go deep into your pores and draw out anything left behind (just like a nose strip)🌚 The L'ORÉAL red algae mask claims to be for pores, but I honestly have not tried it enough to tell you if it works. Although I promise that for you guys I’ll make sure to use it more often to give you a more detailed review✨ 

 *For hydration💦* Even though my skin is oily, I sometimes experience some tightness after cleansing that a toner won’t fix. So I decided to buy a mask that will give my skin an extra hydration boost. Like I said before, the Oatmeal Avocado mask is new to my collection. Just by using it one time, I fell in love with it💖 Not only does it have an incredible smell, the mask served up to its purpose and gave me the subtle hydration I needed. 

 *For brightening☀️* I received the Cup O’ Coffee Lush mask as a birthday gift. My first impression was how delicious it smelled ☕️. This was my first Lush mask and I was so excited to try it. When I tried the mask it was like love at first try. It left my skin so very smooth (that’s why I use it before makeup 💄 application). But overtime, I noticed it did brighten my skin. I sometimes use it while I get ready for school, so that my skin looks luscious throughout the day. 

These are all my masks 🎭 but they definitely won’t be the only ones…

Welcome to my second masterpost, this is not quite a self-help guide but it IS about what i do once a week to relax, de-stress and get myself ready for another week of school and/or work. If you get breakouts on your lower forehead that is from stress!

Choose a day for relaxation, usually either Saturday or Sunday. This ‘routine’ doesn’t have to take up the whole day so you won’t be wasting the day - you can still go to work or study on that day.

My Routine: (I chose Sunday if anyone was wondering)

  1. Hair Mask: This might seem like a weird order but I smother my hair with coconut oil and throw it up in a bun to keep it out of the way while i exercise
  2. Exercise: change into some workout clothes. Exercise will keep your body fit and toned, it’s also great for your skin! I like using my yoga mat and following some at-home workouts on youtube along with some pumping music
  3. Warm shower: unless you like the idea for sitting in a bath full of your sweat (if you do take a bath use a lush bath bomb - they’re amazing) take a warm shower to relax your muscles. Before your shower would be the ideal time to shave!
  4. Face mask: choose a face mask for your skin type or a skin problem you want to tackle, clay = oily, tea tree = acne-prone, pimples and etc, usually they dry in 10-15 minutes during this time I make a drink (non-alcoholic i’m 16 lol)
  5. Manicure: after washing off the face mask, I remove old polish, file nails, push back cuticles, apply basecoat, 2-3 coats of polish and then finish with a topcoat
  6. Movie/TV: settle down with your drink and let your nails dry as you Netflix and chill ;)
  7. Organise the week: fill out your bullet journal/planner so you’re ready for the following week

You don’t have to do everything step by step, you can add in your own things to do such as sleepover with friends or going shopping!

poonkelchu  asked:

Hi!! I love your style youre just so cute and im making you my new big sister but ANYWAYS how do you keep your skin so clear? Do you eat any special foods or use any special products?

I’M HONORED!!!! <3 Let me be everybody’s onee-chan!! xx

Basic Skin Care

Before diving into the world of expensive creams a serums, it’s best to access your skin type (dry vs oily and any special conditions like eczema) as well as figuring out what is normal and healthy for your skin to do, and what “isn’t”. For example, a common misconception about skin is the difference between sebaceous filaments  (which are good, and can’t really be gotten rid of) and blackheads. 

The second tip is a tale as old as time but having a good diet. Making sure you take your vitamins, get your daily nutrition, drinking insane amounts of water. If you’re a melanin gal/guy we NEED vitamin D and sunlight especially. I’m going to say this is about 90% Of having good skin unless you suffer from a skin condition (if that’s the case, see a dermatologist please!). Your skin is an organ, and you need your whole body to be healthy for it to be in tip top shape.

Once you know your skintype and what you’re dealing with it’s much easier to narrow out what products to seek. For example, i have dry skin and an uneven tone (most women of color deal with the latter). I’ll go into my personal routine and products in just a moment but before I do let’s talk about organics!

DIY  

Many over the counter products incorporate these natural ingredients or man-made chemical versions but honestly you can pick up/order a lot of it online and make your own masks/creams/washes/toners! I’ll do a definition list in the future, but here’s some of the many natural ingredients you can use for skin care. Look ‘em up and find out what they do!

  • avocado, cucumber, blueberries, peppermint, cocoa powder, charcoal, pumpkin, calendula, yogurt, oatmeal (exfoliation), willow bark, shea butter, aloe vera, olive oil, papaya, pineapple, argan oil, rose water, tea tree oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil,Dead Sea mud, jasmine oil, witch hazel & lilac, grapefruit, cocoa butter,castor oil, jojoba oil, French green clay, vitamin A, vitamin E, lemon juice, sea salt (exfoliation), dandelion root, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, bentonite, baking soda (exfoliation), sugar (exfoliation), apple cider vinegar, burdock root

The Products & What They Do

Essentially for facial care we have (avoid sulfates, parabens, ect.): 

Scrubs - exfoliates and remove dead skin layers
Astringents/Cleansers/Toners - cleans and shrinks pores, removes oily build up
Lotions/Creams - moisturize and soften skin, may brighten and lighten 
Gels - soothe irritated skin (as well as above)
Moisturizers/Non-comedogenic Oils - replenishes lost natural oils of skin
Masks - can do any of the above! It’s just left on the skin for x amount of time.

My Skin Care Routine

I begin using using very warm water or a heated cloth to open up my pores. Steam works too. This allows the remove the build up easier. Here you should use a cleanser. For more acne-prone days I use Burt’s Bee’s Acne Solutions or a Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. If I ned to do a mask because of breakouts, I like the Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask. Repeatedly drying out your skin isn’t good and just like over-shampooing strips the natural oils from your body which signals the body to create an over abundance, hence: acne. So often I’ll just hit my face with the Biore Charcoal Bar or Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil . Sometimes even just water is fine! After cleansing your face it’s time to seal up, tone, moisturizer and add an topical creams/medicine. COLD WATER will help close up your pores!! Need be run an ice cube or stand in the freezer for a bit, but it works and stops more icky stuff from getting in. After this I use a cottonball and dab Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner on my face. This further minimizers pores. For moisturizering gels I like to use Boscia’s Hydration Gel, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, or Hada Labo’s Skin Plumping Gel. I use Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster as an oil. For normal lotions I stick to Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, Nivea, or Ology’s Milk & Honey. I use Ambi’s Fade Cream & Nadinola to lighten dark spots. For acne spot management I use Clean & Clear’s Acne Spot Treatment or Boscia’s Clear Complexion Moisturizer. 

I’m also a fan of First Aid Beauty, Lush (haven’t owned either yet), and Sephora’s beauty masks! The brands above are all very great to me. Use sunscreen, or a BB/CC cream with SPF protection in sunnier climates (you can also combine your foundation and suncreen together). 

Best of luck on your skin care journey!! xx

Hey guys🙆🏻

So…I forgot to add the Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask to my previous post. This mask, I swear, it’s a must have🚨

If you suffer from acne (like me) this mask will be your holy grail skin care product. This product can be used both ways, as a cleanser, or a mask. However, I don’t suggest for you to use it as a daily cleanser since it has an intense formula and it can cause irritation for those of you with sensitive skin.🙅🏽

When I break out, mostly when I’m on my period, I use this mask to control the intensity of my pimples🍕 Because this product contains BENZOYL PEROXIDE and SALICYLIC ACID, it is ideal for acne prone skin. These two ingredient will help you fight acne causing bacteria👊🏿

This product does not have a certain smell. Although, it provides a cooling sensation when used all over the face.❄️

If you do not struggle with acne on a regular basis, you can use this as a spot treatment for when you do break out. (I use the mask both ways, full face when I’m on my period, and spot treatment for minor break outs)🌝

🚨The awesome part about this mask? It is only about $7.50 at the drugstore. It is such an efficient product for just a small price.🚨

Lazygirlguidetomakeup’s guide to oily skin.

Oily skin is a common problem that a lot of people deal with. Even if your whole face isn’t oily everyone deals with a little bit of oiliness every now and then. This guide will mostly be for helping people who have very oily or oily/combination skin but it can also be helpful to those who deal with a little bit of oil every now and then. 

So first things first, how do you know if you have oily skin?

To tell if you have oily skin cleanse your face and then wait an hour or so. Don’t put anything on your skin during that time. Look at your face and hour after cleansing. If you whole face looks shiny and oily you probably have oily skin. 

On the other hand if you look at your face and only certain areas of your face are shiny and oily while others might be dry or normal you probably have oily/combination skin, which is very common since people rarely have one type of skin. For people with oily/combination skin the most common place to get very oily is along the T-Zone. Which is the forehead, nose and chin as shown in the photo below. 

Skin care for oily or Oily/Combination Skin

Okay so one of the most important things for taking care of your skin no matter what skin type you have is a good skin care routine. This is especially true for oily skin types because not washing your face and letting that oily sit can lead to breakouts. 

Cleansers 

Okay so the first step in in good skin care routine is cleansing your skin. You should wash your skin once or twice a day never more than that. Over washing your face can strip your skin of all the oils it needs which will cause it to over produce oily only making things worse. 

When choosing a cleanser look for one for your skin type! This is super important because if you’re using a cleaner for the wrong skin type it won’t help and can even make your skin worse. Also not all cleansers work the same for everyone even people with the same skin type. Try out a few see how your skin reacts and pick the best one for you. In general oil free products are good for people prone to oiliness and this is true for cleansers to so keep an eye out for that.

If you have mostly oily skin with no dry patches then a foaming cleanser is really good getting rid of excess oil and helping to control it through out the day. However if your do have some dry patches or just more sensitive skin a foaming cleaner could be too much and strip your skin more than it should. 

If you have Oily/combination skin then go for a gel cleanser which can be a little gentler than a foaming one which means it will be less harsh on any dry  or sensitive areas you might have and keep them from getting worse. It is also possible you might just need two cleansers one for the oily areas of your face, and another gentler cleanser for the dry/normal areas of your face. 

If you also have acne prone skin which is very common if you also have oily skin then look for a cleanser that also has  salicylic acid or a lipo hydroxy acid which will help clean our pores, prevent breakouts, and help control oil. 

Masks

While face masks are not super important to use I find that using a mask once or twice a week can really help your skin. The best mask for oily/combination skin types are clay masks which will help draw out excess oil and dirt from your skin while providing your skin with some helpful minerals. Just don’t leave it on to long or it could dry you out too much. To avoid that just make sure you wash it off as soon as it fells like its started to dry on your face. 

Toners 

So toners can be a little iffy. They are good for helping to control oily but the astringent properties of them can be to harsh and can lead to overproduction of oil so it will depend. If you feel like you need a toner start off only using it a few times a week rather then every day and be aware if your face seems to be getting oilier that that means your should probably stop using it rather than use more.

Try to find and alcohol free toner which can be too harsh and drying.  witch hazel is a great natural toner. Or here is a post about how to make your own toner using apple cider vinegar 

Moisturizer

There are some people who believe that oily skin types should not use moisturizer or that moisturizer will make oily skin worse but that isn’t true. Moisturizer is super important no matter what skin type you have! After your wash the oils off your face it is important to add some moister back into your skin so your skin doesn’t over compensation and produce too much oil.

Again the important thing when choosing a moisturizer is picking one for your skin type. Oil free is best. Personally I like Yes! to tomatoes daily balancing moisturizer which is relatively inexpensive.

Aloe Vera is also a good natural moisturizer for oily skin and acne prone skin. it’s not oil based and won’t be to heavy on your skin and it also has some healing properties which can help with acne . 

Sunscreen 

Always wear sunscreen no mater the season or if you plan on being outside. Protecting your skin from the sun is super important. However some sunscreens can be to greasy especially for oily skin types so go for a gel based facial sunscreen which will be more matte. 

Makeup tips to help control oil 

  • Always use a primer, It might also be good to invest in an oil controlling primer which can either be used all over or on just the places you get most oily 


  • After you apply your primer dust your face with a loose translucent powder then apply foundation and concealer, and then go over again with powder along the T Zone. This will help prevent oiliness and help your foundation last longer especially during the warmer months. 


  • Try applying your foundation with a damp beauty blender. Using a damp beauty blender can get rid of any extra oil that might be in your foundation which will help prevent oiliness through the day. 


  • When choosing a foundation again look for one made for your skin type. Oil free is always great. Generally liquid foundations, cream to powder foundation, and foundation sticks work well for oily skin. BB creams can work too they are just a little harder to find in a formulation that isn’t too dewy, but they do exist.


  • Stay away from things that say they have a “Dewy” finish this will only emphasize shine and oil for people who have issues with oiliness. Matte or satin finishes are best.


  • Carry oily absorbing wipes with you. Sometimes oil is just unavoidable so when it happens dab the area with an oil absorbing wipe to get rid of oil. Once you’ve gotten rid of the oil then you can go back over with a little bit of powder on your T-Zone if you feel you need to.


  • Make sure not to over powder! when using powder use a large fluffy brush. Only dust along the T-zone when setting your makeup and doing apply powder over top oil. Over powdering is the number one way to make your makeup look cakey which is not good


  • Try a makeup setting spray which can help both set your makeup and help it last longer before your face get’s oily or shiny 


  • If you have very oily eyelids and your eye shadow tends to crease throughout the day or your eyeliner smudges then make sure you are using an eye primer before applying your eye makeup. NYX Proof it is a good inexpensive primer good for oily lids.
Skincare Routine

For the past few weeks, I’ve been following a routine derived from the 10-step Korean skincare routine. 

The key to remember is to layer all the products from thinnest to thickest consistencies. I’ve been seeing a huge improvement in my complexion; super excited to see what future results will bring!

Step 1: Cleansing Oil

This is the first step of the “double-cleansing” technique. At first, I was very hesitant to use an oil-based cleanser seeing as my skin type is oily and acne-prone. However, using this in conjunction with a foam cleanser for the next step addresses that issue. I’ve been using the Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil to remove all my makeup easily. Works like a charm!

Step 2: Foam Cleanser

Not only does the foam cleanser remove the rest of the makeup, it makes sure to also remove the remaining oil cleanser from your face to prevent breakouts. I’m currently using Kracie Naive Cleansing Foam Peach, and I like to exfoliate and further scrub off dead skin using my Konjac activated charcoal facial sponge. It makes my face feel super clean and smooth afterwards. 

Step 3: Toner

Western toners are also known as astringents, which can be harsh on the skin and dry it out. Asian toners are also called “lotions”, and is of a watery consistency. They are meant to act as primers to balance out the skin’s pH and to help the additional products better absorb and penetrate into the skin.  I really like Hada Labo Shirojyun Albutin Lotion. Albutin has a whitening effect on skin as well!

Step 4: Sheet Mask (optional, night time only)

Once a week, I like to use a sheet mask to give my face additional moisture and to target additional problems. Skin masks are pre-soaked in essence, and there are a large variety of masks out there that I can go into further detail in another post. I don’t have a regular brand of skin mask that I’ve been using since I like to experiment with the varieties of different ones. 

Step 5: Serum

Serums also address specific issues such as wrinkles, dark spots, brightening, etc. It’s like a lotion, with thick consistency. Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum is great for my acne-prone skin since it works to minimize excessive sebum and large pores. 

Step 6: Tretinoin Cream 0.025% (night time only)

I’ve also been using a dermatologist-prescribed cream to get rid of annoying hormonal breakouts and to improve skin texture. This is a tricky product to use as the side effects include peeling skin, causing redness and dryness for several weeks. It also makes my skin very sensitive to sun. This is optimally applied on completely dry skin, so I usually wait 30min after my previous step before applying tretinoin. 

Step 7: Moisturizer 

For night time, moisturizer is the final thing that locks in all the products on your skin. I just started using the widely popular Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream. Containing 74% of snail secretion filtrate, this product can reduce redness, acne marks, diminish wrinkles, lighten scars, and improve complexion overall. Really excited to see this in action!

Step 8: Sunscreen (day time only)

One of the reasons Asians are known for their incredible skin is definitely due to sunscreen. Japanese sunscreens are highly rated and very effective. My favorite is Hada Labo UV Creamy Gel. With SPF50+ and PA++++, this sunscreen effectively protects against both UVB rays and UVA rays, respectively.

If you have any skincare recommendations, please let me know! I will love to test new products and review them here. :)

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I should take a picture of all the products I use on my face. Last night was exceptionally plenty.

The nighttime routine was as follows:

- Neutrogena Morning Burst to wash off make up. I like that it’s gentle but a pretty good way to get the make up off.

- (hours later) lemon and honey face mask. Left it on for about 2 hours (even though maybe it’s best for only like 30 minutes. It can be harsh but the honey helps a lot)

- brown sugar scrub for exfoliation. I basically put a half a teaspoon of sugar in my palm and rubbed it all over my face in sections. Rinsed with warm water. I do this about once a week.

- oil cleansing method. I used a teaspoon to measure the following oils into a little plastic bottle. Each has specific benefits for my oily, acne-prone skin. I poured a quarter-sized amount into my palm, massages it all over my face for about 2 minutes and steamed it off with a washcloth.
1 castor
2 grape seed
3 almond
1 jojoba
5 licorice root extract
10 tea tree
1 hemp

- aloe vera gel + 2 drops of licorice root extract as a toner/moisturizer. This is the first day I’m using aloe vera. The licorice root extract is used to fade my dark spots from acne scarring. I just started using it.

- tea tree oil and vitamin e oil for spot treatment on current bumps. This has worked better than just about every rx acne medication I’ve used. It’s amazing.

lovethat-shot  asked:

Hi Loni! I was wondering what do you think on using oils externally for acne prone skin or any other type? Maybe coconut oil on the face or something? By the way I just got your ebook and I love it! You are such an inspiration xx

Tea tree oil is amazing for acne , mix a few drops with your coconut oil ( literally only 1-3 drops depending on how strong your oil is) avoid eyes. Dead Sea salt is great for acne too, mix some with bentonite clay and castor oil and coconut oil for with a few drops of tea tree for a acne fighting cleanser/ scrub or mask x

DIY Cabbage Mask for Acne

This is a old remedy my mother taught me to heal my acne. I call it the “cabbage mask” and it is helpful in soothing and treating your spots. I recommend using it twice a week and please make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients. I have had an immense emergence of acne these past few weeks and this mask was amazingly helpful, so I wanted to share it with you guys. :)  

Ingredients:

  1. Cabbage- Cabbage is rich in antioxidants and fights off free radicals because of its great source of Vitamin K and C. The vitamins and sulphur of cabbage contain many detoxifying properties, thus removing the toxins/bacteria on your skin. Also, it feels incredibly soothing, cooling and calming.
  2. Honey- Honey is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Proteins and the acidity of honey helps it combat bacteria, while keeping your skin moisturized. 
  3. Flour-  This helps keep the ingredients together and form a paste. The grains of the flour gently exfoliate the face– perfect for sensitive, acne-prone skin. 

Step 1: Using a grater, shred the cabbage into smaller pieces. 

Step 2: Drain the juice out of the shredded pieces of cabbage. 

Step 3: Mix in the honey and flour to the cabbage juice to create a paste. Apply the paste as a face mask and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. When you are finished, wash it off with lukewarm water. 

Thank you for reading. If you just want to see a more condensed version with just the photos -> https://www.pinterest.com/lotusdiary/  

♡, lotusdiary  

anonymous asked:

what's ur skincare routine

you can go to my skin care page if you wanna read about my skin and some tips i have, but here’s my updated routine!

SKIN CARE PRODUCTS AND APPLICATIONS

  • Vitamin A supplement – take one supplement once daily
  • Shea Moisture African Black Soap – wash face, neck, and chest every night in the shower
  • Purity by Philosophy – wash face (only if i had been wearing makeup) in the shower
  • Herbalism by Lush – wash face every night after i shower
  • Full of Grace by Lush – apply to problem areas on face every night after i shower
  • BB Seaweed Face Mask by Lush – use once a week after i shower

PRODUCT BREAKDOWN

  • Vitamin A supplement – after years of dealing with cystic acne and continuously searching for a treatment, i found that vitamin a helps those with problem skin caused by hormones (in most cases), and i have been taking these supplements for over a year with amazing results. i no longer break out in cysts. vitamin a also strengthens hair and nails.
  • Shea Moisture African Black Soap – this product has been used for years to treat acne-prone and problem skin. this product absorbs excess oil well, but can be drying, so be sure to have a moisturizer or other products that will restore moisture and softness to the skin on hand after use.
  • Purity Made Simple by Philosophy – this product works wonders for removing makeup, dirt, and excess oil, but may not prevent acne very well for those with hormonal acne. i use this product to clean my makeup sponges and brushes as well.
  • Herbalism by Lush – this product is green in color and combats redness as well as acne. this product is full of tiny almond bits to gently exfoliate, and leaves skin super hydrated and smooth.
  • Full of Grace by Lush – this product soothes skin, fights acne, and deeply hydrates. this product is ideal for treating problem areas of the skin.
  • BB Seaweed Face Mask by Lush – this product clears the skin of dead cells, and leaves the skin soft and glowing.

anonymous asked:

help my skin hates me, any holy grail products for acne prone skin so my face can glow like yours?

Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Emulsion and Formula 10.0.5 Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask !! they’re both inexpensive too. I think one was like $12 and the other was like $5 or $6. 

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was wondering if anyone here was familiar with Lush skin care products and if so, what they would recommend for oily, acne-prone skin? Thank you💕💞

Coalface Cleanser, a preservative-free facial soap made with charcoal powder, rosewood and sandalwood oils to help reduce excess oil buildup and redness

Dark Angels, a black sugar and charcoal cleanser made to absorb oil and gently buff away dead skin

Mask of Magnaminty, a deep-cleansing mask made with clays and peppermint to clear impurities and aduki beans to gently exfoliate

Cosmetic Warrior, a fresh face mask made with cleansing garlic and tea tree oil to gently clear up problematic skin

Grease Lightning, a thyme, tea tree, and rosemary infused gel used for spot-treating blemishes