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The Best Non Comedogenic Moisturizers


The Best Non Comedogenic Moisturizer – If you have acne prone skin, you’re probably nervous about using moisturizers because you don’t want to put anything on your skin that can cause or worsen your breakouts. And this much is true—moisturizers in general are thick and loaded with potentially irritating ingredients that can trigger acne.

The key is to use products that are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free. Moisturizers for acne prone skin in particular should be lightweight so they’re easily absorbed by the skin. Products with thin, gel-like, and water-based consistencies are less likely to clog pores or worsen breakouts. Good formulations should not only moisturize and keep your skin healthy but also prep it for layering other products like sunscreens for the day or serums at night.

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This has a lightweight lotion texture, almost like a cream gel. It feels very silky, and best for those concerned about signs of aging, breakouts, and dark spots. It also contains a special complex that helps reduce acne causing bacteria and triggers the skin’s healing response to help make those red marks fade fast.

In my opinion though, it only provides average hydration so you may want to go for more emmollient moisturizers (like the next one) in the winter. Also avoid if you have sensitive skin because if its active ingredients.

Best for: Normal to Oily Skin, Acne-prone

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The Best Face Wash for Oily Skin

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The Best Face Wash for Oily Skin – Sometimes oily skin are hormones at play, sometimes it’s the byproduct of unsuitable skincare, but most of the time it’s a matter of heredity. Whatever the cause is, the universal goal if you have oily skin is to slow down your skin’s oil production for as long as possible so you can get the benefits of having this skin type (less wrinkles as you grow older) but not the disadvantages (shiny face, breakouts). The way to do it is to maintain a skincare regime using the right products–starting with right cleanser.

When I was younger, I never really considered how harsh a product can be as long as it “worked”. I’m oily and acne prone so I did practically every method in the sun to control my oil and breakouts—scrubs, steams, aromatherapy oils, you name it. I felt then that if my skin didn’t feel dry after a washing, the product mustn’t be very effective. Years later, after all that pulling and the scrubbing, I can now feel the toll it’s put on my skin. It’s less taut than I’d like to be, and incredibly sensitive now due to the harsh treatments I’ve exposed it to in my teens and 20’s. Thankfully, I’ve found the perfect routine that works well for my skin. Aside from the occasional hormonal pimples, I’m now able to maintain a healthy looking and blemish-free complexion despite having oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin. 🙂

Here are a few tips and tricks to keeping oily skin at bay:

  1. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and flush out toxins.
  2. Keep your skin very clean. Wash your face twice a day with gentle cleansers. Face washes that can cause irritations and dryness will trigger an overproduction of oil and sebum leading to blackheads, whiteheads, and acne.
  3. Use warm water to help break down dirt and makeup.
  4. If you have sensitive skin, introduce new products one at a time with at least 3 days in between to make sure you are not allergic.
  5. For acne-prone skin, products with Beta-hydroxy acids (ie. salicylic acid) are best as they are oil-soluble and go deep into the pore lining to purge deep seated dirt. If you have them, you will have an initial “purging” or breakouts to clear out all this oil and bacteria from you skin. Fear not, as after a few weeks or so, the BHA would have done it’s job and clear out all the grime that would eventually lead to an infection (Cystic acne is the WORST!! Be patient and work through the initial purge. Short term pains for long term gains, my friend! 🙂
  6. If BHAs go deep, Alpha-hydroxy acids or AHA are water soluble and work on the the top layer of skin to buff it. They help stimulate cell renewal, face acne marks, and minimize large pores. When starting out, use no more than 5% AHA and only at night then work your way up.
  7. After cleansing, make it a habit to apply an oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
  8. Regularly use mud masks or clay masks (one or twice a week) to clear away excess oil.
  9. Reduce the amount of dairy and fat in your diet—fried foods, animal fats, vegetable oils, as they can aggravate your condition.
  10. Caring for oily skin DOES NOT mean drying your skin. Despite having excess oil, your skin may still lack moisture. Moisture is the amount of water in your cells, not the amount of oil. Making sure your skin is hydrated is one of the keys to keeping oil production at bay.
  11. If you have excessive oily skin and have problems managing it, I highly recommend doing the Oily Skin Solution Program by Patricia Everson. 



The Best Face Wash for Oily Skin:

Oily skin tends to be thicker (thus my tale of overscrubbing), so it can usually tolerate a stronger cleanser. Use liquid cleansers formulated for oily skin. If you don’t have sensitive skin or isn’t acne-prone in particular, I highly recommend these to help make (or keep) your skin perfect. They contain beneficial ingredients that may be too harsh for people with sensitive or acne-prone skin. Continue Reading

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The Best Primers for Large Pores (and for your skin type!)


The Best Primers for Large Pores — As someone with (very) oily skin, I’ve always had large pores, especially in my nose, chin and cheek area. It was the bane of my existence in high school and well into my twenties. I’ve tried foundation after foundation but I can never quite achieve that smooth, satin finish I’ve always wanted—and make it last. That is until I’ve discovered the magic of primers (This was pre-Google and Youtube y’all, the only make-up gurus back then were Mary Kay consultants and Avon ladies).

The thing I did wish I learned early on was that there is no one miracle product that can solve all your problems–it’s about finding the right combination of skincare and makeup that will work well for your skin. And starting with finding the best primers for large pores, I’ll be posting a series of blog posts that can hopefully help you on find the right products! 🙂

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Rosemary Oil – Uses & Health Benefits – Hair Growth, Skin Acne & Safety | Where to Buy Rosemary Oil

Rosemary Oil

The rosemary herb has fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple or blue flowers.


Derived from the Latin word ros ‘dew’ and marinus ‘sea’, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) means ‘dew of the sea’. It is a perennial herb grown in many parts of the world for its multiple medicinal, aromatic and cosmetic properties.

Archaeologists and anthropologists have found evidence that rosemary herbs were used for medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic purposes in ancient Egypt, China, Mesopotamia, and India. In ancient Rome and Greece, rosemary was believed to strengthen the memory which accounts for it being known as the herb of remembrance and fidelity. Rosemary was also an essential part of the apothecary’s repertoire during the Renaissance period. Elizabethan sweethearts carried a twig of rosemary and is still used in bridal bouquets in England and Germany until today. The leaf of rosemary is an indispensable flavoring agent and spice of the French, Italian and Spanish cuisine.

The plant is very rich in polyphenols and flavonoids with high antioxidant properties is used for problems involving the central nervous system, cardio vascular system, liver treatments, and respiratory systems among many others. Rosemary leaves have been traditionally used to treat a variety of conditions including dyspepsia, headache and nervous tension.

Based on obtained scientific results, volatiles from the plant induced apoptosis at cytotoxic concentrations and indicate that consumption of the natural compounds might be valuable in the prevention of lifestyle diseases.

The herb is mainly produced in Spain, France, Portugal, Egypt, Germany, Romania, England, Russia, and the Balkans

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil is obtained by steam distillation of the fresh leaves and flowering tops of the plant. It is a colorless to pale yellow liquid having the characteristic odor of the herb and camphoraceous taste. The volatile oil consists of borneol, camphene, bornyl acetate, cineol, pinene and camphor.


Uses for Rosemary Essential Oils

The market demand of the plant is growing, as it is used in several commercially available products in the cosmetics and medical industry.

Externally, it can be used to treat bites, stings.

In aromatherapy, the essential oil is used as a decongestant and as an inhalant for exhaustion, headaches, loss of concentration, and memory loss. It also has a reviving effect when tired or lethargic. The essential oil also improves the blood-circulation of the limbs, has anti-rheumatic effect and relieves neuralgic pains.

Besides its therapeutic application, the essential oil is also widely utilized in the cosmetic industry. The oil is infused in creams, ointments, cologne waters, bathing essences, shampoos, and soaps.


Health Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oils

Results of relevant studies show that there are biologically active compounds in rosemary essential oils that exhibit cytotoxic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and cognition-enhancing properties depending on their type and concentration. They also have the potential to influence glucose levels in diabetic patients and enhance bone resorption.

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Studies have concluded that people tend to brush longer when they use an electric toothbrush, as the experience is generally easier and more enjoyable.

Dentists and the ADA (American Dental Association) agree that maintaining overall oral health and hygiene is ultimately about diet, flossing regularly, and how you brush. The ADA recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day in all areas for a good 2 minutes and floss at least daily. All you really need is a soft-bristled manual toothbrush if you take the time and effort to really clean your teeth. But they say to stop smoking is as hard as to start flossing. Knowing the “proper brushing and flossing techniques” is one thing, but having the time and motivation to do it every single day is quite another.

If you tend to brush your teeth quickly, ultimately you end up missing spots especially at the back of your mouth. That’s the root cause of most problems because plaque can lead to gum disease and cavities. If you go to your regular dental checkups (which you always should!) your dentist will point out those painful problems and fix it for hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Studies have concluded that people tend to brush longer when they use an electric toothbrush, as the experience is generally easier and more enjoyable. Because of their smaller heads, many electric toothbrushes can also access harder-to-reach areas in your mouth, a good thing if your manual brushing skills are lacking. Continue Reading

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Teeth Whitening & Bleaching Side Effects


Teeth whitening has become more and more popular. As more people realize that there are ways to whiten teeth at home pretty inexpensively, an increasing number of people are opting for it. Depending on the system, individuals can spend as little as $40 to $50 and take 10 years off of their looks simply by having a brighter, lighter smile. But at what cost?

Some of the most common ones include tooth sensitivity, irritation of the gums, uneven bleaching and actual damage to the tooth. We will discuss each of these in more-depth below. Continue Reading

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A Fundamental Summary Of Healthy Living


Living a healthy lifestyle need not be complicated. Numerous scientific tests show that it’s not how much you weigh–it’s how balanced you are mentally, emotionally, and physically. Here are some things that will come under consideration:

  • Reduce stress
  • Eat well
  • Exercise regularly
  • Acquire enough rest
  • Engage in healthy relationships

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The Health Benefits of White Tea | Where to Buy White Tea

Effects & Health Benefits of White Tea

White Tea is the least oxidized of all types of tea. Because of this and the higher proportion of young bud leaves, the caffeine content white tea is usually very low, which makes it a good choice for people who are watching their caffeine intake. Many people believe white tea to be even better for you than green tea because it has been processed less. Research has shown that white tea contains the same free radical fighting catechins as green tea. White tea can help to prevent heart disease, cancers and stroke, as well as helping to treat diabetes. High levels of calcium and fluoride help maintain healthy teeth, gums and bones. With the health benefits of white tea, it is an excellent addition to your daily routine. Continue Reading

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The Best Food for Healthy Teeth and Gums

The Best Food for Healthy Teeth

We all know the basics of good dental care–brush twice a day with a great toothbrush, floss daily and visit the dentist at least twice a year. But there are smaller, notable steps we can take to guarantee good oral health, including the food we eat each day. The best food for healthy teeth can help you fend off plaque, periodontal disease, and gingivitis.

With a few changes to your diet and dental routine, you can help protect and strengthen your gums and pearly whites! Continue Reading

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