Kim Kardashian’s Skincare Tip?

Kim has never forgotten her number one skincare tip that her mother Kris Jenner shared with her. That being; to wash her face daily with a, “hot terry washcloth” for cleansing and exfoliating benefits. I wonder if she still follows her advice?

Dermatologists actually recommend firstly that lukewarm water is best, fingers or a gentle, soft washcloth or flannel/terry cloth to cleanse the face. But what really are the benefits for you?

Benefits of Microfiber Facial Washcloth

  • Remove dry skin, acne, blackheads and textured bumps. With gentle, circular motions a facial cloth works to remove dead skin cells, oil and dirt.
  • Gentle daily exfoliation with a facial cloth can help to reveal baby soft skin which can help reduce the size of pores and flatten closed comedones (blackheads).
  • Remove your makeup.Β Simply add your own gentle cleanser, micellar water or lukewarm water to remove makeup and sunscreen. We all know that the most important thing to do is remove your makeup after the day to ensure restorative sleep for mind, body and skin!
  • Hygienic. Microfiber is unlike normal towel fibers and ensures once washed, that any collected debris, liquids, powders or sunscreens are efficiently removed from the cloth. No harbouring nasty germs!

So what do you think? It’s a very ‘basic’ and almost old fashioned way of washing your face. But if Dermatologists think it’s good then I suppose it’s worth a shot for healthy skin right?

Love your health πŸ™‚

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Could Water Be Doing Your Face More Harm Than Good?

In my time browsing skincare forums and blogs alike, I’ve often seen people mention that water irritated their skin and caused breakouts, flare ups and even allergic contact dermatitis. Could this be the case for you too?

H20 is actually an irritant to the epidermis and although we use it everyday to bathe and wash in, it’s doing us more harm than we’d like to consider. Have you ever considered how after repeat hand washing (particularly if you work or have worked in the healthcare and food industry) creates dry, cracked and even bleeding hands? Not to mention when the cold comes around and the winter whips your exposed hands they turn to white, pale, crusty forms of what they once were. It works the same with our bodies and face.

Okay lets pull hard up on the reigns here, I’m not saying don’t use water to wash your face or bathe in ever again because then what other option would we have?

Hard water (from the tap or faucet) essentially is stripping the moisture from our skin the moment it makes contact and makes our skin do an, “oh no moment”. Typically it starts to put it’s self into produce oil gear and if you’re not right there to replenish the moisture back in. That’s why it’s so crucial to healthy and happy skin.

Number 1 Tip For Stopping Water From Irritating You

Use lukewarm water to rinse, wash and bathe in. It’s no use startling your skin with cold water that’ll have it thinking you fell into the North Atlantic Ocean that born the iceberg from Titanic. Nor will you do it any favours if you have a seething hot shower. Luke warm is just comfortable enough not to irritate your skin.

If you still find that water is irritating, then I’d suggest trying to use Micellar Water as it the next best option to filtered water. See your healthcare professional if nothing else seems to work to solve acne and other skin related issues.

Do you drink the recommended amount of water daily? I fail 😦

Remember as always, love your skin, love your health!

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Why Drinking Lots Of Water WON’T Solve Skin Problems

How many times have you heard drinking lots of water gives you clearer skin? Even if you drank 2 litres of water a day, it’s definitely going to keep your body hydrated which is so important and have you running to the toilet every 30 mins!

Contrary to popular belief, this became a beauty tip from beauty bloggers and influencers and to this day I believe most will agree. I’ve also heard plenty of the opposite people who drank A LOT of water and still experienced acne and breakouts. So why is this? Well both are true to a degree but scientifically one is more correct.

Sure water keeps you hydrated but studies have shown that unless you’re extremely dehydrated, the water you consume won’t reach the upper layer of your skin. It just simply doesn’t work that way. Dermatologists recommend that you prevent water loss by using moisturisers, creams, lotions containing emollient ingredients that will help to add moisture to the skin and keep it there.

To get straight to the point you should continue to drink the recommended amount of water each day because water is life πŸ™‚

Also, try a KISS skincare routine to help regulate your skins moisture barrier.

  1. Cleanse
  2. Exfoliate
  3. Moisturise
  4. Sunscreen

If you don’t see even a small improvement in your skin in a few days or a minimum of 28 days (how long the skin takes to turn over naturally) then please see a healthcare professional for professional advice that will get you back to happy and healthy skin.

Keep smiling and love your health πŸ™‚

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Sleeping In Your Makeup = Ruined Skin

Gasp! You did what last night?

Okay I promise not to tell anybody. But did you know sleeping in your makeup can cause breakouts? I was one of those people until I found out how bad for your skin it really is.

Picture this, if you went ahead and applied makeup at 7am and then come 7pm you’re done and dusted for the day ready to hop straight into bed after dinner, technically you would have been wearing your makeup for 10 hours straight.

When you head to the land of nod you need to get rid of any makeup you’ve worn in the day as number one, it’ll get over your pillowcase, stain it and then create a breeding ground of bacteria with oil and dirt.

Trust me on this you will feel amazing heading to sleep with a clean face and your complexion will thank you for it.

Tips For Mastering Makeup Removal!

  1. Begin your routine in the shower. Keep your cleanser and exfoliator inside the shower or next to your bath so you can see it then remember to wash your face.
  2. When you step out of the shower, now is the time to apply any chemical acids, serums and let them wait as you comb your hair and blow dry. 30 minutes should be perfect!
  3. Keep all your moisturizers on your bedside table and you’ll never forget to put them on at night. I always keep my face, hand cream and lip balm next to my lamp and apply all three before hopping into bed.

So you’ve got that down pat, but what’s in it for you I hear you ask?

Here’s What You’ll Get In Return For Your Efforts

The benefits for you are your pores on your face will unplug which means no acne, breakouts and the other annoying skin problems when you wake up. The best way to keep your skin happy and healthy is by following a skin care routine that works for you. If you’d like to see an example of mine check out my video below.

When’s the last time you forgot to take your makeup off before bed? Be honest!

Remember to love your health!

Dee X

DMP Definitions – Beta Hydroxy Acids

“Welcome back, welcome, welcome back!” To another post on DMP Definitions where I explain common skincare terminology in layman terms.

Last week the series looked at Alpha Hydroxy Acids and now onto the next letter of the Greek alphabet. The series continues today with you guessed it, BHA’s or Beta Hydroxy Acids.

What are their purpose, how to use them and benefits for you next!

Purpose

BHA’s work much the same as Alpha’s however target the upper most layer of skin and the pores which can help if you suffer from constant breakouts and acne. They are typically a little more stronger than AHA’s aim to penetrate deep down into the pores to stop inflammation and unplug pores.

Common BHA’s Include:

Salicylic and Glycolic acid an ingredient more commonly found in acne treatments and topical lotions, creams and pads.

How to use in your routine:

Step 1. Cleanse (with cleanser or water)

Step 2. Exfoliate with physical (optional, with Deluxe Fiber Facial Cloth)

Step 3. Exfoliate with chemical BHA (alternate days in between chemical use, not advised to be used everyday)

Step 4. Apply serum/s (wrinkles, age spots or PIH)

Step 5. Spot treat if necessary

Step 6. Moisturise

Step 7. Add emollient to lock in hydration

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Two of my favourite BHA’s recommendations.

Benefits

If you have particularly oily skin then a BHA may be a good option to use as a chemical exfoliant. They aim to penetrate the pore at the follicle and release the toxic gunk build up that’s caused the eruption on your face, turn over skin cells and regulate oil production. If you have oily skin, please remember to still moisturize as you skin will need the boost of hydration as chemicals will lead to dryness eventually.

We hope you enjoyed this post on BHA’s and stay tuned for more by following our blog.

Remember to love your health!

Dee X

How You Could Be Causing Unintentional Breakouts

What do these things have in common; diet, age, hormones, genetics, alcohol consumption and air pollution?

These are just some of the more well known triggers of acne breakouts. But did you know that something like your everyday toothpaste could be breaking you out? Who would have thought as you silently scrub your pearly whites that you could possibly be aggravating your skin? If you’re here from my latest video:

I’ll share another potential everyday item (for some) that may lead to breakouts.

I remember about a year ago I was scouring internet forums reading countless amounts of topics about skin when I happened across a post which mentioned toothpaste and shampoo ingredients can cause breakouts. It’s funny but I’d never considered even some of them but there’s such a possibility that they could be the cause of little bumps and irritation. Today I share with you ways you could be unintentionally causing skin drama.

Your Phone

Yes, your little PC in your pocket could be making those bumps rise like Krakatoa on your face. With the risk of sounding like a germaphobe here’s how it could happen. We wash our hands as soon as we come home from an outing because we know we just drove home, touched our steering wheel, those hands just touched the shopping trolley/cart that only 30 minutes before you was being pushed around by a guy/girl who had a raging cold and transferred his/her germs all over the handle bar and oh I don’t know, he/she could have touched their own oily face too transferring more icky bacteria all over the place. In between all that, we just got an important phone call and touched our mobile/cell. I promise I don’t think of all that when I come home, I just routinely run to the basin. But think of the times you put that phone to your face or text your mum/mom or friends and then scratch your nose or chin and then there they are, having a party on your face. My solution is to always wipe down my phone with an antibacterial wipe or anything containing alcohol in it. Just be sure it’s safe to use on your phone because you don’t want a damaged phone!

Pillowcase

We rest our pretty faces on these things for 6 + hours a night so lets get real. When’s the last time you washed your bed sheets? Keeping your pillowcases clean means that you’re placing your face down on a surface that is free from germ build up. Also you’ll find that some skin care products can transfer onto them which is inevitable but try to wash them regularly. If you’re super duper hygienic then maybe change them every two days.

Shampoo

How do you wash your hair? Many do so standing upright, (I tip my head over and have my hair wash straight onto the shower floor if that makes sense). I think it’s pretty uncommon but for most, the upright way is the way. You’ll find shampoo gathers around your forehead, sideburns, cheeks and even down your neck, back and chest. If you’ve noticed any breakouts on your body it could be from the ingredients in your good old shampoo. Take a look at the products list of long, crazy words you can’t pronounce. The more familiar you become the more you take notice of some repeat offenders that routinely cause irritation and give them the flick.

Toothpaste

Brushing your teeth is a double daily do and quite like the shampoo, has the chance to get on the surrounding skin around your mouth. If you notice redness, irritation or any other bumps central to this area and no where else then this may be the cause! Try switching to another brand that may prove to keep your skin happier.

Glasses

Finally, if you’ve read to the very end (pats on back) thank you. Add these little guys to your once a week wash list. For most, sunglasses are a trendy staple for protecting your peepers but for others like me I also wear glasses for distance mostly driving and watching TV, others for close up, reading the daily newspaper, Cosmo mag or Kindle book. We touch these very often in fact putting them on and taking them off our faces. The frames are probably the most irritating as they smudge but being that they have such a close proximity to our eyes and face it could be a potential health hazard! I give my lenses a good spray with the solution however I wash my entire glasses frames and all with antibacterial dish washing soap about once a week for a thorough clean. I don’t want to be responsible for any ruined prescription glasses because we all know they aren’t cheap, so do so with caution! Dry immediately after. Honestly, my lenses are never clearer and those nasty germs are banished. Side note: remember to wash your little glass cleaning cloths regularly too!

I hope you enjoy and gained some insightful information on the pesky ways our day to day items and routines could play havoc with your skin.

Remember to love your health! πŸ™‚

Dee X

Purging V Breaking Out

I feel like a kid in a candy shop. I honestly love looking at the fully stacked shelves of products and stand skimming the ingredients list in the aisles for a solid 10 minutes of potential new products.

A few blog posts ago I mentioned I was running low on some of my holy grail skin care products and found myself at my local drugstore/pharmacy.

I happened upon a skin care brand, The Ordinary. The prices were reasonable and the white packaging had me like a moth to a flame. This little guy tugged at my heart and whispered, “take me home”. So naturally I placed him gently in my hand basket and carried him and another holy grail product to the counter.

So as per usual I patch tested my new buddy on my left cheek, under my eye. If anything that would be my problem area and if I were to react, then I’d know in the morning. Luckily for me, I didn’t suffer any problems *thank you skin*

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The next evening (it’s recommended to use as a PM product) I got to enjoy placing a few steady drops over my face and rubbing it in all over. I sure was pleasantly surprised the next day when some of my stubborn closed comedones looked flatter and smoother over those areas.

Now I must mention, I have some experience with chemical exfoliants as I use Nip + Fab Glycolic Pads which contain both AHA’s and BHA’s. Please be sure that you are not using these products more than the recommended amount of time because you WILL over exfoliate and wreak havoc on your face.

Containing Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% (Hyaluronic Acid). Lactic Acid an AHA derived from sour milk products have the benefit of turning over skin cells and causing the least amount of irritation which makes it a great starting point if you’re new to the whole chemical exfoliation thing. Hyaluronic Acid helps with tissue repair and aids in reducing inflammation to your skin. A++ in my eyes.

Like many a time before, trial and error of skin care products left me wondering if it was normal to breakout all of a sudden when starting to use a new product or was I reacting to it? Would it get better or worse in time? I recently made a video on how to know which your skin could be experiencing so check it out if you’re in a bit of a spot with a new product you’re testing out.

For now I am quite happy with this new product and I’m now scouring the net for more recommendations on this brand πŸ™‚

Remember to patch test all new products on a sensitive part of your skin you know you suffer breakouts with and behind your neck or behind your ear when testing for allergic reactions.

I may update with more products in future but for now, as always love your health!

Dee X

Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Esthetician, I just love skincare and health and love sharing what I learn with you. Always seek medical advice if unsure.