/> The Juicy Beauty Word: May 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Heal a Zit Fast!

upstyle for prom or wedding

It never fails you have a special event such as a prom or a wedding and your skin breaks out. 

Your hair looks simply amazing but that huge pimple on your chin is not amazing at all! Those nasty zits! So inconvenient and so frustrating.

Whatever you do, DO NOT SQUEEZE!

Squeezing a pimple causes a redness and swelling situation that is impossible to hide with makeup. Squeezing can also force the infection deeper into the skin causing longer healing time.

Let me give you a few beauty treatment tips to help you deal with the unfortunate situation. I also have includes some Amazon Affiliate Links for quick shopping.

How to Heal a Zit Fast!

Clean it
Start by cleaning the broken out area with a cleanser made to treat acne. Next, use a toner formulated for oily skin.

Reduce the Swelling
Apply ice or a cold compress to reduce the swelling and inflammation. 

You can also use a cold, wet chamomile tea bag. Put the wet tea bag in the fridge to get it really cold. 

Apply the ice, cold compress or tea bag to the broken out area for 10 minutes. Take a 5 minute break and reapply it for another 10 minutes.

Allergy note: If you are allergic to ragweed, you may be allergic to chamomile.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Now, dip a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide and dab it on the blemish to help kill bacteria. Let it dry.

Spot Treat with a Acne Treatment Product
Next, Apply an acne spot treatment product. Acne spot treatment products contain ingredients to kill bacteria and calm inflammation. 

Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid are two popular active ingredients found in acne treatment products. 

Salicylic Acid is great for the exfoliation of dead cells, unclogging the pores and reducing inflammation. It is derived from willow bark.

Benzoyl Peroxide is great for killing acne bacteria. Use caution with this ingredient, though. It can bleach your clothes and sheets.

I personally prefer products with salicylic acid products over products with benzoyl peroxide. I find benzoyl peroxide products to be more irritating on sensitive skin. Plus, salicylic acid won't bleach clothes and sheets!

Here are three great effective cruelty free acne spot treatments that contain salicylic acid.

Dr. Dennis Gross Dr x Blemish Solutions Acne Eliminating Gel Salicylic Acid Acne Medication
Murad Blemish Control Rapid Relief Spot Treatment
 This is a great treatment to use overnight since it is not invisible. It gets it's blemish fighting power from 2% salicylic acid and it's anti inflammatory effects from allantoin and licorice root 

Skyn Iceland
Skyn Iceland Anti Blemish Gel with Willow Bark 
This effective product gets it's blemish fighting power from willow bark (salicylic acid) and it's anti inflammatory effects from lily extract and green tea extract. It also contains hydrating ingredients to help prevent flaky skin. 

Alba Botanica Acne Dote Maximum Strength Invisible Treatment Gel
Alba Botanica Acne Dote Maximum Strength Invisible Treatment Gel
 This bargain acne product gets it's blemish fighting power from 2% salicylic acid and it's anti inflammatory effects from aloe and soothing botanical extracts. 

DIY Salicylic Acid Treatment
You can make your own salicylic acid treatment out of aspirin.

Crush an aspirin and add a little water to it to make a paste. Apply it to the blemish and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off and apply a oil free moisturizer. I love Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator!

Allergy note: If you are allergic to aspirin, do not use salicylic acid skin care products. Both are derived from willow bark.

Get the Red Out
Acne blemishes can be very red. That redness can be hard to cover with makeup. Use a little Visine to get the red out! 

Right before makeup application, apply Visine or other over-the-counter anti redness eye treatment product to a cotton swab. Hold the swab on the blemish for 2-3 minutes. Allow the skin to dry then apply your makeup. 

Conceal it
Apply concealer and foundation to hide the zit. 

Red, inflamed blemishes can be a bit tricky to hide. Use a yellow or green concealer to cancel out the redness.

You can alway leave your makeup to a pro. Have your makeup professionally done at a salon when you have your hair done.

 We know lots of tricks to get you looking picture perfect!

There you have it. A few tips to heal a zit fast and get you looking beautiful for your special event. 

I hope this post helps ease your anxiety when a blemish strikes at the worst time!

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bat Poop in your Mascara

Tarte Mascara
Here is a question someone asked me.

"Is mascara made from bat poop!? For real, my dad told me this yesterday!!"

I don't know where this is coming from. People are suddenly asking me 

"is there really bat poop in my mascara"?  

NO!  There is no bat poop, aka bat guano, in mascara! 

Crushed bugs (carmine), maybe. Bat poop, no! 

I have read that this urban legend is due to a confusion of the ingredient guanine and guano.  

Guanine is an iridescent substance derived from fish scales. After further investigation,  I found that guanine also occurs in guano (from bats and birds), yeast and sugar beets. Guanine from fish scales is the source for cosmetics though, not guano. 

A French rosary maker named Francois Jaquin extracted the pearl essence (which was crystalline guanine) from fish scales to mix up a pigment to use on round beads to create artificial pearls way back in 1656. 

Guanine was then used in bath and skin care products, nail polish and eye shadow to give that beautiful pearly iridescent effect. 

I have not seen guanine listed on mascara due to the fact that it is an eye irritant, but am sure it was in mascara at some point. I have seen it listed as an ingredient in nail polish, not very recently, though. 

Some of the iridescent ingredients used now in cosmetics are mica, synthetic pearl, (bismuth oxychloride), and metals such aluminum powder, copper power and bronze powder.

Guano is being used in skin care, though. Nightingale droppings, aka guano, are used in the Japanese Geisha Facial to give you brighter, softer skin. You can have one done at the Shizuka spa in New York for $180 if you really want to!

What is in your mascara is:

Wax, such as carnuba wax, paraffin and beeswax
Gum, such as acacia senegal and xanthan gum
Oils, such as jojoba and vitamin e
Polymers which are plastics, such as polyester, nylon, rayon, poly acrylates copolymer
Minerals such as, mica and silica
Preservatives, such as parabens and vitamin e
Pigments such as, black 1, black 2, iron oxides and carmine

That's it. No bat poop! You may find the crushed bugs in there, though. You may want to avoid controversial ingredients such as parabens which are a frequently used preservative in mascara. Try natural brands such as Bare Minerals and Tarte Cosmetics that don't use parabens.

Shop for Cruelty Free Mascara on Amazon

       Don't fear your mascara! 
        Have a Beautiful Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Is there Lead in Lipstick?

zoya matte velvet lipstick

Dangerous ingredients may be in your cosmetics and personal care products. 1400 unsafe or questionable cosmetic ingredients have been banned or restricted in the Europe Union. The US has only banned 30. 

There may be formaldehyde in hair products and nail polish.

There may be parabens in your moisturizer. 

There may be lead in your lipstick. 

Yes, lead, the heavy metal that can accumulate in the body and cause neurological problems and even death at very high levels.

Lead has been in lipstick for years. But, why is lead there and not listed on the ingredient label you ask? It's not an added ingredient. It is an impurity in the natural pigment that is mined from the earth. 

There can be other heavy metal contaminates in pigments as well, metals including nickel, copper, manganese, chromium, cobalt, titanium, cadmium and aluminum. The only metal that is deliberately added to lipstick is aluminum. It is used as a stabilizer and keeps colors from bleeding.

The red pigment is the culprit. For instance, iron oxide is a frequently used natural red pigment. When the iron oxide is mined, it can be contaminated with the lead that is naturally occurring in the earth. 

The amount of lead in the mined iron oxide can vary. The iron oxide can be purified to reduce the lead and other heavy metal content to a trace. Many companies routinely have their products tested to ensure the lead level is low. 

The FDA has determined that 10 parts per million of lead in a lip product would not pose a health risk. Health advocates say there is no safe amount when it come to lead.

Don't think you are safe because your lip color is not red. Think back to art class. Red is used to mix many colors. Red and white make pink. Yellow and red make orange.

Some dyes approved by the FDA contain lead. The FDA allows it because the amounts are small. 

In an
FDA test, Maybelline (L'Oreal) Color Sensation #125 Pink Petal contained the highest amount of lead of the lipsticks tested. It contained just over 7 parts per million. Need more info on what the FDA says?

Click here for the FDA Limiting Lead in  Lipstick and other cosmetics.

What can you do? 

Buy Lead Free Lipstick
Buy lipstick from companies that are striving to reduce the amount of lead in their lipsticks to zero or trace amounts. I read on a blog that Glow Cosmetics uses iron oxide that is sourced from a controlled oxidation process
instead of earth mining so there is no lead. I am not able to confirm that on their website, though.

Look to see if carmine is the pigment used in the product on the ingredient label. It is natural red #4. 
My vegan friends, vegetarian friends and anyone a little queezy about bugs, beware. Carmine doesn't contain lead, however, does contain crushed beetle shells!!! It is a red pigment that is very safe and has been used for hundreds of years. 

Click here for more names used for carmine on an ingredient list.

Wipe it Off
Remove your lipstick before you eat to reduce the amount you ingest. 

I looked up many natural companies and companies strong in ingredient transparency. I only came across 2 that guarantee their products are lead free. I list them along with my Amazon Affiliate links for your shopping pleasure.

Many say their ingredients are pure but don't come out and official say they are lead free on their sites. 

Truly Lead Free Lipstick Brands

Gabriel Cosmetics
Gabriel Cosmetics confirms on their website that their lipsticks are lead free. The ZuZu Luxe collection is also part of Gabriel Cosmetics. There products are vegan, cruelty free, gluten free and lead free. Made in the USA.

Shop for Gabriel Lipstick

Red Apple Beauty
Red Apple Beauty confirms on their website that their products are routinely tested to ensure that there is no lead in their products. These products are gluten free,GMO free, toxin and chemical free, lead and talc free, petroleum free and are vegan. Made in the USA.

Visit Red Apple Lipstick

I will always keep looking for more brands that guarantee they are lead free and add them to the list as I find them. If you know of a truly lead free lipstick brand, please let me know!

Have a Beautiful Healthy Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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 I am available to help you with your special occasion or everyday makeup and skin care needs if you live in the Philadelphia, Pa. area.