/> The Juicy Beauty Word: 2020

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

How to get Glowing Skin....or make it look like it's glowing!

Let's face it, 2020 has been horrendous. 

It has created an if we are just at home, who cares attitude. Many of us have slacked off on beauty regimens particularly, our skin care routines. I know there are lots of hairy legs, callused feet, and dull, dry faces out there! We have to get back to looking and feeling our best and New Year's is the perfect time to do it.

Let's say goodbye and good riddance to 2020 and welcome the new year with positive energy for a healthy, happy year.

I for one, want to get my skin back to glowing skin. 

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It's takes healthy living and TLC to get that elusive JLo glowing skin that I'm so envious of! Skin care products must be used consistently to achieve glowing skin.

The key to getting that glow is to remove dead skin cells and hydrate the skin. Hydrated skin is healthy skin. Many people apply oil to their skin to get a glow. Adding oil is not for me. I  have enough oil already, thank you. I want hydrated, plumped up, beautiful, younger looking skin.

I have been using some of my old favorite cruelty free skin care products plus some new for me products to make my old skin look more glowing, hydrated and healthy without turning it into an oil slick.

I also have my tried and true makeup products that I use to add glow if my skin is not looking it's glowy best. 

There are also some healthy living habits we can do to promote better, healthier glowing skin.

Healthy Habits for Glowing Skin

Eat your Fruits and Veggies

A diet full of fruits and veggies provides your body with age fighting, healing, skin glow producing vitamins and antioxidants for the best looking skin! Orange veggies, with their high beta carotene content, can actually add warm color to the skin when eaten in abundance.

Water 

Water is of utmost importance for hydrated, glowing skin in more ways than one.

Avoid hot water and prolonged contact with water 

A nice long hot shower or soak in the tub may feel amazing but both will dehydrate the skin. Opt for a short warm bath or shower to prevent dehydration.

Drink lots of it!

Dehydrated skin is dull, dry and crinkly. Drink lots of water to hydrate the body which, in turn, hydrates the skin. They say drink eight 8 ounces glasses of water each day.

Speaking of drinking...avoid overdoing it in the alcoholic beverage department. Sorry to put a damper on things but alcohol is notorious for dehydrating the skin.

Read Skin and the Effects of Alcohol

Moisturizer

The main purpose of a moisturizer is to seal in the water you already have in your skin. It creates a barrier to prevent the water in your skin from evaporating into the air. A moisturizer can also contain ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, butters and oils, to plump up and condition the skin as well.

Sun Screen

You must protect the skin from the UV rays of the sun if you want moist, hydrated glowing skin. Apply a sunscreen with a 30 SPF or higher to your skin daily to prevent dehydrating damage from sun exposure.

Those vital skin care basics (eating healthy, drinking water, using moisturizer and using sunscreen) being said, let's get to my favorite products for glowing skin!

I have included my Amazon affiliate links in this post to help you shop for my favorite cruelty free skin care and makeup products.

How to Get Glowing Skin with Skin Care

It's all about the right ingredients in your products. You want to look for ingredients that promote radiance such as, hyaluronic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acid, retinol, bakuchiol, and citrus extracts. 

Exfoliate

Start the glowing process by exfoliating the skin. Not too much. Over exfoliating will dehydrate the skin leaving it crinkly and flaky.

Read Over Exfoliated  Dehydrated Skin


Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
I love this gentle easy to use peel! It's formulated for normal and combination skin. Those of you with dry skin will be fine using too as long as you don't have excessively dry skin.

 This best selling 2 step peel product removes dead cell build up with alpha hydrox acids and beta hydroxy acid. It also contains anti aging retinol and the antioxidant powerhouse green tea.

Start by cleansing your skin and patting it dry. Then, massage the step one packet onto your skin until it is dry. Wait 2 minutes. Massage the step two packet onto your skin and allow it to dry. Do not rinse either step. Apply your usually serum followed by moisturizer. This product will get you glowing in a hurry! $88.00 for a 30 pack

Step 1 Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate

Step 2 Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, Achillea Millefolium Extract , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Soy Isoflavones, Phospholipids, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Dimethicone, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, PEG-30 Stearate, Octoxynol-9, Alcohol, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol


Treat with Serum
There are tons of serums out there! A serum is a treatment product. Generally, they have healing, hydrating, anti aging properties. They are have a thin watery or gel like consistency. You apply them after cleanser and toner. Your moisturizer goes on top. The price range is staggering broad depending on what brand you choose.

I have recently explored products from The Ordinary. They look very scientific and clinical. Don't be intimidated by them. This brand provides you with superior ingredients at low prices! 
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 
Give your skin what it needs to glow... moisture! Hyaluronic acid is the magic cosmetic ingredient to hydrate and plump up the skin. I love this product. It is lightweight, non greasy and has given my skin a more glowy appearance. Use it on any skin type.

This serum is a clear, gel like serum with no fragrance containing vegan hyaluronic acid which holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. The B5 it contains also enhances hydration. It is packaged in glass with glass dropper. Perfect!

Apply a few drops morning and evening to freshly cleansed skin. Apply your moisturizer on top.  $13.00 on Amazon. 

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.


Moisturize
Every skin types needs a moisturizer to help it retain water. I will give you two of my favorites, one for oily, combination skin and one for dry skin.
ole henriksen counter balance oil control hydrator
Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator
This award winning, best selling moisturizer contains rose hip oil to help reduce oil production and alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid and lactic acid) and beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) to remove dead skin cells.  Plus, it contains hyaluronic acid, oat kernel flour, peppermint oil and more hydrating, balancing ingredients. Perfect for oily skin, combination skin or breakout areas on dry skin. I love this product!!! $37.99 on Amazon

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alykyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Linoleic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Methyl Gluceth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Linolenic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Phytic Acid, Fragrance, Saccarhide Isomerate, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleanolic Acid, Limonene.


Yonka Pamplemousse Creme  Dry Skin
Yonka Pamplemousse Creme Dry Skin
This fabulous moisturizer for normal to dry skin feels luxurious on the skin and has a light fresh scent. It's essential oils, fruit oils and vitamin C leave the skin looking hydrated and more radiant. This is a best selling product at the salon. There is a Pamplemousse formula for oily skin as well.  $60.00

Ingredients: Essential oils of grapefruit, lime, sweet orange, lemon, Quintessence Yon-Ka (essential oils of lavender, geranium, rosemary, cypress and thyme)- vitlaizing
Grapefruit extract, vitamin C: radiance booster - anti-oxidant
Olive oil, pumpkin seed oil: nourishing - protecting
Other ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Decyl Oleate, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D'abeille, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon Peel Oil/Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Peg-35 Castor Oil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Vit. C), Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Citric Acid, Limonene *, Linalool *, Citral *, Citronellol *, Geraniol *
*Natural Components of Essential Oils


How to Get Glowing Skin with Makeup

You can always go to the magic of makeup to get the look of glowing skin. There are a variety of products you can use to create a little glow. Products that are light reflecting blur imperfection and add brightness to the skin.

I feel you should steer away from overly sparkly products applied all over the face. They can be artificial looking and who wants a shimmering face in the sunlight!

CC Cream
A CC cream is the perfect product to add glow without too much sparkle. A CC cream is a tinted primer cream designed to correct uneven skin tones, moisturize, and add a healthy glow.

Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer

Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer
This primer instantly creates a more even, smoother, radiant appearance to the skin. It blurs out fine lines and large pores plus adds a subtle sheen with mica. It has a matte finish so you don't have to worry about looking too shiny.  

The CC Perfecting Primer also helps build younger looking skin with it's collagen stimulating peptide ingredients. You can use it alone or as a makeup primer. 

There are two colors, Bare (the light color) and Tan. Each color blends surprisingly well with many skin tones. Use on any type. $36.00

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Mica, Methicone, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sodium Lactate, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499).


Concealer
Smith & Cult Cancelled Light Diffusing V-Concealer
Smith & Cult Cancelled Light Diffusing V-Concealer
Help to hide your under eye imperfections and add a little glow with this light diffusing concealer design especially to brighten the v shaped under eye area. 

I find that this concealer doesn't not provide enough coverage to hide my dark circles however, I like to use it over a full coverage concealer to add brightness to my under eye area. I also apply it on my nose and chin areas instead of foundation to lightly conceal and add a bit of radiance. This radiant concealer comes in 20 colors. $28.00

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Dipropylheptyl Carbonate, Hydrogenated Didecene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, PVP, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Boron Nitride, Hydroxyacetophenone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glyceryl Tribehenate/Isostearate/Eicosandioate, Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Mica, Tocopherol, Lauroyl Lysine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tin Oxide, Talc, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Vitex Agnus Castus Extract. May Contain/Peut Contenir (±): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)


Highlight
Add some highlighter to create more glow over your CC Cream. Highlight specific areas on your face only. Apply highlighter to your cheekbones, your brow bones just under your eyebrows, at the inner corners of your eyes and on the cupids bow. You can also use it on your eyelids as a brightening eye shadow.
Anastasia Glow Kit
Anastasia Glow Kit
This Anastasia highlighting kit in Sun Dipped has four irresistible warm metallic colors you can highlight with. I love it!!! The powder colors are easy to apply with a brush and can be built up for more color. It can be used on the eyes, face and body. $40.00. 

INGREDIENTS: BRONZED, TOURMALINE: MICA, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, SYNTHETIC WAX, BORON NITRIDE, DIMETHICONE, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, THEOBROMA GRANDIFLORUM SEED BUTTER, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) <154296>

SUMMER: SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, MICA, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, SYNTHETIC WAX, BORON NITRIDE, DIMETHICONE, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, THEOBROMA GRANDIFLORUM SEED BUTTER, TIN OXIDE, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) <154295>

MOONSTONE: MICA, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, SYNTHETIC WAX, BORON NITRIDE, DIMETHICONE, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, THEOBROMA GRANDIFLORUM SEED BUTTER, TIN OXIDE, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) <154293>"


Shine Your Lips
Glossy metallic lips will brighten up your whole face!
Laura Geller Color Luster Lip Gloss in Gilded Honey
Laura Geller Color Luster Lip Gloss in Gilded Honey
This is my favorite go to lip gloss when I want to sparkle and shine. I love it's peachy gold fine metallic glitter and high shine. Use it alone or on top of your favorite lipstick. $19.00

INGREDIENTS: POLYBUTENE, OCTYLDODECANOL, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, HYDROGENATED STYRENE/ISOPRENE COPOLYMER, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SILICA, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, TIN OXIDE, MICA. MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 45410 (RED 28 LAKE).


Let's recap the ways to get glowing skin.

Healthy living habits for glowing skin:
Eat lots of fruits and veggies
Drink lots of water
Avoid hot water & prolonged exposure to water
Keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum
Use moisturizer
Wear sunscreen

Use skin care with ingredients that promote glowing skin
Exfoliate
Use a hydrating serum
Use moisturizer for your skin type to add radiance

Use makeup products that are light reflecting
Use a CC Cream
Wear a light diffusing concealer
Apply highlighter specific areas
Add shimmer and shine to your lips

Using some or all of these products will add up to a glowing skin new year! I wish you all good health, prosperity and happiness in the new year. God Bless!

       Here's Glowy Skin for the New Year🥂
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist
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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Holiday Nail Polish Colors: Zoya Intriguing Holiday 2020 Nail Polish Collection

Looking for fabulous new Zoya Colors for the holidays? I know, we are just stuck at home not going to big exciting holiday parties, but we all need a little something to brighten up our moods. Nail polish is the perfect little thing you can do to brighten up your day.

Zoya Intriguing Holiday 2020

Zoya has created a lovely collection of colors for their Intriguing Holiday 2020 Nail Polish Collection. What is most intriguing about this collection for me are rich jewel tones and and the shimmering icy tones.

Zoya Intriguing Holiday 2020

There are three green shades. I see that Regina, one of the greens, is currently sold out on zoya.com. That was quick! It is a gorgeous emerald. I can see why it was a big hit. Check with your favorite salon that carries Zoya nail polish to get this popular color.

There are four blue toned shades. A deep pink, a red, a plum, a purple, and an icy white. 

You get a variety of finishes in this collection for your polishing pleasure; cream, metallic, shimmer, pearl, and a Pixie Dust. Nine of the twelve colors are opaque. 

Here are my swatches of the festive Zoya Intriguing Holiday  Nail polish colors. 

Please excuse my shorter than usual nails. They are taking a beating with all the hand washing and hand sanitizing! 

The Zoya Intriguing Holiday 2020 Collection

Zoya Nico

Zoya Nico

Nico is a pale pearly metallic gold green with a touch of shimmer. It looks very gold on the nails. This color absolutely glows! A New Year's Eve color maybe. It is one of the semi sheer colors.


Zoya Eunice

Zoya Eunice

Eunice is a chartreuse metallic green. As my friend says, it's a gorgeous cool looking ugly green that she simply must have! I would love it with a little black dress. It is semi sheer.

Zoya Regina

Zoya Regina

Regina is a deep rich metallic emerald green. It is simply fantastic!!! Perfect for Christmas or St. Patty's Day.


Zoya Meredith

Zoya Meredith

Meredith is a deep sapphire blue shimmer. You know how I feel about blue nail polish. I am in love!


Zoya Nisha

Zoya Nisha

Nisha deep purply blue metallic. No sparkle in this just one, just an amazing mirror like metallic finish. Gorgeous!


Zoya Koley

Zoya Koley

Koley is a is deep red pink metallic. It's the perfect festive color for those who want a softer look than bright red.


Zoya Soko

Zoya Soko

Soko is a bright warm red cream. The perfect vibrant red for Christmastime or Valentine's Day.


Zoya Beverly

Zoya Beverly

Beverly is a deep creamy red toned plum. One of my client's adores this color and has described it as a chocolate cherry color. It's just beautiful!


Zoya Avi

Zoya Avi

Avi is a creamy gray purple. The perfect soft wintery purple for all of you purple lovers out there.


Zoya Brett

Zoya Brett

Brett is a gorgeous creamy muted blue. It has a deep glossy look about it that I just love!


Zoya Isti

Zoya Isti

Isti has a textured Pixie Dust finish. Sparkle lovers, this one's for you! It is a glittery icy steel blue. Oh how it sparkles! A New Year's Eve Color perhaps.


Zoya Lottie

Zoya Lottie

Zoya Lottie is an icy shimmering silver white beige. Think of snow on a pinecone! This is a sheer color that builds up nicely to an amazing silvery snowy look. 

Zoya Lottie

There it is, The Zoya Intriguing Collection. Are you Intrigued? I have a lot of favorites in this collection. The blues of course and I really love Meredith!!! And surprisingly, I like Eunice. It's so bright, festive and different.

 I hope you have found some favorite colors to try too to brighten your day.

Zoya is our favorite nail polish brand at the salon for its beautiful colors, its durability and the fact that it has non toxic ingredients.


Zoya professional nail lacquer wears quite well on natural nails and is free of the harmful ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead. 

You can find Zoya products at salons, spas, zoya.com and on Amazon

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       Stay Healthy, Be Kind and Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day!
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Face Mask Breakout: "Maskne" Prevent it, Hide it, Heal it

3D origami face mask
We need to wear our face masks to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. It's not fun. Nobody likes it, but it is necessary to keep people healthy, and to keep our restaurants and small businesses open. 

Plus, it is the perfect opportunity to express ourselves with a bold, cute or silly fashion mask!

Have you found your skin is breaking out in the areas covered by your face mask? Me too!!!

There is a new term to describe this sort of breakout, "Maskne". 

The warm moist environment under your face mask encourages the growth of the bacteria that causes acne. As if we don't have enough to worry about! 

You may have particular trouble on the areas of skin where the edges of the mask fit tightest against the skin such as under the jawline, across the nose and the upper cheek area. 

Not only can the skin breakout more in those areas, it can also become dry, irritated and chafed from the mask rubbing the skin plus, it can trigger a rosacea flare up. 🤦‍♀️

The stress we all are experiencing during this covid crisis also contributes to breakouts.

Oily skin is particularly prone to maskne but any skin type of any age can experience maskne breakout.

Read Older Skin with Acne Breakout: Causes & Remedies

A facial will certainly help heal the skin but facials, and any other services where a face mask needs to be removed, were not permitted in Pennsylvania where I am a licensed esthetician. I think that may have just changed but with rising COVID numbers, these services will probably not be allowed again. I'm sure many other states have the same type of rule.

It's quite frustrating. 

Prevent, Hide & Heal a Breakout from your Face Mask

Don't lose it! There are some easy things you can do to help prevent the breakout, hide the breakout and help heal the breakout that has already occurred. I have included Amazon Affiliate links in this post to help you find all my favorite tried and true cruelty free skin care products.

Prevent Maskne Breakout

To help prevent a breakout from your face mask, start by wearing the right face mask.

Wear a Clean Mask 
You absolutely must wear a clean face mask everyday. Wearing a face mask that dirty with makeup, sweat and oils will only exacerbate the acne situation. 

If you wear a mask all day at work and find you sweat a lot, you should change your mask to a fresh clean one part way through the day. 

Don't Reuse a Disposable Mask
Disposable face masks are disposable for a reason. Makeup, sweat and oils can not be cleaned off of them. Toss them out after wearing them.

Wear a Cotton Face Mask
100% cotton or a mostly cotton blend fabric is the best choice for a face mask not only wearability, but for droplet capture as well. Cotton is a soft skin friendly comfortable fabric. 

Cotton absorbs sweat and allows it to evaporate. Synthetic fabrics may not absorb sweat therefore, causing the skin to retain the heat and sweat. The perfect environment for creating a breakout.
 
Avoid a Tight Mask
You need your face mask to fit snugly around the edges for protection. It does not need to fit close to the skin otherwise. I find 3D style masks, also called origami masks, are great because they sit away from the face. 

This helps keep the skin cooler and causes less chafing of the skin. They also seem to move around less when you are talking. 

Wear a Dye Free Mask
It's fun to wear colorful masks, but those people with sensitive skin or skin that is breaking out may experience irritation from the dyes used to create those bright colors. 

Choose a white, dye free mask. 

A white mask doesn't have to be boring. It can be adorned with appliques, glitter and rhinestones. 

Also, a mask can have a white lining where it touches your skin with a colorful layer on top.

Click here to visit the Beach Ruffles Etsy Shop for 3D Origami Face Masks

Use Fragrance Free Detergent
Perfumes can irritate sensitive skin. Machine wash your cloth face mask with a fragrance free detergent or hand wash with a mild dishwashing liquid in very warm water

Concentrate on any areas that are dirty with makeup when hand washing. Rinse it well. Reshape the mask and let it air dry.

Be sure to have plenty of cloth masks so you have clean ones available daily or to change throughout the day. And... have the right one to coordinate with your outfit.

Take a Makeup Break
Avoid applying foundation to the areas that will be covered by your mask. No one can see that skin under your mask and the makeup will mix with oils and sweat adding to the breakout irritation. 

Plus, the foundation will get on your mask. I have read that you do not want anything, even makeup, interfering with the breathability of your face mask.

Hide Maskne Breakout

If you feel you simply must cover areas of redness and breakout, try Tarte Shape Tape Concealer to spot conceal.
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Shape Tape Concealer is simply amazing! It wears like iron and very little will rub off onto your face mask plus, it provides superior coverage. Retails for $27.00

So Your Skin Broke Out Anyway

Even though you have done all the right things with your face mask, your skin can still break out especially if you have sensitive skin. 

I have a few skin care tips and some of my favorite effective products to recommend for you to help heal the breakout asap.

Heal Maskne Breakout

Follow a good skin care routine, use products formulated to heal and soothe skin experiencing an acne breakout, do some stress relieving activities and limit alcohol consumption.

Skin Care Products to Heal Maskne Breakout

Step 1: Cleanser

Use a gentle facial cleanser twice a day. 

Wash your face in the morning to remove oil and sweat that have accumulated overnight. 

Before bed, wash your face to remove all makeup, excess oil, sweat and dirt that has accumulated during the day. 

Apply your cleanser then use a soft wash cloth in a circular motion to remove the cleanser. The wash cloth offers some gentle exfoliation and helps remove makeup more effectively. Be sure rinse well.

Ole Henriksen Find your Balance Oil Control Cleanser 
I love this minty fresh feeling cleanser. I find it helps calm and clear a breakout. It is great for any age oily or normal/oily combination skin that is breaking out. It is also good for treating an area that is breaking out on dry skin.

Use an eye makeup remover if your face wash doesn't do a good job removing your eye makeup.

If you are feeling a bit lazy, rightfully so, try makeup removing wipes. You can keep them right beside your bed and wash your face in bed!

Formula 10.0.6 Keep Me Clean Face Wipes

Formula 10.0.6 Keep Me Clean Clarifying Facial Wipes

These Formula 10.0.6 Facial Wipes remove makeup, dirt, and oils with cucumber extract and witch hazel while being gentle even on the most sensitive skin! 


Step 2: Toner
Use a toner on a cotton pad to remove any cleanser residue. Most toners contain healing balancing ingredients to treat the skin along with removing cleanser residue. 

I love Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner. It's a 3 jobs in one product. It cleanses, it balance and it exfoliates. Plus, it feels cool and refreshing.

ole henriksen balancing force oil control toner
Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner
I love the smell and refreshing feel of the peppermint and eucalyptus oil in this product! This toner also contains alpha hydroyx acids (glycolic acid and lactic acid) and beta hydroxy acid which is salicylic acid, green tea extract, witch hazel, glycerin, kelp, neem seed oil, and more ingredients that are helpful for oily skin, combination skin and breakout areas on dry skin. 

Step 3: Spot Treat
Use an acne spot treatment product to heal the breakout areas. Apply your moisturizer right over it after it has dried. 

I also like to do a spot treatment with a facial mud mask on broken out areas.

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. 

Spot treat with a mud mask
I frequently use a mud mask to do a spot healing treatment. Apply a mud mask to absorb oil and speed up healing on broken out areas. Leave it on the skin for 10-15 minutes, then rinse it well.

I also use a mud mask as an overnight treatment on particularly stubborn breakouts. Apply the mask to the blemish and leave it on overnight while you sleep. Soften the dried mud mask with a warm wash cloth and rinse off in the morning.

Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask

Formula 10.0.6 Be Berry Bright Exfoliating Mud Mask
This amazing healing mud mask heals and exfoliates the skin with antioxidant Goji Berry and Green Coffee Beans. This mask is great for any skin type.

Step 4: Moisturizer
In addition to the oil control toner, try Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator. It helps the skin look clearer, brighter and be less oily while keeping it hydrated. Hydrated skin is healthier skin.
ole henriksen counter balance oil control hydrator
Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator

It contains rose hip oil to help reduce oil production. It also contains alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid and lactic acid) and beta hydroxy acid which is salicylic acid.  Plus, hyaluronic acid, oat kernel flour, peppermint oil and more hydrating, balancing ingredients. Perfect for oily skin, combination skin or breakout areas on dry skin.

Reduce Stress To Heal a Breakout

The stress hormone cortisol, which our bodies produce when we are under a lot of stress, can stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce oil. Too much oil contributes to breakouts. Do some stress reducing activities to take down the cortisol level.

Walk
Walking is a great stress reducer especially when you walk outside in the fresh air. It is an easy exercise to do when you really don't feel like exercising.

Dance
This is my favorite stress relieve. Put on some tunes and dance like nobody's watching!!!

Watch a Movie
Watch a sappy, lighthearted Hallmark or Lifetime movie to escape reality for a while.
 
Read a book or Magazine
Get lost in a book or magazine to escape reality for a while.

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Alcoholic Beverages
You may feel you need some wine to help you relax and relieve your stress.

Limit your alcohol consumption though, if you want better skin. Overindulging in alcoholic beverages can cause dehydrated skin. 

Dehydrated skin is irritated skin and it takes longer to heal when it breaks out. Yes, dehydrated can still breakout.

Alcohol can also trigger a rosacea flare up.

Read Skin and the Effects of Alcohol

Here's a quick recap about maskne to prevent it, hide it, and heal it

1. Wear the right protective face mask and keep it clean.

2. Use a good skin care routine with cleanser, toner, spot treatments and moisturizer to heal maskne breakouts. 

3. Take down cortisol levels with stress relieving activities.

4. Limit alcohol consumption.

It sounds like a lot, but once you get into this good skin care routine, it will become easy. You will see an improvement in your maskne face mask breakout and you will see an improvement in the overall appearance of you skin.

Let's all wear our masks and get this pandemic over with asap!!!

       Love One Another & Be Beautiful! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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