Inside the “Less is More” Approach to Skin Care

Guest Post by Constante Quirino | Ayr Skin Care

It is often said that “less is more,” but did you know this applies to skincare too?

Many women, in an attempt to achieve youthful, flawless skin, go too far, resorting to complicated and costly skin care regimes, elaborate cosmetic or surgical treatments, and unhealthy or even dangerous home remedies.

Our skin already does most of the hard work of taking care of itself. It justs needs a gentle helping hand along the way. Here’s a look at why less is more in skin care, and how you can use this idea to maximize the results of your daily skincare routine.

Less Vigorous Cleansing = More Natural Moisture

The first mistake that we often make is to think that frequent, vigorous cleansing will leave our skin squeaky-clean and blemish-free. While it’s true you can get your skin squeaky-clean this way, the squeak isn’t a good sign.

When you go overboard on harsh cleansers and apply a lot of friction to your delicate skin with face towels, you are actually stripping the skin of its natural healthy oils (sebum) and damaging the pores. This makes the skin red, inflamed, and susceptible to infection. Worst of all, your body is likely to start over-producing sebum to compensate for the moisture loss, resulting in more breakouts than before!

Instead, wash your face with a splash of cool water in the mornings and gently pat dry. Water has cleansing properties of its own while leaving your natural oils intact, and the cool temperature helps to tighten your pores and invigorate the skin. At night, use a moisturizing, natural soap that hydrates the skin while gently removing the dirt and grime from the day.

Sometimes we need a deeper cleanse to really unclog the pores from the root, remove the build-up of dead skin cells, and reboot our skin’s natural renewal process. An occasional facial is perfect for this. The facial shouldn’t cause irritation or breakouts when it is done by professionals who understand the importance of natural ingredients and who use the right treatments for your particular skin type.

Less Pore-Clogging Makeup = More Natural Breathability

The second way we often go too far with our skin is using too much makeup. Heavy foundations and toxic chemicals block the pores and dry out the skin, damaging the natural skin barrier and suffocating the cells. Your skin is an organ and it needs to breathe! This is really a case of prevention being better than cure.

Opt instead for light foundations or tinted moisturizers. Choose quality natural makeup instead of cheap and nasty products, and have at least one makeup-free day every week (at the bare minimum!) to allow your skin to breathe and renew.

The best thing about using less makeup? Less cleansing! When you avoid clogging up your pores in the first place, you’ll only need a light cleanser or gentle face soap in the evening before going to sleep. This way, you’ll save on expensive makeup removers and wipes, and avoid stripping the skin with hard rubbing in an attempt to get off that last bit of colour.

Here’s a surprising twist on the idea of letting your skin breathe: Give your skin a “fasting day” from moisturizer once a week, as well as from makeup. This will do wonders for your skin’s health, as it forces the skin to produce its own hydration and not grow lazy!

Less Irritating Chemicals = More Natural Repair

Ahh…the “quick fix.” How often do we experience a breakout or notice a new wrinkle, and rush to the drugstore straightaway for a miracle product to fix it overnight? These “wonder” remedies are attractive (and often costly), and they sometimes do work in the short-term, but they are only able to produce such rapid results because they contain harsh chemical ingredients that irritate and inflame, and will actually end up ageing your skin faster in the long term. Be particularly careful of going overboard with large quantities of vitamin C, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, retinoids, and exfoliators.

As the skin has a renewal phase of approximately 39 days (and this can become longer as you age), the best long-term plan is to be patient and work with your body’s own healing cycle rather than against it. Provide your skin with nourishing ingredients from the inside through a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins, and apply nourishment from the outside with wholesome skincare products that don’t disrupt your skin’s natural chemistry.

Protect your skin from environmental damage with a non-toxic sunscreen and sensible clothing to avoid burning and drying out your skin cells. This will also save you from freaking out and running to the shop for a high-chemical after-burn cream!

Less Unnecessary Products = More Cash for Quality Products

Once you start preventing skin problems by using gentle cleansing, minimal makeup, daily nourishment, and weather protection, you might start to wonder how many skin products you really need, and which ones. The aim is to work out what your skin needs to be healthy and happy and provide this regularly without skimping or going overboard.

The basics are really a gentle cleanser to remove surface impurities at the end of each day (such as a bar of nourishing facial soap), and a light moisturizer to compensate for the drying effects of weather and climate. You’ll also need a non-toxic, low-irritant sunscreen for the exposed areas of skin like your face, neck, and hands. Radiation from the sun can affect our skin even on cloudy days, and especially when the rays are reflecting off surfaces like concrete or snow, so it’s best to be prepared no matter the weather! And don’t skimp here: Sunscreen is probably the one place in skin care where more is more.

Any additional products you might need would be to treat specific issues you have with your skin, like an antimicrobial solution for breakouts or a toning serum for increased elasticity. You might use these treatments regularly or only for specific periods, depending on what your skin needs. And in every case (except the sunscreen!), see how little you can get away with using.

By working out a minimal routine that keeps your skin in good shape, you’ll have more room in your budget for buying quality products with simple ingredients. Natural ingredients like coconut oil and aloe vera often function as cleansers, anti-inflammatories, and moisturizers at the same time, so you can end up buying one high-quality product instead of three irritating ones!

And That’s How Less Is More

“Less is more” skin care really is simple. All you need to do is to give your skin the materials it needs to repair itself, and keep toxins and environmental damage out. Your skin will do the rest!

 

Guest Post: 5 Signs You Need to Change Your Skincare Routine

Changes

Much like you cannot possibly wear a breezy dress during winter, your skin changes its mood with each season, requiring certain adjustments and updates, and there are so many other circumstances that can cause your skin to become in desperate need for a different routine.

So, before you randomly start hunting for the new set of the latest moisturizers on the market and the next miracle purifier, let’s take a look at a few early warning signals your skin may be sending you when it’s time to revamp!

1.    Change of location

You don’t have to move to the other hemisphere for your skin to feel the difference. It’s more than enough to head a few hours south or north from your current location, and the change in the levels of moisture, dryness, pollution, sun exposure, harsher winds, you name it, and it can wreak havoc on your lovely complexion.

So, it’s best to do your homework before you take the trip, and learn about your destination. Heading somewhere sunny and you’re already leading a battle against blemishes? Then perhaps a new facial wash such as the Body Shop infused with tea tree oil is in order, to refresh and cleanse properly in the new climate.

2.    Well beyond expiration date

When was the last time you checked the expiration date on your collection of bottles? If you’ve been applying the same cream for the past two or three years, chances are that a resupply is long overdue. Click To Tweet In fact, take a long, hard look at your complexion and do a little revision: has this particular set of creams, lotions, serums and whatnots helped you, or have they merely done a mediocre job?

Think of it as spring cleaning for beauty, and clear your cabinets from all the outdated products. Then see which ones did an excellent job, restock, and which ones didn’t really dazzle you, meaning that perhaps you’ll need something different. Give that multi-purpose coconut oil a go, maybe, or a wash that’s both face and body-friendly for your skin type.

3.    Itchy, flaky, irritated skin?

Sometimes the same product seems to work wonders for months, and suddenly cause your skin to break out in hives, or you feel itchy and redness only gets worse by the day. This won’t come as a surprise, but most products are packed with synthetic chemicals, and the accumulation of some of them can cause your skin to react this way.

Synthetic fragrances in your products might be the key culprits of allergic reactions, so it’s wise to consult a dermatologist before you make a change – they can make a suggestion depending on your current condition and what will serve you well down the road.

4.    Clogged Pores

Heavy creams and oily products don’t always work for everyone, and if you’ve noticed that your skin is literally suffocating under all that buildup, it’s time for a detox with the help of healthy exfoliation. We often underestimate the importance of regular scrubbing, and clogged pores are a clear sign you’re in need of a good cleanse.

For instance, Cosmedix line of scrubs can come in very handy in purifying your complexion gently, but thoroughly, with the help of poppy, jojoba and date seeds, combined with salicylic acid. And of course, come hell or high water, don’t forget to apply your sunscreen afterwards.

5.    Where are the results?

You’ve been religiously using the same set of creams and lotions for months on end, but the results still fail to appear – now, as much as you may like your products, whether it’s their lovely scent or the texture you love, if they can’t deliver, you need to let them go.

Just like rashes and irritation are clear signs of a mismatch, a lack of visible results and improvements is equally important to take into consideration. Especially if you’ve used the same product for a very long time, your skin may become resistant to its effects, so it’s time to surprise your pores with some new skin-friendly goodies!

 

 

Peter is a beauty editor at HighStyleLife magazine, living in between the UK and AU. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

REVIEW: Maple Holistics’ Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

Maple Holistic Tea Tree Shampoo

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Read my disclosure policy for more.

 

Hey…hey…hey! Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s already 2018, seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2017. So today we’ll be talking about Maple Holistics’ Special Formula Tea Tree Oil Shampoo.

Over the years, I’ve used various shampoos but none was a regular in my hair care routine. After loc’ing my hair, it became important to have a shampoo not just for washing but a shampoo that cleaned my hair thoroughly, maintained moisture and combats dryness.

I’ve been using this shampoo for roughly about a month now and it has won me over.

About the Company

Maple Holistics is a brand that solely creates natural and organic beauty products. The brand prides themselves on solely using pure and high-quality ingredients in their products which is evident in this product.

About The Product

Maple Holistic Shampoo

The product claims to improve hair and scalp health while promoting hair growth and even slowing hair loss. While I can’t speak about the hair loss aspect, I did notice a major improvement in my scalp. Usually, after a wash day, I’ll add my moisturizing items to my hair but I’ll end up having to repeat the process again during the week because of dry patches in the front and middle of my hair; resulting in an unscheduled wash day.

Using the Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, I didn’t have to excessively oil my hair. After my wash and initial care, I didn’t have to re-oil my hair which was a big plus for me.

Another big plus is that its made with all natural ingredients which include tea tree oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, lavender oil and rosemary. It’s also cruelty-free, parabens-free, sulfate free (which is great for us gals who have dye jobs), GMO-free, and gluten-free. Need I say more?

The Price And Smell

The original price was $25 but you can get your very own bottle for $8.95! A great shampoo without breaking the bank.

If you aren’t a fan of tea tree oil then you may not love the smell but I’m a huge fan so the smell was no issue at all.

The Texture

The shampoo’s texture is very rich and a little does go a long way. However, it does take a bit of work to get a foam lather but it didn’t bother me as I usually take my time to ensure that each loc is cleaned properly.

The clarifying nature of this shampoo is excellent especially for my locs. After one wash most of the grime and dirt in my hair disappeared. I was really impressed by this as it usually takes me at least four washes to get everything out.

Overall Impressions

I really love this shampoo. There is a visible and physical difference in my hair that I haven’t experienced with many popular shampoos. I’m impressed at how well this shampoo locked in moisture and how soft my hair feels.

My locs are definitely happy and I can’t wait to try other products from their line.

If you’re interested in trying this shampoo, Maple Holistics offers an awesome free samples program for you to try out any of their products. The program gives you the opportunity to try out their products at no cost! All you have to do is fill out a short form here and choose any sample you’d like to try out.

Sounds easy right?

Have you ever tried out any natural beauty products before? Which ones are your favourite? Leave a comment below!

Keera Organics Tumeric Soap Review

Keera Organics Tumeric Soap Review

Since summer I have been looking for my holy grail skincare routine. Island Skincare’s Coconut oil was a great find, but I still didn’t have a method. A couple of months ago, I saw several persons on social media raving about the Tumeric soap from Keera Organics.

I’d heard excellent things about Tumeric overall in beauty care, so I quickly googled the nearest outlet so that I could get my hands on the product. Fontana Pharmacy was the nearest outlet in my area, and I wasted no time getting there.

At Fontana

The shelf at Fontana was nearly empty. I searched for the Tumeric soap, and I only found the Soursop soap which is another product available in their skincare line. I almost gave up, but Nick scoured the shelves and found three soaps tucked away at the back of the haircare products.

This product was so hot that consumers resorted to hiding them for future purchase. I bought all three.

Sneaky!

Since this soap was good as others say, I decided to purchase all three to ensure my demand.

At First Glance

Keera Organics Tumeric Soap
The soap’s packaging is a clear saran wrap with a green and white label which states the brand name, the type of soap, main ingredients and what alleviations it can treat. The bar has a dingy cream colour with little chunks of turmeric-infused in it.

The best thing about this bar….it’s 100% natural ingredients and Jamaica made.

About The Soap

According to the Keera Organics website, the Turmeric Soap contains organic turmeric plant extract which is extracted from the most potent part of the plant, the root. The formula was devised by their experts so that it works in balance with all skin types and is effective against acne, eczema and Dark spots. The bar apparently has some natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties to fight pimples and breakouts while providing a youthful glow to the skin.

Now, I’ve been using this product a little over two and a half months, and I’ve achieved few results so far. I’ve seen subtle changes in my skin. It’s a bit lighter around my eyebrows and my T-zone, my skin isn’t dry after I’ve washed my face and I’m less oily than I used to be.

However, my skin has a rough texture which shows under my makeup. It almost looks like a dry patch, but my skin isn’t dry. I have a lot more breakouts around the areas that have been lightened, and my dark spots are more visible than before.

I’m not sure if this is a result of the product, but I’m inclined to believe so since it is the only product in my current skincare regime excluding my moisturizer.

Final Thoughts

I plan to finish the three months as scheduled. However, I don’t think I would repurchase this product for myself. While it did for work for others like my mother, it didn’t work for me. I do give it points for the oil control; I’m less oiler at the end of the day. Overall, based on the results as it relates to my skin, I would give this product a 3/10.

Have any of you tried Keera Organic’s Tumeric soap or any other Tumeric product currently or in the past? Let me know in the comments and share any recommendations.

Nuff Love, Shevoneese.

 

The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash & Toner

On my quest for controlled skin this summer, I have been searching for the right product to help keep my breakouts to a minimum.

A friend of mine had suggested years ago that I try products from the Body Shop. In my research, I came across an advertisement introducing their Skin Clearing Tea Tree Oil Line. I was skeptical at first, as I am with any new product, but I decided that it was worth a try.

Plus, it was on sale! Who doesn’t like a good discount?

Finally, it arrived, and I was surprised at how small the bottles were, but that didn’t deter me from testing the products.

I’ve been using the product on and off for three weeks. My first reaction, the smell. If you use tea tree oil as a part of your regular regime, then you’re familiar with the smell. There’s no “it’s so fruity’ moment, it just smells like Tea Tree Oil.

If you’re not a fan of the smell, then this product is not for you.

A little product goes go a long way. You don’t need a lot to cover the areas of your face because it lathers up well.

After a few seconds, I felt the cooling effects. It wasn’t intense, but you’ll notice when it happens. Using it regularly, I hardly noticed the effects after the first 2 – 3 washes.

With other washes that I’ve used, my skin felt very dry and tight. However, this product left my skin feeling smooth and moisturized.

After drying my face, I followed with the mattifying toner.

The instructions on the bottle suggested for best use, a shake of the product would activate the mattifying powders. Like the wash, a little product goes a long way, and the smell was the same.


My Overall Results

Still too early to tell, but my skin tone looks a bit more even, and my acne scars have faded slightly.

I don’t want to get my hopes up too soon, as I am with a lot of products I’ve tried in the past, butI’ll continue using the product until it’s finished.

Currently, it’s at the half way mark.

I also plan to purchase the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mask, as I’ve read great reviews.

If you tried the products, let me know in the comment section.