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The Best Toners for Oily, Acne-prone Skin

Hey Lovelies,

One of the biggest debates in the skincare world is whether or not a toner is essential to a proper skincare routine. Many people swear by toner, and claim in makes a huge difference in their skin, whereas others believe it to be an unnecessary step that isn’t worth the extra money. I personally believe that toners are amazing. After cleansing our skin, it is essential to restore the PH of our skin, and using toner is a great way to do this. I also believe that toners can have beautiful soothing or purifying properties, depending on what you’re going for. Additionally, toning our skin can help to moisturize our skin, and better prepare it to absorb our moisturizer. If we apply our moisturizing cream or oil to a slightly damp face, our skin will reap the benefits of more moisture. When our skin is wet, our pores are more open, which allows our moisturizers to penetrate more effectively.

Today I want to address the best ingredients you can use to tone your skin when you struggle with oilier, acne-prone skin. There are many beautiful ingredients out there that can work wonders for this skin type, helping to control oil, and reduce breakouts.

1. Witch Hazel – This is a great ingredient to look for in a toner because it is so purifying yet gentle. Witch hazel is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory so it will help to heal breakouts and reduce redness. In addition, it’s amazing for regulating oil production.

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2. Peppermint – This too is amazing for oily skin types! In addition to being wonderfully refreshing, it is also anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, much like witch hazel, although I would definitely say that peppermint packs a more powerful punch. I would definitely avoid a toner containing peppermint if your skin is sensitive in the slightest. However, for the rest of you gals that aren’t sensitive and are in need of a great blemish-reducing ingredient, definitely look into a toner that contains peppermint.

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3. Apple Cider Vinegar – This stuff is seriously amazing. It’s also very cost-effective. Apple cider vinegar is great at regulating the PH of your skin and reducing acne. It can also help fade the hyperpigmentation caused by acne, which everyone knows can be a real pain. If you plan to give apple cider vinegar a try, I urge you to dilute it with water so that it doesn’t irritate you, because it’s pretty powerful stuff.

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4. Lavender – Lavender is probably one of my favourite scents. In addition to its wonderful aroma, its amazing at balancing your skin, because it help to regulate oil production while quenching your skin; this makes it especially ideal for more combination skin-types. If you suffer from acne AND have sensitive skin, I feel like lavender may be more effective than the above three would.

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So there you have it! I absolutely love toners and hydrosols because of their wonderful skin benefits as well as their relaxing properties. Imagine having one of these great hydrosols in the summer for an afternoon pick-me-up? Or using one with lavender before bed?

I would love to hear about your favourite toners! What do you find effective in keeping acne-prone skin controlled?

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Foods That Boost Your Skins Hydration

Hey guys,

As a follow up to my last post, I am going to continue talking about the things you can do to prevent winter dryness. While skincare products play a major role in maintaining soft skin, I believe that the best way to ensure that you don’t dry up like a prune this winter is to eat the proper foods that will help to moisturize your skin from within. When you combine proper eating habits with a good skincare routine, you stand a much greater chance of maintaining healthy, moisturized skin. So without further ado, here are the prime foods you should make an effort to eat more of to get that healthy glow.

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1. Healthy fats (avocados, coconut oil, olive oil) – these foods are amazing at hydrating your skin. They contain a high concentration of water, thus ensuring that your skin doesn’t dry out. Try swapping butter out for coconut oil (which tastes amazing by the way!) and drizzling olive oil, or even flax oil onto your rice, vegetables, or salad. Don’t cook with these oils though (unless it’s coconut oil) or you could destroy all of their beautifying nutrients. And I recommend trying to eat half an avocado a day. Avocados are one of my favourite foods – they’re all green creamy goodness.

2. Nuts and seeds – These too contain lots of healthy fats that help to nourish your skin. Almond are a great choice as they are high in vitamin E, as are flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds, all of which are very high in omegas. Walnuts, pumpkin seeds and pecans are great too. Plus, think of all that amazing plant-based protein you’re getting too!

4. Water rich veggies – Certain veggies have the ability to hydrate your skin because it’s like you’re eating your water! Try incorporating more celery, cucumber, lettuce and radishes. Celery is great with almond butter ( a double duty hydrating snack!), and the others are fantastic ingredients to create a nourishing salad.

5. Smoothies – Smoothies are fantastic when it comes to hydrating your skin. Blending all those fruits and veggies together allows those nutrients to absorb into your body much faster, so you reap the benefits that those fruits and veggies have to offer more fully. I personally enjoy a green smoothie every morning, and I can honestly say that my skin has become so much more moisturized since I introduced this daily habit into my lifestyle.

I hope that you guys found this list helpful. Remember, you are what you eat! Try incorporating more of these foods into your diet and watch as your skin begins to soften up and glow more!

What foods do you believe best help you to maintain your complexion?

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Ways To Prevent And Heal Dry Winter Skin

Hey Guys!

Now that Christmas is over and January is upon us, we can all look forward to dropping temperatures, flurries of snow, and endless wind. I find that January through March is almost always the coldest time of the year, which is why it is especially important that we take extra care with our┬áskin so that we don’t dry up like raisins. Dry skin is never pretty; our makeup looks worse, fine lines and wrinkles become more prominent and let’s be honest, it can be pretty uncomfortable. No one enjoys tight or itchy skin. With that being said, there are many things you can do to prevent winter from drying out your skin.

1. Take lukewarm showers – This one is always the hardest switch for almost everyone, especially since hot showers feel especially lovely during the wintertime. However, hot water can dry your skin out terribly, so I suggest trying your best to take lukewarm showers. Don’t worry, eventually you’ll get used to it. I’ve been taking lukewarm to cool showers for over a year now, and the very idea of a hot shower turns me off. I find them very uncomfortable now that my skin has acclimated. Also, you’ll probably save money on water because I guarantee your showers will be faster. Haha.

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2. Chug that water – This is the oldest trick in the book. Drinking lots of water is amazing for keeping your body healthy, thus keeping your skin hydrated.

3. Moisturize, baby! – You may find that your skin needs more moisture now that its colder, so make sure that you invest in a quality moisturizer that works for you. Whatever worked in spring or summer may not cut it anymore. Remember, you should moisturize at least twice a day. Same goes for your body; find a nice, heavy lotion that keeps your skin soft and supple all day long.

4. Try a moisturizing body wash – It’s not just our faces that suffer during the winter. There is personally nothing I hate more then my body feeling dry and itchy. So, try pumping up your moisturizing routine with a richer body wash to help soften your skin.

5. Plug in a Humidifier – This is a super effective trick. Try using a humidifier in your room to help put some moisture back into the air while you sleep. Dry air can be a huge contributor to dry skin, so investing in a humidifier may help to alleviate many of your dry skin troubles.

6. Eat well – Eating properly is a must if you want soft, smooth skin. Make sure to eat lots of fruits and vegetables as well as healthy fats, like nuts, seeds, avocados and coconut oil. Also, try to stay away from refined sugars and refined white carbs as they can really dry out your skin, and make your complexion appear more dull.

Winter is the hardest time of the year to maintain good skin, so I hope that you find success with these tips. What do you do to help prevent and heal dry skin?

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