The Sun and Your Skin

Welcome back my friends! I love love love the sun! Being from the east coast it is basically impossible to avoid the beach especially in the summer. There is nothing more relaxing to me is laying out in the peach and quiet and reading a book while working on a tan. As nice as that sounds to your mental health your skin is crying for help! However, just like anything in life you can enjoy it in moderation. Here are some helpful hints and information to enjoy the rays and take care of your skin.

Between the ages of 14-25 I baked myself in a tanning bed on the regular. UGH! I know! I was literally addicted to tanning beds and would tan year round. But now I am paying the price! I can see a difference in my skin from years of tanning and I am now fighting it. Now a days they have sooooo many amazing tanning products on the market so you can fake a tan.

Why is the sun bad? Answer: UV Rays and the damaging effects it has on your skin.

UVA Rays: these are the high intensity rays that last all day long. They damage new skin and go through the deepest layers of your skin. These are the rays that cause cancer and make your skin very sensitive.

UVB Rays: These guys are the middle of the road. They penetrate your skin causing wrinkles and lines. These are the rays that they tell you to look out for during am-pm.

UVC Rays: These are the lightest of rays. They are absorbed by the ozone layer and go into your outermost layer of skin. These are not too harmful in small amounts. 

Okay so that sounds a little scary but how do we protect ourselves. Obviously stay out of the sun and wear protective clothing but also….sunscreen! Here are some helpful sunscreen tips….

AT LEAST Spf 15

Apply and reapply often

Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure

Look for sunscreen with UVA and UVB Ray protection

Skin care is a very real and very scary thing. This UV ray stuff is no joke. Please protect yourself and always read your sunscreen bottle. Learn about the ingredients or what type of rays it protects against.

xoxo

ashley beth

Face Moisturizers!

Hi friends! Today I’m going to talk about face moisturizers and why they are so important for your skin. Have you ever just found yourself in Sephora or a drug store just staring at all the face moisturizers and thinking ughhh. Sensitive formula, formulated without AHA, collagen, vitamin c, scent free, vegan!….ughh all these buzz words and choices. If you’re anything like me you’ve caught yourself staring in awe and thinking to yourself help! SOS! What do I choose!? Fear no more friends, here is a little guide to help y’all out!

One thing I can say for sure is if you go to any makeup artist or skin care specialist the one thing they have in common is their love for keeping your skin hydrated. There’s thousands of moisturizers on the market, thousands of hydrating masks and the ever so popular hydra-facial! They must be on to something. Keeping your skin moisturized and hydrated is literally the fountain of youth! The healthier and more hydrated you keep your skin the healthier it is going to look. Moisturizers also protect the skin from pollution and other outdoor elements.

Dry Skin: You guys need a heavy, oil based moisturizer. You need this because when you have dry skin your body isn’t producing much oil that your face needs. When using an oil based moisturizer it helps your skin absorb and lock in the moisture. Make sure you look for an ingredient called propylene glycol which helps keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. 

Normal Skin: You need a middle of the road moisturizer. Not too much oil and not too much water in the moisturizer. Look for acetyl alcohol in the ingredients list which will keep your skin balanced.

Oily/Combination Skin: Do not be fooled! My friends with oily skin need to moisturize too! You guys are going to combine categories for this because you basically need the same thing. Look for oil free products which contain little no no oils or animal fat. My oily friends look for a moisturizer that is labeled non-comedogenic which prevents the clogging of pores. My combination friends moisturize your skin on your cheeks and forehead, use a light moisturizer or oil free one throughout your T-Zone or where your specifically get oily. 

Sensitive Skin: Organic, vegan, fragrance free, dyes free! Look for the most natural moisturizer you can find. Lush has great options. Make sure the moisturizer is lightweight and read the ingredients! Chances are if you cannot pronounce more than 5 ingredients your skin will not like it!

I am always looking for a great moisturizer. I change it up all the time. Comment below! I’d love to hear what you use.

 

xoxo

ashley beth

 

Face Toners!

Hi everyone! I hope we’re all enjoying my segment on learning about your skin! Today I am going to talk about facial toners. I will go over different types of toners as well as what they are and why you need them.

I feel like the toners are thrown all over the makeup as well ask skin care industry. It’s one of those words that you hear all the time and most skin gurus swear by them. When I was a teen I saw my mom use a facial toner so I thought hey I should use one too. So I used her facial toner and OH MY GOD did that guy burn my skin. From that day on I stop using toners until my mid twenties. What I didn’t realize was first I was using the wrong type of toner for my skin and second since I was my teen years and my skin was very sensitive due to acne I shouldn’t have used a toner the way I did in the first place. So lets all learn from my mistake and here we go!

Toners are used for cleansing and refreshing the skin and restore your skins natural pH balance. Toners are a godsend for people with oil skin or people who wear a lot of makeup daily (me!). It removes any remaining dead skin or excess oils from your skin essentially restoring texture. For lack of a better word toners “disinfect” (use that term loosely) your skin after oils and dirt build up on your skin. Certain toners can also shrink and minimize the size of your pores. How it works is like this…toners contain alcohol which slightly irritates the skin which causing skin to swell just a little which makes large pores disappear. The best way to apply toners is either by spraying the face or putting the toner on a cotton pad and wiping the face.

Skin Fresheners: The mildest type of toners. They contain mostly water or rose water and contain less than 10% of alcohol. They prevent your skin from loosing moisture and they are great for sensitive, dry and normal skin.

Skin Tonics: These toners are middle of the pack. They contain water and up to 20% of alcohol. These are great for normal, combination and even oily skin. 

Astringents: This is the strongest type of toners. They contain water, humectants and up to 60% alcohol. They are good for drying and getting rid of excess oils. The most common astringent is Witch hazel. These work best for people with oily skin. 

This concludes my post for today! I hope this helps you guys out and I hope none of you make the same mistake I did. Toners are an important part of skin care and they can really bring back the life in your skin. They are also very helpful to people with oily skin because they really do combat the excess oil. Please, please, please tell me what your favorite toner is. I’d love to hear!

xoxo

ashley beth

 

Face Cleansers!

Welcome back friends! Thanks for checking out my blog! So if you’ve been following along I’ve been blogging all week about skin care. Let’s face it, the care and keeping of your skin is so important. If you’re in love with makeup just as much as I am you know how important it is to take care of your skin. If you don’t have a good canvas you won’t have a good final product!

So today we’re gonna focus on face cleansers and the different types. So here we go!

Soap: Best for oily skin! Soap will deeply clean the skin and leave it feeling refreshed and thoroughly clean. Whatever you do, do not use hand or body soap. This is too harsh for your skin and will often irritate and strip your face of natural oils. Look for cold cream soapes or glycerine soaps. The glycerine and cold cream moisturizes the skin and makes it feel soft/

Gel: These are best for oily or combination skin. These guys are used to break up oils and fight blemish causing bacteria. You can find them usually in foam form. 

Cream: These cleansers are very lightweight and will make your skin feel very clean and light. Cream cleansers are great for normal or dry skin types. They are formulated with oils and emollients to bring back the moisture and life into your skin!

Oil: These cleansers are great for very very dry skin. They are formulated to bring back moisture and oil to the skin. These will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated.

Balm: These are great for all skin types except for oily. Balm cleansers condition and moisturize the skin. They fight skin “dullness”, all while giving you a deep clean. 

Exfoliating: These cleansers are for all skin types, however, proceed with caution. They can contain alpha hydroxy acids which can make your skin very sensitive to the sun. These cleansers are made to exfoliate your skin and loosen dead skin cells. It is best to use these types of cleaners only a few times a week.

Yayyyyy skin care! Personally I switch it up a lot between all of these types of cleansers. I usually use soap, gel or cream cleansers with a combination of an exfoliating cleanser. I typically exfoliate my face just about every other day. I have been exfoliating with the same product and this often for years. My skin is use to it. I am obsessed with the Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub which you can find HERE!

Lets chat! Comment below or email me. I would love to hear about your favorite face cleansers or exfoliants!

xoxo

ashley beth

How to Determine Your Skin Type

Welcome back friends! For my next skin segment we are gonna talk about how to figure out what skin type you have. If you use my post from yesterday as a guide and follow the prompts below you will be one step closer to perfecting your skin care! Good luck!

First, wash your face and let it sit for 15 minutes, DO NOT MOISTURIZE!

What is your skin’s texture. Is it flaky (dry), shiny (oily) or smooth (normal)?

How does your skin feel? Is there tightness all over (dry)? Is there no tightness at all (oily)? Is there tightness in your cheeks (combination)? Is there tightness in your forehead (normal)?

How does your skin look mid day? Is it oily all over (oily)? Is is oily in your T-Zone (combination)? Is there no oil (dry)? Is there just a few oily spots that are not very noticeable (normal)?

Like I said in my last post, once you determine your skin type your skin care will get much easier. I have always struggled with my skin care and will continue to struggle. Now that I know what type of skin I have shopping for products is so much easier because I know what my skin needs. Hope this was helpful for y’all!

So for my next few blog posts I wanna talk about skin care and the different ways to take care of your skin. Next time we’ll chat about face cleansers!

xoxo

ashley beth

Skin Types!

Hey friends, welcome back! Today I’m gonna talk about different skin types and how to figure out what type you have. For years I have struggled with my skin care. I was never sure what type of moisturizer or what type of toner to choose. Once I started seeing an aesthetician and she told me what type of skin I have my beauty life got 100% easier.

Dry skin, combination skin, sensitive skin….all the buzz words you hear and see walking down the skin care aisle. If you are like me you were looking at all the products thinking well I have dry skin? No I think I have oily skin? No, no I must have combination skin. It was all so confusing. Here’s a breakdown of the different skin types and how to recognize what types you have….

Normal Skin: Your day to day skin is comfortable feeling. It’s not too dry and not too oily. It is smooth and an even texture. You don’t notice your pores as a problem and they stay the same size. Your cheeks are the driest part of your face but you don’t feel like you need to constantly moisturize. You might get a little shiny on your T-Zone but nothing you feel like you need to take care of throughout the day. 

Dry Skin: After washing your face your skin feels tight. Your skin is constantly looking flaky. When you run your hands over your face your skin feels rough and textured. When applying products your skin stings or feels sensitive. Your pores are not a problem, you cannot even see them. Fine lines are your enemies. 

Oily Skin: No matter if is is February or July your skin is constantly shiny. Your T-Zone is always shiny even after you wash your face. Your pores are large and visible even with makeup. You have frequent breakouts but you have very few wrinkles. 

Combination Skin: Your skin is a little bit of Oily and a little bit of Dry. Typically your skin is oily through your T-Zone and dry on your cheeks. You can find large visible pores on your forehead, nose and chin.

Sensitive Skin: Your skin can be dry, oily, normal or combination. Your skin is easily irritated and prone to redness. Cosmetics, moisturizers and cleansers can easily aggravate your skin. Your skin is very sensitive and constantly feels itchy or looks blotchy.

So over the next few blog posts I really want to focus on skin types and care for them. On the next post I’ll focus on how to analyze your skin and find out what type of skin you have. Until next time!

xoxo

ashley beth