Top 10 Skin Care Buzz Words

Hi friends! Thanks for checking out my blog make sure you subscribe! So today I want to talk about some words that you hear constantly when it comes to skin care. These are the words that we see all over the skin care aisle that most of us don’t even know. So without hesitation here are the top 10 important skin care buzz words…

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAS): These are acids that reduce the appearance of fine lines. AHA’s help skin shed dead cells and improve the texture of the skin. You will find AHAS in a lot of acne products because they prevent breakouts and unclog pores. Glycolic acid is a very popular AHA.

Antioxidants: These little guys help protect the skin from damage. Vitamins A, C and E are great antioxidants. 

Collagen: This you will see all over “anti aging” products. Collagen is a protein that is found in the skin. As we age collagen levels decline. Collagen is commonly injected in the skin, but you can use products with peptides in them and they have similar effects.

Emollients: These guys hold moisture into the skin. Look for squalane, avocado oil, wheat germ oil, lanolin and shea butter in your list of ingredients. 

Green Tea Extract: Now this is something that is blaring down the skin care aisle. It is an antioxidant that is found in anti- aging products. It slows down the process of sun damage. 

Humectants: These guys also help skin retain moisture. They retain water from the air and are also called glycerin, algae extract, sodoium hyaluronate, urea, lactic acid and panthenol. 

Hyaluronic Acid: As you age your body slows down production of this acid. This can be injected into the skin, applied topically or taken as a supplement. It hydrates the skin. 

Peptides: These are molecules that are basically transporters. They take things like green tea or vitamin E and bring them to cells to rejuvenate them. They are basically for renewing the skin. 

Retinoids: These are the acne fighters and they act to reverse the signs of aging. You need to be careful when using retinoids. They can be very harsh on the skin and make your skin peel if your skin is sensitive. They help fight fine lines and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Serums: Everyone needs a serum no matter what age you are…we all hear that all the time. They correct the skin and can combat dullness and uneven skin tones. The best way to apply a serum is after cleansing and before applying moisturizer to make sure your serum is locked into the skin.

I hope this helps you guys as you navigate the skin care aisle. I do not purchase a product without reading the active ingredients first. It is really important to know what you are putting onto your skin because it is being absorbed into your body. Take your time learning about skin care it will make purchasing products must easier.

xoxo

ashley beth

 

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 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