Category Archives: Quick Tips: Skin Care

How to Knock Out a Zit

Ah the joys of being almost 46 and STILL being acne-prone. Yes, I’m nearly middle-aged and I can still manage to get a zit. Most of the time this happens when I don’t pay attention to what I’m eating (i.e. acne-triggering foods) and/or or when I’m testing out competitors’ products. I can truly be my own worst enemy at times.

Lately I’ve been craving peanut butter. Specifically peanut butter spread on a banana. I have no idea why (no, I am NOT pregnant). I really try to stay away from peanut products because peanuts are high in androgenic hormones which can cause acne flareups. The proof is in the pictures in this article. As a result of my peanut butter and banana debacle, a big ‘ol zit reared its ugly head right on my chin. I played and therefore, I paid.

This zit hurt- it was raised, very inflamed but there was no ‘head’ on it so I wasn’t able to try and extract anything.  For the record, I do NOT advise anyone to try and ‘pop’ their own zits. I’m a licensed esthetician and a certified acne specialist of over 12 years. I know exactly what to do and how to extract pimples properly so as not to cause scarring or further infection. I also know when NOT to try and extract a zit.  In this case, I had to use a great spot treatment ASAP otherwise this zit was going to get big enough to have its own zip code. Yikes!

How I Knocked Out This Zit

First, I removed my makeup and washed my face with PRIIA’s acne-safe makeup remover. I LOVE this stuff. My skin is left feeling clean and soft- not tight and stripped. After I cleansed, I used PRIIA’s Hydrating Skin Spritz as my toner. Both our makeup remover and Hydrating Skin Spritz are pH balanced. Yay! Then I applied ice to the zit for about a minute. (keep that ice cube moving so as not to cause any ‘ice burns’ on the skin).

Next, I sprayed one pump of Hydrating Skin Spritz into the palm of my hand. I then sprinkled some of PRIIA’s Calm Down Anti-Blemish Powder into my palm and I made a thin paste. I applied this paste to my zit and went to bed. I only slept about 5.5 hours (my cats woke me up waaaay too early) this night but you can see in the picture how the inflammation was significantly reduced. The zit was no longer raised. It no longer hurt. It had basically just turned into a small flat light red spot. I did the same treatment the following night before bed and by the next morning it had faded away almost completely.  I’m thrilled with the results. A bonus was that the skin surrounding the zit did NOT get dry, flaky or irritated from the Calm Down Powder paste. Winning!!!!

I highly suggest giving this blemish spot treatment a try!

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Hydrate Versus Moisturize: What’s The Difference?

When we hear the words ‘hydrate’ and ‘moisturize’ most people tend to think that the two terms are interchangeable.  This would be incorrect.

A hydrating product is something that helps to increase the moisture/water content of the skin. Hydrating products tend to be in a water-based formula such as PRIIA’s Hydrating Skin Spritz or a gel-type of product such as Face Reality’s Hydrabalance.

A moisturizer is a product that helps hold moisture/water already in the skin and prevents this moisture from leaving the skin which is called TEWL (transepidermal water loss). Moisturizing products tend to be in a more emollient formula such as Face Reality’s Clearderma moisturizing creme or DermaTruth’s gel/creme antioxidant moisturizer.

Which skin type for which product?

Well, I think both are great for all skin types!  Use a hydrating product product FIRST and then seal in that moisture with an actual moisturizer!  Just make sure they are acne-safe if you’re an acne-prone individual. (the products mentioned in this post are all acne-safe)



Can Oily Skin Be Dry At The Same Time?

True or False: Oily skin be also be dry at the same time.

Answer: True.  The dryness that is felt is actually dehydration which is a skin condition (not a skin type).  The surface of the skin is lacking water.  This condition is usually caused by using and over cleaning with harsh soaps, too much sun exposure, overly hot water and either using the wrong type of moisturizer or non at all.
Woman washing face To treat this type of condition, stay away from harsh facial cleansers containing sulfates and alcohol that strip the skin’s surface of it’s natural lipid barrier.  Instead, look for a mild foaming cleanser with natural surfactants from plant derived oils and extracts such as Decyl Polyglucose which is made from corn, glucose and starch.

If you decide to use a toner after cleansing, use one that will balance the skin’s pH and is free from alcohol and synthetic fragrance.  Natural hydrosols are wonderful as toners. One of my favorites is organic rose water hydrosol.

For moisturizing and sun protection, look for products that are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and non-acnegenic (won’t cause breakouts).  They should have a lightweight texture to them.  Oily dehydrated skin needs humectants (water binders) not emollients.  Oily skin makes enough of it’s own natural emollient in the form of sebum.  The best humectant ingredients to look for are: sodium PCA, glycerin and my favorite, hyaluronic acid (50 kDa).  All of these ingredients not only attract water to the skin, they bind it there.  Typically these ingredients are found more in serums as opposed to traditional moisturizers.


Skin Care Quick Tip: Don’t Waste Your Moisturizer or SPF!

The other day I was at my friend's house and she was putting on her makeup, etc. as we were chatting.  I noticed after she applied her moisturizer with SPF, she wiped off the excess product that was on her hands onto a paper towel.

Waste Not – Want Not

Immediately I yelled, "Why did you do that??!"  She looked at me and said, "Why did I do what?"  I informed her that she shouldn't have wiped the excess product on a paper towel.  She tilted her head and gave me an inquisitive look.  I explained that she could have used the excess product on her neck, chest and the tops of her hands.  At that point, I saw the the lightbulb go off over her head.

Apply skin care First, you should be applying your SPF or moisturizer to your neck and chest areas anyway.  You don't want to wind up looking like some of those Hollywood starlets who have had facial rejuvenation done but neglect to do anything with their neck and chest.  You know what I'm talking about.  Their neck and chest areas look 10 years older than their faces.  Gobble, gobble-turkey neck anyone?

Secondly, most women neglect the tops of their hands.  This area shows aging rapidly because of the constant exposure to UVA & UVB rays all year round.  Hyperpigmentation (brown spots) will show up sooner than you want it to if your hands aren't being protected daily with SPF.

One last tip: always apply your moisturizer/SPF to the face, neck and chest in an UPWARD manner.  Don't help gravity along by dragging the skin down.

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Skin Care Quick Tip: Winter Skin & Hot Water

As an esthetician, one of the most common complaints I hear in the cold winter months is that a client's skin feels dry, tight and dehydrated.

One of the biggest culprits for skin feeling this way is that because it's colder outside, we tend to take hotter showers and baths.  The hotter the water and the higher the foam content of your bath products, the dryer your skin will become. 

Here's a Few Winter Skin Tips For You 

I'll admit it- I LOVE hot showers!  But, I hate what my skin looks and feels like when I go to apply my makeup afterwards.  So, what I do is to wash my face with tepid water at the sink BEFORE I take myWoman washing face shower.  This way, I avoid getting the hot water on my face but I don't feel chilly and uncomfortable when I'm showering .  I also use products that are sulphate-free.  You can find an array of bath products (including shampoos) that have natural, plant-based surfactants so you still get the foamy lather without all the moisture-stripping chemicals.  My favorite sulphate-free body washes are by Bella Lucce.  By the way, PRIIA Natural Skin Care facial cleansers will all be sulphate-free!

Since I'm still guilty of taking a hot shower, my body can feel a little dry and itchy if I fail to hydrate my skin.  So, I follow the "3-Minute Rule".  I apply all moisturizers (face & body) no more than three minutes after showering to help lock in moisture.

Question: Do you notice that your skin changes during the cold, winter months?  If so, what changes occur for you?  Leave your comments in the form below.  Thank you!

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