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Your Ultimate Guide To Buying New Skin Care

Skin care is a huge industry in the 21st Century – billions and billions of dollars are made in profits every year. There are new products, new brands and new “must-haves” being created all the time, so as an everyday consumer, it can be tricky to figure out which skin care is best for you.

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In this post, I will take you through the questions you need to ask yourself and the research you need to do before you buy new skin care. Skin care that is wrong for you can cause symptoms like rashes, excessive oil, dryness – or simply no effect at all!

Are you ready to get educated on skin care? Let’s get started!

Knowing your skin type

Your skin type is the first thing you need to know before you shop for new skin care. Skin care products are designed for people of different ages and skin types, meaning that if you buy the wrong one for you, your skin will get worse, not better.

What is a skin type? Your skin type is the result of lots of factors, including hormones, diet, genetics and your routine. To find out your skin type, click here.

Reading reviews

Now that you know your skin type and can narrow down your product search a little more, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of the situation. If you have some products in mind that you’d like to try, but you want to know which to choose, now is the time to dig into some customer reviews.

You can read reviews, like this Pure Haven essentials review, on blogs, product websites or social media. Reviewers will often give a rating out of five, then detail in their own words how the product helped them – or why they didn’t like it.

Of course, everybody is different – just because someone disliked a product, that doesn’t mean you will! However, reviews are a good guide to see if the product is worth a try for someone of your skin type and age, and for your budget. 

Familiarizing yourself with ingredients

Skin care products contain many, many ingredients – it would be impossible to memorize them all, unless you have a degree in dermatology!

However, there are some ingredients that come up again and again, that are beneficial for your skin and might make a product stand out! These include:

  • Salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is an ingredient that is perfect for people with acne and/or blackheads, as it gently exfoliates and cleans away bacteria and oil. 
  • Vitamin A. Vitamin A is often found in retinoids which can reduce acne and brighten your skin. 
  • Natural plant oils. Natural plant oils like witch hazel are fantastic additions to skin care, as they nourish your skin with vitamins and hydrate it too.

Do you want to buy new skincare, but you aren’t sure where to start? Knowing your skin type, reading the reviews, and learning common ingredients will help you make the right decision for your skin!

Spring into Style with a Fashion Refresh!

Spring is in the air, the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds and the warmth we’ve been waiting for is barreling in. Brighter and longer days means our moods are lifted. But it also means we might be considering a fashion refresh. Winter has a way of lulling us into a fashion monotony. Jeans, sweaters, boots. Rinse and repeat. Hair in a top knot or shoved in a toboggan. Black, black, maybe some brown or navy…and MORE BLACK. Sound familiar? But now Spring has SPRUNG. So what can you do to SPRING into STYLE?

Think about a capsule wardrobe

One of the first things to consider is a popular topic here on this blog — the capsule wardrobe. Capsule wardrobes simplify your wardrobe and can accommodate all aspects of your style. It may seem counter-intuitive, but by simplifying your choices, you actually become MORE adventurous in what you wear. Because of the limited options you start to combine different pieces to create new outfits and looks. Rather than repeat the same refrain over and over again.

HOW TO CREATE A WORK CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR SPRING

Add some color to your wardrobe

Another thing you can consider? Adding color! If color is normally something you shy away from you can still inject some of the trend into your wardrobe choices by choosing to get colorful with shoes or accessories. This is really on trend for Spring anyway.  So, you can get creative with your outfit additions without pushing yourself too much out of your comfort zone.

THE ROY G. BIV OF SPRING SHOES

What about the jewelry?

Jewelry is another way to really transform an outfit. For example, one statement necklace will completely change the look of a plain t-shirt. Websites like animalkingdomjewelry.com are a great place to look for some inspiration. Their animal-themed pieces are a great way to add a touch of whimsy to any outfit. But there are lots of other options out there! You could even make your own piece of jewelry! Great conversation starter. 

DIY: CHALKBOARD NECKLACE

Add some protection

One thing to remember at this time of year is to dress your skin. Not literally in clothes but with SPF protection! You are more likely to have a little bit more skin on show at this time of year, and there is nothing wrong with that, but that also means you need to add some sunscreen to keep your skin protected from harmful UV rays. Plus this will help you avoid burning and strange red tan lines — a fashion choice I’m unfortunately all too familiar with. (But not this year! I promise!!!) 

MY TOP 10 SKIN CARE STAPLES

Give your feet some love

At this time of year, you are bound to start ditching the boots and socks in favor of your favorite flats and sandals. However, are your feet ready for the exposure? The truth is, we may have neglected our feet a little during the winter months and they could need a little pampering to get ready for sandal season. Book yourself in for a pedicure (or perform one at home!). Buffing the hard skin and giving your nails a fresh coat of polish can make you feel fabulous and certainly ready to rock the sandals.

8 NECESSITIES FOR LONG HIKING TRIPS — including foot care!

Change your hairstyle

If you’re like me, you love long hair in the winter. But as soon as the weather starts to warm up you find yourself itching to chop it all off. Or you’re on the other end of the spectrum with shorter hair and want to invest in extensions for the summer season ahead. A quick look at Pinterest.com should highlight some hairstyle options you might want to consider. You might even want to try out a color change. Be daring! After all, it’s a whole new season.

IRRESISTIBLE ME HAIR EXTENSION REVIEW 

Try something different

Finally, why not use the season change as a prime time to try something different. Maybe you want to do something different with your makeup… Try out a technique like contouring or a smokey eye. There are plenty of YouTube tutorial videos out there. Admittedly, lots with more day-to-day looks than the ones in the post below, haha!

CREATING COSTUME MAKEUP MASTERPIECES!

Do you guys have any other fashion refresh tips to share? 

My Weekly Ritual: Mask Mondays (+why I think you should set & forget self-care)

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Every Monday evening I hole up in my bathroom and do a face mask. It’s something to look forward to at the end of a long day of not wanting to be back at work. Mondays, am I right?

My current favorites are this honey facial mask from Bee Friendly and this mermaid mask from Leahlani. And my mom tucked this spirulina mask from The Granola Goat in my stocking this year and I’m excited to give it a try.

If there are things you like doing for yourself – whether it be painting your nails, taking bubble baths, zoning out while you roll around on your foam roller, WHATEVER – I encourage you try out this set it and forget it approach.

It’s really easy to love the idea of self-care but actually doing it…like on the regs…is a little more difficult. There’s never a time when you couldn’t be doing “something else.” So we set those moments for our self aside and relegate them to next weekend or when the to-do list gets done or we’re on vacation. But y’all. All told my Mask Mondays take me about 20 minutes. 20 minutes a week of a lil luxurious me-time. I can spare it. And so can you.

But you don’t have to waste the brain space figuring out when to take that 20 minutes each week. Pick a day, pick a time. Repeat. Every week.

…And then if you’re feeling really wild, maybe you can try a monthly ritual too. Think: trips to your gym where you don’t work out but instead hit up the hot tub and sauna. Getting a massage or a blow out. Hikes in a state park. Taking yourself out to eat or to a movie.

When I turned 28 I decided on the 28th of every month for the whole year I would buy myself a new magazine. Whatever looked interesting and appealing. It was such an amazing birthday gift to myself because I love magazines but I always talk myself out of them. Essentially I gifted myself with the reassurance that it was ok to spend money on something that brought me joy. And setting a date that was easy to remember meant I actually followed through.

If you want to up your self-care game and do more that brings you joy — set it and forget it, sistah!

Anyways, what self care rituals are you into lately?