Beauty Tip of the Day: Wash Your Face with Tepid Water

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Hi Beauties!

Today, I thought I would share with you my experience using tepid water to wash my face versus when I used to use hot water. My skin type is dry/sensitive and is very break out prone if I use the wrong products. It is also very sensitive to weather changes and will become extremely dry and flaky in the winter months, and oily in the summer months. Since I made the decision to use only tepid water to wash my face, I have noticed a significant difference in my skin. It is less dry, I have noticed a reduction in redness and breakouts, and the overall suppleness of my skin. I began to notice a trend that in the winter months, my skin would break out more, becoming very irritated and dry. I linked it to the use of hot water to wash my face since it is colder and that is what you would tend to do. In the summer months, I always have flawless skin because I use tepid, sometimes cool water to wash my face.

It is suggested that the right temperature of the water for your face is warm or tepid water. You can try experimenting to see what temperature is comfortable for you and it should not burn your finger when under the tap. So why is it important to use tepid, warm water? It is said that this temperature not only unclogs the pores, but it also maintains your skin natural oils. If the water is too hot, you will strip your skin of the natural oils, causing it to become very dry and irritated. However, if the water is too cold it cannot sufficiently remove the daily oil and dirt that is trapped in your pores. Its all about a balance! This may sounds very simple and basic, but it has made such a significant improvement in my skin. I used to think that washing my face with hot water will somehow dry out my pimples, but it only made things worse. I hope this beauty tip has helped you out! Don’t forget to like, follow, and comment!

love always,

beautywithinandout

xx

KORA Organics Cream Cleanser Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I will be giving you the low down on an amazing new discovery, the KORA Organics Cream Cleanser! I was first given samples of this cleanser about 2 weeks ago and absolutely fell in love with it that I purchased the full size. I can usually tell with the first go if my skin will like a product, and I was given three samples so I felt like I was given a lot of time to see how my skin liked it….and it LOVED it. I am really picky with skincare products, including organic ones, because my skin is so sensitive and reactive.

I love how soothing and calming this cleanser is to my skin. I have tried organic cream cleansers in the past that were too rich and heavy and left a film over my skin and broke me out, but this one is formulated so perfectly in that it’s light and nourishing at the same time. I’ve had such hydrated, clear, glowy skin for such a long time whilst using this product. I never get flaky skin anymore, which makes applying my powder foundation so easy and seamless. My pores are also so much smaller that if I do ever get a pimple here and there it is so small and easily extracted that it leaves no mark behind!

I still use my Environ cleansing gel to remove my makeup as I don’t think this is powerful enough to do so. This is perfect for no makeup days when you don’t want to strip the skin of its natural oils. I have tried so many products from KORA Organics and I have yet to be disappointed! I love this product so much that I look forward to washing my face! It leaves my skin feeling very comfortable, not too oily, not too dry, just right. I would highly recommend this cleanser if you suffer from dry, sensitive skin and are looking to have a radiant, healthy glow.

Description on website:

Enriched with powerful benefits of Noni Extract, Aloe and Sandalwood to gently clean away dirt and grime whilst helping to nourish and revitalise dry, dehydrated skin. KORA Organics Cream Cleanser is ideal for sensitive skin; containing Rosehip, Avocado and Macadamia nut oils to nourish and maintain skin balance. Your skin will feel clean, fresh and invigorated.

I definitely agree with the nourishing and skin balancing properties!

Directions:

Cleanse morning and night. Gently massage a small amount using circular motions onto damp face, neck and décolletage. Rinse using tepid water and a soft face cloth. Pat dry. For beautiful skin follow with your choice of KORA Organics Mist and KORA Organics Moisturiser.

I would highly recommend using tepid water with this cleanser as it has helped calm my skin. The redness and dryness that I was struggling with has also diminished using tepid water with this cleanser. I don’t use a face cloth, however after I rinse off the cleanser with my hands I go in with a cotton pad, which is very gentle on the skin.

Ingredients: Matricaria chamomilla (recutita – Chamomile) Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf juice*, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Stearic Acid, Dicaprylyl Ether, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa eglentaria(Rose Hip) Oil*, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus aurantium ssp.bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin) Oil*, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin (GMO free)*, Potassium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride (Macrobiotic sea salt solution), Beta Carotene, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Aqua (Water), limonene**. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. **From essential oils. 98.33% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 50.71% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. VEGAN.

NO Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS. Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde free. Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard.

Skin Type: For Normal/Dry/Sensitive Skin

Texture: 

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Blended Swatch

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I absolutely love how creamy, yet light the texture of this cleanser is. It’s more watery than past cream cleansers I have tried, which is amazing for my breakout prone skin. It feels amazing and nourishing on the skin without being heavy or leaving a film on the skin. Your skin feels baby soft afterwards which lasts throughout the day, even with powder foundation on top!

Scent:

The scent is very natural, soothing and calming because of the Chamomoile. I love how the scent is not overpowering at all!

Packaging:

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I love KORA Organics aqua blue packaging! It’s so soothing and beautiful to look at. I also love the positive affirmations at the back of each product, in which this reads gratitude. I love the squeeze tube packaging, however I feel like some of the product leaks into the lid which could waste some product, however it’s not too big of a problem.

Price: AUD $44.95

Size: 90 mL / 3.04 fl.oz.

Results:

-clear skin

-smooth, baby soft skin

-flake free, hydrated and soothed skin

-balanced and even skin

Recommend? 100% yes! Especially for those with dry, sensitive skin.

Rating: 5/5

Where to Buy: http://www.koraorganics.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Beauty Tip Of The Day: Avoid Using Multiple New Products On Your Skin At Once

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Hello Beauties!

A short post today, but hopefully a very helpful one! One of the best beauty skincare related tips I have for you today is to avoid using too many NEW products on your skin all at once. This is especially important for people who are experiencing a breakout and have the urge to use every new product on the market to help eradicate the problem. However, this only makes your skin more sensitive and reactive, increasing irritation and making the problem so much worse. I know because I have been there many times in the past! The best thing to do is to be gentle with your skin, and avoid overusing too many new products all at once. By only introducing one new skincare item within your routine at a time, you are able to properly assess and see if that product makes a difference to your skin or is in fact an irritant. You should only switch up that one new product within your tried and true skincare routine that you know works to see its effect on your skin. This also help to avoid irritation as your skin could freak out by the overwhelming amount of new products being applied. If you experience irritation or a breakout within the time frame you introduced the new product within your regime, you at least know what the culprit is.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

What Your Skin Is Telling You

Your skin is the largest organ, and how you take care of it will show through. Your skin can say a lot about how much sleep you get, your diet, hygiene, as well as the amount of exercise you do. That is why it is important to keep a healthy balance amongst all these factors to promote clear skin. You are the only person who knows your skin best and what it reacts to, as well as what it needs. Sometimes, no matter how hard you work on your skin, you still can’t find the underlying causes of your acne or pimples. So, I’d thought I would share with you a link to an interesting website, where a Chinese acne face map can help further guide you to understand some of the underlying causes of acne spots on certain areas of your face. It covers the forehead, nose, temples and between the brows, left cheek, right cheek, jawline and chin. This map was designed to show how your skin most often reflects your internal health, so by detecting where on your face you get spots most often, you can identify the cause, as well as prevent it. I find this acne face “mapping” extremely useful as it gives you a better idea on what might be causing your acne spots dependent on the location on your face. The website also provides helpful solutions in regards to the different areas on your face that you may experience breakouts. I hope that this face map can help some of you out there who are struggling to figure out the cause of your breakouts, as well as help you find solutions in preventing breakouts. 

Link to the Chinese Acne Face Map: http://www.skinacea.com/acne/acne-face-map.html#.UsvVvnmoZBU

Also, if there are any of you struggling with body acne, they also have a Body Acne Map: http://www.skinacea.com/acne/body-acne-map.html#.UsvZzXmoZBU

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Beauty Tip of the Day: Squeezing Pimples

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Hello beauties! Today i’d thought I would share a beauty tip of mine to not only safely squeeze those surface pimples, but ways you can also avoid this. Now I know that squeezing should be avoided as much as possible, but when there is a clogged whitehead pimple on your face, you need to squeeze it out. If you can avoid it, don’t squeeze. The most important tip I can give you is to not use your fingers, but rather toilet paper to squeeze. This will not only avoid potential scarring, but also the spreading of bacteria. It is also more gentle on your face and more effective in squeezing the pimple. After you have squeezed the pimple (best to do this after the shower), put some ice on it to reduce the swelling. Then you can go in with your toner or you can actually put the gel from an aloe vera leaf plant onto the pimple or all over the face, as it really dries it up, whilst hydrating at the same time. Another tip, if you have a lot of clogged pores, I would really suggest going to get regular facials (steam and squeezes) to detoxify your skin.

Now, for the tips on avoiding squeezing your face when it is unnecessary! For me, there are several factors that lead me to pick my face, but I have really learnt to have more will power. Stress and habit are the main factors for me. So, I have learnt to deal with these factors by practicing yoga everyday (to deal with stress), as well as fighting my habit to pick by knowing that it will do me no good, but leave me with a red face and potential scarring. I would suggest to avoid mirrors as often as you can, so that you don’t stand in front of them picking your face away! Another tip is to keep you nails cut short to avoid picking with them, and to spread the bacteria from under your nails and to your face. I would also suggest to keep yourself occupied, because I find that when i’m bored I tend to focus on picking my face. Socialize with friends and family, read your favourite book, or watch your favourite television show. Anything to keep yourself occupied is a great way to avoid picking your face.

If, like me, you are going through a little bit of a hormonal (that time of the month) breakout phase, and you want to cover your face but heal it at the same time, wear quality mineral powder foundation. I suggest the Jane Iredale Purepressed base and no concealer or liquids. It’s very healing as well as great at covering. Whilst you wear the mineral makeup, misting your face with water throughout the day, over your makeup, REALLY clears up your pimples faster. Spraying water over the powder mineral foundation helps to also dry up your spots! On another note, if you can, try to not wear makeup for an entire week consecutively to let your skin breathe and heal. This tip is by far the best for me! Last, but not least, don’t be tempted to overuse product or be too harsh on your skin during these breakouts phases. Your skin will only freak out and produce more breakouts. I know i’ve done this numerous times! Keep your skincare simple, gentle, and stick to what you know works for you!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

“Natural” & “Organic” Skincare Can Still Clog Pores

Hello beauties!

Today I really wanted to talk about the misconception that is out there in the beauty world, in particular with today’s craze over organic makeup and skincare. Just because a product contains “natural” or “organic” ingredients, doesn’t mean it will not clog your pores and cause acne or skin irritation. However, I do believe that choosing the right organic skincare with quality ingredients that don’t clog pores, is out there. From my experience before researching pore clogging ingredients, I thought that using natural and organic ingredients, such as coconut oil, would do my skin wonders. And boy was I wrong. I would get huge cystic lumps anywhere I would put coconut oil on my face, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. Coconut oil has a rating of 5 (being the worst) as a very comedogenic (pore clogging) ingredient in skincare. Before going to my beloved skin clinic, i was using a lot of mainstream organic skincare that claimed to clear skin, however my beautician said that i didn’t have acne, but rather clogged pores, due to my skincare regime. I was shocked because i had trusted this organic skincare line, however it turned out to clog my skin and make matters worse! And so, instead of using these natural oils on my face, i was put on a water based skincare regime, which seriously saved my skin! From experience, I think that steering clear from mainstream skincare lines claiming to be pure, organic, and made to clear your skin, is the right way to go. Instead, look for niche organic skincare lines that may not be so mainstream, but still heard of, is a start.

Many natural or organic skincare products that are geared towards acne skin and promoting clear skin contain these pore clogging ingredients that rather than help the problem, sadly create the problem. I believe there needs to be stricter government regulations with skincare companies in what “organic” ingredients they use in their product when selling a product geared towards acne prone skin. I don’t think it’s fair that they expect consumers, who aren’t chemists, to distinguish pore clogging ingredients. I’m not saying that every organic skincare line is pore clogging, but it all comes down to the ingredients and what is known to clog pores, as well as what ingredient your skin doesn’t agree with.  There are also good oils out there, such as grapeseed oil and avocado oil. I’m still on the hunt for quality organic skincare that doesn’t clog pores; and when I do I will most definitely share with you! I really encourage you to start reading up on all ingredients that you are putting on your skin (whether organic or not); after all your skin is your largest organ.

For more information on pore clogging ingredients that can cause acne, read here

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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