Although fashion week in New York may be at an end, there’s still a lot more to go around the world. And truly, these tips are great for ANYONE who works, walks to work, or just walks a lot daily in general.
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I have been highlighting my naturally ash-blonde hair since I was a freshman in High School, and although most of the time I’ve only trusted my hair to the pros (after a few at-home box-dye scares in the late 90′s) I’ve been really impressed with just how great DIY hair coloring has become. All the more intriguing are at home salon-quality glazes/glosses, which John Frieda pioneered.Please Click To Read More →
As the holiday season approaches, the number of photos taken of us increases proportionately. This can be at once inspiring, and anxiety-provoking. On the one hand, we’re making and preserving memories. On the other, we’re constantly focused on the S.O.S: State of Our Skin. In this post, I’ve outlined some tips I recommend to keep your skin in the clear—this season and all year round.
It’s counterintuitive, but most people I know either don’t clean their faces enough, or they’re cleaning it way too often (or too harshly). Contrary to popular belief, acneic skin isn’t hardy and tough; in fact, it’s quite sensitive and one of the reasons why it tends to overreact to most environmental and internal insults. It sounds counterintuitive, but I choose a gentle cleanser without active ingredients, for the morning, when my skin is its most calm. Then I save the cleanser with acne-fighting ingredients for use before I go to sleep. I typically look for an ingredient–such as salicylic acid–which exfoliates the skin to prevent clogged pores that can lead to blemishes. Cleansers containing benzoyl peroxide can be helpful, however I personally don’t like them in my cleanser because it bleaches the towel I use to dry my face. I usually just save the benzoyl peroxide for a treatment product.
Wash your face twice a day–you are allowed extra washes if your face gets visibly dirty (playing in the mud, mm?), or if you are post-workout. Again, extra washes should be with a gentle cleanser.
Here are some of my tried-and-tested, absolute favorite cleansers:
Pores are like a motel vacancy sign to bacteria (the most common being Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes).Bacteria cause inflammation and pimples. 4 The pimple is actually your body trying to rid itself of the acne: it tries to kill it with white blood cells, the body’s immune system.5 This is pus (gross, I know, but you should know that pus = white blood cells, not pus = bacteria).6 The bacteria are invisible to you. None of this would happen if your pore was never clogged in the first place. Does that make sense?
No matter what route you choose (3-step systems at the department store, drug store products, or even prescription products from your dermatologist); I really believe that you must stick with it. Remember, your skin could fall right back off the wagon if you aren’t careful. Don’t quit just because you’re ahead – that’s the most common mistake I’ve seen my fellow acne sufferers make (myself included, on countless occasions). It’s easy to get confident and think you have “cured” your skin of acne, but that hasn’t been the case with me.
Did you know? P. acnes has never shown resistance to benzoyl peroxide. Antibiotic resistant strains of P. acnes have emerged over the years, but old reliable benzoyl peroxide has proven to be effective, when applied properly.
If you have already tried OTC (over the counter) products and they haven’t worked for you, the next step is to see a dermatologist or your regular doctor.
I’ve talked about Epiduo® (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel 0.1%/2.5% before and it’s still one of my favorite choices because it contains a pore-unclogging medication (adapalene, a type of retinoid)7D as well as antimicrobial benzoyl peroxide in one step. In one step. Can you see now why I like it? As always, remember that Epiduo is a prescription acne treatment, which you can get from your regular doctor or dermatologist.
I could write about a lot of things, but there is such a grey area when it comes to fighting acne from beyond the drugstore. It makes me sad to see so many people throw their money away on this system or that system – when what they really need is to make an appointment with a dermatologist or their regular doctor. It can save a lot of money in the long run, with far more effective results, in my opinion. Save on your Epiduo prescription with a rebate here.
As always, nothing I say here should be taken as medical advice (again, please see your dermatologist or regular doctor).
I like Epiduo® Gel, and if you think you need that next step, I recommend you make an appointment with your dermatologist or regular doctor at their next check-up – don’t wait until the problem gets out of hand. You can use AAD’s Dermfinder to look for one. You want clearer skin for the holidays, don’t you?
Important Safety Information for Epiduo® Gel:
Indication: EPIDUO Gel is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 9 years of age and older. Adverse Events: In controlled clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events (≥1%) in patients treated with EPIDUO Gel were dry skin, contact dermatitis, application site burning, application site irritation and skin irritation. Warnings/Precautions: Patients taking EPIDUO Gel should avoid exposure to sunlight and sunlamps and wear sunscreen when sun exposure cannot be avoided. Erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/ burning, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis may occur with use of EPIDUO Gel and may necessitate discontinuation.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1–800-FDA-1088.
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Galderma, the makers of EpiduoGel. I would never write about, or endorse, a product that I did not thoroughly research and subsequently approve of whole-heartedly. EpiduoGel is a product I personally and professionally stand behind 100%.
Hello friends! Today I have a very special video for you, many weeks in the planning: a makeup tutorial consisting of how to best transition your summer makeup look into fall. Yes, we’re approaching fall/autumn, can you believe it? Trish McEvoy shared some of her tips on how to gracefully transition (keyword: definition!) with me, and I am passing them along to you guys! I hope you enjoy! Be sure to tune in to Trish on HSN TV throughout the day on August 1 and August 2, including the 8pm Beauty Report on August 1st! Watch the video after the jump!Please Click To Read More →
French Connection is doing a remarkable thing these days: turning their customers into film directors. Click above or here to watch the film I created. It was actually pretty fun! French Connection is inviting you to edit their advertising campaign into your own short film clip, complete with soundtrack and special effects. Using their special film maker, you can create and personalize your own film clip using the imagery provided and then share it with the world. It’s quick, easy and could even become part of French Connection’s official advertising campaign. Crazy!!
These days I’m really into editing, and beyond editing my YouTube videos, I’ve also been inspired this Spring (call it the Spring Cleaning effect) to edit other areas of my life as well. For example: clothing. It’s time for me to donate the super-trendy pieces of yesteryear that just don’t “work” anymore. It will allow me to slowly build up my closet this year with more classic pieces that are timeless. French Connection is known for being this way: very edited, on-trend, but not enough to appear dated. Check out the looks from my film here.
Thanks French Connection for letting me be director for the day! You can make your own film by visiting makeascene.frenchconnection.com. If you can do better than me (and chances are, you can), you could win a trip to the Sydney Film Festival! Just create your video and the more shares your video earns, the higher your chance of winning the competition. Good luck!
By the way, I wanted to thank all of you who left comments on yesterday’s post. You’ve lifted me up and I’m taking every single comment’s advice to heart. Thanks so much for caring. I love you guys!
This post was brought to you by French Connection!
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