Skin care can seem really complicated and daunting but it doesn't have to be. It can be as simple as you want it to be and you can always mix and match products that you love and work really well for your skin*** Custom masks are the easiest way to play around with your skin care and treat your exact concerns. Mixing a few drops of your favorite toner, facial oil, or diy concoction with a clay mask of your choice can detox, hydrate, exfoliate, or soothe your skin depending on needs and ingredients.
Clay masks are beneficial for all skin types and can be mixed with oil based or water based products to create a paste that is then applied to the skin and either allowed to dry (water based) or allowed to penetrate (oil based) before being rinsed thoroughly from the skin. Clay masks can detox the skin, gently exfoliate, hydrate, or soothe depending upon the ingredients that are added to the clay. Adding water based products to clay will result in a "setting" mask that will dry on the face. These types of masks are good at pulling impurities from your pores and beginning to treat breakouts or dry skin patches. Adding oil based products to clay will result in a "non setting" mask that will not dry on the face. These types of masks are good at infusing ingredients into the skin and treating dryness and hyperpigmentation.
Creating your own masks is a great way to treat your exact skin concerns while playing chemist and pampering yourself all in one. So grab a jar or your favorite clay, a bottle of your "can't live without" toner or facial oil and mix away! Or if you don't want to sacrifice any of your store bought products for a mask then head on over to Pinterest to find some recipes for diy oils, toners, and clay masks and go crazy!
Until next time pretty girls... 💋
***make sure you consult with an esthetician or dermatologist before mixing prescription skin care products or chemicals.
Hello my pretty girls and welcome back to another edition of The Esthetician's Corner. Today, since it is Tuesday and I am a fountain of tips, I decided that we should take our maiden voyage on the Tip Tuesday train. My tip for you lovelies today is a simple but effective one so here goes. Adding a few drops of oil or moisturizer to your sunscreen before application will thin it out and help the product to absorb, thus ridding us of the dreaded "flash back." If you are unfamiliar with this term, let me take a moment to break it down for you. Flash back is when a melanin enhanced goddess uses a product that is just a little too white and when a picture of said goddess is taken, her whole face is given a sickly white cast that is the bain of any pretty girls existence. Having been a victim of this sad phenomenon many times, I have sought out ways to banish it from my life forever. The first was to stop wearing white setting powder (duh!) and the second was to start mixing my sunscreen with my face oil to thin out the formula and disperse some of the zinc oxide pigment within it.
I hope that tip is helpful and keeps flash back at bay for you pretty girls. Until Next time...
This powder from the cacao bean is used in cosmetics for its sweet smell and coloring properties as well as it being rich in vitamins C and E, both of which have skin care properties of their own.
This naturally occurring mineral is non-toxic and has been widely used for centuries to color cosmetic products.
Like rose water, this botanical oil has anti-inflammatory, cleansing, and moisturizing properties.
Coffee is used in skin exfoliants due to its skin softening texture as well as its ability to reduce cellulite, brighten skin, reduce dark circles and puffy eyes, skin tightening, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
This nut based butter is widely used in all categories of beauty products for its creamy texture and noncomedogenic moisturizing properties.
Sugar is used in lip scrubs due to its small granules and humectant properties which help keep lips moisturized while exfoliating.
This sweet smelling oil is widely used in skin and lip care products due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties as well as its ability to be a highly effective moisturizer by deeply penetrating the layers of the skin.