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5 Tips for Acne Prone Skin

5 Tips for Acne Prone Skin

 

Sure we all have the stress or hormonal breakout every now and then, but some of us suffer from acne more than others and I have compiled some of my favorite tips for reducing and even eliminating breakouts. It’s important to know that everyone can experience acne at some point in their life. Kendall Jenner is not even exempt from the blow to the self-esteem caused by unruly skin.

 

Eat Well

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At this point none of us are strangers to the fact that eating clean, nutrient dense foods make us not only look but feel better as well. As a general rule, stick with foods that are in season and prepare foods yourself whenever possible so that you know what goes in the meal. To promote clear skin, try incorporating foods high in Zinc, like Cashews. Eating just a handful a day can help improve the overall texture of your skin. Also, many people who experience frequent breakouts notice more redness in the overall appearance of the skin. Green Tea, known to be rich in antioxidants has been found to reduce redness and inflammation.

 

Mineral Makeup

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Cover Me. Image: www.mineralogiemakeup.com

High quality mineral makeup, like Mineralogie leaves out scary ingredients (think parabens) that are often found in other foundations. Non-Comedogenic, it won’t clog pores and provides a barrier between your skin and the damaging effects of the environment from the Sun, pollution and wind. Packed with Vitamins and sans oil this Loose Mineral Foundation is great to use on sensitive skin that can be irritated by traditional makeup.

 

Exfoliate, Gently

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Gently Exfoliate. Image: colleenrothschild.com

Exfoliation is great for cell turnover and to improve post-acne hyper pigmentation. It can be tempting to vigorously scrub your face to get smooth skin. It’s important to remember to NEVER scrub open blemishes, as this can spread bacteria and deter the healing process, and for the the rest of your skin, consider a more gentle route than a harsh scrub. A chemical exfoliation is a great option and can be purchased in a variety of strengths. My favorite is Salicylic Treatment Complex by Colleen Rothschild. In addition to the Salicylic acid it contains Rosemary Extract to provide oil control, making this a fantastic product to apply before makeup in the morning.  Whatever route you choose for exfoliation, please don’t use any products that contain microbeads!

 

Hydrate – Inside and Out

Boscia Oil Free Hydration

Protect and Moisturize. Image: www.boscia.com

Drink up! Make sure you are getting enough water. Keep a reusable water bottle with you, and if you are still having trouble getting those 8 glasses, go old school with a sticker chart or tracker and reward yourself for reaching your goals. You can even set a reminder in your phone. Skin should also be hydrated from the outside. Did you know that if you aren’t properly moisturizing, your skin can actually produce extra oil to make up for the lack of moisture? Don’t believe it? Have you ever had a breakout flare up after a long haul flight? That dry recirculating air wreaks havoc on your skin, and the best way to combat it is with proper moisture replenishment. As a side note, when you exfoliate first you actually clear the dead skin out of the way so that the moisturizer you follow with can do its job better and reach deeper into the skin. For oily skin try Boscia Oil Free Daily Hydration to provide weightless hydration while helping to control excess oil.

 

Unblemished

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Hide and Chic. Image: www.mineralogiemakeup.com

If all else fails, and you still get a breakout, after all nobody is perfect, then its time to think treatment options. Mineralogie Unblemished Concealer is formulated with Tea Tree Oil. It comes in 6 different shades to help get the best match for your skin so you can conceal and heal at the same time! Not just for women, I have a tube for my husband to use when he gets the occasional flare up of cystic acne.

There are many other things you can do to help prevent and heal breakouts and if you have suffered from them in the past or present you know that it can affect many areas of your life. Don’t be afraid to schedule that Dermatologist appointment, because prescription strength regime may be what you need to achieve the results desired.

Have you found any solutions that have made a huge difference in the health of your skin? Found something that didn’t work or deliver the promised results? Please share!

 

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The Music Festival Edit

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Music Festival season is gearing up and whether you have tickets to Coachella or are just feeling inspired to introduce some festival fashion into your wardrobe I am more than happy to help you make a shopping list!

 

Saving Face

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Enhance and Protect. Image: www.mineralogiemakeup.com

Protect your skin from the Sun with Zinc and Titanium and create a barrier against the damaging affects of pollution and wind with Mineralogie Loose Mineral Foundation. Dust the powder on the face in the morning and pack a Dispensing Brush in your bag for a touch up later to reap the best benefits. With over 30 shades to choose from you are certain to find the perfect match.

 

Flower Power

Flower Power

Give your cell phone battery and your mood a boost. Image: Acycshop.com

Portable power is pretty much an everyday necessity these days; especially as we depend on our phones for so many things. When I go anywhere I am sure to pack a portable power source or two (just don’t forget to make sure it is fully charged and compatible with your phone) for on the go charging. This girly floral one is a favorite.

 

Boho Babe

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Express yourself. Image www.mineralogiemakeup.com

Save space in your suitcase for outfit changes and pack a versatile eye shadow quad that can finish any look from groovy to grown-up. For an everyday neutral look wear Cameo all over the lid and blend Cinnamon into the crease. Express your free-spirted side with Peach Bellini and Snapdragon. There are no no rules!

 

Take it all Off

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Wipe it away. Image: www.mineralogiemakeup.com

I should probably join a wipes anonymous group, but I am not interested in changing. These Makeup Wipes are perfect for a quick freshening up, and great for taking off waterproof makeup gently at the end of the day. I tear them in half to make a package last longer because they are generously sized. They also make great gifts (for that grad headed to the Beach on a Senior trip in a couple of months). They are so gentle I use them on my toddler daughter, without having to worry about agitating her skin.

Drink Up

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Hydrate Beautifully. Image: www.NeimanMarcus.com

Everyone knows by now that plastic water bottles are no joke when it comes to their impact on the environment. Reusable water bottles are a must-have and this one is so cute, its an accessory you will actually want to bring along with you. As a bonus it is insulated and promises to keep drinks cold for 24 hours.

 

Are you planning to go to any music festivals this year, or have any recommendations that I missed for Festival essentials? Let us know!

 

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Yoga to Work: Don’t Sweat it!

How to go from Yoga to Work

 

It is almost April and some of our most promising New Year’s resolutions are in the distant rear view mirror. It’s time to recommit and invest in yourself. One of the best ways to do this is making time to sweat everyday. But we pack so much into our days and it can be hard to carve out 45 minutes for yoga, or that barre class that seems intriguing.

I asked Mineralogie Founder and CEO Mary Van, how she pulls off going from the yoga studio to the office looking effortlessly chic, and she shared a few of her favorite tips. Mary has always kept the environment at Mineralogie focused on health and encourages employees, while leading by example stay active. Even if it means squeezing in a class over a lunch break. Ultimately it increases oxygen flow to the brain and boosts productivity and concentration. Who can’t use some help with that?!

Plan

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One of the most important tips is to plan ahead. You aren’t going anywhere near the gym if you don’t bring the gear with you. It can be as simple as keeping sneakers in your desk drawer to lace up and go for a walk. Get some fresh air in your lungs and sunshine on your face. The right makeup can make a big difference in the ability to take you from work out to work. Mineral Makeup is naturally water resistant. That means, even if you get super sweaty just take a towel and pat on the skin (think blotting) rather than rubbing your face and your makeup will still look great. That saves fifteen minutes in makeup reapplication alone. For the perfect combination of convenience and coverage try Mineralogie Loose Mineral Foundation in a Demi Brush. To dispense the minerals just swirl the bristles on the face and blend.

Dress for Success

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Cute, comfy, and practical. The trifecta of pants. Image: https://www.betabrand.com

Wear the right gear. This might depend on your activity of choice, but for yoga there are some great hybrid options that are clutch for going from the studio, to the office, to errands and happy hour after work. For pants that pull double duty look no further than these Tuxedo Dress Pant/Yoga Pants.

 

Mala Moxy

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Count on me. Image: www.silverandsagejewelry.com

You might be sensing a theme at this point of versatility. Malas are used in yoga to practice the discipline of meditation. But there are also just absolutely beautiful. Silver and Sage makes some stunning ones and you can wear them around your neck like a long necklace or wrapped around your wrist (they are stretchy). As a bonus, the malas are made of specific stones, believed to encourage unique qualities. The True Self Mala pictured features Amazonite which promotes Peace, Love and Strength as well as Labradorite which encourages Intuition, Creativity and Imagination. Wear this on the day you have that big meeting!

Layer Lip Love

Pure Mineral Lipstick Mineralogie

Swipe on moisturizing color. Image: www.mineralogiemakeup.com

The easiest way to fake a fresh face is to apply lipstick. Mineralogie Pure Mineral lipstick is packed with lip conditioners that nourish the lips with a rich hydrating formula. The lipstick goes on sheer enough to make it perfect for on the go, but offers buildable coverage in a wide range of paraben-free formulas. To find out why keeping parabens out of our cosmetics line is so important to Mary, check out this blog post on ingredients we believe do not belong in makeup.

 

Just Spray It

Oribe Dry Shampoo

Lock in texture with Dry Shampoo. Image: www.oribe.com.

Sweaty, greasy hair is not an option. Keep a bottle of dry shampoo in your gym or yoga bag for a quick touch up. A cult classic is Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Shampoo. It works like a champ and the scent is so amazing it doubles as hair perfume. One of my favorite things about this line is that all of their products are scented the same, so your shampoo, conditioner and styling cream all layer without having combatting perfumes. A post workout tip is to blast your hair with a blow dryer first (aiming at the root) and then spray dry shampoo close to the scalp and work through your hair with finger tips. The results are surprising.

 

The best way to maintain a New Year’s Resolution of getting fit is to find something you enjoy doing. For Mary, it is Hot Yoga, and on pretty days you will likely find her riding her bicycle to work. Find a sport or activity that suits you and have some fun!

 

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