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Leighann’s Holy Grail Products: Skin

-Maybelline FitMe Foundation. I’m fair skinned and have a really hard time finding foundation that matches me. They’re either too pink, too yellow, or the lightest color a certain line carries is just too dark. I use 110 Porcelain and I love it. It’s light to medium coverage (which I prefer). You could probably build it up if you needed to, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It does just enough to even out my skin without making me too look done up (which, again, I prefer). This foundation has SPF 18, which isn’t much but it’s better than nothing. It’s not quite a matte finish, but it’s not overly shiny either. I have oily skin and if I wear it without a primer, I will have a bit of shine at the end of the day, but that’s nothing a bit of power can’t fix. Speaking of powder, I also use Maybelline’s FitMe Pressed Powder and love it. Target, ~$5 (each)

-Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen (SPF 15). I use this as my facial and body moisturizer. I’ve used it for years and haven’t tried many other things only because I’ve never had to. It doesn’t break me out, it doesn’t leave me feeling oily, it sinks into the skin quickly (I put it on before I do my eye makeup and by the time I’m done with that, its all sunken in and I can put on my foundation no problem). If I’m going to be outside all day, I will use a different sunscreen, but this is great for every day use.) Target, ~$11

-Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. I’m guilty of going facial cleanser crazy. I’ve played the field of cleansers because none of them worked for me, but I think I was just putting my skin through too much. So I picked this up on a whim about two years ago and have been using it ever since. I usually use it in the morning and use a different product (that I’ll talk about next) at night. This is awesome because I don’t think my skin really needed all the acne medications. It just needed something to get the oil, makeup, and junk off. And this does exactly that without over drying my skin. Walmart, ~$10. I get the 16 fl. oz. bottle, but most stores do carry a smaller one.

-St. Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub. I feel like everyone and their mother has used this before and for whatever reason, I haven’t until recently. I picked up a small travel size bottle at Walmart for about 97 cent to try it out and after two uses, I had to run out and grab a full size. It’s AWESOME. My skin is better than it’s ever been. I use this one at night because it’s gritty and exfoliates and in my head, that means it gets my makeup off more effectively. It smells good and have I mentioned that my skin is better than it has EVER been?! It’s got 2% salicylic acid, but I don’t find that it dries out my skin at all. This is the ONLY facial cleanser that I use with any sort of acne medication in it (aside from alcohol). Walmart, ~$7

-Witch Hazel. I love witch hazel because you can get it at any drug store on the planet, pretty much. I apply it with a cotton pad after I cleanse my face and before I apply my moisturizer. Sometimes, I’ll use it in the middle of the day if I’m not wearing any makeup and my skin feels a little oily. It’s got 14%  alcohol in it, but if you use a moisturizer regularly, it shouldn’t dry you out (if you have dry skin, I’d be careful). I’ve even used this on bug bites and it helps them to be less itchy. Walmart, ~$4

-Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer. I only use this if I know I’ll be out of the house ALL day or for special occasions. It has a silicon-y feel and blends really easily. It keeps the shine away all day, but most of the time, I just don’t feel like putting a bunch of stuff on my face, so I forego this a lot, expect for occasions like I mentioned. It really does the job. It creates a smoother canvas for foundation and helps keep everything in place all day. A little bit of this product goes a long way. Walmart, ~$8

(Source: prettypointers)

Top 5 Foods for Beautiful Skin (source)

Top 5 Foods for Beautiful Skin (source)

20 Common Foods with the Most Antioxidants (source)
Antioxidants help the body by cleaning free-radicals out of the bloodstream. They are said to help the overall appearance by reducing wrinkles, preserving your skin’s texture, preventing sun damage and reducing incidence of sunburn. Research has shown that antioxidants also can help in preventing a number of degenerative or age related diseases such as: cardiovascular disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. (source)

20 Common Foods with the Most Antioxidants (source)

Antioxidants help the body by cleaning free-radicals out of the bloodstream. They are said to help the overall appearance by reducing wrinkles, preserving your skin’s texture, preventing sun damage and reducing incidence of sunburn. Research has shown that antioxidants also can help in preventing a number of degenerative or age related diseases such as: cardiovascular disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. (source)

Take care of your skin this summer! ☼

With summer right around the corner, I think it’s important to keep the risks of tanning in mind. While a sun-kissed or bronze look is very important to some people, it’s much more important to keep your skin safe and healthy! A little knowledge never hurt :)

Whether obtained by lying out in the sun or using a tanning bed, a tan damages your skin,” says Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “A tan is the body’s response to damaged DNA in the skin cells — the skin darkens in order to prevent more damage but the person’s risk of skin cancer is already increased.” (source)

The following statistics, facts, and more, along with skin cancer prevention tips can be found at http://skincancer.org

  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • 65% of melanoma cases can be attributed directly to harmful UV radiation from the sun.
  • One person dies of melanoma every 62 minutes.
  • One or more bad sunburns in your childhood to adolescence can more than double your risk of developing melanoma later on in life
  • Ultraviolet Radiation is a proven human carcinogen.
  • Indoor ultraviolet tanners are 75% more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.
  • Those that use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma, a major form of skin cancer.
  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer includes ultraviolet tanning beds/devices on its list of most dangerous cancer causing substances. This list also contains plutonium and cigarettes.
  • There is no such thing as a “base tan”. It’s a common (and dangerous) misconception. While the skin darkens to prevent more damage, the DNA in your skin cells has already been damaged by the initial “base tan”. Any tan is harmful to your skin.
What you should do
  • Stay in the shade, especially between 10am and 4pm, when the sun’s rays are most harmful.
  • Avoid tanning (both laying out in the sun and indoor tanning booths).
  • Cover up with loose clothing and sunglasses. A big hat won’t hurt either!
  • Apply sunscreen daily to your entire body at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
  • Examine your skin from head to toe every month. Look for any new moles, lumps, bumps and take notice. Write down any changes and share them with your doctor.

Whether you’re naturally very dark, very pale, or somewhere in between, healthy skin is beautiful skin, so make sure you take care of yours!

(Source: prettypointers)

so I'm really really really pale, and I wanna be a nice sun-kissed color! how can I tan properly in the sun? any sunscreen, suntan oil you reccommend?
Anonymous

Since you’re very pale, it is in your best interest to tan slowly. The best method I had heard of it to apply a sunscreen with an spf of 15 or so (use one a bit higher if you burn easily) 20-30 minutes before your go outside. Bring your phone or something similar and set an alarm for fifteen minutes and lay in the sun for that long on both your front and back. Afterward, go inside and shower/rinse your sunscreen off. If you have to go outside again, apply a sunscreen with a higher spf (at least 30)  since you’ll be more susceptible to sunburn after laying out. Do this every day or every other day and within a week or two, you should start to notice your skin getting a bit darker. This isn’t the fastest way, but if you’re going to tan, this is the safest way for your pale skin.
Also, avoid laying out in the midday sun which is when it’s rays are the most harsh and you’re more likely to burn.

I am pale also and I don’t try to tan (so I can’t recommend any tanning oils, sorry!), but I burn very easily. These are the sunscreens I use. I change them depending on where I’m going, how long I intend to be outside and if there will be shade where I’m going.

I’ve used a lot of sunscreens in the past and I’m not very picky because any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen, but those are the ones I’ve used consistently and like a lot.

Hope this helps you!! :)