The Best Home Remedies for Dry Skin

 

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If your skin is dry, thin and sensitive then your skin type is stated as dry skin. There are few factors that determine the nature of the skin like less amount of sebum production, genetic aspect, weathering conditions, wind regions, pollutants and chemicals, strident cosmetics, frequent exposure to sunlight, medications, poor diet, taking bathing frequently using harsh soaps and poor activity of the thyroid gland.

There are few symptoms shown by the dry skin such as dryness, wrinkles, thin skin as well as the appearance of fine lines at an early age. You can follow the simple home remedies to eradicate the dryness of your skin. These home remedies are simple to use. They are even safe without any side effects unless you are allergic to it. Many of them use natural remedies and find that it shows the most promising results. Many home remedies are used for a long time period and are effective to our skin.

Tips to follow to get rid of dry skin

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The first step to be taken is to drink plenty of water frequently. This is a very simple remedy that you can follow. The sufficient amount of water intake will keep your skin hydrated. This will prevent the drying up of your skin in an effective manner. You can drink eight to ten glasses of water to attain the better results within few days. The most effective home remedies to get rid of dry skin is Honey. Honey is the soothing factor which moisturizes your skin.

Take one teaspoon of honey and mix it with half teaspoon of rose water. Rub this mixture gently on your face. Leave it for fifteen to twenty minutes. Then, wash your face with normal water. You will feel smoothness of your skin. Do not use harsh soaps. Always try using mild soaps. Smoking can spoil your skin. Nicotine can constrict the blood vessels so the oxygen supply given to the skin will be reduced. This can result in leathery and dry skin, so avoid smoking for maintaining the healthy skin.  Omega-3 fatty acids can supply all kinds of nourishment necessary for the skin. It also hydrates the skin properly. You can add oily fish like salmon or tuna in your diet regularly.

Natural remedy for dry skin

Make sure that you have a sound sleep eight hours a day. Follow up this as a habit.  Sleep deprivation can ruin the health of your skin. It will make the skin to appear dull and dry. Take pieces of papaya and bananas in an equal quantity. Grind them into a smooth paste. Apply the smooth paste on your skin. Leave it for twenty minutes.  You can rinse your face with mild warm water. You can also apply natural oil such as coconut oil or olive oil on your face. You can also apply moisturizer. Sunlight can cause dryness, wrinkles, spots and blisters which are very harmful for your skin. Apply sunscreen lotion while going out in the sunlight.

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Sitting in the air conditioned room for a prolonged period can make your skin dry. You can use a humidifier to tackle this problem. Another beneficial tip is to use avocado. Take a half avocado mash it well into a smooth paste. Add a few drops of lime juice in it and mix properly. Rub this mixture gently on your face and leave it for twenty minutes. Take a soft tissue paper and dab off the residue. This is an excellent remedy that provides the required nourishment to the skin and makes it smooth and healthy. You can also use the best korean face wash for dry skin to see the better results instantly. You can also watch youtube videos for the steps to wash your face perfectly and here some links listed below for your reference.

How to Moisturize Acne-Prone Skin?

Whether you are in your 20s or 50s, the importance of a regular skincare routine is one thing you should not ignore. Among others, one of the most crucial is moisturizing. If you have acne-prone skin, however, you need to be more cautious to be sure that there are no ingredients that can trigger excess sebum production.

If you want to know how to moisturize your acne-prone skin, read on and learn from some insights we’ll be sharing.

Look for Acne-Fighting Ingredients

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If you want the best Korean moisturizer for acne-prone skin, one of the most important is to have the right ingredients. These ingredients should not only add moisture to the skin but must also fight acne.

 

Retinol, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid are some of the top ingredients that you should be looking for. However, take note that these exfoliating acids can be harsh on the skin when you use it along with topical creams. It can make the skin flake and peel.

Go for Oil-Free Moisturizers

When you have acne-prone skin, one of the most important is to veer away from products that contain oil as it will only worsen the problem. Your skin is already oily, and hence, you won’t need another layer of oil.

To be safe, your best bet is a water-based moisturizer. Glycerin is one of the best ingredients that you should look for. This is especially great for sensitive skin as it does not result in irritation. Another good thing about glycerin is that it is a humectant. This means that it effectively pulls moisture to balance your skin.

Look for SPF

SPF is a non-negotiable when it comes to skincare products, including moisturizers. Exposure to the heat of the sun is one of the mortal enemies of acne-prone skin. To prevent serious damage and breakouts, it is important that you pick a moisturizer with SPF.

Make Sure It Does Not Clog the Pores

One of the terms that you should look for in a moisturizer is non-comedogenic. What this means is that it should not have ingredients that clog the pores. Otherwise, it can trigger acne breakouts. When a moisturizer is labeled as non-comedogenic, this is usually oil-free. Aside from acne, it is also effective in the prevention of whiteheads and blackheads.

Petrolatum and coconut oil are two of the common ingredients that can clog the pores, so make sure that you stay away from those if you have acne-prone skin.

Natural Isn’t Always Better

Natural isn’t exactly the magic word when you are looking for the best moisturizers to treat your acne-prone skin. While it is good to have natural ingredients, in some cases, they can be ineffective or only make the problem worse. It is still best to do your research if it is worth it looking for natural ingredients in your moisturizer.

Mind the Order

Lastly, you should also pay attention to the right order at which you apply the moisturizer. The first thing that you need to do is to apply acne-treatment products before lathering your choice of moisturizer. You need to apply them right after cleansing, which will make sure that it penetrates deeply into the skin before you put on a moisturizer.

Wrap Up

Even when you have acne-prone skin, moisturizing is a crucial part of your skincare routine. This is important to keep your skin youthful and radiant. Nonetheless, this does not mean that you can use just any moisturizer. You need to be careful with what you choose, especially in terms of the ingredients that are included.

Chasing My Sunset

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It feels so weird to start writing again! I hope everyone had a great summer and you’re well rested.

I apologized for being a way for this long, but there were things happening in my life that made it hard for me to keep up with blogging, plus I hit a point where I found myself tired of it.

I was repeating the same cycle again, like I did on my first blog. Something just didn’t feel right or was still lacking that made it hard for me to continue. I thought it was best to take a break and think through things. Things like should I even continue to blog, what were my plans for the future and where I was in my life.

It was a painful and dreadful process. Luckily, some clarity did come out of it.

A friend of mine told me recently that I reminded her of the character in “Eat Pray Love”, a memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. I seen the movie before years ago, I didn’t remember much about it, so I decided to watch it again last weekend and my friend was right. I resonated a lot with the character this time. Leaving everything behind and go on quest to find myself sounds very tempting right now!

Let’s cut to the chase: I’m going to start a new blog soon, but it won’t be about beauty anymore. If I’d write about beauty, it’d be in a different way. The new blog is going to about
-life as a dreamer (working on your goals)
-life as a single
-life as a woman
-living an authentic life

The good news is if you had enjoyed my Thinking Out Loud topics, I have a feeling you’d enjoy my new blog – so stay subscribed.

At one point I thought, it’d be best for me to quit blogging all together. I thought I wasn’t good enough and my voice alone wouldn’t be enough to attract readers. Then I got messages from people who read my blog, and the feedback was incredible. I still can’t believe that someone stayed up all night to read my blog. That got me speechless.

Believe it or not, even with the feedback like that, I was still hesitating to come back. So I procrastinated, until one day I got a strong feeling that I needed to continue writing and start a new blog. I even got a new name for it.

When the new blog is ready, I’ll send you a newsletter about it. Stay tuned.

Saigon Summer: Eye Makeup Tutorial + Orange Lips

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What?! I haven’t done a makeup tutorial since last year??

I realized this last week and quickly created this makeup tutorial :) My inspiration came from my favorite orange lipstick by MAC “Saigon Summer” – if you haven’t heard yet, orange lips is the hot thing for this summer. So don’t be afraid of it – let’s rock it, until the boyz are sick of it!

 

Eyes:

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow pencil, Hazel

1. MAC Pro Longwear eyeshadow, One To Watch

2. Shiseido Hydro-Powder Eyeshadow, H1 Goldlights

3. BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic palette, Saturn

4. NAF eyeliner pencil

5. theBalm NudeTude palette, Silly

6. Red Cherry false lashes, #218

Lancome Oscillation Intensity mascara, black

 

Face:

Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion,  no. 25 (review)

Cinema Secrets Concealer Kit #1

MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing powder, Nude On Board (review)

Milani Baked Blush, 01 Dolce Pink (review)

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (review)

Lips:

MAC Cremesheen lipstick, Saigon Summer

 

 

 

Review: NOW Solutions European Clay Powder + NOW Essential Oils Tea Tree Oil

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The NOW Solutions European Clay Powder is 100% natural and pure. You can create a clay mask by mixing it with water, and as optional, add essential oil that suits your skin needs.

Tea tree oil is good for oily, acne and combination skin.
Jojoba oil or/and lavender oil for dry and mature skin.

It says that you should leave the mask on for 15-20minutes. But from my experience, you shouldn’t let the mask to fully dry. Wait until the clay mask is about 80-90% then go ahead and rinse off. Because if you leave it on until it has completely dry out, it’d be a nightmare to rinse off and it’d feels like your skin is cracking.

I don’t recommend using too much clay powder either. The clay powder is really, really strong. The first time I used it, I put too much clay powder and rinsed it off when it was harden and dry. I almost cry when I tried to wash it off. It was so painful and scary. I thought my skin was cracking or bleeding.

 

My face was hot red and sensitive afterwards, Thank Goodness it got better the next day. Lesson learned! Always put more water than clay powder – always, always, always…

The NOW Solutions European Clay Powder is a powerful facial detox. It helps draw out impurities from the pores, decreasing pore size and improve your skin tone over time. I noticed that the clay mask was also exfoliating my skin a little.

I really love this product, and it’s so affordable too, only $5.34 at iHerb.

I usually mix the clay powder with the NOW tea tree oil to create my detox mask, I like the tingling sensation that I get from it. The 6 oz. (170g) jar is plenty, I have this for almost a year now and I still have a lot left. I don’t use it as much in the winter like I’ve been using it lately. I do the clay mask 1-2 times a week.

However, I wish that it’d have a measuring spoon coming with it.

The NOW Essential Oils tea tree oil has also been great with many of my DIY masks and oil blends. It’s 100% pure and effective. I don’t have much to say about it, because I think it works like how it supposed to.

If you have oily skin or gets breakout easily, this mask will help you tackle those problems.

Review & Swatch: bareMinerals Ready SPF20 Foundation in R270

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I bought the bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation mainly because it has high sun protection, I thought it’d be great for summer.

This product was challenging to work with because it took some time to blend and get it to look natural – well, somewhat natural looking.

I read that some people loved using the bareMinerals Ready foundation with a dense makeup brush. So I tried to apply it with the Real Techniques buffing brush a couple times, and my makeup never looked so thick and cakey. It looked awful.

Next, I switch to using it with my big powder brush which turned out to be the best option for the foundation. I think, if you have a stippling brush, that would work too with this type of foundation.

To be honest, this is my least favorite foundation I have ever tried. It seriously is far away from glowing and natural looking. It’s going against all my principles of how I like my makeup to look like.

Forget about dewy finish.
Forget about natural looking makeup.

Every time I applied this foundation on my face, I could see that it just sat on top of my skin. And blending was difficult and time consuming and the finish was still powdery – so yes, it has a matte finish.

After 10 hours of wearing the bareMinerals, it looked less cakey but I could still see the foundation hadn’t really blend with my skin natural oil, so it’d look natural and dewy. Nope, no such thing happened.

The shade that I got is R270 Golden Medium, which is lighter and yellower than I expected. I don’t mind the yellow undertone since I am warm-toned.

I usually wouldn’t mind if the foundation is a shade lighter, because I can always apply bronzer afterwards. But putting powder on top of another powder product is too much for me, it looked cakey and too powdery.

BareMinerals Ready SPF20 foundation is buildable, so you can go from medium to almost full coverage. The matte, black, slim compact is convenient to carry in your makeup bag but gets dirty really quickly.

Though, looking back at these photos – I have to admit that the foundation does photograph well.

Review: Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Toner

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Another drugstore favorite!

The Thayer Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera toner is the gentlest thing – there’s that word again :D – I totally get why people love it so much.

It doesn’t matter dry or oily skin, I think it will works for you.

The big 12 oz. (355ml) lasted almost 3 months for me, I think it might sounds like not long enough. But I use a lot of toner, I love to prep my skin first with toning before applying other skin care products.

The witch hazel in the toner, wasn’t doing anything for me because my skin did breakout a little in that time, so it wasn’t able to prevent or reduce pimples.

The formula is clear colored, doesn’t leave any residue on the skin and has a soft rose and aloe vera fragrance. It’s an alcohol free toner, therefore doesn’t aggravate the skin.

At the moment, I’m testing out other toners but if my skin feels sensitive or looks red, I’d go back to this for a day or two, it’ll help calm and sooth my skin and get it back to normal. It’s a simple, and reliable product and I know my skin likes it.

Review & Swatch: Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion in No. 25

 

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Sulwhasoo is a Korean high-end cosmetic brand that has dominated Asian beauty market for years. The idea of cushion foundation was unknown to me, yet fascinating.

Because I’m trying to be mindful with my spending right now, I only purchased the refill :P I already know that I don’t need to carry it around, so the compact isn’t a must anyway.

My experience with the Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion has been very pleasant.

The foundation feels feather light, hydrating and leaves the skin a dewy finish. It never fails to make my skin look radiant and healthy.

It has a nice, cooling effect the moment that it touches your skin but fades away quickly. I’ve never experienced anything like this before, so it was mind boggling to me. I thought that was pretty cool and from what I heard, all cushion foundations should do this.

I always apply the foundation with the puff that came with it, which works great with the foundation. I used tapping motion and then blend it out with wiping motion. I’ve find that I don’t really need to work hard to achieve the seamless look, the foundation just melts on your skin. Ah, beautiful!

The Evenfair Perfecting Cushion evens out my skin tone, has almost a medium coverage and is also long-lasting. It lasted over 10 hours on my skin, but some oiliness did come through, mainly on the t-zone. Most importantly, it kept my skin moisturized all day – no flakiness, baby. Note: finishing powder and concealer are still needed.

I don’t know how to describe the fragrance to you, but it smells very nice, sophisticated and has a slight ginseng/herbal smell to it, very settle. I think that’s part of Sulwhasoo’s signature scent.

I probably will purchase the full package, since I really enjoy using the Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion. The package should include 2 refills, 2 puffs and the compact. The compact is really pretty.

They have 4 shades and I picked up the darkest shade which is no. 25 Deep Beige, and it’s a perfect match for me at the moment. If I’m going to repurchase it again (fall/winter time), I think I need to go a shade lighter.

I think the Sulwhasoo cushion foundation is great for normal, dry and combination skin. The dewiness can be a problem for oily skin.

Beauty Haul: bareMinerals, Ren, Missha, UNT, iHerb

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First off: I’M VERY SORRY for lack of posting. I’ve been super busy and TIRED, that I couldn’t bring myself up to put together a decent blog post. It seems like all I do on my free time now is sleep and rest. My brain refuses to do anything other than sleep :(Any-who, I managed to order some goodies that I want to share with you today. There are more stuff that haven’t arrived yet, so I guess we just have to do this without them.

Most of the things here are from iHerb, then a few things from LookFantastic, UNT and Ebay. I’m sure, you’ll noticed at the end of this post, that I’m on a quest for brighter skin – so wish me luck with these products!

At Last Naturals, MSM Herbal Moisturizing Bar

The Seaweed Bath CO, Detox Cellulite Soap

NOW Essential Oils, 100% Rosemary

NOW Solutions, Organic Jojoba Oil

Nature’s Alchemy, Fennel essential oil 100%

UNT EX White De-Mela Mask, Ultimate Luminance Anti-Pigment Facial

UNT Color, Ex White Miracle Glow Anti-Pigment Water Resistant Compact Powder SPF30

UNT Ex White Intensive Facial

Life Flo Retinol A 1%, Advanced Revitalization Cream

Reviva 5% Glycolic Acid Cream

At Last Naturals, MSM Creams Moisturizer

MRM MSM Cream

bareMinerals READY SPF20 Foundation

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

NOW Vitamin C Crystals

NOW Vitamin C & Acai Berry Purifying toner

Andalou Naturals, Get Started Brightening Kit

Acure Organics, Brightening Facial Scrub

Yes, I feel weird sharing about these two too :D but I’ve already taken the picture, might as well include them.

Sex and Bacon by Sarah Katherine Lewis

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Sex and Bacon is based on Sarah Katherine Lewis’ collection of short essays. In the book, she shared her favorite recipes which most were “cook to impress” that guarantee you’d get laid.

We are talking about a woman who loves sex and a whole table of finger licking good food.

Sarah is very open in her writing; straight to the point, loveable, witty in her words, laugh out loud funny, honest and most of all, encouraging.

The level of her honesty that she brings out in the book was refreshing and mind-boggling at the same time. Sarah talked about her past working in a sex industry, where she spilled out all the dirty deeds that either make you choke on laughing or totally gross out.

I love her stories about the people that she once called her lover, her experiments with food and her view of life. You wouldn’t think a former sex worker could have something morally right to say about life, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Turned out that she has her heart and mind in the right place, and her opinion about the world and our society is on point.

You don’t have to agree with her, she’s just telling you the truth, about her life.

What I got out from the author of Sex and Bacon is that she’s very driven by passion, and honesty. She’s not ashamed of her past, but she also admitted that she’s done things that she wasn’t proud of. I think she has a very good understanding of people.

She makes you feel like you two are BFF, and you could just sit down with her and have a heart-to-heart conversation. Over a big plate of fried chicken and a bottle of cheap, red wine! Nonetheless, she’s hella funny to hang out with.

If you’re able to keep up with the book, you’ll notice how it changed its tune towards the end. While she was in the middle of writing her book, Sarah struggled with a lot of issues. For months, she didn’t have money to pay her rent, couldn’t afford to buy food nor get medical care. She got into deep depression and it was the time when her partner left her too. So she wrote about it – all of it.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I also love how she writes and I truly admire Sarah Katherine Lewis as a person. I think she’s a brave woman and deserves some sort of recognition. There were many things that she shared in the book that were insightful and admirable. There was this story, where a sex client paid Sarah to say “I love you” to him but she refused, because she didn’t want to lie about love. I mean you gotta respect her for that, at least.

Sarah’s language is very colorful and bold. She uses words like fuck and shit like there’s no sunshine tomorrow. Obviously, she’s not being offensive. Just her way to express herself, but if that’s too much for you to handle, then you should stay away from all her books.

The author’s recipes are like Holy Bible of Getting Laid :D which I’ve already made a mental note that I must try them at some point.

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