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Don’t ignore the Body Product aisle at Ross January 16 2017, 0 Comments

By: Diana V.

I always like to look at the body products at Ross because you find high-end products at reduced prices. One of the best purchases I’ve made on this aisle was Olivella’s Face and Body Soap. My mother always wants to buy natural products for her skin and I always buy products for us to try out and after my first week using Olivella’s 100% Virgin Olive Oil face and body soap, I saw a huge difference in my complexion. 

The olive oil in the soap allows your skin to be cleaned and still leaves the skin feeling soft after drying your face with a towel. I started noticing that my pimples were disappearing and getting smaller in size after using this product for two weeks. The redness from my pimples was going down and my skin tone was also improving. Since the soap is for both your face and body I noticed that my skin was left feeling moisturized even before applying lotion or face moisturizer. 

If I were not planning on leaving the house that day then I wouldn’t apply sunscreen or moisturizer because the olive oil in the soap worked as a natural moisturizer. The product packaging says that the soap contains “Natural Anti-Aging Properties & Antioxidants” and the antioxidants in the soap really do their job in your body and shows in your skin. The soap really helped with my skin’s complexion and helped make it easier to apply makeup on my skin in the morning. 

I’m going on about 5 years of using this product and since my skin gets tired of products, this is one of the products I interchange while my skin gets adjusted to a new face product. Due to the natural properties of this soap, there are no harsh chemicals that are being put on your face, instead, you are using a product that helps nourish and keep your skin looking fresh and healthy. Plus it’s never too early to start taking care of the fine lines on your skin. 

The soap’s anti-aging properties help improve your face’s elasticity and keep your face feeling smooth and moisturized all day long. I continue to use this amazing great find from Ross’s body products aisle and I’ve recommended this product to all my friends. There are no complains from my part regarding this product. Overall, this purchase was not one that I regretted and I am fully stocked with this soap for the next two years.

How To Balance Hormones with Exercise January 16 2017, 0 Comments

 Guest Blog By VeganAcneSufferers 

By VeganAcneSufferers


We all exercise for various reasons. Some exercise for aesthetics, some for health, some just because it makes them feel good. And some, for all of the above reasons! But can regular exercise actually help us fight our skin issues - by keeping our hormones in check?

Fat Loss

Yes, exercise can help you lose your love handles, but it’s the loss of excess fat deep inside the body that counts here. 

The body contains two types of fat. The one you can pinch (subcutaneous), that is fairly harmless, but stubborn and hard to get rid of, and the less-visible stuff, the visceral fat that pads the abdominal organs, which can be a killer. Literally.

Fat cells do more than simply store extra calories — they have proved to be much more involved in human physiology than we had previously thought. Research suggests that fat cells — particularly abdominal fat cells — are biologically active. It's appropriate to think of fat as its own endocrine organ or gland, producing hormones and other substances that can profoundly affect our health. Although scientists are still deciphering the roles of individual hormones, it's becoming clear that excess body fat, especially abdominal fat, disrupts the normal balance and functioning of these hormones.

Sex Hormones

Getting fit can help to balance the body’s sex hormone levels, which in turn can improve the appearance of hair, skin and muscle tone. Although the most studied hormones linked to exercise are endorphins, sex hormones are also affected.

Much research has shown that being overweight or obese increases a woman’s risk of being diagnosed with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Doctors don't completely understand why extra weight is associated with higher hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer risk, but t’s likely that extra body fat increases levels of estrogen and other hormones which then increase breast cancer risk.

Research has shown that the level of human growth hormone (our fountain of youth) tends to decrease with greater accumulation of fat around our midsection. Testosterone is also found to be elevated with an increase in visceral fat. Scientists from the University of Virginia Health System found high levels of androgens (male hormones) in obese girls in the early stages of puberty, increasing their risk of more severe health problems (like polycystic ovary syndrome) later in life.

Another study further supports the link between excess weight and higher hormone levels; the study found that estrogen and testosterone levels dropped quite a bit, to healthier levels, when overweight and obese women lost weight. The results were published online May 21, 2012 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Studies have also shown that the sex lives of fit 60- and 70-year-olds often resemble the sex lives of people decades younger. This is due to healthy and consistent hormone levels. Not too low, not too high.

Mood Hormones

Since excess body fat is linked to hormonal changes, including those of serotonin, galanin and other brain neurotransmitters, excess body fat can also negatively impact your mood.

A 2014 study conducted by Boston University School of Medicine found that depressive symptoms are associated with visceral adiposity in middle-aged adults. After adjusting for age, body mass index, smoking, alcohol and other factors, results showed that higher levels of stored VAT translated to higher likelihood of experiencing depression

Depression is especially associated with greater fat storage in women, so it might be even more crucial for women to follow a depression-free diet. In a study of middle-aged women over 50 years old, visceral fat, but not subcutaneous belly fat or waist circumference, was related to depressive symptoms, the result of affected mood-sensitive hormones.


More than other types of fats, visceral fat is also thought to play a large role in insulin resistance, which means a heightened risk for developing diabetes. But insulin resistance also plays a role in our skin health. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, is important for the regulation of carbohydrates and the metabolism of fat. Insulin stimulates glucose (sugar) uptake from the blood in tissues such as muscles, the liver and fat. This is an important process to make sure that energy is available for

everyday functioning and to maintain normal levels of circulating glucose. In a person who is obese, or with large amounts of visceral fat, insulin signals are sometimes lost and tissues are no longer able to control glucose levels. This can lead to the development of type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome.


Because of the effects of excess visceral fat on hormones, it can also fuel low-grade inflammation in the body, and is tied to various ills including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer and dementia. Inflammation in the body also affects our skin negatively. Visceral fat does more than just lead to inflammation down the road — it becomes inflamed itself by producing something known as interleukin-6, a type of inflammatory molecule. This kind of fat stores inflammatory white blood cells and kicks off a series of autoimmune reactions.

What Does This Mean?

Regular exercise trains the body to burn visceral fat more efficiently. Exercise attacks fat on several fronts. When you exercise regularly, your body makes more mitochondria, the cellular engines where aerobic metabolism takes place; it also produces more proteins to speed up the transportation of fatty acids into cells to be burned as energy; and it makes more enzymes that break down fat. Enzymes regulate the speed at which chemical reactions take place. So the more enzymes you have, the faster visceral fat can be burned.

Exercise researchers agree that the benefits of improved fitness are a boon to virtually every system in our bodies. And any kind of regular activity will help you experience more of these benefits for yourself. Most people think exercise is only about burning calories, but it’s so much more than that. Exercise is about a million small perks, like stress management, better sleep and an overall healthy body.


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What is Acne and How to Prevent it? January 16 2017, 0 Comments

By: Briana J.

Acne is a big trouble to a lot of people, so let’s break it down. What is acne? What causes acne? And how do you get rid of it? Acne occurs when your pores get filled with dead skin cells and oil, which results in things like whiteheads, blackheads, and/or acne. 

Acne can occur at any age but most commonly occurs in teenagers and young adults. Some may say that the cause of acne is hormonal, which is why it is usually seen on teenagers. But other reasons known to trigger acne are eating habits and not properly treating your skin. What you eat can be shown through your skin. Eating really oily foods like pizza or really sweet things like cake or candy can be bad for your skin.

Eating healthy is a part of a good skin regime because healthy eating will result in healthy skin. To properly treat your skin, you must have the right products for your skin type and things such as masque’s and exfoliates and a great moisturizer. By finding what products are good for your skin, you must first find out what type of skin you have. Be sure to stick to the same products and skin routine so that your skin can get used to the products. 

There are many different treatments you could try, some of which you could do yourself at home and others where you have to pay a bit of money. Some of the more common treatments are usually spa treatments where they either give you face masques that are really good for your skin or they do special masque’s the ones you can’t really do at home like the vampire masque, where they use your blood and put it on your face, I don’t recommend doing this one at home. Haha!

 People also do chemical burning which takes away the top layer of the skin, normally where the acne is and once that is done it reveals a new layer of clear skin. It usually takes more than one treatment if someone’s acne is very bad. 

Pills are sometimes used when treatments don’t work too well, people resort to pills that are usually prescribed by their dermatologist or doctor. Sometimes when the acne isn’t that bad and you just have a few blemishes here and there, you could use a spot treatment to get rid of any pimples, that way you can maintain clear and beautiful skin. 

There are many ways to treat, stop and prevent acne. Different things work for different people, so see what’s best for you.

Are Essential Oils Beneficial to Skin? January 15 2017, 0 Comments

By: Lori S.

Essential oils have uplifting and relaxing properties and have been used for cosmetic purposes for many years. Essential oils are obtained by steam distillation and cold pressing in the purest form. Pure essential oils have many skin benefits among them, including a clear-looking complexion, reduction in the signs of aging and giving your skin a radiant glow.

  1. Ylang-ylang essential oil - Ylang ylang essential oil is a favorite as it helps reduce oil production and minimizes breakouts. It has a floral fragrance and helps regenerate skin cells. This can be beneficial in terms of anti-aging as it can reduce fine lines and make skin appear more youthful and plump.
  2. Tea Tree essential oil - This is a very popular essential oil amongst acne sufferers as it is known for its anti-bacterial properties. These properties can prevent the growth of acne-causing bacteria and help to regulate oil production; which is essential for us acne sufferers! Using tea tree oil regularly (every night) can reduce the severity and occurrence of breakouts.
  3. Frankincense essential oil - Similarly, to tea tree oil, frankincense essential oil has antibacterial properties. It can be used as a toner for acne-prone skin as it can even skin tone and has additional anti-inflammatory benefits. The essential oil can encourage new cell growth making it suitable for aging skin and it can reduce the appearance of scars. It is also very moisturizing, so can soothe irritated skin.
  4. Neroli Essential oil - This oil is particularly helpful in encouraging cell rejuvenation, so is very suitable for anti-aging and fading stretch marks. The oil can make aged skin appear more youthful and radiant as well as balance oil production without being overly drying on the skin.
  5. Rose Essential oil - Rose Essential oil has amazing benefits for dry skin. The essential oil is very moisturizing and contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds. This makes rose essential oil helpful in treating psoriasis and dermatitis. It also contains compounds that promote healing.
  6. Patchouli Essential oil - Patchouli essential oil has many different benefits, one of the main ones being anti-aging. The oil helps to encourage new cell growth and can make skin appear more radiant with more elasticity. Additionally, patchouli essential oil is antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal. This means, people with skin conditions such as dermatitis, acne, psoriasis and eczema can benefit from patchouli essential oil.

Remember, before using any essential oils on your skin, do a patch test to make sure there is no reaction between your skin and the oil. Also, essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil. An essential oil should only be used for a maximum of 5%.

Easy Tips to Prevent Acne Breakouts January 15 2017, 0 Comments

By: Marlene

Instead of trying various products, there are some things you can do to prevent acne breakouts in the first place, no products needed, just habits you need to get accustomed to!


Touching my face is probably the #1 reason why I breakout. Since middle school, I got into this habit of touching my face during a lesson, or when I was bored in class. Your hands pick up everything you touch, so just imagine all the germs and bacteria that I was putting on my face! Nowadays, I have to remind myself to not touch my face, especially during class. To prevent myself from touching my face, I wear rings, so when I’m bored during class I just play with the rings on my fingers instead of touching my face. Also, do not peel off scabs or pop a pimple with your bare hands, that is the worst thing you can do! If you need to make some adjustments to your daily habits to prevent you from touching your face, like I did, then do so.


You’ve probably heard this one before, but I am here to remind you again because it does help! Water is the purest and healthiest way of flushing out all the toxins from your body that can cause acne. Not to mention other numerous benefits that come along with drinking water. You should be drinking at least 4 water bottles a day, and if you aren’t then I challenge you to only drink water for 2 weeks. No juices, and especially no soda. This is what I have been doing for the past week; I only drink water with all of my meals (and milk when I eat cereal, but that’s it). Go ahead and try it! Maybe you will get into the good habit of drinking water more often.


One of the dermatologists I went to actually recommend me to do this, and it makes sense. We put our face on our pillows and covers every day, putting more bacteria onto our bed sheets every time we sleep. Try to wash your bed sheets every week so that you always have a clean surface to sleep on.


You’ve probably heard your mom tell you plenty of times to eat your veggies. Well, she’s right! Not only should you eat healthier and cut out greasy foods from your diet, but also know what foods cause your acne. For example, for me, eating chips causes me to breakout a lot so I am trying not to eat them as much. Try to create healthy habits, not continue bad ones!

My Take on Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser January 14 2017, 0 Comments

By: Ashley

Hey! It’s Ashley and today I will be talking about Cetaphil daily facial cleanser. This cleanser is 16 fl oz (431 mL).  The price is 9.99 at Walmart. 

This product is formulated for normal to oily skin. It is supposed to remove excess oil without drying and is clinically proven to the deep clean skin. This cleanser is also non-comedogenic, non-irritating, and dermatologist recommended.  This product removes surface oils, dirt, and makeup without leaving skin tight or overly dry rinses clean without leaving any pore-clogging residue, and gentle for everyday use. Based on the package/bottle. 

But the thing about this product that made me kind of hesitate is the fact that this product has sulfates in it. And if it is not good for hair, is skin any different? But I still decided to use this cleanser. The ingredients include in order: water, glycerin, peg-200 hydrogenated glyceryl palmate, butylene glycol, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, acrylates/steareth-20 methacrylate copolymer, peg-7 glyceryl cocate, sodium laureth sulfate, phenoxyethanol, masking fragrance, panthenol, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, disodium edta, and methylparaben. 

To remind you of my skin type, I am oily, sensitive, acne- prone skin, but I also have cystic acne, which is acne/bacteria under the skin. With using this cleanser, I felt that my skin was a little bit dry, but not overly super dry that my skin is tight. This cleanser also removes makeup very well.  Once I had a full face of makeup on and I used olive oil (which is a great makeup remover, also with coconut oil) and this cleanser and my face was so clean. Very clean. 

I also used the spin for perfect skin face cleansing brush set while using both of those products. I felt so amazed by how clean my skin was by using this cleanser.  But on another note, my skin does get a bit dry but it is not irritating or itchy. Also, this cleanser lasts a while, depending on how heavy- handed or light-handed you are. 

I use this product in the nighttime on the day of when I wear makeup, but not really in the morning. Only if I feel like my skin needs a deep clean. I would use this around the summer and spring seasons because my skin gets really oily and It feels a bit dirty so that’s why I would use it around then. All in all, I give this product a 7 out of 10 and let me know you have used this product or want to use it.


Ashley Maxi

Great Random Amazon Purchase January 13 2017, 0 Comments

By: Diana V.

After earning an Amazon Gift Card I had no idea what to do with my money. I started looking for skin products and stumbled upon a clay mask. After extensive research and reading reviews I decided to buy Health and Beauty Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, “World’s Most Powerful Facial.” As someone that was suffering with awful cystic acne I read that the mask would help with my acne so I decided to give it a shot and bought 2 pounds worth of the clay. 

Made with 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay the container says “Feel Your Face Pulsate!” The reviews said that you needed to mix the clay, which is a powder with Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar so I bought the Bragg’s brand in order to create the clay paste. After mixing equal parts of both the clay and the vinegar you mix and apply the clay to your skin. Personally the vinegar smells so gross, but the benefits of the vinegar to one’s health and skin is insane. 

The clay is messy to apply but when it is on and it begins to dry and slowly crack. You can actually feel your face pulsate. It becomes very tight on one’s skin and you feel it working. After a couple uses, anytime that I do get a pimple I apply this mask on my face and it dries the pimple really fast and pops them without me having to pick on them. The mask is removed after 10-15 minutes and with warm water the clay dissolves and feels smooth on one’s skin. 

I’ve seen this mask work great so far and it makes your skin feel so fresh and relaxed after. The product says that you should do it once a week and after doing it for about 5 weeks I have seen a difference in my skin. The clay works deep into your skin and helps clean out your pores and even helps target the stubborn blackheads on your nose. A good tip to know is that you should use very little amounts of both the clay and the vinegar because it lasts a good amount with just one tablespoon of the clay. 

The clay is not only for the face but can also work as a body wrap, foot soaks, chilled clay knee packs, etc. If you do decide to leave on the mask for more that it says your face will get a little red from the tightness of the mask on your skin but it usually leaves within 30 minutes. 

This clay mask was a great find as my first Amazon purchase since I had been trying to find a good clay mask with a good reasonable price. I would definitely recommend this clay mask for anyone that suffers with acne or just wants to clean his or her skin.

Top 5 Pore Clogging Ingredients to Avoid January 13 2017, 0 Comments

By: Molly

As an acne sufferer, I am always wary when shopping for new facial products. I’ll spend hours in the skincare section at Target, poring over the labels of various cleansers (yes, I am that weirdo that reads every single ingredient). The reason is simple - one wrong ingredient can cause a breakout or worsen existing breakouts. To avoid this, it’s important to research what ingredients will - and won’t - clog pores.

The first and easiest step is to look for the label “non-comedogenic” on the front of a product. You might see this label in conjunction with terms like “hypoallergenic” (less likely to cause an allergic reaction), “fragrance-free” (containing no synthetic fragrances or perfume), or “paraben-free” (containing no chemical preservatives). Non-comedogenic means that the product will not clog pores. This is very important for people with acne, particularly those with oily skin. Clogged pores can lead to inflammation, rashes, and breakouts, which can ultimately cause scarring.

Now, if a product does not have a non-comedogenic label, things get a little tricky. All hope is not lost - you can simply skim the ingredient list for problematic items. To make your job easier, here’s a list of the top five comedogenic ingredients to avoid.

  • Coconut Oil

This was a shock to me, mainly because of how many people swear by coconut oil as a natural alternative to face wash. Don’t be fooled: Coconut oil is one of the worst pore-cloggers around. 

  • Cocoa Butter 
Similarly praised for its natural derivatives, cocoa butter ranks high on the comedogenic scale. Consider substituting in products with shea butter (which is completely non-comedogenic); for oily skin, try argan oil.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS, is a foaming agent widely found in facial cleansers. Its pore-clogging properties aren’t the only reason to steer clear - SLS has been linked to cancer, tissue damage and pollution (it’s also a common ingredient in pesticides, car wash soaps, and floor-cleaning soaps … yikes).
  • Potassium Chloride
Potassium chloride is classified as a mineral thickening agent. As a general rule, people with moderate to severe acne should avoid products that contain mineral oil or have “mineral” in the title (Mineral Foundation, Mineral Blush, etc).
  • Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat germ oil is one of the absolute worst offenders when it comes to clogging pores, which just goes to show that natural is not always best.

Other ingredients to avoid: Algae extract, carrageenan, hexadecyl alcohol, isocetyl stearate, isopropyl linoleate, isopropyl myristate, linseed oil, octyl stearate, palm oil and sesame oil.

Brown Sugar As Your Go To Face Scrub January 12 2017, 0 Comments

By: Nha

Brown sugar has long become a familiar element of beauty for girls, especially in mixed exfoliation. It is because of a number of vitamins and minerals in abundance.

1. Making smooth and firm the skin
- Mix 1 tablespoon brown sugar with 2 tablespoons of fresh milk into a slurry.
- Apply the mixture on your face, massage gently for 10 minutes.
- Clean with warm water. Perform once a week.

2. Balance the skin's sebaceous
- Mix 1 tablespoon brown sugar with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
- Apply the mixture on your face, to save on the skin for 10 minutes, massage gently for 5 minutes.
- Clean with warm water. Perform every 3 days.

3. Against aging
- Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice.
- Get a massage to the face from liquid 10-20 minutes.
- Clean with warm water. Perform daily.

4. Anti-inflammatory, acne
- Mix 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of oatmeal with 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
- Apply on the skin acne and to save the skin in 10-15 minutes.
- Wash off with warm water. Perform 2-3 times a week.

5. Scalp exfoliation
- Get an adequate amount of oil discharged, and mix with 1 tablespoon brown sugar.
- Massage the scalp with the mixture of used oil - brown sugar in 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water. Perform 1 time/week.

Other note:
There are 2 types of brown sugar, brown sugar is natural (containing molasses) and commercial brown sugar (molasses mixed with granulated sugar). You should choose natural brown sugar for beauty recipes.

A Deeper Meaning Behind Skincare Routines January 12 2017, 0 Comments

By: Honey

Growing up, I’ve never really understood the hype of skincare routines. Actually, I thought the only people who needed to worry about their skin on a daily basis were middle-aged women with wrinkles threatening close. But with the growing trend of teen girls and young ladies starting to invest in skincare- a trend that mainly originated in beauty meccas like Korea- I decided to start looking into it myself.

As a child, I didn’t struggle too much with acne. I had chronically dry skin, but even that didn’t inspire me to look for a good moisturizer. But as high school wore on, and stress and hormones ruthlessly took their toll on me, my skin began to suffer. I needed to start paying attention to my face. I used a 5-in-1 daily acne cleanser occasionally, thinking I could lazily hit many birds with one stone, but it was evident after a while that it wouldn’t be enough.

I started looking into new products. The process was expensive, and it was frustrating to have a growing pile of products on my bathroom countertop that proved useless. At this point, my skin was irritated and riddled with scarring and rough patches due to neglect and incompatible products. That’s when it hit me: I needed to start doing my research. After reading articles and listening to testimonies from people with similar conditions, I found out that I had very dry, acne-prone skin. Now, the real test of finding a routine to heal my face would happen.

The most basic skincare routine consisted of a cleanser, toner, and then moisturizer. People more experienced in skincare would add even more steps. So now, I’m slowly trying out new products that work for me. In my journey, I did learn a few things. Skincare wasn’t just about the vain aspect of looking beautiful without makeup- it was a lifestyle. To explore and craft a personalized routine was a challenge in itself, but it also strengthened my self-control and taught me how to stick to a routine.

Morning; night. Eat healthier. Don’t pick at your skin. These reminders drifted around in my mind. Even if face results were slow, I learned how to be more mindful and controlled. Taking pride in my routine and journey to understand my skin was no longer vain to me. I admire others who have a solid array of products that they understand. And it’s because I know the frustrating process behind the scenes that it required to get to that point. Skincare is a lifestyle.