Common Causes of Acne

Power to the Pimple

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Now this is one heck of a topic. The majority of people, men and women alike, have struggled with acne. If you’re one of those people who have miraculously avoided the common curse, well forgive me as I silently praise but also become increasingly jealous of you.

Our skin is an organ, just like your liver, spleen, and lungs. It is the mighty organ because it is exposed, first hand, to all of the external attacks- i.e. toxic fumes, sun rays, bacteria, etc. It can handle a lot, but it’s not a saint. Any sort of issue on your skin is a sign that your body is out of balance. There is something going on that isn’t right, and your body is telling you that through- you heard it- the dreaded, cursed, loathed, pimple.

External Causes

Dirty Phone

Dirty Pillowcase

Your incessant touching and picking of your skin

Incorrect Cleansing

Stress

Clogging Makeup

 

Internal Causes

Hormone Imbalance

Poor Diet

Food Sensitivity

Digestive Issues

Genes

Toxic Buildup

 

Yeah.. so pretty much anything can cause a skin flare-up. It can be a quick fix for some, or a long, long journey for others. My number one tip is to don’t stress out over it, that will only cause more skin problems.

 

Your skin does not define you. 

You can and will conquer it. 

Be patient. 

Love your skin. 

xxJoannaxx

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What Exactly Is a Toner, Anyway?

And Why Is It So Important?

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Toner is a term becoming more widely used in the skin care world. But there are many people that don’t understand what a toner actually is. Let alone why it is an important step for anyone’s skin care routine.

skin toner or simply toner refers to a lotion or wash designed to cleanse the skin and shrink the appearance of pores, usually used on the face.”  wikipedia

Benefits of using a Toner

Shrinks Pores– Because toners wipe up every last bit of makeup, dirt, water, oil on your face, your pores naturally shrink because they are completely clean

Moisturizes Skin– Toners are humectants – fancy word for they bind to water molecules, which moisturizes your face

Enhances Effect of Serums/Moisturizer– If you haven’t properly cleansed, whatever you layer on your skin won’t penetrate it as effectively. As stated before, a toner gets up every last bit of dirt, so you can be sure that you’re face is clean and ready to absorb those nutrient rich serums.

Balances PH of skin– Our skin has a natural PH balance between 5 and 6, but cleansers and water disrupt that PH balance. A toner brings that skin back to it’s natural PH state.

How To Use

  1. After cleansing, simply spray onto a cotton round and wipe your face. Then follow up with a serum or moisturizer!
  2. You can also spray it on whenever you feel your face needs a little ‘pick-me-up.’ It instantly adds a nice glow.

Reminder–  As always, you should make sure you are buying a good quality toner. Most conventional toners are full of alcohol and chemicals that dry out your skin, which is the opposite of what a toner should do. Find a toner that has a base of rose water or alcohol-free witch hazel as these are natural astringents and moisturizers.

So now you know and are hopefully convinced why a toner is essential to any beauty routine!

xxJoannaxx

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