Products/Ingredients to Avoid for Oily Skin

People with oily skin sometimes have a tendency to go overboard with trying to control their oil.  Be sure not to use anything that isn’t meant for your skin type because it could strip too much moisture from the skin.  Remember, oil and moisture are two different things.  Everyone, regardless of skin type, needs moisture.
If you have oily skin, stay away from these common ingredients/products:
  • Mineral oil – doesn’t clog pores because it’s molecularly too large but it does make you look & feel greasy
  • Petrolatum/Vaseline
  •  Petroleum
  • Parafin Oil
  • Coco Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Castor Oil – promotes inflammation
Petroleum and mineral oil especially are very occlusive, meaning they don’t let your skin breathe.  It just sits on top and blocks your skin/pores from getting air.  Oily skin is already more prone to breakouts and clogged pores so using products with these ingredients will make those breakouts more frequent and harder to get rid of.
Look for skin care and cosmetic products that say “oil free,” exfoliate on a regular basis, and use a purifying mask at least twice a week.  Depending on your oil production and breakouts a mask with tea tree oil or sulfur may be needed to help control excess oil.

Products/Ingredients to Avoid for Sensitive Skin

I was doing some online shopping at and was looking at the different masks they had and came across a pumpkin honey glycolic mask.  I
always read reviews for anything I buy online, especially skin care.  In reading the reviews a lot of people with sensitive skin didn’t like the product.
One customer mentioned that she thought it would work well for her because pumpkin is soothing.  That is NOT true at all.  Honey is soothing but pumpkin is not good for sensitive skin.  It’s very vitamin rich and works well for breakouts but can be very irritating for anyone with dry or sensitive skin and cause itching & dryness. Reading those reviews is what prompted this post.
If you have sensitive skin, stay away from these ingredients/products:
  • Pumpkin  (natural exfoliator)
  •  any abrasive exfoliator
  • Alcohol
  • Fragrance
  • sulfates
  • dyes
  • Algae Extract
  • Hydroquinone (skin lightener, used to get rid of hyperpigmentation)
  • All of these products can cause inflammation and irritation.


Sensitive skin is very temperamental and it can be a little alarming to try new products because you don’t know how your skin will react.  I always suggest trying out new products on a small area on your neck or arm first to see if there’s any sort of reaction or irritation.
Anything that comes in contact with your face should be analyzed before you use it.  That includes your laundry detergent, soap, makeup, and obviously your skin care.  Make sure you read labels with everything; it’s just like reading nutrition labels when you buy food.
If ever in doubt or if reading labels is overwhelming for you, google the main ingredient or the “selling point” ingredient.  For the mask I bought pumpkin and honey were the two ingredients advertised the most on the box.  In that case look up pumpkin and honey to see how it impacts skin care.  Before I buy anything I research the ingredients.  I’ll be in Ulta watching a Youtube review or researching ingredients before I make the purchase.
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My New Favorite Product!!!

I’ve been using a new serum for the past month or so and I love it!  It’s Mario Badescu’s Vitamin C serum.  I picked it up at Ulta one day after doing research on a whole lot of other serums.  It retails for $50 for 1 oz. of product.
Most people who don’t use serums don’t usually because they don’t know how beneficial they are or because of the price, or both.  Serums penetrate the skin a lot deeper than other products like a cleanser or moisturizer.  They have the highest concentration of active ingredients that you can get with an over the counter product.  A cleanser or moisturizer may contain about 5-10% of active ingredients, where a serum has up to about 70%.  There’s a serum for different skin concerns like anti-aging/collagen building, dark spots, oil controlling, etc.
 Vitamin C is awesome for lightening dark spots and brightening skin which are the main reasons I picked this one up.  It’s also good for anti-aging and protecting your skin from environmental pollutants.

The directions

Usually I advise clients to use a product based on what the directions say.  For this product the directions say to use the serum every other night.  I would advise a client to start out using it every other night and gradually increase usage to every night if no irritation develops.  The directions on most serums say to use at night but they can be used at night and in the morning.  Personally I think the directions instruct customers to use once a day or every other day so the product will last longer and they don’t feel as bad for paying so much money for one product.
I want to get the most out of my skin care; usually the cost isn’t my first concern.  I use it every day, morning and night. I know my skin and my skin is not sensitive to Vitamin C so I knew using it this often wouldn’t be a problem for me.  The results have been awesome.  I get acne scarring all the time and those spots have lightened since I started using this serum.  And my skin looks brighter.  This serum has been the main reason my skin has been doing so well since the weather has changed.  I definitely recommend it.
Let me know what products or serums you’re loving right now.  And if you try this Vitamin C serum let me know how you like it!

3 Tips for Dewy Skin in the Winter

The colder weather is here and my skin can definitely tell.  With the change of weather be sure to also change your skin care to reflect what your skin needs.  Here’s a list to help you out:


Don’t forget to keep exfoliating in the fall and winter.  It gets rid of those dead
skin cells and helps your skin absorb moisturizers and serums better, keeping skin soft and supple.  This goes for all over body and face.  Exfoliating helps get rid of any dry patches you may have.
exfoliating sponge
Also don’t forget under your lips, arms, hands, and feet, which are areas people tend to neglect since they’re not exposed as much.

Moisturize appropriately

In the winter after I shower I like to spray myself with rosewater spray after I dry off.
Then I add  a few drops of Shea Moisture’s Black Jamaican castor oil to the Soap & Glory Righteous Body Butter I normally use.  The rosewater helps to hydrate and refresh the skin and the castor oil adds extreme moisture.  I love it. When I wake up in the morning my skin is baby soft and still well moisturized.
In the colder months you can opt for a heavier moisturizer if your skin needs it.  Most have issues with dehydrated skin.  I have combination oily skin but at night I use a heavier moisturizer on my face and body to make sure my skin gets the moisture it needs.
And don’t forget those cuticles!  My cuticles get so dry in the winter I have to oil them every day.  That sounds like a lot but I have a bottle of vitamin E oil on my desk at work, which reminds me to oil them.  The Jamaican Black Castor Oil also works well on cuticles.  Or you can use coconut oil, grape seed oil, or whatever cooking oil you use.
Wearing gloves or socks right after exfoliating and moisturizing helps to lock in that moisture and make your hands/feet softer long term.

Don’t forget sunscreen.

This is a big one.  People think that since it’s not summer and the sun isn’t beaming down on you that you don’t need to use a sunscreen.  NOT TRUE!  Sunscreen actually protects the skin from UV radiation.
Even when it’s cloudy outside about 40% of the sun’s UV radiation reaches the earth.  Sunscreen also protects against harsh winds, which dry skin out and in the long term can lead to wrinkles and skin aging faster.  So wearing sunscreen now will save your future skin.
Remember, what you do or don’t do to your skin now may not affect you now. But in about 10-20 years how you take care of your skin now will be written all over your face.