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Retinol products are wonderfully healing for your skin, if you know how to use them. Everyone can benefit from them, whether you have dry, sun-damaged skin or an oily acne-prone skin type. It can be a love-hate relationship, however, and if you abuse these products, you’ll never see the fantastic results they can achieve.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is another name for Retin-A, a vitamin A therapy treatment. It also has a variety of other names such as Retinoid, Tretinoin, Clindamycin, Differin, and Tazorac. Retinol is used in numerous products to help clear acne, reverse sun damage, help with hyperpigmentation, unclog pores and smooth and refine your skin texture and tone. I prefer to use medical grade retinol products because you will see the effects quicker, and if you are spending the money you should use the best you can afford to buy.

How to Use Retinol

The purpose retinol products is to remove dead skin cells, thus renewing skin texture and tone. Yes, you will peel, but you want to peel to smooth the skin. If you use these products every day and night, however, it will cause excessive redness and irritation, and you’ll hate them. Use retinol products every other day at only at night or just several times a week.

When you first start a retinoid program, begin slowly, alternating days or even going a couple of days between applications. You can use a hylauronic acid hydrating product to lessen the drying effects or apply a moisturizer to your skin if you are a dry skin type. Definitely use a hylauronic acid formula for normal-oily skin types to hydrate and prevent breakouts.

Tips and Cautions

Retinol products can also cause your skin to be sun sensitive, and you can cause more damage by exposing your skin to the sun while wearing a product containing Retin-A.

If you have oily-acne skin, always choose a gel formula; do not use cream formulas. Now if you are a normal-dry skin type, a cream may be your perfect choice, except if you are prone to breakouts. Then you'll want to use a gel formula.

Final thoughts

Yes, you may break out a little because you are peeling. Any blemishes you already have will come to the surface. Stick to the program and what a wonderful difference it will make to your complexion!

Skin Care Tips for a Glowing Wedding Day

The big day is just around the corner and you're in a panic. You want to look great, but your skin isn’t in the condition. What do you do? Think logically—don’t do anything drastic. Just improve what you have! So what does that mean? It means that you plan ahead.

But if you're a last-minute person, what can you do to look fantastic for that big event? Here is a simple timeline of skin care tips to keep you glowing on your wedding day.

Time line: Two weeks to one month out

Do a deep cleansing on your skin and apply a clay mask to purge your pores of blackheads. If you are broken out with blemishes, spot treat those nasty breakouts. Make sure you practice your makeup application before the event, clean your makeup brushes, and have all your tools ready.

Brow shaping

10 days before the event as you can do last time tweezing if necessary.


One-two weeks before. Don’t wax just before an event or you might suffer from irritation and redness or worse.

Deep cleansing facials or peels

Two weeks before or your skin will be red and irritated. It takes time for your skin to heal.


No extractions 10 days before the event. And no picking pimples—it’s a lot harder to cover a scab then a blemish.


This product is used around the eye area to lift and neutralize the muscles that cause lines and furrows. Botox takes several days to become effective, and the treatment not suitable for everyone. This is something I definitely would do two months in advance.

Common reactions of botox include mild swelling and redness from needle insertion, and some clients may experience a droopy lid after treatment. This is sometimes correctable, but you may also just need to wait until it wears off. Botox is not a last-minute fix, so find a doctor who is a professional.

Be careful of Botox parties if you don’t know the credentials of the person performing these injections. If they inject the wrong muscle you will not be happy with the results, so go to someone who is properly trained.

Facial fillers

I prefer the ones with a hylauronic base. Juvederm is my personal favorite, but there are other formulas that may work for you. Again a word of caution: you can have swelling and bruising with fillers, so plan a month or two ahead of time. Use the herbal remedy Arnica Montana to help reduce bruising. Facial fillers can be used around the lip edge to plump and smooth vertical lip lines. It does go away, but the results are fabulous, so plan ahead.


This can be effective when the technician is knowledgeable. The machine has different controls that can turn up the suction and distribution of crystals. This treatment is not for someone with broken capillaries or has a lot of redness in their skin. The suction can damage the skin, causing more broken capillaries or you could get a striped appearance from someone who is using an inappropriate suction level. New technologies have crystal-less diamond heads, which are great, but need to be sanitized, so make sure your technician knows what he or she is doing.

Finally, always wear a sunscreen, especially after microdermabrasion or chemicals. If you don’t, you may damage you skin instead of improving it.

And congratulations on your wedding!

wedding makeup tips

This is your moment to shine.

All right—you want to look fabulous for this special time! Think ahead and start getting your skin in the best shape possible. This is not a last minute decision, you must prepare your skin for a smooth application and it is wise to start this a month before the event.

Do not get a last minute facial just days before the big day as your skin may be irritated and will need extra time to recover. Yet, if you haven’t been good with skin care, a makeup primer will enable you to get a beautiful finish. Choose one that is right for your skin type; make sure that if you are oily, you choose a formula that works for oily skin and will not cause breakouts. Most makeup primers have a silicone base that days after use may cause breakouts. Shop wisely and read labels.

Draw Attention to the Eyes

Now for the fun stuff. Play up you—not your dress color. You want to bring out your beauty and features and yes, you can bring some of the color of your dress into the makeup palette, but it is your eyes and features that should be brought forward.

Always make sure your makeup foundation or powder matches your skin. Match it to your neck, testing a small amount. When it disappears, then you have the right match.

Conceal Imperfections

Use a concealer after a liquid foundation and before a powder foundation. This should be about two shades lighter than your complexion color. Apply it under the eyes and in the laugh lines and add it to the top of your cheekbones. Also apply it to the darker areas of the face. If you have a weak chin, lighten it up a bit, or if your eyes are close together lighten up the space between the eyes. Accent the outer corners of your eyes to bring attention to those beautiful eyes.

Bring on the Bronzer

Create definition by applying a bronzer to cheekbones, soften a high forehead by shading the top half and slim a wide nose by applying it to just the sides. Lightly dust down with powder to soften then blend with a sponge. Remember: blending is critical, as you just want a subtle tone. Do not choose a bronzer with a lot of shine—you want it to look natural like a tan.

Warm Versus Cool Colors

Now is the time to understand warm and cool tones. Most people look best with cool colors but there is a small percentage of people who will glow with the warm shades. It is you, not the color of your makeup, that should stand out, so if all you notice is the eye shadow, you are probably using the wrong colors. Play up your natural coloring and accent just a touch to the colors you are wearing.

Experiment weeks ahead of time. You know how hard you shopped for this occasion, so put the time into designing your face and you will be pleased with the results. Practice and re-evaluate how you see yourself—it is you that needs to shine, not the makeup.

Enjoy the moment, for you are beautiful!

Reese Witherspoon

You can have celebrity skin, too!

You don’t have to be a Hollywood star to look like one! Celebrities want to look their best for red carpet events and you, too, can be picture perfect for your special day.

Maintenance and planning are the keys to perfect skin. Trying to get gorgeous skin overnight is not going to happen; you have to plan in advance.

So how do you achieve that beautiful glow? It starts on the inside and works its way outward. Great skin needs nutrition because your skin is the largest living organ in your body and it needs to be feed nutrients. Good eating habits combined with drinking a lot of water and regular exercise will do magical things to your body. Take your program a step further and add vitamins and antioxidants into your diet.

Start months before a special event to achieve beautiful skin. Great skin means you get on a regular skin care program. And never go to bed with makeup on your face. Cleanse your skin and apply rejuvenating skin care products for your skin type before bedtime. The night is when your skin will start to repair itself—and who wouldn’t want to look younger in the morning?

So here’s your guide to celebrity beauty secrets:

Deep Cleansing Facials or Chemical Exfoliation/Peels: Start doing this about 3 months before an event. One or two treatments a month will get your skin back in shape. I prefer chemical or enzyme peels to remove the thick, dead, cellular buildup many clients have when they are not on a good skin care program. And the better your home care program, the better your results will be when you do have professional treatments.

apply sunscreen

Don't forget the sunscreen if you go outside!

Remove surface scars, fine lines and wrinkles with laser treatments. This is a more aggressive way of helping to smooth and rejuvenate skin texture and tone. You will experience redness and swelling after a treatment, so plan in advance to get the best results. Home care is critical to help the skin heal smoothly. This is definitely a procedure performed months ahead of time. I love the Pixel laser treatments because you can do them as close as a month apart without much downtime.

Injectable facial fillers are another way to look younger instantly as they fill in the deep lines around the mouth area and can help pump up vertical lips lines. Do this treatment at least one to two weeks before a special event as you may have some bruising around the injection site. Fillers normally last about a year and my favorite is Juvederm from Allergan. Botox is another favorite to keep the lines between the brows and on the forehead in a relaxed state, thus preventing deep wrinkles. Botox lasts about 3-4 months.

Use alpha or beta hydroxy acids (AHAs) and retinols to help reverse the aging process. These products cause the skin to peel, which helps to remove damaged skin cells and creates a smoother skin texture over time. They also will make you sun-sensitive and should be used only with sunscreens. Nighttime is the best time to use this type of product and combine it with a skin hydrating/ moisturizing treatment to prevent excess irritation. This point is crucial because not all products are going to work for your skin type. Read the labels and directions before using them to avoid an allergic reaction. Example: when using retinol products, you do not wear them outside as they make you sun sensitive, damaging your skin. But wear a retinol product several times a week to bed, and you will see smoother and younger-looking skin.

Stay out of the SUN!!! Your skin ages dramatically with sun exposure. Yes, you do need sunshine to stay healthy but watch the number of hours you go outside and wear a sunscreen. Remember that age spots are really sun damaged skin caused by tanning.

your skin needs water

Your skin needs moisture, too.

How Do I Exfoliate?

A general recommendation for exfoliating the skin would be twice a week, depending on the sensitivity of your skin and whether or not you have problems with acne. For people with skin that isn't too sensitive and that have mostly noninflamed acne, using a gentle, nonabrasive scrub is helpful (one with smooth round silica scrubbing beads ). If you have sensitive skin and/or have mainly inflamed acne, then scrubs should not be used as often as they can over-irritate the skin and cause inflamed acne to spread. There are other ways to exfoliate for those with sensitive skin or inflamed acne. Chemical exfoliation with AHA or BHA products can really help. Gentle exfoliation with a soft facial brush or a soft washcloth a few times a week can also work for some people.

Curly haired people understand the importance of moisture for their hair because it turns frizz into soft beautiful hair. But your skin needs moisture, too! Now this is the tricky part—Like hair types, not all skin types are created equal. Here are some healthy skin tips to help you care for your body, hair and skin.

Besides needing lots of water, your skin needs everything it takes to maintain a healthy body because your skin is the largest organ in your body. Your lifestyle affects your skin and the sun is the most damaging—even tanning beds will make you look old before your time.

The best way of keeping your skin beautiful is to keep it adequately hydrated. You need to feed your skin nutrients and drink lots of water to help maintain a youthful look.

Your skin needs to be cleansed, exfoliated and hydrated; moisture is essential and varies depending on skin type.

Your skin will change from season to season. If you live in a dry climate, you will need to moisturize often, and in humid climates you’ll find your skin oilier. Add with wind, dust and allergies, and you'll probably also have sensitive skin.

Moisturizers and hydrators will soothe and protect your skin. There are many different types of moisturizing products.

use a night cream for your skin

Choose a night cream rich in emollients for your skin.

Why Use a Separate Night Cream?

Night creams are specially designed to nourish and improve your skin while you sleep as these creams contain lots of nourishing, moisturizing active ingredients. Night creams or serums are especially beneficial for those past 30 as their skin begins to show the first signs of aging, the skin becomes drier and less elastic, skin begins to look dull and patchy.You skin repairs itself at night so it is extremely important to nourish it.

Does Moisturizer Burn Your Eyes?

If you have particularly sensitive skin, and moisturizers burn your eyes (even organic moisturizers), consider a hydration gel instead of lotion. Hydration gels can provide the same benefits without the negative effects of burning, breakouts and the spread of acne. If at first a hydration gel sounds unusual, rest easy—they are just as hydrating as a lotion or cream. Hydration gels come with a hefty price tag; however, the amount you use is sparing.

Healthy skin tips for smooth and soft skin:

Dry-Normal Skin: Choose creams instead of liquid moisturizers; make sure the product indicates it's for use for dry skin or you’ll end up disappointed because you will need to apply it several times during the day.

Use a night cream as this will give your skin the needed emollients it is missing when you have dry skin. Look for ingredients with natural oils, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, lipids and peptides. Use an eye cream day and night.

Normal–Oily Skin: Needs a lightweight cream or liquid. Look for oil-free and non-comedogenic to prevent pimples. If you have an oily T-zone, try to avoid moisturizing the oily areas. It’s okay not to moisturize oily areas if your skin isn’t dry or irritated. If oily areas are dry, use a hyaluronic acid serum to soothe without causing breakouts. Moisturize morning and night as needed, and also you might want to add in an eye cream into your morning and night routine.

Oily/Acne Skin: Yes, even though you are oily, you need hydration. Hyaluronic acid serums are perfect for your skin type. It is a hydrator, which increases the water content in your skin without adding ingredients that can cause breakouts. Apply it before acne medication to cushion the irritating effects of some acne products.

Remember to adjust moisturizers to your weather. Going on a ski trip? You’ll need a more soothing moisturizer. Check for ones with aloe and calming ingredients. Going to the beach? Get lighter-weight liquid, fluids, oil-free and non-comedogenic versions.

Want beautiful hair and blemish-free skin? Then you need to become a detective — a cosmetic ingredient detective. While there are many myths about foods that cause acne, there are some well-known skin and hair-care ingredients that cause acne in many people.

Keep it Simple

If you have acne, avoid products that add oil to your skin or hair. Ingredient labels don’t always underline the acne-causing ingredients. When looking at products and acne treatments, always look for "non-acne" or "non-comedogenic." If it says "oil-free," it may still contain ingredients that cause breakouts. Stay away from isopropyl myristate, oils, and silicone, petrolatum, PVP, CVP and copolymer ingredients. Sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate are also ingredients you should avoid.

Wash and condition your hair before you wash the rest of your body to remove any residue that hair products may leave on your skin. Just think how hard it is to get grease off of dishes, you normally need to wash it several times to be grease-free. It’s the same with hair products — they will leave a residue that can cause breakouts if you are already prone to acne. Really clean the skin well to rid it of any product residue.

Product Dos and Don'ts for Clear Skin

To prevent pimples, consider a few changes to your hair routine:

  1. Style your hair before you apply your makeup. Wash hands thoroughly to remove all hair products before you touch your skin. Some of these products really stick and you will need to wash your hands twice.
  2. Cover your face before you use hair spray. Check out beauty supply stores for a plastic face shield you can cover your face with before spraying hair spray.
  3. Do not touch your hair and then your face as you will transfer hair product to your skin.
  4. Try to keep your hair away from your face. Choose a hairstyle to minimize contact with your forehead or cheek area.
  5. At bedtime, cover your hair if you have product in it that is prone to causing breakouts. Avoid tight head covering as this will only make you sweat and cause breakouts on your scalp.
  6. Wash your hair before you go to bed to remove hair product that causes acne.
  7. Pull hair away from your face when you sleep with a ponytail or bun.
  8. Trade out your pillowcase frequently and avoid sleeping on dirty pillowcases.
  9. Exercise without wearing foundation and use a headband to keep sweat from running down your face. Always wash your face immediately after exercising.
  10. Avoid getting hair products directly on the skin. If you do, rinse your skin well.

Here is a list of ingredients that cause acne from cosmetic chemist Monroe Lanzet. Don't be overwhelmed — just start to eliminate products that have these ingredients. Remember, the first ingredients on a label are the higher concentrations, and the ones at the end contain the least. Think like a detective. If breakouts just recently started happening, what new products have you been using? Stop using them for several weeks and see if your skin clears. It takes days to weeks to clear blemishes, so be consistent and avoid touching your face.

  • Apricot Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Peach Kernel Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Rosehip oil
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Shea Butter
  • Corn oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Meadow foam seed oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Olive oil
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Oleic Acid + its derivatives
  • Oleic Acid
  • Oleyl Alcohol
  • Decyl Oleate
  • Isodecyl Oleate
  • Sorbitan Oleate
  • Botanicals
  • Algae Extract
  • Carageenan
  • Red Algae
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Isopropyl Palmitate
  • Isoparaffin C13-14
  • Isopropyl Linoleate
  • Isopropyl Lanolate
  • Isopropyl Isostearate
  • Myristyl Myristate
  • Myristyl propionate
  • Myreth 3 myristate
  • Butyl Stearate
  • Isostearyl isostearate
  • PPG 2 Myristyl propionate
  • Isocetyl stearate
  • Oleyl Alcohol
  • Isostearyl Alcohol
  • Octyl Dodecanol
  • Isocetyl Alcohol
  • Cetearyl Alcohol and Ceteareth-20
  • Glyceryl-3-diisostearate
  • Polyglyceryl-3-diisostearate
  • Laureth 4
  • Laureth 23
  • Steareth-10
  • Oleth-3
  • PPG 5 ceteth 10 phosphate
  • Glyceryl stearate SE
  • Trideceth
  • Lauric Acid
  • Isostearic Acid
  • Hexylene Glycol
  • Cetyl Acetate
  • Ethylhexyl palmitate
  • Isopropyl Isostearate
  • Isopropyl linolate
  • Isostearyl isostearate
  • Stearyl heptanoate
  • Decyl oleate

Makeup brushes

Easy tips for long-lasting brushes!

New Year, Fresh Start

Hi, my name is Joyce Clements and I will be bringing new and exciting ideas to you about skin care and makeup products. I’ve been in this field since I was 16 years old and as wisdom goes, I’ve tried, experimented, believed and ultimately realized beauty doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m here to help you simplify your beauty and makeup needs, to help you find out what does work and to help you to stop wasting your hard-earned money on things that don’t work.

First of all, let’s shop our makeup supplies. This way you can inventory what you use, what is junk (stuff to throw away) and what you use daily and love.

General rule: keep your beauty items clean

We start with how to wash your makeup brushes. And I know that a lot of you don’t, which is one reason you may have breakouts and probably the reason why your makeup is not blending smoothly.

Keep it simple

Yes, there are makeup brush cleaners on the market, but let me save you money by using a tried-and-true cost-saving way of renewing your brushes and killing that nasty bacteria that can cause skin breakouts.

Liquid anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid. This is the stuff you use for washing dishes in the sink, not the version for dishwashers. Some people say hair shampoo is good for washing brushes, but shampoo doesn’t normally have anti-bacterial qualities that kill bacteria.

• Choose a liquid that simply is anti-bacterial. No extra moisturizing is needed.

• Once a month, lay out a tray for drying your brushes and take the 10-15 minutes to clean and make your brushes look new again.

• Wet the brush and take a drop or two of detergent and gently massage the soap into the brush. If you haven’t cleaned them in a while, you may have to do this several times until all makeup is removed. Rinse several times, spreading the bristles to get down to the base of the brush. Now, this next part is critical—do not pull on the bristles as you may end up with the bristles in one hand and the handle in the other. Have a medium-sized bowl filled with water to swirl the brush around in to make sure all the soap is out. If you see suds, rinse some more.

• Next, squeeze out the excess water from the brush by laying it flat on a towel and pressing on the bristles. Lay the brush on a towel with the bristles hanging over the edge and allow to dry 12-24 hours. Do not fluff the brush up while it’s wet—simply shape it tightly, and when it’s dry, it will look new again.

Trust me, this works—I have makeup brushes from my filming days (about 25 years old) that still work beautifully. One word of advice: sometimes the metal part of the brush separates from the handle. Just use waterproof glue when the brush is dry to re-attach the bristles and handle.

Clean Brushes= Beautiful Makeup and Clear Skin!


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