What to do when your skin flares up from a new skin care product…

Stay calm! Let me help you get your skin clear again!

If you’re anything like me and like to try new skin care products that you see on sale at Target or tending on tik tok then you probably have had a few breakouts or flare ups. Yea.. I’ve been there and probably like you, I freaked out!! What should I do?? Should I cleanse and do my regular skin care routine? Should I add salicylic acid treatment or blemish control treatment? Do I go buy some random product that popped up on my google search that treats skin flare ups? 

Sounds kinda like you? Then keep reading.

I will say this time and time again, keep your skin care routine SIMPLE. Cleanser, treatment (if needed) and moisturizer, THAT’S IT. Although trying new products is super fun, don’t use them if you actually don’t need them to avoid situations like this. Now your face is burning, red and wait are those hives or pimples??! 🙃😂 lol. So now that we’re here, what should you actually do when you are having a reaction of some sort to a new beauty product? 

First and foremost, rinse your face with cold water. Don’t cleanse or put any additional products on your skin. Let it breathe for the rest of the day. Rinse again at the end of the day if needed. Our bodies have the amazing ability to heal itself but we have to create the best environment to do so. Be sure to drink lots of water and avoid too much sugar, junk food and fast food and if you’re feeling fancy you can add biotin to your vitamin list. By the way, if you continue with this lifestyle your skin will be glowing daily! Before bed I suggest applying a light layer of Aquaphor healing ointment over the affected parts of your face.

The next morning if your skin has calmed down a bit then you can do your regular skin care routine but keep it super basic- gentle cleanser, maybe hyaluronic acid and your regular moisturizer. Avoid any harsh products like Niacinamide etc. and avoid sleeping on your sides if you can. (Use a clean silk pillowcase!) Be very gentle when applying your skin care products so as to not irritate your skin any more and go light with how much product you use as well. The goal here is to give your face a little reset.

If you wake up and your skin has not improved at all I suggest only washing with cold water and applying organic jojoba oil if you have it or the Aquaphor healing ointment (but go light as it will make your face look greasy!). Maybe rub an ice cube on your face for a minute or two as well. If you are able to (ask a doctor if necessary first), take a low dose of ibuprofen to help with any pain as well as inflammation. (Ibuprofen helps with inflammation.)

**However, If you have a pretty severe skin reaction to a product I definitely recommend calling a doctor or your local urgent care. I am a healthcare professional but I can not give you medical advice. If you’re having a serious allergic reaction you do not want to wait until it’s too late.

Certain situations your skin can flare up for a few days so be patient and gentle with your skin as it heals. Sometimes you develop a spot or bump on your face that can last a couple weeks. Or you can be one of the lucky ones and your skin clears up by the next day. It’s tempting to try different things to help your skin but ultimately the best thing you can do for your skin is allow it to do what it does naturally- recover and rejuvenate on its own.

If you need any help or would like any personal advice from my experience please reach out to me through my private chat on Telegram app (separate from The Ladies Group Chat) to connect with me personally or you can email me or DM me on social media. However you prefer to reach out! Always here for you 💋

Xo, Janice

3 skin care products to add to your daily routine TODAY (perfect for beginners!) 

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Hello Hello!!

  I am back and feeling good! How are you?! I hope everything is going great where you are. I hope when you’re reading this that you are in some comfy pajamas, curled up on the couch, got a warm cup of tea or wine- whatever you are feeling this evening, and ideally you have a candle lit as well, creating a nice and cozy vibe. After a long week, it’s time for you to sit back, relax and read helpful ways to improve your skin care with clean beauty products thus improving your self-care routine because that is the goal here- fulfilling our self-care needs. Which, by the way, did you know there are like 8 categories of self- care?? We are most familiar with physical and emotional self-care. That’s the bath bombs, yoga, meditation, journaling, skin care routines, etc. However, it’s important that there is more to self-care than that. There are other areas of your life that also need nurturing. There is physical, emotional, psychological, social, professional, environmental, spiritual and financial self-care. It seems like a lot, but it’s all about balancing and maintaining these areas in your life. We can get more into it in another post (let me know in the comments if you’d like me to write a post on this!). 

Moving on, I wanted to share my top 3 favorite skin care products that are perfect for those who don’t know where to start when it comes to their skin care routine and for those who are looking for a cleaner beauty product to swap your current product with. Since I’m all about using products without any harmful and harsh ingredients, most of the products I recommend are usually safe for most skin types. I’m all about keeping your routines simple so that you can stay consistent!! If you have a 7-step skin care routine, you’re probably not going to be as consistent as you should. So, I want to recommend 3 products to get you started. A cleanser, a moisturizer and a salve (for lips and lashes!). As time goes on and you have a solid routine, then you can start adding or removing certain products and really fine tuning your personal skin care routine based on your skin type and needs. Okay, lets get into it!

tea tree and charcoal face cleansing bar soap

First one up is the tea tree and charcoal face bar soap! My cleanser! The perfect cleanser for most skin types- seriously. I paid $12 for this soap and it lasts MONTHS. It smells reallyyyy good as well which is always a plus during self-care. Fragrance in products is so harmful so when you get natural fragrance from clean beauty products, I always see that as a WIN WIN! Anyways, this soap is gentle enough to use daily and doesn’t leave your face feeling dry like other face cleansers that I have used do. I literally feel like I don’t need to put moisturizer on afterwards! But don’t be silly, apply that moisturizer!!!!!

organic jojoba oil

Number twoooo!! Moisturizer! Again, use your judgment here! I use organic jojoba oil on my face daily after cleansing. I honestly do not cleanse every day because I don’t feel like my skin needs it (it’s on the sensitive side!) so I only use cleanser 3-5 times a week, however, I rinse my face with cold water every single day then apply the organic jojoba oil very lightly. I only pour a tiny amount into my palm then use my finger and basically dip it and gently rub into my skin. A little goes a very long way here. You don’t want to plaster your face with oil because it’ll feel too heavy and suffocated. Any excess can be rubbed into your neck and chest area. Don’t forget to include this part of your body in your skin care routine because it’s one of the first things that age in women so show it some extra love now.

Organic salve

Last but not least, organic salve! I know what you’re thinking, what in the world is salve?? Is that what you put on cuts?! Okay, yes it can be. However, salve can be used for so much more than small scrapes. I have replaced my lip balm with organic salve, and it leaves my lips nice and smooth and shiny, and it doesn’t build up in the corners like chapstick does sometimes. No one has time for that white build up on your lips after reapplying the chapstick that keeps drying out your lips. Yes, you read that right! There are literally ingredients in your chapstick that dries out your lips so that you must reapply- the more you use the more you buy. Save yourself some time! I even found that it gives my lashes a boost when I apply a little salve to them then brush them with a lash brush. Be sure to gently wash your lashes in between uses. (YouTube simple ways to clean your natural eyelashes). You can use salve for many things, but I really love using it on my lips and lashes.

Three super simple products that can really give you the boost you need. Check my other blog post titled “Simple and effective ways to enhance your natural beauty without adding any makeup!” for some straightforward tips on skin care and lash care using the jojoba oil and salve as well as other products you may or may not already have! Click the link to check it out. In the meantime, I hope you benefited from this post!! I hope that it has made you feel more confident and in control of your skin care routine. Little by little you will learn the needs of your skin and know which products will work for you. It’s a journey as well as a trial-and-error process so do your best to not feel overwhelmed about it. Just take one step at a time! You do not need to have it all figured out! You got this! As always, I’m here for you!! So if you have any questions just shoot me a message! (Check the contact tab for my info and social handles).

Now go be great, darling!

xo, J