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Break Up With Your Makeup- 2015 edition

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I have exciting news! Once again, I am teaming up with Galderma and their #BreakUpWMakeup contest! Because I know that we can use makeup as a curtain to hide behind, but we need to let our true selves shine through. Right? Come on! Join me. Last year they sent me to the Emmys after that contest, and this year, the prize is a trip to New York! You know you want to win it. I’ve never been to New York. (Cue break screeching sound) I know! Broadway dreams and everything, and this girl has never set foot in the Big Apple. I need to fix that.

You know I suffer (and I say ‘suffer’ mildly, it really isn’t that horrible in the scope of life and things, but it’s such a pain in the ass) from Rosacea. Rosacea is basically like pimples on your face that don’t go away. It can be a cluster of red bumps or a flushed complexion. Maybe it includes broken capillaries and really red skin throughout your whole face. Or maybe like me, it’s a smattering of bumps that usually come out when I use products that irritate my skin, I’m in the sun too long, or I have been drinking alcohol.

I remember the days of high school and college when I wouldn’t think of stepping out of my house without makeup. The shame was too enormous! My pale eyelashes, my barely-there brows, and oh, the giant zits on my chin! Good grief. I even worked in cosmetics in my early 20s and it was so difficult to come to terms with the fact that my skin was not behaving! I had the best of products at my disposal and I was still a mess.

Even now in my 40s, I deal with ‘bad skin’ days. Now you can add wrinkles, sagging, and giant Louis Vuitton bags under my eyes that go with the ‘bad skin’ days. Or, Bad Face days.

But as a teen, you might think that having acne or Rosacea, even Eczema can be world shattering and kill a social life or your Instagram feed! Don’t despair!  You are not defined by your complexion. And take comfort in knowing there are products that can help.

A routine of proper cleansing, and the right moisturizers as well as acne products and medications can really help.

Galderma is behind a prescription Rosacea medication as well as several products like Cetaphil that are formulated to be gentle on the skin, whether you suffer from acne, Rosacea or Eczema.

Follow the graphic below to enter for a chance to win a goody basket of fine products and a chance to win a trip to the New York Film Festival in September!

Also, there are helpful links and tips for getting that complexion so that you can be comfortable in your own skin.

Here’s a fun thing too-

Post a selfie on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook (by June 25, 2015) with the hashtag- #BreakUpWMakeup as well as loading your selfie to the contest including 100 words on how you stay confident on ‘bad skin days’.

Because folks notice your smile, your laugh, and your kindness, more than they notice your pores!

Kudos to my 15 year old who is in the ‘won’t leave the house without makeup’ phase of her life to be brave to post this!

This post is sponsored by Galderma. All opinions and words are my own.

Emma 15 and me, 42 sans makeup!

Emma 15 and me, 42 sans makeup!

 

 

Good luck! And I can’t wait to see your no makeup selfies!

My skin care 101- surviving Rosacea

When I say ‘surviving’ Rosacea, trust me- there’s worse than a skin condition to survive!  I guess I should say, coping with Rosacea.

If you are over 35 years old and get ruddy skin, and pimples on your cheeks and nose area that don’t have whiteheads, then you might have Rosacea too. I was diagnosed by my dermatologist after Owen was born when I complained of what I thought was acne, but she pointed out that it wasn’t.

I immediately went to the internet and my desire for products and a perfect complexion brought me to research all kinds of skin care and articles. Not everything  my dermatologist told me jived with what I found in anecdotal information from other sufferers.

What I learned is that you need to find your triggers. What ingredients in products do you notice break out your skin? What activities or foods seem to leave you the next morning with a blotchy complexion? These are the things you need to ask yourself.

Even some natural ingredients can trigger flare-ups. I don’t use anything with Acai or Evening Primrose- or at least I try to avoid them. I notice my skin turns red with these products.

I also have to stay out of the sun. SPF is a MUST. I get break-outs in the summer more than the winter. I’m always shielding my face from the sun with sunglasses and hats too. I prefer mineral sunscreens and physical blocks to chemical ones.

Red Wine- Gah. This is a huge trigger for me. Not Gin or Vodka, no. Wine! I just flush like a toilet in Taco Bell. Ew, that was a nasty analogy. Sorry. But I turn BRIGHT RED.

I try not to introduce too many new products at once. This way I can keep track of something if it does give me any bumps or redness.

So here’s a handy dandy list of what works for me-

Cleansers-

Skin by Ann Webb Coconut Water Cleanser

Kate Ryan Nutritive Oil Cleanser– Kate Ryan is having a free shipping promotion right now- and if you enter your email you get a promo code for 20% off this cleanser. I’m loving Kate Ryan skin care. Look for a giveaway soon on my blog!

Sunscreen-

Clarins Mineral UV Plus

Look for Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in the ingredients. Avobenzone and Oxybenzone are chemical ingredients and have some controversy surrounding them.

BB Cream There’s a bunch of these in a post I wrote, and more have hit the shelves since. Find one you will love and you will wonder how you survived before it.

Masks and Exfoliants-

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask  Oh my goodness I love this product! It’s not cheap, I know. But it’s perfect for my skin. It doesn’t irritate and it really makes a difference.

Exfoliation is tricky with sensitive skin. You need to do it- but you can’t over do it.

Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Peel Pads

These will change your skin. I don’t use these everyday, but they make my skin brighter when I do.

Essential oils

Sea buckthorn oil

I love just a few drops of this oil on my cheeks. It seems to strengthen my skin.

I make a concoction of Apricot Kernel Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Argan Oil and RoseHip Oil. I keep it in a glass dropper vial and massage my skin with it in the morning when I have time. I need to Pinterest that shit.

Oh, and most importantly- as important as what your cleanser is, be sure to wash your face EVERY NIGHT. I love my Clarisonic with any cleanser. It’s thorough and improves my skin. You will not regret this investment. I’ve had mine for at least 3 years now.

Sadly with sensitive skin there is a lot of trial and error. I’ve used the last 10 years to kind of become an expert on my own skin, even though it keeps me guessing. My best compliment is when someone doesn’t believe I have Rosacea when I tell them that I do. Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful. Ha!!! Extra points if you remember that commercial.

No makeup. Not great, but hey- can’t tell I have Rosacea, right?