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CAUTION -OVEREXFOLIATING-

CAUTION -OVEREXFOLIATING-

Wondering how often should you exfoliate your face? Over-exfoliation is one skin-care mistake almost all of us make. We incessantly scrub off dry, flaky patches of skin in an effort to take care of it — and when we accidentally exfoliate too often or with a scrub that’s too harsh, it backfires big time.

What happens if you exfoliate too much? Your skin gets irritated, then your dry, flaky patches return and often get worse. But gentle scrubs can remove flakes and make full, thirsty skin glow again. Overexfoliating is probably the single more significant cause of breakouts. 

Here are five tips on how to keep your skin flake-free — without harming it.

 

1. More than Three Times a Week is Too Much Exfoliation

How often should you exfoliate your face? Well, the absolute maximum you should be exfoliating is three times a week. Overexfoliate and you’re likely to create tiny cracks in the skin barrier that lead to more loss of hydration and inflammation. By over exfoliating you’re not fixing the problem, you’re actually make it worse.

 

2. Be Gentle with Your Skin

Exfoliating does not mean torture your skin. Make sure you know what you’re putting on your face because a lot of face products are good on their own, but when you add them together it could lead to damage and injury.

 

3. Listen to Your Skin

Skin knows how to exfoliate itself and using just one exfoliater should be enough. Instead of having a set routine for how often you use a product, leave it up to your face. In other words, don’t exfoliate simply because it’s 7 a.m. — exfoliate because you feel like you need to. 

 

4. Moisturize

Make sure you are keeping your skin moisturized along with exfoliating. You can't expect your skin not to be dry if you’re exfoliating but not moisturizing. It’s important to find a moisturizer that will keep your skin healthy and hydrated. You will find yourself having to exfoliate way less because your skin won’t be as dry. The Doux Moisturizer by Sainte Muse is a lightweight, oil free moisturizer. It will leave your face feeling hydrated and looking radiant without any added oil. 

 

5. Exfoliating Masks

One thing that I find helpful is exfoliating masks rather than face cleansers. Just like exfoliating you should only be doing face masks a couple times a week, so something I like to do is find a face mask that doubles as an exfoliater, and I kill to birds with one stone. It helps me limit the amount of times a week I exfoliate and apply a face mask that way I’m being gentle on my skin and not overwhelming it with so many different products. The Active Noir Masque by Sainte Muse doubles as a exfoliating and cleansing mask. It is formulated for all skin types. It will leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth without damaging or irritating your skin. 

 

 

I hope this was helpful, make sure you’re being kind to your beautiful skin. Thank you babes for reading. * I have decided that next week I am going to be doing a skin care/ beauty Q&A. I will be posting on my social media so if you follow me there you can DM me but if you don’t you can email any questions you might have taylor@saintemuse.com and I will be answering them in a blog post so be on the lookout for that!

XOXO, Taylor 

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10 Homemade Toners

10 Homemade Toners

What is a toner: toner is a liquid that has to be used after cleansing.

 

Reasons why you should use toner in your daily routine:

  1. It shrinks your pores and tightens the skin.
  2. It helps in reducing the oiliness of the skin.
  3. It improves the overall skin texture.
  4. Removes the dead cells that stick to skin ever after cleansing.
  5. It restores the pH balance of your skin.
  6. It is an instant refresher for your skin.
  7. It can prevent ingrown hairs.

 

Different types of toners: 

1. Fresheners- 

These are the mildest form that have almost no alcohol.

They have a bit of humectant that keeps the moisture, best for dry and sensitive skin.

Eg: Rose Water.

 

2. Tonics-

These have slightly higher content of alcohol up to 20%.

They are still suitable for all skin types.

Eg: Orange Flower Water.

 

3. Astringent-

This has a high proportion of alcohol from 20-60%.

It is generally advised only for oily skin as it dries out excess oils.

Eg: Witch Hazel.

 

Homemade Toners

1. White Vinegar

Mix water with white vinegar in equal proportions. Now take a cotton pad, dip in the solution and wipe the face.

 

2. Mint Leaves

Mix mint leaves with hot water. Allow the solution to cool down and then wipe your face using cotton dipped in the solution.

 

3. Aloe Vera

Squeeze out pure aloe vera juice and apply on the face. This works as a great toner for the skin and cures sunburns and rashes too. 

 

4. Cucumber + Curd

Grate a fresh cucumber and mix with curd. Apply this mixture on the face and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Wash with cold water.

 

5. Camphor + Rose Water

Mix a pinch of camphor with rose water and apply this solution on the face 3-4 times a day. This toner is excellent for acne-prone and oily skin.

 

6. Ice Cold Water

One of the simplest toners to use is ice cold water or ice cubes. You can wipe the ice cubes or ice-cold water on the face after cleansing. 

 

7. Rose Water

Apply rose water on your face daily. Pure rose water does wonders to the skin, making it oil-free, soft, and radiant.

 

8. Lemon Juice 

Apply pure lemon juice or rube lemon peels on the face. This helps in lightening the skin complexion and also makes it oil-free.

 

9. Egg White

Extract egg white from an egg and apply it on the face for a few minutes every day.

 

10. Tomato Juice + Honey

Extract tomato juice and mix with organic honey in equal proportions. Make a thick paste and apply on your face for 15 minutes. 

 

I hope this guide was helpful and that you get a chance to try out some of these recipes. Don’t forget to moisturize after you tone. Check out the Doux Moisturizer by Sainte Muse if you’re looking for an oil free moisturizer that will leave your face feeling hydrated and looking radiant. I hope everybody has a safe Memorial Day Weekend. 

 

XOXO 

-Taylor

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My Everyday Makeup Routine!

My Everyday Makeup Routine!

What's up babes, my name is Taylor Marvin, I am a blogger and a new member of the Sainte Muse team. I wanted to do a sorta "get to know me" type post today but I wanted to still keep it beauty related. I decided that there is really no better way than an everyday makeup routine. I change my makeup routine up all the time. There are days when I beat my face to the gods and there are days when I literally wear no makeup whatsoever. It just depends on how I’m feeling. I will typically only wear heavy makeup when I’m going to some kind of event. I will only not wear makeup on days where I know I’m not doing anything at all. I have an in-between look that I would consider my everyday makeup look because, well, I wear it on most days.

If you want to find out how I achieve this look, keep reading...

First thing's first, I always start with a moisturizer. The moisturizer that I am using is the Doux Moisturizer by Sainte Muse. This moisturizer is a holy grail product for me, It keeps my face hydrated without leaving it an oily mess. I like to use a moisturizer under my foundation because I feel like it creates a barrier between my face and the foundation.

Then I'll go in with the primer that I am currently using, which is the POREfessional Primer by Benefit Cosmetics. This is a new product for me. It really does minimize my pores x10, but I haven't noticed any long lasting results in my makeup. I’ve vowed to use it a little longer and form a better opinion on it though.

I'll jump into my foundation next. The foundation that I am loving right now, is the CC+ Cream Illumination by IT Cosmetics. I really like this opposed to a foundation, It’s not heavy on my face, but the coverage is amazing. This is an illuminating product so it’s going to leave your face with a glowy look. I apply this with a damp beauty blender and I love the end result.

Then it's time to get rid of my intense dark circles. The concealer I’m currently using, and have been using for years now, is the Instant Age Rewind, Dark Circle Eraser by Maybelline. I apply the concealer under my eyes and on any imperfections I might have. This is the best concealer I have ever used in my life, I’ve tried other concealers but no matter what, I always come back to this one. I apply my concealer with a damp beauty blender as well.

Moving on to my eyebrows. For my eyebrows I have been using the Gimme Brow from Benefit. I was really hesitant to try this product, because every product I have ever seen, where you just apply the brows with a wand, turns out a mess. I tried it anyways, and I am so glad I did. It makes doing my eyebrows so incredibly easy and fast. I cut so much time off of my makeup routine just by buying this product.

I like to do some contouring next. I always use my Contour Kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I have been using this kit for a while now and I love it. I use the lightest color and the yellow toned color under my eyes, on my chin, the bridge of my nose, and in between my eyebrows. I’ll then move on to the darkest color in my kit and use this to bronze my cheeks, forehead, jawline, and nose.

 After I contour, I’ll go in with some blush. My favorite blush is the Rose Powder Blush from Milani Cosmetics, the color I use is Bella Rose. I love the way this color looks with my skin tone. I use it every single day.

Now it's time to highlight and really get this face beat. I always find myself reaching for my Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics. I love the highlight color options that this palette has. I typically will use the second lightest color and I highlight my cheek bones, the bridge of my nose, my forehead, and my cupids bow. I don’t do a super heavy highlight everyday, but I always like a subtle glow.

Now it's time for my favorite part, lips. I line my lips with the 20100 Matte Lip Crayon from Lord & Berry in the color 7804 Adorable. This is meant to be a lipstick but the color was really pretty as a lipliner for my all time favorite lipstick the Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick from Milani, in the color 61 Matte Naked. It’s not a super bold lip but it adds a little more to the face.

I then jump into my lashes, the first thing I do is curl my top lashes, I find that this definitely adds some volume to my lashes. The mascara that I am loving right now is the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara. It holds my lashes up all day, and the brush allows me complete control to make my lashes as voluminous as I want.

Now that I am done with my makeup, I will grab my Luxe Rosé Facial Mist by Sainte Muse. By this time in my makeup routine my foundation is dry, I like to use my facial mist to make my face a little bit damp and my makeup a little bit on the dewy side. I don't like my face to be incredibly matte. I prefer the glowy, dewey look. 

Last, but not least, I set my face. I use the Prep + Prime Finishing Mist from MAC. I love this setting spray. It really helps my makeup last all day and keeps it looking fresh. I think using a setting spray is incredibly important if you want your makeup to look good all day long!

 

That’s all for now ladies. I hope you enjoyed this post. Make sure you check back every week for new posts. We upload twice a week! XOXO

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