I would like to introduce you to the most amazing and honest brand I have recently found: Skyn Iceland. Skyn Iceland was created by a woman named Sarah Kugelman. She created the brand after a period of time she spent in the hospital because stress had severely weakened her immune system. Kugelman took a three month leave from her job to reevaluate her life and to learn how to maintain a healthy low-stress lifestyle. During this time she visited Iceland; when she discovered the many pure & lush natural amenities Iceland held. After spending twenty years in the beauty industry Kugelman had gotten to know many of the best minds in the business. And so, Skyn Iceland was born; a team of nutritionists, dermatologists, psychologists, cardiologists, and doctors involved with holistic medicine.
Whether its in a cream, in a bottle to drink, or steam- your skin NEEDS water! Its important to drink at least 8 glasses a day, but carrying a cute water bottle makes drinking more water easy. Most people don’t drink enough water, and that directly affects the health and clarity of their skin. Water helps to flush out toxins, its really that basic. Skin care expert Renee Rouleau even suggest drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in it every morning, because lemon has antibacterial effects internally (lemon can also be rubbed directly on the skin’s surface to bleach scars). Lemon water has countless benefits including: detoxification, speeding up the metabolism, and helping to reduce acne.
On my quest for “perfect” (I would settle for fewer breakouts and less scarring) skin I was discussing my terrible skin with a friend of mine at school. She told me that she battled acne more in high school than now in college. She had the leisure to try many different treatments (as did I when I had insurance) but one of the most simple & affordable ways was a tip her dermatologist suggested! She suggested that my friend use Boraxo hand soap (of all things!!!) on her face for a week straight. She told her to wash morning and night with Boraxo without following with a moisturizer. This process would allow her skin to breathe, it would also shed dead skin on the surface.
One of my favorite trends to follow (as a broke college student) is nail art! Nail art has become a huge phenomena; from the half moon, to art deco, to polka-dot french tip! There are so many options and seasonal trends for any fashionista to try out! The only problem is; I am artistically challenged, so drawing on my own fingernails can be tricky…and I’m a waitress. Which means I was my hands more than a nurse! Polish just does not last on me.
Which lead me to think: why not try a gel manicure? Yes they can be “dangerous”, but like everything, I believe that nothing is life threatening in small quantities. So I got my very first one two weeks ago, it was a french manicure and lasted beautifully. It grew out as expected, but did NOT chip once! It did start to peel up and the bottom part where it had grown out did start to catch on sweaters and on my hair, but I knew it was going to grow out.
Since my 1st gel experience had made me so unbelievably happy, I thought why shouldn’t I let getting my nails done be my “little treat” to myself?! After following the latest nail color trends of 2012, I knew I wanted to get an emerald-y green mani. I love that this season its not necessarily about all of the bits & baubles you are wearing that have gemstones on them, its about the gemstone tones on your finger-tips! I can afford a $25 gel manicure vs. Kate Spade Kaleidoball Encrusted Statement Necklace.
- Love the ingredients in your face wash? Think your face wash could be working harder for you? Well it probably could! Why not get more bang for your buck; every once in a while (or every night) leave your face wash on for an extra 5-15 minutes. Voila! Its a mask! The ingredients in your face wash may not be working to their full strength considering most people only spend 30-45 seconds washing their face. Enjoy, I know I am currently wearing Lush's Buche De Noel as a face mask and I LOVE it!!! ;)
So for a quick recap, I used the lye soap on my face for about two weeks and noticed a teeny tiny difference in my acne. My acne did ever so slightly diminish, but it wasn’t worth it to me in comparison to the dry/tightness that was following. I think it was from using Lye Soap on my Clarisonic morning & night. It was like too much of a good thing…or a bad thing? Lye Soap has proven great for the skin on my body, but I am starting to wonder if it is just too darn harsh for my face. With the ever-changing weather here in Southern California, my skin type will always be “oily” (I always have a nice forehead sheen by mid-day) but lately my skin has been acting dry, tight, and even flaky in areas after washing and sometimes even AFTER moisturizing my face.
Let’s Talk Skin
No, not in a dirty way don’t worry…well unless you’re face isn’t as clean as it could be….
Down to the nitty gritty: what would you rate your facial cleanser on a scale from 1-10? Let’s consider these factors:
- price (I’m a broke college student, I feel ya)
I am a proud product junkie, you name it, I’ve tried it (ProActiv, Clearasil, Cetaphil, Neutrogena, Burt’s Bees, Alba Botanicals). Catch my drift? Well I know and I hope you all know that there is no ONE miracle cure face wash for everyone. Everyone has different skin, and each skin type has its own needs. I happen to have fairly oily, acne prone skin, so you will notice that most of the products I try revolve around solving those problems.
My skin has been through a lot lately, pretty much through hell and back. I moved in the summer (HUGE stressor), I stopped taking birth control, stopped using BareMinerals and started using a liquid makeup, stopped getting microdermabrasion, and of course started school again in the fall. So where did that leave my skin? Broken out worse than ever before.
I can honestly say that I love beauty and glamour but if I had perfect skin I would hardly ever wear makeup. My hair could be a crazy mess and I could be carrying an extra 5 lbs on my hips & bum, but if my skin was perfect I would have little to complain about. And I mean my skin everywhere; back acne has severely crippled my self confidence and often ruined my social life.