My Radiant Rebel Story: Angela

We’re so thankful to have spent 7 wonderful years with all of you Radiant Rebels. Let’s celebrate with another story!

On the docket today, we have Angela’s story…

“Before discovering Batty’s Bath, I bounced from one product to another in an attempt to try and find something that would work for my acne; some products worked but would dry out my skin to a desert plain, while others wouldn’t and would cause a massive influx of oil and acne.

When I finally crossed paths with Batty’s Bath the fact that the products didn’t contain ingredients likeAngelaparabens, petrochemicals, and dyes made a lot of sense to me. Instead, of relying on chemical ingredients, they were made with Mother Nature in mind. I truly care about the earth and what we are doing to it, just like I care about the things I put on my skin, the largest organ of my body. Neither need to be subjected to harm when natural solutions exist and work.

Like many Radiant Rebels before me, I started with the Detox Skin Care Kit. It’s now been 6+ months and my routine hasn’t changed much, but my skin sure has! It feels better, smoother and cleaner than ever before. Oh, and my acne breakouts are fewer and farther between. For my AM and PM routines, I prefer the Charcoal CP Soap as my cleanser. A few times a week, I’ll switch it out for the Mild Jojoba Facial Scrub to ensure I’m exfoliating. My favourite moisturizer is the Daily Detox (Primer) Facial Moisturizer, and I like to ensure I do the Dry Clay Mask once a week to help keeps things balanced.

If there’s one piece of advice I could pass on to other Radiant Rebels, it would be to stick to the product use descriptions. Sometimes, if you have moments of laziness (like me) and skip steps, you’ll definitely notice a difference and so will your skin. When I’m consistent in following my routine and the directions, my skin feels like it’s clean and breathable. This is a big part of my journey moving forward, as I hope to become most consistent with my skin care habits. One day I also hope to start repairing some of my acne scars too.

I think I have always been a bit of a rebel; I always did my own thing and never really followed the crowd. On the other end, radiance is about allowing your true beauty to shine through and allowing others to see it too. I also know I’m not alone in the fight, with the likeminded community that Batty’s Bath provides.

When it comes to Batty’s Bath I say – TRY IT! From day one, your skin will thank you and you certainly won’t ever regret it. In no time, you’ll notice major changes in your skin, just like I did.”

–     Angela, Radiant Rebel & (soon to be) retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces. 

If you have a story like Angela’s that you think other Radiant Rebels need to hear, don’t be shy! We’d love to hear them! Simply click the link below!

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My Radiant Rebel Story: Kathleen

Since February is our birthday month, we wanted to share a bunch of Radiant Rebel Stories. To get the ball rolling, we’re starting with Kathleen’s story…

“I’ve suffered from rosacea for as long as I can remember. Before Batty’s Bath… well, let’s just say I had given up, completely. I also felt like chemicals and toxins were behind my rosacea, and hoped for a more natural solution.

Besides the fact that I figured I had nothing left to lose, I was immediately drawn to the community ‘feel’ thatKathleensurrounded Batty’s Bath. The product descriptions hooked me, but I was also pleasantly surprised by the fact that the line included products that were meant for my rosacea.

I started with the Detox Skin Care Kit (plus, the Rosacea Serum to add a booster to my routine) based on the Batty’s Bath recommended course of action. I was immediately sold. My skin and I were in a happier place for the first time in a very long time. After my 3 weeks of detoxing, I switched over to the Rosacea Skin Care Kit. I can honestly say that my redness has gone way down, looks much healthier and even the texture is improving. Most of all, I have a renewed sense of self-confidence.

Here’s a look at my current routine. In the AM, I cleanse with the Soothing Cleanser followed by Soothing Eye Gel, Hydration Mist, and Hydra Healing Gel. I top off my morning routine with the Daily Detox Facial Moisturizer. In the evening my routine is fairly similar, but I prefer the Charcoal CP Soap and Forever Young Moisturizer instead. I also like to boost my routine with the Rosacea Serum for overnight healing.

As a seasoned Radiant Rebel, I’d love to share a few tips:

  1. A little dab with your finger is all you need for both the Soothing Eye Gel and Hydra Healing Gel.

  2. I don’t wear makeup every day, but when I do, you know it’s all Batty’s Bath products. I really enjoy using the Mineral Foundation, and find that using a stippling brush to apply the Mineral Concealer has been the gentlest and easiest way for me to blend it out on my sensitive skin.

3) Don’t wear the Dry Clay Mask on a hot day; you’ll end up eating it – LOL!

I’m still focused on my rosacea for the time being but would love to work at improving the texture of my skin and minimizing the appearance of large pores. Slowing down any signs of aging would also be a bonus too. For now, I’m happy knowing that I am part of a community of people who have similar challenges to mine. I can feel like I’m not alone and the word ‘rebel’ really resonates with me; it brings to mind other words like ‘conqueror’ and ‘kick ass’. Both of which bring me confidence not only in my skin care journey but life as well.  

If I can leave you with one message it would be- What are you waiting for? You will love the genuine, natural ingredients. You will love the community feel, and I have all the faith in the world that you will find something that works for you when all else has fails. Batty’s Bath products are half the cost of other brands that proclaim the same kind of results, but with them, you know your skin is in loving hands. “

– Kathleen, Radiant Rebel & Fair Weather Lover

If you have a story like Kathleen’s that you think other Radiant Rebels need to hear, don’t be shy! We’d love to hear them! Simply click the link below!

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Hey Batty & Team!

I need help with applying my Mineral Makeup Foundation on my oily skin. My face is too glowy and I feel like a glow stick! I tried using the Oil Absorbing Setting Powder before and after I apply the minerals, but I still look greasy. Am I doing something wrong? Should I be using a different foundation like the Nature’s Veil CC Cream instead of the Mineral Makeup Foundation? I find that the Whipped Foundation doesn’t last on my face all day once my oils start to break it down, and I really want to use all natural foundation. Help!?

Hey There!

Batty applying mineral foundationA woman after my heart! I totally understand the pains when it comes to getting the hang of mineral foundation. For
years I avoided this foundation type, for the same reason- I just couldn’t seem to master the application. Coming from a history of oil-skin makes finding a foundation particularly tricky, but it can be done. Now that I’ve got my technique down, I love reaching for a mineral foundation because it really can help combat my mid-day oiliness.

Here are a few tips that I’ve found to help me get a flawless finish with mineral foundation on my oily skin.

  1. This one is likely the most obvious, but using skin care products that help balance oil production will go the longest yard. It’s taken me time to figure out my routine, but not that I’ve got a set of products that help me tackle oil and congestion, the other challenges (like the one you’re having with the Mineral Makeup Foundation) seem to fall away. I still experience small influxes in oily, but for the most part, my skin is healthy and balanced.
  2. I love our Mineral Makeup Foundation in the summer as that’s when it’s most likely for my oils to spike. That being said, on days I plan to use a mineral foundation, I wait until my moisturizer is completely absorbed. If it’s not, the minerals just tend to stick to where the moisturizer is still soaking in. I like to apply my moisturizer immediately after I get out of the shower. I then go about other parts of my morning routine (like getting dressed) to give it a solid chunk of time to absorb. I also find that the Raw Radiance Moisturizer tends to be the fastest at soaking into my skin. I love the Daily Detox (Primer) Moisturizer but prefer to use it when I’m pairing it with our Whipped Foundation or Nature’s Veil CC Cream.
  3. Your brush- Hopefully, you’re using a kabuki brush. My personal preference is to use a flat-top kabuki that is SUPER dense with bristles. They should still be super soft, but that stiffness really helps to buff out the product. I save my rounded kabuki for things like mineral blush and bronzer because I find they’re better at diffusing colour. My all time favourite kabuki is the F80 from Sigma Beauty. While it’s a bit of an investment, mine lasted me for what felt like decades before I had to replace it. Ecotools also makes an affordable alternative.
  4. It’s all in the application! I find that the lighter the layer I apply, the better it blends. It takes some practice and patience, but I find that this goes a long way for avoiding that “metallic” look that can happen when you start with too much. You can also mix in a little bit of the Oil Absorbing Setting Powder right into your cap with the Mineral Makeup Foundation when loading your brush. This will help to mattify and make sure the powder can help prolong your wear and minimize your oil all day. It’s translucent so it won’t affect the colour of your foundation and it helps to set the foundation right from the start.

Hopefully, these tips will help you master the challenges of mineral foundation for your oily skin. Let me know how it goes!

With Love & Radiance,

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How to clear acne with the right moisturizer

In previous articles in this series we…

Now let’s talk about the second most missed step – a step that is not only the cherry on top of an acne busting routine, but is crucial in making sure all the effort you put into the rest of your routine, doesn’t go to waste!

Today we’re talking about moisturizing!

Before you run off – especially if you’re someone who always skips the moisturizing step (yes, even you gals fighting with oily skin!) – stick with me!  I promise this is going to be eye-opening and useful!

Let’s start by talking about…

Why moisturizing is so important for acne (and oily) prone skin.

(Pst…If you suffer from acne and dry skin, or acne and combo skin, this is important stuff for you too.)

As we learned in this article, hydration is often the missing link to an acne busting routine.

Tinted Moisturizer NatureIn a nutshell, some of those reasons include lubricating your pores so oil, dead skin cells and debris can leave your pores easily and freely. When our pores aren’t well lubricated they get clogged, as nothing flows through them easily causing blockages. These blockages stop oil that’s trying to pass through our pores. The oil dries out and TA DA – we’ve got some serious congestion going on.

Now, what does this have to do with moisturizing?

To keep hydration in our pores (so they stay lubricated and clear), we need to stop that water content (the hydration) from being absorbed into thin air – literally. Hydration = water; water gets absorbed into the air (drawn out of our skin and out of our pores) when there’s no protective barrier. A moisturizer acts as a much needed protective barrier.

In fact, when we don’t have a protective barrier, our skin starts to produce more oil to make up for the lack of protection.

Before I move on to how we can use moisturizers as part of a protective barrier, I do need to mention that we actually do have some “build in” protection in the form of our lipid barrier (made up of our skin’s natural oils).

However, if our lipid barrier is depleted, or damaged, we can’t keep hydration in our skin, which (as we discussed above) leads to our body pumping out more oil in an effort to fix our lipid barrier. Even if our lipid barrier isn’t damaged, our body assumes it is if our skin isn’t well hydrated. For a refresher on how to hydrate your skin, head over here.

So as you see…

We need two key things to make sure we don’t encourage our skin to produce excess oil:

Adequate hydration

and

A strong protective barrier

 Daily Detox Facial Moisturizer for Oily and Acne Prone Skin - 100% Pure and Natural - Cruelty Free - Vegan

How does our lipid barrier get damaged in the first place?

In the case of acne or oily prone gals, over-cleansing is often the reason why their lipid barrier is damaged or depleted. Although, other factors can wreck havoc on our protective barrier as well such as:

  • UV rays
  • harsh weather / winds / temperatures
  • dry indoor air
  • barrier damaging ingredients or treatments
  • harsh scrubbing / exfoliating
  • hot water
  • etc, etc.

A balanced routine:

Essential or just a luxury?

Now that you’ve made it this far, it’s not hard to see that our whole routine comes into play when we’re trying to stay breakout free. With each step in our routine we could be damaging our protective barrier (picking the wrong cleanser or exfoliator, not hydrating, or failing to support our lipid barrier with a moisturizer). Any, or all, of these missed steps can result in hydration loss, which leads to congestion, breakouts, rough / dull skin, dehydration, and more. Basically, leading us further and further from where we want our skin to be.

OK- so now we get why moisturizing actually HELPS us keep our skin from getting congested, from producing too much oil, and from breaking out….

But here’s where things can go really wrong.

If you use a barrier that doesn’t let oil flow out of it freely, we end up with congestion (exactly what we were trying to stop by putting a protective layer over our hydrating efforts). What we need is a barrier that let’s what we want out of our skin to be able to leave, and a barrier that keeps what we want in our skin to stay. Many moisturizers on the market contain ingredients that create a barrier that doesn’t let anything in or anything out. This ends up trapping excess oil, dead skin cells, and anything else our skin is trying to purge in the top layer of our skin. This can happen year round, but I see it coming to a head for most of our community in the fall.

This is also why a lot of people have problems with breakouts when they moisturize! 

Antioxidant Vegan Facial Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin - Raw Radiance Facial Moisturizer by BattyIn fact, some of the worst moisturizers for this “trapping” effect are ones that are listed as “oil free” and promoted as safe for acne prone skin. How’s that for misleading!

Pst- learn about where “oil free” comes from and why one of the biggest myths in skin care today is that oils cause breakouts here.

As you may have already guessed, moisturizers that are formulated to AVOID this trapping effect are made with great care to ensure our skin can breathe, while continuing to hold on to all that pore lubricating hydration! These acne prone skin safe moisturizers don’t include ingredients that create a “plastic wrap” effect on our face.

But “trapping / plastic wrapping” ingredients aren’t the only ingredients that can contribute to breakouts caused by moisturizers.

Other ingredients that we need to watch out for are ones that increase inflammation. If acne is a flame, inflammation is the spark that lights the match! You can’t have one without the other and reducing and snuffing out inflammation is vital in an acne clearing skin care routine. Here’s where this ties back into our lipid barrier: when our barrier is depleted (thin), it’s also weak. A weak barrier has a harder time keeping out irritants and allergens. Both of which spark inflammation.

And that leads me to antioxidants.

Antioxidants are some of the most powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients found in nature. They can literally stop the progression of acne in it’s tracks. In fact, many studies have proven that key antioxidants (from natural ingredients) halt the cycle of acne by mopping up inflammation.

So, to summarize…

a moisturizer that’s safe for acne prone skin includes anti-inflammatory ingredients and breathable ingredients.

Anti-inflammatory ingredients stop the progression of acne and breathable ingredients hold in hydration to stop the cycle of congested pores.

A bad moisturizer for acne prone skin contains inflammation inducing ingredients (which irritate the skin and speed up the progression of acne) and barrier ingredients that don’t let anything in or out of our skin (perpetuating the cycle of clogged, congested pores which lead to blackheads and breakouts).

You might now be asking…

What specifically are the ingredients I need to avoid? 

Listing all the acne-inducing ingredients that could be hiding in a moisturizer, that’s supposed to be OK for acne prone skin, is beyond the scope of this post, I’ll direct you to two fabulous resources. Both of these resources (especially when combined together!) will give you all the info you need to steer clear of acne-inducing ingredients!

First – our easy to follow flowchart that will guide you through common ingredients you’ll want to avoid for acne prone skin. This flowchart has been used by hundreds of woman already and makes checking the products you’re currently using super quick and easy! I highly recommend this as an immediate step to take! In fact, don’t put another product on your face until you see if it passes the flowchart test!

To see if the products you’re currently using are part of the problem, gather them up and then click the flowchart below:

Check your beauty products for acne causing ingredients

Second – if you want to dive deeper into the world of toxic and acne inducing ingredients, check out our toxic ingredients workshop!

Free Resource - Find hidden toxic ingredients in beauty products

Now let’s look at what ingredients can help us maintain (or achieve) a healthy lipid barrier without trapping any oil, debris, or dead skin cells!

In other words, let’s look at…

What makes a great moisturizer for acne prone skin

First, the ingredients are breathable

  • Ingredients that are similar to our skin are ingredients that our skin understands. It knows how to use the components of these ingredients to repair itself. On the other hand, when we slather on something that’s not natural, pure, or uncomplicated for our skin, it doesn’t know what to do with it, it gets smothered, and congested.
  • Breathable ingredients are ingredients that are lipid-rich and plant based.
  • Example: jojoba oil

Second, the ingredients are anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-inflammatory ingredients, as the name suggests will sooth and calm our skin thanks to their ability to bring down inflammation.
  • These ingredients are often heavily packed with antioxidants
  • Example: green tea

Third, the ingredients repair your barrier

  • Lipid-rich ingredients are the quickest and easiest way to repair and strengthen our lipid barrier.
  • Plant oils are another barrier repairing ingredient because they are packed with essential fatty acids. EFAs feed the lipids that make up our barrier! EFAs also act like the building blocks of our skin – meaning our skin knows exactly how to use them to repair itself.
  • Omega 6 and 9 are both particularly good for our skin
  • Example: sweet almond oil

Fourth, the ingredients are targeted

  • Since we’re talking about acne prone skin and not just a moisturizer for everyone, we want ingredients that are added specifically to target acne such as anti-bacteria, calming, healing, nutrient + vitamin dense, astringent, etc.
  • Example: patchouli essential oil

Let’s see these ingredients in action

… by looking at the key ingredients in 2 of Batty’s Bath most popular acne targeting moisturizers.

Each ingredient is tagged according to this legend:

B = breathable

AI = anti-inflammatory

R = barrier repair

T = targeted specifically for acne

Organic Acne Facial Moisturizer with Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli Facial Moisturizer

  • Cocoa Seed Butter – R | T | B
  • Shea Butter – R | T | AI | B
  • Grape Seed Oil – T | AI | B
  • Vegetable Glycerol (Soy) – T | R | AI | B
  • Japanese Green Tea Extract – AI | T | B
  • Patchouli Essential Oil – T | B
  • Coconut Oil –
  • Mango Butter –
  • Cupuacu Butter –
  • Palm Oil (organic and certified sustainable) –
  • Stearic Acid (natural plant based fatty acid) – R | B
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (derived from coconut & glycerin) – R | B
  • Titanium Dioxide (natural oxide – non nano) – T | B
  • Vitamin E – soy derived – T |  AI | R | B
  • Rosemary Extract – B | T |

Organic Cruelty Free Raw Radiance Facial Moisturizer

Raw Radiance Facial Moisturizer

  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice – AI | T | R | B
  • Jojoba Oil – R | T | AI | B
  • Argan Oil – R | AI | B
  • Grapefruit Seed Oil – T | R | AI | B
  • Vegetable Stearic Acid (natural plant based fatty acid) – R | B
  • Hyaluronic Acid (vegan) – T | B
  • Vegetable Glycerin – AI | T | R | B
  • Avocado Oil – R | AI | B
  • Sunflower Oil – B
  • Calendula Oil – B
  • Green Tea Extract – AI | B
  • Licorice Root Extract – AI | B
  • Kakadu Plum Extract – T | AI B
  • Cucumber Extract – T | AI B
  • Mulberry Extract – T | AI B
  • Golden Seal Extract – T | AI B
  • Cromoist Hydrolysed Oat Protein – R | AI | B
  • Lavender Essential Oil – T | AI B
  • Vitamin B3 – T | B
  • Vitamin C – B
  • Zinc – B
  • Vitamin E (soy derived) – T |  AI | R | B

What about our other moisturizers?

You can find more about them here.

Which moisturizer is right for your skin?

Quiz: find your perfect moisturizer

Take our quiz to find out!

Before I sign off for the day, let’s go over some questions that may have come up while exploring this article.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to repair my natural lipid barrier?

It takes 28 to 35 days for our skin to have a complete turnaround and typically 30 days for our skin to repair itself.

During this time you might find that you continue to experience the common signs and symptoms of a depleted lipid barrier, even if you’re doing all the right things to support it.

Besides moisturizing, what can I do to support my natural barrier?

  • Make sure you’re using a cleanser and exfoliator that’s appropriate for your skin – see this article to figure out the best cleanser and this one for the best exfoliator.
  • Make sure you’re not over cleansing or scrubbing too hard (both are super common mistakes!). The links mentioned in the point above can help with this.
  • Avoid irritating, toxic, and pore clogging ingredients like propylene glycol and sulfates. See the resources listed previously in this article for more information (flowchart | workshop)
  • Start hydrating. Find out how here.
  • If any products you use while you’re building back your barrier sting, burn, or leave your skin feeling really tight or dry, stop using them! Don’t try reintroducing these products for at least a month and a half.

When and how often should I moisturize?

Moisturize after applying your hydrator (apply your hydrator after cleansing/exfoliating).

So ideally, each time you cleanse you should be hydrating and moisturizing.

For many, this is twice a day.

For those with super sensitive skin, this will be once a day. If you find yourself in this boat and are wondering whether you should be cleansing in the morning or in the evening (if you’ll only be cleansing once), opt for the evening. In the morning, simply splash your face with water, pat dry, then apply a hydrator and moisturizer.

Have additional questions that I didn’t answer here? No problem!

Ask them in our private community by becoming a Radiant Rebel and get an answer lickety-split!

See you in the community!

Until then, love deeply and scrub gently.

Love from Batty

P.s. Want to see all the articles in our Foundations of Skin Care series so far? Right this way …

 

 

 

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Hidden Toxic Ingredients in Beauty Products

Free Online Workshop

Previously in our private Radiant Rebel online community, I hosted a live video workshop about finding the most common and most toxic ingredients in beauty products (including hormonal imbalance provoking ingredients, pore clogging ingredients, skin irritants, carcinogenic ingredients, and more).

Participants grabbed the products they use every day and we went through the ingredient lists looking for over two dozen harmful ingredients. Many were shocked by the number they found!

Want to watch the workshop replay and check the products you use right now?!

No problem!

Get instant access by becoming a Radiant Rebel (which is totally free!) and then click the image below.

See you in the workshop!

Love from Batty

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What is a Radiant Rebel?

This one was a tough topic for me to tackle and not because I don’t know what being a Radiant Rebel means to me, personally. If anything, my time with Batty’s Bath has taught me that those who choose to wear the badge of a Radiant Rebel, do so with their own personal causes and declarations. It’s something you just feel in your bones, and not something that is easy to put on paper. Even if you ask our team members what being a Radiant Rebel means to them, they’ll respond with answers as unique as their individual personalities. While the theme of this blog challenged my every fiber as a writer, I’ve finally nailed down some universal truths that all Radiant Rebels have adopted.

A Radiant Rebels is…

  • One with the earth. She appreciates and recognizes that each form of life contains a unique purpose and place in this existence.
  • Dedicated to a path of healing that speaks to her desire to place her trust in nature and its ability to mend and restore.
  • Free from the binds forced upon her by the masses. She finds strength and love in the things she’s drawn to and not simply the things laid before her.

A Radiant Rebel seeks…

  • Answers, not fabrications. She’s devoted to advancing her knowledge so that she may make decisions based on genuineness, selflessness, and not false promises.
  • An inner peace, where she is at home in her body, mind, and spirit. She knows that this is a life long journey, and is faithful and patient in her quest for self-actualization.
  • Balance and the ability to connect with her body through open communication and a mutual desire to steady the scales.

A Radiant Rebel understands…

  • That beauty is undefinable and has many forms. She values that the beholder is the only one can paint their own masterpiece of what is beautiful through their eyes.
  • That from the moment of birth, no two paths are identical. Each person must lead a life that speaks of truth to their heart. She will provide guidance when confided in, but will never press others to follow in her footsteps.
  • That judgment and deceit do not belong in the marketplace. She believes that honesty and acceptance are at the root of goodwill and harmony.

I’ve come to recognize that the beauty of being a Radiant Rebel can be found in the ability to create a world in which I am encouraged to be me… and only me. When I reached out for inspiration from other Radiant Rebels, I was elated to discover that the answer I was getting were as unique as the individuals sharing them.

Here’s a look at what being a Radiant Rebel means to a few of our tribe:

“To me, being a Radiant Rebel means having access to a premiere skin care line, without the hype and toxic ingredients often found in high-end skin care. I also appreciate the focus on uncovering the natural beauty and coloring of one’s skin instead of intricate methodologies of cover up.” – Radiant Rebel Kat

“For me, being a Radiant Rebel means going against mainstream advertisements and expectations on what beauty is and what we should be using to achieve that “beauty”- using name brand and most likely chemical filled product and wearing tons of chemical filled makeup. It means feeling beautiful (radiant!) in your natural skin while using natural face and body care products.” – Radiant Rebel Taaryn

“For me, being a Radiant Rebel is all about addressing our skin “problems” with an emphasis on patience, self-care, and respect for our body’s natural healing process, without buying into the shame and negativity associated with particular skin conditions (which other brands too often exploit in their advertising).” – Radiant Rebel Taylor

We’d love to hear your thoughts on being a Radiant Rebel! Join us in the Radiant Rebel Facebook Group, and share your interpretation of a Radiant Rebel when you’re ready!

Not a Radiant Rebel yet? Head over here to officially join our tribe!

Until next time, stay radiant!

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Avoiding breakouts during a cold or the flu

The mesmerizing glimmer of a fresh snowfall… That renewed sense you get from taking a big breath of winter’s crisp air… That complete coziness you feel when you put on your favourite sweater. There are so many reasons to enjoy winter, but I think we can all agree that colds and the flu suck!

This winter seems like it’s been particularly challenging for many of us with all the pressure changes. Mother Nature sure can’t seem to get a grip on the weather this year, and there have been a number of plights making their rounds. I just survived the worst head cold / flu I’ve had in years, so I figured it would be the perfect time to share some tips on avoiding breakouts when you’re sick.

You don’t want the gross details, so let’s just get into the good stuff!

  1. Keep bacteria at bay! Cleansing is so important when you’re sick. I know it sucks to drag yourself out of bed when your whole body feels like it weighs a tonne, but make sure you’re keeping up with your skin care. We have a lot of extra bacteria floating around our skin when we’re sick, and we have got to send it hiking if we want to avoid those breakouts. This doesn’t mean you start over cleansing your skin (this can cause a whole different set of issues); just stick to your regular routine. If you feel like you need a mid-day freshen up, opt for a mist that contains antibacterial ingredients like our Acne B.O.P. Mist, After Acne Mist, or Quick Spritz Oil Fix. These will help to eliminate those sneaky bacteria taking up residence on your face. Also, while we can’t avoid touching our faces when we need to blow our noses and whatnot, try to avoid excessive rubbing/touching of your face as much as possible (I know- it feels so good when you’re sick). If you do feel the need to rub your face, make sure your hands are squeaky clean.
  2. Healing with Hydration. We talk about this all the time, and while we may sound like a broken record, it’s so important. Making sure you’re drinking a monsoon of water when you’re sick will help flush the infection out faster. When a fever is present, we also lose a lot of water through sweat. Unfortunately, that sweat contains a lot of nasties (bacteria, oil, etc.). Keeping hydrated will help you keep your fevers down and keep your hydration levels up. You know that hydrating product in your routine? Keep it close when your feeling ill. You want to make sure you’re replacing what you’re losing; multiple applications in a day can help keep universal balance.Don’t have a hydrator in your routine yet? Find out which of our hydrators is made for you HERE!
  1. Protect and Repair. Moisturizing is as important as cleansing when we are sick. Our skin can take a beating with tissues and other nonsenses. It gets dry, sore and chapped. Staying on top of the issue, before the situation gets dire, can save you a lot of trouble. Your facial moisturizer can help you through the main battle, but when I notice my nose getting extra dry, I like to apply a little Body Balm to the area throughout the day because it’s light and soaks in fast. At night time (for an extra dose of love and healing) I’ll put a layer of the Body & Lip Jelly around my nose to slowly soak in while I sleep. This is also my die-hard lip repair during the winter, whether I’m sick or not.
  2. Avoid lotion laced facial tissues. As much as the lotion tissues from the drug store feel amazing on your nose, often times they’re filled with chemical based ingredients like perfumes and other irritating nasties. If your nose is feeling sore, return to tip #3 for some relief.
  3. Scrub-a-dub! I don’t know about you, but I find I seem to gain a lot extra dead skin when I’m sick. While I use the Tea Tree Scrub as part of my daily routine, I always make sure I give it a few extra seconds of gentle scrubbing when I’m sick to help rid my face of those dry, flaky bits that pop up.
  4. Mask it! I don’t mean cover it up. I mean get cozy with your favourite detoxifying mask. As soon as I know I’m on the mend, I like to reach for my Dead Sea Mud Mask to draw out all those extra bits of grossness trying to hide in my pores. There’s something so satisfying about seeing those little spots of oil that get drawn out as this mask dries. Alternatively, you could use our Charcoal Detox Mask or Dry Clay Mask (I suggest mixing with aloe).
  5. Deep clean! We all want to know that those germs have left the building when we’re sick. Pillowcases, wash clothes and any other articles of material that regularly touch your face should hit the wash as often as possible when you’re sick. You’re sweating out a lot of bacteria, and we don’t them to be getting quality time with our skin. Same goes with your makeup brushes. While I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup when sick, if I happen to, I’ll make sure my brushes get a deep clean (even if it’s not my regular day to do so).

While most of these are normal parts of a balanced routine, it’s extra important to stay on top of things when you’re sick (even if it’s the only thing you accomplish that day). Our bodies have an amazing ability to push out bacteria and other invaders, but we need to ensure we’re doing our part of the “clean-up” to prevent breakouts from happening.  It will be one less thing to worry about and you’ll be back on your feet, radiant as always!

With Love & Radiance,

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