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Q&A: Which product(s) could be causing my dry and flaky skin?

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Hi Batty,

I just started using the following products, and my face has drastically become alarmingly:
1) tight (you can see the skin pulling on the sides of my face and around my eyes when I smile), and
2) flaking off around my nose, eyebrows, and on my chin.

Which of these products could be causing it?

Before my latest order I was using:
Evening: Charcoal Soap, Quick Stick Acne Fix, Skin Support Serum, Primer Moisturizer
Morning: Mild Jojoba Facial Scrub, Pachouli Moisturizer, Mineral Foundation
Once a week: Dead Sea Mud Mask

For the last 4 days or so I’ve been using (thinking this would add MORE moisture overall):
Evening: Green Tea and Pineapple Cleanser, Quick Stick Acne Fix, Hydra Healing Skin Rescue Gel, Soothing Eye Gel, Primer Facial Moisturizer
Morning: Green Tea and Pineapple Cleanser, Hydra Healing Skin Rescue Gel, Primer Facial Moisturizer, Mineral Concealer, Mineral Foundation, Oil Absorbing Setting Powder
Mask: I also used the Cystic Acne Mask 2 days ago for an hour

I haven’t changed anything else. How can I get the moisture back into my skin as quickly as possible? I’m not sure which product is causing this! I realize my skin may need to get used to something new, but I need to clear up the tightness and flaking this week because I have a wedding on Saturday.

Thanks Batty. Hope Little Man is doing well!

batty's answer

Hey There!

Quick stick acne fixIt just sounds like it’s the either the eye gel, hydra gel, or cystic mask not full absorbing into your skin.

When that happens all of the gel based products turn into what looks like a peel off mask … and can easily be mistaken for tight flaky skin. None of the products you’re using will ACTUALLY cause your skin to be doing what you descripted so that’s why I’m so positive that it’s the gel products not fully absorbing.

To counter act this here’s a few tips….

  • Wash the cystic acne mask off fully by using an exfoliating scrub or the green tea and pineapple cleanser with a face cloth.
  • When applying the eye gel, only apply a very thin layer. If you still find it’s not absorbing well, apply a serum or moisturizer over top. (a thin layer of serum is preferable).
  • Mix the hydra gel with your moisturizer prior to applying it to your face. i.e. mix about 1/3 of the hydra gel with 2/3 moisturizer in the palm of your hand, then apply.

By following the tips above you’ll find your skin will be back to normal and ready for the wedding. If I can be of any more help, please let me know!

(P.S. If you’re really worried about it, just skip the gel products until after the wedding, then try the tips above.)

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Weekly Recap (Aug. 18 – 24)

Here’s this week’s photo recap! Check out what I’ve been up to (or have at least documented ) since the last recap post!

Pictures are displayed from the oldest to the most recent (dates are included in the description of the picture). If you’d prefer to see my picture updates as they are posted, follow my Instagram feed – that’s where I post these pictures during the week and then recap them here on the blog once a week. (To see previous photo recaps, check out the “My Week So Far” tag).

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Throw back photo

Mega flash-back to a bowling night over 6 years ago with @fjtfuller and Sarah. I miss goofing off with these two! Oh, and look- my hair is a “normal” color! (Aug. 18)

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Find your moisturizer flow chart

Another “find your match” flowchart is out! You’ll find this one in the moisturizers section at shopbattysbath.com. If you missed the last find your match flowchart, check the cleansers section (it helps narrow down the perfect cleanser AND scrub). Oh and there’s also the flowchart that puts any products you’re using through the ingredient test! If the product passed the test you know it’s not contributing to skin problems. You’ll find that flowchart linked in my letter to acne sufferers at battysbath.ca/acne .. I hope everyone has as much fun taking these flowchart “quizzes” as I did making them. (Aug. 19)

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Refer a friend

(Aug 19)

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lazy day

If I don’t look at you may be you won’t make us get up. (Aug. 20)

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cutting soap

Unmolding and cutting like a champ this afternoon. Have I mentioned I have a slight obsession with soap? Shh…. don’t tell. (Aug. 20)

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Mixing Soothing Cleanser

Doesn’t look all that appealing but smells like minty citrus heaven! (making Soothing Cleanser) (Aug. 20)

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Batty's hair

A little wild at the moment but color vibes are strong. (Aug 23)

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Batty in the paper

Flash-back (Aug. 24)

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Making mineral foundation

Studio happenings: Making and packaging mineral makeup foundation shades #3 (almond) and #4 (vanilla). Almond just so happens to be my shade most of the year! If I end up with a summer glow by the end of the season, I step up to vanilla, and by the rate these two shades have been selling, I’m suspecting the same goes for many of you! (Aug. 24)

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The extras…

I’m currently watching/listening to:

Watching….

      • The New Girl – re-watching
      • Haven – re-watching

Listening to: A few songs that seem to be on repeat on my ipod at the moment are…

      • Hip to My Heart – The Band Perry
      • Lose My Breath – Destiny’s Child
      • Red High Heels – Kellie Pickler
      • You and I – Lady Gaga
      • Shake it Off – Mariah Carey
      • B Team – Marianas Trench
      • Super Bass – Nicki Minaj
      • Closer – Tegan & Sara
      • Float on – Modest Mouse
      • Drive – Ziggy Marley (50 first dates soundtrack)
      • Breakfast in Bed – Nicole Kea (50 first dates soundtrack)

What I’m reading (non-work related):

    • M & K Tracking by Kate Danley – sadly I haven’t cracked the spine  (metaphorically of course since this book is on my kindle ;) ) on this book since last week
    • The Other End of the Leash (why we do what we do around dogs) by Patricia B McConnell –  haven’t picked up this book since first mentioning it here but plan to plow through it before too long.

Other Things I’m digging:

    • So much truth in this video. I’m so on board with the puppy and goldfish in the corner rather than the alternative! ha! And for the record, my tree has enough leaves & branches at the moment, but root people feel free to come on over!
    • This literally had me laughing out loud! I’ve watched it a few times since first seeing this short video and it still cracks me up! Mostly because I can picture a few people I know doing this…. you know who you are lol

Customer Review: “I have been looking for a good hydrating product for so long. Well, here it is!!”

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Even those with skin on the oily side of spectrum can suffer from dehydrated skin! Take a peak at what Carole had to say about the Hydra Healing Gel and how it has helped to re-hydrate her skin.

I love smearing this cool, hydrating product all over my face, throat and top of my chest. I finally have moist skin. I have mature, sensitive, reddish skin, and my skin just loves this product. I highly recommend this for mature women and those who have dehydration problems; Can’t live without this. Does it come in bucket size???”
- Carole S. (hydra healing gel)

So happy to hear you’ve got your hydration back on track Carole! We will be sure to let you know if we ever sell it in bulk-sized!

If you would like to read more reviews on the Hydra Healing Gel, or even write your own- click here!

Find your perfect match: Facial Moisturizer

Flowchart - Pick Your Moisturizer - Batty's Bath

Wondering which of Batty’s Bath 3 go-to moisturizers is the perfect fit for your skin? No problem! Check out the handy flow chart above for the answer (click the image for a closer look, or click here for the PDF version).

Narrowed down your perfect match? Awesome! Here’s the links to find out more:

Patchouli Facial Moisturizer

Facial Primer & Daily Detox Moisturizer

Quick Tint Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer (BB Cream)

We can’t get enough of that Echo Visuals stuff- Pic Party Part II

They just keep rollin’ in, and we just keep smiling as we get to see all the amazing Batty’s Bath photos from Echo Visuals.  Last week we shared her Lip Butter series with you, and this time it’s a whole new batch of Batty’s goodies.

Now, we’ll keep it brief, because these are what you clicked for…

Oil Absorbing powder Lip Butter, Mineral ConcealerEcho_blog3

 

Want to see more of Echo’s work? You have to check out her website and portfolio! Some of you may have even spotted these photos in Batty’s Shop. To get your hands on all of these products visit: www.shopbattysbath.com

Missed last week’s post on Echo’s Lip Butter Series: Lip Lovin’ Pic Party with Echo Visuals

Q&A: Pregnant with cystic acne- Is the Hydra Healing Gel O.K. for me to use?

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Hi Batty-

I have oily, dehydrated skin, and I am breaking out around my mouth and chin. I also have cystic acne. I am in my first trimester, and I wanted to know if I can purchase the Hydra Healing Skin Rescue Gel. Is there any other product you would suggest for me?

Thanks!

batty's answer
Hey there,

Thanks for your email!

Natural Skin Care For Pregnancy - Stretch Mark PreventionYes, the Hydra Healing Gel is safe during pregnancy. The best way to make sure your skin absorbs (and hold onto) all the hydration in the gel is to mix it with one of my creams or serums when applying. I mix it (half and half, just in the palm of my hand) in the AM with which ever cream I’m going to use for the day (patchouli, primer, or quick tint), and in the PM, I mix it with a serum (my suggestions for you would be the Balance Serum – also see my notes about Skin Support Serum below). Mixing the gel with these other products will be extremely helpful for your skin (based on what you told me).
The other products I would suggest (based on what you told me) would be…

  • a pregnancy-safe version of the skin support serum. I happen to have one bottle of it right now if you’re interested (I custom make the pregnancy-safe version upon request and I’ve been getting so many requests for it lately I made a few extras – now only one is left). My suggestions for use for your situation would be to apply this to your chin and around your mouth sever other to every 3rd day. It can be applied to other areas of your body the rest of the time but it may not be needed. I would try it just around your chin (along with the gel+moisturizer mixture) for a couple weeks and if you’re not seeing the results you’d like, start applying the Skin Support Serum to other areas of your body on days that you’re not using it on your chin. Note that the Skin Support Serum works instantly on acne causing bacteria (so results are usually seen within in a couple days) and additionally results are seen in the weeks to come as the ingredients help to balance your skin.
  • to use the Cystic Acne Mask 2 – 3 times a week (leave on for 30 min and wash off with warm water after). It will tackle several of the issues you mentioned including cystic acne AND dehydration (which is a cause of oily skin -you’ve figured this out about your skin based on what you’ve told me in your email). If also using the Skin Support Serum, use the Cystic Acne Mask on opposite days. 
  • to make sure the cleanser you’re using isn’t stripping your skin (which is another cause of oily skin) – I talk about this here and a flowchart to check the products you’re currently using for this plus other causes of acne can be found here. If your cleanser is stripping your skin, I would suggest replacing it with the Charcoal Soap or Green Tea & Pineapple Liquid Facial Cleanser in the AM and the Mild Jojoba Scrub or Pineapple Scrub in the evening. The Tea Tree Facial Nut Scrub could also be used a few times a week in the evening (particularly on days when you’re not using the Cystic Acne Mask).
  • for large “mother of all whiteheads” that spring up, apply the Quick Stick and if you can keep yourself from popping them, do so – any time a zit is popped, bacteria is pushed further under the skin (causing further irritation and infection) and more blemishes pop up in it’s place… so if you can wait it out, it’s worth it because you avoid creating more blemishes.
  • the links mentioned in my letter to acne suffers under the heading “what you need to know about internal causes of acne” might also be helpful (since cystic acne almost always has an internal connection). These links are quick reads (or videos) and include lots of tips.

I hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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Weekly Recap (Aug. 11 – 17)

Here’s this week’s photo recap! Check out what I’ve been up to (or have at least documented ) since the last recap post!

Pictures are displayed from the oldest to the most recent (dates are included in the description of the picture). If you’d prefer to see my picture updates as they are posted, follow my Instagram feed – that’s where I post these pictures during the week and then recap them here on the blog once a week. (To see previous photo recaps, check out the “My Week So Far” tag).

Batty's halloween dress

Thank you Lauryn (my spooky twin) for this batty little number! now someone give me a reason to wear it before October (Aug 11)

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Oatmeal, Milk and Honey soap

My second most popular soap for the last 4 years: Oatmeal, (Coconut) Milk and Honey ! (pst… my charcoal soap is in first place). Thanks to everyone who has fallen in love with this soap and made it so popular! The deeds: If you’re looking for a natural soap bar that provides nourishment and moisture to dry, chapped skin, then this bar is for you! Batty’s Bath Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Cold Press Soap is made with all natural, premium skin care oils, pure coconut milk and exfoliating oats. Since it’s made from scratch, the old fashioned way, it lasts for a super long time! Many of my customers cut these bars in half and take a month to go through just the first half of the bar! Think about how much TLC that will add up to for your skin! Want to know more about what makes Batty’s Bath OMH Soap so awesome? head over to shopbattysbath.com for more info. (Aug 11)

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Batty's saves a birdy

So glad I found this little birdie before the dogs did today! Birdie was in the backyard and didn’t want to move or fly away, so I moved birdie to just outside the fence so the dogs couldn’t get him/her (but close enough to where I found birdie so momma bird can come get him/her). I heard a bird up in one of the trees close by being super vocal so I’m hoping it was momma bird, and she’s already stepped in and gotten her baby back. I’ll need to check soon before the sun goes down completely. If birdie is still there I don’t want the neighborhood cats getting him/her. (Aug 11)

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Echo visuals photography

Tonight on battysblog.com, “Lip Lovin’ Pic Party with Echo Visuals“! Check out the fabulous photography @echosvisuals has been doing for Batty’s Bath plus take in the modeling and makeup talents of Kelsey Johnson. In these pix Kelsey is wearing Batty’s Bath  lip butter and Batty’s Bath mineral foundation. Head over to the blog for lots more pix plus links to Echo’s portfolio and Kelsey’s website. Huge thank you for taking on another Batty’s Bath project to both these talented superstars! (Aug 11)

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productive day in Batty's studio

It was a productive day in the Batty’s Bath studio! Clockwise from top left: Quick Tint Antioxidant Moisturizer; Wet Clay Mask; Patchouli Facial Moisturizer; Acne B.O.P. Mist. (Aug 12)

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Batty's shoes

decisions decisions… (Aug 15)

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Batty's garden

The pumpkin and sunnies report! On the left- I’ve only found one pumpkin so far, but it’s getting grander and bigger each day! Also, lots of new blooms have popped up including this promising one (top left). On the right- lots of sunnies! All the ones in the front flowerbeds mysteriously were snapped in half (along with a missing solar light…hmm), but the ones in the back are doing great! All stretching and turning to get as much sun as possible. The birds have already started enjoying them. (Aug 15)

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Batty's hair

Thanks to Darla for straightening my hair and showing me how long it’s getting! (Aug 16)

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The extras…

I’m currently watching/listening to:

Watching….

  • The Shield – caught another episode (I’m in the second season still)
  • The New Girl – re-watching season one
  • The X-Files – re-watching - on season 3

What I’m reading (non-work related):

  • Maggie on the Bounty by Kate Danley – finished
  • M & K Tracking by Kate Danley – started
  • The Other End of the Leash (why we do what we do around dogs) by Patricia B McConnell –  haven’t picked up this book since first mentioning it here but plan to plow through it before too long.

 




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