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!

Too late? If you’re already sick and experiencing breakouts, you’ll want to hop over to the second blog in this series. Click HERE!

With Love & Radiance,

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Brushing Up: Your Guide to Foundation Brushes

Since foundation application continues to be a hot topic amongst the tribe, I figured I’d create a one-stop-guide for finding the best brush (or tool) to use for getting a flawless complexion with different foundations.

We’ll be using Batty’s Bath foundations for this guide, but these techniques are universal for almost any foundation you choose to use. I can’t hold back my giddiness on this topic, so let’s jump right into the makeup mania.

Mineral Foundations (Batty’s Bath Mineral Makeup Foundation)

This type of foundation is characterized by a dry, powder formula. They’re especially great for those who enjoy a buildable coverage and a truly matte finish.

 

The Tool of Choice: The Kabuki Brush

There’s really only once choice when it comes to mineral foundations. The kabuki brush can be identified by its short, fluffy and dense bristles meant to hold a load of powder and ability to buff. Bristles can come in both domed and flat top shapes, but there’s really no benefit to one or the other; it’s really a matter of preference. They often have a short handle to allow for easy of circular buffing.

How to crush the brush:

  • When buying a kabuki brush, look for ones with super soft bristles. You’ll be doing a lot of buffing, so you don’t want to be irritating your skin.
  • Make sure your moisturizer and other skin care routine products are fully absorbed before applying this type of foundation. The minerals will stick and be harder to buff is you don’t.
  • Take the time to load the brush. Start by dipping the brush in the minerals and tapping the excess in the cap. Then give that kabuki a good swirl in the excess powder to really ensure you’re filling the brush with product.
  • Buff and build. Buff and build. While it takes a little time to master the application, once you do, you’ll love minerals for their soft-focus finish. The key to getting there is taking the time to apply in light layers and really buffing each one out before applying more. You can build the coverage from sheer to full without looking caking. Just be sure to give each layer the attention it needs.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix shades. This is probably the easiest foundation to mix and match shades to get a true match for your skin tone. Natural mineral foundations contain micas which reflect light (without looking sparkly) making them super adjustable to a number of different skin tones.
  • Check out Batty’s video tutorial on how she applies mineral foundation HERE

Liquid Foundations (Batty’s Bath Nature’s Veil CC Cream)

This type of foundation is known for its ability to provide a healthy, dewy glow. They also tend to provide a continuous stream of moisture and hydration for those who need the boost.


Tool of Choice: The Beauty Blender

The invention of the beauty blender has taken the makeup world by storm… and with good reason! Not only does it help eliminate wasted product but it also prevents streaking. There are a lot of imitators on the market- some great, others not so much. The key to finding a quality beauty blender sponge is in the “squishiness”. A good indicator is how spongy the blender feels when dry. It should have lots of give and feel soft.

How to crush the brush (or sponge in this case):

  • Always use damp. They’re meant to be used in combination with some water. At the same time, damp is the keyword; too much water will impede its ability to do its job and change the formulation of your foundation. Get it good and wet, then ring it out well before applying foundation.
  • It’s all in the pounce! Don’t pull the blender across your skin in an attempted to blend. You literally want to dab it up and down on your skin. The product will melt and blend and the texture of the sponge will help to create a skin-like texture. You may start out slow as you get used to this type of application, but it gets faster as you become more comfortable.
  • Don’t wait in between picking up the product and applying to your face. You can pump directly onto the beauty blender, or even dab it directly onto your face and use the damp sponge to blend from there.
  • Apply in light layers and build the coverage. You should be able to achieve a solid medium coverage with the Nature’s Veil CC Cream.
  • Watch Batty’s alternative and quick application of the Nature’s Veil CC Cream HERE

Cream or Mousse Foundations (Batty’s Bath Whipped Foundation)

Known for their ability to provide full coverage due to their thicker texture is what makes this a leading choice for those who battle with breakouts. They can come in both matte and dewy finishes and a good cream foundation will still feel light and silky.


Tool of Choice: The Stippling Brush

A stippling brush is identified by very dense bristles that are stiff but still soft on the skin. They can some in both single fiber and duo fiber forms, but both will get the job done as long as the fibers are dense enough. Essentially, the trick is to find a brush that is strong enough to move and blend the product to perfection.

 

How to crush the brush:

  • Do as the name suggests and stipple. Using a stippling motion helps to warm up the product making the thicker consistency easier to blend while avoiding streaks and wiping away product. It may take an extra minute to blend completely, but the results will give you an airbrushed finish.
  • Try to keep the brush perpendicular to your face. You want the bristles to hit straight on. Turning it on an angle will increase your chances of leaving streaks.
  • Once you’ve got your foundation blended, you can always go over it with a Beauty Blender to pick up any excess product in areas that feel heavy
  • Watch my video tutorial on how I apply our Whipped Foundation HERE!

Remember- these are simply suggestions. If you find something that works better for you- you do you girl! The best part about makeup is that there aren’t any rules. Have fun and enjoy the freedom to be your true self.

If I can leave you with one last tip it would be that no matter what brush or tool you end up using, make sure it’s clean. Brushes should be deep cleaned at least once a week to avoid bacteria that can cause breakouts. As an added bonus, a brush that’s not gunked up with makeup will work more effectively to help you achieve the finish you desire.

With Love & Radiance,

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Hey Radiant Rebels!

Now that 2016 is tied up with a bow for us (except Momma Batty as she plugs away at the books), we thought we’d take a moment to share something near and dear to our hearts.

At Batty’s Bath, giving back is a major part of who we are. We feel blessed (and spoiled) by the fact that THIS is our job and that we get to spend it with so many beautiful people. It’s important to us that we take the time to give back and spread the love. Whether is through our soap drive, to sponsoring goats, our heart beams when we have the opportunity to brighten someone’s day.

Here’s a look at our charitable activities for 2016

2016 Charitable Activities

 

We can’t wait to see how many smiles we can create in 2017! If you want to learn more about the charities we’ve worked with in the past, or on an on-going basis, visit battysbath.ca/charity.

With love & radiance,

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Do I have to stop wearing makeup during a skin detox?

We know that skin care comes with a lot of questions, especially when you start diving into natural solutions for the first time. Making the choice to go natural not only means a lifestyle change and cupboard clean; It also requires a lot of research… which inevitably leads to a lot of questions!

If you’ve chosen to start your skin care journey with a skin detox- Way to go! Know that you’re giving your skin the best chance at success for healing and achieving your goals. We also suspect that you have a burning question or two, so let’s try and tackle 3 of the most common ones we see.

Q: Can I continue to wear makeup while doing a skin detox?

A: Absolutely, yes! BUT- make sure the products you’re putting on your skin aren’t contradicting the effort you’re putting into your skin detox. Otherwise, the toxins you’re working hard to remove are just being replaced by new ones and it becomes and endless cycle.

Look for naturally based cosmetics, like ours, because you won’t have to worry about them causing a build-up or irritating your skin.

NOTE: We do always recommend using our Mineral Makeup collection in combination with the Detox Kit. This is due to the fact that our cosmetics have been formulated to work with the products in our skin care line. While other products are natural, we also include other ingredients in ours that will actually benefit your skin and support your skin during the detox.

Basically, if it comes from one of the big-name brands from one of your local drugstores, chances are it’s a no-go, even if they say “natural” on the label. Give the ingredients list a solid look through before applying, and as hard as it may be, it’s likely a good time to give it a toss and start searching for healthy replacements.

Q: Are there things I should do around the house to prepare for my skin detox?

A: It’s not entirely necessary, but there are a few tricks that you can do to boost your skin detox and get the most out of it!

  • Stop the hot water abuse. Hot water will perpetuate dry skin, while cooler showers and baths will actually help to rehydrate our skin. As an added bonus, it’s also been shown to help improve split ends for your hair.
  • Humidifiers are bae! This is especially true for those of us who are in the middle of winter or live in drier climates. Use a humidifier in rooms with high traffic to prevent the dry air from stealing from your skin.
  • Toss the toxins. Air fresheners, laundry detergents & dryer sheets, cleaning products, hair care/styling products, body care products and basically anything else your skin comes into regular contact with should be taken into consideration. You’ll also want to check your shower curtains. If you use a plastic curtain/liner, often these give off formaldehyde (not good in a place where our skin is most vulnerable).
  • Plants as air purifiers! That’s right- If you’ve got a green thumb, consider adding a few plants to the household. There are a ton of plants out there that are great for purifying the air like spider plants!
  • Keep it clean. Make it a habit to change towels and pillow cases on a regular basis. You don’t want the toxins your removing to end up on these and be reapplied to your skin. Same goes for hats and scarves. If it comes into contact with your face on a regular basis, make sure you’re washing them up often.

Are there things I can add/eliminate to my diet to help my detox?

A: Yup! There sure are. Obviously, a clean diet is good for us on so many levels, but it will help boost your detox as well. If a complete overhaul isn’t on your agenda, here are some keep tips to consider.

  • Avoid processed sugars. They lead to inflammation that supports the production of acne. Opt for honey or agave as an alternative.
  • Introduce our Skin Support Tea into your routine. Just one cup a day helps to balance hormones that can lead to acne.
  • Consider adding milk thistle to the mix. Taking milk thistle each day supports your digestive system by increasing bile production and thus helping our bodies to remove excess testosterone (one of those hormones known for causing acne)
  • Water. Water. Water.  So many health benefits, but it also helps our skin rebuild its levels of hydration (the most common piece of the puzzle that’s missing in our routines). Try and make it a habit to get enough water in your diet. Not a fan of water on its own? Add some fruit to the mix. The antioxidants found in fruits, like lemon, are super helpful in the fight against free radicals.
  • Avoid dairy. If your skin is acne-prone, you may want to avoid dairy products or at least cut back on your intake. Dairy products contain inflammatory properties that can be a trigger for breakouts. It also causes spikes in our insulin production, leading to excess hormones being released.

Got other questions? We’d be happy to try and answer them for you. The best way to have your questions seen and answered is by joining the Radiant Rebel Facebook Group and posting them there!

In the mean times, it’s getting down to the wire for our 30-Day Detox Challenge. If you have yet to order your Detox Kit, be sure to get it ordered ASAP.

Canadian orders take approximately 1 week for delivery and US orders take approximately 2 weeks, so it’s crucial to get your order in if you wish to start the 30-Day Detox Challenge with us. If you order a little late, or your kit gets held up by the postman, no worries. Jump into the challenge at any time on the Radiant Rebel Facebook Page.

SIGN UP FOR THE CHALLENGE HERE!

We’ll see you on January 28th for the official 30-Day Detox Challenge launch!

With Love & Radiance,

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