Cold Cream Come Back!

Talk about a blast from the past! When I think of cold cream, I think of a black and white movie starring an elegant debutante – sitting at her vanity mirror applying something to her skin from a polished container. There’s a chance you may remember your mother or grandmother doing the same. That something was the beauty-rage of the era, a critical product used in hopes of maintaining a youthful glow.

So what is it exactly? Well, cold cream products then and now are made up of the same, core ingredients: mineral oil, waxes, beeswax and water. This mixture not only helps to remove makeup, but is know to protect skin from losing moisture.

A more through answer by ALLURE: “Cold creams are fine as makeup removers, period,” cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta told me over email. To explain why, here’s your science lesson for the day: “Cold creams are very simple emulsions of high concentrations of mineral oil and waxes, like beeswax or ceresin, in water,” he continued. “The emulsifiers that hold the cream together are fatty acids or long-chain phosphates that are neutralized with triethanolamine and/or sodium hydroxide. The neutralized fatty acid or phosphate basically forms a soap base, and that mineral oil/soap composition is great for removing makeup and inflamed skin. The mineral oil and waxes are skin protectants that create a moisture barrier on the skin, which makes your skin feel soft and protects against moisture loss.”

Could this be a new additional to your skincare routine? If you’re having a hard time controlling breakouts, you know that dry skin can be the root of all evil and a major cause of irritation. Fall is here – which means dry weather and MORE dry weather to come. Remember, hydrated skin not only looks healthy, but is stronger and more prepared to fight off the daily contact between our face and pollutants. Could cold cream be worth a shot this winter?

HOW TO USE: by PODS

Skin type: All skin types

Whether your skin is oily, dry, or sensitive, the way to apply POND’S® Cold Cream Cleanser is the same. Start out with clean, dry, hands and with two fingers scoop out a bit of Cold Cream Cleanser from the jar. Apply a light layer over your entire face, massaging gently, and watch this cleanser work its magic.

ADDITIONAL USES FOR COLD CREAM:

  • Lip balm for chapped lips
  • Lotion for dry knees, elbows, and heels
  • Switch out your Barbosol to use as shaving cream
  • Ran out of aloe vera? Use for sunburn relief
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Halloween Makeup Removal

FALL is officially here – which means Halloween is just around the corner. Have you thought about your costume yet? Does it involve face paint, fake blood, latex, or body glue? Remember, Halloween parties are all tricks and treats until you have to wake up and face reality the next day. Ingredients in these products can be harsh and hard to remove! However, with a proper prep and removal plan you could potentially avoid any spooky skin situations.

Remember, most ingredients found in costume makeup are not natural or found in regular skin products. I’d suggest you “read the labels”, but who has time to compare and contrast? The bottom line is…if you have sensitive skin – you’re risking a breakout or allergic reaction to the makeup if left on too long. Promise yourself you will REMOVE the make up as soon as you’re home. Falling asleep with it on is NOT an option!

NOTE: Some costume makeup products come with removal instructions! Check the packaging for assistance.

PREP

The best way to get your skin ready for heavy, abnormal face makeup is to make sure it’s clean, moisturized, and primed. A good primer prevents your everyday products from soaking into/irritating your skin and can do the same with costume makeup. It’s also meant to help makeup last longer and prevent your eyeshadow and foundation from creasing. Beneficial all around!

REMOVAL:

I, as well as many makeup bloggers, recommend using micellar water to first loosen and remove most of the make up. Micellar water is a watery substance filled with tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules suspended in soft water. The micelles are attracted to the dirt and oil collecting on your face after a long day (in this case attracted to the costume makeup that’s covering your face/neck – post Halloween party). Their job is to draw out impurities without drying out your skin.

KEY WORDS being” “without drying out your skin”, as your skin may already be dry and irritated from the foreign products used. The last thing you want it to use a remover or a bar of soap that will add to the irritationIf you need to do a second pass, try using a hydrating-foaming face wash or cold cream. 

Lastly, be sure to re-hydrate! Use your normal face moisturizer, but if you’re skin is still irritated it may be helpful to also apply aloe vera! The cooling sensation is comforting and will help take the edge off the initial pain from scrubbing your face clean of costume makeup, all while replenishing your skin with nutrients. For extra sensitive areas, like around your eyes, try dabbing on hyaluronic acid!

TIPS:

  • Seek out theater makeup. It’s made to help actors maintain a facial structure under heaving lighting and from far distances – so works very well! Also, is meant to be worn for long periods of time. This could be a better option for someone with sensitive skin.
  • Plan to only wear crazy makeup for only a few hours. If you’re allowed to wear a costume for the duration of the work day – pick one that doesn’t involve face paint. The longer your skin is exposed, the more irritated it will become!
  • Shaving cream! If you can’t get remaining residue off after cleansing – lather shaving cream onto your mug, message into skin, and remove gently with a towel. Keep in mind, some of the colors (red, green, orange) are capable of leaving a slight hint of yellowish color. Now THAT’S scary.

Going all out this year with glue and latex?

See removal tips by GABRIELLE TAYLOR from Wonder How To below:

Use a Little Lotion – A little lotion on a cotton ball is great for removing makeup without drying out your skin. Any kind of lotion will work, but it’s best to use on that’s not greasy so you don’t clog your pores. You can also use petroleum jelly (aka Vaseline) instead, but make sure you wash your face thoroughly afterwards to get rid of that gross-feeling residue.

Removing Body Glue – Most glues can be removed from skin using oil. If you used a pretty small amount, often it can just be peeled off. If not, use a cotton pad to apply some baby oil or alcohol. You may need to hold it on the skin to “soak” the glue for a minute or two before it breaks down enough to wipe off.

Removing Liquid Latex – Believe it or not, Liquid Latex is made to come off with nothing more than soap and water. If you get it in your hair, you can just hop in the shower and shampoo it out. If you’re lucky, you might be able to just peel it off.

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Uses for Pumpkin Brains in Skin Care

In celebration of FALL and those wonderful Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes (everyone is so crazy about) returning, I’ve decided to address the benefits of this seasonal fruit. Yes, in case you grew up thinking they’re a vegetable, pumpkins are in fact a fruit! Unlike celery, carrots, kale, cabbage, broccoli, and potatoes – pumpkins have SEEDS. Which also means cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocados are also a part of the fruit fam.

Now that we’ve cleared that up.. Something to think about while discarding the slimy insides of your carved pumpkins, are all the great nutrients their innards contain. In regards to skincare, one of my favorite nutrients (and potentially) the most important is vitamin C. As we discussed in our recent blog Vitamin C Situation, adding it to your daily skin care routine cannot only help fight against the signs of aging, but prevent future damage caused by the free radicals that lead to the skin aging process. It’s also needed to create collagen and elastin, which are the connective proteins that give our skin the firmness and elasticity we all desire (while aging).  

Other nutrients found in pumpkins plus HOW they benefit our skin:

  • Vitamin A – moisturizes and soothes skin
  • Vitamin C – protects against wrinkles and signs of aging
  • Potassium – regulates the amount of water in your body’s cells
  • Copper – activates skin’s metalloproteinases (which removes damaged proteins)
  • Manganese – detoxifies free radicals
  • Magnesium –  lowers cortisol levels and stabilizes hormonal imbalances
  • Vitamin E – improves even skin tone
  • Zinc – assists in keeping skin clear of acne breakouts

Remember to EAT plenty of pumpkin as well. It’s high in fiber, which can help aid in clearing out your digestive tract. Why is that important? Because perfect skin care usually isn’t gained from external beauty products alone. You have to also maintain a well-rounded, nutritional diet! Fiber helps rid the body of toxins -which cause skin to look dull and unhealthy. Yay to fiber!

DIY PUMPKIN MASK:

Found three great recipes on ECO-BEAUTIFUL WITH LINA HANSON . All are manageable and use natural ingredients that can be found (if not in your home) at your nearest health food store. I’d suggest staying away from canned pumpkin or any processed pumpkin products – as they contain tons of unnecessary ingredients that are probably not beneficial to skin care.

PUMPKIN BODY SCRUB

¼ cup cooked pureed pumpkin
¼ cup brown sugar

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to your body using a damp cloth. Scrub your body using circular motions and wash off with warm water.

PUMPKIN FACE MASK

OILY SKIN

¼ cup fresh pumpkin meat
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 egg yolk

Combine all the ingredients and blend it together in a food processor. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

DRY SKIN

¼ cup fresh pumpkin meat
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
Splash of milk or cream

Combine the ingredients and blend it all together in a food processor. Apply the mixture to your face leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with water. The milk or cream is great for dry skin as it will moisturize and nourish it.

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