Since starting Soleluna Cosmetics, I've had friends, family and clients ask me endless amounts of questions about skincare and beauty. It challenges me to think creatively and continue my research on how to incorporate natural ingredients into our daily skincare and beauty routines. To spread the wealth of knowledge and for those of you who may have questions, I've decided to launch a monthly Q&A!
If you have any questions regarding natural skincare, skincare concerns, beauty and whatever else is on your mind - please use the hashtag #AskSolelunaC and tag Soleluna Cosmetics on Instagram and Twitter . Enjoy!
Question #1: I'm in my mid twenties - when should I start to use anti-aging products?
Answer: Anti-aging is easy when you take the prevention approach. Everyone should be wearing sunscreen, EVERYDAY. This will be the biggest factor in preventing wrinkles, sun spots and dehydrated skin. Teenagers can begin preventing aging by using skincare high in antioxidants. This will provide your skin with an extra boost to help clear away damaged DNA and eliminate harmful free radicals. Our Antioxidant Punch Serum is perfect for a first time anti-aging product. Keeping a good skincare regime free of cheicals, perfumes and toxic preservatives, will ensure your skin is staying healthy. If you have dry skin - signs of aging may start to appear in your early twenties: fine lines, sun spots and sensitive skin. I recommend using a night cream with lactic acid to to remove dead skin cells and promote healthy regrowth. Our Honey Night Cream has 1% lactic acid, which is the perfect introductory anti-aging product. If you have oily skin - you lucked out in the aging department! Those with oily skin tend to age more slowly, as their sebum keeps the skin soft and supple. If you have oily skin you may be able to get away without anti-aging products until your late twenties, but it never hurts to start early.
Question #2: What's the best way to prevent and heal ingrown hairs?
Answer: For prevention of ingrown hairs there are a few common tips that work well. First, exfoliate your skin once a week. Look for ingredients like white willow bark extract (natural source of salicylic acid), papaya extract, apricot shells, sandalwood powder and colloidal oatmeal. You must remember to exfoliate the areas you are going to be shaving - legs, bikini area, under arms, all of it! Second, it is very important to shave "with the grain", in the direction the hair is growing. This can be hard to follow if you really want that smooth shave, but your skin will thank you! To heal ingrown hairs, massage the area twice a day with an oil such as jojoba - which has antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties.
Question #3: I have sun spots and acne scarring on my face - is there a good way to minimize the appearence of them?
Answer: Sun spots can be reduced by wearing a zinc oxide containing sunscreen daily. Zinc oxide lightens the skin naturally. With gradual use it will protect the spots from further development and reduce their overall appearance and size. Acne scarring can be healed with essential oils. A blend of jojoba oil, helichrysum essential oil and lavandin essential oil is a powerful trio that with regular use, will reduce acne scars. Contact me to discuss a custom serum for acne scarring - email@example.com
Question #4: How often should makeup brushes be washed and how often should they be replaced?
Answer: Makeup brushes should be washed after EVERY USE. I know I know, that just doesn't happen. If you are using them everyday - wash at least once a week. If you use them here and there but not daily - you can go every two weeks without washing. Spot washing with alcohol and a papertowel is okay for non-face brushes (eyeshadow brushes). If you use a makeup sponge to apply your base, this must be washed after every use. Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria! Replacing your brushes should happen every 1-2 years, depending on the quality of the brush. Once the brush is no longer shaped, soft or hairs fall out - it is time to be replaced. Cleaning your brushes with a natural soap like Liquid Castile Soap will extend their lifespan.
Question #5: What is the best natural way to minimize pores?
Answer: This question has a very simple solution. Witch Hazel Distillate. This magical water is a natural astringent - meaning it contracts skin. After applying witch hazel to clean skin, your pores will contract and appear reduced. Pores can never actually become smaller, your pore size is your pore size. However, we can reduce the APPEARANCE of pores, which is what we are really looking to do. Essential oils of Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry and Rosemary are all powerful astringents. They can be added to water (or witch hazel), shooken up and applied to the skin to reduce the appearance of pores. Our Hydrating Lavender Toner is made up of 50% witch hazel and will minimize the appearance of pores.
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