25 Mar

Your questions, answered: Stressing out, Breaking out

Today I am answering a question sent in by a reader, just like you!  Nina writes:

Can you write a blog post about how to make your skin clear as the semester comes to a close… you know, because of stress blemishes (which have currently found their way to my face!)?

photo courtesy of BLW Photography

Stress is one of the biggest acne triggers (especially for those who already suffer from breakouts) and whether you’re in the midst of a super demanding semester or dealing with work-related stress, it can affect women of all ages.  The most important thing is to get at the root of the problem: stress.  Once you de-stress, the acne will disappear on its own.

Here are some tips to help combat your breakouts (and the stress that causes them!):

1. Eat anxiety-reducing foods. I found a great article about food that fights stress, and here are some of my favorites: dark chocolate has chemicals that both relax your body and boost your mood— the darker, the better!  Start your day with good carbs (like oatmeal), which produce hormones that fight anxiety… now you know why you crave chips when you’re stressed out! Sprinkle some blueberries on that oatmeal and enjoy the stress-reducing and skin-clearing antioxidants.

photo courtesy of John Loo

2. Exercise. I know that when you’re busy, exercise can be one of the first things you sacrifice (I do it too), but the endorphins you get from moving around will boost your mood in a super noticeable way.  Even if you only get 20 minutes, you’ll be doing your body a whole lot of good!  Just don’t forget to wash your face afterwards— you don’t want the sweat to cause more blemishes!

photo courtesy of lulumon athletica

3. Sleep. If you’re not giving up exercise when you’re busy, you’re likely giving up sleep.  But after a few nights of less sleep, your stress levels will increase, you’ll be less likely to exercise, and you’ll be more likely to eat junky food that is bad for your skin.  So make sure you schedule in the 8 hours you need!

don’t you wish you slept like this? photo courtesy of peasap

4. Use face wipes. I have heard great things about Blum Naturals Daily Towelettes, which contain both tea tree oil and salicylic acid to fight acne.  These wipes are a great way to clean your skin at the end of the day (so fast and easy!), and best of all, they’re only $6.99 at Drugstore.com!

Nina, I hope these tips help!

Do you suffer from stress-related breakouts?  Do you have any great acne-fighting tips to share?  What about tips to reduce stress?  And as always, feel free to email me with any questions of your own: kim@blendingbeautiful.com.

11 Mar

Your questions, answered: Makeup Meltdown

Today, I’m answering a question sent in by a reader just like you!  Kerri writes:

I’m curious to know how to stop black from getting under my eyes from my mascara and/or eyeliner. I’ve tried the cheap stuff and the more expensive products with no winners yet!

This is a super common problem, but fortunately it’s a pretty easy thing to fix!  The reason makeup smudges in the hours after we apply it is because of the oils on the skin around your eyes— most importantly, your eyelid.

Here are a couple of easy ways to combat the smudge!

1. Use an eye primer.  Primer is designed to go under your makeup and keep everything in place.  It stays, even on top of oily lids, so your makeup will too.  This primer is sold on Ulta.com for only $6.50!

2. Try waterproof mascara.  It’s designed to stay in place under the wettest conditions!  Try Maybelline’s Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, $4.99 at Drugstore.com.

3. Use liquid eyeliner.  Liquid liner sticks to your lid more firmly than soft eyeliner or powder… it can last up to 24 hours!  The Sephora Collection Long Lasting Eyeliner should do the trick!  It’s $10 at Sephora.com.

Good luck, Kerri!  Let me know how the tips work out for you!

Do you have any other tips for Kerri’s makeup meltdown?  Leave a comment below!

Got beauty, relationship, or design questions of your own?  Email me: kim@blendingbeautiful.com and your question could be featured on the blog, just like Kerri’s!