I Dream of a Clean and Clear Complexion

For those who have to frequently deal with issues such as pesky pimples or raging breakouts, it can often feel as though a clean and clear complexion will only ever be a distant dream. However, with some hard work and dedication, and by following each of these steps, you will soon be able to show off the complexion of your dreams.

Woman cleansing skin

The Most Effective Cleanser for Your Skin
Using a powerful cleanser can go a long way in bringing about a clear complexion, but you need to put some effort into choosing the very best cleanser for your skin. There are so many different cleanser types out there, but each will have their pros and cons, and it is worth looking into these. While foaming cleansers may be great for oily skin, they are too drying for dry or sensitive skin, with lotion-based cleansers being more suitable instead. If you suffer from frequent acne breakouts, a medicated cleanser may be what you need. You also need to keep the season in mind when picking a cleanser, as your skin naturally produces more oil in the summer, and is drier in the winter, so your cleanser needs to help balance this out.

Dietary Changes
While dietary changes are a common component of many long term detox programs, those that are not participating in a detox program should still make some dietary changes to benefit their skin. Studies have shown that there are extremely strong links between acne, as well as other skin issues, and certain foods, making it important to take a close look at the foods that you are eating if you are struggling to clear up your complexion. Refined carbohydrates are one food group that quickly lead to the production of more oil, which then clogs up pores and leads to breakouts, while dairy is known to contain particular hormones that send oil production into overdrive. When it comes to the foods that you should be eating more of, these include colorful fruits and vegetables, salmon and other oily fish, and green tea, as all of these contain components that reduce inflammation within the skin.

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Detox Programs
Your body is exposed to various toxins all day long, whether this may be from the pollution all around you on the streets or from that cup of coffee that you drink each morning. While the body is able to naturally eliminate toxins, the amount that it needs to process in this day and age can often become quite overwhelming, leading to a build-up of toxins whose only escape route is through the skin. To prevent this from happening and to support your body’s natural detoxification processes, you need to clear this toxin build-up, and then maintain this afterwards. There are so many different detox programs out there, from juice cleanses to longer term programs that aim to overhaul all unhealthy life choices.

While some people seem to be able to enjoy a naturally clear complexion, others can only dream of doing so. However, while it may take more effort for some, this will most definitely pay off in the long run once you bring your dreams of perfect skin to life.

Donkey Milk & Beauty

Donkey farm

Legend has it that, for cosmetic reasons, Cleopatra used to bathe in donkey milk every day, with 700 donkeys needed to produce her daily baths. Donkey milk was used by many others throughout history, and while it may seem quite unconventional, it is actually the closest to human breast milk when compared to any other mammal milk out there, and is packed with unique properties that make it extremely effective in many cosmetic uses.

Vitamin-Rich Composition
Donkey milk contains high levels of protein, phospholipids and ceramides, which work wonders on the skin. The protein is great for boosting the structure of the skin, while the ceramides, which are usually lost with age, help to bind together the protective cells that are contained in the skin’s outer layer. Phospholipids are a type of fat, and are essential when it comes to providing support for the skin, as well as in the functioning of cell membranes. These three components of donkey milk also make it exceptionally soothing, making it a fantastic ingredient for those with sensitive skin to use.

High in Vitamin C
Donkey milk contains up to 60 times more vitamin C than cow’s milk, which is a vital component when it comes to the appearance of your skin. When donkey milk is used in skin care products instead of cow’s milk, your skin will be receiving all of the benefits of this extra vitamin C, such as an increase in the production of collagen, which then leads to added firmness and skin strength. This makes donkey milk a popular ingredient when it comes to anti-aging products, as collagen production is a process that naturally slows down with age, resulting in visible wrinkles and fine lines.

Soothes Certain Skin Conditions
Donkey milk is extremely high in lactoferrin and lysozyme, while cow’s milk only contains traces of these. These two components have the potential to dramatically soothe certain inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

The Price of Donkey Milk Beauty Products
One of the main reasons that donkey milk has not yet hit the mainstream market is due to the fact that it faces one serious limitation, and this is in regards to the amount of milk that can actually be produced on a daily basis. While a cow can produce up to 40 liters of milk in a single sitting, a donkey will only produce around 2 liters a day in total, making it quite the premium ingredient. However, due to an increase in demand for the product, especially since the cosmetics industry has been turning more and more to natural ingredients in recent years, donkey farms are now on the rise, and this ingredient is likely to make its way into many more beauty products soon.

The cosmetics industry is always experiencing trends, especially when it comes to popular ingredients. While donkey milk may be quite a new idea to you and seem like a crazy trend, this is far from the case, as this ingredient can actually work wonders when it comes to skin care and beauty.

Results of Sleeping with Makeup On

Woman sleeping

Everyone has made the mistake of falling asleep and forgetting to remove their makeup, and while this may not seem as though it has caused much harm the next morning, doing this repeatedly leads to a world of damage. From premature aging to a dull complexion, this will all quickly begin to happen if you make the mistake of sleeping with your makeup on one too many times.

A Dull Complexion
Every night while you sleep, your skin renews itself, shedding any dead skin cells to reveal the fresh skin beneath. However, by sleeping with your makeup on, you prevent this natural turnover from occurring, because the makeup, oil and dirt that has built up on your face throughout the day remains on your outermost layer of skin, blocking the shedding of dead skin cells. This results in a dull and rough complexion, likely leading to even more makeup the next morning in order to brighten up the face.

Premature Aging
As mentioned earlier, sleeping with your makeup on traps all of the dirt and impurities into your skin, and this will soon begin to cause oxidative damage to your skin cells, breaking down their protective barrier. Without this, the rate of aging is drastically accelerated, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines that will be difficult to eradicate. After a while of sleeping with makeup on, you will notice that your skin will start to lose its firmness and tightness, and this is because the makeup will have caused your collagen levels to deplete, leading to sagging skin that nobody wants.

Woman having acne issues

Pimples and Acne
Leaving makeup on your skin while you sleep will clog your pores, which, in turn, can lead to chronic inflammation, resulting in pimples. Those who suffer from acne will notice an increase in breakouts after sleeping with makeup on, as thorough cleansing is especially important for those who suffer from such skin conditions.

Infections
Since sleeping with your makeup on compromises your skin’s protective barrier, your skin will be much more prone to infections. This is especially the case when it comes to mascara, as leaving this on overnight creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and, if the bacteria is allowed to build up, this can soon lead to conjunctivitis. To top it all off, sleeping with mascara on will also cause eyelashes to become much more brittle and susceptible to breakages. Sleeping with other forms of eye makeup on can also lead to infections, as they clog the hair follicles and oil glands, once again creating the ideal environment in which bacteria can thrive.

All of the above issues usually arise after a more prolonged period of sleeping with your makeup on, whether this be a week or a month. While forgetting to remove your makeup for just one night may not cause any visible long-lasting damage, you should still be sure to cleanse your face thoroughly in the morning, before assessing your skin and examining its condition. A face mask is a great way to counter this mistake, as it will give your skin a deep cleanse, nourishing it from within, helping it to recover from the degradation that a night of makeup would have caused.

Choosing the Right Cover-Up

If you want your cover-up to look natural and flawless, rather than highlighting those very same issues that you were trying to hide, then you need to choose it very carefully. Not only do you have to pick the shade that will work best with your skin tone, but you also need to choose a formula that best suits your skin type, and, while it may seem difficult to achieve the ideal balance between the two, this is what you need for the most effective cover-up.

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Dry Skin
For those of you with dry skin, it is essential that the cover-up formula that you choose is hydrating, as your skin will need this extra moisture. Usually, the formulas that have the most moisture are either liquid and stick foundations or tinted moisturizers, so pick the one that will give you the level of cover that you need. There are also hydrating powders available, and these are blended with certain ingredients that deliver moisture to the skin whilst providing more coverage than regular powders would.

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Oily and Combination Skin
Powder foundations are usually best for those with oily skin, as well as for those with combination skin and an oily T-zone, as they will help to absorb any excess oil, leaving you with a matte finish. Liquid foundations can also work for oily or combination skin, but you need to make sure that they are oil-free.

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Acne
Using a cover-up is a great way to hide acne, but it can also make your acne worse, so you need to be extremely careful when choosing cosmetic products. Not only should any formula that you use be oil-free, but it should also be hypoallergenic, meaning that it will not cause an allergic reaction, and noncomedogenic, meaning that the formula will not block your pores. There are some liquid foundations that contain salicylic acid, which help to fight your acne while giving you coverage at the same time.

Choosing a Shade
It is not usually a good idea to buy a new shade online for the first time, as it really does help to try before you buy when it comes to cover-up. Many stores will have trained makeup artists that will be able to guide you in choosing a shade, color matching you to a few different options. When testing out different shades, swipe the cover-up onto your jawline, so that you can also compare it to the skin on your neck, which tends to be lighter than that on your face. The color that best matches your skin tone should disappear seamlessly into your skin. However, don’t forget to do any testing in front of natural light, moving to the store window if you have to, as harsh overhead lights can often cast shadows that make it tricky to really see how well a shade suits you.

Navigating through the many cover-ups available in order to find the best one for your skin can be tricky, but you will soon learn what you need to look for and the task will become much quicker. If you are new to using cover-up, it is always a good idea to visit a cosmetics store and speak to a trained beautician, as they will be able to give you some fantastic advice on products and techniques.

Beer Beauty Tips

Woman having beer.

The idea of having a decent beer and relaxing after a long day isn’t entirely unfamiliar to most people. Relaxation is good for the body and soul. It gives you time to rest and readjust after a long day of being who you need to be rather than who you are. But beer can do more for you than just help you unwind after a long day. It has a few surprising benefits if you’re trying to look after your appearance as well. These do rely on you being careful about how you apply them. OROGOLD recommends holding to the idea of “everything in moderation” if you opt to try any of the following beer beauty tips. You can get some effects out of them, but too much in the way of a beer treatment can hurt your hair or skin.

Facial Cleanser or Mask
Some products use beer as one of their primary ingredients. Those that often seem the best are cleanser and masks meant to clean the skin. The alcohol content of the beer helps to dry the skin out of the natural oils as well as help clear out any forming bacteria. Some credit it with being able to balance out the pH of your skin, but this is less clear. OROGOLD recommends you stick to products created by skin care companies as the various do-it-yourself options in these matters are not the most controlled in their recipes. Too much of the beer can and will dry your skin out more than you intended. This will lead to further skin issues instead of curing them. Remember that the quality of the product remains important in skin care and even well-meant recipes that should work can be wrong or miss the negative effects of chosen ingredients.

Beer Rinse
One useful aspect to beer is that you can use it as an impromptu rinse for your hair in a pinch. It is known to help strip away the natural oils. This isn’t the best approach for all hair though. Oily hair will get the most out of this as it will be harder for the beer to entirely strip the hair. By contrast, fine hair will suffer as losing what oil it has will make it easier for the hairs to snap. A good exception to the rule is if you’ve been using a lot of products in your hair and have noticed excessive build up that you’d like to get rid of to restore natural vibrancy to your hair. Beer can do that as well, but you should avoid doing this if you’re using a color or similar product in your hair as those don’t mix well. You will want a scented oil or something else to follow up with to help remove the smell of beer, though.

Acne-fighting?
There are a couple of possible ways to look at beer being useful for fighting acne. Some people swear by inactive supplements of brewer’s yeast, but we’ve previously discussed why that makes little sense. There are some that use beer as a component of acne-fighting products though. This was touched on in the previous section with the anti-bacterial properties of beer and how it can dry out your skin some. There is something to be said that there are also beneficial nutrients in the beer that help boost your skin’s health following that was well. Some of them can help the skin repair itself and move towards fading acne scars when paired with the right products as well. The exact mechanisms by which all of this supposedly works aren’t always clear, but the benefits are noticeable enough that acne-fighting products using beers certainly don’t lag behind their counterparts.

Using beer for beauty is something with a relatively long tradition. People have been finding ways to use it since they discovered how to make beer in the first place. The catch is that the modern beauty industry has had a long time to make products more specialized than raw beer for skin care. OROGOLD recommends favoring products that use beer as an ingredient rather than using beer directly on your hair or skin. This will help emphasize the better parts of beer and remove any potential negatives.

What Do We Really Know About Acne? OROGOLD Reviews

Acne is complicated, existing in many forms and with a whole array of different treatments. It changes as we age, beginning in our teenage years and lasting all the way until menopause, showing different faces with time. Acne is often greatly misunderstood, so OROGOLD looks deeper into acne, to find out more about it.

Woman squeezing her zit.

What Causes Acne?
When both males and females reach between the ages of 10 and 15, they experience a surge of hormones, which stimulates the oil glands on the face, chest, and back to produce more oil. When the extra oil mixes with dead skin cells, they form a plug, in which bacteria begins to grow. The bacteria release chemicals that cause inflammation, which then causes the bacteria, oil and dead skin cells to spill onto the skin, resulting in even more inflammation, as well as swelling and pus. All of this is down to hormones, and acne that occurs later on in life is also usually due to a hormone imbalance. The severity and type of acne depends on how big the initial plug is, as well as how deep within the skin it is.

Different types of acne

The Different Types of Acne
There are many different types of acne, each one with their own symptoms and treatments.

Blackheads
Blackheads are extremely common, and usually seen around the nose. They are formed when bacteria, dead skin, and other substances block up the follicles at the surface, resulting in tiny black bumps under the skin.

Whiteheads
Whiteheads are small white bumps on the skin, and they are actually oil glands that have gotten clogged up with oil and covered over by the skin. Since the oil cannot reach the surface of the skin, it gets trapped between layers, resulting in the white spots.

Papules
Papules appear as small red dots on the skin, and are a type of inflamed acne. OROGOLD recommends that you refrain from touching or picking at these, as this can not only cause more inflammation, making the acne worse, but can also result in scarring.

Pustules
Unlike papules, pustules are hard to touch, and are an inflamed acne that is usually filled with pus. Showing up as white bumps with a yellow center, pustules can lead to scarring and dark spots if they burst.

Cysts
A cyst is a type of acne that is quite large, deep and filled with pus. They are usually quite painful to touch, and can result in permanent scarring, which is why OROGOLD would urge you to immediately see a doctor if you discover that you have a cyst.

Woman wearing spectacles sqeezing her pimple.

There are many other types of acne, ranging from mild to severe, but, usually, acne can be controlled. Although you can purchase over-the-counter acne medication, OROGOLD would only suggest doing this if your acne is extremely mild. Since the condition hugely varies from person to person, only a doctor would be able to develop a personalized treatment plan for your acne, helping you to control the problem and prevent the possibility of any permanent scarring.

Countdown to Flawless Skin on Your Big Day

Show off you glowing skin in wedding pics On your wedding day, the last thing you want in your way is flawed skin. Luckily, there are steps you can take in order to prevent it. You better make it fast, though — if you wait too long, you may not be able to take advantage of the important treatments you need that will make sure your skin remains perfect.

With a month to spare, you’ll have plenty of time to make sure you skin stays beautiful along with your traditional routine of cleansing, moisturizing, diet and exercise. We have outlined a countdown starting a month out so you can figure out what you need to do to prepare for your wedding day. Just remember, before you begin your countdown you should already have a foundation laid down with a regular skin routine in place. OROGOLD reviews a few steps that will help you get your skin ready for your big day!

-ONE MONTH BEFORE: FACIAL

Never do a facial treatment too close to the day of your wedding. Skin is not only extra-sensitive after a facial, but you also run the risk of redness or breaking out. If you want good skin on your big day, evacuate those pores of filth and perform all chemical peels and lifts with enough time to spare for any adverse reactions to go out of the way. If you have really problematic skin, you may need to do multiple facials, but your last one should be no more than a month out.

Doing a makeup test run ensures your face will look flawless on your big day-THREE WEEKS BEFORE: MAKEUP TEST RUN

You should always do a test run on your makeup for your wedding day not only to see what will look good in pictures, but also to make sure that the products you or your makeup artist are using won’t cause allergic reactions or make you break out. Three weeks ahead will give you a good gauge as to what works and what doesn’t. And if any flaws come out as a result of the test run, it also gives you enough time to recover from them.

-TWO WEEKS BEFORE: PAMPERING

As you’re getting closer to the big day, now’s the time to take care of the skin all over your body. Get away to a spa for a day for a massage to increase circulation. Exfoliate the tougher skin all over your body and focus on rougher areas, and make sure to moisturize all over your body. Also, even if you’re not showing off your toes in your wedding shoes, a pedicure is a great indulgence not only for relaxation but also to give you a colorful outlook.

-ONE WEEK BEFORE: DON’T STRESS

There are a lot of struggles before your big day, but if you stress out it will aggravate your skin and can cause you to break out. Even though there’s a lot to take care of during this time, it’s just as important to take care of yourself. Make sure you take regular breaks from the wedding planning to indulge in things that you love, whether it’s drives by the beach or simply watching a movie. These stress-relievers won’t only help your spirit, but will also be a great relief for your hormones that typically trigger breakouts.Get beautiful wedding day skin with our guide

-THE DAY BEFORE AND THE BIG DAY: SHOWTIME!

Hopefully your skin is beautiful and clear, and you definitely want to keep it that way throughout your wedding day. There are certain things you should be doing as you approach your wedding day: -Get plenty of sleep: You should be getting at least eight hours a night. This not only helps keep your body refreshed, but helps fight puffiness and under eye circles.

Drink water: Keeping hydrated helps keep your skin in check and leaves you feeling refreshed. You shouldn’t ignore this while you’re getting ready.

-Keep clean: Maintain your moisture and clean your skin properly. It may get stressful, but the routine things in your life will help keep you and your skin in check.

If you have tiny flaws, don’t stress! Just make sure that the concealer you use covers them, and you’ll be ready to say, “I do!” to this new chapter in your life with a brighter outlook. What are you doing to prepare for your big day?

Getting Rid of Acne With ORO GOLD Cosmetics

OROGOLD Acne PreventionNothing can hinder a perfect complexion quite like the appearance of acne. And while pimples are expected during a person’s teen years, acne can be a problem well into adulthood.

Orogold Cosmetics, the industry’s leading skin care provider, offers expert tips to getting rid of acne, helping the skin heal from acne, and preventing acne from ever appearing in the first place.

To learn about these tips read the article Preventing the Appearance of Acne with Oro Gold Cosmetics.

OROGOLD Presents Cures For Men’s Top 5 Skin Problems

Man taking care of his skin outdoorsYes, most men would like to believe that they don’t suffer from skin problems like the ladies do because of their higher collagen and elastin production rates and their thicker skin. However, man or woman, your skin does deteriorate with age. The only difference is that women might end up showing the signs of aging faster than men. Your skin is subjected to all sorts of threats, damages and problems. The UV rays and the harmful free radicals are not just the only things tormenting your skin. Cuts, scrapes, chemicals and infections also play a major role in making life difficult for your skin. Add to this your sweaty gym clothes, male habits, stressful lifestyles and improper diets and you have the perfect torture chamber for your skin.

As a result of these problems and the constant torture, there are several skin problems that crop up every now and then. This post deals with offering you with more knowledge about the 5 most common skin problems among men and their solutions.

Skin Problem # 1 – Wrinkles

Wrinkles might make you think of your grandmas, but trust us, no one is safe from them. Man or woman, your face is bound to be subjected to wrinkles sooner or later. To make sure that its later rather than sooner, you really need to start off with anti-aging skin care. But before that, you need to quit smoking. As long as you’re smoking, there is no point following a skin care routine because you’re causing irreparable damage to your skin. Once you do that, start off with prevention. Protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun and take the help of anti-aging serums and moisturizers. Look for ingredients like Resveratrol, Vitamin C or Retinols in your skin care.

Skin Problem # 2 – Dark Circles

Dark circles are mostly given to you as a gift from your parents, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t get them on your own. Improper sleeping habits and poor diets are likely to give you a few dark circles of your own, irrespective of whether your parents gave them to you  or not. And since your schedules don’t seem likely to change, start changing your diets and your skin care routines. Add nutrient rich fruits and vegetables, start off with regular exercises and incorporate special eye care creams and serums into your skin care routine.

Skin Care Problem # 3 – Acne

Contrary to what most men believe, pimples are not just restricted to the school life and your teens. The hormones were responsible for the pimple onslaught during your teens, but things like stress, excessive sweating and humidity can also lead to pimples. Start following a proper skin care routine and add ingredients that help you to treat acne. If your flare ups are really bad, visit a physician and request a proper treatment.

Skin Care Problem # 4 – Sunburns

Sunburns occur when your skin gets exposed to the UV rays of the sun. Although most men never get a bright red color, the damage done to their skin is the same. Using prevention strategies such as broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreens, broad rimmed hats and sunglasses are the best way of protecting your skin from sunburns. But in order to negate the damage caused to your skin, you need to start using products that contain ingredients which help with anti-aging and sun protection.

Skin Care Problems # 5 – Razor burns

Razor burns are normally not very serious, but they can lead to lasting irritations or pimples that last you for several days. The problem most probably lies in your shaving technique. However, there are certain other blunders which can lead to razor burns as well. To help minimize these razor burns, use things like a pre-shave serum and an aftershave balm. Look out for ingredients such as Aloe Vera or Vitamin E in your products. It also helps to use proper shaving gels and shave with short and deliberate strokes. We recommend trying OROGOLD grooming products to get the most luxurious and comfortable shave.

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A man touching his skin and looking in the mirrorWhat are men’s top skin problems and treatments?

As tough and rugged as men are sometimes perceived to be, it may come as a surprise that their skin can actually be very sensitive. Harmful chemicals and infections, cuts, scrapes, overexposure to sunlight, sweat, and stress can make male skin react in many less-than-ideal ways.

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Acne

Pimples aren’t just an issue for teenagers…unfortunately. Humidity, stress, heavy sweating, or the use of steroids can cause blemishes. Even if you’re the figure of perfect personal hygiene and diet, you’ll still see flare-ups. In fact, washing your face too much can cause acne to get worse.

If your acne is bad enough to rattle your confidence, see a primary care physician. If you’re dealing with a more moderate situation, try a 5 percent, over-the-counter, benzoyl-peroxide skin wash from your local drug store, and use it twice a day.

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