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.

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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.

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Results of Sleeping with Makeup On

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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.

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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.

Skin Care for Beach Season – OROGOLD Reviews

Now that beach season is here, many of you will be spending more time out in the sun, baring your skin in the latest swimwear. Rather than feeling anxious about any body issues that you may have, take a look at OROGOLD’s skin care tips for beach season, so that you can confidently strut your stuff on the sand this summer.

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Preventing Breakouts
Baring more skin means that you will be worrying more about breakouts. Although salicylic acid is great as a spot treatment for existing problem areas, OROGOLD recommends using a product that contains glycolic acid. Most breakouts are caused by dead skin cells that are trapped in the pores by a glue-like substance, and glycolic acid helps to dissolve this, not only clearing current breakouts but also prevent new ones from occurring.

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Cellulite
Cellulite is a common body issue, especially as we age. There are plenty of cellulite creams on the market, and although they won’t banish your cellulite for good, they can be effective at reducing the visibility of cellulite. The trick is to regularly massage them into your skin rather than briefly applying a layer, and this will help minimize those dimples.

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Unwanted Body Hair
There are only a couple of methods for permanent hair removal, with laser being the most common. However, this takes a few sessions, and you will be required to stay out of the sun for a couple of days after each treatment, which is why it is usually best to do this in the winter. Laser hair removal is also quite costly, so, for a cheaper method, OROGOLD recommends sticking to waxing or shaving. The only downsides to these are that you will need to do it regularly, and take certain precautions to avoid problems such as razor burn and ingrown hairs. For more information, take a look at our OROGOLD article on how to avoid ingrown hairs.

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Dry Skin and Small Bumps
If you have areas of your dry skin on your body, it is extremely important that you regularly exfoliate to remove any dead skin cells, as these build up on your skin and give you a dull, dry and rough complexion. They also clog up your pores, which then leads to breakouts, and stops your moisturizing products from properly penetrating the skin and working to their full effect. In addition to helping with dry skin, regular exfoliation will also help to prevent any unsightly bumps from forming, commonly referred to as chicken skin, as these are also caused by plugged pores.

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Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are a common issue that can have many women feeling extremely self-conscious, but not able to fork over the big bucks to pay to have them professionally removed. If this is the case for you, OROGOLD recommends using a cotton swab to strategically apply a self tanning bronzing mousse over your light marks, and carefully blend them in.

When it comes to caring for your skin in the summer, always remember that a good self-tan can help to cover up many issues, from an uneven skin tone to the appearance of cellulite. When in the sun, always remember to regularly apply a broad spectrum sunscreen, and don’t forget about protecting your eyes and lips either!

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.

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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.