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    Tips to Manage Oily Skin

    Our skin produces natural oils (known as sebum) on a daily basis, helping to keep it moisturized and preventing it from drying out. However, individuals with oily skin types overproduce this sebum, resulting in clogged pores and acne blemishes. If you fall under this category, you should follow the steps to below to regain control of your skin.  

    Wash Your Face Daily

    If you aren't doing so already, it's so important to get into the habit of washing your face daily, especially at the end of the day before you go to sleep. Doing so will rinse away excess oil, preventing clogged pores and the troubles they bring. Many dermatologists recommend using a gentle PH-balanced foaming cleanser for oily skin types, as this reduces the risk of irritation. Our Balancing Gel Cleanser and Radiant Cleansing Balm are two cleansers that work well for all skin types and are gentle to use, leaving your skin feeling fresh, balanced, and radiant.  

    Don't Overwash

    Washing your face is essential to controlling oil production. However, washing too frequently will strip these essential oils from your face, leaving it feeling dry and rough. Washing in the morning and at night, while following with a moisturizer is the prefect way to keep your skin looking and feeling it's best.  

    Exfoliate

    Even if you wash your face daily with a premium cleanser, you should still exfoliate to expunge stubborn oils and dead skin cells. Use an exfoliating scrub 1-2 times a week to deep clean your pores. Your skin will feel soft, smooth and look more natural afterwords. Of course, over-exfoliating can have the opposite effect by damaging your pores and making them more susceptible to irritation, so limit yourself to exfoliating 1-2 times per week.  

    Use a Face Mask

    A high-quality face mask is an essential item that everyone with oily skin should have. While there are dozens of different face masks on the market, most of them serve the same basic purpose: to tighten the skin while drawing oils and impurities to the surface. The Clarifying Detox Mask is one such product that will protect your skin from the effects of excess oil. The charcoal in the Mask acts as a magnet, drawing out pore clogging impurities, attracting and absorbing oils from inside the pores.  

    Don't Sleep With Your Makeup

    This may sound like common sense, but it's worth mentioning again that you should never sleep with your makeup still on, especially if you have oily skin. Makeup creates a cover over your pores, sealing in the oils and dead skin. As a result, there's a good chance you'll wake up in the morning with acne blemishes. I alway recommend others to wash their face as soon as you get home for the day...that way your face is clean for the night and you won't be tempted to skip it when you get tired.  

    How do you manage your oily skin? Tell us on Twitter @colrothschild.

    How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

    Makeup brushes are a haven for dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and grime. Even if they look clean, they could still be harboring potentially harmful bacteria – bacteria that can easily transfer to your face the next time you apply makeup. How can you keep your brushes clean and your skin looking flawless? Keep reading...  

    How Often Should I Clean My Makeup Brushes?  

    If you asked ten different makeup artists, you would probably get ten different answers, adding further confusion to this question. However, a good rule of thumb is to give your makeup brushes a deep cleaning at least once every other week. Doing so will prevent buildups of dirt and grime while improving the overall function of your brushes (clean brushes work better than dirty brushes).  

    Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes  

    When you're ready to clean your makeup brushes, start by running the bristles under lukewarm water facing downward towards the stream. Use caution to avoid getting water on the metallic clasp, as this may disturb the glue or cause it to rust. Also, the water should be just slightly warm, not hot. Excessive heat may damage the bristles or deactivate the glue.  

    Next, mix together clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo and a small amount of water (also lukewarm) in a bowl. Clarifying shampoo works the best due to its ability to strip oils and impurities, but baby shampoo will suffice. Stir the solution well and place the tip of the brush inside. After allowing the brush to soak for two or three minutes, remove it and place it back under a stream of lukewarm water to rinse away any excess shampoo. When you are finished, wipe the bristles with a clean washcloth or paper towel and lay the brush out to dry. The next time you get ready to apply makeup, you'll have a pristine brush to use. It's that easy, folks.  

    What About Store-Bought Cleaning Solutions?  

    Of course, you can also use a special makeup brush cleaning solution. There are dozens of products designed specifically for cleaning brushes, sponges, cosmetic wedges and other makeup applicators. You can expect to pay more for cleaning products such as this, but it may work for your brushes.  

    What other tips and tricks do you follow to keep your brushes clean?  

    Tell us on Twitter @colrothschild

    8 Tips for Air Travelers

    Planning to travel via commercial air this summer? We have some tips and tricks to help you out!  

    #1) Bring a Power Strip

    Trust me, you'll be glad you did. Many airports, hotels, resorts and cruise ships lack an adequate number of power outlets, which is why it's a good idea to bring a power strip with you. Don't just choose a generic strip with half a dozen plugs, but instead look for one with both standard and USB plugs.  

    #2) Snap a Photo After Parking Your Car

    Once you've gone through the monotonous task of trying to find an open parking space at the airport, use your smartphone to snap a photo of where you parked. Rather than searching aimlessly for your car when you return, you'll know exactly where to go.  

    #3) Stay Hydrated

    Flying can leave you both exhausted and dehydrated. The pressurized cabin air contains very little moisture vapor, further depleting your body's water supply. Combined with the stress of traveling, this can bring on some intense headaches. This is why it's a good idea to drink plenty of H2O before, during and after your flight. I also always carry our Beauty Water and apply a spritz or two once we land. It keeps my skin hydrated and my makeup refreshed after a long flight.  

    #4) Wear Vans

    Aside from the fact that they are stylish and super comfortable, Vans are the perfect shoes to wear when traveling on an airplane. When it's your time to walk-through the dreaded TSA checkpoint at the airport, you won't have to worry about untying and re-tying your shoelaces. Slide off your Vans, toss them into the tub, and proceed through.  

    #5) Pack a Silk Pillow Case

    A silk pillow case will transform otherwise uncomfortable hotel pillows into a plush, heavenly dream. Cotton pillows actually draw moisture away from your skin, but silk will allow your skin to stay hydrated. This is very important considering your skin tends to dry out when traveling. Furthermore, it creates a barrier between your head and any germs lingering on foreign pillows. You can buy a silk pillow case for as little as $25 bucks, so don't leave home without one!  

    #6) Bring a Silk Eye Mask

    A silk eye mask will allow you to get some much-needed shut-eye by blocking out light in the surrounding environment. Granted, most airports sell similar eye masks, but they are cheaply made and uncomfortable to wear. Spending a couple extra bucks on a genuine silk eye mask that will help you wake up feeling more refreshed will prove to be well worth the investment.  

    #7) Noise-Canceling Headphones

    Even with a silk eye mask, you may have trouble falling asleep if you're seated on a plane next to a family of screaming children. But this is where a pair of noise-canceling headphones comes into play. Placing them over your ears will allow you to escape into a state of blissful peace.  

    #8) Bring a Makeup Palette

    Palettes are the ultimate tool tool for those spur-of-the-moment touch-ups. While the exact contents vary depending on the particular brand you choose, my favorite contains a blush, lip gloss, bronzer, mascara, and a variety of eye shadows. I guess you could call it the Swiss Army of makeup.  

    Travel Must-have: Our 7-piece Discovery Collection is TSA approved and contains everything you need to keep your skin looking and feeling it's best while you travel. I never leave home without mine!  

    What are your travel necessities? Tell us on Twitter @colrothschild.

    5 Tips to Boost Your Self-Confidence

    Do you struggle with self-image issues? If so, you aren't alone. Millions of men and women view their bodies in a negative light. The good news is that you can boost your self-confidence by following some simple steps.  

    #1) Stay Active  

    Exercise (or lack there of) plays a direct role in the way in which you view yourself. People with physically active lifestyles generally have better self-confidence than people with sedentary lifestyles. This is due to the fact that exercising releases positive mood-altering chemicals within the body known as endorphins – a phenomenon that's often associated with a “runner's high.” You don't have to necessarily hit the gym for a strenuous weight training workout each and every day, but you should get into the habit of performing light-to-moderate exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes daily.  

    #2) Eat Right  

    As the saying goes, you are what you eat, holds true in regards to self-confidence. There's nothing wrong with an occasional fast food meal from your local burger joint, but basing your entire diet around processed foods such as this will take its toll on both your body and mind. If you're looking to improve your health and self-confidence, focus your diet on lean meats (e.g. fish, turkey and chicken), fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.  

    #3) Look Your Best  

    I know this probably sounds like common sense, but taking the time to groom yourself can make a world of difference in your self-confidence. Rolling out of bed and tossing on yesterday's clothes isn't the best way to present yourself. Whether you're going to work, the gym, grocery shopping, or just hanging out with friends, take the time to properly groom yourself. Not only will you look better, but you'll also feel better – and that makes it all worth it.  

    #4) Pamper Yourself  

    When was the last time you treated yourself to a day at the spa? Getting a manicure, pedicure and facial will leave you feeling rejuvenated and pampered, which subsequently will boost your self-confidence. Regardless of how busy your day-to-day life is, you need to make time to pamper yourself. Because after all, everyone deserves a little pampering once in a while.  

    #5) Positive Thinking  

    Sometimes all it takes to improve your self-confidence is new thought process. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of your body, focus on the positives. Perhaps you have a smooth, even complexion that other women would die for, or maybe you have healthy, beautiful hair.  

    What are some other things that make you feel confident? Tweet us @colrothschild