Clinique’s City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub
What It Is:
A 5-minute dual-action detoxifying – exfoliating clay mask.
What It Does:
Purifies and polishes your skin. This dual-purpose exfoliator gives a delightful deep-clean treatment.
Natural bamboo charcoal and kaolin clay help to remove pollution and impurities, while natural silica beads gently refine texture.
Suitable for extra cleansing; if you have oily skin that can benefit from the use of a clay mask; City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub is for ideal for you. This highly absorbent and fragrance-free product helps make skin look smooth and refined in just five minutes.
Once applied this clay mask/scrub hybrid goes on as a medium gray shade that turns light blue as it dries, indicating its time to rinse.
You’ll feel the clay become progressively tighter as it dries, but once you rinse, the skin doesn’t feel taut or overly dry. This clay mask product would not be suitable for someone with dry, dehydrated skin.
Leave on for five minutes or until mask turns blue.
Combines cleansing of a scrub with the oil absorption of a clay mask.
It will help reduce pore size and clear blackheads.
Leaves skin refined and matte, not tight or dry.
Works in five minutes and rinses off easily.
Contains gentle, plant-based soothing agents.
Not only will it remove dead skin, but it also removes impurities and pollution from your skin. This allows for the new skin to appear with a healthy, glowing appearance to it.
When you are washing the mask off, you gently work it into the skin and get the scrub effect but without the harshness of some ‘scrub’ exfoliants, this is perfect as we don’t want to be ‘tearing’ at our face to achieve good results! The other thing I like about this mask is that it doesn’t leave your skin feeling too dry or tight.
It’s not a deep clean, but it helps to keep skin looking good, and it is an important part of your skin management program when applied twice a week.
The reviews for this product have been excellent.
I like that this product has a clean ingredient list, no added fragrance or irritants.
I would recommend this product.
Have you used any Clinique Products? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
Walk down the Cosmetic isle in any large store and look at their range of Face Moisturizer and I would not blame you for being confused! The selection is enormous and the Pro’s and Con’s for each product equally confusing! Let us try to take the mystery out of moisturizers!
Face Moisturizer – Why You Need One:
One of the most significant contributing factors, and possibly the main reason why you need to apply Face Moisturizer is due to the damage made to your skin by the weather! Hot or Cold, the impact it has on your face are enormous, if its too hot or to dry outside your skin will let you know it is suffering from the effects of the climate. Watch for the warning signs that your facial skin is having trouble coping with what the weather is doing to it. People tend to think their skin remains the same the whole year round; it doesn’t, the complexion of your facial skin will change with the seasons.
With the winter comes cold icy winds that can irritate delicate facial skin, this has a drying effect on the skin surface that removes the natural moisture from the facial skin, this can lead to itchy red patches and excess dead skin cells. We go indoors to escape the cold and turn up the central heating, great for warming the body but not doing that dry red skin any favors! All of this leads to the skin dehydrating from the dry air outside and inside.
So, with the problems our skin has suffered from the winter weather, we start to look forward to the warm, summer days in the hope it will help with the dry, irritated skin, not a chance! With the onset of summer, this brings some very different skin complications.
For some people acne seems to come alive in the hotter more humid days, this could be due to the increase in sweat and oil (sebum) by the sebaceous glands that clogs the pores so leading to spots and gives your skin a glaring, shiny appearance. We go indoors to escape the heat and cool down, hoping to alleviate the agitated spots brought on by the heat and sweat and turn up the air con, great for cooling down your hot face and body, but this dries out the skin and so irritates it even more!
We are in a constant battle to try to combat what the weather is doing to us when we are outdoors and create comfortable conditions our body likes and wants when we go indoors, and all the time remain kind to our facial skin.
It isn’t always easy to find a solution to help with this problem, but the one thing we have to relieve our tired, irritated facial skin is Moisturizer.
What Day Moisturizer should I use?
Well as we have seen each season brings its unique problems, add to this the different skin types people have, and this goes part of the way to explaining why stores are so full with many kinds of Face Moisturizer.
Winter – Dry Skin. Look for an Occlusive moisturizer, an emollient-rich formulation. Your skin will be dehydrated, so you need to retain as much water in it as possible. An Occlusive moisturizer gives your skin a chance to re-hydrate. Other ingredients you should look out for are:
Ceramides – Jojoba oil
Mineral Oil – Paraffinium liquidum
Silicons – Cyclometicone
Essential Fatty Acids
Important -Important – Any Moisturizer you buy to apply in the winter should have SPF30 or higher. Just because its winter, do not fall into the trap of thinking those harmful UVA and UVB rays are not causing skin damage. UV rays can cause fine lines, wrinkles and premature aging. SPF Moisturizers will protect delicate facial skin.
Summer – Oily Skin/Combination Skin/Acne Prone – Although you have oily skin you may think applying a moisturizer will make this worse, but it is essential to keep your skin hydrated. Look for a lightweight liquid consistency; this will help with the Sebaceous gland secretion and not block those pores, and help to prevent those skin breakouts that you are more prone to get in the summer months. Also consider oil-free, water.based makeup.
Non-Comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
Non-Acnegenic (prevent acne)
Look for ingredients like Glycerin
Important – Any Day Moisturizer should have SPF30 or higher for the summer. UVA and UVB rays cause skin damage. Moisturizers with Sun Protection Factor will protect delicate facial skin.
It is essential to have a different Night Moisturizer, one that doesn’t contain SPF that your day moisturizer MUST have. Look for a Night Moisturizer that suits your skin type. Your night moisturizer will have skin-repairing ingredients that will work through the night and will create a softer, better-hydrated skin. It repairs the skin barrier that has been damaged by what the weather has thrown at it all day!
It will be working through the night to help make your skin look healthier and radiant the next day. Most night moisturizers are suitable to use around the eye area. Most people end their day with a relaxing bath or shower, so by applying a night moisturizer, it helps to replenish the moisture that has removed throughout the day. Using your night moisturizer should be the last step in your daily skincare routine.
What Suits You?
Finding what is best for you will take a bit of time and research. Knowing what your skin-type is it will indeed narrow things down a bit. Visiting some of the larger stores can help as they will have samples on display for you to try. It will allow you to feel the texture of different brands, find out if you prefer Gels or Liquids, everyone is different and what suits one person someone else simply couldn’t bear to have it on his or her skin!
Another good place to find out about different brands and products is on review pages on the internet. There is a very well known brand that is only available online; it is not possible to go and try any samples in any shop. By going to their website and reading reviews and feedback from customers, this will provide you with a lot of information and assistance to decide if the product would be suitable for you.
The world of Face Moisturizers is humongous, too many to cover in one article that’s for sure! You can go organic, natural, tinted, tanning, gel, lotion, liquid and so on! All I can say is that it is imperative that you do use one in your daily defense against the elements. To find your perfect match may require a little trial and error. Good luck finding the one that suits you the best!
How do you choose your face moisturizer? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
Exfoliating your face is something that can bring that ‘sparkle’ back to your complexion, it removes all the leftovers that your daily facial wash doesn’t lift and will leave your skin looking refreshed and glowing with that all-important youthful appearance.
Why Exfoliate Your Face?
You Exfoliate your face to get rid of ‘dead’ skin cells and to cleanse pores that become clogged up with all the moisturizers and makeup you apply on a daily basis. Yes, your daily face wash and cleansing will help remove some of this but only to a certain degree, to get deep down into the skin this is when slightly stronger products that you use when exfoliating are required.
Moisturiser is applied daily and is an integral part of the process to protect the skin from ageing. When used on the face it moistens the skin, those slightly dry areas soak it up and don’t look so flaky or scaly anymore, this gives the skin a radiant, youthful appearance. The problem this then creates is the ‘dead’ skin cells that are ready to leave your face have also soaked up the moisturizer and so prevents them from falling, which in turn prevents the new ‘fresher’ looking skin from appearing.
With the dead skin getting thicker with moisturiser it will eventually start to become dull looking and maybe even a little rough and uneven. As a result, this will make it difficult for you to get your make up on in that smooth, silky look you desire.
For people who suffer from acne, the worst thing they can do is leave dead skin cells on their face. The dead skin is the perfect place for bacteria to build up which in turn is the ideal breeding ground for spots! P.acnes bacteria in your skin will lead to more and more spots. It is essential for people with acne to exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and eliminate the bacteria from forming.
Also, it is imperative to keep those skin pores from getting clogged up with dead skin and pollutants, the more of it we leave on our face, the bigger the pores will begin to look, as dirt and grime begin to collect so the appearance of ‘blackheads’ arrives. Exfoliation keeps those pores free from build up!
Can Exfoliating Prevent Wrinkles?
Now that is a headline that gets plenty of attention! Of course, people will say if exfoliating my skin can prevent wrinkles why am I paying xx amount of dollars on expensive anti-aging creams? Well as mentioned moisturisers and anti-aging creams are very important, but they do stop the dead skin cells from falling this, in turn, prevents the younger smoother and better-nourished skin beneath from appearing. The old skins cells become dull and a ‘bit tired’ these need to be removed through exfoliating and allow new skin to come through. New skin will have a more youthful appearance so, to answer the question, yes to a certain extent exfoliating removes the tired, dead skin that would lead to wrinkles.
Skin Types & Exfoliants:
Before you begin exfoliating your face, it is important to know exactly what your skin type is. Exfoliates come in many formulas, so it is essential to use the one that matches your skin type. Generally, there are five skin types:
Normal – Dry – Oily – A Combination of the previous three – Sensitive
Using a product that doesn’t match your skin, you will end up doing more damage than good. All Skin types will benefit significantly from exfoliation, but it is imperative that you use the product that matches your skin type.
Choosing to ‘Scrub’ exfoliate, is deemed as a ‘mechanical scrub.’ The solution that you are using will have tiny particles in it; these can be made up from micro-grains of sugar or a finer exfoliating powder like rice grain or even salt. It is these particles that act as the ‘scrub’ on your face. You would either use a brush by hand or a hand-held motorised device to work the solution into your face and almost polish the surface. Now, this way of exfoliating can be deemed to be quite harsh on the skin, and even create tiny micro tears. I would be less inclined to use this type of exfoliation if you have sensitive skin as it can be severe and cause much irritation. Some benefits of using a ‘Scrub’ exfoliant
Deep Cleansing of the Face
Toning the Face
Removes Dead Skin Cells
Opting to ‘Peel‘ exfoliate, which is also known as a chemical peel. The solution has acid in it which is the active ingredient that peels away the dead skin. It is generally thought to be less harsh on the skin as it doesn’t contain the abrasive particles like the scrubs have in them. Though more gentle on the surface it effectively removes rough, scaly skin. There are two types of solution to choose from
AHA (Glycolic Acid/Latic Acid) or
BHA (Salicylic Acid)
AHA and BHA are both suitable for daily use, but again caution is recommended, if you have hyper-sensitive skin this might not be appropriate, see how your skin reacts to using either of these products and act accordingly. Both types of Peel can are available in differing degrees of strength so maybe go for a lower strength solution if you feel that you want to apply it on a daily basis.
Helping you to choose between the two types of exfoliants. For skin prone to all forms of breakouts (including blackheads), BHA is preferred over AHA. This is due to the main difference between AHA and BHA.
The BHA ingredients enable it to penetrate into the pore (AHA’s do not do this), and this allows it exfoliate deep inside the pore, and exfoliate the surface of the skin. AHA solutions only exfoliate skin cells on the surface of the skin.
The AHA is more suitable for Dry, Sun Damaged Skin.
The BHA is more suited to Oily Skin and Sensitive Skin types.
I can only recommend or suggest what I feel comfortable doing myself. Every solution you buy will have clear directions for use on the packaging that you should read very carefully. I am a little apprehensive to recommend exfoliating your facial skin on a daily basis, especially if using a scrub, I feel it is much too harsh on the skin surface – unless you have skin like an elephant!
Maybe when you are starting out using exfoliators, and you are looking to remove a lot of damaged, dead skin, you could exfoliate more regularly, 3-4 times a week to begin with if using a scrub. See how your skin copes with this amount of cleansing and cut back or stop if you see any reaction. Exfoliating using the chemical peel solution, you can use it daily, but first, try using milder solution to see how your skin copes with the chemicals and to this amount of exfoliating, and act accordingly.
Always Cleanse your Skin before Exfoliating
Important! After you Exfoliate your face always apply a moisturiser, and if you are going out during the day after Exfoliating you must use a Moisturizer with (Sun Protection Factor) SPF 30 or above.
What method do you prefer to exfoliate your face? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
We all pick up bad habits in our daily routine. We stay in bed that extra 10 or 15 minutes, not allowing enough time in the morning to eat a healthy breakfast, which then makes us late for work, driving too fast because the traffic is heavy and the boss has given you numerous warnings!
So, getting up a little earlier can improve all of these things, but just as important is allowing enough time too give your skin the attention it needs and deserves, after all, we all want to look our best as we face our daily routine, don’t we? Its’ all about ‘Skin Management – Learning Good Habits.’
Washing your face:
The type of soap or cleansers you use on your face is so important for delicate facial skin, and this is where Skin Management is essential, everyone has a different skin type, and you have to find the product that is best suited to your skin. If you use soap that is too harsh you will remove essential oils from the skin that is going to lead to a lot of skin irritation!
This advice isn’t here to try to teach anyone how to suck eggs, but how many people do we know who do not follow the simple rules of facial hygiene? If we are honest, probably we all know someone!
Wash your face in the morning, when you wake up its so refreshing to gently cleanse your face, what better way to start your day, and it will leave your skin looking its best.
During the day you might have to do something very physical, causing you to sweat a lot or you may have a particularly dirty job to do. Even just walking around the city can you imagine how much dirt, grime, and smog cover your face, and the build-up of harmful facial bacteria would amaze you, so if you have a chance its always good to wash your face during the day.
Before going to bed, don’t just rely on having a shower being enough to remove all the pollutants that build up throughout the day. We need to wash our face separately using a facial soap/cleanser, do not just say “the shampoo will do it as it runs down my face” that’s not good enough! The use of hair shampoo is not suitable to be used as a face cleanser, this is where proper Skin Management comes into your daily routine, shampoo is much too harsh and as mentioned earlier will strip out all the essentials oils our face has and needs.
Also, never leave make-up or sunblock on overnight, this is a definite No! Your skin might forgive you doing it once but if you do this on a daily basis you risk the pores getting clogged up, which in turn will lead to skin problems and acne, also makeup will drain the skin of any oils and moisture it has and this in, turn will lead to dry skin and early aging! Do you want this?
How to wash your face:
Only use lukewarm water, never use hot water on your face, also keep this in mind when having a bath or shower as this will remove those essential oils from the face and body. Apply a mild face cleanser and using your fingertips to work the cleanser in a circular motion working from the forehead down across the bridge of the nose, cheeks, and chin.
Do not scrub your skin clean. If you have been sweating or working in a dusty environment you may feel the urge to give your face a good old scrub in the belief it is doing some good; it isn’t! DO NOT! Scrubbing the face will profoundly irritate your skin and if you do have any existing skin conditions will only make them worse.
Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove any cleanser and dry by gently patting/dabbing action with a clean towel, do not then drag the towel over your face, we want the skin to retain some moisture not leaving the skin feeling too dry or tight.
Shaving is something that is very severe on facial skin, again use lukewarm water to wet the area to be shaved, lubricate the surface using a suitable shaving foam, lotion or gel, I always use foams or gels for sensitive skin as they seem to irritate the skin less when shaving. A blade should only be used for 5 ‘shaves’ maximum, I know they are expensive but do not be inclined to overuse a razor as blunt blades will irritate the skin and can cause nasty ‘skin rash,’ and you do not get a close shave! Always shave in the direction that the hair grows so as not to razor burn or ingrown hair follicles.
Exfoliate your face:
Exfoliating is an extremely vast topic, and many people will have different views on when, why, with what or how to exfoliate your skin. It is something that we will be looking into in greater detail in due course, but we do feel it is a significant part of your Skin Management program.
To begin with I would not suggest exfoliating your face on a daily basis, most people to some degree have sensitive skin and if you do exfoliate daily it can lead to irritation and redness and if you do have a skin condition (acne or dry skin) this will lead to inflammation of the skin and the dreaded accelerated aging!
Making our skin angry is not what we want from our daily skin maintenance. I would suggest aim for exfoliating 2 or 3 times a week using a ‘mechanical scrub’ if you have what we call ‘normal’ skin or ‘combination’ skin type. If you have sensitive or hypersensitive maybe consider using ‘chemical peel’ as they are not so harsh on the skin, some of the milder solutions are okay to use on a daily basis.
What we are looking to achieve when exfoliating our face is to remove dead skin cells that can block the pores and remove the daily build up of pollutants that give the skin a dull, unhealthy appearance. Your daily wash program that we have been talking about will help to avoid this to a certain degree but when you exfoliate your face that you are giving it a thorough deep cleansing.
For a more in-depth look at Exfoliating your face, you may like to read:
I hope this shows you why it is so important to get into a good daily face cleansing routine, once you have grasped each task they will fit seamlessly into your day, and as we say “practice makes perfect” and your skin will appreciate it! You will grow in confidence as your skin appearance improves you will face your daily tasks looking your best 🙂
What is your daily skin care routine? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
The one thing everyone in the world has in common is our ‘skin’…What we don’t have in common is the way we look after, take care, and treat our skin. Many people take for granted that it is there, in perfect condition, and always will be; and apart from washing do very little to look after and protect their skin, few people appreciate how fragile it really is.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS!
I have always been an outdoors person, from my work to most of my hobbies you would rarely catch me indoors, no matter what time of the year it was or what the weather was doing.
If it was raining or cold not a problem, make sure you had enough clothes on not to feel the chill, if it was warm and sunny then that was great, stay out for hours on end and soak it all up.
I’m outdoors, enjoying life, staying healthy… or so I thought. I was giving little or no consideration as to what the weather was doing to my skin.
MY SKIN ISN’T DAMAGED!
How many people who are reading this have ever had a UV picture taken of their face?
Maybe like me, the answer is never. I went to my doctor because I had a tiny area of skin on my forehead that always seemed a little dry, I thought nothing much of it until it very gradually started to increase in size, but again kept on telling myself its just a small area of dry skin, it will clear itself.
To cut to the chase, I eventually went to see a Dermatologist who sat me down in front of a camera and showed me a UV photo of my face, and I was horrified. The damage to my skin shocked me! Never did I realize how my so-called healthy lifestyle was causing so much damage to the skin on my face due mainly too my lack of knowledge of how sensitive our skin is, and how harsh the weather can be on our face and body.
CHERISH YOUR SKIN – PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
We take many things for granted in our lives and thankfully, most won’t have life-changing consequences.
Taking the correct steps morning and evening to take care of your skin can prevent a lot of heartache and regret.
On this website, we will show you the correct routine, and what products are best to protect your skin.
If you ever need advice or have any questions, please feel free to leave comments below, and I will be more than happy to discuss them with you.
Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.