Everything you ever Wanted to Know (but were too scared to ask) about Beauty & Skincare

Beauty and skincare encompass everything from moisturizer to makeup, soaps to setting sprays, and everything in between! Needless to say, it’s a huge industry that affects most of us. If we’re honest, it can be a little confusing. There are different skin types, skin problems, treatments, and that’s before we even get started on makeup! It can be overwhelming. When it comes to beauty and skincare it’s all about what makes you feel confident and happy in your skin. So here are the questions most of us were too scared to ask, but really want to know the answers too…

What’s The Difference Between CC, BB, And DD Creams?
It may just sound like random letters but these products became hugely popular a few years ago. There was a big hole in the market for a cream which hydrated and moisturized, whilst providing a little coverage. A sheer foundation was the closest you could get to that sort of formula back then, but then along came BB, CC, and DD creams

BB creams put simply, are blemish balms. They are essentially moisturizers which offer a little color too. Most promise to smooth skin and make it look dewy and glowing. It can be used as a primer, applied before foundation or a moisturizer with SPF for sun protection. It provides little coverage so won’t be suitable for those with skin problems they wish to hide. CC creams are color correction creams. As the name suggests, their job is to even out your skin tone.

The main skin concern CC creams target is redness. They also have SPF, just like BB creams, and can be used before foundation as part of a makeup routine. DD creams are the newest product of the three. They are supposedly the ‘do-all’ cream which addresses anti-aging, sensitivity, and skin tone.

How Can I Stop My Mascara From Forming Clumps?
Mascara which gathers around the lashes and sticks to them looks bad and can be difficult to get rid of. Wiping the excess product once it’s on the lash only sticks them together more, and can be messy! Instead, wipe your mascara wand on a piece of tissue before applying to your eyes. This will brush off any excess product and avoid the clumpy lash look. It’s also easier to apply mascara if you curl your lashes first.

Should You Ever Try Home Remedies?
Caution should be used if you are planning on attempting to create your own formula. From acne to aging, there seems to be a home remedy for most skin problems. Whilst some are sworn by, others are more like myths than the next big beauty secret. Beauty Product Warnings website has some advice about which home remedies to try and which to avoid. Research your home remedy thoroughly before trying. If they’re safe to use on the skin there’s no harm in giving it a go. But if it getting rid of acne was as easy as mixing together herbs and water, the big skincare companies probably would have cracked it by now!

Why Does Acne Never Seem To Go Away?
If you have acne it can seem like a never-ending battle. Some days your spots may be better than others, but then they’ll return with vengeance a week later. Acne is a skin condition which cannot be cured. Before you lose hope, acne can definitely be controlled, and the symptoms managed. The reason that acne can seem so difficult to get rid of is that we aren’t treating the cause of our acne.

For some, acne is hormonal. This means that the fluctuating level of your hormones, often around the time of your period, stimulates the gland which produces sebum, the sebaceous gland. This results in an excess of sebum being produced. Sebum is the waxy substance which blocks pores. For others, acne can be a result of bad skincare habits. Dirty makeup brushes, not regularly washing towels, touching our faces, using lots of haircare products, can all exacerbate acne. There is even some research to show that a western diet can cause acne. The difficulty is pinpointing what the cause is. Over the counter treatments aren’t a one-stop-shop for everyone. Acne is individual, as are its causes and treatments.

How Can We Avoid Foundation Lines?
Foundation lines look unsightly and can be difficult to fix once they’re left to set. There shouldn’t be a noticeable line on the neck where foundation ends and your natural color begins. The problem is, our face isn’t always the same color as our body. Fake tans and changes in season can all affect our coloring.

The most important step is to choose a foundation which closely matches your skin tone. Apply the foundation in natural light. If your foundation gets darker as you build it up, make sure you’re blending the product in well. Pay particular attention to the line where your foundation ends and blend it well. It can be helpful to pull some foundation down towards the neck so that there isn’t such an abrupt color change. Dampen a makeup sponge and press over your neck and the foundation line to remove any excess product. It also works well to add some moisturizer to your neck. Rub this is to soften the color of any foundation on your neck and to make the color fade gradual.