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I’m so happy to continue partnering with Target to share some awesome beauty stories and tips with you all for 2016. This spring, Pixi is launching its first ever skincare line “Skintreats” sold exclusively at Target! This line is formulated with natural, skin illuminating products to maintain a youthful glowing look. These products came just in time, as I was looking for new items to spruce my skin care regimen. I’m going to share with you my current skincare routine using the Pixi line.
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Moisturizing Cleansing Cloths
First thing I usually like to do before cleansing my face is removing all of my makeup with a facial cloth. It’s the best way to ensure that you have successfully removed all traces of makeup before cleansing. These ultra nourishing pre-moistened cleansing cloths are not only super soft and gentle, but they hydrate & refresh your skin while lifting away impurities. I like that each soft cloth is infused with aloe vera and camellia oil to soothe skin, leaving it feeling refreshed & hydrated.

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Glow Mud Mask:
After removing all of my makeup, I like to use the Glow Mud Mask right after.
It’s a purifying, glow-revealing clay mask made to purify & balance skin. Not only does it stimulate and clarify, but it also brightens the skin. While absorbing oils it also draws out impurities, and fights breakouts while giving an energizing boost to the complexion. Kaolin & sea salt purify while ginseng & aloe vera balance. I have really oily skin and I love that it soaks up all the excess oil, without leaving my skin dry.

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24k Eye Elixir
Nothing is worse than waking up with bulgy-puffy tired eyes that screams you haven’t slept in ages. For someone who hardly sleeps, this is a must have for me! Thankfully, this elixir an anti-fatigue peptide serum that massages away puffiness as it smoothes and refreshes the eye area. It has peptides that plump fine lines and raspberry that tones the skin. The best part is the cooling rollerball applicator that soothes & encourages circulation around the eye.

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Nourishing Lip Polish
Last but not least, if you are a big Matte-Lipstick wearer like I am, you’re definitely in for a treat! This 2-in-1 lip exfoliator + nourisher helps repair & protect dry, sensitive lips. Infused with shea butter & a blend of sweet almond, apricot, and evening primrose oils. It also has this unique massage applicator stimulates circulation, that gives a healthy plumped effect. It also has a lovely smell and taste which is a bonus!

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Has your skin been suffering lately from dryness? Or it may be having a case of the winter blues? Are you looking for more natural ways to prevent acne?

Try this DIY mask by HeyFranHey using 3 all-natural ingredients: Oatmeal, Rose-Water and Honey! Less than 10 min to whip up and super effective! In which she swears by it it once a month. Check out the tutorial below.

Products Used:
Oatmeal – Quaker Oats from any supermarket
Honey – Honey from any supermarket (Make sure it’s pure with only 1 ingredient!)
Rose Water – 100% Bulgarian Rose Water –

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The quest for amazing skin.. Seems daunting right? But with the proper care and maintenance you will be there in no time! In the meantime, here are a few ways to gradually improve your skin:

1. Stop falling asleep in makeup (even mineral makeup).
2. Drink more water (preferably half your body weight in ounces daily).
3. Stop eating processed foods (at least cut this out most of the time).
4. Don’t use cleansers that contain sulfates that will strip your skin of its natural oils.
5. Exfoliate your skin once per week.
6. Always wear sunscreen when going outdoors.
7. Change your pillow cases several times a week and preferably sleep on a satin case (great for your hair too).
8. Steam out your pores at least twice monthly. This will help them reamin free of excess oil.
9. Follow a skin care regimen for your skin type.
10. Don’t touch your face unless you are cleansing or applying facial products.
11. Get at least 8 hours of sleep nightly.
12. Increase the circulation and oxygen levels in your skin with exercise.
13. Don’t leave toner out of your skin care regimen. It closes pores that have been opened from cleansing.
14. Avoid or minimize stress.
15. Stop picking at scabs or scars.

And most importantly: Be patient with your skin and don’t rush the process.

Many people rave about The Oil Cleansing Method and how great it worked out for them, but this technique takes a lot of trial and error to master which is a risky game you will be playing. Everyone has different results as the results may vary. Today, I share why you should NOT try oil cleansing. So let’s jump right in.

Reasons for why you shouldn’t bother with oil cleansing:

• While there are some who swear by the oil cleansing method, there are just as many who started this skin care method and figured out after long that it caused their skin to be worst than when started. Whiteheads were the result for many and some ladies found that they had more acne breakouts than what they started with.

• While some have found some success with the oil cleansing method, it took trial after trial to find the “right” (and it’s still trial and error) combination and types of oil. Why go through all of this when there are plenty of all natural or mostly natural oily skin products that WORK well at absorbing the excess oils that cause acne?

• If you don’t do the oil cleansing method correctly (and remember it’s trial and error), you can cause a case of adult acne to develop – especially if you have sensitive skin.

• Most OCM users suggest using a washcloth on your face. Washcloths carry so many germs, unless you are using a new clean washcloth daily. Bacteria thrive in moist environments such as a wet washcloth. Keep in mind that washing your face with a washcloth that hasn’t been cleaned could spread the bacteria on your skin or even an infection.

• While natural oils are used to “absorb” excess oils, what about cleansing dirt and debris from your skin? You can’t possibly clean your skin with oil. You need to WASH it with a cleanser for your skin type.

• This method can be very time consuming and not guaranteed.

• There will be a “purging stage” that may last up to 2 weeks or more, where the OCM is clearing all your toxins from the inside. (Many freak out about this)

• Lastly, many estheticians don’t recommend this method for a good reason. The constituency of natural oils is very thick and CAN clog pores causing milia (small, kind of hard and white pimples). Natural oils in skin care products have been emulsified to make them a lighter texture for all skin types.
Based on my own experience I really wanted this to work. I was extremely skeptical about using this method at first (because I have very oily-acne prone skin), but after doing some extensive research I was informed that you can indeed clean your face with oil. I began with almond oil, then experimented with mixtures such as castor oil, grapeseed oil along with the almond oil in the recommended usage parts. The first few weeks it left my skin feeling amazing, dewy and moisturized, but then came along the “purge”. I was informed the purge will last approximately two weeks, unfortunately my purge lasted two months. I knew something was not right when I had a rash-like trail of small bumps near my chin.

Purging stages:

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Then it got even worse! I developed cystic acne all over my chin and forehead.

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and worse!

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I decided to take a trip to the dermatologist and he prescribed me with Aczone (treatment) and Tretinoin ( a form of retina to speed up the cell turnover). It took about 4 months for my face to finally clear up. This was definitely an experience for me and also keep in mind that the results are different for everyone.

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