Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin: What it is and Why it’s Important to Know the Difference!

I always thought that my skin type was “oily.”  Even dermatologists that I consulted with confirmed that my skin type was oily.  But little changes in my skin that I noticed over the years made me realize that my skin type wasn’t in fact oily at all, I was in fact suffering from a condition of extremely dehydrated skin!  And treating my skin type as oily and using products intended for oily skin was the absolutely worse thing I could do, result in skin become more and more oily over time…

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You talk, I listen!

144585051-two-women-one-whispering-in-the-others-ear-by-mcmillan-digital-art Someone just posted a great question on my last blog, which I promptly answered, and it inspired me to blog about it more in detail sometime soon.  Her question would be a great topic for a skin care-related post!  But it also got me thinking that I should open my blog up to more questions and suggestions.

So please use this space to post comments or ask questions.  I would also love to get suggestions about new products to try, or questions about skin care!  I am not a dermatologist, and definitely not an expert, but I will try to answer your questions thoughtfully and thoroughly based on my personal experiences and what I’ve read.  If you have any suggestions on how to make my blog easier to read, etc…, I’m open to them too!

Thanks again for reading my little blog!

With Aloha,

Kabuki Girl

xoxo

My Winter Skin Care Routine

I have done so many reviews of products, and talked about how I’ve solved individual skin problems, but I just realized that I never blogged about my whole skin care routine.  It’s taken a few months of trial and error, but I’ve finally created a routine that keeps my skin looking and feeling its best.

(And I know I’m doing something right when I haven’t had a single hormonal cystic acne for 3 months, now!  First time since I was 14 that I haven’t had problems with cystic acne.)

Winter skin care routine Korean products

I’m a big believer in living according to the seasons.  The activities I do, the food I eat, and of course my skin care routine, reflect the changing seasons.  My routine is also slightly different for the day and at night.  I also have some favorite weekly treatments, too.  But all my skin care products have pretty much one thing in common: moisture.  In the winter, I focus on adding extra moisturizers to my skin because nurturing my moisture barrier has been the best way to keeping acne, rosacea, and enlarged pores at bay.

But I am always experimenting with new products, and I’ll write if I’ve decided to permanently include something in my daily or weekly routine.  I’ll definitely do a Summer Skin Care Routine update, because I’m sure I’ll have to change some of my products for the changing weather.

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Review: Missha Near Skin Inner Moist Moisturize Emulsion – and a little lesson on why solid carrier oils may be bad for your skin!

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Oh, Missha.  How could you do my skin so much wrong?  I had so much optimism for this product!  Even though I knew of the possibility that it would break me out, I still thought that I should give Missha’s Near Skin Inner Moist Moisturize Emulsion a chance because of all the amazing skin-repairing ingredients in it.  Unfortunately, it did break me out.  Horribly.  And has confirmed to me that I am indeed extremely sensitive to a certain type of carrier oils (and I’m sure I’m not the only one).  But for other people this might be their holy grail moisturizer.

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Weird Science: pH Strips Have Arrived!

PH strips

I am so weirdly excited about this!  I was always terrible at chemistry because I just never gave a damn about the little experiments that we did in class.  But I love the idea of putting on my mad scientist apron and testing each of my skin care products to make sure they’re at a good pH level for my skin!

For each product that I review (and reviewed), I will include info on the pH level of the product, just in case anyone else is interested.  Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be updating my previous posts so keep an eye out for it!