Strawberry Legs?? Let’s Talk About Pores on Your Legs!
If you have ever noticed small dark spots on your legs after shaving, then you may be wondering where they came from. Many people have nicknamed the presence of these little dark spots strawberry legs because of how they resemble the seeds of a strawberry.
The myth about pores!
“My pores....help!!” It is a very common misconception that our pores “open and close” when exposed to hot and cold temperatures. What is actually happening during the steaming portion of your facial is the sebum inside of your pores softening. Our pores don’t have involuntary muscles so they can’t physically open and close, but the warmth helps loosen up all that dirt, oil and bacteria; in turn making it ready to be removed and extracted. Another common thought is that we can somehow “get rid” of our pores or make them smaller. The truth is, everyone has pores and we always will have them. Genetically, some people just have larger pores and some have noticeably smaller ones. For example, if you are someone who has acne prone and oily skin, your pores may be larger than someone who has dry skin. Clogged pores will appear larger to the eye, so getting extractions done regularly and using a good exfoliant at home are just some of the ways to ensure that your pores stay clear. But the reality is - pores are NORMAL and you are not less beautiful because of them. Those airbrushed celebrity photos where it looks like they have not one single pore on their face are edited and most of the time are taken far enough away that our eyes can play tricks on us. So no, we can’t tear the pores off of your face or shrink them, but there are products you can use and treatments you can get done to help reduce the appearance of them! These are all things you can do to help minimize the appearance of your pores, if that is something of your concern. Some are products and some are treatments. I have a post about a serum that is great for reducing pore appearance as well! It’s called “my secret magic potion” #pores #reduceporesize #CherieCreator
MYTH! DO NOSE STRIPS WORK?
Tried and true??? “Legend” says that nose strips get ride of blackheads. Do they really? Let’s dive into the details! What are pore strips/nose strips? cloth like material with an adhesive side that you apply to areas with blackhead concerns. This is an instant gratification type product! You peel off the strip after a few minutes and behold, your blackheads are right there in the strip! Kinda gross, but so satisfying. Do they work? Yes, but only to a certain extent. ￼pore strips only get the surface of your blackhead. They unfortunately do not solve the entire problem and get down deep enough. ￼they can also be very irritating! :( often times the adhesive strips the skin or just simply has really drying ingredients. What can you do instead? ￼BHA!! Incorporate BHA type products. Salicylic Acid is great for unblocking pores and fighting acne. ￼clay masks work to pull impurities out of the pores. If your Akon can handle it, try a mask! ￼stay away from oily products. Look for oil free skin care. Blackheads are a build up of excess sebum and oil, so the less the better. ￼non comedogenic is best! non comedogenic Means it won’t clog your pores!
Do’s and Don’t’s for Combo Skin
🪐 It can be very tricky having combo skin. My skin can go from being so dry it’s peeling to covered in a fine film of oil depending on weather, location, hormones, diet...really anything. I also consistently struggle with minor breakouts while also dealing with minor find lines because I’m ya know...30. 🪐 Do: - Change it up! My routine can be completely different depending on what my skin is doing. There’s no need to feel anchored down in one routine if that’s not what your skin is craving. - Use actives! Chemical exfoliants and retinol have helped me so much with balancing out my skin. I use them consistently whether my skin is going through an oily or dry spell and they definitely put me more in the normal range. - Replenish your skin barrier. Often times skim that is oily and dry can be due to a damaged skin barrier. Things like ceramides, omega 3 fatty acids, and antioxidants will help keep your skin barrier happy and keep your skin more in the normal range (especially if you are using actives). 🪐 Don’t’s: - Forget your sun screen. This is for all skin types. Just wear your sunscreen. - Punish your skin. I’ve definitely been prone to using overly harsh products when my skin is acting up. It can definitely be tempting to just want to beat your skin into submission but don’t do it!! That will only further damage your skin barrier and make things worse. - Overdo it. This goes hand in hand with the last one. I’ve definitely been guilty of overdoing it with actives (especially chemical exfoliants...I have a problem) or just having overly complicated routines. Less is more. Go slow with actives and incorporate products into your routine slowly that way if your skin freaks out you know what the culprit is. Find what works for you and stick with it.