Wednesday, August 29, 2012

How Long to Keep Makeup

I'm sure every time you've opened your makeup drawer, you have seen makeup that you haven't used for months if not years.  You have probably asked yourself "does makeup expire"?

How Long to Keep Makeup
The better care you take of your makeup, the longer they will last.   The following is a general guide for how long you should keep makeup:



  1. Three months: mascara, liquid eye liners
  2. Six months:  face powders or cream based foundations
  3. One year: liquid foundations, moisturizers, concealers in a tube used directly on the face.
  4. The following can be used until you want to replace them: eye pencil, eye shadow, lipstick, blush, lip liner, bronzer. 
  5. Cleansers: up to 12 months
  6. Nail polish: 12 months
  7. Lip gloss: 18-24 months
How to Store Your Makeup
Make sure to store all cosmetics in a cool, dry place away from the sun with the cap on tightly.  It's easy to forget when you last purchased a cosmetic.  It may be a good idea to write the date somewhere on the product.  An organized makeup bag is a great way to store your makeup.

What to Carry in Makeup Bag
If you clutter your makeup bag full of cosmetics, it will be hard to apply them with any technique in a reasonable amount of time.  Besides, you may not find or remember some that you did purchase, and buy it again.  But if you do have an organized makeup bag with the essentials you normally use, it will make putting on makeup much easier.  Sensitive skin makeup may be the best choice, since they contain less irritating ingredients.

  • Moisturizer - This goes on first and is a must part of your daily makeup routine.  Make sure you pick the right sensitive skin moisturizer for your skin.
  • Eyeliner -  You can use pencil or double up your eye shadow powder as eyeliner and eye brow color.
  • Eye shadow - The trends for 2012 eye shadow colors seem to be the neutrals.  Of course for special occasions, dramatic colors or wild ones for Halloween, shimmers for parties and even false eyelashes can be included.
  • Concealer - Thank goodness for concealers to help hide blemishes, sores, bags, dark circles or any other unwanted pigment from the face.
  • Foundation - Foundation evens out the skin tone and prepares your skin for the finishing touches.
  • Bronzer - This is an optional and seasonal cosmetic for those who choose to use it.
  • Blush - It's always nice to add a touch of blush for that just kissed look.  It brightens the face and adds a nice highlight. 
  • Lip color - Your preference can include lipstick, lip gloss or both.  Keep a few basic colors that work well with your skin and your mood. 
  • Lip liner - To help your lipstick or lip gloss not bleed, and to help them stay on longer, use lip liner.
  • Mascara - This is also a must, unless you use fake eye lashes.  But you may not want to use fake ones all the time, in which case, mascara comes in handy to darken and thicken. 
  • Makeup brush - High quality makeup brushes can make a huge difference in makeup application.  You don't need a lot, but a few essentials as needed.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Guide for Choosing the Best Sensitive Skin Care Products

If you have sensitive skin, you can react quickly to certain products or ingredients in a negative way.  Selecting the best sensitive skin products can be a daunting task.  Sensitive skin does need special attention and care on a daily bases, and selecting the best sensitive skin care products is extremely important. This guide will help you figure out and decide how to find the perfect sensitive skin products.

Types of Sensitive Skin
Unfortunately there is no one type of sensitive skin reaction.  You may suffer with developing red, blotchy skin, or break out with acne, or even a variety of very severe reactions.  Whether you're looking to replace one product that you have reacted to, or a complete line of sensitive skin products, makeup or hair products for sensitive skin, this article will help you towards how to choose the best for you. 

Tips for Sensitive Skin Care
Many brands claim 'natural products' and remedies are the answer to the best skin care for sensitive skin.  This is not true.  Most so called natural skin care products may contain harsh and irritating chemicals as well as a few plant ingredients.  Not only that, but many or most natural plant ingredients are sprayed with pesticides or have been preserved in harsh chemicals to increase shelf life.  These chemicals may or may not be listed on the label. This applies to organic natural products as well as non-organic ones.

Depending on your type of sensitive skin, you will need specific care.

Dry sensitive skin:
  • Cleanse your face two times a day with a gentle lotion cleanser.  Make sure it's free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which dries the skin.
  • Use a sensitive skin moisturizer as a day cream, as well as using a more hydrating night cream.
  • Use a natural sunscreen during the day under makeup.  The best natural sunscreen should contain only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for broad spectrum protection.  An SPF of 15-30 is really all you need, according to recent reports.
  • Once a month use an exfoliating scrub.
  • Follow the scrub with a facial mask to add needed nutrients to your skin.  
Oily sensitive skin:
  • Use a cleanser for oily skin two times a day to clean your face without stripping it of natural oils.  Some brands formulated specifically for oily skin are too harsh and can lead to dry, flaky skin for those with sensitive skin.  Make sure it's free of sodium lauryl sulfate and salicylic acid.  These are highly irritating ingredients.  So are retinoids and benzoyl peroxide.
  • Use a toner to balance the pH of the skin and decrease oil production.  Make sure it's an alcohol free toner.
  • Twice a week use an exfoliating scrub to remove dead cells and help new healthy cells to surface.
  • Even with oily skin, you need a moisturizer.  An oil free facial lotion works well without clogging your pores.
The Best Sensitive Skin Care Products
Cleure has a complete line of the best sensitive skin care products, including makeup for sensitive skin and hair products for sensitive skin.  You don't have to live with irritated skin. Cleure is committed to  providing the best sensitive skin care products for radiant, youthful, and most importantly, healthy skin.



What Does a Toner Do for Your Face?

A facial toner helps remove surface cells, residue from soap, impurities and excess oils.  It is not meant to take the place of a cleanser, but it does help your skin appear clearer.  The cleaner your skin is kept, the less likelihood of having blemishes, acne and breakouts.  Facial toners are also called astringents.

Benefits of Facial Toner
When skin pores are not opened, cleaned and tightened back, they lead to unhealthy skin.  Overall, the benefits of a facial toner include:
  • Cleaning, tightening pores
  • Improved skin tone
  • To balance and restore the pH of your skin
  • Helps cell turnover, allowing new cells to surface
  • Reduces oil secretion
  • Improves blood circulation
Best Toner for Oily Skin - what not to use
Many toners include mostly alcohol and water.  The alcohol dries the skin and may make it seem like it's drying out blemishes.  This may not be a good thing.  If the alcohol amount is too high, it can worsen the situation with production of more oil and higher breakouts.  It can also be irritating to sensitive skin.  Other irritating ingredients in many toners include, salicylic acid and witch hazel.  Salicylic acid is the active ingredient in aspirin and known for its anti-inflammatory properties.  When used regularly on your skin, it may lead to skin irritation and allergies.

Alcohol Free Toner

An alcohol free toner from Cleure along with the gentle exfoliating scrub are your best tips for a more radiant skin free of blemishes.  Of course, you also need the right and best cleanser to use before the toner to remove makeup and daily impurities.

Choose a cleanser and toner for sensitive skin, free of salicylic acid, sodium lauryl sulfate and alcohol.

How to Use Facial Toner

Clean your skin with a cleanser.  Make sure your hands are clean and apply the cleanser in circular motions, as you massage it into your skin.  Clean off all the cleanser with water, leaving no residue behind.  Dry your face gently with a soft clean towel.

Next apply a small amount of toner to a cotton pad and wipe over your face.  Avoid the eyes, and do not rinse off.

Follow with a moisturizer that best matches your skin type.



Saturday, August 25, 2012

Get Rid of Blackheads and Clean Pores at Home

Without proper facial cleansing routine, dead cells can build-up on your skin, which will end up clogging pores.  When pores get clogged, they oxidize, turn black and are known as 'blackheads'.  To help prevent or decrease greatly these blackheads, you need a daily routine of skin maintenance.

There are a few methods you can use to help get rid of blackheads.  Below are a few at home remedies to get rid of  blackheads followed by how to keep them away.

1.  Fill a large pot with distilled water.  Put it on your stove and turn the heat on high.  Once the water boils and you see steam coming off the water, turn off the heat, drape a towel over your head and hold your face over it.  Of course, don't go too close if it feels too hot, but allow it to cool off slightly, to be manageable.

2.  Instead of the pot of water, apply a hot compress with a soft washcloth, that you run under hot water.  This opens the pores, making it easier to clean out the pores.  Try to leave on as long as you can, preferably up to five minutes.

3.    Use a gentle exfoliating scrub two times per week to clear dead skin cells.  By removing dead cells, you can help new skin cells to surface.

4.  Practice daily a routine of taking care of your skin:
  • Use a gentle cleanser to clean your skin.  If your skin is oily, use a cleanser for oily skin. Make sure it is free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  This is a harsh and irritating detergent.
  • Follow with an alcohol free toner to finish the cleaning and to close pores.
  • Use an exfoliating scrub two time a week to remove dead cells and a refining mask once per month to add vital nutrients to your skin.
  • Use an oil-free facial lotion to hydrate.
There are a few other tips you should be aware of to practice daily:
    • Never squeeze or pick blackheads or pimples.  Doing so may leave an ugly scar.  It can also help spread bacteria and make the situation worse.
    • Stay away from harsh toners and cleansers that strip your skin of natural oils.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tips for What to Look For in Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

Have you used sunscreen, even those labeled as sunscreen for sensitive skin, only to have it look like a white paste and burn you skin? Unless you're an expert or have tried many of the ones from shelves full of options of sunscreens, how do you decide which to use?  With sensitive skin, UVA and UVB rays can cause problems if you use the wrong sunscreen.
  • Oily, thick lotions may cause acne breakout
  • Ingredients such as oxybenzone (chemical sun blocker) can irritate your skin
  • Fragrances and other harsh ingredients may trigger allergic reactions
Physical Versus Chemical Sun Block
Physical sunscreens deflect or block the sun's rays to protect your skin.  They are better tolerated by most skin types, including sensitive skin.  Some may be thick and hard to apply.  Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are examples of 'physical sun blockers'. The F.D.A. has rated these two ingredients as the most effective broad spectrum and safest of sun blocks.

On the other hand, chemical sunscreens absorb the sun's rays.  The problem with chemical sunscreens is that not all are stable chemically.  This means they can cause allergic reactions and be more irritating to skin, especially sensitive skin.  The other problem is that chemical sun blockers release free radicals.  Free radicals can age the skin and may cause other health problems.  Chemical sunscreens are also known as 'organic sunscreen', however, they have nothing in common with the typical natural products use of the word 'organic'.  Chemical sunscreens include:
  • Octylcrylene
  • Avobenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Homosalate
  • 4-MBC
  • Mexoryl SX and XL
  • Tinosob S and M
  • Uvinul T 150
  • Uvinum A Plus
Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin
When you're looking to buy the best sunscreen for your family, including sunscreen for sensitive skin for kids, look for the following:
  1. Zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide
  2. Noncomedogenic, which means it won't clog pores.
  3. Free of botanicals and herbal extracts - many are sprayed with pesticides, even organic ones, can also cause allergic reactions
  4. Lightweight, so you can use under makeup
Physical sunscreens are typically hard to find on store shelves, or they may be combined with chemical sunscreen ingredients.  The best sunscreen for sensitive skin is from Cleure.  It has all the benefits listed above and is suited for all ages.  It's also excellent as the best sunscreen for sensitive  skin for kids.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Easy Smokey Eyes Perfect Eye Makeup

Smokey eyes are very sexy and when applied properly, they can enhance your whole look.  The key is to create a natural smokey eye look.  Eye makeup technique does not have to be difficult.  The steps below are easy to follow and will help you have the perfect eye makeup for the sophisticated, classic smokey eyes. 

What You'll Need
1.  Primer - Cleure Oil Free Facial Lotion is the perfect primer for your whole face.  Apply and wait about 5 minutes before applying makeup.  Suitable for all skin types.  However, if you'd like a thicker moisturizer, use Cleure Day Cream over your face as the primer.

2.  Under eye concealer  - concealer acts as a base and evens the tone of area around the eyes.  This way, your eyes are framed free of dark circles.  You can also use Cleure Loose Mineral Foundation for this step to help prepare your eyes.

3.  Two to three shadows: one light and the other darker.

4.  Eyeliner - you can use brown, gray, black or for dramatic look, other shades. 

5.  Makeup brushes - the brush makes a big difference with the results you'd like to achieve.  A slanted, angled brush works well for applying eyeliner.  Rounded and slightly firm brush works well for eyeshadow. 

6.  Mascara - this is the final touch and a must.

How to Apply Smokey Eye Makeup
Use the primer first.  This will help your eye makeup stay on longer.  Next use the loose mineral foundation or other concealer under your eyes and over the eye lid.

The eyeliner is used next to line both the top and bottom rims.  The bottom should be a bit lighter or softer.  You can use an eye pencil or loose mineral shadow for this with an angled eye brush.  The darkest area should be at the lash line. Line as close as you can to the lash line for a cleaner more defined line. Liquid liner does not look as natural as a soft eye pencil or mineral powder.  Cleure Eyeliner pencil has a smudge tip to help smudge the penciled area and to soften and blend the line.  If you'd like more smudge under the eyes, to highlight the smokey look, use loose mineral eyeshadow over the eyeliner here.

Next use a lighter, or neutral shade of the two shadows over the lids to the brow bone.  Now you're ready to apply a darker shade for the smokey look.  Starting at your lash line, blend up with the darker shade to the corner of the eyes.  Leave the area near the inner corner with the lighter neutral shade.  The lightest shade should be applied under the eyebrow as a highlight.

Finish with two coats of Cleure Mineral Mascara.  Let the first coat dry, before applying the second time.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sensitive Skin Acne Treatment for Combination Skin

Combination skin is very common and most refer to it as normal skin.  It has both dry and oily areas, with the nose and forehead being more oily, while the cheeks appear more dry.  It can be challenging finding the right products to balance these areas that are so different and have various needs.  It's even more frustrating if you look for sensitive skin acne treatment for combination skin.  If a product is too oily, you get acne and pimples.  If products are too drying, your skin can become flaky and begging for moisture.

Face Acne Remedies that Make it Worse
With combination skin, you have patches of oily and dry areas.  If your moisturizer is too heavy, you'll clog pores and break out.  Cleansers or soaps that contain irritating ingredients can dry your skin and even cause flaking.  Many treatments and over the counter products use irritating ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.  These may give quick relief, but they are not your best face acne remedies.  The side effects are listed including sun sensitivity and headaches with benzoyl peroxide and allergies among others, with salicylic acid.

Clear Acne Fast

First you need to clean your face daily.  It's best to clean in the morning and night time.  Use SLS free sensitive skin face bar or cleansers.  These will help clean your face gently without irritating the different zones on your skin.

Alcohol free toner will help balance the pH and close pores, as it cleans any dirt left behind after cleaning your face.  This can work as an 'astringent' to help sop up any excess oil.

You need a moisturizer even for the oily patches.  An oil-free facial lotion or moisturizer will hydrate your face evenly.

Exfoliating gentle scrub will help remove dead cells.  Use this once or twice a week. With the oily patches, dead skin cell buildup leads to pimples and blackheads.  With regular exfoliation, you can help reduce oily patches and even out and balance combination skin.

Healthy skin needs certain nutrients.  A facial mask with kaolin clay and dead sea mud can add vital nutrients to you skin and help bring a smooth glow to combination skin.

Most people live busy lives and take shortcuts with nutritious meals.  Antioxidants can help your skin towards clearing acne fast.  Taking a supplement with antioxidants and biotin can help improve the health of your skin, nails and hair.  In this day and age, hardly anyone eats well enough and is stress free enough not to need any supplements.  Our bodies become depleted of certain vitamins and minerals with daily stress, environmental pollution and poor diet.  A daily hair, skin and nail supplement with biotin and antioxidants is one of the best natural pimple treatments and face acne remedies for combination skin.

With the right combination skin care products, healthy diet, active lifestyle and management of stress, you can have beautiful, radiant, youthful and clear skin.  Cleure offers a full line of paraben free, salicylate free and fragrance free sensitive skin care products to help you have beautiful skin free of potentially harmful toxins.

Why Use Skin Care with Gluten Free Ingredients

Gluten intolerance is typically associated with celiac disease.  This disease is thought to be a result of genetic and environmental factors in which damage has resulted to the intestinal wall and is typically accompanied by chronic symptoms. With celiac disease the body's immune system overreacts in response to gluten.  Gluten sensitivity symptoms can be from food, but also by using gluten ingredients in personal care and skin care products. 


What is not Gluten Free Ingredients
To manage gluten sensitivity, avoid products with the following ingredients:
  • Barley
  • Bulgur
  • durum
  • Farina
  • Graham flour
  • Rye
  • Semolina
  • Spelt
  • Triticale
  • Wheat
  • Oats
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and able to absorb ingredients introduced on it.  If you do accidentally eat or absorb gluten through your skin, you may experience symptoms associated with gluten intolerance of abdominal pain and diarrhea.  It may take weeks or even months to heal the small intestine back to health.  There is no known cure for celiac disease.  Managing what you eat or use on your body with gluten free ingredients is vital to minimizing symptoms.

Gluten Free Skin Care, Shampoo and Other Personal Care Products: Are they Necessary?

 Most skin and hair care brands, especially those labeled 'natural', consider grains as healthy for you. Some ingredients that contain gluten and are used in personal care and skin care are listed below and should be avoided:

• Hordeum vulgare (barley), Triticum vulgare (wheat)
• Secale cereale (rye)
• Avena sativa (oats)
• Wheat germ oil
• Hydrolyzed wheat protein
• Stearyl dimonium hydroxypropy (hydrolyzed wheat protein)
• Laurdimonium hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein)
• Colloidal oatmeal
• Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (may contain wheat)
• Dextrin palmitate (starch, possibly gluten-based)
• Malt extract (usually barley)
• Beta glucan (frequently derived from wheat)
• Vegetable protein (may contain wheat, barley, rye and/or oats)

Finding Products with Gluten Free Ingredients

Cleure offers a line of gluten free products which includes gluten free shampoo and conditioner, gluten free lotion, cosmetics, gluten free toothpaste and other dental products.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Care for Oily Acne Prone Sensitive Skin

Oily acne prone sensitive skin can be difficult to bring back to healthy, clear appearing skin.  But that does not mean there is no hope of ever having youthful looking radiant skin that is free of shine and acne. 

Why Do You Have Oily Acne Prone  Sensitive Skin?

Dermatologists agree genetics, hormonal changes, food allergies and how you manage stress certainly play a part in the cause of oily acne prone sensitive skin. Genetics you can't do much about, however the other factors can be managed.  The good news is with the right skin care products and a proven routine, your problem skin can become smooth and clear.

Side Effects and Allergies to Typical Oily Acne Prone Sensitive Skin Treatments

Most skin care for acne contain harsh irritating ingredients that may work for the short time, but eventually can worsen the health of your skin.  Although there are drugs available on the market that many people have tried as treatment, they have the potential to cause serious side effects.   For example, some of these ingredients include:
  • Benzoyl peroxide - this actives ingredient in oily acne prone products is meant to reduce excess oil production.  However, for those with sensitive skin, it can cause inflammation, with resulting redness and  swelling of the skin.  Although some brands recommend to keep using until your face gets used to it, is that really what you want?  Any irritant used for long periods of time may eventually even affect your immune system.  This ingredient may also cause dark spots, which they claim will eventually go away.  You may even develop sun sensitivity and initial breakouts for first time users of this ingredient in a product.  With all the warnings and side effects, is it worth it? 
  • Antibiotics - antibiotics are routinely prescribed for effective treatment against oily, acne-prone skin. Some come in ointments, creams or may be prescribed as pills. The Center for Disease Control has warned against the use of antibiotics for extended periods.  Medications with antibiotics are suited only for short periods of time to combat severe bacteria on problem skin.  Long term use may cause development of antibiotic resistant organisms. 

  • Oral contraceptives - have been used to help decrease acne in women.  Side effects can include depression, nausea, headaches and breast tenderness.
  • Laser and light therapy - the technique is used to damage oil glands to decrease the production of oil.  Side effects can include redness or appearance of severe sunburn.
  • While the idea of using “natural” products for your oily sensitive skin sounds like something that will be safe, this is not always the case. Many of these products available at health food stores that are labeled as natural may have harsh ingredients that can lead to allergies and inflammation of your skin as well. They can also lead to premature aging of your skin by over-drying. Salicylic acid that is used in aspirin for its anti-inflammatory properties is also commonly used in many skin care products for acne or anti aging. Many people are experiencing allergies in response to products used with this ingredient although many don’t realize the cause of their reaction.
 How to Care for Oily Acne Prone Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin, especially acne prone, requires special care.  Finding the right products that are designed especially for oily acne prone skin will make a world of difference in the results you get. Many people search for hypoallergenic skin care that is also formulated to relieve the problems related to excessive oil production. The following is a step by step daily acne prone sensitive skin care needs for oily skin.
  1. In the morning and night cleans with an SLS free gentle cleanser that will help strip away excess oil.
  2. Clean off left over dirt and oil with an alcohol free toner.
  3. Use an oil free light moisturizer.
  4. Exfoliating scrub is excellent for helping to remove dead cells and allowing healthy cells to get to the surface of your skin.  Use it about once or twice a week.
  5. A nutrient rich facial mask, such as one with kaolin clay and dead sea mud can help rejuvenate your skin to health.
  6. Only use salicylate free products.  These are a better choice for your skin’s health and appearance.

  At Cleure you will find a complete line of oily acne prone sensitive skin care products for helping to improve skin problems to health, by deep cleaning, nourishing, boosting and protecting your skin.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Avoid the "Toxic Trio" with Safe Nail Polish

 With the many options available today for creating unique, well-manicured nails, there are also many concerns about the chemicals that are used to apply and remove nail polish and nail art. You may be surprised to learn finding safe nail polish is not easy, but is the best nail polish brand to find.

There is more to be concerned about than the toxic effects of nail polish remover.  As a consumer you should take into consideration the chemical fumes in nail salons and the ingredients in nail polish that you buy or have applied at salons.  This is especially of concern for children and toddlers who visit the nail salon with mommy.  Breathing in the fumes of chemicals may affect their sensitive developing bodies.  Nail polish can also contain dangerous chemicals that have been linked to cancer, asthma, and birth defects.  These chemicals or 'toxic trio' include formaldehyde, toluene and pthalates.

Toluene is a solvent that can irritate the eyes, throat and lungs, may harm unborn babies and damage nervous systems.   What keeps your nail polish from becoming brittle is dibutyl phthalate (DPA).   This chemical has been found to potentially cause reproductive harm.  Formaldehyde helps harden nails and is found in many nail polish.  Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.



The California Department of Toxic Substances Control tested 25 random nail polishes.  The test was to reveal  a "snapshot" of the nail care industry to determine if further research was needed.  They found 10 out of 12 had toluene and five out of seven had at least one of the three toxic ingredients. 

The safer option is Cleure's non toxic nail polish, formaldehyde free nail polish, or in other words, safe nail polish.

The 2-in-1 non toxic nail polish top and bottom coat is a great product that helps strengthen your nails without any formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl-pthalate, camphor or a harsh smell. Wear alone or with your favorite Cleure shade to protect your nails or to add strength to your overall manicure.