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5 Tips To Sooth Dry Skin! – For Men and Women

Hello Ladies and Dudes,

I was recently messaged on Tumblr and even though I plan to create a video about this, I thought I’d go ahead and write about it as well.

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There are a few ways to go. I’m not sure if there’s a medical condition causing the dry skin. If not, and if you’re just dealing with basic dry skin, I have some advice. This is my personal opinion and what I’ve found works for me.

I have very dry skin. I contribute it to my Middle Eastern genetics. It’s taken me years to find products that work for my skin. I have found that I can use very expensive products or even drug store ones and have my skin react positively.

If I’m being honest, my skin is perfectly happy with Walgreens products or even your local grocery store products.

Here are key elements to having great skin.

1) Drink water. Water is going to help relieve your body of those nasty toxins. Please do not skip this step! Do not drink coffee, tea or Red Bull (or anything else) all day and assume that your body is going to function correctly. It won’t. It needs water.

2) Watch what you eat. Watch what you eat. To avoid dry skin and acne focus on what you’re eating. Whatever you eat will come out in your skin. Start the day with fruit. I eat an avocado for breakfast with coffee and water. Cook your own food. Focus on eating greens. Avoid grease! Remember that your skin is directly effected by what you consume.

3) Experiment with face wash! and lotions: Wash your face with hydrating soaps and cleansers. There are some skin types that react badly to using either or, so experiment.  Oil free cleansers are a great way to go, just remember to lotion your face afterward! I personally recommend washing your face once a day, at night before bed. I find that if I do it more than that my skin dries out and is upset by the over cleaning.

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Lotion works the same way. You have to try multiple ones before finding the one that works for you. I use Aveeno for my face. It helps sooth my skin without leaving it feeling oily.

4) DO NOT TOUCH YOUR SKIN! Do not pick at your skin. Do not aggressively pop your pimples. Do play with your skin. Your hands are dirty! They pick up everything that you touch throughout the day. All that dirt will end up on your face. Wash your hands often (and lotion after to avoid dry skin).

5) Be consistent: When I was a teenager I had horrible acne and dry skin. I didn’t attend school one week because it was so bad and I was afraid of being teased. We’ve learned that acne isn’t just for teenagers. It’s actually a skin condition that effects people of all ages. So don’t worry if you’re an adult with acne!

Make sure to be consistent with your skin. Give it sometime to get used to the products you’re using. Having a skin routine.

My routine: I wash my face with water in the morning and lotion right after. At night I wash everything off with cleanser. I lotion again and head to bed.

Everyones skin is different, but dry skin is often easy to sooth by washing with hydrating soaps/cleansers, motorizing, not touching your face, eating correctly and being consistent.

Good luck!

<3 Brittany Simon

Insecurities.

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Hello Ladies and Dudes,

I was in kindergarden when my mother decided to homs-school her kids. I’d done a whole month in a private Catholic school before the transition. I remember my first day of class, where I was meeting with other children in the program.

A little girl turned to me and said: “Why is your nose so big?”

That was my earliest memory of someone commenting on my nose. As I grew up my nose got bigger and became this bumpy roller-coaster of shame. I hated everything about it. The irony is that it’s the only feature that I have that shows where my family is from, the Middle East. It’s my one feature that other Middle Eastern people see and they know (we’re connected through similar features).

As of recently, I’ve had my former lover poke fun at my nose. I’m not sure that he knew it was a sore spot. I’m sure he saw the teasing as adorable, and it can be. But this, this was just annoying to me. I always reacted with a smile, mostly to hide the fact that I was on the verge of tears.

 

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Many of the people in my family get nose jobs, but I could never do it. It’s not because I have an issue with plastic surgery. It’s because I’m that afraid of what I might look like after. I’m afraid I’ll look worse.

I’ve come mostly to terms with my insecurities but I’m still hurt when people make fun. Recently, a new friend poked fun at my nose. I made it clear that it’s something I’d rather she didn’t joke about. She reacted my apologizing and promising not to do it again.

That’s the nicest reaction I could ever ask for 🙂

I’ve always felt mannish. I was a total tomboy growing up. Eventually, my style changed and now I rock dresses and heels (when I’m not working). I like wearing lipstick. I like feeling feminine. The issue: Even when I’m feeling like a total girl I see my nose and think of my mother’s words:

“Brittany, you can’t have short hair. It’ll make your nose the center. It’ll look bigger. It’ll make you look like a man.”

I’ve always loved having short hair, and I rock it now, but I hate when I’m mistaken for a man. Yes, it happens. Seriously. I’ve been mistaken for a dude at least three times in the last few months.

I refuse to deny myself the pleasure of having the hairstyle I want based on my nose. I refuse to hate myself that much.

Regardless of my insecurities I will always make decisions based on what I want. I will wear the clothes I want. I will rock short hair if I want. I will love myself.

<3 Bert!