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Why Oily Skin Needs Moisture

Why Oily Skin Needs Moisture

People with oily or breakout prone skin are often under the assumption they got the short end of the stick. They feel that to keep the breakouts away, they need to constantly use products that dry out their skin and leave it feeling “tight”. They often are so scared of anything that says “moisturizing” or “hydrating” because they believe that is what is causing or contributing to their oiliness and breakouts. I have oily skin too and that is exactly what I thought… until I learned the truth.

That truth is this. Oily Skin is a skin type, like dry, combination and normal skin types. Oily skin naturally produces excess sebum, an oily substance that keeps the skin hydrated. Simply put, this skin type is often associated with breakouts or a skin condition called acne, due to the sebum and dead skin cells mixing with bacteria and plugging up the hair follicles. When people have breakouts or acne, they often are quick to use products that contain harsh ingredients like alcohol or benzoyl peroxide, to help dry out and treat the breakouts.

These ingredients initially “work” to dry up and clear the breakouts, however, when used long term without adding the proper amount of moisture back into the skin, the skin gets dried out and visible dryness occurs. On top of the dead skin cell buildup, the skin underneath then starts producing even more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture in the skin and the cycle of breakouts and acne continue. If you are one of those many people stuck in this cycle, there is an answer and there are things you can do break free from it.

The answer is this. Stop using those super harsh products and find a gel based cleanser that with be effective at calming and treating your current breakouts. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid or glycolic acid. These two ingredients are powerful and very effective at treating breakouts and keeping the dead skin cell buildup to a minimum.

Next, get a toner that will balance and bring the skins ph to a normal level, this is crucial so the skin doesn't start overproducing from the cleansers ingredients. Follow with a corrective moisturizer that will bring a light hydration back into the skin, also preventing it from starting to over produce oil. Spot treat breakouts with a powerful serum and apply an oil-free SPF 30 during the day.

As a final note, the skin producing a little extra oil also has its perks. Oily skin types often show fewer signs of aging than people with dry skin as the natural moisture in the skin keeps it plump and hydrated, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or areas of dryness. So keep your skin care routine balanced and don't let bacteria from dirty makeup brushes, sweat from a workout, cell phones, etc. get in your way of good looking skin!

LEONA BAISLEY: Having been a licensed esthetician for over 8 years, Leona has worked for a variety of spas and wax only salons. She is passionate about skin care, waxing and education for both the professional and the client. She has over 4 years of wax training experience for large organizations and is in the beginning stages of creating her own education classes that will help licensed estheticians and cosmetologists grow their businesses and compete with the top professionals in the industry.

Giving Back to Female Entrepreneurs: iFundWomen Is Our Passion

Giving Back to Female Entrepreneurs

We are excited to announce our support of iFundWomen, a new crowdfunding platform for women-led startups and small businesses. Their mission is to close the funding gap for female entrepreneurs so they can get their businesses off the ground and we think that is amazing.

The number of women-owned businesses grew 30% from 2007-2012, which means that women are majority owners in roughly 36% of all US businesses.  Despite these amazing gains, women still only receive 2-6% of venture capital funding. Women create companies with 50% less capital and iFundWomen wants to change that.

Amber Products has been working with forward thinking, hard working and talented women entrepreneurs for over 35 years, making iFundWomen a perfect alignment for our company. We believe in supporting women who believe in themselves and their dreams. Amber Products wants to help make those aspirations a reality through the iFundWomen platform. We want to support women who believe in themselves and their dreams and a company that helps them make those dreams a reality.

In a recently published post, iFundWomen CRO, Concetta Rand, admitted, “I never thought female entrepreneurs were any different than just ‘entrepreneurs’ until I joined my first tech startup.” Until that time she had been surrounded by strong female co-workers and mentors and didn’t realize the plight of women struggling to make their own business goals happen.

“As soon as I joined the iFundWomen team, I got the opportunity to speak with hundreds of female founders and business owners, hearing firsthand the obstacles they encounter while getting their businesses off the ground.  When I think about what holds back the potential of female entrepreneurship - access to capital, coaches and mentors, role models to emulate -  iFundWomen addresses each of them individually and holistically.  We offer dedicated coaching services, we have a Slack community full of peer mentors, we publish success stories so aspiring entrepreneurs have role models, and we get money into the hands of women so they can do incredible things.”

No matter what your dream job may be, Amber Products is proud to support your efforts to stand on top of your own mountain.

Learn more about iFundWomen.

If you have specific beauty industry questions for our professional staff, contact us directly and we would love to help!

So you know you're not alone, check out the You're Not Crazy video series that is directly linked to iFundWomen. Start with The Confidence Gap below


7 Steps to Perfect Summer Skin

7 Tips for Perfect Summer Skin
Your skin has different needs with every season. What you do in the winter to keep your face looking fresh and healthy is different than your summer routine. Get your face looking healthy this summer with the seven tips below. 

  1. Protect You Skin from the Sun: Sun exposure over your lifetime causes wrinkles, age spots, dry skin, or worse. The most important thing for your skin is protection from the sun. Use a daily sunblock with at least SPF 15. Always apply 30 minutes before leaving the house. When out in the sun reapply every two hours and more often if sweating or swimming.

  2. Be Nice to Your Skin: The summer sun is harsh on your skin, so treat it gently. Take shorter showers with warm water not hot. Long hot showers dry out your skin. Use a mild cleanser for both your body and face. Harsh soaps strip the oil from your skin.

  3. Change Up Your Routine: Use a lighter moisturizer instead of the heavy one you use in the winter. A lighter moisturizer won’t feel as heavy or cause greasiness. Add a drop of your foundation into your moisturizer for the perfect summer coverage. 

  4. Cleanse Your Skin. Cleanse your skin as soon as you can after sunny, sweaty activities. Don’t let the sweat stay on your skin for hours. In the summer, your cleanser may need to change, try a gel cleanser. 

  5. Tone Your Skin. If you don’t already use a toner the summer is a good time to start. Toners help to hydrate your skin after a shower or washing your face. It helps balance your PH level and reinforce your skins protective layer.

  6. Exfoliate Your Skin. Try using an enzyme exfoliator once a week. This will keep your skin bright and clear of dead dry cells. It is much gentler then a scrub or acid peel, and won’t irritate your skin.

  7. Hydrate! Drinking more water in the summer is important. Did you know you can also eat your water? Try adding fruits and vegetables loaded with hydration into your daily diet. 

Tamera Marquez has been a licensed esthetician for over 15 years and in the beauty business for 25 years has given Tamera a wide range of experience working in spas, salons and in cosmetology schools. She is a National Skin Care & Waxing Educator, working for local and international manufacturing companies. She also works directly with clients in a salon setting. Tamera is an advocate for continuing education for professionals and her clients.

Keep Your Skin Fresh In Flight

Keep Your Skin Fresh In Flight

We all know flying is hard on our precious skin. I fly often and my flights are usually 4-6 hours long. I have spent years figuring out how not to look like a zombie upon arrival. Below are my tips! 

Oily, Combo, Normal or Dry? How to Identify and Treat Your Skin Type

oily, combo, normal or dry? How to identify and treat your skin type

Knowing the type of skin you have is a crucial part of finding products that will work and give you the results you want. Keep in mind your skin type is different than a skin condition. We will fill you in on what to do with those later. But first, let's follow these steps to find out your skin type.

1. Wash your face and don't apply anything after.

2. After about 2 hours, grab a tissue and head into the bathroom.

3. First, take the tissue and gently blot your forehead.

4. Next, take a look at your skin in a mirror using natural light.

What do you see?

Normal Skin

If you see no visual oiliness on the tissue and no visible dryness when looking in the mirror, then it's safe to say you have a rare case of normal skin. A simple gel based cleanser, toner filled with vitamins, a light moisturizer followed by SPF is a great combination to maintain your complexion.

Common Skin Condition: Fine Lines, wrinkles or sun damage are common skin conditions for this and other skin types. Fine lines and wrinkles are caused by the natural process of aging, however, can be slowed down and the appearance minimized by serums. Sun damage can be treated or lightened but can be challenging depending on how the damage occurred.

Oily Skin

If you see oil on the tissue, enlarged pores and/or any visible breakouts, you probably have oily skin. This type of skin takes a little work to keep under control. A gel based cleanser, toner to balance the PH skin, a light corrective moisturizer and SPF would be a great start.

Common Skin Condition: This type of skin can be prone to skin conditions such as acne, which need to be customized with serums or ingredients to treat or a ingredients that will treat the skin condition.

Dry Skin

If you don't have any oil on this tissue, small pores or see visible dryness or flaking on your skin. You probably have dry skin. A creamy cleanser, soothing toner with vitamins, heavier moisturizer and SPF is a good combination for this skin type.

Common Skin Condition: Dehydration is a common skin condition that often gets associated with or confused with dry skin. You can identify dehydration by visible lines or skin tightness, both that are easily treated.

Combination Skin

If you see oil on the tissue but also areas of dryness or flaking, you probably have the skin type commonly known as combination skin. A gel based cleanser, toner to balance the skin, light moisturizer and SPF is most of the time good for this skin, however sometimes you have to treat areas of this skin differently than the rest. It can be a bit tricky but once you have it down, you should be good to go.

Common Skin Conditions are similar to the above conditions but you can sometimes have sensitized areas because you are trying to how you are using the products. For example, when you are treating your oily skin with a cleanser or toner but your cheeks are dry and are getting red and irritated, that is sensitized skin. Can be easily avoided with a general regime and good combination of serums.

As you can see, it can be easy to confuse skin type with a skin condition. To keep it simple, it's important to understand that if you have a good basic skin care routine that is formulated based on your skin type, that you can often treat a skin condition with effective ingredients and customized serums.

LEONA BAISLEY: Having been a licensed esthetician for over 8 years, Leona has worked for a variety of spas and wax only salons. She is passionate about skin care, waxing and education for both the professional and the client. She has over 4 years of wax training experience for large organizations and is in the beginning stages of creating her own education classes that will help licensed estheticians and cosmetologists grow their businesses and compete with the top professionals in the industry.

  • Leona Baisley

17 Beauty Tips Every Woman Should Know

17 Beauty Tips Every Woman Should Know

We rounded up our best beauty tips and put them in one simple post. Because life is busy and your skin has demands and we are here for you. 

  • Stefanie Mullen