Cotton Pads for Removing Makeup

organic natural cotton for makeup remover

Shiseido Facial Cotton 

Cotton pads? Really? Like that’s an article worth reading? Honestly, these are not your ordinary cotton pads. In fact, I can’t really even comfortably refer to them as cotton pads, because they are truly in a league of their own. I am talking about the Shiseido Facial Cotton squares that are made of the most luxuriously spun cotton fibers that gently remove eye makeup.

So, how I stumbled upon these is actually by pure annoyance. I was so tired of running through my facial toners, and having sore skin around my eyes from removing eye makeup. It was difficult for me to effectively remove my eye makeup without applying more pressure.

But why, if I was already using something to help me not have raccoon eyes, was I still struggling to not actually look like a hungover raccoon? It’s because traditional cotton balls are actually straight up terrible.

First off, they aren’t soft. Although they look like tiny, precious clouds, they’re quite rough. They soak up so much product, and only when are completely soaked with my $34 Ole Henriksen Oil Control Facial Toner, do they become remotely comfortable on the skin.

Now imagine going to get a manicure, and your nail tech using a cotton ball to remove your gel polish. See those little fibers left behind, that seem like they could potentially whether WWIII? Imagine how many little fibers are left behind on your skin after a few quick swipes around the eyes. Also, many cotton balls are bleached, which can totally irritate sensitive skin. Personally, it doesn’t bother me, but if you are acne prone, this is something to be weary of.

And if this doesn’t stress you out enough and cause premature wrinkles, using jumbo drugstore cotton balls, organic or not, will. The tugging, pulling, and stretching of the super delicate tissue around the eye should avoided as much as possible. These motions completely break down the collagen and elastin the skin. Not cool.

So why I am completely obsessed with the Shiseido Facial Cotton is because it’s composed of completely natural cotton fibers, that are consistently soft and smooth in texture. It’s the most ideal way for me to apply liquid toners, eye makeup removers, removing liquid lipsticks that will not budge, and even moisturize the oh-so-delicate under eye area we have to protect.

For $10, you can save you skin and honestly, save yourself some Botox by being proactive. You get double the use because these pillowy sheets of perfection actually split apart, just don’t cross-contaminate.

Well-rounded skincare routine doesn’t just include products that you apply, it’s also about the tools you have in place to maximize the effects of all those amazing products. Also, the size of the pad is pretty substantial, covering a lot of facial real estate. And although I am ‘all Amazon everything’, I would buy my exclusively from Sephora to ensure you’re getting the real deal.

OLE HENRIKSEN Ole Henriksen Balance It All Essentials Set • Ole Henriksen • $34

Shiseido – Facial Cotton • Shiseido • $5–10

How To Fight Wrinkles with Berries

How To Fight Wrinkles with Berries

 

I know, you’re thinking, “Groundbreaking Pam…berries?” And I know, it’s not. But the thing is, I can’t not tell you about the benefits of berries for your skin. As I’ve been digging into what actually counteracts aging and damaged skin, I figured out what wrinkles and facial lines truly were, and how important it is to consume a wide variety of berries.

Mattress face? 

So our skin is basically like an old school mattress with metal coils. The ‘coils’ are actually collagen fibers that are super firm at first, with just the right amount of bounce. Overtime, like a mattress, these collagen coils began to lose their resilience and bounce. The areas that lost their spring start to form lines and wrinkles, because they no longer have that strong coil underneath to support their structure. And this doesn’t just happen in our face. Collagen is connective tissue, which means it’s everywhere in the body. The reason we notice changes in the face so quickly is because it’s a prime target for sun damage and perpetual creasing (i.e. brow raising, smiling, laughing, etc). Lucky for us, unlike mattress coils, we can actually give life back to the collagen fibers in our skin. Aside from a variety of topical treatments and procedures (which I will totally dive into on another post), we can consume things to stimulate collage production from within. Vitamin C found in berries is a critical element in the production of collagen. This is the very thing that gives the bounce back to the aforementioned ‘coils’. Also, the more commonly known benefit of berries is that they are packed with anti-oxidants. That just sounds like it’s good for you, which would satisfy most curious minds, but some may wonder what anti-oxidants really do.

How Collagen Can Help Wrinkles

Free Radical, You Can’t Sit With Us.

So basically, when our skin breaks down from normal wear and tear, or ‘oxidative stress’, paired atoms are broken up. Some atoms end up back in a pair, and some are left to their lonesome. These unpaired atoms, known as free radicals, are left free to wreak havoc on nearby tissues and cells. It’s like your newly single girlfriend. At first, she seems okay, but by the third weekend of ‘Single Cindy in The City’, you and your liver can’t take it anymore. These terrible free radicals make their debut in the form of brown spots/hyper-pigmentation, broken blood vessels, and inflammation. The inflammation, which you may not actually see at the surface level of skin, literally suffocates the collagen and POOF-wrinkles. Oh, and did I mention that there are only 84 calories in a cup of blueberries? Get the 3 a.m. Taco Bell platter away from Cindy and slip her some berries; she’ll thank you in the morning.

It’s like Xanax for your skin.

Strawberries contain much of the same magical goodness as blueberries, in that it’s low calorie, fights inflammation and has a high vitamin C count. What makes strawberries stand out in the berry line up is that it actually contains biotin, which is key for healthy, shiny hair and strong nails. It also contains Ellagic Acid. Ellagic Acid stops the the destruction of free radicals by constantly neutralizing them before they even have the chance to cause inflammation. It’s like Xanax for your skin. And they perform like total rockstars when applied topically. They can help fight acne with their salicylic acidic properties, and contain alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which can serve as a gentle exfoliator.

I’m Down With KMC, Yeah You Know Me.

I’m talking about Vitamin K, Manganese and and Calcium. This trifecta of goodness is found in blackberries and helps with PMS cramps and heavy, painful menstruation. You heard me right. Vitamin K is essential in blood clotting which may ease excessive bleeding, and also helps regulate your hormones, #amen. The Manganese can actually curb mood swings, combat depression and alleviate headaches. The days before you begin your period are when you experience the lowest absorption rates of calcium. Low calcium, or hypocalcemia, can cause that irritability and anxiety we all experience from time to time. To combat this, increasing the amount of calcium we consume totally  helps. It also fights the intensity of our cramps, bloating, weight gain and tender breast swelling. Why wasn’t this all taught in ‘Sex Ed.’ again?

So the next time you’re thinking about cutting back on sugar, carbs, or fruits all together, remember that there aren’t weights at the gym to firm up a wrinkly face.