If I had a quarter for every time I suffered a breakout prior to an important event, I’d have a down payment for my beach villa.  It never fails, the exact moment where it’s important to have flawless skin, a pesky pimple pops up.

In the past, I figured a few things that could help manage the inflammation.  But I had to make sure I caught it in time. None of my home remedies had the ability to destroy live acne in a matter of hours.

But, thanks to this Instagram Beauty Secret reveal, I’ve stumbled on a product that clears breakouts in no time.
 Never in all of my years of suffering did I think that skin scientists would develop a simple solution that gets rid of pimples fast.  So fast that if you woke up with a breakout this morning, you could be pimple free in time for date night.

Fun fact, when I met my husband, I had very active acne.  I was so embarrassed that I barely looked at him directly.  I remember giving him my number and thinking “I hope he’s cute cause I really didn’t get a good look at him.”  Then I was like “it doesn’t matter because he’s never gonna call a girl with a face full of pimples anyway.”  Luckily for me, he looked past my skin imperfections and by the time we met again, some of the blemishes had calmed down. But that took quite a while.

 Waiting for breakouts to subside seems to take forever. What if you don’t have that kind of time?  Thanks to the advances in the beauty industry, we can now rely on blemish patches to save the day.

What exactly are blemish patches? Basically, they provide targeted pimple-fighting ingredients where you need it most.  The patch that we see Emmelie using contains volcanic ash to help unclog the pore, tea tree oil to fight the inflammation and salicylic acid to help up dry up the acne lesion.  Imagine having all of those acne-eliminating ingredients in one tiny little package, delivering its acne fighting power for hours.

While searching for alternatives, I found this brand which features hydrocolloid as it’s hero ingredient.  Having never heard of it before, I did a little research.  One person described hydrocolloid patches as having the ability to absorb fluid from a pimple.  Once the moisture is absorbed, it’s trapped within the gel contained in the patch for easier removal.  It’s you’ve suffered from acne before, you know that the fluid trapped below the skin’s surface is a bulk of the problem.  The old way of “removing the fluid” involved popping the pimple,  but that’s only gonna leave you with an unsightly scar.  Since these patches cover the blemishes,  they help take away the temptation to pick. 

Perhaps, hydrocolloid patches can spare us from the heartache of discoloration long after the acne lesion is gone.  Where were these patches when I needed to lead a presentation at work with active breakouts?

But I’m not going to look back and think about what was.  Instead, I’ll remain grateful that these patches exist.  And when the next breakout strikes, I’ll be ready.

Several years ago, I was instructed by my facialist to stop using a towel to dry my face after cleansing.   She didn’t go into detail as to why I should switch up this part of my routine but I took her advice.  Over time, I found myself going back my old ways out of convenience.

Now I’m ready to ditch the towel for good.  Because I’m convinced of the undeniable benefits.
The first, most obvious reason why you should seriously reconsider towel drying your face is because of the dangers lurking deep within the fibers of your towel.  Apparently, towels make the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.  What’s the point of buying specialty cleansers only to wipe your skin with a bacteria-laden towel? This makes no sense.  Especially if you’re dealing with skin conditions affected by bacteria (like acne).

The answer is to give up drying our faces with towels altogether.  But what should we do instead? 
Glad you asked. 
We’ve got options ladies.  Here are some of my recommendations for how to complete the cleansing process without grabbing a towel.
Leave the skin damp.  I watched a video where a skin expert proclaimed that applying beauty products on dry skin was futile.  Basically, the skin isn’t primed to receive the goodness of your products in its dry state.  We’ve all experienced the difference after applying hydrating oils or lotions on wet/damp skin versus dry.   The same applies to the face.  As the water absorbs into the skin, it carries the skin enhancing product with it.  Sometimes, applying lotions on wet skin can be tricky so it’s best to work it into damp skin versus wet.
My post cleansing strategy sometimes includes the use of facial tools designed to be used on wet skin.  For instance, my microcurrent rollers work beautifully with moisture because water helps conduct the electrical current deep into the layers of the skin.  This is exactly what we want to happen when using microcurrent tools.

I also find myself reaching for my Ultrasonic pore scrubber. That thing was designed for use on wet skin so it’s perfect to use post-cleansing.  As a matter of fact, the scrubber does a magnificent job of drying the skin.  Using the scrubber only takes only a minute or so and is a pro at removing congestion just below the skin’s surface.

The last option I offer you is a little more consuming but may be worth it.  In Korea, the women never use a towel to dry their face. Instead, they opt to dry their skin by conducting a mini facial massage.  I’ll post a video demonstration below so you can try it for yourself.

I love the idea of executing a facial massage to help dry the skin because it promotes blood flow to the skin’s surface. Blood flow brings nutrition to the cells and the appearance of health to the skin’s surface.  Not to mention how massage keeps the skin firm and toned.  Plus, your face will still be damp which will allow for the absorption of serums.  Compare that with drying your skin with a scratchy, bacteria-riddled towel.

There’s no comparison.

We’re getting into that time of year where we have to make shifts in our skin regimen.  Winter is all about hydrating with ultra-moisturizing products. But, as we transition to spring, we must be mindful of our skin’s changing needs.

In staying true to the goal of replicating perfectly poreless skin by summer, I’ve decided to incorporate a product that can refine the skin & eliminate imperfections each and every single day.
If you don’t have this product in your current line up, you might be truly missing out.  I’ve discussed the importance of exfoliating in the past.  Exfoliating, in my opinion, is just as important as cleansing.  We won’t’ go a full day without removing surface dirt and oil, but what about the dead skin clogging up your pores? 
Even though I’m the number one advocate for daily exfoliation, I didn’t do it often as I should.  That all changed when I discovered acid based toners.  These toners have one job, to refine and perfect, by dissolving dead skin cells, with each and every use.  

The result is brighter, more even-toned skin that looks baby smooth and reflects light beautifully. When your skin naturally reflects light, it glows. 

For acne prone skin or if you’re suffering from discoloration, acid-based lotions shouldn’t be an option…..it’s a must. If your current regimen doesn’t include this miracle skin-refining tonic, here are a few options for you to consider.  
I was watching a Youtube favorites video the other day when the girl held up a bottle of Glossier’s new multi-acid acne exfoliator.  She said something that immediately made me want to purchase. “Since using this solution, I’ve been able to go without any foundation.” She then went on to explain that she appeared foundationless in the video.  Because she did her brows, lips and wore mascara, I assumed that her skin had some coverage as well.  Once I learned the truth, I hopped on over to Glossier’s website and purchased.  Another reason why I was so eager to buy was because of some before & after pics of people who made incredible improvements to their skin, thanks to Solution.   The product description promises to transform your skin in 4 weeks with the help of several acids including glycolic, salicylic and lactic acid.   I can’t wait to try and share my first impressions. 

Ever since I learned that Pixi Glow Tonic was a staple in Jourdan Dunn’s skin regimen, I wanted it. Jourdan, when speaking about Pixi Tonic, said that it “exfoliates very well” and the acid refiner was “really doing its job.”  Before Glossier Solution came along, Pixi Glow Tonic was everyone’s favorite.  It’s also got a great supporting cast of ingredients including witch hazel, ginseng, glycerin, and castor oil.  If your skin isn’t acne prone, but you’re looking for something to exfoliate lightly on a daily basis, Pixi Glow certainly fits the bill.
Ordinary is a newcomer on the scene. This brand is blowing up because of its high quality, low-cost lineup.  They offer a 7% glycolic acid toner in a full 8 oz size at an affordable price.  That’s if you can get your hands on it because they frequently run out of stock.  Their toning solution is definitely worth a try because at, this price you can afford to use it on your neck, chest, and anywhere else that you want to promote even-toned healthy looking skin. 
Of the three, I decided to start my collection with Glossier’s Solution.  Part of the reason was because I also picked up their Boy Brow since a lot of people I follow were raving about it.  It’s already starting to warm up where I live and I’ve seen some signs that my skin wanted to freak out.  My skin was acne free all winter, out of nowhere, a pimple shows up.  No thanks.  I’m getting proactive and detoxing my skin’s outer layer so, as my oil production increases with warmer weather, I don’t suffer from breakouts as a consequence.   Acid toners kill the bacteria that feeds acne and help with the healing process.  One facialist even hinted that acids help prevent deep scaring because of how they aid in healing.
I didn’t even mention how acids can also lessen the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Even toned, smoother skin is possible simply by swiping your face with a little acid toner on a routine basis. Not to mention that acids prep the skin so that everything else you use afterwards becomes more effective.  Who wouldn’t want that!? There just are too many benefits to pass up.  

I’m a compulsive snacker.  When I’m bored, I’ll reach for whatever’s available.  Typically that means something sugary and devoid of nutrition.  But now I’m thinking about spring skin goals and I’ve made the conscious decision snack on foods that’ll feed my skin from within.

I’m trying to keep everything easy & effortless. So basically, I plan to keep snack options around that I can feast on knowing that they’ll bring me closer to my skin goals.  Here’s the list I’ve compiled so far.

Goji Berries: Vitamin C, Protein, Amino Acids.
First and foremost, I’m stocking up on goji berries.  There are a myriad of reasons why goji berries top my list of snacks that’ll feed my skin.  First, these berries are loaded with vitamin C, trace minerals, and antioxidants.  A lot of fruits have similar qualities but goji berries are one of the few fruits with a high protein and high amino acid content. You know what that means? Because they’re rich in protein and amino acids, goji berries could classify as a healthy hair snack.  Also, the protein content helps make it a satisfying snack that helps curb my hunger. What I love most about goji berries is that they’re not too sweet like dried cranberries or raisins.  This probably means that they don’t spike my blood sugar as much their dried fruit counterparts.

Honestly, if you aren’t hip to the goodness of the amazing goji berry, it’s time that you’re finally let in on the secret.

Japanese Sweet Potatoes: Hyaluronic Acid
Another of my healthy skin snacks is the wonderful Japanese sweet potato. They’re cheap and highly nutritious. And compared to your typical sweet potato, they have fewer carbs and lower calories. These sweet potatoes supply our skin with valuable hyaluronic acid.  To refresh your memory, hyaluronic acid provides internal lubrication for the skin and body.  The more of it we have, the more “moisturized” we become.  There are a million serums on the market with this necessary ingredient.  Yes, I’ll continue to slather HA serums on every day but if I can give my body direct access to HA via my diet, why not?

Also, I’ve enjoyed these potatoes in the past and they are very filling.  Perfect if you want a mid-day snack but want to save all of your calories for dinner.

Sunflower Seeds: Vitamin E
I don’t take a vitamin E supplement. But I probably should because vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant.  The alternative is to up my vitamin E intake via my snack options.  This will be pretty easy because I love munching on almonds, sunflower seeds, olives and such.  I just have to keep more of it around.

Dark Chocolate: Flavonoids, Antioxidants
When my sweet tooth kicks in, my secret weapon is 85% pure dark chocolate.  Enjoying a piece of dark chocolate feels like a treat but I’m also rewarding myself with skin loving flavanoids. From a healthy skin standpoint, we already know that the active ingredient in pure chocolate has a positive influence on the skin’s elastin.  A high-quality piece of dark chocolate satisfies our sweet tooth but isn’t obnoxiously sweet.  It’s great for when you’re trying to retrain your taste buds away from sugary snacks.  The higher the percentage of dark chocolate, the better.

Seaweed Sheets: Vitamins & Minerals
Another snack that I plan to have laying around are crispy seaweed sheets.  Not only do I love the way they taste, but I appreciate the fact that they contain vitmain C, A, E, calcium, and B vitamins.  They also have a lot of sodium which means that I have to increase my water intake.

We’ve already established that sometimes our body will trick us into eating when we’re actually hungry.  So I’m making a conscious effort to drink liquids that support glowing, beautiful skin.  I’m pretty much going to focus on consuming several cups of green tea + bamboo tea on a daily basis.  I’ve also reinstituted chlorophyll water to help facilitate detoxing from the inside out.

This is the list I came up with after a quick brainstorm session. If these foods aren’t your cup of tea, feel free to come up with your own roster of nutritionally dense snacks that contribute to your overall beauty goals.  Again, the purpose is to achieve our ideal outcome with as little effort as possible.  Eating nutritious foods that we love is the epitmone of effortless. Let’s keep plenty of these healthy snacks around so we can feed our skin a little bit each and every day.

As you may already know, I recently touched on the topic of incorporating the help of vitamin C in the battle for flawless skin.  The article was inspired by a comment I read on a forum where a woman who loaded up on vitamin C to battle a stubborn cold experienced glowing skin as an unintended side effect.

Once the article was published, I received a comment that was so valuable that I felt the need to continue this conversation of vitamin C and how it can transform our health & our skin.

Here’s what the commenter had to say:

“Lypo-Spheric vitamin c packets have proven to be the very best. They really help with collagen production and overall immune system. The liquid packs also absorb into the blood stream faster. Not only do they improve the skin but you should read about cancer prevention through vitamin c. I take. 2 packs a day 1 in the am and 1 in The p.m. After about a week or so I started to notice that my skin was glowing my pores looked smaller and everyone around me was getting sick except me. A month later my blemish marks are noticeably fading. To experience these types of results so quickly was very motivating for me because with natural products typically you have to take them for a very long time (and faithfully) to see results which is nothing wrong with that but instant results are always nice.”

I don’t know about you, but the comment gave me goosebumps.  This person was basically putting us on to her glowing skin vitamin C secret.

Immediately, I darted to Amazon to look up Lypo-spheric vitamin C and was introduced to a world that I never knew existed.  Hours later, I read dozens of reviews just like the comment above from people who transformed their skin thanks to the highly absorbable, ultra-potent form of vitamin C.

Here are just a few:

 “It’s only been a week and I noticed a difference in my skin. And I did what other reviews said. Take a shot glass with juice and knock it down. I can justify the cost if my skin changes this much for the better.”

– I have noticed the big increase in my skin’s elasticity and lines disappearing. More energy and definitely noticed my body improving on myofacial pain issues. 

– The most important thing is that it does its job and boy does this company get it right. My skin is glowing and I feel wonderful. A must-have for your supplement pyramid! I won’t be buying other types of vitamin c anymore

– This stuff is amazing. Just put it in a small amount of water and drink all at once. Easy. I started taking this with a collagen protein supplement and within a week my skin was nearly glowing, much smoother and clear-toned. I had read that the body needs Vit C to use collagen. The collagen I was taking was not doing all that much until I added this Vit C . Then I saw a difference.  

– Using this lyposomal vitamin C makes my skin perfect in the craziest way, like it’s glowing and practically juicy. I’m not really exaggerating either, as I got compliments on my skin – something that’s never happened in my life before. I have this one giant wrinkle between my eyebrows that pretty much disappeared when I used this product for three months. I also have/had bacne, which disappeared as well, but has reappeared since switching away from this.

– I bought this not too long ago and I’m down on my 20th packet. It gives me extra energy and I noticed a huge difference in my skin. My skin feels more glowing and tighter. I will definitely continue taking this one as long as I live. Great product overall! Will recommend to everyone. 😉

This was just a sampling of the glowing skin reviews.  I came across so many more.  Apparently, when people take vitamin C in liposomal form, they experience optimal benefits.  Liposomal means that the nutrients are in a highly absorbable form that easily assimilated into the cells and bloodstream due to its molecular size.  And, can we talk about how much more powerful our collagen intake will become once we supplement with enough bioavailable vitamin C?  I get excited just thinking about it.

After I wrote the first article on vitamin C and its potential skin benefits, I went out and bought some low-cost capsules.  Unfortunately, most of it won’t be absorbed.  Hence, those wonderful skin benefits  I hope for may never manifest.  Thank God for this anonymous person who left the comment that could possibly change my life.

As I researched the skin benefits of incorporating high-quality vitamin C into my life, I soon learned of the amazing medicinal properties of this antioxidant.  I’m sure we’re all aware of how vitamin C can help us a common cold. But I had no idea that vitamin C was used in stronger doses to treat a slew of chronic illnesses.  If you search on YouTube, you’ll find a slew of medical professionals proclaiming that most of us aren’t getting enough vitamin C in our diet.

In the animal kingdom, most species have the ability to produce vitamin C to help fight against illness.  Most of them naturally produce extremely large amounts of this powerful antioxidant on a daily basis.  Humans, for some reason, can’t make vitamin C internally.  So we have to supplement through diet. Most vitamin C advocates claim that we don’t get nearly enough to keep our immune system strong.  Especially in the highly toxic world we live in.  That’s why we’re always fighting colds, infections, and other ailments.

I’m not here to tell you how much vitamin C you should take a day. But I do want you to do some research.  Perhaps some of us are vitamin C deficient and don’t realize it.  Most of you have a vitamin C serum that you apply each morning in hopes of creating brighter, healthier skin.  Perhaps incorporating a high-quality vitamin C internally is the missing piece that will unlock our skin’s greatest potential.