If you suffer from oil-prone skin, the chances are that shine is the bane of your life. Light should be reflected on shiny surfaces, like mirrors, not on your face. It can sometimes be hard to know how to deal with excess oil and shiny skin, but actually, keeping the shine at bay is much easier than you would think.
To help you banish shiny skin for good, here are a few useful beauty tips and tricks:
Understand your skin
What causes your skin to become shiny is probably different to what causes someone else’s skin to be oily. It’s all to do with how you skin works, and what it is that causes it to release excess oils. You know that sheen you see on your face – that tends to be a mixture of dead skin cells and lipids.
Lipids are amazing for protecting the skin from the elements. However, too much of them can lead to your skin looking greasy. Many of us make the mistake of thinking that our skin is more likely to become oily during the summer months, but that’s actually, not the case. The warm weather melts the lipids, whereas, during the winter months, they stay on your face. While you can’t change how much oil your skin produces, you can change your skin care routine to deal with it.
Don’t use oil-reducing cleansers
You will see that many cleansers claim to reduce the amount of oil your skin produces, but this is just a gimmick. As all cleansers, apart from those for sensitive skin, get rid of any oil on the surface of the skin. None, however, can reduce how much oil your skin is producing.
Make sure always to use natural products on your skin. Opt for natural cleansers, as chemicals can cause irritation.
Use toner throughout the day
As well as toning in the evening, to keep your skin clear from oil, it’s a good idea to use toner throughout the day. Invest in a couple of packets of oil-free toning wipes, and use them to clean any excess oil off of your skin while you are out and about.
You’ll find that by using toner throughout the day that your skin will stay much clearer and because of this will be less shiny. You can pick up travel packs on toner that are ideal for using while out and about, online or at your local beauty store.
Be choosy about your moisturizer
To get rid of shine, it’s important that you are fussy about the creams that you use on your face. Using a heavy moisturizer is not a good idea for oil-prone skin, as it will only make the oil worse. Your best bet is to look for a light, oil-free formula that will moisturize your skin but won’t cause it to become oily.
Use mattifying primer
If your skin is shine-prone, using a mattifying primer under your makeup is a must. Look for a mattifying primer that contains silicone, this can help to reduce how shiny your skin looks. The silicone will act as a barrier, preventing the oil from making your skin shiny.
Blot the oil
When you are wearing makeup and notice excess oil, it’s tempting to try and rub the oil off. However, doing this will not only rub off the oil, but it will also smudge your makeup. Instead of rubbing it, blot your face with blotting pads – these are incredibly effective.
Want to keep your skin shine-free? Take note of the advice above, and you can do.
A woman named Camilla Peters (Facebook) / @CamillaJoPeters (Instagram) from Cherokee, Alabama, email address email@example.com, is going around claiming other bloggers’ blogs as her own in order to receive free products from companies. These companies in turn are expecting reviews, and when they don’t get them they are contacting the actual owners of the blogs and threatening to leave them bad feedback on various product review/giveaway facilitation companies like giveawayservice.com and tomoson.com.
What Camilla Peters did to me:
Camilla Peters registered an account at giveawayservice.com with her name, email address, and mailing address, and listed my blog as her own. With these “credentials”, she then applied for and was approved for dozens of products to review. The companies sent her the products with the belief that she would then write a promotional review of them on Jenn.nu. Obviously that never happened. What she did came to light on November 15th, 2015, when a company contacted me directly with a threat of leaving me negative feedback for uncompleted reviews. Until this correspondence I had never even heard of giveawayservice.com – and obviously I never received any products from them or the brands who work with them, since Camilla Peters listed her own mailing address on her account.
Why this matters to bloggers:
By claiming your blog as her own, Camilla Peters is effectively setting you up to be blacklisted by companies and brands. Unless you contact them directly and they take the time to read your claims and do their own fact-checking, it’ll be assumed by companies and brands that you’re not trustworthy, and subsequently your blog name and URL will be passed around for further blacklisting. This type of impersonation can effectively ruin you. Additionally, the brands who send the impersonator products might wrongly accuse you of theft, and possibly start litigation against you – imagine being sued in small-claims court or even criminal court for products you weren’t responsible for stealing. Your online reputation matters!
How bloggers can protect themselves:
If you receive correspondence from product review/giveaway facilitation companies or bands themselves inquiring about the status of reviews for products you did not receive nor even know of, and they’re addressing you as Camilla, find out the company they went through (such as giveawayservice.com) and reply to both them and the company to let them know of the impersonation. In my case, I sent the brand and the company a picture of my driver’s license to vouch for my identity and ownership of my blog (and to show my address, as the products the companies sent out went to an entirely different address).
Why this matters to companies:
Simple: you’re sending out products (and paying for those shipments) to a person who has no intention or ability to follow through with her end of your mutual agreement. You’re out products and money, and are left with negative feelings about bloggers as a whole. You’re not only victims of theft; you’re also most likely going to turn away from a valuable and cost-effective form of advertising.
How companies can protect themselves:
Third-party review/giveaway facilitation companies should always require bloggers to verify ownership of their claimed blog(s). This can be as simple as installing a widget, a bit of tracking HTML code, or a pre-written blog post or blurb that includes some sort of verification link or code. Many companies already do this; but some, including the newer giveawayservice.com, do not. This is a grave mistake, as evidenced by what Camilla Peters did to me (and possibly other bloggers). Companies should always require bloggers to verify ownership of their blogs via one or more of the methods listed here.
Brands themselves can ask the same of a blogger – perhaps ask the blogger to publish a temporary post or page, or even edit an existing post or page temporarily to display a specific sentence or code that vouches for that blogger’s ownership of that blog.
If this has happened to you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as I am gathering information and evidence in case litigation is necessary.
Forgiveness is one of the most important Christian values, replacing the old eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth law. Letting go of hard feelings is an important part of many other belief systems and often a condition for having a close relationship with God.
Some look at forgiveness from a more utilitarian point of view – by going over other people’s mistakes, and yours, you achieve inner peace, you reduce stress and you eventually feel better.
No matter what motivates you to practice forgiveness, the following list of reasons why it’s important to forgive will help you have a more relaxed and tolerant attitude towards other people’s mistakes:
- Forgiveness improves relationships
It’s definitely easier to hold a grudge instead of going over your partner’s or friend’s mistakes. You have every right to be angry or sad, but does it help?
By allowing negative feelings to take over, your relationships will be overwhelmed by anger and bitterness, you’ll lose connection to your significant others, and become unable to enjoy the present moment. It’s natural to feel sad and confused for a while, but once you are ready, make a choice to forgive the person who has hurt you.
- Forgiveness empowers people
As shown in the previous point, denying forgiveness keeps you trapped. Those who don’t forgive refuse to give up their role as a victim and even if they are listening to their pride and feel in control of the situation, they are still under the power of the person who has offended them.
When you let go of anger, you choose to redefine your life, move forward, and no longer think about the way you’ve been hurt. By practicing forgiveness more often in your life, you’ll discover that end of blame is a prerogative of powerful people – after all, you need strength to cut through hate and resentment.
- Forgiveness is good for health
If you agree that many health conditions are caused by negative feelings and stress, you’ll also agree that forgiveness is good for your health. Various studies have found that forgiving offenders is associated with lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, and a decrease in stress levels. Furthermore, forgiveness has been linked to other beneficial behaviors known to improve health condition, such as volunteering, conflict management, charity, and having a good night’s sleep.
- Forgiveness can help you change people
The main reason why you may want to forgive offenders is achieving your own peace of mind, but sometimes ending blame can determine the person who has done wrong to reconsider their position and improve their behavior. Not all people who have hurt you are irredeemably bad – the power of example can motivate them to become better. Placing a tag on people, on the other hand, will help them even less change for the better.
- Forgiveness doesn’t mean accepting someone’s bad behavior
One reason you may be afraid to forgive others is fear – the fear that once you reopen your heart, the person who has wronged you will make another mistake. Forgiveness, nevertheless, is not letting someone hurt you again, but understanding them for who they are and letting go of what troubles you.
The reluctance to accepting apologies and forgiving must have been caused to a great extent by the habit of saying “Sorry” without really feeling regrets, just to fix the situation. Children need to be taught to manage conflicts and talk about their negative feelings, so they become more likely to apologize on their own accord and grow into adults who don’t mindlessly use “Sorry” as a band-aid. And when someone says “Sorry” from the heart, it definitely makes more sense granting forgiveness.
Forgiveness benefits both the person who grants it and the person who receives it. Letting go of grudges will help you feel better and at the same time it will offer the offender the opportunity to learn something from their mistake. Will you have the power to make this difficult yet noble and beneficial choice?
To any product review/giveaway facilitation companies: I am not Camilla Peters from Cherokee, Alabama, and she has no access to my blog. I’m sorry to say that you’ve been lied to, and unfortunately are most likely out whatever product(s) you sent to her.
Jenn (not Camilla)