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Hormonal Acne – What Can You Do?

By | skincare routine

Many of us mistakenly assume that our acne will fade away as we age out of the teenage years, only to wake up one day with a breakout or cystic acne around “that time of the month.” According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne affects more than 50 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 29, and affects over 25 percent of women ages 40 to 49.

It’s important to remember these statistics when you’re having a hormonal breakout – it’s completely normal, and many women experience it! However, acne can still be a pain during an already rough week, and though you may not be able to completely get rid of it, there are a few things that can help reduce the appearance of a hormonal breakout. Here are a few:

  • Avoid dairy and processed sugars around the time of your breakout. Dairy adds more hormones to the mix, and sugars can spike insulin levels – both leading to an increase in acne.
  • Start by pulling the impurities out of your skin using a product, like our Purifying Mud Mask, before “that time of the month.” Doing this before the breakouts happen will help prevent them – keeping you from irritating a breakout with scrubs and products after they appear.
  • Use a gentle cleaner, like our Softening Cleansing Milk, daily during breakouts to reduce irritation while still washing away the day’s dirt and oil.
  • Relax! Stress can cause a decrease in sleep and affect your other hormones, causing even worse acne during a hormonal breakout. Be sure you are getting enough sleep and relaxation during the day, and try setting time aside for either meditation or a bath to just breathe.
  • Remember to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and move your body through exercise or yoga – this is important for any type of breakout!

    We are always excited to share the joy of health and beauty with our customers. Visit our online store or give us a call at 757-842-6350 to talk to us about Bloom Mineral Beauty products.

Bloom Featured in Sand and Snow Fashion Blog

By | Almond Scrub, Fashion, Mud Soap, Reviews

We always love hearing from bloggers and skincare pros who have fallen in love with Bloom Mineral Beauty. This week Sand and Snow blogger Karyn Locke included Bloom products in her post, “4 Fashion Brands You Need to Know for Spring 2018”.  How great is it that Bloom products work so well they’re considered part of fashion!

From the blog, “Given the option to use facial products that use natural products to get the job done or not, I’m choosing the former. Bloom Mineral Beauty uses Dead Sea minerals to perfect its products including a Hydrating Almond Scrub and Purifying Mud Soap. FYI: Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba used the same mineral elements to keep their skin looking its best.”

Thanks Karyn, we’re so glad you love Bloom, too! Read the full post, here.

Don’t Let Your Routine Fall Short

By | skincare routine

We are in the last stretch of winter weather and its more frustrating than ever to walk outside in the morning and feel that stinging cold air. You’ve kept up a strict skincare routine to stay hydrated and luminous through freezing temperatures, but you cannot stop now!

February often has days with warmer temperatures, making it easy to forget about the importance of our skincare routines. Your winter skincare products should remain at the front of your shelf until temperatures stabilize in the spring months. Be sure to continue to drink plenty of water and use a Deep Moisturizer to keep your skin happy.

This month is also the perfect time to take a personal survey on which products are or are not working for you. Which products did you not enjoy in 2017? Which products weren’t helpful to your skin? Now is the time to get rid of the things you’ll never use and make room for some that will help your skin glow in the upcoming seasons!

Make the decision to start your research and find the products you’ll want to switch over to when the last cold days have ended. After months of being huddled up in coats and boots you might want to add a body scrub and foot cream to your routine. You need to be fully restored before breaking out the flip-flops!

Whatever the season, don’t let your skincare routine fall short!

We are always excited to share the joy of health and beauty with our customers. Visit our online store or give us a call at 757-842-6350 to talk to us about Bloom Mineral Beauty products.

Mommy’s Block Party Reviews Bloom Products

By | Reviews, skincare routine

A big thanks to Mommy’s Block Party for giving Bloom products a try and sharing your experience (and photos!) with your followers!  We’re so glad you found a solution to tame your winter skin, and look forward to hearing more about your experience with Bloom.

Here’s an excerpt:

“I CAN NOT believe I am showing you guys these next couple of pictures!  My feet are so, so bad in the winter.  I put on lotion and socks most nights before bed but still have dry, cracking heels and peeling skin on the bottoms of my feet.  Thank goodness it’s too cold for flip flops.  Just the fact that I took pictures of my feet shows how great this Shielding Foot Cream worked.  It gave me immediate results and I am on the way to summer feet.  I am using this foot cream at night before bed and I can tell the biggest difference in the appearance of my feet.”

You can read the full review, and see all the photos, on the Mommy’s Block Party website.

Foods That Help Your Skin

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Last month we wrote about identifying problem areas through face mapping to determine the cause of acne. Many of these problem areas were caused by diet – liver function and digestion play a huge role in how your skin looks!

They say that losing weight and getting healthy is 80% diet and 20% exercise, and it works just the same for skincare! Though you can reduce acne through topical products and medicines, getting to the root of the problem will save you from stress over acne later. The best way to do this is through what you eat, and there are a few foods that can really boost the glow of your skin and help fight breakouts. Here are a few to try:

  1. Water: This may seem silly and obvious, but it is so important that we had to include it! Drinking more water helps flush out toxins, gives you more energy, and hydrates your cells. When paired with a good moisturizer, drinking more water will make your skin look more refreshed than ever!
  2. Leafy greens: Dark leafy greens are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that keep your skin nourished. Use a mask with those same nutrients and your skin look healthy and even-toned.
  3. Berries: Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are also full of great antioxidants, but they also help combat cravings for your skins number one enemy: refined sugar. These tiny fruits are sweet enough to satisfy your need for sugar, without all of the breakouts that processed sweets can cause.
  4. Avocado: This food is one of the top Instagram-able toast toppings, and is also great for your skin! Avocados contain those good fats that ward off those dark under eye circles and hold moisture. Eat more avocados and use your daily eye cream to decrease signs of aging and look more energized than ever.

At Bloom Mineral Beauty, we are excited to share the joy of health and beauty with our customers. Whether you want to enhance the beauty of your face or body, we can help bring your skin to life. Visit our online store or give us a call at 757-842-6350 to talk with us about Bloom Mineral Beauty products.

Problem Areas: What They Mean

By | skincare routine

We all know that the status of your skin is often affected by outside factors like diet and environment. These factors can cause problem areas for many people, especially if the change is sudden. If you’re completing your skincare routine as you normally would, but find your skin breaking out in places it never has, there is probably a reason why! Here are a few areas where you may get an acne breakout due to a lifestyle change, and what the cause could be:

Forehead and nose: Sudden breakouts on the forehead are most often linked to diet. Whether you’re having digestive problems or have been eating too much greasy food, what you’re putting in your body shows up on your skin. Try to pinpoint what has changed in your diet lately, or consider seeing a nutritionist to help you narrow down the culprit. As always, remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush out toxins and keep your liver happy!

Chin: Most acne occurring on the chin is said to be caused by a change in hormonal balance. For women, this is most likely because of “that time of the month,” but it could also be from dairy intake, or even oils from resting your chin in your hands or putting a dirty cell phone to your ear. Be sure to avoid touching your face throughout the day, keep your phone screen clean and jumpstart your deep cleaning days before your period begins.

Cheeks: Acne on your cheeks could be from any number of things, but is mostly likely due to air pollution or general grime. Your cheeks reflect your respiratory system, so if you live in an urban environment or are a smoker, try to install measures in your home that keep the air cleaner than the environment outdoors. If you live in an area with great air quality, your cheek acne could be from pillow cases, phone screens or makeup brushes – try washing these items more frequently.

While this guide may help you pinpoint the causes of breakouts, they won’t help you get rid of them immediately. For shorter term results, we suggest our deep-cleansing mask followed by a toner to clean pores and rid of acne! Shop our online store or give us a call at (757) 842-6350 to talk with us about Bloom Mineral Beauty products.

Keep Your Skin Radiant Through Winter

By | skincare routine

Have you ever wondered why your skin is so radiant during the summer? If you live near the ocean, it’s probably because of the salt water! Even though you might immediately want to jump in the shower after spending a day at the beach, the water is actually helping your skin.

The ocean contains a high percent of salt, a natural exfoliator, stress reducer and detoxifier. In the ocean you’ll also find minerals like chloride, sulphate, magnesium and calcium. There is a reason that swimming in the ocean used to be recommended to heal! However, summer is gone and temperatures outside are dropping. For most of the country, it is already too cold to go for a dip in nature’s spa, and our skin will no longer reap the benefits that come from salt water.

So how can you continue to get the same benefits of ocean water on your skin when summer ends? Luckily, we have access to products made with salts straight from the Dead Sea, the most majestic body of water packed with over 21 essential minerals that help cleanse and detoxify our bodies. The Dead Sea is like the ocean, only amplified in its healing properties!

Here are a few products available that allow you to do just so:

Bloom Mud Mask: Our mud mask uses mud from the Dead Sea, and contains many of the same properties as water from the ocean you frequent during the warmer months. Using this mask one to two times per week will keep your skin glowing!

Purifying Mud Soap: This soap has the same helpful minerals as our mud mask, but with the added benefits of natural coconut and olive oils so keep your skin soft and moisturized. This bar can be used daily to achieve great skin 24/7!

Almond Scrub: Packed with Maris Sal (dead sea salts), this scrub is both exfoliating and detoxifying! Sea salt helps to balance oil production, retain moisture and reduce acne from bacteria! This scrub is great for areas like elbows and knees that can become dry and flakey during the winter.

At Bloom Mineral Beauty, we are excited to share the joy of health and beauty with our customers. Whether you want to enhance the beauty of your face or body, we can help bring your skin to life and let your inner beauty and confidence shine through. Visit our online store or give us a call at 757-842-6350 to talk with us about Bloom Mineral Beauty products.

Take the “Scare” Out of Your Skincare Routine

By | skincare routine

Is your skincare routine a nightmare, causing you more harm than good? Do you find that your skin is often irritated after a cleansing or mask, leaving behind frightening blemishes or redness? Halloween should be the only spooky part of October, and if your routine isn’t doing what it should, it’s time to find a solution to take the “scare” out of it. Let’s review a few essentials:

Ingredients: Just because a friend or coworker has raved about a product that worked great for them, doesn’t mean that same product will work for you. If you’ve had adverse reactions to a certain ingredient before, be sure to check labels when you purchase new items. You should also always test new products on a small area of skin before applying it fully. If you’re having a bad reaction but aren’t sure what is causing it, compare the label to other products you use to determine which ingredient may be at fault.

Frequency: Too much of anything is bad, and that is the case for skincare as well. Your skin’s natural oils are important, and scrubbing them away too frequently, or using an exfoliant too often can cause irritation and dryness. Pay attention to how your skin reacts throughout the week – you may want to reduce or increase the number of times you cleanse.

Order: The order in which you use products can absolutely affect your skin! For instance, you wouldn’t want to skip out on a moisturizer after doing a mask and cleanse- talk about dry skin! Ideally, you’ll want to use any masks or exfoliation products first, use a gentle cleanser after, and then apply a toner and moisturizer.

At Bloom Mineral Beauty, we are excited to share the joy of health and beauty with our customers. Having a balanced skincare routine with natural ingredients is key, and we can help bring your skin to life. Shop our online store or give us a call at (757) 842-6350 to talk with us about Bloom Mineral Beauty products.

A Guide To Exfoliation

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Exfoliation is another term we hear often but may never really understand. With so many
products on the market and magazines that give opposing advice, choosing an exfoliant and a
routine can be a nightmare. At Bloom, we agree that exfoliants are a great addition to anyone’s
skincare routine, and have created this handy guide to help you add it to yours:

Which Product to Choose: While some exfoliants can be great for one person’s skin, they can
have adverse effects on another’s. Check the product to see if it is gentle enough to use on the
face, or if it is meant for the rest of your body. Be sure to check the ingredients for items that
haven’t agreed with your skin in the past, and test the product on a small area of skin before
applying it to a larger area. Products with more natural ingredients, like our Hydrating Almond
Scrub, are always a safer bet!

How often to Use: Exfoliating too much can be harmful to your skin, causing redness and
irritation that can take days to clear. Dermatologists recommend exfoliating 2-3 times a week,
and even those with great skin can benefit from this routine. Some products are made as a
scrub, while others are intended as a mask, so always check individual packaging for additional
instructions. Exfoliate on days with high exercise and activity, and on days with acne flare-ups.

What to Pair It With: Exfoliants are generally rougher in order to clear pores and remove dry
skin cells, and replenishing your skin after use is important. We suggest using a GENTLE CLEANSER
afterward to remove any excess dirt from pores, followed by a toner to balance your skin’s pH,
and a moisturizer for softness and hydration.

Achieve healthier, happier skin by exfoliating on your next self-care day! At Bloom Mineral
Beauty, we are excited to share the joy of health and beauty with our customers. Whether you
want to enhance the beauty of your face or body, we can help bring your skin to life. Visit our
online store or give us a call at 757-842- 6350 to talk with us about Bloom Mineral Beauty

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