6 Steps to Using Moisturizers the Right Way

Posted by Cowgirl Dirt on 10/31/2016 to Skincare
6 Steps to Using Moisturizers the Right Way

Advantages to Moisturizing

Moisturizing daily has so many advantages for your skin both immediate and as a preventive measure for future issues. The functions of moisturizer goes far beyond the basic hydration.

  • Your moisturizer is a shield between your skin and the elements. 
  • Enhances skin texture to keep your face rodeo ready.  
  • Keeps your skin looking young and healthy. 
  • Keeps your skin hydrated by securing hydration by acting as water loss prevention. 
  • Shields your skin from harsh climate on the trails. 
  • Some moisturizers contain SPF protection which shields the skin from sun damage. 
  • Prevents and treats dry skin.  

The Best Way To Use Your Moisturizer

Those are the benefits. Here is how to bet take advantage of those benefits: 

  1. Wash your face before applying your moisturizer. If you apply lotion all over your face as it is, you would trap dirt and oils to your skin and block your pores. This can lead to breakouts from oil build up. 
  2. Exfoliate once a week to take off dead skin cells and soften the skin. 
  3. Pat your face dry. Don't draw or pull on your skin. 
  4.  Use the suggested amount, and apply it with your fingers. Use all over by tapping it in, not rubbing. 
  5.  After applying your moisturizer, wait a few minutes before you use other products on your skin. 

We Recommend

Blue Ribbon Face Moisturizer. Its major target is skin hydration and protection. It absorbs into the skin easily without leaving a greasy or oily film. Want soft, gorgeous skin? Then you should definitely give it a try. 

Morning Dew Face Moisturizer is perfect for sensitive to oily skin types. This means, no matter your skin type, it’s perfect for you. Even better, it balances the skin’s ph while providing hydration. With this moisturizer, you can say goodbye to surprise skin issues. 

Churned Butter Body Moisturizer it is very hydrating and is infused with antioxidants needed to keep skin cells healthy. 

Cowgirl Bonus #1

When moisturizing your body, take a bath or shower before moisturizing. Sometimes, in seasons that are dry and cool, we apply lotions without doing this initial step. However, washing off dirt and oil from the skin makes it a lot easier for your skin to absorb the moisturizer, enhancing its effectiveness. At least once a week, exfoliate your body with scrubs or a body brush. You can use both and switch it up now and again. Dry brushing before your bath also helps to improve blood circulation in the body. Immediately after your bath or shower, apply your moisturizer. It is important you do this right after, this way you can lock in hydration to keep your skin soft and healthy looking. 

Cowgirl Bonus #2

Your skin should be hydrated both from the inside and the outside. Drink enough water especially if you live in a place that gets extremely hot or has dry air. When you treat your skin in all areas, the result would be a glowing complexion that would be worth all the effort.
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Exfoliating - Is it worth the extra step?

Posted by Cowgirl Dirt on 10/24/2016 to Skincare
Exfoliating - Is it worth the extra step?

Are you exfoliating correctly?

Exfoliating is one of the best ways to pamper your skin. It has so many advantages (apart from having unbelievably smooth skin). Sadly, with various advices and DIY hacks being tossed around, it is very easy to get the wrong ones that could cause more harm than good to your skin. There are basic steps to exfoliating your skin. Before we go into that, we should answer this basic question:

Why should I exfoliate my skin?

  • Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that make your skin feel dry, cracked or rough. When the dead layer of skin cells is removed, your skin holds skincare products better making them more effective since they can now reach the new skin cells.
  • Exfoliating speeds up skin cell regeneration as the dead cells are taken off quickly. If you are concerned about anti-aging skincare, exfoliation is very essential.
  • Exfoliating leaves your skin glowing as exfoliation promotes blood flow in the body. Your skin will look alive and very healthy.  
  • Exfoliating unclogs your pores, removing oil and dirt build up, preventing acne and excessive production of oil.
  • Over time, exfoliation reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles leaving you with smooth skin and a youthful and healthy glow.

How to exfoliate the right way:

  • Do not exfoliate if you have sunburns or open injuries. Using scrubs on your skin with these conditions will just intensify the condition.
  • Wet your skin before applying any body scrub or face scrub, except when dry brushing. Use tepid water. Hot water dries your skin out.
  • Exfoliate your facial skin delicately. Try not to use it on your eyelids or under your eyes. The skin around your eye is very light and delicate.
  • Avoid using harsh scrubs, especially on the face. Sugar scrubs are your best option. You can try out the True Grit Body Scrub. It is all natural, the exfoliating beads are actually sugar! It contains Vitamin E which protects the skin from free radicals that can damage or even kill off skin cells. It also contains natural oils like organic sunflower oil and macadamia oil which is important to restore lost moisture from the exfoliation.

Cowgirl Bonus: You should not exfoliate while soaking in a hot bath. This might sound like the perfect home pamper routine but it really isn't. Exfoliating your skin is enough to dry it out. Hot water (especially when you actually soak in it) is even more drying. They both strip the skin of moisture and natural oils that are very essential. Limit your hot bath hours. If you are in a dry climate, you may want to avoid them altogether.

Never forget to moisturize your skin immediately after you exfoliate.  Using scrubs can dry the skin out and open up the new skin cells. You need to shield them with the cream and hydrate the skin. Go for rich lotions and body butters such as our, Moonshine Night Repair Cream and Churned Butter Body Moisturizer. Replenish your skin with lots of moisture.

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3 Reasons to Cleanse Before You Hit the Hay

Posted by Cowgirl Dirt on 10/17/2016 to Skincare
3 Reasons to Cleanse Before You Hit the Hay

The major reason most cowgirls don’t go through a night time cleanse is exhaustion. 

We’ve all been there.

After a long day in the saddle, don't you just want to go home, crash on your bed and not get up till the next morning?

Keeping a skin care routine is a lot of work, but it is very important if you want healthy, radiant skin. Your skin reflects the amount of care it gets, and if it’s not getting enough, that’s going to show. 

3 reasons why you should never go to bed without a proper cleanse: 

You need to unclog your pores: properties like dirt, sebum (oil) and makeup sit on your face all day. They eventually seep into your skin and clog up your pores. This ultimately leads to acne breakouts on the skin, excess oil production and some extreme skin infections if the situation is not handled. This is why it is very important to cleanse properly and dislodge harmful properties clinging to your skin. 

Rehydrate your skin: being out and about means exposing your skin to the elements. Sun, dry air and cold weathers can dry out the skin quickly. When you cleanse, you open up your skin, allowing your moisturizer to seep in and provide hydration to the skin cells.

Your bedding needs to be oil and bacteria free: when you go to bed with a face full of all these properties, you introduce them to your pillow and sheets. During that week, even when you cleanse your skin, it still comes into contact with them through your bedding. That means your whole skincare routine was basically a waste of effort. 

A Good Cleansing Routine 

For a basic routine, you can start with these essentials: 

Morning Glory Hydrating Cleanser - Start with your cleanser to remove all the dirt and oil build up. Make sure to rinse off properly.

Tried and True Toner - Your toner is needed to return your skin to a balanced ph level. Although your cleanser is very gentle to the skin, it is still necessary. The toner keeps your skin condition stable, preventing skin issues like acne outbreaks, spots and excessive sebum production. 

Blue Ribbon Face Moisturizer (for those with drier skin) or Morning Dew Moisturizer - Your moisturizer is very important. It seals up the pores, keeping hydration locked in to the skin. It’s important to moisturize right after your cleansing routine to keep the moisture in your skin before it dries out. Many women like to skip this part, especially if they have oily or combination skin. Moisturizing won’t make your skin oily though, it will keep it hydrated with a healthy glow. This step should not be skipped for any reason.

High Noon Lip Moisturizer -  Remember to moisturize your lips to keep them soft and supple.

Even after you have settled into an extensive routine, there might be days when you don’t feel like going through all the steps. Just make sure you use these basic essentials. They are all very important to keep your skin healthy and balanced. 

A morning skincare routine is just as important. Here is an image of the order of application for you to pin or print out and keep in your makeup drawer.

Get That Cowgirl Glow

Posted by Cowgirl Dirt on 10/9/2016 to Skincare
Get That Cowgirl Glow

Even though summer is coming to an end we still want to have our cowgirl glow.

Sun rays- UVA and UVB- are very damaging to the skin, and can cause several serious skin issues. The major cause of skin aging signs like wrinkles and fine lines is sun damage. Other issues that come with too much exposure to the sun includes age spots, hyper pigmentation and skin cancer. Tanning beds are even worse, we would never advise anyone to use this route. It’s more risky than sun exposure. They emit up to 15 times more UV radiation than the sun. 

Your best option is to use tanning lotions that are made from natural ingredients. They darken up the skin just from topical application, with no adverse effect! Want to try it out? Here’s how!

4 Ways To Use Our UnBridled Tanning Lotion For Best Results.

1. Exfoliate. This is a very important first step. Your skin needs to be smooth and rid of flaky dead skin cells. Exfoliating your skin would give you better results with your tanner. Pay extra attention to those dry parts of the body like the elbows and the knees. We recommend using the True Grit Body Scrub. It contains essential vitamins that will also work to feed your skin and keep it healthy. 

2. Use Gloves. Put on gloves before you start applying your tanner. This is to make sure that the color doesn’t soak into your palms. If you don’t have gloves though, you can simply wash your hands thoroughly after the application. Remember to rub in a dab of the tanner into your hands so they don’t appear pale and match the rest of your body. 

3. Use Broad Strokes. We recommend using our Unbridled Tanning Lotion. It gives you awesome results within 4 hours. It doesn’t just work as a tanner, it also provides nourishment for your skin. Make sure your body isn't greasy from any residual body cream, so it can easily absorb the tanning lotion. Using uniform swipes, spread the lotion in all directions on your body. For your knees and elbows, you can dilute the tanner with your moisturizer. Those areas can get dry really fast so you need to keep them hydrated. Dry areas absorb color better, which means if you don’t keep those areas moisturized, they can appear darker than the rest of your body. 

4. Check For Streaks and Tone Them Down. If you get an uneven look just take a quick shower and it should wash off. You can even do a light exfoliation.   

With our Unbridled Tanning Lotion, your glow can last for up to a week from just one application! Want to give it a try? Click here or browse the rest of our store here.
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