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Gemma Vendetta

I'd like to talk a little about "Non-comedogenic" makeup.

Say what? You may be thinking.. well basically, if a makeup/cosmetic/moisturiser is non-comedogenic, it is inferring that the product will not exacerbate acne, white heads, or black heads in the skin.

(note: I don't recommend 'googling' comedones unless you've got an empty stomach, or if you're really into making yourself squeemish!)

The result of a blocked pore, is a blackhead, or a whitehead, also known as 'Comedone'.

Pores are the tiny openings in your skin that you can see when you look very closely, especially in a magnifying mirror. Inside those pores are hair follicles -- sacs beneath the skin that house the hair root -- and that's where pimples begin. When your body produces excess sebum, it can combine with dead skin cells and sometimes bacteria to plug up the pore. The result is a pimple -- a comedo. If the comedo is closed at the skin's surface, it's called a whitehead. When it's open at the skin's surface, and you can see the plugged follicle darkened by melanin buildup, it's called a blackhead [source: Mayo Clinic].

So now you're well versed in the most common types of pore blockers, let's talk about the ingredients to avoid, and the recommended cleansing routine to keep your skin clean, fresh, youthful, and pimple-free*. (Individual results may vary)

Ingredients to avoid:

  • Dimethicone - a silicone-based polymer. It's a man-made silicon-oil. Sure, it might feel smooth to the touch, but it is literally creating a plastic-like barrier over the skin and in turn is 'suffocating' the skin. Similar ingredients, named differently are also known as cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, and phenyl trimethicone (read more here)

  • Talc - pore-clogging, cheap filler of inferior makeup powders, also a known irritant (i.e. non-asthma safe!) and
  • Bismuth Oxychloride - a synthetic thickening ingredient, known to irritate skin, and block pores (read more here)

*Of course, if you are a long-term user of a product with, for example, dimethicone in it, and your skin is stable, and the product is working for you, then please do continue to do so!

So here's my morning, and evening skin-cleansing routine, for you to try at home.

Step 1) I dampen my face with warm (NOT HOT!!) water and then massage Antipodes Lime & Patchouli Cleanser into all crevices and especially my eye makeup region!

Step 2) Rinse and massage until you've 'broken down' some of your makeup with the cleanser, then use about a 20c piece size of Kosmea Clarifying Facial Wash and massage into a lather, then rinse again.

And lastly, Step 3) Whilst your skin is still damp, in the morning I use The Jojoba Company Hydrating Day Cream, and at night I use Antipodes Nourishing Night Cream.

As an optional extra - once a week, I'll exfoliate my skin, and then follow all the steps above. If you haven't noticed a pattern yet, you might be surprised to know that I'd recommend Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator.

Even if you adopt one of these products into your skincare regime, and then build up from there, you're already making a positive difference to your biggest organ, your skin.

And they smell AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

xx Gemma Vendetta 

(Good luck! I'd love to know how you go!)

P.S. My Vegan Mineral Pressed Foundation, is Non-comedogenic. xx