9 Facial Products Your Skin (And Wallet) Will Totally Love

9 Facial Products Your Skin (And Wallet) Will Totally Love

And only one of these is a face mask!

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I've had oily skin that's been susceptible to acne and blackheads my whole life. The struggle to find good facial products that actually did what they said they do has been REAL. I've run the gamut of brands, washes, masks, etc. to try and cut down the oil and clear up acne.

Truth: nothing permanently lessens the oil. But these products definitely help in maintaining your skin and keeping it clean!
These are all available at Target or Ulta for under $10. Your skin (and wallet) will thank you!

1. Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets

This product takes #1 easily. These oil-absorbing sheets are a freaking GODSEND when you have skin that gets shiny and oily as often as mine does. Even when I wash my face, the oil builds up pretty quickly and makes me feel gross. I've been using these oil-absorbing sheets for 4 years, since a friend introduced me to them back in senior year of high school. They actually absorb all the oil on your face!! You can also get the Target brand ones for a dollar less, they work just as well.

2. Clean & Clear Night Relaxing All-in-One Cleansing Wipes

These are by far the best makeup wipes I've ever used. They smell amazing, aren't harsh on your skin, and - prepare yourself - take off waterproof makeup easily. These wipes also leave your skin feeling moisturized and refreshed. To testify the awesomeness of these wipes, I used them in the past to take off a face full of bright pink stage makeup and I only needed one wipe to take it all off. 10/10 recommend.

3. Clearasil Stubborn Acne Control 5-in-1 Daily Pads

Clearasil also has the Rapid Rescue Deep Treatment Pads, but I personally use and love these. (I'll definitely try the other ones once I'm through with these!) These pads are great for when you're a busy person and don't always have time (or energy) to wash your face in the morning. Or for when you're tired and don't feel like making a big to-do of washing your face. These have a semi-rough texture, but they're not abrasive and leave your skin feeling clean and moisturized.

4. Garnier SkinActive Charcoal 3-in-1 Cleanser & Face Mask

As an oily-faced girl, this is my favorite facial wash of the (many) ones I've tried (and have sitting around my bathroom). It really cleans up the oil and cleans up your skin, if you use it as a regular wash. As a mask, you only have to leave the mask on for 5 minutes. And it comes off super easily, whether you're rinsing with your hands or a washcloth. I recommend using a facial wash brush like this one from Eco Tools to really get it into your skin if you use this as a daily wash. Your skin will feel amazing after.

5. Biore Deep Cleaning Pore Strips

If blackheads are building up on your nose, chin, or forehead, USE THESE. I've been using Biore facial strips for years and they have really helped in cleaning out my nose and chin. You leave them on for 10-15 minutes; I typically do 15 for maximum removal. It's disgustingly satisfying to take these off. I recommend getting the charcoal ones.

6. Yes to Detoxifying Zit Zapping Dots

Put one of these on that big zit before you go to sleep, and wake up to a significantly smaller, already healing zit! I wasn't sure these would work when I first got them, but I was pleasantly surprised at their effectiveness. You have to leave it on for 8 hours, which is why it's best to put them on overnight. I had a bad zit that flared up, so I put this on and overnight, this little dot pulled out the bad stuff and reduced the size significantly.

7. Up&Up​ Deep Clean Toner

I recommend the Target Up & Up brand or Clean & Clear. You use it after washing your face - simply put some on a cotton ball, dab it on the affected areas (or your whole face if you want to be extra cautious like me), and rinse it off. It takes 5 seconds to use and helps to maintain clearer skin and fight acne. I like to pair mine with Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer to keep my skin healthy.

8. Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer

I clearly love this brand (pun intended). This moisturizer helped immensely when the winter dry skin hit. This moisturizer also works to treat acne, so double the bang for your (nice and cheap) buck!

9. Facial cleansing brush

I got this one from Target for $6 and it's great! Using a facial cleansing brush keeps your hands off your face when applying facial wash, which means fewer finger oils touching your skin and potentially causing flare-ups. I find that using this brush also helps me get a deeper clean since the bristles help exfoliate and brush away dead skin. This brush is also super easy to wash and keep clean!

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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My Dad Died From Skin Cancer, Please Trust Me When I Tell You To Wear Sunscreen

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and no matter your skin tone, tanning could lead to skin cancer.

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Summer is a time where hair gets lighter, music is played louder, campfires are the new normal, and laying out by the pool is all most teenage girls want to do during the day.

What most people don't know is that skin cancer is deadly, and an increasing amount of sunburns or tans can lead to that. May is melanoma awareness month, and it's important to understand how deadly it truly is. Melanoma is a type of cancer that accounts for only 3% of all skin cancer but is the deadliest and the hardest to cure if it's caught too late. It starts in melanocytes (which are cells that create melanin) and it's what gives skin its color.

Because your skin is the largest organ, melanoma can spread to other parts of the body fast. Typically, it's found in a black or red spot on the skin or an existing mole that has an irregular shape, size, or color. Not only is melanoma the most frequent appearing cancer in young adults ages 20-30, but it is the MAIN cause of cancer death in women ages 25-30. So why is it that it's so frequent in young adults, especially women? One word: tanning. Sun damage is linked directly to melanoma because it causes the skin cells to change. Whether you tan on a tanning bed or in the natural sunlight, they both have the same risk of developing melanoma. If you've had more than five peeling sunburns in your life, then your risk for melanoma doubles.

Some things to look out for that may increase your risk of melanoma are: sun damage, especially a history of peeling sunburns, fair complexion (people with blond or red hair, light skin, blue eyes and a tendency to sunburn), previous melanoma, moles, as well as a family history of melanoma. It's important to not despair because not everyone with multiple sunburns gets melanoma, but it's very important to be aware. Just by wearing SPF 15 or above sunscreen daily reduces the risk of melanoma by 50%. If you wear a hat outside to protect your face it will also decrease your chances, as well as a swim shirt or rash guard at the beach. Checking regularly for anything irregular in the skin and seeing your dermatologist once a year will help to keep you and your skin healthy.

Melanoma is very personal to me because my dad was diagnosed with it when I was a little girl, and by the time the doctors caught it, it was too late.

Not only do I have a higher risk of melanoma because my father died from it, but I'm also extremely fair with blonde hair and blue eyes, which is an increased risk on its own. This doesn't mean I'll get melanoma, but I have spent my childhood being aware of the risks and protecting myself the best I can. I want to spread the word about melanoma because people are often unsure of what it is, the key causes, and how they can prevent it. Hopefully, this article not only made you stop and think about the real truth of tanning but also about protecting yourself. This summer, even if your friends are tanning on the beach, please use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. It could save your life.

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