Washcloths Good for Cleansing Your Face Fact or Fiction?

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Are washcloths good for cleansing your face, fact or fiction? Well, the truth is that it is fiction. The trouble with our cute little wash cloths that come in our towel sets is that they can harbor bacteria in them so you aren’t getting your skin as clean as you may think. In fact you might be making your problem skin have bigger problems because you continue to introduce more bacteria to your already existing environment on your skins surface. The best thing is to just always use your clean hands (or in my case my paws ;)) to do the job. But if you are a person that just needs to feel that cloth on your face in order to feel truly clean (or perhaps when trying to remove a pesky facial scrub) opt for cleansing wipes instead. Simple has a great one at a great price ($4.99-$5.99 in stores or online) http://www.simple.co.uk/products/Kind-To-Skin-Cleansing-Facial-Wipes-25-wipes-66.aspx these are nice on your skin and convenient because they are designed for one use at a time.
This brand is lightly moistened already so if you are not near a washing facility (great for travel) you can still remove makeup and cleans your skin. There are many fine brands out there but I would caution you to use one that is specifically designed for sensitive skin. I say this because you don’t want the added fragrance, drying alcohols plus other ingredients that might irritate your skin we just want it cleansed gently and thoroughly. If you are on a strict budget you can never go wrong using your own hands with a gentle facial cleanser because you’re in good hands if you use your own paws. The “Paws” have it! Katttails up! (We like). This is one of my TipZ and TrickZ hope it works for you.

Summer Skin Beware Not all SPF is the same!

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Summer skin beware! I know Beauties I have ranted about using SPF to protect and age defy but not all are created equal 😦 Beware of Zinc Oxide in products (you remember the white stuff on surfers noses Lol!) seems it has a cancer causing chemical reaction when in the sun (Doh! That’s why we used it!).
Cell toxicity studies by Dr. Yinfa Ma, Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry at Missouri S&T, and his graduate student Qingbo Yang, suggest that when exposed to sunlight, zinc oxide, a common ingredient in sunscreens, undergoes a chemical reaction that may release unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals seek to bond with other molecules, but in the process, they can damage cells or the DNA contained within those cells. This in turn could increase the risk of skin cancer.
So again, read labels, trust as much as you can use your own intuition (personally some of those cute UVA/UVB hats are so cute) limit exposure and do it as safely as possible! Meow! Kat

Review- Garnier BB cream is it right for you?

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I wanted to touch on BB creams again just so you know that I’m really on the fence about them. I think in concept they sound great and if you are truly on the run and need to go for them they are a time saver and can be a real convenience. My testers tried Garnier  BB cream in both colors available (light medium and medium deep) over all  we got an average rating on performance (Kat on the fence). Our testers found it to be creamy which is fine for a mature or drier complexion. Mostly, it’s because  they are packing a lot of ingredients and functions into one tube. We are asking it to be a serum, a sunscreen, hydrator, moisturizer, tint and a skin corrector all in one. If you have oily and or problem skin you might want to pass on this convenience and hand select separate products suited to your skin type (I like to regardless). One of the concerns with this product is there seems to be a lot of added fragrance (remember that brings another cazillion ingredients and possible side effects into the mix), one of our testers reported an itching and burning sensation. So it might not work on sensitive skin. Also, there are only two color choices and you may find yourself having to buy both tubes for mixing to get a proper color, so then you are doubling the price and end up with way too much product on your hands before it expires.  My take is that it is fine for the price  ($12.99 http://www.garnierusa.com/_en/_us/our_products/product.aspx?tpcode=OUR_PRODUCTS^PRD_SKINCARE^SKIN_RENEW^SKIN_RENEW_DISCOVER^SKIN_RENEW_RTN1&prdcode=P19001&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=garnier%20BB%20cream&utm_content=Brand&utm_campaign=Skincare&gclid=CL_dkYzg8a8CFWQKRQodeCvMXA  ) but you really need to have the right skin type. If you have strong skin that is not having problems, it might be great choice for you. Rating-Kat on the fence!