I believe that all of us, in the midst of the chaos and months of confinement and seclusion, experience different emotions and feelings. Some weeks were filled with extreme worry, anxiety and sadness.

But I can say that I have also had happy, creative, productive days full of good energy. It was a privilege to be able to take a forced break, from home, and create a daily routine of yoga, cooking, eating well, reading, watching movies, taking online courses, watching “lives”, cleaning the house, taking care of my skin, hair and body.
With time to spare, I had fun doing several days of "home spa"! I was able to try out face mask recipes, moisturize my hair with coconut oil, use my dry brush. I drank lots of water, herbal teas and, many days, managed to get the 8 hours of sleep I deserve. Of course, as the weeks went by, I noticed some good results.

Since I like to try new experiences and it had been a month since I left home, I underwent a 7-day detoxification treatment with green smoothies, which turned out to be a wonderful experience for my body, my soul and, of course, my skin. I can tell you that spending 7 days alone with smoothies is not easy and I do not recommend it to just anyone.
But the "most radical" habit change, with the most surprising result, that I set out to make in this quarantine was to do away with the daily use of makeup once and for all in my life. This was unimaginable for me, since I started having acne-prone* skin at the age of 30 and I had not spent a day in my life without using at least one makeup base on my face to hide my acne.
And it is this liberation (or would it be a victory?) that I would like to share with you. I can say out loud and with great pride that:
I'm a "MAKEUP FREE" woman and I want to celebrate that! Because in the times we live in, that's not easy, it's not for just anyone. With so many impositions from society for us to be "superwomen" or "women with perfect skin and bodies", who dares or who manages not to wear makeup?
That doesn't mean that I don't like to wear makeup and that I'll never wear makeup again. I'm a professional actress and, many times, in plays, movies or TV, wearing makeup is part of the job.
How has the pandemic helped improve my acne-prone skin?
When I couldn't leave the house, I ended up spending days and days with a basic facial care routine: cleansing my skin with a toner and moisturizing it on some days with Per Purr's facial oil and on other days with my mixed-dry skin moisturizer.
After going 3 months without using a drop of makeup on my acne-prone skin (I can already say: my skin is no longer acne-prone), the result is really amazing. I never imagined getting rid of makeup (Could makeup be an addiction? A way of hiding ourselves?) Nor did I imagine the difference its daily use would make to the health of my skin.

Anyone with acne-prone skin knows what I'm talking about. Some spend years and years in the incessant struggle of fighting pimples, trying all sorts of products and treatments people recommend, going to countless different dermatologists and almost never having satisfactory results, or any hope.
Well, the truth is that it seems it has taken a pandemic for me to discover alone and confined to my house that the combo food + what you do or don’t put on your skin is your "secret tip" to having healthy skin and no acne.
Now that we are slowly returning to the rhythm of before, but with (perhaps) a change in mentality, a desire to do things better and a real thirst to stick to the new habits cultivated in lock-down, it is time to put our plans into action.
The truth is that everything I'm talking about is related to the notion of constancy. Experiencing doing something every day. Even if it's just a little, but sticking to it, until the action becomes a part of you and eventually it doesn't require any effort.
I can already tell you that for me it takes no effort to eat well, do yoga and not wear makeup every day. They are just simple, constant daily tasks.

So, I invite you to try a new habit that makes you feel good. But take your time. Don't forget that as long as a little day-to-day practice makes a difference in your mind or body, you have to embrace it and practice it.
*One of the causes of acne in adult women is "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome", which can also cause a hormonal imbalance. In this case, changes in diet and the use of cosmetics may not have the same effectiveness. We encourage you to consult a medical specialist.

To know your skin type, the first thing is to understand how it is formed.
The skin is an organ organized in many layers of cells that protect it. It is the first defense barrier against water loss and external factors such as microorganisms, in addition to thermoregulation.
It is composed by two main layers:
The epidermis, which the first layer and protects us from sun, insects, pollution, cold and heat. It retains water, vitamins, minerals and proteins. It is composed mostly by keratin-producing cells, a protein that provides stiffness and resistance.
The dermis is the structure that is below the epidermis and that makes up more than 90% of the skin. Made mostly of collagen fibers, that is resilient and elastic, known as elastins.
all about skin
Four skin types are currently recognized: normal, dry, oily and mixed. These categorizations are based on different factors, such as pores sizes, genetics, hormones, sebum production, exposure to external factors, medications and stress.
1 - Normal skin basically means that it is a well balanced in all aspects: protection, temperature regulation, sensations, water balance, synthesis of vitamins, hormones and nutrient absorption.
The control of the sebum volume produced is essential to understand how the skin works. Sebum is a natural oil produced constantly by the sebaceous glands that take it to the surface of the skin. Its function is to lubricate and protect. 
The sebaceous glands can be and be normal, hyperactive and produce excess sebum or hypoactive and produce little sebum. The largest pores are associated with more active sebaceous glands and the smaller ones with less active glands.
We always find the question ‘genetics vs care’. The balance of healthy and beautiful skin is a subjective factor, because it can change due to internal and external factors. An example is that with age normal skin tends to dry out.
Normal skin would be ideal, with a lot of elasticity, softness, poor sensitivity, small pores, with a good texture and uniform appearance. Achieving a balance between sebum and moisture, neither too fat nor too dry, that is, normal.
2 - Oily skin is more shiny, with enlarged pores, blackheads and prone to acne. This  skin type is more likely to develop seborrhea. These signals are given by too active sebaceous glands that produce an excess of sebum, which clogs the pores, increasing the proliferation of bacteria and causing skin imperfections.
The cause oil excess can be related to the increase of hormonal levels, such as at puberty, as well as during some parts of the menstrual cycle of women, pregnancy and menopause, as the sebaceous glands become more active during these times . Also stress, certain medications such as steroids and makeup that clog pores.
3- Mixed skin is usually the most common, it is a combination of two skin types, dry and oily. Sebum-producing glands are more concentrated in the central part of the face, forehead, nose and chin, so the pores in these areas look larger. The cheeks and skin around the eyes are usually drier than the rest of the face, due to lipid deficiency in this area.
The oil gets trapped in the pores in the central part, mixed with dead skin cells and other debris, causing a plug. In contact with the air it causes a black dot and, when it is closed, forms a white dot.
4 - Dry skin is a skin type that produces less sebum, has a rough texture, small pores, and  is prone to irritation, redness and itching.
As we age, skin tends to become drier and more fragile, because the production of natural skin oil inevitably decreases. Also, women have much more predisposition to dry skin than men.
Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition that occurs for a variety of reasons. It is possible to have naturally dry skin, but external factors are often the key in this condition. Extreme weather (too hot or too cold) removes moisture from the skin leaving it drier and cracked. Very astringent soaps and detergents, over washing and very hot water deteriorate the skin's lipid barrier, the shield that protects against external factors and retains moisture.

Some people are genetically predisposed to skin that produces more sebum throughout the day. The word "sebum" should not have a negative connotation, because without it, your skin would be completely unprotected.
Sebum production or "oil" on your skin can vary according to climate, age, stress and other factors - including poor choice of personal hygiene products regardless of skin type.
Do you know the difference between hydrated skin and oily skin?
Hydration = retention of water molecules in the skin.
Oil = excess sebum produced by the skin.

How to moisturize oily skin

How to moisturize oily skin

Even if you have oily skin, you should still use a moisturizer. The reason is simple: when your skin is properly hydrated, a protective layer is formed against external factors (cold, wind, pollution), reducing the need to produce excessive sebum to fill the role of the "protector".
What happens when your skin is not properly hydrated?
It produces more oil to compensate for the lack of hydration. So many people just have very oily skin without really knowing why.
If you are experiencing this, try moisturizing your skin, and gradually the problem will decrease. We’re not suggesting that you load your skin with super oily creams, you have to find a product that suits your skin type.
Today there are many options on the market (lotion, gel, oil-free cream), including some that promise to leave your skin "matte" all day.
If you think your problem is very serious and are having difficulty finding a suitable product it is best to consult a dermatologist. Another tip: before going out to buy an expensive cream that guarantees perfect skin in a few days, ask for a sample and test it in the store.
We hope we have broken this "taboo" about not using daily moisturizer if you have oily skin, because hydration is as important as cleaning and sunscreen.
If you want to know what Per Purr products can improve the condition of your skin please write to us at contact@perpurr.com
The advantage is that our products are 100% natural and free of mineral oils and other toxins. In addition, we have at least one suitable product for every type of skin; look for your premium Per Purr soap here.

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