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How to make your own Emergency Hygiene Kit: Fairface Podcast Episode 25

What do I need in a 72 hour hygiene kit? Find our here
Fairface Podcast Episode 25: 

How to make your own 72 hour Emergency Hygiene Kit

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Hello my friends! Welcome back to another episode of the Fairface Podcast. I'm so glad to be back with you today. I hope you are doing well.

Today I want to talk to you about something really important. How to make your own 72 hour Emergency Hygiene Kit, what other emergency essentials you should consider storing, and why it's so vitally important that each of us take the time to do this. 

As we have all learned from 2020 and beyond, it is of the utmost importance to be prepared for unforeseen emergencies. By having a plan in place and extra supplies on hand you can have the peace of mind knowing you will have what you need to get by temporarily, until the situation improves. And that's definitely what we want for ourselves and our families.

What goes in a 72 hour kit or hygiene kits

My Experience with Emergency Preparedness

I grew up with Emergency Preparedness being a part of my life. My parents reviewed the family emergency plan with us every year (like to put an extra pair of slip-on shoes under your bed, how to shut off the gas in case of a leak, what to do if there was a house fire, and which out-of-state family member to call in case we were separated in a natural disaster). 

They had extra food and water stored, and other extra supplies like toilet paper, kleenex, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, paper plates and plastic utensils. 

They also had other emergency necessities like flashlights, batteries, lanterns, a generator, extra wood for our fireplace, and that sort of thing, - all things that would allow us to be as comfortable as we could be during an emergency situation like a power outage from a wind or snow storm, or even an earthquake.

So I grew up feeling a sense of safety and security thanks to the planning and execution of my parents and the extras they had stored, so I knew we would be ok.

In my own home now as an adult, we have also planned for extras, that can help us in the same way. 

And who knew our world was going to be completely shut down around March 2020? We couldn't possibly have known that, but luckily because we had planned along the way for emergencies, we had what we needed to get by which was a comfort and sense of security to me.

I'm not talking about *hoarding* extras. 

There's a big difference between having a few extras on hand versus taking so much that no one else has any. 

The whole toilet paper hoarding thing last year (and even here right now at Costco) was not a good look for our society. Certain people were taking so much, out of fear that they wouldn't have enough, that it left others without any at all.

So when I say to have extras on hand, I definitely don't mean hoarding. 

What I do mean, is to keep in mind things you eat and use on a regular basis, and have a few extras. As you use one, (like a container of face wash or a can of corn) buy another to replace it, so you always have a few extra on hand and can rotate them to use them by the best by date.

So I hope that makes sense.

What types of emergencies should we prepare for?
What types of emergencies should we prepare for?

There are any number of things that could happen in life, that's just the truth. You could need extras on hand because you lost a job and won't have income for a while and may need to rely on those extras you had bought for a rainy day.

Or there are pandemics or natural disasters, where we find ourselves under unusual, uncertain and emergency circumstances where those extra items are much more vital to our health and survival.

Depending on where you live, you may be exposed to certain types of threats over another area. For example, we get a lot of wind and rain storms here in Seattle - especially in the fall and winter, that cause power outages. And the last few years, we've had some big snow apocalypse events that have also knocked our power out for days.

We have minor earthquakes here on occasion and know we are due for a big earthquake and I always have that in the back of my mind for our emergency planning. 

Maybe your area is more prone to tornadoes or more frequent earthquakes, or flooding. So your planning might look a little different than mine, but for the most part, there are common emergency supplies that are useful no matter what the disaster or circumstance. 

The 3 general emergency scenarios to plan for are:


1. You are stuck at home 

Whether that's something like a quarantine, or maybe there was a storm and roadways are blocked, and you may or may not have power, water, and gas but you are at home.

2. You have to leave your home quickly 

Fire, flooding,  earthquake and the house is no longer stable - preppers often call emergency storage for this type of situation, a Bug Out Bag or a Go Bag

3. You are away from home, or in your car, and you aren't able to get back home. 

Maybe you were at work, and the roadways are now blocked, or your car ran out of gas late at night...there are many different scenarios - preppers call emergency storage for this type of situation, having a Get Home Bag that you keep in the car.

So in any of these 3 scenarios, you want to have on hand the things that will help keep you alive, keep you safe and as comfortable as possible for a temporary amount of time. 

The 3 general time frames to plan for are having enough supplies, food and water for:

1. Up to 72 hours

2. 2 weeks

3. A month or longer

Focus first on making your own Emergency Hygiene Kit

Making hygiene kits for emergencies - what supplies are needed?

Since the subject of Emergency Preparedness is enormous, we'll start small and focus today, primarily on what types of things you might need for your Emergency Hygiene Kit if you were in any of those 3 scenarios for up to 72 hours (or 3 days).

It can be a little overwhelming to try to dream up all the different scenarios you might encounter, and honestly, try not to make yourself crazy, just put something together to help you feel a little more secure and a little more prepared.

For example, imagine you had to leave your home quickly and had to go to an emergency shelter like a school gym. Wouldn't you be glad you had an extra pair of clothes and a toothbrush? Wouldn't you be even more glad if you also had a few snacks and a bottle of water to tide you over? 

I haven't personally been in a situation like that, but I know there are many people who have. 

So when you think about your own personal emergency hygiene kit, what comes to mind for you?

I have done a lot of research on different necessities and am going to focus on helping you create your own 72 hour Emergency Hygiene Kit so you have these essentials while you start to build the rest of your emergency supplies. 

I will share a full list of all the recommended essential emergency supplies at the end and include that in the show notes.

Ok, so let's focus on gathering supplies for your 72 hour Emergency Hygiene Kit

"Hygiene is one of the most overlooked aspects of survival." -

According to, Hygiene is one of the most overlooked aspects of survival.


"Good Hygiene is the first step in good first aid" - from the podcast, The Stuff They Don't Want You to Know 

We also can't underestimate the psychological effects of being clean and as comfortable as we can be, during an emergency.

Having simple comforts during an emergency can have a huge impact on mental wellbeing. There is something about the comfort of having your own personal items that can be very therapeutic and help to lower your stress and levels of anxiety.

When we had our huge power outage last year during the huge snow storm, it was a miserable few days without light or heat, but keeping up simple routines, like being able to wash my face with my soft face cloths and favorite cleanser, and moisturizer, and put on my comfy pajamas and lots of extra layers because it was freezing, just those few regular comforts and routines, amidst all the things I couldn't control, helped me feel that much better. 

I carried a lot of weird anxiety and stress over those several days - not being able to leave the house because the roads were packed with snow, being so cold all the time, not being able to work, worrying about how to charge my phone, wondering every day whether the power would come back on or not, worrying about the food spoiling in the fridge and freezer, and fearing the dark and deeper cold that nighttime would bring, - it was very uncomfortable and I felt very uneasy, so you can see how even just a few somewhat normal comforts could really make a difference. 

What do you really need in your Emergency Hygiene Kit?

plan for emergencies by making your own emergency hygiene kit
I recommend starting with common items and building from there, according to your personal needs. 

Here are a few things to think about as you get started:

1. Make a list of all the personal hygiene items you use most often. 

I have a packing check list for vacations that I use so I don't forget anything, so for me, I would refer to that. Those include all my go-to's.

You could also think of it as planning for a camping trip. "If I were camping for 3 days and didn't have any electricity, what would I need...?" 

2. Look over the Commonly Used Emergency Hygiene Kit Items list (see below) 

Then add any applicable items to your list

3. Be aware of space constraints. 

Your whole emergency pack including ALL 72 hour necessities (which is usually recommended as a 1st backpack or 2nd choice duffle bag) should be what you can comfortably carry by yourself. So sorry, you might not be able to bring it ALL. 

4. Consider what you would really NEED and not just what you would WANT. 

In an ideal world, you could bring it all with you, but in this case, you'll have to decide which products are essential and necessary for you, and which ones you would be ok to do without temporarily.

A BASIC hygiene kit might typically include items like:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Bar Soap
  • Shampoo & Body Wash
  • Lotion 
  • Washcloth 
  • Comb
  • Deodorant
  • Kleenex 
  • Finger Nail Clippers
  • Shaving cream
  • Disposable Razors 
  • Tampons/Pads


Here is an EXTENDED List of Commonly Used Emergency Hygiene Kit Items

*Store items in airtight plastic bags

  • Water (*I listed this first for a reason - I'll explain later)
  • Toothbrush and toothbrush holder
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouth wash
  • Soap
  • face wash
  • Washcloth
  • Moisturizer
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower cap
  • Deodorant
  • Tampons and Pads
  • Wet wipes / baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • compact mirror
  • comb
  • hair band
  • lip balm
  • Nail clippers
  • tweezers
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • hair bands
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Toilet Paper
  • Medications (including allergies)
  • cotton balls
  • Q-tips
  • Medications
  • First Aid Kit
  • Face masks

What other types of personal hygiene products do you count as essential?

sensitive skin hygiene kits
***If you have a special skin condition, it would be difficult to be in a position to use donated hygiene kits with soaps or cloths that might cause irritation to your sensitive skin. It's always best to have access to your own chosen personal hygiene products. 

When you look at the essentials list, it doesn't feel like there's a lot of room for much else does it?

Here are some

ADDITIONAL emergency personal hygiene items you also might need or consider:

  • Extra contact lenses
  • Contact solution
  • Contact lens case
  • Extra eye glasses
  • make-up removers
  • spf (which for me is an essential)
  • make-up
  • five-gallon bucket or container with a camping toilet lid
  • Kitty litter to use with the bathroom bucket
  • Solar shower for hot showers without electricity
  • Garbage bags
  • laundry soap
  • Lysol wipes

No matter what scenario you're in (whether you're stuck at home, have to get out of your home quickly with your Go Bag, or stuck away from home in your car with your Get Home Bag) your essential Emergency Hygiene items can help you get you through TEMPORARILY.

Let me address the water issue...

don't forget to pack water in your hygiene kit

"One thing that is often forgotten, as far as personal hygiene is concerned, is that WATER is a necessary prerequisite to personal hygiene." - Shannon Sorensen, CEO Fairface recommends 1 gallon of water per person, per day, for drinking *and sanitation. recommends at a minimum, 1 gallon per person, per day, specifically, a 3 day supply for evacuation, and a 2 week supply for home.

If your water supply is limited, you may need to use it for drinking and food instead of using it for hygiene. It's hard to be in a position to have to choose one over the other, especially if both are needed. 

***If I can tell you anything, it's to make water storage a priority, remembering water is needed for drinking, sanitation AND for hygiene.

As a last resort you can get water from an outside source and boil it or use a bleach tablet to clean it to use for hygiene, as long as it is safe to do so and the outside source of water hasn't been contaminated with something bleach won't kill (like chemicals or other contaminants).

Where can you find items for your 72 hour Emergency Hygiene Kit?

I know it can be difficult to buy a bunch of extras due to tight finances, so I recommend being thrifty where you can be. 

The way I did it, was to spent more money on the things where quality really mattered, and went cheaper on the things that didn't matter as much. 

I bought a bunch of supplies at our local Dollar Store and then what I couldn't find there, I looked for at Walmart. Other items, like an emergency radio, we were able to find a good quality used one on OfferUp

So just do your best with what you have, even if it takes you a little longer to build up your emergency storage. You can plan as small or as big as you are able to.

For longer term Emergency Personal Hygiene Storage (and other essential items) in your home

It makes it easier to have extras of your favorite products on hand because you'll have more room to store them (and not be carrying them around in a backpack).

How long you plan for beyond 72 hours, maybe it's a few weeks, to a month or beyond, is really up to you. 

How many extras of your favorite products make you feel more comfortable knowing you have them in case you can't get more right away? 

We all know, as with supply chain shortages during the pandemic, that in a larger scale emergency, some products may not be available where you are - either temporarily or even long term - or if they are available in limited quantities, they are suddenly very expensive or just hard to find.

So you need to ask yourself, what products can I live without? What products can I NOT live without? And maybe focus on getting a couple extras of those things that are most important to you.

I encourage you to create a list, as you make your emergency hygiene kit and gather other emergency supplies, of all the supplies you have, and check your items every 6 months and swap out items as they expire or you no longer feel you need, or add new items as needed.

72 hour emergency hygiene kit necessities
So how do you feel about creating your own 72 hour Emergency Hygiene Kit?

Do you feel like you have an understanding of the basics? And can you decide what to add to the basics to personalize it to your own needs?

I hope this information has helped you think about it differently and that you'll take the time to do this.

As promised, here at the end of this episode, I'm going to post an extensive list of ALL the recommended emergency items to have on hand (beyond just hygiene kits) from the Red Cross, government websites and other emergency prepping resources. This list will be available on the blog post show notes, which will be available soon after this episode airs, on

This all inclusive list will include things like flashlights, heat sources, food, what important documents to make copies of, and so on, to give you an idea of what other items are important to consider storing and having extras of, to add to your 72 hour kit or to keep in your home for longer-term storage.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I have spent a lot of time researching Emergency Preparedness and still have a lot to learn, but am more than happy to share what I know. Like I said, this subject is huge, but if you begin preparing a little at a time you'll feel better and have more peace of mind.

That's all for today, good luck with your emergency prepping and I hope it gives you peace of mind to know you have a plan in place and extra supplies on hand to help you get by temporarily, until the situation improves. And that's definitely what I want for you and your family.

Thanks again so much for being here and I'll see you next time.

"Complete" list of Emergency Preparedness Essentials

("Complete" is a relative term. There are many other items you could consider in your emergency preparations, but this is my most comprehensive list pulled from the sources at the end of the post, as well as my own list)

Not in any particular order. Sorry if there are duplicates! My eyes are crossing after looking through this so many times.

  • Water - one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation) [Red cross: 3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home]
  • Empty water bottle or bladder to filter/fill
  • Life straw or other water filtration
  • Coffee filters to filter water debris
  • Household liquid bleach or bleach tablets

  • Food - at least a 3 day supply (72 hours) of non-perishable food / 2-week supply for home) - focus on fat and protein; some sugar, hard candy, granola bars, beef jerkey, dried fruit, canned fruit if not too heavy; longer term - freeze dried
  • Manual can opener  
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Baby supplies: formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet, collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl

  • Outdoor stove and gas (white gas, propane)
  • Other sources of heat? Sterno? Collapsible wood fire stove kit
  • Metal stainless steel cup
  • Lighters
  • Dryer lint in plastic bag as tinder
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Emergency blanket
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing (underwear, socks, shirt, pants, sturdy shoes, sweatshirt) appropriate for the season
  • Rain gear
  • Rain poncho
  • Hot hands one use heat

  • Toothbrush and toothbrush holder
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouth wash
  • Soap
  • Moisturizer
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower cap
  • Deodorant
  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wet wipes / baby wipes
  • Lysol wipes
  • Washcloth
  • Compact mirror
  • Comb
  • Lip balm
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Metal file
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Hair bands
  • Face wash
  • Topical medication
  • Make-up removers
  • SPF
  • Make-up
  • Kleenex (tissue)
  • Cotton balls
  • Qtips (cotton swabs)

  • Toilet Paper
  • 5 gallon bucket or container with camping toilet lid
  • Kitty litter or other organic material to use with the potty bucket
  • Solar shower for hot showers without electricity

  • First Aid Kit
  • Face mask, dust masks, N95 or surgical masks, bandana
  • Safety goggles
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disposable gloves
  • pocket knife

  • Prescription Medications (7-day recommended)   
  • Non-prescription medications (pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, allergy, laxatives)
  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, eye glasses, contact lenses, contact case, contact solution, syringes, etc)
  • Sunglasses
  • Reading glasses
  • Laundry soap
  • Towels
  • Paper towels

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Two-way radios
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Extra batteries
  • Work gloves with grippy side
  • Tarp, plastic sheeting and duct tape (shelter)
  • Wrench, pliers, screwdrivers, multi-tool
  • Scissors
  • Paracord
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers 
  • Backup battery for phone

  • Extra cash in small bills/change
  • Important documents i.e. copies of insurance policies, identification, bank account records, medication list, medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates - saved electronically on jump drive or physical copy in a waterproof, portable container
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Book
  • Deck of cards or other games/entertainment for kids


My own list from lots of research

10 Tips to Finding the Right Foundation for Rosacea-prone Skin - Fairface-Podcast-Ep24

How to find the right foundation if you have Rosacea
Fairface Podcast Episode 24: 

10 Tips to Finding the Right Foundation for Rosacea-prone Skin

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make-up tips for rosacea prone skin
Hello my friends! Welcome back to another episode of the Fairface Podcast. It's so nice to be with you again today, on this lovely fall day in late September.

In today's episode I want to talk to you about my attempt at finding the right make-up for my Rosacea prone skin (foundation, in particular) and the 10 things I learned along the way that can hopefully help you as well, if you have Rosacea, unwanted redness, or sensitive skin and are trying to find the right foundation.

If you have Rosacea, like I do, you know how hard it can be to find new products that are right for your skin and don't cause further redness or irritation.

I realized that trying to find the right foundation for Rosacea prone skin can be just as tricky as trying to find skin care products. And as we all know, what works for one person with Rosacea, may not work for someone else with Rosacea. 

Because even with Rosacea being a shared factor, a person may also have acne, oily, dry or combination skin that makes the difference between products working for one person versus another. When you take everything into account, it really comes down to each of us individually. 

But on the flip side, products that are great for one person with Rosacea can also be great for another, in spite of any of those differences, so it always helps to share information and favorite products!

So why am I talking about foundation for Rosacea today?

Well, about a month or so, I was getting to the end of my very last tube of Mary Kay Medium Coverage foundation, in Ivory 100 - a product that I have been using for the last 17 years...I know, that's a long time to be loyal to one product, but when something works, it works, and why change it? I wouldn't, but this particular line, their Medium Coverage foundation, has been discontinued and replaced with something I think that's called TimeWise foundation, with a bit different formulation and coloring.

And pretty much, for the last several weeks, I've been pretending that it wasn't real. That it wasn't really going to be gone and that magically I would still be able to order it again. But the truth was, with each squeeze of that tube, I knew if I didn't do something, I would literally wake up one day and not have any foundation left, so no matter how much I resisted, I knew it was time for me to go find another foundation.

The reason I kept resisting, was because just the thoughts of it was really overwhelming.

I didn't know which make-up brands to try, there are so many out there, and what if I tried a bunch of things and spent all sorts of money, and didn't choose the right color or the right kind, and had to send them back, would they take them back? And what if I never could find a foundation that looked as good as my favorite Mary Kay foundation did, or even worse, what if one of them irritated my skin? You never know - even good, skin healthy ingredients can sometimes be irritating to Rosacea.

Honestly, I was kind of in the mix between decision fatigue and analysis paralysis and had to walk away for a minute.

Over this process, I learned some things that I wanted to share with you, to help you if you might also be looking for a new Rosacea friendly foundation right now, or at least may someday in the future. I mean, you never know when one of your favorite brands will decide to discontinue your favorite product. That's the truth.

Here are the 10 things I learned, I call them the:

Help finding rosacea foundation make-up
10 Tips to Finding the Right Foundation for Rosacea-prone Skin

[aka Foundation 101 for Rosacea-prone skin]

1. Ask someone with Rosacea what make-up they use. 

This may seem like an obvious point, and it is! But often we are either too afraid or just not motivated enough to ask and think we can just figure it out. This is my number one, because this can help get you started in the right direction, and you can save some time, and maybe even money by finding someone who also has Rosacea and asking them what make-up foundation they use, so you can give it a try. You can find people in skin care forums, on Instagram and even, get this, real live people that you know! They are all great sources. 

I found 2 lovely ladies on Instagram you may already be following, who share a lot of their favorite Rosacea make-up and other products. One is Lex [@talentedlex] and the other person is Rose [@rosegallagher]. They share a lot of Rosacea related information on their Instagram accounts, so I will list those.

And we also know, Jamie Kern Lima, is the woman who created the first IT Cosmetics foundation specifically for covering Rosacea, because she has it herself. So you have a couple great places to start.

2. Decide what level of coverage you want. 

Do you want a more light weight, medium or full coverage? Lighter and medium allow a more buildable coverage, and thicker, fuller coverage is a kind of one-and-done coverage.

3. Decide what type you want to try 

(liquid, cream or powder) and what might work best for your skin type (taking into consideration whether you're also oily, dry, combination skin, etc.) 

4. Decide whether you want a product that contains specific tints to help help cover Rosacea redness. 

I read on Jean Coutu that a green-tinted concealer can help hide red, an orange-tinted concealer helps to cover blue veins and a yellow-tinted concealer works well for purple or brown dark circles. My Mary Kay foundation does not have a special concealer but evens out my complexion nicely.

5. Decide whether you want a luminous, a more dewy finish, or a matte finish ( which is generally better for oily skin).

6. Understand the difference between different products. 

This took me a moment because of all the choices and types - it can be overwhelming, I'm talking about CC creams, BB creams, Tinted Moisturizers, Foundations, and I'll go through those quickly with you.

a.) CC Creams 

Color correcting creams - they are often more light-weight and offer a fuller coverage. They can also contain anti-aging ingredients and SPF.

source: IT Cosmetics

b.) BB Creams 

Beauty balm creams - they are a light-weight alternative to traditional foundations and are more like a skin care + make-up combo, which offers light-weight coverage and skin care benefits. 

source: Byrdie

c.) Tinted moisturizers 

Which are exactly what they are. Moisturizers with a small amount of tint - enough to help even out skin tone by covering, correcting, moisturizing and hydrating. Some add SPF, some offer more coverage, but overall, as I understand it, they are a lighter coverage option.

source: SkinStore


d.) Foundations 

Traditional foundations are known best for a fuller coverage look compared to other products - even out skin tone and cover imperfections. I know a lot of foundations are coming out with additional skin care ingredients, I know often foundations can now come with SPF, but overall, traditional foundations, for the most part, are best known for coverage versus adding additional skin care benefits, but that's not always the case, it depends on the brand. 

source: Loreal Paris

e.) Powders 

Dry pigmented color and minerals that come as pressed or loose powder.

So I hope those definitions help you understand those different types of products. 

the 7th tip to finding the right foundation for Rosacea-prone skin...

7. Consider whether you want to add warmth to your complexion or keep it cool? 

The answer may help you decide whether you want a more cool or warm tone.

We all have a warmer or cooler tone to our skin and foundation doesn't have to "match your skin tone" necessarily. If you want to add a little warmth to your complexion and it doesn't look too dark or orange for you, you can do that, versus thinking you have to choose a cool tone if your skin tone is cool. Does that make sense? 

My favorite Mary Kay foundation, although it is Ivory 100, is a little bit warmer than my cooler skin tone but looks nice on my skin. You just have to do a little testing to see what looks best.

8. Be aware that the color you see in the bottle may not look the same on your skin. 

The only way you can know for sure is to try it on your face. Even testing it on the inside of your arm isn't the same color or type of skin as is on your face. Though it might help you see if it will cause irritation by testing it on your arm before putting it on your face, it will not necessarily give you the same coverage that it would be on your face.

9. Realize you have the freedom to use more than one product! 

Did you know you can mix colors if you want to? You can build layers on one at a time, or simply use a different product on a different day?! Amazing, right?!

Maybe you want to try a tinted moisturizer one day and a powder one day and a foundation another day. Go for it! I don't know if it was just growing up in a big family and having to choose just one (like no, you can't have every flavor of ice cream, choose one scoop!) so it was ingrained in me to choose one and deal with it. 

I am not typically of the mind set that I can actually choose several types of something or have them all if I want to! The truth is, you can, if your budget allows, to have as many different "foundations" that you want, so if you want to use a few different ones and rotate it, go for it!

I'm still very traditional in my mind set and I still stick with one if it works, but there is nothing wrong with variety as long as you don't go overboard, right?

the 10th and final tip to finding the right foundation for Rosacea-prone skin is...

10. Give it the test and time method 

You may need to test out a few different products and give those products time, to see what you think. *However, if it irritates your skin, stop using it immediately.

But when trying different products, you can ask yourself: 

  • Does the coloring compliment my skin tone? 
  • Does it look different in natural light? 
  • Does the product settle into my pores or fine lines? 
  • Does it make me too shiny? or Chalky? 
  • How well does it hold up during the day?

Only time and use will tell, so give it a minute as you make your decisions.

So what happened with me and my foundation conundrum?

Well, I'm happy to say, that my story ends well, but not in the way that you might think.

Before I get to the end, I will say that I did try Loreal's Color Match Foundation, which sadly, for me, felt a little too painted on, to my skin. It felt a bit too flat and the colors turned out to be much lighter on my face than in the bottle, so I felt like I looked really pale and not in a good way. 

It also seemed to accentuate my fine lines and pores, like it was sitting on top of them, not well blended, which was not the look I was going for. It also seemed to rub off easily during the day when I had to take my mask on and off, whereas the Mary Kay foundation seemed to set a lot better.

I also got unbelievably overwhelmed by IT Cosmetics' website with all the choices they had - CC, CC+, BB, Bye Bye Foundation, Your Skin But Better Foundation...I didn't know which product to choose...and then I had to figure out what shade... Fair warm? Fair Light cool? Light warm? Light Medium cool? 

Did I need a primer or setting powder or did I just need to get off that website as soon as possible before my brain explodes?! Yes. I did.

I loaded my cart and left their website 4 different times before giving up.

So I still haven't tried IT Cosmetics, but it's at the top of my list, if I can get over the overwhelm of their website and make some decisions.

Is Mary Kay Foundation good for Rosacea?
So here's the twist in my story, that I was not expecting...but maybe you saw it coming?

In a spark of genius, or exhaustion honestly, I reached out to my Mary Kay rep and asked her if she could check to see if any other reps had any tubes left of the discontinued Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation in Ivory 100...and drumroll please, she actually found some around the country and mailed them to me. She is my makeup angel!

So now I have like 10 tubes of this foundation, that should last me like 5 years. ha!

So the urgency is gone to try to find a new foundation, which, hallelujah, but I did learn a lot along the way that will help me when my last tube runs dry...and who knows what the skin care industry will have dreamed up by then?!  

So I ask you, do you have a favorite foundation that works well for your Rosacea-prone skin? 

If you do, please share it! I love to share what works for you with our listeners and Fairface customers, many of whom have Rosacea or other sensitive skin conditions. I love to be a resource for anyone who needs it!

I hope this has helped you understand what to ask yourself and what to consider as you navigate the world of make-up, specifically the foundation type of make-up, with Rosacea. It can be a bit overwhelming, but I hope you can find what works for you. 

If you can get your hands on any Mary Kay Medium Coverage foundation in the world, go ahead and try it because that's what has worked so well for me, unless of course, I've pretty much bought it all up. In that case, I'm so sorry. 

I would recommend trying IT Cosmetics and even calling them to talk to a rep who can help walk you though their offerings and maybe they can give you some good recommendations instead of just trying to guess...and instead of giving up and walking away from their website like I did.

That's it for today! Let me know your favorite foundation that works well for your Rosacea! I would love to know!

Thanks again for being here! I'll see you next time! 

Since we're talking about make-up. How do you get yours off? 

Don't wash your face with anything other than Fairface Washcloths for sensitive skin! Our soft, soothing flannel glides gently, without causing further irritation to your Rosacea or sensitive skin. And, our soft flannel face cloths come in white or black (think- no make-up stains!).

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How to Edit your Skin Care Products - for your Face and in your Space: Fairface Podcast Episode 23

how to declutter skin care products step by step
Fairface Podcast Episode 23: 

How to Edit your Skin Care Products - for your Face and in your Space

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Hello my friends! Welcome back to another episode of the Fairface Podcast! It's been a while. I unintentionally didn't record an episode in July...the month just kind of went by and honestly, I didn't have anything really speak to me about what I wanted to share with you. I want these episodes to be something of value, and not just me recording to record...

So, for this month, I'm really excited about what I'm going to share with you because I'm totally in the editing/organizing energy that is the start of a new school year. I don't know if you feel the same way, but every time fall approaches and school is back in session, even though we personally don't have kids going back to school, I still love and get caught up in this energy of the start of a new school year. 

I mean truthfully, for the last week or so, I've already been day dreaming about fall leaves, cool autumn nights, hot cocoa and pumpkins on the porch, and it's still only August 19th, so...I don't know if you're there with me too, but that's where I am.

So part of the energy of a new school year start, for me, is decluttering and reorganizing to start this time of year fresh.

I love all things decluttering & reorganizing. I've watched every episode of The Home Edit, Marie Kondo's the Magic of Tidying Up, Hot Mess House and listened to just about every episode of the Organize 365 podcast.

how to home edit your skin care products
I decided it would be fun to take a minute to focus on a Skin Care Product Edit for your Space and your Face. I thought that was pretty clever! I came up with the idea while I was out on a walk yesterday, listening to the Clutterbug Podcast (a podcast by Clarissa, the home organizer on Hot House Mess).

I want to walk you through the steps for editing your Skin Care Products both for your space and your face, so you can focus on the products that really make a difference to you and have a place for them.

If you're like me, you might have a little trouble letting go of things. As far as skin care products go, I find that I tend to hang on to things just in case I might want to try it or use it, or I keep it out of guilt because I bought it and I can't possibly get rid of it. But the truth is, the majority of the time, I don't end up using those things and all the samples and extra products and things I bought that don't work for me just clutter up my precious drawer space instead.

I read this quote about decluttering the other day from the book, The Lazy Genius Way, by Kendra Adachi, that really resonated with me. 

She said, "If you use it and it adds value to your life, high five. If you don't use it, it becomes clutter."

And that just made a lot of sense to me. All these extras and I might use this some day was all really just clutter in my drawers.

My mantra moving forward for all the things in my home, including my bathroom and skin care products is:

If it adds value to me (I use it and love it) and I feel good about it taking up a piece of valuable space in my home, I will keep it. If it doesn't, it’s likely something I keep moving to get to the things I actually use, which makes it clutter, and I will let it go.

Because honestly, every home really only has an finite amount of space (and most bathrooms, have even less space) so before you're tripping over things or leaving them on the floor...because you don't really have a place for them, you need to either find a place or decide whether or not to hold onto it.

Skin Care Edit - for Your Face - 

The Top 2 Questions Everyone Needs to Ask Themselves

skin care product edit: what do I really need for my face?
I initially thought I would talk you through editing your space first (your bathroom, or make-up vanity, bedroom or wherever you keep your skin care products), but realized it's more important first, to look at the following 2 things:

1st: Recognize what products are working for your skin; what items currently hold value for you?

What are the skin care products you're currently using every day? Your natural go-to's? Are you happy with these products? Do you ever use anything else or are you always reaching for certain products?

I, personally, have a very small number of skin care products I use every day, and the other stuff is just the maybe I'll use it, need it, or try it one day stuff...

2nd: Decide what goals you want for your skin. What products you either want to edit out or new products you want to bring in?

Are you happy with the current state of your skin? If you are, that's great! You know what's working for you. 

If you aren't really happy with your skin, it sounds like it's time to either find some better products suited for your skin, or build on to what you are currently doing.

So now you just need to ask yourself, what your skin care goals really are. Are they to reduce redness? Reduce fine lines or dark circles? Smooth unwanted bumps or spots? Or add a little more glow? 

There might be some additional skin care products you want to start incorporating into your routine, like a retinol, vitamin C serum, or other something above and beyond the basics. 

This may mean you decide to go to see a dermatologist or esthetician who can help you take next steps toward your skin care goals.

So to recap, for your Skin Care Product Edit for your Face

1st Recognize what products are working for your skin
2nd Decide what your skin care goals are

After you have completed your Skin Care Face Edit, you'll now be better able to decide, based on these parameters you set up, what you want to keep or not in your Skin Care Space Edit.

Skin Care Edit - Your Space - 

The Ultimate Skin Care Edit Guide to Have What You Love and Love What You Have in 8 Easy Steps

There are many schools of thought on how to edit a space, but the first step is always going to be getting rid of the things that aren't working for you, (or decluttering) to make room for the ones that are.

I'm literally now going to walk you through step by step, exactly what to do to get your skin care products edited in the easiest and most effective way.

You can focus just on your skin care products, or include everything beauty related, but that will be a much larger job. You can still follow the same steps that I'm going to outline.

Step 1: 

Gather all your skin care products 

from your bathroom, or wherever you keep them, maybe you have some in your bedroom and bathroom and linen closet...wherever they are, gather everything up and relocate it to a different space. I like to spread them out on my kitchen table.

What this does, is by relocating your items, taking them out of the space you normally see them in, helps create mental distance between the items and their association with that space so you can see them more objectively.

Step 2: 

Throw away any obvious trash

This might include empty containers (I'm guilty of this). I don't know why I keep empty body wash containers, like I'm going to want to refill them or reuse them or something...but no. Trash or recycle. Easy enough.

Step 3:  

Remove any items that should go to a different space

like why is this paperclip in the bin with my face wash?

Step 4:

Organize like items together

put all your cleansers, toners, cotton balls, etc. and group them together 

Step 5:

Review product expiration dates

Now lets talk about this for a minute. 

Do skin care products really expire?

The short answer is yes.
Check to see if there is a best by date on your product, but unfortunately, those often are printed on the box that you threw away.

According to Paula's Choice, over time, products will eventually start to deteriorate and, "...expired beauty products can compromise skin." 

Some points to consider:
  • Powders seem to last longer than liquids or creams
  • Products with active ingredients can expire or start to lose their effectiveness over time
  • Oils can get rancid
  • Products can begin to separate
  • Product contamination can occur (especially if it is a preservative free product)

Look for things like: 
  • a change in color from when you first bought it 
  • a change in texture (runny, lumpy, feels or smells different than when you first bought it)

And I tend to just follow the well known rule, when in doubt, toss it out. You definitely don't want a reaction to your skin!

Step 6:

Insert a pause

The reason I say this, is because at this point, when you have all your things set out before you on your table, you may be feeling overwhelmed by it all, guilty for having bought all these things you're not using, or feeling bad for overbuying, or wasting. Any number of feelings may be coming up.

This is the time to give yourself a moment to feel the feelings, bad, guilty, ashamed, or whatever you're feeling and then decide to let it go. There's no need to judge yourself, you're just going to move forward and do better next time. 

You may even want to step away for a 10 minute break and come back with a fresh, non-judgmental perspective. 

Now you're ready to move forward. 

Step 7:

Group your products into the 2 categories based on what we discussed from your Skin Care Product Face Edit:

Category 1: What products are working for you and products you love?

Category 2: What do you want for your skin moving forward?

If products on your table don't fall into those 2 areas, they might be products you're never going to use (all those skin care samples...guilty!), or ones you're convinced you'll want to use some time in the future.

If you find yourself coming to a stand-still and need a little more clarification, you might want to ask yourself these questions:

  • Would I re-buy this again today?
  • Am I just keeping it because someone gave it to me? (keeping it out of guilt)
  • Will this help me reach my skin care goals?

If it's not going to help you reach your skin care goals, you're either keeping it out of guilt, or a fear of not having it in case you want it.

If it's a great product but just not for you, think of someone you could gift it to. Sometimes that makes it a lot easier to part with, instead of just throwing it away.

Now once you've done all of that, we're going to move on to-

Step 8:

Find places for the items you love and value and are meeting your skin care needs and current or future goals

Now you can be happy about what is taking up your space, what you see when you pull out your bins or open your cupboards and drawers. 

You can lose the guilt from side-eyeing that expensive oil treatment you bought but never want to use again because it irritated your skin. (that may or may not be me)

You can lose the guilt about not using the face mask your sister gave you because you are afraid it will irritate your skin and you've been holding on to it for a year because she gave it to you and you can't possibly not use it even though you're not using it. (possibly guilty)

There is freedom and clarity when you intentionally make space for the things you value and love, that will meet your needs or future goals, and simply wave goodbye to the things that don't. 

It opens up valuable mental and physical space and can be very therapeutic in more ways than one.

So I hope this has helped you gain a new perspective about how to think about the skin care products you have and how to determine whether to keep an item or not. 

This editing process is all about making decisions with intention, instead of just running through them willy nilly and then regretting decisions later.

I want you to have and use what you love and what makes your skin feel good.

I want you to be able to open your drawer, bin or cupboard and know you love what you decided to keep.

That those decisions honor what you want for your skin and what you want in the valuable space of your home. 

That's it for now, thanks again so much for being here. If this resonated with you at all, please let me know! I'd love to hear from you and if you have any tips or tricks of your own that you've found that have helped you edit your skin care products or really anything in your home, since I'm decluttering/reorganizing fanatic, I'd love to know.

You can reach out through social media @FairfaceWashcloths on IG or Facebook.

Take good care of yourselves and I'll see you again soon! 

This article is brought to by Shannon Sorensen, the founder and CEO of Fairface Washcloths, the softest washcloths and face cloths for sensitive skin. 

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Keeping Rosacea prone skin cooler in the summer heat: 20 Tips

Fairface Podcast Episode 22: 

Keeping Rosacea prone skin cooler in the summer heat: 20 Tips

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Hello my friends! I hope you are doing well and enjoying your start to summer! 

I decided to create this episode based on some wild weather we're having in Seattle right now, where the meteorologists are predicting it may get up to 109 degrees over the next few days, and that, for us in this area, is absolutely INSANE! 

There are only a couple of times the temperature here has hit as high as 104 degrees, at that has been since the early 1800's when they first started recording temperatures. Crazy! 

So we have extra air conditioning units in and we're trying to stay ahead of this record breaking heat. I, of course, always think of the scary stuff, like what if our a/c units stop working, or what if there is a major power outage from everyone running their a/c's non-stop...109 degress sounds like living in an oven, so it's a little scary, but hopefully we'll get through it just fine.

And by the way, I hope the roar of our air conditioner won't be too loud as I record this, so I apologize if it's bothersome.

Now let's get on to our topic! 

I decided to focus on: 

Helpful tips to Minimize Rosacea Flares in the Summer Heat

...because that's what's happening to us right now.

We know that the objective for Rosacea during the summer is to try to stay cool so your face doesn't get too hot and flush. 

It's all about avoiding extremes.

In order to prevent getting too hot and flushing, I have lots of things I do to help maintain my body temperature so I don't overheat and I keep my Rosacea at bay, and thought it might be helpful to share these tips with you.

I came up with: 

20 Things you can do to protect your Rosacea prone skin from the heat this summer

I broke these things down into 4 categories, although some of them kind of overlap. 

help to keep rosacea cool in the summer


Shade in the summertime is your friend. Baking in the direct sun is not. Even if you're on a boat with the wind whipping through your hair, the sun can still be beating down on you (not to mention the possibility of getting hot wind burn - which nobody wants!)

1. Seek outdoor shade or stay indoors (if it's cool enough)

2. Wear a wide brimmed hat that can protect your face and neck

3. Sit under umbrellas at the beach, outdoor restaurants, etc. to avoid direct sun

4. Wear sunglasses - the skin around your eyes and your eyes themselves, need to be protected and shaded from the sun

Easy enough. 

Now lets jump to the next category...

things that hydrate to keep cooler with rosacea


(keep in mind we're also looking for things that can help to bring your body temperature down)

5. Drinking cold water...and better yet?

6. Drinking ice if you don't have water but you do have ice?

7. Sucking on ice 

All of these things can help reduce your body temperature in case you have gotten overheated or flushed, these things can help to bring your body temperature back down and to help reduce that redness and flushing

Tip number 8 applies to your eyes:

8. Use eye drops for dry eyes and ocular rosacea. Staying hydrated is said to help with dry eyes, but I always carry extra eye drops to keep my eyes hydrated (especially since I wear contacts)

Next category-

Things that can help cool rosacea flares


(this kind of overlaps with hydrating)

9. Apply a cold compress - basically it's using a soft, wet, cold washcloth to cool your face and neck. It can be so refreshing when it's hot and helps to cool you down. I recommend our Fairface Washcloths in either the Dual style, with a soft flannel front and absorbent terry cloth back or the Delicate style, with double-sided soft flannel.

I have often shared this story, about one of our customers from Texas who was throwing an outdoor dinner party. She ordered like 100 of our washcloths and was going to keep them in a tub of lavender ice water, as a soothing way for her guests to cool down. It was such a kind gesture and very well received by her guests.

10. Apply ice packs to your body (not your face). I say ice packs with a disclaimer and warning to use ice packs with caution. Don't put ice directly on your face or even your body skin, as it can actually burn or damage it. 

Even if you have a cloth between your skin and the ice pack, that is appropriate for your body skin, do not put an ice pack on your face. The cold is too intense and can make your Rosacea worse.

Instead, apply the ice packs with a protective cloth on the cooling spots of your body, also known as pulse points. Those areas are under your arms, the insides of your wrists, your neck and your temples. From what I understand, placing an ice pack in one of those areas helps to cool the blood that is circulating and is closest to the surface there, so that it helps to cool your whole body down faster.

I bring pre-frozen gel packs to the beach and any time I'm feeling a little too warm, I apply them with a light-weight cloth to my pulse points and it really does help to cool my body down. Usually I put them on the back of my neck or on the insides of my wrists and it does the trick, so add that to your beach bag.

11. Use air conditioners when possible - this is an obvious way to keep your temperature down. I love air conditioners. If there is a place you can go to get out of the heat, and help to bring your body temperature down, always choose to do that.

12. Use fans - fans can help circulate the air and cool you down if you're sweating, though they don't always get you cool enough, but they're better than nothing when you don't have a/c. You can even bring a portable battery operated fan with you on the go. I've done that before and brought one to the beach, so that's an option as well if you just need to get cooled off and you don't have a breeze and you don't have air conditioning.

 13. Wear loose fitting clothes that air can breath through more easily. Layers are great because you can go from a/c with a light weight sweater, where it might be a little chilly, back to outside and take that light weight sweater off

14. Take cool showers that can cool your body temperature down. I'd advise not to go freezing cold, that can aggravate your facial skin. Again, Rosacea is all about staying away from extremes.

15. Refrigerate things that touch your face: so you can put your face wash, moisturizer, spf, even your pillow case in the fridge! It's very cooling and very soothing. 

And at night, it's an amazing feeling to lay my face down in a cold pillow case that's been in a zip lock bag in the fridge. Of course it will eventually lose it's refrigerated level of cold, but our new silk-cotton pillow case fabric helps keep your face cooler through the night as you lay on it, which is great for Rosacea, and keeps my hair smoother. 

We actually have a podcast episode, 19: Pillow Talk for Rosacea and Sensitive Skin, where we talk about all the benefits you can get from sleeping on a silk-cotton pillow case, so listen to that episode or read it on our blog, if you're interested in finding out more about that.

now on to the final category, for helping rosacea skin stay cooler in the heat this summer, 

How to prevent overheating skin with rosacea


16. Wear sunscreen religiously (this is a given any time of the year, but when the sun is at its peak, it's even more important).

17. Exercise inside where it's cooler, or opt for the early morning hours before it gets too hot

18. Stay away from hot showers, sauna's or hot tubs, anything that steams

19. Sleep on Fairface Silk-cotton Pillow Cases to keep your face cooler during the night 

The final tip, #20 to help you keep your rosacea prone skin cooler and minimize those unwanted flares, is to

20. Keep a grab bag in your car for unexpected events that has all your necessities: extra spf, hat, water, battery operated fan, extra light weight clothing, whatever you think you would need if you were unexpectedly invited over to an outdoor dinner party, baseball game, beach gathering, etc. This has happened to me before and instead of having to opt out, I have the extras I need to keep my skin protected and still be able to participate, "on the go".

We also have a blog post on what to bring to the beach if you have Rosacea that I will link in the show notes: in case that can help you with summer planning or your go bag 

Whew! That was a lot of tips. I hope it wasn't too overwhelming. Once I get started, I can't stop and want to share everything I've learned that has helped me with my Rosacea so that it can help you too.

If I've forgotten something, please reach out and let me know and I can add it to the show notes. I'd also love to hear anything that has helped you with your rosacea during the hotter, summer months.

You can reach out to me on social media - @FairfaceWashcloths on both IG and Facebook - I'd always love to hear from you

So I hope you are enjoying your summer! Hopefully those of us in Seattle will bear the heat wave well! I hope that you can stay cool and are able to use these tips to help your skin, and I will see you next time! 

The Fairface Podcast is brought to you by Shannon Sorensen, the founder and CEO of Fairface Washcloths for sensitive skin. Check back for new episodes every month, on topics around sensitive skin, rosacea, wellness and even a little around small business. Thanks so much for being here!

6 Eye Soothing Tips for Ocular Rosacea: Fairface Podcast Episode 21

Tips for ocular rosacea Home Remedies and Wearing contacts Fairface Podcast
Fairface Podcast Episode 21: 

6 Eye Soothing Tips for Ocular Rosacea

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Show Notes


Hello my friends! Welcome back to another episode of the Fairface Podcast. It's so nice to be with you again. 

We're gearing up for Memorial weekend right now. It's kind of hard to believe it's already the end of May. It's like the first part of the year starts out really slow and then suddenly it's almost June. I don't know, is it just me or do you feel the same way?

Today I wanted to talk to you about something that is based on a question, messaged to me by one of our Instagram followers about Ocular Rosacea.

She said she had recently been diagnosed with Ocular Rosacea and wanted to know what my experience was wearing contact lenses (because I have Ocular Rosacea by the way, in case you don't know). 

She said she was afraid she wouldn't be able to wear her contacts as frequently, but that her Dr. had cleared her to wear them 8 hours a day max, but she was trying to be extra cautious. And she wanted to know what my experience had been, wearing contacts with Ocular Rosacea.

Her questions, as I said, were related to my experience wearing contact lenses, so specifically she was asking things like,

  • What brand of contacts I wear
  • How frequently I'm able to wear my contacts
  • How often per week I wear them
  • If I wear eye makeup

In additional to answering her questions, I also want to share 6 life changing tips and tricks (home remedies for ocular rosacea) I've learned over the years that have helped my eyes and contact wearing, be so much more comfortable and something that I can be safe doing. So I wanted to be able to share it with you.

Home remedy tips for ocular rosacea

First I just want to briefly cover what Ocular Rosacea is.

If you have Rosacea, like I do, there is a chance that it can also effect your eyes. Not everyone who has skin-related rosacea will also have ocular rosacea, and I was surprised to learn, you can have ocular rosacea, meaning eye symptoms, without even having any skin symptoms. That's really interesting.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology explains that if you experience things like:

  • red, itching, burning or watering eyes, 
  • feeling like there is something in your eye, 
  • have swelling and redness at the base of your eyelids by your eyelashes, 
  • clogged oil glands in your eyelids, 
  • or are prone to sytes
you may have Ocular Rosacea. 

For me, I have both skin and eye related Rosacea. My eyes sting sometimes and are really dry, which, my ophthalmologist said was caused by clogged oil glands in my eyelids.

I also sometimes have itchiness, redness and a little swelling at the base of my eyelids where my eyelashes are. Wearing contact lenses can be uncomfortable with my dry eyes, but I've learned some things that have been pretty life changing for me and have helped me make my eyes more comfortable overall, and wearing contacts more manageable and that's why I want to share with you.

Can you wear contact lenses if you have Ocular Rosacea?

This question is asked a lot, and the answer is yes, with care.

You can damage your eyes if you're not careful, so it's important to be diligent with an eye care routine to keep your eyes safe and comfortable.

Now lets answer my new Instagram friend's questions regarding my experience wearing contacts with Ocular Rosacea

Q: What brand of contacts do you wear?

A: I wear Air Optix +Hydra and I use eye drops before putting them in, sometimes during the day and after I take them out. My eye Dr. recommended trying Dailies Aqua Comfort + that might help with comfort, but I haven't tried them yet.

Q: How frequently are you able to wear your contacts?

A: Sometimes I have to wear them up to 10 hours, but not comfortably. At some point during the day they start feeling really dry and really uncomfortable, so I don't like doing that. I try to be really careful taking them out and use eye drops to moisten them up first, before I take them out.

Q: How often per week do you wear your contacts?

A: I probably wear my contacts around 4/7 days of a week on average (I wear soft). I prefer the vision I get with my contacts, but I prefer wearing my glasses while I work because they're the most comfortable. 

Like I said, after wearing my contacts for a certain number of hours, they can start to get uncomfortable. My eye doctor said working at a computer can be more drying to eyes because we naturally blink less while looking at a screen. So that's another reason I prefer wearing my glasses, especially if I'm on the computer for a long time in a day.

Q: Do you wear eye makeup?

A: I do wear eye make-up. Just a simple eye liner and mascara that my eyes seem to tolerate well. The brands of both can vary, but I most often wear Maybelline eye liner and Loreal Luminous mascara.

Eye make-up can be tricky with ocular rosacea, especially if you have watery eyes, as one of the symptoms because the tears can stream mascara into your eye and cause stinging, so you have to be careful about that.  

can I wear contact lenses if i have ocular rosacea
Is it safe to wear contacts if you have Ocular Rosacea?

According to the National Rosacea Society, it's 

1st, about minimizing inflammation of the eye lid and eye itself, to stabilize the tear film in your eye, so the contact lenses can fit as they should and not cause discomfort or damage to the eye; 

2nd by replacing your contacts more frequently, it can also help them fit more comfortably by eliminating the build up of protein and oils on the lens, and 

3rd artificial tears can help increase the amount of time you can wear your contact lenses comfortably.

So, the answer is yes, you can wear contact lenses safely, again, with watchful care.

Ocular Rosacea Treatment, Tips and DIY home remedies

For the last part of the podcast, I want to share with your some tips that have really helped my eyes feel much more comfortable throughout the day and evening, as well as being able to wear my contact lenses more comfortably.

1. Have a pair of glasses

If you wear contacts, I highly recommend also getting yourself a good pair of glasses, which maybe you already do. 

To be honest, I'm still not a fan of wearing my glasses out in public. Call me vain, but I just don't feel like my best self. Maybe I just haven't found the right pair of glasses that I feel good in. I mainly wear them at home.

BUT the truth is, wearing glasses can be much more comfortable than wearing contacts, that's just the truth, AND it gives your eyes a break from wearing contacts (that are a stress on your eye, especially if you have Ocular Rosacea). 

Some days when I wear my contacts, I look forward to the minute I can get home and take them out and put my glasses on. It's seriously instant relief. 

2. Wash your face and eye make-up off every night

This tip is important even if you don't wear contacts or have ocular rosacea. You know I'm a huge proponent of washing your face every night and morning, but with Ocular Rosacea, it's a must. You need to keep your eyes clean so you don't get an eye infection and make-up doesn't clog your oil ducts or cause irritation to your eye lids. 


Wash your face gently with a soft Fairface Washcloth and use Fairface soft cotton flannel eye make-up remover pads. They glide across your skin and are so gentle. Use a mild cleanser and make-up remover. I will include the type of make-up remover I like. I think it's the Neutrogena oil free make-up remover, in a blue bottle, or there's a Target brand that's just like it but cheaper. That's the one I use. 

BONUS TIP: If your eyes get goopy: Wash your eyes gently with Johnson's baby shampoo at the first sign of your eyes getting a little goopy (doctor recommendation). This tip has totally helped me and I bring a little bottle of Johnson's baby shampoo with me even on trips, because you never know when you're going to need it.

3. Apply a Warm Eye Compress Night and Morning

Using a warm eye compress has helped my eyes immensely and I do it religiously every morning and night.

How to use a warm eye compress to help with Ocular Rosacea and Dry Eyes:

FIRST Remove eye make-up (*it's important to remove any eye make-up first or it can sting your eyes.)

NEXT Use a steamy warm soft washcloth (I love using Fairface Dual washcloths for this because they're nice and thick) and gently lean over the sink with the steamy warm washcloth over your eyes (first splash your whole face with warm water if you want to, that's usually what I do.) 

Just hold the soft washcloth gently over your eyes, don't press your eyes. Hold for as long as you want to. I usually do it for about 1-2 minutes.

The steam helps to unplug the ducts in your eyelids and release much needed oils. If your eyes are blurry after removing the warm compress, it's working. That means the oils are being released and that's so awesome! That's what you want! If you're not seeing much of anything, you can always repeat if needed.

Like I said, this is something I do every night and every morning and because it helps to release those natural oils, my eyes feel so much more comfortable. So, definitely do that.

4. Eye drops are your friend

Putting drops in my dry eyes is so soothing. It's like they just drink them right up. It helps prevent dryness and can refresh your eyes when you've been wearing your contacts or even if your eyes are just feeling dry and you don't even wear contacts. 

I put 2 drops in my eyes before putting my contacts in, and sometimes in the morning even if I'm just wearing glasses, and it feels really good.

My doctor said to choose eye drops that are the most natural with the least amount of artificial ingredients, and NOT the drops made for reducing redness like Visine. That's not the type that you want to use. I tend to use what feels best for me and right now am using Refresh Tears, in a green bottle. My Ophthalmologist recommended both Refresh Optive and Refresh Tears lubricant eye drops, so that's what I'm using right now.

I've also tried Blink for contacts, and I liked it because it was kind of a thicker consistency, and a better feel for my contacts, but I think that one doesn't have as much "natural" ingredients in it, but it still felt good on my eyes.  

For contact wearers: if it's possible for you to remove your contacts at least once during the day and put eye drops in, it can bring instant relief. Just be careful if you're wearing mascara, because eye drops can wash mascara into your eyes and cause stinging, and that has happened to me many times.

Even better: while taking a contact lens break, re-soak of your contacts in their solution for about 10-15 minutes so they re-clean, re-wet and gives your eyes time to remoisten, refresh and relax.

5. Keep your contacts cleaner than you think

This is a no-brainer, right? No one wants dirty contacts in their eyes. HOWEVER, just because your contacts are clean, doesn't mean there isn't still build-up on them.

An article from Review of Ophthalmology said, "It is particularly important to keep the surface of the contact lens as clean as possible. There have been advances in both types of lens solutions to do so. For soft contact lenses, we particularly like hydrogen peroxide-based systems to eliminate contact lens surface debris." 

My 30-day-wear soft contact lenses develop protein build up over time and start getting more uncomfortable the longer I wear them. Once I clean them with a hydrogen peroxide system, they feel like day 1 again and are much more comfortable in my eyes.

I use Clear Care Plus HydraGlyde Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution. I believe I got it at Costco. *Just be very careful NOT to put the hydrogen peroxide cleaner on your contact and then directly in your eye as it will burn your eye. 

I may or may not have done that before and it may or may not have been one of the most painful, scary moments of my life. So just be careful that you don't mix up your wetting solution that you can drip into your contacts before putting it in your eyes. 

Don't mix that up with the hydrogen peroxide solution that has a red cap, that's specifically blarringly obvious, stop, don't put this in your eye, but sometimes we do, by accident. 

"Squeaky clean" contacts are also why my Ophthalmologist recommended I try Daily use contact lenses, which is probably a great thing, except for the price. They are a lot more expensive than 30 day wear, so I haven't tried that option yet.

ALSO, if you wear gas permeable contacts (which I used to wear back in the day), you can get them polished at the Optometrist which cleans off the protein build-up (which I also used to do back in the day) and they feel and see as good as new.

6. Be careful taking out your contact lenses

This is a huge one if you have dry eyes and ocular rosacea. You can damage your eye if you just pull your contact out, essentially ripping it away from your eyeball. I've done this before and scratched my eye and it felt like there was something still in my eye for several days.

Contact lenses are "floating" in your eyeball with moisture and natural oils in-between the lens and your eye. If your eye becomes dry, the contact lens can stick to your eyeball, which becomes tacky when it's not moisturized enough.


FIRST Before removing your contacts, drop 1 or 2 eye drops in each eye. 

THEN Close your eyes for a minute or 2. 

NEXT Gently massage your eye with your finger tips, so gently, which should help release the contact lens if it's stuck to your eye. 

THEN Once your contact feels like it has released and your eye is remoistened, your contacts should be safe to remove without causing any damage to your eyes.

No matter how much you want to, don't rub your eyes. If there is any scratch or abrasion on your eye, you'll make it much worse. If your eyes are in need of some comfort, go back to step 3 an put a warm, wet compress on your eyes because it feels amazing and it won't hurt your eyes.

So that's it! That's what I have for you today. I hope these tips have been helpful for you. They really have made my eyes feel so much more comfortable and help me know what to do and what products to use that will be safe and gentle on my eyes.

It's like most things, at first Rosacea and Ocular Rosacea can feel overwhelming. I'm happy to share with you what I have found most helpful through the years of trial and error so you don't have to struggle through it.

And as a disclaimer, always consult your eye doctor with any concerns you may have so they can give you individualized care and instruction. These are just things that I have found helpful for me.

If you have some tips you've found that have helped your ocular rosacea, please let me know! I'd love to share it with our community.

Thanks again so much for being here. Have a great, safe Memorial weekend and I'll see you next time!

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