Gentle, effective & affordable exfoliator 🍍
I was super excited to try this product out and so far it has definitely met my expectations. If you’re looking for an affordable way to exfoliate your face, make it look a little brighter and reduce your skin texture, this could be a great option for you. If this is used in the correct way (aka not every single day and used in the right order) if can be a really beneficial product. The good: + This is like a two-in-one exfoliation system with both physical and chemical exfoliation. + It feels very gentle and you have complete control over how much physical exfoliation that you get depending on how much water you add to the mixture. + The powder itself is very fine which helps keep the exfoliation very gentle. + Your skin afterwards feels clean and smooth but not tight or raw at all. I haven’t experienced any irritation with this product whatsoever. + Not only does it make your skin feel smooth, but it also looks smooth! My texture is definitely reduced. + The price is so good! It’s just under $20 and you get a good amount of product. I’ve used it for over two months now and it looks like I barely made a dent in it. + Key ingredients include (from most to least): rich starch (physical exfoliant), sodium cocoyl isethionate (creamy cleansing agent), diglycerin (humectant that moisturizes), pineapple extract (exfoliates, soothes, moisturizes), allantonin (soothes & protects), vitamin c (antioxidant that brightens skin). + No fragrance or essential oils added, for those with sensitive skin. + Unlike my peels, this is gentle enough to use up to 3-4 times per week. I’ve just been using it twice a week so I don’t over exfoliate. The not so good: - I feel like there is an opportunity for user error here since it’s up to you, to create the paste and how you use it. For instance, if you make the paste too grainy and then rub it roughly onto the skin, this may cause some harm versus actually being beneficial. So I just think you need to be really careful. - While I think this is a great option for someone with more sensitive skin or someone who is new to exfoliation, I personally find that a more heavy duty chemical exfoliator gives me more of a glow! Worth it? For around $16-20, I think it’s totally worth it. It has good ingredients and you actually get quite a bit of product. And since this is in a powder form, the active ingredient (vitamin c) will likely last much longer. I would typically not be able to use up a vitamin c product if I wasn’t using it everyday so that’s great. Would I repurchase? I’m actually not sure. I do think it’s a great product! I just think that once I’m done this bottle (which I think will take a long time) I might move onto something a little more foolproof and heavy duty like a serum / toner / peel for my exfoliation. It does feel satisfying to have a little bit of a physical exfoliation and my skin does look pretty smooth afterwards so we shall see... but so far I love it! Ps I have combo, acne prone skin :)
Ther_ThompsonI have sensitive skin. Can I use this product as well?
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Glossy.glossaryI think you should be fine! Watering it down a little more and making a more liquid-like paste could help make this more approachable for sensitive skin. For me, I find this much less irritating than some of my other chemical exfoliation products. And there is no added fragrance or essential oils. The only ingredient I would look into would be ‘Arnica Montana Flower Extract’, because apparently it does have the capacity to be irritating for some people. And if you are going to try this out, do a small patch test first :)
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Super What? Let’s Talk About Superfoods for Skin
“Superfoods” aren’t just for eating. They can have benefits for your skin, too. Generally speaking, superfoods in skincare are items that provide a healthy dose of antioxidants, are nutrient-dense, provide hydration, & fight environmental irritants. Common superfoods included in skincare are berries, healthy fats (like avocado & olive oil), honey, green tea, greens (like kale), and fruits (like papaya & pomegranate). I personally love the superfood trend - there’s nothing I dislike! My super dry skin loves the added moisture & nourishment. Here are some items in my collection that feature superfoods: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser This cleanser contains kale, spinach, green tea. The greens contain vitamins C, E, & K, and green tea to help fight signs of aging. This cleanser lathers minimally and easily cleanses my face of any leftover makeup/SPF residue without leaving my dry skin feeling stripped. It does smell like greens, but the smell doesn’t stick around post-wash. I’ve finished a 2oz mini before and purchased a set from YTTP that contained another 2oz. I like it and would repurchase a full size. $36 8oz, $10 2oz FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serum This AHA/BHA/flower exfoliating serum is awesome for dry skin thanks to honey. Honey has antioxidant properties and is also a humectant. This PM serum gently exfoliates, moisturizes, improves hyperpigmentation, & can improve texture & fine lines over time. I don’t use this often because I tend to have stubborn dry patches and irritation that make using chemical exfoliation unwise, but generally will use 1-2x every 2 weeks. Other skin types can use this more frequently. Mine’s almost empty and I will repurchase. $58 GOOD MOLECULES - Pineapple Exfoliating Powder This powder exfoliant contains pineapple, which is known for its fruit exfoliating (chemical) and vitamin C properties, and rice powder (physical exfoliant). It claims to reveal brighter, fresher skin post-use. You simply dispense some powder, add water, mix, and apply to your face. More water = more lather & less exfoliation. Love that it is customizable like that. It does smell kind of weird, like wet paper. I do feel that my skin looks brighter after use. Would repurchase. $16 cocokind - Watermelon Hemp Oil This contains watermelon (antioxidant, linoleic acid) and hemp (fatty acids) to nourish, hydrate, & reduce moisture loss. It’s a multipurpose, relatively lightweight, herbaceous-smelling oil that can use used for hair, skin, & body. I use it on my face in the PM 1-2x/wk and occasionally add a drop or 2 to unscented hand lotion when my hands are feeling dry. This does contain rosemary, orange peel, and eucalyptus extracts, so if you don’t like/can’t tolerate those I would avoid this. Mine was sent as PR by the brand, but I have purchased other things from them. Would repurchase. $14 #CheriePartner
PR cleanser roundup! ✨
PR cleanser reviews! ✨ I wanted to start doing more in depth reviews of skincare, especially skincare that was gifted to me. A lot of times when I post it’s about enough time for a decent first impression but I truly think it takes a lot of time with a product to form my full opinion. Anyways, I just want to be transparent with my reviews. It’s sort of an ode to Jessica Braun’s speed reviews if you watch her. goodhabit - Clean Scene Micellar Gel : been using this one as a first cleanse because I’m out of all my balms/oils. It works well to take off makeup in conjunction with my makeup eraser. It says no need to rinse but I definitely don’t think my skin would feel clean if I didn’t rinse and cleanse this off. The only downfall is I don’t love the smell. It’s somewhat fake/plastic-y smelling? But I still enjoy it! GOOD MOLECULES - Pineapple Exfoliating Powder : I love this so much! I use this 2-3x per week when I want very gentle physical exfoliation. It leaves my skin soft and hydrated but it also feels clean. 100% recommend. GHOST DEMOCRACY - Transparent Gentle Exfoliating Daily Cleanser : I really enjoy this one. I also only use this one occasionally bc it definitely has that burning exfoliating sensation when you use it (it contains 4.1% glycolic acid). But my skin feels clean and not stripped with this. Love that it’s fragrance free. Only complaint is the packaging, if pours out without squeezing when you open it. It needs a better stopper! GOOD MOLECULES - Clarify & Cleanse Bar : this was a no for me. The cleansing bar was messy, it didn’t remove makeup and it stripped my skin. It also left my skin with that waxy film feeling. KITAO - Matcha + Chia Cleansing Cream : I really enjoy this. It’s gentle and a nice everyday cleanser! It’s not great at taking off makeup so this is always a second cleanse. I don’t LOVE the scent of this but I believe it’s fragrance free so it’s just the natural scent of the ingredients so I can definitely get past it! *all products gifted to me but opinions are my own
👃 Skin Concern: Pores 👃
My skin type is typically combo oily, but lately has been drier to the temperature fluctuations here in TX. My skin concern is the current dryness/dehydration I’m experiencing due to the weather, acne scars along the sides of my cheeks and pores along my cheeks and nose. . I was sent this product from Good Molecules to help with my acne and pores. The purpose of this product is to promote smooth, even skin and minimize the appearance of pores. It target pores, strengthens the skin barrier, and layers well under other skincare and makeup. . I’ve been using this serum for about a month now and have seen an improvement in my pores. They aren’t as dark/noticeable anymore! In the past week or so, my hormonal acne has flared up but that’s normal for me. Random breakouts that I would get haven’t been appearing as often. The pores along my cheeks and nose have also become not as noticeable. Usually products that claim to help prevent breakouts and targets pores usually dry my skin out and make it flake, but that hasn’t happened while using this serum. My face feels hydrated and not dry at all, plus it doesn’t leave behind a sticky feeling. The serum can be a little difficult to get out of the jar since it is thick and hard to pick up the dropper, but that doesn’t bother me. The scars on my cheeks have also been reduced and not as noticeable, giving my skin tone a more even and brighter look. I use it twice a day on my face, neck, and chest using about 2-3 drops for my face and 1-2 drops for my neck/chest area. I use my toner and then apply this and let it sit for a few minutes to make sure it’s absorbed, then go in with moisturizer. I really enjoy this product because it specifically target brightens the skin and helps improve the look of large pores, blemishes, and uneven skin tone and fullness.
GOOD MOLECULES-Niacinamide Serum
Bye Bye Redness!
What it is: This serum is said to improve the look of enlarged pores, uneven tone, texture, and dullness, while strengthening the skin’s barrier function and reducing moisture loss. Price: $6 for 1oz This serum does all that and more. Niacinamide is also an excellent at combating redness. It has a thin, lightweight texture that works well under skincare and even under makeup during the day. I have been using this serum for a few months and it has made its way into my weekly rotation. It smooths and refines my pores and brightens my skin. It is great for dry skin because it reduces moisture loss and I have been loving it even more in the winter season. It also soothes any redness from breakouts or the harsh winter weather. I love that it refines the skin and helps with my acne but is still incredibly gentle. This is one of the most effective and gentle products I have ever used! I would recommend this serum to anyone! I think all skin types would enjoy it, and it’s worth a try at only $6. This serum is all you could ask for and more! GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
GOOD MOLECULES-Niacinamide Serum
Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA Review
It is almost Thanksgiving! YAY! Happy Thanksgiving Eve! 🦃 I want to share about one of my favorite HG toner, @kravebeauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA 🥬! This is my third bottle which says a lot because I have tried many toners since I started getting into skincare. I believe the only toners I have repurchased time and time again is this guy, Thayers, and Missha First Essence Treatment. The Kale-Lalu-yAHA is a 5.25% glycolic acid toner that contains, aloe, kale (of course), spinach, parsley, Panthenol (vit B5), and hyaluronic acid. It is an exfoliating toner that really buffs away the dead skin cells while replenishing the skin many antioxidants from the green veggies that are in there. It also claims to minimize the appearance of discoloration, help with sun damage, and fine lines with regular use. It also says it cleans out the clogged and congested pores. I have oily and sensitive skin and so I tend to use this every other day. I pour some into a cotton round and in the morning, instead of washing my face with a cleanser, I just use this to buff away any dust/oils/dead skin cells. It leaves my face feeling very hydrated, smooth, and soft. All prepped for the rest of my skincare. My face just feels much cleaner and refreshed! I highly recommend this to oily/combo/acne-prone skin because it really does a good job at cleaning out the pores and at buffing away all that gunk which just sits on the skin. 5/5 kales from me! 🥬🥬🥬🥬🥬! A forever repurchase 🙌🏻. One of my favorite products from this brand 💚. Also if you didn’t know they will be having a 15% off this Black Friday weekend. I have already stocked up so I won’t be buying anything but this is a great opportunity if you were curious about this brand. But if you are feeling overwhelmed, I highly recommend you check out their "DO I NEED THIS?" chart on their IG page. #mindfulspending I’m curious to know if this works for those of you with dry skin 🤔. What are your favorites from @kravebeauty? Krave - Kale-Lalu-yAHA
Exfoliants: Which One Should You Be Using?
I have combination skin and suffer from hormonal acne as well as eczema. I utilize exfoliants for a variety of reasons, but my main goals are fading hyperpigmentation and improving skin texture, as well as preventing blemishes. With exfoliation, less is more. Frequent use of the same type, or too many types, of exfoliation can compromise the skin barrier, leading to redness, sensitivity, irritation, itchiness, dryness, flaking, increased breakouts... just, a lot of bad stuff. So I try not to use the same form of exfoliation successively- that is, if I use a BHA one day, I’ll wait a day before using it again. I choose different exfoliants depending on my goals: • Physical: My favourite physical exfoliant is DRUNK ELEPHANT - JuJu Exfoliating Bar since it’s the bamboo and charcoal granules are tiny and round, allowing for gentle sloughing away of dead skin cells. Physical exfoliation really helps with texture and can help unclog pores as well. This is one of the most easy-to-misuse forms of exfoliants, so be sure to not overscrub or overuse! • AHAs: Alpha hydroxy acids are synonymous with the word “peel”. They unglue dead skin cells, offering effective surface exfoliation that leads to smoother texture and a radiant glow. I personally don’t really care for most AHA products, as they’re too abrasive for my sensitive skin. I love PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Lotion but use it only 1-2 times per week, as I prefer... • BHAs: Salicylic acid is my favourite chemical exfoliant. Oil-soluble, it exfoliates more deeply and effectively than AHAs, clearing out pores yo reduce congestion and help prevent acne. It’s also more gentle than most AHAs. I love and recommend PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator for anyone that suffers from acne, enlarged pores, or blackheads, as well as uneven texture due to congestion. I usually use it 3-4 times per week, but have reduced to twice per week due to starting tretinoin. • Azelaic Acid: Azelaic acid is unique in that it’s not an AHA or a BHA. It’s actually an antioxidant already naturally present in the skin! It not only offers exfoliation similar to AHAs, but does so more gently and has stronger efficacy when it comes to fading dark spots. It’s also amazing at preventing blemishes, thanks to being antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. I recommend PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster for those struggling with acne, dark spots/PIH/hyperpigmentation, and uneven tone, it’s my absolute favourite when it comes to Azelaic Acid products due to the texture and gentleness!
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
How to: GLOWING SKIN✨✨
Let’s face it. There is no real quick fix to get a 𝐠𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 without taking care of it on a daily basis. Wearing sunscreen and supplying your body enough hydration are probably the most important tips we should follow. In this post, I'd like to share my top favorite skincare ingredients that will get you great results even quicker. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐭: 𝐈𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐀𝐇𝐀 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞. AHA: Glycolic Acid - effectively removes the outermost layer of dead cells from the complexion, revealing brighter, fresher skin. It is for use for dry to normal skin. Glycolic acid gently removes dead skin cells and also generally well tolerated, even by acne-prone skin. It may not work enough to get rid of acne but it’s a great supplemental product to keep in your vanity. I would recommend starting with 10%-12% and gradually move up to 15%. 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧:ALPHA SKIN CARE - Enhanced Renewal Cream Contains 12% Glycolic Acid. Free of oils and fragrances. Helps even skin tone and texture. Contains peptides to help plump & improve skin’s texture. It also has antioxidants, vitamins, and green tea to prevent signs of aging. ( alternative: liquid form, TO Gycolic Toner) 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧: 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐁𝐇𝐀 𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬. BHA: Salicylic Acid - they are proven to clear clogged pores and improve bumpy texture. BHAs like salicylic acid is oil soluble. This characteristic allows them to penetrate below the skin’s surface and dive deep into your pores. They can penetrate blocked pores by making their way into the oil glands, dissolving the paste-like mixture of sebum that can lead to breakouts. They are typically safe for use once or twice per day. For home use, maximum strength of 2% is advised. 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator This BHA is in a toner formulation. Make sure to pat dry your skin after washing the face before using this. Concentrate on the areas like the T-zone which is usually more oily. It’s critical to apply a gentle moisturizer before salicylic acid completely dry the top layer of skin to avoid irritation and apply sunscreen if used in the daytime. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞: 𝐑𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐢𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐨. Retinoid: Tretinoin - retinoids like Tretinoin stimulate cell turnover on your skin. Dead skin cells are cleared off your skin more quickly as new skin cells rise to the surface thus, revealing glowing skin. Quicker cell turnover opens your pores, releasing trapped bacteria or irritants. Tretinoin has also been studied extensively for its impact on the visible signs of aging (healthline.com). 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: customized Curology formula, Retin-A, Retino-A, Atralin, Avita, etc. To get the best results with tretinoin, it is necessary to use it properly. Start off with no more than the strength of 0.025% to avoid irritation. In order to reduce the initial flaking/side effects that can accompany the Tretinoin, you can put on a moisturizer before your application. Allow it to sink into the skin completely then apply a pea-sized amount of the cream. Tretinoin can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight so be sure to use sunscreen daily!
ALPHA SKIN CARE-Enhanced Renewal Cream
Sorry for the late response. Long story short I had a lot of personal/family issues throughout the week. Some nights I couldn’t do my usual skincare routine but still do every morning. Well enough about that stuff so after week 1, I don’t see much difference. Perhaps a little lighter but I also have been using other products I have not mentioned a long with basic spray on sunscreen to prevent further sun damage and wrinkles. Along with that Korean skin care routine it has been said (no cite sourced) that the oriental culture and their secret to youthful bright skin is because they are raised with using and live by sunscreen. Apparently the recommendation (still haven’t read the can) is that we should apply sunscreen every 2 hours that we are outside. We should even use it in the winter/all other seasons because we still get those UV rays. I did not know this! I thought one application and we’re good but nope! No wonder I still get tanned/sunburn after application in the past! So back on to the rest of the products! OBAGI - Exfoliating Polish - I still really love this product, I felt like this first week and 2 I have not used it as much as I liked. I have dry skin and with the other products that cause dryness (will explain later) I should have used it more. I have combination so when I have dry skin I use this product 2-3 times a week. On my “oily-er” days. I use it 1-2 times a week. I bet if I used this product more my milia/clogged pores would have diminished quicker. ZO SKIN HEALTH - Exfoliating Cleanser Normal Cleanser - I actually like this cleanser. I find it odd though, perhaps because I’m not used to having normalized skin lol, but afterwards my skin does not feel tight nor oily. This is by far the best cleanser I have used when it comes to my combination skin. However, I’m not sure if things will change during winter due to the fact that my skin is extra dry during cold weather but for the summer it seems to have my t-zone and other areas balanced. ZO SKIN HEALTH - Complexion Renewal Pads - er... I have brought down my rating due to the fact that I do not see any difference. I meant to get my vitamin-c brightener from Zein Obagi and accidentally got the wrong bundle but I tend to love all their products so I was willing to try. I see no difference in my skin and either this product or the Acne Control dried up my skin for the first week. I will not be getting this product again. Although, this may help with sensitivity and ph balance. Their other products tend to have multi-purpose (eye cream has retinol which also fights acne, milia, clogged pores, blackheads.) So I’m not too concerned about using this particular product. I rated it a 3-star because it did not break me out or cause any redness. ZO SKIN HEALTH - Daily Power Defense - I also lowered the ratings for this because you literally won’t see any(to be continued..)
ZO SKIN HEALTH-Complexion Renewal Pads
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