The Cleanser Hack I Cant Believe I Missed 🤯
I have been eyeing oil cleansers for a long time and have never taken the plunge. I almost never wear makeup so really just want a double cleanse on the occasional day when I’m really loaded up with sunscreen, sweat, and dirt. With summer in full force, that’s more and more often recently! Enter the hack: Mix a couple drops of oil into your regular cleanser and use it as if it’s an oil cleanser! When I first saw this beauty hack mentioned, I was a little perplexed, but when I thought about the ingredient lists on many oil cleansers, it made complete sense! After all, many oil cleansers are comprised of the same cleansing ingredients I’m used to plus oil. Products I use: ￼YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser ￼YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil 🔸 I mix these together briefly in my palms then apply to dry skin and gently rub it in, focusing on more congested areas like my nose the most. After rubbing it in, I just add water and rinse off like I usually would - it forms a nice rather at this point. 🔸 I’ve been using this combo at night when I need an extra clean and I cannot believe I missed out on it before. This duo pulls the grime out of my skin leaving it extra clean, but ALSO my skin has never felt so soft immediately post cleansing. I am never going back. 🔸 Doing this has convinced me that I do want to get a full-on oil cleanser, but I’ll be using this hack in the meantime. It’s also an amazing way to cut down on how many products you need with you when you travel. These two products are on my must pack list even for a weekend away so I know I’ll be covered! Since I’m in the market for one, what’s your favorite oil cleanser? I have my eye on the BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oilbut would love recommendations!
BIOSSANCE-Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil
My first love: Kiehls Facial Moisturizer w SPF ☀
Before I was into skincare, I was already head over heels for the Kiehl's - Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 and used it religiously as a daily moisturizer / spf combo, going through several of the full size bottles! I’ve added dozens more products to my cabinets since then but I still come back to it time and time again Quick Info: ☀️ texture: lightweight cream that absorbs easily ☀️ scent: verrrry faint sunscreen smell, but basically none ☀️ active ingredient: octinoxate (chemical spf) ☀️ hydrating ingredient: squalane ☀️ the packaging claims this is for all skin types, but I find it is best for normal to dry skin. I have combo skin and my skin loves this most of the time, but very occasionally it’s too oily (never causes breakouts or pore congestion for me though) ☀️ not water resistant so grab something else for your beach and pool days I find Khiels ultra facial moisturizer is best for the days that I’m not using a ton of other skincare and am not layering on makeup. It does an amazing job as a stand-alone product, absorbing quickly into my face, hydrating and softening my skin while providing sun protection. I also find I gravitate most towards it in the winter when my face is a bit drier, but I’ve been using it recently too. Have you tried this sunscreen? What did you think?
Kiehl's-Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30
I’d rather get coal than...
I love a good face mist as much as the next person but I’d rather get coal than evian - Brumisateur Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray Why? It’s just expensive water! Evian claims this product is pH balances and will help moisturize, refresh, and purify skin and help set makeup...let’s break that all down 💧 pH balanced: yes, this has a neutral pH of 7.2 💧 moisturize: NO!!! There are no moisturizing ingredients in this spray, just water so there is nothing holding that water to the skin. What that means is that similar to taking a shower, your skin may feel ‘moisturized’ in the moment but will actually end up being drier 💧 refresh: ok yes, it is refreshing to be blasted by cool water droplets 💧 purify: again, this is just water so I’m not sure how it could be purifying my skin 💧 makeup setting: I don’t wear makeup so I’m not 100% sure but this emits so much water and often large droplets that I’d be more worried about makeup running than setting ⭐️ The one thing this mist is super helpful for is layering with products that are more effective with a wet face or water on top like hyaluronic acid which works with the water to pull it deep into your skin and deeply hydrates! This product was a bust, but if you’re in the market for a mist I highly recommend J.R. WATKINS - Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin Spray for a budget friendly pick or YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist with Reishi + Ashwagandha for a more luxe option. What’s your favorite face spray?!
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE-Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist with Reishi + Ashwagandha
Tell Rough Skin to Beet It!
I’m 28 and I decided it was finally time to start adding retinol to my skincare lineup. I settled on Sweet Chef’s Sweet CHEF - Beet + Vitamin A Serum Shot mainly because I wanted to try out the brand, but I’m so glad I did! I’ve been using it for almost two months so I figured it’s finally time to give it a review From sweet chef: “The Beet + Vitamin A Serum Shot smooths skin texture with ... vitamin-rich beet and antioxidant-packed vitamin A to refine pores and help minimize signs of aging. It’s glass skin made easy.” Quick info: 🔺Smell: sort of a clean earthy scent that’s pretty subtle 🔺Texture: thick gel-like serum that’s a pretty pinkish-red 🔺Absorbs quickly 🔺Beets help skin retain moisture and stay soft and smooth 🔺Vitamin A (retinol) works to minimize signs of aging 🔺Gentle enough to use twice daily (I will probably work up to nightly) 🔺 Cost: $20 for 1oz Incorporating it into my routine: -Right now, I use this serum 2x a week at night -I pair it with Glossier. - Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5 Serumfor added hydration and top it off with a generous layer of YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi -They recommend pairing it with Sweet CHEF - Ginger + Vitamin C Serum Shotfor ‘glass skin’ and I will probably try this now that I’ve had a chance to ease the beet serum in -I’m addition to my face, I pat this onto my neck on the nights I’m using it because I’ve started laying more attention to aging and wrinkles there -for the first several weeks I had some dryness and flaking for a day or two after each use, but have not had any recently -I have not had purging while using this The Results: Ok, I know retinol takes a while to fully work it’s magic, but this is one of the few products I’ve used where I saw a change almost immediately! It evens out my skin tone dramatically, especially on my cheeks - less redness and general unevenness and my skin is soft. After the first several uses, I am not seeing the dryness anymore and this leaves my skin hydrated and soft. My pores look a little smaller and I am so excited to continue using this serum and watch the continued improvements! My verdict: YES!! I love this serum and am so glad I started using it. It’s cheap, gentle, and works well! I highly recommend it! Do you use retinol? What’s your favorite retinol product?
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE-Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi
🍉 Watermelon Polishing Peel 🍉
One of my favorite gentle exfoliating masks is the pūrlisse - WATERMELON 2 Minute Polishing Peel which combines chemical, enzymatic, and physical exfoliation in an amazing 2 minute mask. The exfoliants: -chemical: lactic and glycolic acid -enzymatic: papain and bromelain -physical: pumice Purlisse describes it as a product that “resurfaces skin to brighten and improve complexion” and I couldn’t agree more! The acids and enzymes gently remove dead skin cells and the physical abrasion removes them leaving me with a fresh face! To use: -spread a thin layer on a wet face -leave on for 2 minutes -rinse off and gently rub in circles MY TAKE: 🍉 I love how fast this mask is! It means I can really fit it into my day without excuses 🍉 Purlisse markets this for daily use...I wouldn’t use it quite that often but I have used it 3x a week without any irritation 🍉 I love the combination of AHAs and enzymes that break down dead skin SO gently. I have no tingling while this is on the way stronger enzyme or chemical exfoliating masks usually do. 🍉 The physical exfoliant is pumice. Not my favorite, but I add water and am extremely gentle with it and have not seen any issues come up! 🍉 This smells like a watermelon jolly rancher which could be a good or bad thing depending on your preferences. I usually don’t love strong smells, but actually enjoy this. **side note: this has added fragrance which I normally don’t love, but the product is ok for such a short amount of time that I haven’t had any issues with it 🍉 This mask does what it says it will! It leaves my pores clean and looking smaller and leaves my skin super soft and looking energized! 🍉 I also love to do this before another mask like the frank body - Glow Mask(a combo that truly leaves me glowing!) to help the second mask absorb more effectively What’s your favorite way to incorporate watermelon into your skincare?
frank body-Glow Mask
I tried BITE so you don’t have to
One of the latest trends to hit the toothpaste world is liquid-free toothpaste like #Bite - Toothpaste Bits[products]#[FourStars] which are a waste free toothpaste option. Bite created toothpaste bits to cut down on waste from packaging. They come in recyclable glass bottles and have a subscription plan where new bits are sent in a compostable container and you refill the bottle yourself. I’ve seen bite around for a while now and have been pretty skeptical so I was excited to borrow my sisters and try them out! I tried the autumn spice 🍂 flavor which must have been a seasonal special. Their standard options are mint, charcoal, or berry. I liked the autumn spice - enough flavor to be interesting but not too overpowering and didn’t linger too much in my mouth. How bite works: -Bite the bit in your mouth -Brush your teeth with a wet toothbrush It’s about as easy as it sounds...you crush the tablet a little bit in your teeth and then the water on the toothbrush helps it turn into a foam PROS: 🦷 left my teeth feeling very clean! 🦷 waste-free with no packaging thrown away 🦷 formulated as a vegan, cruelty free product with natural ingredients CONS: 😬 I may not have figured out the technique, but it takes me a long time to get the bit fully dissolved so when I start brushing there are little chunks of it still 😬 I personally prefer a less foamy toothpaste and bite is very foamy Overall, I will probably stick with my trust tube of ARM & HAMMER - Advancewhite, Extreme Whitening Toothpaste, Clean Mint but I highly recommend bite if you are looking to reduce your disposable packaging waste, want a more natural toothpaste alternative that works, or need a liquid-free option for travel because I love how clean my teeth are!
ARM & HAMMER-Advancewhite, Extreme Whitening Toothpaste, Clean Mint
Review of the Happy Honey sjoskin Mask: This much loved mask is made from only 6 ingredients: Raw honey, coix lacryma-jobi (coix seed), kaolin clay, glycerine (vegetable derived), propanediol (from corn sugar), calamine. the mask aims are: to reduce redness, soothe, brighten, repair, heal, exfoliate, detoxify and reduce dark spots and imperfections. As well as some cell renewal claims. How it feels: on application its like thick, sticky, creamy honey - (this doesn't necessarily thrill me, only because i actually hate sticky texture). However, I could wear the mask easily for 30 minutes. (recommended time 10-30min but many wear for longer!) Washing off: I gently massage the mask off with luke warm water, it has a gritty feel due to the coix seeds. I do not take off with a cloth. I then pat my skin dry. Results: HOLY COW. skin looks glowing & plump, feels so soft and fresh. Signs of blemishes seem to either calm down OR if I have white heads they come to the surface for possible extraction. this mask has been effective immediately- every.time
SJÖ SKIN-Happy Honey Mask
THE Most Underrated Skincare Brand 🏆
I have sensitive combination skin that is acne-prone. I was dealing with a lot of hormonal acne as well but I’ve finally gotten it a bit more under control but do get breakouts and acne scars still. I’m also very sensitive to fragrance. Recently I bought a few products from Krave and I never plan on going back. They don’t have the fullest range just yet but the products they do have are total rockstars in affordability and ingredients. 🌱 Krave is all about taking a clean break. There are a lot of misconceptions and nasties in the skincare world that are not needed and not smart. Krave is all about taking a break from that and resetting. Here are my current favorites: ✨Great Barrier Relief Serum $28 for 1.52 fl oz 🔑 Key Ingredients: Tamanu Oil, Safflower Oil, Rosehip Oil, Vitamin B3, Ceramide These ingredients are for skin regeneration, hyperpigmentation, anti-aging, brightening, acne-fighting and generally repairing a damaged skin barrier. This serum is turning into an all time favorite between the ceramide and niacinamide ingredient list. I actually use this after a lighter Vitamin C serum during the morning on my mask area and I think it’s been really helping to create a barrier and prevent breakouts from constant mask wearing. This product is great for mimicking your skin’s natural moisture barrier so it’s great for skin that needs help from too many actives, sunburn, etc. ✨The Beet Shield $20 for 50ml 🔑 Key Ingredients: Beet root, Allantoin, Vitamin C, Resveratrol and EGCG. This daytime fluid has ingredients that overall give skin antioxidants, prevent signs of aging, soothe skin, fight free radicals, reduce pigmentation, reduce blemishes and moisturize. This is a chemical screen that is very lightweight. It doesn’t leave skin sticky or leave a white cast. It also has Vitamin C which I love! I feel like using this and their serum has maintained my clear skin even with the mask. Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser $16 for 4.05 fl oz 🔑 Key Ingredients: Matcha, hemp seeds, oats, almonds, Vitamin B5 and Sodium PCA. ✨This cleanser is stunning. It is highly hydrating and skin barrier friendly. This can be used morning and night and a little goes a long way. The normal amount I’ve used in the past covered my fave, neck, chest and back so I’ve been able to use less by using this product as well. It doesn’t strip the skin and packs a gorgeous punch of antioxidants and hydration while cleansing. Perfection. ♻️ You can also choose carbon offset shipping for $1 more when ordering from them and the products come in a 100% recyclable carton with no excess fillers. Krave - Great Barrier Relief Krave - The Beet Shield Krave - Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser #CheriePartner
Krave-Great Barrier Relief
ASARAI was founded by a naturopath from Australia with the goals of keeping it simple & real. The line has really fun bright yellow packaging with the bonus of being affordable Earth Tones Face Mask is a detox clay mask that uses Australian red clay. It’s also got aloe, kakadu plum (highly in vitamin c), rainforest lime (natural exfoliant) & sunflower seed oil. This masks is a detox, brighten, smooth, calm inflammation & tighten/unclog pores mask. I’m always scared of a drying clay mask but this one was pretty good at not being too drying. Plus how cute is that turn key to get every last bit out Power Trip Vitamin Oil is a nourishing oil with sunflower, camellia, safflower, sweet almond, vitamins c & e, moringa & sandalwood oils. It’s also got coconut triglycerides so that gives the oil that slightly thicker texture. It’s rich but not heavy or greasy. I adore the yellow glass bottle.
ASARAI-Earth Tones Face Mask
first aid beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub ($26), an exfoliating scrub that targets keratosis pilaris - a common genetic condition where excess keratin buildup results in raised bumps on skin. I have it, it’s harmless, but sometimes you just want your skin to be smooth! 🌋 KEY INGREDIENTS: Pumice (buffing/physical exfoliation), glycolic acid (chemical exfoliation), lactic acid (chemical exfoliation), colloidal oatmeal (soothing), licorice extract (brightening). This has 10% AHA. 🦋 EXPERIENCE: The package advises that you only use this 1-2 times a week on damp skin, so I keep this in my shower. I don’t scrub vigorously because the pumice beads are rigorous enough - use this gently! This is not fragranced. 💕 VERDICT: It definitely makes my skin feel smoother. While nothing I’ve ever tried gets rid of the bumps 100%, this scrub flattens them and makes them less noticeable. I recommend picking this up from firstaidbeauty or at your local sephora. ✌️Note: If you have KP and are looking for a cheaper alternative, I used The Ordinary’s Glycolic Toner ($8.70) + African Black Soap ($2) as a “75% of the way there” alternative.
FIRST AID BEAUTY-KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA
Neck Lines: what they are and how to rid your neck of them!
We’re so preoccupied watching our faces for any signs of wrinkles or dark spots that give away the signs of ageing that we often ignore our necks. But this is a big mistake. Because lines on your neck can be one of the most visible signs of ageing.
Farmacy Beauty’s Honeymoon Glow ✨✨
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Where do I even begin with this product? One of the things I sought to get was Farmacy’s Honeymoon Glow after being introduced and recommended to this holy grail product by so so SO many people in the skincare community on Instagram. This was before I even started using acids in my routine, and I am not a big fan of change, so you can guess how high my expectations for this product were. This night serum claims to be a 3-in-1 serum that does it all: it resurfaces, clarifies, and hydrates your skin for a healthy natural glow. More importantly, it targets hyperpigmentation (which I need for all the times I scratch at my pimples, LOL!). Apart from this, it also exfoliates, hydrates, and refines pore size with consistent use. Honeymoon Glow has AHA (lactic, glycolic, citric, and other fruit acids) as well as BHA (willow bark - salicylic acid) in it, so on some level I was expecting my face to get all red and tingly after application since this was my very first foray into acids (AHA, BHA, and all that). First things first: I was surprised to note that the serum isn’t as thick as I was expecting it to be - rather, it is a nice lightweight milky serum that goes on easily, kind of like your everyday hydrating serum. I was also pleasantly surprised to note that my skin wasn’t overly irritated or affected by the potent blend of acids (14%!) in this product. My face did get a little red and the serum was slightly tingly, but thankfully no major side effects - I didn’t break out, no peeling, etc. I As I’ve only used this twice so far, I don’t think I’m the best person to describe any long-lasting effects from consistent use. However, I did wake up the next day with a nice glow to my skin, and my face felt super smooth and supple. I used this product on its own, with a lightweight toner and a moisturiser after, just to reduce the risk of irritation, so you know the glow is entirely from this serum. I would think that with consistent usage this will be able to lighten any pigmentation and even out my skin tone. First impressions wise, I think this product lives up to its hype - I definitely like this one! :-) Even though I haven’t been using this long enough, I would recommend it to my friends who are struggling with acne scarring and texture on their face, just based on the fact that there have been so many glowing reviews for this serum, and that the results are already so good after a single use. The Honeymoon Glow is 58 USD for 30ml, which is a tad pricey, but as you don’t need a lot of product for one application, I think that 58 USD is a pretty decent price considering that I will only be using this 2-3 times a week. What’s great now is that Farmacy also has a neat ‘Sweet Dreams’ holiday kit called that gives you a full sized Honeymoon Glow, a 100ml Clean Bee cleanser, and a mini sized Honey Grail face oil for 65 USD, which is a steal as well! FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serum
FARMACY-Honeymoon Glow Serum