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Indie Brand Spotlight: Topicals
Indie Brand Spotlight: Topicals
Topicals is a relatively new indie brand making some waves in the skincare scene. Co-founded by two women of color, Topicals is rooted in a desire to make skin-positive skincare for folks with a variety of skin tones and skin conditions. Their advertising features colorful Gen Z aesthetics, a variety of people of color, and a message with emphasis on loving yourself, loving your skin, and acknowledging the ties between skin health and mental health. Specifically, “the dream of transforming the way you feel about skin”, a message that resounded with me as a WOC with eczema. Their advertising, message, and packaging are all on-point, but their products are equally amazing, formulas forgoing synthetic fragrance, dyes, and common irritants in favor of research-backed, vegan, cruelty-free ingredients. • TOPICALS - Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel ($36USD per 50mL) is a fantastic product for fading dark spots and correcting uneven tone, loaded with fantastic brightening ingredients like tranexamic acid, alpha arbutin, azelaic acid, glutathione, kojic acid, DHP (aka Chromabright), licorice root extract, melatonin, and turmeric root extract. Some of these ingredients, like licorice root, turmeric, melatonin, double as skin soothers, joining calming niacinamide, centella asiatica leaf extract (cica), allantoin, and bisabolol to minimize inflammation and irritation. It’s a cocktail of antioxidants and mild exfoliants alongside peptides, humectants, and emollients, to create a wonderful gel for those that struggle with hyperpigmentation and/or redness! • TOPICALS - Like Butter Hydrating Mask ($32USD per 50mL) was created with dry skinned folks in mind, especially eczema sufferers like myself. It’s a thick whipped cream that soothes irritation using niacinamide, colloidal oatmeal, evening primrose oil, huangqi extract, green tea extract, licorice root, turmeric root extract, and madecassoside. The list of humectants and emollients is loooong, creating a deeply nourishing, moisturizing mask that includes antioxidants, peptides, ceramides, and a variety of skin-friendly extracts. Perfect for those that are flaking/red! But these products shine the most together imo. Mixing them together in my palm creates a sticky moisturizer that spreads beautifully on the skin, smelling a bit medicinal but pleasant, and leaves my skin soft and glowing by morning. If you struggle with rosacea, eczema, melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, skin sensitivity, and/or dry skin, Topicals is a fantastic brand whose products manage to be both gentle and effective!
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Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel
TOPICALS-Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel
Babyfacial Not Your Fave? Try This New Peel!
Babyfacial Not Your Fave? Try This New Peel!
Whether it be because of the brand, the potency, or the texture, some folks just don’t love Drunk Elephant Babyfacial. But some substitutes leave a lot to be desired- either they’re irritating, or too simple, or the texture makes everything a mess. Insert PAULA'S CHOICE - 25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel : a fantastically well-formulated substitute for the cult fave facial. I’m a huge DE fan, but I have to admit, I reach far more for PC’s shimmery purple goo! • Compare/Contrast: Like DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask , the Paula’s Choice peel contains a 25% AHA cocktail alongside 2% BHA, both formulated at a low pH (PC: 3.5-3.9, Babyfacial: 3.5-3.6) so that the acids can function optimally. PC incorporates 8.4% glycolic acid, 7.1% lactic acid, 5% mandelic acid, 2.5% malic acid, 2% tartaric acid, 2% salicylic acid, a variety of humectants and emollients, plus antioxidants and skin-soothing ingredients like licorice root extract, bisabolol, and allantoin. DE doesn’t specify the quantities of acids in it, but considering the position of the acids in the INCI list, glycolic acid is the most present, with lactic acid and citric acid below the 2% salicylic acid. They also include humectants, emollients (like marula oil), antioxidants, as well as soothing aloe, prickly pear extract, green tea leaf extract, allantoin, and licorice root extract. I didn’t find any literature that supported the exfoliating claims of the included pumpkin enzyme so 🤷🏽‍♀️ But still, both tout great ingredient lists! • Thoughts: Both products deliver on promises of a deep exfoliating treatment that leaves skin soft and smooth, as well as visibly evened skin tone and a more luminous complexion. But I find Babyfacial is too abrasive to use more than 1-2 times per month for me... the high glycolic acid content makes it incredibly potent -think med spa peels- but something more suitable to skin that tolerates strong exfoliants, and mature skin that benefits from stimulated fibroblasts for collagen production. Paula’s Choice’s Peel is a more solid try for sensitive skin and exfoliant newbies- the cocktail of multiple acids make for a more gentle peel, especially since citric acid (which PC forgoes but DE includes) can be a bit sensitizing. I didn’t experience any tingling whatsoever with this shimmery purple mask and used it twice in one month without issue, making me think it’d be a good weekly peel for most folks! Is it a Dupe? I don’t believe in dupes unless the formulas are identical. PC’s new peel is a great substitute for Babyfacial or the Ordinary’s Vampire Peel, being far more gentle and an overall better experience, in my opinion.
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25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel
PAULA'S CHOICE-25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel
Skincare 101: Retinoids
Skincare 101: Retinoids
Retinoids (vitamin A derivatives) are antioxidants and encourage cell turnover, stimulate collagen and elastin production, suppress excess serum production, and inhibit tyrosinase production. They prevent damage from free radicals, reduce fine lines, improve skin texture, prevent hyperpigmentation, fade hyperpigmentation, reduce acne, and minimize the appearance of pores. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲? • Retinoic Acid: Tretinoin (ie Retin-A) and isotretinoin (ie Accutane) is the gold-standard of aging and is typically quite effective at treating acne. Prescription-Only. I can’t preach my love for my Apostrophe - Topical Formula 0.05% Tret formula enough. It has been the only product to dramatically reduce my acne, plus banished my oily skin and orange peel texture. But go slow, it’s potent! If you can afford it, go the Tretinoin route, as it is the most clinically-supported retinoid for the benefits it offers! • Naphthoic Acid: Adapalene (ie Differin) has retinoid-like activity and is approved by the FDA for treating acne. Available OTC up to 0.1%. I had horrible breakouts and irritation using DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel , but know many love it! • Retinoic Acid Ester: Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (ie, HPR, Granactive Retinoid) is new to the OTC retinoid scene as a gentler retinoid with similar benefits, but has limited clinical data to back up its claims. I tried The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion and honestly saw no difference, positive or negative. But I’ve thought of using this as a hand treatment alongside a moisturizer with sunscreen! • Retinaldehyde: Retinal and retinyl-aldehyde are broken down into retinoic acid in one step, making it the most potent/effective OTC option for anti-aging. I’ve not tried Medik8 but know they’re hugely popular for their retinal products! • Retinol: Retinol breaks down into retinoic acid in two steps. You can find it up to 1% OTC for reducing sun damage and wrinkles. I love The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane for its gentleness and moisturizing formula (perfect for dry skin), but a more bougie option that I’ve enjoyed is DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream , though it is deceptively potent so be sure to go slow! • Retinol Ester: Retinyl acetate, “” linoleate, “” palmitate, “” propionate takes three steps to break down into retinoic acid. There’s not much research to support these esters but they are known to be very gentle.
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A-Passioni Retinol Cream
DRUNK ELEPHANT-A-Passioni Retinol Cream
Which BHA Product for Your Skin Type?
Which BHA Product for Your Skin Type?
If you deal with acne-prone skin or enlarged pores, salicylic acid (BHA) is heaven-sent for most folks. Oil-soluble, it penetrates more effectively/deeply into the pore than water-soluble AHAs, touting hydrating, antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties in addition to exfoliating. But Which BHA Product Is Best for You? 👀 • PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator : $29.50 USD, $0.25 per mL. A cult classic, an international bestseller, a bottle of liquid gold. Water-thin, it contains a couple of humectants, an antioxidant, and 3 preservative/stabilizing ingredients. A super simple INCI list! This makes it especially friendly to many sensitive-skinned folks, as the list of possible skin triggers is small. Some people say the finish feels oily, but I find it intensely hydrating and it soaks in quickly, making it great for combo and dry skin alike! This simple liquid is my pick for enlarged pores and general skin congestion. • NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% : $20 USD, $0.17 per mL. Encapsulated salicylic acid and a variety of humectants make this a hydrating exfoliant “toner”, perfect for those with any skin type, with one exception- those with sensitive skin may have issue with the citrus extracts contained, though the producers of the extracts claim they contain mild AHA exfoliant properties. I’d recommend this to any skin type with non-sensitive skin looking for a budget SA product that leaves skin hydrated but not tacky, and helps to keep pores minimized and unclogged. Texture-picky folks on a budget will love this! • THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum : $10.99 USD, $0.37 per mL. This is the best BHA for oily skin, featuring a super simple INCI list made up of humectants, stabilizers, salicylic acid, and zinc PCA. Salicylic acid helps to keep pores clear while zinc pca helps to reduce sebum production, though I personally react badly to zinc pca- bumps and itchiness, unfortunately. This product is still one I recommend to friends, as it’s affordable and has minimal chance of triggering skin allergies/sensitivities other than the zinc, with huge potential for those that struggle with acne in general.
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BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2%
NATURIUM-BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2%
Skincare 101: Double-Cleansing
Skincare 101: Double-Cleansing
Bar soaps and scrubs have been phased out of popularity, replaced with cleansers that use gentler sulfates than potentially-problematic SLS/SLES and double-cleansing has seen a rise. Grime, layers of sunscreen, heavy makeup... I recommend double-cleansing if you apply more than one layer of sunscreen or wear makeup, it’s helped so much with my own congestion/blackheads! Wash twice with a water-based cleanser if you prefer to be utilitarian, or try a micellar water if you don’t like oil textures. • 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗖𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗲: For me, traditional double-cleansing is the way to go. Oil-based cleansers easily break down stubborn makeup like waterproof mascara and I’m careful to avoid sensitizing essential oils. My top pick for quality to quantity to cost? THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm . $10 for 150mL of a sensitive skin-friendly balm is hard to beat! Another good budget option is The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser , $7.90 for 50mL or $19.90 for 150mL. Its thick texture takes a bit more work to emulsify and rinse away, but gets the job done. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser is a great balm that I love for its easy emulsification and quick rinse, though it’s a bit more pricy- $34 for 110g. Harder to swallow the cost when you rinse it after just a minute of it on your skin, but it emulsifies so well and rinses clean easily. HOLI FROG - Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash is also kinda pricy, $42 for 74mL. It is hard to emulsify, but leaves my skin as soft as if I had moisturized after rinsing, making it luscious but hard to justify. • 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗲: For my 2nd Cleanse, I reach for a water-based cleanser with a pH of 4-7 and hydrating humectants. I avoid essential oils and fragrance. My absolute favourite 2nd Cleanse is rPAULA'S CHOICE - RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser ($19 per 190mL, pH 6.2-7), a silky cream-to-foam that removes any 1st Cleanse residue without stripping skin. Another gentle and effective cleanser is the HOLI FROG - Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash ($36 per 150mL, pH 5.5). Both are great for any skin type, esp. drier skin! Oily/combo skin types will enjoy the deep-cleansing, strongly lathering gels of rCeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin ($11 per 355mL, pH 5.5) and #Drunk Elephant - Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser[products]#[FourStars] ($32 per 150mL, pH 5.5). I wouldn’t use them more than once per day since they can leave skin feeling tight if overused. How To Use A Balm Cleanser: 1. Dispense balm onto dry, clean palms. 2. Massage balm onto dry, uncleansed skin, for as long as you like. I wouldn’t go over a minute since you’ll be massaging your skin more in a sec... 3. Wet hands. 4. Emulsify the product on your face using a small amount of water, massaging until it is almost like a lather. 5. Rinse face. 6. Repeat steps 4 + 5 until your face feels clean and soft, with no visible milkiness/lather.
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Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin
CeraVe-Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin
Price Doesn’t Matter (Except That It Does)
Price Doesn’t Matter (Except That It Does)
Pause: price doesn’t matter in that it doesn’t innately affect the quality of the product. I used a (thankfully gifted) $160+ cult favourite serum and was comically underwhelmed with how horrible it smelled, how unpleasant the texture was, and how irritated my skin was despite the fact that I had used vitamin c serums just as strong previously. And then I look at a community-renowned $8 niacinamide serum that is, by all accounts, a decent serum... that my skin hated and I detested due to the tacky texture. I’ve used, and loved, skincare that ranges in price from $6-$300+, some gifted and some purchased with my own money. I’ve opted for lovely $15 moisturizers when I couldn’t afford my $60 favourites. I’ve paid extra for specific ingredients that are a bit more pricy. What I’ve Learned? Price means little to how my skin will like it. But price still matters. If your budget for skincare is small, your options similarly size down. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t good skincare in your budget. Of course, opt for prescription if you can afford it- 1% retinol from the most expensive brand can’t compare to a basic 0.0125% tretinoin prescription cream. Look at your skin, do a bit of research, and see where in your routine that you can splurge a bit, or where you can go strictly utilitarian. If you have access to CVS, they have 40% off coupons regularly and CeraVe is bangin’. If you’re international, check out the go-to The Ordinary who ships internationally, or go through CultBeauty to get ahold of similarly affordable brands like Versed and The Inkey List 💰 In the end, price really only matters in that it affects what brands you opt for and how large your routine is. You don’t need $110 moisturizers or $120 exfoliants, though they often offer better textures and more well-rounded formulas. Just cleanse, moisturize, and slap on some sunscreen, and you’ve got your bases covered 💕
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A-Passioni Retinol Cream
DRUNK ELEPHANT-A-Passioni Retinol Cream
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Indie Brand Spotlight: Topicals
Indie Brand Spotlight: Topicals
Topicals is a relatively new indie brand making some waves in the skincare scene. Co-founded by two women of color, Topicals is rooted in a desire to make skin-positive skincare for folks with a variety of skin tones and skin conditions. Their advertising features colorful Gen Z aesthetics, a variety of people of color, and a message with emphasis on loving yourself, loving your skin, and acknowledging the ties between skin health and mental health. Specifically, “the dream of transforming the way you feel about skin”, a message that resounded with me as a WOC with eczema. Their advertising, message, and packaging are all on-point, but their products are equally amazing, formulas forgoing synthetic fragrance, dyes, and common irritants in favor of research-backed, vegan, cruelty-free ingredients. • TOPICALS - Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel ($36USD per 50mL) is a fantastic product for fading dark spots and correcting uneven tone, loaded with fantastic brightening ingredients like tranexamic acid, alpha arbutin, azelaic acid, glutathione, kojic acid, DHP (aka Chromabright), licorice root extract, melatonin, and turmeric root extract. Some of these ingredients, like licorice root, turmeric, melatonin, double as skin soothers, joining calming niacinamide, centella asiatica leaf extract (cica), allantoin, and bisabolol to minimize inflammation and irritation. It’s a cocktail of antioxidants and mild exfoliants alongside peptides, humectants, and emollients, to create a wonderful gel for those that struggle with hyperpigmentation and/or redness! • TOPICALS - Like Butter Hydrating Mask ($32USD per 50mL) was created with dry skinned folks in mind, especially eczema sufferers like myself. It’s a thick whipped cream that soothes irritation using niacinamide, colloidal oatmeal, evening primrose oil, huangqi extract, green tea extract, licorice root, turmeric root extract, and madecassoside. The list of humectants and emollients is loooong, creating a deeply nourishing, moisturizing mask that includes antioxidants, peptides, ceramides, and a variety of skin-friendly extracts. Perfect for those that are flaking/red! But these products shine the most together imo. Mixing them together in my palm creates a sticky moisturizer that spreads beautifully on the skin, smelling a bit medicinal but pleasant, and leaves my skin soft and glowing by morning. If you struggle with rosacea, eczema, melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, skin sensitivity, and/or dry skin, Topicals is a fantastic brand whose products manage to be both gentle and effective!
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Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel
TOPICALS-Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel
Babyfacial Not Your Fave? Try This New Peel!
Babyfacial Not Your Fave? Try This New Peel!
Whether it be because of the brand, the potency, or the texture, some folks just don’t love Drunk Elephant Babyfacial. But some substitutes leave a lot to be desired- either they’re irritating, or too simple, or the texture makes everything a mess. Insert PAULA'S CHOICE - 25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel : a fantastically well-formulated substitute for the cult fave facial. I’m a huge DE fan, but I have to admit, I reach far more for PC’s shimmery purple goo! • Compare/Contrast: Like DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask , the Paula’s Choice peel contains a 25% AHA cocktail alongside 2% BHA, both formulated at a low pH (PC: 3.5-3.9, Babyfacial: 3.5-3.6) so that the acids can function optimally. PC incorporates 8.4% glycolic acid, 7.1% lactic acid, 5% mandelic acid, 2.5% malic acid, 2% tartaric acid, 2% salicylic acid, a variety of humectants and emollients, plus antioxidants and skin-soothing ingredients like licorice root extract, bisabolol, and allantoin. DE doesn’t specify the quantities of acids in it, but considering the position of the acids in the INCI list, glycolic acid is the most present, with lactic acid and citric acid below the 2% salicylic acid. They also include humectants, emollients (like marula oil), antioxidants, as well as soothing aloe, prickly pear extract, green tea leaf extract, allantoin, and licorice root extract. I didn’t find any literature that supported the exfoliating claims of the included pumpkin enzyme so 🤷🏽‍♀️ But still, both tout great ingredient lists! • Thoughts: Both products deliver on promises of a deep exfoliating treatment that leaves skin soft and smooth, as well as visibly evened skin tone and a more luminous complexion. But I find Babyfacial is too abrasive to use more than 1-2 times per month for me... the high glycolic acid content makes it incredibly potent -think med spa peels- but something more suitable to skin that tolerates strong exfoliants, and mature skin that benefits from stimulated fibroblasts for collagen production. Paula’s Choice’s Peel is a more solid try for sensitive skin and exfoliant newbies- the cocktail of multiple acids make for a more gentle peel, especially since citric acid (which PC forgoes but DE includes) can be a bit sensitizing. I didn’t experience any tingling whatsoever with this shimmery purple mask and used it twice in one month without issue, making me think it’d be a good weekly peel for most folks! Is it a Dupe? I don’t believe in dupes unless the formulas are identical. PC’s new peel is a great substitute for Babyfacial or the Ordinary’s Vampire Peel, being far more gentle and an overall better experience, in my opinion.
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25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel
PAULA'S CHOICE-25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel
French braid 101
French braid 101
Do you struggle braiding? Girl, I did too! Today I’ll teach you how to French braid! I hope you enjoy.
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Makeup Mistakes You Might be Making⁉️
Makeup Mistakes You Might be Making⁉️
I've made tons of makeup mistakes in my trial and error of wearing makeup! My makeup philosophy is that it should at a bare minimum enhance my features! These are two of the biggest mistakes I've made and how I apply makeup to avoid them. CONCEALER Mistake: adding concealer under my eyes in a giant triangle, for my round face shape this pulls my eye down and adds to the fullness in my cheeks. Correction: add concealer to the inner corner and outer corner of the under eye only. This will conceal the dark spots on the inner corner and lift the outer corner! It will also be a lot lighter under the eye and will crease much less. BLUSH Mistake: adding blush to the apple of my cheek, for round and full cheeks this will only add to them! Making the face look round and wide! Correction: only add blush to the back half of the cheek, stopping in line with the pupil. This will lift the cheeks and even start to sculpt them, like contour. I used the e.l.f. - Hydrating Camo Concealer it's full coverage and doesn't budge, plus it feels super lightweight. For blush I used MILANI - Cheek Kiss Blush in the shade Nude Flush, it's a color dupe for Glossier's Cloud Paint in Dusk. #CheriePartner
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Cheek Kiss Blush
MILANI-Cheek Kiss Blush
Skincare 101: Retinoids
Skincare 101: Retinoids
Retinoids (vitamin A derivatives) are antioxidants and encourage cell turnover, stimulate collagen and elastin production, suppress excess serum production, and inhibit tyrosinase production. They prevent damage from free radicals, reduce fine lines, improve skin texture, prevent hyperpigmentation, fade hyperpigmentation, reduce acne, and minimize the appearance of pores. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲? • Retinoic Acid: Tretinoin (ie Retin-A) and isotretinoin (ie Accutane) is the gold-standard of aging and is typically quite effective at treating acne. Prescription-Only. I can’t preach my love for my Apostrophe - Topical Formula 0.05% Tret formula enough. It has been the only product to dramatically reduce my acne, plus banished my oily skin and orange peel texture. But go slow, it’s potent! If you can afford it, go the Tretinoin route, as it is the most clinically-supported retinoid for the benefits it offers! • Naphthoic Acid: Adapalene (ie Differin) has retinoid-like activity and is approved by the FDA for treating acne. Available OTC up to 0.1%. I had horrible breakouts and irritation using DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel , but know many love it! • Retinoic Acid Ester: Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (ie, HPR, Granactive Retinoid) is new to the OTC retinoid scene as a gentler retinoid with similar benefits, but has limited clinical data to back up its claims. I tried The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion and honestly saw no difference, positive or negative. But I’ve thought of using this as a hand treatment alongside a moisturizer with sunscreen! • Retinaldehyde: Retinal and retinyl-aldehyde are broken down into retinoic acid in one step, making it the most potent/effective OTC option for anti-aging. I’ve not tried Medik8 but know they’re hugely popular for their retinal products! • Retinol: Retinol breaks down into retinoic acid in two steps. You can find it up to 1% OTC for reducing sun damage and wrinkles. I love The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane for its gentleness and moisturizing formula (perfect for dry skin), but a more bougie option that I’ve enjoyed is DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream , though it is deceptively potent so be sure to go slow! • Retinol Ester: Retinyl acetate, “” linoleate, “” palmitate, “” propionate takes three steps to break down into retinoic acid. There’s not much research to support these esters but they are known to be very gentle.
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A-Passioni Retinol Cream
DRUNK ELEPHANT-A-Passioni Retinol Cream
Which BHA Product for Your Skin Type?
Which BHA Product for Your Skin Type?
If you deal with acne-prone skin or enlarged pores, salicylic acid (BHA) is heaven-sent for most folks. Oil-soluble, it penetrates more effectively/deeply into the pore than water-soluble AHAs, touting hydrating, antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties in addition to exfoliating. But Which BHA Product Is Best for You? 👀 • PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator : $29.50 USD, $0.25 per mL. A cult classic, an international bestseller, a bottle of liquid gold. Water-thin, it contains a couple of humectants, an antioxidant, and 3 preservative/stabilizing ingredients. A super simple INCI list! This makes it especially friendly to many sensitive-skinned folks, as the list of possible skin triggers is small. Some people say the finish feels oily, but I find it intensely hydrating and it soaks in quickly, making it great for combo and dry skin alike! This simple liquid is my pick for enlarged pores and general skin congestion. • NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% : $20 USD, $0.17 per mL. Encapsulated salicylic acid and a variety of humectants make this a hydrating exfoliant “toner”, perfect for those with any skin type, with one exception- those with sensitive skin may have issue with the citrus extracts contained, though the producers of the extracts claim they contain mild AHA exfoliant properties. I’d recommend this to any skin type with non-sensitive skin looking for a budget SA product that leaves skin hydrated but not tacky, and helps to keep pores minimized and unclogged. Texture-picky folks on a budget will love this! • THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum : $10.99 USD, $0.37 per mL. This is the best BHA for oily skin, featuring a super simple INCI list made up of humectants, stabilizers, salicylic acid, and zinc PCA. Salicylic acid helps to keep pores clear while zinc pca helps to reduce sebum production, though I personally react badly to zinc pca- bumps and itchiness, unfortunately. This product is still one I recommend to friends, as it’s affordable and has minimal chance of triggering skin allergies/sensitivities other than the zinc, with huge potential for those that struggle with acne in general.
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BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2%
NATURIUM-BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2%
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