DON’T try these at home!
With so many self- proclaimed beauty gurus in the world today, it’s very easy to get sucked into the DIY trend. Most experts and skincare specialists will tell you these homemade concoctions are not as good as they are made to be. Here are 5 ingredients you should not put on your face and why. 1. Essential Oils- The fragrant portion of plants is what makes essential oils. Modern science has revealed how fragrant oils cause problems for the skin. In the long run components in essential oils can significantly irritate and damage the skin. 2. Lemon Juice 🍋- Lemons are extremely acidic, which will irritate your skin. You can experience excessive redness, dryness, and skin peeling. Using lemons on your skin can cause more damage then benefit to your skin. 3. Coconut Oil- This ingredient causes a lot of debate amongst my followers, but fact is a fact, coconut oil is highly comedogenic. This means that the oil clogs pores on your face. When you apply coconut oil to your face it lays on the surface and is not able to be absorbed into the skin due to its large molecules. It can cause breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads. 4. Witch Hazel- Here is another debate stirring ingredient. A lot of my patients and followers swear by witch hazel because of its immediate results on absorbing oil on the skin. What they fail to understand that it is not only absorbing the excess oils, but it is also stripping your skin of its natural oils. This can be very damaging to your skin and it’s natural protecting barrier, causing unnatural sensitized and dry skin. 5. Toothpaste- Such a popular trend and so harmful to your skin. Toothpaste contains high levels of baking soda which will mess with your skin’s ph level. This can lead to redness and burning of the skin. Toothpaste is a horrible option for your blemishes and instead I would recommend THE inkey LIST - Succinic Acid Acne Treatment
spectacleswitch hazel isnt bad in small doses! but people tend to douse themselves in thayer’s which is a HUGE no 😅
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Best Spot Treatment for Acne! 🙌🏼
I was never a big fan of spot treatments because they do more harm than good on my blemishes. I tried so many and all of them dried out my skin and made my pimple more irritated. As I learn more about my skin and ingredients to avoid, I am able to select better products to treat my occasional acne. Apart from pimple patches (after picking on my pimples), one that I am enjoying right now is THE inkey LIST - Succinic Acid Acne Treatment . I had a few pimples recently and this one helped a lot. I swear, my pimples have gotten smaller after every use. They did not magically disappear but they did go away a lot faster. It is non-drying, gentle and effective in reducing the redness of my pimples. I also think it helps with reducing the appearance of post acne marks. The key ingredients are 2% succinic acid, 1% salicylic acid and O.4% hyaluronic acid. It’s a (green) cream formula with a subtle scent that layers well under other products as long as you give it some time to settle in. Definitely a win win for me! Can’t wait to incorporate the rest of the products in my routine!
simplicity is key?
life can very easily get in the way sometimes. this can be so severe that, at least in my case, i end up sacrificing things like my skincare routine or other self care, thus making my skin worse and giving me ANOTHER reason to be stressed out. this being said, i’ve abandoned a lot of steps of my routines (which were sometimes 6 steps long!!) to help make my routine quicker and more manageable. am + pm i use these products in this order: cleanse: Milk MAKEUP - Vegan Milk Cleanser or THE inkey LIST - Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser tone: THE inkey LIST - Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Toner (i use this every other night) serum/oil: e.l.f. - All the Feels Facial Oil eye cream: zero by skin academy (tried adding this as a new item multiple times but i give up typing it all in every time) moisturizer: e.l.f. - Happy Hydration Cream or Milk MAKEUP - Vegan Milk Moisturizer (i usually opt for the milk one at night as it is thicker and heavier) spot treatment: THE inkey LIST - Succinic Acid Acne Treatment (not pictured) sunscreen: live clean mineral face sunscreen SPF 45 #cheriecreator
Battle of the Ointments: CeraVe VS Aquaphor!
Whether you’re looking to prevent TEWL, an inexpensive lip balm, or an all-purpose ointment, you’ve most likely heard of these two products. Below we discuss what makes them unique from one another so you can make an informed purchase (and not get stuck with a giant tube you hate)! Feel & Texture Out of the tube, both ointments feel pretty similar. CeraVe is a white-ish color but goes on transparent like the Aquaphor. They both spread well once warmed up in your fingers. I would say the biggest difference is that the Aquaphor - Healing Ointment Skin Protectant is more prone to be affected by the weather. In the summer, when the tube is exposed to warmer temperatures, the ointment turns more liquid-y and is easier to push out of the tube, whereas in the winter it goes back to a more solid consistency and can be difficult to squeeze out. It also retains its tackiness, especially if spread thickly. Think of the texture somewhere between a tacky lip gloss and straight Vaseline. In contrast, the CeraVe - Healing Ointment is pretty immune to weather changes and will remain the same texture unless exposed to very extreme temperatures. When you warm it up on your fingers it is super easy to glide over your skin and thin out. It doesn’t drag. When applied thinly, the tackiness is almost non-existent. Ingredients Both have a little bit more than 40% petrolatum (Vaseline). Both have mineral oil as 2nd ingredient. Both have panthenol (a B vitamin). Aquaphor - Healing Ointment Skin Protectant contains lanolin as its main emollient, aided by a little bit of glycerin acting as a humectant. This product’s one and only antioxidant is bisabolol - an extract derived from the chamomile plant. That’s pretty much it. The ingredient list for this product is super simple. CeraVe - Healing Ointment concentrates more on skin-nourishing ingredients and a more sophisticated texture (hence the lack of tackiness when thinned out). It has 4 different kinds of ceramides (ceramide 1, ceramide 3, ceramide 6-II, & phytosphingosine), cholesterol, proline (an amino acid), and hyaluronic acid (a humectant). It also contains dimethicone and a bunch of other texture-enhancing ingredients! Which do I prefer? Honestly, I use both. I have found the Aquaphor - Healing Ointment Skin Protectant makes a great overnight lip balm when used after an essence/moisturizer on the lips and hands. The tackiness works in its favor and the lanolin and glycerin are very effective at moisturizing. CeraVe - Healing Ointment makes a horrible lip balm, IMO. The silky smooth texture is super luxe but for whatever reason it just doesn’t leave my lips as soft. BUT the texture and skin-replenishing ingredients makes it a great occlusive seal for all the skincare products I use on the rest of my face and it doesn’t leave my pillow a tacky mess!
Aquaphor- Healing Ointment Skin Protectant
GOOD MOLECULES Clarify & Cleanse Bar! Available for $8 at @goodmolecules This soap bar produce a really beautiful rich foam. It leaves the skin feeling fresh and clean but not completely stripped of moisture. It’s Perfect for the face and for the whole body. I have very sensitive skin and never felt any tightening, irritations or drying to my skin. ◾️ Key Ingredients: ◾️ Salicylic acid and tea tree oil ~ help to clarify and prevent blemishes. ◾️ Kaolin clay: balances excess sebum ◾️ cocoa powder: soothes inflammation and redness ◾️ Rosehip and grapeseed oils: nourish and maintain a healthy moisture balance while promoting elasticity • * Have you tried this soap bar? • • @goodmoleculec products are * Vegan * Cruelty-Free * Soap-Free * Paraben-Free * Sulfate-Free • • • • • • • •Please stay safe my my friends ❤️
Aloe Vera 🌵
The pulp found in the leaf of this cactus-like succulent mainly consists of water, helping to hydrate & cool the skin💧 It also comprises of other vitamins & antioxidants which have beneficial properties. The component aloesin is responsible for inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase (the enzyme which produces melanin) Although it’s great for soothing & calming inflamed & sun burned skin 🥵 some can inexperience stinging or tingling with application. This is sometimes due to the added fragrance in skincare products containing aloe or may be a reaction to the plant itself 🌵 Products: versed youthtothepeople What’s your thoughts on Aloe Vera? 👍👎
60 second cleansing rule 🤫💗
created by nayamka roberts-smith (@labeautyologist on twitter), the 60 second cleansing rule has done WOOONDERS for my skin! here’s how it works: 1. use a cleansing balm to remove any makeup & dirt on the surface (massage for 2-3 minutes) 2. use a cleansing oil to remove any oil based impurities (massage for 15 MINUTES!!!) this is the PERFECT time for you to really massage, go slow, & target all parts of your face with the cleansing oil. it’ll pull out the gunk throughout the duration of the 15 minutes (as pictured) 3. CLEANSE FOR 60 SECONDS! i don’t know why i’ve never done this before but now, i can’t imagine not doing it! it makes me get into all parts of my face & places i usually miss: my hairline, sideburn area, & neck. my skin feels CLEAN after this process & it’s satisfying to see the stuff come off! it’s best to do this once a week & when you do, dedicate it for yourself 🤫🍾 (the cleansing balm & cleansing oil need not to be a particular brand! i just use this one because it’s one of my holy grails!) cocokind - Facial cleansing oil
cocokind-Facial cleansing oil
KRAVE BEAUTY: MATCHA CLEANSER & KALE-LALU-YAHA🌿
I started my skin care journey about 2 months ago. I have acne prone, dry and sensitive skin! I looked into Krave beauty products to nourish and help out my skin. 💚MATCHA HEMP HYDRATING CLEANSER💚 This cleanser is packed with skin barrier friendly antioxidants that gives your skin a healthy PH as well as hydrates the skin. When applying, you don’t need too much product. A pea size amount does the trick! It has a jelly consistency which I LOVE. When the product is washed off, my skin feels hydrated but super clean without any over cleaning or stripping feeling. 💚KALE-LALU-YAHA💚 This is a super gentle chemical exfoliant. I was a little scared at first adding an exfoliant to my skin care because I already have dry, sensitive skin but this is IT. This does contain 5.25% of Glycolic acid which is an AHA but this is super gentle! It’s packed with antioxidants that bring hydration to your skin while getting rid of dead skin cells on the surface level of your face. A common misconception is the bottle is glass but it’s plastic, which I don’t mind. I apply my regular toner then apply this afterwards about 2-3 times a week. After applying this exfoliant, my skin feels hydrated but veryyyyy smooth. Both products have incredible ingredients and do the job to nourish and hydrate the skin while cleansing or exfoliating. 10/10, highly recommend for any skin type but definitely a great choice for those with dry and sensitive skin!
Let’s Debunk Some Skincare Myths
To say there’s a plethora of beauty information out there would be an understatement. It can be difficult to determine what are good tips and what are myths, especially if there’s conflicting information. Let’s debunk 3 common ones that I still hear/see around the web/beauty community. If your makeup contains SPF you don’t need SPF underneath. Why is this myth incorrect? You would need to apply a lot of foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB/CC cream to get the proper amount of SPF needed to protect your skin. For example, I have the ILIA - Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 with SPF 40. I only apply about the size of a dime for my whole face, and this product only provides sheer-light coverage. I would need multiple layers of this to protect my skin from UVA/UVB. You should apply SPF underneath your makeup (at least the size of a quarter!) to ensure adequate protection. I love the Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 because it’s good for all skin types, doubles as a makeup primer, reef-safe, and is cruelty-free. Face wipes clean your face as well as cleanser. Nope! Face wipes may seemingly remove all your makeup and SPF residue, but they don’t have the ability to properly cleanse your face. I don’t usually use face wipes, but I received these RAWGANIC - Pure Refreshing Facial Wipes for Christmas from a family member. I use them to remove makeup before heading to the gym or at the end of the day. If using at the end of the day, always follow up with cleanser to remove excess residue!!! Face wipes would be a good option in the AM if you have extra dry skin and want to feel clean without having to wash. Don’t mix vitamin C and niacinamide. Why is this a myth? It was believed that combining anything with vitamin C, especially niacinamide, would negate the effects of vitamin C. Vitamin C is awesome for brightening and fading dark spots, and niacinamide is great for enlarged pores, dull skin, and acne scarring. Combining these two powerhouse ingredients, such as in the GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner , is a match made! That toner makes such a difference in my skin’s appearance (pores, dullness, scarring). Don’t want to combine but still reap the benefits? Use vitamin C in the AM (such as THE inkey LIST - Vitamin C Brightening Cream ) and niacinamide in the PM (such as PURITO - Centella Unscented Serum which contains niacinamide). You can have your cake and eat it, too! I personally will use these serums (or other ones in my collection) one right after another, but everyone’s skin is different. About me: DRYYYYYY acne-prone skin
PURITO-Centella Unscented Serum
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