Is that really dead skin?
PETER THOMAS ROTH - Firmx Exfoliating Peel Gel First let’s talk about what peeling gels really are. Peeling gels contain ingredients such as cellulose or carbomer. These ingredients interact with any oils on your skin and start to clump once rubbed in. So to answer the question, the white clumps are not your skin cells falling off. These gels are safe to use daily in my opinion, but sensitive skin be cautious and always patch test. Peeling gels are a mechanical form of exfoliation, but I do recommend them since they are much more gentle on the skin compared to harsh scrubs with beads and grains. PETER THOMAS ROTH - Firmx Exfoliating Peel Gel This particular peel contains cellulose. The soft cellulose acts like grains in a scrub and effectively buff off dead skin cells that are ready to come off. It contains pineapple, pomegranate, and keratinase enzymes to help loosen up and exfoliate dead skin. The glycerin and hyaluronic acid help soothe and hydrate skin. Final thoughts, it’s a much better option of mechanical exfoliation because I don’t endorse harsh and scratchy scrubs with grains at all. It’s instant gratification because you want to believe those white clumps are clumps of dead skin, but it is the cellulose interacting with your skin. If used as a mask and left on for 5-10 minutes and then rubbed off you will get better results because you allow the enzymes to work and loosen dead skin. The reason I gave this product 4 stars is because of the price point. I will not be spending $48 for a peeling gel again because I can spend much less on chemical exfoliation which is my favorite and most effective form of exfoliation.
PETER THOMAS ROTH-Firmx Exfoliating Peel Gel
The most cost efficient chemical exfoliant✨
The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA The most effective and cost efficient chemical exfoliant ever produced! One of the Ordinary’s greatest product. Lactic acid is a great chemical exfoliant and is used to treat textured skin, dullness and uneven texture. I have been using this product for approximately 5 months and it has significantly overpowered any physical exfoliant out there. Perfect for all skin types from dry to normal. —————————————— How to use? Lactic acid is extremely acidic and can be harmful if used at the wrong time, with the wrong products or too often. Additionally, exfoliating too much can lead to dryness, peeling and/cracks. Thus, it is important to only use lactic acid 1-2 times per week. Lactic acid also cannot be used with certain types of vitamin C’s and niacinamides, as a result, do your research with each product before applying to the skin. Furthermore, lactic acid is the most effective during the night as skin cells replenish the most during the nighttime. Lastly, it is important to build a tolerance for lactic acid, start with a low percentage and build your tolerance. Skin routine including lactic acid can be as following: ￼￼rinse face ￼￼cleanse ￼￼tone ￼￼apply drops of lactic acid ￼￼moisturize —————————————— Recommend 80% Throughout my experience, I would recommend lactic acid to anyone who is looking to exfoliate the skin. This product is also tremendous for dry to normal to oily skin. However, it may not be the best chemical exfoliant for sensitive skin types or people who suffer from eczema. Most importantly, in order to use this product, one must do extensive research to know how to use it and how to implement it in your skin regimen. If not used properly it can cause serious damage to the skin due to its extreme acidic concentration.
The Ordinary-Lactic Acid 10% + HA
Vitamin C Serums that are NOT worth the hype
✨I have sensitive combination skin that is acne prone. My skin concerns mainly revolve around acne and preventing breakouts when I can. I use Vitamin C to help protect my skin during the day and to help get rid of marks left over from acne. I love it as an ingredient and highly recommend trying it out but be careful when purchasing- not all are what they seem to be cracked up to be. 🍊 C-Firma by Drunk Elephant. The holy grail of NO for me when it comes to Vitamin C serums. But why do I hate this HIGHLY loved and hyped product? 🐘 First of all, this formula oxidizes at a highly fast rate, meaning the product becomes less and less effective faster. Secondly, the price of this for 1 oz is $80 which is actually outrageous and basically highway robbery. Thirdly, this product feels sticky once applied on the face, even when mixed and layered with other products which I cannot stand and it smells smokey like meat. BLEH. If you want something that maybe works for 3 months and are ok with having a sticky face and smelling smokey, then sure but this is not it for me. 🍍 Pineapple-C Brightening Serum by Glow Recipe. I decided to purchase it because it’s a clean brand and I was seeing it all over Instagram. Although I’ve seen some friends have success with this, this again isn’t a win for me. This is $49 for 1 oz which is way better than the previously mentioned serum. It has Vitamin C and AHAs with Hyaluronic Acid for hydration and pineapple juice to brighten skin. I wanted to like this so badly because of the lovely smell, ingredients and adorable glass packaging, but at the end of the day, this didn’t give me the results I was looking for. 🍊C15 by Paula’s Choice. Honestly I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It’s $49 as well but for .67 oz and I adore this brand but this has a shelf life of 3 months. Maybe that’s just the honestly of this brand vs Drunk Elephant but that’s a lot of product to get through in just 3 months! I want to try it again in the future. This also has Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid and this brand has yet to let me down but this expired too quickly for me personally so it’s on here too. If it’s that price point I want amazing results or a long shelf life. ☀️Although the above products didn’t work for me, they did lead me to discovering some serums that do. That list includes Very Cherry Bright by Farmacy and the Rose + Glow Vitamin C oil by Leah Skin which is my favorite. Another one I’m looking forward to trying is the Vitamin C by Allies of Skin. Ultimately, it’s about being patient and finding what works best for you!
This ingredient saved my skin🤫❣️
Hello lovelies! ❣️ Today, i’d like to talk more about my favorite and my holy grail ingredient -- 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐢𝐧. 🌟 Tretinoin, also known as 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐝, is an active form of 𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧 𝐀. It is the 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞-𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐝 prescription retinoid for anti-aging and other handful of skin issues. 🌟 Tretinoin is considered the benchmark ingredient among dermatologists for treating 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞, 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬, 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞❓ Tretinoin stimulates 𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 on your skin. Quicker cell turnover opens pores, releasing trapped bacteria or irritants that are causing acne. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and treats hyperpigmentation. The catch? It doesn’t give results immediately. You’ll have to in it for a long haul with Vitamin A. It typically takes around two to three months to really see a difference with consistent tretinoin use, but if you use it long-term, your skin will look significantly younger! Wouldn’t you want that? 🙈 𝐌𝐲 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐬: I have 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧-𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐲 skin. I have struggled with acne for the past three years. My skin has also been very 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝. I am highly prone to 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞, especially along my jawline and neck and have always struggled with 𝐡𝐲𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐩𝐢𝐠𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 since my teenage years. I get 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐬 even from the tiniest comedones and they would usually linger for 6-12 months. 𝐌𝐲 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞: I have been using tretinoin since January of 2020. I started with 0.001% from my curology prescription and now 0.05% from Galderma which I use nightly.. I did also try Adapalene from Fall 2019 to the first couple of months of this year, alternating it with tretinoin. When I started Tretinoin, I was on my purging stage with adapalene (brand name Differin), which lasted for few months. I kept my skincare routine simple; gentle cleanser, moisturizer, tretinoin and sunscreen in the AM. I got rid of my fragrance containing products (this is important! Fragrance is highly irritant.) Aside from the purging, I also experienced drying but nothing too extreme. Moreover, my skin became a lil more sensitive so since then I always made sure I don’t use any other active and tretinoin in the same routine. 𝐓𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬: For the first and second month, I've seen no changes in my acne and dark marks at all. However, its effect on texture was almost instant. Tretinoin just turned my skin somewhat buttery and over time seems to prevent bumps from forming. I have not had any bad reaction so far except it dries the skin around the eye area so much (healing ointment is a must!). I’m on my fifth month now and my skin has been so much more resilient, repairs quicker, and post-acne marks now fade so much faster. I have not had any new acne since April either. Hard to believe right? Well, it’s a 𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐭 𝐠𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 which is why it’s my top recommended ingredient ever since. ❗️ I have also used hydroquinone for 2 months. I will talk about the ingredient in another post. For pictures please refer to my Curology post 😉
Nail Care Hacks EVERYONE Should Know
This quarantine is too long. When was the last time you got your manicure? It’s actually very easy to do it at home by yourself and it safes a lot of $$$. Here is my at home STEP BY STEP Manicure Prep. The perfect nails are always based on the perfect nail foundation. All the tools are accessible at drugstore or even dollar stores. You want to start with a clean nail first. Once the nails are completely clean. You can roughly cut or buff the edges. The next step is to push the cuticles back and trim them. I like to use this metal tool. And a cuticle trimmer. REVLON - Expert Nail Groomer REVLON - Gold Series Titanium Toenail Nipper *TIP* One thing to notice here is that you want to make sure that your nails are damp. So either soak them in warm water like what they did in the salon. And apply a layer of softener. picture polish - Cuticle Wipe Out Or you can also do it when you get out of the shower when you cuticles are nice and soft. That’s the easiest time to trim your cuticles. I normally use this push to gently push back my cuticles you may not be able to get a clean nail right away but we will buff leftover off later so no worries at this point. This process should not hurt at all. If you find this process painful, you are either pushing your cuticles too far they are not soft enough. Then you can use your trim to cut off those pieces. Next you’ll need a nail file. Im using a medium 100/180 grit. ORLY - Black Board Medium 180 Grit Based on your preferences on nail shapes ( square or round) to smooth up the edges by filing back and forth. I personally like square but rounded on the edges. When you are working on the side, make sure they are evenly filed and symmetric. Try to avoid sharp edges. And stop when you are happy with the shape and length. Next tool I will be using is a Buffing Block with 3 different grid sides. I would buff off the sharp edges and buff on the top to smooth it out. This step also helps the paint stay longer. Finish up by brushing off the dust.
ORLY-Black Board Medium 180 Grit