Skincare Truths from an Esthetician
One of the first things my teacher harped about was the importance of checking the ingredient list on products! Some brands (even from Sephora) are marketing-based, not fact or science-based. I’m not going to sit here and tell you what brands to avoid, but in this post I will touch on the ingredients that you should avoid while purchasing any sort of skincare.
Sulfates (SLS) ex- sodium laureth sulfate.Sulfates strip the skin of its natural moisture and the skin’s acid mantle (protective barrier- more on that in a diff. post) which irritates the skin more. And by disrupting our natural moisture levels and the acid mantle we are throwing of the natural pH of the skin (4.5-5.5).
Fragrance -also stated as Perfume or Parfum.Fragrance in skincare products is the biggest cause of contact dermatitis (red, itchy, sometimes inflamed rash). Fragrance includes most, but not all essentials oils. When fragrance is present in a product, companies will “disguise” it by using the scientific name. For example, lavender extract is lavandula angustifolia on ingredient lists. With that being said, you never truly know what is in a fragrance and it can vary from brand to brand. The FDA doesn’t require listed fragrances to be specific as to what’s really in it. Watch out, because some brands will not have “fragrance” or “parfum” listed, they will just have the scientific name of the fragrance. Most commonly found in: cleansers, toners, creams.
Parabens ex- methylparabens, butylparabens, propylparabens.Parabens are a preservative to increase the shelf-live of products. Parabens have been linked to reproductive and fertility issues among women and has also shown links to breast cancer as this preservative can interrupt hormonal balance within the body. Most commonly found in: cleansers (mostly milky cleansers), and face masks. If you found this helpful and would like to hear more on ingredients to avoid, let me know😊
May 27, 2020
SPF EVERYDAY 🧴☀️
Lately I’ve been really neglecting my skin and not doing full on skincare routines, I’ve been too low on energy and I’ve talked about how this is major issue for me. When I’m not feeling my best I tend to neglect myself. BUT I’ve still been using SPF on the daily! It’s literally the only step I never ever miss and it’s very important. SPF protects skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays that accelerate cellular oxidation. These are the ones I’ve been using lately: ☀️ cocokind - Daily SPF Cocokind can do no wrong! I’ve been waiting for a sunscreen from them for so long. This is a mineral formula which I often don’t like because they feel heavy on my skin, and this one is the heaviest out of these three but it’s definitely a lot lighter than other mineral sunscreens I’ve tried before. It also protects from blue light and pollution damage. It’s formulated with phytoplankton and microalgae. ☀️ Dr. Loretta - Urban Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 40 this one is an all-time favorite of mine! It has a slight peach tint so I can use it on its own with no makeup. This sunscreen highlights key ingredients like Indian ginseng extract to protect skin from HEV light and zinc oxide protects skin from UVA/UVB and other external irritants. I need to pat it in rather than rub it as it tends to pill but it’s no issue for me. ☀️ EVERYDAY HUMANS - Resting Beach Face SPF30 Sunscreen Serum this is the lightest formula out of these three. It leaves literally no whitecast, and wears beautifully under makeup. It leaves my skin looking super dewy and perfected. This formula has hyaluronic acid to plump skin + spinach and green tea to strengthen your skin barrier. It smells the most like sunscreen but the smell fades quickly. What’s your go-to SPF? 🌴 #CheriePartner
DUPES! 🙌Part 1 of 2
Who ISN'T a fan of dupes?! Everyone has a different definition of a "dupe." Some people have quite strict requirements. For me, the two products have to be similar enough in texture and give me similar results. I'd say I'm rather lenient when it comes to what qualifies as a dupe. ✨ Ever since I saw Mariah Leonard's most recent Youtube video where she called these two products dupes, I can't stop thinking about it! I couldn't believe they had been sitting in my collection for MONTHS without me even putting together how similar they are. 🤍 ($18) COSRX ULTIMATE NOURISHING RICE OVERNIGHT SPA MASK COSRX - Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask 🤍 ($48) SUMMER FRIDAYS JET LAG MASK SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask I will be the first to admit these are not perfect dupes. However, the textures and results make them similar enough to qualify as a dupe for me! Texture: The textures are similar, both are a white "cream." However, Jet Lag is much thicker in texture while the COSRX has almost a gel-like consistency. Scent: COSRX has no added fragrance and no scent, which I appreciate. Jet Lag smells (and feels) minty to me, probably due to the peppermint oil. INGREDIENTS Both contain Niacinamide. I appreciate that the first ingredient in the COSRX is 68% Rice Extract (it appears to have no water), and Jet Lag's first ingredient is water. In terms of full ingredients, Jet Lag has quite a bit more skin-loving ingredients over the COSRX like shea butter, ceramides and HA. Jet Lag contains some essential oils which may cause skin sensitivity. The ingredients in these two products are actually very different. When deciding between the two, you have to take into consideration the pros/cons of both. Do you want the longer ingredient list with a few more beneficial ingredients, or do you want the shorter ingredient list with the high concentration of the one main ingredient? In my opinion, I prefer the COSRX over Summer Fridays in terms of texture and results. While the packaging is ~*aesthetic vibes,~* Jet Lag just did not deliver on the hyped-up results that everyone else was obsessing over. And if I'm going to get similar results from both, you can bet I'd rather spend $18 over $48!
SUMMER FRIDAYS-Jet Lag Mask
I started developing Perioral Dermatitis, what I thought it was a rash at the beginning, when I was in my last months of pregnancy. 🤰 It was itchy and it spread around my nose and a little around my mouth. I tried absolutely EVERYTHING! From going on a diet to creams that the dermatologist prescribed me. Everything made it worse. 😭 It took me 7 months to finally cleared out: this is what I did that worked for me: 🔸Washing my face with African black soap: morning and night. This will dried it up. 🔸 Apply a mixed of Pure zinc oxide powder with argan oil. I will put this on my face every night. And in the morning just a little bit of argan oil if it was super dried and itchy. 🔸I did not wear makeup in that area or anything at all. You want to stay away from anything. Some days when I really needed to look a little decent, I will apply a thing layer of the “home made cream” (zinc oxide and Argan Oil) and then a little makeup on top. 🔸It also helped me taking probiotics daily. It it’s a hard, long journey but if you are going through the same thing there is hope. I have been clear for over 3 years. 🙌🙏🏻 Thanks for reading, any question feel free to ask ❤️la lune naturals - Zinc Oxide Powder SheaMoisture - African Black Soap Bar Soap The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil
The Ordinary-100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil
Stop what you’re doing and go put on SUNSCREEN
Let’s talk about sunscreen. We hate to put it on, but love the benefits that come with it. Sunscreens protect the skin from harmful radiation in the atmosphere that can damage skin, speed up the aging process, cause sunburns and skin discoloration. Sunscreens help combat these issues by acting as a barrier to stop UV rays from penetrating into and damaging the skin. There are two types of sunscreens. The first is a mineral sunscreen. These sit on top of the skin and are the ones that tend to leave a white cast because they don’t penetrate and absorb into the skin. Mineral sunscreens have a higher probability of getting sweated off, rinsed off, or rubbed off. In addition, they contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as their active ingredients. For makeup wearers, these kinds of sunscreens can make wearing makeup a nightmare because they can blend and mix with makeup application, changing the makeup composition. These are better to be worn on the no makeup type days. The second kind of sunscreen is a chemical sunscreen. These work by absorbing the UV rays and turning them into heat and then releasing the heat from the body. This method limits the coverage that the sunscreen will have against protection from UV rays because the absorption process can still cause some damage to skin. Also, chemical sunscreens need more constant reapplication because they can be used up quickly due the chemical process. For makeup wearers, chemical sunscreens are better because they absorb into the skin like a moisturizer so makeup can go over the top better. Personally, I love the Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 I use it after moisturizer and before primer. It absorbs very well into my skin and it has never disrupted my makeup application process. At $34, you get 1.7 fl. oz. of product. It has a really mild scent and is now reef-safe, which is an absolute plus.
Supergoop!-Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40
SPF 3-finger method
so, I was super skeptical when I heard about this. basically, 3 fingers of sunscreen is approx. the recommended amount for optimum protection. I thought, “ehhh that’s A LOT” but I’ve been testing it out all week and it’s really going well! I’ve been using my calpharma SPF 50 and it absorbs super quickly! have you tried this method? will you?SPF Rx - Ultra-Clear Daily Skin Hydrator SPF 50
SPF Rx-Ultra-Clear Daily Skin Hydrator SPF 50
Battle of the Sunscreens!
☀️ I have sensitive combination skin that is acne-prone so I’ve used a LOT of sunscreens trying to find the perfect one. These are just some of my experiences ranked from worst to best. I always apply sunscreen after my moisturizer in the AM and then reapply during the day. ☀️4. Umbra Tinte by Drunk Elephant $36 for 2oz and SPF 30 This is a tinted and physical broad spectrum sunscreen for UVA and UVB protection. It has lots of antioxidants and has Marula oil in classic DE fashion for moisture. It is free of essential oils and fragrance. Thoughts? Meh. This is not it for me. I like a smooth finish and this in the past has made my skin feel very sticky to the touch. It has a gentle scent that isn’t distracting that I actually enjoy but it made me look really shiny and gross. That being said, my best friend loves this so I will be giving it another chance soon which I think is important to do because you may find you change your mind! It really is up to your preference but I’ve tried others that I’ve fallen for on the first try and this was definitely not that. ☀️3. Mineral Matte Screen by Supergoop $38 for 1.5 oz and SPF 40 This is a 100% mineral screen with a matte finish for all skin types. It also claims to minimize the look of pores and controls shine. The brand recently redesigned the formula to make it reef-safe! Thoughts? With this formula, I struggle to get an even look sometimes without really blending but I love how it feels! It’s so soft on the skin and gives almost a light coverage like a light foundation which I really enjoy. Because of this, I find it helps when I have any redness or breakouts too. I’d be curious to try the new formula and see how it compares but I do reach for this regularly. ☀️2. Youth Extending Hydrating Fluid by Paula’s Choice $33 for 2oz and SPF 50 This is a water-light formula with antioxidants and broad-spectrum sun protection. It also fights environmental stressors. This is a chemical screen meaning that it converts the rays into heat rather than a physical screen which deflects them. This can be sensitizing for some people but I haven’t had an issue with this. Thoughts? I love this one! It’s super lightweight and applies gorgeously almost like a light moisturizer on top. I will purchase this at some point in the full size. I think it’ll be great for summer because of this lightness. It isn’t sticky and doesn’t leave a white cast. Love it! ☀️1. Centella Green Level Unscented Sunscreen by Purito $15.90 for 2oz and SPF 50 This is safe for all skin types, essential oil free and is broad spectrum. It’s reef safe and calming for the skin too! Thoughts? YES. This is my favorite sunscreen of all time. I can’t believe this isn’t talked about more. Truly. It goes on like a moisturizer, isn’t sticky, makes skin feel smooth and doesn’t leave a white cast. This is my favorite. Hands down. Easy to reapply too! Definitely a repurchase. PURITO - Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+
Supergoop!-100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40
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