I’m a self-proclaimed skincare guru sharing my experience with acne and skincare products.
Real Talk: Stress Can Kill Your Skin
NEW BLOG POST! 🌟 Let's do some real talk for one moment. THIS is how your face looks like when you’re stressed. Even when you religiously follow a skincare routine, you can’t avoid the hormonal changes happening inside your body when struggling with stress. ⠀ ⠀ For a few weeks now, I was under what you would call “chronic-stress.” Even though mentally, I had it under control, the extra cortisol in my body was having a game day with my skin. ⠀ ⠀ I wanted to share with you a REAL, no filter, no edits picture of my skin because guess what? Skincare lovers also struggle with hormone fluctuations and breakouts even when we do everything by the book. ⠀ ⠀ Head over my link in bio for all the details 🤓 a bit of science explanations as to why this happens 🧪and my plan to go back to normal. 💗
A Spot Treatment Face Mask? YES!
It's #FacemaskFriday! 🌟Listen, everyone's skin goes crazy from time to time. Stress, changes in eating habits, even #WFH, and being exposed to different air particles can affect how your skin behaves. Face masks are a great way to tell your skin you're in control and to calm the F down. ⠀ ⠀ You're probably familiar with this pink mask I'm using here. But, you know it as a spot treatment or a drying lotion for those unexpected pimples that LOVE to show up whenever we have an important day coming up. ⠀ ⠀ However, at least once a month, I try to use this lovely tiny product as a FULL face mask. Yep, you heard that right. I use the spot treatment ALL OVER my face.⠀ ⠀ Why?⠀ ⠀ Well, this one, in particular, has 3 ingredients that make it the perfect face mask:⠀ 1) Salicylic Acid helps exfoliate and unclog my pores.⠀ 2) Sulfur absorbs excess oil.⠀ 3) Calamine helps soothe and calm my skin.⠀ Those three ingredients are the best way to press the reset button on your pimples and breakouts. ⠀ ⠀ Here's what I do:⠀ - Grab your favorite spot treatment lotion. I'm using the classic spot lotion by @mariobadescu⠀ - Instead of applying the treatment on your pimples, apply it all over your face⠀ - Wait at least 10-15 minutes⠀ - Wash thoroughly and follow with your usual skincare routine⠀ - IMPORTANT, make sure you end your routine with sunscreen! Even if you do this at night since most spot treatments make skin ultra-sensitive⠀ ⠀ Alright, there you have it. Have you tried this before? Are you going to try it? Join the conversation in the comments!
The Perfect Sunscreen for Your Skin Type
Hey! You might be #WFH, but that doesn't mean you can skip your sunscreen! ☀️👀 Believe it or not, the sun that comes through your window is enough to cause sun damage. Not to mention, if you take a short walk during your lunch break or have an outdoor morning workout, the sun is not going to forget about you. Make sure you still follow your morning AM routine and seal all your products with at least SPF 35 to protect your skin from sun damage. If you have oily or acne prone skin, go for a gel-based and water-based formula. Make sure the finish is matte plus you can find ones with some tint to skip your morning foundation. Bioré - UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ If you have dry or normal skin, go for one with moisturizing to make sure you’re also replenish your skin while you use sunscreen. CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 Be honest...are you wearing sunscreen today?
CeraVe-AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
Essences aren’t new in the skincare world, but it wasn’t until recently more brands added them to their repertoire. An essence is a concentrated formula that targets wrinkles, fine lines, and dull skin. Most essences contain an active ingredient that promotes cell turnover. Eventually, the daily use of essences in your routine will lead to smoother and brighter skin. However, don’t be fooled by the promises that essences are somehow anti-aging powerhouses. I think of them as your skin’s multivitamin. Who Should Use this Essence Here’s the good thing about this product, because it’s almost entirely snail mucin filtrate, everyone should use it. But, you know I don’t believe in that “best for all skin types” stuff brands like to promote. To me, this product is a classic staple on everyone’s skincare routine, but those who need it have: ￼Sensitive skin ￼Dry skin ￼Acne-prone skin Why? Because snail mucin can help reduce redness, nourishes at a cellular level, and provides a glow that will help fade out acne scars. But, most importantly, the combination of naturally-found hyaluronic and glycolic acid make it a must-have if you have sensitive or dry skin. How to Use this Essence It’s relatively simple to use an essence. After you’re done with the toner, use one or two pumps of product, it spreads easily. Apply all over your face and neck. Start from the center and work your way our with pulling motions, almost like a massage. Wait for it to dry before you move to the next step. Read my full review here: https://edit.shopgera.com/care-for-your-skin-with-snail-mucin-essence/ COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
COSRX-Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
7 Days with OleHenricksen
When it comes to anti-aging products, vitamin C serums top every list out there. From fading dark spots and hyperpigmentation to improving firmness, diminishing fine lines, and brighten up your complexion, vitamin C does it all. Not to mention, vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant, which means it shields the skin from environmental radicals like air pollution. The latest serum to jump on the vitamin C love wagon? Banana Bright™ Vitamin C Serum by Ole Henriksen. More about Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum Specifically, this serum uses Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, which is a more potent version of traditional Vitamin C. The blend of PHA helps with a gentle exfoliation to lift dry skin cells and make room to newer skin beneath. Finally, the hyaluronic acid is there to seal everything together and make sure your skin has the right barrier to prevent moisture loss. ￼Vitamin C 15% ￼PHAs 5% ￼Hyaluronic acid ￼Banana powder pigments ￼Vegan ￼Cruelty-free Perhaps one of the best aspects of this serum is its consistency and scent. The blend of orange and lemon oils gives it a refreshing scent that will wake you up every morning. Think of this has a very lightweight serum that comes on like a milky water-based serum. Before & After Challenge Did you know that vitamin C skin sensitivity is relatively common? You don’t have to fall under the “sensitive skin” category to have an allergic reaction. Vitamin C-infused products can cause red bumps, itchy skin, and whiteheads. After a lot of trials and errors with vitamin C products, I’m 99.9% sure I fall under the category of people with skin allergic to vitamin C. After seven days, I had mixed feelings about the results. On the one hand, yes, my skin was somewhat brighter, and you can tell a few of my acne scars started fading away. On the other hand, remember my vitamin C sensitivity? Well, this brought that up. My skin went into full-blown redness chaos. I had almost like a rash of tiny whiteheads on my cheeks and jawline. It felts as if I used a powder exfoliator and left it on. I stopped using the serum. I might give it a few weeks before trying again, this time with a slower incorporation timeline approach. For the complete story visit: https://edit.shopgera.com/7-days-with-ole-henriksens-banana-bright-vitamin-c-serum OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum
OLE HENRIKSEN-Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum
Best for Weekly Exfoliation
Everyone loves @deciem skincare products. I know I do! One of my favorites ones to use is this peeling solution to minimize dark spots and acne scars. But, even to a skincare lover like me, some of these products can be quite intimidating to try. After all, high concentrations of acids and active ingredients should never be taken lightly. This is my go-to for weekly exfoliating and brightening. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution