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YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE
PETER THOMAS ROTH
Apr. 15, 2020
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Love at first scoop
This moisturizer is bomb 💣. I used it for 2 days now and I am obsessed. I’ve never seen a moisturizer just glide onto my skin and instantly I feel plump, smooth and recharged. It also calmed down any irritation and made my skin so calm. It’s a CBD infused moisturizer which helps maintain the acid mantle. What is the Acid Mantle? The acid mantle is a protective barrier produced by healthy skin that serves as a defense to block bacteria and other contaminants. Your acid mantle can be damaged by over cleansing, over exfoliation and the use of harsh acids (via Lord Jones website). What’s in it: ￼ceramides ￼cbd oil ￼sunflower seed oil ￼hyaluronic acid ￼squalane LORD JONES - Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer So far my skin has been so calm and soft. It looks so dewy and refreshed. I will keep using this just because I love the way it feels! Have you tried CBD products for your skin?
Trending Ingredients: The (Mostly) Legit Ones!
Some trendy ingredients launch into understandable “cult” status thanks to their grounding in research. Some are known for their benefits in other medical fields but are still substantiating their clinical efficacy in topical dermatology. But these three are my favourite “trendy” ingredients, with some example products included! My Skin: Combo, Sensitive; Acne, Eczema. Niacinamide is so popular now that you can’t scroll without seeing mention of vitamin B3! At lower %, it’s an effective humectant and antioxidant that offers anti-inflammatory benefits for sensitive and/or irritated skin. At 4-5%+, niacinamide controls sebum (oil) production, minimizes pores, and has been (clinically) found to reduce acne. If the common 10% is too strong for you, dilute it 1:1 in another serum! THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum $6.99 per 30mL, $0.23 per 1mL. The Inkey List produces my favourite budget niacinamide, beating fellow budget brands the Ordinary and Naturium. It forgoes potentially-irritating zinc pca to opt for a cocktail of humectants and allantoin to create a hydrating, soothing serum that fits into almost any routine. CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It relies heavily on trend and assumptions, as transdermal benefit doesn’t necessarily translate to topical. But CBD has promise in its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant potential, an appealing premise for use with sensitive skin and/or skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. LORD JONES - Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer $75 per 50mL, $1.50 per 1mL. Each jar contains 250mg of CBD, so each mL should contain about 5mg of CBD. Is that enough to do much? Not sure, but as a sufferer of eczema, I opted to try this moisturizer on the cusp of a flare-up and was happy to see that it delivered on its claims of soothing! That may be simply because it’s a hardcore moisturizer, offering a heavy texture that’s lusciously rich and almost balm-like. Mixing five ceramides, sunflower oil, squalane, cholesterol, and humectants make this a delightful moisturizer for those with dry or normal skin! Retinol is a retinoid and is probably second only to Differin in clinically-backed OTC anti-aging treatments... it’s more of a re-emerging favourite than a trend! Retinoids help to increase cellular turnover and modulate keratinization, offering longer-term anti-aging results with some folks experiencing reduced acne breakouts! DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream $74 per 30mL, $2.47 per 1mL. This silky yellow cream has a medicinal smell and is known for packing a punch. 1% Retinol pairs with carotenoids, peptides, antioxidants, fatty acids, and moisturizing oils to create a thin cream that soaks in quickly. I experienced dryness and some irritation, but can’t lie that I did also find my skin a bit smoother and tone more even. It stands on equal footing to the Ordinary’s Retinol 1% but is more cosmetically elegant. #CheriePartner
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TJmaxx finds😍 Before & after Ren Evercalm Mask
YOU GUYS!!!!! Here is a reminder to look at your local tjmaxx in the skincare section. I was curious about the REN CLEAN SKINCARE - Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask but I just could not justify the $48 price tag🙈 I found the larger size (75ml) of this mask that retails for $57 at TJ the other day and it was $13!!! I have found some amazing products that Sephora sells in my local tjmaxx, so I go like every week now to see if I can find anything good. I have found Ren, first aid beauty, grown alchemist, murad, etc! Anyways, I tried this mask for the first time today and I am impressed! I probably wouldn’t pay the normal price for this mask but it significantly reduced the redness from my active acne. I have heard some people use this as a night time moisturizer, it is a little greasy feeling for me to leave on but I will use it as a wash off mask. I am just still so baffled that this was at tjmaxx lol. REN CLEAN SKINCARE - Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask
Ren Evercalm Mask: an epic fail
REN CLEAN SKINCARE - Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask The mask itself is super calming with its light jade color and almost-eucalyptus scent. It felt so fresh and rich to put on my face. I was really enjoying myself for the 10-15 minutes you’re supposed to leave the mask on! But then..oh man. When I took this mask off, my face was bright red. Like hive-esque red. Like holy moly I’m having an allergic reaction or somethin’ RED. And then came the itch. My face was itchy until I fell asleep that night. It felt like I had rubbed poison oak on my skin. It did feel hydrated though? So if your skin isn’t sensitive like mine, maybe this would work for you. I give it 2 stars for the color, texture, scent, and hydration. But this is not worth it to me. I will never, ever, ever use this again nor will I recommend it to other people. Have you used this? Did you experience the same thing or do you love it? Any other sensitive skin, hydrating mask recommendations? Leave it below!🌿
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Negative temps got me like...
Living in Wisconsin can be rough on the skin. Temperature dipping below zero and whipping wind are harsh. My winter routine is focused on hydration and keeping my skin barrier intact. Here are a couple of products I have had a good experience with this winter. 1. PURITO - Centella Unscented Serum I love this serum because it is unscented and A great ingredient list. Centella repairs a damaged skin barrier and soothe irritated skin. The Centella Asiatica Extract and Panthenol help calm the irritated skin preventing further inflammation. 2. DRUNK ELEPHANT - F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask I use this on top of my moisturizer. The formulation includes a number of different barrier replenishing ingredients including its name sake vitamin F. 3. Krave - Great Barrier Relief GBR is a thicker serum that offers a blend of conditioning oils that helps repair the skin barrier while simultaneously helping with hyperpigmentation and breakouts. 4. EMINENCE - Clear Skin Probiotic Masque This brand was recommended to me by an esthetician. Not only is it moisturizing, but it helps clear your complexion. Formulated with cooling cucumber tones and refining yogurt, which exfoliates and eliminates the appearance of blemishes.
Babyfacial Sunday Got an Upgrade! ⬆️💜
My Babyfacial Sunday routine just got an upgrade! 👌🏼 I apply a thin, even layer of Babyfacial onto my skin & kick back and watch 90 Day Fiance for 20 minutes. Babyfacial, in short, is a professional grade AHA/BHA facial in a bottle - it not only exfoliates, but also revs up surface turnover to give you a more radiant, clear, smooth & youthful appearance. 💕 𝒩𝑒𝓌 𝒮𝓉𝑒𝓅 𝒜𝓁𝑒𝓇𝓉 🌟 After I rinse off Babyfacial and pat my skin dry, I spritz four sprays of Sweet B onto my skin, and lightly press it in. Sweet Biome is Drunk Elephant’s brand spankin’ new Fermented Sake Facial Spray! 💜 Formulated with fatty amino acids, electrolytes, & ceramides - Sweet B’s role is to replenish a healthy micro biome and support your skin’s acid mantle to keep it strong, smooth & balanced. Literally making it a perfect companion product for Babyfacial Sunday! 💜 I then follow up with 3 pumps of F-Balm and 2-3 drops of Virgin Marula Oil to help restore the skin & strength the skin’s acid mantle! 💦 Sweet B will be hitting shelves in January 2021; you can head over to drunkelephant.com to sign up for updates! 💭 DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask DRUNK ELEPHANT - F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil DRUNK ELEPHANT - Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray Coming Soon
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Transitioning Your Skincare Between Seasons 🍂
Now that we're heading into fall here in the northern hemisphere it's time to update our skincare routines! As the weather cools down and gets a bit drier so does our skin. This doesn't mean that my combination/oily skin is going to change skin types and become dry, instead the environment is going to change the condition of my skin. So how do I adjust my skincare routine? Here are a few ways: ￼￼￼Swap out my lighter, gel based moisturizer for a heavier cream. I LOVE the LORD JONES - Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer because it is heavier and has ceramides, but doesn't clog my pores or feel heavy. I still have acne-prone skin so I don't want to suffocate it. I use this in place of a gel-based moisturizer. ￼￼I add a hydrating serum to both my AM and PM routines. I'm currently using the iS CLINICAL - Hydra-Cool Serum it's cooling and hydrating, plays well with other products and sinks into the skin quickly. In the cooler months I will only use a hydrating serum during my day routine, this isn't enough for me when it starts to cool off so I add an additional hydration step to my night routine! ￼￼￼Exfoliating becomes essential! During the cooler months I opt for a gentler exfoliant that I can use daily, instead of using stronger exfoliants every few days like I do in the summer months. The BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE - LOTION P50 PIGM 400 exfoliates and targets hyperpigmentation, it's gentle and effective! By using a gentle exfoliant I'm getting off the dead skin cells without compromising my skin barrier which may already be struggling with the colder weather. Some things that don't change in my routine are: ￼￼￼Vit C! I use a vitamin C serum all year long. The BeautyStat COSMETICS - Universal C Skin Refiner is the most effective that I've tried and the formulation is beautiful. ￼￼￼You MUST wear SPF! Even on cloudy, rainy days you need to wear SPF, especially if you're exfoliating regularly! The elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 is lightweight and safe for sensitive skin. Do you transition your skincare routine as the seasons change? Let me know in the comments! #CheriePartner
Night Owl? Save Your Under Eyes!
I'm a night owl and have been forever! Most of the time this means I wake up looking like I haven't slept in years because my under eyes are puffy. I have a ritual for those days! Here's what I do: 1. I wash my face, being sure to use cool water! 2. Apply my NuFace Line Smoothing Serum 3. Apply my Good Molecules Eye Patches 4. Let the depuffing magic happen! The NuFace serum has an immediate effect on my under eyes, smoothing and tightening them. It's a lightweight serum texture and immediately sinks into the skin. I love that the tip is cooling metal so it also helps to depuff! The Good Molecules Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches are the star of the show! The caffeine reduces puffiness and swelling. They also contain niacinamide, aloe and hyaluronic acid to help brighten and smooth! This system works to depuff my under eyes in 10 minutes so I use that time to do my hair or get dressed, then I look like I got my full 8 hours! NuFACE - FIX Line Smoothing Serum GOOD MOLECULES - Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches
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Can I give 10 stars?
I have to say what I have just emptied today PETER THOMAS ROTH - Pro Strength Niacinamide Discoloration Treatment is my life saver. I have significant amount of dark spots caused by unprotected sun exposure in younger days, lol, of course. Before I started using this, I rely on full coverage foundation and heavy duty concealer to cover them. I have been using PETER THOMAS ROTH - Pro Strength Niacinamide Discoloration Treatment consistently for 8 months and now I’m comfortable using medium coverage of foundation and ok not to use concealer. This is how I tell it worked. I only use it as spot treatment rather than full face application. I used many PTR products in different categories but this is the best of the best!!
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My overall feeling is they are quite potent whatever the product is. They do their jobs effectively. You will feel being treated really.
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Youth to the People dreams ☁️🌈
Me: DRY skin in winter (combo in summer), very sensitive/reactive/allergic, currently acne prone, also have a nose that is very picky about scents Onto my next bunch of brand minis, I tried the YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - With Pride Minis Kit Overall excellent kit for the price, all good products worth trying, and generously sized minis! Least Favorite: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial This one was just kind of anticlimactic for me. It smelled nice, it worked fine, it didn’t bother my skin, but I also didnt see much of a difference? Overall good physical exfoliator, but maybe physical exfoliators just arent for me. The next physical exfoliant I’m trying is the GOOD MOLECULES - Pineapple Exfoliating Powder Second Place: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser I liked this cleanser. As a dry skin person I was SURE this would be too stripping, but actually it wasnt too bad! I am definitely more of a creamy cleanser person, but I can see myself loving this in summer. I like the ingredients, and i like the green juice smell. Overall ~4.5 stars. My next “green juice” cleanser to try is the Krave - Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser The Absolute Best 😍😍😍: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask literally a dream. Hydrated and glowy and smooth and so much more. I’m realizing that it is quite hard to get both hydrated AND glowing. This smells delicious and makes my face feel like a baby’s butt in the morning. Absolutely 10 stars all around. I’m trying out another vitamin c sleeping mask (KORRES - Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial) but honestly, I dont even know why because i should just take the plunge and buy the jumbo size of this dream mask ☁️🌈 How do you feel about YTTP? I’m curious to try the moisturizers. I love the green smell but I’m guessing the superfood air whip moisturizer will be too light for me. Any dry folks who have tried both? Also need to try the superberry oil, especially if it smells like the mask! Also, which of their two eye creams would you recommend trying? Leave it in the comments!
Battle of the Exfoliants
In one corner we have the NEW OLE HENRIKSEN - Lemonade Smoothing Scrub This is both a physical AND chemical exfoliant that uses lemon beads and AHA. It smells like artificial lemonade and when squeezed out it has a slightly gritty texture that doesn’t lather when mixed with water. After using this a few times, these are my takeaways: - DO A PATCH TEST!! I did two patch tests. The first one didn’t leave any irritation, but for the second one, I unintentionally left it on the back of my hand for about 5mins (more than they suggest if you use it as a mask) and started to feel a warm sensation that lasted a few minutes after washing it off. It’s important to read your product directions and follow them! - BE WARY OF YOUR SENSITIVE AREAS! My cheeks are more sensitive than the rest of my face, so I’m going to focus on applying this wash to my forehead more often than not. -RESULTS, BABY! I haven’t been using my tretnoin topical for a few days and usually I can rely on it to get rid of dark marks left by acne. This exfoliant steppes in and helped smooth my forehead and lighten the dark mark left by a recently popped pimple. It also stays true to its AHA ingredient by not drying out my skin too much (don’t over use this one or you’ll probably notice dryness. I suggest 2 times a week max). Plus, this was so easy to wash off. And in the other, we have YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial I thought this was the best exfoliant I had until Olehenriksen steppes in, but these are my thoughts: - A LIL’ AGGRESSIVE. It will definitely exfoliate too much of you aren’t gentle. This is a physical exfoliant that relies on enzymes and your physical force. It’s always left my face feeling clean, but applying too much pressure will leave your akin feeling raw -NO ARTIFICIAL SCENT. This gives you an earthy smell and if your nervous about using something with a fragrance to it, try this one. -RESULTS: While it’s left my face feeling clean and I saw some results with getting rid of the flaking akin on my forehead, it didn’t perform the way the aforementioned exfoliant. It’s also a task to ensure all the granules are washed off, so that can be annoying, but it’s a cool physical exfoliant to have in rotation.
Nighttime Skincare Routine 🌙
Welcome to my current nighttime skincare routine for dry, acne prone, sensitive and full of hyperpigmentation skin 😘😘 FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm fresh - Soy Makeup Removing Face Wash GLOW RECIPE - Watermelon Glow PHA+BHA Pore-Tight Toner fresh - Rose Deep Hydration Toner Allies of Skin - Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum SKINCEUTICALS - Hydrating B5 Gel GLOW RECIPE - Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask(eye one) Kate Somerville - DeliKate Recovery Cream fresh - Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
GLOW RECIPE-Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask
Ranking the Farmacy “Farmers Market” Products
I have been wanting to test out Farmacy for quite sometime now, so when I saw the FARMACY - Farmer's Market Kit at Sephora, I thought it would be a good intro to some of there best selling products. Here’s my rating of the products from least favorite to most favorite. FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm 🍏 This stuff gets the job done, however I am not a big fan of cleansing balms (personally prefer micellar water for double cleanse). I felt like I needed a lot of the product to dissolve my makeup, and I do not the oily feeling on my skin. However, when it comes to cleansing balms, this is one of the better ones I have tried. I will not be repurchasing for the above reasons. FARMACY - Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer with Moringa and Papaya 💧This moisturizer is super lightweight and spreads easily on the skin. The texture feels nice. For me, it doesn’t give me as much hydration as I like from a moisturizer, it also made my skin feel somewhat tacky after I used, which is why I don’t love it. I think it will be a staple when my skin is feeling oily. This moisturizer has a great product list, including hyaluronic acid + a blend of phytonutrients known to help clear pores + reduce shine. It also has a lemon/limey scent to it. I would consider repurchasing if my skin were feeling oily. FARMACY - Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask 🍯 I swear this mask is magic. At first I thought I was putting honey on my face, but it quickly turns into a warming cream. While creamy, it also has that natural honey smell and gives you the same great qualities honey does. It gives my skin a soothing and rejuvenated feel after using. Although it seems like it could be messy, the application was super easy. This is a perfect “spa night” product. Love the was this feels on my skin. Definite repurchase! FARMACY - Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum with Acerola Cherry 🍒 I did NOT think this would be my favorite product out of the kit. This is a 15% vitamin C serum powered by a potent cocktail of vitamin C-rich acerola cherry and hyaluronic acid and it works. I am usually not a fan of vitamin C serums because the make my face feel sticky. After using this sermon daily for around a month I have noticed more radiant skin. It also has a nice, light natural cherry smell. I have been putting this below my eyes and my dark eye bags have reduced greatly. I will definitely be repurchasing, however the price for the full sized product is pretty steep ($62.00). Overall, I am incredibly happy I tried the “Farmers Market” products from Farmacy. All four of the products were high quality and great. I recommend trying these out for a great introduction to the brand.
FARMACY-Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer with Moringa and Papaya
✨R O U T I N E __ __ ✨over the weekend I focused on some extrreme repair and resufacing. I accomplished my spring cleaning in the mornings and also looked into alternative income ideas💡all this plus some work issues left me stress and drained which wrecked my skin. To address it I decided to keep my routine simple both in the 🌤 and 🌙 I need these super short routines even thought I had a rather lazy weekend. How does your skincare routine combat stress? _________ 🌤my mornings consisted of the full Troiareuke starter kit line that deals well with my over active skin. The oil cut cleanser acts like a 1st cleanser but works like a second. I don't need a second cleanser using it during the day, it grabs everything from the night without completely stripping my combo skin which can felt like cardboard this past week. The skin complex cocktail still does wonders as a calming ampoule that address my failing skin barrier. I spray this then let it set for a minute before I add the recovery cream. The soothning centella asiatica is highly concentrated in this tube and addes a protective layer on my sensitive skin under my chin🌟 . 🌙my nights consisted of using the Murad skincare duo. Again I wasn't in the mood to do a full routine with how my skin felt so I kept to various facial masks and a real quick routine. The retinol youth renewal line works to targets the most frustrating signs of aging including wrinkles, crow’s feet, loss of firmness, and rough texture. My personal benefit comes from the even tone abilities. The serum works to smooths lines, firms, evens tone and boosts radiance while the cream (my fave of the two) Hydrates, firms and rejuvenates overnight, locking in the serum. The cream seeps in fast and never leaves a greasy feel that I appreicate🌟
Murad-Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum
Boujiee skincare nights✨
Well this was recorded before I gave my final verdict on May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon, so at this time it was still on my trial period; I have a full dedicated review to it, if you want more info please read it🙏🏼😌 Let’s start reviewing: ARCONA - Night Worker I just wish it was a true serum. Other than that it smells nice, like peaches or apricot; it’s mostly clean and has really good sourced ingredients; made in the USA; it’s a smaller company and they produce products freshly. The consistency is like a cream so if you have dry skin/normal or combo/dry, this will work greatly for you as it doesn’t irritate at all. Also the Vitamin C is stable as the container is completely opaque and has a pump which is also great. Definitely see some brightening action and smoothing of the fine lines in my forehead. SkinMedica - Retinol Complex 1.0 It is really gentle for being a 1%, I assume it’s due to it being encapsulated retinol, which means it gets released slowly and not all at once. Definitely no irritation even when I use my DE glycolic serum/gel and followed it with this. I just wished, again, that the consistency was more thin. Other than that great formula and packaging keeps everything stable as well. facetheory - PoreBright Serum N10 I feel like it has definitely help with my acne, as I started breaking out due to hormonal imbalances and this helped greatly. I do however like the Good molecules Niacinamide as it’s cheaper and has zero stickiness to it and absorbs quicker. I am mixing this with my Chanel Le Blanc lotion and that helps this product sink in way faster as well as to not have that sticky feeling. facetheory - Regena C20 Serum I have to further keep using it, but right now it has given me zero irritation, has great ingredients and other brighteners besides vit C and sinks right in. may lindstrom skin - The Blue Cocoon Please read my review on this. BURT’S BEES - Rosewater Toner Love it, great for texture! Wish it had less alcohol. Chanel Le Blanc Lotion ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ As usual, 5 stars, I have reviewed it multiple times and just can’t get over what a great product it is. Aesop - Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk It’s okay. Nothing exorbitant. I would say it’s good if you have really dry skin or for the winter months. Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Smoothing Gel Exfoliator 150ml Smells great, leaves my skin soft as a baby’s behind, really small exfoliating beads, none irritating, good price, lasts a long time and doubles as cleanser after taking your makeup off, of course. GLOW RECIPE - Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask For now I give it 4 stars as I need to use it for a longer period of time. Good thing’s about it: doesn’t irritate or make my eyes water, hydrates and smoothens. Wish it wasn’t in a jar.
GLOW RECIPE-Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask
Current AM & PM routines
My skin has never looked better than it does right now, so I thought I’d share my current routines! To clarify - for AM I use EITHER the C-Rush moisturizer with Supergoop on top OR the PTR Water Drench SPF (moisturizer and SPF in one). For PM, I use either Sunday Riley Tidal Cream OR PTR Water Drench for moisturizer, then all the products on the right are overnight masks that I alternate based on what my skin needs!
OLE HENRIKSEN-C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer
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