🥭 Creamy + Dreamy AF Cleansing Balm ✨
This is the GLOW RECIPE - Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm
Papaya enzymes ~ enzymes are chemicals that speed up the rate of chemical reactions without being consumed by the reaction itself. So this helps our skins biological processes that normally require dangerously high body temperatures / energy, able to occur at normal temperatures. They exfoliate by breaking down the keratin protein that makes up our dead skin cells on the uppermost skin layer. Enzymes can also be anti-inflammatory + protect our skin from oxidative damage from sun and environmental pollutants. I love that I can use this for a way gentle exfoliation every day! This comes 8th in the ingredient list so I appreciate that glow recipe actually included a significant amount of the fruit enzymes that it advertises.
Papaya Extract + Seed Oil ~ rich in fatty acids (oleic and linoleic) as well as vitamins A, C + E to nourish skin
Blueberry Extract ~ rich in antioxidants that can help fight free radicals damage, soothe + brighten skin
Camellia Japonica Seed Oil ~ a lightweight, moisturising oil rich in Oleic Acid plus vitamins A, D, + E
Apricot Kernel Oil ~ high in fatty acids + vitamin E
contains no undisclosed fragrance🌍Sustainability🌍 This product does contain polyethylene. There is a lot of buzz hating on that ingredient. Now, I’m not completely sure if liquid cosmetic grade polyethylene is harmful the way consumable household plastics are. Anyone let me know if you do! Glow recipe does make that distinguishment. XOXOGLOW RECIPE - Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm
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Papaya, glow or no?
I have been using the glow recipe papaya enzyme sorbet cleansing balm as my first cleanse for the last 2 months or so. This balm when emulsified turns into an oil. Using the enzymatic properties of papaya, it is suppose to gently exfoliate leaving you with clean soft skin. The packaging describes this balm as make-up melting and soothing. It takes my makeup off soooo easily, it really does melt. The only con I would say is that it takes more effort to wash off than other balms. For this reason I personally prefer Farmacy’s Green Clean cleansing balm, but this is a solid product. GLOW RECIPE - Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm
Sensitive/oily acne-prone skin journey
I recently turned 40, and about a year ago I started working on helping my aging acne-prone skin. I really improved using sunscreen and started using treatments like retinol. Have had some red irritated skin, when I’m not careful but slowly improving. GLOW RECIPE - Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm Started double cleansing at night, love the texture and it doesn’t break me out! KORRES - Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser So gentle yet perfect cleanser for me. INDIE LEE - CoQ-10 Toner This is a Holy Grail moisturizing toner! Hydrates and is so gentle! EMINENCE - Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum Moisturizes and helps breakouts. EMINENCE - Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer So moisturizing and calming. BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++ First sunscreen I’ve found that didn’t break me out or irritate my skin. Rotating Treatments PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator Helps my acne prone skin but doesn’t irritate. Using a couple times a week. Marie Veronique Gentle Retinol Night serum- Love this! Expensive but I haven’t found a dupe yet. ACNE FREE - Adapalene Gel USP 15G I use this once a week but have to be super careful. facetheory - PoreBright Serum N10 Helps oiliness and brightens skin. THE inkey LIST - 15% Vitamin C and EGF Fist vitamin C serum that didn’t irritate my skin or break me out.
Traveling isn’t kind to my skin, and as some of you guys might know, I spent a week and a half in South Florida for Thanksgiving break. I forgot to pack the Foreo Play Plus gifted to me by cherie, so I bought another (In pink!) when they were on sale at Sephora using some of my gift card money. My skin was visibly clearer the next morning! Up until then, I wasn’t sure if the device actually helped, or if I just liked the way that it felt. During my preteen years, I used a Clarisonic spin brush, which helped clear up breakouts pretty well. I think the particular brush I had was gentler than the Foreo, but gunk would get caught deep in the brush’s bristles and it got expensive to buy new brush heads. Battery life honestly wasn’t the greatest either. Foreo devices are still pricy, but easier to clean, more portable, and just as effective (Bonus points if you can cop one on sale). I love manual exfoliation, something I don’t hear praised a lot in the skincare community. The Foreo makes using gifted face washes I didn’t love much more enjoyable because it works up a lather better than my hands would. They also make brushes with softer bristles for sensitive skin, and if I can ever afford to treat myself, I’m seriously getting the Go in the lilac color (All of the sensitive skin devices are this color!) I’d give this brush a 5 out of 5, if you can look past the high price tag. FOREO - LUNA play plus YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser
FOREO-LUNA play plus
youthtothepeople’s Superfood Cleanser, which remains one of my very favorite cleansers to this day. It’s so near and dear to my heart, and every time I use it I’m transported to fresh, leafy goodness. The delicious smell of this magical cleanser is unparalleled. I can never be without it 🌿🍃
Always sad when I get down to the bottom
This mini of the FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm has been in my travel bag for some time. It probably would have been gone two months ago if I was still traveling for work. I recently went on a short weekend trip back to my hometown for some wedding-related appointments. I am hoping to get one more weekend trip of use out of what’s left! Green Clean is somewhat of an “OG classic” here in the beauty community for a good reason - it’s awesome. This very lightly fresh-scented, silky balm melts almost instantly down to an oil in my hands. It breaks down even the most stubborn makeup. I always use cleansing balms or oils as my first cleanse, remove with water or a reusable cotton round, then follow with another cleanser. This cleansing balm contains sunflower and ginger oils, turmeric and moringa extracts, and papaya enzyme to break down makeup and SPF, remove impurities, and natural exfoliate pores without leaving a filmy residue behind. Of course, this is all without drying skin out! This balm is suitable for all skin types. A little goes a long way, so a full size can last many months. I have 1 more of these minis to pop in my travel bag in the future. I will continue to repurchase this cleansing balm! Price: $34 for 3.4oz, $22 for 1.7oz Availability: Sephora, Farmacy’s website, and other online retailers
FARMACY-Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm
FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm Long overdue on this review but here we go: Not a fan 🤷🏻♀️ I really like Farmacy but I couldn’t say the same for their extremely popular cleansing balm. What’s weird is that I like the cherry version better? I figured it’s the change of oils and essential oils. And smell. First of all I’m not so fond of the smell. I’ve read before somewhere that it smells like starburst or candy but I don’t agree. Overall not too pleasant. It cleans well and melts away makeup so I don’t have complaints about how it actually does the job, because it emulsifies beautifully and cleanses well. But I think the essential oils upset my acne a bit. Even when I had a stronger skin barrier it was slightly irritating. Second, the texture. I don’t like when balms have these chunks. I have to press them with my fingertips or on my skin for them to become an even balm. This was my issue with the cherry one as well and same problem (although less) with the Slaai balm. The only balm I’ve found with a perfect texture is the Then I Met You living cleansing balm. That texture is out of this world, not one “bit” or chunk to be seen. I won’t be repurchasing this one because I’ve found other balms I like better, so that’s why I’m so picky I guess. Too much effort and not worth it. But for cleansing, which a cleansing balm is for, it functions wonderfully and does the job! Doesn’t strip skin either! An average balm but I wouldn’t recommend not discourage.
FARMACY-Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm
Greek Yogurt, the Perfect Second Cleanse! 🍦
I am super picky when it comes to my second cleansing step simply because any foaming detergent-like cleanser tends to leave my skin parched. Instead of feeling clean, I usually just feel like weeks worth of nourishment just got sucked out of my face. Goodbye to the hard work of my pricey serums! For awhile, I would only use an oil cleanser and it cleaned my makeup off for the most part. That is, until I came across Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser. It’s exactly as the title says it is: it dispenses as a condensed milk consistency but quickly foams on the face with water. A little goes a LONGGG way so I only use a pinky amount each time- even though I paid $16 for the half size, I know it will last me a very long time. If you’ve been struggling to find a good 2nd cleanse (after oil cleanse), especially for those with dry/dehydrated skin, I would give this a try! I use it once a day in the shower and it leaves my face extra clean but still hydrated. KORRES - Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser Cheers 🍦
KORRES-Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser
Youth to the people cleanser
What it is: A daily green juice cleanse for your face with cold-pressed antioxidants to remove makeup and prevent build-up in pores, while keeping skin’s pH balanced. My thoughts: gel texture, smells so fresh and clean, gently removes makeup and doesn’t dry out my skin. The packaging is beautiful, minimal, and you can recycle it. Cean ingredients, clean at Sephora. YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE-Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser
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