Should you use an AHA, BHA, or PHA?
Chemical exfoliators help remove dead skin cells, which is amazing for targeting so many different skin concerns from acne, to dark spots and acne scars, to signs of aging. With so many different options for ✨chemical exfoliation✨ nowadays, I decided to put together a little cheat sheet to help understand all the main ones! 😝 There are three main categories: Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acids, and Poly Hydroxy Acids. The acids within each category generally work similarly, but there are some nuances. (I won’t be going into the finer details here though and will be giving more of an overview instead.) ✨ AHAs are great for surface level exfoliation, which helps even out and smooth skin texture such as fine lines, mild acne, flaking, or other texture like keratosis pilaris. By removing the dead skin cells on the surface, they can help give you an overall brighter complexion. There are also a few different ones to choose from, so there’s a high chance you’ll find one that works for you without the irritation. Keep in mind that the size of the molecule impacts how much it penetrates which increases potential for irritation. Just because a molecule is penetrating less does not mean it is less effective! It’s just different. ✨BHAs are great for deeper exfoliation by especially clearing our oils in your pores (oily skinned peeps!) which means fewer black heads (and other comedones too). You don’t have to apply skincare products to your entire face though, so if you find you have more blackheads in your T-Zone (hello combination skin), then you can just apply it to your T-Zone area to target it. It’s also related to aspirin so it can have some mild anti-inflammatory properties. ✨PHAs are the most gentle, so if you can’t tolerate AHAs or BHAs, or you’re just starting out, this ingredient is for you. They’re very similar to AHAs in that they achieve surface level exfoliation but without the sun sensitivity. In general, you do not need to exfoliate daily! Even 3 times a week is plenty, but if you’re just starting, definitely patch test and start slow (1x per week for a couple weeks, then gradually increase the frequency if you’re not experiencing any irritation). Lastly, remember to wear sunscreen especially with AHAs and BHAs because they make your skin more sensitive to sun (but really you should be wearing sunscreen regardless <-- more on this in my next post). #CheriePartner
Nov. 7, 2020
High Frequency - ask for this at your facial!⚡️
⚡️High Frequency⚡️ All high frequency facial machines function by using a glass high frequency electrode. When applied to the surface of the skin, a mild electrical current passes through the glass electrode, causing it to emit a subtle glow and buzzing noise. During the high frequency treatment, enriched oxygen molecules are produced that create an anti-bacterial action and a "natural" thermal tissue warming. This reaction helps your blood vessels push away toxins, while the cells in your skin are enriched with nutrients and hydrating volume. The use of high frequency currents during a facial can have so many great benefits, such as; 🌿increasing collagen 🌿treating/clearing & preventing stubborn acne 🌿kills acne causing bacteria 🌿helps shrink enlarged pores overtime 🌿enhances blood circulation 🌿increase absorption of skin care products 🌿soften fine lines & wrinkles add High Frequency to your next facial!🌸
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!
A cult favorite for a reason
These Cosrx One Step Original Clear Pads have been in my radar for a long time! I finally picked them up a couple of months ago and I have been using them non stop. These pads are specifically for targeting blackheads and clearing your skin up, and I can say I have definitely seen a difference. I like to use these at night after my double cleanse. It’s a way to make sure I get all my make up off and to treat my blackheads at the same time! I have been using these for a couple months now and I seriously love the convenience of them. I also like to use them on my back! If you struggle with back acne, these are perfect for you! I have semi sensitive skin, and these are gentle enough for my skin. The pads are soaked with essence too, so these things are totally worth it! I liked these so much that I bought three back ups and bought more for my best friend. They are a fantastic deal! You can find them for $17 for 70 pads on Amazon!!! COSRX - One Step Original Clear Pad
COSRX-One Step Original Clear Pad
MARIO BADESCU - Mario Badescu Drying Lotion Key Ingredient list: . Isopropyl alcohol: This is a simple alcohol (vs fatty alcohol) which can dry out the skin in large concentration. . Calamine: Helps dry out pimples caused by excess oil faster and can also help soothe the skin from mild irritation. . Salicylic Acid: This is a BHA, which is a chemical exfoliator. It helps unclog your pores by penetrating into your pores to get rid of dead skin cells, bacteria, and grime. . Sulfur: Helps dry out the surface of your skin to help absorb excess oil. It also dries out dead skin cells to help unclog pores. . Zinc Oxide: It has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, helping to heal wounds. . Glycerin: This is a humectant which helps draw water from the air into your skin, keeping your skin hydrated. . Camphor: Has antibacterial and antifungal properties which helps heal pimples. . ✨Removing excess oil can help heal acne quicker. However, overdrying acne can also make it worse. I think @mariobadescu got their formula right with this spot treatment. They’ve used the right concentration of each “drying” ingredient so your acne does not get worse. I’ve never experienced worsened acne after applying this spot treatment. It truly dries up my acne overnight! My acne generally looks less inflamed or smaller the next day. They hardly ever become pus-filled the next day because the spot treatment dries them up. . There are two nit-pick cons to this spot treatment: . 1. You have to store the bottle vertically so that the layer of pink sediment remains on the bottom of the bottle (ie the good stuff). If you look closely at my picture, the solution is a cloudy pink because the bottle would not remain in a slanted position and kept dropping! When stored properly, you’ll see a distinct separation between the pink sediment layer and the clear solution. The pink sediment resettles once you store the bottle vertically again. . 2. You need to dip a cotton swab into the pink sediment, which settles on the bottom of the bottle. I am trying to imagine how I am going to fully use up all the pink sediment since the tip of my cotton swab does not even hit the bottom of the bottle.
MARIO BADESCU-Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
🐸Hey there ! It’s me again ! Today I want to talk about the Mario Badescu Drying lotion . I love this product . I have acne prone skin so I often find my self having unwanted zits . This product does a great job in drying them . Usually I would put this two nights in a row on the spot and by day 2 the zit would most likely be gone 🐸 🌈I’ve been using this for years . I was first introduced to it by going through Sephora’s website and looking for acne products. 🌈 I have combination skin but this product works for all skin types . The 3 main ingredients are 1️⃣ Salicylic Acid which exfoliates to help shed pore-clogging dead skin cells. 2️⃣Sulfur which purify pores and absorbs excess oil. And 3️⃣Calamine which delivers a cooling, soothing effect. I love this product and would totally recomend. Priced at $17 this is totally a steal . Most of Mario Badescu products are ! So funny story . My first bottle ever of this product I would shake so the pink in the bottom and the clear liquid would all mix up . Later I found out you aren’t supposed to do that . I apply this with a q-tip . So the correct way of applying this is sticking the q tip into the bottle letting it coat with the pink and then taking it out so it can soak with the clear liquid . Never shake the bottle ! 😂😂😂MARIO BADESCU - Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
MARIO BADESCU-Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Why I LOVE Salicylic Acid!
I have combination oily skin that has been breaking out more often lately. My skin concern as of lately has been acne and trying to reduce the marks left behind afterwards. My favorite ingredient to help with acne is salicylic acid because it acts as an exfoliant that removes dead skin cells and reveals smoother skin by breaking the connections between cells and allows the removal of the outermost layer of skin. It has the ability to improve skin’s texture by exfoliating both the outer and inner skin layers, which reduces unevenness and encourages skin turnover. This also helps quickly reduce painful blemishes and pimples because it reduces oil, clogged pores and swelling. My favorite product that contains salicylic acid is the Murad - Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment ! I have seen a lot of beauty bloggers on Instagram posting about the benefits of salicylic acid, so I was super excited when this product was a free gift from Ulta as part of their Diamond Day/Perk Day. I’ve tried other products with salicylic acid so decided to give this one a try too! I use this product as my PM serum a couple of times (usually 2-3) a week so that I don’t experience the drying side effects that can come with overusing it. I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and have noticed a drastic improvement in the number of breakouts I get and the amount of time they stay for. It is a lightweight gel serum that is soothing so I think it’d be harder to get those side effects (especially since the directions say to use it AM and PM, but I like using other serums also, depending on my skin needs). I’ve noticed my skin has recovered from breakouts faster and I haven’t been getting breakouts as often. . Price: $44 for 1.7 oz
Murad-Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment
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