The Beauty & Wellness Habits Millennials Ditched, and Picked Up, Throughout The DecadeFrom perfecting their highlight to daily workouts, these beauty glow ups were ten years in the making.
When we talk about beauty glow ups, we don't just mean going from not washing your face to washing it (though, that is an important growth point!) Beauty glow ups also include the mental, spiritual, and emotional growth we experience, which, in our opinion, can be more important than graduating from barely knowing how to put on eyeliner to perfecting the cat-eye. Throughout the last ten years, we've ditched and picked up so many beauty and wellness habits it's hard to keep track (remember when nude lips and heavy smokey eyes were a thing? Or when everyone was on the master cleanse?) Through it all, we know that one thing rings true—going from your teens to your 20's is a major glow up for everyone. We talked to four young professionals about how they glew up from the beginning of the decade until now, and what lessons they've learned that have contributed to their overall well-being and happiness. Brandon Towns, 24 What were you up to at the beginning of the decade?"I was 15 years old, in high school, and was a dedicated track runner. I had dreams of being an olympic runner, which meant my life pretty much revolved around practice. We were constantly running whether it was off season or not. Eat. Sleep. Class. Run. Repeat. That said, I definately took care of my diet but I didn't really take care of my skin. I'd be so tired, I'd jump into bed after practice without necessarily washing my face."What was your biggest glow up at the end of this decade? "Getting my skin regimen together. I now understand the importance of taking care of my outward appearance, along with my general wellbeing. I do a lot more things for myself now that contribute to my health and happiness!"What piece of advice would you give your younger self?"Get out of bed, and jump into the shower! Haha, but really, I'd tell myself to go ahead and try new things. Be flexible, and don't be afraid to take chances. They're gonna get you somewhere!"Tiffany Fuentes, 25What were you up to at the beginning of the decade?"I was in my sophomore year in high school, and I loved art. I loved playing around with abstract art, which kind of caused me to fail in a high school art class, but I got to practice for fun with my makeup! I actually wasn't allowed to wear makeup because of my parents, so I'd save my lunch money and sneak to Sephora to buy eyeliner, and then secretly take my moms red lipstick, do my makeup after leaving the house, and always take it off right before I got home."What was your biggest glow up at the end of the decade?"Back then, I had no idea what I was doing with makeup—I just knew I wanted to get creative with it and have fun! Now at the end of the decade, I know how to beat my face, get that highlight right, and just enjoy it all without restrictions. Also, a life glow up I've had is just being more in tune with myself and more comfortable and happy with me." What piece of advice would you give your younger self?"I'd tell myself you are enough, you can do it all, and just keep pushing through all the trials and tribulations. There's a glow up waiting for you at the end of this decade!"Lexi Ronnestrand, 23What were you up to at the beginning of the decade?"I was 13 and did a lot of sporty activities with friends like kick ball, jump rope, and all that fun stuff. I looked like a tomboy and I loved wearing my red converse and sweats, even though I had a mom who always wanted me to play with makeup, I never really wanted to. I was kid, and wanted to be just that!"What was your biggest glow up at the end of the decade?"When I was younger, I used to think that people who would wear makeup, dress cute, and do their hair were trying too hard. I used to think they weren't being themselves! But throughout the decade, I realized that the effort we put into our presence is actually a form of self expression. Now, I see that fashion, style, and makeup are great ways to express who we are as a person. I'm glad I got out of my comfort zone to explore that!" What piece of advice would you give your younger self?"I'd tell myself to not wear the sweatshirt with all the holes in it, and to listen to mom!"Pat Nguyen, 26 What were you up to at the beginning of the decade?"I was 17, a junior in High School, and wasn't really taking care of my skin. My mom didn't believe in face wash, so I would just use hand soap to wash my face. I knew I wanted to invest in my skin more because of my acne, so I would use my allowance to try new things." What was your biggest glow up at the end of the decade?"Throughout the decade, I learned how to prioritize myself. Even with my skin, taking the time out to find what works for me and what would help me clear my skin gave me the confidence I needed to get through college. I also learned throughout this decade how to really care for my health through consistently working out, and that has been one of the best decisions I've made for myself. So, my biggest glow up from the beginning of the decade until now is finding my self-confidence through healthy decisions like going to the gym and taking care of my skin."What piece of advice would you give your younger self?"I'd tell myself to look inside myself to find happiness but to also look to others for guidance. They will help you along the way, but everything you need is already within. That's where the glow up is waiting."Got a glow-up you want to share? Download the Cherie app and show us how you've changed over the decade!
Dec. 30, 2019
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Donts of Exfoliation
Absolutely do not over-exfoliate! Over-exfoliation can disrupt the skin barrier function by just simply breaking down too many skin cells and disrupting the moisture content on the epidermis. Often times, especially people with oily skin and acne prone believe exfoliating is going to answer all their acne problems, and go on scrubbing 3+ times a week or using an exfoliating mask too often. This is actually counter intuitive for acne as if can actually make you break out more, and it can create sensitivities you dont need. How do you know you’re over exfoliating? If your skin lets you know. Yes, very confusing, but the reality is some people can actually tolerate more acids and scrubs than others, and the best way to figure out how much your skin can take is to incorporate little by little, one product at a time. If your skin is going red for prolonged periods of time, or tingling, even burning, for long or for the entire duration of having the product on (ie. With a mask) you’re probably overdoing it. Another way to prevent over exfoliation is just knowing when to stop. If your skin is happy and glowy and not breaking out, you may not need that new glycolic acid mask, adding an exfoliating mask to your regimen may just tip the scales into skin barrier disruption and dehydration! Be careful with exfoliation!
Mascara for Allergenic and Eczema Prone Skin
I recently started having some health problems and started developing allergic reactions to most mascaras and eye makeup. Basically my eyes would get itchy, eczema breakouts, flake, and my eyelashes would fall out in clumps (I lead a glamorous life, I know). The only mascara I found I could use without issue was Lush’s mascara and I just stuck to that baby until (whomp-whomp) they discontinued it. I think I’ll do a post on my favorite discontinued products later (RIP). I heard some good things about friends about Physician’s Formula and that it’s formulated with sensitive and allergenic skin in mind. I tried this mascara yesterday and wore it a full day full of errands and sweating and it stays on and no allergic reaction!!! Like all more plant-derived mascaras, the formula is more runny and can be quite wet upon application but their brush really helps keep the lashes from sticking together. If you’re going to compare this to some other mascaras on the market (like They’re Real!, Better Than Sex, etc.) you’ll probably not be happy with these aspects of the formula BUT if you’re like me and haven’t even wore mascara for over six months due to severe allergic reactions and eczema flares this is a damn lifesaver. I have very blonde body hair and have missed having visible curled lashes! Love this product! PHYSICIANS FORMULA - Organic Wear Natural Origin Mascara In Black
Viral Celeb Luxury Colorwash 🌺
Have you ever wanted to try out a fun hair color but was too timid of the upkeep or maybe your workplace wouldn’t allow it?? OR If you already have fun colored hair, do you hate how fast it washes out???? * I do!* Then you TOTALLY need to try the Viral Celeb Luxury Colorwash! 🌈🌈🌈 This COLORFUL shampoo is meant to add in or refresh any unicorn 🦄, mermaid🧜🏼♀️, galaxy🪐 hair your heart desires! With one wash you will see color in your hair! I use it about once a week or if I know I’m going to be doing pictures (or going out when we were able to lol) ⭐️This is a SEMI PERMANENT hair color, meaning it will stain the cuticle (or outside layer) AND partially enter into the cortex (second layer) of the hair! Since it is a semi permanent color, it washes out very fast but DEPENDING on the color of your current hair and what color shampoo you choose, will impact the results of the final look! ⭐️ 💛If you have blonde hair, it will be more true to color and the pastel colors are for you! 🤎If you have light brown or red hair, the medium to darker colors will work for you! 🖤Dark brown or black hair, it could potentially change your hair color but only slightly! ‼️IMPORTANT THIS IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO USE LIGHTEN OR BLEACH HAIR AT HOME! PLEASE WAIT FOR A PROFESSIONAL TO BLEACH YOUR HAIR‼️ I have been using this product for over 5 years and personally have tried almost every color they sell! These are my two go to colors!!! The pastel pink is so fun to have and lasts ALOT longer than you might expect! The Lavender is great but sometimes appears to turn out blue or more of what I like to call blurple! I love to mix them together in my hair, or split my hair in half for a Harley Quinn effect! The options are endless!! BE CREATIVE, HAVE FUN & REMEMBER ITS JUST HAIR! 🤍 So if you are currently at home on quarantine, this is such a fun way to spice up your hair without hurting it in any way! If you have any questions on what color to buy, comment below and I would love to help you choose the best for your hair color! ❤️❤️ #cheriecreator #hairstyist #colorfulhair #unicorn
MYTH BUSTED! MIX THESE INGREDIENTS OR NOT?
You know what zodiac sign you’re compatible with, but do you know what skincare ingredients in your routine are compatible? Vitamin c + Niacinamide To mix or to not? Hmm YES! Layer these bad boys up in your routine. (Obviously don’t go overboard, but yes apply these both) The beloved and most sought out for serums have an iffy relationship. You can mix these ingredients together, but there is some things out there that state you shouldn’t or that you should do so in caution. Here’s why! Let’s break it down and get to the point. * Vitamin C protects the skin from free radicals and works towards brightening dark spots, scars, and the overall skin tone. This is best used in the morning to protect from free radicals as we go through our day. ALWAYS wear SPF with Vitamin C! Vitamin C will increase sun sensitivity, so please further your protection with SPF. * Niacinamide is an anti-inflammatory that brightens and promotes a more even skin tone, improves skin elasticity and texture! It’s a Holly Grail tbh. On top of all of that it’s also great to fight free radicals damage and pollution. Using Vitamin C + Niacinamide together? Niacinamide is “said” to cancel out all of the good properties of Vitamin C! BUT there are plenty of studies that show there is NO HARM in using these together. These two serums together can be a powerhouse combo We love these ingredients and need to use them in our skin care! You still can! How to use vitamin c and Niacinamide in your routine: ￼￼￼￼￼use one ingredient in the AM and one in the PM. Try applying Vitamin C in the am (with spf!) and Niacinamide at night. This way you’ll still get both ingredient’s FULL benefits, but without irritation for reactive or sensitive skin. ￼￼￼￼￼space them out. You need to let each serum absorb into your skin and allow some time in between applying them and they should not be layered right on top of each other. * this is only if you really feel the need to apply both of them* The results: ￼￼using these can help uneven skin tone, skin elasticity, texture, and dullness of the skin. So if you plan on using these ingredients together, check out my two favorite below and featured in my photo. Fourth Ray - Raydiate Vitamin C Elixir This version of vitamin c is a mix of a serum and a face oil, so you’ll have to shake it up to mix the two together. + this is light in consistency and absorbs nicely into the skin. + not tacky or sticky. + smells great + ACTUALLY WORKS. My favorite one yet! + lasts longer than most vitamin C serums (shelf life) + $16 GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum This GM serum is among the best and very affordable. + light weight and absorbs well into the skin + has a sticky texture, but is gone after it absorbs into the skin. + smooths our texture and brightens skin. + 10% Niacinamide + layers well with other serums and skincare. + $6
My Acne Journey (Long Story)
Hi there! My name is Chelle, and like I’m sure many of you have dealt with, I have been in a battle with acne since I was a teenager. It’s been the bane of my existence and a constant thwart to my self-confidence. About 4 years ago, I started using Curology - Curology formula which, at first, worked absolute wonders! They prescribed to me a formula with azelaic acid, and for about 3 years, I felt like I had conquered and controlled my acne issues. Of course, I still had the scars and enlarged pores, but no new breakouts or cysts. I was incredibly satisfied and for once in my life, I had gained some the self-confidence that I never had growing up. I even enjoyed not having to wear as much makeup. However, a couple months before my wedding last year, I started noticing some acne beginning to consistently form in my chin area. I at first attributed to pre-wedding stress (which honestly didn’t make much sense because I actually didn’t do all my wedding planning). But even after the wedding, the breakouts continued to worsen. I reached out to Curology and they switched my prescription to the more aggressive tretinoin. It helped to control it somewhat, but unlike before, new breakouts would surface every week. So with that being said, I’m going back to square one with my acne journey. I’ll using Cherie as a journal to document my successes and failures as I try to, again, get the zits under control. I happily welcome recommendations and feedback! I am by no means a skin or beauty expert, but my hope is that my journey will somewhat encourage another individual that they’re not alone in this battle! Here are the list of products that I am currently using. I’ll do reviews of them as I go! AM Routine: ￼Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser ￼medicube - Zero Pore Pads ￼#Beautycounter - Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream[products]#[FiveStars] ￼ Neutrogena - Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer 50ml PM Routine ￼Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser ￼Curology - Curology formula God bless! Chelle
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