So, What's The Deal With Lasers?Laser facial treatments are all the rage in the skincare world today. But honestly, does anyone know what they really do? We'd like to present the know-it-all's guide to laser skin treatment.
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories, whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! Laser facial treatments are all the rage in the skincare world today. I, for one, don't really know anything about them, but I'm SO curious. What do they do? Why do so many people care? After some late-night research, I'd like to present the know-it-all's guide to laser skin treatment.First thing's first; what are lasers? The last time I thought about lasers was in my tenth grade chemistry class — needless to say I remember next to nothing. However, what most people don't know (myself and most of Team Cherie included) is that the word "lasers" is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. In simpler terms, a laser is a single-wavelength (one color of light) source of high-energy light, which can be accurately focused to transmit that light onto a very small area.What are the different types of lasers?When it comes to cosmetic lasers, there are two typical types that can be used: ablative and nonablative. Ablative lasers vaporize the top layers of damaged skin, while non-ablative lasers work deeper in the skin without removing or otherwise damaging the top layers. Ablative lasers (CO2 and Erbium YAG lasers) are used to treat significant facial aging, deep or pitted scars, and/or significant and severe pigmentation, while non-ablative lasers (pulsed-dye, ND: Yag, and Alexandrite lasers) are used for fine lines and wrinkles, light acne scarring, and evening skin tone. Because non-ablative lasers are relatively non-invasive, there is typically no down time associated with cosmetic procedures that employ solely nonablative laser technology.How do lasers work?Ablative lasers: Ablative lasers remove the thin outer layer of skin and heats up the underlying skin, which helps stimulate the growth of new collagen fibers. As the outer layer of skin heals, the area grows back smoother and tighter. Types of ablative treatments include carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers, the erbium laser, and combination systems. Nonablative lasers: Nonablative lasers stimulate collagen growth without wounding the skin and, over time, helps improve skin tone and texture. This type of laser is less abrasive and requires less recovery time than ablative lasers, but it is less effective.Why so many different types of lasers?While there are two main types of lasers, they can be broken down into dozens of subcategories and it can be a bit overwhelming. However, the types differ in one major aspect: wavelength. Different laser wavelengths, or colors of light, target different skin issues so a combination of different lasers are typically recommended by most surgeons.What lasers work for different skin issues?Fine lines and wrinkles: For treating fine lines and wrinkles, a combination of skin resurfacing and skin-tightening procedures can be used or both can be accomplished with a more aggressive ablative laser. Skin tightening: Most cosmetic laser procedures provide at least some level of superficial tightening because they produce a controlled injury of the skin, which encourages increased collagen production. Hyperpigmentation: The most commonly used lasers for the treatment of pigmented lesions, such as sun spots, age spots, melasma and other forms of hyperpigmentation are the pulsed dye, Nd:YAG, and fractional (Fraxel) lasers, along with nonlaser, light-based treatments, such as IPL. Acne and acne scars: For acne scars, the CO2 laser remains the gold standard, although more recent developments such as the erbium:YAG, fractional laser and certain nonablative lasers have proven to be very effective.
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How To Perfect Your Cut Crease! Tips/Techniques
There was one day that I thought I could actually try out a cut crease but had no idea if it would fit my eyeshape. Then....THIS HAPPENED ❤️❤️😍 ...well actually happened again! (Second time doing it) Since both times were successful, I’ll give you guys some tips, tools, and techniques that would be optimal to use to get the cleanest cut crease! 1. Tools Brushes: The idea is to have a brush that isn’t super stiff and super flimsy. I use 2 types of brushes from morphe: MORPHE - M505 Tapered Blender Brush MORPHE - M506 Tapered Mini Blender Brush The m505 was used to apply the base color and the m506 was used to apply the darker shadow. 2. Technique The key thing to starting is to FIND THE BONE OF YOUR EYE. I know that sounds weird but it helps create that roundness for the eye on the cut crease. This is where you’ll focus the colors, especially the darker shades. When it comes to layering on the concealer/foundation for the cut crease, I use the SIGMA - E54 Medium Sweeper Brush to STAMP THE CONCEALER/FOUNDATION FIRST and then blend in later to decrease the likelihood for mistakes. Don’t grab too much concealer or foundation either. You don’t want to make stamping difficult/messy for you. When you stamp, follow the your eye bone once more. It helps give you an idea/outline of where to put the concealer. Set the concealer/foundation with a translucent powder to prevent shifting. This also helps layer on any other colors you want in the cut crease. I put a peachy white color plus a shimmer to bring it out as a highlight after using HUDA BEAUTY - Matte & Metal Melted Double Ended Liquid Eyeshadows in shade Faux Fur. Then you take you brush handle and line it up against the lower lid at an angle so you can see where you will put the eyeliner and if there’s any need for extension. The main thing with everything is to take it easy and slow. You will be going back and forth with correcting the shape. That’s normal and don’t beat yourself up for it! Finishing both eyes took me one to two hours the first time. You’ll get faster at it the more you practice! Happy practicing! ❤️
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💰Worth or Not? I tried the same products and my answer is...
As a huge fan of Selena Gomez and a huge fan of Skincare. I'm so excited that she finally launched her own beauty brand --Rare Beauty. In the video featured on Vogue's YouTube channel, Gomez shares her everyday routine. This is why I love her, she is not only introducing her own brand product but also sharing the products she actually used from other brands that she loved. As a skincare obsessor, I got the 2 products she mentioned with her skincare routine that I can not wait to share with you guys. ❤️Selena Gomez's Skin Type She has dry skin, but in certain areas she is oily, also around her T-zone, she has some acne breakouts. My skin type is exactly the same as hers. Combination skin with oily T-zone and dry on the other area. Also acnes in T-zone and on my chin. ❤️Products Used & Tips:: TATCHA: TATCHA - The Dewy Skin CreamThe Dewy Skin Cream 👍 She mentioned the texture is thick and yummy. So when she uses it, it doesn't have to use that much of it. And it can give you a nice hydrating effect. Drunk Elephant Sunscreen:DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30👍 She applies this daily cause she has lupus which made her need to be careful when she stay under the sun. ❤️My Review: Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream: First of all, the packaging is gorgeous! I love the little cute spoon on the top of the package, but to be honest it is not that useful lol. As well as the cream, the light purple color is very beautiful. I purchased it because I want this to be a part of my skincare routine day and night. However, the texture is too rich for my skin that I can only use it as a nighttime cream. A little amount of use could give my skin perfect hydration and when I wake up on the second day, my skin looks like a skinned boiled egg that is smooth, glowy and I can feel the elasticity. Since I'm a combination skin type, for the daytime, I feel heavy on the skin. Dry skin will definitely love it. I used LaMer Crème de la Mer Moisturizer Cream before and I don't really like that due to the super-rich texture. I feel this Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream (Price for $68) can be LaMer's (Price for $190) DUPE! Even Better! Drunk Elephant Sunscreen SPF 30: Sunscreen is always an indispensable part of my routine. The Iron oxides ingredient in tinted sunscreens provides some protection against blue light and really attract me to buy it. I use it every day after I purchased it and I really love it. This product is a sheer physical sunscreen that gives powerful protection from the UVA/UVB damage and the radiations and oxidative damage. The texture is extremely lightweight that it is wonderful to apply it before makeup foundations. I feel it melt into my skin and is virtually invisible. I always prefer physical sunscreen better than chemical sunscreen. The word chemical sounds scary to me. This one contained no chemicals or silicones that will not cause acne which I highly recommend. ❤️Hope you guys like this❤️
Gentle, effective & affordable exfoliator 🍍
I was super excited to try this product out and so far it has definitely met my expectations. If you’re looking for an affordable way to exfoliate your face, make it look a little brighter and reduce your skin texture, this could be a great option for you. If this is used in the correct way (aka not every single day and used in the right order) if can be a really beneficial product. The good: + This is like a two-in-one exfoliation system with both physical and chemical exfoliation. + It feels very gentle and you have complete control over how much physical exfoliation that you get depending on how much water you add to the mixture. + The powder itself is very fine which helps keep the exfoliation very gentle. + Your skin afterwards feels clean and smooth but not tight or raw at all. I haven’t experienced any irritation with this product whatsoever. + Not only does it make your skin feel smooth, but it also looks smooth! My texture is definitely reduced. + The price is so good! It’s just under $20 and you get a good amount of product. I’ve used it for over two months now and it looks like I barely made a dent in it. + Key ingredients include (from most to least): rich starch (physical exfoliant), sodium cocoyl isethionate (creamy cleansing agent), diglycerin (humectant that moisturizes), pineapple extract (exfoliates, soothes, moisturizes), allantonin (soothes & protects), vitamin c (antioxidant that brightens skin). + No fragrance or essential oils added, for those with sensitive skin. + Unlike my peels, this is gentle enough to use up to 3-4 times per week. I’ve just been using it twice a week so I don’t over exfoliate. The not so good: - I feel like there is an opportunity for user error here since it’s up to you, to create the paste and how you use it. For instance, if you make the paste too grainy and then rub it roughly onto the skin, this may cause some harm versus actually being beneficial. So I just think you need to be really careful. - While I think this is a great option for someone with more sensitive skin or someone who is new to exfoliation, I personally find that a more heavy duty chemical exfoliator gives me more of a glow! Worth it? For around $16-20, I think it’s totally worth it. It has good ingredients and you actually get quite a bit of product. And since this is in a powder form, the active ingredient (vitamin c) will likely last much longer. I would typically not be able to use up a vitamin c product if I wasn’t using it everyday so that’s great. Would I repurchase? I’m actually not sure. I do think it’s a great product! I just think that once I’m done this bottle (which I think will take a long time) I might move onto something a little more foolproof and heavy duty like a serum / toner / peel for my exfoliation. It does feel satisfying to have a little bit of a physical exfoliation and my skin does look pretty smooth afterwards so we shall see... but so far I love it! Ps I have combo, acne prone skin :)
MY CONCEALER TIPS + TRICKS
When I first started wearing makeup, I was only allowed to wear concealer and mascara… As a result, I wore concealer everywhere - practically like a foundation. Now that I have a few years of experience under my belt, I’m a bit better at using concealer - here are my fave tips and tricks for concealer. You can see the difference in my techniques with the triangle vs. normal application. ➡️TIP 1: STOP DOING THE BEAUTY GURU TRIANGLE When I first started watching makeup gurus, I thought that I needed to do the big triangle of concealer on my face too. The thing is, this isn’t something that looks good in real life - it’s much better suited for exaggerated makeup like drag, or for photoshoots where a lot of skin texture gets edited out. When you do the triangle, you apply entirely too much concealer. It’s so much product that it will 100% crease on your undereye and look cakey. Instead, apply just a little bit - you can see in the photo above how much concealer I actually apply in real life. ➡️TIP 2: LET THE CONCEALER SET ON YOUR SKIN BEFORE BLENDING I actually also got this tip from Jackie Aina. I’m not sure exactly how it works, but it makes concealer blend so much better on skin. I think it’s a combination of the concealer warming on skin, but also starting to set at the same time. It makes it so much easier to work with than just putting it on and blending right away. The best part is this doesn’t really take much time to do - if it takes you a few mins to do your brows while you wait for concealer to warm and set, do that. It’s really not any extra time in your routine, but it pays off so well! ➡️TIP 3: BLEND CONCEALER WITH YOUR FINGER Again, this is taking advantage of your skin’s own warmth to help the makeup blend better. I always like to blend my concealer with my ring finger - it just blends and sets so much better than I could ever get with a sponge or brush. I really believe that it’s the warmth of the skin that helps! At the end of the pictures, you can see how the side that I did the triangle method on just doesn’t look good. It creased right away and was just so much product to blend out - I’m pretty sure I just concealed a quarter of my face, but it doesn’t compliment my features at all. In contrast, my undereyes are naturally and lightly concealed on the othe side - and that's the look I prefer on myself. I highly recommend taking a less is more approach with concealer! Just try it - maybe you'll love it and be transformed from a high coverage to a natural coverage girl like I was.
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