4 No-Buy Ways To Create An At-Home Spa Day

Hack your skincare routine and turn it into a DIY spa day, worthy of your relaxation.
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Mar. 24
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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! When I think about how the last few weeks have unfolded around the world in regards to COVID-19, it was all eerily fast. One week I was at a restaurant talking to a friend about how crazy the Corona Virus seems to be getting, and the next we could only exchange those words over the phone. In the wake of today, I believe that cultivating your well-being is more important than ever—in fact, staying at home, away from social gatherings, and creating your sanctuary is the surest way we can help stop the spread of this virus. In the spirit of turning our homes into, well, everything these days, I wanted to share some fun ways I've been turning my bathroom into a luxurious, private spa. These no-buy tips and tricks take what you already have in your vanity (and home) to amp up your regular degular skincare routine into a spa-like experience. Plus, it's just a fun and healthy way to take care of yourself during this time. 1. Theme Your RoutineBefore the days of social distancing, I did the same routine, morning and night. It was easy, on-the-go, and what I had time for! With more time at home, take a look at your top shelfie and create fun themes around your regimen; you can go by ingredient like rose-based products only, by solution like hydration, or by function like an exfoliating routine! Another fun theme is simply going by color, and choosing products that are just aesthetically pleasing.
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2. Get SteamyIf you haven't added a steam to your skincare routine, now is the time. While there are gizmos and gadgets that mimic facial steamers you'd find at an aestheticians office, I prefer the easy, old- fashioned way; face over a bowl of hot water. If you have an electric kettle, this process is as fast as a personal facial steamer! When you heat your water for this, be careful not to make it too hot; I like to bring mine close to a boil, though sometimes I can't always stand the heat😄
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3. Double MaskTwo is definitely better than one when you double mask! Whenever I do this, I always feel like I'm indulging myself to a well-deserved treat. It also just feels so right for your skin—to detoxify it with a clay mask and then re-hydrate it with a sheet mask. Choose your favorite products here; the key is to reach for a mask that draws out impurities first (like a clay-based mask or a peel-off mask) then regenerate with a hydrating mask (like a sheet mask or a cream mask a la Summer Friday's Jet Lag Mask).
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4. Massage It outSo, facial massage is a key element to any good facial, and it's also the cherry on top of your at-home spa day. The benefits of facial include improved blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, better absorption of your beauty products, and, most importantly, relaxation. Note that while you give yourself a facial massage, apply the pressure that feels most comfortable to you, and always finish with an outward motion, as if you were draining everything out from your face.
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1: "Scrape" Outwards - Make an L-shape with your palms together and tuck your face between your thumbs and index fingers - With a scraping motion, move outwards from the inner part of your face to your ears - Repeat 3x 2: Push Upwards - In an alternating fashion, move your fingers upwards from your chin to your eyes - Repeat 3x, and on other side 3: Figure 3 - Just like you would put bronzer on, massage from your forehead, to your cheekbones, to your chin - Repeat 3x 4: Pinch Across Eyebrows - Lightly pinch across your eyebrows to relieve fatigued eyes - Repeat 3x 5: Gently Pat - Gently pat your skin, as if you were applying toner, to give it a final boost of energy
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Toner, Peel, Serum, Mask? Four Ways to AHA
Toner, Peel, Serum, Mask? Four Ways to AHA
What is AHA? Alpha hydroxy acids gently removes dead skin cells, encouraging the regeneration of new skin. It is know for its ability to reduce hyperpigmentation, minimize pores and brighten skin. So how is that different from Glycolic Acid? Glycolic acid is actually a type of AHA! Known to be the “smallest”, most researched and gentlest AHA, glycolic acid does all of the aforementioned things and also acts as a humectant, leaving us with smoother, plumper skin. AHA vs BHA? So some of the products I’ll mention contain both AHA and BHA. BHA, particularly salicylic acid, is great for reducing acne but can be drying. BHA has better penetration into pores due it its affinity to oily sebum. That’s why they say BHAs are better for oily skin! How should I incorporate AHA/Glycolic Acid into my skincare routine? Whichever way you choose! Some prefer it in their daily routine whereas others prefer it 2-3x a week- the products mentioned below allow you different options. 1. AHA as a toner. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution When: Everyday if you want, AM or PM toning step. Price: $8.70 for 8oz Comments: I personally wouldn’t use this everyday especially if you have a broken skin barrier (it stings!) but it leaves me so hydrated and clean the next morning. Paired with a hydrating night serum, I’ve noticed a huge decrease in pore size and bumpy irregularities on my face. 2. AHA as a night cream/peel. VERSED - THE SHORTCUT Overnight Facial Peel When: 2-3 nights per week in my moisturizing step. Price: $9.99 for 0.5 oz Comments: If you have super sensitive skin, this one is for you. This acts as a lotion and has been the mildest form of glycolic acid I’ve seen. I don’t notice as drastic of a glow as TO’s toner or Good Molecules’s Overnight, but it works. Another con is the price...$10 for only 0.5oz allows for only 6-7 uses before repurchasing, whereas I’ve had that 8oz toner for almost a year with plenty left! 3. AHA as a night serum/sleeping mask. GOOD MOLECULES - Overnight Exfoliating Treatment When: 2-3 nights per week in my serum step. Price: $6 for 1 Oz Comments: this is my absolute favorite way of getting my AHA for only $6. I use only 4-5 drops as a “serum” in my regular night routine (see my old post). I would minimize using too many other acids with it! Creates a delicious glow in the AM, this mask also minimizes pores. It is not drying even though it contains BHAs! Would recommend for those who are dry, blackhead, and acne-prone. 4. AHA as a wash-off mask. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution When: 1-2 nights a week for 10 min before rinsing off. Price: $7.20 for 1 Oz Comments: This product is hyped and I’m not too sure why. It works as a wash-off mask but it’s drying (bc of BHAs). I would only recommend if you want to add a mask without changing your existing routine.
MY FACE MAKEUP ROUTINE for when I’m breaking out
MY FACE MAKEUP ROUTINE for when I’m breaking out
For numerous reasons, I have been stressed lately which really shows on my skin. I already get the occasional breakout, around the time of the month, and sometimes from diet and eating food that probably isn’t GREAT for me. So with additional stress I eat more, crave more crappy food, maybe pick at my skin, etc. I also wear a face mask whenever I go out and with the heat and humidity of where I live, it just becomes a skin nightmare. I just made another post about how I’ve changed up my skincare routine. Here is my makeup routine for covering it up. Add warmth and color back into the face. COLOURPOP - Super Shock Blush in Count Me In NUDESTIX - Nudies All Over Face Color Bronze + Glow in Terracotta Tan I find that when I’m breaking out, my face can tend to look flat and pale. By adding some warmth and color back into the face, you look healthier and more radiant which will help a lot at disguising breakouts. The colourpop blush is a beautiful mousse-y texture that gives sheer color with a satin-finish. The cream bronzer is my holy grail! It’s super creamy, long-lasting and looks just. like. skin. Spot-conceal. MAKE UP FOR EVER - Full Cover Concealer Wearing a full-coverage long-wear foundation just isn’t the way to go for me. It ends up looking cakey and accentuating texture instead of disguising it. As the individual breakouts are the only areas I really want to cover, I don’t want to cover the areas of my skin that are actually smooth and break-out free! This concealer is super high coverage, a little goes a long way and very long lasting. I will sometimes use a pinpoint eyeliner brush or even just my ring finger to pat the product exactly where I need it! This TRULY gives the illusion of smoother, clearer skin. Lock it in. rms beauty - Un" Powder I love this powder because of its super fine and silky texture. It makes my skin look 100% poreless which is perfect for smoothing out texture on my skin! It also keeps my T-zone area shine-free all day without drying out my skin (as many mattifying powders do to me).
Battle of the Face Masks
Battle of the Face Masks
My skin type is combo oily that can lean more dry during the weather changes or just randomly. My skin concerns are acne, oiliness throughout the day and also dehydration. I’ve ranked the face washes I currently have open right now based on how they worked for me personally (starting from favorite). My favorite out of this bunch is the philosophy - Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask because can see a difference when I use the mask, but it’s nothing major especially for the price tag. . philosophy - Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask Key Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (for acne and blackhead removal) and White Clay (removes dead and dry skin cells). Texture/Consistency: Cream with granules Scent: None Price: $18 for 1 oz / 30 mL (mini size) OR $35 for 2.5 oz / 75 mL Experience: I haven’t noticed much, if any, difference in my pores honestly. I do notice that my skin looks more radiant and glows after removing this mask because the abundant amount of granules give a nice exfoliation. Repurchase/Recommend: It’s nice, but nothing special and don’t think it’s worth the high price tag because it’s not on the face long. I’d rather put that money towards an actual exfoliator than a mask. . e.l.f. - Hydrating Bubble Mask Key Ingredients: Glycerin (for hydration and protection) Texture/Consistency: Gel that turns into bubbles Scent: Soapy Price: $14 for 1.69 oz / 50 g Experience: The sensation of the gel turning into bubbles tickles and can easily get out of control and get into your eyelashes. I don’t notice any difference in the hydration of my skin. It is easy to wash off, but the packaging is finicky and randomly decides to stop dispensing product and you have to keep pressing down until more comes out. It also requires quite a bit of product to fully coat the face so not sure how long it will last for. Repurchase/Recommend: No I didn’t notice any difference and the packaging is difficult. . FREEMAN - Matcha Ice Cream Melting Sugar Face Mask Key Ingredients: Matcha extract (helps clear pores) Texture/Consistency: Thick gel with gummy flakes Scent: Sweet Price: $3.99 for 1.18 fl oz / 3-4 uses Experience: This mask is so thick and difficult to remove off the face! It made me ever want to use it. I also didn’t notice any sort of difference after using this mask. The style packaging is really nice and convenient and you can definitely get more uses than the recommended. It also claims that the flakes dissolve, but they never did for me. Repurchase/Recommend: No, too difficult to remove and didn’t see any results.
💜DIY LAVENDER OIL 💜
💜DIY LAVENDER OIL 💜
Lavender is one of my favorite flowers and essential oils to use! 😘 The oil has so my amazing properties and has been used for over 2500 years for things like the beauty world or cooking! 🌟BENEFITS FOR SKIN: 🌟 helps acne and dermatitis ✔️ helps prevent aging ✔️ helps treat dandruff and boosts hair growth ✔️ reduces stress✔️ I use lavender oil 2x a day every day on my face to treat my perioral dermatitis. 🙍🏼‍♀️ I realized go through the store-bought droppers fast! And I thought maybe I can make my own! 💁🏼‍♀️ 🟣TIME TO DIY🟣 what you need 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 sun 🌞 dried lavender buds (will make a better oil yield if they are sun dried) glass jar with lid fractionated coconut oil🥥 1. Remove extra stems from lavender. 2. Combine lavender buds and fractionated coconut oil in jar. 3. Shake together. 4. Wait 7-10 days and strain using cheese cloth. 5. Keep in sealed glass jar. 💟 Now you never have to buy lavender oils again! {why fractionated coconut oil and not refined coconut oil??} 🥥 Fractionated coconut oil absorbs better into the skin and is less likely to cause breakouts! It also stays in a liquid form even at low temps! OTHER BENEFITS OF LAVENDER OIL 💟 natural insect repellent {plant by your doors or wear on skin} purifies air {defuse it} relives stress {place on temples} helps you sleep better {defuse in bedroom} antioxidants {bye bye wrinkles} reduces muscle soreness {massage into sore muscles} helps with menstrual pain {place on lower stomach and ovary area} I hope you try this fun and super easy diy! 😘 #cheriecreator #diy
•2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser•
•2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser•
Body Merry - Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser was given to me as a gratis. The representative of this brand was saying great things about this cleanser and so I gave it a try Body Merry is a natural skincare brand that claims to use all natural ingredients. The purpose of this products is to unclog pores from impurities as well as remove dead skin cells because of glycolic acid. Helps brightening, nourish, and moisturize the skin. I am prone to acne and was a little skeptical using it because of olive and jojoba oil do not do well with my skin. However, after using it for almost a month I noticed some changes on my skin. Before using this my skin was looking dull, had a lot of oil buildup on my t-zone, dark spots from previous breakouts. After using for almost a month my skin looked radiant, I saw less oil around my t-zone, and I also had less breakouts. As for my dark spots some were still visible (but as we know sometimes we need a different product to help with those areas). What I love about it is that the beads (made out of jojoba wax see 2nd picture) were gentle. This product had a citrusy smell but it was not over powering were my skin felt irritation. In fact after cleansing my skincare felt moisturized,smooth, and radiant. As you read at the beginning my concern of suing this product was olive and jojoba oil however, because of the following ingredients my skin had no bad reaction. 🔅Glycolic Acid - a chemical exfoliator helps remove dead skin cells as well treats acne & scars, hyperpigmentation and more 🔅 Willow Bark - an alternative salicylic acid because it contains salicin (source of SA) helps treat acne and decrease excess oil. 🔅 Kojic Acid- helps with hyperpigmentation and dark spots ( however due to all these great ingredients it is less effective) 🔅 Tea tree oil - antibacterial & antibacterial properties 🔅 Oils such as rose hip, olive, & jojoba help moisturize & nourish skin 🔅 CICA- this ingredient is low but it has its effects helps soothe skin & one of my holy grail ingredients for acne My overall expensive I enjoyed it because it was gentle and I would use it 3 times a week when exfoliating. Price: Retail price - $19.99 Current the brand website is having a discount of a $1 off) *Remember not all will have the same skin reaction, be gentle to your skin and get to know your skin*