7 DIY Skincare Ingredients to Avoid — And Some Good, Natural ReplacementsDIY skincare can be fun and useful, but the ingredients you've been using might not be great for your skin! (Number 3 will SHOCK you!)
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!Did you know that skin absorbs about 66% of what you apply to it topically? That being said, while DIY skincare can be both a fun pastime as well as a favor to your wallet, it's important that you always do deep research on the ingredients you use on your skin as well as the mixtures you create. While DIY skincare is normally comprised of natural ingredients, that doesn't necessarily mean they are all the best for you. As a matter of fact, some of the most common DIY skincare ingredients have some harsh side-effects. Let's talk about that — and what ingredients you can use instead that won't be harmful to your skin!1. Witch HazelWitch hazel is often proclaimed as a great DIY toner, and can be really good for oily skin if used properly. However, what most people don't know is that witch hazel is usually distilled by alcohol or immersed in it as a preservative before it is bottled and sold. This can literally tear apart the skin's hydrating layer, leaving it dry and flaky (not to mention the fact that the natural fragrance in witch hazel is eugenol, a potent irritant.) If you do choose witch hazel and it works for you, be sure you reach for a 100% witch hazel like Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner. Instead of using witch hazel the next time you craft a DIY toner, curate your own cucumber water toner instead! Cucumber is wonderfully soothing and calming for your skin and very water-rich and nourishing, making it perfect for dry or irritated skin or to help ‘calm down’ any redness. To make a toner using cucumber simply peel and chop up one medium cucumber (ideally organic and washed with some water and diluted apple cider vinegar) into small cubes. Blend the cucumber and then drain the juice liquid into a bowl through a sieve. Store in a bottle in the refrigerator for up to one week.2. CinnamonWhile some DIY skincare recipes list cinnamon as an ingredient for exfoliation, studies show that the spice can easily cause skin irritation, blisters, and in some cases, even burns after just one use. Instead, very finely ground organic oatmeal is perfectly for gentle exfoliation! You can grind oatmeal in a blender, food processor, or mortar and pestle for a perfect granular consistency. 3. Coconut OilAh, coconut oil. Having been proclaimed as the DIY cure all for as long as I can remember, it's hard to imagine that this skincare staple belongs on this list! However, studies show that coconut oil might not be the best thing for some skin types. For some, it can be comedogenic, causing pores to become clogged and breakouts to occur as a result. Instead of clogging your pores with coconut oil, use aloe vera for all kinds of DIY skincare! Aloe vera, as opposed to coconut oil, is incredibly hydrating and cleansing, so you can trust it for nearly every one of your DIY skincare needs.4. EggsRaw eggs included in recipes for firming, anti-aging creams without a proper preservative can be incredibly scary. While using raw eggs as a single ingredient treatment is less risky than mixing it with other ingredients, you still have to worry about salmonella, listeria, staphylococcus aureus, avian influenza, and other food borne pathogens. Instead of using raw ingredients that could make you sick, do a facial massage to help tighten your skin! All you'll need are your hands and a non-comedogenic oil of your choice!
5. ToothpasteEven though the "toothpaste to help reduce a pimple" hack has been around forever, toothpaste's main ingredients — peroxide and baking soda — aren't so great for your skin. And even though it can bring down inflammation temporarily, it will eventually create irritation. Even worse, you run the risk of being left with marks and discoloration after the acne has faded. A more natural way to take care of acne comes in the form of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is much gentler than toothpaste and is great for fighting skin inflammation.6. Apple Cider VinegarFull strength raw ACV is highly irritating for skin and can cause inflammation and burns even after just one use. As a matter of fact, tt’s so acidic that it makes an effective remedy for burning off skin tags and warts, but continued use at full strength can cause permanent skin damage to surrounding tissue. That being said, ACV itself isn't dangerous, but you must be cautious about how you're using it and how strong it is. As a general rule of thumb, AVC shouldn't be used on the skin unless it is diluted to less than 20%. So feel free to continue using ACV, but consider adding 1 tbsp. to 2 cups of water instead of using it at full-strength.7. Baking SodaBaking soda is probably better left in the kitchen. Since it has a basic pH that is much higher than where healthy skin should live, baking soda can wreak havoc on your skin's natural lipid barriers. To avoid reactive, rashy skin, keep this orange box away from your face. Rosehip seed powder is a much better alternative! It has healthy benefits for skin and is a great gentle exfoliant.
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🍬🍃TATCHA MINIS HAUL🍃🍬
💜This is a recent Tatcha haul I scooped from Sephora with my VIB discount & saved up points, but I definitely placed an order today on tatcha.com to take advantage of their 20% off sale. Such a good time to purchase from Tatcha! I grabbed a couple old 5 star favorites like the Gold Spun lip balm & their Japanese blotting papers, as well as some other things I’ve been wanting to check out. Tatcha is actually an American brand, made in Japan🇯🇵, that adheres to Japan’s official safety & purity standards, one of the highest in the world, much stricter than the US (for more on that, check out my last post, or the 2015 documentary on Netflix called Stink) They were recently acquired by Unilever, so I hope they don’t ever change their standards! Tatcha sources all of their botanical extracts, ingredients & actives from plants grown in the most renowned provenances of Japan. 🍵🍚🌊Their formulas revolve around key ingredients Green Tea, Rice & Seaweed, the trinity of superfoods, rich in both nutrients & Japanese history, based on a Japanese document from 1813 which captured the beauty rituals of the time. ➕Their 2x fermented ‘Hadasei-3 complex’ yields over 85 actives like Enzymes, Minerals, Lactic & Amino Acids. It’s been a couple years since I’ve purchased Tatcha products, I’ve always loved their face creams, but we all know Tatcha is pricey!!! I think I was just always into moving on & trying something new, but oh how I missed them! I haven’t had as much luck with Tatcha cleansers in the past, I do adore their rice polish exfoliators 🍚 but personally was never a fan of the ‘One Step Camellia cleansing oil’ scent. I don’t think I’ve ever tried ‘The Deep Cleanse’ but I’m actually most excited to try their new cream cleanser: ‘The Rice Wash’🍚💦 I was also excited to finally try ‘The Silk Peony melting eye cream’ too, so this set was a no brainer! TATCHA - Pure & Glowing Trio set: $72 The ‘Pure & Glowing Trio’ set includes: a full size 1.7 oz Dewy Skin cream ($68) a 1.7 oz Rice Wash cleanser (full size is $35/4 oz) & 0.17 oz Silk Peony eye cream (full size $60/.5 oz) 🍬For now I’m just gonna share texture swatches & ingredients, but stay tuned... I’ll be rating everything in full review of every product coming soon! 💧TATCHA - Balanced Skin Duo The other products pictured are minis from a ‘Sephora Beauty Insider’ 300-point option that included: one mini ‘The Deep Cleanse’ 0.85 oz & one mini ‘The Water Cream’ 0.34 oz TATCHA - The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser Full size: $38/5 oz TATCHA - The Water Cream Full size $68/1.7 oz 💜In the meantime, check out that sale! And tell me your favorite Tatcha product(s) in the comments... or tell me about the ones that didn’t work for you!
I turned myself into Neytiri from Avatar👽😊
For this year's Halloween look, I opted for this one. For a detailed tutorial visit my Youtube channel Nita's Glam World. 😊❤️
My Job Interview Makeup 💄🔥
The best way to get the job is to look and feel your best! ✨ I always wear my power color (RED! ❤️) to give me that added boost of confidence! I hope you enjoy this look. Makeup details below! ↘️ Moisturizer: Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 Foundation: Alima Pure Mineral Foundation in Natural 2 Blush: Alima Pure Bluah in Pink Brows: NYX - Micro Brow Pencil MAYBELLINE - Fast Sculpting Brow Gel Eyeshadow: MAYBELLINE - The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette Curler: SHISEIDO - Shiseido Eyelash Curler Mascara: it Cosmetics - Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara Contour Palette: e.l.f. - e.l.f. Contour Palette Lips: Clinique "Cherries in the Snow" 🍒 @CLINIQUE - Free Dramatically Different Lipstick Full Size
A Satisfying Texture | Foundation for Dry Skin❤️
Look at this awesome close up of the AMOREPACIFIC - Color Control Cushion Compact Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 50 😍 I have this thing called Trypophobia (fear of small holes) but for some reason this close up just fascinates me. You can really see the luminescence of the foundation within the sponge! For those of you who aren’t familiar with CC formulas/cushion foundation, they are typically a smoother, more liquid-like formula than your average foundation that is made to even out skintone. Most true CC formulations focus more on skincare elements and a wee bit less on color/color ranges, especially those from Korean brands. Western brands definite amp up the diversity of their skintone range, as well as overall pigmentation in their formulas. This means you’ll find more full-coverage CC cream/foundation from “western” brands like IT Cosmetic’s it Cosmetics - it Cosmetics CC+ Cream SPF 50+ . (Not my favorite for dry skin. I felt like the Sahara Desert all over again when I used their formula 🙄) Therefore, it might be difficult to find a shade that fits you if you have a deeper skintone. Side note: I consider IT cosmetics to be a western brand because upon a bit of research, the company was bought by L’Oréal and the products are mostly manufactured in China. I love this foundation for super dry skin because of how moisturizing it is. It’s awesome for creating that second-skin finish with a natural, dewy glow. If you have light-medium with slight neutral-gold undertones and struggle with a bit of texture, this foundation line could work well for you! Every time I try something new or I’m stuck in a rut, I always go back to this foundation. I love the ease of use and blendability. The size is great for travel and I find that it doesn’t bother my dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin. You can get a medium to slightly buildable full coverage without “erasing” the dimension/shadows in your face. Even though it has SPF it doesn’t wash my face out completely and doesn’t create a white cast. If there is any, it’s only slightly noticeable. You would have to look reeeaaally close to see it. Layering on powder/cream products are a breeze. I found the best way to use this product is with a slightly damp beauty blender. Start by placing a little bit onto the skin and then proceed to layer more as needed. There is something to be mindful of when you are using this product. If you live in a more humid/moist climate, I would add a little powder after your face primer and then proceed to add this foundation to help keep this in place throughout the day. You could also carry a powder puff with you throughout the day for touch-ups. Because the foundation has high moisture and provides a dewy finish, it can impact the longevity if you live in an moist/humid area 😊 Yay to a healthy glow! ❤️😄
Trending Super Ingredient: Collagen ✨
Collagen has been a trending super ingredient for what seems like some time now! There are even brands (like Elemis and Algenist) who take this ingredient to a whole new level and create entire lines dedicated to them. I wanted to take a second and talk about what collagen can (and can’t) do for the skin. Collagen is a protein that provides structure to the majority of your body. It provides the firmness and strength of the skin. It is something your body produces naturally but at the age of 25 the production slows down. The skincare market has turned the term collagen into an anti-aging buzzword. I’ve seen many claims that it can help stimulate collagen growth but this isn’t true. The only thing topically applied collagen will do is moisturize the skin. It’s a great moisturizer at that but the molecule is too large to penetrate the top layer of skin therefore most “benefits” brands claim with it are not true. I wanted to break down some products that I’ve had the pleasure of trying (which were gifted by Elemis except for the little marine cream SPF 30 which I got in gratis) that contain collagen. Despite collagen not being the super anti aging powerhouse the market makes it seem to be I do like these products. First, the ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30 is a lightweight cream perfect for the morning. I have oily yet dehydrated skin but I’ve noticed as the weather has been changing it’s been slightly more dry so I’ve been using this. It absorbs really well and has a really pleasant berry smell (I don’t normally care for scents in skincare but I make exceptions as my face isn’t sensitized right now). Next, the ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask has been my FAVORITE go to night eye cream. It has a thick gel consistency which feels amazing under the eyes. It’s really moisturizing and luxurious. Next, the ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich which I’ve personally been using as a neck cream at night. This cream has a thicker consistency compared to the regular marine cream making it perfect for those with dry skin. It’s very moisturizing and smells like the normal marine cream. Next, the ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Energising Marine Cleanser is something that I hate that I like it so much because it’s over priced for a cleanser (tbh everything Elemis is overpriced and I only recommend it if you have the money to spend/want to). It smells AMAZING like the marine cream (which I’m okay with since it’s a wash off treatment). It’s a gel consistency that lathers really well without stripping the skin. It does a really good job cleansing my face and I’ve yet to have it feel stripped. Finally, the ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm which I do think is very moisturizing like the whole line but it’s not my favorite cleansing balm. It washes off nice but it’s a bit goopy in consistency and the vapors irritate my eyes.
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