This is The Best Anti-Aging Product on The Market — and You Probably Already Have ItEverything you need to know about why sunscreen should be your favorite skincare product.
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!With so many popular skincare trends out there, from the OG 10-step Korean skincare routine to the latest and greatest in chemical exfoliation, we often forget one of the most important steps in our skincare routine: sunscreen. If you look at any expert’s recommended skincare routine, even the simplest routines include SPF as an essential daytime product. So why is wearing sunscreen so important?For many of us who are obsessed with skincare, one of our main goals is having beautiful, clear skin — and proper SPF usage is an important part of that. Wearing sunscreen is the number-one way to: - Prevent signs of premature aging, like dark spots and wrinkles -Reduce your risk of skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States -Minimize the chance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) scarring from acne It’s important to remember that not all sunscreen products are made equal, so your tinted moisturizer with SPF 15 won’t cut it. For a sunscreen to properly protect your skin, it needs to have: -An SPF rating of at least 30 -Broad-spectrum protection to protect against both UVA and UVB rays UVA vs. UVB rays: What’s the difference?Many of us have learned to wear sunscreen the hard way — by getting a sunburn. Though UVB rays are what cause sunburns, UVA rays actually make up about 95% of the UV rays that reach the ground, and they aren’t blocked out by windows. So you should still be wearing and reapplying sunscreen if you spend a lot of time by a window at home or at work, and especially if you’re in a plane, where you’re thousands of feet closer to UV rays. UVA rays also cause premature aging (think “A” for aging and “B” for burning), but both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer. And if you’re still not convinced, just know that daily sunscreen usage can reduce your risk of melanoma, one of the deadliest skin cancers, by 50%! How to apply (and reapply) sunscreenThere are many guidelines for how you should be wearing sunscreen to get adequate protection. Here’s a simple guide for how to properly apply sunscreen in the morning: -Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sun exposure -Follow the “two-finger rule”: Squeeze a line of sunscreen on your index and middle fingers, from the base of the finger to the tip, to get enough sunscreen to cover your face and neck -Don’t forget common “skip spots,” like your ears, around your eyes and the sides and back of your neck If you’re outdoors, the rule is to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours or after sweating or spending time in the water. If you’re indoors, your sunscreen won’t break down as quickly, so reapply about 3 times a day, or every 4 hours. To make it easier for me to remember, I think of applying sunscreen like a meal schedule: breakfast, lunch and (early) dinner!My favorite sunscreen productsThe best sunscreen on the market is one that you’ll wear every day. But if you’re not sure where to get started on your journey of applying (and reapplying) sunscreen every day, here are some recommendations:Chemical sunscreens
elta md SKINCAREUV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40This is my favorite everyday face sunscreen: it’s lightweight, hydrating and contains niacinamide to help brighten and improve texture!
BLUE LIZARD AUSTRALIAN SUNSCREENMineral-Based Sunscreen, SPF 30+This sunscreen uses both chemical and physical sunscreen filters to protect against UV rays, so you get the best of both worlds.Mineral sunscreensThis is a simple way to reapply sunscreen over your makeup — I usually apply two layers to make sure I haven’t missed any spots.
LA ROCHE-POSAY Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50This lightweight mineral sunscreen also comes in a tinted option to prevent any white cast.For melanated skin: sunscreens with no white cast!This popular Asian sunscreen has a lightweight gel texture that absorbs quickly and dries completely clear, making it great to wear on its own or beneath makeup.
BLACK GIRL SUNSCREENBlack Girl Sunscreen SPF 30This sunscreen was developed by women of color specifically for people with melanated skin so everyone can get on top of their sunscreen game!Multitasking sunscreens
elta md SKINCAREUV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41This workhorse product provides a high level of SPF protection with hydrating ingredients that you can wear alone or as a base for makeup.This combination daytime moisturizer with SPF features moisturizing ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid, along with niacinamide, packing lots of skincare essentials in one product!Drugstore sunscreens
NeutrogenaClear Face Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 55I’ve seen this sunscreen at basically every pharmacy I’ve been to, and it’s formulated to be oil-free and noncomedogenic, so it won’t cause breakouts, even for oily or acne-prone skin.
sun bumFace Lotion SPF 50This sunscreen offers high SPF protection without feeling too heavy on your face, and it’s affordable enough that you can use it for both your face and your body without wasting money!
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✨ powder + spray for the perfect base
I love my BB cream, but wearing it alone can start to look oily through the day. Plus, under eye foundation can start to crepe. Here’s the products I use to supplement it for a flawless base~ with a focus on my favorite powder & spray! 🌟 BASE 🌟 I’ve used the PHYSICIANS FORMULA - Super BB All-In-1 Beauty Balm Cream SPF 30for over a year. It’s a great BB that evens your skin tone, and looks natural. It’s also non-comedogenic, and has moisturizers like Shea butter. Only problem is it can look oily if I spend the day with no powder. 🌟 CONCEALER 🌟 I use the Too Faced - Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealerwhich was sadly discontinued. :( But it’s not matte, nor too heavy for the under eyes. I’ve used the L'ORÉAL - True Match Super Blendable Concealer& bareMinerals - BARESKIN Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, which were both comparable. ⭐️ POWDER ⭐️ In LOVE with the Beauty Bakerie - Flour Setting Powder in Oat (Translucent). It comes in the CUTEST bakery bag packaging when you get it, and it’s a loose powder. It has never felt too cakey, heavy, or overly mattifying. It has a blurring effect on my face. In the 2nd photo, it also seemed to brighten up my skin. My skin is sensitive, but it’s never irritated it- its gentle enough to even set under eye concealer. Beauty Bakerie powders have a large shade range, so deep & olive toned peeps don’t have to worry about a white cast. I’ve bought it 2x with my own money by now. It’s vegan, silicone + paraben-free, and flashback free. After trying other powders, I think this is my holy grail. ⭐️ SPRAY ⭐️ Let’s say you DO actually put too much powder on. A setting spray that makes you glow can help. I really enjoy the COLOURPOP - Pretty Fresh Hydrating Setting Spray It’s affordable at $12, and comes with hyaluronic acid and 🥥 coconut water to moisturize your skin. It smells like fresh coconut with every spritz. With this spray over the powder, my skin looked glowing- but not overly oily. It also helps my eyeshadow melt into my skin, and just... brings the whole look together. Colourpop’s forte has always been eyeshadow imo, but I feel like they’re killing it in the base department now, too. I’ve used a lot of other base products before. I tried the Maybelline concealer, the L’Oreal True Match Foundation, the Urban Decay Naked skin powder and TonyMoly setting sprays. Some were too matte or broke me out, or just did nothing. I will def think of repurchasing these products when I run out (unless I want to try something new !) ✨ TLDR ✨ Use these products for natural looking, glowy (not oily) skin. Suitable for sensitive skin, and the powder has a large shade range.
Top Cherie Cheerleaders (9/28)
Hi everyone, hope you’re all doing well and having an amazing week so far! We’re excited to announce the past week’s Top 20 Cheerleaders that got the highest amount of cheers on their posts! 1. @LindseyRR 2. @Beautycation_by_shruti 3. @madisonnoons 4. @nay.nay 5. @D.Bennett 6. @relpixela 7. @Jillianb1 8. @Mallory 9. @Tangibeauty 10. @kitty.skin 11. @Skincyclopedia 12. @madihomewood 13. @francinevega 14. @glowingniks 15. @valchemic 16. @bealizbeauty 17. @nakiacheyenne 18. @honeybri 19. @FrancescaDee 20. @Skinsitive Congrats to everyone who made it on the previous leaderboard for being celebrated by the cherie community! Thank you to everyone for continuing to share such amazing content with all of us! As you know, we have revamped our Leaderboard and we will be rewarding the top 3 cheerleaders, rising stars, and best posts with a free gift each week! Moving forward, please be sure to check on the Leaderboard tab to stay up to date with the rankings! We can’t wait to see everyone continue to share their beauty knowledge and cheer each other on ♥️ Cheers and happy posting, we’re so thankful for all of you!
Is Luxury Skincare Worth It? *discussion*
Please add your thoughts in the comments below! I want this to be an open discussion because our skin types and experiences are all so different. To begin: my skin type is combination sensitive dry with an oily nose and chin *and* I am prone to rosacea flare ups. Please keep this in mind when reading... Is luxury skincare worth it? Luxury can mean different things to different people—generally, luxury to me means that it costs over $40-50. It’s not really defined by designer names or anything like that. For me it’s difficult to justify spending tons of money on products without being able to test run them first...because there is no guarantee that the product will work for you and if you have to return it, it can be bad for the environment. Here are my thoughts on some luxury skincare I own: ￼ ￼￼Allies of Skin Triple Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Allies of Skin - Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum First off, I won this in a giveaway—you WILL NOT catch me paying $72 for a skincare product ever. Second, I had heard rave reviews on this for a long time and was excited to try it. However, it just burned my skin and disrupted my skin barrier. It’s a thick serum and the fragrance is SO sickeningly sweet it kind of makes me nauseous. The brand said they are working on a version without fragrance but idk if I would try it since I had such a bad reaction to this one. It contains fruit acids as well which confuses me since it’s supposed to be hydrating. I used it after cleansing but before moisturizing. I can’t recommend this to anyone with sensitive or dry skin. ￼￼mxt - custom mixed serum for me. #mxt - Custom Mixed Serum[products]#[FiveStars] I won this in a giveaway as well, however I have very different feelings on it. This serum cost was $56 after my customizations, which is expensive for about 1oz of product. HOWEVER, mxt takes you through a skin quiz and custom mixes your products based on your skin concerns. The fact that it is mixed for you makes it worthwhile to me—it’s not like they are just selling the same mixed product to everyone—it’s just for you. Also, the bottle customization is very cute. My custom serum has a light scent (but no fragrance ingredients) but is very lightweight. I use it after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing. I highly recommend trying this brand out at least once. I WILL be repurchasing this once it runs out! ￼￼BONUS: TOOL - FOREO Products. FOREO - LUNA 3 for Sensitive Skin- I purchased this with a gift card gifted to me—it costs $300 😱. I have yet to try it, but right now I use the FOREO - LUNA fofo on days when I need a little extra exfoliation on my skin without using a scrub or damaging my skin. I absolutely love FOREO products—they are silicone so they are anti-microbial and gentle enough for sensitive skin. Highly recommend to everyone!! What are your thoughts on luxury products? #CheriePartner
Are You Guilty of This Spot Treatment Mistake?
Let’s talk about spot treatments. 🎯 I see so many people misusing these creams, especially among those with active acne. ⠀ ⠀ When you have 6-8 pimples at a time, it can be challenging to use spot treatments. Most of the time, people use them all over. When you do this, it can be overly drying and cause more breakouts. 😩⠀ It can be easy to fall for this mistake. But, it’s important that you use these as SPOT treatments to truly help your breakouts instead of making things worse. ⠀ I’ve been using this spot treatment THE PLANT BASE - AC Clear Magic Gel 🍃 It has 7.5% Centella Asiatica that’s hydrating while also effective for treating wounds like pimples. (I’ll share my full review soon) ⠀ Centella Asiatica is rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals. It boasts antioxidant activity at the site of wounds, strengthening the skin and increasing blood circulation.⠀ ⠀ It also contains another familiar ingredient, panthenol, to calm the skin down from irritation. Instead of drying pimples, it works by slowly bringing down inflammation without drying the area around it. ⠀
💅🏼removal +nail care guide (artificial nails)
Acrylic, dip, press ons, gel, you name it- I’ve tried it. But artificial nail removal can be really hard on your natural nails. I found a way to nurse mine in between manicures. 💧 REMOVING GEL, DIP, & ACRYLIC NAILS 💧 (Press ons get their own section) ￼￼￼￼￼￼Get a Glass bowl, a wooden cuticle pusher, & 100% Acetone. I use the ULTA BEAUTY - 100% Maximum Strength Acetone It’s 16 oz for $4.99, which is great value! Make sure the bowl is glass or metal, because acetone dissolves some plastics. Also it has to be 100% acetone. Regular polish remover can take hours to break down acrylic or nail glue. PS: for acrylic, you should clip the extensions before the next step. ￼￼￼￼Fill a bowl with enough acetone to soak your nails in. I know it’s super drying... Some people recommend putting Vaseline around the nail to protect your skin. I haven’t tried this yet. Still, let them sit in the bowl for 5-10 minutes. ￼￼￼￼Take it out, push off excess acrylic, & repeat. So gel, dip, and acrylic break down differently. Gel tends to chip off, dip fades into the liquid, and acrylic turns to jelly. When you take it out, use a napkin/ cuticle nail pusher to remove stubborn loose ends. Acrylic nails need this the most. You can use a wooden or metal cuticle pusher to gently shave down the jelly. Repeat the acetone -> pusher process until it’s completely off. ⭐️ AND DONE ⭐️ 🌺 REMOVING PRESS ONS FOR REUSE 🌺 Acetone destroys press-on nails. Yes, even Soy polish remover does. :( made that mistake once already. So what can you do? ￼￼Fill a bowl with soap & water to dip your nails in & soften the glue. ￼￼Use your wooden stick or floss to gently separate from loose edges of the nail. DONT work from the free edge of the nail because that will damage the length. And whatever u do, don’t yank it off! This process requires a lot of patience but is worth it to keep your press ons safe. 🧖♀️ POST MANICURE NAIL CARE 🧖♀️ Two things contribute to nail health: 🌊 Hydration 💎 Hardness Hydration helps your nails bend, making them less likely to break. But they can’t be toooo soft. To achieve both those things, I use nailtiques - Nail Protein Formula 2 Plus and HERITAGE STORE - Organic Lavender Castor Oil The oil comes with 8 oz for $11.99. I just fill up a tiny bowl with it to soak my fingers in throughout the week. In my bare nails photo, you can see how it keeps my skin moist and my nails flake-free. The Nailtiques hardens your nails by giving them a protein boost. But careful- don’t use it too much. Too much hardness makes for brittle nails that can snap easily if they’re bumped. 🚨 ONE MORE THING: Avoid removing acrylic with an electric file. It’s easy to hit your natural nail without realizing, and we don’t want thinner nails! Worst comes to worst, biotin can help you grow healthy, gorgeous nails again 🥀
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