As a Skincare Specialist, I Don't Like These 6 products
Oct. 19, 2020
Working as an esthetician in a high-end spa, you see a lot of people and a lot of stuff. Here are just a few examples of things that I saw damage many people's faces.
Biotin is touted as the "hair, skin, and nails" vitamin, but let me tell you why you should be cautious. If you've got acne-prone skin, stay far away from biotin. Acneic skin is predisposed to an over-production of keratin (hyperkeratosis), which can make it easier for pores to become clogged, leading to all types of acne. Biotin can increase keratin production, which might be great for our hair and nails, but for skin already over-producing keratin: It's a nightmare.
After having a negative experience with Biotin myself, I always ask my clients if they are taking it. A number of my clients who had stubborn acne stopped taking their multivitamins (that contained biotin) and I watched as their acne finally started responding to my treatments! A few of my guests' biotin induced acne just went away on its own. I understand that biotin can help acne in some, but it can cause more harm than good in others.
If you're acne-prone or just started breaking out, be sure to check your multivitamins. Biotin is in almost EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
*Note: Be sure to check with your doctor first if they prescribed your multivitamin.
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (or other strong at-home peels/acids)
Hear me out- I don't really hate this product. I hate that people don't know how to use it. This product is extremely strong. 30% AHA?! A lot of people who impulse buy this product have never even used a 10% AHA on their skin before! Combined with the fact that many people leave it on longer than intended, use it too often, apply it to wet skin, or don't wear SPF daily, there are a lot of ways you can screw up your skin using this product. Your skin needs to build up a tolerance to strong exfoliants. As I said, I don't hate this product. It can just be dangerous and damaging if used incorrectly. Do your research and follow directions diligently before starting something this strong! I've seen enough compromised skin barriers from acids to know that using this product wrong is a really quick way to experience one for yourself.
Any acid or peel can be damaging if used incorrectly.
Pimple Popping Tools
When your dermatologist or esthetician uses these on you, great! They have been trained to do so. But I have seen a lot of unnecessary scars and indent marks on clients who have used these at home. It's really hard to tell when you've used too much pressure until it's too late, and now you've got a broken blood vessel on your nose. I don't even use them on my clients! Instead, I use a sterile lancet, gloves, and gentle pressure with my fingers. Every esthetician differs, but I don't particularly like pimple popping tools. They certainly gave me extra scars to treat for people over the years!
Proceed with caution when using these at home!
We all have products we will never use again. I am always trying new things, and I find that less truly is more in my own routine. Here are a couple of products that DID NOT work for me whatsoever. Keep in mind that just because these didn't work for me, doesn't mean they won't work for you!
*Note: I have an oily t-zone, normal cheeks, and am quite reactive so I breakout easily from certain products/ingredients.
Paula's Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
I was really excited to try this product because I'm a huge Paula's Choice Stan. A lot of my staples are from Paula's Choice. This serum has a lengthy list of good ingredients including antioxidants, plant extracts, and ceramides. TOO many. I don't think my skin was able to process all of the actives. It broke me out pretty bad after only 4 uses. I broke out in painful, red papules that left post-inflammatory erythema (red scars). Despite being marketed for dry skin, it also caused my skin to become extremely flaky and dry. I will say that I enjoyed the texture of the serum quite a bit, which made it sadder that I could not use it.
Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm
I'm slowly trying to transition my skincare routine to cruelty-free, and the Banila Co was my first attempt at replacing my Clinique cleansing balm. The Banila Co cleansing balm had a nice texture but had a weird, strong chemical fragrance. It's odd for a cleanser to break you out because it's not in contact with your skin for very long, but this cleansing balm still managed to break me out in itchy, red acne! Other than fragrance being fairly high on the ingredient list, the rest of the ingredients are alright. It just didn't work for me.
What I love and have been using since is Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil. I'm still on the hunt for a good, cruelty-free cleansing balm, so if you have a favorite please let me know!
Garnier Micellar Water ( Waterproof/Blue Cap)
I really like the original Garnier Micellar Water, but the waterproof version left a heavy film on my skin that led to itchy, fungal breakouts, even after using an actual cleanser afterward. I've had a couple of clients make a switch from the blue cap to the pink cap with good results as well! The ingredients between the two differ quite a bit, using different surfactants and moisturizing agents. But all in all, the original micellar water worked well for my skin, but the waterproof version just caused a mess of issues for me.
What is a product that other people love but you cannot stand?
Drink of water for your skin!
We’re in the deep of winter and our skin get dehydrated and beaten by the harsh elements. Treat your skin to a pure drink of water that is based with pure Artic water —The ultra pure water that flows from the Arctic is known for its unique functional composition that’s buzzed about for helping to recharge dull-looking skin. By adding moisture back in helps fortify your skin and enhances skins’ luminosity. LUMENE - Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence Serum 30ml $12-$25 depends on size and retail. Based with pure artic spring water and two types o hyaluronic acids this serum is super emollient and hydrating. Love love love how gentle this formula is. LUMENE - Nordic C Valo Glow Lumenessence Brightening Beauty Lotion $14-$18 A gorgeous lightweight toning essence with pure artic water, hyaluronic acids and vitamin c rich berry complex. I love that it is gentle and not drying. 🐰 cruelty free and sustainably sourced
Black Owned Makeup Look
So I decided to use the products I pictured in my first photo (minus my highlight shade and lipstick) I used the #Ace Beaute - Nostalgia Palette[products]#[FiveStars] for my entire eye look. I definitely enjoyed these products. My only advice is to shake the UOMA BEAUTY - Say What?! Foundation before use (because it can come out watery) but the coverage is absolutely flawless. I was shocked with the consistency the coverage I got. What’s your favorite black owned brands? (I do not own right to the song)
HOLY GRAIL SPF 🌞🌞🌞
Okay guys as I have said before I am guilty of rarely ever wearing sunscreen. I just never liked the feel of it on my skin. I always felt like it made me greasy & clogged my pores. However, once I heard about this product I was very intrigued. NIOD - Survival 30 It actually isn’t sold in the United States for some reason so I had to purchase it on a UK website. (Beauty Bay) It is an antioxidant serum with SPF 30. At first, it appears to be tinted but it’s actually not. On NIOD’s website they state: “The slight tinted appearance is derived from the active technologies including Lutein, Fractionated Melanin and Pycnogenol.” It blends in with your skin so easily & does not leave a white cast like some other SPF products. However this serum literally makes my skin tone soo even & perfect! It also contains silicone so it completely smooths over my pores. AND besides all that great stuff, it’s a mineral sunscreen! So it protects against environmental & lifestyle issues. Like UV rays, blue light, etc. I have never loved a product as much as this one! I literally cannot believe how good my skin looks while using this stuff! For a 30ml bottle, I paid $33 on the Beauty Bay site. For me, that is completely worth it! It comes in this adorable packaging & pretty glass bottle. It also has a pump dispenser & squirts out the perfect amount for a single use! I really can’t recommend this stuff enough guys! It’s wonderful!! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Wednesday Wellness 🙏🏾
This past week has been rather hard and long for me. I ultimately decided to get back on track with my wellness plan. My main wellness goal for 2021, is to indulge in myself more. I definitely am a firm believe in “as within, so without”. I started my day with: #Four Sigmatic - Mushroom Elixir Mix with Chaga[products]#[FiveStars] I have been getting back into adaptogen and herbal medicine. What we put into our bodies is just as important as what goes on the outside. Adaptogens are apart of ancient medicinal traditions traced all over the world. I also drink Tulsi “Holy Basil” Tea. If you need a pick me up or emotional boost I highly recommend! SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is my treatment of choice I used during the day. Do not be afraid to use salicylic acid during the day. I applied plenty of sunscreen afterwards as well! This is a GODSEND for clearing up acne and acne scarring. It’s by far the best acne treatment I’ve tried and its mostly due to the immediate results I get. This is a dry oil, so it should be used before a heavy moisturizer or sunscreen. THE BODY SHOP - Spa of the World Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil is a staple in my night time routine. When I want to relax and really unwind I use a body roller with this oil. It smells like a fresh key lime pie and it’s so hydrating. This is great for firming, especially when paired with a body tool. What do you do for wellness?
Stay Young Forever? ✨
That’d be great right? Well in taking those steps, I definitely recommend these amazing serums. I was gifted the: Intoxicated Cosmetics: Snake Serum Bee Serum Snail Serum I started using the Snail Serum last night first and wow did I notice a difference. The Snail Serum mainly targets dryness. I used this in place of my usual night time serum and boy did I notice a difference. I N G R E D I E N T S : All Serums contain: ✨Niacinamide Bee Serum: Bee Venom Plant Based Stem Cells Royal Epigen Snake Serum Snake Venom Green & White Tea Extract Peptides Snail Serum Snail Peptide Hyadisine Echinacea Moronga Oil Extract I definitely will try the other serums in my routine as I get used to the Snail Serum but so far my skin is definitely happy. What serum would you like to try?
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