Exfoliation 101 - Let's burst some myths!
Let's get to know about exfoliants more! No matter if you're a skincare junkie, expert or just a beginner, skin exfoliation can be very tricky and confusing and most of the mainstream skin advices can be minimally backed by science and geared towards selling the product or giving you false information. That's how skincare myths are formed. I'm talking about some pretty known myths about Exfoliation : ✨Like, Physical exfoliants/scrubs are bad for your skin and they cause micro-tears that lead to infection or they're worse than Chemical exfoliants: Physical exfoliants that contain irregular granular sizes and shapes are definitely going to irritate your skin. But if you're a well-experienced skincare person or someone who knows how to handle gentle, small granular exfoliants well like professionals, in such hands it can be a very effective. Take Micro-dermabrasion or Dermaplaning for instance. If you haven't done it before it's likely to cause you some irritation, I wouldn't say damage as it's a truly strong and deep term to use. Our skin can naturally heal itself to a large degree, that self-healing capability can be overstressed with exogenous (outside/physical) factors and sometimes Indogenous (inner) factors such as your ethnicity, genetics and some skin conditions like dermititis, rosacea or psoriasis. So, my point here is, the myth that only physical exfoliators cause any damage to our skin is incorrect. On top of that, physical exfoliants cause micro-tears is a far stretched myth that doesn't have enough scientific evidence to support. The thing about it is anything harsh on our skin is going to cause inflammation and redness but chemical exfoliants can cause the same if done too much. For our skin to break or tear and get a cut there needs to be a lot of pressure and sharpness to the object. The scrubs don't necessarily tear/cut our skin unless you're rubbing it too harsh or with a lot of pressure and over-doing it. Chemical exfoliators can overstress and irritate our skin at the same degree as well, if overdone. Damage is a strong word for any skincare regimen that is backed by science. It's a fairly vast topic to discuss here but here's the crux of the topic that I'm trying to highlight. Not over-exfoliating is the only key to keep our skin healthy and non-irritated. Be it physical or chemical exfoliants. We need some of the dead skin cells on our Stratum Corneum. Meaning, we should let our Stratum Corneum have a layer of some dead skin cells along with it's biome. The diverse yet integrated functions of the SC collectively serve to detect, protect, respond, and/or adapt against several exogenous factors. Now, why I like or majority of people like chemical exfoliants is because they seem to be hustle free, you apply a thin layer and leave it overnight or for few minutes and it thins down our Stratum Corneum that is the deal skin cells on our skin as well as penetrates deeper in skin and decongests it. But for many people chemical exfoliants can be quite intimidating and if they like to do manual Exfoliation it's totally fine as long as they're not putting a lot of pressure and overdoing it. ✔️👍 I like both physical and chemical exfoliation. I use these chemical facial peeling solutions or masks as well as gentle scrubs to take care of my dead skin. These are some of the exfoliators I use. These are all types of exfoliators, Physical - Scrubs, Peeling gels Chemical - Facial AHA, BHA masks, solutions, in shower facials These are the ones I don't find so attractive for the price: Scrubs: 1. @avantskincare Gentle Rose beautifying facial exfoliant 114$avant - Gentle Rose Beautifying Face Exfoliant The ones I like: Scrubs: 1. @skinandco Face gommage 26$SKIN&CO - Truffle Therapy Gommage Peeling gels: 1. @wishfulskin Yo Glow enzyme scurb 39$HUDA BEAUTY - Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub 2. @saturdayskin Rub-a-dub Refining peel gel 28$SATURDAY SKIN - Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel Instant Facial masks/solutions: 1. @theordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 7.20$The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 2. @olehenriksen PHAT Glow Facial™ Mask 50$OLE HENRIKSEN - PHAT Glow Facial Mask 3. @aveeno POSITIVELY RADIANT® 60 Second In-Shower Facial Aveeno - Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
POSITIVELY RADIANT -SKIN BRIGHTENING DAILY SCRU
Aveeno - Positively Radiant Brightening Facial Cleanser Best facial scrub EVER! Normally, when I use a facial scrub, I have to stop after a week or so because the rough texture is too much for my skin! This scrub has very small, smooth exfoliating beads that do not scratch! I have been using for several weeks and I like it more and more every day! My skin appears brighter and smoother than it has for years! I would recommend this to ANYONE! • Evens skin tone and texture • Brightens dull skin • Soap-free • Gentle enough for everyday use • Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic BUY ONLINE Check out these stores to purchase online. RiteAid.com Walgreens.com CVS.com Amazon.com Ulta.com Price: $5.64 - $6.59
Aveeno-Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser
Some interesting Aveeno finds for Sensitive skin
I don't always go for high end cleansers and this is the reason I always look for some good affordable options. I wanted to try out @aveeno Positively Radiant line. I have been using their Positively radiant brightening cleanser since months, it never irritated my skin or broke me out. And the recent find from that line is 60 second in shower facial! I know a lot of people love @aveeno products but let's dive into how these two perform on skin and are they actually good? @aveeno Positively radiant cleanserAveeno - Positively Radiant Brightening Facial Cleanser is one of the first drugstore cleansers I instantly picked because it had decent description of what it does. And luckily it's one of the cleansers I didn't seem to find irritating, stripping or breaking my skin out. It's quite gentle gel cleanser that lathers nicely and I enjoy using it in the morning. The ingredients list of this isn't so impressive. It has Soy protein extract but that's pretty low on the list. Apart fron that it has fragrance and mica again on mid level in the list. This cleanser doesn't have any actives that work in exfoliating or brightening skin but the tiny shimmer particles (mica) gives it that radiant look and leaves that finish on skin, leading it to making your skin glow. However it has Titanium dioxide, an ingredient generally added to sunscreens to give protection from UVB and it's good for preventing hyperpigmentation caused in sun exposure. But, It's the last on ingredients list. I didn't seem to like the ingredients list as much but it definitely doesn't do a bad job in good cleansing. This is one example why ingredients list isn't the only thing that counts when it comes to skincare especially cleansers. It has mild/average fragrance that can be a problem for some skin types. But I don't mind a little bit of fragrance in my wash off treatments. The texture is lightweight gel which lathers when comes in contact with water. The second product - 60 Second in shower facial Aveeno - Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser is rather an interesting product. I am recently using it in my shower and loving the performance. This doesn't irritate skin, doesn't tingle or burn. It gently exfoliates skin with soft micro grains added in the formula and it has Glycolic acid which chemically exfoliates skin. It is made with moisture-rich soy, lemon-peel extract, kaolin clay and glycolic acid, this facial works with the steam of your shower to transform your skin from dull to radiant. This works in just a minute that's the best part about it. This has slightly granular texture which helps in gentle Exfoliating skin before washing it off. These are great affordable products if you want to try something new.
Aveeno-Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser
What’s in my bathroom?
Here are some products I bought previously before establishing my AM and PM routines that I haven’t parted with yet: bliss - Jelly Glow Peel I don’t love this obviously - I rated it two stars. As you use it it starts to pill up and sometimes the pilling sticks to my face after I’ve patted it dry 😂 Goodal Green Tangerine Moisturizing Cleansing Foam | ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love the smell and it foams up nicely making me feel like my skin really is being cleaned well. It can make my face feel somewhat dry and tight unlike the cleansers I use now. I would recommend this product for someone with oily skin. Aveeno - Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser I do still use this product. It comes in handy after a day at the pool or beach when I’ve reapplied sunscreen multiple times and my face is grimy from sweat. My face feels so soft afterwards. I prefer to use The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 5% + HA as my typical exfoliant. MARIO BADESCU - Mario Badescu Drying Lotion I still use this product as well. I prefer Clean & Clear’s 2% salicylic acid acne spot treatment but will use this occasionally. VERSED - THE SHORTCUT Overnight Facial Peel Glycolic and lactic acid make this overnight mask pretty powerful. I still reach for this sometimes to mix things up. bliss - Makeup Melt Jelly Cleanser This cleanser can also leave my skin feeling dry and tight on occasion unlike the Neutrogenia ultra-light cleansing oil I use currently as the first step in my PM double cleanse combo. HANHOO - Blemish Patch I’ve used other brands of acne patches that work better than the ones I have now. In general, I recommend these patches for larger breakouts. I typically apply them at night and remove them in the morning. They are little miracle workers! Jade Roller | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love rolling The Ordinary’s Squalane onto my skin as the absolute last step of my PM routine. Just don’t forget to spritz with isopropyl alcohol to cleanse after!
Aveeno 60 second in shower facial
Thoughts: I had used this cleanser about the same time as I started to use the Aveeno ultra calming daily Moisturizer with spf. I truly didn't know what I was getting myself into at the time. I didn't know that I wasn't truly cleansing my face as well as I thought and how I was just making it more sensitive then it already was. I was breaking down my barrier not repairing it or smoothing it out. I was confused as to why I didn't see a glow after lathering this cleanser on my face so many times. I had a soft cleansed face for a short while then my skin would be itchy after using this that claimed (On the back of the product) it would GENTLY exfoliate. I can say I liked this product in the beginning when I first saw it in the aisle in target and the thought of using it in the shower but after some time my face started to really not like it. After 2 years of using it every other week I noticed when I was done washing my face I started to see my face become red and patches started to come out as well. So I decided to stop using it and go ahead and try something that had no cetearyl alcohol or fragrance and it truly helped. I am glad I used this product only because it helped me to see what I was doing to my skin. I'm not glad I used this product because my skin had become the worst when after using this for awhile. Claims: To brighten and rejuvenate skin in just 1 minute Targets: Dullness, blotchiness and brown spots Texture: a thick white cream with little granules that can be felt as you rub this into your skin ( seen in second pic ) Some ingredients: Soy to help even skin tone and boost radiance Lemon peel extract to lighten, smooth and cleanse skin Glycolic acid to remove the outermost layer of dead cells from the skin Price: $6.79 at target very affordable Recommendation: I would recommend this only if you want something quick and basic that does clean the face. Also if your not sensitive to cetearyl alcohol or fragrance and you don't mind washing your face in the shower. Other than all that I wouldn't recommend using this. Aveeno - Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser
Aveeno-Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser
GARNIER - Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water With Vitamin C Aveeno - Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser Aveeno - Absolutely Ageless Nourishing Cleanser pixi - Vitamin-C Tonic DERMA•E - Vitamin C Concentrated Serum DERMA•E - Vitamin C Concentrated Serum DERMA•E - Vitamin C Renewing Moisturizer Aveeno - Absolutely Ageless Eye Cream DERMA•E - Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream with SPF 30+ For washing my face : if time for a shower I use Aveeno 60 second in shower facial. If not, I use Aveeno Absolutely Ageless nourishing cleanser. It smells amazing. I am partial to cleansing milks but wanted to try this. BB cream then make up of mascara, lipstick or clear/light pink gloss and bronze powder.
Aveeno-Absolutely Ageless Eye Cream
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