Exfoliation is an essential step in your beauty routine to maintain that healthy glow, improve skin texture and tone, and prevent breakouts. Basically what it does is remove dead cells so they can be replaced by new ones. This process allows products to penetrate better and instantly restores luminosity by forcing cell renewal. A physical exfoliation is a product or tool that requires rubbing or scrubbing action. This includes brushes, sponges and skincare scrubs (it has small particles like salt grains, sugar, jojoba beads ...). This type of exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the top layer using physical friction. This type of exfoliation is preferred by many because you see an immediate result: smooth, radiant and healthy skin. Physical exfoliation causes less irritation than chemical exfoliation. It’s an excellent choice for oily skin and large pores as they tend to have thicker skin and are more tolerant of abrasive particles. My favorites: FOREO - LUNA play plus although many people are against these types of brushes, the truth is that I did see a major change when I started using it. I felt the skin softer and cleaner. Skin to You - Rated X-foliate Facial Scrub is one of my faves, doesn’t irritate and leaves skin clean and fresh. Chemical exfoliation work to break the bonds between skin cells, loosening dead skin cells so it can be easy removed. They generally have a smooth texture and penetrate deeper into the skin. The most common are Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) and fruit enzymes. AHAs Derived from substances such as grapes, citrus, milk and sugar cane, they dissolve keratin protein bonds that hold dead skin cells together. Once the bond is broken, the dead cells break off. The best known are glycolic and lactic acid. They are water soluble chemicals with low molecular structure, they act on the surface of the skin and help hydrate it, making them good for dry skin. Excellent for sun damage, hyperpigmentation, skin texture and wrinkles. It’s important to note that are photosensitive to the sun, so it is important to use a good sunscreen. BHAs They are lipid soluble, which makes them capable of penetrating deep into the pores, dissolving the accumulated dirt/oil. They are ideal for oily skin, acne prone and sun damaged skin. Salicylic acid has anti-irritant and antimicrobial properties that help prevent new breakouts. Enzymatic exfoliants are another type of chemical exfoliant and work best on sensitive skin. They are derived from fruits such as papaya (Papain) and pineapple 🍍 (Bromelain), which dissolve and digest keratin into small particles, leaving the skin smoother. They are a good option to start exfoliating since they work on the skin's surface and slowly digest cellular accumulation. My favorites: HUDA BEAUTY - Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub gentle scrub that combines the 3 types of chemical exfoliators. It doesn’t irritate or damage the skin, it leaves the skin clean and radiant. CLINIQUE - Pep Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser in its indications it says that it can be used daily, its very soft and leaves the skin clean. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution This one is a little more abrasive, but you get good results from the first application. DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask its more gentle than the previous one and it also gives good results from the first application. I have combination skin, acne prone and generally I use physical exfoliators 2-3 times a week and chemical every 15 days or when I feel I need something stronger. The main reasons for using exfoliation is to prevent acne and improve skin tone and texture. Tip The minimum you should exfoliate is once a week (dry skin) and maximum 3 times a week (oily skin). The exfoliation should always be gentle and never abrasive. If you have severe acne, see your dermatologist first. Don’t do it if you have wounds or cuts. If you are taking medications or using prescription products (retinol), exfoliation may cause dryness, sensitivity and acne breakouts.
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Life Savers For Anyone With Large Pores!!
I'm very new to this whole skincare thing, so I still have a lot to learn. HOWEVER, these two products have changed my life!! I've had huge pores for as long as I can remember. For the longest time, I thought there was something wrong with the foundations I use as they sunk into my pores upon application. I've tried a few different brands of foundation and primers, every time being disappointed with how it looked on my skin. Then I found this app. I've only been using these products for a few weeks, but OMG what a difference!! Not only am I noticing a difference in the size of my pores already, but this primer practically eliminates them! I have never been able to apply foundation smoothly until I found this product. HOWEVER! I have also fallen inlove with The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%! Since using this with other general skincare products I've been using regularly for years, my skin is clearing up to the point that I don't feel the need to wear any foundation at all! I can't wait to order some under eye creams and stuff for my dark spots. They're already in my basket at Sephora! Thank you to this amazing community. I have learned so much over the past few weeks from all of you, and I love that I can get REAL skin care recommendations. Keep shining on, gfs!!!!
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
How it started vs How it’s going
After 2 years of desperation and adult acne, I think I’ve finally found a routine that works! 🤞🏾 I decided to take the cleaner product route along with a cleaner diet. Photos taken July 3rd 2020 and August 23rd 2020 Spring/Summer routine.. AM: #BeautyCounter - Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser[products]#[FiveStars] - gentle exfoliant, leaves my face pretty clean but not dried out. A little goes a long way. #BeautyCounter - Countercontrol Instant Matte Toner[products]#[FiveStars] - I use a cotton pad the first time around just to make sure I clean off whatever residue is around and then I tap a little on my face. #BeautyCounter - Counter+ All Bright C Serum[products]#[FiveStars] Vitamin C serum is the truth. I’ve been trying all types and in ONE MONTH ..you see the difference 🤷🏾♀️ #BeautyCounter - Countercontrol Matte Effect Gel Cream[products]#[FiveStars] - super moisturizing, kind of leaves a moist finish for me but I’m okay with that. I also used BASE BUTTER - Radiate Face Jelly Aloe Vera Gel Face Moisturizer - another moisturizer that is moisturizing but leaves less of a moist finish. I rotated the two, on days that felt more oily I used BB especially when I used SPF. BLACK GIRL SUNSCREEN - Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30 the only sunscreen that doesn’t break me out, leave a cast and is also moisturizing. PM: Same Cleanser - using the 60 second method (scrub gently for 60 seconds to really get in there) Same Toner - Cotton pad method. Steam (only once a week usually sundays) (MALIN+GOETZ) - Brightening Enzyme Mask - only once a week usually Sunday or Wednesday. Tone again - this time patting it in to re add moisture. Benton - Snail Bee High Content Mask - brightening, moisturizing and does not break me out. I get sad because there’s soo much essence in these masks. At least twice a week (Sunday + Wednesday) #BeautyCounter - Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel[products]#[FiveStars] - goes hand in hand with the C serum! My skin never peels or sheds, my scars just got brighter. I don’t use this on the day I’m masking, peels don’t work with a lot of moisture. #BeautyCounter - Countercontrol All Over Acne Treatment[products]#[FiveStars] - helped a lot with my breakouts and acne. A little goes a long way. I used the peel and acne treatment interchangeably. So if I used the peel on Monday night I used the acne treatment on Tuesday. Wednesday I’d mask so I wouldn’t do either. Thursday, the peel etc. Always moisturize with either moisturizer. I mostly used the BeautyCounter moisturizer at night. In between I did get a facial from my esthetician (if you can invest in one, I’ll talk about why soon) Of course as the season changes so does my skin routine, luckily it’s been fairly the same. I’ve just switched out a couple of products. I’ll post about that one next running out of characters.. Hope this was helpful ✌🏾❤️
BLACK GIRL SUNSCREEN-Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30
HOW I CLEARED “MASKNE” BLACKHEADS w| ONE TOOL✨
Every summer my nose forms blackheads due to the combination of heat and makeup wear. This summer was no different but WORSE due to the consistent mask wearing in the hot heat. I tried the double cleansing method and nose-pore strips but nothing seemed to work until I ordered this little tool off of Amazon: Product: GUGUG - Skin Scrubber $25 What is it? Skin scrubber used for cleansing, lifting and more. How do I use it to remove blackheads? -First I start of with a completely cleansed face. -I than open up my pores by tapping a hot face cloth all over my face. (I have also used serums before using the tool directly on my face but I prefer the first method.) -Next, I use the tool on the cleaning mode and scrape my skin in sections. Make sure you are using the tool at a 45 degree angle and stroke upwards if possible. In order to remove the dirt etc. trapped in the pores, you will need to apply some pressure to the area. -Lastly, (this step is optional) I like to close / shrink my pores by applying an ice roller/ ice cube all over the area I cleansed. Do I recommend? The results are so incredible I would definitely recommend to anyone going through a similar struggle. I was a little skeptical first about the price but the tool does what it says. Also, you are not only getting a pore cleansing tool. There are 3 other modes to experiment with. What’s your secret to blackhead removal? Have you/would you use a similar tool?⬇️
This Bottle Saw It All
Hey everyone! So this isn’t going to be a pretty post because this bottle has went through hell and back. Believe it or not but this was once a pretty bottle of cleanse from Kate Somerville. I actually finished it a month ago but kept putting off posting it because everything rubbed off. This is one this I actually really really really hated about this product. Whenever I’d go to wash my face the label would flake off and I’d feel it on my face as I rubbed it😖 It really grossed me out so I ended up just rubbing the label off completely by hand to avoid more flaking. Besides that I actually think it did a great job cleansing my skin! If I wasn’t such a skin care whore I’d probably repurchase it but it’s rare that I stay loyal to a cleanser🤷🏻♀️ Anyway I bought her at Sephora for $38 and it lasted me three months of washing my face twice a day. It claims gently cleanse the skin of oil and make up without stripping the skin. It also claims that users noticed pores were noticeably cleansed and purified. Personally I always double cleanse whenever I wear makeup so I can’t confirm that on its own this product will completely wash off makeup completely BUT it did leave my skin feeling baby soft. Although I didn’t notice my pores clearing up. I have a significant amount of black heads on my skin and pretty large pores but it didn’t do them any justice. It didn’t strip my skin of its natural oils and it didn’t break me out. It did help with any texture that i had on my skin. All in all I think this is a great basic cleanser. I kind of wish I was using it now because the cleanser I’m testing at the moment is just a big fail. 🤦🏻♀️ Stay tuned for that.
Kate Somerville-ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash
You know when you have rough textures and small white bumps mostly on the face, especially around jaw lines. It can be frustrating and can last for weeks even months. Been there! However, there are thankfully some things that can help. Including this Biologique Recherche Lotion! I started Lotion P50W about 6 months ago. Then I replaced it with the stronger version, P50. Now let's talk about the gentler one. The W version is an acid toner that's intended for sensitive skin. It uses a mix of alpha, beta and poly-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid and gluconolactone to gently exfoliate the skin. The product claims to exfoliate, regulate the skin's pH and hydrate the skin in one product. The formulation also contains skin and sebum regulating agents such as cider vinegar and horseradish. From many reviews, I already expected this toner will be hurt and really potent. So I introduced this product slowly into my routine. I started using this once a week at night for about 3 months in place of my toner and never with any other acid-based products. But it was actually worse than I expected. I felt burning sensation and my skin turned red for the first few weeks using this. The tingly sensation lasted for few minutes. Quick tips: Start using this product with a damp cotton until your skin built up its tolerance. It will makes the whole experience much better! A couple drops are all that's need. No swiping or rubbing, just press and release the product into skin moving up from the neck towards ear then forehead. Focused on the areas where there are more pores form. And wait until the formulation dried before applying any other products. It's nice to layer with because it didn't leave any residue on the skin. I saw the result on my skin after about two months when my skin already used to it. Right now I feel no burn, no tingle, no redness; it becomes comfortable to use. I feel my breakout are less frequent especially after I used it three times a week. My pores are still there, always visible but they clog up much less than before. As my texture areas are much less apparent, I also notice more radiance on my skin.
BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE-Lotion P50
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