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What Is Bakuchiol And Is It Worth The Hype?

In beauty, skincare on September 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Growing older is inevitable. We know this. And there is nothing wrong with making adjustments to ensure that this process is smoother, and more graceful instead of throwing caution to the wind and letting life have its way with our health, well-being and even our looks.

Retinol has always been and will most likely remain the gold standard in skincare when it comes to preventing and softening the signs of aging. Derived from Vitamin A, retinol works on a cellular level to push newer cells to the surface. It instructs skin to produce collagen which is responsible for firm, plump skin. Retinol is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and can actually help with breakouts as opposed to or in addition to ingredients such as salicylic acid. As a matter of fact, Retin A from which retinol is derived was initially prescribed for acne. Patients who used it for acne noticed that their skin was more clear with less hyperpigmentation in addition to having fewer acne/breakouts.

But retinol can propose a downside for some users. Retinol can be extremely harsh on the skin. It can cause irritation, redness, peeling and drying. Not a good look for something that is supposed to be so helpful.

Enter bakuchiol. Ba-ku-chi-who? Bakuchiol (pronunced ba koo chee yol). Bakuchiol comes from the leaves and seeds of the babchi plant (psoralea corylifolia). It is native to countries India and Sri Lanka and is used in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic skin treatments. Although bakuchiol is not new, it is gaining popularity as an effective skin care ingredient. So why the comparison to retinol? For starters although they are molecularly different, they have similar qualities. Bakuchiol is 100% plant derived and retinol comes from Vitamin A and is usually synthetically produced. They both help with brightening, firming, collagen production and hyperpigmentation. Bakuchiol, however, is perfect for sensitive skin and can be tolerated on eczema, psoriasis prone or active skin (breakouts). In these cases, retinol may not be as beginner friendly. Although it is probably best to use bakuchiol at night, some will use bakuchiol am and pm whereas retinol should be used in the evening followed by sunscreen in the morning. Bakuchiol is vegan friendly and is safe for pregnant and nursing women. On the other hand, it is recommended to refrain from retinol use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Overall there is no side effect with bakuchiol. With retinol it is suggested to gradually increase application and make sure you are using a moisturizer to counteract any side effects such as drying, peeling and redness. In addition, bakuchiol is good for mixing with other ingredients that could otherwise not be tolerated in some skin. The combination of retinol and AHA, BHA, and Vitamin can be too active or potent for more sensitive skin and can spell disaster.

When it comes to choosing bakuchiol or retinol, you would need to consider your skin type and whether are you sensitive or not. Do you prefer products that are vegan? Do you have certain views on the use of synthetics in skincare ingredients or does it matter?

There has been extensive research on the efficacy of retinol whereas the research on bakuchiol and its long term effects and uses is not as extensive as of yet. Read the directions on the product that you choose whether it is bakuchiol or retinol. Also, keep in mind that just because a product is natural doesn’t mean you wont have an adverse reaction to it.

Acure Radically Rejuvenating Dual Phase Bakuchiol Serum $19.99. This serum is dual phase product that is rich in powerful antioxidants and hydration as well as anti-aging support in the form of plant based bakuchiol.

Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum $54. Perfect for the most sensitive skin, this serum will help smooth look of fine lines as well as help to retexturize and brighten the skin.

The Inky List Retinol Alternative Moisturizer $11.49. This cruelty free lightweight cream will help to moisturize will it softens fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and uneven texture.

Credo Beauty 1% Bakuchiol + Olive Squalane Oil Booster $10. This booster is made without a number of questionable ingredient and makes it easy to incorporate into your existing skincare routine. Bakuchiol will help with fine lines and wrinkles while squalane will boost hydration. Mix with your current moisturizer or serum or use by itself.

Paula’s Choice 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment $56. This treatment harnesses the power of retinol, bakuchiol and peptides to help fight wrinkles. dullness and loss of firmness and elasticity. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly into the skin.

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15 Skincare And Makeup Mistakes To Stop Making Now

In beauty, makeup, skincare on June 27, 2022 at 12:00 pm

From the harshness of unblended highlight and contour to using dirty makeup brushes, chances are you have at some point or are currently making some major beauty faux pas.

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We all have our go to make up routines which includes our favorite tips, tricks and tools. But it is definitely possible that our go to make up habits could be doing more harm than good to our skin, tools and overall look. That’s ok because below is a list of 15 common beauty blunders that you might not be aware of and the solution to help fix said faux pas.

  1. Using Makeup Wipes To Clean Your Face. I’m not sure when using wipes as the only way to sufficiently cleanse your face became ok but stop it. So you’ve had a long night out and you are too inebriated and too tired to actually cleanse your face – a makeup wipe can help you out until you get yourself together. But please don’t make this a habit – the most a makeup cleansing wipe can do for you is superficially wipe the day off of your face. It will not ever deep clean the surface of your skin let alone get deep down into your pores after a day of wearing sunscreen and makeup and being exposed to the environmental aggressors of dirt, debris and smog. Do your current and your future skin a favor and use a cleansing balm or oil followed by an actual cleanser for your skin type. If you prefer using a makeup wipe, use it a part of your pre-cleanse.
  2. Tugging On The Eye Area To Remove/Apply Eye Makeup And Skincare. We’ve all been there: you stretch/pull at the corner of your your eyes to apply your eye liner, roughly rub your eyes to take off your eye makeup or pull and rub on your under eye area to apply eye cream or concealer. Stop it! The under eye area is the most delicate area of the face. Think of it like this: your face is like construction paper and your under eye area is delicate like tissue paper. The under eye area shows the first signs of aging and rough and tumble pulling and tugging can help accelerate the process. When it comes to removing eye makeup, use a cotton round with a makeup remover. Apply to the eye area and hold for about 10 seconds to loosen any eye makeup and gently swipe away. When it comes to applying eye liner, apply in sections across the lid and be sure to use a formula that glides on smoothly. Don’t pull on the corner of your eyes. When applying under eye concealer and eye cream, use a brush and/or your ring finger and gently press/tap into the skin.
  3. Not Treating The Under Eye Area With Eye Cream/Serum Before Concealer. At this point, eye creams/serums should be a part of your skin care routine. If not, no judgement. Just start now. By prepping with skin care, you will find that your concealer will lay better on your skin. It also prevents your makeup from looking dry and cakey and you won’t have to apply tons to look even and highlighted under the eyes.
  4. Not Using Color Corrector. Have you ever applied under eye concealer or even foundation and found that the shade and tone wasn’t sufficient? As a matter of fact, some areas looked gray? That’s because you most likely need to color correct first. Color correcting helps to neutralize blue, purple and brown undertones in the skin so that your actual complexion product will read more accurately. It all goes back to understanding color theory where opposite colors on the color wheel are not only complementary but those same complementary colors also cancel each other out. For instance, if you are experiencing redness, you would use green to color correct before applying your concealer or foundation. If you have blue tones under your eyes, you would use a corrector in the pink/peach/apricot spectrum, depending on your complexion range, to neutralize those tones before applying concealer or foundation.
  5. Not Cleaning Makeup Brushes Regularly. Have you ever gone so long with not cleaning your brushes that your brushes feel hard and somewhat stiff? When your brushes are dirty they don’t even perform the same and your make up doesn’t look as good as it could. More importantly, not cleaning your brushes is a great way to spread bacteria on the face. Can we say pimples? Anyway, using a brush cleaner like this one or this one not only cleans your brushes but helps to keep the bristles conditioned and is oftentimes anti-bacterial.
  6. Putting On Concealer Before Foundation. Foundation is just that – foundation. A base. It’s the building block for all of the other makeup you put on your face – well aside from good skin care. When you apply concealer first, as you apply the actual foundation, you actually wipe concealer away from the very place you were trying to conceal. Instead, apply foundation first then stipple/bounce concealer on top wherever the discoloration is. You may also find that you won’t need as much concealer when you apply foundation first. When it comes to the under eye, this can be particularly helpful as applying foundation first can help balance and perhaps color correct tones before you apply concealer.
  7. Not Blending Your Harsh Highlight And Contour. Chances are you aren’t on stage but in real life – at work, school or the grocery store. The somewhat extreme highlighting and contouring that we see on our social media feeds works better for stage and maybe television with various lighting conditions but those harsh, unblended lines of demarcation can be quite unappealing in real life. Consider blending more thoroughly for a softer, more complementary look.
  8. Using Too Much Product To Mark Out Highlight And Contour. Or using too much foundation in general. Bottom line – it’s TOO MUCH PRODUCT and takes unnecessary amounts off time and effort to blend. Instead of plastering your face with foundation, highlight and contour shades in intricate designs, try applying your foundation first. Then apply your highlight color (1-2 shades lighter, maybe 3 shades if you know how to blend) in the right undertone then blend. Then go in with your contour color and blend. Apply an illuminator/highlighter if you so choose. Blend that as well. Then take a brush and lightly blend the entire face. This way you will look soft, blended and radiant. Not a colorful ashy mess. *note* Applying your highlight first will actually expose the areas that naturally recede for contour. It is also easier to blend a contour (darker color) into a highlight as opposed to the other way around.
  9. Not Using A Moisturizer Because You Are Oily. Not using at lease an oil free (controls oil production) or mattifying (prevents appearance of oil, makes skin more matte) moisturizer is actually making you more oily. That is your skin overcompensating for the lack of actual moisture in the skin. The oil in the skin is not a moisturizer and the skin becomes more unbalanced when you don’t use a moisturizer to balance and protect your moisture barrier.
  10. Over-Washing Your Face. It is quite tempting to want to wash your face multiple times a day especially when you are oily and/or acne prone. However, just like not using a moisturizer when you are oily can have an adverse affect on your skin, over-washing your face can strip your skin, causing it to be dry, flaky and painfully irritated. You might also find that acne can get worse. When washing your face twice a day, consider using a mild low lather or creamy/oil cleanser like this or this for the morning and a cleanser for deeper cleanse for the evening to wash the day away like this one.
  11. Keeping Expired Makeup. Sure you may love the many items in your make up collection but it is very important to make sure that what you are putting on your face is not expired. Not paying attention to expiration dates can not only cause lack of performance of your favorite items but can also be a breeding ground for skin irritation and possible infection. Learn more about makeup shelf life and expiration dates here.
  12. Over-Filling Your Eyebrows. Good eyebrows are one of the most important features in giving good face. Well groomed brows bring shape and structure to the face. When you have neatly and beautifully shaped brows, you don’t necessarily need too much of anything else to look polished. It is recommended that you seek a professional too groom your brows. It’s one thing to have a natural full brow however filling in the brow too dark and over the natural shape can spell disaster. When filling in your brows, be sure to follow the natural shape of the brow and fill in only the sparse areas.
  13. Not Adjusting Your Foundation As You Age. It’s no secret that your body changes as you get older. This includes changes to your skin. What worked for you in your 20’s (i.e. powder foundation) may not work for you as you get older. Consider using liquid or serum based formulations that address dullness, fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and dryness.
  14. Putting Makeup On Dry Skin. Not prepping the skin before makeup application. Your makeup reflects back to you what is going with your skin. If your skin is dry, your makeup will look dry and cakey. You will also find that your makeup doesn’t glide and apply very smoothly to your skin. Be sure to prep with a good moisturizer and hydrating primer before applying your foundation.
  15. Putting Too Much Emphasis On Both Eyes And Lips. How you choose to wear your makeup is entirely up to you. However, consider focusing on one feature such as the eyes and let your other features play a supporting role with complementary tones, textures and finishes. Doing so prevents your look from becoming too under or overwhelming. It also brings balance to the features.

Have you made any of the mistakes listed above or do you make mistakes that weren’t even listed above? Leave a comment down below.

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Your Beauty Products Have A Shelf Life. Many Of Your Favorites Are Probably Expired.

In beauty, makeup on June 8, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Parting is such sweet sorrow but there is a chance that some of the makeup you used today is old or expired. Learn when to throw away your favorite beauty products to ensure product performance and personal safety.

Everyone knows that you are a beauty enthusiast. You jump at every opportunity to add newness to your expansive collection of lipsticks, lip glosses, eyeshadow palettes, highlighters and bronzers. Just seeing these items on your vanity brings a level of joy and satisfaction unexplainable – even if you haven’t used half of these products in several months. It’s ok. No judgement here.

Watching your favorite social media influencers, bloggers and celebrities with their highly stylized makeup/beauty organization systems that hold the latest and greatest in-demand beauty items only makes you actually leave the house just to buy more product to use and display. Or place and Amazon and Ikea order. And let’s not even talk about that order that is already coming in the mail:  I stalk You stalk the delivery guy, staring out of the window, making sure the doorbell is still working and incessantly check the tracking status to see where my your packages of hopes and dreams are – although the order was just placed 3 minutes ago.

But what happens after the initial joy of said new makeup and other beauty products wear off?  Like the older, once beloved products, they get tossed to the side, stored away in a drawer somewhere and forgotten about. That is until you decide to wear it again. But before you bring that lipstick and blush back into rotation, proceed with caution because chances are that product may have expired. What’s important here is understanding that your beauty products have a shelf life and to ensure optimal product performance and personal health and safety, it is important to be aware of the symbols and dates on the packaging.

What Is Makeup Shelf Life?

Just like the foods we enjoy, the makeup we use has a shelf life. When you open up a carton of milk or your favorite chips, its only a matter of days until the milk goes sour and those chips become stale and less enjoyable. Not to mention the fresh fresh fruits and veggies from the produce section without the preservatives. After 2 or 3 days, these food become a soggy, smelly, moldy mess. It’s a similar concept with your makeup and other beauty products.

Mold and bacteria are the culprits when it comes to makeup going bad. Makeup can be preserved for a period before it actually reaches you.  These products will eventually go bad but it will take longer because they are not opened and are usually stored in a cool dark place, preserving the shelf life.  For the purpose of this discussion however, we will discuss the shortened shelf life of product after purchase, when it is opened and exposed to various conditions.

All makeup has an expiration date or a PAO – Period After Opening. An expiration date, whether or not a package is opened, indicates the span of time up until the stated expiration date that a product is expected to perform before it degrades and without any adverse reaction to the user. The PAO is usually marked on the back of packaging with a small jar with a number in it.  This number indicates the life span of that product after opening.  Since most people don’t keep the original packaging their product comes in, it’s a good idea to write the date you opened the product or keep a log.  Sure this is extra work but makeup that has gone bad is a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause a host issues such as skin and eye irritation, site swelling, breakouts and infections that may require medical attention.

With that said, how do you know when to throw your makeup and other beauty products away?  When there is a change in color, texture, consistency, odor or performance as well as unusual separation of the product. If your product is preservative free, you will definitely need to be mindful of the shelf life.  Keep the following guidelines in mind when purchasing and storing product:

  • Control the temperature your makeup is stored in.  If possible, don’t keep your makeup in the bathroom where the temperatures fluctuate consistently and definitely do not leave your makeup in your car.
  • Don’t share your makeup and replace eye makeup after an eye infection.
  • Wash your hands before using your product.
  • Avoid jars when possible.  Every time you open a jar and stick your fingers in your product, it becomes contaminated.  Using a spatula can minimize the growth of bacteria.
  • Use a makeup sanitizer spray.  Also use a tissue to wipe off layer of uncertainty and make sure you clean your brushes.
  • Although it can be more economically sound to purchase the larger size of something, consider how often you will use the product.
  • If you find that you need to dispose of a product, do so by putting it in the garbage instead of pouring down the drain to avoid clogging the drain and contributing to contaminated water ways.

Below is a list of the estimated shelf life after opening for frequently used products (give or take):

Foundation

Oil Free – 12 months

Cream and Liquid – 18 months to 2 years

Concealer

Powder and Stick – 18 months to 2 years.

Liquid and Cream – 6 months to 1 year.

The closer these products are to liquid for the sooner it should be thrown away.

Powder

Foundation, Blush, Bronzer, Highlighter (loose or pressed) – up to 2 years.

Be sure to use clean tools when applying to minimize transferring of bacteria from brush to product to skin.

Eye Liner

Pencils can last up to 18 months. By sharpening the pencil before use, you will shave off some of the layer of uncertainty. You will know when to throw away when the pencil begins to crumble when sharpening or there is a white film that wont come off when sharpening. Be sure to sanitize your sharpener as well.

Liquid and gel – 3 months

Cream Eye shadow

Up to 6 months. Consider throwing away sooner if it’s a pot that you use your fingers to apply the product.

Mascara 

Up to 3 months. If the smell and consistency changes before then, throw it away.

Lipstick, Liquid Lip Stain and Lip Gloss

Up to 1 year. Traditional lipsticks may last a little longer because the top layer can be sanitized with alcohol and shaved with a lint free paper towel. It’s also a good idea to replace these items if you’ve been sick.

Lip Liner

Up to 12 months. Use the same rule of thumb for eyeliner pencils (above).

Brushes

2-5 years, sometimes longer with proper cleaning, conditioning, and storage. Sponges should be cleaned or thrown away after a couple of uses.

Nail Polish

Nail polish doesn’t go bad as quickly because of the solvents/ingredients in it. But once separation occurs that isn’t fixed with shaking the bottle, it’s probably time to throw it away. The same thing goes for polish that has become thick and goopy. If using paint thinner (nail polish remover) doesn’t help, throw the nail polish away.

How consistent are you with throwing away older beauty products? Share your comments below.

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Should You Apply Face Oil Before Or After Your Moisturizer?

In beauty, skincare on February 2, 2022 at 12:00 pm

If you know anything about skin care then you have most likely have heard about facial oils. While they are not a new concept, incorporating facial oils into one’s skin care has become more mainstream over the past few years. Facial oils have many benefits and can be a great way to treat various skin concerns based on the oil you choose. In addition, these oils can be used by themselves as well as with other skincare and makeup products (like foundation) and can also help give your skin that much sought after glow.

So now that your interest has been piqued and you’re thinking about incorporating a facial oil into your skin care routine, where do you start? Because oils, like serums, can address multiple concerns, you will first have to decide what your concern is and what ingredients you prefer and need. Do you want something to help with anti-aging, redness, irritation, oiliness or hydration? You would then, of course, select your formula accordingly.

About That Hydration Thing

Keep in mind that oils should not replace your moisturizer. Technically, oils don’t replenish and bind moisture to the various layers of skin like moisturizers do. As a matter of fact, oils don’t penetrate the skin and should be the last step in your routine – applied on top of your moisturizer.

But Wait…

If a facial oil has several ingredients for multiple benefits such as hydration, wouldn’t you want some of those ingredients closer to your skin? So then what part of your routine should your oil go – before or after your moisturizer?

There are different thoughts on this topic. The leading thought is that, as previously stated, oils should be the last step in one’s routine – they go on top of moisturizer to seal everything in. This is because oils are an occlusive and they lock everything in. But what about all of the beneficial ingredients that many of these oils have? Perhaps you would want some of those ingredients in more direct contact with your skin to at least do some topical reparative work. If that’s the case, layer or mix (cocktail) your oils with your serum and/or moisturizer to boost the effectiveness of those products. Otherwise put your oil on last.

How Often Should You Use A Facial Oil?

Oils don’t have to be used daily and can be used on an as needed basis. With oils that address specific concerns, you may find that you only need to apply to certain areas. Daytime use of an oil with sunscreen however can break down the effectiveness of the sunscreen so be mindful when adding oil to daytime skin care.

To Press Or Rub – The Million Dollar Question

There is some debate as to whether you should press or rub oils (or any skin care for that matter) into the skin. The general rule of thumb for oils is that you warm them up in your hands and and press into the skin. You can also use a facial roller when applying oils and serums to the skin. Pressing oils and serums into the skin does lend itself to better absorption. Regardless of whether you press or rub, be gentle with your skin and follow the directions on the bottle.

Reminder – When applying creams to the eye area, always pat product in using the ring finger. The skin under the eye is extremely delicate and the ring finger does the least amount of tugging which can help accelerate the aging process in the undereye area.

Biossance 100% Sugarcane Squalane Oil $32. Lightweight and multitasking, this oil can be used anywhere on the body including hair. It is perfect for mixing into foundation or skincare as well as under and on top of your moisturizer.

Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra Hydrating Facial Oil $48. Buckwheat Honey and Sea Buckthorn Oil are the key ingredients in this facial oil to help with concerns of fine lines, wrinkles and dryness. It is non-comedogenic and perfect for wearing alone or mixing with your moisturizer or foundation.

Vitner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum $195. This exquisite face oil contains a blend of nutritive botanicals, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omegas to balance and strengthen the skin. Perfect for all skin types including acne prone and mature.

Herbivore Orchid Antioxidant Beauty Face Oil $66. A lightweight, floral scented oil that has antioxidant properties to protect against the signs of aging. Key ingredients include squalane (protects moisture barrier), camelia oil (omega 3 & 6) and jasmine sambac oil (elasticity)to hydrate and give skin a glow.

Darphin Niaouli Essential Oil $75. This oil is perfect for those with oily combo skin as it helps to purify and detoxify while balancing the skin.

Verso Super Facial Oil With Retinol 8 $125. Rejuvenating and nourishing, this facial oil is quick absorbing and helps with firming and tightening gives the skin a healthy glow.

Sunday Riley Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil $36-$72. Power-packed with antioxidants and omega fatty acids 6 and 9, this vegan, cruelty free facial oil helps with dullness and uneven texture while boosting radiance. Vitamins A and C help to strengthen and brighten the skin.

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Do You Really Need A Neck Cream?

In beauty, skincare on January 19, 2022 at 12:00 pm
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How many times have you done your skin care routine and completely skipped your neck? If that’s what you’ve been doing, then listen up. First of all, your face, jawline, neck and decolletage all go together -literally – and should be cared for as one. Your neck, like your hands and under eye area, shows the first signs of ageing so it important to apply your skincare there too. In addition, your neck has fewer oil glands so it is more prone to dryness and sagging. Also with the repeated actions of our heads hovering over our computers and cell phones, crepiness, fine lines and even tech neck is inevitable. Suffice it to say that what you put on your face should be brought down to your neck and chest to keep skin smooth and glowing and to address concerns that you may be having. Ageing is a part of life but it can be done gracefully. Start taking care of your neck now so you won’t have to continuously hide behind turtlenecks and scarves later.

So about that neck cream. Does it matter if you use one or not? What will this extra cream do that your other serums and creams aren’t already doing? The fist thing you should determine is if you are even paying attention to and caring for your neck in the first place. If you aren’t, then a new potion won’t help you. Consistency is the key so start there. Next is to consider the ingredients. Do the ingredients in your current skincare routine address preventative as well as ageing neck concerns? This skin is very delicate – thinner than the skin on your face (similar to the skin under the eyes) so a good blend of ingredients that are gentle yet effective is necessary. With all of that said, a dedicated neck cream can be a good thing because it is formulated specifically for the area. The choice is yours.

Ahead are several creams consider…

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus + Neck & Chest SPF 25 $89 Perricone MD has always been synonymous with effective skincare and this cream is no different. Key ingredients include Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin B3 and peptides to address dullness, discoloration, sun damage and loss of elasticity.

Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream Plus $95 This neck cream has a lifting complex that will also address the delicate needs of the decolletage. Key ingredients include peptides, a brightening complex and Gravitite-CF lifting complex to help diminish fine lines, sagging and loss of elasticity.

iS Clinical NeckPerfect Complex $95 is Clinical neck perfect complex is also formulated for the jawline and chest area to help with firmness and elasticity. It also contains antioxidants to help with free radical damage and gently exfoliates to help reveal smoother brighter skin.

Skinceuticls AGE Interrupter $162 This alcohol and dye free formula helps to restore hydration as it improves the appearance of texture, fine lines and wrinkles.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Neck Cream $54 iT Cosmetics has a straightforward approach to skincare and this neck cream proves just that. It contains shea butter, elastin, and collagen for a smoother, firmer, more supple appearance.

Estee Lauder Resilience Multi Effect Tri – Peptide Face And Neck Cream $98 Resilience Multi Effect is a rich night cream that helps skin to look more youthful, firmer, radiant with more volume and can also be used as a weekly mask.

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Body Care Is Just As Important As Facial Skin Care

In beauty, skincare on July 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm
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At this point we all know that it’s a good idea to have an appropriate skincare routine for our faces. It’s also most likely safe to say that many people have a good (or at least decent) routine in place and are experiencing some payoff from the effort. Wonderful. But then there is the rest of the skin on the body which oftentimes gets neglected.

If you are anything like me, this can be the case more than I care to admit. With a power packed schedule, I, of course, do my am/pm skin care routines but for the rest of my body I might only pay attention to what is exposed: an elbow, an ankle, a toe. Throw in the fact that I suffer from EXTREMELY dry, patchy winter skin, particularly on my legs/thighs. which leaves my skin itchy, flaky and blotchy. This is a problem for me when spring and summer rolls around because of the shorter, more revealing clothes I like to wear. My consistent body care neglect then leaves me scrambling to fix the aftermath of my neglect. If only I would take extra time to care for my body skin as much as I do my face. Anywho, in an effort to fix my skin, I have to pull out the most aggressive tactics and artillery to rid myself of this blotchy lizard skin. But sometimes no matter how many concoctions i apply to my skin, it doesn’t alleviate me of what ails me. On top of that, all that harsh and aggressive scrubbing can do more harm than good. I know – I must do better.

So what products and tools have I been using lately on a more intentional and consistent basis to help correct, smooth and even out my skin making it soft, smooth and radiant? Keep reading.

Olay Cleansing & Renewing Night Time Body Wash With Retinol.

If you know anything about me, i will always sing the praises of retinol. It is one of the most powerful anti-aging, skincare renewal ingredients that one can use on their skin. I had been seeing advertisements for this body wash but never got around to making the purchase. Then a friend gave me a bottle and I couldn’t wait to get home to use it. Now let me say that I usually try to stay away from skincare that is fragranced but this body wash smells quite exquisite. I have been using this every night for the past 3 weeks and I must say that my skin – especially on my legs/thighs – is smoother and more even in tone than it’s been in quite some time.

Bathing/Exfoliating Gloves.

I believe in the power of a good body exfoliator but many times I don’t feel like taking that extra step in the shower after cleansing. So instead I use exfoliating gloves because they cleanse and exfoliate at the same time. That in addition to using my gloves with my Olay Cleansing & Renewing Night Time Body Wash With Retinol makes for very beautiful skin that I’m always eager to show off.

Dry Brushing

I’ve read numerous articles about celebrities using this particular technique on the regular so I felt it was necessary to do some research and possibly go shopping for a new tool.

Dry brushing is a type of medicine of ayurvedic origin what has been around for centuries. It is an exfoliation technique that is believed to exfoliate dead dry skin so that the body can eliminate toxins through the pores. There isn’t much scientific evidence/research to support dry brushing HOWEVER possible benefits (with the obvious/most noticeable being the first two) (may) include:

  • exfoliate the skin
  • boost energy and circulation
  • eliminate toxins
  • help break down cellulite
  • help with lymphatic drainage (open pores/sweat)

Now I don’t know about the break down of cellulite, lymphatic drainage or even the elimination of toxins but what I do like is the invigorating and energetic feeling that I experience. Even more important is that I see the dead skin being lifted that I didn’t realize was there. This is the one thing I do in the morning on dry skin to help prep for my shower. For more info on dry brushing, tools and best practices, go here and here.

Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion Deep with Nourishing Serum and Almond Oil

When it comes to body (or hand) lotion, I always look for something unscented (for fragrance layering), rich, emollient and leaves my skin radiant and glowy (maybe slightly greasy) and this body lotion fits the bill. I use it am and pm and when used consistently, the skin on my body looks very beautiful and healthy.

Do you have any body care best practices or is that something you need to add to your current skincare routine?

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9 Clear Skin MVP’s To Help Banish Acne

In beauty, skincare on February 10, 2021 at 8:30 am
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Having a acne is never fun.  Whether it is occasional or a regular occurrence, acne is inconvenient and annoying. And yes, acne is terrible when you are an awkward teenager but what about when you are an adult?  In your career.  On the dating scene.  Advancing toward the next milestone of your life.  In a perfect world, adulting would never include fighting acne.

But it’s not a perfect world and adult acne is a real thing. While some people may think focusing on physical appearance is vain and self centered, those struggling with adult acne know better.  Oftentimes, there is an embarrassment and isolation as well as physical and emotional scarring that is overlooked.

To cope, some adult acne sufferers may chalk it up to breakouts being their lot in life.  Depending on the severity, some may suffer depression and find it difficult to leave the house while others will spend time and money undergoing treatment.  The latter is always an option in treating acne but there are also over the counter (OTC) options that can help banish acne. When going with OTC options, it’s important to know about the various ingredients and what they do for the skin. As with any skin care routine and treatment, if you want to see results, you have to be consistent. Continue reading to get the 411 on these popular acne fighting ingredients.

Niacinamide. Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide has multiple skin benefits such as helping with the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to fight whiteheads and blackheads, brightens the skin and helps to reduce redness. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.

Glycolic Acid. This popular AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) which is derived from sugar cane is the master at exfoliation and skin clearing. Having the smallest molecule, it is able to penetrate deeper into the skin to help clear up acne, dullness, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles to reveal smoother, brighter skin. Rodial Glycolic Booster Drops.

Salicylic Acid.  This BHA (beta hydroxy acid), salicylic acid is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that treats whiteheads and blackheads.  Performing like Drain-o, salicylic acid dives past oil and gunk to get down to the pores to clear them out and dissolves the “glue” that holds the sticky cells together.  Although salicylic acid is found in most acne treatments, it does not kill bacteria.  Zitsticka Killa Kit.

Benzoyl Peroxide. An old school acne fighting ingredient, benzoyl peroxide, which is perfect for whiteheads, kills the bacteria that causes acne and keeps pores from being blocked. Found in concentrations between 2.5% and 10%, it is best when used on a continual basis. Proceed with caution because it can be drying to the skin and cause redness. Paula’s Choice CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment.

Sulfur.  Another ingredient that kills the bacteria that causes acne, sulfur can be used to treat mild cases.  It is keratolyic – meaning it dries the skin and makes the epidermis thinner.  Sulfur helps to reduce oil and has anti-microbial properties and helps diminish whiteheads and blackheads. Clearogen Sensitive Skin Acne Lotion.

Retinoids. If you are looking for a product with an ingredient that addresses multiple concerns, retinol might be for you. A derivative of vitamin A, retinol is anti-aging in that it helps with fine lines and wrinkles. As an exfoliator, it helps refine skin texture and pores as well as helps to speed up cell turnover to reveal new skin. Retinol is also an anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce oil production. You may experience drying if you have dry skin. Use at retinol products night and use a sunscreen during the day. Treats whiteheads and blackheads. Differin Gel.

Hyaluronic Acid. Usually when people have acne, their skin might be more oily than dry. And those with oily skin may skip the hydration piece of their skin care routine because they feel they don’t need it. This could not be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, not moisturizing your skin can leave your skin unbalanced and unprotected – think dryness and bacteria. This can lead to more breakouts. Technically, hyaluronic acid is not an acne fighting ingredient but keep skin balanced which supports skin health and can lead to a reduction in acne. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.

Kaolin Clay. This particular clay has multiple uses including cleansing the hair and teeth but is most popular for skin care. As one of the most gentle clays, kaolin is neutral in ph and is used for many cosmetic purposes. Not only does kaolin clay exfoliate the skin, it also draws out oil dirt and other impurities to help purify the skin. Although it works for all skin types, it is very mild and can work for dry and sensitive skin. Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Pore Refining Clay Mask.

Light Therapy. This kind of treatment uses different colors (blue and red) of visible light to treat acne. Red light, which stimulates collagen, not only treats anti-aging but helps with inflammation and helps to reduce oil production. Blue light is anti-bacterial and helps to reduce the appearance of pores and active breakouts. Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment.

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Beyond The Strands: Why You Need To Add A Scalp Exfoliator To Your Haircare Routine

In beauty, hair on February 3, 2021 at 8:30 am

Think your regular shampoo and conditioner is enough?  Think again.  Scalp exfoliation is a important and should be a regular part of your hair care routine.

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You might consider yourself to be someone who has a good hair care routine. On a consistent basis you do all of the things that are necessary to have amazing hair: shampoo, condition, treat, moisturize, style, repeat.  You may also get regular trims (and color) as well. For the most part, your hair care routine serves you well but you may find that occasionally your routine, styling tools and products don’t yield the results you desire. Your hair may seem unresponsive: more dry, less shiny, and your scalp flakier than usual.  Not liking what you see, you start searching for possible solutions and come to the conclusion that maybe you need new shampoo and conditioner or a new hair oil or serum. That may help solve the problem temporarily but did you ever stop to consider that what you need is a scalp exfoliator?

When you think about it, a scalp exfoliator serves the same purpose as one that you would use for your face and body.  And like our face and body which becomes dry, flaky, dull, itchy and unresponsive to our usual beauty products, the same thing happens to our scalp.  When that happens, our beloved hair products don’t work as effectively.  Also, with more frequent use of dry shampoo and co-washing which can lead to scalp build up, it makes even more sense to exfoliate.  Healthy hair follicles mean healthy hair and when done on a regular basis, scalp exfoliation provides much needed stimulation which encourages cell turnover, increased blood flow, minerals, nutrients and oxygen – all the things your scalp needs to promote healthy hair growth.  Removing product build up on the scalp will also allow treatments and products to better penetrate the scalp to do their job, thus making your hair look, feel, and perform better.

Continue reading to discover an exfoliating treatment to add to your haircare routine:

Davines Solu Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser

Ouai Scalp And Body Scrub

Le Labo Scrub Shampoo

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo

Grow Gorgeous Defense Detoxifying Scalp Scrub

L’oreal Ever Fresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub

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These Are 5 Skin Care Ingredient Trends To Keep Your Eye On

In beauty, skincare on January 29, 2021 at 8:30 am
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Every year a new skincare ingredient trend will pop up on our feeds prompting a full on investigation. Do we need it? Who else is using it? Where can we get it? Is it really that good? We jump on our laptops and phones to research said new ingredient trends to see what the tea is. After evaluating our current skincare needs and personal inventory, what usually comes next is a trip to our favorite beauty store or website for a purchase.

The following 5 skincare ingredients are no different to the investigative and purchasing process that we find ourselves in. Keep in mind that these ingredients have always been around however they are having their time in the spotlight and are getting more attention than before. Continue reading to find out what these ingredients are and if you need to add them to your skincare routine.

Niacinamide. Although glycolic will always have a place in many people’s heart and beauty cabinets (including mine), Niacinamide is piquing many beauty enthusiasts’ attention. A form of vitamin B3, niacinamide is known for many of it’s reparative and soothing properties. It is water soluble meaning it dissolves in water and is thus easily absorbed into the skin. It works for most skin types, partners well with other ingredients in your skincare such as AHA/BHA and vitamin C. Niacinamide can help with acne, discoloration and pores and can be used am and pm. It can also help with dehydration because it helps the skin to produce ceramides which is a lipid that guards against moisture loss.

Glossier Super Pure

Verso Hydration Serum

Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner

Skin Inc. Vitamin B3 Serum

Microbiome Skincare. Often referred to when discussing gut health, the microbiome (or skin flora) also relates to skin. What exactly is the microbiome? It is the community, environment or collection of mainly bacteria, viruses and fungi (microbes) that live on the skin. Now before you freak out from the mere thought of these organisms, please know that these are the good bacteria you want on your skin to keep it healthy. When your skin barrier becomes compromised, it can lead to a myriad of skin issues including acne, folliculitis, eczema, psoriasis and dandruff. Some things that can compromise the microbiome are over-exfoliation, medication, stripping the skin with things like extremely hot showers, as well as lifestyle. Microbiome skincare, which contains pre and pro biotics will help to restore and balance the skin when you need a little extra help.

Ren Perfect Canvas Clean Primer

Ellis Day Wild Resilience Active Phage Serum

Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics double Action Serum

107 Everyday Plump Hydro Cream

Dark Spot Correctors. Before you consider going under a laser, consider a dark spot corrector. Dark spot correctors are definitely not new however, more brands are including these types of product in their lineups. Consumers are also educating themselves on the products and ingredients that can help even out skintone. We all know that discoloration can occur after a breakout, injury or inflammation and can be annoying to look at. Dark spot correctors can help these issues go away. Correctors can take the form of a serum or a toner and can include ingredients such as kojic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, azelic acid, niacinamide, and licorice root. To increase the long term effects of dark spot correction, be sure to use sunscreen and don’t pick at blemishes.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

Ole Henriksen Glow 2OH Dark Spot Toner

Vitner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel

Retinol In Body Care. We know about the importance of a good skincare routine that should, on a basic level, include cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and sunscreen. We also know about the multiple benefits of including retinol in said skincare for the face. But what about body care? Because why have amazing skin on your face but from the neck down you look like a wheathered oak tree? Retinol, which is the gold standard has been a mainstay in skin care products for decades. And, as of late, more products such as body wash, body lotions and serums are being created and spotlighted that contain retinol. It helps your skin to act and look younger and helps skin to produce collagen while helping with fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, pores and clarity. Now just imagine how amazing the skin on the rest of your body will look.

Thisworks Sleep Plus Dream Body Cream

Eve Lom Hand Retreat Hand Treatment

Advanced Clinicals Retinol Firming Cream

Paula’s Choice Retinol Skin Smoothing Body Treatment

Bakuchiol. Often touted as a natural, less irritating alternative to retinol, bakuchiol can yield similar results to retinol. Found in the seeds and leaves babchi plant (Psoralea Corylifolia), bakuchiol is central to ancient Ayurvedic practices and Chinese skincare. Bakuchiol is vegan and contains antioxidants and can help with discoloration, texture issues and free radical damage. It is more tolerated on various skin types and can be an alternative for pregnant women.

Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum

Acure Radically Rejuvenating Dual Phase Bakuchiol Serum

Innbeauty Project Slushy Serum Moisturizer Crush

Whish Beauty Botanical Primer With Bakuchiol

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Lip Oil Is The One Product Your Makeup Bag Needs

In beauty, makeup on January 26, 2021 at 8:30 am

I don’t consider myself to be a glossy lip person – unless I’m wearing nude lip colors. This is because in my humble opinion, matte nude colors can make one look unhealthy. I prefer to leave matte lips to rich and vibrant colors such as red, orange, and deep burgundy.

Sometimes, however, I want to wear a lip product that is nourishing, easy to apply and without a lot of color but still have a little shine. I don’t necessarily want to wear a clear gloss but I don’t want to wear Carmex either (no shade). So what is the solution? A lip oil.

What Exactly Is A Lip Oil?

Lip oils can be considered the love child of a lip gloss, balm and treatment and are intended to give shine and nourishing benefits to the lips. Although not a new concept, there has been an influx of lip oils that are becoming very popular in the beauty space and more brands, from mass market to prestige, are hopping on the lip oil train. Lip oils contain ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba oil and vitamin E that will help to soothe, smooth, repair and give lips a nice shine. Lip oils come in clear and sheer color options without the stickiness and sometimes drying nature of lip gloss and can be worn alone or with your favorite lip color. Lip oils are perfect if you’ve been on the hunt for some time for a lip product that doesn’t leave your lips rusty and crusty and worse off than before you applied it. Continue reading for some of your favorite brands that offer lip oils.

Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss. Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss contains ingredients such as hyaluronic acid for maximum hydration and peptides for plumping. The first swipe of this lip oil will wrap your lips in extreme nourishment, leaving your lips comfortable and moisturized.

Jouer Cosmetics Essential Hydrating Lip Oil. More than pretty packaging, this fragrance free lip oil goes on smoothly without any sticky feeling. Infused with apricot oil for replenishment, vitamin e for conditioning and jojoba seed oil to help lock in moisture, this hydrating lip oil will leave your lips smooth and glowing.

NYX #Thisiseverything Lip Oil. Jojoba, almond and rosehip oils are the key ingredients in this lip oil, ensuring that with every swipe will be smooth, supple and deliciously glossy. Reasonably priced, you can add several to your collection without breaking the bank.

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil. One of the first brands to create a lip product of this kind, his lip oil contains pure plant oils such as jojoba and hazelnut to help plump and hydrate in one swipe. The lip hugging applicator holds enough product to comfortably glide onto the contour of the lips.

Sephora Collection Clean Glossy Lip Oil. This vegan, cruelty and fragrance free lip oil contains watermelon seed oil for deep hydration in a convenient tube. The formula glides on smoothly without any stickiness.

Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil. If you get weak for gorgeous packaging, this one’s for you. But more than pretty packaging, this anti-aging lip treatment oil contains 14 essential oils, 10 plant oils, and 4 nourishing vitamins to address dryness, chapping and aging.

Tarte Sugar Rush Lip Sip Vegan Lip Oil. Swipe on lusciousness with this rich cruelty free vegan formula. If you like your lip products to have a sweet flavor, this sugar rush lip oil has a raspberry sugar cookie flavor and a jumbo applicator to apply it with. Jojoba, hazel and sunflower oil will keep your lips hydrated, smooth and protected.

Dior Lip Glow Oil. This lip oil uses color reviver technology to interact with the moisture in your lip to create a custom color. The key ingredient of cherry oil will help to moisturize and nourish the lips with one swipe of the generously shaped applicator.

e.l.f 5MG CBD Lip Oil. Full spectrum CBD will help sooth and nourish the lips while sunflower seed oil will help to maintain lip moisture. This vegan and cruelty free formula also contains refreshing peppermint and soothing vanilla and is non-sticky.

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