Skincare 101 – 10 Skincare Jargon/Terms Demystified

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Today, brands use a lot of buzz words such as “Natural”, “Dermatologist Approved” and “Organic” in hopes of standing out in the crowd. These marketing terms are splashed all over cosmetic products, but what do these terms actually mean?

Clinically Tested

Clinically Tested refers to a product or an ingredient that has been tested in a clinical trial for its safety and effectiveness. These studies are done in a clinical setting and usually tested under strict standards to prove claims such as “reduces the appearance of fine lines”.

However, it is hard to know the conditions of the testing. Was it only tested on a handful of people, say only 10 people? Also, not all results are going to be the same for every person. And the clinical trial/test could have been done on one ingredient but not the whole formulation.

Cosmeceutical

Cosmeceutical combines the words “cosmetics” and “pharmaceuticals” to define products that contain biological ingredients that may have a pharmaceutical effect on the skin. Often these can be natural based ingredients that can have anti-inflammatory or antibacterial properties.

However, there is no regulation of the category of Cosmeceuticals. This is purely a marketing buzzword to gain your trust of a brand and make you think their products are more safe and effective.

Dermatologist Tested/Approved

This term usually means that a Dermatologist has tested and approved the use of the product. Dermatologists are to be trusted right? I mean they deal with skin all day.

The problem with this term is that often Dermatologists are paid to make these claims for a product. Or even worse, they are given the products to hand out to their clients and to report back the findings. So if none of the clients had reactions, the dermatologist could say they support the product. This is just another marketing term that really has not weight behind hit.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils go hand and hand with the “natural” products. More and more companies that are making “natural” products are using essential oils in their products. This can be for certain healing benefits or just as a fragrance.

The problem with essential oils is that they can still cause severe reactions for certain individuals. Not all essential oils are great for the skin, especially a more sensitive skin. It is always best to use essential oils in some sort of carrier oil and to spot test them before using any products that contains essential oils.

Fragrance Free

Typically, fragrance free means that the product has no added fragrances. Again, this is one that is not regulated and companies can use the term “Fragrance Free” as long as they have not included an ingredient for the sole purpose of scenting the product.

However, they can use what is known as “masking fragrances” in order to hide the unpleasant odors from other ingredients. Make sure to read the label and see if “parfum” or “fragrance” are listed and how high up on the ingredient listing it is.

Hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic is a broad statement which basically means that the product or ingredients used will not cause an allergic reaction.

However, there is no current legal standard or regulation to uphold these claims. Also, we all react to products differently so it is impossible to guarantee that a product will not cause an allergic reaction. What is fine for me to use, could cause a severe reaction for you. In fact, Hypoallergenic products could still contain fragrance which can be irritating for most.

Natural (All Natural)

Using more Natural products has become not only a beauty trend but something that more and more consumers are moving towards. Natural products typically mean that the products contain ingredients that are sourced from nature. These include plant extracts, essential oils and more.

The problem with a company using the term “Natural” is that there is no governing body over these product claims. In fact, in the US, products only need to have 5% of their ingredients be natural in order for cosmetic companies to use this claim on their products. A “natural” product can still include preservatives and artificial colors.

As I’ve mentioned in previous videos, natural doesn’t always mean better. Poison Ivy is natural but I’m not going to rub that all over my face. In fact, essential oils are considered “natural” but most people have severe reactions to certain essential oils and essential oils are something you want to avoid during pregnancy. Just because an ingredient comes from a plant, does not mean its safe.

Noncomedogenic

This term is often seen on products for oily and acne prone skin.  It simply means that the product will not clog the pores. While it may not clog pores, it could still cause sensitivity and breakouts.

Again, there is not regulation in the use of this term, so companies are free to use it on products without any proof or guarantee that it will actually hold up to the claims being made. In fact, even though it is stated “noncomedogenic” on the packaging, it still may cause some clogging in your pores.

Organic

Organic is a marketing buzz word that appears everywhere from food items to our beauty products. Organic means the product or ingredients sourced were not sprayed with chemicals or pesticides. It can also mean that there are no chemical ingredients in the product.

However, while there are governing bodies and ruling standards that help to define what Organic is, they often disagree and have varying standards. For instance, one certification states that only 70% of the product must be organic. A product can be labeled “Organic” if only a few of the ingredients used are organic, but there can later be more chemicals or non-organic ingredients added.

I always tell my clients that Organic doesn’t mean “healthy” or “better for you”. Cookies can be labeled organic but they are not the healthiest thing you would want to eat. This is true with your cosmetic products too. Read the labels and see what are the top ingredients listed and which ones are indeed organic.

Paraben Free

Parabens are a form of preservatives that have been in use for years. Recently, parabens have been linked to all kinds of reactions and more. In fact a study showed that the parabens in deodorants could be linked to breast cancer.

However, that study was actually discredited and there has been no further proof that the presence of parabens is linked to breast cancer. While there are now strict guidelines regulating the amount and type of parabens used, its best to use common sense. Products claiming to be “Paraben Free” are using fear based marketing to sell to thier products.

There is no proof that parabens are causing cancers, but in my opinion it is better to be safe than sorry. Read the labels.

Final Thoughts

Of course, we want to use what is best for our skin so we get the best results for clear and healthy skin. However, these marketing buzzwords don’t guarantee that the products with these claims will be the best thing for your skin.

Don’t buy into marketing hype and think a product is safe and effective just because it’s listed as “Organic” or “Natural”.  It’s important to know what ingredients work or don’t work for your skin, and read the labels.

If you have any questions on these terms or skincare in general, sound off in the comments below and I’ll be happy to help.

French Find Friday – Feret Parfumeur

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I’ve recently joined Maggie from Fresh Visage on Instagram for French Find Fridays (#frenchfindfridays), where we share some of our recent finds in French Beauty Products. Due to some family issues this past week, I’m a little late on this post, but I did mange to put up my post up on Instagram (@christopher.cupcakes) so make sure to follow me there to see my post every Friday going forward.

I recently discovered Feret Parfumeur and just had to share the products I recently purchased from them.

Feret Perfumeur was founded in 1865 and is still a family run company to this day. The company makes classic French Beauty products using high quality botanical ingredients.

Hyalomiel Hand Jelly

What They Say: Despite the seasons, retain the freshness of your complexion, the delicate scent of rose for your hands, for your skin the gentleness of honey.
Nature has its own laws and day after day your hands face its challenges as time passes. It is easier to prevent ageing than to repair it. An effective daily treatment is essential. Using Hyalomiel generously throughout the year gives your hands the freshness and the elasticity of youth.

Hyalomiel beautifully moisturizes, soothes and refreshes. No synthetic process can replace the natural benefits of our organic honey that constitutes your Hyalomiel. For men and women. Hyalomiel is a gel, non greasy, that does not stain and without parabens. Recent dermatological tests clearly demonstrate its effectiveness. Tested under dermatological control.

My Review: At first, I was a little unsure of the idea of using a jelly like product on my hands, as I’m so used to using a heavy cream. However, I rather like this. It leaves the hands feeling soft, refreshed and protected. The scent is light and pleasant. I really love how the product absorbs quickly into the skin.

Le Baume

What They Say: 100% natural balm with organic honey and dandelion, rose powder 50ml. For men and women.
Use of this unique balm will prevent chapping, cracked and dry, tight skin.
At a time when we are looking for natural beauty solutions without artificial ingredients, its completely natural ingredients hydrate and calm damaged skin.

My Review: This little product has already become a holy grail for me. I’ve mostly been using it as a lip balm and it is pure heaven. A little bit goes along way and leaves skin super soft and hydrated. The mixture of shea butters, sunflower oil, honey and more is just so gorgeous on the skin. The scent of rose is light and very pleasing as well. I’ve also loved using this on the hands and cuticles.

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I’ve also recently finished The Paris Bath and Beauty Book by Chrissy Callahan and it is as if she wrote this book exclusively for me. It is full of secrets from French Woman on finding that “je ne sais quoi” that they seem to have when it comes to Beauty and Fashion. It is also chock full of amazing, naturally-based, DIY Beauty recipes which I can’t wait to try out.

Let me know in the comments what products you have discovered recently and fallen in love.

au revoir!

 

 

Skincare 101 – An Esthetician Busts 10 Skin Myths

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Part of the reason that I decided to start this blog and my accompanying YouTube Channel and Instagram Account was to help spread truthful information on beauty and skincare. I can’t tell you how many times I see so called “beauty gurus” spouting off misinformation when it comes to taking care of your skin.

So today I’m here to bust some of the top Skincare myths. It is time to talk about TRUTHS instead of TRENDS when it comes to beauty and your skin.

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Myth 1 – I’m Too Young to Start Using Anti-aging Skincare

The truth is that it is never too soon to start focusing on using anti-aging skincare. In fact I’ve been taking care of my skin and using anti-aging products since I was 15. While that mean seem crazy that a 15 year old is worried about getting wrinkles, but it is more about prevention. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Find some great products with anti-aging benefits that are appropriate for your skin (not based on your age, See Myth 2). Retinols/Retinoids are my secret weapon in fighting the signs of aging. Two that I really love are the CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Face Cream Serum and The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalene 

Myth 2 – Buying Skincare Based On Your Age

There used to be a trend in skincare to sell products based on your age. The truth is that is just a bunch of marketing hype. You should always look for skincare based on your individual skin type as well as your skin’s needs and concerns. And age is not a skin type. The truth is that someone in their 50s can still have problems with clogged pores and breakouts and a person who is in their 20s might need some anti-aging and corrective products due to sun damage, etc.

Remember to always look for skincare based on your current skin type (yes it changes over time) and the concerns that you have for your skin right now. Plus as mentioned in Myth 1, it’s never too early to start focusing on using anti-aging products.

Myth 3 – Opening and Closing Pores for a Deeper Clean

Contrary to popular belief, your pores DO NOT open and close. While using hot water to steam the face can make pores appear to be “open”, this is a total myth. The truth is that hot water can actually strip away your skin’s natural oils and cause your skin to dry out. It is best to use lukewarm water on your face when cleansing your skin.

Myth 4 – When It Comes to Exfoliating, Harder Means Better

Now this one is a big pet peeve of mine. The truth is harder does not mean better, it’s actually quite the opposite. I’m not a fan of what are called manual exfoliators. Manual exfoliators are the kind of scrubs that most people actually use. You know the kind, like the St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub, with the big chunks of walnut shells?  Part of the problem with manual exfoliants is that people are just scrubbing way to hard. The other part is the exfoliating granules and the damage they can do to your skin.

These harsh exfoliants can cause micro-tears in the skin which can lead to inflammation, breakouts, increased sun exposure and damage as well as accelerating the aging process in your skin.

I’m much more of a fan of chemical exfoliants. Chemical exfoliants use, well chemicals, to gently exfoliate the skin. These include gylcolic, salicylic and lactic acids. You can read more about these in this post here.

Myth 5 – You Don’t Need Moisturizer if You Are An Oily Skin

This one is another myth that slightly annoys me. We have been trained for years now to think of oil as bad. That someone with an oily skin needs harsh cleansers to strip away the oils on the skin. Oily skin types are running around doing everything they can to prevent oil production, meanwhile stripping their skin and drying it out. It is actually possible for an oily skin to also be dehydrated.

If you are an oily skin type, please find a moisturizer that is suitable for your skin. Look for a light weight, oil free moisturizer. These are usually in the form of a gel moisturizer, so they won’t cause an oil slick on your face, but will keep your skin well hydrated. These moisturizers will help to keep your skin nourished and balanced. Also, try a more gentle cleanser that doesn’t dry your skin out, such as a micellar water cleanser.

I love the Pacifica Beauty Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic.

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Myth 6 – You Don’t Need Sunscreen on an Overcast Day

Sorry, but this one makes me laugh. If you knew my husband, you’d know that man would wear sunscreen at night if he thought it would help. In fact, I lovingly joke with him that he’s really a vampire. Just because you can’t see the sun, doesn’t mean it is not there.

The truth is that the harmful rays of the sun can still penetrate the clouds. In fact 80% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays come through even on the cloudiest and rainiest of days. Even on these days it’s important to wear your sun protection to prevent sun damage.

I won’t go too much more into spf and sunscreen because that could be a whole other post, but here are the sunscreen products I swear by, Pacifica Beauty’s SPF 50 Spray Natural Mineral Sunscreen and the Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Brightening and Perfecting UV Protector.

Myth 7 – Miracle Product Claims

Miracle product claims! You know the kind…”Erase your wrinkles in as little as 30 days”, etc. This is all marketing hype by cosmetic brands to get you to buy their products. Don’t buy into the hype.

The truth is there are no magic or miracle products. While using good skincare can prevent the signs of aging, nothing can erase wrinkles. However, using the right products can help to reduce and minimize the signs of aging. But you are going to have to use products like Retinols, AHAs and BHAs that are more active to really see results. Again, to find out more on these great anti-aging products, read my post here.

Myth 8 – Natural Skincare is Better

Ok, now this one is controversial. While there are some ingredients we do need to look out for when using skincare and other beauty products, natural does not always mean better. Poison Ivy is natural, but I’m not going to be rubbing that all over my face. Nowadays, the terms “natural” and “organic” are used as marketing ploys to get people to buy into a brands products.

The truth here is that you really need to find out what products and ingredients work well for your skin and which ones don’t. A lot of sensitive types might need to avoid products with fragrances, etc. However, while essential oils are “natural” they can still irritate and inflame your skin.

On the flip side, products that may contain ingredients developed by scientists might actually be better for your skin. These products might be more effective and beneficial to your skin than so called “natural” products. The main takeaway here is to find what works best for YOUR skin and think about the efficacy of the products you are using.

Myth 9 – Drinking Plenty of Water Keeps the Skin Hydrated

The simple truth here is, “sorry, no.” but also “yes, it can help”. It is beneficial to drink water to help keep your organs hydrated and your skin is your largest organ. However, you still need a moisturizer to help protect the skin and keep your skin well hydrated.

Drinking water will help to keep your skin looking it’s best, especially because water is better for your skin than say coffee or soda. But you still need to take care of your skin with the right skincare products.

Myth 10 – You Can Use the Same Products for Day and Night

While you can use the same products for both day and night, it is not the best route to take.

The truth is that your skin does have different needs at different times of the day. In terms of products for the day think about protection and for night think about repairing and revitalizing. During the day use products that protect your skin from free radicals and sun damage. At night use products that help to revitalize and repair your skin such as ones with vitamins and peptides.

Also, my favorite anti-aging weapon is a Retinoid, which should only be used at night. Also, I’m a huge fan of facial oils for hydrating and repairing skin, but prefer to use these at night while I’m sleeping, as opposed to during the day because I don’t want to deal with my skin being too oily during the day. So think about what your skin needs during the day and what it needs at night and use products to address those needs.

I hope this post cleared up some of the questions you had as far as these skincare myths are concerned. If want more information, please watch the video below and if you have any skincare questions, leave those in the comments and I will be sure to address them.

Au revoir!

Skincare 101 – Anti-aging Skincare – Retinols, AHAs & BHAs

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In my recent post on The Importance of Skincare, I mentioned using a Retinol product and a chemical exfoliating product as part of your anti-aging skincare routine. With so many products on the market, it can be hard to sort through whats what, am I right? In today’s post I want to clarify the difference between Retinols, AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids).

So What Are They?

Retinol, AHAs and BHAs are chemical acids, usually with some added benefits that help to refine the skin’s texture, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enhance collagen production and reduce discoloration such as sun and age spots to leave more radiant and youthful looking skin.

These are chemical exfoliants as opposed to a manual exfoliant. A manual exfoliant would be a facial scrub. You know the kind, usually with ground almonds or something similar. I prefer, and recommend, chemical exfoliants over manual ones.

Are manual exfoliators bad then? Not necessarily. The problem is that sometimes the exfoliating granules can be too harsh on the skin, especially if someone is heavy handed in using the product. Being too hard with manual exfoliators can cause micro tears in the skin’s surface leaving it more susceptible to irritation, infection and sun damage.

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Retinol, Retinoid and Retin A – What’s The Difference?

Well actually there is no real difference, yet there is. These products are a Vitamin A derivative. The difference is usually in the strength of the product you are using. Retin A is the strongest, which is why you need a prescription from a Dermatologist to obtain it. The Retinols you can get over the counter are a more gentle form of the product. Often these have other added ingredients to help hydrate the skin. Some Retinol products are even  placed in creams to make them gentler for sensitive skin types.

It’s a myth that Retinol products exfoliate. What they actually do is work deep at the cellular level of your skin to speed up the process, enhancing collagen production, smoothing skin’s texture and help to even out pigmentation and discoloration. I recommend that if you have super sensitive skin or conditions like eczema or rosacea that you avoid using a Retinol product.

Product Recommendations:

emerginC Complexion Perfection

CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Face Cream Serum

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

So Then What Are AHAs and BHAs?

These are typically acids that are found naturally in certain foods:

  • Citric Acid – found in citrus fruits
  • Glycolic Acid – found in sugar cane
  • Lactic Acid – found in milk and tomatoes
  • Salicylic Acid – found in Willowbark which is also where aspirin comes from

These chemical exfoliants help to refine the skin’s texture by exfoliating off the dead skin cells on the surface, allowing for new cells to come forward, revealing younger looking skin that glows. AHAs and BHAs can also improve the appearance of acne scars, reduce dark spots and discoloration and help to smooth, tighten, firm and brighten your skin.

These are similar to the “peels” you may have heard of that are done in Dermatologists  and Esthetician offices. However, the over counter versions are gentler and safer to use on a regular basis.

AHAs – Alpha Hydroxy Acids

AHAs are water soluble and great for normal to dry skin types. The two most popular ones are Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid peels.

Glycolic Acid is the strongest and most effective AHA. It works to help with cell turnover, stimulate collagen production and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Lactic Acid is gentler and better suited for sensitive and drier skin types. This AHA actually helps to hydrate the skin as it exfoliates; sometimes Hyaluronic Acid is added to help with maintaining the skin’s moisture levels. Lactic Acid helps to increase the skin’s firmness, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reduce discoloration such as age and sun spots.

Product Recommendations:

Reviva Labs 10% Glycolic Acid Cream
Reviva Labs Pomegranate Lactic Acid Exfoliant

No7 Advanced Renewal Glycolic Peel Kit

Pixi Skintreats Peel & Polish

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% with Hyluaronic Acid 2%

BHAs – Beta Hydroxy Acids

BHAs are more oil soluble, so they are better suited for normal to oily skin types. BHAs, because they are oil soluble, are able to penetrate deeper into the pores to breakup dirt and oil. This makes them great for acne prone skin and preventing breakouts. They can also be great for some sensitive skin conditions like rosacea. Salicylic Acid is the most common BHA sold and used on the market today.

Product Recommendations:

Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. Pore Therapy – Salicylic Acid 2% Acne Treatment

Miss Spa Clear Blemish Patches

Acure Incredibly Clear Acne Spot

Yes to Tomatoes Daily Repair Treatment

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Usage Tips

First, make sure you pick the right one for your skin type and your skin’s needs. I recommend starting with a lower strength and working up to something more powerful over time. Retinol in a cream would be more gentle than a more active Retinol serum for instance. Pay attention to how you skin reacts to the products and cease usage if your skin becomes inflamed or is peeling too heavily.  Also, keep in mind that with Retinols it can take up to 12 weeks for you to see a noticeable difference. So stick with it! Consistency is key in skincare.

I personally use both a Retinol product and Lactic Acid in my skincare routine. I prefer to use these at night while your body is at rest and your skin is repairing itself. However, you can not use these two together on THE SAME NIGHT! You must alternate the products nightly and I like to give my skin one day off a week. So my skincare routine would like something like this:

  • Monday – Retinol
  • Tuesday – Lactic Acid
  • Wednesday – Retinol
  • Thursday – Lactic Acid
  • Friday – Retinol
  • Saturday – Lactic Acid
  • Sunday – Skin’s Day Off – Hooray!

My nightly routine is Cleanse, Tone, Serum (Retinol or Lactic Acid) and follow up with a lovely moisturizer. I wake every morning to glowing, smoother and more younger looking skin. Remember, that these products can make your skin more prone to sun sensitivity so always wear your SPF during the day!

I hope this post cleared up some of the questions you may have had on these types of products. If you have any further questions or would like recommendations for your skin, please comment below or reach out to me on social media.

Skincare 101 – The Importance of a Skin Care Routine

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I’ve always been a member of the “less is more” school of thought. I much prefer to focus on the benefits of a great skincare routine. Using good skincare also means using less makeup. I’m not dissing makeup either,  but think of your skin like a canvas. Having a perfectly primed canvas, meaning great skin, assures that your makeup will go on better and you’ll probably use less product as well.

So why is skincare so important?

Your skin is your most exposed organ. This leaves your skin susceptible to sun damage, environmental damage, early signs of aging and even certain skin diseases. Now I know what you’re thinking…”What about aging gracefully?” Putting vanity aside, skincare isn’t just about beauty or appearance, it is about protecting your skin.

Utilizing great skincare can also help with problematic skin like clogged pores or acne breakouts. It can even help prevent future problems like sun damage and skin cancers. Prevention is key as our skin is in a constant state of growth and change. As skin cells die off, new ones are formed and brought to the surface. This is also why consistency is important in your skincare routine; to treat and protect the new skin cells.

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The Basics of a Great Skincare Routine

Just as we are all individual and different, so is our skin’s needs. Make sure to pick products based on your skin’s needs. You don’t need a ton of products to take care of your skin either. Below are the basics of a great skincare routine. I recommend some products that I’m currently loving and using. I have combination skin and am more concerned with anti-aging and protecting my skin, so you may have different skin concerns. If you have any questions about product recommendations for your skin, please let me know in the comments and I’ll be glad to help.

Cleanse

Cleanser is important to remove dirt and impurities. Look for a product that is gentle, without harsh cleansers that can dry out the skin and strip skin of it’s natural oils. A lot of cleansers on the market today can pull double duty by having added benefits of anti-oxidants, vitamins, hydration etc.

My favorite cleanser is the Pacifica Beauty Rose and Kombucha Flower Powered Face Wash. I am also a huge fan of the oil cleansing method and typically use plain sweet almond oil or the Pacifica Coconut Dissolve Rehab Cleansing Oil.

Tone

Many people think that toners are an unnecessary step in a skincare routine. However, I think they are a very important step. Toners help to prep the skin for treatments and moisturizers. Most toners on the market are also great at helping to balance the PH levels of the skin. I recommend looking for toners or facial mists that are alcohol free. I personally  love facial mists that are moisturizing and calming to help reduce redness and irritation on the skin. I also love to keep these with me throughout the day for a hydrating pick me up.

My favorite toners right now are the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender or the Pacifica Beauty Rose Flower Hydro Mist

Prevent/Treat

Again, as we have individual skin needs, what you choose to treat your skin will depend on your skin’s needs. Serums are targeting treatments with the most active ingredients to help with correcting, repairing, brightening, etc. Retinoids and Vitamin C are two that I highly recommend. A Retinoid is a great anti-aging treatment that helps refine the look of skin. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals. Free radicals are usually caused by the sun’s UV light, air pollution, etc that cause damage to the cells.

I also really love using a chemical exfoliant on my skin such as lactic acid. These also help to refine the skin’s texture, leaving skin glowing and radiant.

The treatments I’m currently using include The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 10% and The Ordinary’s 2% Retinoid in Squalene, as well as the CeraVe Skin Renewing Cream Serum.

Moisturizer

Moisturizers are an important step for flawless skin. Contrary to popular belief, all skin needs hydrating, even an oily skin. Skin can be both oily and dehydrated. The key is finding the right moisturizer for your skin’s needs. If you are more oily, try an oil free, gel moisturizer. If you are more dry, look for a cream moisturizer with a richer texture.

Also, don’t fall victim to the claims that some moisturizers make. This is really just about hydration but with the added benefit of antioxidants and vitamins. No moisturizer is going to fill or repair fine lines and wrinkles.

My favorite is the Embroylisse Creme Concentrate, which I use for day. For night, I prefer a richer, more hydrating cream and I use Guerlain’s Orchidee Imperiale.

Protect

In my opinion, protection is the best anti-aging ingredient you can buy. Skin is very easily damaged by the sun’s harmful rays; causing premature aging, sun spots and even skin cancer.

Look for products that you can use daily with a sun protection range of SPF 15-30. There are individual products you can use over your skincare and makeup, but now a lot of moisturizers and even foundations carry a great sun protection factor (SPF).

For sun protection I love the Coola Classic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray and the Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Brightening and Perfecting UV Protector SPF 50.

I hope this post has given you some tips to take great care of your skin. Remember, you only have one face. Take care of it now! If you have any questions or comments please sound off below. Also, check out the video below for a bit more information on a great skincare routine and a little bit more about the products I use daily.

With Love,

Christopher

The Ordinary Skincare Haul

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I fell in love hard with the Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid treatment, but at $150+ for the serum I’m on the hunt for a good dupe. I have read some amazing reviews of The Ordinary Skincare products so I placed a WEE order. Check out what I got in today’s video.

I will be reviewing these products in an upcoming video as well as comparing the Sunday Riley Good Genes against The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid Serum in a Beauty Battle.