Tonight's routine! Azelaic Acid seemed to go okay, trying again tonight. I'm so stressed with grad school right now so the stress acne will be coming. Let's see what the new acid can do against it. My skin is really dry though so the salve is going all over my face to stop the flaking.
Weekend beauty inspiration : How about a weekend mask to give your skin a special lift before you go out or instead of? @mahalo.care Pele Mask (right) is great for congested skin types or @laurelskin Honey Berry Enzyme Mask (left) for all skin types. Apply with a fan brush for a luxurious bonus.
To steam, or not to steam? That is the question.
We use steam during a #facial for various reasons. It helps to soften the pores and allow for better enzyme productivity, it can also make for easier #extractions on #congestedskin and of course it feels sooo nice!
BUT, did you know steam may not always be appropriate for your skin? In fact, it may be down right counter productive for particular skin conditions such as #rosacea#sensitiveskin and #dehydratedskin all of in which case it should be used very lightly or all together avoided.
Review time! The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1% Serum. This is a clear serum with a medium consistency that comes in dropper bottle. The serum is supposed to 'reduce the look of blemishes and congestion'. It is vegan, cruelty-free, alcohol and silicon free and costs $5.90 CAD. I've been giving it an intensive test, morning and night, for the week so here is the preliminary review (will fully review all 4 products I have from the brand after a longer test period). Cons: Smells like booze which is strange considering it's alcohol free. It also has a bit of a sting. I'm used to it and know that's what my skin does with niacinamide but some people may be bothered by it. It can be quite drying, especially using it like I did.
Pros: MY MY MY- I LOVE. I've only used it for a week and it was my hormonal skin week so it might not have been a fair test, but I feel like my skin looks clearer and brighter than it did a week ago despite that (*knock on wood*). I had a dermatitis flare up a few days ago but put this on it to see what it could really do and with the rest of that routine the hives and angry skin was gone pretty much over night. I've never had something work so quick. I also love the Zinc in it. I take Zinc as a supplement for my hormonal acne which makes the world of difference and this definitely helped for the surface fight. Zinc is also really helpful if you think you have acne caused by a fungal issue rather than a bacterial one as some do. Plus the price- it can't be beat! I'm going to scale down to it being a morning serum now and see how it performs/maintains with other things at night.
So what do you think of it? Is it on your wishlist? Or is it a no go for you?
Booster Detox - the detox serum for congested skin.
It's ultra-concentrated formula enriched with green coffee extract, a plant from tropical Africa high in caffeine and known for centuries for its detoxifying properties. 3 to 5 drops of this product mixed into your favourite Clarins moisturiser will revive your skins radiance, detoxify and plump the skin. This product is great for people who's skin feels congested from partying, overindulging or smoking. Available now at Skinsense! #clarinsbooster#detox#congestedskin
I am a huge fan of incorporating a face oil into all skincare routines however it has to be exceptional. The @ediblebeautyau '& Snowflower Illuminating Oil' is our client favourite product! I use it during our facials @threegraceshealthbeauty and educate our clients as to the best way to incorporate the oil into their routine for the most beneficial results. It's BRIGHTENING, NOURISHING & REJUVENATING for all skin types and conditions.
This illuminating 100% organic face oil containing a cocktail of unique wildcrafted Australian active botanicals and I promise that you will LOVE IT!! I add it to my moisturiser every morning and night or to my foundation for a healthy glow, my nails every night and my hair
On The Spot ~ our specialist facial for those with acne & congested skin ~ £60 " A deep foamy cleanse with a thorough exfoliation help this facial to combat those pesky breakouts! Juicy apple enzymes eat away at dead skin cells, whilst antibacterial and antioxidant actives calm and purify the skin." For an extra boost, you can also add in a skin peel for just £40, or perhaps some blue LED Light with the OPERA Mask for just £35!