Skincare for the Night

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Under the shine of the moon, my skincare routine transforms from light and fun to heavy-duty critical. Products become thicker, results become noticeable. As promised, I owe you all a look into the kaleidoscope I call my nighttime skin routine.

Recently, I took over Brydie Beauty’s Instagram account to spread the Our Second Skin nighttime skin regimen. As I was going live, I noticed questions pouring in and I wasn’t able to answer them all which (fast forward) is why I’m here.

Well, enough beating around the bush I’m just going to dive right in. If you don’t already know, I have dry-to-combo skin. It depends on seasons, but lately, my skin has been a little drier than usual so if you need some extra moisture for your skin, continue reading.

Dior Life Oil To Milk Cleanser 

I have the full range of Dior cleansers and let me tell you they make them for all skin types. So if this one has too much moisture for your liking, try a different make — Oil to Milk, Lotion to Foam and Micellar Milk. They’ve basically got you covered on the skincare spectrum oily to dry to combo. As I said before, my skin has been on the dry side so the Oil to Milk cleanser has been a critical step in removing all my makeup and excess dirt at the end of the night. The almond oil activates once you massage it into the skin and add in some water. It’s incredible because there’s no oil residue or oily sensation on your skin once you’ve finished using it.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist

I don’t even know where to start on this mist…It’s life-changing. I carry it with me everywhere, mist it before and after I apply makeup, before I go to bed and when I wake up. You can LITERALLY use it wherever, whenever. Just be prepared to get some looks while spritzing away on the subway.

Goop Perfecting Eye Cream

On the top of my list of favorite eye creams, you’ll find Gweneth Paltrow’s Goop Perfecting Eye Cream. Scratch that, you’ll find all of their products.  You can use this in the morning or night, I use it for both. Just apply a small amount (a little goes a long way), I’m super paranoid about wrinkles and fine lines if that doesn’t apply to you: Skip this step!!

Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

The crème de la crème of Creams. Sometimes a bit of science and stem cell technology can be good especially when you have the help of an expert. The formula behind this cream intensely hydrates and replenishes the skin using Argan oil, Vitamin E, antioxidants and fatty acids. Let me tell you, once I got my hands on this cream, it eliminated the use of any extra products. Worth the price, if you’re looking for a simple routine use a cleanser + The Rich Cream at night and you will see a noticeable difference in your skin.

Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil

If you have dull or rough skin this oil is perfect for you. When I don’t want to use a cream or lotion before bed, in lieu of the cream, Tata Harper’s products save my skin. An incredibly light-weight oil, could be the product you need to energize and revitalize your skin throughout the night.

The Captivator

This energizing mist doesn’t have anything to do much with my skincare routine, but more so for calming and relaxation purposes. Since mental health is one of the most toll-taking factors on your skin, I decided to throw this product in the mix. I kid you not, every night before I go to bed I spray relentlessly in the air and let the mist trickle onto my hair, my pillows and skin. The scent is an intoxicating mix of Sandalwood, Sage and Neroli. An instant sense of relaxation easily overwhelms you and puts you right to bed. This anxiety-reducing spray is worthy of taking up the most premier real estate on your bedside table.

That completes the Our Second Skin tried and true. Let us know your thoughts and if you’d like to learn more feel free to shoot the OSS team a message.

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What Glossier’s Skin Solution Did For My Face.

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A couple of months ago, I received an email from Glossier’s team regarding a confidential, never-released-before product, asking if I wanted to test it out for four weeks prior to release. Naturally, I said yes, because who in their right mind wouldn’t want to try the cult-favorite beauty brand’s newest product? I was a little hesitant at first because, 1. My skin isn’t acne prone so I wondered if I should really be using something that might potentially trigger acne, and 2. The product is chemical based which meant it has acids in it which also freaked me out. Nevertheless I decided to run with it.

My initial thoughts when I received the package were obviously on packaging. Needless to say, the millennial in me wanted everything to post a photo on Instagram, but had to resist. Okay, no more on packaging, bottle etc. Let’s get down to business. My skin type is pretty dry, red patches, hyper pigmentation and all that jazz. The solution contains three acids Alpha Hydroxy (AHA), Beta Hydroxy (BHA) and Polyhydroxy (PHA), which are not to be intimidated by,  because in the long run these three acids will single handedly transform your skin routine.

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Week 1

My first reaction to the product was strong/intense smell, burning on face (this may just be because my virgin skin has never used any chemical acid-based products before). My face felt sticky after and not in a good hydrated,  “I need to wash this off of my face way”. But don’t get scared just yet. I hadn’t seen instant results the first week of using it but decided to keep the ball rolling.

Week 2

By the second week of using it, I had gotten used to the sensation on my skin and it actually felt really great. Since I started using the product during winter time, my skin was already really dry, so I complimented my solution with a deeply hydrating moisturizer after applying it to my skin with a cotton round. By week 2 I could already feel my skin getting cleaner, and redness fading away. The exfoliation was working.

Week 3

By week 3 I had decided this would continue to be a part of my skin regimen even after I was done testing it. Small breakouts would clear away from my skin almost immediately and I actually saw physical dead skin coming off my face. My skin texture felt softer than ever, the redness was reduced; my skin looked healthy and glowy.

Week 4

My standards for this product were proved wrong. I’m not sold on products that easily-my skin is very low maintenance (god bless) and using intense skincare products disturbs my routine. But I have to say, the solution showed physical results. My blemishes were zero to minimal, my skin was actually glowing (so many of my followers were asking me what I was using but I couldn’t tell them) but alas here is my secret: Glossier’s Skin Solution. My skin is thanking you @glossier for allowing me to be a part of this journey. Hope this review helps, let me know if you try the product and what your thoughts are on it.

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New Unisex Skincare Regimen: Context

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Looking for a new skincare regimen for you and yours? Context has developed a line of skincare accessible for both men and women. This regimen is perfect for those of you women struggling to share a medicine cabinet with your partner. Get in control of your overwhelming amount of skincare products by introducing this unisex skincare line into the daily routine for the both of you.

Founder David Arbuthnot states “I found I was often buying women’s prestige skin care products for myself. While they were great products, they were too heavily fragranced for me and usually expensive. I thought ‘Why not use the same ingredients, present them in a modern simple design aesthetic, at a price point which is more accessible to a broader demographic?'”

They offer the five most essential products used for flawless skin including: an exfoliator, cleanser, toner, moisturizer and eye cream. Each of these products offers anti-aging formulas, contain powerful antioxidants, rich botanical oils and natural herbal extracts. All perfect for a range of skin types with the same goal to stay hydrated, refreshed and smooth. All products are made in the US, are not tested on animals, and have are easy to use with a beautiful minimalist design. Prices of the product are also extremely affordable ranging from $30 to $45 and if you want to buy the essential daily kit, which includes all five products, you can enjoy these products for $150 (a $185) value, and the best part: shipping is always free!

Cleanse, tone, treat and protect with active ingredients, natural scents and advanced technology for a younger, healthier looking skin, check out Context today.

 

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