Skincare Trends to Avoid

Hey Babes,

Happy fall!  It has been a long, LONG hiatus from this blog; however, I am back!  I know I promised a weekly upload, including weekly YouTube videos, but I did not keep my promise.  I struggled with time management and fell back into the rabbit hole of a sporadic schedule.  Thankfully, my time has cleared up and I wanted to write a quick blog about some of the skincare trends that should be avoided, INDEFINITELY.  Social media has become a platform for skincare enthusiasts alike to communicate and exchange skincare tips, advice, hacks, etc.  Some of the skincare hacks can be helpful, unfortunately, some skincare hacks are not helpful at all.  

  1. Over Cleansing: Using cleanser for more than 5 minutes to wash your face.  

Problem: The issue with washing your face for more than 5 minutes is the cleanser can strip the natural oils from the skin and break down your skin moisture barrier.  

Solution: Double cleansing – Using two different forms of cleanser to get rid of the dirt from the face.  For example, using a cleansing balm to remove makeup and follow up with a gentle cleanser to get rid of any lingering dirt from the face.  

  1. DIY Chemical Peel: Buying chemical ingredients and mixing it together to create a chemical peel at home.

Problem: Many of the ingredients that are sold online are counterfeit.  The chemicals that are used in chemical peels are sold to chemists and medical companies, exclusively.  The ingredients can be dangerous to the skin when applied.  Also, if the ingredients are not mixed properly, it can be dangerous for the person combining the ingredients.  

Solution: Make an appointment with your trusted dermatologist and have the chemical peel professionally done. 

  1. Using Glue to Remove Blackheads: Spreading glue onto the blackheads; waiting for the glue to dry and peel the dried glue off the face to “remove” blackheads.  

Problem: Elmer glue and other glues have preservatives that can irritate the skin.  The preservatives can cause irritation, inflammation, and overall damage the skin.

Solution: To safely remove blackheads, AHA’s and BHA’s are great chemical exfoliants that can hydrate the skin, as well as get rid of blackheads. 

  1. Over Moisturizing: Layering different creams, moisturizers, and oils to the skin simultaneously.  

Problem: Applying too many moisturizers can signal your skin to “slow down” or “stop” the production of our natural hydration producers.  

Solution: Use light and breathable moisturizers in the summer and stick to a heavier, but non-comedogenic creams in the winter.  Also, stick to moisturizers that are designed for your skin type.  

  1. Layering products in the incorrect order: Applying skincare products on the skin that doesn’t help the skin.

Problem: Layering the products in the “incorrect” way can cause pore clogging and make the products non-effective to the skin.  For example, applying an oil before a serum will make the effects of the serum ineffective because oil is a sealant and the serum can not penetrate the skin. 

Solution: The suggested way most dermatologists and estheticians recommend is as follows: cleanser → toner → serum → moisturizer → sunscreen.

6. Sunscreen Contouring: Applying sunscreen to the highest points of the face and avoiding the sides of the nose and under the cheekbones to have a “natural” contour.  

Problem: Any form of exposure to the sun without sunscreen will harm the unprotected areas; leave long-term damage, and increase the risk of skin cancer. 

Solution: ALWAYS APPLY SUNSCREEN!

It is okay to participate in harmless skincare trends and exchange different tips with other people; however, take precautions when dabbling into new products and unique hacks.  Sometimes, the hacks might not work well for your skin and cause serious damage.  Remember to subscribe to my blog and YouTube channel.  Like, comment, and share some of the skincare trends you avoid.  

xoxoxo,

Bougie

Key Ingredients for Oily Skin

Hey Babes,

It is finally happening!  I have a post dedicated for my babes with oily skin.  And this post is long overdue!  I took my time; researched extensively to make sure I provide quality and accurate content.  And there’s an abundant amount of information, good and bad, on oily skin.  What is oily skin?  Oily skin is the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands.  The oil producing glands are attached to hair follicles and release sebum, a fatty substance, to the surface of the skin.  The glands produce the oil to keep the skin moisturized.  Unfortunately, the oil can clog pores and lead to acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.  Cleaning and moisturizing your face daily are important; however, many already know to include that in their skincare routines.  When it comes down to ingredients to look for in skincare products, it’s not as easy as knowing to wash your face.  Looking for skincare ingredients that can aide in a specific skincare routine can be hard, but I am here to help.  Here are some key ingredients to look for when shopping for oily/combination skin.

  • Non-Comedogenic

Non-comedogenic products are formulated to rarely cause acne breakouts and pore blockage.  The non-comedogenic ingredients work to keep the skin clear of acne.  Comedogenic products are not necessarily bad.  On the other hand, comedogenic products are better for people with dry skin or people not prone to acne breakouts. 

  • Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B-3.  The essential nutrient helps build proteins in the skin and retain moisture to prevent damage.  Also, niacinamide reduces inflammation, and eases redness from eczema, acne, and other skin conditions.  This benefits oily skin by regulating oil and minimize acne breakouts.

  • Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide is a well-known chemical compound that oxidizes on the skin, which can help with acne.  Benzoyl Peroxide gets rid of bacteria and dead skin that can clog the pores.  It also works as an exfoliant; benzoyl peroxide gently debrides the surface layer of skin.  This ingredient works well for all types of acne, especially if the person suffers from inflammatory skin conditions. 

  • Sulfur

Sulfur is a natural element that works similarly to benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.  It dries out the skin and absorbs the excess oil on the surface of the skin.  The difference is Sulfur is gentler than benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.  Sulfur works for mild acne including blackheads and whiteheads.  If you have sensitive skin, it is best to use sulfur to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. 

  • Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that dissolves sebum that clogs pores.  It also helps inflamed pimples go away faster.  Salicylic acid is also considered as a keratolytic medication which is a good exfoliant.  Salicylic acid loosens and breaks apart attachments between cells in the outer layer of the skin.  This encourages exfoliation of skin and unclogging of pores.  If you suffer from blackheads, whiteheads, moderate acne, and redness, salicylic acid would be best to use. 

And that is some of the best ingredients for oily skin.  These ingredients do come with side effects such as irritations, drying of the skin, and smell.  Do not overuse any of the ingredients without permission from your dermatologist.  I hope that this helped my oily skin babes! Let me know about your experience with any of these ingredients or other ingredients that helped you.  Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on this post.  Also, follow me on all my social media and my YouTube Channel. 

xoxoxo,

Bougie