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

Top Skincare Products for Men

Hey Babes,

Happy New Year! I have returned to my home base!  I know I have been gone for a while; however, I started a YouTube channel called Bougie Babe Ken.  Currently, my time is populated with school, work, and YouTube.  But my fingers were craving to write another blog post for my original babes.  I’ve missed writing my posts and helping brighten your day.  Many of the support I get from my babes help me stay positive.  Sorry I left, but this is the year of consistency.  I will be uploading a blog post or a video more frequently.

Today, I will be discussing some highly rated skincare products for men.  I have noticed there are more men starting a skincare routine and indulging in self-care.  Self-care is an important practice, and everyone should prioritize their health – including men.  Self-care is more than getting your nails done or having a glass of wine; it is taking the time to focus on the things that benefit you and make you happy.  Men are meant to be the provider and don’t focus on positive outlets that can make them happy.  Modern men are forgoing that ideology and investing in themselves.  Luckily, my favorite topic – skincare – is a popular self-care practice that people invest in.  Here are some great skincare products that men should consider investing in. 

  • Jack Black Pure Daily Facial Cleanser – $19

The first step in anyone’s skincare routine is to wash your face.  Washing your face twice daily help keep the skin clean for all dirt and bacteria.  The Jack Black Pure Daily Facial Cleanser is a great cleanser to do just that job.  The 2-in-1 cleanser and toner removes oil and dirt while hydrating the skin for a fresh look.  Key ingredients such as Aloe leaf help soothe and reduce redness, organic rosemary and sage leaf provides antibacterial benefits, and with hazel tones and cleanses the skin.  Your skin will look great and fresh after using the cleanser.

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Jack Black Daily Facial Cleanser via Amazon
  • TruSkin Vitamin C Serum for Face – $20

Vitamin C is one of the top rated ingredients in skincare.  Vitamin C brightens the skin, reduces aging, and evens out dark spots.  Vitamin C helps the skin look fresh and rejuvenated and the TruSkin Vitamin C Serum is a perfect example.  The product is plant based and synthetic additives free.  The serum diminishes fine lines, dark spots, and wrinkles.  The serum also contains jojoba oil, witch hazel, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin E, which are known to hydrate the skin, fight inflammation, and tighten the skin.  One of Amazon’s highest rated serums, the TruSkin serum is a great way to keep your skin looking bright.

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TruSkin Vitamin C Serum via Amazon
  • Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer – $20

The eyes are a sensitive and delicate area and should be treated with care.  The Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer is cool on contact and infused with caffeine and artic root which minimizes puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.  The roll on applicator ensures the product is smoothly and evenly distributed.  No more worrying about how tired you look.  The eye cream is a great way to moisturize the skin around the eyes without doubt. 

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Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer via Kiehl’s
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – $60

Exfoliating is a good way to rid your body of dead skin; however, exfoliants can be too harsh and leave the skin scarred.  Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant uses a rice based powder that is gentle enough to use daily and scrub the dead skin away.  The exfoliate is formulated with salicylic acid which clears clogged pores, draws out excess oil, promotes cell turn over, and refines skin; colloidal oatmeal thar attracts moisture to skin and locks it in by forming a protective barrier; and ginkgo, a cleanser that protects the skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. Together the ingredients combine to preserve the new layer of supply skin. 

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant via Dermalogica
  • BreedLove Beauty Beard Butter – $13

Although many don’t consider beards apart of skincare, it is still an important part of self-care.  Beard oils and creams aides in hair growth and moisturizes the hair.  The BreedLove Beauty Beard Butter uses Shea Butter, Mango butter, Tea Tree Oil, and many more plant based ingredients.  The butter is formulated with all natural and essential oils to soften and add a healthy sheen to beards and mustaches, while gently moisturizing the skin beneath. 

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BreedLove Beauty Beard Butter via BreedLove Beauty
  • All Things O’Natural Spiced Aftershave – $16

A good aftershave is always appreciated, especially one that smells good.  The All Things O’Natural Spiced Aftershave does just that.   The aftershave aids in soothing, repairing, and minimizing the pores while leaving a spicy smell.  The mixture of cinnamon and Ashwagandha reduces inflammation and adds moisture to the skin.  The aftershave also includes with hazel, aspen bark, and lavender to tighten the skin and prevent acne. 

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All Things O’Natural Spiced Aftershave via All Things O’Natural
  • Laneige Lip Glow Balm – $15

If you are looking for an affordable product with great quality, this lip balm is the one.  The Laneige Lip Glow Balm is an amazing product and I know from experience.  These product keeps the lips hydrated and heals the dry skin on the lips.  The lip balm contains Shea Butter and Astrocaryum Murumuruseed; these ingredients moisturizes the lips and leaves the lips soft and radiant for longer.  It is a perfect on the go lip balm that will work wonders. 

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Laneige Lip Glowy Balm via Laneige

It is good to invest in skincare and practice keeping the skin healthy, youthful, and fresh.  There are more than plenty of other products that cater specifically to men’s needs.  If you have a favorite product or your own skincare routine, comment down below.  Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on the post.  Want more skincare tips?  Become a Bougie Babe and subscribe to the blog!  I would love to see more interaction from my babes.  For any updates, follow my Instagram @bougiebabe.ken, my Twitter @ken_monet, and subscribe to my YouTube channel Bougie Babe Ken!  Thank you for reading!

xoxoxo,

Bougie

Three Strand Twist Tutorial

Hey Babes,

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Xoxo,

Bougie

Review: Beauty Shield Massaging Overnight Recovery Cream

Hey Babes,

Summer is coming to an end with August being the last month of summer vacation.  The leaves are changing colors and the wind is biting at our skin.  Summer is not over, but the weather change is affecting my face.  As you all know, my skin is dryer than hair damaged by heat for over ten years.  My day skincare routine has saved my skin from the harsh sun, however, my skin still felt dry when waking up.  I knew I needed to change something else – my nighttime routine. 

My night routine didn’t change much from my previous routine post.  On the other hand, I did not replace most of the products I used after I finished the bottle.  Stupidly, I thought she (my skin) would act accordingly during the midnight hours.  That didn’t happen.  I was faced with a dilemma; how do I repair my skin when I’m not awake?  I didn’t know where to start, honestly.  The first thing I thought to do was to look for ingredients that help with repairing the skin.  Skin is important to me and I do research the ingredients of the products I use.  It is important to me to align myself with companies that are ethical and socially responsible.  I researched about a few companies and I saw an interesting product – the E.L.F. Beauty Shield Massaging Overnight Recovery Cream. 

E.L.F. is an affordable drug store makeup company that is sold in many stores such as Target, Ulta Beauty, Walgreens, CVS, and E.L.F. cosmetic stores.  I purchased the massaging cream at Target for $14 plus tax.  The ingredients, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene; Cetyl Alcohol; Vitamin C; Pomegranate oil; and Carrot oil, sold me on the product.  Hydrogenated Polyisobutene is a polymer that thickens the oils in cosmetic products which creates a softer and smoother look.  Cetyl Alcohol is a non-drying alcohol that holds the ingredients together.  Vitamin C, pomegranate oil, and carrot oil are antioxidants that nourish the skin; brighten dark spots; and repair damaged skin.  These ingredients were solutions to the issues I had with my skin.

After my first use with the recovery overnight cream, the consistency caught my attention.  I noticed the cream did not completely sink into the skin.  With the massager alone, my skin did not absorb the product.  I massaged the rest of the product into my skin with my fingers.  The substance didn’t feel sticky or greasy; it felt better on my face after I put it in the refrigerator for two minutes. 

The morning after, my face felt moisturized.  My appearance wasn’t affected immediately, however, my face did feel smoother.  After a few weeks of use, the massaging overnight recovery cream became a favorite.  Rolling the massaging beads on my face feels relaxing, especially after a rough day.  The cream works best on a fresh, clean face so I use the Beauty Shield product after applying my Vitamin C toner from BreedLove Beauty Co.  I noticed my skin felt nourished and hydrated in the morning. The bumps and ridges of my skin felt smoother and less visible. I like the product thus far and recommend it for people with minor skin damage.  If you want shorter reviews on products, follow my Influester – @kenmonet.

Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on the post.  Become a Bougie Babe and subscribe to the blog!  I would love to see more interaction from my readers.  For any updates, follow my Instagram @Ken.monet!  Thank you for reading!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie