The Four Best Drugstore Mascaras Available

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These Are The Four Best Drugstore Mascaras Available

After 10 years of searching for the perfect mascara and trying over 20 different types and brands, we have finally found the best drugstore mascaras.

BY Editor

Updated 01-18-2020
The Four Best Drugstore Mascaras Available
The Four Best Drugstore Mascaras Available

Mascara is one of the most popular makeup products. Over the years, the quality of drugstore mascaras have become quite impressive. Here are our top four choices. 

1. Endlessly Beautiful Organic Mascara

With over 1900 reviews on Amazon.com, this is a tried and true natural mascara that actually works! Vegan and cruelty free, it works great as an everyday mascara or layer it up for a night on the town. It is one of the best mascaras available on amazon.

Organic Mascara by Endlessly Beautiful | Cruelty Free Organic Makeup | Natural Mascara | Makes a Great Vegan Gifts | Best Mascara Black

2. Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara is long lasting. Some people consider it to be a drugstore mascara dupe for Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara.  L’Oreal is a longtime beauty brand that is known for its quality and affordability. 

3. NYX Worth The Hype

NYX Worth The Hype comes with a medium size brush. It is for volume and lengthening. The brush is able to reach the small eyelashes. This makes it a great drugstore mascara. 

4. Essence Get Big Lashes

Essence Get Big comes with a large lash wand. The formula is flexible and buildable. The triple black “effect” brings the drama making it one of the best drugstore mascaras available.  You can also try their waterproof mascara. 


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Here is an extensive list of different methods used to remove dark spots caused by acne

Updated 1.18.21
HOW TO REMOVE DARK SPOTS CAUSED BY PIMPLES
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Living with acne can feel like riding a roller coaster. You finally clear up a breakout and you’re left with a dark spot or acne scar, but you’re unsure how to treat dark spots caused by pimples. Your initial instinct may be to try home remedies like lemon juice, aloe vera or reach for typical skincare with aggressive chemical peels and harsh exfoliating treatments, but here is how how to remove dark spots caused by pimples.

HOW TO ADDRESS DARK SPOTS AND ACNE SCARS LEFTOVER FROM PIMPLES, STEP-BY- STEP

1. Be Gentle on New Dark Spots as the Skin is Still Healing

When the spot or acne mark is still red and the pimple has only just faded, your skin is very inflamed. This is no time to use any kind of over-the-counter product or acid, so if you typically use Salicylic Acid or Glycolic acid all over your face as a preventative acne treatment, avoid applying these products directly on the affected areas. Your skin is very tender and irritated, and is not ready to for application of exfoliating treatments. Instead, try Hydrocortisone. Using hydrocortisone for dark spots is an effective way to calm inflammation and address and soothe the red in your skin. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory Apply this for only a period of few days, as over time, Hydrocortisone can actually thin the skin and make it more fragile.

2. Introduce Vitamin C Once the Blemish has Healed

When the dark marks or affected areas have completely healed and are no longer irritated, it’s time to bring in the antioxidants to help get rid of dark spots. Load up on Vitamin C, especially in the morning, to prevent excess melanin from depositing and making the spot darker. Ask your dermatologist to recommend the best Vitamin C-based skincare products. Vitamin C is great for removing dark spots. 

3. Use a Retinoid for Brightening the Appearance of Dark Spots

Research skincare products or, again, consult your dermatologist to recommend items that include a retinol derivative that you can use at night to help speed up the regeneration of your skin. This will help push new, healthy, bright skin to the surface. Retinoid is also used as spot treatment for acne.

4. Exfoliate New Dark Spots with Acids

Once your skin has fully healed, you can use exfoliating treatments twice a week. Use a gentle, chemical exfoliant to help even out your skin tone and fade dark spots and discoloration caused by pimples. Mandelic Acid and Azelaic acid are especially good for hyperpigmentation or Melasma, a condition that causes brown spots on the skin.

5. Protect Dark Spots, Acne Scars and Melasma from the Sun

The most important step of all is to protect your acne scars from the sun. Do not start your day without sunscreen. An SPF of 30 or higher is recommended. UV rays do infiltrate windows in homes, offices and cars, so always wear SPF. Wear a wide-brimmed hat if you are going to be outside for an extended period of time. UV rays are the enemy of acne scars, dark spots and other skin conditions. They trigger inflammation and spike melanin production, causing your dark spots and scars to become even darker and harder to fade.

WHAT CAUSES ACNE MARKS OR DARK SPOTS LEFT BEHIND BY PIMPLES?

The technical word for the spot left behind an acne lesion once it heals is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, or PIH. This type of pigment is different than normal dark spots because it is a result of inflammation. PIH is not specific to acne.

These dark spots caused by pimples can also commonly occur as a result of razor bumps and ingrown hairs. PIH is most common in darker skin types, and can last for longer than 5 years if left untreated. Keep skin hydrated when shaving or washing your face. Not only are ingrown hairs and razor bumps painful, they will keep returning. Use shaving products to soften and hydrate skin and don’t rush the process. Cuts on skin also take a while to heal.

Prevent PIH Dark Spots from Forming

You may also get PIH if you pick at a blackhead or pimple. Picking at an active acne lesion or blackhead increases the likelihood of leaving behind a dark spot, which is one of the reasons why dermatologists and aestheticians caution against it. You’re better off leaving it alone and letting it heal over time, as painstaking as that can be or feel. Or, you can go to a professional like a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician to help remove it.

Relax and Stick to the Plan to Cure Dark Spots Fast

Whether you pick at your pimple or let it heal naturally, PIH may occur either way. It’s important to treat the inflammation and use antioxidants like Vitamin C to inhibit melanin production. Most importantly, use daily sun protection to prevent your spot from worsening. Even a well-healed spot can suddenly become dark if you spend too much time in the sun. We hope this post has helped inform you about how to cure dark spots caused by pimples, and how to prevent further dark spots forming.
Stick to a skincare regimen best suited to your skin.

Start a skincare routine beneficial to your specific skin type, issues and need.

Choose a cleanser, moisturizer with SPF, toner and night cream that will address what skin needs, so you can avoid pimples, dark spots and acne scars from starting. Do your research, listen to your skin…and to your dermatologist.

These are the most efficient ways to remove dark spots caused by pimples.

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Most Popular Perfumes for Valentines Day

Popular Perfumes for Valentines Day

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Revised 1.17.2021
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Whether you are in the market for a new perfume, the perfect perfume gift, or wanting to select the  perfect scent for Valentine’s Day, here are 34 of the most popular perfume to help your perfume hunt. 

1.

Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum

2.

Burberry Brit Eau de Parfum

3.

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue

This popular perfume is defiantly a fan favorite. It is classic and timeless.

4.

 Gucci Guilty Black Eau de Toilette

5.

Chanel Eau Tendre

This is definitely My Unbounded Life’s Editor favorite perfume. Amazing for valentines day or other holidays. 

6.

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose

7.

Silent St. by Derek Lam

8.

Nanette Lepore for Women

9.

 Versace Crystal Noir

10.

Shiseido Energizing

11.

Versace Yellow Diamond

12.

Victoria Secret Bombshell Eau de Parfum

Victoria Secret is a popular valentines day option. 

13.

Creed Love in Black Perfume

14.

Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme

15.

Bath and Body Works Malibu Heat

Bath and Body Works is a popular valentines day option. 

16.

Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Dream Women’s Perfume

17.

Paris Hilton Can Can

18.

Paris Hilton Can Can

Paris Hilton has definitely came out with some affordable perfumes that have become a fan favorite in the perfume aisle. 

19.

Viva la Juicy by Juicy Couture

20.

YSL Black Opium

21.

Lady Vengeance Juliette has a Gun

22.

Kiehls Musk Oil

23.

Versace Bright Crystal

24.

Thierry Mugler Alien Essence Absolue

25.

Gucci Premiere

26.

Gucci Bloom

27.

Jimmy Choo Fever

28.

Armaf Vanity Femme

29.

Clinique Happy Heart

30.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune

31.

Bvlgari Omnia Coral

32.

Chanel Mademoiselle

33.

Paco Rabanne Lady Million

34.

Chanel No. 5

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Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is one of the most popular serum ingredients for hydration, but what is hyaluronic acid really?

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What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is substance that is naturally found and produced in the body. It is a humectant as it holds water to the surface of your skin. The largest amount of HA is found in your skin, eyes and joints (connective tissue) (1, 2).

What does it do?

The main purpose of Hyaluronic Acid is to keep your tissues lubricated and moist by retaining water (1).

Where can you find it in beauty products?

It is found in some lip fillers and other topical beauty products (1, 2).

It comes in the forms of injections, eye drops, serums and supplements (1, 2).

What else does it treat?

When taken orally, studies have found that it can help increase skin moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

When used topically, it can soothe redness and improve the suppleness of the skin.

It is also used to treat osteoarthritis (1).

Hyaluronic acid in beauty

It is popular in skin care because of its ability to restore moisture barriers and keep skin hydrated. Since the body produces it naturally, allergic reactions to it, are slim to none (3).  

Here is what it is known to do/treat:

How is it made?

Non-vegan HA is made from rooster combs and other animal tissue. Vegan hyaluronic acid is not plant based. It is actually made from bacteria such as horse flu (1, 2, 4).

Tips

Enhance your body’s natural production of Hyaluronic Acid by eating foods that aid in reproduction like drinking a bone broth or eating green leafy vegetables (4).  

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Looking for spring nail ideas and trends for your next manicure? Instagram’s @nailartenon has provided plenty of nail ideas and spring nail color inspiration for 2019.                   

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Cherry Bright Red nails are a classic go to. Mix it up by adding a decorative nail with spring nail art. 

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Mix up your usual nail colors by opting for a sparkly teal manicure. 

7.

A classic nude nail is always a great manicure idea. 

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Nails with patterns will be very popular this spring. Marble Nails are easy to recreate with the right tool. 

Find out more about Nailartenon and even more fantastic nail ideas by going to her website nailartenon.altervista.org

 
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If you follow us on instagram you will see our funny beauty memes. We are trying to make the world laugh one meme at a time. Here’s a compilation of our top funny beauty memes. 

When you try to smile with cracked lips

When your day was a total waste of makeup

When you can't cry because your mascara is too expensive

When someone unqualified tries to give you advice

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The struggle!

When you shop at Sephora, but don't have the 2 day shipping

When you try to explain your beauty routine

When your favorite beauty guru likes or replies to you...instagramers will get this beauty meme

I feel so special!

Unsolicited advice funny meme

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When you spend too much money

Classic Maybelline Meme

When someone asks how your skin care routine works

It’s science!

Me wondering if all my problems will go away with one mask

If only

Walking through Sephora with no money

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When your face doesn't match your neck

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You may want to try natural homemade hair conditioners because you are a naturalist, or because you want to save money, or because you want to explore different options or maybe because you ran out of conditioner and do not feel like going to the store to get more… Whatever your reason is, these natural homemade hair conditioners are safe to try since they are not damaging and have already been tested by our Editor.

Heres our Top Tested Natural Homemade Hair Conditioners

1. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Honey And Olive Oil

The Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp Honey (any type)
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil (make sure it is Olive oil)

Mix all of the wet ingredients together and put on your hair. Use a warm towel to help penetrate. Make sure to thoroughly rinse. 

Leave in Hair for 30 minutes – 1.5 hour

“This was by far the best natural homemade hair condition that I have tried. It was perfect for my fine, curly hair. I will actually add this to my weekly routine.” -Ana Editor-In-Cheif

2. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Egg And Olive Oil

Homemade Hair Conditioner With Egg
Mix together
  • 2 Egg Yolks (Make sure it is just the Yoke)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil (Make sure it is pure olive oil)
  • 2 tbsp Water

Mix all of the wet ingredients together and put on your hair. Use a shower cap to prevent any egg from dripping. 

*Leave in hair 1 -3 hours and then rinse with Cold Water

“This mask was kind of gross. I didn’t want to rinse it out because I didn’t want the yoke to slide down my face.” -Ana

3. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Coconut Oil

Coconut Natural Hair Conditioner
The Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Hot Towel

Put the Coconut Oil on your Hair. Put on your shower cap and then a hot towel over the shower cap.

*Leave in hair 45 minutes – 1 hour and rinse. Wash and Condition hair afterwards. 

“This was just okay.  Almost to heavy for my fine hair.”- Ana

4. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Baking Soda

The Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup of Your Conditioner

Mix all of the ingredients together and put on your hair. Use the shower cap to prevent anything from dripping. 

*Leave in hair for 45 minutes – 1 hour.

“Not bad. I would try it again. It took some of the oil buildup out.” -Ana

5. Homemade Hair Conditioner With Apple Cider Vinegar

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The Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water

Mix all of the ingredients together and put on your hair. 

*Do this after you wash and conditioner your hair. Do not rinse out. 

“I would try it again. It wasn’t super nourishing, but I did feel like it woke my hair up a bit.” -Ana

6. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Yogurt And Egg Yoke

The Ingredients
  • 2 Egg Yokes
  • 1/4 Cup Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil (Pure Olive Oil)

Mix all of the ingredients together and put immediately on your hair. Use a shower cap to prevent dripping. 

*Leave in for 25-45 minutes

“The Yoke and Yogurt are gross elements to deal with on my head. If the results were magical, I would use again. Not worth raw yoke dripping down when rinsing.”- Ana


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One of the latest trends in skin care is CBD.

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a compound that is found in cannabis sativa.

CBD oil is something that is commonly used for anxiety and pain (not medically given) in countries and states to where it is legal.

So why is CBD in our Skin Care?

Studies have suggested that the reason why CBD for skin care helps with anti-aging, acne and sensitive skin, because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

It is important to point out that CBD does not have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is found in marijuana.  

I wanted to try CBD and was gifted the CURAPURE CBD-INFUSED SHEET MASK by Curapure.

Curapure lists that the mask is a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (aka CBD):  antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Zero THC and non-psychoactive.  

It also contains:

Vitamin E: a powerful antioxidant with anti-aging properties

Vitamin A:  repairs skin damage from sun exposure and aging

Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids: keeps the skin hydrated and helps with skin growth

Citrus Junos Fruit Extract

  • Found to help thicken the epidermis or top surface layer of skin
  • Anti-Aging
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antioxidant

Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

  • Natural broad –spectrum antimicrobial
  • Helps to condition the skin
  • Probiotic ingredient with soothing and anti-aging properties

Ceratonia Siliqua Gum

  • Derived from the seeds of St. John’s bread tree
  • Moisturizing and skin smoothing properties
  • Forms a light, permeable, visco-elastic film that prevents dehydration
  • It shows a visible anti-wrinkle activity on the skin
  • Increases the water holding capacity of the skin, and binds high amounts of water into the skin

Tamarind seed Extract

  • Significantly improves skin elasticity
  • Hydrates and soothes skin
  • Smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles

The instructions are to leave on for 30 minutes after you wash your face. Use 2-3 times a week for the best results.

The product itself is a two piece 100% cotton mask which is great for adjustment and also if you do not want to use the mask on your entire face.

Use:

The mask was easy to use. Plenty of Product and I was able to do other things while masking (some masks are so ill-fitting that you have to sit stiffly in place).

I didn’t smell a fragrance (it says it is fragrance-free) and it wasn’t sticky.

Afterward, my face was glowy and a tad bit tacky for about a hour afterwards.

I did notice a difference in the softness and puffiness of my skin.

If you would like to try the mask…please go to their website by clicking here: Curapure  CBD for Skin Care.

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Knowing your skin is imperative in knowing how to treat your skin, but how do you know what type of skin that you have? We ask you on instagram, what are your top skin care questions? And then we asked the expert, Erin Jewell- licensed master esthetician.

Here are your important skin care questions answered. 

1. How do I find out my skin type?

There are seven basic skin types: normal, oily, dry/dehydrated, combination, acne-prone, sensitive and mature. Learn how to identify and care for yours below.

Normal

How to Tell: You don’t experience many breakouts. Your skin doesn’t tend to react negatively to new products or weather changes. You don’t feel like you need to constantly moisturize or blot oil from your face all day long. Your skin is firm, with minimal fine lines and wrinkles.

Oily

How to Tell: Your skin always seems to be glowing. You’re likely no stranger to blotting sheets or mattifying powders. You might find that makeup and skin care products don’t always stay put like you’d want them to.

Dry/Dehydrated

How to Tell: These are different  but they have very similar symptoms. 

Here’s how to identify them in your skin:

  • Dryness is caused by a lack of oil in the skin. Symptoms include flakiness, sensitivity, itchiness and cracks. It may be caused by lifestyle and environmental factors or a chronic condition (in case of eczema or related conditions).
  • Dehydration is the result of your skin not retaining enough moisture. Your skin may feel tight, have a papery appearance or show small, fine lines when your skin is pinched together.

Combination

How to Tell: If you’re having trouble figuring out what type of skin you have, it’s likely combination. Is your skin dry in certain areas, while oily in others? Combination skin is most easily defined by an oily T-zone (the strip across the forehead and the line down the nose) and dry or normal skin on the rest of the face.

Acne-Prone Skin

How to Tell: If you get frequent breakouts (or ones that just never seem to go away), you likely have acne-prone skin. This means that your pores tend to clog easily, making you more susceptible to whiteheads, blackheads or pustules than other skin types. You can have oily or dry skin and be prone to acne.

Sensitive

How to Tell: Sensitive skin might be caused by allergies or environmental factors Signs of this skin type include:

  • Skin that flushes easily
  • Frequent rashes and bumps
  • Stinging or burning after using a skin care product
  • Negative reaction to fragrance
  • Patches of dry, flaky, irritated skin

Mature

How to Tell: While not everyone’s skin ages at the same pace, the signs are fairly universal. You might notice a wrinkle here and there or more dryness than in your younger years. For more mature skin, you may notice sagging, dark spots, dullness and dehydration.

2. If I have sensitive skin, what ingredients should I avoid?

-Fragrance

An artificial fragrance could contain 200 or more different chemical or botanical components, and your skin could react to any one of them.

-Preservatives

Preservatives are necessary for keeping any product that contains water fresh and stable,Some preservatives, like parabens, while not considered harmful to health, can cause an allergic reaction in certain people. Parabens are more likely to irritate those who already have skin issues.  Another preservative to look for in your cosmetics and skin products is methylisothiazolinone, which is a high-hazard allergen according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.

-Botanical extracts and essential oils

Just because a product is marked “natural” or “organic” doesn’t mean it won’t cause a reaction on sensitive skin. Products that are considered ‘natural’ often contain ingredients that may be unusual or untested.  poison ivy is organic but you won’t find me using it on my skin…Plant-based ingredients like citrus fruit extracts and mint can cause irritation if it’s a primary ingredient.

-Sulfates

Ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurel sulfate can strip the skin of its natural oils—These are cleansing agents that help create a rich, foaming lather, They can be too harsh for many people drying out skin and contributing to rashes and blemishes.

-Harsh exfoliants

Exfoliation is important for all skin types, but it can be tricky to choose the right type for sensitive skin I recommend to opt for an exfoliant with fruit enzymes as opposed to a physical scrub. Using a glycolic wash once or twice per week will also keep skin properly exfoliated without irritating it.

3. What ingredients should I look for in a sunscreen?

The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters. These include a combination of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Should be spf 30 or higher. 

4. How often should I exfoliate?

Two to three times a week for normal and combination skin, and once a week for sensitive skin.

5. How do I know if I am over exfoliating?

Exfoliating every day can strip the skin of its natural oils, which can cause irritation because you’re removing the top layer of skin before it can heal.

Redness, irritation,  dryness, flakiness, increased oil production and Acne are all signs your over exfoliating.

6. What’s the best way to get rid of blackheads?

Blackheads are just an oxidized mix of oil and dead skin cells that are sitting in pores — the exposure to air is what causes them to oxidize and turn black.

Having them is not a sign that you’re dirty, so don’t cause more damage by being rough with your skin and scrubbing really hard.

Salicylic acid is a great option for dissolving peaky blackheads, If that isn’t helping leave it to the pros and book a facial treatment :).

7. What’s the best way to get rid of whiteheads?

A clay mask helps clear clogged pores of excess oil and dirt, which are often the culprits behind whiteheads.

Instead of popping your zit or running the risk of spreading bacteria or damaging your skin throw a patch on the spot. An acne patch can help dry out your pimple and keep you from picking at it.

Treat the spot with 2% salicylic acid to dry it up.

Schedule a facial treatment with an esthetician.

8. What skincare ingredients should I never mix together?

Some active ingredients used in skincare products can act as irritants when mixed with others, particularly in individuals with sensitive skin…below is a list Skincare Ingredients You Should Never Mix

-Benzoyl peroxide and retinol

BPO and retinoids should not be used together since they deactivate each other, rendering the retinoid ineffective.

-Vitamin C and AHAs

When vitamin C and AHAs (like glycolic, lactic, or malic acid) are used in conjunction, they cancel out the effects or can be irritating on the skin.  Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and AHA chemically exfoliates, so together these acids can destabilize each other.

-Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) and Vitamin C

Used separately, both ingredients are great for treating blemish-prone and scarred skin, but combining them is a recipe for disaster. Niacinamide cancels out all of the good properties of vitamin C and turns it into a substance that causes redness and can trigger acne breakouts.

-Vitamin C and Retinol

Vitamin C can become inactive with small variations in a solution’s pH, like when you add retinol into the mix. I like to use my vitamin C in the am and my retinol at night for best results.

-Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) and Hydroquinone:

Hydroquinone, is a skin lightening agent that’s used to reduce pigment in your skin, and when you toss these two very potent ‘bleaching’ compounds together, it can cause hypopigmentation.

9. What alcohols are okay in skincare products?

Some of the most common examples of fatty alcohols used in skincare products include: cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol and isostearyl alcohol.

Fatty alcohols have emollient and occlusive characteristics. These ingredients can actually help to keep the skin hydrated, making them beneficial in many types of topical products.

10. What ingredients should my products never have?

Well that’s a tough one as it’s almost impossible to find products that are free of all “bad Ingredients”.

My personal list includes Sodium lauryl sulfate, Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine (Coal Tar) Fragrance, talc, Synthetic colors e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1).

About
Erin Jewell is a licensed master esthetician with 13 years of experience. 
Follow Erin on Instagram for more skin care knowledge @skyn_culture .

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