May 20, 2015

DIY recipes and ingredients you SHOULD try

The follow up to my DIY recipes you should NEVER try video. Covered in this video (watch video for specifics):

- Honey, preferably raw or manuka honey
- Oil cleansers (based on skin tolerance)
- Fruit masks (non-citrus). Some safe fruits/berries: bananas, avocado, berries, tomato. Vegetables can be good, too, just keep pH in mind.
- Bromelain enzyme
- Oats or oatmeal
- Glycerin
- Aspirin masks
- Eggs, as tolerated
- Almond milk and coconut milk (or dairy milk, if you tolerate dairy products)
- Coconut oil or olive oil as makeup removers if your skin is not prone to comedogenic breakouts (breakouts caused by oils)
- Fine grit body scrubs: finely ground coffee, salt, sugar, and any oil you like (for body only)
- Jojoba beads

Other approved common DIY ingredients I didn't mention:

- Aloe
- Tea (non-fragrant)
- Clays (bentonite, kaolin, etc.)
- Turmeric--in small quantities, on non-sensitive skin
- Fine grain sugar lip scrub

Be conscious of food allergies or intolerances before putting food ingredients on the skin.

DIY recipes and ingredients you should NEVER try

My most popular video of all time! Covered in this video (watch video for specifics):

- Lemon and sugar face scrub (see also: NO LEMONS EVER!!!)
- Baking soda
- Toothpaste
- Lavender oil
- Alcohol
- Undiluted Apple Cider Vinegar (see also: Can you use ACV with clay, and more on ACV)
- Coconut oil and olive oil as makeup removers/moisturizers on breakout-prone skin
- Essential oils

May 17, 2015

Q&A: What peels/treatments am I currently using, and what do I rec for pros?

Q: Hi Veronica! I'm a master aesthetic student and love your youtube videos! I'm curious about how often and which professional treatments you use (chemical peels, microderm, etc.) to maintain and improve your skin. Also, what are your favorite chemical peel brands?

A: In the past year, I've been keeping it simple with either low-strength daily use acids or, most recently, I've been using the newest PC dry skin moisturizer with retinol (Resist Intensive Repair Cream). It's a wonderful new addition to their range, but I'm going to back off for a while and focus on strengthening the moisture barrier for a bit. On skin that is already naturally thin (particularly for us pale folks), retinol use at even low strength can lead to some additional thinning (and thereby eventual accelerated epidermal water loss), which is why I recommend taking a break from retinol products--and especially tretinoin products--every few months. 

Whether you're a pro with a client or a consumer using products at home, always assess the skin for its current needs and change your protocol accordingly!

For pro acid recommendations, I'm partial to the classics: La Roche-Posay, TCA, Skin Ceuticals, or any other companies that provide excellent training, research and support. They all have solvent alcohol in them, but it's part of a short-term use professional protocol, versus a daily use product (like an alcohol based toner). Alcohol free pro-strength peels are difficult to find, but those are also an option if they don't have inexplicable things like EOs or citrus extracts in them.

And I'm still a strong believer in the power of microderm, when used appropriately! I have a post discussing the difference between traditional vs. diamond tip. Good luck in your studies and boards!

Anyone with a Paula's Choice referral link may leave it in the comments in case anyone would like to try the above mentioned moisturizer.