Do you seasonally update your skincare routine? If the answer is no, then we’ve got some work to do! Seasonally updating your skincare routine (products included) will make a huge difference once winter weather creeps in (I know, way too early to talk about winter skincare). In the meantime, here are some tips on how to transition your skincare routine from summer to fall.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably heard about my IG takeover on Cosmedix’s IG stories. I shared my current cleansing and mask routine. In case you missed it (and since you can’t look it up now), I wanted to share with you my new favorite detox mask. Here’s a quick breakdown of the latest mask magic!
What it does: Imagine all that dirt and grime your face absorbs just by going outside. This activated charcoal and kaolin clay-based mask helps draw out those impurities from the pores while leaving a visibly brighter complexion. Also, so we’re all on the same page here… “activated” means it has at one point been heated to up its absorption benefits.
How to apply: Apply a generous amount to clean, damp skin. You can rub in circular motions using your fingertips, or what I like to do is evenly apply the product with a foundation brush. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and then gently rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Personally, I like to multi-mask when I’m not relying on a sheet mask. I use this activated charcoal mask on my t-zone (forehead and nose area) and then apply a moisturizing formula on my cheeks and chin (I love this one by Glossier).
What it felt like: It feels like a typical pore cleansing mask. It dries out pretty quickly but it doesn’t feel uncomfortable or sticky.
What I did while I masked: Caught up on the latest IG stories, duh!
The results: Clogged pores no more! Just one application of this activated charcoal mask and it left my skin feeling super smooth and clean. Doing my makeup later that day made it so much easier. I’m definitely keeping this in my mask arsenal!
Catch up on more mask reviews here.
About a month ago, I received a complimentary package from Pixi beauty. The brand graciously sent me not one, not two, but three sets of Pixi Peel & Polish. Unlike my usual beauty product reviews, I thought I’d try something a little different this time.
Finding great skincare products is a feat in itself but finding great skincare products for your 20s, 30s or 40s can be even more difficult. Which led me to this question: can certain skincare products work for women in their 20s, 30s and 40s? I wanted to put it to the test. So I shared the extra peels with two other women in exchange for one small price—their honest opinion.
The Product: Pixi Peel & Polish
What it does: A radiance revealing enzyme peel resurfaces for smoother, softer skin, and a healthy looking glow. According to the details on Target, it’s suited for all skin types.
No intro needed here. You know me! I just turned 29 on Friday so thankfully I still fall into this age bracket for this post. Ha!
My Skin Type: Normal, Dry Combination
As you know I’ve tried my fair share of masks but I’ve always been hesitant about potent peels. I have very sensitive skin so I was prepared to feel like my face was burning for the three minutes I had it on. I am always dealing with blackheads and large pores around my nose—so rubbing it in circles provides an effective physical exfoliation that help with retexturizing. Unlike other peels, this didn’t leave my skin red or irritated. I would definitely use this again. The $24 price isn’t bad either!
Meet my (older) sister Katina, 32, who loves trying beauty products as much as I do. We might share a similar porcelain skin tone but we have different skin types. She works as an aesthetician at European Wax Center in Arlington.
Her Skin Type: Mature, Dry Combination
“I love this product because it’s gentle on my skin while lifting dead surface cells. The papaya helps brighten my complexion and gives it a dewy healthy glow. Exfoliation increases cell turnover which is super important for new cell growth and prolongs aging. This is a must-have for aging skin, so I would definitely use this again!”
I also asked my friend and boss at my current full-time gig, Rebecca, 41, to share her thoughts on this peel. She balances a full-time job and two small kids so it’s really important to find products that fit into her hectic schedule.
Her Skin Type: Oily, Combination
“Not a bad two-minute solution at all. While I wouldn’t call it a peel, this scrub mask left my skin feeling like silk after only a few minutes. It has the texture of Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub and starts to feel warm and tingly after a minute—didn’t really sting like other products with similar ingredients. I wouldn’t use this often at my age, maybe once a week. Time is short for me (full-time work, travel and two small kids), so I love how quickly it makes a visible difference. I followed it up with Becca’s Instant Complexion Refresh Priming Filter and my mother-in-law asked if I had just gotten a facial.”
So there you have it. Regardless of age or skin concerns, we all found a reason to love this peel.
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