Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) For Your Skin

 “The basis to a healthy clear skin begins with a comprehensive cleansing routine.”

I get a lot of questions about AHA’s so I wanted to break it down & let you know how it works. AHA’s are pretty amazing & a must have in your skincare routine. The two main types of AHA’s are called glycolic acid & lactic acid. It’s a chemical exfoliant that causes the cells of the epidermis (top layer of skin) to become “unglued” allowing the dead skin cells to slough off, making room for regrowth of new skin cells. Because you are removing the outer layer of the skin you must use an SPF (SUPER IMPORTANT) The layers underneath are very vulnerable to UV rays. Even if your not exfoliating you should always be using SPF everyday, that’s the most important beauty item you will ever buy. If I was allowed 1 beauty product on a deserted tropical island it would be SPF.

 

What do AHA’s do for my skin?

They help clear blemishes, hydrate the skin and lighten pigment spots by loosening  layers of dead cells clinging to the skin’s surface. They also reduce fine lines & improve skin’s texture. Alpha hydroxy acid is your dead skin “detacher.” Imagine your skin as many cells, held together by a “glue.” AHA works by loosening up this glue and letting the cells fall away easier which reveals new skin underneath. 

 

Lactic Acid ? Tell me more

The greatest benefit of having a professional lactic acid peel is that it is gentler on your skin than most other types of peels.  Unlike a glycolic acid peel or a salicylic acid peel, a lactic acid peel is extra gentle and good for even the most sensitive skin. Lactic Acid peels are a wonderful choice for those undergoing a peel for the first time.

 

Glycolic Acid? What’s this going to do?

Glycolic acid is the most active and effective of the AHAs. It is the only AHA that is able to penetrate through the cell walls due to its tiny molecular size. Glycolic acid helps to bind water to the skin which increases skin hydration & gives you that healthy glow. 

 

Why should I use an AHA?

 To help to reveal brighter, healthier, and plumper skin beneath. If you feel like your skin is looking very dull & unhealthy then you should invest in an AHA. If you have sun-damage and dry skin this will help skin retain more water thus improving the moisture content & allowing your serums & moisturizers to penetrate deeper & work better. 

 

 

 

 

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 To start seeing improvement you need to complete a series of peels, generally 6 peels spaced between 3 – 4 weeks. If you have acne I would recommend a BHA. 

Before you decide to try acid peel treatment, it’s wise to visit a skin care specialist who performs these peels on a regular basis and understands your unique needs.

 

 

 

Patchology Review

I am super excited about this ( jumping up & down) #Patchology sent me 3 sheet masks & a jar of eye patches !!!

I love their masks & eye patches because they are amazing & work instantly. They leave my skin so soft & hydrated, perfect for getting that smooth canvas before applying makeup or for that special event you have to go to. Also great for at home use to make your skin look it’s best; I recommend using a mask at least once a week. (Your skin will thank you) One thing about me is when I love a product I will express my love for it & I will share it with you. I know how hard it is to find something that truly produces results so when I find something that does you guys are the first to know about it!

You guys are truly the best & thank you for reading my blog

XoXo

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My husband has major crows feet lol & these eye patches really smooth them out. With continued use the crows feet will disappear. I’m hoping he listens to me more often & gets into skincare (fingers crossed)

When I use the eye patches my under eye area gets brighter & my concealer goes on smooth without creasing.

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In love with the packaging  IMG_4323 Patchology sent me below products :

It’s all about key ingredients !

Flash Patch Eye Gel: 

HydraSurge5™ Moisture System: Our proprietary delivery system combines an exclusive complex of 5 proven hydrating ingredients and our highly advanced patch technology that accelerates delivery in 5 minutes
Caffeine: Improves micro-circulation for brighter tone and reduced puffiness
Sodium Hyaluronate: Naturally binds moisture to the skin
Centella Asiatica: Encourages collagen synthesis while inhibiting skin inflammation
Hydrolyzed Collagen: Improves skin hydration, elasticity, tone and density
Portulaca Oleracea Extract: Brightens the under eye, rich in Vitamin C and essential Omega3 fatty acids

3 sheet masks 

1 hydrate 

HydraSurge5™ Moisture System: Our proprietary delivery system combines an exclusive complex of 5 proven hydrating ingredients and our highly advanced patch technology that accelerates delivery in 5 minutes
Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates skin to help improve elasticity
Vitamin B5: Softens, smooths and moisturizes
Betaine: Helps skin retain moisture for superior hydration

1 Illuminate 

HydraSurge5™ Moisture System: Our proprietary delivery system combines an exclusive complex of 5 proven hydrating ingredients and our highly advanced patch technology that accelerates delivery in 5 minutes
Licorice Extract: Brightens and evens skin tone
Vitamin C: Encourages collagen production and improves skin elasticity
Grapefruit Seed Extract: Provides antioxidant protection from environmental toxins

1 Exfoliant 

HydraSurge5™ Moisture System: Our proprietary delivery system combines an exclusive complex of 5 proven hydrating ingredients and our highly advanced patch technology that accelerates delivery in 5 minutes
Lactic Acid and Papain: Helps dissolve and remove dead skin cells
Aloe: Helps minimize irritation

#PATCHOLOGY

#EXCEPTIONALINGREDIENTS

#ILOVEPATCHOLOGY

http://www.patchology.com

*All opinions are my own*

Multitasking

Love being awake when my family is asleep. I get some nice relaxing me time to do facial masks!

And I’m usually doing a load of laundry while masks are on my face.

I don’t measure this when I mix it I just keep adding water until I get a nice smooth paste (not too thick). Okay & when this stuff dries on your skin you literally cannot even talk, smile etc. It’s so rad lol

I leave this mask on for like 30 minutes; my skin is red afterwards but it goes away by morning. IMG_2057 IMG_2056 IMG_2055 IMG_2053 IMG_2054I have combination skin & I use this once a month. 

The terry cloth headband is from Sally’s  #Iloveit

Here’s the link

http://www.sallybeauty.com/headband/SBS-260650,default,pd.html#q=facial&start=2

Nature’s Face Lift

Have you ever tried Aloe Vera gel?

It has 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes which are all great for your skin. Sometimes I use this instead of lotion & it leaves my skin extremely moisturized & not greasy.  Of course using the raw plant would be better but since I don’t have this plant I’ll do the next best thing & use this gel. IMG_1592

Beauty Tip : Mix this with oatmeal & you have yourself an amazing exfoliator

Bubble Bath Review

Shea Moisture Olive & Green Tea Bubble Bath & Body WashIMG_0913

PROS:

Leaves skin soft

Light scent

No harsh chemicals

CONS:

Bubbles don’t last that long

 

 

 

 

 

Caution: Careful ! It gets slippery in the tub/shower

Dead Sea Salt 

One day I will float in the Dead Sea until then I’ll keep buying products that contain the salt. 


Dead Sea mineral salts contain high levels of magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride, sodium and bromide.


   

   

“I woke up like dis”

I LOVE SK-II Sheet Masks because they contain Pitera— ooooooohhhhhh aaaaahhhhhhhhh

Pitera Is :

The astounding sight of the aged sake brewers’ wrinkled faces contrasting their soft youthful hands remained seared in the memories of the SK-II scientists.

Back in the confines of the laboratory, they surmised that the secret must lie in the fermentation liquid that the brewers’ hands were in constant contact with during the sake fermentation process.

A rigorous search of over 350 kinds of yeast was conducted before our researchers discovered the unique yeast strain that held the secret to crystal clear skin.

Pitera™ is full of vitamins, amino acids,
minerals and organic acids that work
together to allow the skin’s natural
surface rejuvenation process to
function at its prime.

IMG_9938I tend to use a sheet mask before bedtime once a month. Sometimes I fall asleep & forget to take it off, it’s all good.

 

http://www.sk-ii.com

Gonna Try . . .

Keratosis Pilaris : A skin condition in which a protein in the skin called keratin forms hard plugs within hair follicles also called “chicken skin” lol. I’ve had these bumps forever, I think it’s time I stop ignoring the back of my arms.

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http://m.sephora.com/product/P147925

Exfoliation is crucial

It send a message to the dermis that repair should begin & fresh cells are needed. I love how exfoliating expedites cell turnover & makes the skin glow.

#GetGlowing

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