The Ordinary…LOVE

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There is a rather new skin care line on the market which fascinates me. It is called The Ordinary.  All products are ” free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone” as it is stated on The Ordinary website. They also do not test their products on animals, which as an animal lover, I happen to like a lot.

And because I have learned about it about 8-9 months ago, I have been trying it AND because it is “formulated with integrity” and it really works I wanted to share it with all of you, because it’s always so nice to share info about good stuff out there. Isn’t it?!

They have some super potent acids and oil free products which are great for oily problematic skin and they also offer some super hydrators which are good for any skin type at the end of the day. Because as we all know, even if your skin is oily and problematic, that doesn’t mean that it might not lack hydration.

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So here I will only share the products that I have been testing on my own skin and on my patients. Because who doesn’t need a great skin care line at such a great price? Oh, haven’t I mentioned? The price point is so affordable that you’ll want to go buy the entire line! And if something doesn’t work for your face, you can always use it on your elbows, arms or heels 😉

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  • 1. First of all, my first product was a gift from my patient and friend in the US, who happened to go to university with the founder of DECIEM which is the umbrella brand of The Ordinary and a few other amazing skin care brands. Believe it or not, on my wedding day, Myron pulls out this small bottle and he gives it to me saying “you have to try this!” It was the Hyaluronic Acid 2% and B5. And I tried it on my face the night after my wedding. I know, funny timing! But I did fall in love with it. The consistency is so light weight and easy to spread, I always apply it on my neck and decolletage as well.

This product uses 3 types of HA Acid with different molecular structures so it can penetrate into the skin and hydrate it at different levels, for a more plump and hydrated skin from the inside out. It is not    harsh at all, and it can be used morning and night before your moisturizer, but I apply it after anti-  oxidants and retinoids. It does not contain silicone, fragrances, artificial coloring, alcohol or oils.

 

  • 2. After trying the above product for a good couple of weeks, I decided to get myself a couple more. Because I am in Mexico at the moment, it’s been a little hard to find everything I want. So as the acid lover that I am, I got the Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%. And oh boy did I absolutely fall in love with it! This serum with such a concentrated amount of Lactic Acid is probably what I love the most from this line and many others. It’s right there among my top choices, along with a good Retin A product for anti-aging, brightening and tightening effects.

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However, because of the high concentration of lactic acid in this product, I don’t recommend it for sensitive, very dry or reactive skin types. I only use it every other night myself, because I alternate with the RetinA product I am using at the moment. Attention! I can do this only because my skin has been prepped for years for using acids. If you are looking for a milder formulation of Lactic Acid, that would be Lactic Acid 5% + HA from the same brand. And you can always start using it only 2 nights a week, followed by something emollient and hydrating like the 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil or the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, which I spoke about above. So, happy anti-aging and brightening!

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  • 3. And the last absolutely fave product for this post, before it becomes too much to take in, is Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. This really is a very concentrated dose of Niacinamide (Vit B3 and Nicotinic Acid), which is not easy to find in other skin care products. And even if the texture is a bit sticky, I still love using this product knowing all the benefits it has on my skin. Niacinamide is an ingredient used in skin care for inflammation, hyper pigmentation, congestion, and as an aid for treating blemishes. But it can also be used against dullness, dehydration and for skin that lacks elasticity. Basically this ingredient has so many benefits for pretty much any skin type/condition, that is a must HAVE serum for your skin care cabinet at home. It can be used morning and night, and my recommendation is to use 5-6 drops on clean dry skin, underneath moisturizer and sunscreen.

To be continued…

xoxo,

Bianca

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Reinvent your baby soft feet!

Be advised! Images are a bit rough 🙂 But hey, what we won’t do for beauty!

You exfoliate your face and your body, but did you know how badly your feet need it too? The regular pedicure you get weekly or bi-weekly is definitely not enough. The skin on your feet is thicker than the skin on the rest of your body. The dead skin cells keep accumulating because of the pressure, the friction and the extended time we spend on our feet. So trust me, your feet have an absolute need to be exfoliated in a serious manner…With peels!

 

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Recently, I discovered a Japanese peel specifically for the feet, called Baby Foot.  It’s the first foot peel in Florida and probably in the U.S. or at least the first one I have heard of so far!  I recently tried it on my own skin with fantastic results! A unique blend of 17 Natural Extracts, Fruit Acids, Citric Acids, Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid will work together to stimulate cell turnover, brighten and hydrate your feet!

 

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The procedure is absolutely painless, odorless, effortless and there is no scrubbing or filling involved. And it is a one time treatment! Try it and give your feet a chance to look like this!

 

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Thank you Luminuza Skin!

 

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By popular demand…Let’s talk about ENLARGED PORES

Myth or not? YES, unfortunately it is a myth that you can shrink enlarged pores forever. BUT, what you can do, is to keep your pores clean and they will appear smaller.

Pores appear larger when they are clogged with oils, makeup and bacteria. So keeping your skin clean and exfoliated. Using non comedogenic products, will give you better chances to help the pores shrink…..a little bit.

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Not once have I been asked about oily skin, enlarged pores, clogged pores, black heads and breakouts. Unfortunately having oily skin, is not an easy thing to deal with. Many times we can’t even wear makeup or sunscreen, because it all becomes greasy after a short period of time. Also sometimes we end up striping off the skin of all the oil and that is not ideal because we depleat the skin of it’s natural protection and we dehydrate and irritate it.

My best skin care advice is that you need to keep your skin balanced. Even oily/acneic skin needs hydration. Which is why in your skin care regimen you should have also light hydrating serums and oil free moisturizers.

Having worked with a lot of patients with this skin type, I have developed a couple of regimens which usually work pretty well, to keep such skin in check and in best shape.

This is one of them:

1. Cleanser and Clarisonic brush. Wash face twice/day, preferably with a foamy,  exfoliating cleanser and a Clarisonic brush. Use the brush only in the evening. This is going to help give you the right ammount of exfoliation your skin needs on a daily basis. The Clarisonic is also going to clean your skin much better than what your hands can do, removing makeup and impurities thoroughly.

2. Microbead scrub. Once a week exfoliate with a microbead scrub, a softer system developed in order for you to not stretch and irritate the skin in the exfoliation process.

3. Serum.  Use a serum with Salicylic, Glycolic and Dioic acids to help control the oil production and keep the bacteria at bay.

4. SPF. Definitely use a sunscreen with an SPF higher than 30. Preferably a parabens, silicone and artificial fragrance free one.

5. Retinoids. In the evening, I recommend a medical grade or prescription  Retinol or a RetinA. Both these are derivative of Vitamin A and they prevent the buildup of dead skin cells and promote the cellular turnover. Some side effects can occur, such as dryness, redness, irritation, and skin peeling as well as making the skin more sensitive to sun. This is when you need to back up and you use it every other night,  in conjunction with a hydrating serum.

6. Chemical peels. And last but not least, you need to get regular chemical peels, in order to kill bacteria, reduce inflamation, resurface and regenerate the skin. The old skin “sheds” off in a few days after the procedure and new skin is being revealed, less wrinkly, less pigmented, pore size appears smaller and makeup will go on more smoothly.

So generally, your skin does have a chance to look better and you can achieve the smaller pore appearance. As long as you are able to keep the skin clean and exfoliated, the pores will appear smaller.

P.S. Key ingredients you should look for in your chemical peels for this skin type:

  •    Salicylic Acid
  •    Mandelic Acid
  •    Glycolic Acid
  •    Lactic Acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acid which is part of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF) and       moisturizes the skin)
  •    RetinA or Retinol.
  •    And now the all mighty TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid). Because lately there has been some controversy around this ingredient, I will not promote it. Please read here about it.

Here are my favorite products for this skin type:

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