Product Review: Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

I am a self-proclaimed Drunk Elephant product line fan.  I believe in what they stand for (like saving my favorite animal, the elephant) and that their products contain what’s good and leave out what’s not.

The T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial does not disappoint. Since I am a Sephora VIP Rouge customer, I was able to get my trembling hands on this baby before it was available to the masses. The cute, yet not over-the-top packaging in eggshell and light pink flanked by one happy pachyderm was convenient and reflects understated luxury.  True to my trusted favorite brand, it’s rated a certified ReadHead best.  It’s pricey at $80 for 1.69 oz but I’ll make it rain for this product.

What is it?

The Babyfacial is a wonderful mask + peel.  Two pumps of the wheat-colored concoction of goodness covers your face and after 20 minutes provides an effective shellacking of your skin due to the powerful punch of 25% AHA and 2% BHA acids.

Ingredients:

Drunk Elephant’s products always contain top of the line ingredients that are designed for effectiveness but cut down on irritants. There’s no fillers here.  Chock full of acids, sodium PCA and hyaluronate for hydration and extracts (which equal antioxidants) and this gem is sure to brighten and tighten dull, dehydrated skin.

Here’s the list from Sephora’s website:

-Blend 25% (Glycolic + T.L.C. (T) Tartaric, (L) Lactic, (C) Citric Acids) and Salicylic Acid (BHA) 2%: Exfoliate surface dead skin cells and support surface turnover to smooth and brighten the appearance of skin; exfoliates pores as well as on the surface of the skin, refining pores and providing greater skin clarity while soothing redness.
-Gram/Chickpea Flour: Absorbs excess oil without over-drying, balances, and brightens skin’s appearance while combating dullness.
-Pumpkin Ferment Extract: Aids in gentle exfoliation with a rich source of fatty acids and antioxidant components, carotene, lutein, and carotenoids, and contains naturally occurring enzymes.
-Matcha (Green Tea Leaf Powder), Milk Thistle, and Apple Extracts: Contain potent antioxidant and anti-pollution properties, helping to condition and soothe.

Water, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Cicer Arietinum Seed Powder, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Dextrin, Polydextrose, Sorbitan Isostearate, Amylopectin, Niacinamide, Phytosphingosine, Lactic Acid, Propanediol, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

Application:

Application was easy and fast.  The directions say to leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse off. I did feel some tingling, which means those who have sensitive skin should take it easy and start off with shorter amounts of time. It does have a bit of a smell to me, which probably is the pumpkin ferment and apple.  It isn’t off-putting and smells natural.

Results:

Ooh baby this stuff is the ish. My skin glowed and the acids helped tame some of my acne I had popping up.  I had no irritation and my texture smooth.  I didn’t have any peeling or dryness.  Kudos again to the developers at D.E.  I’m totally fan-girling over this one.

Overall Rating: 5/5

*Certified ReadHead Best

Price: $$$$$

Packaging: 5/5

Do you love Drunk Elephant or have tried the Babyfacial? Drop us a line in the comments.

 

 

 

Product Review: NYX Cosmetics Wonder Stick

Contouring, or using lighter and darker shades to highlight and define the features on your face, is all the rage these days.  While I prefer a more natural look for my everyday, contouring can be fun if you’re into makeup and want to take the extra steps.

I picked up NYX’s Wonder Stick at Ulta for just under $12.  I was in a major hurry before a 70’s party that I was going to.  My inspiration was late 60s/early 70’s Twiggy, so I wanted to get that defined and concealer-heavy look for that time period.  This little duo turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

Color: I got the lightest one which proved to be a great match for my fair skin.  The contour (darker) color was a proper shade of brown that blended well without looking orange.

Application: is a breeze.  The dual-sided stick (one side highlight and the other contour) glided on smoothly.  I had moisturizer on so that helped, but I had to put a bit more muscle into the contour for it to really show.  This means it could be a good option with a light hand for fair-skinned people. The concealer glided on in a light-medium coverage. I would suggest setting this with a translucent powder.

The stick idea is great for concealing and for contouring the nose and cheeks – areas you draw to define vs. larger areas to add color to.  It does prove to be a bit awkward if you want to carry that contour up to your hair line to close your forehead in.  It works, but is a bit like coloring and requires some serious blending.

Finish: everything looked creamy on my skin, with a bit of a glow.  I wouldn’t suggest this for oily-skinned people, especially if the t-zone is a problem for you.  The concealer looked natural, but did settle into creases a bit.

End result: I don’t suggest that this will solve all your problems if a heavy duty concealer is important to you or if you want a bangin’ contour look.  But, if you’re traveling or want just a little something to oomph up your look for the night without all the fuss, this is a fool-proof way to do it.  I’m glad I have this in my makeup bag – it’s convenient, the price is very affordable and I didn’t break out. You’ll need to remember to blend, blend blend.

Overall Rating: 3/5

Price: $$$$$

Packaging: 5/5

Defining the Dark Spots On Your Skin

As many redheads and fair-skinned people, I grew up always being freckled.  I remember a friend’s dad saying to me, “Did you get your suntan through a screen door?” Ugh.

While I’m not the fairest of the fair and I actually tend to tan fairly well which is like being a redheaded unicorn, this has proven to be aesthetically pleasant (who doesn’t like a summer glow) and a recipe for disaster on how I treated my skin in my early days.  While picking up my acne medication my dermatologist mentioned to my mom, “She’s way too tan for a redhead.”  Chalk that up to a challenge I shouldn’t have taken.  My mother’s voice when I told her I was going to the tanning bed still rings in my head. #momknowsbest

Enter the years of “aging” and suddenly your face starts dotting itself with dark freckles you never had seemingly overnight and swaths of nickel-sized brown skin that makes you look like a pound puppy. Given we can’t rewind the clock and yank our sun-worshiping selves off the beach by the ear, let’s talk about what those dark spots are and how to treat them.

Common dark spots:

Freckles can be both genetic and caused by the sun.  Take a look at your face, chest shoulders and arms (which have the most sun exposure) and then take a look at a place that the sun doesn’t shine like….your butt.  It sounds weird to tell you to do that, but if you’ve got some freckling (not caused by tanning beds) that’s one thing.  But most of us have a fairly freckle-free rump.  That freckling on your face is likely sun damage and age spots that show up after years.  The reason we start seeing them in our 30s and 40s is because the damage we did before we knew better is starting to show.  Giddy up for this fun ride.

Melasma is the darkening of patches of skin that can range from the size an eraser of a pencil to covering large parts of the face.  Melasma is caused by sun damage, but can also be caused by hormones.  Women are much more susceptible to melasma than men due to birth control and pregnancy – melasma is also called “pregnancy mask.”

Moles are something we’re all pretty familiar with.  Moles are caused by changes in the skin.  Most are harmless, but should always be checked by dermatologists on a frequent basis.  I’m talking to you – fellow pale friends! Moles can also be triggered by age and sun damage and indicate melanoma/skin cancer.

How do you treat this?

  • Sun protection is the #1 anti-aging thing you can do for yourself.  I recommend nothing less than 30 SPF.  This also includes hats, sunglasses to protect the delicate skin around your eyes, and wearing protective shirts and cover-ups while being in the sun.
  • Increasing skin cell turnover with long-term treatment from retinols and peels.  For light resurfacing, look for 10-30% glycolic, lactic or mandelic peels.  For the biggest impact you need peels that get below the surface like TCA and Jessner Peels.  Always check with a professional before attempting peels…and don’t forget that SPF!
  • Lotions or serums with hydroquinone, vitamin C and antioxidants help protect the skin from the sun and reverse sun damage. The trick here is getting enough in a product to be effective and stability, especially in vitamin C.
  • Lasers are also an option, like Fraxel and IPL, that target skin damage.  These are your pricier options, but are effective.

Have you found something that gave you SkinLove after dark spots?  Drop us a line in the comments!

 

*Note that there is some controversy over the use of hydroquinone and retinol, and should not be used by those who are pregnant or want to become pregnant.

Product Review: Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque

Full disclosure, I have only used this a few times, so I will come back and update it once I’ve used the whole tube. But, I’ve used a lot of masks in my day and do think that the initial use is worth the review.

I bought this mask because of all the skin care steps, a mask is the one I probably lack on using enough and the ingredients were impressive. I am prone to clogged pores and milia (those little white bumps you get) due to my large pores yet dehydrated skin that produces and traps oil or heavy products, so I’m always on the hunt for something that is either a miracle worker or fits well into my current routine. Enter Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue Masque.

Texture – This goes on as a smooth, yet grainy mask due to the physical exfoliating properties in it. Unlike a mud mask, or other clay masks, I did not get an immediate cooling sensation with this one. It spread easily, and came out of the tube in the appropriate amounts. It went on as a sort of wet(ish) grainy mask that is a mud green color.

Ingredients – wow, wow, wow my acne-prone skin did one of those double takes when you see someone too hot to be real.  Lots of clays to pull out the gunk (kaolin and bentonite), lactic and mandelic acid and physical exfoliators to tackle that glow, acne fighters like witch hazel, charcoal, volcanic ash, sulfur and tea tree oil…I mean…drool.

Full list of ingredients here:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Kaolin, Bentonite, Maris Limus (Sea Silt) Extract, Sulfur, Lactic Acid, Niacinamide, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Mandelic Acid, Calcium Sulfate, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Charcoal Powder, Volcanic Ash, Peumus Boldus Leaf Extract, Phytic Acid, Naringenin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Panthenyl Triacetate, Glycerin, Galactoarabinan, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol.

Application – was easy. I used about a quarter size to cover my face. My skin is feeling winter dry, so I only applied it to my T zone area. I made sure to be gentle when putting it on due to the exfoliators in there. It covered adequately, not too thin and not goopy.

Experience – it took about 10 min for it to really start to dry down. It dried to a light, sandy green and once it started drying felt really tight. Although I have sensitive skin, I am well acclimated in physical and chemical exfoliators, so I did not get a tingle that was of any intensity and my face did not turn red, but I would caution anyone with very sensitive or dry skin against using this, at least for any extended period of time.

Washing it off – unlike some of the other masks that I’ve used, this was fairly easy to get off. I appreciated the physical exfoliators and liked that this product included a lot of things I needed in one. My face looked smooth and evened out. Blackheads were less but not completed decreased.

To Sum It Up: This is not a mask that you’ll feel pampered using. It’s a POWER WORKER to get all dirt and grime out of your face.  It certainly doesn’t feel luxurious, but hey, if you’re blasting through my acne problems, who cares. The ingredients are known to be effective, and smell. The sulfur smell (think rotten eggs) wasn’t intense to me when I put it on, but it did linger all night. You might not want to use this one before a romantic night! I used a rather heavy duty moisturizer last night, but my t-zone area feels dry/tight today, a little roughed up albeit squeaky clean. Those with oily skin may want to use this a few times a week, but for me, this is no more than 1 x per week or after a heavy makeup day.

I’m very impressed with the heavy-duty ingredients in this one mask and would highly recommend it.

Overall Rating – 4/5

Price$$$$$

Packaging – 4/5

Product Review: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel

Do you, Stacie, take Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel to be your lifelong partner?  I DO.

Every once in a while you come across that product that makes you shed a tear of happiness.  For someone with sensitive skin that requires exfoliation but then gets angry at me and goes dry, it’s a fine line between effective and…I just can’t.

I’ve used just about everything you can think of, including, serums, at-home peels, professional peels, acids and antioxidants of every letter of the alphabet…you name it.

I have to say that this product is fantastic and gets a high ranking from ReadHead. It’s easy to use, packaged in it’s own duo package for easy use and travel, and takes only a few minutes.

Application – it comes in a dual foil package that produces little folded cloths that look like wet naps.

  • You open package one which is full of alpha and beta acids gentle enough to be used daily but effective enough to work, swipe it on your face, neck and chest, and then wait two minutes.
  • Then, open package two which contains retinol and other anti-aging fighters plus an acid deactivator, swipe that on your face, neck and chest, and boom. You’re done.
  • You may become a little dry, but you will not see your skin peel.  Pro tip – some of the most effective peels show no peeling skin whatsoever.

You’ll see a ton of reviews online for this, but since this is ReadHead and we take things a step farther into the why’s, here’s some additional thoughts from a skin care specialist.

  • This product does contain alcohol. I am typically against alcohol but when doing a peel, using alcohol first before the peel is recommended to strip the skin of dirt and oil that would impede the efficacy of the peel. Alcohol in this sense, is a good thing.
  • For those of us poor souls with large pores and acne-prone skin, this is a life saver. The mix of manual exfoliation (putting on the peel), AHA and BHA, then retinol is an acne-busting combination.
  • Those new to peels and with sensitive skin beware. I think it’s not wise whatsoever to use this continuously everyday, not to mention price prohibitive for some. Too much exfoliation is not good for you and will invite irritation and skin sensitivity = sun damage. You’d be better off getting a good AHA/vitamin C product to use daily, and then a retinol at night (I love Dennis Gross Retinol brightening) and use this product once or twice a week.
  • That being said, if you don’t use other exfoliating products, need to rev up the exfoliation for a short time, or are having a particular bout of acne or rough textured skin, perhaps use this daily for a week and then let your skin calm.
  • This has replaced my 30% glycolic peels for home that I was doing once a month, but it would not replace my higher percentage or TCA peels that I do twice a year.
  • This is a surface peel, but a good one at that. It will help with gradual fading of sun spots, and lines that come from surface dry/rough skin. It will likely not get down to the lower layers of the skin where the dramatic changes happen and require more downtime. So, as long as you have the right expectations, you’ll be happy.

The price is high, but it’s effective and will help your other products you bought work more effectively. I’ve had mine for about two months and have only used 6 or 7 pads out of the 35 (I got 5 free with the Sephora purchase). Cutting them in half will help you too.

Enjoy clear, bright, refreshed skin!

Overall Rating: 5/5

Price: $$$$$

Packaging: 5/5

*Certified ReadHead Best

Have you used these pads before? Drop us a line in the comments.

How to get those mega lashes.

Some consider the eyes the window to the soul.  To me, eyes are my most favorite feature on any living thing I encounter; it also happens to be my favorite feature of my own self.

eyelashesRivaled only by expert brows, eyelashes can enhance your face and, if your eyes are a favorite feature like me, can draw people in. I receive lots of compliments on my eyelashes (that’s me to the right with mascara only, no eyeliner and not much mascara on lower lashes), and lots of skepticism that they’re actually real.  For the record, yes, they’re real and I’ll give you some insight on how to get them yourself. Keep reading to see my lash routine and how I got this look.

Genetics.

First thing’s first, are genetics. I’m sorry, it’s the thing you don’t want to hear if you have barely there eyelashes already.  But. you have to realistic in what your hair and body will produce (much like me with my hair color). The good news for all ReadHead readers is that before I started taking care of my lashes, I’d give them a 5 out of 10.  There’s lots of room to grow.

Taking care of lashes from the inside.

For as much time as I take to talk about taking care of your skin, my diet leaves something to be desired. I did some reading, because that’s what we do here at ReadHead and found a vitamin with impressive ingredients called Alive! Whole Food Supplement that is packed full of just about any leafy green, fruit, vitamin, you name it.  It tastes like dirt, but wow does it work to give me the things my body is missing.  I also supplement this with my favorite beauty vitamin, Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Extra Strength Hair Skin & Nail which focuses on hair’s building blocks of biotin, collagen, vitamins and argan oil.  These two things together gave my body the boost it needed.

Blogger’s Note: I am not a doctor.  Before taking any vitamins consult your doctor and be sure to follow all directions on labels. Vitamins and supplements are not to be taken lightly nor does more mean better. I do not take the recommended dose for these.  I take one pill of each per day vs. the recommended three.  More on vitamins in another post.

Taking care of your lashes on the outside.

Washing your face does more than get the gunk out of your pores.  It also removes drying mascara that can make your lashes hard and brittle.  Lashes are just like the hair on your head – putting them through curling, harsh chemicals and no rest can cause them to be brittle and break. Ever notice how men seem to have the most beautiful lashes us women envy?  It’s because they don’t put them through the ringer.

Tips:

  • Give your lashes a rest from mascara on the weekends or days that you don’t have to get dolled up.
  • Use a lash conditioner at night.  My favorite is Rimmel’s Lash Accelerator.  Although this clear gel says you can wear it under mascara, I don’t recommend it.  It helps lashes grow by conditioning them and protecting from fall-out.  Using a clean mascara wand with a light dip of castor oil also works.
  • Check into lash-growth serums. If your lashes truly aren’t there, Latisse is an option you can get, but it’s pricey without a prescription.  It won’t replace Latisse, but RapidLash is one I’ve used in the past that worked well and was more budget-friendly.
  • Get rid of the really cheap dollar mascaras that are high in alcohol.  You can find great drugstore brands, but skip the off-brands. Waterproof should also go if you don’t have extremely oily lids.  It puts a strain on your lashes during the day and when you’re removing it.
  • Use a conditioning lash primer before your mascara to help protect lashes day in and day out.
  • Different mascaras can give you different looks.  If you don’t mind a few steps, find good lengthening and volumizing mascaras vs. trying to find a great one that does both.
  • Try using a hair dryer on your lash curler for extra curl staying power.  Use your hair dryer for about 10 seconds, test it on your hand first to make sure it’s not too hot, and voila, it’s like a hair curler for your lashes. Make sure to let them cool down to really set that curl before adding mascara.

What I’m wearing: Diorshow Maximizer 3D eyelash primer, two coats of BENEFIT’s Roller Lash mascara, and one coat of Two Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara (and if that name doesn’t intrigue you I’m not sure what does) for ultimate volume.

Have a favorite lash product? Drop us a line in the comments.

The AA BB CCs of today’s foundation foilers

Those of us with finicky and/or fair skin have all been there searching for what seems like eternity for the right color or formulation of foundation that fits our skin type.  When it seems like there’s something that we find, we hear of something new shouting at us to try it.  BB creams, CC creams, tinted moisturizers, and even no makeup-makeup have hit the shelves with a large following and marketing budget to boot.

So, what’s it all about?

BB, or beauty (sometimes also called blemish) balm creams, are nothing new in their purpose.  They are formulated like a tinted moisturizer with sheer to medium coverage depending on the type but are formulated to multi-task with skin-benefiting ingredients like sun protection, arbutin to lighten dark spots, retinol for wrinkles and antioxidants to treat free radical stress.  The Korean makeup and skin care companies were leaders in the BB cream craze, with western companies from Dior to L’Oréal jumping on the bandwagon.

CC, or color correcting creams, are like BB creams but tend to be slightly thicker to provide color correcting help to cover hyper pigmentation, inflamed acne or redness.

The pros are that they provide a range of finishes and can help you cut down on steps if you’re a busy go-getter.  Cons are that shades are generally limited with the fairest and deeper skin tones being left to find other alternatives.

ReadHead’s Favorites

Dr. Jart Premium – gives a light-medium coverage and a satin finish.  This power BB packs great ingredients, skin lighteners, high SPF and is great for sensitive skin.

Lumene CC Cream – excellent in coverage and comes in two shades so you can mix and match. Gives a satin-matte finish for dimension without shine and a drugstore price.

Dior HydraLife – a western BB cream with 30+ SPF, a beautiful finish and skin-improving properties. This one is pricey and shades are limited.  Skip this if you’re oily or very fair.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer – the original western BB in my opinion, this inexpensive yet powerful tinted moisturizer comes chock full of antioxidants and wrinkle-fighting retinol.  This one provides ultra sheer coverage and is perfect for the no makeup days you just want a little something extra. Plus, you can find this in almost any drugstore.

Skin79 Pink – This Korean BB cream provides ultra coverage, cute packaging and high SPF.  If you’re into Korean skin care, these are great options for the fair skinned. Watch out for dupes as this one is frequently counterfeit.

Have a favorite BB or CC cream? Drop us a line in the comments.

ReadHead’s redhead quest for perfect hair.

For anyone who is  (blessed. blessed? blessed!) with naturally red or some other color of hair that “people pay good money to get at the salon,” this is for you.  Born a natural redhead, I have lived through the carrot top jokes, the “you’ll love your hair when you’re older” on repeat while boys turned their nose up to anyone who was described as being a redhead, and the stylist who just CANNOT BELIEVE I would dye my hair as if it’s a sin to touch it. I balayage my hair blonde because I want to.

I believe that I have now made my way onto the “no” list for a few stylists.  I have learned over the years that before I set an appointment, I tell the nice receptionist my stipulations which almost immediately puts me in the what in the… category. “I have long and thick hair, and want someone who is experienced with red hair.  It takes a long time to do and this is the style I want which includes two processes.” I show up at my appointment, sit in the chair and get a frown from the stylist who realizes that I’m incorrectly booked on time, I have A LOT of hair to deal with and they aren’t really sure which colors to pick.  Sigh.  My picture with the deep brown root and the bright ash blonde turns out as expected – slightly darker red root and warm blonde. Palm to the face.

If you’re a redhead who is planning to go a lifted blonde or balayage, here’s some tips.

  • Red hair is proven to be tougher to dye, is stubborn and fades faster.
  • It requires more time to process and will always have a brassy undertone unless you have multiple processes to get it to where you want. If you want a bright blonde, talk to your stylist about going with an ash blonde to combat the brass.
  • Go to someone who is experienced in red hair.  You’ll thank yourself.
  • A violet shampoo is essential to keeping your hair from getting brassy.  However, if you have a sensitive scalp like me, you may have to alternate with a gentler, sulfate-free option.  My favorite, albeit harsh with a old flowery smell that makes me pay for a few days with a dry scalp is Clairol’s Shimmer Lights. I have yet to find a better toning shampoo.
  • Accept yourself the way you are.  I may need to take my own advice on this one.  There are colors we just aren’t meant to achieve.  Perhaps I should save my money and go with that au natural color everyone pays top dollar for.

Have a suggestion on how to get the best color at the salon? Drop us a line in the comments.

 

 

 

Winter is coming.

Although the snow can be beautiful, living in an area that has harsh winters has it’s special challenges.  Cold, harsh winds, drying heat, showers that are borderline scalding and cold sucking the [life from you] moisture from your skin can wreak havoc on skin.  Mix in sensitive, fair skin that gets irritated from sweaters, scarves or other things to make your day somewhat bearable and can still get fried from the sun, and well, it can be down right depressing.

Cheer up!  It doesn’t have to be so bad.  ReadHead has some suggestions on the things to keep you moisturized, flake and worry free.

  • Sun protection is still a must everyday.  Even during overcast wintry days you still need to product your glorious porcelain skin with proper SPF of 20+.  There are both physical (think titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) and chemical (think oxybenzone avobenzone) sun blockers, so if you react to one, look for other options. Shiseido’s Urban Environment Oil-Free SPF 42  and Elta MD’s options are a few ReadHead favorites.
  • Balance moisturizing with exfoliation. Too much of a good thing ends up being a bad thing.  Heavy moisturizers can trap oil and not let skin properly slough itself (no snow flakes here) and clog pores. Those who aren’t acne prone may benefit from alpha hydroxy (think lactic and glycolic) acids that gently remove the top layers of dry, dead skin.  Oily and acne-prone skin may benefit from beta hydroxy (think salicylic) acids that penetrate deep into pores and clean out oil.  Neostrata makes an effective and budget friendly option with their 10% AHA enhanced lotion and Paula’s Choice 2% BHA are both ReadHead approved
  • Combat dehydrated skin with good moisturizers rich with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and other humectants that repair the skin barrier and draw moisture to the skin. Go-to’s for ReadHead are CeraVe PM and Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin Lotion & Liquid. If you’re like ReadHead and try to end the freezing getting out of the shower as much as possible and forego lotion on your body, try an in-shower lotion.

Other handy dandy ways to moisturize your skin: getting your essential oils like omega 3-6-9, taking hyaluronic acid supplements that also benefit stiff joints, and calming sprays like Avene’s Thermal Water which also doubles as a gentle makeup-setting spritz.

Have a favorite way to beat chapped winter skin?  Drop us a line in the comments.

The day baby wipes almost defeated me.

Ok.  So, as you’ll learn here on ReadHead, there are a few things that I see as non-negotiable.  One is washing your face every night.  Two is never, and I repeat never, using those prepackaged makeup towels on your face.  ::shudders at the thought:: When I had heard that someone I love dearly regularly used baby wipes – on her face – I think I almost dropped to my knees in defeat with the thought it is true that all is not right in this world.

For those of us with fair, reactive and sensitive skin, makeup wipes are bad news.  Let’s discuss why.

  • No matter how much you rub, you’re never getting all the gunk off your face.
  • Rubbing is exfoliation.  Even with “made for sensitive skin” and ultra soft cloths, this is still friction on your face which can cause irritation, broken capillaries and redness.
  • Many of these are very high in things that cause reactions – fragrance, alcohol and irritants.

Here is an ingredient list for a well-known brand:

Water, SD Alcohol 40B, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Salicylic Acid, Cocamidoprophyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, PEG/PPG 20/6 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, PPG 5 Ceteth 20, C12 15 Alkyl Lactate, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzalkonium Chloride, Fragrance

Thoughts from ReadHead

While sometimes you got to do what you got to do, check out the other alternatives to the harsh wipes.

  • Make it a point to wash your face every night.  I was told by some French woman with amazing skin that for every night you don’t wash your face you age seven days.  That’s all the motivation I needed.
  • Micellar waters are big with many brands like Garnier and Simple launching their own.
  • Pre-wash makeup removers, like my favorite from Klorane are fantastic.  And, you can use a gentler face wash.

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