“Oh honey, you’re looking a little dull… this Hyauloric Acid Cloud Serum would do wonders for your skin,” says the lady behind the counter.
I’m sorry, in English please?
If you’ve ever been in this position, you know taking a stroll through the cosmetic floor of any high-end department store can be… intimidating. All of a sudden products are being thrown at us left and right with these bizarre chemical compositions leaving us wondering wait, what happened to soap?
Clearly, the beauty industry today is very different from the way things used to be. I doubt Audrey Hepburn washed her makeup off at night with a chamomile infused micellar water.
In this chaotic skincare world, I wanted to break down a few products you may have heard of but aren’t quite sure how they would benefit your routine.
Astringent – Oily skin? This one’s for you. Apply an astringent after cleansing your face to dry and shrink the outer layers of skin, reducing your skin’s oil and water content. Pour a little of the liquid on a cotton pad and pat over the oily areas of your skin (usually your t-zone). Note: use with caution because a little goes a long way. I have actually ended up peeling from over-using astringents.
Toner – Apply a toner to balance the PH levels in your skin. So, what does that mean? I got a D in Chemistry but according to SkinCareRX.com, it’s the level of how acidic to alkaline our skin should be, which is about 5.5. When we wash our faces, we strip our skin of its PH which can lead to dryness and irritation. It’s basically a way to help your skin chill out after a good scrub. Toners are an in-between step, so be sure to use it after cleansing and before moisturizing. It also helps get rid of any dirt or oil you might have missed when cleansing. Your skin will say thank you <3
Serum – Basically, the only difference between a serum and a moisturizer is the fact that serums don’t seal the skin to keep water from evaporating like moisturizers do. They’re lighter so they penetrate skin on a deeper level and sink in faster than a moisturizer. Because of their lightness, a good serum benefits the skin in ways a moisturizer just can’t – sorry moisturizer. Serums improve skin’s radiance dramatically delivering nutrients and vitamins straight into the skin cells whereas the moisturizer has more of a surface effect. If you have oily skin, try using a serum in place of a moisturizer. For normal to dry, use a serum and lock in nutrients with a moisturizer on top.
Micellar Water – When I first saw this product on my mom’s bathroom counter, I almost took a drink of it. It looks like water, it feels like water, but trust me, you’d much rather use this on your face. Micellar water is made up of soft water and micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules that are attracted to dirt and oil) so it actually draws out impurities without over-drying or irritating your skin. On top of that, micellar water can be used as a cleanser, make-up remover, and moisturizer all in one. Sign me up!
Prior to writing this post, I was not an owner of a serum or a toner, but I’m excited to say there’s one of each on their way to me now via Amazon!
Stay radiant 🙂