Mary's Question - "I have read that BHAs are better because AHAs do not penetrate as deeply and are limited in what they address. What is your philosophy on these two? Are BHAs just for acne prone skin?"
Though they have similar names, AHAs (alpha hydroxyl acid) and BHAs (beta hydroxyl acid) are very different. And your need for one or the other depends entirely on your skin type.
AHAs are water soluble, which means they are more effective on dry or damaged skin. The most popular AHAs include familiar names like lactic, glycolic, and Mandelic acid. These guys help loosen the “glue” that hold dead skin cells together, revealing plump, hydrated, glowy skin.
My Dual Enzyme Polish is a great product that has both physical exfoliators in the microspheres and an AHA cocktail that provides chemical exfoliation.
BHAs are oil soluble, which makes them better at penetrating oily or breakout prone skin. While AHAs are best described as a skin exfoliator, BHAs are better known as a pore “deep cleaner”.
The most popular BHA is Salicylic acid. Our Salicylic Treatment Complex helps tackle the appearance of those large pores and promotes clear, luminous skin.
So to answer your question, BHAs can be appropriate for people who have acne prone skin as well as those with clogged and enlarged pores, blackheads, occasional blemishes, or redness and sensitive skin.
Kay's Question - "I would love to know what foundation you use. Your skin is absolutely radiant."
Thank you so much. You are too kind! My absolute FAVORITE makeup product to try is – take a wild guess – foundation.
My two my most beloved foundations are very different. I love the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation, infused with actual caviar extracts! (Just avert your eyes when it comes to the price tag.) My more affordable favorite is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Extension Serum, which you can find on Amazon.
To find out more about my makeup routine, I recently wrote a blog with all the juicy details on my current favorite Department Store & Drugstore Makeup.
@julaayyy's Question - "What age should I start using anti-aging products?"
It’s never too early to start using products that can prevent or prolong the aging process. All of my products are formulated to be suitable for every skin type at every age, but if you’re looking at add a step to your skincare routine to specifically target the needs of aging skin, I have a few suggestions…
20s – Ah, to be 20 again! Take my advice now and always wear sunscreen!! Adding a moisturizer like my oil-free Sheer Renewal Cream is a simple, single step that will keep your skin feeling hydrated, fresh, and young.
30s – One morning in your thirties, you will wake up, look in the mirror, and say “When did I start to looking so grown up?” When that day comes, add a product like my Retinol Treatment Complex. Retinol boosts cell turn over, which can minimize the size of your pores and target the early signs of aging like hyperpigmentation and fine lines.
40s – One step up from Retinol, the Age Renewal Super Serum effectively fights the signs of aging you may be seeing in your 40s. Things like texture, dehydration, elasticity, fine lines, radiance, and tone can all be improved with this highly scientifically advanced serum.
50s – As a member of this club, I know that it can be time to start focusing specifically on problem areas, and the first signs of aging typically start around the eye area. This Complete Eye Cream fights the most obvious enemies of the eyes – wrinkles, under circles, puffiness, and loss of elasticity.
60s and beyond –Don’t forget, skincare is for the body too! The Restorative Hand Cream is a fantastic, non-greasy lotion that also has real skincare benefits that can help minimize the appearance of age spots of crepe-like skin. Another tip I love to share, when I have a bit too much serum to cover my face, I always apply the remaining product to the backs of my hands and down onto my neck and chest.
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