Current 2019 Skincare Routine

Current 2019 Skincare Routine

My skincare routine doesn’t vary that much from season-to-season, but recently I tried a few new beauty products that I really enjoyed (even loved). The newest product for me was a cleansing balm. For those of you not familiar with a cleansing balm, it’s a product that is used to take off makeup as part of a double cleanse (a double cleanse consists of using a cleansing balm and then a face wash). Previously I’d use coconut or olive oil, but after doing more research and just trial-and-error, I realized that coconut oil doesn’t really wash off of your face and it prevents products for penetrating your pores.

 

I didn’t realize how important vitamin C was to a skincare routine; it’s a powerful and potent antioxidant. And antioxidants helps to protect the body — and in this case the skin on your face — from free radicals such as environmental pollutants (dust, smog). Using a Vitamin C serum daily has tremendously improved my skin. It’s helped with some of my hyperpigmentation and it makes the texture of my skin feel softer and brighter. I was using the Mad Hippie serum for a while, but I decided to try the Andalou Naturals one since it was on sale at Whole Foods. After using each of these for a month  I think I like the Mad Hippie one better. I liked the texture and the consistency.

Here is the order that I use these products:

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I hope this information is helpful for you reading right now. I think the key with skincare is to be patient and consistent — that’s honestly what’s worked for me. Whenever I try a new product, I give it time before I give up on it. Also, don’t get frustrated with your skin. Sometimes our bodies just go through phases.

If you have any other questions, please let me know. I’d love to hear your feedback, too.

xo,
Sabrina

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HydraFacial Treatment: What is it?

HydraFacial Treatment: What is it?

I’m sure many of you have seen the HydraFacial all over Instagram and wondered what this facial was all about. It’s a non-invasive, and quick facial that claims use, “patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate.”

Supreet, the owner of Skin Sutra MedSpa and the one who did my facial, told me that the HydraFacial is replacing conventional facials. That means, no more squeezing and painful extractions — this two-step process is the only thing needed for your facials. Supreet recommended doing the HydraFacial monthly to help maintain skin elasticity, keep your pores small, and leave your face feeling smooth.


The process 

  1. She started off with cleansing my face. Supreet used a Sente face wash and made sure my face was clean so that it could properly absorb the serums. There are a few serums that you can choose from before the treatment — I chose the HydraFacial Growth Factor (to help with cell turnover and wrinkles) and Britenol Boost (this gives the face a brighter glow).
  2. Supreet then exfoliated the skin so that the dead cells were sloughed away and my pores were open — enabling maximum absorption of the serums.
  3. Then a glycolic acid was placed on my skin. Glycolic is used to reveal brighter smoother skin and it left my face baby soft.
  4. After that, the serums that I chose were “pushed” into my skin using a vortex-fusion tool.
  5. Finally, she used an LED light all over my face. This is suppose to help with inflammation and any hyperpigmentation.

After the treatment was done, my skin looked refreshed and I had this natural glow. Unlike other facials it wasn’t red at all. Also, if I really wanted to, Supreet said that I would have been able to wear makeup that same night, but I just let my skin breathe.

It’s been about two months (by the time this blog will be live) since I got the treatment and I’ve been really happy with how my face looks. I only use skin makeup (including BB and CC creams) when I have a special occasion.

Overall, it’s way less invasive than the other treatments that I did with her, i.e. Venus Viva and SkinPen, but the results weren’t as dramatic. For example with the SkinPen and the VenusViva, I felt like it really helped with some of my hyperpigmentation.

My take? Well, If I was looking for something to give my skin a boost and I didn’t have downtime to let my skin heal, I would definitely opt for the HydraFacial.

Also, I know that sometimes self-care can be expensive so Supreet gave me a 20% discount code for the regular HydraFacial. Use this link http://spab.kr/HzClzBf and this code: SabrinaSummer19 (it expires at the end of August 2019).

xo,

Sabrina

Travel Beauty and Skincare Products

Travel Beauty and Skincare Products

Hi friends,

I wanted to share some of my favorite skincare and beauty products that I like to take when traveling. Many times, I’ll overpack, but I’ve become better over the years with condensing the things that I bring.

I’ve also been really into travel hacks lately and I’ve come across some really good ones that I will share with you guys over the next two weeks.

Here are the products:

1. Shower cap

2. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap, 18-in-1 Hemp

3. Johnson’s Baby Oil

4. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50

5. Fekkai Sheer Hold Hair Spray

6. La Mer The Renewal Oil

7. Rosewater

8. Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes

9. Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes

10. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

11. Tony Moly Sheet masks