Skin Tip: Fatty Alcohols!

It’s Friday which means my weekly skin tip!

Stearyl alcohol and cetearyl alcohol are known as fatty alcohols that can function as humectants, drawing water to the skin, providing a soft and smooth appearance in the skin.

Thanks so much for reading and please tune in everyday next week starting Monday as I will have a special post up.

Have a good weekend,

Stephanie

 

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The Acid Chronicles: Glycolic Acid!

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Hello readers and happy Thursday!

Last week I posted on lactic acid and today I am continuing this short series with glycolic acid so read on to find out more on this AHA.

Who: Glycolic acid

What skin conditions can it help: Aging, fine lines, texture concerns, acne and hyperpigmentation

Where it comes from: Sugar cane or made synthetically

Why it’s important: It breaks down the bonds between cells that allow for easier exfoliation of the skin and is great for treating fine lines, smoothing skin texture and acne. It has the smallest molecular structure which makes it permeate faster and deeper but can cause more irritation and inflammation. *Not recommended for thin skin.

How it’s used: Glycolic acid can be found in skincare products (i.e. cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums) and also in professional treatments like chemical peels.  It also acts as a strong degreasing agent meaning it’s great for removing oil.  *Like any other exfoliating agent, limit use to a few times per week, wear sunscreen and use caution when using ingredients containing retinol as this can irritate skin.

See you tomorrow,

Stephanie

 

 

Skin Tip: Sunscreen Don’t!

Happy Friday readers!

With the long weekend ahead, most of us are going to be spending our time outdoors and by now, you should know one of the most essential items to carry with you is sunscreen. However, many people tell me they carry sunscreen and leave it in their car for future use which is a mistake.  The heat that accumulates in your car degrades the sunscreen, reducing its efficacy. To prevent this, carry it with you or store in a cooler.

*Sephora now has their Sun Safety Kit available for purchase which contains trial sizes of sunscreens that make it easy to carry when you’re on the go.  Visit sephora.com to learn more and you can also see up close pictures of the products through my Instagram.

Wishing you a safe weekend,

Stephanie

Simple Strawberries and Cream Recipe!

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Hi readers!  How is everyone doing?

I have a simple recipe to share with you today.  There was a strawberry festival over the weekend which means there is a box full of strawberries in the fridge, ready to be used.  One of my favorite things to make is fresas con crema (strawberries and cream) and it’s super easy to make.  Normally it requires Mexican crema or crème fraiche but I like to substitute Greek yogurt instead to make it healthier. *Note: I am not a health expert nor am I claiming to be one; I’m just sharing what works for me. 

Follow the steps below for a great, vitamin C rich snack!

Fresas con Crema

Strawberries, cut in half

Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla flavored)

Optional: granola, coconut flakes and/or honey

Mix the strawberries and Greek yogurt together in a bowl- if you’re using plain yogurt, you can drizzle a bit of honey on top to sweeten it just a bit.  You can enjoy it as is or top it off with coconut flakes and/or granola.

And that’s it.  Easy, right?

Stay tuned for a few more strawberry themed recipes in the coming weeks! 

Stephanie 

 

 

 

 

The Acid Chronicles: Lactic Acid!

 

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Happy Tuesday readers!  Hoping your weekend was great!

Awhile ago, I posted on alpha hydroxy acids, otherwise known as AHAs and why they are important in skincare. (In case you missed it or need a refresher, click here)  Lactic acid was one of the AHAs mentioned and here’s why this ingredient is great.

Who: Lactic acid

What skin conditions can it help: Aging and hyperpigmentation

Where it comes from: Derived from milk/sugar

Why it’s important: Lactic acid functions as a humectant, which attracts water and hydrates the skin.   It breaks down the bonds between cells that allow for easier exfoliation of the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.   It also reduces hyperpigmentation due to its ability to suppress the formation of tyrosinase ( the enzyme involved in melanin production).  Because its molecular structure is bigger than glycolic acid, it’s an ideal ingredient to use for those who have sensitive skin because it permeates into the skin slowly, reducing the chances of irritation and inflammation.

How it’s used: Lactic acid can be found in skincare products (i.e. cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums) and also in professional treatments like chemical peels.  *Like any other exfoliating agent, limit use to a few times per week, wear sunscreen and use caution when using ingredients containing retinol as this can irritate skin.

If you follow my Instagram, you’ll recognize the picture below when I took the Cosmetic Chemistry course at UCLA.  The vial on the right-hand side is what natural lactic acid looks like.

Lactic Acid

I recently joined Twitter (@stephieestie) so feel free to follow me on there too! I’m still learning how to use it, FYI, but I’m sure I’ll get it in no time. 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Stephanie

 

Skin Tip: Refresh Skin with Rose Water!

You can pour rose water (available in health food stores) into a mini spray bottle and use it throughout the day to refresh and soothe skin.  It’s a nice pick me up product to use in spring and summer months.

*Always remember to do a patch test to avoid adverse reactions.

A huge thanks to those who gave me some feedback on subscription boxes!  If anyone is thinking of subscribing to boxes, check out what these lovely bloggers had to say here.

Wishing everyone a marvelous weekend,

Stephanie  

 

Sunscreen 101!

In theme with Skin Cancer Awareness Month, increase your SPF IQ by reading up on this sunscreen guide!

Stephie Estie

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Different seasons bring a host of new trends in the beauty industry- think pastel washes of color, orange lipstick, the coveted au naturale look- but what’s one trend we should implement and follow all year-round?

Sunscreen!

Whether you are male or female, have a skincare regimen in place or not, sunscreen should be a staple product in your arsenal.  The immense danger of exposure to UV radiation is skin cancer, however skin cancer is almost entirely preventable if you choose the right sunscreen and apply with slavish devotion.  The sun is also a main culprit in the causes of wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and saggy skin-even going out for a quick walk or running an errand in your car exposes you to the sun’s damaging rays!

While there is a plethora of sunscreens to choose from, you don’t have to spend a fortune to protect yourself.  Here is a brief insight into…

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