Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub – Tips and Tricks

Just in case you’re new here, or have ignored my praises of the Glycolic Scrub for the last two years, here is a little run down.  Targeted towards most skin types (excluding highly sensitive, red irritated skin), the Glycolic scrub is not only a physical scrub, but it also gives you the added benefits of chemical exfoliation, which in turn deeply cleans the pores and removed dead skin cells, leaving your skin as fresh as can be.  While the formula is super effective, it is surprisingly gentle for the amount of active ingredients.

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Friends!

I am sure you have heard me rave on and on about my absolute holy grail skincare product, Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14%. It certainly isn’t a stranger to my social media channels, but I thought I would share with you a few extra uses, tips and tricks to make the most out of this little gem of a scrub.

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Quick Overview 

Just in case you’re new here, or have ignored my praises of the Glycolic Scrub for the last two years, here is a little run down.  Targeted towards most skin types (excluding highly sensitive, red irritated skin), the Glycolic scrub is not only a physical scrub, but it also gives you the added benefits of chemical exfoliation, which in turn deeply cleans the pores and removed dead skin cells, leaving your skin as fresh as can be.  While the formula is super effective, it is surprisingly gentle for the amount of active ingredients. But I would recommend starting out sparingly, using the scrub only once or twice a week and only leaving on the skin for a few seconds. After a while you can amp up the frequency and play with the length of time it stays on your face.

Scrub

Well durr, Camille!  The standard use for the Glycolic Scrub is a 2-3 weekly treatment to keep skin clean and fresh. This is used in conjunction with your regular cleanser as an added deep clean. Just apply a pea-sized amount to a wet face and give yourself a gentle massage with the jojoba beads to reveal fresh, sparkly skin.

Intense Treatment 

In addition to above, you can also leave the scrub on your face for much longer to allow the glycolic scrub to really get to work on those dead skin cells. On a clean face, I’ll massage in the product and leave it for the entirety of my shower. The steam will open up your pores allowing the product to penetrate deeper.  I do this when my skin is more congested than usual, or is looking a little dull.

Lip Scrub

While using this bad boy as a scrub, I sometimes lightly apply a small amount to my lips and very gently buff away any flaky skin. I must stress to you, not to open your mouth or lick your lips while their is scrub around, because it really doesn’t taste very pleasant. I find that most of the flaky skin is removed and my lips are prepped for a liquid lipstick

Spot Treatment 

Have a particularly angry zit you need gone ASAP? Smack a dab of the scrub on your raging volcano and leave over night. The redness will be reduced, and hopefully so will the size. Remember to follow up with an oil-free moisturiser the next morning, as this treatment will dry out that pesky pimple, and the skin around it.

Body Exfoliator and/or Fake Tan Prep

Wanting to get rid of scaly skin? Planning on getting your faux glow on? The night before you plan to fake tan (Man, I am a poet), it’s best that you exfoliate those dry and knobbly bits to ensure an even application. By combining both the Skinsitut Glycolic Scrub and the Multi-Active Oil to dry skin and massaging in, you are giving those pins the pampering of a lifetime. After rinsing off, you’ll find your skin is buffed but super smooth and hydrated.

Kerastosis Pilaris 

Have you ever noticed small bumps, or rough dry skin on the backs of your arms or legs? This common condition is called Kerastosis Pilaris and is completely harmless and easily treated topically with, you guessed it, my bestie Glycolic. Apply the scrub to the skin and leave for a few minutes to see smooth bump-free skin.

Ingrown Hairs 

Do you suffer with in-grown hairs? Pesky little buggers.  The Glycolic Scrub can help you with this too! Seriously, what can’t it do?! By gently scrubbing the area, the Glycolic breaks down dead skin cells to enhance shedding of the skin, and the Jojoba beads buff the skin to encourage skin renewal while removing dirt, debris and even old hair from the follicle.  But use very sparingly around sensitive areas, I would NOT recommend getting this scrub anywhere near your lady bits.  Acid and vaginas DO NOT mix.

 

If you can’t tell, I am a slave to this scrubby miracle worker. It is a product that i am never without. It permanently lives in my shower and I cannot imagine it being replaced anytime soon. Do you have a holy grail skin-care product? Do you love the Glycolic Scrub as much as I?

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

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Current Skincare Routine // Clarisonic Update

 

As promised, I wanted to share with you an update on my Clarisonic results. I have been using the Clarisonic Mia 2 for 8 weeks now and have seen significant results with my skin. I no longer look and feel like a congested, bumpy little greasy potato. My skin is clear, bright and blemishes don’t hang around for nearly as long. You may recall me writing about little lumps and bumps that have forever plagued my face, and I can honestly say I have found a huge reduction in this. My skin has never been so smooth, clear or glowy. I have even started to notice a little less oil production throughout the day. Never did I expect that the unique gentle rocking action of the Clarisonic would rid my skin of chronic bumps, regulate oil-production, reduce blemishes and promote healthy glowy skin. I am as happy as a clam. Now I’m a smooth sparkling fresh-faced potato.

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After one use
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After 8 weeks use

 

I recently got my hands on the new release Mia Fit as well and find this device to be much more user-friendly. It fits perfectly into the palm of your hand and has a longer single use timer to allow cleansing of the neck and decollatage.If you have ever considered purchasing one of these, I cannot recommend it enough. It is a huge resounding yes (!) from me.

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Another thing I want to delve into is an updated skincare routine. I touched briefly on changing skincare with the seasons in my previous post, so thought I would take you through what I am currently loving.

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Cleanser
I go through cleansers like I go through cups of tea – I’m always starting a new one before I finish the old one. But once I find a good one, I’ll stick with it until it’s empty. Lately I have been really loving Stem Organics Gentle Cleansing Milk. I am not usually a lover of cleansing milks, as I don’t find them cleansing enough for my oily skin. But this little guy is a winner.  It removes my daily cakeface perfectly, nourishes and makes my skin lovely and soft, without feeling tight. Plus it smells delicious – it reminds me of the scent of Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask, and we all know my lover affair with that. I have also still been using my hands-down favourite, Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleaner. I’ve spoken about this cleanser before and will probably mention it again because it is just that good. It removes impurities and congestion like no other, while refining and hydrating at the same time.

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Toner
I, like others, often forget to use a toner, but we shouldn’t because it is a really important step in our skincare routine. Toners allow our pores to constrict and close to prevent any dirt and grime working its way deep down into our pores. I have been using the same product for quite some time now, and that is the La Roche-Posay Serozinc. This spray is simple but super effective. Serozinc soothes and purifies the skin to perfection. I spray this after cleansing, after using a facemask, as a primer or even as a setting spray.

Serum
I have been alternating between a few different serums lately. I have been using Skinstitut Even Blend serum for quite a while now to diminish the appearance of un-even skin tone and to brighten. I have also been loving the Brooklyn Botany Vitamin C serum as well. Vitamin C is used for brightening and collagen production – Who wouldn’t want that? This serum is also the perfect accompaniment to the Clarisonic. Use of the Clarisonic allows greater absorption of vitamin C products – up to 61%.

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Hydration
If you had read my Spring Essentials post, you’d know that I am currently loving two moisturisers. As the weather is getting warmer, I have opted for a more gel-like moisturiser to save my skin from being a grease-ball. Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Gel Cream is just what I need. This oxygenating cream brings life back into dull-skin. It’s light, but full of hydration and It sinks into the skin instantly. Plus, It smells fresh and is a pleasure to use.  Another similar moisturiser is the Clinique Moisture Surge gel. Boasting incredible hydrating properties, this innovative gel sorts dry skin out in no time. I honestly can’t pick a favourite between these two, so had to mention them both. I have also been using the Hylamide Subq Eyes as an eyecream. This little guy has been a very welcomed addition to my skincare regime.  I haven’t been using this long but have definitely noticed a difference in moisture levels and dark circles.This eyecream sinks in quickly and is a breeze to use. I have really been impressed with Hylamide and Deciem products recently. Stay tuned for a brand spotlight on their products.

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Treatment
I am a sucker for masks and have upwards of 4 open at any one time. I am obsessed with Banish Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. This mask is packed to the brim with naturally occurring AHA’s which slough off dead skin cells, and brightens the complexion. This mask also contains vitamin A and C; perfect for targeting acne, regulating oil production, reducing lines and wrinkles,  all while gently exfoliating the skin. Once applied this mask does tingle as it gets to work, and smells like delicious pumpkin pie. After it is washed off, my skin is bright, fresh and super refined.  I have also been loving Bare Babe Exfoliating Coconut and Coffee mask, which again is full of a naturally occurring AHA’s, I have mentioned this incredible mask in an in-depth review here. Another treatment that I couldn’t look past, is my old trusty Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Face Mask. This mask has been on regular rotation for months and months. This clay based mask is a very budget friendly dupe for the ever-popular Glam Glow SuperMud; It thoroughly cleans pores, reduces oil and treats blemishes.
I couldn’t write a skincare post without including Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Pads. I cannot go without these hard workers. Packaged as practical pre-soaked pads, swipe one all over your face for a controlled dose of chemical exfoliation. Glycolic Acid re-texturises and re-surfaces the skin while toning and hydrating. Seriously these little guys do everything. I use these before bed every other day and cannot go without. I would highly recommend the Nip and Fab Glycolic fix pads to anyone struggling with blemishes, congestion or dullness. The perfect introduction to Glycolic acid and chemical exfoliation.

 

 

 

Speak soon, Lovers,

 

Camille  xx

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.