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 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.

Let’s talk trash #3

Hi friends,

I haven’t done an empties post in many moons, so it is safe to say that I have a lot.  I’ll only stick to the products worth mentioning (good and bad)

Skinstitut – L-lactic Cleanser

I think I have spoken about this before in a favourites blog, but it deserves another mention.  This cleanser is so effective but doesn’t dry out my skin or leave it feeling tight. L-Lactic Cleanser actually hydrates and nourishes the skin, while working on congested areas and improving the skins integrity. Over time my skin looks much more healthy and even has a bit of a glow about it.  I have already repurchased this cleanser and will again and again.

Dr Bronners Pure Castle Liquid Soap – Tea Tree

This soap is incredible – It is completely organic, plus the ingredients are ethically sourced and fair trade certified. That alone is impressive, however this humble liquid soap is impressive for so many other reasons, upwards of 18 to be exact. Dr Bronners can be used to wash almost anything. I use it on the floors, when I clean the bathroom, if I’ve ran out of body wash, to wash my fruit and veggies even. But what I love it best for is cleaning my make-up brushes. My brushes come up sparkling! Even those beautiful white Zoeva brushes that are always stained orange and red, they come up as good as new and with very little effort.  I’ve already gone through 2 of these and there are 2 brand new Lavender  and Rose scented bottles waiting for me. I highly recommend.

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Trefiel Anti Aging Lace Hydromask

This has got to be the most beautiful sheet mask I have ever used – And silly me forgot to take a photo! The mask looks like black lace on your skin, much better than those scary white cloth sheet masks.  Trefiel Lace Hydromask boasts premium ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E for hydration, skin repair and free-radical protection. The ingredients are also plant-based and GMO free, meaning they contain no nasty chemicals and won’t harm your precious skin.  The mask feels cool and soothing on the skin and is much easier to wear than other sheet masks. This mask is really lovely to use, I will definitely re-purchase (Sorry again for not taking a picture of the beautiful lace detail)

Skinny Tan – Body Mousse

If you have been reading for a while you know that I h ave never been much of  a fake tanner, until recently. This little bottle of sunshine changed all of that. This tanner is so easy to use with beautiful natural-streak free results. Never had I used a product with such a natural bronze colour, without being too orange. The mousse is so easy to buff in and not-at-all sticky. It does transfer slightly on clothes, but didn’t stain my sheets at all. The scent isn’t offensive, the tan lasts for over a week and wears off evenly.  I have also gotten so many uses out of the one bottle, I am amazed. This little guy has turned me into a weekly tanner.

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Antipodes – Aura Manuka Honey Mask

I am sure Aura isn’t a stranger to regular readers of the blog; I adore this mask.  Full of antibacterial properties and intense hydration, this mask is so soothing, nourishing and gets to work on any pesky pimples. This can be left on for 10 minutes, an hour or all night for an especially intense treatment. Aura smells of juicy mandarin and creamy vanilla, and it spreads so easily all over the face. It really is a pleasure to use. I like to massage the mask into my skin using a jade roller for better absorption. I am truly sad that my tube has run out, but with so many other hyrdration masks waiting to get on my face, it’s only fair I don’t re-purchase just yet….. but it will certainly make its way back into my stash in no time. I would like 1x life supply of Aura please, skincare gods.

Bioderma Sebium AKN Purifying Corrective Care Fluid.

I usually love Bioderma – They have innovative products that are of such a high-quality, I am often surprised that they are sold in Priceline. But this little guy, let me down. This Corrective Care Fluid states that it is a purifying, smoothing cream that hydrates and eliminates blemishes and blackheads. For me, none of these statements ring true. The fluid is very thin, I find no moisturising benefits for my skin. I used the whole tube, which lasted quite a while,  but never noticed a difference in blackheads, smoothing or purifying. I had read that some people used this as a primer, but when I tried this, the product just seemed to ball up under my foundation. I sadly found nothing positive about this. But that is not to say that it won’t work for anybody else. My love for Bioderma will forever remain.

Loreal Hair Expertise EverStrong Strengthening and Repairing Mask Treatment

This was another disappointing product  for me. I use a hair treatment mask every time I wash my hair; I am all about that soft, hydrated hair life. I cannot function if my hair is knotty or dry.  I was looking forward to this treatment, it is marketed as Loreal’s most gentle treatment and is 100% sulphate-free. But unfortunately it was a little too gentle, in that it did nothing for me. The mask is fairly runny but has a beautiful fresh scent. It applies effortlessly and feels lovely in the hair. However, after washing and drying my hair was dry and felt similar to straw. I played around with the amount I used but kept getting similar results. I won’t be purchasing this guy again.

 

 

Speak soon lovers,

 

Camille x

 

*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.

 

What are Microbeads? What are the best Microbead-free scrubs?

I am a huge lover of anything exfoliating. Whether it be chemical or physical, I love getting it all over my face and removing that pesky dead and dry skin. I’d do almost anything for fresh, bright smooth skin….almost anything. One thing I won’t do is knowingly endanger the environment, especially our sea creatures, in the name of glowy skin.

Let me introduce you to an ingredient in most physical scrubs – Microbeads. I am sure you’ve met MB before, you are probably quite well acquainted. I would even go as far as saying that microbeads have been all up in your face before. Microbeads are generally responsible for the exfoliating action you feel as you scrub. Sure they feel good, but I promise you, they are evil.

Microbeads are little tiny weeny balls of plastic that create a real danger for both our planet and its inhabitants. One tube of scrub can contain upwards of 300,000 little balls of evil, that is just ONE TUBE. These beads are washed straight down the drain, too small to be filtered through sewerage systems and ultimately end up in our oceans. Filled with chemicals these mircobeads poison the water as well as marine-life. And these little devil-beads are adding up. Although there have been calls from the Australian Government to ban the use of microbeads, this still has not happened. So, currently it is up to us, as consumers, to limit the use of these products until they are phased out.

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What can you do?

Opt for organic skincare, or products that highlight the use of natural exfoliants. Check labels for the keyword polyethylene and steer clear. Some of my personal favourites are listed below with not a devil-bead in sight.

Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator

This creamy scrub is perfect for dry skin. It is super gentle and hydrating. Full of rich oils to nourish and balance the skin. Plus it is completely organic, cruelty free and created by our lovely kiwi neighbours.

Skinsitut Glycolic Scrub 14%

Want something a little more cosmeceutical? This scrub definitely packs a punch. Full of glycolic acid, Tea Tree Oil and Jojoba beads. I use this when my skin is breaking out and  in dire need of a cleanout.Although it isn’t organic, it is one of my all time favourites. Not recommended for sensitive skin

St. Ives Green Tea Scrub

This scrub used to be my ride or die face scrub, we were mutually exclusive for a good 18 months. This scrub is full of antioxidants and obviously, green tea. It is great for fighting free-radicals and reducing redness in the skin. This can bit a little abrasive, so I would recommend this to normal/combo/oily skin.

Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub

I am currently loving all things Manuka Doctor. My skin really reacts well to the antibacterial and nourishing properties of Manuka Honey. This particular scrub brightens, resurfaces and refines the skin, while noy drying it out. I would recommend using this scrub on normal to oily complexions.

IndeedLabs Facial Powdered Exfoliator

This is such a great product. It is a gritty type of powder that you mix with your regular cleanser or water to get some exfoliating action.  Skin feels so smooth, polished and clean. It is full of amazing products like pineapple enzyme, bamboo extract and red algae. This powder promotes a high cell turnover, collagen production ans skin renewal.

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I am sure there are many other beauty battles on our hands, and I know I am still struggling using  products that have been tested on animals, one step at a time…

 

Speak soon lovers,

Camille

 

 

*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.

May Favourites

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Hello June! It is officially Winter – but boy it doesn’t feel like it. The evenings and morning are finally starting to get cooler but the days are still fairly warm… not that I am complaining. Let’s dive into the products I have been reaching for this month.

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Skinstitut

I was so lucky to be sent a few items from Skinstitut. I had heard so many great things about the brand, but never had the opportunity to try them. I have been using the L-Lactic cleanser, Glycolic Scrub and Even Blend serum for just over a month and I have really been loving them. The cleanser is the perfect addition to my shower. It is gentle yet effective. It removes makeup, exfoliates and refines my skin. My face isn’t left feeling tight or dry afterwards. The scrub is also a welcomed addition to my shower, I have been using this every other day for extra exfoliation. It isn’t too gritty, too creamy or too abrasive, it’s the perfect formula. I love exfoliators and this one really measures up. My skin feels soft, clean and fresh. Winner. The Even Blend Serum is thin and spreads out well. It sinks straight into the skin and is a great boost of moisture while targeting pigmentation. So far I have noticed a slight difference in dark spots and pigmentation, and can’t wait to see the results after more use.

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Jade Roller

I am completely obsessed with this little beauty tool. It perfectly combines my love of crystals and cosmetics. The jade roller is used to combat redness, improve skin tone ,encourage lymphatic drainage, eliminate excess toxins and puffy skin all while pushing in skincare, so that you experience the full benefits of the products. Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. It definitely delivers. Stay tuned for a detailed blog post about the Jade Roller later in the week.

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Scout Cosmetics

I was lucky enough to receive a couple of goodies from Scout Cosmetics. This is a brand that I haven’t previously had any experience with.  Scout is a mineral make-up brand that also created a few skincare items and nail polish. I received the Brow Defining Dust and the Organic Pomegranate and White Tea Rejuvenating Creme. So far I have been reaching for the Brow Defining Dust daily. It is so easy and effortless to apply. Not only does it thicken and define my brows, but it makes them look super natural – Not overdrawn at all. The staying power is great and I have been loving the colour.  I love that it is Australian made, natural and cruelty free. I have only used the Rejuvenating Creme a couple of times, but it is just lovely. It is absolutely perfect for under make up. It is light and sinks into the skin instantly, I can apply my primer and foundation straight away. It leaves my skin hydrated, smooth and fresh. Can’t wait to use this guy a little more.

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MooGoo Udder Cream

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you would know that I am pretty damn obsessed with MooGoo. Since the weather has started to turn cold, my skin has really started to suffer. This cream is just perfect. If there was only one moisturiser product that I could use for the rest of my life – It would be this. Not only is it the product that the entire brand was built upon, but it is also a miracle worker. Udder cream works well as a hand cream, body balm, and even a face moisturiser. It sinks in quickly and skin is immediately softer and plumper. Plus it smells so so so good. It is this delicious milky sweet scent that just conjures up feelings and memories of warm baths and snuggly towels. I have about three tubes currently opened and scattered around the house and in my handbag. This is definitely a great addition to your collection and a great introduction to MooGoo.

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Weleda – Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash

Another favourite this month has been the Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash. Firstly the packaging is beautiful and bright – it really stand outs. The body wash is as the name suggests very creamy and hydrating. It lathers up really nicely with this huge burst of a citrus, which is really energizing and uplifting. My skin is left soft, smooth and smelling delicious. Weleda as a brand is only relatively new to me, but I have loved all the products I have used so far. I will be looking into their product range more and trying some other bits and pieces.

 

Last months favourites seem to be very skincare heavy, but I guess that reflects this time of the year.

 

Until next time,

Camille x