Skincare: Bioderma

Lex here and with the weather rapidly changing in Chicago, I thought it was the perfect time to share some new skin care products I have been able to try. Enter Bioderma. I was able to try a few of their products, which compliments your personal skin type. Whether your skin is dehydrated, oily, or sensitive, Bioderma really has a product for anyone. The brand prides itself in finding the perfect in between when it comes to a laboratory and dermatology, and I can see why. See below for my thoughts on the products I was able to try!

Sensibio H2O wipes and Sensibio H2O

Both of these products are for sensitive skin. I love using the H20 wipes to remove my makeup before I work out at the gym. It takes off my makeup in a heartbeat and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. As for the H20 water, I only have to use a dab and the makeup around my eyes comes right off. Easy to use and it doesn’t make my eyes sting either! Winning.

Hydrabio Sérum

I love a good Serum. What is cool about this product is after you use it (before bed or in the morning), it doesn’t leave a sticky residue. I prefer to use this serum before I go to bed so it is the only thing on my face and my skin is getting the moisture it needs. Respect for a product that can help dry skin living in cold weather.

Sébium Pore Refiner

 The one thing I will say about this product is it left my skin feeling rather dry when I used it only a few times a week. What I did notice though was it tightened and evened out my skin where I have blemishes. Being freckled, I do have a red spot here and there so I did see the pigmented color go down and smoothen out, even after just a few time using the product!

Sensibio Eye

We all need an eye cream that will help preserve our youth and avoid any sign of raccoon eyes. I woke up after using this for a few days with bright, tight skin and I didn’t look tired either. Some of you know I am not a morning person– so this sensitive eye cream is perfect for those who might not want to use a cream every night, but maybe 3-5 times a week to get us through the work week!

 

I really enjoyed all the different products, especially the sensitive skin and hydrating lines! Be sure to know your skin type before you go to purchase skin care products – and you don’t have to spend a fortune on them either! Bioderma is a quality skincare line for an affordable price.

Make sure to order Bioderma online and let me know how you like it!

XO.

Lex

Food For Your Skin: Scratch Goods

 

I live right around the corner from a little beauty shop called Scratch Goods. I had always meant to stop in, but with the cold weather I am rarely out walking. I had no idea that most of the Scratch Goods space was dedicated to a mask bar. The mask bar is much different than a facial: the Scratch Goods gals actually take the time to walk you through how to take care of your skin at home, what ingredients help fight your problem areas and all the in between. With a recent change in my health, using all-natural products is a very important thing to me and I am so happy to have found this new resource! A MAJOR plus: most products range from $14-$18.00: very affordable compared to $60 bottles of all-natural skincare sold at Sephora or Nordstrom. While I am not in any way knocking those brands, this just goes to show you that there are some affordable, organic ways to take care of your body.

Scratch Goods began out of a personal need for natural, affordable skincare. Co-founders Maureen and Elizabeth, high school friends now living in Chicago, realized that while they were eating clean, their personal care products were still laden with questionable ingredients. Knowing that 70% of what is applied to our skin is absorbed into our bodies, they slowly purged from their homes everything containing parabens, sulfates, pthalates, synthetic fragrances + dyes.

Replacing these items was much more difficult –  truly natural products were hard to find, and came with high price tags. So they rebuilt their own personal care regimen from scratch, in their own kitchens. Their requirements for product development remain the same today: food-grade ingredients that are safe enough to eat, fragrance from pure essential oils only, and zero water, eliminating the need for synthetic preservatives.

Here are five (slightly shocking) things I learned today:

  1. Coconut oil shouldn’t be used on your skin: it blocks the skin from releasing toxins from the body.
  2. Caffeine is great for aiding in lightening dark spots and assists in anti-aging. Scratch Goods works with Dark Matter Coffee in their mask selection.
  3. You should be putting on a hydrating spray before you apply oil to the face: water is the only liquid that can penetrate to the third layer of the skin.
  4. Jade rolling can work wonders for you: jade has healing properties and can be put in the fridge or run under warm water to help decrease facial inflammation.
  5. Pure activated charcoal helps fight breakouts and blackheads.

Here are some 100% all-natural products I would recommend: Charcoal Mask: $17.00, Cleansing Oil: $14.00, Lash + Brow Oil: $18.00, Lavendar Mint Soak: $20.00.

The Roscoe Village space offers their full range of fresh, handmade seasonal goods as well as an interactive mask bar for guided, self-service facials.  However, Scratch Goods is expanding to a larger store in the West Loop.

*While these services and products were provided complimentary, I only share places and products that I truly believe in. As one of my doctors recently told me, “Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t smear on a sandwich.”

<3 Al

 

‘Tis the Season to Love Your Skincare Products

Korres

I have been a dedicated Chanel makeup fan since high school (I hear my friends giving me a good chuckle in my head). But when it came to budgeting, I figured I needed to explore new moisturizers that kept my skin from being dry, one that really paired well with my foundation, Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua, and one that was quality but within a reasonable price. There are a few things I still purchase from Chanel because let’s be honest, the quality is amazing and you can splurge here and there on things you love and most importantly, WORK.

 

My must haves by Chanel when it comes to my skin is the Lotion Confort Toner and Creamy Milk Cleanser. I use the Lotion Comfort every morning before putting anything else on my face to make sure I get any dirt off my skin and to really wake my skin up! The milk moisturizer is great two-three times a week just as a creamy, soft cleanser. My skin loves it and I am always feeling revived after using it!

 

Then I had a friend recommend Korres. And let me tell you, the greek yogurt base is just what my skin needs to make sure it is well nourished all day long (and to get me through this cold winter!). The Wild Rose Line is my favorite so far! The Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil serves as my base serum (always recommend a serum before your moisturizer) to really lock in the moisture and then I use the 24 hour Brightening and Moisturizing Cream. My skin feels soft and ready for the day after I start with these two.

Korres 24 Hour Brightening and Moisturizer

 

At night I use the Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial and WOAH. I kid you not I wake up in the morning and my skin is so bright! Korres is affordable and really great for all skin types. I recently gave its Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum a try (Thanks to Sephora!) and I thought it was great on my skin, but the Rose line is my overall favorite so far. Korres is my all time essential especially living through oh so famous Chicago winters. I also use Fresh Sugar Lip Polish once or twice a week when my lips are feeling super flakey and dry.. they always feel great the next morning!
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I encourage you to go into Sephora and ask for a few samples and give Korres a try. Let me know what you think!

 

XO.

-Lex

 

 

All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Foreign Skincare Takes Off In The US

Photo: R29

Photo: R29

Skincare overseas, for example Korea and Japan, is serious business. It is a daily essential that involves many, many steps and is quite exhaustive. Yet, in the US, we are still trying to figure out what the wonder is behind Korean skincare. Beauty blogger Coco Park recently discovered Korean beauty care in her Korean-American boyfriends parents bathroom, and decided to check it out for herself. She went from using only a few products a day…to 17. On her blog, she says that she saw an immense difference in just three weeks, and her red spots and pores have essentially disappeared.

When you think about it, the invasion of Korean beauty products started a while ago. More specifically, in 2011 when companies started introducing the originally based Korean BB cream. BB cream is said to be an all in one product that will take care of the skin. Soon, American companies started producing their own versions, and we have BB creams, CC creams, and so on. As it turns out, this was just the Americanized version of Korean skincare because in the US, we like to keep things simple. In reality, we should also be scrubbing, moisturizing, cleansing, and treating.

Now that the beauty obsessed in the US are starting to reap the benefits of foreign beauty traditions, other interesting new treatments are starting to pop up. Two weeks ago, I got my monthly facial. I was surprised in my sleepy state of mind when something ice cold rolled around my face…under my eyes, down my nose, on my neck…it never seemed to stop. While reading Refinery29 this morning, I discovered that it was an ice roller. Essentially, this is a fancy substitute for throwing some spoons in the freezer. The ice roller can swiftly clean up the look of tired eyes, redness, puffiness, and minor bruising. My first question is…where do I get my hands on one?

For more information on best Korean beauty products, I would check out:

A Beginner’s Guide To Korean Makeup

Soko Glam

Peach and Lily

Photo: R29

Photo: R29