Hey everyone, I hope the upcoming Christmas insanity hasn’t made you lose all composure just yet.
I thought I’d share a printable I made for both The Evil Assistant and myself for our updated beauty routines. I was going to do a more in-depth weekday one showing when to use acids (AHA and BHAs) and retinols buuuut that whole “Catalina update sucks and I don’t have access to my Photoshop CS6 anymore” thing is still happening… you know, that ole chestnut!
At least I can share this simple routine with you now and give you some other quick tips to keep in mind.
- Use retinols at night only.
- Remember to ease into new routines, i.e. acids and retinol products should be used once a week then built up from there.
- Alternate acids and retinol use, e.g. Monday = acids, Tuesday = retinol, etc.
Mechanical exfoliants with chemical exfoliants
(sonic brushes then any “__ acid”, fruit enzymes like pineapple and AHAs/BHAs)
Benzoyl Peroxide and chemical exfoliants
Benzoyl Peroxide and retinol
Vitamin C and AHA/BHAs
You can find a full list of no-go pairings here at Beautiful With Brains and The Derm Store.
Beauty can be an annoying word. It’s a word that means well. Yet with so many ways to achieve this elusive creature; through thousands of products and millions of videos claiming to know what you must do and what you shouldn’t do, it can be really confusing. While beauty has no rules and no certain way to look, you might hear someone say “Makeup has no rules! Skincare has no rules!” which… well, it kind of does. There might not be ‘rules’, buuuuut-
Barbossa definitely gets it.
Trust me, though, Captain Barbossa and I are only here to help you through the Wonderland (and sometimes, Wonderhell) that is modern beauty. I should just disclaim that sometimes I might go on a rant about a ‘trend’ I have seen through my professional or personal life, but it is never a reflection on you, or someone you know that might do these things. You’re not an idiot or a loser. We’re all friends around here! Just think of me as your grumpy fairy godmother.
My evil assistant and I have discussions all the time on if we could go back to tell our teenage selves anything if we actually would. Aside from the Butterfly Effect, changing the course of our history and all of that, what would we say to our younger selves? How much would we give away? It seemed like a too big of a question, so we usually brought up health tips, which included a lot of makeup and skincare advice.
I was pretty much the same chick, year after year; my circumstances are what kept changing. At thirteen I was in private schooling at a Christian college (no hair dying whatsoever) then a year later I was in public schooling, back to experimenting with my hair but still the same dork with a camera attached to her hand. What year would I go to then? I was tossing up between 14 and 16, so 15 is a nice medium. Fifteen is that teetering age of being not-quite. You’re apparently ‘not-quite’ old enough to be exploring your sexuality, but ‘not-quite’ a young kid anymore. You’re ‘not-quite’ of working or driving age (back then in my case anyway). It’s the year of almost but.. not-quite, so it seemed like a good year to travel back to
~~ que Wayne and Garth flashback sequence ~~