My Current Daytime Skincare Routine

Here’s what I use on the daily to keep my skin healthy and glowing!

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared my update skincare routine, so today I’m laying it all out for you. I’ve been struggling a bit with acne recently so I’ve switched over to some products that are helping to control it. In addition, I’ve been using some products that help with the texture and enlarged pores. Let’s dive in shall we?

#1 Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser

This is the cleanser that I’ve been using to combat incoming acne and pimples that have already surfaced. It has salicylic acid which is a chemical exfoliant and helps to break down impurities!

#2 Sunday Riley Good Genes

To get rid of my acne scars I’ve been using the Good Genes because it has Lactic Acid. It exfoliates the skin and helps to unclog pores, even out texture and reduce dark spots. I’ve found that after using this for even just a month my scars have lightened quite a bit.

#3 Swiss Line Recovery Serum

Basically this serum helps to revive the skin. So whether it’s because I’ve been out drinking too much or maybe eating poorly during the week, this serum improves my skin’s self-renewal. The signs of fatigue and stress are much less visible!

#4 Swiss Line Perfection Booster

This is a booster that I mix in with the Recovery Serum. It has 10% lactic acid which again helps to exfoliate the skin. Basically this booster helps to resurface and smooth skin texture and reduce the size of my pores.

#5 Decorté Overnight Performance Cream

This cream hydrates, lifts and firms my skin. A little bit goes a long way and I love it because my skin feels so moisturized when I wake up! The ingredients in it help the skin to look more youthful and bouncy over time.

#6 Summer Fridays Jetlag Mask

Under my eyes I use the jetlag mask because out of all the eye creams I’ve tried, this one truly helps to reduce puffiness and darkness when I’m extremely tired.

#7 Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

I don’t remember the last time I had chapped lips and this sleeping mask is why! It’s super thick and smells amazing. It keeps my lips super hydrated and plump.

What are some skincare products you’re loving right now?

xoxo,

Haley

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The Best Facial Serums – Tried & True

I’ve noticed over the past week that majority of my skincare is SERUMS! Somehow from all of the PR packages, events and my own purchases I’ve ended up with 6 different serums and yes I use them all. But not all at once obviously! 😉

Each of them are similar in certain ways but also different in the specific benefits that they provide to the skin. Today I’ll be sharing each and every one of them, rating them from my favourite to least favourite!

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Lancome Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate

This one ranks number one simply because it’s the one that works the quickest, in my opinion. A little bit of it goes a long way and it leaves your skin feeling and looking smooth and supple. After just 7 days (which is the expectation) I actually saw a change in my skin. I used it from the very first day I received in (about a week ago) and my skin hasn’t felt this good in a long time!

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Biotherm Aquasource Aura Concentrate

No matter how much I moisturize I tend to get dry in one area of my face when I apply makeup, my chin and around the corners of my mouth. However when using this product my skin instantly feels packed with moisture. It also leaves the most gorgeous glow on the skin, something that I find rare in most serums! I like pairing this with the aquasource gel from Biotherm for best results.

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Image Skincare Vital-C Serum

I am obsessed with this new vitamin A, C and E serum because it literally gives my skin a refresher overnight. Plus it smells like a basket of oranges and lemons and who doesn’t love a good smelling product! 😉 I don’t need much of this to cover my whole face and when I apply it I can instantly see the hydration happening on my skin. The first time I used this my jaw actually dropped when I woke up because my skin looked so brand new LOL.

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Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum

This is a newer product that I just started using and I’ve got to say the snow mushroom really does hydrate the skin in ways I’ve never seen before. The snow mushroom can hold 500x its weight in water, hence making this product absolutely amazing for dry skin. It also helps promote cell renewal and helps the skins collagen production! I love the way this serum makes my skin feel, smooth, plump and hydrated.

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Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

When I’m looking for an all natural serum this one is my go-to, which is usually when I have acne on my face. I don’t see a very drastic change in my skin after using it but it definitely gives my skin the hydration it needs when applying drying acne treatments!

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Michael Todd Vitamin C Complex Plus Retinol Rejuvenating Serum

I’ve got to say that although this is supposed to be a rejuvenating serum, I really didn’t see or feel a change in my skin when using it. Even after a few days of continuous use day and night the only change was hydration! It’s supposed to also reduce the appearance of pores and dark spots but unfortunately I can’t say I saw a difference 🙁

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What are some of your favourite skin serums babes? Share them in the comments! :*

xoxo,

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My Skincare Routine for Blemishes

If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen through video how I treat my skin when problems start arising, but today I want to share the routine in a little more detail.

I’m blessed to be able to say that I don’t have skin problems very often and when I do they’re most likely caused by stress and hormones (that time of the month). Unfortunately this past week has been super busy for me, AKA insanely stressful for various reasons, and my skin has broken out more than ever before. I’m seeing pimples form out of no where and the bumps on my face are increasing like crazy.

I’ve also been wearing makeup almost everyday (a simple BB cream, concealer and mascara) so that probably hasn’t been helping to fix the problem. However, it was only this morning when I actually had time to look in the mirror for a good amount of time that I realized what was happening on my face!! I didn’t freak, I just told myself I’d have a nice self-care skin sesh before bed and drink lots of water. Which is exactly what I did! Here’s what it included…


Step 1: Steam Face with a Hot Facecloth

This step is always really important when I’m trying to get rid of blackheads because it opens up the pores and makes it easier to remove them.

Step 2: Blackhead Removal with Tool

I use a blackhead removal tool from Sephora to squeeze out any obvious blackheads that are causing bumps in my skin. These little guys are a pain in the butt even with makeup on top!

Step 3: Blackhead Removal with Charcoal

I use the Biore Nose Pore Strips and a no-name brand charcoal peel-off mask (shop a similar one here) to further remove any blackheads that I couldn’t get out myself. I don’t do this very often, not even once a week because it tends to dry out the skin. I apply the mask only to the areas that are prone to developing blackheads to prevent dehydration.

Step 4: Unblemish Clarifying Toner

This is the toner that I use every single night because it works to tighten and clear out your pores. I usually use a cotton pad to apply but it can also be applied by patting the product onto the skin with your hands.

Step 5: Unblemish Dual Intensive Acne Treatment

I will never use any another acne treatment because this product has proven to me time and time again how well it actually works. It has two pumps, one is application lotion and the other is Benzyl Peroxide Lotion. They’re separate because when mixed together in one bottle they don’t work as well as when they’re first combined (science stuff, idk). I apply this to all of the areas where I’m experiencing acne and blackheads and I never actually have to pop any of my pimples. This stuff gets rid of the acne and bumps before they turn white and pop-able.

Step 6: Image Skincare Vital-C Hydrating Overnight Mask

I recently got this mask from an Image Skincare Launch Event and the hydration it provides for my skin is unreal!! It’s not an every night mask, more like 1-2 times a week, but it totally revitalizes your face and you wake up feeling like a brand new person, seriously. It has a deliciously refreshing citrus scent and has a jelly like consistency which makes it cool to the touch and very smooth to apply. I tried to find the link to this product but it may not be online yet so follow me on Insta (@haleyestradaa) for updates! 🙂

Step 7: Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

This eye cream is a little thicker than my usual ones but it really hydrates the under eyes and reduces puffiness and dark circles. Plus it has avocado, duh, what a trendy eye cream! 😉

Step 8: Lip Care

If my lips are extremely chapped I’ll apply a Lip Renewing Serum but otherwise I usually go for one of my other favourite lip products. You can find the list in my last post here.


I hope this post was helpful for those of you with similar skin issues! I love sharing these routines with you guys because I think it’s important to show the not so pretty parts of my life and how I deal with each situation. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below babes!

xoxo,

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Is Hand-Washing Your Face Bad For Your Skin?

We should all know that there’s no point in using skincare if you’re not applying it to a clean palette, AKA your face. For many of us washing our face involves just our fingertips, a cleanser and water but since I started using a Sonic facial cleansing system a question popped into my head. Is using your fingertips to wash your face actually bad for your skin? I did a bit of research and came up with an answer which of course I’ll be sharing with all of you because it’s quite interesting what I found!

Apparently using your fingertips to wash your face is one of the best things you can do for your skin! Your fingertips serve as a gentle massage for your skin and help to stimulate circulation. There are no facts that go against using your fingertips to wash your face, in fact it’s recommended by many beauty experts over the daily use of a cleansing brush!

A few things that you should keep in mind about washing your face is the temperature of the water, what type of cleanser you’re using and your method of washing. Take a look below to see some important points on these topics.

Temperature

While cold water temporarily tightens pores and hot water feels best, both of these temperatures can actually have a negative effect on your skin. Cold water doesn’t do a great job of thoroughly cleaning and hot water can leave your skin irritated and dry. The best temperature of water to wash your face with is lukewarm.

Type of Cleanser

This is an entirely different topic but it’s important to educate yourself on the skin-concerns that you might have so that you use the proper cleanser. Acne prone skin often requires drastically different cleansers than normal skin. Dry versus oily skin is the same!

Method

The best way to wash your face, a way that has been working for me, is to rinse your face, apply the cleanser and massage your skin in small circular and upward motions. Even though I love my Soniclear Petite cleansing brush from Michael Todd, I’ve decided to use it only 1-2 times a week to protect my sensitive skin. Even though the bristles are extremely soft and it has a very low speed setting, it still serves as a form of exfoliation which isn’t necessary every day.

The Verdict

While cleansing systems and brushes are huge in the market, they’re not always the best way to wash your face. Your fingertips are your best tool indeed and a brush should only be used a few times a week for a deep clean and exfoliation.

xoxo,

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My Favourite Face Mists

Whether it’s hydration, brightening or calming effects that you need, a facial mist is always a great way to wake up your skin.

I personally love using facial mists before applying a moisturizer, after showers and after my workouts but these bottles of miracle liquid also serve as a nice pick-me-up throughout the day. However it’s important to know what you’re actually spraying on your face because depending on the ingredients, each face mist will act differently on your skin. That’s another long post that I could write about so let me know in the comments or by Instagram DM (@haleyestradaa) if it’s something you’d like to see!

For now, here are a few of my favourite (tried and true) facial mists…

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray

This oil-free spray is formulated to replenish the skin’s moisture level and serves as a great skin refresher. I use this spray before applying my nightly skincare, before my daily moisturizer and right after workouts. I’ve found that this spray really keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day, but especially if I apply the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel Cream afterwards. This is a very affordable face spray, retailing at $32CAD for 125mL at Sephora.

Mad Hippie Hydrating Nutrient Mist

Mad Hippie has taken Hyaluronic Acid treatment to another level with this plumping and smoothing face spray. This spray includes the ingredient Sodium Hyaluronate which plumps and moisturizes the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines. Other contributors include Vitamin C, Green Tea, Pomegranate Seed Extract and many other natural ingredients. I apply this spray to my hands and then pat it onto my face before my Vitamin C Serum (also from Mad Hippie) and it leaves my skin feeling glowy, plumped and smooth as ever. You can find their affordable range of natural products at Urban Outfitters or on the Mad Hippie website.

Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist

This is an essence and a toner in one that works to replenish moisture and reduce the appearance of pores. The name is no joke because honestly this spray leaves my face dewy throughout the entire day! I use this one all the day underneath the rest of my skincare and on top of a makeup look for a glowy finish. This once again is an affordable spray, going for $34USD on the Saturday Skin website.

What are some of your favourite face mists? Comment them below! 💕

Xoxo,

6 Ways to Keep Your Skin Glowing During Winter

With colder than ever temperatures and low humidity levels Winter is one of the worst times for our skin. That’s why it’s super important for us to be pro-active and take care of it before cracking, flakiness, and irritation starts.

  1. Wash in luke warm water rather than hot. Using hot water strips your skin of oils that are essential to keeping it hydrated and glowing. Lukewarm water will prevent this from happening and will result in more hydrated skin.
  2. Moisturize right after your showers or baths and face washes. If you apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin it locks in the hydration.
  3. Use oil-based moisturizers instead of water-based. Your skin requires more oils in the Winter due to the colder weather.
  4. Don’t forget to use SPF. You may think that because there are clouds in the sky the sun can’t get you but you’re wrong! The rays of the sun are hitting you no matter what’s in the sky and if there’s snow on the ground then the reflection of light can cause even more skin damage.
  5. Drink water! This is a little obvious, but something that people tend to do less in cold weather because they turn to teas and coffees for quenching their thirst.
  6. Exfoliate your skin one to two times a week. Dead skin builds up quickly and requires attention, so don’t forget to rub it off with an exfoliator a couple of times a week.

What do you do to keep your skin glowing in the Winter time? Share your ideas in the comments below!

xoxo,

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The Importance of Removing Your Makeup at Night

We’ve all been there, done that. Removing your makeup can become a chore after a long day and unless you know the real reason behind the task you probably won’t do it. Even if it is just a swipe of mascara or a couple dabs of concealer, by leaving it on your face overnight you’re doing more harm to your skin than you think!

I’m no dermatologist but I do know a thing or two about proper skin care, so here’s what can happen when you don’t remove your makeup before bed.

CLOGGED PORES

You don’t need to be an Einstein to know this one! Your makeup collects environmental bacteria throughout the day so it’s obvious that if you don’t wash it off it will most likely be seeping deep into your pores.

ACNE

In follow up to the clogged pores issue, the bacteria that sits on and eventually in your skin can cause acne to form. The solution for this is as simple as using a facial cleanser!

DEHYDRATION & DULLNESS

A lot of the makeup that we wear has drying effects because it’s not meant to sit on your face permanently. Facial coverage makeup like primers, concealers and foundations are probably the worst out of all for your skin if you’re sleeping in them. They’re thick, often oil-based and completely block your pores. Your skin has a certain routine to renew itself and if it’s clogged with product then it definitely can’t do its job! If your skin can’t breathe properly then you’re likely to see a dehydrated and dull face in the morning.

WHAT ABOUT EYE MAKEUP?

Believe it or not, eye makeup can still do damage while you sleep. Unless you stay in one position the entire night, you’re bound to rub your eyes on your pillows or even with your hand. Smudging the eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara into your eye and all around can cause a lot of irritation which might lead to puffiness, redness, and even small bumps. If the makeup happens to clog the oil glands or hair follicles then bacteria can form and result in styes and inflammation.

A MAKEUP REMOVER TO TRY

Over my years of wearing makeup I’ve tried a few different removers, but one of them has continuously impressed me. I have combination skin and it’s also quite sensitive so this remover is gentle, oil-free, and works like a charm for regular and waterproof makeup.

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Rimmel London – Gentle Eye Make Up Remover

So what will it be…facial cleanser or blackheads, acne, dehydration, and dullness?! What are your thoughts on removing your makeup before bed? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

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Resources

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/anti-aging/a35556/why-is-sleeping-in-makeup-bad/

https://www.neutrogena-me.com/en/expert-centre/makeup/importance-removing-your-makeup-going-sleep

 

How to Treat Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is something that can be very hard to control and maintain, so I’m here to tell you what’s working for me and what could work for you. First of all, let’s discuss what the symptoms of sensitive skin are:

  • Redness; minor to flaring red skin
  • Irritation; to the touch or on its own
  • Sensitivity and reaction to most products; creams, face washes, toners, cosmetic products
  • General itchineness or eczema; causing or contributing to your sensitivity
  • Blotchiness; general blotchiness or a reaction to product

If you have one or more of these symptoms then you probably have sensitive skin! I personally get red in my t-zone, nose, and chin area and can have pretty bad reactions to products. The products that I stand by to tame my sensitive skin and build up a stronger and more moisturized skin-barrier is the Soothe Regimen from Rodan+Fields.

The regimen is a 4-step process that includes very gentle products to help tame any symptoms of sensitive skin. The regimen steps are listed below.

  1. Gentle Cream Cleanser – to cleanse your skin of impurities, bacteria, and makeup residue (I usually remove my makeup with a remover before this cleanser).
  2. Sensitive Skin Treatment – the most active ingredient in the regimen, to instantly soothe redness and irritation in under 5 minutes.
  3. Replenishing Moisturizer – to ensure your skin is always moisturized.
  4. SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen – to protect your sensitive skin from those rays! Even on a cloudy day.

Using these products for almost 6 months now has really helped my skin to restore its moisture and build a good enough barrier to use stronger products. You can visit my website here to read up on the ingredients and pricing!

xoxo,

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