A friend relayed this message to me last week…

After looking through the products she was using I noticed that every single product had either an active ingredient or exfoliant in it. 

 It wasn’t excessive dryness she was dealing with. She had unknowingly damaged her skin barrier to the point it couldn’t retain moisture.  

Sis was spending $$$$ on skincare and it was ripping her skin off.

I don’t care how high end a product is or how many influencers recommend it, repeat after me... my face is not a fucking chemistry lab!

While many ingredients are amazing and do amazing things, there are a few common ingredients you do not want to use together…

Glycolic Acid (chemically exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells)

AHA/BHA (chemically exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells)

Niacinamide (enhances your skin's lipid layer, can cause skin sensitivity, should not be used with other exfoliating ingredients or vitamin c)

Vitamin C (antioxidant that helps fight free radicals, may reduce dark spots, can cause dryness, flaking, and peeling of skin)

Lactic Acid (chemically exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells)

Retinol (increases skin cell production, cellular turnover, exfoliates the skin)

These actives in and of themselves are not bad, they can do good work.. but you’re seeing the theme here, yes? 

This is a classic case of more is not more. 

Here’s a good rule of thumb.. 

If you have dry or sensitive skin, don’t exfoliate more than 1-2x a week. 

If you have normal skin, you can bump it up to 3x a week. 

More than that, you’ll be playing a game of “will I wake up with skin tomorrow”, and no one likes that game. 

As always, make sure SKINxErin is the last step in your am/pm routine.

Hydrating Beauty Oil floods your skin with non-greasy hydration and regulates oil production while Perfecting Night Oil reduces inflammation, seals in hydration and repairs the skin barrier.


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