Summer is always tough for oily-prone skin (or any type of skin for that matter really). Hot, humid (especially in NYC) weather mixed with sweat does not make a great combination. In addition to this, lately I had been suffering from deep, closed comedones and blemish scarring in addition to dullness. I tried clay masks, both chemical and physical exfoliators, and various types of serums. At the end of the day though, these three products won out and transformed my skin in just a week. Blemish scarring, enlarged pores, dull skin- they are all a thing of the past. Read on for my best skincare discovery yet!
First up is the Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial. Until I tried a sample of this product from Sephora, I had clung to Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate as my go-to chemical exfoliator. Don’t get me wrong- I still love it, but this one from Drunk Elephant is by far the strongest I’ve ever used with 25% AHA and 2% BHA. This is as professional-strength as you can get.
Upon application, the first few minutes were definitely painful as many others have attested. I wouldn’t consider my skin sensitive by any means, so be warned! The stinging did subside after about 5 minutes however, and subsequent applications definitely did not hurt as much, if at all. After leaving it on for the recommended 20 minutes (okay, I may have left it on for a bit longer), I washed it off to find my skin looking slightly reddish and dull. No, the magic did not happen immediately after the mask. The transformation happened in the coming few days.
Over the week, I noticed dead skin rolling off my face every time I washed it. A gentle massage from my finger tips was all it took for light physical exfoliation. And the more I washed and rubbed (keyword being gently), my face became clearer and more luminous.
The magic of the Sukari Babyfacial is this: the strong AHA concentration combined with 2% BHA (aka salicylic acid), which works deeper into the pores, make for the ideal combination to effectively dissolve protein linkage and break bonds between dead and newer skin cells.
As I mentioned above, I did need some extra exfoliation to physically shed the dead skin cells. But once the bad layer was gone, all that remained was luminous clear skin by the end of the week. There was also little need for physical exfoliation after the first week as the mask was so effective in cleaning the slate the first time around. After usage, even the most stubborn pores were noticeably smaller, and even more remarkably, blemish scars that were bright red by the beginning of the week were nearly faded come Friday.
To aid the exfoliation kick-started by the Babyfacial, I supplemented my regimen with Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask on the following nights. Those who watch my Instagram Stories or follow my IG feed may have already seen me mentioning this mask. This is by far the BEST scented skincare product I’ve ever used.
Not only does it smell great (true to its description, a lightly sweet watermelon scent, reminiscent of a Jolly Rancher), but it sets amazingly as well. Unlike other sleeping masks that leave a sticky layer, this one absorbs like a regular moisturizer yet works to gently exfoliate your skin overnight. When I woke up, my skin was noticeably clearer and more translucent. Finally, because this overnight mask is so gentle, I used it nearly every night and had no irritation whatsoever.
A side note on the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask: I am completely smitten by the gorgeous packaging. This is one of those products you display proudly at the forefront of your vanity because it is just so darn pretty. It also means I reach for it more often than any other mask!
The final step to my skin transformation was topping it all off with SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Mask. I’ve mentioned their B5 Hydrating Gel in the past, and to be honest, their products have never let me down.
Because the Babyfacial exfoliator was so strong, my skin did dry out a little and needed an extra boost of hydration. Adding the B5 mask as the final step in my nightly skincare regimen sealed in every previous layer and effectively restored moisture to my skin. The combination of B5 Vitamins, which aid in repairing your skin’s moisture barrier, and Hyaluronic Acid (do I even need to explain this anymore for all you beauty buffs?) pack a powerful punch.
The following morning after applying it, I looked in the mirror and actually did a double take. My skin looked significantly plumper as if I had gotten fillers. Yes, it looked THAT good.
Normal directions call for applying a thin layer, letting it set for 10-15 minutes, then massaging the rest into your face as you would a moisturizer. I’ve found that this is difficult to use in the mornings, because even after massaging it in, my face feels rather sticky. Thus using it at night is highly encouraged! Furthermore because my skin needed an extra boost, I used a thicker layer and let it set overnight without massaging it in. Overall it was very mess-free and, despite how viscous it is, didn’t cause any clogged pores.
At the end of the week, even the hubbie noticed the marked change in my skin tone & clarity and asked if I had been doing something different. Red blemishes from acne scarring were nearly gone and stubborn oversized pores on my T-zone were nearly nonexistent.
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Have you tried any of these three products, and if so, what did you like about them? Which one would you most like to try? Let me know in the comments!
As always, thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!