Hello Skin Worthy fans, it's your trend guru Nicole here.
Celebrities carry a lot of weight when it comes to brand/product endorsements. With that, we see a lot of celebrities slapping their well known names on some rather questionable products, queue Kim Kardashian and Charmin toilet paper.
On the subject of questionable celebrity endorsed products, we have the highly anticipated launch of
This "self made" billionaire knows how get your dollars and we don't fault her for that. The pouty makeup mogul struck gold with the Kylie lip kits and is now moving on to her next business venture - skincare.
While many were excited for the release of Kylie Skin, certain products from the line were met with controversy- specifically the walnut scrub.
While her branding is on point, the ingredients in her skincare line are not. Similar to the infamous St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Kylie's scrub contains Walnut Shell Powder.
Walnut shell powder is a problematic ingredient as it is impossible to control the abrasiveness of the particles. The sharp edges of the particles scrape and tear the surface of your skin with every use -this commonly leads to over exfoliation, inflammation- especially in acneic skin, and can cause premature signs of aging. As someone who has struggled with acne in the past, the thought of walnut shell powder scraping against an active, painful and already inflamed pimple makes my skin crawl.
Skin inflammation is caused by many factors such as sun exposure, excess sebum and extended use of topical irritants. Inflammation is a natural and normal defence mechanism to keep the skin healthy as seen with wound healing. When we cause extended inflammation with regular use of products such as walnut shell powder we are putting our skin at risk of chronic inflammation.
CHRONIC INFLAMMATION CAN CAUSE THE FOLLOWING:
Dyschromia (an alteration of the colour of the skin)
Lack of response to treatment
Alterations in skin texture
When adding a skincare product to your routine it is crucial to do your research and not impulsively buy celebrity endorsed products. Look into the ingredients and ask yourself "what will this do to help my skin?", if no answer comes to mind SAVE THOSE COINS!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN EXFOLIATOR:
mode of exfoliation: is it a chemical or mechanical exfoliant?
formulation: what skin type is it formulated for? (dry, normal, oily)
ingredients: what are the active ingredients, and what do they treat?
SCRUBS OF CHOICE:
Contrary to the advice given to us by TLC, scrubs are good- sometimes. As an oily and acne prone individual I have dabbled in my fair share of exfoliants looking for the ample amount of cellular turnover. My exfoliants and scrubs of choice are all from the ZO SkinHealth line and all play an important role in my skincare routine.
This is the first step of my skincare routine- day or night. This cleanser is recommended for normal-oily skin and is gentle enough for daily use. It contains Jojoba Esters to exfoliate dead skin cells and Encapsulated vitamin E for antioxidant protection. Anyone with oily skin can appreciate a cleanser that makes your skin feel clean and degreased without stripping you of all moisture. This cleanser is great at removing makeup, dirt, oil, and unclogging pores - perfect for normalizing irritated skin.
(Beauty secret: for easy makeup removal, apply this cleanser to a dry face and gently work it in to your makeup before adding water. Also, a little product goes a loooong way - dime sized amounts are more than enough to get a foamy lather going)
Microdermabrasion in a jar! This product is great for all skin types, and trust me once you use it you will be hooked. You won't find any jagged, abrasive walnut powder in this scrub. In fact, it will leave your skin in better condition than before. It contains Vitamins A, C, C-ester and E to deliver antioxidant protection.
The ultra-fine magnesium crystals promote mechanical exfoliation without harming the skin and help create a smooth, even tone and complexion. Use of this scrub also promotes healthy circulation, cell turnover and product absorption.
(Beauty secret: apply this scrub to a clean, dry face and exfoliate in a gentle circular motion- perfect before an event or makeup application)
As stated in previous blog posts - this is a staff favourite. This wax based scrub is perfect for acne prone skin as it won't irritate active breakouts and cause further inflammation. The benefits include: preventing and improving acne, skin redness, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, and rough, dull skin texture. It destroys acne causing bacteria while calming/reducing inflammation and restoring hydration. This scrub contains Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Glycerin and the exclusive ZO Skin Health Redness Reducing System (ZO RRS),which is a plant stem cell complex that provides powerful antioxidant protection.
(Beauty secret: apply this scrub to a clean, dry face and exfoliate in a gentle circular motion- I like to leave this scrub on for approx 10-15 mins as a mask or will sometimes use it as a spot treatment for those really red and angry pimples)
At Skin Worthy, we value educating our patients on their skin concerns, if you are looking to add a scrub to your routine or would like to learn more, we encourage you to come in for a complimentary consultation. We will discuss your goals, assess your skin and decide the best plan of action for your specific needs.
call Skin Worthy 647-350-7546 to book your consultation today!