HOW TO: Target Breakouts and Aging Skin with Retinol

Happy Spring, everyone! Who is ready to bust out of quarantine looking their very best?

Luckily for us, Dermalogica just dropped a new product including 2 killer ingredients that help to optimize skin recovery, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation, AND target active breakouts to help clear skin…retinol and salicylic acid to the rescue!


According to WebMD,“Retinol is added to creams that go on your skin. It boosts the amount of collagen your body makes and plumps out skin, cutting down fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves skin tone and color and reduces mottled patches.”


Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid. It’s well-known for reducing acne by exfoliating the skin and keeping pores clear. Salicylic acid penetrates into your skin and works to dissolve the dead skin cells clogging your pores.

retinol clearing oil

by Dermalogica


  • Targets breakouts and visible signs of premature skin aging at the same time
  • Renews and soothes skin overnight
  • Delivers clearer, more vibrant skin by morning

how to use

Press button and release to fill dropper. At night, after cleansing, gently press button to dispense 6-10 drops into hands. Smooth over face and neck, avoiding the eye area.



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Shower N’ Bronze

Feeling pale? Welp! It’s that time of year again… where the pale, get even MORE pale!

This is, sadly, a fact of life.

Even being as pale as I am in the months of February – April, I’ve never been one to use self-tanner! The worry of evenly applying, staining my sheets, sweating the product off on my clothes – simply put, seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

However, seeing the “in-shower” tanning trend, although most products having mixed reviews, definitely strikes my interest enough to give it a try!

Warning: these products do NOT protect your skin from the sun! You still need to use sunscreen on a daily basis!

PRO TIP: exfoliate before using these products! Removing dead skin, prior to use, should initiate the process of the product “soaking in / sticking to” your skin faster and more efficiently!



St. Tropez

In Shower Gradual Tan

SOLD OUT on Sephora!

Suggested Usage via Sephora:

  • Fully cleanse and wash in warm water.
  • With the shower off, generously apply in circular motions to wet skin to create an even coverage.
  • Wait three minutes.
  • Fully rinse off with warm water only.
  • Gently dry yourself before getting dressed.


JERGENS® Natural Glow®

Wet Skin Moisturizer

Not ready to try “IN” shower product? Try using right AFTER you shower!

“Our wet skin moisturizer with self tanner is specially developed to be used immediately after showering. When blended with water, Jergens® Natural Glow® Wet Skin Moisturizer water-activated self tanning lotion glides on to instantly lock in moisture and gradually build natural-looking color each day.

Use in place of your daily body moisturizer and subtle color will gradually appear. Once ideal color is reached, use every other day to maintain.”


James Read

Coconut Tanning Balm

All the way from London! Who knows how to tan better than the Europeans?

  • A deeply nourishing tanning balm. Formulated with organic coconut oil and a touch of self tan for a subtle result
  • The ultimate skincare treat, this unique formulation melts into the skin upon application resulting in super hydrated, silky soft skin
  • Featuring Tantone Technology™  which helps ensure the most natural result for your skin tone
  • Effortless to use, this tanning balm allows you to build your desired colour
  • Colour lasts up to 5 days
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DIY: Icy Facials at Home

Happy 2021! Still bored in the house, and you’re in the house bored?! So are we.

We will get through this…eventually! And you’ll want to look your best once we all emerge back out into the public setting. SO – why not try the benefits of a product we ALL have at home? ICE.

According to Healthline – there are many benefits to icing your face, aka “skin icing”.

  • eliminate puffiness around the eyes 
    • this technique is pretty well known! you can also use a cold spoon or cucumbers.
  • reduce oiliness
  • ease acne
    • love this! Hold the ice cube on the large, red pimple to reduce the size and inflammation – ultimately make it less visible/noticeable
  • soothe sunburn
    • depending on how much of  your body is burned… this could be pretty intense! If your ENTIRE body is suffering, maybe stick to aloe..unless you can bare an ice bath!
  • reduce signs of aging, such as wrinkles
    • who ISN’T on board with this one?


Step #1: Wash your face. It’s important to start by getting rid of the oiliness and dirt on your face.

Step #2: Wrap a few ice cubs in a soft fabric:`

The ice will being to melt, wetting the cloth.

Step #3: Hold the ice pack on different sections of your face for 1 or 2 minutes. You can also use gentle, circular motions — going upwards from your jaw, cheeks, the nose and forehead. This motion gives your face a ‘lifting’ effect.

Step #4: Apply your favorite toner and moisturizer!

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