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All Of The Beauty Products Our Fierce Editors Use To Keep Their Skin Healthy And Clean

The FIERCE editorial team knows how to get down with skincare. In the same way that we’ve shared beauty words of wisdom with our girlfriends, mamas, and sisters our whole lives, our office is on a constant binge of dishing on acne hot tips, mask comparisons and lip balm swaps.

For our first edition of FIERCE Editorial Picks, we decided to compare our own polished skin routines for a deeper look at the pricey pearls and drugstore gems we covet and love.

Wendy, Executive Director

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Skin Type: Blaaaahhh. Where do I begin? I had moderate acne all throughout high school and always had pink cheeks, never thought anything of it. My skin got better after college but last year everything came back to haunt me. My acne has resurfaced, causing annoying scars. And turns out that pink all over my face is rosacea.

Where to purchase: I buy most of my skincare products at Sephora.

1. NEUTROGENA Deep Clean Purifying Clean Cleanser / Mask, $9. I’m constantly switching cleansers because I haven’t found one that’ll remove all my makeup without drying my skin. I’ve been using this one for about a month since I got it in a goodie bag at an event I went to. It hasn’t dried my skin too bad, but I always have to go over my mascara with eye makeup remover so I probably won’t be using this again.

2. SHISHEIDO White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream, $60. I have the darkest circles ever. I give my eyes a little massage every morning and night to help brighten this area.

3. LANCOME Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner With Acacia Honey, $26. A lot of the Instagram models I follow have flawless skin and swear by toners. I decided to give his a try because it’s hydrating and comforting.

4. MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, $32. This scrub is the best for getting rid of dead skin. This activates my rosacea and turns my skin red so I try to use this only once a week.

5. KATE SOMERVILLE EradiKate Acne Treatment, $26. This little pink bottle zaps pimples overnight like nothing else I’ve tried. It’s super easy to use and really does eradicate pimples by the time I wake up.

6. Kiehl’s Since 1852 Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, $50. I’ve been using this every night for about a month and a half to help with acne scars.

7. ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores, $27. I use this about once or twice a week after exfoliating to really clear my pores. My skin feels so smooth after using this.

8. ORIGINS Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay, $27. I got this as a sample at Sephora and was hooked. This also leaves my skin feeling baby soft without overdrying.

9. TATCHA The Water Cream, $68. Before you freak, I didn’t pay almost $70 for moisturizer — I got this as a gift. But after seeing how soft this leaves my skin without making it oily I might just splurge when I run out. I love that it doesn’t make my combination skin more oily and because it doesn’t have sulfates, parabens and other chemicals, it doesn’t trigger my rosacea like other scented moisturizers. It’s also very rich so a little goes a very long way.

10. MAC Prep & Prime Fix+, $26. Most beauty bloggers swear by this to set their makeup, but I use this to help tame my acne. Weird, I know. After reading the label, I saw that this spray is hydrating and contains vitamins and minerals so I decided to spray my face at the end of my nighttime routine. Without really expecting results, I noticed it cleared up the stubborn acne I had along my jawline. I mentioned this to a MAC rep and she said she’s heard about all kinds of problems this fixes including a weird rash a woman developed on her belly during her pregnancy.

Raquel, Contributor

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Skin Type: Combination, light rosacea

Where To Purchase: With the exception of Brujita Skincare and Lush, I save bucks and buy the rest of these products on Amazon or eBay, though some can also be bought at Ulta and Sephora.

Morning:

1. Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser, $38. This is a nice gentle cleanser. While I don’t think it reduces redness, it doesn’t make my skin redder, as other cleansers do.

2. Brujita Skincare Rose Geranium Hydrosol spray, $13. A yummy spray that restores hydration after washing my face

3. Aveda Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion (for neck), $27. I originally purchased this for my face but wasn’t a huge fan, so I’m using it for my neck until I’m done with the bottle. Smells great but wouldn’t repurchase

4. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, $31. Wonderful eye cream that brightens my eyes in the morning and smells so good.

5. Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub, $10.95. Scrubs everything away smells good and keeps lips smooth. My fave lip scrub!

6. H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Treatment, $38 When I’m lazy or traveling, I don’t use every product on this list, but I always use this! It’s my holy grail for facial hydration.

7. Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Face Oil-Free Sunscreen Lotion, $5.99. I use this every morning and reapply throughout the day if I’m in the sun to not trigger my rosacea.

8. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26. This is a thick lip gel, so not everyone will like it, especially not for daytime, but I’ve always been obsessed with having my lips hydrated, so I appreciate it. It is really thick and gooey, though, so I wouldn’t use it as a lip balm throughout the day.

Night:

1. Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser, $38. Same as above.

2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (every other day), $15. This is a light exfoliating powder that helps remove dead cells but doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, so I really like this.

3. Lush FOMO Jelly Face Mask (twice a week), $13.95. I just started using this jelly face mask, which is supposed to help reduce redness, but I can’t say much about it yet other than it smells nice. Before this, I used LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask, which helped cool and calm my skin. I’m a fan of that but also like to try new masks.

4. G.M. Collin Essential Oil Complex, $55. This is filled with essential oils that work to remove comedones and leaves my skin smooth. The scent is strong, and while I didn’t like the smell at first, I do now.

5. Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream, $18. I just started using this as a day cream to help reduce some light wrinkles. I’m not blown away yet, but I’m just about a week in.

6. Lush Mint Julip Lip Scrub, $10.95. (Same as above)

7. Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate, $59. This serum helps calm, restore and defend sensitized skin. I’ve been using it for a while, and while it’s OK, I’d like to see if I could find a better nightly serum for redness and discomfort.

8. H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Treatment, $38 (Same as above)

9. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26  (Same as above)

10. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (whenever I need it), $4.97. This is the cheapest item in my skincare routine and it’s also the most effective. I don’t know how it works, but these little patches significantly reduce pimples in hours and sometimes even makes them completely disappear overnight. This goes with me everywhere I go, especially because I tend to break out most when I’m traveling.

Alex, Editor

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Skin Type: My skin type isn’t so easy for me to describe. I had to endure hormonal cystic acne and oily skin from the time I was in middle school to the end of college when I finally decided to take Accutane. While taking the medication was a complete saving grace (and everyone on staff can tell you that I preach about it on the regular) it did not completely save my skin from acne. I no longer have breakouts, but I do still have oily skin on my nose. Also because of it, my forehead is fairly dry (more on that later).

Where To Purchase: Nordstrom, CVS, Sephora, Amazon

Morning:

1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, $10.63. This product was key to getting my skin to an acne-free place and I love it because of how simple it is. My dermatologist recommended it to me when I first started Accutane and I have not stopped using it since. It’s a noncomedogenic cleanser, which means it doesn’t clog your pores (something my oily skin is prone to do). One of my favorite parts about this cleanser is that it comes in a generously sized bottle and is pretty dang cheap/ available at most pharmacy stores so it’s also convenient as hell when I run out.

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, $39. I’ve been investing in Clinique products since I was in middle school and this moisturizer will probably be in my life for many years to come. I tend to end up with two different skin types in the morning and evening. When I wake up it tends to be pretty moisturized from the night before so I apply this moisturizing gel.

3. Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream Clinique, $26. As I start to move into my late twenties I’m becoming more and more aware of how important moisturizing my eyes are. I love this because it keeps the skin around my eyes hydrated and feeling firm.

4. Glossier Balm Dotcom Original $12, I’m obsessed with how hydrating this lip balm is! I started using it when I began my Accutane trial which completely dried out my lips and made them peel often. I haven’t stopped using it since!

5. Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%, $20. I add two pumps of this every morning to my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I love it because it helps me with dark spots!

6. Eltamd Uv Clear Broad-Spectrum Spf 46 Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen, $25. I don’t really play around with the sun so I rub this onto my skin every morning after I moisturize. I love how it gives me a nice glow!

Night.

1. Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash, $36. My mom got me hooked on Kate Somerville products awhile ago after giving me some of her soaps and exfoliators for Christmas. They tend to be a bit pricey so I usually only splurge on this wash which never breaks me out or dries up my skin. 

2. Clinique Exfoliating Scrub, $22. When it comes to scrubs on my face I stick to a tight routine. I use this Tuesday and Thursday and when I get breakouts. Sometimes I’ll use it as a mini mask for my nose when I notice blackheads.

3. Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask, $27. Like my exfoliating scrub, I try to stick to a regiment with masks and use this on Sunday and Friday. It’s pretty great, keeps my skin feeling baby butt smooth, and has me feeling like Cleopatra when I walk around my apartment with it on. (Honestly, I’m not sure what charcoal is supposed to do for my skin but when I first bought this it was a trending component in skincare products and I had severe FOMO.)

4. Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff, $25. A huge part of my skincare routine includes the care and keeping of my legs and arms. I use this exfoliator every other night on my limbs to keep my skin hydrated. The smell is amazing!

5. Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer, $12. If you’re thinking that there’s a trend in my beauty routine when it comes to light spending, you’re definitely onto something. I like to keep my budget lean when it comes to beauty and skincare products, and after struggling with acne for so long and buying into so many products I’ve generally learned that, for me, the most simple products can work wonders on my skin. When it comes to my face I generally massage a thick layer onto my skin before bed and let it soak in while I sleep!

6. Skin Laboratory Salicylic Acid Peel, $18. I first started using this after a dermatologist recommend I use it for my acne scars and to dry up pimples as well. These days I use it as an emergency on the spot treatment for spots and acne.

Jenny, Social Media Manager

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Skin Type: To be honest my skin is like LA weather… sometimes it’s one way and the next day it could be completely different. One thing is for sure, I have found products that work for me. My morning routine is also my night routine. Works for me both ways.

Morning and Night:

1) Soap & Glory 3-in-1 Daily Detox face wash, $12. I love this wash because my face feels soooo fresh and clean after using it! I’ve used so many cleansers and this one works wonders for me! It’s also super cheap and lasts for months! Only $12 bucks! I just use a pea-size of cleanser and wash my face. You can get it at Ulta and if you get more drug-store brand products $15 or more you can use your $3.50 off coupon! They always have that coupon active!

2) Mario Badescu Almond & Honey Face Scrub, $15. This scrub is the best! It smells so yummy and lasts for so long!

3) HydraFresh Exfoliating & Moisturizing Face Toner, $13. This is perfect because it goes deep into my pores and takes off any extra makeup. It makes my face feel extra clean and fresh! I just use it on a cotton ball and just slide it all over my face. You can even see the dirt it takes off on your cotton ball so you know that it works.

4) Olay Moisturizing Face Lotion, $12. After using my toner I go ahead and moisturize my face with this. I love this face lotion because it keeps my face hydrated both day and night. I can also but makeup over it and I won’t look greasy or it won’t take away from my makeup. Only $9.49 at Ulta! (edited)


5) Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream, $18. I just put a tad bit on my fingertip and gently dab it on the bottom and around my eyes. This is seriously an amazing eye cream! Keeps them hydrated and fresh!

Latinas Are Sharing Their Most Reliable Acne Remedies On Instagram So We Collected Them For You

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Latinas Are Sharing Their Most Reliable Acne Remedies On Instagram So We Collected Them For You

No doubt about it, acne breakouts can cause a world of woe. As the country’s most general skin condition in the country, we were pretty certain that you had at least one or two experiences dealing with a pesky pimple. If you have, you probably have questions about how to tackle them and how to prevent them. To get answers, we reached out to you for your best acne remedies and boy did you deliver.

These are the top recommendations we found on Instagram when we asked what tried-and-true acne remedies that have worked for you.

Aztec Clay

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“Aztec Secret Bentonite Clay mask with Apple Cider vinegar!!”- one user wrote in reply to our post. Aztec Clay is a 100% Calcium Bentonite Clay that works to heal skin and comes in powder form. To activate the ingredients, many of our users wrote that they used equal parts of apple cider vinegar or water and mixed everything together in a bowl. You can apply this product in a 1/8 inch layer on your skin and allow to try before scrubbing it off after 20 minutes.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Instagram user ven_bailame recommended the use of apple cider vinegar and her recommendation was multiplied by so many of the replies in our post. Apple Cider Vinegar has proven to be a popular acne solution by many for years. According to Healthline, apple cider vinegar has organic acids that can kill bacteria that causes acne while also reducing the appearance of scars.

Healthy sleeping habits

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“Change your pillow cases like every few days, don’t put your phone on your cheek🙌”- lettyaldrete wrote.

And it’s true! Regularly changing your bed sheets and pillow cases is so key to ensuring your skin stays clean and acne-free. Sheets are often loaded with bacteria that can clog your skin’s pores and can increase the chances that bacteria causes acne.

Healthy eating habits

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“Healed from the inside out by eating lots of foods that have probiotics like yogurt, keifer, kimchi, combucha, etc.”– dre_dayy13

The old adage “you are what you eat” could never be truer when it comes to your skin. Pump your system with poor foods will undoubtedly produce bad results when it comes to your skin. If you notice breakouts whenever you eat foods that are low in protein and high in saturated fats, it might be time to take a review of your diet.

Accutane.

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In response to our post, Instagram user jjolieth wrote that Accutane has been her go-to for tried and true acne relief. The controversial, and relatively misunderstood, medication is used to treat severe cystic acne as well as acne that is hormonal and persistent. Like any medication, you’ll want to read up and educate yourself about Accutane and discuss using it with your doctor. This acne cure comes with a powerful punch as well as potentially severe side-effects.

Find out if it’s hormonal

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“If it’s on the jaw and cheeks, that’s hormonal…take herbs that balance your hormones-chaste tree berry, maca root, primrose oil,” lettyaldrete also shared.

Hormonal acne can have various cures but it does need a certain and particular type of attention. Hormonal acne because of skin’s response to hormonal changes and comes often as a result of a rise in androgens, such as testosterone. When it comes to working to tackling hormonal acne, treatment might need to be more aggressive than just a change in diet or the use of oils. Many women turn to birth control, Accutane or other medications for treatment.

If You’re Guilty Of These 9 Bad Skin Care Habits It’s Time To Reconsider Your Daily Routine

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If You’re Guilty Of These 9 Bad Skin Care Habits It’s Time To Reconsider Your Daily Routine

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A good skin care routine is always evolving and improving. In the pursuit of flawless, glowing skin, it’s hard not to whip out our wallets at the news of every beauty-related technological advance. However, we have to be honest with ourselves and admit that we can’t just buy our way to good skin. Good skin is built off of consistent, healthy habits.

And although we say we’d do anything for good skin, we’re also human. That means a late-night partying or the rogue urge to pick at our skin can derail all the progress we’ve made over the past few weeks. Luckily for us, the new year is a clean slate and permission for us to re-commit to the skin care goals we may have neglected as 2018 wore on. In celebration of the new year, we’ve compiled a list of skin care habits we pledge to change in 2019.

1. Sleeping on Dirty Pillowcases

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As the year wears on and our schedules get busier, it’s hard to remember to wash our clothes every week, let alone our pillowcases. But we mention this resolution because it’s important. Unclean pillowcases can be a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria–and that breeding ground comes into contact with our faces every night. Yes, we can steadfastly remove our makeup every night, but our pillowcases remain a veritable waste dump for any straggling debris that’s left on our faces at the day’s end. And there is always debris. To combat pillowcase buildup, have a few pillows on rotation, flip them regularly, and wash them once a week. Your pillows–and face–will be cleaner.

2. Using Abrasive Exfoliants

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Who doesn’t remember buying St. Ives’ Apricot scrub from CVS as a little girl and scrubbing our faces until they were red and raw? At the time, we thought we were helping our skin by giving it a much-needed exfoliation. But now we know that mechanical exfoliation like causes “micro tears” to the delicate skin of our faces. These “micro-tears” make our skin more vulnerable to environmental irritants and more susceptible to bacteria sneaking into our skin and inflaming it. In 2019, follow TLC’s lead and say no to scrubs.

3. “Forgetting” To Wear Sunscreen

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If you compile a list of advice from leading dermatologists, the one thing they’re all guaranteed to agree on is this: use sunscreen. Every. Day. Along with “drink more water”, it’s one of those pieces of advice that we’ve all heard a million times, and we’re all still struggling to adopt as a practice. Not only do sunscreens have the reputation of leaving your face like a Kabuki mask, they’re also famous for leaving behind a greasy film that makes makeup slide around your face like a skating rink. Fortunately, skin care technology has advanced in the past few years and lightweight, sheer sunscreens are now easy to find. That means you have no excuse to slather on the sunscreen after your moisturizer every day. That’s right–Every. Day.

4. Picking At Your Skin

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If you commit to changing any bad habit in the New Year, let it be this one: stop picking your face. We’ll be the first to admit that it’s hard to resist attacking a whitehead or clogged pore that looks ripe for popping, but most of the time, picking does more harm than good. Not only can it push more bacteria deeper into your pores, but it also inflames areas that were otherwise calm. Also, picking can leave permanent scars in its wake. Ladies, just say no to picking.

5. Sleeping in Your Makeup

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We’ve all been there–you come home from a crazy night out, tipsy, tired, and ready to flop into bed. The last thing you want to do is drag yourself into the bathroom subject yourself to your seemingly endless skin care routine. So you decide to close your eyes for a few moments just to rest a bit before you wash your face and…you get the picture. We understand that washing your face before bed is sometimes just impossible, so at the very least, commit to removing your makeup every night before bed in 2019. This means keeping a pack of makeup remover wipes by your bedside at all times. That way, you’ll have no excuse to snooze in your makeup.

6. Not Washing Your Makeup Brushes

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Our makeup brushes are one of the tools we use every day but overlook when it comes to upkeep. Like any device that comes into contact with our faces, they need a good scrub-down once in a while. Foundation brushes, especially, should be cleaned at least once a week. If the idea of committing to a makeup brush cleaning schedule seems daunting, invest in a brush-cleaning pad for your sink. Not only will it cut down cleaning time, but it will work to get deeper into the brush bristles, ensuring a more thorough clean.

7. Product Overload

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With all the incredible skin care products out on the market right now, it can be tempting to buy everything you see that has a five-star review on Amazon. However, this approach to skin care can be counter-productive. Not only do some active ingredients react negatively together (like salicylic acid and retinoids), over-treating your skin can cause your skin to over-react. This means that your skin can over-compensate for its oil-loss by producing even more sebum to make up the difference. That can result in a one-two punch of dehydrated, oily skin. Keep your skin care regimen simple by sticking to cleansing, toning, and moisturizing with a few tried and true products on rotation. Your skin likes routine!

8. Drinking Too Much Alcohol

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You may hate hearing this, but it’s true: alcohol is bad for your skin. Not only does drinking produce toxic byproducts in your liver, inflame your bodily tissue and dilate your pores, it also dehydrates your skin and overall body. If cutting out drinking completely is unrealistic, try to stick to less inflammatory alcohols like red wine, which contain the antioxidant resveratrol. That way, you can have your wine and drink it too.

9. Stressing Out

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And finally, the bad skin habit that beats them all: stress. Science tells us that high levels of stress cause the body to release the hormone cortisol, which not only incites the over-production of sebum in your glands but can contribute to eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. Although we could write a whole thesis statement on the negative effects of stress on the mind, body, and spirit, we’ll keep it simple. In 2019, pledge to take things less seriously, breathe deeper, remain present, and put yourself first once in a while. That way, by 2020, you’ll be glowing from the inside out.