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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!

Here’s How To Care For Your Skin While Wearing A Mask In The Time Of A Pandemic

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Here’s How To Care For Your Skin While Wearing A Mask In The Time Of A Pandemic

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Updated May 14, 2020.

In a recent public-health advisory, the CDC announced its recommendation that every American wears a cloth face covering while in public. The news has sparked a ping in DIY masks, and innovative uses of clothign and scarfs to cover faces to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

Unfortunately, as necessary as the measure is (and it is!) not only is it not the greatest look it also has undesirable effects on the skin. From chafing and breakouts, masks can take some pretty wonky toles on the skin. Fortunately, dermatologists are doling out advice on how to combat the negative sides of masks we should all be wearing.

According to NYC-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, the issue lies in the purpose of the bask: blocking.

“Protecting your face with a mask creates a moist, hot environment for your skin, as your breathing is being trapped,” Dr. Zeichner told Refinery 29 in a recent interview. “This can lead to a build-up of sweat and oil on the skin under the mask, which can lead to inflammation, rashes, and even acne breakouts.” Dr. Zeichner’s words come at a time when doctors and nurses on the frontlines of the pandemic are sharing images of their skin covered in “hives, red marks, and even bruises.”

Thankfully, Dr. Zeichner and a few other dermatologists have broken down a guide on how to keep skin clear during the age of masks.

According to his interview with Refinery, Dr. Zeichner recommends using a foaming cleanser before and after using a mask. “Foaming cleansers remove oil more effectively than hydrating oils or balms will,” Zeichner explains. “For people with very oily skin, look for a face wash that contains salicylic acid. This will help remove excess oil and dead cells from the surface of the skin, which will prevent potential flareups and clogged pores.”

Be sure to keep your skin moisturized.

Use a lightweight moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Even if your skin is oil-prone!

“Skin hydration and skin oil production are separate issues,” Dr. Zeichner explains. “Even acne-prone people may need a moisturizer. Especially if you’re wearing a mask, you want to make sure you skin barrier is in the best shape possible, which means it’s both balanced and hydrated.”

Use moisturizer on your ears everyday.

Speaking to the Today.com, Dr. Joshua Zeichner explained that “Moisturizer helps repair the skin barrier and keeps the outer skin there as healthy as possible,” Zeichner said. “A great ingredient to look for is colloidal oatmeal because it forms a breathable film over the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties.”

Know that you have to treat your skin with moisture to make sure it heals.

“If you have any open, raw or sore areas, use an occlusive ointment like Vaseline petroleum jelly. Triple purified petrolatum forms a protective seal over the skin to enhance wound healing and increase skin hydration,” Zeichner explained. “Honey has wound-healing and antimicrobial properties and may be used to any open or raw areas,” Zeichner said.

Ditch makeup!

It might be discouraging but now is the perfect time more than ever to give your skin a makeup break. Wearing makeup on your entire face can cause your pores to clog. “Any potentially irritating or pore-clogging ingredients should be avoided under the mask-covered skin,” dermatologist Hadley King, MD told R29. “I would recommend minimizing makeup — particularly foundations and concealer with heavy formulations — because the increased humidity under the mask could affect your skin’s sebum production and potentially lead to an increase in clogged pores and breakouts.”

Be sure to keep your mask breathable and cotton grade.

According to the CDC, it’s important to keep surgical masks and N-95s available to healthcare providers on the frontlines. Americans should instead be using cloth face coverings. “The best idea is to wear a cover that sits close to the skin and that doesn’t wave away,” explains Dr. Markowitz. “It’s important to remember to touch the mask as little as possible, so you certainly want to wear something that is comfortable, especially if you have sensitive skin.”

Want to keep your skin together and support Latina businesses during this time? Try out these skincare brands by Latinas.

There have been studies done to determine whether Latinxs age slower than others. It’s scientifically proven that we’ve got some good genes, but it could also be that our abuelas taught us the importance of una buena crema.

Here, some Latinx-owned skincare lines to keep your skin looking and feeling blessed. Shine on, reinas!

1. Brujita Skincare

Inspired by the vibrant mercados and healing minerals of Mexico, this brand brings magia straight to your face. Focusing on the power of what Mama Earth gifts us, the products are packed with natural clays and powders all sourced in Mexico. Featuring a vegan crema and face masks with ingredients like cinnamon, cacao and honey powder, Brujita Skincare is some serious face food.

Follow on Instagram: @brujitaskincare

2. BreadxButta Botanica

BreadxButta is a lifestyle brand based in Brooklyn, New York, but we are focusing on their CBD wellness line called “Botanica.” Most of the recipes for these Puerto Rican-made products have Taino roots that have been passed down through generations. With healing products like CBD bath soaks, CBD Moon Oil and a CBD tattoo balm, this is where skincare and inner self-care meet.

Follow on Instagram: @breadxbutta

3. Sweet Face by Rocio

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Sweet Face by Rocio offers an impressive line up of natural products. The shop includes face scrubs, milks and oils for all skin types. Sweet Face even has a little something called “Brow Reviver” for all those chicas that suffered through the skinny brow trend of the ‘90s.  With these mujeres-made essentials, your skin is sure to feel sweet.

Follow on Instagram: @sweetfacebyrocio

4. mud

Mud Shop Naturals are handmade to order in Providence, Rhode Island. To ensure high-caliber, they are produced in small batches. You will definitely feel that quality with products like Turmeric, Kelp and Coffee mudMasks. Finish with some Hemp Seed Facial Serum for the full mud experience.

Follow on Instagram: @mudshop_naturals

5. Sun Kiss Organics

With the tagline “Skincare for Sun-kissed Skin,” Sun Kiss Organics delivers the goods to help your skin feel its most radiant. Eco-friendly and Harlem, New York-made, this line carries stand-out products like Aloe Rose Toner and Lemon Body Balm. But what we love most about them is their charity. For every product sold, Sun Kiss donates $1 to EarthJustice, an organization working to “ensure widespread protections from pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals.”

Follow on Instagram: @sunkissorganics

6. Loquita Bath & Body

You may already be familiar with Loquita Bath & Body for their original Concha Bath Bomb. However, these Mexican-Guatemalan-owned products go far beyond their variety of delicious vegan bath bombs. You’ll definitely go loca over products like Bidi Bidi Body Butter, Chingona Sugar Scrub and Agua de Jamaica Face Mask.

Follow on Instagram: @loquitabathandbody

7. Bubbly Moon Naturals

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For all the expecting and new mamis out there, Bubbly Moon Naturals has you covered. Literally. Their products are certified vegan and cruelty-free, so you can feel good about what is being absorbed by your skin. There is a natural nursing salve for the breastfeeding mamas and a body soufflé to keep your changing skin as soft as your baby’s.

Follow on Instagram: @bubblymoonnaturals

8. Tiny Shiny Naturals

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Tiny Shiny Naturals is the Indigenous-Latinx shop serving up organic, mano-made products bursting with Madre Tierra magic. Products like Concha Serum and Organic Pomada are crystal and moon charged. The thing we love most about this nature-based brand though is the fact that they offer their products at a sliding scale.

Follow on Instagram: @tinyshinynaturals

9. Eva’s Garden

While we still don’t know the whereabouts of the Garden of Eden, we do know that Eva’s Garden is located in the Dominican Republic. With a $40 anti-acne facial kit and toners for every skin type, Eva’s Garden is a place you’ll want to get lost in.

Follow on Instagram: @evas.garden

10. Yaocihuatl Organic Skincare

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All we have to say is: Horchata, Dulce de Leche, and Guava lip balms. However, delectable lip balms are not all Yaocihuatl Organic has to offer. This Los Angeles-based brand has all the fixings to keep your Latinx-glow going. Peep their Etsy shop for goodies like Calendula Face Cream, Coffee Eye Serum and Cayenne Salve.

Follow on Instagram: @yaocihuatlorganic

11. Amomati Medicinals

Amomati Medicinals is where skincare gets sacred. Bridging ancient Mexican and Chinese medicine, these products are sure to elevate not only your skin, but also your spirit. Snag some Medicinal Copal Oil to remove energy blocks or to reduce inflammation in the skin. There’s even a Healing Warrior Face Cream infused with calendula and yarrow to help strengthen and tighten your warrior womxn skin.

Follow on Instagram: @amomatimedicinals

12. Firme Arte

If you want your skincare products a little more witchy and revolutionary, look no further than the Indigenous-Xicanx alchemy of Firme Arte’s online bodega. Good luck not spending all your money in this sanctuary of self-care. There are spell soaps and spell scrubs with intentions we love, like: Hella Sensitive, Gimmie Dat Money and F*ck Outta Here. While this is definitely not your abuelita’s bodega, we love how every item is so full of magia.

Follow on Instagram: @firmearte

Staying Cute In The Time Of Coronavirus– Are ManiPedis And Brazilians Out?

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Staying Cute In The Time Of Coronavirus– Are ManiPedis And Brazilians Out?

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As we continue to face so much uncertainty in our daily lives, there’s no doubt that keeping up a healthy at-home beauty routine can help. Not only can doing some kind things for yourself like an at-home manicure or a good facial do great good for your pores it can also be a mental health saving grace.

Still, for every beauty routine that some of us might have mastered already, there are plenty that some of us have not. Whether it’s knowing how to wash your hair on your own, do a facemask, tweeze your brows or even give your lower Latin America region a good grooming, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up the best tips and items from the internet to help you keep up your salon beauty routine at home.

Doing the Brazilian.

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No one who has ever had hair ripped from their crotch has called getting a bikini wax easy. Still, if you’re staying at home all day to combat Coronavirus and you’re feeling like you need a wax, experts say it is doable.

According to an interview with Harper’s Bazaar and Natalie Ismiel, a brand ambassador for the hair-removal brand Nad’s it’s important to “be sure to look for a product that specifically says Brazilian on the packaging, as not all formulas are suitable for this sensitive area. For a first timer, it might be easiest to use a hard wax, as strip waxes are a little bit more difficult to do on your own and take practice.”

Going full-on mani-pedi.

A good mani-pedi will require some tools you might not have at home but plenty you already will have available. To start, you’ll want to soak your feet and hands in bathwater. You can buy cheap epsom salt to soak and soften your skin. Use a hard foot brush to slough off any skin, and then apply a cuticle serum to your toenails before you polish your nails. Don’t forget this last part! It will do wonders for ensuring the longevity of your paint job.

How to give yourself the ultimate facial.

Not all of us have the resources to invest in professional skin treatment. Still, gifting your skin regular facial care is a long-proven way of ensuring the health of your skin and you can give yourself an at-home facial that have the same results as a spa session.
Start your facial by creating a clean canvas to start on by cleaning your skin with a cleansing lotion or gel. Then apply a thin coat of an exfoliating peel with exfoliating acids like lactic, glycolic, or salicylic. Leave on for 5 minutes and then wash off thoroughly. Once the peel has been removed go in with a second exfoliator by applying a facial scrub to your skin. When you’re done be sure to apply a moisturizer!