This Not That

  1. Cleanser vs. Makeup Wipes 

Try eliminating makeup wipes from your skin care routine. I know at times we may be tired at the end of a long day and it is easier to reach for a makeup wipe to remove your makeup, but in fact you are doing a disservice to your skin. Most makeup wipes strip the acid mantle layer of our skin. The acid mantle helps to protect us against pollutants, bacteria, and environmental stressors. When we compromise our skin’s barrier it can cause irritation. Try using either a milky or oil-based cleanser, like our Apricot Mango Cleansing Milk from Sorella Apothecary containing apricot oil which will help to break down makeup and nourish your skin all in one. Trust me, your skin will thank you later!


  1. Micro Grain Exfoliant vs. Harsh scrubs

 In search of a perfect exfoliant? When looking for a perfect fit for your skin type I strongly encourage you to reach for something with a micro grain size product. Our Grapefruit Polishing Powder from Sorella Apothecary is a beautiful marriage of papaya enzymes, grapefruit, and bamboo, creating a powder that lightly exfoliates the skin. It contains active ingredients such as lactic and salicylic acid which help to eat away at dead skin cells, unclog pores, and rejuvenate your skin.


  1. Charcoal Hydro Jelly Mask vs. Charcoal Nose Strips

 Looking to remove those stubborn black heads? Put down the charcoal nose strips and focus on using products that are not harsh for your skin. I highly recommend Esthemax’s Hydro Jelly masks. We carry a wide selection, including the Charcoal Jelly peel-off mask. Its main ingredient is algae, which helps to nourish, hydrate, and balance all skin types. This Charcoal mask specifically helps to control oils in your skin and eliminate black heads.


  1. Jojoba oil vs. Coconut Oil

 I often will ask my clients, “What are you using on your skin”? and I dread hearing the words “coconut oil”.  Coconut oil is great to cook with, but in fact when it is applied to our skin it does not penetrate past our pores. Instead, it will suffocate your skin and clog your pores.

 If you are an oil lover like I am look for a reputable product that carries as oil-based serum. My latest favorite is our Facial Nectar Serum from Sorella Apothecary. It contains jojoba oil which is an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and a natural healer. It also includes other ingredients such as, rosehip oil, rosemary leaf and fruit oil. This is a serum that is non-comedogenic and will nourish and deeply hydrate your skin.