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High PH levels for sure and all surfactants (IMHO). They just make a too-harsh cleanser. This means no foam. This means avoiding anything with sulfate, sulfonate, sulfoacetate, isethionate, sulfosuccinate and even all of the glucosides (though they are less harsh). This also means avoiding anything with a PH of 6.5 or higher (lower being better for dry and acne-prone skin). Of course if you have a system that defies my advice and you love it, that’s obviously great. I would suggest though to at least try a gentler cleanser, just to see if your skin likes it even more. ;) Swipe left to see an awesome infographic on PH (and the PH of various cleansers) from the amazing @goalstogetglowing who you guys should all follow because she is awesome!
*Scientifically, emulsifiers fall into a subcategory of surfactants. For simplification, I treat surfactants and their subcategory emulsifiers as two completely separate categories. 
Do you use or like any foaming cleansers or cleansers with surfactants? Do you avoid them like I do?
High PH levels for sure and all surfactants (IMHO). They just make a too-harsh cleanser. This means no foam. This means avoiding anything with sulfate, sulfonate, sulfoacetate, isethionate, sulfosuccinate and even all of the glucosides (though they are less harsh). This also means avoiding anything with a PH of 6.5 or higher (lower being better for dry and acne-prone skin). Of course if you have a system that defies my advice and you love it, that’s obviously great. I would suggest though to at least try a gentler cleanser, just to see if your skin likes it even more. ;) Swipe left to see an awesome infographic on PH (and the PH of various cleansers) from the amazing @goalstogetglowing who you guys should all follow because she is awesome! *Scientifically, emulsifiers fall into a subcategory of surfactants. For simplification, I treat surfactants and their subcategory emulsifiers as two completely separate categories. Do you use or like any foaming cleansers or cleansers with surfactants? Do you avoid them like I do?
REVIEW - Bar soaps usually have a high ph that damages skin and thus shouldn’t be used on the face, but more and more I have seen some people use ones like this Pink Clay one from @herbivorebotanicals apparently successfully? It’s beautiful and I love the company’s commitment to cleaner ingredients and simple products but when I tried it it definitely didn’t work on my face. I felt stripped and tight and it went immediately to hand soap for me. 
Have you ever used any of the Herbivore bar soaps on your face? Or any other Herbivore Botanicals products? What did you think?
REVIEW - Bar soaps usually have a high ph that damages skin and thus shouldn’t be used on the face, but more and more I have seen some people use ones like this Pink Clay one from @herbivorebotanicals apparently successfully? It’s beautiful and I love the company’s commitment to cleaner ingredients and simple products but when I tried it it definitely didn’t work on my face. I felt stripped and tight and it went immediately to hand soap for me. Have you ever used any of the Herbivore bar soaps on your face? Or any other Herbivore Botanicals products? What did you think?
Absolutely! Surfactants and high ph levels found in many cleansers can strip away natural oils and disrupt the skin’s barrier function (a.k.a the stratum corneum or horny layer). When the barrier function is disrupted your skin cannot hold moisture in or keep allergens and irritants out. It becomes dehydrated, sensitized, and irritated. Swipe right to see the PH levels of various cleansers, and an infographic of why PH matters. Courtesy of the super awesome @goalstogetglowing who you should definitely follow!

Have any cleansers ever damaged your skin? Have they ever made your skin dehydrated and sensitized? What do you do to repair your barrier function once it has been compromised?
Absolutely! Surfactants and high ph levels found in many cleansers can strip away natural oils and disrupt the skin’s barrier function (a.k.a the stratum corneum or horny layer). When the barrier function is disrupted your skin cannot hold moisture in or keep allergens and irritants out. It becomes dehydrated, sensitized, and irritated. Swipe right to see the PH levels of various cleansers, and an infographic of why PH matters. Courtesy of the super awesome @goalstogetglowing who you should definitely follow! Have any cleansers ever damaged your skin? Have they ever made your skin dehydrated and sensitized? What do you do to repair your barrier function once it has been compromised?
Review: This was a weird feeling foaming cleanser because while it left my skin with that squeaky feeling I hate, it somehow didn't feel stripped super dry? As if it left some sort of slightly moisturizing film behind? Anyways, this is definitely a no go. It has way too high a PH which will disrupt the skin's barrier function, and make skin more prone to dryness and acne. It smelled pretty chemically too which I did not like.

Have you tried this cleanser? What did you think? Have you tried other Korean skincare brands? Or cleansers? Do you think they live up to the hype?
Review: This was a weird feeling foaming cleanser because while it left my skin with that squeaky feeling I hate, it somehow didn't feel stripped super dry? As if it left some sort of slightly moisturizing film behind? Anyways, this is definitely a no go. It has way too high a PH which will disrupt the skin's barrier function, and make skin more prone to dryness and acne. It smelled pretty chemically too which I did not like. Have you tried this cleanser? What did you think? Have you tried other Korean skincare brands? Or cleansers? Do you think they live up to the hype?
Review: I love the branding on this, adding our green superfoods to facial creams for nutrients is a really fun idea and they’ve done a great job with it. They only really use anti-aging actives in their eye cream with peptides and superfood serum with AHA, so most of their products are best for the basics in your routine. You could definitely pair them with some active-filled serums though if you are trying to dramatically change your skin. 
Check out the link to my blog for the full review of these two products!

Have you tried this foaming cleanser or water cream? Do you like foaming cleansers and water creams? What are your favorites?
Review: I love the branding on this, adding our green superfoods to facial creams for nutrients is a really fun idea and they’ve done a great job with it. They only really use anti-aging actives in their eye cream with peptides and superfood serum with AHA, so most of their products are best for the basics in your routine. You could definitely pair them with some active-filled serums though if you are trying to dramatically change your skin. Check out the link to my blog for the full review of these two products! Have you tried this foaming cleanser or water cream? Do you like foaming cleansers and water creams? What are your favorites?
Evening primrose oil is my favorite SUPPLEMENT for hormonal acne. It is also nice topically but I have found it does wonders for the hormonal acne usually found along the jawline and on the chin. It helps to balance your hormones and since I started taking it daily my monthly chin pimple has never returned! 
Do you get hormonal acne? Have you tried EPO or any other supplements that have helped to lessen it? What do you do to get rid of or prevent acne?
Evening primrose oil is my favorite SUPPLEMENT for hormonal acne. It is also nice topically but I have found it does wonders for the hormonal acne usually found along the jawline and on the chin. It helps to balance your hormones and since I started taking it daily my monthly chin pimple has never returned! Do you get hormonal acne? Have you tried EPO or any other supplements that have helped to lessen it? What do you do to get rid of or prevent acne?
Most likely when there is a big change in weather you will need to modify your skincare routine. The cold and wind can really dry out and dehydrate skin so adding a few drops of oil when you apply your regular moisturizer and  a barrier strengthener like Amazonia's Neroli toner treatment essence will go a long ways in keeping the flakes and dryness away. An extra layer of essence (like Cosrx Snail Mucin which I love) or sheet masks at the end of every day will help too.

How does your skin change as the weather gets dryer and colder? What do you change in your routine?
Most likely when there is a big change in weather you will need to modify your skincare routine. The cold and wind can really dry out and dehydrate skin so adding a few drops of oil when you apply your regular moisturizer and a barrier strengthener like Amazonia's Neroli toner treatment essence will go a long ways in keeping the flakes and dryness away. An extra layer of essence (like Cosrx Snail Mucin which I love) or sheet masks at the end of every day will help too. How does your skin change as the weather gets dryer and colder? What do you change in your routine?
Avocado oil is good for your skin when you eat it and when you apply it topically if you have dry skin (but be careful about applying it topically if your skin is acne-prone). It has a lot of nourishing omega 9, 3 and 6, plus antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are good for your body and your skin. It also has a high smoke point so when you cook with it it doesn't go rancid as easily as olive oil.

What oil do you use for cooking? Have you ever used any "food" oils on your face? What did you think? What is your favorite face oil?
Avocado oil is good for your skin when you eat it and when you apply it topically if you have dry skin (but be careful about applying it topically if your skin is acne-prone). It has a lot of nourishing omega 9, 3 and 6, plus antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are good for your body and your skin. It also has a high smoke point so when you cook with it it doesn't go rancid as easily as olive oil. What oil do you use for cooking? Have you ever used any "food" oils on your face? What did you think? What is your favorite face oil?
Absolutely! The most common culprits are eggs and dairy for inflammatory acne, but wheat, chocolate, and anything else that you have a sensitivity to may cause breakouts, redness, inflammation, even rashes. An elimination diet is the best way to discover what you are reacting to and clear it out of your system. 
Are there any foods you know you are sensitive to? What kind of reactions do they cause? Do any specific foods give you acne?
Absolutely! The most common culprits are eggs and dairy for inflammatory acne, but wheat, chocolate, and anything else that you have a sensitivity to may cause breakouts, redness, inflammation, even rashes. An elimination diet is the best way to discover what you are reacting to and clear it out of your system. Are there any foods you know you are sensitive to? What kind of reactions do they cause? Do any specific foods give you acne?
Fish oil is great for beautiful skin and health which is why wild caught salmon is such a superfood and why people take fish oil supplements. They contain two main types of omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The EPA greatly benefits skin by regulating oil production to boost hydration and prevent acne, and by delaying the skin's aging process to stave off wrinkles. The DHA keeps the brain functioning properly. 
What do you think? Have you ever taken fish oil supplements or any other supplements for skin? Do you make sure to get your serving of fish every week?🍣
Fish oil is great for beautiful skin and health which is why wild caught salmon is such a superfood and why people take fish oil supplements. They contain two main types of omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The EPA greatly benefits skin by regulating oil production to boost hydration and prevent acne, and by delaying the skin's aging process to stave off wrinkles. The DHA keeps the brain functioning properly. What do you think? Have you ever taken fish oil supplements or any other supplements for skin? Do you make sure to get your serving of fish every week?🍣
YES! In my previous post I wrote about how eating lots of vitamin c can help stimulate collagen production in your skin to keep it looking young, but I didn't mention that eating sugar does the exact opposite!  Diets high in sugar can damage elastin and collagen molecules in the skin, increasing wrinkles and sagging. Research has shown that advanced glycation end products (AGEs), a class of compounds resulting from combinations of sugars and proteins, can accelerate the effects of aging.

Is it easy for you to avoid sugar? Do you have any good tips to share to help stay away from sugar, because it is my weakness and I can't be stopped!
YES! In my previous post I wrote about how eating lots of vitamin c can help stimulate collagen production in your skin to keep it looking young, but I didn't mention that eating sugar does the exact opposite! Diets high in sugar can damage elastin and collagen molecules in the skin, increasing wrinkles and sagging. Research has shown that advanced glycation end products (AGEs), a class of compounds resulting from combinations of sugars and proteins, can accelerate the effects of aging. Is it easy for you to avoid sugar? Do you have any good tips to share to help stay away from sugar, because it is my weakness and I can't be stopped!
We all know vitamin c is great topically but did you know eating vitamin c can stimulate collagen from the inside out? It's also great for your immune system, so why not? 
I take a teaspoon of vitamin c every morning when I wake up and at lunch (it can keep you awake if taken at night). I have seen a slight visible difference in the plumpness of my skin compared to before I started taking it. 
Do you take any supplements for beauty? What do you think of supplements for beauty?
We all know vitamin c is great topically but did you know eating vitamin c can stimulate collagen from the inside out? It's also great for your immune system, so why not? I take a teaspoon of vitamin c every morning when I wake up and at lunch (it can keep you awake if taken at night). I have seen a slight visible difference in the plumpness of my skin compared to before I started taking it. Do you take any supplements for beauty? What do you think of supplements for beauty?
Yes! Any food sensitivities that cause inflammation in the body are likely to also cause inflammation on the surface of your skin. Many people who cut eggs and/or dairy out of their diet eliminate redness and acne at the same time. People have cured their excema by removing gluten and sugar. If you have skin problems, trying an elimination diet might help you to find the culprit. I have a nightshade sensitivity so when I eat tomatoes my face will be all red and puffy the next morning. 
Do you know of any foods that affect your skin?
Yes! Any food sensitivities that cause inflammation in the body are likely to also cause inflammation on the surface of your skin. Many people who cut eggs and/or dairy out of their diet eliminate redness and acne at the same time. People have cured their excema by removing gluten and sugar. If you have skin problems, trying an elimination diet might help you to find the culprit. I have a nightshade sensitivity so when I eat tomatoes my face will be all red and puffy the next morning. Do you know of any foods that affect your skin?
40% OFF Discount! You guys know my favorite facial cleansing tool is the BFF (pink one in the center). It's basically the same as the Foreo Luna mini except it has even more adjustable intensity levels, costs less than half as much with the discount code ($59 - vs $139 Foreo mini) and the company is run by two super awesome #bossgirls Danielle and Lisa! 
I use this every night to give my face an anti-aging facial massage that stimulates circulation and lymphatic drainage to plump and detox skin. I used to just do my cleansing massage with my hands but this has completely taken the workout out of my evening routine and I'm loving it. 
If you've ever wanted to try an electric silicone facial cleanser, now is definitely the time with the discount (click link in bio) because this is the best one for the best price, and you get to help support some awesome women in small business!!! Have you used any facial devices before?
40% OFF Discount! You guys know my favorite facial cleansing tool is the BFF (pink one in the center). It's basically the same as the Foreo Luna mini except it has even more adjustable intensity levels, costs less than half as much with the discount code ($59 - vs $139 Foreo mini) and the company is run by two super awesome #bossgirls  Danielle and Lisa! I use this every night to give my face an anti-aging facial massage that stimulates circulation and lymphatic drainage to plump and detox skin. I used to just do my cleansing massage with my hands but this has completely taken the workout out of my evening routine and I'm loving it. If you've ever wanted to try an electric silicone facial cleanser, now is definitely the time with the discount (click link in bio) because this is the best one for the best price, and you get to help support some awesome women in small business!!! Have you used any facial devices before?
I have tried ALL the methods in every tutorial and youtube video possible and the results have been the same no matter what. To me it seems it is just important that you are stimulating blood flow. I do this by applying Amazonia's Jasmine & Honey Cleansing Milk (which goes on like an oil and then mixes with water to turn into a creamy milk and rinse away clean) and then rubbing my BFF silicone vibrating facial cleanser tool all over my face for a few minutes and then rinsing. You can do this with your hands too but it is a little more work to get a really stimulating massage and your arms can get tired if you do the full 5 minutes. PS link in bio to 40% off BFF from the awesome Danielle and Lisa @holisticbeauties, that's only $59 and it's rechargeable and portable!

Do you use cleansing tools? Do you like them? Are they worth it? How much would you be willing to spend on one?
I have tried ALL the methods in every tutorial and youtube video possible and the results have been the same no matter what. To me it seems it is just important that you are stimulating blood flow. I do this by applying Amazonia's Jasmine & Honey Cleansing Milk (which goes on like an oil and then mixes with water to turn into a creamy milk and rinse away clean) and then rubbing my BFF silicone vibrating facial cleanser tool all over my face for a few minutes and then rinsing. You can do this with your hands too but it is a little more work to get a really stimulating massage and your arms can get tired if you do the full 5 minutes. PS link in bio to 40% off BFF from the awesome Danielle and Lisa @holisticbeauties, that's only $59 and it's rechargeable and portable! Do you use cleansing tools? Do you like them? Are they worth it? How much would you be willing to spend on one?
So you guys already know my favorite facial cleansing device is the BFF from the awesome Danielle and Lisa and Holistic beauties, and we've teamed up to do a giveaway!

To enter:

1. Follow @theskincarechemist + @holisticbeauties 
2. Tag 2 friends
3. Click the link in bio to enter
So you guys already know my favorite facial cleansing device is the BFF from the awesome Danielle and Lisa and Holistic beauties, and we've teamed up to do a giveaway! To enter: 1. Follow @theskincarechemist + @holisticbeauties 2. Tag 2 friends 3. Click the link in bio to enter
Do you pumpkin face mask?! Pumpkin enzymes are great exfoliators and brighteners. I totally take that pumpkin pie filling and mix it with honey and a little yogurt and leave it on for 15 minutes. My skin is brighter, smoother, softer and even glowier! Photo: @dr.claras_tidbits

Do you mask in fall? What are your favorite masks? Do you do DIY masks?
Do you pumpkin face mask?! Pumpkin enzymes are great exfoliators and brighteners. I totally take that pumpkin pie filling and mix it with honey and a little yogurt and leave it on for 15 minutes. My skin is brighter, smoother, softer and even glowier! Photo: @dr.claras_tidbits Do you mask in fall? What are your favorite masks? Do you do DIY masks?
Have you guys used brush cleansers like clarisonic? I think mine gave me bursted blood vessels around my nose because it was too harsh and I could never get the brush clean. Not a fan.

Do you like brush cleansers? Yes or no?
Have you guys used brush cleansers like clarisonic? I think mine gave me bursted blood vessels around my nose because it was too harsh and I could never get the brush clean. Not a fan. Do you like brush cleansers? Yes or no?