I have so much to share just about skincare that I feel like this is the perfect time to share! Last fall I interviewed Olay Scientist Dr. Frauke Neuser on the phone and asked questions about skincare and bust myths and get some advice.
This post is not sponsored at all by any companies – though I do partner with Olay, anything I mention in this post I want to be clear I’m sharing because I want to and thought it would be helpful for anyone who wants to take better care of their skin. This post I’ll talk about the PCA Peel I paid for and the latest skincare products I received from Charlotte Tilbury that was sent. I took time to use these items, felt they were worth mentioning and so here we go!
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my face peel off in a week. Here are a few bullet points I wanted to share –
- There are 7 layers of chemicals put on your skin. It didn’t burn until the 6th layer I was like oooh, like hot sauce on my face.
- You sleep with it on the first night (put a towel on your pillowcase), wash it off day 2
- Day 2 you can wear makeup, your skin will look great, no pores because your skin is dead haha. Makeup will slide right off it.
- Day 3 you will see peeling around your chin.
- Then it gets worse from there. Way worse.
- Don’t peel your skin off, use little scissors to cut it off
- Don’t put makeup on the new skin – it burned! So I just washed my face.
PCA Peel results
- Pores looks smaller
- Lightened skin tone, freckles, melanoma spots (confirmed by my makeup artist)
- Smoothness and softness of skin.
I would absolutely recommend it for anyone who needs a deep facial that say doesn’t get one regularly. I get monthly facials with light chemical peels which has been great for my skin and I wanted to do a PCA Peel to get rid of spots. I plan on doing this again in the summer. I went to Vicky at Beautiful Skin & Nails if you are in the Phoenix area looking for a great aesthetician. I have many friends who now regularly see her.
Some videos from IG stories –
Skin Tips from Olay Scientist, Dr. Frauke Neuser
- Use a daily moisturizer that has the SPF already built in. Daily use you don’t need to go higher than a 25 or 30 because you’re not spending 8 hours out in the sunshine.
- You can do more for your skin at night if you find a night cream that you love.
- If you need a skin detox because nothing seems to be working, consider a day or two of just cleansing and start with one new set of products so you can really see what those products can do for your skin.
- Pay attention if you skin is changing and you have different needs.
How effective can a drugstore brand be when you can buy certain things from a skin care specialist? How do they compare?
Most facial moisturizers and creams and treatments are classified as cosmetic products. Where you buy them has no impact on how good or bad they are they are all all regulated by the same laws, they all have to fulfill the same requirements. There could be very little active ingredients that’s selling for a lot of money in a pharmacy, and a lot of good active ingredients that sells at CVS. Because they are cosmetic products, it’s not the same as if they were drugs (like acne treatments through prescription like if you see a medical professional first).
With other products it doesn’t matter where you buy them. Over the counter drugs are regulated by the FDA, for skincare there are two main. For SPF, anything sunscreen is FDA regulated and have some same information on the label, it doesn’t matter where you buy it, they are all regulated in the same way. The other ones for skin is acne products, over the counter are not allowed to hav more than 2% salicylic acid, some of those are regulated.
Most skincare isn’t about where you buy it – it can be good or bad anywhere you get them.
Why does someone need to use it a product for X amount of days – like Olay says 28 days?
Most clinical studies run for 8-12 weeks bc that’ show long to see the benefits. A lot of other ingredients we say 28 days is a really good time frame because that’s when your regular when the outer layer of your skin turns over constantly and 28 days is about the length of that cycle. You will really see in that time what the product does for your skin as a whole living organ not just what it does on the surface.
If you use a new product and you break out, is that a concern, or does that mean the product is getting all the bad stuff out?
I would always see it as a bad sign. A new product should not make your skin break out, as a sign that it is doing something good. If it makes you break out it’s not suitable for your skin. It could be harsh, irritating, it could be it is clogging your pores, a perfume component in there your skin doesn’t like. If you do get a reaction you don’t want, stop using it.
Charlotte Tilbury Skincare Review
This box arrived and I shared it on Instagram stories, the DMs came flooding in. I had no idea how many of you love Charlotte Tilbury and asked for me to share more about my thoughts once using it – this is a non biased review because I also don’t have any obligation to post about it here but I want to because I know it was interest to you and I want to give my 100% honest opinion. So, here we go!
And here’s my review on IG stories –
- Magic Night Cream
Worth mentioning. I rarely use a night cream (I used Olay Regenerist with no SPF). However, I wanted to try this and the first night I disliked it because it was thick and heavily fragranced, but I was determined to try it again because the reviews were so good. I used a little and mixed it with my Olay Regenerist Whip and that is magic to me. I wish it was fragrance free because it is incredibly strong but the morning I am just glowing. I plan on bringing this to me to Vegas to have my girlfriends give it a try.
- Goddess Ritual Skincare Kits
This is a two-step cleaner ritual. I was meh about it at first and now I’ve really liked it. The first one is a citrus scent, the second is a charcoal cleanse. It really leaves your face feeling clean and also hydrated. The little clay mask is good. Another favorite cleanser of mine is the Lancome energie skin cleanser.
- Magic Cream
If you need a moisturizer that’s thick, this it. I didn’t use very much of it since I have a moisturizer I already use daily and like (Olay Regenerist) but this is a great thick cream for winter months. Worth checking out, haven’t used it a lot.
- Wonder Glow
I was told a few friends use this in their makeup, or alone. I tried it alone but it made me too shiny and looked more like I was sweating. I think this would be great for incredibly youthful skin like you’re a teen or in your early twenties. I preferred to use this in my foundation or add it to parts I wanted to glow.
- Dry Sheet Mask (can use 3x)
It’s kind of nuts and I was surprised. It’s like a dryer sheet you put around your ears to keep it tight and under your chin and your body heat just heats up and your face looks hydrated! You can have a good laugh because you are going to look like Jason wearing this sheet mask but it is worth it!
Overall I’d say if you could get your hands on the magic night cream, try it! But please, mix it with something else if you don’t like heavy fragranced products (the fragrance will take getting used to). And I also like the face wash!
There you go, phew! So many beauty things to share I just packed it all in one post. I hope you found some of this information helpful, facials, skincare products and skincare questions answered by an actual Olay scientist! If you have any questions feel free to email me, I’m always happy to give suggestions. Thank you for spending a part of your day with me.