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How Often Should You Exfoliate?

Over-exfoliating is a common skincare mistake. Who doesn’t remember the classic St. Ives Apricot Scrub? And back then, the squeaky clean feeling was all the rage. Exfoliating is great. It helps unclog pores and prevent blackheads while improving skin turnover, leading to more radiant skin. But over-exfoliating can lead to skin irritation and irritation while potentially making acne breakouts worse. So how often should you exfoliate? Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, a Washington, D.C.-based dermatologist, recommends exfoliating two to three times a week for normal and combination skin and once a week for sensitive skin. You always want to make sure you’re...

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The Skincare Benefits of Niacinamide

It’s no secret I love niacinamide. It’s an ingredient that just happens to be in pretty much all of my favorite skincare products. Niacinamide is an antioxidant powerhouse and it has done wonders for my skin in evening out my skin and reducing the size of my pores. What Is Niacinamide? Niacinamide is also known as Vitamin B3, niacin, or nicotinic acid. It’s part of the B vitamin group, vitamins that help the body convert food into energy. These B-complex vitamins are essential for a healthy liver, skin, hair, and eyes. The Benefits of Niacinamide in Skincare According to Paula’s...

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The Double Cleanse

Ah, the double cleanse. The skincare method I credit for changing my skin. Honestly, it’s revolutionary. Well, maybe not revolutionary since it’s been a staple of Korean skincare routines since who knows when, but certainly revolutionary for the younger me. Skincare used to be so easy those days. I’d splash some water on my face, use my trusty tea tree cleanser from The Body Shop, rinse, and be done with it. Then I’d put on some toner and moisturizer, and ta-dah! My skincare routine was over with just 3 steps. Younger me would have laughed in someone’s face if they...

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Are Natural Beauty Products Better?

Green beauty has made huge waves in the beauty industry and have entered the mainstream with brands like Tata Harper and Ilia Beauty. Product labels touting words like “natural,” “organic,” and “non-toxic” are tempting. Natural products sound heavenly in a sea of products full of nasty chemicals. Now here’s the problem. The FDA has not defined what it means for cosmetics to be “natural” or “organic.” So while you might pat yourself on the back for using natural products and successfully avoiding terrible chemicals, that might not be the case. While the FDA doesn’t regulate the usage of “organic,” the...

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How To Sheet Mask

  A post shared by Seoul Mamas (@seoulmamas) on Jul 21, 2017 at 6:52am PDT   Sheet masks are a Korean beauty trend that took the world by storm and have given us a gift of plumper, hydrated skin. Who doesn’t want that? There are sheet mask options for everyone, from the very affordable at $1 each to pricier options, all targeting various skin concerns making it easy to find a sheet mask for your every skin need. Some people even use a sheet mask every day! I, being on the lazier side, might do one once or twice a...

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