7 Most Common Skincare Mistakes You Might Be Making

You might be wondering why your skin is not cooperating with you, even when you have the best products that are the perfect fit for your skin type. Well, let me tell you, it might not be the skincare products you use, it probably is the way you treat your skin and the way you apply these products.

Certain lifestyle habits that we normally do can be harming our skin and cause damage without us being aware of it.

I understand that we all want healthy, shiny, young-looking skin, however, here we’re not talking about what skincare products to use or how to use them. Instead, we’re going over the common skincare mistakes you might be making and costing you the best possible results.

I am here to tell you that you are not alone, and to help you avoid these mistakes, so let us dive in!

Table of content:
Mistake #1 – Not washing your hands before cleansing
Mistake #2 – Using products that are not suitable for your skin type
Mistake #3 – Not moisturizing correctly
Mistake #4 – Exfoliating too often or with the wrong product
Mistake #5 – Skipping SPF
Mistake #6 – Forgetting your neck and chest
Mistake #7 – Not being consistent

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Mistake #1 – Not washing your hands before cleansing

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Should you wash your hands before cleansing your face? The answer is yes, definitely yes!

Hand hygiene should be a top priority for everyone. We touch many surfaces on a daily basis, from keyboards, and phones, to doorknobs, and whatever else that you can think of. Dirt and bacteria can easily get stuck on your fingers and under your fingernails.

Imagine taking all of that bacteria to your face when cleansing!

How horrible does that sound?

This can be the cause of random breakouts and unwanted pimples.

So, make it a habit to always wash your hands right before your start your skincare routine.

Mistake #2 – Using products that are not suitable for your skin type

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We all see skincare trends on TikTok and Instagram, with trending products that claim to give you glass skin in just one night! Or you see your favorite beauty influencer suggesting a product that claims to get rid of acne in two days.

It’s true, it can be tempting to go straight to the store and buy those products and start using lather them all over your skin because we all want great-looking skin, quick!

But this is where we go wrong, for three reasons.

First of all, not everyone reacts the same way to different skincare products. What works for you might not work for me, and what works for that one beauty influencer might not work for you or your friend.

Second of all, healthy-looking skin does not happen in one or two days, not even in two weeks. The skin life cycle of a middle-aged adult is 28 days, so the period in which you can actually test a product out if it’s working in your favor or not is almost one month.

Lastly, it is essential for you to know what your skin type is before purchasing any skincare product, especially active ingredients like retinol or AHA/BHA.

The last thing you would want to do is use a product that will cause further irritation to your skin if you already have dry and sensitive skin. Or using an oil-based product that will clog your pores further and cause acne and breakouts.

Mistake #3 – Not moisturizing correctly

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A simple basic PM skincare routine consists of a cleanser, serum, and moisturizer (SPF for AM routine).

Moisturizing is an essential step in any skincare routine, and it must not be skipped! Since the first step might take away a little bit of the skin’s natural oils, it is absolutely crucial to use a moisturizer to keep your skin moisturized and protected.

How can you moisturize correctly? What is the proper way to moisturize? And how is there a wrong way to moisturize in the first place?! Well, moisturizing improperly can either cause more damage to your skin or can be absolutely a waste of product and money.

To moisturize properly, you need to apply it on damp skin right after cleansing and applying your serum if you are using one, to give your skin the opportunity to absorb the active ingredients properly and make the most out of the products.

The order in how you apply your skincare products is very important, you should always apply thinner products first and work your way up to the thicker products, this will let your skin absorb all of the products and you won’t end up wasting any product.

Mistake #4 – Exfoliating too often or with the wrong product

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Exfoliating is a good way to accelerate the turnover of our skin cells. You can learn more about the different types of exfoliants here.

Firstly, you need to set up an exfoliating schedule depending on your skin type and tolerance, but as a general rule, exfoliating 2-3 times a week is ideal.

Secondly, your choice of the type of exfoliation is very important, because if you use a product that is too harsh for your skin, you will be causing more damage than you are benefiting your skin. This is why it is always recommended to patch-test any new product that you buy before using it on your whole face and neck.

You can start a method called “skin cycling”, learn more about it here.

Mistake #5 – Skipping SPF

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This is a MAJOR mistake! I can’t put enough emphasis on this mistake because skipping SPF will push your skin back to zero, if not less!

Let’s look at the list below to understand what happens when we “forget” to apply sunscreen:

  1. If you are using active ingredients in your routine, the sun can and will damage your skin even further, that is because these ingredients make the skin more sensitive to UV rays.
  2. Exposure to direct sunlight can cause the skin to dry out quickly (hello wrinkles!).
  3. Let’s not forget about skin cancer, which is a major concern for skin exposed to direct sunlight.
  4. It will be a waste of all the products you use that are anti-aging.

In my opinion, these reasons are more than enough to make me remember to apply SPF anytime I want to go out, even if it was cloudy, AND to reapply SPF every 2 hours.

Mistake #6 – Forgetting your neck and chest

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Having a healthy-looking face with a dull neck and chest is never a nice picture.

The goal here is not to look young forever or to look perfect!

On the contrary, we are trying to maintain healthy skin and glow, I mean, there is nothing wrong with that! Right?

So, for that reason, let us not forget to apply our skincare products to the neck and chest areas!

Mistake #7 – Not being consistent

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Consistency is key. Yes, we’ve all heard and read this sentence all over the internet. It can apply to practically anything!

You can’t complain about your skin’s results or the products you use when you are being inconsistent with your routine. Staying consistent with the frequency of use of your skincare products and the quantity is very important. Build a routine and a schedule for your skincare, make it a ritual.

Having a consistent routine helps your skin build a tolerance to certain strong ingredients and also gives it time to repair its barrier. Skin cycling is a good method to start building a consistent routine.

So there you have it: seven of the most common skincare mistakes you might be making that can be damaging your skin, and what you can do about it. If you have been unsure of yourself or frustrated by the results, now is the time to make a change.

Remember to stay vigilant about avoiding these pitfalls, following the advice here should help you make better decisions about your skincare routine – your skin will thank you for it.

Let me know in the comments section if you have been doing any of these mistakes.

Why Skin Cycling is Actually Good for Your Skin + 4 Common Pitfalls

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With all the ingredients in the market and beauty trends on social media, how can we build a consistent skincare routine? It can be hard to get a steady regimen but we all want glowing, glass-like skin!

Even if some of the products we use can be a bit irritating, like chemical exfoliants and retinoids, there is still a way to use them steadily!

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Not sure what chemical exfoliants are?
Check out this blog post.

This is how the social media skincare trend “skin cycling” has gone viral. But what is skin cycling? How can I incorporate it into my skincare routine? Who would it benefit the most? Continue reading to learn more.

In this article I will discuss:

How & why to cycle your skincare products

What is skin cycling?

Skin cycling is a term that was coined by Dr. Whitney Bowe, a board-certified dermatologist.

It is a skincare method that is based on a 4-day skincare cycle to achieve maximum efficacy with minimal irritation.

The concept behind it is not new, dermatologists have always been saying to not overdo it with active ingredients as these ingredients take time and multiple applications to get your skin used to them.

Dermatologists always recommend applying these ingredients every third night and using a gentle ingredient in between until your skin can tolerate strong topicals every night.

The goal of retinoids is to help clarify your skin.

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It is basically keeping your morning skincare routine consistent while rotating the possibly irritating ingredients at night, mixed with a period of recovery and rest (AKA lots of hydrating and moisturizing ingredients).

The recovery and rest period can be subjective and personalized according to each person’s own skin type and routine. However, it is very helpful for people with sensitive skin since the skin has time to recover and regenerate after using the active ingredients.

Skin cycling schedule

AM routine stays the same, and PM skin cycling routine looks like this:

Night 1: exfoliate

Night 2: retinol

Night 3: recovery

Night 4: recovery


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This schedule is suitable for all skin types but you may need to tweak the cycle up or down according to your own optimal skincare routine.

For example, if you have overly sensitive and dry skin or rosacea, your skin might not tolerate the exfoliants and retinoids, therefore, you may want to cut down on these ingredients or add a third recovery night.

On the other hand, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may need to dial up the frequency of exfoliants and retinoids or reduce the recovery nights to one night instead of two.

Benefits of skin cycling

There are many benefits that come from adding this method to your regimen. The most important one is that your skin builds tolerance to active ingredients.

Chemical exfoliants and retinoids can cause skin sensitivity, irritation, and dehydration. By cycling them throughout the week, you help bring out the benefits of the ingredients in your skincare routine without irritating and dehydrating your skin.

Chemical ingredients can:

  • brighten skin tone
  • bring radiance to the skin
  • boost collagen production

Recovery days are key to allowing your skin barrier to repair fully.

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Chemical exfoliants get rid of any dead skin cells and will give you an immediate glow, this will increase the effectiveness of using retinoids the next night, it’s like working on a new sheet of skin.

How can I incorporate skin cycling into my skincare regimen?

Night 1: exfoliation

  1. Double-cleansing: LANEIGE – Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser and COSRX – Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
  2. Use chemical exfoliants (acids) on clean, dry skin: The Ordinary – Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution or The Ordinary – Salicylic Acid 2% Masque or SOME BY MI – AHA-BHA-PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum
  3. Apply a moisturizer: COSRX – Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream or Dr. Jart+ – Ceramidin Cream

Night 2: retinol

  1. Double-cleanse your skin
  2. Optional if you have sensitive skin or are new to retinol: apply a thin layer of fragrance-free moisturizer under your eyes, smile-line area, and below the mouth, this dilutes down the strength of the retinoid and allows your skin to adjust (known as the sandwich technique)
  3. Apply a pea-sized amount of retinoid by dabbing it onto the face, chest, and neck: IOPE – Retinol Expert 0.1% or The Ordinary – Retinol 1% in Squalane
  4. Apply a rich moisturizing cream

Night 3 & 4: recovery

  1. Use a gentle cleanser (or double-cleanse)
  2. Pat dry but keep the skin damp
  3. Apply a powerful humectant: The Ordinary – Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 or Haruharu WONDER – Black Rice Hyaluronic Anti-wrinkle Serum
  4. Moisturize immediately: COSRX – Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Cream
  5. Optional: pat an oil on your skin
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Common pitfalls of skin cycling

  1. Sensitive and burning sensation on the eyelid area, around the mouth and nose, and neck

Solution: if you have sensitive skin, before using chemical exfoliants and retinoids, apply a thin layer of moisturizer on top of the sensitive areas to act as a barrier so that your skin can adjust, and avoid applying the active ingredients to those areas as well

  1. No improvement for oily acne-prone due to improper skin cycling

Solution: use a three-night cycle. Exfoliation night, retinoid night, recovery night, repeat. For exfoliation night, use a product with the ingredient salicylic acid. For the retinoid night, apply a higher percentage of retinol by seeing your dermatologist for a prescription strength product.

  1. Skin cycling for rosacea

Solution: for exfoliation night, use acids with a total concentration under 15%. For the retinoid night, use a gentle fragrance-free over-the-counter retinol or retinaldehyde. Add a third recovery night to make sure that your skin barrier has enough time to repair.

  1. Applying moisturizer immediately after the exfoliating product

Solution: you need to wait until the tingling sensation completely subsides before applying a moisturizer

The importance of maintaining an alternate skincare schedule

Skin cycling is a helpful concept when you want to have a consistent skincare routine in a busy and hectic schedule.

It is very useful for all skin types because you can tweak it as you like according to your skin type and tolerance. You get the best of both worlds, exfoliation, and hydration.

Even if you have sensitive skin, it does not mean that you can’t use really powerful chemical exfoliants and retinoids, it just means that you need to learn how to incorporate them properly into your skincare routine.

Of course, it goes without saying, SPF is absolutely crucial when using active ingredients in your skincare routine!

Will you start skin cycling? Let me know in the comments!

Let’s do this!

Antioxidants 101: The Ultimate Antioxidants For Your Skin

Many people claim that antioxidants are the best thing for your skin which is why they spend hundreds of dollars on these products. I believe this blog post will prove whether this is true or not.

Oranges, nuts, and green tea — they all contain antioxidants. And you have probably heard that these substances have a positive effect on the environment.

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But what really are antioxidants? How can they help us? And why are they good for your skin?

A lot of people don’t even know what antioxidants actually are. In this post, I’m also going to answer these questions and explain why our skin needs them.

Antioxidants are essential nutrients that are crucial to health and disease prevention. However, antioxidants are beneficial for more than only the prevention of diseases.

Antioxidants have also been shown to offer a myriad of health benefits for the skin. Let’s take a look at some of these antioxidants and how they can revitalize our skin.

What is an Antioxidant and What Does it Do?

Antioxidants are a class of compounds that help protect the human body from the effects of oxidation.

An antioxidant neutralizes free radicals, which are highly reactive molecules that can cause damage to healthy cells in the body. Oxidative stress is thought to contribute to aging, as well as a number of chronic diseases.

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That’s why by now you’re wondering what does antioxidants mean for your skin? Well, there are several foods that promote healthy glowing skin like blueberries and green tea.

These foods are full of antioxidants which make them perfect for a rejuvenating face mask. The problem is that the only way to derive personal benefit from them is by ingesting them orally.

However, some crafty scientists at SkinCeuticals realized this antioxidant gap in our skincare routine.

They put their heads together and figured out a way to apply these natural antioxidants directly onto our skin as an antioxidant serum called SkinCeuticals AOX+ Peptide Antioxidant Serum.

How Do You Get More Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are nature’s own skin care line. They’re what gives fruits and vegetables their bright colors, and they’ve been shown to help protect us from a variety of ailments, including cancer.

So how do you get more antioxidants?

Well, there’s no magic pill or potion—you just have to make smart choices about what you eat and drink every day.

You can eat foods high in vitamin C like citrus fruits or broccoli, or try taking a supplement that contains vitamin E or selenium.

You can also consider using products with antioxidants in them like moisturizers or sunscreens that protect against UVA/UVB rays by absorbing light energy before it does damage to your skin.

You may have heard of vitamins A, C, and E as antioxidants; they’re just a few examples of the many nutrients that can help reduce oxidative stress on our bodies.

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But did you know that there are other natural sources of antioxidants?

Antioxidant-rich foods include berries (like strawberries), citrus fruits (like oranges), leafy greens (like spinach), cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli), nuts (like almonds), legumes (like beans), seeds (like pumpkin seeds)… the list goes on!

Check out this list of antioxidants!

Why Antioxidants are Great for Your Skin

Antioxidants help prevent the oxidation of other molecules, which is the main cause for aging.

Oxidation can happen when free radicals attack a molecule and steal electrons from it. This process can damage cells and lead to inflammation, which is bad news for your skin.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by giving up their own electrons to them instead of letting them attack other molecules.

Free radicals can be caused by things like pollution, smoking, radiation exposure, alcohol consumption and even some pharmaceuticals. Because of this, it is important to use products that contain antioxidants to protect your skin from free radical damage.

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There are several ways that antioxidants can improve your skin’s appearance:

1) reduce oxidative stress by reducing inflammation in the body, which causes redness and swelling.

2) help protect against sun damage by preventing free radical damage from ultraviolet rays. This helps prevent premature aging of the skin by reducing wrinkles and sun spots, while also helping prevent skin cancer.

3) can improve your skin texture by helping to promote cell renewal and collagen production, which leads to smoother skin with fewer wrinkles.

4) help reduce the redness, swelling, and irritation of acne.

What are the Best Types of Antioxidants to Look For in Skin Care Products?

The three main types of antioxidants are:

1. Vitamin A – This vitamin is found in vegetables, fruits, and animal products like milk and eggs. It helps to protect your skin against sun damage by blocking out UV rays.

2. Vitamin C – This vitamin is also called ascorbic acid and can be found in citrus fruits, berries, lemons and limes. It helps to protect your skin against wrinkles, blemishes and premature aging caused by sun exposure or environmental pollution such as pollution from cars or factories where people work outdoors all day long without proper ventilation systems installed inside their buildings!

3. Omega 3 Fatty Acids / EPA/DHA Supplementation – These fatty acids are found naturally in fish oils but can also be taken as supplements as well which will help you achieve healthier looking skin without having too much unhealthy fat stored on your body!

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The Importance of Using a Skincare Product with Active Antioxidants to Protect Your Skin

Antioxidants are basically the superheroes of the beauty world. They help us fight off the damage caused by free radicals, which are molecules that cause inflammation and can lead to wrinkles. They also help our skin stay healthy and youthful-looking by keeping it hydrated, which helps us look younger longer.

I mean, who doesn’t want to look younger? (And by younger, I mean like 10 years younger than you actually are.)

So I guess it is safe to say that the people’s claims about antioxidants being the best thing for their skin are true!

Let me know in the comments which antioxidant is your favorite!

Double Cleansing Complete Guide

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If you thought that the name suggests cleansing your face twice, then you’re mistaken. It is so much more than that and the benefits are plentiful.

This method is a very popular method of cleansing, especially as part of the K-beauty skincare routine, because it removes all the makeup, dirt, and bacteria that are on the surface of your skin without stripping the natural oils and drying it.

In this article, I will be going into the deets and benefits of the double cleansing method.

What is Double Cleansing?

As I have mentioned above, this method of cleansing skin is not about cleansing your face twice in a row. It is about using different types of cleansers to wash your face.

The first step is to use an oil-based cleanser.

This will remove sunscreen and makeup from your skin, including waterproof mascara.

Using an oil-based cleanser as a first step is highly effective for people with oily skin types as well as people who wear heavy makeup, for the reason that makeup and sebum dissolve in oil (lipophilic).

The second step is to use a water-based face wash to remove any remaining traces of makeup, sebum, and debris. It is important to make sure that you are using face cleansing products in order to avoid any irritation or damage to your skin.

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How to double-cleanse?

  1. Apply the oil-based cleanser to dry skin.
  2. Use your fingers or a cotton pad to massage the cleanser into your skin to help dissolve all the sebum, debris, and makeup.
  3. Wet your face with water.
  4. Apply the water-based facial cleanser by massaging it into the skin using your fingertips.
  5. Rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry, and follow with a moisturizer.

What are the benefits of double cleansing?

Having healthy skin always starts with a clean face. That is why face cleansers are a very important first step in any skincare routine. To add to that, it is crucial to choose the proper face cleanser that suits your skin type so you could actually benefit from it.

Applying the rest of your skincare routine products on a face with remaining sebum and debris is not as effective as applying them to a clean face.

Having a clean face with no debris or sebum left behind makes it better for your skincare products to be absorbed and benefit your skin.

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How often should I double cleanse?

This depends on the type of skin you have and whether you wear makeup on a daily basis or not. But in any case, applying a proper moisturizer afterward is a must.

The double cleansing method should only be done at night when you want to remove all your makeup and sign off for the day.

It is possible to double cleanse your skin daily, but you should always choose the right products that suit your skin type because you don’t want to over-dry and over-wash your skin.

Is double cleansing for everyone?

Double cleansing is highly recommended for people who wear makeup daily and people with oily skin.

However, if you have sensitive or dry skin, double cleansing may not be the way to go, as it can strip the skin of its oils, unless you use face cleansers with skincare ingredients that are hydrating and moisturizing.

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Products for dry skin

Products for oily skin

Products for sensitive skin

Retinol Guide: How & When Can I Incorporate Retinol Into My Skincare Routine?

If you want to start using retinol but don’t know when it’s best to add it to your skincare routine, here are some guidelines.

Keep in mind that there are no guarantees for any particular age range — and, a lot of people will tell you to start much sooner than what is on here.

If you feel like your skin has been healthy and happy without retinol so far, there is no need to rush right out and try it (at least not yet). Try another great anti-aging ingredient first.

Retinol, more commonly known as vitamin A, has been used in skincare and acne treatments for decades.

But, do you know when to start using retinol? How about how to use it?

This guide on when to start using retinol will answer these questions and more, so you can make the most of this powerful anti-aging ingredient.

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How do I incorporate retinol into my skincare routine?

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Before you can use retinol, your skin needs to get used to it. This process is known as retinization and should happen gradually over a few weeks.

How gradual?

It depends on how sensitive your skin is and what type of retinoid you’re using.

For example, if you’re using an over-the-counter product with vitamin A (retinyl palmitate), then you could start seeing results after just two days.

On the other hand, if you’re taking prescription tretinoin (Retin-A), then it might take several months before any changes are noticeable.

If you notice any irritation during that time, stop using it immediately and talk to your dermatologist about ways to soothe your skin.

If you have very sensitive skin, don’t use retinol without talking to your dermatologist first.

It makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight and puts you at risk for hyperpigmentation. It can also irritate acne. So if you have sensitive skin and/or break out easily, make sure to use a low-strength retinol product and wear sunscreen every day (it’ll even help with wrinkles!).

In general, start using retinol at night so that your body has time to adjust during a slow transition period of about 2 weeks; then slowly introduce it into your morning routine once your body is used to it.

How do I check if my skin is sensitive to retinol?

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Sensitivity to retinol is a possibility and usually goes away within several weeks of consistent use.

However, sensitivity to it has a higher chance of occurring if you start using a topical product with high concentrations too quickly. To prevent irritation and burning, it’s best to test yourself for sensitivity before jumping into a full-blown regimen.

Before you buy your first retinol cream or serum, dab just a bit on your skin at night and wait until morning to see how your skin reacts.

If it looks fine and isn’t red or flaky, then go ahead with using it regularly!

If you do experience any irritation after trying a product once (or even a few times), stop using it immediately until all symptoms are gone.

The benefits of retinol

Retinol is one of dermatology’s most powerful anti-aging weapons.

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Found naturally in foods like carrots and cantaloupe, retinol has the following benefits:

  • help to exfoliate the skin,
  • reduce fine lines and wrinkles,
  • diminish dark spots, and
  • increase collagen production.

Retinol is a must-have for anyone over 25 who wants to protect their skin from premature aging.

It is applied right after double cleansing during your nighttime routine.

Retinol products

IOPE – Retinol Expert 0.1% – 30ml

IOPE – Retinol Expert 0.2% – 30ml

IOPE – Retinol Expert 0.3% – 20ml


Retinol is often described as a miracle worker—and it can help with everything from wrinkles to acne.

It helps your skin repair itself from damage and stop new breakouts before they start.

As we age, our hormones and oil production change, it’s important to use retinol if you want to keep your skin healthy for decades to come. The best age to gradually start introducing retinol to your skincare routine is mid 20’s.

That said, it’s easy to overdo it and end up with painful side effects—particularly if you start using it too early.

Retinoid Strength Chart
Retinoid Strength Chart

Comment below when you think is the best age to start introducing this miracle ingredient to your skincare routine.

The Skin Type Test – Ultimate Guide & Skincare Routines

Caring for the skin is important for everyone. It is the largest organ of your body and it needs to be taken care of.

There are many different skin types and it is important to know what skin type you have in order to take care of it properly. There are also many different products that can help with skincare, but it is important to find out what works best for you.

The importance of skincare cannot be overstated, as the health and appearance of your skin can greatly affect how you feel about yourself.

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How to figure out your skin type
(the ultimate skin type test)

This is the ultimate test to figure out once and for all, what your skin type is.

In order for you to do this test properly, you need to cleanse, rinse, and wipe your face dry using a soft paper towel and leave for 30 minutes to an hour without applying a moisturizer.

Cut a tissue into 4 pieces and blot each piece onto the following areas:

  • Forehead
  • Nose
  • Cheeks
  • Chin

After blotting your skin, look for your skin type in the following options:

  1. If the tissue has an oily residue after blotting all four areas, then you have oily skin.
  2. If the tissue has an oily residue after blotting forehead, nose, and chin, then you have combination skin.
  3. If there is no oily residue on the tissue after blotting, then you have dry skin.
  4. If your skin feels tight, itchy, and uncomfortable, then you have sensitive skin.

Now that you have figured out what your skin type is, let us move on to the next section where I give tips and dive into each skin type in more detail.

1. Tips for acne-prone skin types

Acne-prone skin is a skin type that is more prone to breakouts and acne. It can be caused by a wide array of factors, such as genetics, hormones, diet and stress.

It can also be triggered by external factors such as the environment or the products you use on your face.

Dealing with this skin type might be a tough task for some people. It often leaves you feeling insecure, frustrated and self-conscious.

But it doesn’t have to be like that all the time, with the right knowledge and care, your acne prone skin can be treated and managed well enough to live a normal life.

Here are some tips to deal with acne-prone skin:

  • Wash twice a day
  • Always apply a moisturizer after washing
  • Exfoliate 1-2 times a week, read more about exfoliation here Chemical Exfoliants – How to Get Smooth Skin
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Use a gel-based cleanser
  • Double cleanse
  • Dry your face with a paper towel instead of a regular towel
  • Use alcohol-free toner to help balance the oils in your skin
  • Try to not touch your face if your hands are not washed

5 best ingredients for acne-prone skin

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s)
  • Salicylic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Tea tree oil
  • Vitamin C

I have another article about essential oils and which ones are suitable for each skin type, you can read more about it here.

6-step skincare routine for acne-prone skin

  1. Cleanse gently
  2. Use a toner as astringent
  3. Apply acne treatment
  4. Moisturize using an oil-free moisturizer 
  5. Exfoliate 1-2 times a week
  6. Apply a clay face mask 1-2 times a week

2. Tips for sensitive skin types

People with sensitive skin are prone to irritations and allergies. They have a higher risk of getting skin infections, so they need to be more careful about what they put on their skin. Avoid products that contain harsh chemicals or fragrances.

You can use fragrance-free products that are made for sensitive skin types to prevent any irritation from occurring on your skin. You can also use a moisturizer to help keep your skin hydrated and plump, which will help reduce redness or irritation from occurring on your face.

Sensitive dry irritated skin
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The following list contains some tips for sensitive skin types that will hopefully help you:

  • Avoid products with fragrances. Fragrances can be irritating to sensitive skins, so avoid any products that contain them.
  • Always consult a dermatologist before trying new products or treatments. If your skin is sensitive, you may react differently than someone with normal skin would.
  • Use gentle cleansers and moisturizers. Don't use harsh chemicals, because they could irritate your skin even more and cause redness or other irritation in the areas where they were applied.
  • Avoid taking long hot shower. Hot water for long periods of time can strip away the natural oils of the skin.
  • Always apply SPF as the sun’s UV rays may be too harsh for sensitive skin types. Shiseido - Anessa UV Sunscreen SPF 50+

5-step skincare routine for sensitive skin

  1. Cleanse using a gentle lotion or cream cleanser
  2. Prep skin using an alcohol-free toner
  3. Apply a serum that is specific for sensitive skin, avoid any harmful and triggering ingredients
  4. Use an eye cream
  5. Moisturize using a non-comedogenic and fragrance-free water or gel based moisturizer

3. Tips for dry skin types

The best way to deal with dry skin types is to keep the skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and applying a moisturizer on a regular basis so that the outer layer of the epidermis can retain enough water.

There are many different types of moisturizers available, but it’s important to find one that suits your skin type.

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Some tips for dry skin types:

4. Tips for oily skin types

Oily skin is the type of skin that has excessive sebum secretion. It is a major concern for many people, and it can lead to acne or other skin concerns.

We all know how frustrating it is to deal with oily skin. It's difficult to find a product that suits your skin type and doesn't make you break out. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

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Here are some tips for oily skin types:

  • Use an oil-free moisturizer
  • Avoid products that contain alcohol and fragrance
  • Use a clay mask every week or two
  • Cleanse twice daily with a gentle cleanser
  • Apply the double cleansing method

5. Tips for combination skin types

If you have combination skin, you know how difficult it can be to find skincare products that work for your skin type.

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Here are some tips on what combination skin types need in a skincare routine:

  • Moisturize: Combination skin types are prone to dry patches and oily areas. You need to moisturize the dry areas and use oil-free products on the oily areas.
  • Exfoliate: Skin cells build up on the surface of your skin and cause breakouts when they clog pores. To prevent this from happening, exfoliate twice a week by using a gentle scrub or mask that is appropriate for your skin type.
  • Clarify: Combination skin types often have large pores which can cause acne. To prevent this from happening, use a clay mask or a chemical exfoliant once or twice a week to clean out your pores.

  • Nourish: Combination skin types need healthy hydration and moisture to keep the skin soft and supple. Use an oil-free moisturizer with hydrating ingredients.

The basic rules of the correct order of a skincare routine

A good skincare routine is important for your skin. It is also important to know the correct order of a skincare routine, in order for you to gain the most benefit.

Gone are the days of you asking “which goes first, moisturizers or serums?”, “what do I apply first, eye cream or toner?”, or “when do I apply a toner?”.

If you apply these rules then you will have the best and most beneficial skincare routine specific for your skin type.

Always start with a clean slate.

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Remove makeup and cleanse your face properly but gently.

Layer skincare products properly.

The most important thing in a skincare routine is absorption.

Apply products from thinnest to thickest.

Here is a basic skincare routine that applies to all types of skin:

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Eye cream
  4. Serums and treatments
  5. Moisturizer
  6. Sunscreen

A Simple Guide to Skincare Routines

To sum up

Three very important points in any skincare regimen are, one: your skin type, two: ingredients in the products, and three: order of layering skincare products. If you master these three golden points, then you can achieve the perfect personalized skincare routine for your skin type.

Have you taken the skin type test? Let me know in the comments section below what type you have!

I hope you enjoyed this article and more importantly, found it useful.

Chemical Exfoliants – How to Get Smooth Skin

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We all know that in order to achieve smooth and soft skin, we have to get rid of the dead skin cells that are blocking those new and healthy skin cells.

On average, a skin turnover cycle is 5-6 weeks. At the age of 21 it takes 14-21 days, and as we grow older, our skin cycle slows down.

Therefore, in order for us to speed up the process and get rid of more dead skin cells, we must exfoliate. Here, we will be looking into chemical exfoliation in details to explain what it is and how it works.

Chemical exfoliation may sound intimidating at first, however, it has become a very popular gentle treatment for achieving soft, smooth, and glowing skin.

Chemical exfoliants range from alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHA), to other chemical compounds such as mandelic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid.

These acids react with the outermost layer of the skin as soon as the product is applied.

Let’s dive into the details of chemical exfoliation.

What is chemical exfoliation?

Chemical exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells using acids that work by breaking down the “glue” that holds skin cells together. This loosens the bonds between the dead cells on the surface of your skin, making them easier to flake off.

People undergo this treatment to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin to reveal newer, healthier skin, they are one way to help reduce acne or prevent it from forming in some cases.

If you have skin conditions like eczema or rosacea, then you might want to add chemical exfoliation to your skincare routine since chemical exfoliants have anti-inflammatory properties which can aid in healing these skin conditions.

The benefits of chemical exfoliants include:

  • Removing dead skin cells
  • Smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brightening complexion
  • Reducing acne breakouts
  • Improving texture
  • Improving sun spots
  • Helping heal skin conditions

Chemical Exfoliation Vs. Physical Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliation uses products with skin-exfoliating chemicals to remove dead skin cells, whereas physical exfoliation uses physical products such as washcloths, face scrubs, or facial brushes to remove dead skin cells.

What are the different types of chemical exfoliation?

  1. AHA: Alpha Hydroxy Acids, this group of acids is extracted from fruits. Below are some of their characteristics:
    • Water-soluble
    • Works on the outermost layer of the skin
    • Hydrates the skin
    • Includes: glycolic acid, citric acid, malic acid, mandelic acid, and lactic acid
    • Facilitates collagen regeneration
    • Makes the skin sensitive to UV rays

  2. BHA: Beta Hydroxy Acids, this group of acids occurs naturally and is derived from plants.
    • Oil-soluble
    • Works to clean out the deeper layers of the skin
    • Includes salicylic acid
    • Helps with inflammation
    • Cleans out pores

  3. PHA: Polyhydroxy Acids are also plant acids that are similar to AHAs.
    • Because of their large structure, they do not penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and work on the outer layers
    • Gentler and less sensitizing
    • PHA may be a good alternative for people with sensitive skin
    • Anti-inflammatory properties
    • Includes gluconolactone and lactovionic acids

  4. LHA: Lipohydroxy Acid, derived from salicylic acid.
    • Oil-soluble
    • Works on deeper layers than BHAs
    • Less irritating because of its high levels of liposolubility (solubility in fat)

How to choose the best chemical exfoliant for your skin type

When it comes down to choosing the best chemical peel for your skin type, you need to consider a few factors.

The first is your skin type. You can take the skin type test and read more about skin types in my other article.

Different chemical peels work better on different types of skin. You should find out what your skin type is before deciding which peel you want to use.

The second factor is the strength of the peel that you want to use.

If you have sensitive or dry skin, then you will want to go with a weaker exfoliant that will not irritate or dry out your skin too much.

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then you might be able to tolerate a stronger exfoliant more easily.

Which chemical exfoliant to choose from for your skin type

Dry skin

  • Use AHAs because they are hydrating and they exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin

Dry and sensitive skin

  • Low percentage of AHAs (5%)
  • Use PHA because it is less irritating

Acne-prone skin

  • Use BHAs, because they are oil-soluble, this makes it easier to get rid of excess sebum and oil in pores as well as dead skin cells

Acne-prone and sensitive skin

  • Use LHA, because it is less irritating and sinks slower into the skin

What to do before and after a chemical exfoliation session

In order for you to benefit properly from exfoliation, you must complete your full skincare routine.


Here is what to do and what not to do before (48 hours prior) chemical exfoliation:

  • Avoid exfoliating your skin
  • Do not undergo this treatment close to an important event
  • Lay off the anti-aging creams
  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear SPF and avoid unprotected sun exposure at least 4 weeks prior
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Here are a few steps to care for your skin after exfoliating. Follow them to help your skin get the most benefits.

  • Hydrate your skin with glycerin to hold moisture in the skin
  • Wear sunscreen before you go out
  • Avoid exfoliating until your skin heals fully
  • Use soothing ingredients
  • Avoid saunas and steam rooms
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When does your skin need chemical exfoliants?

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Does my skin feel dehydrated?
  • Does my skin look dull?
  • Am I getting more breakouts?
  • Does my skin have an uneven tone?
  • Does my skin have more fine lines than usual?
  • Is my skin fully healed from the last session? (if applicable)

Frequently asked questions about chemical exfoliation

  1. How often can I use a chemical exfoliant?

It depends on your skin’s reactivity to the exfoliant, but as a general rule:

  • Oily skin: 3-4 times a week
  • Sensitive skin: once a week
  • Dry skin: 2-3 times a week
  • Mature skin: 2-3 times a week

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  1. How long does it take until I see results?

This varies from one person to another. Some people see results in the same day, while others weeks. Staying consistent is really important if you want to see results.

  1. Can I use chemical exfoliants every day?

This depends on the product you are using and its concentration. Some people are able to use them daily, although you should always test the products on your own skin before committing and using a product daily.

  1. What happens if I over-exfoliate?

You will end up with patchy, dehydrated skin that is flaky due to the loss of the ability to retained and absorb moisture.


Adding a chemical exfoliant to your skincare routine is a must. 

Not only do you speed up your skin’s cell turnover cycle, but you also make way for the healthier, newer skin cells that will give you that smooth, soft look you’ve always wanted!

But remember, if you are new to chemical exfoliants, you might need to slowly introduce your skin to it first by exfoliating using products that have light exfoliating ingredients, and then taking it from there.

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Are you new to chemical exfoliants? Did you learn something new after reading this article?

Let me know in the comments section!

Basic Nighttime Skincare Routine

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A well-maintained skincare routine is key to healthy skin.

Skincare routine is an important part of our daily lives. It should be done every day, and it usually consists of a few steps.

If you are wondering what does a nighttime skincare routine consist of and why is it so important, then you might want to continue reading this article.

What is a skincare routine?

Skincare routine is the process of taking care of one’s skin and includes cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and sometimes exfoliating.

A skincare routine can be as simple or as complex as a person wants to make it.

A good routine starts with cleansing and ends with moisturizing.

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The nighttime skincare routine is the most important one because it’s the time when your skin repairs itself from all damage done throughout the day.

What are the benefits of having a nighttime skincare routine?

Having a nighttime skincare routine is important for your skin. It helps you restore the natural balance of your skin, which is disrupted by stress, sunlight, and other factors.

A nighttime skincare routine can help you to achieve a healthy and glowing complexion.

You can make sure that your skin cells are regenerated at night and not exposed to harmful UV rays or pollution that might harm it during the day.

The right nighttime routine will also help you to get rid of acne or other problems with your skin.

What is a proper nighttime skincare routine?

Creating a nighttime skin care routine is not that difficult, but it’s important to include the right ingredients in order to get the best results.

A nighttime skincare routine is crucial to maintaining healthy and glowing skin. Especially in the colder months, when our skin becomes dry and sensitive, it needs extra care.

In this article, I will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to create your own nighttime skin care routine.

The first step is to cleanse your face thoroughly before bedtime.

It’s important to cleanse your face before bedtime, as this will remove any makeup and debris that may have accumulated throughout the day.

You should also use a toner or astringent to get rid of any excess dirt on your skin. For some people, this can be a nightly ritual in itself. Retinol is applied in this step also. You can read more about how and when to add retinol to your skincare routine here.

Take a shower or bath and use a gentle cleanser or an exfoliator if necessary.

The second step is to apply an AHA night cream that contains acids and retinols, which will help with anti-aging and smoothing wrinkles.

The third step is to moisturize your skin with a light moisturizer before bedtime – preferably an oil-free one so you don’t disturb the oils on top of your skin that are naturally produced overnight.

Finally, you should apply lip balm before going to sleep because it will help to prevent chapped lips.

You can always add other products to your routine, depending on your skin’s needs and concerns.

Serums can be applied after toning, eye creams after moisturizing, and face masks before lip balm.

Why it is important to have a well rounded nighttime skincare routine.

A well rounded skincare routine is important because it helps your skin to stay healthy and hydrated.

Some people think that a nighttime skincare routine is not necessary because they don’t want to wake up with greasy skin in the morning.

But this is not true.

Your nighttime skincare routine should be just as long as your morning one if you want to get the most benefits out of it.

To top it all off, you can also meditate for 5-10 minutes and write in your gratitude journal the things you are grateful for.

6 Easy Facial Exercises for a Slimmer, Defined Jawline

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Introduction: What is jawline massage?

Jawline massage is a type of facial massage that aims to reduce the appearance of jawline fat to achieve a more defined jawline.

It also reduces the appearance of double chin and neck fat. It also has many other benefits such as improving blood circulation, reducing stress, relaxing muscles, and improving lymphatic fluid circulation in the face and head.

A jawline massage is done by using both hands to gently stroke along the jawbone and around the ears in a circular motion. The fingers are used to apply pressure on the soft tissue under the jawbone as well as on top of it.

The technique can be done by yourself or with a professional. It’s important to use light pressure when massaging your jawline so that you don’t cause any damage to muscle tissue or nerves.

The massage will be more effective if you do it regularly.

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Face yoga exercises you can do anywhere, anytime!

If you want to get a perfect jawline, follow these facial exercises.

  1. Clench and release. Clench your jaw for 10 seconds and release. Repeat this exercise for 1 minute on a daily basis.
  2. Chin lifts and kisses. Tilt your head upwards and blow kisses in the air. Repeat this as many times as you can.
  3. Fish face. Suck the insides of your cheeks and smile. Maintain this form for 10 seconds, release, and repeat 10 times.
  4. Vowel sounds. Say the vowel “O” followed by the vowel “E”. Exaggerate the sounds and repeat 10 times.
  5. Massage jawline. Using two fingers, massage from the chin and the lower jawline to the earlobes.
  6. Head tilts. Tilt your head upwards, push your chin outwards, and move your head from left to right while keeping your chin pushed outwards. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
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Facial massage tools and products.

Conclusion: Why I love massaging my jawline and why you should start too!

The reason why I love these exercises is that they can be done while you are laying down on the couch or even in bed.

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If this isn’t enough of a reason to make you start exercising your jawline, then I don’t know what is!

Moreover, these exercises, if followed on a regular basis, can give you the perfect, defined jawline without paying a penny and in the comfort of your own home.

You can check out more relaxing activities to do at home in my article here.

Share in the comments section if you have any other facial exercises that you regularly do.

What Is Aromatherapy + Massage Techniques

With a little know-how, aromatherapy is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to improve your health.

You might have seen that aromatherapy is becoming more and more popular due to its various benefits, dive into this article to discover how to use essential oils to relieve stress, fight off illness, and more.

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Aromatherapy Tips & Guide For Beginners

Aromatherapy History and Origins

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You’ve probably read the term aromatherapy almost everywhere on the internet, but have you ever wondered where this term came from?

It was invented in 1937 by the French perfumer and chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, after claiming that lavender essential oil healed a burn incident he had.

Although, this does not mark the beginning of aromatherapy, it began 3500 years BC when it was used for religious purposes, medicine, and perfume.

What is aromatherapy used for?

If you wonder how aromatherapy is done and what it is used for, then this section is for you.

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses aromatic plant extracts and essential oils to improve the health and well-being of its users. It has positive psychological and physical effects on us humans.

It is performed through inhalation, foot bath, massage, or as a topical application. Of course, there are ways to perform these methods, you can’t apply undiluted essential oils directly to your skin, and certain essential oils are better not inhaled.

Inhaling certain essential oils benefits us by stimulating the smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages to the part of the brain that controls emotions.

This is why aromatherapy is thought to benefit us by relieving depression and anxiety, reducing stress, and restoring both mental and physical wellbeing.

Aromatherapy Massage Techniques

An aromatherapy massage is used for different reasons, including releasing muscle tension, pain soothing, and improving mood.

Types of massages include:

Swedish Massage

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Hot Stone Massage

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Prenatal Massage

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Deep Tissue Massage

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Difference between Swedish massage vs deep tissue massage

Swedish massage

  • intended to release muscle tension
  • promote relaxation
  • light to firm pressure
  • relieves stress

Deep tissue massage

  • intended to aid in muscle recovery
  • focuses on the deeper layers of muscles
  • slow, forceful strokes
  • promotes correct muscle function

Aromatherapy Frequently Asked Questions

Are aromatherapy diffusers safe for dogs?

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Dogs have a strong sense of smell, therefore, whatever seems light to us will definitely be overwhelming to them.

Using an aromatherapy diffuser in a confined space for a long period of time will definitely have a negative impact on your dog’s health. It is best if the diffuser is used in a space that the dog cannot access.

What are the benefits of aromatherapy?

Studies have shown that aromatherapy improved the quality of life. It relieves pain, sore muscles, anxiety, and depression.

Where to apply essential oils for anxiety?

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  • Spritz calming essential oils on your bedding, couch, or blanket.
  • Apply to wrists, back of the neck, and behind ears.
  • Use as steam.
  • Check out this article about essential oils.
  • Add lavender buds to a small organza bag, and place it near your bed or in between your clothes. You can find these bags here.

Is aromatherapy safe for babies?

It is not recommended to use an oil diffuser around a baby since their body is still developing.

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Never apply undiluted oils to the baby’s skin or even to their bath, essential oils are so concentrated and will cause harm to the baby’s skin.

What are some aromatherapy products?

To conclude

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to help reduce stress, promote sleep and improve mood.

Essential oils are volatile liquids that contain the aromatic compounds of plants. These compounds are what give plants their unique smell. The volatile nature of these oils means that they can be inhaled or applied topically for therapeutic purposes.

This form of therapy has been around for centuries and was used by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans as well as in traditional Chinese medicine. It is now used by people all over the world to help them relax, feel more energized, or relieve physical pain.

You can find essential oil blend recipes here.

Let me know in the comments what are your favorite essential oils to use for reliving stress!

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