ENIE MINIE MINEY GLOW: SKINCARE WITH HELLO AGLOW
As you all know from previous posts, I've struggled with my skin for the majority of my life. I started breaking out in early middle school and was put on acne medication by freshman year of high school, so when I recently decided to take the plunge and go off my prescription 3 months ago, I got serious about my skincare routine.
Product after product I've tried it all. The most expensive shit at Sephora, almost everything from the drugstore, brands from Paris and Australia and countless others. None of them seemed to hit the sweet spot for my skin, and as my skincare artillery grew, I realized that maybe I was going about this situation all wrong.
Maybe the problem wasn't my skin anymore it was the products I was using to battle my acne. Most of the products designed to help eradicate blackheads, cystic acne, and whiteheads use very harsh chemicals designed to dry out and essentially strip the skin. In turn, your skin can become unhealthy and even worse, unhealthy looking! On a recent trip to L.A. I discovered a new brand that definitely changed the game.
Hello Aglow's brand is based off chemical free skincare that focus's on exfoliation of dead skin, the elimination of harmful bacteria, using nutrient-rich ingredients and helping to improve your skin's natural balance. I've been using this 4 step system in combination with my favorite Raw Complexions beauty food and Glossier's Super Pure and my skin has never been better! I've only had one breakout and that was thanks to a birthday weekend of eating greasy food and consuming a bit too much alcohol.
Keep reading for more about the skincare system and my review of each product!
CLARIFYING HYDRATION DEW: STEP 1
This face mist smells amazing and is perfect to help wake you up in the morning (along with 5 cups of coffee of course). It's rich in antioxidants to tone, hydrate, and soften skin and since it's plant based, it reduces redness, kills bacteria, and reduces oiliness. Sounds too good to be true right? I thought so too until I tried it and feel in love. At the end of the day, even if you decide not to invest in the whole skincare system from Hello Aglow, this is a MUST in your routine.
Rosewater: Hydrating to the skin. This is antioxidant rich, helpful in reducing redness, inflammation, and healing to current acne. Regulates oily skin.
Cucumber: Rich in vitamins A, C, K and B-5 make this extract is perfect for those who need help with skin rejuvenation and retaining moisture leaving you with a soft glowing complexion.
Fennel Seed: Contains compounds that prevents acne, heals damaged skin, and tones.
CLEANSING NECTAR: STEP 2
This sparkly magic in a bottle is formulated to not only to gently remove dirt and environmental toxins from the skin, but also provide nutrients needed to fight off bacteria and heal itself. I was at first hesitant about the oily consistency as I was used to face wash leaving my face feeling tight and dry, but after it gave me glowing dewy skin after the first wash. I like to use it in the morning and then a charcoal wash at night since I do have very oily skin but for those of you who have dry or sensitive skin, it's great to use it twice a day.
Manuka Oil: Sourced from New Zealand, this soothing essential oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. Disinfectant properties ideal for troubled, blemished skin.
Hawthorn: Antioxidant rich and soothing to the skin. Helps clarify pores of bacteria and reduce inflammation.
Apple Seed Oil: Loaded with fatty acids, this is useful in new collagen production and anti-aging. Beneficial to help in the minimization of scars and marks. Contains high amounts of sulphur that prevents breakouts.
CLEAR SKIN ELIXIR: STEP 3
Now we come to the new love of my life! Hello Aglow's overnight exfoliating detox masque not only heals your current breakouts but it prevents new ones from forming. This masque works all night to regulate oiliness and ultimately stabilize oil production to be at its optimal levels! I read all the reviews online but after trying so many different so claimed "miracle" products I wasn't sure what to expect. My first time using it, I was overwhelmed by the strong smell (most likely from the pink clay) and wasn't sure if I could let it sit on my face all night, but after just a few minutes the smell dulled and it was fine. When you apply the mask, it's instructed you wait 10 minutes before you actually crawl into bed and that's to ensure the mask is fully dried and doesn't get all over your bedding. Then once the mask is dry, you just let it do it's magic.
And that's exactly what it was! When I took the mask off the next morning, all my blackheads were GONE and my face felt hydrated and fresh. The redness of my acne scars had significantly gone down and I could have pulled off a no-makeup day if I didn't have meetings scheduled.
I only do the mask about twice a week since I'm still believe it's best to let your skin breathe everyone in awhile too, but if you can get past the smell, it's worth every penny!
French Pink Clay: This clay not only pulls out impurities from deep within in the skin, it helps smooth and refine pores. For more info on this luxurious pink clay, check out our ingredient spotlight blog post HERE.
Coral: This above sea fossilized coral, sustainably harvested from the Caribbean, contains over 73 different minerals. These minerals provide the rich nutrients that your skin needs to repair itself and keep it young, fresh and healthy. These minerals help heal current breakouts and provide nutrients for the skin to create plump, healthy new skin.
Raspberry Seed Oil: Helps soothe the skin with its nutrient rich vitamin E and A properties. This oil contains Omega 3, 6, and 9 which nourishes and helps soothe. It reduces inflammation, leaving you with a smooth, glowing complexion. Helps in reducing acne breakouts.
FLAWLESS NOURISHMENT CREAM: STEP 4
A product that looks like lip balm, but goes on your face can be a bit trippy, but it quickly absorbs into the skin and much like a primer, provides a protective barrier over your skin to help fight off the pollution that gets absorbed into the skin on a daily basis. I decided not to use this as my daily moisturizer, but it's still great to use on occasion for extra protection!
Pomegranate Seed Oil - Deeply nourishing to the skin, this powerful antioxidant helps heal old scars, marks, and pigmentation.
Rosehip Oil - A substitute for retinol or tretinoin, Rosehip Oil is rich in both vitamin A, C, & E. It reduces scarring, repairs damaged skin cells, minimizes fine lines, and helps maintain healthy collagen. Helps prevent breakouts.
Pumpkin Seed Oil - Rich in Zinc, Magnesium, and Selenium which prevents breakouts and acne. Better than Alpha Hydroxy Acid, this helps the shedding of dead skin cells and is useful in the production of new skin cell growth. This is essential for blemish prone skin to help boost the growth of new, healthy skin cells. Soothes redness, eczema, inflammation, and rashes.
*You can purchase the products individually, or in the kit like I did! *