Dear Black Girl: Your Black Can Crack

As women of color we love saying “YASSSSS HONEY. BLACK DON’T CRACK” but I’m here to tell you something. It will crack. It will shatter. It can be destroyed like any other organ, but only if you let it.

Previously mentioned in my Skincare 101 post, skin is the ONLY organ that can get better over time, however only if you take care of it. With as little as 5-10 minutes a day, you can restore your skin to optimal health, and in many cases make it better than ever.

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Murad Perfectly Ageless Skin Renewing Set

About a month or so ago, I took advantage of a Beauty Insider 500 point perk at Sephora and picked up the Murad Perfectly Ageless Skin Renewing Set. If you’ve be faithfully reading my posts recently, you know that I am more than obsessed with skincare right about now. I have been a fan of Murad products for the past 2 years now, so I jumped at the chance to try the set.

The set includes the following items: (retail price listed next to each item)


AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser ($36)

Intensive, exfoliating cleanser dissolves dull, dry skin to reveal younger-looking skin.

Renewing Eye Cream ($80)

Triple benefit eye cream brightens, smooths and de-puffs

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture ($72)

Super rich, anti-aging moisturizer delivers all day hydration.

Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ ($65)

Invisible SPF formula treats signs of aging as it softens the appearance of fine lines.


I have been using the products for little over a month consistently now and I have seen a noticeable change in my skin. When using the products, I use all of them in sequence 2-3 times a week. I limit the number of times I use it since the cleanser is an exfoliating cleanser and I don’t want to irritate my already dry skin. 

I have noticed that my skin very supple, I don’t any dark circles under my eyes, which I greatly appreciate because sleep has been few and far between these days. Just as the kit indicates, I feel as though my skin has been renewed. 
I have to be honest, I wasn’t aware of the full price of each product until writing this post. And yes, just as you may have sticker shock, so do I. What I will say is that if you are concerned about the prices, there is a Age Reform Starter Set that you can purchase for roughly $45. However, I will honestly be purchasing some of the full size products just because I think the investment is worth it. I have been using sample sizes for over a month and will probably be using them for another month or two, so i can only imagine how long I will have the full size bottles. 
As always, I hope this post was helpful. If you have any questions about specific products or would like tips and tricks, please feel free to email me at info@candiceoliviabeauty.com 

Five Essential Steps for an Optimal Skincare Regimen

As promised I’m back with more about skincare. If you didn’t get a chance to check out my post on Skincare 101: All About Skin make sure you check it out and see not only how amazing your skin is as a protector and signal to your body. According to Dr. Lisa Ginn, a licensed dermatologist, all it takes is 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at night to have amazing skin. Remember your skin is very forgiving and the only organ system that can get better over time, only if you take care of it.

The first step to flawless makeup is a great skincare regimen. Read below for the 5 Essential Steps to an Optimal Skincare Regimen.

1. Cleanse

The first step is a no brainer. Wash your face! Take all the impurities and makeup, dirt and oil from the day off of your face. With dry skin you want to use a cleansing cream or oil. With oily skin, you may want to use an oil free cleansing gel. Note, whether your skin is dry or oily, it should never feel tight and dry immediately after cleansing your face. If so, you are more than likely using something too strong for your needs.  

2. Exfoliate

After you cleanse your skin, get rid of all the dead skin cells . Methods you can use are mechanical or chemical. Examples of common exfoliates are: microderm abrasion; dermaplaning and scrubs.  For dry and more sensitive skin, exfoliating one to two times a week is sufficient.

With scrubs, Dr. Ginn suggests when using scrubs to use them while you’re in the shower. The steam from the shower has helped the skin and opened the pores, and you can wash all the dead skin cells down the drain. Makes sense right?!?

3. Hydrate

Always moisturize your skin with either barriers or humectants. Barriers, as the name suggests traps the moisture already present in your skin and keeps it there. Common barrier products are Vaseline and Cocoa Butter.

Humectants draw moisture from the atmosphere to your skin. When using a humectant, look for the following ingredients: glycerin, hyaluronic acid (holds 1000 times its weight in water) and collagen (holds 40 times its weight in water). 

4. Repair

When repairing your skin you want to focus on the blending of complexion and texture. This is the stage where you combat acne, fine lines, wrinkles, and/or dark spots.

When repairing acne, look for B5 complex which will soothe and unclog pores. Some foods that you want to avoid are cashews, soda and skim milk.

When repairing dark spots, look for antioxidants and Vitamin C. Vitamin C likes to stay in fruit or powder form, not a serum. So if you are using a serum, make sure it is in a brown bottle. If not, it will oxidize and break down, losing its effectiveness. Dr. Ginn suggests using Vitamin C serums/products at night.

When repairing fine lines and wrinkles you want to look for retinol (over the counter) and retinoid products (prescription). 

5. Protect

You always want to protect your skin from the sun and free oxygen radical damage. You want to make sure that you’re protecting your skin from harmful agents that cause cancer and other skin ailments.

**SPECIAL NOTE**

Depending on the severity of issues with your skin, you may need to see a specialist. Over the counter products only penetrate to a certain layer of the skin, where prescription products go a little deeper, and dermatological laser and chemical treatments can go even deeper. 

Skincare 101: All About Skin

Dr. Lisa Ginn of Skin at LRG

If you read my post about my recap of the Derrick Rutledge class “Perfecting Your Presence” you know that I was completely enamored by the  dermatologist Dr. Lisa Ginn.Dr. Ginn is a board certified dermatologist and fellowship trained cosmetic laser surgeon. You can get more information about her and her practice Skin at LRG here.

She shared a lot with us about proper skincare, and how to treat the most common skin issues for women of color. Please note I am not a licensed esthetician, but I have a love for skincare and would like to share what I have learned. As I always say, the beginning of flawless makeup application starts with a good skincare regimen.

Here are some key points that she shared about skin: 

  • Your skin is the body’s largest organ system
  • Having a healthy skin regimen is crucial to your daily life and well being
  • Your skin is the most forgiving organ system as it is the only organ system that can actually get better with age. 
  • With proper guidance, a few steps on your part is all that is required to give you youthful, healthy skin that glows. 
  • Your hair and your nails are a direct extension of your skin. 
  • Unique organ system as it often gives distinct clues to diagnose/uncover internal disease. (ie: diabetes, lupus and thyroid issues)

Structure of the Skin

Epidermis:

Outer and protective layer. 

Dermis: 

Middle layer and foundation of the skin.

Subcutis: 

Deepest layer and fat-pad for skin and origin of all hair growth

The Role Each Layer of Skin Performs: 

  • Dull, dry or sensitive skin signals a problem in the epidermis. 
  • Acne and dark spots originate in the epidermis an dermis.
  • Sagging skin results from a breakdown of the dermis. 
  • Thinning hair or excess hair requires of the follicles located in the subdermis. 

Two Processes Happening in Everyone’s Skin:

  • Slowing down of skin turnover in epidermis beginning in mid 20’s resulting in dry and splotchy skin. 
  • Cessation of dermal production of collagen beginning in mid to late 30’s resulting in a loss of skin firmness, large pores and fine lines and wrinkles. 
As you can see, if you haven’t already figured out you’re skincare regimen you’re behind the curve and need to catch up. Again your skin is very forgiving and can and will get better over time if you just put in a little bit of work. 
Stay tuned for The 5 Essential Steps for an Optimal Skincare Regimen…… 

Influenster Haul: Wellness VoxBox

Recently I was going through some emails and saw that Influenster had sent me an email to complete a survey. Bored, and having nothing else to do, I completed said survey(s) after what seemed to take me about 20-30 minutes.

I didn’t think anything of it, until I got another email maybe a week later indicating that I needed to check the mail for a box of products. Well color me surprised! I got home that very day to find a box full of goodies on my doorstep. This was my first time receiving a box from Influenster and  I wasn’t expecting full sized products.

This particular box was their Wellness box. It included an array of things to include face wash, skin moisturizer, mouth wash, pain relief samples, as well as a 2 n 1 shampoo and body wash.

Here is what is inside of the Wellness VoxBox

contents of Influenster Wellness VoxBox

I have started using the products and will do a full review (on the blog as well as Periscope) some time next week. Some of them I love, others, not so much.