The Dynamic Duo: Two products I swear by for clear skin

If you see me Monday-Saturday my face is beat for the Gods, but Sunday is for skincare.

My skin sucks. After dealing with cystic acne for the better part of a decade, and trying every drugstore, high end and prescription face wash, mask, ointment and pill known to man, I finally have it somewhat under control. Unfortunately, thanks to years of breakout after breakout, my face is scarred in several shades of pink and purple—somewhat resembling a watercolor painting, but much less aesthetically pleasing.

If you’ve ever suffered from acne, you know that when you find products that work for your skin, you cling on to them for dear life. This shit is expensive, but to me, it’s worth it.

Tata Harper Clarifying Mask

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While I have my acne under control for the most part, I do still occasionally get breakouts. Naturally, I have an arsenal of products that I keep handy in case my face starts to go to shit. One product that I refuse to go without is the Tata Harper clarifying mask.

A lot of the skincare products I’ve tried I have researched extensively before purchasing, but not this one. Like a lot of the decisions I make in life, this was one impulsive.

I love face masks. One of my favorite things to do is put my hair in a bun, put a face mask on and mindlessly watch YouTube videos (or, more realistically, Seinfeld). But the truth is, the majority of face masks that I have tried don’t really have any impact on my skin. This one does.

The good, the bad and the ugly

Whenever my skin starts to break out, I slather myself in this and by the next day my skin is brighter, smoother and clearer. I’m not going to lie to you—it has kind of a funky smell and it never dries (and its bright green color makes you look a little Hulk-y or Shrek-y) but the end result is worth it.

According to the website, the Clarifying Mask has an enzymatic peel effect to even tone, help mask the appearance of blemishes and redness, and minimize the appearance of pores without drying or irritating the skin. A trio of salicylic acids minimize the appearance of blemishes and breakouts for clear-looking skin while lactic acid and an alpha hydroxy acid superfruit blend work to refine the appearance of pores. Quartz sand micro-crystals provide a physical exfoliation effect to soften and smooth the look of the skin.

This mask is amazing—unfortunately, it’s also expensive. I’ve gone through two jars of this already but I only ever purchase it during Sephora’s VIB sales. (I already have acne, I don’t need to be both poor and ugly. Come on).

Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial

img_3230.jpgI am eternally searching for a product that will fade the acne scars on my face and— surprise, surprise—so far none of them have done a damn thing.

Enter Drunk Elepehant’s TLC Sukari Babyfacial, an exfoliating peel designed to be used at home once a week

Jaded AF

Every once in a while, for laughs, I go into Sephora and explain to the person working in skincare that I’m searching for a product to fade acne scars. They typically show me products I’ve already used and seen zero results with so I ask for some free samples—just in case— and go on my merry way.

The day I purchased Babyfacial was no different. The Sephora employee raved about Babyfacial and how great it was, but being the cynical consumer that I am, I doubted that this product would deliver any kind of actual result—but purchased it anyway, just in case.

I went home, washed my face and followed the directions on the package and I couldn’t believe my eyes.

I have used other at home peels and exfoliants including the Dr. Dennis Gross peel, the Peter Thomas Roth at home peel system and the cult favorite, Exfoli-Kate, and none of them work well for me.

Babyfacial is in a league all its own.

Heaven sent

Formulated with 25 percent AHAs (consisting of glycolic, tartaric, lactic and citric acids) and 2 percent BHAs (salicylic acid), Babyfacial is designed to slough off dead skin cells and help refine the texture of your skin. Despite the high acid levels in the peel, the product is also formulated to with gentler, antioxidant packed ingredients like soothing and brighten your skin including matcha tea, vitamin C-spiked apple, and niacinamide.

I have never had a professional chemical peel so I have no point of reference but whoa baby, this shit stings! The package says to use once a week and only leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly and following with Marula oil. When I first started using this product, I followed those directions religiously. Now that my skin is used to the product, I leave it on longer, sometimes upwards of an hour, and have never experienced any side effects (other than bright, beautiful skin 😉)

Acne? Clears it up. Texture? Gone. Scars? Fading. It’s like Jesus himself guided me to Sephora that day.

I really can’t believe the difference this has made in my skin. No product has ever made my skin feel softer or smoother and it is actually helping to fade my acne scars. I can’t say enough good things about this product and will continue to repurchase it for as long as I Drunk Elephant makes it.

If you don’t take my word for it, Beautypedia also gave the at-home peel a glowing review. (See what I did there?) From the website: “The bottom line: T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial delivers on its promises of smoothing all skin types, and although it might seem pricey, it costs less than a professional in-office peel and comes pretty close to delivering the same results.” (For those who don’t know, Beautypedia is a research based  website that reviews skincare and makeup and was created by Paula of Paula’s Choice Skincare.)

TL;DR

After struggling with acne for way too many years, I have finally found two products that not only help clear up my skin but also help to fade scarring. I love me some makeup, but the first step in having good makeup is taking care of your skin.

As you can tell, I totally stan for these products. They both work wonders on their own, but I like to use them together for optimal results. First, I slather myself in the clarifying mask and immediately follow it with Babyfacial. It’s an all day affair, ladies and gentlemen.

You can purchase both the Tata Harper Clarifying Mask and the Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial at Sephora. If you’re curious about trying these products but are aghast with sticker shock, I totally recommend going into your local Sephora and asking for a sample! Sephora is great about letting you try products before you commit.

If you’ve tried these products let me know what you think!

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