Simple Skincare

Discovering the right regimen does not have to be complicated. With so many cleansers, serums, and skincare tips, you may ask yourself how to build the right kind of skincare routine. Skincare by Sydney makes exploring the massive world of skincare painless.


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The idea of toner is to balance the skin's pH.  Prepping your skin makes the products you use afterwards more effective as well.

Many toners are medicated (glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid and its naturally occurring form, willowbark). These ingredients help with breakouts as well as skin hyperpigmentation, skin brightening, and minimizing pore size.

Everyone benefits from glycolic acid and/or lactic acid.  A toner is a great way to add these AHAs and BHAs.

Sometimes salicylic acid is too much for some skin types but is a wonderful treatment for oily, acne-prone skin.

- Toning pads are an option for toners that are pre-packed. All of the information above applies to them. I really like these for efficiency reasons, but they typically also come with a higher price. I like the UrbanSkinRx brand because they have glycolic, lactic, AND salicylic acid.

-Many toners have witch hazel, a natural anti-inflammatory, and forms of alcohol. Drugstore options are cheaper because the form of alcohol is higher up on the ingredient list. Denatured alcohol is the most common example. It's not always necessary to avoid it, but it can dry out skin so you with dryer skin are warned! Of course, there are alcohol-free options at all price ranges as well.

- Micellar water is sometimes advertised as a toner, but it truly is not. It's marketed as a no-rinse cleanser and make-up remover, but is recommended AFTER cleansing. Particularly for those with sensitive skin or teenagers that aren't going to wash their face with water and cleanser!

- You can apply toners with or without a cotton pad. You can also apply with hands only.

- Toners are made to be applied twice daily BUT listen to your skin. It depends on your skin type, the ingredients in toner, other products you're using.

For twice daily toning I have found a non-medicated toner, like Obagi Nu-Derm works for most skin types.

Glycolic Acid Toners

My favorite medicated toner is Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Essence because it is hydrating and offers glycolic acid! It costs $49.00

Mario Bedescu Glycolic Acid Toner is great for pretty much everyone and costs $18.00

- If a toner seems too strong and drying even after applying moisturizer, then apply it to your breakouts only or you can alternate medicated with non medicated toners or even apply once daily.


Did you know? There are not that many ingredients in skincare.

The marketing and different mixtures = the expansive skincare market.

When I create a #customskincare routine, I’m grouping ingredients in the right concentration and vehicle (serum v moisturizer) for YOU, your skin and goals.

I don’t get excited about a product until I turn it around and check out the active ingredients👏🏼

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Today’s goal: make everyone you encounter feel seen, worthy, and respected💗
Repeat, and make it a daily habit.

The @rakfoundation is a nonprofit with the goal of making kindness the norm, and the belief that kindness can be taught. They offer resources and classroom curriculum too!

I’m really thankful @thriveglobal brought this official day to my attention. For some positivity, check out the full article… there’s a quote from yours truly:

⤷ I can’t go without thanking you for the kindness you show me here. There have been many timely messages throughout the last year that served as pick-me-ups on hard days.

You remind me that KINDNESS is CONTAGIOUS.

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