I Used A Gua Sha On My Jawline For A Week

I don’t know about you, but I want to do everything in my power to look like a Greek god and get a chiseled jawline that could cut through an 8 ounce steak.  Okay, I know, super weird metaphor to open on… but I think you’re getting the idea.  There are a number of ways to go about getting a more contoured and shapely face.  My weapon of choice for a jawline that could kill: the gua sha.


What Is A Gua Sha?

three gua shas of different types

The gua sha is a traditional Chinese medical tool that’s been used to reduce muscle tension/stiffness, reduce puffiness, and smooth out wrinkles in the face and other body parts, among many other anecdotal benefits.  The act of using the gua sha is supposed to help with qi (pronounced chi) movement around your body, as stagnant qi (energy) is believed to cause health problems.

The gua sha tool itself is a smooth heart-shaped stone, typically jade or quartz, that you slide along the edges of your face.

What Does A Gua Sha Do?

Gua shas are used by either yourself or gua sha practitioners in a specific massage pattern across your face to get that blood flowing.  When the face is massaged in such a way, blood flow and lymphatic drainage are encouraged.

Blood flow in your face is great because it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which are both great in preventing your skin from sagging/drooping thus keeping your face’s plumper and more youthful look.

The lymphatic system is an important network of vessels that runs throughout your body.  It plays a pretty big role in your immune system, keeping your body’s fluid levels normal and fighting against infections.  The gua sha aids in getting that lymph fluid to flow evenly from your face to the rest of your body.

When excess fluids in those lymph areas are drained from moving the gua sha along your face, it’s said that your facial structure and contours will be emphasized, thus making your face look more sculpted.

How Do You Use Gua Sha?

Just like you, I had absolutely no idea how to use the gua sha.  But I just went on YouTube and found this video to follow along.  

To use the gua sha, you’re going to need some sort of facial oil to ensure that the stone glides smoothly across your face and doesn’t pull at your skin.  Some oils you could use with your gua sha are jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and grapeseed oil.

To use the gua sha, you’d want to do it every day during your night routine (or morning routine, it’s totally your choice).  First you’ll want to wash your gua sha to make sure it isn’t all dirty.  Next, you can go about your normal skin care routine, as long as you have applied face oil or moisturizer at the end to ensure your skin is lubricated enough for the gua sha to glide easily over your face.

My 7 Day Gua Sha Experience

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People tend to be divided on whether gua shas actually work, or if the gua sha works for jawlines, and overall have general questions on the efficacy.  So, instead of staying curious about the effects of it, I got my hands on a gua sha of my own to test out.

I started this investigation of mine last Monday night.  After finishing my classes for the day, I settled in for the night, and, you guessed it, applied some jojoba oil to my face.  I pulled up a tutorial video and made my roommate think I’m crazy for rubbing a stone on my face for 15 minutes.

Oh!  Before I get any further, here’s a before gua sha picture. 

lexiss in orange shirt smiling at camera pre-gua sha
lexiss profile photo in orange shirt of jaw line before using gua sha

Okay two things.  First, don’t comment on how busted I look, I had a long ass day.  And second, I’m showing you my side profile, so you better be grateful.

So yes, this was the beautiful face that I used the gua sha on.  I’ll say that immediately after using it, I felt rather relaxed and refreshed.  I followed this routine every day for the next week, with me doing my normal nighttime routine and then doing the gua sha massage on my face. 

My Experience Using Gua Sha

Something I didn’t expect when using the gua sha was that my temporomandibular joint disorder, also simply known as TMJ, felt a little better.  TMJ is characterized by stiff jaw muscles and limited movement of the jaw itself.  

And on the seventh day, I noticed a small number, but still a sufficient number of changes.  I noticed that my face seemed a little brighter, more plump, and I didn’t look like I hadn’t slept in three days.  And not only did my overall face feel better, but my jaw didn’t feel as stiff. 

So, without further ado, here is my after gua sha picture.  

lexiss in black shirt after using gua sha
lexiss' side profile in black shirt after using gua sha on jawline

And now let’s do a side-by-side where we see the gua sha before and after at all angles.  

lexiss in orange shirt smiling at camera pre-gua sha
lexiss in black shirt after using gua sha

As you can see my hair stayed just as messy.

lexiss profile photo in orange shirt of jaw line before using gua sha

There you go, my gua sha before and after pictures side-by-side.  

My Gua Sha Afterthoughts

I for sure notice that I look a lot brighter, not as puffy, and less tired looking (as a college student, I want to do everything in my power to not look tired).  And I don’t know if it’s wishful thinking on my part, but to me it looks like my jawline became just a bit more defined… aka your girl got that gua sha jawline.  I will note that the lighting and angles are a bit different, but it does seem to me that there has been some kind of change.

At the end of the day, not everybody will get the same results, or any results at all.  Whether or not the gua sha actually does anything, it definitely wouldn’t hurt to incorporate it into your routine and get that blood flowing around your face and to pamper yourself for a bit.  So the verdict of my little experiment: the gua sha gets two thumbs up from Lexiss, and you should get one if you can.

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12 Roll On Perfume Oils For Easy Aroma Application

Looking for new roll-on perfume oil to try instead of purchasing a large bottle of perfume? For me, I can never finish the whole bottle, and I always want to try all the scents. Long lasting roll-on bottles allow you to test out all the different varieties. Here are 12 bottles you can try on and spice up your selection.


Smoothing Herbal Roll-On Oil Stick 

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An affordable roll-on oil stick that moisturizes dry skin and has a subtle sweet scent for everyone, this moisturizing oil has 100% pure hemp seed oil and notes of Koa and Sweet Almond. The roll-on stick is free of parabens, THC, gluten, and is cruelty-free. 

BUY NOW – $14.40

Tunisan Fragrance 

Kuumba Made Tunisan Fragrance 

For under only $10, this oil-based perfume scent can last for a long time. Add a few drops in your lotion, or wear it for a rich-feeling fragrance. Kuumba Made Tunisan’s fragrance oil has a sweet, clean scent with a warm comforting feeling, reminiscent of a cozy day in fall.

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Nemat Amber Perfume Oil Fragrance

Amber Perfume Oil Roll-On

Depending on the chemistry of your skin, the Amber Perfume Oil smell intensity ranges from soft to fair. It has a subtle floral base with a warm, sweet, fresh, and clean scent. The fragrance is alcohol free and certified vegan.

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Turquatic Collection

MAC Turquatic

MAC’s Turquatic is a fresh, sexy, and clean fragrance with a light scent – one that will transport you to a tropical rainforest vacation. With notes of Anemone, Lotus, Orris, and Corsican Blue Cedar, head straight into the Amazon.

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Midnight Pearl Eau de Parfum

Midnight Pearl Eau De Parfum Rollerball

Midnight Pearl is a floral fragrance that is seductive and intoxicating. With top notes of pearl, middle notes of jasmine petals and Frangipani, and bottom notes of clove, this cruelty-free and sustainably-sourced roll-on unisex fragrance is absolutely elegant.

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Salt Air Eau de Parfum

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Skylar’s Salt Air will remind you of the coast with top notes of sea salt, seaweed, and Italian bergamot. The fragrance also has middle notes of cotton blossom, water lily, and cyclamen and bottom notes of driftwood, vanilla, and musk – think smelling the breeze from beneath warm hotel sheets. Along with the fragrance’s beachy vibes, it is hypoallergenic and cruelty-free.

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Leather Roll On Perfume Oil

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This scent will have you reminiscing about your past memories with its top notes of lotus flower, clove, and pepper; middle notes of muguet, green violet, iris wood, and orchid; and base notes of leather, sandalwood, cedarwood, cashmere musk, amber, and incense. This warm, sophisticated scent is cruelty free and free of sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, silicone, and other icky ingredients.

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Pocket Perfume Oil Roll On

Rose Atlantic Pocket Perfume Oil

Imagine an afternoon day in spring where you are in a field full of fresh roses. The air is filled with a clean floral aroma like Rose Atlantic Pocket Perfume Oil, which has top notes of bergamot, petals, and lemon oil; middle notes of linden, rose accord, and dune grass; and base notes of muscone, salt water, and white moss.

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Seville Orange Roll On Perfume Oil

Seville Orange Perfume Oil Rollerball

The NEST New York Seville Orange Perfume Oil will remind you of a freshly-squeezed orange juice in the early hours, pre-hectic morning routine. The bottle has key notes of orange zest, pink grapefruit, and neroli blossom, giving a citrus-y scent impossible to escape.

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Jasmine Neroli Eau de Parfum Rollerball

The 7 Virtues Jasmine Neroli’s main expression is “make perfume not war”; therefore, the brand strives to ethically source their oil from India to help families who are affected by wars. This classic jasmine scent perfume is filled with sexy fresh floral scents, and the formula is cruelty-free and vegan.

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11 11 Fragrance Oil Rollerball

11 11 Fragrance Oil Rollerball

Lake & Skye 11 11 is a unisex fragrance with clean and woody scents – no whiffs of gendered BS in this bottle. This rollerball is free from any parabens, phthalates, and sulfate, and the formula is vegan and cruelty free.

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Pirette Mini Fragrance Oil Rollerball 

Mini Fragrance Oil Rollerball

This fragrance has notes of coconut, a warm, welcoming, nostalgic scent as we enter mid-September. If you have sensitive skin, this rollerball is alcohol free, without parabens, silicone, sulfate, phthalate, or phosphate.

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Dry Patches Of Skin On Your Penis? Here’s Why

So, you have some dry patches of skin on your penis, your member, your D, your… whatever you want to call it, it’s dry. Ouch.


There are many, many reasons why you may have some dry skin down there, and we’re here to give you the good news: your penis has nothing to fret! With some solid changes and a lil skincare, your thang will be good as new – if not better and more hydrated.

Yes, the world of skincare extends down to your nether regions – what, you thought you could just get away with letting your genitals chafe and suffocate? Nope! Not on QUILL’s watch, at least. Read on for reasons why your penis’ skin might have a few dry patches and ways to heal and prevent them in the future.


Problem: Dry Sex/Masturbation


Don’t! Settle! For dry! Sex! There’s a reason lube exists, and no, it’s not just for fun (though obvs that’s partially why it exists).

Dry sex – both with yourself and with a partner – will cause tugging at the penis skin and chafing, and eventually give you that red, dry patch that won’t stop stinging or itching or… well, bugging you. 

Solution: Use Lube


There are many types of lube, but we recommend going with water-based lube for its ability to work with silicone sex toys AND condoms, as well as its super slippery properties and easy clean-up. Use it in the palm of your and/or your partner’s hands, glide it along your shaft prior to entering your partner, or rub it on your sex toy prior to use.

You can use spit, BUT it’s not always the most effective lubricant. Don’t have lube around, but not into spitting on your d*ck? Totally fair. Dig into your cabinets for some coconut oil, then get rubbing. Just don’t use coconut oil during partnered sex, because you could cause a yeast infection – especially when your partner has a vagina.

We recommend these lubes!

Problem: Irritation From Fabric


Yes, I am a sucker for people who wear skinny jeans, because I am a 2016 Tumblr girl. No shame. But, no, I am not a fan of dry patches of penis skin going anywhere near my vagina – it’s common courtesy both ways, you know?

I say this because tight pants and underwear can cause irritation – especially when you think about the zipper seam rubbing up against your junk. No wonder you have dry skin – that roughness is not exactly lovin’ up on your crotch. 

Solution: Let It Breathe


If your thing is skinny jeans – thank you for your service. Second of all: let it breathe when you can. Don’t wear skinny jeans or tight-fitting pants/underwear for longer than you have to; lessening the amount of rubbing will help lessen the amount of dry patches, too, and your penis will thank you.

Problem: Yeast Infection


Yep, even penis-owners can get yeast infections, despite the idea that it’s a vagina-haver’s issue only. That’s because the causes are the same: you can get it from your partner, you’ve been taking antibiotics, you have diabetes, you have troubles keeping clean… yep, lots of reasons why you’d suddenly get the goodness.

Symptoms of a yeast infection in penis-havers include: burning and itching on the shaft and head of the penis; cottage-cheese-like discharge, which can smell ick; sores and blisters; and those dry patches we talked about earlier.

Yeah, it’s unpleasant af. But there are antibiotics to take that will clear ‘em up in no time!

Solution: Keep Your Health Under Control


Obviously, yeast infections are harder to manage than tight pants. But managing your blood sugars, keeping it clean, and keeping your immune system clear to avoid steroids and antibiotics can all help. And worst case, jump on those antibiotics ASAP.

Problem: Allergies & Skin Conditions


Surprise! Your penis may be having a reaction to something around you, causing those dry patches of skin. It could be as simple as the soap you’re using or the fabric softener you throw in at the last minute. It’s also possible that you’re just a little sensitive, and products – like those that are fragranced, such as your body wash – are causing irritation and dryness, like an allergic reaction.

And then there are legit skin conditions which can appear on your penis, causing those dry patches. Yes, I’m talking about conditions like eczema and psoriasis, which can cause dry, flaky penis skin that itches – much like an allergy. It can also appear as a rash.

Solution: Say Hello To Scentless

First: stop with the fragrance, please. Lavender may smell good and make you feel so fresh and so clean clean, but in the end, why smell good when you can have a comfortable c*ck? 

Next, it might be worth it to do an allergen test – especially if it’s not just dry d*ck you’re struggling with. Why wouldn’t you want to know that grapes are causing serious intestinal issues while also learning that the scent you’re using is one you’re actually extremely sensitive to?

As for skin conditions on your penis, going to a dermatologist is your best bet – they can give you meds that clear up those dry patches, rashes, and other uncomfortable symptoms. You might end up taking an oral anti-itch/allergy medication, or you may be given topical products. Either way, schedule that appointment already!

Penis-Specific Skincare Products

Whether you just want to touch up those spots or take care of your penis for good (we recommend the latter), these products are made specifically with packages in mind. Rub them on as directed and feel the burn fade away!

How do you take care of dry patches of skin on your penis? Any ~tips~? (Sorry, I had to.) Comment below!

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Everything You Need To Know About Facials

After a long week at work, of school, or of binging your favorite Netflix show eight times in your comfiest pajamas, you probably want to treat yourself and take a moment to relax for your weekend.  There are lots of ways to go about doing this, but our favorite way of going about doing this is having an at-home or in-spa facial!


No matter where your facial takes place — at the spa, at home, even at a doctor’s office — a facial is a great way to not only relax, but also do your skin a huge favor.


What Is A Facial?


A facial is a type of skincare treatment that gets rid of skin impurities and promotes healthy, well-nourished skin.  The basic facial steps include cleansing, exfoliating, extracting, massaging, and hydrating; of course, there can be variation in the order of steps as well as what steps are included or excluded.  These steps will give your skin a deep, nourishing treatment that your normal skincare routine doesn’t always offer.  

Such facial steps like exfoliating and extracting are especially great in purging your skin of dead skin cells, clearing clogged pores, and promoting regeneration of new and younger skin cells.

Massaging at the end of your facial is icing on the cake, as it works ingredients from the products into your skin.  It also increases blood flow, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and releases tension in your face.

Types Of Facials

There are two main types of facials that you can have.  The first is one that’s professionally done in a salon, spa, or office.  The second is one that you do yourself in the comfort of your own home.  Both in-spa and at-home are great options for your skin and offer plenty of benefits that you will be thanking yourself for.

Professional Facials

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Whether you go to a spa, salon, or medical facility, you get treatment by an esthetician who will be doing their best to take care of your skin.  It might be overwhelming when you first go and get a facial done, so we’ll guide you through the professional facial steps that you’ll be going through.  

  • Step 1: Cleansing.  Your esthetician will use a cleanser for your face that will aid in getting rid of makeup, oils, and dirt.  The product will be specific to your skin type and will ensure a nice, clean face.
  • Step 2: Exfoliating.  This can come in the form of chemical exfoliants, facial scrubs, creams, etc.  Exfoliating will take away that layer of dead skin cells, clearing up and brightening your face in the process.
  • Step 3: Extracting.  This part of your facial goes one step deeper in trying to get those impurities out of your face.  Your esthetician will steam your face to make it easier to extract any whiteheads, blackheads, or other impurities that are clogging your pores.
  • Step 4: Massaging.  We’re almost done with the facial!  Here you will get a lovely face massage, something that helps with relaxing facial muscles and improving blood flow.  Face massages are also great in helping with lymphatic drainage (as it reduces swelling and stimulates circulation).
  • Step 5: Hydrating.  This often comes in the form of a face mask, with it being targeted towards your skin type.  Thereafter, your esthetician may apply any additional toners, serums, creams, moisturizers, etc.

This whole process takes an average of about 60 minutes, with some services taking as little as 30 minutes or as long as 90 minutes — much of it depending on the kind of treatment that you would like.  

As for the price point, the average cost of a facial can be anywhere between $70-$100.  Though depending on the treatment, say just a basic or a special treatment, the prices can vary quite a bit.

At-Home Facials

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As luxurious as going to a spa or salon for a facial might make you feel, maybe you don’t have the time, the money, or you simply don’t feel like going.  This is when you might opt for an at-home facial.  Lucky for you, the steps are pretty much the same– you’re just getting a facial without the help of an esthetician.

Step 1: Cleanse. 

In this case, you might want to double cleanse, first using an oil cleanser followed by a gentle foaming wash to make sure you get all of the dirt and oil off your face.

Step 2: Exfoliate.

Next up, let’s get rid of those dead skin cells by exfoliating your skin to reveal that new layer of skin cells.

Step 3: Extracting.

This step might be the hardest to do without knowing what you are doing and could be the most damaging if you don’t properly prepare.  You can take a hot shower or steam your face using a steamer or a warm towel to widen your pores to make it easier to remove blemishes.

Step 4: Massaging.

You can massage your face using just your fingers, or you can use tools that will help with that relaxation of facial muscles and get that blood flowing.

Step 5: Hydrating.

Now that we’ve come to the end of your at-home facial, you’re going to want a product that will keep your face super hydrated and refreshed.

Note: If you don’t want to mix and match your own products, there are most definitely kits that you can buy to have your at-home facial experience.

What’s The Verdict: In-Spa Or At-Home?

Both in-spa and at-home facials have their own perks.  In-spa is better for those who want to leave their skincare in the hands of an esthetician, and it’s also a great way to pamper yourself a bit.  At-home is definitely a more cost-effective option and better if you want more control over the steps and the products you want to have in your facial.  And if you want to, you can switch it up between in-spa or at-home facials. 

Ultimately, the choice is yours when it comes to doing what is best for you skin!

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We hope this taught you more about what facials are, both at-home and in-spa! Have you gotten a facial? What was your experience? Tell us in the comments.

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Conch Piercings 101: Everything You Need To Know

So you’re considering getting another piercing.  What, am I wrong?  Oh I see, maybe I shouldn’t assume that you’re getting another piercing, you could be doing some light reading and want to see what all this conch piercing fuss is about, which is fair enough — knowledge is power.  Or maybe my assumption was right, and you are very much contemplating getting your ears pierced for the umpteenth time.

Regardless of why you’re reading this article, just sit back and relax a bit so we can learn all about conch piercings together.


What Is A Conch Piercing?

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A conch piercing is your run-of-the-mill body piercing located on the middle, external part of your ear.  A little more specifically, the piercing is located on the cartilage area just before the ear canal, also known as the “concha” of the ear. 

The conch piercing is one of many cartilage piercings that have come into the spotlight recently, and if you want to sport an elegant and unique look, you’re looking at the right piercing.

How To Get A Conch Piercing

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To get a conch piercing, you’ll first want to do some research on piercings or have at least some background knowledge of cartilage piercings.  While your piercer will give you more in depth information about the piercing you want to get, it is still a good idea to have some information on what’s going on when getting pierced.

To get this piercing, you’re going to want to go to a tattoo/piercing parlor to get it professionally done.  While this piercing can technically be done at home with the right tools (that are sterilized), you don’t want to run the risk of hurting yourself and possibly messing up/scarring your ear in the process.

Cartilage vs. Lobe Piercings

Cartilage piercings are different from lobe piercings.  The lobe is significantly softer and is made up of mostly just skin and fat.  Being made of skin and fat makes the piercing process less painful since the piercing needle can glide right on through without much resistance.

Cartilage on the other hand is a lot harder than the lobe since it is made of stronger, more flexible connective tissue.  Because cartilage is harder to pierce through, the piercing process will hurt a bit more and will likely take longer to heal.

Conch Piercing Cost

As for the cost of your piercing, you can expect the piercing itself to average around $60.  When choosing a place to get pierced, it is best to look at the actual piercing process rather than price.  You want the piercing to be done well and properly to minimize chances of scarring, so look for an experienced piercer who knows what they’re doing, the price will absolutely be worth it. 

Healing And Care Process

Healing your piercings can be a long and arduous task.  In my own experience, my LOBE piercings took over a year to heal due to a combination of my crappy healing capabilities and improper care.  So trust me, you’re going to want to take care of this cartilage piercing.

With your conch piercing, you’re going to want to be diligent.  In fact, you’re going to HAVE to be diligent.  Here are some helpful piercing aftercare tips for your conch piercing healing process.

  • Do not spin or rotate the jewelry in your piercing.  The act of piercing is something very traumatic to your skin, and your body is going to do what it can to heal it.  If you spin/rotate your jewelry, you are actually disturbing the new skin cells that are trying to form/heal the open wound, thus irritating the piercing and possibly infecting it.  Keep it stationary.
  • Do not use alcohol or similar substances to try and clean your piercing.  Alcohol actually dries out and kills new and healthy skin cells (things that you want to have), so you don’t want to use something so harsh.  You want to opt for a spray designated for cleaning piercings or make your own distilled water and non-iodized salt solution to clean your ears.  While cleaning, you want to minimize moving the jewelry as much as possible.
  • Do keep your piercing in at all times.  If you take out the piercing too early, the hole will start closing up quite soon, so wait a minimum of five to six months before thinking about removing that conch.  
  • Be careful of getting any soaps, shampoos, and other skin care or hair products into your piercing.  If they do get in, make sure to rinse thoroughly and gently with warm water to get all those products out.
  • Try not to sleep on your piercing.  Sleeping on the new piercing can cause it to heal crooked, become inflamed, cause irritation bumps, and a whole slew of things you wouldn’t want to happen.  Of course you’re going to toss and turn in your sleep so this might not always be an easy thing to do, but just try your best.  
  • L.I.T.H.A. or “leave it the hell alone.”  Don’t fidget or play with it as that will cause, as you may have guessed, irritation, inflammation, infection, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Now I know this seems like a lot.  And hey you’re busy, you’ve got stuff to do, so these things might not always be at the forefront of your mind when getting a new piercing.  But the closer you stick to and stay with these guidelines from the get go, the better off your piercing(s) will be.

Benefits Of Conch Piercings

There have been anecdotal claims of conch piercings helping with migraines, muscle relaxation, anxiety, etc. but there is no concrete, scientific evidence to back up those claims.  Everybody’s body is unique and different, so the benefits that piercings could have, if any, are very personal and something for you to discover.

… Though one undeniable conch piercing benefit is that they’re easy on the eyes and will be a killer addition to accentuating your ears and expressing yourself.

Alternatives to Conch Piercings

One last thing before we go.  Maybe you don’t want to go and get another piercing — that’s totally valid.  There are plenty of alternatives that will get you just as many compliments as the actual piercing.  You can find some clip-on earrings, ear cuffs, and/or crawler/climber earrings that can go along right with your aesthetic.  

  • Clip-on earrings are pretty self-explanatory, you can have all the benefits of wearing earrings without committing to making a hole in your ear!
  • Cuff earrings are adjustable earrings that you can put anywhere on the outer edge (helix) of your ear.  You can switch it up with different styles depending on what you’re feeling.
  • Crawler/climber earrings are a little different than the previous two in that they don’t wrap around your helix/concha area of the ear.  They go into a lobe piercing and follow the shape of your ear lobe upwards, creating a cool and distinctive look without needing to have multiple piercings.
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So is the conch piercing the next piercing you’re thinking of getting?  Let us know in the comments!

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13 Dupes For Sunday Riley’s Good Genes

Sunday Riley’s Good Genes has become a cult favorite. The brightening effect on hyperpigmentation, the glow from the sloughing away of dead skin cells, and the sensitivity to skin… *chef’s kiss*

But with Good Genes’ price of $85 for one ounce at Sephora (and $122 for one-point-seven ounces – uhhhh), QUILL has taken it upon itself to find the best dupes for this Sunday Riley gem. We’ve even found some that excluded lactic acid, should your skin be a lil tooooo sensitive for an AHA. Read on for our fav 13!


Lactic Acid 10% + HA

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We’re starting off strong (and ridiculously affordable) with The Ordinary, because it would be wrong not to include their Lactic Acid 10% and HA 2% Exfoliating Serum.

Packed with – you guessed it – Lactic Acid, this Good Genes dupe exfoliates to the max, sloughing away dead skin cells and revealing a softer, brighter complexion.

Tasmanian pepperberry comes in to battle irritation post-exfoliation, giving you the treatment and the after-care all in one.

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Sleep it off and reap the results, okay?

Biossance’s Resurfacing Night Serum combines 10% lactic acid with squalane, so you have the solid AHA exfoliation paired with the calming treatment.

Clover also joins the party, partnering with lactic acid for exfoliating properties and rejuvenating skin after a day of environmental stressors.

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Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA

Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA SUNDAY RILEY GOOD GENES DUPE

Lactic acid? Not enough for Paula’s Choice, which combines this acid with its fellow AHAs: glycolic, malic, and tartaric acid. The result is total exfoliation. Like, you might as well be wearing new skin, because that top, dead layer? It’ll be gone.

But don’t be worried about feeling raw – Paula was kind enough to involve allantoin, oat extract, and licorice extract to soothe post-acid-wash. Throw in chamomile, grape seed extract, and green tea to protect and firm, and you have Sunday Riley x1000. 

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Power Cocktail Lactic Acid Repair Serum

Power Cocktail Lactic Acid Repair Serum sunday riley good genes dupe

Peach & Lily choose the best ingredients for their products – each one is chosen carefully for maximum and complementary effects.

Lactic acid – 10%, specifically – is paired with 12 botanical extracts for a full-blown exfoliation and rejuvenation. The key offerings: red algae, which helps with firmness; black ginseng extract, which renews and rejuvenates; and a prebiotic and probiotic complex that balances the ‘biome and stops the burn.

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Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution

SUMMER FRIDAYS Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution

Summer Fridays’ dupe grasps to the good vibes of lactic acid just like Good Genes, though it soothes and fights fine lines differently.

Instead of licorice and lemongrass for brightening dark spots, Summer Fridays uses fellow AHA glycolic acid, which performs double duty by exfoliating and unclogging while also brightening and evening out discoloration.

Throw in niacinamide to minimize pores and soothe like Good Genes’ prickly pear, and you have a Sunday-Riley-worthy dupe.

BUY NOW – $56


honest resurfacing serum

When lactic acid, aka one AHA, isn’t enough, why not throw in four more? At least, that’s what Honest believes.

Five AHAs – including lactic, glycolic, and citric acids – come together to exfoliate, unclog, brighten, rejuvenate, and add radiance to otherwise dull skin.

But the irritation doesn’t last, because the Good Genes dupe also features hyaluronic acid, trapping every bit of moisture into the skin to keep redness and flaking at a minimum. Aloe helps soothe excess irritation, too.

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Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Solution

versed weekend glow brightening toner, a sunday riley good genes dupe

We haven’t talked about it much, but kojic acid is kind of a big deal when it comes to dealing with hyperpigmentation. Combine it with acids like lactic, glycolic, and azelaic, all of which slough dead cells and dirt from the ‘dermis, and you have a glowing complex.

Don’t freak out when you feel a slight tingle – that’s just the toner working its magic and lifting those dark spots up and away.

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Day Glow Brightening AHA Tonic

Bybi day glow toner

If you can’t have a gin and tonic at 8 am while applying skincare, you might as well use a tonic that will give you a tipsy flush.

BYBI uses lactic acid to strip away the shitty stuff and bring your radiant cells to the surface, while reishi (which Lexiss wrote about in-depth!) and shiitake mushrooms give your skin a brightened, dark-spot reduced canvas.

That dewy, post-workout-glow-minus-the-salty-sweat flush comes from Melissa floral water, so you have a soothed and smooth base.

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Lactic Tonic AHA Essence

Lactic Tonic AHA Essence

Yeah, you’ve heard of citric acid and glycolic acid five billion times over. So, Sacheu decided to switch things up on ya and keep you on your toes – and your skin alert.

Instead of the usual AHAs, find lactic acid paired with malic acid and tranexamic acid, working together to brighten skin tone and lighten any dark spots. This is thanks to lactic acid’s gentle exfoliation, malic acid’s AHA and BHA properties, and tranexamic acid’s ability to prevent darkening and fight discoloration over time.

Hyaluronic acid sneaks in to keep things hydrated, locking in moisture so the acids don’t leave you dry.

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Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Oil

Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Oil, A SUNDAY RILEY GOOD GENES DUPE

Like Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, this dupe from Youth to the People has prickly pear extract to soothe inflammation and redness and give a little TLC to sensitive skin.

Unlike Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, however: the dupe also includes maqui, which battles free radicals, and goji, which fights fine lines.

Vitamin C gives a boost of brightness, while omega oils from acai and squalane hydrate and plump up deflated skin.

Correct: no AHAs in here. Just healthy and hard-working nutrients to give you an undeniable glow without any irritation.

BUY NOW – $44

Brightening Cream


Indie Lee’s Brightening Cream, like Youth To The People’s option, also lacks lactic acid, replacing it with citric acid instead for that lit-up look.

The glow is amped up by ingredients like strawberry leaf extract and centella asiatica, both of which contain major amounts of antioxidants to hype your skin and protect it from environmental stressors.

At the same time, sodium hyaluronate and squalane arrive to keep hydration in, so you’re not sacrificing moisture for magnificence. 

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GOOPGLOW Flower Acids Resurfacing Toner

goopglow brightening solution, a sunday riley good genes dupe

Prickly pear extract reveals itself in this Sunday Riley dupe, just like in the OG Good Genes.

Instead of lactic acid, find the other skin-rejuvenating AHA, citric acid, here to take on any dark spots and uneven skin tones.

You’ll feel ultra-hydrated and nourished with the combo of aloe, sodium hyaluronate, and glycerin, while hibiscus flower acids work with the prickly pear to give refreshed texture.

Finally, Tamarind Polysaccharides – aka sugar molecules – work to aid elasticity and fight signs of aging.

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Cactus Water Cleansing Lactic Acid Toner

freck lactic acid toner dupe for sunday riley's good genes

Bringing back the lactic acid, Freck makes the ingredient the star of the show in their toner.

Dance away from discoloration and embrace evenness thanks to the AHA, which works with kelp extract to provide antioxidants. The result: a protective barrier that also offers brilliant brightness.

Cactus flower extract is included to calm and keep away any redness, so your glow won’t be impacted by skin irritation.

BUY NOW – $28

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Ghost Democracy Has Saved My Skin

Update 8/18 – One Month Using Ghost Democracy

Unfortunately, I’ve had to up my dose of lithium for my bipolar disorder. But Ghost Democracy? It’s been there for me the entire way — here’s your month-long review on my skincare routine.

As I write this, I have a few tiiiiny zits on my face — like, you can barely see them. This is nothing compared to two weeks ago, when I accidentally slipped up on my routine and broke out like no other.

I’ve come to find that my skin looks more radiant, and I believe this is entirely thanks to the vitamin C serum, because I certainly haven’t gotten more sun. #hermitlife. Spots that used to be there? Faded. And burning? Absolutely none. It feels like I put on water that’s a little sticky, not runny and full of burning ingredients.

And moisture-wise? My skin has never been so frickin’ DEWY or hydrated or smooth! The combination of the hyaluronic acid serum with the daily moisturizer is a winner, absolutely.  

Overall, the first two weeks were not some weird fluke. My skin is glowing, radiant, hydrated, and thriving since starting my Ghost skincare routine. I can’t recommend it enough, and Rex is the MVP for giving me the gift of clear skin. 

Read more about Ghost Democracy and Rex Chou in the profile I wrote!

When I found Ghost Democracy on Instagram – all blue, with a cute lil ghost as the logo – I knew I had to reach out to the founder, Rex. After emailing back and forth, he asked if I’d like to write a review on a Ghost Democracy product. What came, instead of the just one (1) I requested? A new skincare routine, all Ghost, all blue and beautiful.

ghost democracy product lineup for review

I was overwhelmed, and I’m going to tell you a secret that I’m ashamed of: I’ve never had a solid skincare routine.

Yes, I wash my face, throw on some moisturizer, exfoliate on occasion, maybe do a face mask here and there. But a routine? Nowhere to be found.

That was all going to change, though. I was determined, and when Rex found out, I knew I couldn’t back down from the challenge.


When I Zoomed with Rex (for reasons I can’t divulge yet!), I admitted to the skincare brand’s founder that I didn’t have a routine. However, my new medications cause breakouts, and I was in need of one before my face became a war zone.

I cringed, ready for the shock and potential judgement. But he was thrilled instead, giving me a pep talk and walking me through each step of the routine with excitement. He was glowing, my aura was glowing, and I hoped that my dull, lifeless skin would be glowing soon, too.

The next day, I pulled out everything and committed to a one-month routine – even my ADHD self could do that, especially when I had someone indirectly holding me accountable. You know, like the founder, who gifted me a skincare routine. No big deal.

In Rex’s amazing gift box, he had sent me four products and two samples, because he is simply the greatest, period. I was ecstatic to find an exfoliating cleanser, a vitamin C serum, a hyaluronic acid serum, and a moisturizer all neatly packed in a box with the logo printed on tissue paper. Can you say adorable? 

And the best part: nothing was gendered. It was sleek, chic, chill – whatever word you want to use that indicates universal and cool. I excitedly brought the products to the bathroom, set up my camera, and caught my reactions in live time. Reel and TikTok soon to come, but first: a detailed review of my first experience with my new Ghost Democracy skincare diet routine.

Step 1: Daily Cleanser

Naturally, my first step was Ghost Democracy’s Transparent Gentle Exfoliating Daily Cleanser.

It sounds a bit like an oxymoron – an exfoliator that’s gentle? – but trust me, Rex knew what he was doing when he created these transparent products.

Speaking of which, that’s one of my favorite things about Ghost Democracy: their transparency. You won’t find any hidden ingredients or additives, nothing that will seep into your skin and poison your pores. In fact, they’re so transparent, every highly-concentrated ingredient and its percentage is listed on the product. Love that, because it gives me all the more reason to recommend the brand! Who doesn’t love honesty, especially when there isn’t anything unfortunate about it?

In the daily cleanser, the key ingredients are 4.1% glycolic acid and  , which slough away that dull skin. The magic soothing comes from its other two major players: 1.6% willow bark extract, which soothes while also balancing oil levels, and 1.3% niacinamide, which calms irritation and inflammation.

The product foamed up nicely, and felt soft and smooth, despite being an exfoliator. However, I didn’t doubt that it was doing its job – after using my Foreo luna mini 2 for one minute to really get in there and deep clean, I rinsed off plenty of gross, murky water. Goodbye, skin cells! My face was red after, but not irritated; clearly, the willow bark extract and niacinamide did their job.

Next step: a good ‘ol dose of vitamin C.

Step 2: Vitamin C Serum

This was the singular Ghost product I asked to review, prior to receiving a huge box of products. The Lightbulb Vitamin C Serum is one of their bestsellers, and my skin NEEDS brightening desperately.

After learning that vitamin C goes on before hyaluronic acid despite both being gentle serums (kind of a duh, but let me reiterate: I’ve never had a skincare routine!), I took the dropper and applied liberally to my face.

I didn’t need a full face of vitamin C, but I gave myself one, and it felt… not drying. Nope, it felt good, gooey, a little runny, and oh-so-soothing. And then there’s the brightening effect, which I definitely have noticed after 14 days. Even with the every-other-night-all-nighters, I don’t look like a total zombie! (Aside from the night I accidentally fell asleep in the kitchen, but that’s another story.)

This radiance would be courtesy of its key ingredients: 18% vitamin C, which helps neutralize free radicals and even out pigmentation; 1.9% vitamin E to protect, while also acting as an anti-inflammatory; 0.5% bisabolol, which is an antimicrobial with skin-brightening properties; and 0.5% bakuchiol, a retinol-alternative that helps brighten and even out texture.

Even though my skin didn’t feel like it needed it – the goop truly was moisturizing – I opened up my hyaluronic acid after pat, pat, patting the C into my pores.

Step 3: Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Another popular product, Ghost Democracy’s Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum is appropriately named, because it will flood your skin if you’re not careful. Trust me.

Rex told me to drown my face in it, so I do it each time, and I’m telling you: I wake up feeling like I’ve just put on a face mask of some sort, because my skin is so ridiculously hydrated.

No surprise, the top ingredient in the hyaluronic acid serum is… 2.1% PURE hyaluronic acid. The “pure” means its extra potent, retaining up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This is why your skin feels drenched with just one dropper – or, should I say, flooded.

Then, there’s 4.0% niacinamide, which is also extremely hydrating and helps support your skin’s moisture barrier. Add in 1.5% Linden flower extract, an anti-inflammatory with water-binding properties, and 1.3% white tea leaf extract, which helps protect skin from outside stressors, and you have a serum that will fight for you. It will literally (not literally) sit on your skin and fight anything that intends to dry out or harm your skin, and it will do it well.

I didn’t think I’d need the hyaluronic acid serum after the vitamin C serum. And I certainly didn’t think I needed the moisturizer after patting in the hyaluronic acid. But I listened to the (R)expert (I’m so sorry for that, Rex), so I moved on to the final step.

Step 4: Daily Moisturizer

Everyone should end their routine with a moisturizer, but… okay, sometimes I’m lazy and I don’t. I know, I know, but I’ll say it one more time: no skincare routine before this.

But I am a good student, so I read up on the ingredients first to see how else I’d be hydrating my skin – as if I hadn’t hydrated it enough. Inside the Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer, there is no oil. None. So that greasy after-feeling that I hate, which is why I skip so much? Not an issue here. Knowing that, I happily read on to the main characters.

I was surprised to see 12.0% probiotics. I’ve never seen that before. Peptides, ceramides, yes. But probiotics? However, I know the skin’s microbiome needs a lil extra help when it comes to balancing itself out, so I was grateful to see that my skin would be loved on with calming, soothing TLC.

1.0% niacinamide is also there, to help the skin’s moisture barrier, pairing up with 0.5% panthenol (aka pro-vitamin B5) to keep skin moisturized and soft. Finally, 1.0% oat seed extract is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant, calming the skin down – perfect after a long day (or all nighter).

This is going to sound gross, but the formula reminded me of slime. Maybe snail slime. But don’t let that freak you out, because it goes on so. frickin’. comfortably. And a little goes a long way – I dipped my fingers in once, no scooping, and I had enough formula to cover my entire face. 

Was I supposed to pat this in? Probably, considering I was directed to do so with the serums. But I rubbed it in, because I wasn’t sure, and that’s what I’ve always done with moisturizers. Old habits die hard, right? 

And with that, I was done! … With day one. And now, I’m 14 days in. Here’s the current situation.

14 Days: I’m Already Glowing

It’s been 14 days and 14 days only, and my skin is soft, it’s clear, it’s evened out, it’s kind of worth being obsessed over. I know I’m defeating the purpose, but I can’t help but touch my face throughout the day because I can’t believe how soft my skin is! And that medication problem? Nowhere to be found on my face, now. It’s a blank canvas. A clean slate. It’s just… good.

I would absolutely recommend this skincare routine to anyone and everyone, but especially those who have never had a skincare routine before. Four steps felt like the Goldilocks of length – enough to feel mature enough for a skincare routine, but not too long where I felt afraid to do it every night. And NOTHING was uncomfortable or bothersome, which also kept me from being scared off.

Rex, thank you endlessly. I can’t wait to update you one month in – I can only imagine that I’ll be bright as the sun and smooth as marble by that point. And I. can’t. wait. Ghost Democracy review #2, let’s do this.

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I’m Vibing With Maison Margiela’s Autumn Vibes Fragrance

Finding the perfect perfume is a lifelong journey that I don’t think will ever end. I’ve spent way too many hours browsing the aisles at Nordstrom in search of the perfect bottle that will satisfy me, and I think, at this point, I’m sick of the smell of coffee beans to reset my nostrils (but not really). 

It could be the part of me that tends to over-plan, or just absolute, raw excitement, but I’m already in search of a prime Fall perfume. We’re going to ignore that I’m currently experiencing the blistering heat of Southern California weather… but I digress. If I don’t find a perfume that smells exactly like autumn, I’ll die. 


Luckily for me, our prime Editor-in-Chief, Tess, answered my dying wishes and sent over Maison Margiela’s REPLICA Autumn Vibes for me to review! Upon opening the bottle, I took a whiff, and yeah, all of it is in the title already. Autumn? Check. Vibes? You bet.


The Deets About Maison Margiela’s Autumn Vibes

maison margiela replica autumn vibes

Maison Margiela’s website describes the scent to be reminiscent of taking a stroll in the forest during the Fall season. The top notes include: pink peppercorn, cardamom, and coriander. The middle notes have carrot seed essence, nutmeg, and olibanum. Finally, as the scent wears down to its core, the base notes leave you with cedarwood, moss accord, fir balsam, and labdanum. Quite the complicated scent! 

I was a little shocked to see the current reviews; they were overwhelmingly average, and many said it just smelled of a boring kind of earthy dirt. Naturally, I was skeptical, so I put it to the test. 


And I mean a true test. I decided to wear Autumn Vibes out to a concert last week in this humid, summer air. Before heading off, I heeded the website’s directions and applied the perfume as I was told; applying it after my shower, directly on my pulse points, and to not rub my wrists together. Mind you, I also had several errands to run, so I had this perfume on for a total of 9 hours. 

Autumn Vibes: How It Went

I’ll cut to the chase –- it did not disappoint!


I can see what other reviewers meant by the scent smelling like dirt, but to me, it’s giving sexy dirt. I feel like anyone could wear this and achieve that mysterious air to them that wouldn’t have overpowering sillage. It’s not too strong, yet not too light. Also, as it wore down through the night, I found it to be smelling quite sweet, almost creamy in a way. Like me, my boyfriend was a huge fan. 

But that’s not all. Autumn Vibes’ true talent, I must say, is its staying power.

maison margiela replica autumn vibes

Earlier, I mentioned I had it on for 9 hours, and every time I checked in on my wrists to smell them, it would be slightly different each time in the most pleasant way. Although different, it was still nearly just as strong as it was in the beginning, which is honestly a huge accomplishment for me.

I’ll lay it straight; I’m a very sweaty person, so the fact that this scent stayed on me after dancing, jumping, and screaming my lungs out at this concert… I’m honestly super impressed. It even stayed with me when I woke up the next morning!

My Final Thoughts


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The verdict: buy this perfume! I know Maison Margiela has a ton of popular scents in their REPLICA line, but if you’re like me and have a dire need to be different from everybody else, go for this. Take this underdog of a perfume, and you won’t regret it! 

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I hope my review of Maison Margiela’s REPLICA Autumn Vibes was helpful! Have you tried Autumn Vibes, or do you prefer another fall perfume? Tell us in the comments!

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Add Reishi Mushroom To Your Skincare Routine

In the quest for flawless skin, there’s always something new that we are willing to try.  One day it’s a scientifically formulated acid, the next it’s snail mucin, and here we are today, looking at how the skin benefits from reishi mushroom – plus products to add to your PM skincare routine.


What Is Reishi Mushroom?

The reishi mushroom, also known as the lingzhi mushroom, is of Asian origin.  For thousands of years, it’s been used for medicinal purposes due to its ability to boost the immune system – it’s basically BFFs with white blood cells and helps fight infection. thus improving your overall health.  That being said, it’s generally ingested to remedy bodily ailments and only recently entered the world of skincare. 

What Are The Benefits Of Reishi Mushroom For Skin?

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There are a number of benefits that the reishi mushroom has on the skin.  The reishi mushroom contains the fiber beta-glucan, a humectant – aka, it both moisturizes and firms the skin thanks to its water retention and preservation qualities.  

On top of that, reishi mushroom has lysine, an amino acid that stimulates collagen production.  Collagen is known for preventing our skin from sagging and encouraging a plump and youthful look.  Reishi’s beta-glucans and lysine are fab when it comes to anti-aging and maintaining your skin’s firmness and elasticity.  

If that wasn’t already enough, reishi mushrooms have been found to regulate cortisol production, a major stress hormone.  Stress triggers your oil glands to start producing tons more oil, making it more likely for you to have a breakout.  Once cortisol release is regulated, those lil pimples will be a lot more manageable.

So, how can you reap the reishi skin benefits?  With an assortment of moisturizers, lotions, and serums out there, it’s easy to be overwhelmed.  Your best bet: combining reishi with other powerful ingredients to create a skincare routine you won’t want to skip.  Consider these products a good starting point!

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins™ Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion

dr andrew weil for origins mushroom lotion

First up, we have a reishi mushroom facial lotion by Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins!  This product benefits all skin types as it has not only reishi mushroom – great for reducing irritation and redness – but also hyaluronic acid, which is wonderful for hydration and reinforcing that moisture barrier.

BUY NOW – $40

Triple C Night Cream

mad hippie triple c cream with reishi

Mad Hippie combines three powerful ingredients to create a night cream that has triple the benefits on your skin. On top of reishi, this night cream has three forms of vitamin C: Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, and Ascorbyl Glucoside, all of which brighten skin and increase radiance. It also includes chaga mushroom, known for combating dry, flaky skin, and turmeric extract for those who are acne-prone, among other delicious ingredients.

BUY NOW – $32.99

Plump Jelly Hyaluronic Serum

MOON JUICE Plump Jelly Hyaluronic Serum

Plump the epidermis with two forms of mushroom. Reishi is the star, but silver ear mushroom provides ultimate hydration – did you know the super’shroom holds up to 500 times its weight in water? Hyaluronic acid rounds out this moisture machine, soaking up the hydration and locking it into your skin.

BUY NOW – $58

Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi

mushroom moisturizer from youth to the people with silver ear and reishi

Youth to the People get it right with their moisture cream, using reishi for all of its hydrating, anti-aging benefits. Paired with ashwagandha, which combats signs of fatigue, you’ll achieve youthful skin after only a few applications. Finally, squalane offers a burst of hydration, but it won’t clog your pores, making it ideal for acne-prone skin.

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Have you used the reishi mushroom in your skincare? Did you even know it was beneficial? How will you add mushrooms to your skincare routine? Tell us below!

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11 Non Comedogenic Sunscreens For Everyday Wear

Non comedogenic sunscreen is kiiiind of a no-brainer when you have sensitive, acne-prone skin — take it from me and my Lithium-laden epidermis.

I’ve always had issues with bacne and chest acne, but as I’ve mentioned, they’ve become worse with Lithium — and I’ve realized that some of my sunscreen is to blame. So, I’ve switched to non comedogenic options, and let me tell you: the sun is my friend, and now, so is sunscreen.

If you find yourself feeling clogged up after a day in the sun (or at your desk — always! wear! sunscreen!!!), try these 11 non comedogenic sunscreens to keep skin clear AND safe.


Invisible Shield

GLOSSIER invisible shield

Okay, so we’ve all had that moment: we think we look good AF, only for us to get home and notice that giant swatch of white from the sunscreen we put on. So, Glossier has saved faces everywhere – literally and figuratively. Microcapsules with Avobenzone, Homosalate, and Octisalate act as UVA/UVB filters, while an antioxidant complex (featuring yummy ingredients like vitamin E and aloe) fights free radicals, and fermented yeast and vegetal extracts create a barrier against free radicals. With a light orange scent and a whole lotta water, your skin will thank you.

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Beauty Wonderscreen


This is the perfect facial sunscreen for those looking for broad-spectrum protection without the heavy, greasy feel. Formulated with zinc oxide, this sunscreen provides SPF 30 protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, its natural ingredients like beetroot and squalane help to reduce premature aging caused by sun exposure. Best of all, this sunscreen won’t leave your face looking pale or feeling dry – it’s the perfect way to start your day and keep your skin healthy!

BUY NOW – $44

Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

Unseen sunscreen from supergoop

This multipurpose, antioxidant-rich sunscreen glides onto the skin without leaving any residue. Plus, it’s perfect for all skin types – even sensitive skin! Frankincense helps the skin’s resilience and provides a soothing effect, while the complex derived from meadowfoam seed increases hydration levels, resulting in even skin. This unique formula contains SPF 40 and leaves a velvety finish. 

BUY NOW – $20+

Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30

tula non comedogenic sunscreen

This sunscreen not only protects you from the harmful effects of the sun, but also gives you a gorgeous glow. This non-greasy, SPF 30 formula is packed with skincare benefits that will leave your skin looking and feeling its best. Probiotic extracts help improve smoothness, while pineapple and papaya work to promote an even-looking skin tone. Wild butterfly ginger root extract helps protect skin from the damaging effects of blue light and pollution. Bonus: this sunscreen is vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging – so you can feel good about using it both for your skin and for the environment.

BUY NOW – $38

Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

pipette mineral non comedogenic sunscreen spf 50

This sunscreen contains the stable version of squalene, derived from sugarcane, helping the sunscreen glide on easily and providing extra moisture. The added non-nano zinc oxide provides UVA and UVB protection, and the formula is fast-absorbing — none of that sticky nonsense. Wild gooseberry extract helps to soothe any irritation while bisabolol acts as an antioxidant to help moisturize. Plant extracts calm, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin. 

BUY NOW – $15

MEGASHADE Breakout-proof SPF 50 Serum

MEGASHADE from zitsticka non comedogenic sunscreen

This sunscreen not only provides excellent sun protection — it prevents dark spots from worsening, too. Skin remains clear and health thanks to key ingredients like soothing niacinamide and aloe; tea tree, the powerful microbial that repels zit-causing dirt and debris; and vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce UV and free radical damage. No pore-plugging ingredients in this non comedogenic formula = no breakouts!

BUY NOW – $40

SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation

TOWER28 sunnydays non comedogenic sunscreen

This two-in-one product (love!) contains non-nano zinc oxide, which protects from UVA and UVB damage, as well as prickly pear extract and white sage extract to help repair and soothe UV-stressed skin. The sunscreen-plus-foundation offers up broad spectrum sun protection while also evening out your skin tone for a natural finish. Its lightweight, liquid formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin, and it is free of fragrance, alcohol, and other harsh chemicals. 

BUY NOW – $30


HONEST non comedogenic sunscreen

This sunscreen defends against it all: sun damage, UVA and UVB rays, and blue light from screens! This natural, non-nano mineral sunscreen is made with Honest’s sea water to provide essential minerals to the skin, as well as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to defend against sun damage. It’s also infused with Honest’s “Extremeolyte” to help protect from environmental stressors. The best part? It’s reef friendly, cruelty-free, and vegan!

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Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen


Made with a naturally sourced, 100% zinc oxide active ingredient, this sheer mineral sunscreen is gentle on the eyes and skin. Its lightweight, fast-absorbing formula is both sweat resistant and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, and the matte finish makes it a perfect layer beneath your makeup. The mineral formula contains vitamin E, which helps to protect and repair, while the hypoallergenic properties make it safe for use on all skin types, including sensitive skin. Being from a dermatologist-recommended brand, you can trust this sunscreen to provide effective sun protection. 

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Shield Superlight Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

hero cosmetics forceshield non comedogenic sunscreen

Hero Cosmetics is the brand to run to for acne-fighting products. (Marissa wrote about The Mighty Patch, and now swears by it!) Their SPF 30 sunscreen is just as effective as their other products, thanks to the sole active ingredient: zinc oxide. With other ingredients to help keep skin clear, like raspberry seed oil, neem leaf extract, vitamin E, and bisabolol, your skin will feel nourished and look healthy as ever. This sunscreen is NOT water resistant, so wear Hero’s option on days you’re not splashing around. 

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Mineral Sunscreen Zinc Oxide Broad Spectrum SPF 30

first aid beauty non comedogenic sunscreen

Who knew sunscreen could have such delightful ingredients – without clogging your cores and causing breakouts? First Aid Beauty knew this, and they took full advantage of the non comedogenic ingredients around them for their Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. Filled with protective vitamin E and nourishing-but-not-clogging avocado oil, this non-nano zinc-oxide-based sunscreen provides total protection – including underneath or on top of your makeup!

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