Fenty Skin: Dermatologist Answers All Your Burning Questions
Aug. 07, 2020
From not double-cleansing to fragrances and witch hazel.
Rihanna’s Fenty Skin launch has had all eyes on her and her skin for the past couple of weeks. From the long-awaited list of ingredients in the products to product reviews, Fenty Skin has been the talk of the beauty community. This week, Rihanna shared her nighttime skincare routine in a video accompanying her Harper’s Bazaar cover shoot . We knew her routine would solely be Fenty Skin, but some parts of her routine surprised us, like not double-cleansing.
For starters, cleansing is a huge step in routines. There isn’t really a skincare routine without a cleanser. More specifically, double cleansing because an initial cleanse may tackle (makeup, excess oils, any product), while a second cleanse can address other areas of the skin, such as hydrating or moisturizing. Everyone’s skin is different so it varies. But, for her personal skincare routine, Rihanna says, “I usually only do one wash because you only need one,” after cleansing with her Total Cleans’r . While dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD tells Teen Vogue , “The latest generation of cleansers are extremely effective and a double cleanse may not be necessary in all cases,” he does confirm that there are benefits to double-cleansing. “Double cleansing can be helpful in circumstances where there is extra soiling on the skin, such as heavy makeup. Double cleansing combines an oil-based with a water-based cleanser to remove all types of soiling,” Dr. Zeichner says.
Rihanna’s single cleanse method isn’t the only thing future customers have questions about. Before the launch, Rihanna confirmed that her products would have fragrance, and many skincare enthusiasts had concerns . “Fragrance for me is so important because it’s a crucial part of the experience...I want you to always feel triggered and have an emotion connected to that experience,” Rihanna said in a video introducing the skincare line. But for some people with super sensitive skin, fragrance can trigger a breakout. Dr. Zeichner agrees, saying “Fragrances add to the sensorial experience of using skincare products and make them more enjoyable to apply.” But, he adds, “However in patients with sensitive skin, [fragrance] can lead to irritation or even skin allergies. I am cautious in recommending products containing fragrance to patients who have acne and are using acne treatments that can also potentially irritate the skin.” So, like with most things in skincare, what works for you depends on your skin.
Another thing that concerns future Fenty Skin consumers? That witch hazel in her Fat Water toner serum could dry out their skin. Dr. Zeichner tells Teen Vogue . “It [witch hazel] helps remove excess oil and is thought to help balance the skin’s pH. Patients can use witch hazel, but I caution them not to overly dry out the skin if they already are using exfoliating or acne-treating ingredients.” While the Fat Water does include ingredients said to soothe and hydrate like: Niacinamide, Cactus flower, Green tea & fig. Dr. Zeichner adds: “Unfortunately, even if a product is formulated with outstanding ingredients, if there is even one ingredient that has a negative effect on the skin you may not be able to use it at all." So, again, it's all about listening to your skin.
Despite some initial questions and concerns, some Fenty Skin products are getting great reviews and some are already up for resale . Whether Fenty Skin will work for you depends on your skin type. So, it's important to take the time to learn what ingredients your skin likes, and what ingredients it doesn't.
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