Redness? Don’t know her
This product has CHANGED my life, and I don’t say that lightly. I’ve been using this for about a month and a half to replace foundation. It is light coverage and specifically targets redness and evening skin tone. I have sensitive acne prone skin and this has been a game changer for offering coverage without the comedogenic ingredients present in most cosmetics so it doesn’t break me out! It also has SPF 30 to give an extra layer of protection from the sun. It goes on as a green paste and rubs in to be a beige tone, so this really only suitable for lighter skin types. Won’t be buying foundation again! Dr. Jart+ - Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 After I rub this in with my fingers, I add a little contour to follow with a light translucent powder. The only downside to this is that I wouldn’t recommend wearing this without a primer and a light coat of powder because the consistency can come off rather easy without a second layer of powder. This doesn’t bother me because I always put on a light layer of powder anyway to make my face last longer. It’s a great product and I highly recommend!!
Dr. Jart+-Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30
Sensitive Acne Prone Routine
Hi there! I have superrrrr sensitive skin that breaks out to everything so I’m here to help out anyone else’s face that hates them too. I have three different night routines that I do in order to not pile on a bunch of products in one day. Am 🦐 splash face with water 🦐 CeraVe - Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 For Normal To Oily Skin 🦐 Neutrogena - On-the-Spot Acne Treatment I don’t use a cleanser in the morning, with my sensitive skin, washing it twice makes it too overly irritated. Instead, I wash it with water and follow with a gentle skin moisturizer/SPF, and spot treatment as needed. Pm A - Acne-fighting 🦖 CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser 🦖 The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 🦖 DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel 🦖 CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin The SA cleanser is very gentle and effective for diminishing breakouts, and doesn’t strip the skin of its natural barrier. This is super important if you are using treatments, as too many can be damaging. I follow up with a water-based serum (niacinamide) that targets oil production, acne, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots. Then finish with an acne treatment and moisturizer. Pm B - Calm routine 🪐 BURT’S BEES - Face Cleanser for Sensitive Skin 🪐 The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 🪐DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel 🪐 CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin I have a “calm” routine to take a break from other treatments I do during the week. My skin gets really irritated if it’s bombarded with a ton of products so I use this night as a breather for my skin. Typically that means the differin gel as well as niacinamide and moisturizer. Pm C - Brightening routine 🍌 pūrlisse - Watermelon + Charcoal Purifying Cleanser 🍌 The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution 🍌 LUÉ by Jean Seo - BALANCE 🍌DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel 🍌 CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin This one is my favorite! The watermelon cleanser is my favorite thing I’ve put on my face. It’s gentle, brightens, and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dull. It makes my skin glowy and supple and I’m close to dying for it. Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant that brightens, smooths skin texture, and uneven tone, as well as working as an acne fighter!! It’s greta if your skin can tolerate it. If not, I’d go with The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA. Next, I like to put in a calming serum for hydration and letting my skin calm the f*** down from the exfoliant. Then typical moisturizer and differin gel. I hope this helped for those of you that are looking to treat your face without pissing it off! Good luck to all you SSPs!
Neutrogena- On-the-Spot Acne Treatment
Acne Prone Sensitive Skin Basics
Hi there! I’ve been struggling with acne since I was in single digits... being clear for the first time in years, I’ve learned some stuff. I’m going to start off with some basics... 🍋 DONT OVER EXFOLIATE Instead: use a glycolic acid/lactic acid/ BHA exfoliant 1-2x/week depending on your sensitivity level my sensitive skin peeps (SSP) out there already know the scares of trying a new product and knowing within the first 10 seconds if they need to pressure wash their face to keep it from feeling like your skin is burning off. This is especially true for exfoliants. I was using a glycolic acid toner everyday, only to find out later that it was damaging my skins barrier making my acne worse in the long run. Don’t exfoliate everyday unless your skin has gotten adjusted to that and it works for you. 🍋 consider skipping a cleanser in the morning This is especially to those with very dry skin or very sensitive skin using treatments. Instead, splash a little water on your face in the morning to get some surface dirt and bacteria from the night off. Some SSPs or dry skin-ers need a bit of a cool off period to let their skin heal from the treatments from the night before. For people with dry skin, it can be advantageous to only use water because cleanser often absorbs the natural oils in the skin that they need for hydration. 🍋 NO FRAGRANCES OR DYES FOR THE LOVE OF JESUS DONT USE THEM I know this is a bummer, fragrance and dyes make the product look pretty and smells like a lovely bottle of magic but companies do that on purpose. At the end of the day, they are comedogenic (clogs your pores) and can take away from the active ingredients in their products that are actually helping you. Cleansers are an exception to this rule! Cleansers are washed off so the fragrance and dyes within them are less likely to protrude into your skin. 🍋 Don’t use too many acne-fighting products at once I’m guilty of using a Salicylic cleanser, astringents, a Benzoil Peroxide moisturizer, following with a retinoid gel and spot treatment. I get it, it may seem logical to pile on all the treatments you can to get your desired results but NOO. Okay so I learned that you should really only be using a gentle cleanser with a treatment following with a moisturizer. Let me tell you why: by using these products with one another, you are stripping the skin of its natural moister barrier and in turn it makes your skin produce more oil and sebum which *drum roll* leads to more acne. Balance out the other products with a gentle cleanser and lots of hydration! 🍋 keep it simple! Instead: cleanser, max 3 treatments, moisturizer, SPF To be effective, more is not better. In a single routine, I don’t use more than 3 serums/treatments at once. This can overly irritate your skin and counteract other ingredients if they aren’t layered correctly. Space them out if you want to use multiple ingredients in your routine.
My skin improves when I don’t wash it??
Hi there! I’ve been into skincare pretty heavily in the last year. Ive struggled with hormonal and cystic acne since I was 4 (there’s pictures I swear!). While 2 rounds of accutane, age, and a hundred different regimens have made my skin a lot better today, I still get acne. I’ve experimented with serums, exfoliants, toners, cleansers, and the whole shebang and I thought I was doing it right. My routine: CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin PM The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution every other PM BURT’S BEES - Natural Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner AM/PM The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% PM LUÉ by Jean Seo - BALANCE AM The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution once a week/two weeks CeraVe - Resurfacing Retinol Serum PM pūrlisse - Watermelon + Charcoal Purifying Cleanser AM MARIO BADESCU - Vitamin C Serum AM When I was away from home, I didn’t wash it at all except with makeup wipes and my skin cleared up!Its also stayed clear for almost 2 weeks now and I haven’t had skin this clear in 3 years! I have sensitive normal skin with an oily T-zone. Should I keep not washing my face?
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Only melted down my confidence
This product has been trending on Snapchat and YouTube a lot recently and I was really curious to try. I’m not very familiar with facial oils, and so I assumed don’t use too much and apply after moisturizer. This was really disappointing to be frank. It didn’t de-escalate any inflammation or anything for that matter. My skin was only left oily in the morning with a larger blemish than when I started. Not digging it.
CeraVe daily moisturizers
CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 Okay so this one is very pasty. The SPF is very identifiable in the formula and leaves a greasy layer on the skin. I think it does hydrate but it leaves a greasy residue and makes my skin sticky. I’m not completely sure by it think it’s making me break out too (but it could be other stuff too). CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion I love this one a lot more. I actually use this more in the morning because it’s super light and absorbs really well into the skin. The only reason I’m giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I was expecting a more hydrating formula that helps preserve the outer skin barrier from my exfoliating and cleansing products in my night routine. I think it works great as a less intensive, before-makeup moisturizer, love it.
CeraVe-AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
5 ingredients to avoid if you’re sensitive to skin irritation
Sensitive skin is an unfortunate issue many of us have to deal with, which can be not only uncomfortable physically but also affect our self-confidence. When our skin is irritated it becomes a red, burning, and itchy mess and can make you more prone to breakouts. There are so many factors that can cause irritation to your skin such as sun exposure, cold weather, and certain skincare products that contain triggering ingredients.
10 Rules of Skincare ✨
Your roadmap to healthy, happy skin. 1. ALWAYS wear SPF. Yep even when it’s not sunny. Do it. 2. Do not pop 💥 your zits. Treat them instead! (Post to come on this 😊) 3. Exfoliate! Whether it’s a chemical or mechanical exfoliant. Regular exfoliation (2-3x per week) helps slough away dead skin cells and makes room for the new pretty ones. Plus it helps your skincare do its job 👍🏽 4. Do mask! I love multi-masking. I use a kaolin clay based purifying mask for my t-zones and a gentle cream based mask for my cheeks and décolleté 🧖🏽♀️ 5. 💧Moisturize morning and evening. These two products can be different depending on your skin type and goals. A common misconception is that oily skin types do not require moisturizing. 6. Avoid products that contain alcohol. This can lead to drying and irritation. Naturally derived alcohol like cetyl and stearyl are considered safe for the skin. 7. Introduce an eye cream! The skin around our eyes needs love too 👀 8. Change your pillow case every few days. These things harbor bacteria! Be mindful of fabric softeners or other harsh detergents that can be a cause of breakouts or skin irritation. 9. Don’t use makeup wipes to replace a cleanser. Just don’t do it. 10. Don’t use professional gadgets or skincare devices at home (unless you’ve had extensive training). Avoid suction devices or microderm tools you’ve seen on Instagram- leave that to a licensed aesthetician or dermatologist. And my own personal #1 rule ☝🏽: Don’t compare your skin journey to anyone else’s. We’re all on different paths here 😉
The Truth Behind Propylene Glycol
You may have read articles about this ingredient used in both kitchens and beauty counters - Propylene Glycol (PG) but what exactly is this chemical? I decided to do some research on credible sources online to find out if the ingredient is beneficial for my combination skin. A colorless and odorless liquid that is completely water-soluble, PG is mainly regarded as a moisturizing agent used in skincare products to attract hydration and locks it into the skin. Generally, anyone who is seeking deep hydration and smoothness of the skin can use products containing the ingredient. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review board (an organization of scientists who review the safety of cosmetic ingredients) have confirmed that it’s ”safe for use in cosmetic products when formulated to be non-irritating.” This means that companies need to conduct skin irritation testing on new formulas to ensure PG does not cause irritation when mixed with other ingredients, which is a standard test that many skincare companies run before launching any new product. As long as you do not have an allergy to PG, it is a safe ingredient to use regularly. Due to its multiple functions, PG works well with almost all other ingredients. While I do not specifically seek products that contain PG, I find that products that contain PG helps to hydrate my combination skin well, giving it a dewy glow throughout the day. Other than its main function as an emollient, there are also various other benefits, including addressing visible signs of aging, enhancing penetration of the skincare product, and prevent skin hydration loss. I have two products containing PG in my bathroom counter now. I use Nivea Oxygen Boost Micellar Water as a make-up cleanser before my gentle facial wash. Micelles in the liquid cleanser help to attract water, oil and the dirt that comes with them, which is effective when combined with a cotton pad or wipe work to remove stubborn make-up. Micellar water works well for my combination skin as a gentle and hydrating cleanser that is powerful to remove water resistant make-up at the same time. My skin does not feel too tight and taut after using this, thanks to its water based formula of hyaluronic acid, golden algae, Hydra IQ and marine salt. Another product containing PG is CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly. The lightweight water-jelly face moisturizer looks and feels different than most creams. The unique clear water-jelly texture feels fresh and penetrates quickly into my skin, especially for hot summer days. It delivers round-the-clock hydration repair, plus pollution protection with the formula’s “Clean Shield Technology”, formulated with a moisture barrier blend of sunflower seed cake, barley extract and cucumber fruit extract to strengthen skin’s barrier and retain skin’s moisture levels. On days when I want a lighter and more refreshing moisturizer, this is a nice change of texture.
CLINIQUE-Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly
Fight Acne with Retinoids and Retinol to GLOW ✨
🚨If you suffer from stubborn acne (like I have) you may want to consider adding OTC retinoids to your routine! 🔑Retinoids, a vitamin A derivative, are a key player in the skincare industry. Many studies have proven retinoids fight acne, promote collagen, reduce wrinkles and hyperpigmentation to give skin a healthy glow. The good news is now there are plenty of options for Rx strength one now available OTC! 💁🏻♀️I only mentioned products I’ve use and that work! Best OTC Rx Strength Adapalene 0.1% proactiv - Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne Treatment This former prescription-only retinoid works to unclog pores by slowing pore lining growth and reduces the skin’s sensitivity to inflammation! This is a great introductory retinoid if you’ve never used any before. ✨Prevents pimple formation ✨Speeds blemish healing time ✨Reduces inflammation and redness ✨Evens skin tone and texture ✨Anti-aging benefits Best OTC Retinol Serums Why do I like OTC retinoids better than retinol? Retinol actually takes much longer to work. In fact, because retinol must convert at the cellular level of the skin, it can take 6 months to a year before seeing results. Retinol can be 20x less effective than a Rx strength retinoids. Murad - Retinol Youth Renewal Serum dermalogica - Retinol Acne Clearing Oil SUNDAY RILEY - A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum The Ordinary - Retinol 0.2% in Squalane The Ordinary - Retinol 0.2% in Squalane DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream ✨Gentle formulas - good for sensitive skin ✨Decrease fine lines over time ✨Serums contain other skin hydrating ingredients Myths True and False: ⚡️Retinoids thin your skin - FALSE They actually strengthen your skin by promoting collagen production. ⚡️Retinoids have drying side effects - TRUE and FALSE When you start using retinoids, skin may go through a process of Retinization, the adjustment period in which dryness, flaking and redness can occur. Symptoms subside in about 4 weeks and are almost eliminated my using a great moisturizer. ⚡️You should wait till your older to use retinoids - FALSE Retinoids and retinol are safe to use ages 12 and up! 💁🏻♀️Right now, I personally use Proactive adapalene 0.1% for acne fighting and anti-aging at the same time! How save retinoids improved your skin?
SUNDAY RILEY-A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum
how long does skincare take to work?
this post will be following up one of the myths I talked about briefly in my last post. “your skin gets used to products, resulting in them eventually not working” this is FALSE ! your skin has a cycle of 28 days, meaning that it takes about 28 days for skin cells to turn over and regenerate. if you are trying out a new product that you are not too sure about, keep trying for roughly 28 days to see the results. however, if a product is burning or stinging your skin, stop using that product as this is basically your skin telling you that it is not reacting well and this can cause irritation to your skin. there are some products that take a certain amount of time to show results ! AHA- glycolic, lactic etc: right away but peaks at 12 weeks BHA- salicylic acid: right away but peaks at 12 weeks RETINOL: 8 weeks- 6 months VITAMIN C: 3+ weeks RETINOIDS: 6-8 weeks HYALURONIC ACID: a few minutes NIACINAMIDE: 12 weeks
PAULA'S CHOICE-Defense Antioxidant Pore Purifier