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MYTHS ABOUT HYALURONIC ACID

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AlexisA
Today I’m going to talk about hyaluronic acid. It’s one of my favorite skincare ingredients ever and I hate seeing so many myths about it! Today I’m going to bust two major myths I keep seeing about hyaluronic acid. ✖️MYTH ONE:✖️ You can ONLY apply this to damp skin for it to work. 💧I see a lot of people posting about the idea that you can only apply hyaluronic acid to damp skin so it can ‘grab’ the water on the skin and bring it to the deeper layers for hydration. 💧The thing is, this isn’t true. When you look at your hyaluronic acid product formula, the first ingredient 100% of the time is going to be some form of water. Whether that’s mineral water, infused water, glacier water, whatever—it’s still water, which the hyaluronic acid can grab and take into the skin with it. If you prefer to apply your HA this way, that’s fine—just be aware that it’s not a hard and fast rule. HA works just as well when applied to just-dried skin as it does on damp skin. ✖️MYTH TWO:✖️ Hyaluronic Acid can actually dehydrate the skin 💧People think that hyaluronic acid can secretly dehydrate your skin if you live in a dry environment. What’s the truth? Well, it’s true that HA relies a lot on grabbing water from the air in a humid environment. 💧However, studies have shown that it also takes moisture from the deeper layers in the skin—specifically from the moisture in our blood. So, the truth is that HA takes moisture from two sources—the environment and our bodies. However, it’s ALWAYS a good idea to ‘lock in’ HA with a thicker moisturizing product to ensure that it’s keeping hydration where it should be—in your skin! 💧Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Review 💧HADALABO - Gokujyun Premium Lotion
This is the thicker, richer, more hydrating version of my absolute favorite Hada Labo Gokujyun (the regular, runny version). have a full review of this on my blog, but I’ll put a short version here. For my oily skin, I can only use this as a hydrating serum—not a runny lotion that I can use the 7 skin methods for. For oily skin, I would recommend the regular Gokujyun lotion over this. HADALABO - Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist
The Premium lotion was just too rich to use for the 7 skin method, and actually clogged my pores a little bit when I tried to use it that way.
Aug. 21
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Skincare Alphabet - H is for Hyaluronic Acid
If you haven’t heard of Hyaluronic Acid, you must be living under a rock (no offense to any starfish out there that might be reading this.) Hyaluronic Acid or HA has been all over the skincare world for quite sometime now and you can find this incorporated into almost every imaginable type of skincare product as well as makeup products like foundation and lipstick. HA is naturally occurring in your skin, joints, eyes, etc. and acts somewhat like a sponge. It holds water on your face to not only hydrate but keep it looking plump and fresh. It is a humectant which hydrates by drawing moisture into it from outside sources. Although it is an amazing ingredient, use with caution. Applying HA in the right order, after toner and essence but before moisturizer and oils, will make the HA and it’s effects on your skin last longer. This is especially important in dry, less humid environments. HA draws water and moisture from ANYWHERE including your skin. I live in Southern California where it is beautiful, but can also quite arid. On less humid days, I spray Avène - Thermal Spring Water Spray on before I add HA so it grabs the water on the surface of my skin, instead of drawing from within my skin, and then seal it off with an emollient. I like to mix HA into my foundation on days I wants lighter coverage or more of a dewy look, especially when I’m experiencing post retinol flaking and dryness. How do you use your HA?
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fkn_winemixer
WHY I LOVE TONER
I LOVE TONERS. Here’s the thing about toner - it’s a complete MYTH that you need one for the purposes of rebalancing the pH of skin after washing your face. That’s ancient advice (marketing, really) from when pH-balanced liquid facial cleansers hadn’t been invented yet and people used alkaline soap bars to cleanse their faces. Toners these days serve different purposes, but the two most common categories I see are exfoliating toners and hydrating toners. Today, I’m going to talk about my favourite type - hydrating ones. I started using a hydrating toner about six years ago and I haven’t looked back. In fact, I still use the same brand today - Hada Labo. My skin is oily, but around six years ago I started using Differin for my acne. The side effects of this include skin that dehydrates easily, so I needed to start using a product that helped that. My research pointed me to Hada Labo toners, and the first one I tried was the Hada Labo Shirojyun Toner. To use a hydrating toner like this, all you need to do is pat in a small amount until fully absorbed. If you want to, you can use it for the ‘7 Skins Method’ a method where you pat in 7 layers of toner. It’s easy to do because toners are usually very watery products. This is my favourite thing about toner - the bottles are larger and you can pat in more layers of products, so they’re MORE effective and better value than applying a single layer of hydrating serum. Right now I’m trialling the Mizon toner and I actually don’t like it that much - it’s just ok. Same with the Hada Labo Premium Gokujyun Toner. I love the Isntree Toner, it's the most like the original Hada Labo toners that I've tried Do you use hydrating toners? HADALABO - Hada Labo Shirojyun Albutin Medicinal Whitening Toner HADALABO - Gokujyun Premium Lotion MIZON - Snail Repair Intensive Toner ISNtree - Hyaluronic Acid Toner
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AlexisA
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My Fav Serums 🤩
These are the serums I use every day! I honestly don’t use too many different skin products when it comes to serums because these work really well for me already! The first one is The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum which I use during the night time. It definitely helps with oil control since I feel like when I stopped using it, my oil production in the T zone was crazy throughout the day. I will say though, I feel like it gives me these tiny little pimples all over my face. I’m not really sure how to fix it though so if anyone has any advice or tips, feel free to comment! The second serum is the Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid serum. This is the staple in my routine. I use it day and night and it’s really gentle on my skin. I think it’s labeled as a lotion, but it’s actually a toner. Personally, I think it’s too light to use as a toner so I kind of treat it as a serum. I use it after the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant and I heard you’re supposed to have slightly damp skin before using hyaluronic acid. The texture of it is really watery btw!!! You also need a lot less than you would think. When I first started, I would use way too much, but a little goes a long way! The last serum is the Clean Skin Club Vitamin C Brightening Booster. It has watermelon, green tea, and pineapple and it’s pretty thick. It has a slight scent but nothing too strong to handle. I like to use this after my toner and after the hyaluronic acid serum. I feel like some of the other Vitamin C serums I’ve tried in the past were way too strong so this mixture is perfect for me! Also, if you end up using this remember to use SPF afterwards!! Some Vitamin C serums are also grainy but the texture of this is creamy and smooth! #CheriePartner
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_tiffyau_
WHY I LOVE TONER
I LOVE TONERS. Here’s the thing about toner - it’s a complete MYTH that you need one for the purposes of rebalancing the pH of skin after washing your face. That’s ancient advice (marketing, really) from when pH-balanced liquid facial cleansers hadn’t been invented yet and people used alkaline soap bars to cleanse their faces. Toners these days serve different purposes, but the two most common categories I see are exfoliating toners and hydrating toners. Today, I’m going to talk about my favourite type - hydrating ones. I started using a hydrating toner about six years ago and I haven’t looked back. In fact, I still use the same brand today - Hada Labo. My skin is oily, but around six years ago I started using Differin for my acne. The side effects of this include skin that dehydrates easily, so I needed to start using a product that helped that. My research pointed me to Hada Labo toners, and the first one I tried was the Hada Labo Shirojyun Toner. To use a hydrating toner like this, all you need to do is pat in a small amount until fully absorbed. If you want to, you can use it for the ‘7 Skins Method’ a method where you pat in 7 layers of toner. It’s easy to do because toners are usually very watery products. This is my favourite thing about toner - the bottles are larger and you can pat in more layers of products, so they’re MORE effective and better value than applying a single layer of hydrating serum. Right now I’m trialling the Mizon toner and I actually don’t like it that much - it’s just ok. Same with the Hada Labo Premium Gokujyun Toner. I love the Isntree Toner, it's the most like the original Hada Labo toners that I've tried Do you use hydrating toners? HADALABO - Hada Labo Shirojyun Albutin Medicinal Whitening Toner HADALABO - Gokujyun Premium Lotion MIZON - Snail Repair Intensive Toner ISNtree - Hyaluronic Acid Toner
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AlexisA
Beauty Ride or Dies!
Hi beauties! i'm delighted to share my skincare faves! 🍩Hadalabo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Skinlotion Moist - this has been a staple for my oily skin for some time now, a year to be more specific. It just brightens my face and it also makes it healthier and more moisturized, thus less oily. I use this after washing the face like an essence and just apply it gently with a cupping motion to my face just like how I saw it on the Japanese commercials.LOL.Btw, I got this limited edition Snoopy Bottle from a local Japanese Drugstore (paradise!) :).HADALABO - Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist 🍩Centellian24 Madeca Cream (Centella Hydrating Formula) - I already finished 2 tubes of this and because it effectively calms my skin when it feels irritated because sometimes it feels sensitive especially when I’m having breakouts. It also feels very emolient and hydrating and is perfect to quench the face when it needs some TLC. It is made of Cica or Madeca which is from Centella Asiatica Plant (also known as Gotukola or Asian Pennywort) and this ingredient had been a recent breakthrough in the Asian Beauty Industry because of its effective soothing benefits. I find that this is a godsend to me because it is a gentle alternative to harsh and irritating acne creams but is also as effective and more hydrating. Not only does it calm my breakouts, I find that my face is also clearer and brighter with consistent use.CENTELLIAN24 - Madeca Cream Centella Hydrating Formula 🍩Laneige Lip Mask - this has also been a staple to my routine because our lips need some lovin’ too! It’s very hydrating and nourishing and super yummy lol. Not that I’ve tasted it, but it feels like applying melted vanilla lollipops on your lips everytime I use it (minus the stickiness!) It really is a good denouement for every skincare/ selfcare session.LANEIGE - LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask So there they are! Won’t skip a beat to repurchase them.❤️Thanks for reading my beauty faves! Curious to know yours too! Care to share in the comments below?☺️
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WillWorkforMascara
Too Cute to be True 😻
I’m giddy to share my entry for skincare stuff which I find super kawaii :) 🧸RoseGold PinkQuartz facialmassager - supposed to function like the jade rollers but instead of rolling, it is vibrating. The crystal is cold too so it’s very helpful with eye puffyness 🧸Kitty Lipsmacker LipBalm - given to me by the sweetest SIL and I couldn’t make myself open it because of the packaging lol. It’s in my fave flavor too, which is watermelon. 🧸Innisfree No sebum mineral powder - which are the in the emoji and mentos packagings. I’m such a suckah for cute packaging and innisfree never fails me. The powder is also my hg oilcontrol setting powder. A sure ride and die for my oil- slick skin and oily scalp because it also doubles as dry shampoo love it to bits! 🧸Kose cosmeport suncut UV Sunblock - excited to try this but also not looking forward to throw that gawjus packaging LOL. This has always been my dilemma with japanese products! The brand is pretty popular in Japanese drugstores and it is also waterproof and SPF50+ PA++++. 🧸Skinpotions Peach thy lashes Lash serum - for brows and lashes. I’ve been using this for several months now and I must say they’re effective! It has castor oil,aloe vera,tsubaki oil, and rosehip oil btw :) 🧸Hada labo Gokujyun Skin lotion - got this limited edition Snoopy packaging from a Japan trip and I must say I’m in love. Will repurchase over and over. I might repurchase the refills and never throw this bottle ever.;p 🧸Watermelon, Bunny, and egg lipbalms from Sephora and Nordtrom - bec. Why not. Lol. *cough*whocouldsaynotothatpackaging*cough* :D Curious to see your fave kawaii stuff too!🥰
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WillWorkforMascara
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This 77.78% rice toner is an elixir for dry skin
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I’m From - Rice Toner: Hydration 💦
Ooo I love this toner. It’s so simple but does SO. MUCH. I'm from - Rice Toner I think oily skin hunnies would love this toner due to it’s lightweight property. It quickly sinks into my skin and makes it feel soft, silky, & smooth! This is a really hydrating product, in my opinion, so I think people with dry skin would also love this toner. ❗️It doesn’t come in a glass container anymore, so that’s a bummer. But, the formulation has stayed the same and I haven’t personally noticed any differences. 💡 Did you know: This product is made with 77.78% Rice Extract. Rice is known to provide a very light exfoliation (which is what leads to the skin brightening and anti-aging effects). Rice also contains amino acids (like lysine) which can promote collagen production. Further, this product contains Niacinamide - which helps with hydration, oil control, appearance of pores, inflammation. ✅ Benefits: Brightens and Evens skin tone Hydrating Anti-inflammatory Anti-Wrinkle 💁🏻‍♀️ How I Use: I don’t have a strict routine when it comes to toners, since they’re ultimately not necessary in a skin care routine (they’re a nice to have but not essential). I use this one a couple of days in a week, in the morning or night time, after cleansing. I make sure my face is damp and then turn a little bit of product onto my hands and pat it on. You don’t need a lot and make sure to shake before use. ☝🏼 I first purchased this product because I was researching non-exfoliating toners that would help me with my PIH. Over time, alongside the rest of my routine, my PIH did fade but I wouldn’t rely on this product alone to fade hyperpigmentation. I do think that my skin has extremely benefitted from this products hydrating properties.
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