Battle of the Ointments: CeraVe VS Aquaphor!
Whether you’re looking to prevent TEWL, an inexpensive lip balm, or an all-purpose ointment, you’ve most likely heard of these two products. Below we discuss what makes them unique from one another so you can make an informed purchase (and not get stuck with a giant tube you hate)! Feel & Texture Out of the tube, both ointments feel pretty similar. CeraVe is a white-ish color but goes on transparent like the Aquaphor. They both spread well once warmed up in your fingers. I would say the biggest difference is that the Aquaphor - Healing Ointment Skin Protectant
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One Week Using Differin
Experience: I started using Differin about a week ago to deal with my maskne and dark spots. Ever since I started wearing masks more frequently, my skin has essentially freaked out. It’s super sensitive and dry, especially around my mouth, but I get cystic-like acne along the area where my mask touches my face. I decided that I was going to try Differin as my last resort before going to the dermatologist (cause I’m still nervous about going to doctor’s offices, unless absolutely necessary because of covid). The instructions recommend daily use; however, I began my first week by using it every other day since I’ve had negative experiences/reactions with other active ingredients before. Since then, I’ve begun using it every night. I use this in the evening after cleansing and applying moisturizer and Aquaphor’s healing ointment. ￼Pros: I definitely already see a visible improvement in my skin, especially with the hyperpigmentation that I’ve dealt with. I do use other products that help with brightening, but I’ve been using those products for quite a while and haven’t seen such a drastic improvement until now. ￼Cons: I experienced a few small breakouts around my chin, but they went away pretty quickly. I have yet to experience any significant purging/dryness, but I also didn’t jump immediately to daily use. Other Products I Use + Frequency: ￼CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser (everyday, AM/PM) ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser(everyday to remove sunscreen, PM) ￼The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA(every other day, alternate between this and the next product/AM) ￼The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%(every other day, alternate between this and the previous product/AM) ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream (everyday, AM/PM) ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30(everyday, AM) ￼Aquaphor - Healing Ointment Skin Protectant(everyday, use as a lip balm and to protect sensitive areas of my skin when applying Differin)
dealing with 🦠 angular cheilitis 🦠
Ever had those really painful cracks in the corner of your mouth? And it’s so hard to eat and open your mouth? And your lip corners get really red and flaky? Chances are you have angular cheilitis. What is angular cheilitis? Angular cheilitis is a condition that is usually caused by bacteria or fungus (gross, I know) that collects in the corners of your mouth when your saliva collects and dries. This leads to cracks, inflammation, scaling, redness, and flakiness. It can sometimes get ugly. You are more likely to get angular cheilitis if you: ￼Wear braces, dentures, or retainers ￼Lick your lips a lot (use lip balm instead!) ￼Have a lot of saliva ￼Sleep with your mouth open or drool in your sleep ￼Smoke ￼Take or use certain medications that can cause imbalances in fungus and bacteria in your body So how do you treat it? It really depends on what type of angular cheilitis you have. If it’s fungal, you should get an anti-fungal treatment. If it’s bacterial, try a topical antibiotic (you should check with your dermatologist or doctor to see if they can help you figure out what kind). You can also use some more natural remedies like tea tree oil, coconut oil, or olive oil. They all have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties! If you’re feeling particularly dry, use coconut or olive oil to help moisturize. You can also put a petroleum jelly or something like aquaphor on your lips and corners to seal out moisture. And STOP LICKING YOUR LIPS! How do you prevent it? Make sure that you are keeping proper dental hygiene and make sure that your dental ware are properly fitted. Use a lip balm to keep your lips hydrated and moisturizer so that you reduce dryness and prevent yourself from licking your lips. I know having this is super annoying and it doesn’t look good, but it happens, so knowing how to prevent and treat it will help you when it suddenly appears on your mouth! Aquaphor - Healing Ointment Skin Protectant #Trader Joe’s - Organic Virgin Coconut Oil[products]#[FiveStars]
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PRO TIP! when you apply a retinoid before bed, the oil from your skin can cause the retinoid to travel on your face or transfer onto your pillowcases. this can cause the retinoid to get on sensitive areas and cause burns! for me, it was my eyelids. i applied the cerave healing ointment on the burns and they healed in a day. now every night before bed i apply the healing ointment and now no more burns!!! my acne was bad and left deep scars and with these products my skin has never looked and felt better. VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne Treatment VANICREAM - Lite Lotion CeraVe - Healing Ointment
Updated Skincare Routine— Hydrated Glow!
Hi all! I’ve been super busy moving houses and so I haven’t been able to try very many new products lately, instead I’ve been sticking to my tried and true products and routine for the last few weeks. And honestly? My skin couldn’t be happier. It’s been smooth and hydrated with minimized breakouts, and no eczema patches. These are my top tips/products for hydrated and glowing complexion regardless of skin tone! ✨Dry Skin? Morning cleansing isn’t always necessary! I’ve been skipping my morning cleanse due to the dry weather where I’m living and my tightness and redness has been drastically reduced, along with my eczema! Instead I just wipe excess oil off with a cotton round and apply SPF as usual. Use a non stripping cleanser when you do wash, to avoid that tight feeling. ￼Glossier. - Milky Jelly Cleanser my absolute favorite, with hydrators in the formula it’s never stripping and I love it doesnt foam ￼CeraVe - Hydrating Cream-To-Foam Cleanser best drug store face wash by far! It’s always sold out, and a go-to for many with dry skin! ￼FIRST AID BEAUTY - Pure Skin Face Cleanser is my winter go to when my face is chapped ✨Don’t dry skin after cleansing. Wait until it’s damp and then apply your toner/serums. This will help lock extra moisture in along with increasing permeability of your products so they work more efficiently ✨Use an occclusive at night! This will lock in all of your products and keep the moisture from seeping out of your skin and into your pillow. ￼YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask has added antioxidants to wake up with an even and glowing complexion (and it’s my favorite scent ever) ￼CeraVe - Healing Ointment is coupled with ceramides to heal and strengthen skin and is perfect for those with dermatitis/raw red skin ￼Leven Rose - Jojoba Oil oils can also act as occlusives if you add an extra drop at night, and are a pure and natural way to introduce hydration and various vitamins and antioxidants ￼Glossier. - Moisturizing Moon Mask i also love repurposing hydrating masks as sleeping masks! This one from glossier is divine and stays on all night. ✨Cotton pillow cases are some of the most drying materials because they’re really absorbant (think about coton rounds!). Something like silk is less rough on skin, not only because of the softer fibers and higher thread count, but it absorbs less moisture than cotton, so your skin stays more hydrated. For those who suffer from dry skin or who live in dry climates, that bit of extra overnight hydration can mean waking up with a less tight, dry face (and less wrinkles!) ￼slip - Pillowcase White King Zippered King (51 x 91cm/ 20" x 36") / Invisible Zipper these pillow cases from slip are tried and true, everyone in the beauty community swears by them as do I.
Maybe I need to update skin routine?
To start, I have never been to a dermatologist so I don’t have a professional opinion on what type of skin I have. In high school, I thought I had sensitive skin because it would react to changing weather and environments. And I I didn’t have a problem with acne but would get a pimple here and there. Now, I’m in my early 20s and this summer has caused me to question my skin. It’s been doing new things (thanks 2020 🙃). Now I don’t really know what kind of skin I have. My cheeks have an uneven skin tone and are bumpy with a few dry patches. My forehead has gotten a couple of pimples. My nose has a bumpy texture but I’ve always had that. I have dark eye circles and a couple of wrinkles (more than likely from staying up late/not enough sleep). I continue to use Burts Bees products I used in high school but I started trying new products last year. My best guess is that my skin type is dry. Current AM routine Cleanser: BURT’S BEES - Face Cleanser for Sensitive Skin or cold water Moisturizer: BURT’S BEES - Daily Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin Sunscreen: TULA SKINCARE - Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Current PM routine Cleanser: BURT’S BEES - Face Cleanser for Sensitive Skin Moisturizer: BURT’S BEES - Daily Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin Whenever I feel like: GOLDFADEN MD - Bright Eyes Dark Circle Radiance Complex Body Merry - Day to Night Eye Gel Twice a week in place of regular cleanser: GLOW RECIPE - Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser Every two weeks: JJ young - Pore Glow Mask I’m currently wanting to update my skincare routine to targeting dry skin instead of sensitive skin. I’m also wanting to address evening and smoothing skin tone and decreasing dark eye circles without causing breakouts. I’m also in search of an affordable daily sunscreen that isn’t greasy, doesn’t leave a white cast and has clean ingredients. The one I currently use contains avobenzone. I’m looking for a zinc oxide one. I’m also going to change my diet to incorporate more water and less dairy and sugar. Feel free to share any product or lifestyle recommendations that are budget-friendly (less than $50 for me). I would appreciate any advice. I’m also interested in clean beauty products. They don’t have to be absolutely clean but as natural as possible. Products that I’m currently considering for evening skin tone are: HONEST - Vitamin C Radiance Serum HONEST - Beauty Sleep Resurfacing Serum Glossier. - Super Glow Vitamin C + Magnesium Serum
HONEST-Beauty Sleep Resurfacing Serum
Skincare routine for my sensitive skin!!
My skin type: sensitive & acne-prone skin · STEP1: FIRST AID BEAUTY - Gentle Foaming Face Cleanser I have used it for a month, and I seriously love this stuff, super gentle on my sensitive skin! It's a silky formula that leaves my skin very soft. I only had a few minor breakouts, but nothing like I had before. The bottle is pretty big, so it'll last me a while, but I'll be repurchasing this once I run out! · STEP2: Darphin - INTRAL Toner I have sensitive skin and have always had adverse reactions to toners, so I skip them. However, I love the intral cleansing milk, so I was curious about this toner and saw such good reviews about it helping others with their redness, so I asked for a trial size of it from a store. After using it each day, I had to buy it. It's easily the most gentle and soothing toner I've ever used. It reduces my redness and feels calming to put on. · STEP3: CAUDALIE - Vinosource SOS Deep Hydration Serum I love this serum! Whenever my face is irritated, I apply it before bed, and by the next day, my skin is smooth, and the serum helps to calm the breakout or tired skin. It is gentle, hydrates, and works well for sensitive skin. It did not fix my dark spots altogether, but it does even out the skin a little. Give it a try :)
CAUDALIE-Vinosource SOS Deep Hydration Serum
First Skin Update!
Here’s a no make-up selfie for the record! I just started to change my skin routine a couple of days ago so there’s not a ton of difference to see yet. Mostly a lot of the inflammation and redness has been majorly calmed down, thanks to The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and skipping the harsh physical exfoliants I used to use. My main concern is healing acne, decongesting my skin and pores, and repairing and protecting from further damage. As my skin is very sensitive, calming and non-irritating products are a must! I’m hoping to see overall less redness and swelling as I change my skin routine. Products currently in my routine: 🌿 CeraVe - Hydrating Face Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin 🌿 BIODERMA - Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water 🌱 The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 🌱 THE inkey LIST - Q10 Antioxidant Serum 💦 THE inkey LIST - Multi-Biotic 💦 CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ 🌞 Avène - Mineral Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50+ There are a few other serums and masks I have but I’m trying not to use anything for a few days while my skin gets used to the new things I’ve added, just in case any irritation develops. I’ll be sure to make updates on how some of these have been working, and which ones I’ll be phasing out. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these products, or if you have some recommendations for others! 🖤⛓🌿
CLINIQUE-Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
Current night routine!!
This has been my night routine for a few days now since I want my skin to be brighter, have less acne, and be hydrated. Here's the steps: Glossier. - Milky Jelly Cleanser - I'm currently on a trip, so I have the travel size, so I used two pumps. I normally use one pump with the 6 oz bottle. Glossier. - Super Glow Vitamin C + Magnesium Serum - ok it's tough to say how much I use, since it's like a small drop on my cheeks and forehead that I smooth in. I'd say I use like about 1/4 of a full dropper as an estimate?? Maybe it's less but I don't use so much that my face is wet. Glossier. - Bubblewrap Eye + Lip Plumping Cream - I do literally a half-pump because I don't need that much, plus it's super hydrating. If I do have extra then I put it below my eyebrows on the eye socket bone - but not on my eyelid. I find this area gets dry too. Glossier. - Priming Moisturizer Balance - I use one pump and distribute it to my nose, nose bridge, chin, top of my cheeks (like the top half) and my forehead near my eyebrows; basically my t-zone, since this area gets super oily and if I put priming moisturizer rich on it, then it's hydrated but then super oily because it's too much hydration. I like the formula because it soaks in and prevents oilness after hydration (if you find what amount works for you). Glossier. - Priming Moisturizer Rich Luxurious Face Cream - I put this on the dry and normal areas of my face - on my bottom cheek area/jawline, most of my forehead, and any areas I missed. I use enough to cover my fingertip with some on top, like the size of a penny. Also if I get any redness before this step then the lavender usually calms it down which is nice. Clearasil - Daily Clear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream - the amount I use daily depends on what acne I have, but usually it's a super tiny anount and it really goes a long way. Avène - Thermal Spring Water Spray - I spray until I feel satisfied tbh and when my skin is cool again and redness subsides - about 5-10 seconds of spraying. Hope this helps for anyone with combo skin!! Btw I'm combo because I have normal, dry and oily areas of my skin and it's fun to see what my skin needs everyday.
Glossier.-Bubblewrap Eye + Lip Plumping Cream
Affordable empties - worth every penny!
Can you tell that I’m a big Hydro Boost fan? I swear there is always two items in my cupboard that are from the Neutrogena Hydro Boost line 🙈 Anyways, I love all of these products AND they are all affordable. I would repurchase any of these and in some cases I already have! Neutrogena - Fragrance-Free Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream Such a lovely body lotion. It glides over the skin so easily and absorbs quickly after. I always buy the fragrance-free version. Love the pump, it’s super convenient and love the price point (typically around $10-$15 and you get a lot of product). Benzagel - Acne Wash I have two empties here and I have one more in my cupboard that I’m using right now and I have back up in my other cupboard. For me personally, this product has helped so much with my stubborn acne and I can’t go without it in my evening routine. It’s just under $10 which is a great price. BIODERMA - Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water A cult classic. I love this for helping take off whatever is on my face after a workout or for breaking down my eye makeup during the evening. For some reason I feel like it works better and is gentler than other drugstore options. I have two empties here and I’m working on a third right now. It’s $15-$20 for a bottle, which is a little more than other drugstore micellar waters but it works better (in my opinion) and you typically get more product. VERSED - Keep It Supple Body Oil It’s so moisturizing and definitely does make skin feel supple. I like the convenience of the spray top, but I do find myself spraying it into my hands instead and then spreading it on just because I don’t have very good aim and typically spray some oil all over the floor of my bathroom... They oil doesn’t dry in immediately, but it’s not too greasy or wet. It lasted me quite a while and it’s just $10-$15. Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Gel-Cream I don’t think I need to say anything about this one. Cult fave. Great texture for oily / combo skin or for a summer routine. Always buy the fragrance free option. Good price for around $20! I keep buying, although I’m always trying other gel creams. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The price point on this is *chef’s kiss*, as with almost all Ordinary products. It’s around $6 and a little goes a long way with this! Incorporating this into my routine helps with brightening, oil control and the appearance of pores. It didn’t do a ton for my acne or dark marks, but overall really happy with the oil control and how it works on my pores. Bioré - UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ The only thing I don’t love about this product is the scent. It smells like alcohol, although it fades once it’s on your skin. I love the gel-like texture, how lightweight it is, how it reapplies over makeup and the price point, $15. 😘
AM ROUTINE - summer 2020
SKIN TYPE - ☀️: combination/oily ❄️: normal/dry LOCATION - New York City STEP 1 - CLEANSE KIND OF GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover Full disclosure, I do think almost all micellar waters are created equal, and they would all get 5⭐️. If I did everything right the night before, all my skin needs in the morning is a swipe of this (AND a rinse!) to get my skin prepped for the rest of my AM routine. STEP 2 - SERUM(S) Glossier. - Super Glow Vitamin C + Magnesium Serum This 5% vitamin c derivative is, like all Glossier serums, non-sticky, quickly absorbing, and ultra lightweight. It’s a very stable version of vitamin c and at a lower percent than others, which makes it great for sensitive skin or a vitamin c newbie. But for the price, you can get cheaper and stronger from other brands. —————————— Glossier. - Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5 Serum This is my ideal follow-up after vitamin c, and I use it all over my face. The hyaluronic comes in three different forms/molecular weights, so the hydrating effects are long-lasting as long as you seal it in properly. That being said, it’s an intro hyaluronic serum with a higher-than-average price tag. STEP 3 - MOISTURIZE bliss - Drench & Quench Moisturizer The texture of this is perfect for daytime if you crave watery moisture and already have multiple skincare steps. This is light but smooth, absorbs quickly, and the color just makes you feel like you’re smoothing thickly textured water directly on your skin! It smells deliciously clean in the jar, but doesn’t seem too strong, as it fades pretty quickly once applied. STEP 4 - SPF Supergoop! - Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 With Sunflower Extract The texture didn’t thrill me - though it absorbed very well (no white cast), it was a little heavy for my taste. doesn’t read greasy at all once applied. I can definitely see using this on my face for super sweaty days outside, but for now I’ll continue to use on my body only.
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