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I Don’t Believe In Skincare “Dupes”
I Don’t Believe In Skincare “Dupes”
You can’t “dupe” all high-end or niche products. This doesn’t apply to one-ingredient products like virgin marula oil. While the texture may be different, the end result is probably going to be the same for most folks. But multi-ingredient products like Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra, TLC Framboos, C-Firma, and other niche products from brands like Paula’s Choice, Youth to the People- the main active ingredients may be the same, but the concentrations and inactive ingredients are different. As well, they may not have an active ingredient that the “original” product does. Let’s take these two. Often touted as dupes, I love them both. I used to use them both daily, actually, though now B-Hydra is my main hydration serum. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 has HA and B5 as it’s two actives and I adore that TO utilizes multiple sizes of HA to draw moisture into different layers of your skin 💦 DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum ‘s active ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid (both products use sodium hyaluronate, which is molecularly easier for skin to absorb) and Panthenol (B5, a hydrator), but also Niacinamide, which helps with controlling excess oil production. This key ingredient is what made B-Hydra so amazing when I struggled with oil overproduction. You can utilize the Ordinary’s Niacinamide+Zinc alongside its HA+B5 offering, but I enjoy that B-Hydra just has it already in it, as it makes B-Hydra a unique serum that addresses multiple issues common to those with combination/oily skin. As far as inactives go, both products include a variety of extracts, but B-Hydra bumps up its hydration offerings by adding sodium PCA in its ingredient list! It’s very well-rounded. So, is HA+B5 inferior? Not at all. I love it, and it’s an affordable, lovely hydration serum. I enjoy that the Ordinary does one- or two-note products because it allows you to truly personalize a skincare routine. But HA+B5 is not a duplicate for B-Hydra, the ingredient lists are very different even if they share two actives. It can be used as a substitute, but long-term results likely won’t be the same without supplementing the missing niacinamide via a secondary product. Saving money is A+, but evaluate *where* in an ingredient list you’re willing to budge before grabbing a “dupe”!
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Skinsitive
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Ceramides - your skin barriers best friend
Ceramides - your skin barriers best friend
I’m a huge sucker for anything with ceramides in them. It’s such a great skin fortifying ingredient that I can’t get enough of. One of the latest product additions to my routine is THE inkey LIST - Ceramide Hydrating Night Treatment . This is an overnight treatment that contains a multi ceramide complex 3% and multi molecular hyaluronic acid 2.5% along with squalane, sodium pca, cholesterol, and a variety of amino acids. These all work in synergy to help protect and rehydrate the skin by forming a protective barrier to prevent moisture lost. This has a slightly thick and sticky cream-ish texture that takes a bit of experimenting to be fully incorporated into a routine. Once fully absorbed, it leaves a bit of a tacky finish. Since this is considered a treatment product, I use it during serum step after my watery serums, if I’m using any that night, right before my moisturizer. So the first time I used this, I experienced massive pilling. I had to do some guesswork and experiment with what I was using before and after this product. What I found worked best for me was using minimal products before applying this, and applying it on slightly damp skin. Applying it on slightly damp skin helped me spread it all over my face easier, and I noticed it also helped the product absorb much quicker. I really liked this product after I figured out how to utilize it. I’ve used this every night for the past 3 weeks now, and especially on exfoliation nights to help rebuild my skin barrier. Since then, my skin has definitely felt stronger and looks more nourished. I didn’t experience any irritations or breakouts while using this as well. Overall, this is a great product to have in an evening routine once you’ve figured out how to utilize it within your own routine. After that, you can expect a stronger skin barrier over time. The inkey list really impressed me with this one. Have you guys tried this yet? If so, any thoughts on it? Rating: 4/5🌟 #CherieCreator #TheInkeyList
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skincare.guy
Ceramide Hydrating Night Treatment
THE inkey LIST-Ceramide Hydrating Night Treatment
Is it really a dupe?? Drunk Elephant vs. Inkey🍀
Is it really a dupe?? Drunk Elephant vs. Inkey🍀
In this round of dupe products, I tested Drunk Elephant’s Protini against The Inkey List Peptide Moisturizer. I have used Protini in the past and just got the newly released Inkey List moisturizer a few months ago. I was excited to see how they would perform up against each other. Let’s dive in! DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream $68/ 50ml: contains a combination of signal peptides, growth factors, and amino acids. It comes in an airtight jar and a pump to prevent exposure and oxidation. The cream is in an intensely thick formula but surprisingly doesn’t feel too heavy when applied on my oily skin (although I feel oilier later in the day). The formulation has A LOT of peptides. Nine in total. I’m still skeptical when it comes to peptides since there haven’t been enough controlled studies to support the claims. However, I do know it has amazing moisturizing properties therefore, it may really help reduce fine lines and improve the overall health of the skin. THE inkey LIST - Peptide Moisturizer $14.99/ 50ml: this is a mainly a shea butter moisturizer. The peptides are last in the ingredients list. It contains a two-percent royal epigen P5 that claims to nurture skin and help decrease the appearance of fine lines and one-percent hydrating peptide solution to support the moisture barrier. It has fewer ingredients compared to Protini so it has less potential to cause irritations for sensitive or acne-prone skin. Texture and Consistency: I find that the Inkey moisturizer is more lightweight and sinks in quicker than the Protini. However, the Protini has that special luxurious silky feel to it. It feels really soft and cream slides easily onto skin. They are both sufficiently moisturizing for my oily skin. Both make me oilier at the end of the day but I really have no problem when used in the nighttime. I think they’re both great products. Both are fragrance-free and have occlusive properties. They seal in the moisture to keep your skin looking healthy and they’re perfect for use to repair the moisture barrier and replenish your skin with hydration overnight. So which one should you get? depends on your needs and skin type: I would say, go for the PROTINI if: You have dry skin You have wrinkles and fine lines You prefer a really intensive hydration You’re not sensitive to plant extracts Go for the PEPTIDE MOISTURIZER if: You have oily skin You are acne-prone You prefer a lightweight moisturizer You’re sensitive to plant extracts *cons: it has a strong chemical smell I personally have been enjoying the Inkey List moisturizer better than the Protini. Although I have always loved the Protini, I find that the Inkey moisturizer works better with my skin type. Thank you for reading! xoxo
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Melissa
Peptide Moisturizer
THE inkey LIST-Peptide Moisturizer