Niacinamide is an ingredient that has been blowing up the last couple of years due to its amazing skin benefits. The mostly popular and cheapest niacinamide serum is by The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Niacinamide in skincare
Get rid of large pores
Dry skin treatments
dewybabyi had the same problem to!! horrible under makeup! maybe try the glossier super pure serum. it light watery texture.
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2 main products that helped rid me of pimples!
As I’ve already mentioned, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide have definitely helped my skin over the past 6 months. I wanted to post this photo to show that your skin can definitely improve with time. I never thought that my listening my skin and spending that bit extra on my skin care routine, my skin would never look so good. People, take the time and listen to your body! I could sit and say that my diet and drinking lots of water are what helped my skin, however I would be lying. Diet and exercise can only help so much. I would definitely invest in a good skincare routine and take the time to do you routine morning and evening. Be kind to yourself and remember you are beautiful no matter what, skin doesn’t define you 🥰
Patch test new products!
Hi All! I just wanted to remind you to patch test new products even if you don’t think you will have a problem. I bought two new items from The Ordinary. I bought The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution I had heard that the peeling solution caused some problems in people with sensitive skin so I decided to try a patch test. And while I patch tested on one arm, I figured I would patch test the niacinamide serum on the other arm while I was waiting. I didn’t think I would have an issue with the niacinamide serum because most reviews said it was safe for sensitive skin, but since I was already doing it I figured why not. As it turns out I have no problem with the peeling solution after 10 minutes. So I washed it off but I left the niacinamide on (as per the instructions). As I was watching tv my arm starting itching. At first I didn’t think anything of it but when I looked I noticed where the niacinamide serum was applied was a little pink. I took a shower to get it off but even so the pictures show my skin getting very irritated. I’m so glad I patch tested and didn’t put the niacinamide on my face before bed, who knows what would have happened if I left it on for awhile and on my whole face 😱 I also used the peeling solution for 10 mins on my face and it definitely minimized my pores and evened my skin tone, so I am very happy with that purchase! All in all, just remember to patch test before using new products! It only takes a little bit and will save you from having a skin disaster!
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🌜Best products for oily-Combo Skin!🌛
Cleanser: This cleanser is amazing for oily skin it’s kinda like the Cerave SA cleanser but this on is just a bit strong than that one. Anyways this cleanser by the Inkey list has salicylic acid which if you don’t know what that ingredient is or what it does keep reading. Salicylic acid goes deep within your pores to get all of the excess oil, sebum, and dirt out of you pore so your skin can Thrive! This cleanser can be used on Oily-Combo skin. And It doesn’t have hash cleansing agents. It is such a great cleanser and it’s only $8! THE inkey LIST - Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser Serum: This is niacinamde serum from Naturium and if you don’t know already niacinamde is great for Regulating sebum production. Which can help with your Oiliness and niacinamde is just great in general. It has many benefits like brightening the skin, calming the skin, and it can help with dark spots to. It has many other benefits but these are the main ones I know. This is also made from one of my favorite beauty youtubers her name is Susan Yara she is a mother of of two beautiful children as well. NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% Moisturizer: And I know I know that some people with oily skin think they don’t need a moisturizer. Because their skin already produces a lot of oil and a moisturizer is just gonna make it worse. But that’s actually not true what happens when you don’t use a moisturizer is your skin has to produce even more oil to make up for the lost of moisture. So your skin basically produces even more oil to protect your skin because your not using a moisturizer. Also not all moisturizers have to be thick there’s something called a Gel moisturizer which is very light weight and isn’t thick and heavy if you have oily skin. One of my favorite gel moisturizers is ($15) íUNIK - Centella Calming Gel Cream this product is amazing for sensitive skin! It has Niacinamde to help calm the skin of any irritation or redness. And so much plant extracts that are so beneficial for your skin! Might not be Enough moisture for combo skin though. If you do have combo skin I recommend CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin it’s an amazing product. ($11) Sunscreen: If you don’t already wear sunscreen please do! It’s the MOST important part of your skincare routine. You can literally have all of the best skin formulas but if you don’t wear sunscreen then it’s kinda wasteful. And you might be thinking “But sunscreen is so thick and heavy and always leaves a white cast on my skin!” Then you’ve probably only used drugstore sunscreen then. Not all sunscreen is thick and heavy and not all sunscreen leave white cast. So if you hate sunscreen then let me introduce you to Korean sunscreens! Korea in general is much more advanced then the USA. And I’m not suprised they have better sunscreens than us. It’s so light weight and doesn’t leave a white castPURITO - Comfy Water Sun Block
*UPDATED* PM skin routine 🌚
This is my pm skin routine, updated. This is my part 2 to my last post of my updated AM routine! 🌊HOLI FROG - Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash my boyfriend got me this for my bday, and I’ve used it 2 times so far. The consistency is perfect for what I wanted, I felt like I needed this for my stubborn hormonal acne. It also is unscented. So far, I like it a lot! ☕️ YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner when I exfoliate, this is my go to. I have a review on this in a previous post, where I go into more detail. 🍃NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% this is what I got instead of another TO niacinamide serum. I like this one a lot better, and I think it’s simply because it is formulated better. It doesn’t foam up like TO does, and it’s also unscented. It’s consistency and packaging is also better. The results are what’s expected from a niacinamide serum, and price wasn’t too bad for this serum either. 🍁The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG see my am routine post for details on this product. 🧬GOOD MOLECULES - Hyaluronic Acid Serum I like this serum because it’s cheaper like the ordinary, and it doesn’t foam up like TO did, but it still foams a little bit. It’s good enough for me, and isn’t scented. 🐘 DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream this is my night moisturizer, and I love this because it’s thick and hydrating. It feels nice on the skin, doesn’t have any scent, and makes my skin feel plump. It is expensive though, but DE always is. pmd - Clean Smart Facial Cleansing Device I got this in my subscription box, and I’ve been using it at night to wash my face. It has 4 vibration settings, I use the first and second one for washing my face. I do think that it helps with exfoliation, and using the other side of the tool is made for massaging in serums. I found that it does take a lot of extra time when using it for serums. I like this tool, it’s nice, but not necessary. More of a luxury item.
Why you need Niacinamide
Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinamide, Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly - *minimize enlarged pores *tighten lax pores *improve uneven skin tone *soften fine lines and wrinkles *diminish dullness, and strengthen a weakened surface I don’t think there is one person out there needing help in at least one of these areas!! Niacinamide + Zinc @ $6.00 This water-based serum is has a light gel texture that absorbs quickly and layers perfectly – loads of people rate it as a primer because it instantly makes skin super smooth. Ideal for oily skin, apply it twice daily and you’ll soon notice you skin balancing out. Plus, it has the added bonus of zinc, which helps with healing blemishes. Zinc aids in healing the skin and prevents acne by regulating the activity of the oil glands. Zinc promotes a healthy immune system and the healing of tissues. It is also an antioxidant which helps to fight and prevent the formation of free radicals. Niacinamide can aid in reducing inflammation, which can help with acne, eczema and other inflammatory skin issues. It also helps regulate our natural skin oil production. And the benefits just keep coming...Niacinamide can help slow down the production of Melanin and lighten existing dark patches of skin. Additionally, Niacinamide has been shown to boost collagen, improve skin hydration levels, and even strengthen the skin to protect against environmental pollutants. When working with Niacinamide you want to use it early on in your skincare routine. Always remember- “thinnest to thickest.” Niacinamide is a serum and think of serums as extra treatments that address individual skin concerns outside of regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. So Niacinamide should be after toning but before moisturizing. Like most skincare products you are not going to see immediate results. Visible results can take up to 8 weeks, although you may notice a change in your skins texture. I like to use a product for 2-3 months before deciding to keep on with it or move onto something else. For me, Niacinamide will always be apart of my skincare routine. I’ve noticed positive changes in my pores, reduced acne and overall I feel it pairs well with the other products I use, boosting their effectiveness. I especially like to add mine after Cleansing, toning and then applying it after my Hyaluronic Acid. Then I follow up with my other products. There has been debate whether or not Niacinamide is safe to use with Vitamin C, but more and more information is coming to light that it is indeed safe and the two actually pair well together. It was said that Niacinamide cancelled out the effectiveness of Vitamin C, but research now indicates that unless you have overally sensitive skin, the two can be used together. Just be sure to test patch an area of your skin if you are prone to sensitivity. (Some of my facts and info were taken from: www.healthline.com)
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
ALPHA ARBUTIN TO TREAT DARK SPOTS
So you might’ve heard of the new kid on the block people have been raving about, The Ordinary’s Aloha Arbutin 2% + HA. I honestly love how The Ordinary just chucks hyaluronic acid into so many formulas 🙌🏽 This product is great for alllll skin types. Alpha Arbutin reduces the looks of spots and hyperpigmentation. It's used at a high two percent concentration versus a standard concentration of one percent and supported with a form of hyaluronic acid for enhanced delivery. What a lot of people don’t mention is that this also contains lactic acid at a low amount to lightly dissolve dead skin and further assist in reducing dark spots. Overall this product didn’t break me out and worked well, but I definitely prefer to stick to using my retinoid instead for my oily and acne-prone skin! Btw I have a seperate post on my holy grail retinoid which you’ve probably never seen before! Check it out Pic by @skinpatrol_ on Instagram
The Ordinary-Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
Which Niacinamide Serum Is For You?
There are tons of niacinamide serums, especially now that niacinamide has been catapulted into popularity by skinfluencers on Instagram, Youtube, TikTok, and Cherie. But there are a lot- what’s the difference, other than cost? Well, it’s the ingredient list. • PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster is my all-time favourite niacinamide product. Niacinamide, a vitamin C derivative, multiple antioxidants (CoQ10 being one of note), soothing allantoin, calming licorice root extract, and a variety of humectants that include sodium hyaluronate. This serum is hydrating, soothing, and brightening, in addition to its regulating oil production and minimizing the appearance of pores. Nothing has helped my sebaceous filaments like using this and PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator . I recommend this for all skin types, particularly dry, sensitive, and/or mature skin. • THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum is as simple as they come, with a short INCI list that touts niacinamide, multiple humectants (like actual hyaluronic acid which is also soothing), squalane, and allantoin. It’s a no-frills formula whose price is hard to pass up. I’d recommend this for all skin types, especially sensitive skin that may want to avoid a lot of different ingredients, or dry skin which will enjoy the inclusion of extra emollients. • The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is a weird serum for me. I personally don’t like it and had horrible results- my skin broke out into tiny red bumps and felt itchy anytime I applied even the most diluted droplet of it. But I later learned it is the Zinc PCA in the product that can sometimes cause the skin reaction. That Zinc PCA is part of why this serum is amazing for oily and acne prone skin- zinc helps to balance sebum (oil) production and can reduce the occurrence of acne. So if your skin likes zinc, this serum is 5/5 stars for the cost! Those sensitive to zinc will want to skip, as well as dry skin folks since the combo of niacinamide and zinc pca can be a bit drying if your serum production doesn’t need balancing. What are some other products you’d like to see me compare? #CheriePartner
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
How I’m Slowly Introducing Retinol
What is retinol? 🔸 Retinol is a type of Retinoid, which are derived from compounds of Vitamin A 🔸 Retinol is the stronger OTC retinoid, whereas retinyl palmitate is less effective What does it do? 🔸 Retinoids work by increasing collagen production and increasing the rate of skin cell (keratinocytes) turnover 🔸 Retinol helps to improve your skin’s overall texture; it minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, evens out skin tone, and decreases pore size 🔸 Retinol can also help with blemishes and blackheads! What are some side effects of retinol? 🔸 Dryness, tightness, peeling, and redness 🔸 Retinol is not an exfoliant so the peeling that may occur is not a true exfoliation like you’d get with a glycolic acid; it’s just a side effect of the irritation. If you experience any of these side effects, don’t give up! It will pass. Your skin will soon tolerate the retinol/vitamin A ▪️ Because of these side effects I wanted to slowly introduce retinol and see if I could possibly prevent these from happening. How I Introduced Retinol: 🔹I cleansed my face, and then put a dollop of The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA onto my finger tips and then added half that amount of THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum 🔹I then mixed it together with my finger tips and applied it all over my face, including my under eyes, and down my neck. I did not add any other serums as I wanted to see how my skin would react. I have a normal skin type and found my skin felt normal; moisturized. I did follow with my niacinamide under eye cream by FAB. ✨One myth is that you shouldn’t apply retinol to your under eyes! Wrinkles and fine lines first appear around your eyes and retinol IS safe enough for your under eyes to tolerate. ✨I read online that mixing retinol with a hydrating face cream is a nice way to slowly introduce retinol. ✨Now that I’m in my early 30s I figured it was time to start taking care of those fine lines that I’m sure will be showing up soon. You can definitely start using retinol in your 20s even! Verdict: In terms of THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum the consistency is really nice! I don’t mind the yellow colour or the smell. The smell is faint; nothing too strong. This product is a slow-releasing formula and contains 1% stabilized retinol, 0.5% granactive retinoid, and squalane. I think this is a great starter retinol and the price is reasonable! I got this for $14.99 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart. I 100% recommend this product 🙂
The Ordinary-Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
The Ordinary 10% Niacinamide + zinc 1%
Niacinamide is great for reducing oil and sebum production in the skin. Niacinamide is also a brightening agent which will help calm down redness and irritation in the skin. The zinc will also help reduce redness and ideation in the skin. - I like to use this product a couple times a week. After using this product for about 4 months I have seen less redness in my skin. This product really helps my acne scars and I notice that the spots go away within a couple of days. I’m almost out of this product and I already have a back up.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Checking in here with my Vitamin C treatments! I want to give this guy right here 5/5. I love Vitamin C, but does it ever sting! And you’re sitting there, hoping the more it stings the better the results will be... you wanna make my hands stink for weeks after, sure.... I’ll take it all for beautiful skin. That’s not always the case as I am sure you already know 😕 When I say I have PIH, I mean I realllyyy do have the red marks all over my cheeks. Best part is, it’s a big challenge for me not to pick at the pimples and pores and create new red spots that turn into purple that turn into scars. Aaaaand it’s a never ending cycle. One thing I can say to anyone with a similar issue about picking at your skin - always have product/makeup/mask on your face so you don’t go picking at it. Or message a friend and have a simple conversation. Distract yourself. Remove every single magnifying mirror in your house. And let’s get to these Vitamin C serums to bring back your best looking self 🍋🍊 indeed LABORATORIES - Vitamin C24 Serum This guy is working very well for me. The tingling is not too bad even though the percentage of Vitamin C is high, I am assuming the hyalironic acid added in this formula is balancing things out and leaving the skin soft, I don’t follow up with a moisturizer after I apply this serum before bed. I like the price point for indeed products and my skin is loving every single thing I’ve tried so far. The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% certainly a nice product to have for a lower price point to try out how your skin reacts to this specific Acid. This was a starting point for me and I gradually built the percentage going from there. I found that this one doesn’t fully absorb and kind of stays on the surface of your skin, so you will end up rubbing it off on everything SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum very good.... very expensive. This is a great AM serum to wear under SPF and makeup. It goes on perfectly and doesn’t sting. If I ever save up enough for this product I would re purchase. It did not change my skin dramatically but it certainly makes your skin look even and luxurious. THE inkey LIST - Vitamin C Serum 30ml very good, very cheap. This is a great product if you are on the budget, but you will need to purchase yourself a bottle of hyaluronic acid because this baby feels hella spiky. When I first put it on (even though I have been using Vitamin C for months) it felt like there was a thousand tiny needles poking through my skin. I followed up with Hyaluronic Acid immediately and the tingling went down. All in all, Indeed Vitamin C serum is worth a try for a pretty good price. My combination skin is loving it. Please drop a comment and tell me about your fave Vitamin C serum! For all my babies with acne scars and hyperpigmentation, i hope you are reading this and I hope you know you are beautiful! ♥️💫
The Ordinary-Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
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