Should we give products a second chance?
Do your products don't seem to work? Do you stop using them and then later after few weeks give them a second chance? Do some products work at all for you? When is too soon to know certain product isn't working? I dealt with these questions for months before finally able to answer them. I am a skincare ingredients learner, I am studying ingredients, skin science and skincare products formulation for more than a year and everyday I learn something new. The products I'm talking about and shown in picture are the ones that didn't work for me in the first run. I stopped using them and I realized I like the ingredients, like the formula, I know certain ingredients show result on my skin then why isn't these working? So, I gave these a second chance and Vola! I actually liked them! And not only liked, some of them quite actually worked amazing in giving me good results! These products may not be the exact same ones that need second chance from you but I believe if you have similar skin like me, this will be helpful. 1. Tonymoly AmpoulesTONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Poresole Ampoule
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Ingredient-centric skincare brands
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These two products for Broken barrier ❤️
These two from @pureheals work as a power combo for anyone who experiences some disruption in skin barrier. I have experienced great improvement in skin, it helped in fast healing and smoothening out the rough texture on skin. Pureheals is a korean brand which speaks for the quality of their products. Centella 90 Ampoule PureHeals - Centella 90 Ampoule is purely a Centella Asiatica product. If you don't know what Centella Asiatica or widely known as Cica is, it is a plant based ingredient that's used in skincare to soothe and calm the inflammation. It also helps in reducing redness or any type of irritation on skin. It is mostly hypoallergenic which is why it's added is many calming products Asian countries. This Ampoule is a bit potent as it has 90% Cica in it. But if used moderately and with the Propolis mask it works amazing. Benefits: ✨Skin irritation tested. Uses EWG green grade ingredients. ✨Contains 90% of Centella Extract to soothe irritated skin for a healthy radiance. ✨Reinforces collapsing skin barrier with Ceramide NP to protect skin. ✨Fortifies skin moisture barrier to protect skin from the external aggressors. ✨Contains Adenosine to improves fine lines and Niacinamide for skin brightening. The watery consistency is very lightweight and gets absorbed quickly. Also, it feels quite cooling and Hydrating on skin. The Propolis 80 sleeping mask PureHeals - Propolis Sleeping Pack is another great product from their line. First off, it smells exactly like Manuka honey, and it's texture is nothing but honey. But it's a well formulated skincare product, doesn't feel sticky or heavy on skin. It glides on skin like gel and feels absolutely cooling and soothing. It has 80% Propolis extract which is rarely available in its pure form. It is usually obtained from beehives and contains bee products. Bees use propolis to build their hives. Propolis is used for diabetes, cold sores, and swelling (inflammation) and sores inside the mouth (oral mucositis). It has skin healing and anti-inflammatory properties for so many skin concerns. A broken or compromised barrier is another one. Think of it as a wound and the combination of Centella Asiatica and Propolis extract will increase the healing process as well as provide the necessary moisture and hydration to skin. I have Hormonal acne and whenever I get that broken, bleeding barrier, I use this combination overnight and it helps in healing my skin. Also, I use this mask on my dry patches and they tend to get softened. Benefits: ✨Contains 80% of Propolis Extract for skin moisturising and soothing. ✨Blends with 13 kinds of botanical oils for a honey-glowing skin finish. ✨Improves wrinkles with Adenosine and brightens skin with Niacinamide. Think of it as an amazing combination for sensitive skin. I truly enjoy these two in my routine.
Does 90% Centella Asiatica help?
Does 90% help??? The Answer is - Yes but it can be sensitizing as well. If not used properly it may irritate/ burn skin. 🌿Centella Asiatica (Cica) is very well known in the skincare community to be healing,calming and helping with irritation and inflammation. 🌿But what is Cica? Centella Asiatica is Asiatic/Indian Pennywort, is a herbaceous, perennial plant in the flowering plant family Apiaceae. It is native to the wetlands in Asia. It is used as a culinary vegetable and as a medicinal herb. The medicinal values and wound healing properties are known from ancient medicinal practices and values. The mention of this plant and it’s herbal and medicinal properties is found in Ayurveda (Ancient Indian Medicinal values) and Chinese Gotu Kola. The widespread clinical research speaks about it's quick wound healing properties and it is shown to increase collagen production and increased tensile strength in newly formed skin in the wounded areas. 🌿Now talking about how is it helpful for people with Acne? It works in similar fashion for compromised barrier with Acne, Sun damage and other skin concerns. It helps to heal the skin with rapid collagen production and elasticity. The Centella 90 Ampoule by @pureheals PureHeals - Centella 90 Ampoule has 90% Centella Asiatica ingredient and is relatively inexpensive for that concentration of the ingredient. 🌿Details of the product: ➡️Skin irritation tested. Uses EWG green grade ingredients. ➡️Contains 90% of Centella Extract to soothe irritated skin for a healthy radiance. ➡️Reinforces collapsing skin barrier with Ceramide NP to protect skin. ➡️Fortifies skin moisture barrier to protect skin from the external aggressors. ➡️Contains Adenosine to improves fine lines and Niacinamide for skin brightening. 🌿My experience and thoughts: ➡️Although Cica is known as anti inflammatory and antioxidant, for my Hormonal acne skin 90% Centella Asiatica is too harsh ➡️ The consistency is watery and absorbs quickly but I experienced slight burning on my face which was reactive to my skin and I was fine with it. As I'm sensitive I'm reactivate to few ingredients. This was one of them. ➡️ Did it help my inflammation and irritation? Yes. But at very mild level. Because of it's high concentration my skin was infact facing contact dermatitis so I started using very little amount and it helped. ➡️ I like @elemis Cica hydration juice ELEMIS - Superfood CICA Calm Hydration Juice better than @pureheals one. ➡️ I believe if anyone who has redness and active inflammation, they can use two- three drops and get the benefits of this. ➡️ Niacinamide and other ingredients are perfect in this formulation and they definitely help with hyperpigmentation. Do you like Centella? Which products do you like and helped you?? Let me know! ❤️
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Beat Acne With This Simple Guide
( This is not my photo but I have tried most of these combos)✨ Comedones: these are flesh or white colored bumps (usually most common) Bakuchoil: gentle alternative for retinol. THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer Azelaic Acid: amazing acid (I just reviewed). Great for acne and pore exfoliating! The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% Granactive Retinoids: lower irritation than retinol (less strength) The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (I find using Differin gel can help to but it can be irritating and shouldn’t be paired with other active ingredients) Oil Production: Niacinamide: vitamin B3 that helps with oil production (especially paired with Zinc) The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Bacteria: Bakuchiol Azelaic Acid Inflammation Niconamide (best as serum) Bakuchoil (best as moisturizer) Azelaic Acid (better in cream form (especially if you have sensitive skin) Granactive Retinol: (better as serum) Remember to always layer from lightest to heaviest! My personal routine for active acne: Morning ☀️ Cleanse Tone Serum (The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% in oil areas) Treat (The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% everywhere) Moisturize Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (great for sensitive skin and when mixing actives) Evening Cleanse Tone Serum (The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% in oily areas) Treat (DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel ) Moisturize CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion mixed with Cliganic - 100% Rosehip Oil ) I have used alternative retinol, but I found my skin to get used to it and I wanted something stronger. If you mix these products together (as suggested by the guide) stick to granactive retinol and using bakuchiol. Less chance to experience irritation.
Kardashian’s Youth Secret
Kim Kardashian says she swears by a $10 serum to keep her skin looking youthful, and I add it to my 20s anti-aging weapon list. I'll just put it out there: I'm 23. I used to feel like I have a few more years before I start to worry about signs of aging. I was not overwhelmingly concerned about crow's feet, sagging skin, dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines, or any other signs of aging. The truth is, I was wrong. 🌟Early 20s = Prevention 🌟 At this stage, the goal is to prevent the onset of ageing. This is the best time to form good skincare habits that are consistent and effective. The Must-have thing for anti-aging, I would definetly say a RETINOL product. I‘ve mentioned a million times how much I love retinol. They are the one thing that’s actually been proven to treat the skin, to build collagen, but also to reverse photoaging. Pick a mild, over-the-counter retinol product that is not irritating or too exfoliating and start using it every other night, and you can mix a little moisturizer with the retinol to make it more tolerable. I've seen a beauty interview about Kim Kardashian, and she says she swears by a $10 serum to keep her skin looking youthful. Just as obsessed with The Ordinary as the rest of us. Kim Kardashian West also shared her favorite beauty products for slowing down the aging process. One of the products is the surprisingly affordable —— The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion It's a retinoid active, part of the family of age-defiers that helps reduce wrinkles. While retinoids (a.k.a. a vitamin A derivative) often get a bad rep for being irritating, The Ordinary's formula is designed to make the serum gentile while still being effective. The $9.80 serum claims to brighten skin and even out texture. I've been using it for a year now and I love it. The price is so good, and the results are even better. My skin is super soft and got a new glow. The deep scars on my chin are almost gone. I even think it slightly smoothed my laugh lines. I am amazed! At first I used this about once a week, but now I'm using it every night. I start with a hydrating serum/lotion and then I add the retiniod. After that I apply facial oil and moisturizer to make sure that my skin doesn't get dry. I only use it in my evening skin care routine, and in the morning I apply sunscreen to protect my face. My skin is quite used to acids since I've been using . But this product gives much better results at a much better price point. Totally worth a try! Extra tip that you should be doing at any age: your neck should be part of your skincare routine! It is a thin layer of skin, that without appropriate care, can be a telltale of your maturing age. Always pat your moisturisers and serums onto your neck. Sharing is caring.
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Neutrogena water gel moisturizer: does it work?
I saw this moisturizer everywhere decided to give it a try. I got the water gel because it’s recommended for oily skin but every skin type can use it. Here’s my opinion and experience so far: Neutrogena - Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer ￼ ￼It has a scent, may be natural but there’s a smell to it so not too happy about that ￼ ￼Gel consistency which is ideal for my skin type, but it’s pretty thick, it took a bit for my skin to absorb it, longer than my Cetaphil - Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 Unscented ￼ ￼I used it after my retinols and felt a burning sensation which I hadn’t felt before while using them, nothing crazy and it didn’t really irritate my skin but not sure if there are some ingredients in both that don’t work well with each other. I use The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalanefor my eye area and The Ordinary - Retinol 0.2% in Squalanefor the rest of my face ￼ ￼claims to be non-comedogenic but has a few comedogenic ingredients such as dimethicone Overall it’s a nice product but honestly I feel like I could get a much better k-beauty product with more benefits for the same price. I will finish it probably but won’t repurchase.
Bringing to you The Ordinary (@deciem) for my #FriyayFaves and I mean who doesn’t love seeing The Ordinary on their feed? I know I do!Featuring:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane: I absolutely adore this product, it has truly changed my skin for the better. This is suitable for my dry/sensitive skin which is amazing because sometimes it can be hard to find things that truly work for my skin. And its great for anti-aging.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1%: On top of having dry/sensitive skin, I have mild acne-prone skin (occasional mild cystic acne). This product as many of you may know, reduces the appearance of blemishes and congestion overtime, and it does exactly that for me! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨”Buffet” Serum: This was the very first product I ever tried from The Ordinary and I genuinely loved it. I am on my 5th bottle now. This contains many different peptide and probiotic complexes as well as hyaluronic acid complexes that help target skin aging! My skin seems more youthful looking and glowy and I notice the difference whenever I don’t use this! I am looking to try the “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%, if you have ever used that before, please comment how it worked for you and if it’s worth giving a try? ❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ✨ AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution: Ok, so. At first I hated this product. Let’s be real, if you have dry/sensitive skin.. this will burn as hell when you put it on. The first time I ever tried this, I couldn’t even bare keeping it on for more than 3 minutes. My skin felt itchy, hot and it was just overall not a good feeling. Fast forward a few months later, I love it. I realized I needed to build a tolerance to high % of acids before using this again. Once I started to commonly incorporate different AHA, BHA to my face on a more so regular basis, my skin is now loving this product! I wake up the next morning after use, and my skin is GLOWING & feels so smooth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Let me know what @deciem products you like below. 🌱 #TheOrdinarySkincare
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Hyram Approved😍The Ordinary or The Inkey List? Which is the BEST?
The Ordinary and The Inkey List are getting a lot more popular recently because of how affordable they are. In this post, I will give you the answer from Hyram through the ingredients evaluation and his own experience. Niacinamide: treats so many skin problems, such as redness and sensitivity, dark spots and hyperpigmentation, controlling the oiliness in the skin, etc. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%($6) VS. THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum ($7): Ingredient Winner: The Inkey List: in addition to Niacinamide, it contains a lot more incredible ingredients, like Radish Root Ferment to soothe sensitivity, Squalene to hydrate the skin, Sodium Hyaluronate is a concentrated form of hyaluronic acid, Soybean Oil to retain skin moisturized Experience & Performance Winner: The Ordinary: super lightweight and sinks into the skin easier, great for people who have combination to oily skin. Whereas The Inkey List product has a thicker consistency with a heavier layer on the surface of skin, great to dry to normal skin. You can choose any from them based on your own skin type. Retinol: a powerful ingredient to repair multiple types of damage within the skin, including acne scars, pigmentation, fine line, aging, sun damage, etc. The Ordinary - Retinol 0.5% in Squalane($6) VS. THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum($10)Ingredient Winner: Tied. The Inkey List claims to have 1% retinol but actually 0.5% retinol and 0.5% hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, with is an ester of retinoic acid (an extremely powerful anti-aging and repairing product)Overall: The Ordinary is better because of how many options of retinol at different concentrations they have for a variety of skin types. Retinol can cause a lot of sensitivity if you’re not careful with the concentration Experience & Performance Winner: The Inkey List: No heavy feeling, easy to spread, very effective but non-sensitizing. However, The Ordinary products don’t feel very easy to apply. Hyaluronic Acid: helps to hydrate and condition your skin THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Serum($8) VS. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($7)Ingredient Winner: Tied. The Inkey List contains Peptides to help soothe and plump the skin, Glycerin to draw in moisture, and radish root ferment. The Ordinary has Ahnfeltia Cocinna Extract to hydrate the skin. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): brighten pigmentation and dark spots, protect against free radical damage throughout the day. While it is a very unstable ingredient, it could be very effective when it’s put in a stable formula. Ingredient Winner: The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone($7): It’s a water-free formula, but also has squalene, coconut alkanes, which is great for hydrating and moisturizing the skin. Experience & Performance Winner: THE inkey LIST - Vitamin C Brightening Cream($10): very lightweight on the skin, and Hyram never had sensitivity while using this product. Glycolic Acid: dissolves all the dead skin cells off the surface of your skin to make your skin glow and hydrated Ingredient Winner: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution($9): the primary ingredients have Glycerin, a bunch of different amino acids, and Panax Ginseng Root Extract to support the health of the skin Experience & Performance Winner: THE inkey LIST - Glycolic Acid Liquid Toner 100ml($11): no sensitivity reaction but still effective for exfoliating the face Cleaners: The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser($8)THE inkey LIST - Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser($10), THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm ($10), THE inkey LIST - Oil and Water Double Cleanser($10)Ingredient Winner: The Inkey List Experience & Performance Winner: The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm ($10): incredible for moving sunscreen, oil, and dirt from the face Moisturizers: Winner: THE inkey LIST - Hemp Oil Cream Moisturiser ($13): good for reducing redness; THE inkey LIST - Snow Mushroom Hydrating Gel Moisturizer($10): great for reducing sensitivity; THE inkey LIST - Multi-Biotic Balancing Moisturizer($13): great for healing the healthy bacteria count on your skin The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA($8): it is good but in comparison to The Inkey List it just doesn’t stand out Check the link below to watch more from Hyram, and let me know if you have any thoughts.💖💖 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Znd29c8mTo&feature=emb_title
2019-2020 skincare journey!
Hey girl hey! This is my first post on the Cherie app and I am so excited to share my skincare journey. Sis when I tell you it was a journey... girl. It was THE journey. My oily/acne prone skin and acne scars and I have been through it. We still have our days here and there. (Thanks Covid for making “maskne” a thing. 🙄) But we are FINALLY in a good place now. 😂 I’m excited to share my ride or die products with all y’all! Cleanser: URBAN SKIN Rx - Even Tone Cleansing Bar : Thank you tik tok for introducing me to this product! This overall is a great cleanser. It makes my skin feel squeaky clean after every use and I honestly think it has helped with my dark spots. However I give this 4 out of 5 stars just because I’ve been using it for a while and I miss gel/liquid cleansers. I’m thinking about switching to La roche or Cerave once this runs out. Morning toner: Glossier. - Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector I LOVE THIS TONER! I use this in the morning and has been a ride or die for me. Love the light pink packaging however the pump can be a little hard to use just cause it can spray everywhere if you cover the pump too much. But this toner has been a favorite of mine and will be a part of my skincare routine for a long time. Night toner: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ OBSSESSED. If I could use this in the morning, I totally would. But my skin would hate me so I reserve her for my nighttime routine. This toner is a GAME CHANGER FOR ME. I used to use my witch hazel toner and I regret those days. 😓 But I’m so glad I made the switch. This has helped with my acne and acne scars. 100% recommend to add to your routine! Morning serum: The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% : A vitamin C serum that finally works for me!!! I love using this as a serum for my morning routine. I’ve tried so many vitamin C serums including ones from the ordinary and this is the only one that has worked! THE inkey LIST - Caffeine Eye Cream : Eye bags who? This magic trick eye serum makes me look like I’ve had a good night sleep. The trickery of this eye serum? Sis. Buy this and thank me later. Nighttime serums: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% : ❤️ I call this serum my ol’ reliable. I love this serum so much that I bought the big boy bottle. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 : Another ol’ reliable serum. Get this serum for your own good. THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum : I use this twice a week and i can say bye Felicia to future wrinkles. THE inkey LIST - Vitamin B, C, and E Moisturizer : there’s a reason why this is sold out on Sephora. Buy it now. These products have transformed my skin for the better. If y’all want to see a in-depth skincare routine, let me know in the comments below!!
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Some old, some new favorites 🌈
New: I’ve been trying out the Fourth Ray - Reveal 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Serum and I LOVE it! My skin is soooo soft and smooth afterwards. The Milk MAKEUP - Glow Oil Lip + Cheek delivers a subtle, glowy color to your cheeks and lips and blends pretty well. The only thing is that it stains my sponges so that’s a bummer. Recently picked up the FARMACY - Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream with Acerola Cherrybut I haven’t tried it yet, trying to get through my other eye cream before I open this baby. Old faves: Neutrogena - Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer my go to moisturizer for oily, acne prone skin. I’ve bought soooo many over the years! PHYSICIANS FORMULA - Murumuru Butter Bronzer is my favorite bronzer, I think ever? It’s just so blendable, buildable and the perfect bronze for my skin tone.
Hidden gems: Fourth ray beauty’s Reveal AHA
Fourth Ray beauty is one such brand that mostly stands out for their cute, aesthetic packaging and their range of face milks! And ofcourse for they being cousin brand of infamous Colourpop cosemtics. I got these products to test whether they really do something for skin or not. I found these to be decently working except the mellow milk mist. I like this brand because of their ingredients focused products, such as their fruit/food based milks and serums. Some fruits like Pineapple and Papaya can be really great for skin. They have multiple Anti-oxidantd as well as Vitamins that help to target specific skin concerns. The only factor to look at is they need that particular extraction and formulation for those ingredients to work out of these fruits, most DIY recipes and extracts used directly on face will not give those benefits if not do any harm. I think Fourth ray beauty products are affordable and some of them might actually work great for your skin. I see people reaching for them mostly because they look cute and cohesive in their cabinet, but I think not all products or their face milks are necessary in your collection. The formula and the whole function if them is quite similar. 🍓I like the Strawberry milkFourth Ray - Strawberry Face Milk as it is quite moisturizing on face, I found it to be a little more on greasy side when it settles on skin. I like this milk when I need that extra amount of moisture. Apart from moisturizing, and slightly Hydrating I didn't see it doing anything. Which is quite expected as it doesn't have any Actives in it. Most of the Fourth ray beauty products are on soothing and calming side as they contain such calming ingredients. ✨This milk has : Strawberry Seed Oil, Marshmallow, and Lotus Flower this formula conditions skin for a softer, healthier-looking complexion. ✨All three main ingredients are for moisturizing and hydrating effects as well as they can be calming on skin ✨This smells exactly like strawberry smoothie so for someone who loves fruity smell in skincare, this is really good. I didn't find any harshly irritating ingredients apart from the added fragrance in this milk. This has tiny amount of alcohol (mostly for penetration purpose) but nothing that will dry skin out. Overall I think it is a good lightweight moisturizer for Oily/combination skin types, especially in Winter. 🍋Other tried and loved product is their Reveal 10% aha serumFourth Ray - Reveal 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Serum . I loved this serum as it works amazing on my acne prone, Sensitive skin. This has : Lactic acid , Glycolic acid and Strawberry extract. Lactic acid is second and Glycolic acid is fourth on their ingredients list which is really impressive. This serum is watery and doesn't irritate skin if used moderately. I truly enjoyed this serum. It definitely Exfoliates skin well, resurfaces the textural irregularities and lightens dark spots. If you want to try a different AHA serum on the market that won't break your bank, this serum is for 16$ for 30ml. I think you should definitely give this one a try! It's actually a hidden gem in AHA picks. 🍏Last one is their Mellow milk mistFourth Ray - Mellow Milk Face Mist which has some soothing ingredients but I found it to be a little greasy on me so I didn't grab it as much. Also it didn't really seem to be working anything apart from soothing and calming irritation. ✨This has : WhiteTea, Chamomlie, and Marshmallow Root for a soft and comforted complexion. Definitely soothing anf calming ingredients. This has milky texture which leaves a slight oily finish on skin.
Packaging affair : Ask me Skincare questions ❤️
Packaging affair!!! 🥰 Who's a fan of packaging and who loves to keep their boxes???! I absolutely love boxes and creative packaging!! ❤️ Here are some of the packages I love and these are so good to showcase some of your favorites 😍✨ Do you spot any favorites here?? If you have any question regarding any product feel free to drop down below! Also, I'm going to post about how I'm getting rid of my Acne scars and dark spots!! Products featured: Dr Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Gradual Glow Pad Self-Tanner for Face NATURIUM - Alpha Arbutin Serum 2% SUNDAY RILEY - A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum LANEIGE - Eye Sleeping Mask SUNDAY RILEY - Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream Perricone MD - Vitamin C Ester Citrus Brightening Cleanser SPONGELLÉ - French Lavender Fabfitfun SPONGELLÉ - Peony Flower Boxed Flower GLOW RECIPE - Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist GLOW RECIPE - Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist Terre mère - Aloe and Tea Tree Toner lavido - Patchouli Aromatic Body Lotion Fleur & Bee - Rose and Shine / Natural Rose Water Toner GLOW RECIPE - Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer GLOW RECIPE - Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Ampoule Moisture fresh - Soy Face Cleanser Jumbo BYBI - STRAWBERRY BOOSTER BANILA CO - Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original
Underrated Ingredient in skincare Part 1 : Panth
Panthenol is one of those ingredients you don't hear often like Niacinamide or AHAs and BHAs. Or even close, Hyaluronic acid. If you go through products you use in your daily life you'll find Panthenol (Vitamin B5) in many of them. ✨What is Panthenol? Panthenol is Alcohol analog of Pantothenic acid hence a provitamin of Vitamin B5. It's derived organically from plants and animals. Panthenol takes the form of either a white powder or a transparent oil at room temperature. You will sometimes see panthenol listed under one of its other names on ingredients list, including: -dexpanthenol -D-pantothenyl alcohol -butanamide -alcohol analog of pantothenic acid -provitamin B-5 When absorbed into the body, panthenol becomes vitamin B-5. Panthenol is found in our body already so it has so many other benefits when taken internally or applied topically. ✨What does it do? Panthenol AKA vitamin B5 is known as a humectant meaning it draws moisture from your surroundings into your skin and trapping it to increase moisture level when applied topically. It's also an emollient, a moisturizing agent that soothes and softens skin which is why it's added in many moisturizers and creams. It's an amazing ingredient when it comes to skincare, it shows other properties too such as anti-inflammatory. It can help improve skin’s hydration, elasticity, and smooth appearance. It also soothes: red skin, inflammation, little cuts or sores like bug bites or shaving irritation. Panthenol helps with wound healing, as well as other skin irritations like eczema. It's also benefitial for Hair and nails to make them strong, shiny and soft. ✨Is it safe? Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Commission on Cosmetic Ingredients have approved panthenol for use in cosmetics. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) classifies panthenol as “possibly safe” for general topical applications and nasal sprays. And it’s listed as “likely safe” for topical use by children. ✨Bottom outtake: Panthenol is a star ingredient for cosmetic formulators and chemists but it's not widely known. It's a great humectant so if you Pair it with Hyaluronic acid or Glycerin it works the best! This is why @theordinary Hyaluronic acid serum The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 has Vitamin B5 added to it's formulation of Hyaluronic acid product. Also the @innisfree Panthenol 10 Toner innisfree - Truecare Panthenol 10 Moisture Skin is an amazing toner to start your morning and nighttime routine with! I found @tonymoly Vita Moisture Ampoule TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Ampoule Moisture also has Vitamin B8 (Biotin) along with humectants like Hyaluronic acid. I really like Vitamin B5 in my skincare regimen, it's as good as Hyaluronic acid or the best when paired with it!L'ORÉAL - Hydra Fresh Toner Do you like Panthenol? Sources : 1. https://www.healthline.com/health/panthenol 2. https://www.byrdie.com/panthenol-for-skin-the-complete-guide-4770218
Niacinamide options for different skin concerns
Here are some great alternatives of Niacinamide serum for your skin type and need! I know a lot of you love The Ordinary's Niacinamide The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and I'm also in the same both with you. But I see many people complaining about how it's a little harsh, or drying on their skin. Niacinamide is a powerful Vitamin, it's vitamin B3 also called as Niacin. It's so good for oily/congested skin types, it brightens skin tone, reduces uneven texture and tone, controls sebum production and helps skin look smoother. Well it's all about it's formula. TO Niacinamide is great for anyone who is quite experienced in their skincare and know how to pair it well with other products like AHAs and Retinol without it pilling or foaming. But I've found some other Niacinamide products that may be right for your skin type and preference. 1. Naturium Niacinamide 12% + Zinc 2% serum (16$)NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% - This is by far the most amazing formulation out there in the market. The serum is so lightweight and non-sticky, non-greasy you'll fall in love with it. The results are exactly the same way you would get with The Ordinary Niacinamide serum. You'll see brightening, reduction in the look of pores and controlled sebum production. The main thing about this serum is it helps your other Actives less harsh and irritating on skin. It helps your skin tolerate them better. An amazing serum to add to your daily AM and PM routine. Although the percentages of both Niacinamide and Zinc in this one are different from The Ordinary, it hardly irritated my skin. It doesn't sting, burn or itch. You should definitely give it a try! Other two are very gentle form of Niacinamide. 2. Paula's Choice Skin balancing Pore reducing toner (21$)PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser - It's a Hydrating, watery toner that contains Niacinamide, Chamomile & Burdock root extract, Hyaluronic acid & Ceramides. This toner is very gentle yet effective option for those who doesn't like the heavy feeling of a Niacinamide serum. It's quite Hydrating and preps the skin for your next skincare products. As it has Chamomile and Burdock root extract it's very soothing and calming for irritated and inflammed skin. It's the best for sensitive skin types. 3. Tonymoly Vital Vita 12 Brightening Ampoule (20$) TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Brightening Ampoule - This is an Ampoule means a more potent form of serum which deliver ingredients at higher concentration to your skin. I like this one as it has Vitamin B12 and Niacinamide, very calming and brightening vitamins. It's very lightweight, thin watery consistency perfect for people who qant a little more than a toner. They have all kinds of Ampoule for different skin concerns. I have most of them and I like them. Tbis one is very gentle, non-irritating yet effective. Which one would you like for your skin?? ❤️
On the Path to Success!
Added Lactic Acid to my skincare and I'm loving it! Always looking for suggestions, of course, but as of now, I think I'm headed towards happier skin. Right now my routine goes; Double Cleanse: 1) Bioré - Witch Hazel Pore Clarifying Cooling Cleanser 2) BURT’S BEES - Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream Acid Peel: (PM ONLY) 3)The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA Serum: 4) TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Poresole Ampoule (AM) 5) The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' (PM) Moisturize: 6) Clean&Clear - Share ESSENTIALS Dual Action Moisturizer
Should I make changes?
I've just started to really get into skincare, and have designed a routine that I think is doing me better? I'm looking for suggestions, I have sensitive, acne prone skin that burns super easily in the sun. I have improved the quality of my skin with the changes I've made from just cleansing and moisturizing to adding in some serums, but I just wonder if there are any products that might be helpful for me. I'm a college student looking for more budget options that I can get at a local Ulta or possibly even Target. Please leave suggestions!!
When I first started taking care of my skin pt 1
I didn’t know how to use most of these products or how to do the research to find what is right for my skin and what isn’t. This review is a colored skin friendly one and some of these may not be applicable to anyone else except for those with colored, sensitive skin. As all my melanin producing babes might already be aware, we have to be very careful of hyperpigmentation happening literally anywhere at any moment for no reason. That’s what got me into really taking care of my skin, that and the fine line I was starting to see on my forehead. The products shown on here were the result of Instagram, my grandma and lifestyle choices. Some of these I still use, others not so much SheaMoisture - Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil I used to only wash my face with soap at nights because I had very long hectic days, the oil to milk formulation was perfect for me and I thought the smell was heavenly. However, it always left my skin feeling dry. I used to believe that means it throughly cleaned my skin, which is not true. Oil to milkformulations are great for sensitive skin types but this particular one was too harsh for me. Also, I recently learned how bad fragrance is for your skin. It sensitizes your skin leading you to develop allergies to fragrance as well as other ingredients in skin care products as your skin ages. The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG I liked to follow the face cleansing with the caffeine solution for my dark circles, I have had them since childhood and they never seems to go away. It may as well just be part of my face at this point. I had really high hopes for this ordinary product, as most of them are raves about. It did nothing for me, that may be because my dark circles seem to be permanent so I don’t want to bash the product. However, I think this could really be skipped and there would’ve been no difference in how my skin looked. PACIfICA - Gem Serum Radiant Drops This serum was the most beautiful thing to look at, the mica made it magical in appearance. My skin started to look slightly brighter as well, initially I didn’t understand what it was supposed to do, I still don’t completely understand how a glitter serum will make my skin brighter but maybe the placebo effect worked here? It had no strong fragrance which I appreciated and made skincare fun because it made me feel like a fairie Princess. TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Synergy Ampoule I used this mostly during the day time and it did nothing for me. I also feel that vitamin c products just haven’t reached that point where vitamin c is stable enough to even have an effect. This may not be the case with a rare few but why take the risk when other ingredients like niacinamide and retinol can deliver the same effects but more efficiently. I will create a part two because I have run out of words haha..
Current morning routine
I’ve never really been a big fan of Vitamin C because of how unstable I have found it to be, honestly I don’t know if I will be using Vitamin C in my routine after I use these up. I want to simplify my routine, and by simplifying I mean reducing the number of products and thus ingredients on my face, which will hopefully increase the efficacy and thus I will see better results in the future. Right now, I am using Vitamin C because it is said to be very efficient in helping protect the skin from sun damage and consequently boosting the effects of the sunscreen. DERMA•E - Vitamin C Concentrated Serum As soon as I wake up and rinse my face, I apply this serum first. It smells amazing, citrusy. It’s a good texture, a thin gel which dries quickly on the skin, you definitely feel it seeping in your skin. TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Synergy Ampoule The ampoule is like any other, watery and it gets a bit sticky as you pat it into your skin, I believe the heat of palm does that! I brought this on a whim but I don’t feel like it was wasted money. It has a good texture and does a good job supporting the effectiveness of the Derma-E serum. The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Alpha Arbutin is said to be very useful for pigmentation, the Hyaluronic Acid is an added bonus. Fantastic product. Does what it is supposed to. Kiehl's - Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C I like to mix this with my face cream because it’s too oily to use on its own. I think it does a decent job hydrating my skin, and I have noticed an increase in how quick my skin fades. Kiehl's - Ultra Facial Cream I feel like it’s a pretty basic moisturizer, I have no problems with it. I just feel like I could get the same benefits from any other moisturizer for much less. Neutrogena - Clear Face Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 55 The sunscreen is absolutely wonderful, just wish it didn’t burn when it got in my eyes. The price point as well as the matte finish make it an absolute go to product! (Also makes for a phenomenal primer)
INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: Niacinamide
I’m sure everyone these days have heard about the benefits of niacinamide ☺️ this big word is a key ingredient in many products that boast big promises for your skin, but what does it actually do? Well let’s break it down... Niacinamide is a great ingredient because it is beneficial to basically any skin type 😲 Yes you read that right... EVERY SKIN TYPE! Due to the ingredient being a relatively low irritating active, it can be used to treat a large range of skincare needs 😍 Niacinamide can help with skincare concerns like: acne pores hyperpigmentation dehydration redness aging Sounds promising right? Let’s hear more 🥰 Niacinamide can be used to: minimise fine lines and wrinkles increase ceramide production minimise pore appearance treat redness with anti-inflammatory properties boost collagen production by repairing the skin barrier and increasing free fatty acid levels in the stratum corneum (top layer of the skin) treat hyperpigmentation and melasma by inhibiting melanin production regulate sebum production and improve oily/acne prone skin increase skin’s tolerance for retinoids ease symptoms of eczema With these amazing skin benefits, it’s clear to see why niacinamide has become a reputable ingredient in skincare. 😍😍😍 Here are some product recommendations that incorporate niacinamide: ❤️ The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This is one of the best niacinamide serums on the market and considering the price point, it’s always sold out. You can see a noticeable difference in your skin after just one month of using this product. However, this serum does have a tacky finish that some people aren’t fond of. ❤️PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster This booster is great for beginners who are looking to introduce niacinamide to their skincare routine. To make sure your skin gets use to the ingredient, add this booster to your favourite moisturiser to supercharge it’s effects before gradually increasing the percentage of niacinamide in your skincare. ❤️PAULA'S CHOICE - Niacinamide 20% Treatment This higher percentage treatment should only be used by those who have incorporated niacinamide in their skincare for a period of time. Due to the high percentage, it may irritate skin that has not been introduced to niacinamide before. This treatment is great for spot treating particular skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation. Hope you’ve learnt a little bit more about the ingredient niacinamide and let me know if you’ve integrated it into your skincare routine!!
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
Niacinamide: My Favourite Ingredient
Niacinamide is one of my all-time favourite ingredients and it’s really not talked about enough. Niacinamide is proving to be a power player in skincare, managing to soothe inflammation, reduce redness, control oil production, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, even skin tone, improve texture, improve the appearance of fine lines, and improve skin radiance. It’s truly such a multi-faceted ingredient and I recommend it in all routines! Here are my experiences with some popular niacinamide serums: • The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% was my first niacinamide serum. It played a huge role in transforming my skin from oily to normal/combo. It also helped tons with my acne... until it didn’t. The zinc in this formulation is hit-or-miss, being a hit for most! But I found myself in the small population of the miss category, my skin reacting poorly to prolonged use. I still recommend folks wanting to try niacinamide on a budget give it a try at $5.90USD for 30mL and $10.60 for 60mL. •THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum came next, its $6.99/30mL price tag making it a good zinc-free budget alternative. This product utilizes niacinamide in a base of glycerin, squalane, and hyaluronic acid, focusing on light hydration alongside the touted oil control. The lip does get a bit clogged with crystallized product, but the applicator is convenient for travel. I enjoyed this serum, but the ingredient list is a bit basic. • PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster , at $44.00 per 20mL... I was hesitant to purchase this serum. But I’ve got two back-ups of this serum on the way, if that says anything about how “worth it” it is. It helped reduce the appearance of the sebaceous filaments on my chin, forehead, and the bridge of my nose, plus I experience less irritation from altering my skin routine than I normally would... and I find my skin just feels bouncy after I apply this serum- perhaps an effect of the absolutely stacked INCI list! Whereas the other formulas are bare bones, PC packs in CoQ10, vitamin c, and allantoin, boosting its anti-aging and soothing properties. If you can afford it, I’d give it a try! Its pore-minimizing results alone will keep me repurchasing.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
A quick review on the @peachandlily glass skin refining serum. 🍑✨ - A little about my skin first - it’s oily, acne prone, large visible pores and I have acne scarring as well as some hyperpigmentation. I’ve heard great things about this serum so I had to give it a try! Especially because it seemed like the perfect solution for all my skin issues - I’ve been using this product for a little over two weeks now and have seen such a huge difference on my skin! My breakouts have calmed down and pores are visibly less. Overall I’m seeing a brighter and more even toned face haha! I’m going to continue using it and hope that my skin only looks better! The serum is also super lightweight so it easily absorbs into your skin and gives you nice glow with dewy skin. ✨ - Anyone else tried it and like it? I’m hoping to only see better results! 😊
PEACH & LILY-Glass Skin Refining Serum
What is Azelaic acid, which brand?
If I could pick an ingredient that’s been a standout for my acne marks (the pigmentation marks left behind when acne is healing); it would 100% be Azelaic Acid! What is Azelaic Acid? It is a gentle topical exfoliant (so gentle I use it everyday & even combine it with my Retin-A). This is a direct quote from Paula’s Choice website! “It’s a mystery why some great skincare ingredients fly under the radar, despite research proving them more than worthy of your attention. Azelaic Acid is one of those ingredients! A great deal of research has shown that azelaic acid can significantly diminish the appearance of skin blemishes, help fade post-acne marks and other discolorations, refine skin’s surface, and reveal a more even skin tone. It can even reduce skin sensitivity and is compatible with any skin type. In short, azelaic acid is an ingredient you need to know about.” Which brand is better? I first purchased The Ordinary bc the price is much lower. I did not like the formula on this one. It has a dimethicone finish and it tends to pill with my routine. Even though it has 10% AA, I don’t think the formulation is that great 👎🏼 The Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid booster is my favorite product for hyperpigmentation!!!! It works SO good. Within 4 weeks my marks had faded significantly. It is a booster so it can be combined with moisturizer! I highly highly recommend this product. Paula’s Choice has sales often, so find it on sale. It is $36, but with the results it is worth it!! The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
The Ordinary Niacinamide + Zinc Serum Review
[PRODUCT REVIEW] Serum The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% What You Need to Know: Cruelty free Fragrance free Alcohol free Silicone free Nuts free Gluten free Vegan Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) 10% Zinc 1% My Personal Experience: I did not realize how much this serum has helped my skin until I ran out and stopped using it for a few days. My skin was much more oily and therefore dull as the sebum oxidized on my face. Now it’s a staple in my morning routine. This serum is lightweight, easy to spread, and creates an almost matte finish after applying. I do find that if I use too much it can become sticky or soapy. For me, 2 or 3 drops are enough for my entire face even plus neck area. I want to be transparent about my situation. I’m 23 years old, living on the east coast, with no major skin issues. My skin isn’t very sensitive. My main concerns are oiliness, enlarged pore at the center of my face (genetic + bc I’m oily), a bit of redness of my cheeks (mostly bc of acne in my teenage years) and occasional pimples. I use acids at night plus weekly more intense mask treatments so I’ve built up my skin tolerance for actives. I like this serum a lot for my morning routine because niacinamide is a multi-tasker and I like my morning routine simple. It is an antioxidant. It helps with pores and oiliness. Honestly that’s enough for me in the morning. I’ve used maybe 3 or 4 bottles of this with many moisturizers, primers, and foundations, and luckily for me it works under all of those. Since I started using niacinamide, even my asian mom began to compliment my skin once in a while 😳. I get pimples less often and my complexion is brighter. It can be a little bit dry during winter, like my skin feels tight after applying it. But as long as I switch to a more hydrating moisturizer or add something like hyaluronic acid it works perfectly. I do want to point out that this specific formulation contains zinc, therefore making it more suitable for people with oilier skin and pimples. Also, I have read that a lot of people find this formula a bit irritating. So if your skin is on the drier or more sensitive side, I’m not sure this will be the right niacinamide for you. There are a lot of other products on the market that has niacinamide. And there are a lot of people sharing their experience with different niacinamide products. If you’re interested in trying out niacinamide, there are a lot of resources online for you to read. Hope you find your perfect ingredient and product. ⭐️ Final Tips: I believe (after doing my own research) that niacinamide is quite stable and can be used both AM and PM. But wear SPF everyday. Always. ☀️ In terms of layering actives, there are a lot of resources online and you should always research for you own specific conditions to avoid irritation.🌱
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
battle of the acne serums!
✨ the lineup SEPHORA COLLECTION - Clear Skin Days by Clarifying Serum vs REVOLUTION - Targeted Blemish Serum 2% Salicylic Acid vs THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum ✨ My winner: Clear Skin Days Clarifying Serum while these three products are super similar and interchangeable (i have owned all three!) this serum wins because it is Vegan, Clean, uses only active and healthy ingredients, and gives you the most amount of product for the least amount of money. I would still recommend all three for anyone struggling with acne! Breakdown of Chosing ✨ the ingredients Clear Skin Days: BHA (salicylic acid) and hyaluronic acid, clean certified (4/5) Revolution: BHA (salicylic acid) and witch hazel, not vegan or leaping bunny certified (3/5) Inkey List: BHA (salicylic acid), hyaluronic acid, zinc, clean certified (5/5) Inkey List and Revolution tie! ✨ product use Clear Skin Days: clear serum, easy to rub in, no fragrance (5/5) Revolution: clear serum, goes white when rubbed on skin, have to wait for it to set in, no fragrance (3/5) Inkey list: clear serum, easy to rub in, no fragrance (5/5) Clear skin days and Inkey list tie! ✨price Clear skin days: $12 for 1.76 oz; $6.82/oz Revolution: $11 for 1 oz Inkey List: $10.99 for 1 oz Clear skin days is the cheapest and gives you the most product for your buck!
THE inkey LIST-Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum
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