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
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Which Hyaluronic Acid serum is the winner?!
I’ve been using both of these serums for the same amount of time (6 months-ish) and I’ve grown to love both of them because they each have their own perks. The Ordinary HA likes/dislikes: ❤️comes in glass packaging ❤️lightweight ❤️hydrates very well ❌ can be a bit sticky if skin isn’t damp enough The Inkey List likes/dislikes: ❤️ lightweight ❤️ less sticky ❌doesn’t come in glass packaging These two products are very comparable in pricing, formulas, and overall results. I love them both and use them daily!
Nighttime routine for combination skin ✨
Hi! I’ve been using every product reviewed for at least 3 weeks & my main concerns are fine lines, blemishes and post acne hyperpigmentation! Let me know your thoughts & recommendations 💕 Cleanser: I start with the BANILA CO - Clean It Zero 3-in-1 Cleansing Balm the 1st balm cleanser I’ve used & so far so good! This removes waterproof mascara to varying degrees of success but all other makeup gets blitzed with this. There is no real fragrance & I’ve not found it drying! Then I use the CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser which I’ve reviewed in my morning skincare routine post Exfoliator: 2-3 times a week I use the Neutrogena - Bright Boost Resurfacing Micro Polish which is the only AHA product in my routine. It has a physical exfoliant texture so I v gently massage it into wet skin and leave it for about a minute. I don’t experience any redness or tingling & my skin does feel very smooth after. I don’t use my retinol on nights I use this! Toner: On a damp face I use the LANEIGE - Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer which I’ve reviewed in my morning skincare routine post Serums: Then I use The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 followed by The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% which I’ve reviewed in my morning skincare routine post Moisturiser: I’ve been obsessed with CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cream ever since I got it. It has Urea (great for eczema) & salicylic acid so it’s very hydrating whilst also working against acne. I use this for my bikini line & any back acne I get (full review on my page) When I use the brightening polish I switch out the above for sukin - Facial Moisturiser 125ml so I’m not combining BHA’s & AHA’s. This is a solid, basic moisturiser that hasn’t broken me out & sinks in quickly. It’s rich in jojoba & avocado oil so I tend to skip face oils when I use this! Retinol: after using the neutrogena SA retinol for 6 months & seeing no results I switched to indeed LABORATORIES - Retinol Reface : Skin Resurfacer & Wrinkle Repair I’ve had no irritation & love the light texture. My skin has been feeling plumper & not dry at all. I’ve been using it 4 times a week while my skin adjusts to the higher %! I go over the bad hyperpigmentation with PALMER'S - Skin Success Anti Dark Spot Cream (I have the pump version to avoid air contact & contamination). This product WORKS. It has retinol & liquorice root extract but also seems to contain glitter? Bizarre. Then Neutrogena - Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream as I like a gentler formulation of retinol for the more delicate skin. This sinks in fast, doesn’t irritate & my dark circles have also decreased since using! Oil: finallyKiehl's - Midnight Recovery Concentrate an oldie but goldie. A great seal & smells 🔥🔥
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Peptides for all skin types for youthful skin
Peptides in skincare are so important and effective, they might not be one of those actives where you see your skin brightening, exfoliating but they definitely add up to your moisture game! ✨Know a little bit about Peptides: Peptides are amino acids that are the building blocks of certain proteins needed by the skin, like collagen and elastin. Using a serum or moisturizer that contains peptides can lead to firmer, younger-looking skin, and maybe even fewer breakouts. Peptides are generally considered safe, and while they’re a promising skin care ingredient, more research is needed on their efficacy. They're so effective in strengthening your skin barrier and giving that suppleness to your skin. For more youthful looking skin add it in your skincare routine along with Humectants like Hyaluronic acid and Panthenol. I've beein using this Bio-mimicking peptides by @katesomerville. Kate Somerville - Kx Active Concentrates Bio-Mimicking Peptides Serum I'll tell you shortly, I like it. This serum has high-performance concentrate with a signature blend of five peptides that work together to refresh and renew skin as it firms, smooths, and hydrates. ✨Highlighted Ingredients: - Complex of Five Peptides: Visibly improve skin elasticity, rejuvenation, and moisturization while reducing wrinkles and fine lines. - Chicory Leaf Extract: Acts as a natural alternative to retinol and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, pores, and skin roughness. - Mango and Banana Pulp Extracts: Improve radiance and luminosity while helping to smooth the appearance of wrinkles. No matter what your age and skin type is Peptides can be useful. Especially now as we are transitioning into our fall routine, you can add peptides either in serum, toner or moisturizer form and they'll definitely keep your skin moisturized. I always like to remember the key to softer, smoother looking skin is hydration and moisturizing elements. ✨My experience and results I saw: -This serum made my skin very supple at the end of the day. -I use it in the morning along with my @theordinary Hyaluronic acid and @innisfree Panthenol toner The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 innisfree - Truecare Panthenol 10 Moisture Skin - There is slight brightening and lightening experience. - It's fragrance free and has a little thick consistency but it absorbs well and quickly into the skin. - My tip is to use it when your Menstrual cycle begins, it will nourish and replenish the dull skin as well as strengthens it. Do you like peptides??
Innisfree Truecare Line
▶️ innisfree - Truecare Calamine 6.5 Cleanser - balanced gel cleanser formulated with calamine and tea tree to provide a soothing cleanse to the skin. This was a basic cleanser that effectively cleansed my skin without stripping it. Does contain fragrant ingredients that gives it an herbal citrus scent. ▶️ innisfree - Truecare Panthenol 10 Moisture Skin - watery toner that contains 10% panthenol, orchid, camellia, and green tea to hydrate the skin. This was my favorite product from the set since it’s a simple toner that felt weightless on the skin. It doesn’t leave a sticky finish, and I like to apply 1-2 layers to adequately hydrate my skin. ▶️ innisfree - Truecare PHA Toner Pad - toner soaked pads containing PHA, ceramide, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, and allantoin to gently exfoliate the skin. I’m not sure this did anything for my skin since I didn’t see any noticeable difference. It was very gentle though. ▶️ innisfree - Truecare AC Soothing Ampoule - watery textured ampoule that contains panthenol, beta-glucan, and propolis, to hydrate and soothe the skin. I wasn’t impressed with this since there was very little product in each packet, and the results were lackluster. ▶️ innisfree - True care Moist Recovery Cream - thick balm like moisturizer to help form a protective barrier over the skin. This was a nice occlusive cream for night use but again, this also didn’t really have any noticeable difference on my skin. Just a basic moisturizer. ▶️ innisfree - Truecare CICA Intensive Balm - gel textured balm that contains centella asiatica, squalane, arbutin, and green tea to protect the skin and improve skin irritations. This was a pretty nice cream that left a hydrating skin finish. I didn’t really notice a big difference with my skin though. ▶️ innisfree - Truecare Non-Nano Sun Screen SPF48 PA+++ - peachy tinted physical sunscreen that uses uv filter titanium dioxide to protect the skin from uv rays. This has a lightweight creamy texture that easily spreads across the skin. It leaves a nice skin finish with a glowy sheen. I didn’t like this because it leaves a gray white cast. Not suitable for darker skin types. I did like the mattifying effect.
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 Pink Juice Oil-Free 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 3-in-1 Cleansing Balm
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 TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Brightening Ampoule TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Synergy Ampoule TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Ampoule Moisture I love ampoules. They are more potent form of serums that are packed with ingredients which penetrate deep in skin and work their magic. But for some reason I did not like these ampoules from Tonymoly. They didn't do a thing for my skin. After weeks, I incorporated them again in my routine but with different moisturizer, sunscreens and toners and they started to feel better. I still didn't see ground breaking results from these yet but I really enjoy the formula of these amouples. It's lightweight, watery consistency that absorb quickly and doesn't feel sticky at all. I like to use these in the morning. 🌟 2. The ordinary RetinolsThe Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum Retinol is my go-to after Niacinamide. I love the results they give. The ordinary's Retinol in squalane oil was a big No for me. It was too heavy for my liking and didn't work. Then I gave it a second chance and used it along with Niacinamide serum in my routine. Of course it's oil so it goes at the very last in your night time skincare routine and it's actually great! It is very gentle, you will have to use it for 2-3 weeks atleast to see any results. Granactive Retinoid emulsion is my most favorite formula. It not only works amazing in just one use but the milky texture gets absorbes very quickly and feels amazing. My skin feels super soft and less textured the next morning. ( I have oily, Textured skin so I really like results of products that reduce that) 3. Centella Asiatica PureHeals - Centella 90 Ampoule If you're Acne prone or have sensitive skin in general, this ingredient must have been hyped a lot about in your social life. It's actually an amazing ingredient that works amazing in reducing redness and inflammation. It's calming soothing as well as hydrating. So what went wrong? It irritated my skin. It started to burn and itch a bit and I didn't feel it calming at all. Then I used it in less amount. Just three drops for entire face and I liked it! It works better if you consistently use it for 3-4 weeks. 4. Fourthray beauty Reveal. Fourth Ray - Reveal 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Serum It's an interesting one. I love AHAs. This was the first product that had both Glycolic acid and Lactic acid so it was quite harsh at first when i started to use. But, later when my skin could actually handle AHA and their high potency I started using this again. I loved it! It worked amazing. It gave well known AHA results, skin felt smoother and it reduced texture and hyperpigmentation. 5. Fleur and bee Fleur & Bee - Nectar of the C / Natural Vitamin C Serum This serum is supposed to work slowly so my bad that i felt it did not work at all. It does work if you use it for weeks. Simple as that. Some products do take time than others,this is one of them. I like the feel and tecture of this Vitamin C serum It's an affordable option for anyone who wants a good Vitamin C serum. Let me know do you give your products a second chance? ❤️
Vitamin C is one of my most loved ingredients in skincare products. ⠀ So today is a bit of useful information about Vitamin C in form of LAA. ⠀ 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈𝐬 𝐋-𝐀𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐛𝐢𝐜 𝐀𝐜𝐢𝐝 (𝐋𝐀𝐀)? This is vitamin C in its most potent form, and LAA has the most research backing it to show effectiveness. However, it’s less stable than other forms and can cause skin irritations in high doses. If you try it, and your skin is cool with it, then this is your best bet for results. ⠀ 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 Boosts Collagen Production Fights Free Radical Damage and Signs of Aging Brightens Dark Spots Helps Protect the Skin Against Sun Damage ⠀ 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 I prefer to use gentle acid toner before LAA serum to lower PH. This helps with better absorption as it reaches the deeper layers of your skin for max results. ⠀ Then I wait 15 minutes for the serum to completely absorb before moving on to other layers. ⠀ ❗️I always recommend that you do a patch test because this concentration is high and can cause negative reactions (such reactions and irritations include redness and tingling). ⠀ Remember that you may not see immediate results. It could take up to a few months to see if it’s working. ⠀ 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 The color change indicates that the Vitamin C has oxidized and it’s lost its ability to do anything of use and it has the opposite effect = it becomes oxidizing on skin! ⠀ 👉🏻 Don’t forget to save this post, I am sure it will be helpful in the future😊
The Skin House - Marine Active Serum PR| If you are looking for a hydrating and moisturizing serum, this is a good one to try! This serum is jam packed with so many humectants (I counted 10!)! The product is also composed of a lot of soothing and emollient ingredients but watch out, there are a few ingredients that may cause irritation such as alcohol, castor oil, and fragrance. The alcohol did not have any drying effects on my skin whatsoever since it was being overcompensated by all the humectants. The scent is quite strong but it does not linger once the product gets absorbed by your skin. The texture looks and feels slightly gel-like but so easily spreadable. I only need 1.5-2 pumps to cover my face and neck. The serum layers well with all my other skincare steps. I’ve been reaching for this serum mainly at night when my face is craving hydration after wearing a mask for most of the day at work.
The Skin House-Marine Active Serum
Dark Spot Routine
After I wash my face with my Good Vibes cleanser I always use the hibiscus rose toner and superfood elixir. After I mist my face with toner, I wait about one minute before adding two drops of elixir to each cheek, one to my forehead, chin and neck area. Absorbs quickly and hydrates skin for a soft, glow that feels like so good. I have been doing this routine for about 4 months now and the fading on my cheek and chin is amazing. I have also not been using any peels, just occasional exfoliation with homemade scrubs. Earth Proof ELIXIRS - Turmeric Superfood Serum Earth Proof ELIXIRS - Hibiscus Rose Infused Vitamin C Toner Earth Proof ELIXIRS - Good Vibes African Black Soap
Earth Proof ELIXIRS-Good Vibes African Black Soap
KEEPCOOL - Keep Cool And Soothe Toner & Keep Cool And Soothe Serum. Both of these products are made with Bamboo Water which is high in minerals and amino acids, great at hydrating and calming the skin. 💛The Toner is a lovely water consistency, perfect for a couple of super hydrating layers in warmer weather. Also contains a TONNE of great hydrators including my FAVE RN Polyglutamic Acid. 🙌🏻 Which if you didn’t know already actually is 3 times more hydrating then Hyaluronic Acid!!! 💛The serum is another level good... this is a great all-rounder product which will hydrate, calm, soothe and heal. It’s been great used alongside my Tretinoin. With the key ingredient centella asiatica extract also know as Tiger Grass which helps to calm redness and irritation and repair the skin barrier. I love both of these product and reach for them often! they’re also perfect for ALL skin types...
Skincare routine on rotation: pixi rose tonic - gentle on my skin and not an uncomfortable formula. caudalie micellar cleansing water - also very gentle formula. beauty pie japan fusion step m2 deep treatment serum - I use this in isolation and not necessarily, always with a moisturiser as it performs so well in hydrating the skin without being overbearing. As my skin goes through the motion of ageing, I've found these products to be gentle but effective and trustable factored into my skin care. 💖
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