Breaking The Myth: Glycolic Acid & Retinoids
So there’s a thing going around that you shouldn’t mix glycolic acid (AHA) with Retinol (retinoids). ✨ (I will post links to medical studies done and their proven results) ✨ I will say that I have experimented with this for a few weeks and my skin has cleared up tremendously! I just incorporated the glycolic acid but my skin has been fine. I DO NOT have:
ACTIVE OPEN BREAKOUTS (few minor bumps here and there)
Dry Skin (I’m more combo)
”Active New Skin” (I have been using Differin Gel for 3 months Glycolic acid for 2 weeks. My skin is adjusted to actives)If you have any of those this might cause you irritation. 🚨I use this once-twice a week to treat small hyperpigmentation issues and texture irregularities.🚨 Why do professionals not recommend them together? Many professionals see that people experience irritation, sensitivity, and other issues. There’s also a concern that the PH level of glycolic acid will disrupt retinol. This research is outdated and done in a Petri dish NOT skin. There is room for irritation, which you would still experience.. using them separately! I also would not recommend if you suffer from any other issues as stated above, or to introduce everything slowly! My routine: Cleanser philosophy - Nature In A Jar Gentle Detoxifying Cleanser With Agave
Skincare myth busted
Oct. 14, 2020
skincarelover001Your skin is looking amazing! I’m thinking about adding differin to my routine. I’ve never use a retinol before and the only acid I’ve used is BHA. Do you think it’s a good idea to use differin?
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D.BennettThanks lovey 🥰 and I would use your BHA in the AM and the Differin Gel at night to start off. You might experience some retinization or purging with the Differins at the beginning. I have some post on my journey with it I recommend you to read 🥰🥰
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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 Niacinamide (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.
Clear Hormonal Acne iin 2-3 weeks ! (Routine) ✨l
So I’ve done a lot of post about acne and skin, so I thought it was time to show my results ✨ This is a no filtered photo of my acne progress. Hormonal acne? So acne is crazy unpredictable, but there is usually an identifiable trigger each time (Fungal, Allergic Reaction, Overproduction of oil, etc). Hormonal acne is usually identifiable by bumps on chin, cheek, jaw line, and sometimes even forehead. The numbers ￼This effects teens the most! 80% of teen acne is hormonal related. Why? Puberty of course! ￼55% of adults (50% of women) suffer from hormonal acne! Why? For women, we still are having our periods and now we’re in our “baby making years” (my acne is postpartum for reference). How to treat it! ￼￼Oil control: high level of hormones can produce excess oil ￼￼Cleanse daily ￼￼￼Acne topical treatment: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids My routine(I have combo/more oily skin) I TREAT MY ACNE AT NIGHT (focus on hyperpigmentation during my daytime routine) Cleanse: CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser I use this majority of my nights! It’s very gentle and hydrating without being overbearing CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin I use this 3 times a week! (Monday, Thursday, Saturday) it’s not strong at all ! It does dry my skin out slightly so I follow with my Toner & hyaluronic acid serum! Tone: PAULA'S CHOICE - Enriched Calming Toner this toner is AMAZING! It’s marketed for dry skin but honestly my combo/oily skin loves it. I use this every night no matter what ! Serums The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 I use this when my skin is dry from the SA cleanser The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% great for treating acne & oily skin. I use this every night and let it work in for 5 mins. Treatment DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel I use this as my treatment of choice. It took about a full month and a half before I saw difference (from purging and retinization) BURT’S BEES - Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Spot Treatment Cream I ONLY use this when I need to get rid of a terrible spot. I DO NOT USE this with Differin gel. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution I use this once a week only ! Do not use with Differin gel or Salicylic acid treatment! Moisturizer CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion Favorite moisturizer! I use this majority of my nights Cliganic - 100% Rosehip Oil I use this with my moisturizer! Great for acne control I also love to drink green tea with turmeric.
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DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR EYES AGE FIRST!! 😳😳
YEAH NO ONE TOLD ME THIS EITHER. I KNOW SO MANY CLIENTS AND FRIENDS WHO DO NOT TAKE CARE AROUND THEIR EYES, IT HURTS MY EYES! YOUR EYES AGES FASTER BECAUSE YOUR SKIN AROUND YOUR EYES IS THINNER. AND YOU NEED TO PROTECT IT JUST LIKE THE REST OF YOUR FACE. AMD PREVENT ANY SKIN DAMAGE AND SKINCARE CELLS FROM DEVELOPING. YES, YOU CAN GET SKIN CANCER ON YOUR EYELID OR EYE LINNER AREA. THESE 3 ARE MY HOLU GRAILS AND I COULDN'T GO WITH OUT THEM. SKINCEUTICALS - A.G.E. Eye Complex for Dark Circles SKINCEUTICALS - Aox+ Eye Gel #skinceuticals - physical eye uv defense [products]#[FiveStars] HAPPY SKINCARE HUNTING!
My Family’s Favorite Beauty Products (oh no..)
Hey ya’ll! Today we’re talking about my family’s favorite beauty products! My grandma is super into high end beauty, but both my parents describe themselves as “creatures of habit” and aren’t that into it. However, they all have products they love. The way this will work is they’ll share their favorite products and why they like them, then I’ll give my opinions on them based on their ingredients. Mom: LAYRITE - Natural Matte Cream in Medium Hold: My Mom says it’s able to tame her frizzy hair, while also not requiring her to use a lot of it. My comment: I talked about this product in my Best of Haircare 2020 post on Cherie. This pomade is strongly targeted at men, as a great pomade for mess free styles. The ingredients don’t show much, it’s pretty standard. It has vanilla fragrance oils, which is okay for a hair product, and it has brazilian wax. OLAY - Complete UV365 Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 : My Mom says that her Mom used to use this when she was a kid, and my Mom started stealing it. She fell in love with it, and likes that it absorbs quickly while not being greasy, and that the smell reminds her of her Mom. This is ironic because I always steal this from my Mom. Who knows when the chain will stop? My comment: This one I’ve also talked about on Cherie in my Best of Skincare 2020 list. This is a really basic nourishing moisturizer, that’s great for beginners. It’s alchohol and frangrance free, and quite affordable. #Bobbi Brown - Lip Color[products]#[FourStars] : My Mom says she discovered this while shopping in early February 2020. She says it’s super soft, lasts a pretty long time, and that it’s more of a brown color than a true nude. My comment: This lipstick is imfamous for not layering well, but is great from an ingredient stand point. #Aveda - Smoothing Fluid Lotion[products]#[FiveStars] : My Mom says she’s been using this for about 15 years. It also helps with frizz, and brings her hair a lot of shine. My comment: The best way to describe this product is like a serum for your hair. It’s a bit oily on your fingers, and smells like pumpkin pie. It has fragrance, hence the smell, but again that’s okay in terms of haircare. It has a fusion of oils, which seem to be causing the oily texture, as well as the shine. Therefore, I wouldn’t recommend this to people with oily hair. Other than that, I wish I could recommend it, but apparently Avenda discontinued this product :(. Dad: head & shoulders - Classic Clean Anti-Dandruff 2 in 1 Paraben Free Shampoo and Conditioner : My Dad says that he normally has bad dandruff, but this shampoo works to get rid of it. I think we can trust him on that, as he’s been using it for about 40 years. My comment: This product uses pyrithione zinc as it’s main dandruff fighting ingredient. Zinc can help prevent hair loss, clean your hair folicules, and reduce build up on your scalp. I wouldn’t reccomend this product because it contains large doses of both sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. These are known skin irritants, which can cause severe reaction to those with sensitive skin. #Paco Rabbane - cologne[products]#[ThreeStars] : My Dad says he tried it because his uncle used it, and he’s been wearing it for 25 years now. My comment: you can’t say anything about a cologne, I mean it’s all about the fragrance. #Irish Spring - Bar Soap[products]#[ThreeStars] : My Dad says he likes the smell. My comment: my Dad is so old he hasn’t graduated to liquid soap yet. Some side notes, people on amazon say it’s a great pest and deer repellent, as well as a great deodent. Who knew bar soap had a bunch of different uses? Grandma: OBAGI - Nu-Derm Toner : My Grandma says that she likes how calming this toner is. My comment: I overall don’t like this product. First, witch hazel is the third ingredient in this toner. Witch hazel can be irritating and sesitizing, and it also needs alcohol in it to be stable. Alcohol is also irritating. This product also has fragrance, and when I smelled it I thought on cinnamon. OBAGI - Nu-Derm Foaming Gel : My Grandma says she likes to use this and the toner together. My comment: This product is really bad. First, it contains a large amount of Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which I already talked about. It also contains unnecessary extracts, fragrance, and 5 TYPES OF PARABENS!!!! Parabens are believed to mimic the hormone oestrogen. “Too much oestrogen can trigger an increase in breast cell division and growth of tumors, which is why parabens have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.” According to Elle magazine and the Environmental Working Group. SKINCEUTICALS - A.G.E. Eye Complex for Dark Circles : My Grandma likes that this cream help diminish the appearance of her wrinkles. My comment: This product is okay. The ingredient list is fine, my only concern would be that it contains a pretty big amount of paraffins, which are known to clog pores. #skinmedica - the advanced serum[products]#[OneStar] : My Grandma says she LOVES this serum! She says it contains stem cell factors, and is really expensive but unbelievable. My comment: This product is really overpriced. It’s $295.00 for a 1 oz. bottle, and NOTHING on the ingredients list justifies the price. It claims to have anti aging complex’s, but if so, I can’t find them on the ingredients list. All I see is a list of cheap extracts, that are a form of fragrance even though they claim the product is fragrance free. Sorry Grandma, The Ordinary will give you better serums for $5. Save that $290 for something more important! Cetaphil - Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion : My Grandma says this is a good, simple moisturizer thats well priced. My comment: This is a good product! It has glycerin which is hydrating, it’s not overpriced, and it’s fragrance free! That was a roller coaster, but that’s it for today! Make sure to cheer this post to spread the awareness that no matter how long you’ve been using a product it might not be good. Follow me for similar content, and dm me @_sips_tea_ on Instagram to ask your beauty questions! -Mae
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I am shooketh😍😍😍 I didn’t expect to like this so much based off first impressions😳 Say hello to the @nooni_official Applebutter(doesn’t that sound bomb) lip mask😍😍😍 Okay so the only kind of lip mask I tried is the one from mamonde which was good, but this............ may be the one. It is so smooth and just glided on. It went on a little thick but it wasn’t uncomfortable. There is AHAs,Shea Butter, and Vitamin A,C and E😍 I have yet to try the laneige one but in due time.🤫nooni - Applebutter Lip Mask
Moisture Based Routine for Dry Skin 💨
So I have combo with oily t-zone. My cheeks and mouth area tends to lean to the dryer side especially when I use my Differin Gel or Salicylic Acid treatment at night. So in order o replenish moisture to my skin I used moisture based products. (In Order of Routine) CeraVe - Hydrating Face Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin this cleanser is gentle and leaves a very nice moistures clean effect. I use a full pump on my wet skin & work it in for 45 sec- 1 min. It’s has ceramides, hyaluronic acid, & CeraVe patented MVE Technology. All of these ingredients promote moisture. It’s also non-comedogenic, non-irritating & fragrance free Kiehl's - Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner i love this toner. It’s marketed for sensitive skin & it’s alcohol free. The only thing that’s a negative for me is the Blue 1 fragrance (known irritating dye) , but it doesn’t irritate my skin as much as if it was in a moisturizer. (I ran out of my Kiehl's - Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol Free Toner 😕) KORRES - H2Rose Hydrating Face Mist this is my favorite multi use spray! It has rose damascena flower water (antioxidant), hyaluronic acid, organs blossom flower water, & aloe Vera. It’s high in Vitamin C & you can even set your makeup with it. It has no silicones or dyes. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ** I only use this when I feel my skin is extra dry or I use a mask that left my skin feeling dry.** I use it while my facial mist is still damp for maximum absorption Seoul Ceuticals - 20% Vitamin C Hyaluronic Acid Serum favorite Vitamin C serum. (I have a previous post about this) The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA great for my dark spots and follows 15-20 mins after my Vitamin C serum. (I have a previous post about this to) DUFT & DOFT - Salmon Vgene Hydro Active Eye Cream this is one of my gentle eye cream that is very non irritating (I have a previous post about this) FENTY SKIN - Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen I said how heavy this was in a previous post, but I find it to be perfect for when my skin is extra dry. Always use SPF during the day nooni - Applebutter Lip Mask I love this lip mask more than Laneige . I use this day and night and my lips stay moisturized all day !
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My Differin Journey (9 weeks in and STRUGGLING)
Hi all, Around the first week of December 2020 I decided to start trying Differin Adapalene Gel to address my skin concerns. As some of my previous posts explain, I’ve struggled badly with oily skin, blackheads, extremely enlarged pores, and occasional acne, most of my teenage years and into my adult life (I’m 26 now). I have tried SO many products to try and help curb my issues (see previous posts for examples), and though they’ve helped a little, I’ve never been fully satisfied with the results... my skin is just stubborn! I decided to swap my retinol for Differin to see if it would target my issues a little bit better and JEEZ has this been a journey so far... So to be completely blunt, I’m discouraged. If you look at the attached photo, the picture with all the acne is me NOW. Yes, RIGHT NOW. The one WITHOUT explosive acne is my BEFORE Differin skin. Okay, now I’ll get into it... So it’s been about 9 weeks since I’ve started on Differin. In the beginning I noticed my skin was starting to feel really sensitive, which it never is. Any other product (Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, etc.) felt like burning when I put it on, which is incredibly strange for me. My skin has been consistently pink ever since. I immediately stopped using any BHA, AHA or any harsh acid while using Differin and made sure to SLATHER on reparative moisturizer to help repair my skin barrier. Basically my skin routine needed to stripped to the bare minimum. Throughout the weeks, my skin flaked and peeled excessively, especially with makeup on. It looked SO dry and awful and felt stingy underneath (still does). Then about 3 weeks in, the purging started. It started off slow and erupted to where it’s at now on February 11, 2021. Purge pimples are so strange compared to my sporadic cystic acne bumps I’m used to getting. Purging shows up in a big breakout cluster of pimples, mostly small (not always), but definitely painful and brutal looking for me. Over the weeks it just got worse and worse. I’m getting pimples all in the same place for the most part — my lower cheek areas. It has been tumultuous and my skin has never looked this terrible in my whole life. I’ve done my research on Differin, and everyone says it is completely normal for your skin to get worse before it gets better (for me, A LOTTTTT worse). I’m hoping this is true because I really want to stick this out — I’ve already gone through the worst of it, might as well wait it out a bit longer. If you’re interested in Differin, just be prepared for what you’re getting into! I’m sure this will all be worth it but wanted to share my experience and help others with the SHOOKness that may or may not happen. I will definitely share updates in the future with hopefully better results! Anyone try Differin before? Was it this hard? Did your purging last this long? Words of encouragement? Thank you!! DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel
Before and Afters still in progress....
I truly don’t like doing before and afters especially when it looks like there’s barely any progress but I promise you my skin FEELS so much better than it looks and I’ve seen some amazing progress! I’ve tagged the products I feel have helped the most recently. It takes patience but little progress is still PROGRESS 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
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🧼Rebuilding My Moisture Barrier💧🤍
It’s always a balancing act when it comes from skincare. 😅 at least for me! Haha 💧I’ve had adult acne and have acne-primed skin, so when it comes to finding the right products that don’t over-strip my skin but also keep my breakouts & acne under control...you could say it’s been a journey! 💧If you saw one of my recent posts about my retinol breakout 😪 I’m back to familiar territory aka flaky, dry, inflamed skin aka my moisture barrier is damaged. And with the colder months, I’ve been spending more time trying to repair it. 💧These are some of the products that have been helping me: 🧴COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence : I recently purchased this essence and have really loved the effects. I use it after cleansing and find that it helps when I use it when my skin is still damp! It’s made my skin so soft & since it’s an essence, it allows for my other products to penetrate deeper into my skin. I will say, for those who are not really familiar with essences (especially this one), many often have a gel-like texture that isn’t super typical in some products (slightly sticky & for this one, slimy). 🧴CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin : my tried and true!!! I’ve been layering this product on, especially at night after the essence. Day or night, this lotion is a must-have in my book. It doesn’t feel oily on my skin and the hyalauronic acid is such a bonus since this an ingredient that helps draw in moisture into the skin. 🧴Krave - The Beet Shield : WORTH THE HYPE! Love Krave Beauty and I LOVE the Beet Shield. The texture is amazing, super light and dried down pretty quickly without a white cast. It makes me WANT to put on sunscreen and not just feel like I NEED to. 〰️After cutting back on the steps in my routine, and feeling& seeing results, I’ve been reintroducing these products for gentler exfoliation!〰️ 🧼CLARISMA - Cali Dreaming Cream Daily Moisturizer : the Clarisma moisturizer is super light and something I’ll typically wear during the day. It’s gentle and I like to wear it on days I’m inside especially since it is a lighter moisturizer and when I’m outside in the cold, I prefer something heavier. 🧼CLARISMA - Malibu Blush Exfoliating Scrub : the most gentle exfoliator! The exfoliating scrub isn’t at all like other physical exfoliants. The Luffa fruit breaks down when you use it so no micro tears with this one. The enzymes used also provide such a gentler exfoliation unlike most harsh acids. It also doesn’t cause hyperpigmentation, which I’ve experienced in the past with acids. 🏹Let me know what’s helped you with repairing or protecting your moisture barrier! 🤍
Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines pt. 4
Hey ya’ll! In part 4 of Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines we’re reviewing @Raks and @juliachristine’s skincare routines. Starting with @Rakswho reached out to me via Cherie message because she started skincare about a year ago because of her upcoming wedding. She starts by cleansing with theThursday Plantation - Tea Tree Face Wash Foam which costs $8.99 for 5.1 fl oz. This cleanser is very basic. It has tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil. My issue is with the eucalyptus oil, which is a very irritating essential oil right up there with lemon oil and peppermint oil. If this doesn’t irritate your skin then it’s a great cleanser, but I can’t recommend it to those with sensitive skin. Then she goes in with 4 serums. First is thepura d'or - 20% Vitamin C Serum which costs $14.99 for 4 fl oz. This is a really good serum. It has aloe vera juice, glycerin, jojoba oil, and argan oil which are hydrating ingredients, and then it has hylaronic acid, retinol, and Vitamin C. I love it! Then she uses#The Ordinary - Nicinamide Serum[products]#[FiveStars] which costs $5.90 for 1 fl oz. We’ve talked a lot about this serum, it’s very good. Next is the#Tree Of Life - Hylaronic acid serum[products]#[TwoStars] which costs $10.95 for 1 fl oz. I don’t like this serum. It started off good with hylaronic acid, aloe vera juice, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, but it contains way too many Essential oils and irritating extracts. And her final serum is theSkinMedica - LYTERA 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum which costs $130.90 for 2 fl oz, which is very expensive. This is not worth the price. It has nicinamide and glycerin, and then some not very researched acids. I don’t recommend continuing use of this serum. Then to moisturize she goes in with theOLAY - Regenerist Regenerating Day Cream which costs $29.99 for 1.7 fl oz. I don’t like this moisturizer. Let’s start with some positives. It has nicinamide, glycerin, and Vitamin B3. Now it has a lot of bad ingredients also. It has Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is a harsh cleansing agent, as well as fragrance being the 6th ingredient. The she uses a Neutrogena sunscreen, and occasionally usesThe Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution which costs $7.20 for 1 fl oz. This is a great exfoliant. I think @Raks is using too many serums. I would stick to only the Pura D’or and The Ordinary serum, and ditch the other two. Keep the cleanser, and maybe try a different moisturizer. You asked for mineral sunscreen reccomendations for dark skin tones that don’t have a white cast, so I got you girl! I have light skin, but I did some research and I’d recommend the#First Aid Beauty - Weightless Mineral SPF 30[products]#[FiveStars] which costs $34 for 1.5 fl oz, and the #Biossance - Squalane Zinc Sheer SPF 30[products]#[FiveStars] which costs $30 for 1.7 fl oz. Both of these have minimal white cast, and Skincare by Hyram recommends them. Next is @juliachristine’s night routine. She starts off by cleansing with the #Vanicream - Unscented Gentle Cleanser[products]#[ThreeStars] witch costs $8.99 for 8 fl oz. This a nice basic cleanser with glycerin. Next she uses the#OBAGI - Tretinoin 0.025% Cream[products]#[TwoStars] which costs $84 for .7 fl oz. This cream has tretinoin which is a Vitamin A derivative which can treat acne, as well as retinol which also Vitamin A. I don’t think it’s worth the price, but it’s okay. Next she uses the #The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%[products]#[FourStars] which costs $7.99 for 1 fl oz. Along with azelaic acid, it has dimethicone which is a great moisturizer for dry skin. Next she uses theCeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin which costs $17.99 for 15 fl oz. Y’all know I love this product! Finally she finishes off with theVERSED - ZERO-G Smoothing Eye Cream witch costs $17.99 for .5 fl oz. Eye cream is definitely not necessary but this one is great! It has glycerin, algae extract, and olive oil which are hydrating, along with shea butter and a blend of peptides which can help firm the skin and increase collagen production which can help reduce fine lines around the eyes. Overall @juliachristine your routine looks great! That’s it for this post please cheer for this post if you liked it, comment your opinions on these products, and follow me for similar content. Upcoming posts include a 1 month Curology review and unnecessary skincare steps you don’t need. -Mae
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Morning routine updated
Ok I’ve made a few changes to my routine and sometimes I keep switching a few things in and out depending on the day.... I start with The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution which I love. I think glycolic acid is an important ingredient to have in your routine for oily skin and wrinkles and even acne too. I always use insta natural - Zinc Vitamin C Serum but I go between also using insta natural - Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum which I love for acne, insta natural - Dark Spot Corrector I don’t notice a huge difference with this but it has great ingredients or insta natural - Skin Brightening Serum, Anti-Aging that has alpha arbutin to help brighten dark spots or hyperpigmentation. So I alternate with those! Love using COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence to have a dewy glow and helps with skin texture and pigmentation issues I’ve recently added The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% to help with acne and oily skin and love it too. I top with a thin layer of Clindamycin gel and then moisturizer which I alternate also between a few different ones. BEEKMAN 1802 - Bloom Cream Daily Probiotic Moisturizer has great ingredients but a funky old woman smell I do not like, thank goodness I only have a sample size.... Honest has a great soothing moisturizer I’ve tried and also ARBONNE has a great calming moisturizer as well as a lightweight jelly moisturizer I go between. Then I do a few drops of The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% and I’m done. I usually let it sit for awhile or at least a good 5 minutes while I do my eye makeup and eyeliner before I use any face makeup but I love the texture of my skin so far using this all together.
Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines pt. 3
Hey y’all! Today’s post is part 3 of 4 of my Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines series. In today’s post we’re covering @geralorentas and @robynkenner ! Starting with @geralorentas. She starts out by cleansing with theCeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser which costs $13 for 8 fl oz. This cleanser has super gentle exfoliating agents, as well as glycerin and Hylaronic acid which are very hydrating. Next she uses theRENÉE ROULEAU - Rapid Response Detox Toner which costs $41 for 6 fl oz. This toner, as far as toners go, is pretty good. Its main draws are Salicylic acid and Lactic acid which are great for dealing with acne. Next she uses theSKIN GRAMMAR - Super Good Repair Essence which costs $38 for 5.7 fl oz. This essence has Nicinamide and glycerin, as well as a ton of ceramides. Unfortunately it has orange peel oil. Citrus oils a extracts are extremely irritating to the skin because they are acidic, so I have to say no to this essence. Next she uses the RENÉE ROULEAU - Vitamin C&E Treatment which costs $69 for 1 fl oz. It has glycerin, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, but again it has citrus oils and extracts which make this another no for me. Then to moisturize she goes in with the#Dr. zenovia - Peptide + Ceramide Moisturizer[products]#[FourStars] which costs $79 for 1.7 fl oz. This moisturizer has ceramides and glycerin. Finally she goes in with theLA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios XL Anti-shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF50+ which I couldn’t find the price for. It’s a really good basic sunscreen. So that’s @geralorentas routine. For her I would recommend getting rid of the essence and the treatment, but otherwise the products seem great! Moving on to @robynkenner. She starts with a double cleanse, and we’ll talk in a minute about what she’s doing wrong. She starts with the The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser which costs $7.90 for 1 fl oz. The main ingredients in this are squalane and glycerin. A lot of people complain that this cleanser is so gentle is barely cleans, but it seems to work for @robynkenner. Then she uses theMurad - Clarifying Cleanser which costs $32 for 6.75 fl oz. The main draw for this product is Salicylic acid, but again it’s a no because of citrus oils and extracts as well as fragrance. Now I mentioned that she’s double cleansing wrong. Double cleansing isn’t just using 2 cleansers, it’s specifically using an oil based cleanser and then a water based cleanser. (Check out my post on double cleansing for more information) In this case, @robynkenner is using 2 water based cleansers which can be stripping to the skin, and isn’t considered double cleansing. She mentioned she started doing this because her skin didn’t feel clean with just the first cleanse, and I think this might be because the Squalane Cleanser is too gentle. Next she uses theNeutrogena - Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream which costs $25 for .5 fl oz. First off, eye cream should be at the end of a routine. The eye cream itself is great though. Next she usesThe Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution which costs $8.70 for 8 fl oz. I talked about this product in pt. 1, but in short it’s really good. And finally she uses the FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream which costs $36 for 6 fl oz. This is a nice super thick basic moisturizer. So in conclusion @robynkenner, I’d try to find a new cleanser, then just add your eye cream after moisturizer instead of early in the routine. That’s all for pt. 3! Please cheer for this post if you liked it, comment below your favorite cleansers to help out @robynkenner, and follow me to join the family and for similar content. -Mae
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Which Niacinamide would you choose?
This is definitely not a dupe situation. These two formulas are only similar in the fact that they contain the same amount of niacinamide (as well as some texture and preservative agents). I’ve been a longtime user of The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and it does work, but I felt after my first bottle I wasn’t getting any continued results. I was also left unimpressed and looking for a different option due to the fact that this is a very tacky formula that can be difficult to work with. TO includes zinc in their formula which they state can reduce acne and can be anti-inflammatory. At $6 you’re getting your 2 active ingredients; niacinamide and zinc. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster includes the same 10% of niacinamide but doesn’t stop there. They also add vitamin C and a BUNCH of calming, hydrating and restoring products that your skin needs (see attached ingredient list). It’s been a controversy whether or not vitamin C and Niacinamide can be used together, even The Ordinary suggests that their Niacinamide not be used at the same time as vitamin C. Many brands and consumers have disagreed. Paula’s Choice adds the protective ingredients to ensure you’ll have less of a chance of irritation. Paula’s Choice serum is a lightweight watery formula that leaves no residue and I find easy to work into my routine. I wasn’t quite prepared for the thin formula as The Ordinary has more of a tacky texture. I found it best to add it directly from the dropper to my face, versus my hands then face. When it comes to the price difference it does seem that The Ordinary would be the obvious choice. I’m not one that believes that quality skincare has to cost more. But Paula’s Choice formula offers much more than Niacinamide. You’re getting several ingredients that are not found in The Ordinary, hence the price difference. Once I’ve emptied my bottle I’ll be better able to determine if spending 4x’s the amount is worth it. I could choose to use a less expensive option and add the antioxidants and other skin-replenishing ingredients found in Paula’s Choices formula, but I have to admit, I do like the simplicity of fewer steps in my skincare routine. 😉 There are also several other options available that I’ve not yet tried. I have tried The Inkey List and it is just a tad bit less tacky than The Ordinary. Other brand options I’d be open to try are: ￼Good Molecules $6 - formula looks similar to TO and TIL with the only active ingredient being niacinamide ￼Naturium $16 - 10% niacinamide and 2% zinc ￼Good Molecules $14 - similar again to TO and TIL I LOVE how Paula’s Choice lists their ingredients. Behind each one you’ll find out how it benefits the skin. This saves me a TON of time and effort when doing my reviews! Individual reviews on The Ordinary and The Inkey List Niacinamide can be found on my page. What’s your favorite Niacinamide to use? ❤️🍒
Current Products I'm Using
I have oil/combo skin and been struggling with hormonal acne for a few years now which is mainly around my chin. I have noticed some positive changes but also some negative ones, for example I have more blackheads in areas besides my nose which I never had before. Here are the products I've been using lately. AM Routine I don't cleanse in the morning just splash water on my face and pat dry, then I apply PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist C15 Super Booster after I apply moisturizer e.l.f. - Holy Hydration! Face Cream - Fragrance Free then sunscreen Supergoop! - Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 With Sunflower Extract PM Routine During the day I don't wear much makeup just some mascara so I just use GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Water for my first cleanse, then I go in with PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore Normalizing Cleanser which I am just about out of so I will be using CeraVe - Salicylic Acid Facial Cleanserwhich I haven't tried before but decided to buy it because of all the hype! Than I apply my toner and depending on my skin at the time I will either use PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore-Reducing Toner or I'm from - Rice Toner I have just recently purchased and starting using The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% then I moisturizer with THE inkey LIST - Peptide Moisturizer I use PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator twice a weeks and PAULA'S CHOICE - 1% Retinol Treatment with Peptides + Vitamin C 3 times a week. My skin is still breaking out so I'm gonna try eliminating certain products to see if I can pin point what is causing the breakouts and blackheads. I recently purchased a cleansing brush and I'm gonna start by eliminating the Paulas choice BHA Exfoliator and start using the brush 2 or 3 times a week instead. If that's not the problem then I'm gonna try taking out the Vitamin C. If anyone has any advice or tips I am all ears!!!
FINALLY RESULTS 🥳
I’ve been working towards my skin for the past 2 years slowly trying out different products trying to find something that works for me. It’s been a long ride but cherie made the process so much quicker. In the past 6 months I’ve seen more results the in the past two years before hand! I used so many products that caused so much damage in my teenage years ( I’m 25 now) I always had acne and blackheads. And though my skin is still healing and I’m working on my dark spots and pores I couldn’t be happier for this community! Thank you everyone! If your curious what my skin care routine is it is MORNING ☀️YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser (I use a konjac sponge when I cleanse) ☀️I make my own apple cider vinegar toner ☀️BOTANICS - Triple Age Renewal Super Serum ☀️The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (this was a game changer) ☀️The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ☀️BOTANICS - Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ☀️THE inkey LIST - Brighten-i Eye Cream NIGHT 🌙ORIGINS - Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash (also use with konjac sponge) 🌙use my homemade ACV Toner 🌙Depending what I feel my skin needs that night I switch between these three products ✨The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA ✨THE inkey LIST - Alpha Hydroxy Acid Serum ✨THE inkey LIST - Retinol Anti-Aging Serum 🌙the ordinary niacinamide again 🌙the ordinary Natural moisturizing factors If you look at my page you’ll also find the masks I like to use. Some nights I feel my skin needs a rest from all the products and I just lather on CeraVe - Renewing SA Lotion after I tone. I always feel like my skin doesn’t always need the same thing and I personally feel like this has made the most difference in my skincare journey
THE inkey LIST-Alpha Hydroxy Acid Serum
starting my skincare journey!
My first skincare journey post! I am finally taking steps to heal my acne, large pores, and dark spots. I am so glad I found this community and I’m happy to be a part of it! Here’s what I used tonight: I removed my makeup with BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil and followed up with LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser I then used the Benton - Aloe BHA Skin Toner I followed up with my favorite essence COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essenceand finished with CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin I also used Kiehl's - Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado Any skincare tips of product recommendations? Please leave them down below! ♥️
COSRX-Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
I have been using for day time CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HAI have started using that and I started using CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin For night time I’ve been using CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% CeraVe - Skin Renewing Night Cream I have also been using CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin3x a week and I’ve been using The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution once a week every Wednesday I was wondering if you guys could tell me if I keep using this stuff if it will eventually work or if I should add anything to my skincare, I feel like my skin has look for refreshed when I use it so I think it’s working, I just want to see everyone’s thought on it. :)
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
My skin care routine for dry skin
Hello this is my skincare routine :) So first I start of with my CeraVe - Hydrating Face Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin It seems like a nice product but it hasn’t really done anything for my skin except give it pimples :/. The second thing I do is put on my The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 when I put it on my skin I can really see a difference in my skin..I suffer from dry skin and it really brightens up my skin definitely recommend :>. The third thing I do is put on my The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA which I do 3x a week It definitely brightens my skin and I would definitely buy again :). The fourth thing I put on is my CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin I loveeee this so much recommend for dry skin! The Last thing I put on my skin is The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane ....this product id say it was nice but I don’t really know..it did get rid of redness which I am thankful for buttt it makes me look like a glazed donut so like...😔. PS:Can anybody help me I have small whiteheads on my chin and I don’t know what to do with them I also have a little acne on me...please help ;-; T H A N K Y O U F O R R E A D I N G!
The Ordinary-100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane
Am I using the right products for my skin?
Hey guys!! So I’ve battled with acne my whole life and I’ve never found that one product that really works for me! As I’ve grown older my skin has obviously changed and so have my hormone levels, where i now find that my acne isn’t caused by hormones anymore. Only when *that time* comes I’ll get pimples on my chin and forehead but throughout the month it’s pretty alright. My struggle recently has been pimples on my cheeks which I realised was caused by my makeup. I have now created a whole new regime for myself and I’ve been going at this for about a month. As you can tell, I’m full of blemishes which are still present from pimples I’ve had months ago. So my question is, are the products i’m using going to help to get rid of the blemishes and help to completely clear my skin of pimples or am I going to end up clogging myself up and cause a bigger breakout ? In the AM I usually wash my face with my Cerave cleanser, use the niaminacide and zinc cream from the ordinary and then I’ll finish with my moisturiser and sunscreen. In the PM I’ll double cleanse with my squalene cleanser and my cerave cleanser, put on my niaminacide and zinc again and finish with my rose hip oil to hydrate my skin as I’ve felt quite dry in the winter. I’ll also use the Mario badesque drying lotion after to apply to any pimples and I’ll use the AHA and BHA exfoliating mask from the ordinary 1-2 times a week. I haven’t seen a massive difference yet and I am suffering from hormonal acne at the minute but I want to know if what I’m using will be promising as ive almost lost hope for my skin at this point. I would say I generally have normal skin with an oily t-zone as well :) (Also waiting for my Azelaic acid from the ordinary to come in the mail to help with my blemishes) If anyone could please please let me know what you think it would be greatly appreciated !
The Ordinary-100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Updated Skincare Routine for Dry and Oily skin
So this is how my face looks after 12 days of using nicinamide of the ordinary. My verdict about it is 10/10. I definitely get less sebum and less acne, and the blemishes also started to fade away. My skin care routine hasn’t change in the past 2 months and ive never been happier. AM skincare routine: -Hydrating Cleanser from CeraVe (because i have reslly dry skin) -89 Vichy Booster - Nicinamide and Zinc from The Ordinary - Moisturizing Cream from CeraVe -Heliocare Sun Screen Gel 50 spf - Eye Repair Cream from CeraVe PM skincare routine: (I use the healing clay mask 1-2 times a week) -Hydrating Cleanser from CeraVe (because i have reslly dry skin) -89 Vichy Booster - Nicinamide and Zinc from The Ordinary - Moisturizing Cream from CeraVe -Eye Repair Cream from CeraVe - Blistex Lip Medex I haven’t used makeup in month and my goal with this routine is to get my face nice and clean, so i can no longer look back and depend on makeup. IMPORTANT: -All of the products i use on my face are fragrance free. Fragrance will only irritate your skin. -HYDRATE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN this truly saved me. I heard people mentioning it and i never paid attention and look at me now lol CeraVe - Eye Repair Cream CeraVe - Hydrating Face Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% VICHY - Minéral 89 Eyes Hyaluronic Acid Eye Gel Cream
CeraVe-Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin
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