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Exfoliating Acids x DermDoctor

Exfoliating Acids x DermDoctor

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DermDoctor
Exfoliating acids are an amazing addition to your skincare routine! They have multiple benefits including improving skin texture, tone, and uneven pigment. They also have anti-aging benefits and can minimize the appearance of wrinkles! Exfoliating acids should be used no more than 2x per week with leave on products. Face washes with acids can be used more often. Here’s my rules to the roads (there’s always exceptions, of course) and product picks: Glycolic acid: Most effective but can be irritating with sensitive skin or those who are prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum
The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Salicylic acid: Best for oily, acne-prone skin NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2%
THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum
Lactic acid: Best for dry and combination skin. Exfoliates while hydrating, gentle on the skin, and my personal go-to! SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment
The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA
Mandelic acid: Most gentle exfoliating acid. Best for sensitive skin and those prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA
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Oct. 13
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amy14i've tried 3 of them! all amazing!
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I am back to breaking out in the same areas and spots. I know it is hormonal so I plan on going back on spironolactone in Jan when I have my next derm appointment. AM Routine CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin Clindomicin Phosphate 1% this helps with the redness in my acne sometimes I add NATURIUM - Quadruple Hyaluronic Acid Serum 5% FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30important! PM Routine: CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skinor PanOxyl - Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2%this is what I’ve been using as an active ingredient. I use it nightly right now, but I’m going to use it every other night a si introduce my tretinoin again NATURIUM - Quadruple Hyaluronic Acid Serum 5%I like this at night especially after using the exfoliant FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream I’ve been using this for years and it never fails me in the winter. As stated above I will start using my 0.0025% tretinoin this coming week because it does help with my wrinkles and overall smoothness in my skin. I am nervous to purge again, but at least I am wearing a mask daily. Wish me luck and will update weekly if I remember or if I see a big change in my skin. I have a facial Dec 5th! Let’s see if that does any good
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KarinaHernandez826
Update form last post
As you guys saw my right cheek was struggling a little over a week ago. I simplified my routine to help my skin heal, but I did introduce two new products that I believe helped my skin and no irritation occurred. CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% I love this stuff! It was gentle but effective. NATURIUM - Quadruple Hyaluronic Acid Serum 5% I have been loyal to the ordinary one, but I wanted to try a new brand and elevate my routine. FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream My go to moisturizer especially in the winter CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 Sunscreen is important especially when using an active PM DHC - Deep Cleansing Oil used to double cleanse I am still using tretinoin 0.0025% twice a week. I am slowly introducing it again! The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution I used it once in the last week but want to use it as needed. This has been my go to routine for a week and the only thing that’s happened is my skin is evening out, my acne has diminished and is being kept at bay and my skin isn’t irritated as often as it was. I am super happy and content with this routine and hope to see what happens moving forward
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KarinaHernandez826
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AHAs, BHAs & what they do.
AHAs & BHAs When I was searching for products that are suitable for acne prone skin, I came across THE INKEY LIST. I was amazed by the selection of products they offer (a lil bit overwhelm perhaps) and the affordability as well. I desperately wanted something to help me with acne scars and hoping to control. I was directed to AHAs & BHAs. I was afraid these acid will be too strong for my skin especially AHA; therefore I chose Lactic acid, which is the mildest type of AHA and a gentle exfoliator, claims to remove dead cells from the skin's surface, helping it appear brighter and reducing the appearance of fine lines. As for BHA which promises to work beneath the surface of the skin to help unclog pores, target blackheads and reduce excess oil - it is exactly what I need. 💫THE INKEY LIST💫 ⭐️THE inkey LIST - Lactic Acid Serum ⭐️ With moisturising properties, and added Hyaluronic Acid, this watery textured gentle exfoliator is a mild treatment suitable for me. It is really mild, that being said, I sometimes still feel a slight sting when I apply this on. But it doesn't linger. Only to be used in night routine. ⭐️THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum ⭐️ This serum is a thicker consistency and contains 2% Salicylic Acid, which means it can penetrate deeper into the skin. It is also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial which is perfect for my skin. I alternate these two and skip if I am adding retinol each time. After using this two, I do have lesser breakouts. Even if there are, they are really small and I would spot treat with BHA if they are slightly bigger. However, I am really noticing my skin to be slightly more sensitive than usual. When that happens, I tend to skip either for a longer period of time. With acids, it is really really important to read up on your own and know the yes and nos to mixing and layering. Do not blindly follow as it is your skin. I find Inkey list product page to be highly informative and they are really responsive to questions being asked as well.
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SQINTheory
Paulas Choice 2% BHA’s more affordable Cousin?
BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid. AHAs are water-soluble acids made from sugary fruits. They help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place. ... Unlike AHAs, BHAs can get deeper into the pores to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum. That was from a google search. So, should you be incorporating a BHA into your skincare routine? It depends largely on your concerns, people with acne, milia, blackheads and whiteheads will benefit the most from this type of exfoliation. That being said, THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum is a good place to start. It is affordable, easily accessible, as well as light enough to begin with. I have found my skin to break out less and the pores on my nose are not as visible (pores don’t close/shrink but you can work on not clogging them which makes them less visible) There are alternatives like the well recognized paulas choice 2% and salicylic acid by the ordinary. It’s entirely up to you but I do recommend you give it a try And when you do, make sure to apply it right after your toner in the day time, and after adding your ahas in the night time.
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mangosmoothie
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My Skincare Routine for acne/acne scars !!!
I’ve been struggling with acne since I was 11 (I’m 21 now) and I feel like I have finally found a way to keep it under control, so I thought I would share: Morning: - BLUME - Daydreamer Face Wash - this is a great gentle face wash that I’ve been using for almost 2 years. I’m allergic to a lot of ingredients on normal face washes so this was a great find - PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator - I only started using this one 4 months ago (after the first picture was taken) and I didn’t really notice the chance until I put both pictures side by side (every other morning) - The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - this product has also helped dramatically with skin texture and acne elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 - this sunscreen is amazing, it almost feels like a moisturizer since it has niacinamide and hyluaronic acid Night: - Same cleanser - The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution - this is a more stronger exfoliator that I think has helped a lot with acne scars (every other night) - Vanicream Daily Moisturizer- I couldn’t tag this product because it is relatively new but this is the first moisturizer I haven’t gotten an allergic reaction to so I love it. It also feels amazing on the skin and has played an important role in my overall skin texture That’s pretty much it! Let me know if you have any questions/comments/feedback :)
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iaramasri
Daily Skincare Regimen
Hi guys! 💗 I thought i would share what products I use on a daily basis. Morning: 1. Begin with cocokind - Facial cleansing oil - use damp warm wash cloth to wash it off 2. Cleanse with bliss - Rose Gold Rescue Cleanser - rinse with cool water 3. Use I'm from - Rice Toner - apply with a cotton round & after applying, squeeze excess product out of cotton round onto hands & apply directly to face, allow a few minutes for product to absorb into face 4. ApplyThe Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - warm 2 drops in hands & press into skin all over face, allow a few minutes to absorb 5. Apply The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' - warm 2 drops in hands & press into skin all over face, allow a few minutes to fully absorb 6. Apply The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 - warm 2 drop in hands & press intk skin all over face, allow a few minutes to absorb 7. Put a dime size amount of The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA into hands & warm. Apply all over face & neck 8. I got back & forth between which eye cream I use but I usually go with thebliss - Eye Do All Things Eye Gel & apply a dot under my eyes & use the roller ball to rub it in & depuff my eyes. Night Time: 1. Apply cocokind - Facial cleansing oil all over face & use a warm damp washcloth to remove 2. Cleanse face with bliss - Rose Gold Rescue Cleanser - rinse with cool water 3. Every other night I switch between using The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution by putting it on a cotton round & applying it to my face, allow a few minutes to absorb completely 4. Also every other night (the same nights that I use the Glycolic Acid Toner) I apply PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator with a cotton round & allow a few minutes to absorb before proceeding with the next step 5. Apply I'm from - Rice Toner with a cotton round & after applying, squeeze excess product out of cotton round onto hands & apply directly to face, allow a few minutes for product to absorb into face 6. Apply The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - warm 2 drops in hands & press into skin all over face, allow a few minutes to absorb 7. Apply The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil - warm 2 drops in hands & press into skin all over face, allow a few minutes to absorb 8. Warm a dime size amount of CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion in between hands & apply all over face & neck 9. Last but not least I apply KATE BLANC - Castor Oil to my lashes, eyebrows, & I warm a drop between my fingers & apply it under my eyes before bed (product not pictured) & that’s it, my daily AM & PM skincare routine!! Thanks so much for reading guys & let me know if you have any questions, comments or advice!
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AngeGregory
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How do you exfoliate? Serum or Toner?
Sometimes I feel like the more I learn about skincare, the more confused I get 🤷🏻‍♀️ I just finished reading Caroline Hirons new book “Skincare: the ultimate no nonsense guide”. I definitely recommend it. I’ll post soon some of my biggest take aways. But, the major thing it left me confused about is exfoliating and acids Caroline Hirons, the Queen of skincare, recommends acid toning twice a day. You should have 2-3 acid toners in your skincare line-up and rotate them, a stronger one followed by gentler, different kinds of acids. I was hoping her treatment section she would touch on acids and how she uses both, but she didn’t talk about acids as serums. Before my skincare journey I was using CLINIQUE - Clarifying Lotion 2 For Dry Combination Skin I had no complaints. It was gentle. I wouldn’t really call it exfoliating. But, after reading the ingredients and seeing alcohol at the top and dyes, I’ve decided to ditch it. I was also using CLINIQUE - CLINIQUE Exfoliating Scrub Again, no complaints. A gentle 7-day scrub. But, I learned that chemical exfoliation is better than physical, so I decided to stop using this everyday. I learned that adding AHA & BHA into your routine is important in your 30s. I tried SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment And wow 🤩 it claims that you can notice smoother & brighter skin in 3mins. MINUTES! Not months or weeks. And it is true! I love this serum. I was using 1-2 times a week. Adding acids slowly to my routine. I never experienced any irritation. I also purchased The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HAto see how it compared to the Sunday Riley Good Genes, since it’s less than 10% the price. I’ll give a review after I’ve been using it at least a month. I’ve also tried Kate Somerville - Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment This is a strong acid toner. More similar to the products that Caroline Hirons recommends. I don’t love it as much as the Sunday Riley. It smells strong. And I find it more irritating. I’ve used it every other day and that seems like too much. I do find it stings. Here’s my questions: How do you exfoliate? Serums? Or toners? Or both? To make matters more confusing, what about night creams with AHAs??? How often? I’ve read no more than twice a week. But products recommend daily. And Caroline Hirons is recommending twice a day (although alternating between gentle & strong). I think like the serums more than a strong toner. I will try a new gentler toner for twice daily use. And continue using a serum twice weekly in the evenings. I’d love to hear how you incorporate acids into your routine! Thanks 😊
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PamelaSargent
My Beauty Year in Review
I think everyone can say 2020 has been a challenging year, but with lots of opportunity for growth. In February I had my daughter. 4 weeks later Ontario was locked down, everything but non-essential businesses were closed, including schools & daycares, so I had my 3 year old son home and 4 week old home with me with no support (no grandparent visits, drop-ins etc). And, what started as a 3 week lockdown turned into months. I’m not going to lie it was difficult at first. I was exhausted. It felt like I had no time for myself. I was going from when they woke up at 6:30am till bedtime at 8:30pm (plus night feedings 😴) But we’ve adjusted to this “new normal” and the biggest blessing of this year was the arrival of my daughter and all the extra time with my family. The picture on the top right is what pushed me to start my skincare journey. It was a good day. I started carving out “me” time by going for a run, but when I looked at the picture all I saw was my crows feet and how tired I looked. I had the CLINIQUE - 3-Step Introduction Kit for Drier Skin (Type 2) in my cupboard, but have to admit I was rarely using it. Sometimes using the cleanser in the shower. Grabbing the lotion if my skin felt dry. I wasn’t wearing any makeup. I wasn’t taking care of myself. I decided I wanted to buy some anti-aging skincare because I wasn’t ready for wrinkles. And I decided it was okay to spend money on myself. I turned to Clinique because it was the brand I had always used. I ordered: CLINIQUE - Smart Custom-Repair Serum CLINIQUE - All About Eyes Later this fall when I was running low I started researching more about skincare and stumbled upon Cherie 🍒 This has been a great resource, teaching me what I should incorporate into my routine (i.e., Vit C, AHAs), and reading honest reviews. I now look forward to my AM & PM routine. I’ve started doing a quick 5min make-up routine (see previous post), and found a creative outlet posting here about my journey. The bottom right picture is recent. I am would say I am just as tired as the other pictures (my baby still is getting up every 3hrs at night!), but I’m taking care of my skin and I feel much better about myself. Skincare has become my self care this year! Here are a couple new products I discovered and loved: SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment You really see your face brighten & get smoother before your eyes! SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil Loved the wake me up scent & morning glow The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil I wake up with my skin feeling soft & rejuvenated
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PamelaSargent
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Game to determine what acids you should use!
I have been getting some comments asking what kind of acids you should use based on your skin type and I have been trying to do my best to help you guys out but I just saw this great post by @beautycasion_by_shurti which will really help anyone who has questions about this out, please go check that out. Products I recommend based on this chart: If you have dry skin and have acne: The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque With The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution If you have dry skin and no acne: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution If you have sensitive skin and acne: The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA OrThe Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA With The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque If you have sensitive skin and no acne: The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA Or The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA If you have oily skin and acne: The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque With The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution If you have oily skin and no acne: The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution If you have conbination or normal skin than you should use and acid of the skin type you are closed to, all of these products will work for you. If you find your self really struggling from acne then you can also add The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
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savingyourskin
I really really need help
Ok so I have no idea whats going on with my skin. I struggle with hyperpigmentation. Wether i pop my pimples or not, It will usually end up scaring or turning darker. Its like a vicious cycle and I cant seem to get my skin clear before my period and the whole pimple and scaring starts again. So I decided to change my routine, since my old one was not doing anything beneficial for my skin. Believing the hype I decided to get “The ordinary products because I dont have to wallet to afford more expensive items and I dont even live in America to shop freely for the items i need. Here my current routine innisfree - Volcanic Clusters Pore Clearing Facial Foam FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser On alternate days ill use The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution And lastly The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin I use the niacinimide before the Hyaluronic acid, and i only use one of the 2 listed cleansers Im not sure if im putting to much on my face but Im feeling really hopeless and i would love if someone explained what is happening to me. Ive obviously purged when i used these products but now my skin is acting like it’s breaking out. Its been almost exactly a month and i dont see any difference in my skin
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Alexia5679
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Not For My Dry & Sensitive Skin
I got this product because it was suppose to be good for sensitive skin, was specifically made to target; fine lines, uneven skin tone and irregularities, etc. All of which I suffered from post-pregnancy. I read the directions, performed a patch test, diluted with another serum (that was just for moisture) for a few days (decreasing dilution daily), and then continued with the product. I didn’t see much of a change in my skin. Around day 60+ I started to react negatively to this product. My skin started to itch and turn red and it caused irritation bumps all over. I discontinued use. Pros Cons Cons Caused redness & irritation Didn’t help uneven skin tone Didn’t help with fine lines Weird smell
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Jenmmmkay
Game to determine what acids you should use!
I have been getting some comments asking what kind of acids you should use based on your skin type and I have been trying to do my best to help you guys out but I just saw this great post by @beautycasion_by_shurti which will really help anyone who has questions about this out, please go check that out. Products I recommend based on this chart: If you have dry skin and have acne: The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque With The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution If you have dry skin and no acne: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution If you have sensitive skin and acne: The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA OrThe Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA With The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque If you have sensitive skin and no acne: The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA Or The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA If you have oily skin and acne: The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque With The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution If you have oily skin and no acne: The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution If you have conbination or normal skin than you should use and acid of the skin type you are closed to, all of these products will work for you. If you find your self really struggling from acne then you can also add The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
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savingyourskin
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Suggestions?
GLOW RECIPE - Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm LOVE LOVE LOVE, would repurchase again!!! This is my second type if cleansing balm ive used, and i really do enjoy double cleansing. I used this first on dry face, then emulsify with water, then rinse! Then i follow up with the cerave hydrating cleanser. Ive been using this combo for as long as i had this balm and it leaves my face hydrated and non-stripping. I really enjoy the price as well compare to the FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm which i love as much, just slightly more expensive. I really enjoy this but would also want to explore cleansing oils. Any suggestions? YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - POWER OF DREAMS KIT with AHA + Vitamin C I am currently using DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum once/twice a week, i have the mini bottle, and i would never purchase the larger size due to the price. While waiting for the product to finish, i bought this to replace it. The thought of having 11% aha in this toner scares me, but i find it as equal as the drunk elephant one, ingredients wise. Any thoughts??? Thanks guys. 💗
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Kelssss
My skincare (normal to oily sensitive skin)
My current routine! I have ups & downs & some I want to improve but this is what it’s currently at! Not pictured: TATCHA - Calming Foaming Enzyme Powder Absolutely love! Was going back & forth between this version & the one for oily skin but this one is juuuuuust right for my picky skin!! Pictured: (in order of use) TATCHA - The Essence Plumping Skin Softener Omg-it’s a game changer! This stuff may just look like fancy water (lol who am I kidding-I use evian - Brumisateur Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray so yeah-THATS fancy water but I love it! lol) but this stuff is 100% the real deal! I’ve noticed that products glide one & I don’t have as much of the shiny effect after putting on my skincare routine! Yay! DRUNK ELEPHANT - Shaba Complex Firming Eye Serum Ok so warning on this one-you’ll never use a full pump unless you share with 2 other people at the same time-this pump is stupid-I hate it but the product so far has done a good job & hasn’t made me run to go find a new one right away-could it be improved...? Yeah-but it’s a good option for me for now 😊 also-I don’t like using this by itself cuz it’s drying... so for a fix to that I added.... DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream One again-you don’t need a full pump unless you’re sharing-no one has that much surface area to cover with this...ugh. This is the step that was missing when I just was using the firming serum-this is hydrating & goes after because it’s thicker. The combo works for me. Would I rather have 1 product? Yes. Would I rather have a better pump that doesn’t portion out share sizes of product? Yes.... am I rushing to Sephora to find a new one? Ha! No.... Curology - Curology formula My 2 cents on those people who hate this? It’s not for you & that’s ok! But dang does this work for me!! It’s a must have!! Love it!! -or- never and DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum I haven’t used this enough to rate but this is supposedly suppose to help with dark spots & pores? We shall see tester size...we shall see... TATCHA - The Water Cream Omg moisture heaven! Smells like a spa, glides on like a dream AND has gold in it? Sign me up! This stuff is amazing-I love it & it does wonders for me! Add ons! TATCHA - THE SERUM STICK Not in love-good for dry spots or singular areas every once in a while but meh-not worth it & not a fave of mine. TATCHA - Luminous Dewy Skin Mist Also-not in love. Is it nice when I’m dried out? Yeah! Does it last? Nooooot really? Meh-I have it I’ll use it & I won’t buy again... TATCHA - Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++ Meh-this is just....meh. Again will use it up & not rebuy....
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Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid: worth it?
Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid: worth it?
Today I want to compare two exfoliating toners: The Ordinary’s 7% glycolic acid toner, and Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid. I’ve used both of these toners in the past. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution This was my first ever acid toner, and one of my first acids. As with most of The Ordinary’s products, I think you get a lot of bang for your buck—7% of glycolic acid is a solid percentage, and at $8.70 for 8oz, it can’t get much cheaper. I’ve used this off and on for years, and I know I can always turn to it if I need some no-nonsense exfoliation. I haven’t been using it as much lately because I use tretinoin, so I’m trying to lay off the heavier-duty exfoliants, but I’ve even used it on the bumpy areas of my arms and it’s helped to smooth them. This toner does sting a little bit (not in a burning way—it just feels spicy on my skin), but it’s never been so uncomfortable for me that I’ve wanted to stop using it. I think it helps other products penetrate and absorb better because it removes any dead skin cells that are in the way. Long story short, if you’re new to acids, this is a great place to start: the formula is simple, the percentage is solid, and the price is unbeatable. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator This toner contains 2% salicylic acid as the main ingredient, and green tea extract to soothe. I’ll be honest: I don’t love the way this toner feels when I apply it. It feels... oily? Greasy? I definitely was not expecting that consistently when I first applied it, and I’ve never quite gotten used to it. However, I love the way my skin reacts to this: while it’s never stung or prickled the way that The Ordinary’s toner has, I get smooth and glowy skin every time I use this. I think The Ordinary’s toner might be better for hardcore fading of dark spots, and this one is better for getting rid of texture and closed comedones. In the end, these are both good products. I think the Paula’s Choice is worth $29.50 for 4oz because it does what it claims to do, but The Ordinary’s formula is also very effective (and at a great price point). I would start with The Ordinary’s if you’re new to acids (make sure to wear sunscreen!) and while the Paula’s Choice has a different active ingredient, it’s also very effective and still at a reasonable price point.
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lizbentley17
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
The Ordinary-Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
The Ordinary: Direct Acids
The Ordinary: Direct Acids
Who doesn’t love a good acid? These are the current ones I own by The Ordinary. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ➕ Glycolic acid toner is so nice. I reach for this multiple times a week. It’s perfect to even out skin tone, texture, and to remove that extra makeup you may have missed while cleansing. This is so affordable and also still gentle on the skin at 7% glycolic acid. The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% ➕ I don’t reach for this acid as often, not because I don’t enjoy it, but because it’s not easily available in Canada. I ordered it from the UK and it cost me almost 3x the price. I do enjoy using it as spot treatment. It’s perfect for brightening and improves skin texture. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution ➕ This is a stronger peel. Works like a mask where you apply it for no more than 10 minutes and wash off. Your skin is softer and smoother after. This isn’t an acid peel for beginners or those with really sensitive skin as the acid contents is quite a bit higher. This contains 5 acids: glycolic, lactic, citric, salicylic, & tartaric. The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA ➕Lactic acid is a high-strength superficial peel. It exfoliates and brightens the skin. This is a more serum-like texture. It comes in 5% or 10%. Really nice product in my opinion; provides quick results for smooth skin :) The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA ➕ This is by far my favourite acid. It’s a superficial dermal peel as well and it’s more gentle than other AHAs. It’s more gentle because it has larger molecules and say glycolic acid, which in turn allows it to penetrate the skin slower. The Ordinary offers more direct acids, such a salicylic acid, but these are the ones I own and enjoy.
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Stacym
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary has changed my routine 😊
The Ordinary has changed my routine 😊
Ive always has decent skin but would get random breakouts. I also started breaking out when stressed and was having some dullness and dehydration! To jump in : The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution I really like this toning solution! It doesn’t dry me out and is actually quite moisturizing. It’s great if you experience irritation because the aloe vera in it really provides soothing properties for irritated skin. It helps with gentle exfoliation when I use it at night and I get the exfoliating cotton pads from Target and that helps add some extra penetration to my skin! My face has visibly gotten a more even texture. The only reason it has 4 instead of 5 stars is because you can only use it at night because it doesn’t react well to sun exposure. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution I am in love with this peel! It visibly improves blemishes and has lightened my dark marks a bit! I love that it’s something I can do at home and still get my deep exfoliation I need. My skin feels and looks radiant. I will say start only using this once a week as it can sting a bit. After you feel you have adjusted you can up it to two times a week depending on how you need it! I’ve currently upgraded to two times a week. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 If you suffer from any sort of dryness this is for you! I’m combination skin but can get dry around my cheek area and just wanted overall more moisture. This is a God send. From the first day I used it my skin was so hydrated. Because Hyaluronic Acid absorbs so much in water this is best used on wet/damp skin. I use it after cleansing AM and PM. I put my moisturizer on directly after so that way more moisture is being sucked in to my skin. Definitely a game changer. The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane I wanted to love this product but I really just like it. For my skin it seems to make me feel too greasy. I use it as my step before my moisturizer and it was just ok. I hate to feel oily and this can make my skin feel that way if I use any more than one drop. Now I mix one drop maybe two in my moisturizer at night. It’s less overwhelming for my skin that way. Once I started using it that way it gave an extra boost of hydration to my nightly routine. All in All has really helped my skin! SIDE NOTE: All of these products are vegan and cruelty free!
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Sade.s.a
100% Plant-Derived Squalane
The Ordinary-100% Plant-Derived Squalane
Do pores really shrink? Myth Busted.
Do pores really shrink? Myth Busted.
I know we’ve all heard about products or methods that are designed to “shrink your pores”. The myth that pores can shrink has been around longer than I can remember (even my esthetics school teacher would use the phrase which I always hated). It wasn’t until I started watching Skincare by Hyram on YouTube that I really solidified in my mind that pores cannot shrink. In order for something to shrink there needs to be a muscle attached to it. Pores do not have muscles therefore they cannot shrink. Pore size is generally dictated by genetics but there are a few things you can do/use to help minimize their appearance. My favorite ingredients for pores are niacinamide and salicylic acid. I know I’ve talked a lot about them in the past but a quick run down is the niacinamide will help regulate oil product while the salicylic acid goes down into the pores to clean out all the sebum and debris that can make them look enlarged. These two ingredients can be a great powerhouse when used together. My favorite is the GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner which I use twice daily as the first step in my routine and then I follow it up with the PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator every other day at night time. Another thing you can do, which is more of a temporary fix, is introducing a pore filling primer into your routine. Pore filling primers are usually silicone based. It’s also a common myth that silicone clogs the pores but the molecule for silicone is actually larger than your pores therefore it sits on top of the skin which gives that “pore filled” look. Just make sure your skin is clean and prepped before applying one so you don’t trap any dirt in. Silicones can be great in skincare in general to help trap in hydration. While pores can be a huge issue for people, me included, I just wanted to also take the time to say pores are normal and functional part of the skin. Everyone has pores and needs them. Even those online who look like they have poreless skin have pores so don’t stress too hard. As long as you’re taking care of your skin you’re doing great. 🖤
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Mallory
Deep Sweep
FARMACY-Deep Sweep
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