EXFOLIATING ACIDS & How Not To Overdo It!!!👀✨💖
Exfoliating acids are everywhere now and so many new products are about exfoliating the skin to “reveal brighter, smoother skin”. In the age of exfoliating now, it’s so easy to overdo and can easily result in harming the skin instead. Here are my favorite exfoliating acids (and products) and how I use it so I don’t damage my skin! Lactic Acid: A super gentle acid that exfoliates the top layer of skin and removes dead skin cells. I find this to be the most gentle of the acids and can be used everyday. I love fresh - Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence
Skin brightening serums
Deep clean clogged pores
Acne scars serums
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Oct. 25, 2020
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why YOU should be using AZELAIC ACID
azelaic acid is a super amazing ingredient in skincare ! it aids in: ￼even skin tone ￼target stubborn spots ￼soothes irritation & redness PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster 🍃key ingredients 🍃 ￼azelaic acid (skin brightening, texture improving) ￼glycerin (skin replenishing) ￼salicylic acid (exfoliant) ￼licorice root extract (skin soothing) I really really love this product!! it claims to do what is listed above, and I must say that it does this. I use this every night in my routine. it is a cream texture which I was surprised with at first because I had previously used the NATURIUM - Azelaic Topical Acid 10% which is a serum formula. before using this product, when I would pop my pimples...(I know I know, but we have all been there right?!), I would wake up with a huge scar on my face with redness everywhere! NOW, (for the occasional time that I do get pimples and pop them), the redness fades very soon after and I wake up looking like I never had a pimple there in the first place! my jawline tends to be prone to texture & pimples, and I believe that this product is a key reason as to why I don’t get many bumps or pimples there anymore!! I swear by this product and will definitely be trying to repurchase it in the future if my budget allows me to haha. PAULA’S CHOICE: 1oz for $36
THE BEST INGREDIENTS FOR HYPERPIGMENTATION
Tired of hyperpigmentation and dark spots? 🙋🏽♀️ Here are the 10 best ingredients 🙌🏼 Spf: sun bum - Face Lotion SPF 50 elta md SKINCARE - UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 COOLA - Classic Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 COOLA - Full Spectrum 360° Refreshing Water Mist Organic Face Sunscreen SPF 18 Supergoop! - Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 Vitamin C SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum SKINCEUTICALS - Phloretin CF Prevent Serum Antioxidant Treatment PETER THOMAS ROTH - Potent-C Vitamin C Power Serum YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum Azelaic Acid The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% NATURIUM - Azelaic Topical Acid 10% PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster Kojic Acid LA ROCHE-POSAY - MELA-D PIGMENT CONTROL GLYCOLIC ACID SERUM SKINCEUTICALS - Discoloration Defense Skin Discoloration Serum Transexamic Acid NATURIUM - Tranexamic Topical Acid 5% THE inkey LIST - Tranexamic Acid Hyperpigmentation Treatment GOOD MOLECULES - Discoloration Correcting Serum Murad - Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum
All the toners and essences I have emptied
I want to name a few products worth trying: LANEIGE - Cream Skin Refiner so hydrating for winter. You may not need a moisturizer after if used in summer time. Will get a full size some time. fresh - Rose Deep Hydration Toner super comforting just hard to get the juice out at the end with all the flower petals. ORIGINS - Dr. Andrew Weil For Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion Limited Edition I didn’t think I would like it. Looks like a boring product but I then realize my skin was really stabilized during the period I used it. Will I get the full size? Maybe not. But for those of you with reactive skin, give a shot. fresh - Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence love love love the smell and the touch on the face. Will consider repurchase. LA MER - The Treatment Lotion a bit oily feeling but hydrating. With the price point I will not get the full bottle. SK-II - Facial Treatment Essence (Pitera Essence) I suppose it’s good but after over a year journey with the biggest bottle I’m not going to get another one for now. But if you never had one, try it.
My travel morning skincare routine
Here is the morning skincare I use when I travel! 1. Wash face with fresh - Soy Face Cleanser Jumbo ! This is the travel size but it has a really nice refreshing scent and isn’t stripping at all which makes it perfect for the morning. 2. Next I use fresh - Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence as my toner and essence. It is really lightweight and helps plump up my skin. It has the same scent as the cleanser and I find it really relaxing. It sinks in really well to my skin as well but I haven’t seen a profound difference in my skin from using it. 3. Use BEEKMAN 1802 - Triple Milk Skin Milk usually I have serums in my morning routines, but since I’m traveling I didn’t bring one so I move straight to moisturizer. This one is perfect for traveling since it’s so lightweight and doesn’t leave any type of residue or cause pulling. 4. INSTITUT ESTHEDERM - Sun Ultimate Cream SPF 30 I’ve been loving this sunscreen lately! It has no white cast at all which is amazing and gives my skin a really nice glow under makeup if I choose to wear any. It does not have a discernible scent. #cheriepartner #cheriecreator
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My top 2 cleansers for acne/combo skin
Part 2 to my routine posts (see previous posts for full routine and in depth product description/reviews) My skin: I have combo skin with hormonal acne that is mostly on my cheeks and jawline. I have some bumps on my forehead and acne scarring on my cheeks. 🧚♀️Neutrogena - Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser - I have been using this cleanser for close to a year now. It’s true to its name—ultra gentle on the skin! I have never had a reaction to it and the best part is it doesn’t dry out my skin. I have moved this to my PM routine since I’m now incorporating retinol to the PM. The only reason for knocking off one star is that it doesn’t lather much and sometimes I’m not sure it really is doing a deep cleanse. (If you wear makeup most days you might want a second cleanse). 🧚♀️LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin - Newish addition to the skincare family. I use this in the AM and I really am liking it. It seems to help minimize breakouts, lathers well, and feels like a clean slate in the morning. It works great in addition to my other acne products as well. Reason for 4 stars is that I’ve noticed it dries out the skin around my nose and corners of my mouth (so I add extra hydrating moisturizer there at the end), and it’s super liquidy—like as soon as I open the cap it comes pouring out. So I wish it had a pump or something a little less messy (I do worry about traveling with it). But overall worth it and well priced! Part 3 will feature my HOLY GRAIL Clinique products that you need if you want to control your acne!
Finally creating an actual skincare routine
I’m somewhat new to skincare. For the longest time I had the clearest skin but after college I started to get hormonal acne and some skin texture issues. Morning: ￼ ￼Cleanser- LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin. I just got it a few days ago and so far I like it! Prior to this I was using Neutrogena - Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser (which I still keep in my shower for after working out-this cleans my skin well but isn’t anything crazy special) ￼ ￼Next: CLINIQUE - Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion - I really like this!! It’s absorbs quick and isn’t drying, often these types of products make my skin a little itchy but not this one! (I still use PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator but I do this every other day in the evening, it makes my skin very sensitive but it does work well) ￼Spot Treatment: CLINIQUE - Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel - I’ve been using this for 2 weeks and I love it!! I notice a difference in any new breakouts, it stops them right in their tracks. Feels great too and soaks in nicely. ￼Serums: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - trusty product that I will always use. I’m now adding in bareMinerals - Skinlongevity Long Life Herb Serumto help with my skin appearance and fine lines (~2 weeks of use and so far I like it, it’s hydrating and soaks into the skin. There’s a light scent that I don’t mind either) ￼Moisturizer: CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+- using for 2 weeks and I really it! It’s gel based so it’s absorbs right into the skin. I don’t like heavy moisturizers because they make me oily, so this one is great! Keeps my skin happy even in the colder weather! Nighttime: ￼Same cleanser as morning ￼Same clarifying lotion/exfoliate as mentioned in morning, and same spot treatment ￼Moisturizer: NEW unreleased bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Face Cream. I got a full size product for free during a featured event, I believe this will retail for around $62 and be released in the new year. I’ve been using it for 2 weeks and my skin seems to be liking it! It’s a thicker cream so I prefer it only at night. There is a somewhat strong perfume-like scent which I don’t normally mind, but if I use my PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator prior to the cream, it does make my skin a little tingly/itchy. I like that it’s a plant based “retinol” and is less harsh on the skin. Hoping this one works out! Other products: ￼The Ordinary - Retinol 0.5% in Squalane- Bought this prior to getting the bareMinerals Phyto-Retinol Cream. I haven’t tried it yet so no review. Not sure where to add this to my routine if/when I decide to use it. ￼Mad Hippie - Vitamin C Serum- I got this before my breakouts but haven’t used it since, might try to add
My Thoughts on LUXURY SKINCARE 💸✨ Worth it? p.1
First of all skincare that’s a luxury to me may not be a luxury to you. I honestly think that it’s not the product brand or claims that make it a luxury, but the science, thought and ingredients behind it. We all have our own budgets and limits on how much we’re willing to spend so with everything I say on this subject, take it with a grain of salt! Skin Ceuticals. This is probably my favorite skincare brand- there’s so much research and science behind each product. My favorites include: - SKINCEUTICALS - Hydrating B5 Gel a super lightweight, but extremely hydrating and skin-plumping serum full of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5 - SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum a potent anti-oxidant serum with Vitamins C & E, Ferulic Acid & L-Ascorbic Acid to help treat hyper-pigmentation and brighten the skin - SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.3 a low percentage retinol for speeding up cell turnover without any irritation or overly drying the skin - SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50 a super thin serum formula with high SPF to protect your skin from the sun - no white cast! Drunk Elephant. Their products are expensive and get hyped up A LOT (which sometimes makes me not want to try them?), but I like that their products are usually centered around one main ingredient. I’ve tried: - DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum which is a nice glycolic serum that helps to smooth and exfoliate the skin but I’ve tried other glycolic products like ALPHA-H - Micro Super Scrub with 12% Glycolic Acid which I find more effective! - DRUNK ELEPHANT - D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops just a bronze-colored serum but I don’t find anything too special about it or its ingredients. I fell for the “anti-pollution” claim- never again! Fresh. I love some and don’t love some. I like their whole “natural” approach but I find some of their formulas not effective on my skin at all. - fresh - Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence I LOVE this facial treatment. I use it as an essence, as it contains Lactic Acid, to help gently brighten & smooth the skin. - fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This is super moisturizing night cream that really plumps up my skin overnight so I wake up to glowy, bouncy skin! - fresh - Rose Deep Hydration Toner This is so disappointing compared to their Black Tea Facial Treatment. It does nothing to hydrate- just feels like overpriced rose water. - fresh - Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer I think the rose in the formula irritates my skin and turns it a little pink. I’ve just been using it as a body cream so I it doesn’t go to waste! Elemis- check out part 2!
ALPHA-H MICRO CLEANSE SUPER SCRUB
ALPHA-H - Micro Super Scrub with 12% Glycolic Acid My skin type: Combination Skin Skin concerns: Breakouts & Discoloration Key Ingredients~ - Glycolic Acid: speeds up cell renewal, removes unwanted dead skin buildup, and increases stimulation in connective tissues - Cucumber Extract: soothes and calms blemishes - Jojoba Microbeads: gently removes dead skin cells Most scrubs I’ve tried in the past have been super abrasive and irritated my skin. But this scrub feels much more gentle and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft. I use this after washing my face when my skin is still damp and lather in small circular motions. 2 times a week for my skin is enough! I have seen a huuge difference in my skin since using this- and my skin is so much clearer✨
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My exfoliant collection
Exfoliants are game changers for a skin care routines! They increase cellular turn over which means they help even out skin texture and improve the renewal on new skin. Exfoliants come in many forms. The two main categories: physical and chemical. I prefer chemical as they can penetrate deeper and have less potentially damaging effects. Chemical exfoliant include chemicals like: ￼Ahas (glycolic acid or lactic acid) which are good for resurfacing skin ￼BHAS (salicylic acid) which are deeply penetrating so they are great for clearing out pores making it ideal for acne ￼Phas which are gentler surface exfoliater Physical exfoliants come in forms such as scrubs or facial tools. I rarely use scrubs unless they are rounded particles, the reason I use them is for remove flaky skin. VERSED - Day Maker Microcrystal Exfoliator this is a physical exfoliator with small natural silicone round particles. Glossier. - Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector this is a chemical exfoliant (aha, bha and pha) that can be used daily or not. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator another chemical exfoliant but only with bhas so it is great for treating acne. VERSED - Doctor's Visit This is a great once a week heavy duty chemical exfoliant mask which includes enzymes.
Paula's Choice Update!
So I had made a post showing "before" pictures when I added the PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator and now I am here to give an update on how the product is working for me! The original pictures (left) are from November 7th, 2020. The current pictures (right) are from January 30th, 2021. I haven't quite made it through the bottle yet which is pretty awesome considering it's been almost 3 months! I used this product every other day for the first week and a half, but noticed my skin never felt irritated or anything so I started using it every day in the morning. I still have not noticed any irritation with doing that. I got this product to help with my congested pores, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and to help smooth my skin texture. Looking at my skin in the mirror, I didn't notice a revolutionary change in my skin, but then I took a closer look and looked at my before pictures. Wow! I really do see a difference! I realize that the scarring and pigmentation issues are going to take a long time to take care of and I knew that the whole time. My skin scars very easily and pimples will leave a mark whether I pop them or not, no matter how fast they come and go. I can see where some PI hyperpigmentation has definitely gotten better. I see how the texture of my skin is improving. Especially on my forehead where my skin has gotten much smoother. That area has seen a big transformation. I notice that I don't break out as bad as I used to and when I do get a couple, they move on much quicker than they ever have. This may be just due to my routine in general, but I know this product is doing its share of the work. The only things I don't like about the product (and the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5) are: ￼the smell. Its a very chemically smell. It dissipates, but I don't particularly like it. ￼the feel on my face before it sinks in. While this part only lasts a very short period of time, this product feels tacky and thick. It does sink into the skin, but during that short period, it feels like a mask on my face. They say you don't have to wait for it to dry to move on to your next step, but my next step is Niacinamide which gets foamy and weird if I don't let the PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator dry for a minute or 2. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the direction my skin is going. It has a long way to go with the issues I am wanting to take on, but its a process and I will not give up 💪. I am also using this post as a "before" for the next product I am adding in now! I am starting the CeraVe - Resurfacing Retinol Serum to double whammy this scarring! I had previously used a retinol serum, but I genuinely think it did nothing so I decided to try out a good brand this time. I took a break from the retinol so I could get a good look at how my skin is before starting the CeraVe! I will do another update in a few months for the retinol.
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SEPHORA HAUL 🔥💰🖤
Okay so I said I wasn’t going to buy anything from Sephora this month.. but then my vitamin C serum ran out so here we are! The list of products I’ve tried: DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream Big DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% What’s new to me: FARMACY - Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum with Acerola Cherry Living proof. - 5-in-1 Styling Treatment (sample) touch in SOL - No Poreblem Primer(sample) #Jlo Beauty - That Jlo Glow Serum[products]#(sample) Any suggestions for what to buy next?!
Is this $125 Detox Night Cream Worth It?
Hey Cherie Fam 🍒 I have been doing makeup looks and raving about my recent make up purchases lately. I thought it’s time to give the skin care products I’ve been loving lately some attention. You know that you can’t have great makeup unless you have great a great makeup base aka having a great skin care routine. I received Grown Alchemist Detox Night Cream on my November premium box from Boxycharm. I have a somewhat strict skin care routine and I am skeptical introducing a new product to my routine. I researched this brand thoroughly and read hundreds of reviews online. I also examined the ingredient list. Grown Alchemist is founded by brothers who discovered ground breaking research that proved the continuous use of natural ingredients. They developed formulas with a unique synergy between biology and cosmetic chemistry. Their headquarters are located in Melbourne, Australia. (Source: website) The detox night cream is described as a detoxifying cream formulated with peptide-3, echinacea vitamins, hyaluronic acid and essential omega fatty acids such as reishi extract. This product claims to regenerate the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles resulting in radiant and youthful looking skin. This product retails for $125 USD for 40ml. #Grown Alchemist - Detox Night Cream[products]# I actually really like this product. I use it with my DE framboos and The Ordinary virgin marula oil at night. I noticed my skin is a lot more glowy and I have less pores and brighter skin when I wake up in the morning. It has a thick consistency, but doesn’t feel heavy and has a scent similar to roses. I am actually not a fan of the smell because I prefer no fragrance. I think this is the perfect night cream especially during the winter months. However, I will not be repurchasing when I run out. While I am a fan of this product and think it works well, I don’t think it’s worth $125 for a 40ml. There are cheaper alternatives in the market with the same ingredients. If money isn’t an issue to you, then I say go for it! I saw a huge difference within a week. It’s just not in my budget unfortunately. DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum The Ordinary - 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil Conclusion: Great product and I saw a difference within a week, but it’s too pricy and will not re-purchase because there are alternative brands in the market with the same ingredients for a fraction of the price. Xoxo, Francesca 💋
Exfoliating Sensitive Skin 101☀️
I have combination skin that is very sensitive and acne-prone so I need to be very careful when I exfoliate that my physical exfoliants aren’t too harsh and my chemical ones aren’t too strong. ☀️Physical exfoliants contain a rougher material like sugar or grains and when used against skin, you remove dead skin cells and reveal newer skin. Some can be too harsh and the Apricot Scrub by St Ives is an example of that. Some are so harsh they actually leave tiny cuts in the skin, leaving it prone and exposed! There are some that I like such as the Acure Blueberry Scrub and I find that is gentle enough to work for me on occasion. I only use a physical exfoliant maybe once a week and twice a week at most. It’s important to not over-exfoliate and when I do use a physical one, I prefer ones that are very gentle. One that I love is the Sand & Sky Enzyme Powder Polish which is my current favorite physical exfoliant. It’s so gentle and the ingredients are amazing for brightening and removing impurities. ☀️Chemical exfoliants are acids that get rid of dead skin that come in various concentrations. These include AHA, BHA and PHA acids. With regular usage, skin can feel smoother and look more even. It can also help with clogged pores! I love Farmacy’s Honeymoon Glow for this personally but I’ve also heard good things about the PHAT Glow Facial by Olehenrikson! The important thing is to listen to your skin and what it needs that day! Exfoliating doesn’t need to be done constantly if your skin is too sensitive for that. I’ll do it about two times a week and tend to alternate between physical and chemical exfoliants. FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serum SAND&SKY - Australian Emu Apple Enzyme Powder Polish
SAND&SKY-Australian Emu Apple Enzyme Powder Polish
✨S U N D A Y • R I L E Y via H E L L O A V A — ✨Happy Monday to all skincare fam! As you can see my little sundayriley family is growing and it's all thanks to the lovely and educated team over at helloava 🌟 . ✨A skincare consulting service that uses AI to assist in taloring a full routine with curated brands to will do the best for your skin. The best is you get a dedicated dermatologist who provides a thoroughal questionnaire about your skin concerns, sleep habits and more🌟 . ✨One the consultation and questionnaire are complete you use get a complete curated recommendation list of products and brands the fix your price range. You mix and match until you have a completely customize routine full with products that can successfully address your needs🌟 . ✨Whats funny is that my dermatologist choose a few names that I already had in my stash and/or routines but the sundayriley choices were serious surprises for me. Now I get to use them and know with full confidence they are really improving my skin concerns which were acne, clogged pores, dullness and redness🌟 . ✨Out of my suggestions I picked up the cermanic slip cleanser for deep clean my pores, the Juno facial oil for the antioxidants to unclog and C.E.O for bring glowing skin to battle dullness. Overall I can see and feel how much the acne has subsided and how bright my skin looks. It’s all highly effective and I can’t stop patting on the facial oil, like I CANT! I'm definitely a sundayriley fan now with helloava help I can always choose the right product🌟
SUNDAY RILEY-CEO 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum
✨ MY MORNING ROUTINE ✨
i work every day and about half the day is spent outside, so my morning skincare routine is quick and easy. my skin has had a JOURNEY and i’m so proud of how far i’ve come with the help of this routine! all these products are good use for mostly oily, combination, and occasionally sensitive skin. i’ve been using all of these products together for at least 3 months, some for far longer. here are my morning products! YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser i LOVE this cleanser. i use one pump every day in the morning and i adore how it makes my skin feel. it’s super soft, lathers nicely, and smells like a green smoothie! i often use it in the shower in the morning, but i’ll use it when i’m not showering too. i have mostly oily skin and this cleanser makes my skin feel so clean, yet doesn’t feel stripping. OLE HENRIKSEN - Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub i use this once or twice a week. it’s the best to use in a hot shower due to the activated ingredients that heat on your face. it’s a mini sauna, just as the name suggests. it’s perfect for oily skin and clears out the junk from my pores, as well as prevents future blackheads. it’s always best to minimize use of physical exfoliators, because they can damage your skin barrier, but this exfoliator isn’t super abrasive. it’s still probably best to use a couple times a week at maximum and follow with a moisturizer and/or a sunscreen. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum i LOVE this serum! it lasts forever and is super hydrating. this serum has pineapple ceramide, pro-vitamin b5, and sodium hyaluronate. it’s packed with vitamins that are set to hydrate. there’s honestly no true dupe to this product! i apply one pump once a day in the morning as suggested use with c-firma (see review below). DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum this is the best vitamin c serum out there. i’ve heard of dupes, but i’ve never wanted to sway from my tried and true. if asked when i first started using this product, i would have rated it 4 stars, because without damp skin (or b-hydra), it doesn’t apply as easily as it should. i find it’s very tacky to apply without either damp skin or b-hydra. when paired with b-hydra, as suggested, it applies like a dream. one pump of c-firma and one pump of b-hydra and i’m set for the morning. it covers skin texture, dullness, and any fine lines and wrinkles. RENÉE ROULEAU - Weightless Protection 30 as everyone is aware by now, sunscreen is a MUST in your morning routine. i find this one doesn’t leave a white cast or look oily on the skin. i also find that i don’t need a moisturizer when using this sunscreen. this is perfect for every day use and is an amazing primer for any following makeup (or none).
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Skincare routine recommended by sister and hyram
So, I thought I'd give skincare a shot during quarantine and it's been 2 weeks since I've used these products. Would like to say my skin has been looking better than before (just used bar soap and called it a day). I have combination normal/oily skin and one of my problems are pores. I just started using Paula's choice 2% BHA and apparently it's meant to shrink your pores, so here I am testing the product. I'll get back within a month with results, but in the meantime I've experiened pretty soft skin thus far, so I reckon it's working. I would like to have some moisturiser recommendations suitable for my skin type, as I picked up the QV moisturiser from a local chemist with no prior research (not sure if it's the best for my skin). I heard that witch hazel isn't the best for the skin and this particular moisturiser includes that, so let me know if you find any good ones. Steps. 1. Youth to the people cleanser (leaves skin feeling soft) 2. Paula's choice 2% BHA exfoliant 3. Niacinamide serum 10% + zinc 1% 4. QV moisturizer
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Summer GLOWUP Nighttime Routine 🤩🤩
This summer, we are ALL about glowing up!! In my opinion, the best time to apply your major ~glow up~ products is at night. It allows you to apply more products and then let them soak in overnight. I start off by washing my face with Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser. I love the way the bottle looks, and it is so gentle and moisturizing. After cleansing, I apply my Paula’s Choice BHA leave-on to exfoliate my face. Once this has soaked in I apply my Tatcha’s Violet-C serum to help brighten my skin and give it a good dose of antioxidants. I am trying to reduce redness on my face, so then I apply my treatment which is The Ordinary’s EUK 134*. Finally, I apply Laneige’s Sleeping Mask as my moisturizer. I am not crazy about this product, so I am in the process of finding something else to use as a night cream! I finish off by applying castor oil to my brows and lashes with a clean mascara wand. I let all of this soak in and then wake up to brighter and more even skin!
LANEIGE-Cica Sleeping Mask
Your Skin Routine For: Oily, Large Pores, Acne
A highly requested example routine targeting: acne, enlarged pores, orange peel texture, and/or oily skin. These are example products, the ingredient/step focus is the idea being communicated. I made sure to name favourites that my sensitive, combo skin loves! 1. Oil/Balm Cleanser: Makeup and sunscreen can both be hard to fully get off skin, so be sure to deep-clean skin with an oil-based cleanser! The Inkey List can’t be beaten for the price and quality combo. 2. Foam/Gel/Cream Cleanser: Get off any residual first cleanser as well as whatever grime managed to survive it. Make sure to thoroughly rinse and not use hot water. Paula’s Choice has a variety of affordable cleaners but CeraVe is a skinstagram favourite. 3. Hyaluronic Acid: Skin needs hydration, but it’s easy to over-moisturizer whenever you have oily skin or congestion. Using a hyaluronic acid (or sodium hyaluronate) serum keeps skin bouncy without overwhelming oilier skin types! The Ordinary HA + B5 has a cult following but my favourite is the Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster. 4. Niacinamide: Niacinamide normalizes pores to regulate sebum production and has promising research for its acne-reducing properties. Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster helped my orange peel texture on my chin so much! The Inkey List Niacinamide‘s is my second favourite since it’s simple and effective without potentially irritating zinc like the Ordinary’s. 5. Salicylic Acid: Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid is touted as a game changer for so many people I know, and me too! Salicylic acid deep-cleans pores (moreso than AHAs) and helps to decongest + exfoliate skin. A budget BHA I would recommend is The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution. 6. Moisturizer: I believe pretty much all skin needs a moisturizer unless you’re the oiliest (but not dehydrated) of oily or the most normal of normal skin. A simple, nourishing moisturizer that isn’t too heavy is easy to find: CeraVe Ultralightweight lotions, Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer or Probiotic Nutrient Moisturizer, The Ordinary’s NMF + HA, and Stratia Liquid Gold are all wonderful and affordable.
The Ordinary-Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
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