How I Shrunk and Tightened my Pores ✅
Hey Cherie Sisters 👯♀️ Happy Friday! My skin is normal to dry and I suffer from large pores, sun spots, dullness and acne scars from my teenage years. My skin care routine included a cleanser, a toner and a moisturizer. It wasn’t until recently that I stepped it up with the serums, essences and exfoliates. I have been watching Dr. Dray on YouTube. She is a dermatologist and skin care enthusiast and she mentioned the importance of Niacinamade which is a vitamin B3. My biggest concern is my large pores and this claims to promote a brighter skin and minimize your pores. While doing research on Niacinamide, I came across Hyram’s video regarding minimizing pores. He swears by the 2% BHA exfoliant by Paula’s Choice. This has over 3000+ reviews on their website and has numerous positive reviews on YouTube. After I did a careful research, I found that 10% niacinamde booster by Paula’s Choice Skincare might be the best choice. I bought the BHA exfoliant as well. Ole Henriksen’s Glow 2OH’s Toner was my go-to, but it has a strong scent to it. PC BHA is fragrance free and feels much lighter on the skin. I have only used this product for 2 weeks so I can’t do a depth review, but so far I like it. This also helps shrink my break outs faster which is a plus PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator I use the 10% niacinamide during the day time and night time. I expected the consistency to be oily - similar to DE’s Marula Oil, but this feels straight up like water. It feels good and cool on my skin. I’ve only used this for 2 weeks but so far I noticed my face is a lot brighter and glowy. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster I used to get Botox for preventative wrinkles. I get injected by a plastic surgeon and he recommended I wear sunscreen on the daily. I used to not wear sunscreen b/c I didn’t think I needed it. I am on the tanner side and believed the myth that only fair skinned people needed them. I was proven wrong by my injector and he recommended I use ELTA MD’s sunscreen. I love this sunscreen because it also moisturizes. It has a creamy consistency similar to a moisturizer. I hate that sticky feeling that most sunscreens give so this is perfect. This also contains Hyaluronic Acid which is a plus! It’s also cheaper than most high end sunscreens on the market. elta md SKINCARE - UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40
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Oct. 9, 2020
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FINALLY! It’s mine!
This is one brand I’ve been stalking and I’ve finally got my hands on the highly raved, much talked about PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator I’d say what really draws me to this particular brand is its commitment to highly effective, well tested products. I feel they really listen to their customers and value their feedback. Well, imagine my surprise when in pops an email from a Paula’s Choice social media team member asking for my address to send me some products just for being me?!? I couldn’t respond fast enough with a...., “YES!” I’m not sure why I’ve been sleeping on this brand for so long. I follow so many diehard fans that swear and have visual proof of the changes their products have made. I have a feeling it’s all going to change after this... Just a little about PC if you haven’t heard of the brand (taken from the website) : Did you know that the founder, Paula was actually fired from her job working at a cosmetic counter for explaining to a customer what products could and couldn’t do for their skin? (This is what we need more of!! I was immediately drawn to the brand when I first heard about that!) Our Philosophy ￼Science & Truth ￼Highly Effective ￼Formulary Excellence ￼Non-irritating & Fragrance Free ￼Multi-faceted Formulas ￼Cruelty Free ￼Packaged for Potency ￼Environmentally Conscious On the website you can find Skincare Quizzes that can help you develop a Instant Routine or develop a more in-depth Routine at no cost! You can also find Expert Advice Articles on just about any subject you’re curious about. Have a question about ingredients? They have every ingredient known in the beauty industry—-a go-to resource for everyone! Everyone needs to use this! With Paula’s Choice you can choose individual skincare products or you can have an entire skincare routine developed from start to finish! I’ve had on my wishlist, along with the exfoliator I just received, their PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist C15 Super Booster PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster PAULA'S CHOICE - Peptide Booster PAULA'S CHOICE - Anti-Aging Eye Gel Honestly, I want to try it all! I’d probably start swapping out some of the products I currently use for similar items. For instance, I am looking for a replacement vitamin c so I’d trade mine out for theirs. Then the Niacinamide and Hyaluronic and so on. I’m definitely going to do the skincare quiz and see what’s recommended for me! Do you use any Paula’s Choice products? What’s your favorite? Please share! 😘 I’ll be back in a few weeks to tell you what I think of this exfoliator! ❤️🍒
This is my one month update on my skin. I have been using tretinoin cream every 3 nights & and the clindamycin phosphate lotion morning and night. I then decided to change my skincare routine to a Korean & Japanese skincare, and I’m very happy I made the choice. On December 3rd I went to get a customized facial and my esthetician told me I have acne that is clogged pores underneath my skin, so she did a deep extraction and in another few weeks I’m going to get one more done just to make sure they are all out. FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm I was using the dhc deep cleaning oil but it was too thick for me so I switch to this and it is light and not stripping, good for a oil cleanse or a first cleanse TATCHA - The Rice Wash Skin-Softening Cleanser this cleanser is a nice hydrating cleanser and it does not strip my skin at all Krave - Kale-Lalu-yAHA I just started using this exfoliant but I really like it and I seen results right after I used it Krave - Great Barrier Relief this serum is another I just started using but I love it, and it have a nice smell to it Krave - The Beet Shield this sunscreen does not leave a white cast on my face, and I don’t feel greasy after PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster this products is helping me get rid of my acne marks that I have from my facial PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster I just love this! This is helping with my acne and dark marks dear, klairs - Fundamental Water Gel Cream I have to use a light weight moisturizer so it won’t clog my pores
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MY 2X WEEK NIGHT ROUTINE (MONDAYS & FRIDAYS)
1. BIODERMA - Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water *I use it every night for double cleansing 2. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser 3. I'm from - Rice Toner 4. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator It’s gently for my extremely dry skin, it absorbs quickly, it texture it’s like water, and doesn’t have a smell or color. **I only use it on my nose & chin and if I have a pimple on it too** 5. íUNIK - Black Snail Restore Serum Love this serum, it’s hydrating, if you keep it on a cold place when you use it it feels soo good on your skin. 6. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Cicaplast Baume B5 for Dry Skin Irritations Since I’m using a BHA I use it to keep a better hydration, and moisturizing skin. And if I have any irritation in other parts of my face I use it there too
Overhyped products; didn’t see a difference
I’ve used these products consistently over the period of a couple months (not necessarily in combination with each other). I haven’t noticed a difference and realize I don’t particularly love the feel of serums and oils. Here’s my review of each product individually and one ordinary product that I do feel like makes a difference. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator I was super excited to try and love this product and was mainly wanting help with blackheads on my nose. I haven’t noticed a difference even when using the product twice a day for a couple months. The product is very oily and it’s easy to get all over the bottle. Not a toner that can be used without a cotton pad The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 I don’t love the textures of these products and am disappointed not seeing a difference after using consistently and over half the bottle is gone. dear, klairs - Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop This product is very oily. I want to include vitamin C in my skincare routine but just didn’t enjoy this particular one. e.l.f. - Happy Hydration Cream I love all of elf’s products and bought this thinking I would love it. It leaves a white cast and I don’t like the feel when I put this moisturizer on, because of this I have been using it just at night I order to not waste the product. Elf has much better products than this one for sure! One product I do like: The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution I’ve started using this once a week and believe it is helping with my blackheads. It is drying and I have sensitive skin so if you’re like me I would suggest only once a week for 8 min and consider a hydrating mask afterwards.
Quick lil skin update
Phew my skin has calmed down so much since the last time I posted 10 days ago. I cannot even explain how bad purging was for me. I realized I had so much gunk clogged in my pores it was insane! My skin is finally calming down and getting smoother. Not completely, still have hyperpigmentation and some small comedones but I feel like I’m finally over the worst part🤞🏽😅 My current skin care routine definitely feels less harsh than what I was using in the beginning and is as follows: AM Routine: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser Gentle on my skin in the morning, not stripping or drying but kinda pricey I feel like you could find a similar, cheaper option SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face OilJust started using this for the past week so I can’t tell if it’s doing anything yet but it’s fast absorbing AND it’s THD Ascorbate (as opposed to Ascorbic Acid) meaning it’s more stable, can be mixed with niacinamide and other higher pH ingredients AND has a longer shelf-life The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HAAlso just started using this so not sure if it’s doing anything CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin A+, love to death elta md SKINCARE - UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 Another ride or die🤞🏽 PM Routine: BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil I’ve learned that I love cleansing OILS as opposed to balms but there are cheaper options out there ☺️ CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin Started using this again at night and so glad I did! It really feels like it’s cleaning and getting into my pores 🧼 (key: after washing my face for a minute I let the wash sit for another minute or 2 to let the SA really sink in) SKINCEUTICALS - Blemish + Age Defense MY HOLY GRAIL. Has really transformed my skin in the past 2 weeks, definitely recommend if you’ve got the budget cause this bad boy sits at $92 PURITO - Centella Green Level Calming Toner I apply this thick calming toner 15 minutes after letting my skinceuticals absorb in my skin and it’s so calming love it ACURE - Radically Rejuvenating Eye Cream Love this thick eye cream especially when I put it in my skin care fridge, not sure if it does more than moisturize though THE inkey LIST - Ceramide Night Treatment Nice consistency, not too heavy or light, but not sure if it does anything yet The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane 2 drops at night to seal everything in, has my skin waking up glowy and non irritated ✨
Spf✨ even on rainy days 🌧
A no make up day so I get to reapply my favorite sunblock throughout the day As well as lip balm with spf! elta md SKINCARE - UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 I’m a fan fav and ordered the 46 spf one last night since that one is for acne prone skin I have noticed a little piling when I re apply throughout the day but this could be due to the moisturizer used underneath It claims to be a moisturizing spf so I should try to use it as so and not use moisturizer one of these days but for now I just incorporate into my moisturizer and oil combo or underneath make up COOLA - Classic Liplux Organic Lip Balm Sunscreen Original SPF 30 Is an extremely moisturizing lip balm that is 30spf I wouldn’t even look at something twice without at least 30spf so I’m glad this offers so much protection ,especially for my lips A great product that’s not oily and build able for smooth and moisturized lips
Which Niacinamide Serum Is For You?
There are tons of niacinamide serums, especially now that niacinamide has been catapulted into popularity by skinfluencers on Instagram, Youtube, TikTok, and Cherie. But there are a lot- what’s the difference, other than cost? Well, it’s the ingredient list. • PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster is my all-time favourite niacinamide product. Niacinamide, a vitamin C derivative, multiple antioxidants (CoQ10 being one of note), soothing allantoin, calming licorice root extract, and a variety of humectants that include sodium hyaluronate. This serum is hydrating, soothing, and brightening, in addition to its regulating oil production and minimizing the appearance of pores. Nothing has helped my sebaceous filaments like using this and PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator . I recommend this for all skin types, particularly dry, sensitive, and/or mature skin. • THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum is as simple as they come, with a short INCI list that touts niacinamide, multiple humectants (like actual hyaluronic acid which is also soothing), squalane, and allantoin. It’s a no-frills formula whose price is hard to pass up. I’d recommend this for all skin types, especially sensitive skin that may want to avoid a lot of different ingredients, or dry skin which will enjoy the inclusion of extra emollients. • The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is a weird serum for me. I personally don’t like it and had horrible results- my skin broke out into tiny red bumps and felt itchy anytime I applied even the most diluted droplet of it. But I later learned it is the Zinc PCA in the product that can sometimes cause the skin reaction. That Zinc PCA is part of why this serum is amazing for oily and acne prone skin- zinc helps to balance sebum (oil) production and can reduce the occurrence of acne. So if your skin likes zinc, this serum is 5/5 stars for the cost! Those sensitive to zinc will want to skip, as well as dry skin folks since the combo of niacinamide and zinc pca can be a bit drying if your serum production doesn’t need balancing. What are some other products you’d like to see me compare? #CheriePartner
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
The rage is real✨
PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster Paula’s choice 10% niacinamide booster is another product that has totally transformed my skin. Despite the price point, this product delivers 100% by minimizing the appearance of pores and aiding in the texture of skin. It has brightened up my skin within 2 months of using the niacinamide booster continuously. Within 6 months of using this product on a daily routine, you will see a significance difference in the sizes of your pores. In addition, the consistency of the product is somewhat oily which helps with hydration and leaves the skin looking healthy as ever. ——————————————— How to use? This particular product is best to use during the morning. Add this into your morning skin routine: cleanse tone drops of niacinamide moisturizer if needed SPF of 50 or higher ——————————————— Results As mentioned above, this product delivers the most. The appearance of my pores have significant decreased and I am so happy with how well this product fit right into my skin. It does not irritate the skin or feel greasy whatsoever. ———————————————— Recommend 95% If you have dehydrated skin and large pores and you’re looking to minimize the appearance of your pores, definitely invest in this product! The reason I say this product is a better fit for those with dry skin is because the consistency of the product is oily and I’m not sure how well it would work on someone with oily skin. Furthermore, the price point of this product is fairly expensive for the amount of product you receive. Regardless, it makes a huge difference on your skin and is worth it for these skin concerns!
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
Wake up with glowy (but not oily) skin 😴
I👏🏼am👏🏼obsessed👏🏼with👏🏼glowy👏🏼skin. I am always trying to find products that give me super glowy and bright skin. I’ve really enjoyed vitamin c products and specifically with the SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C SerumI think their combo of vitamin c and vitamin e is amazing (but $$$). So I’m always looking for ways to obtain a similar result. Enter, freshly juiced vitamin e mask! The good: + The texture is SO cool. It’s almost like a jello consistency and then when you start to work it in with your hands it melts into this more watery texture. It’s very cool, I haven’t tried a product like it before. + Very lightweight on the skin. + When I combine this with a vitamin c serum at night, I will wake up and my skin feels so smooth and bright. I always feel good about my skin the next morning. + Key ingredients include: vitamin e (antioxidant that brightens and works well with vitamin c), niacinimide (brightens and controls oil) and adenosine (claims to help with anti-aging). + Definitely appears to be helping my vitamin c fade some of my acne scars. There’s one in particular on my forehead that I’ve noticed a huge change in over the last few weeks. + A little goes a long way. The not so good? - I believe this is advertised as both a moisturizer and a sleeping mask. I think honestly this works best as a sleeping mask. - If you cant stand products with a slightly sticky texture, this might not be for you. - Although they claim Adenosine is a key ingredient, it’s fairly far down the ingredient list. - If you are sensitive to essential oils, I would also stay away because this product definitely has some citrus oils included (although it does smell very nice). Is it worth it? So this mask is around $25-$30 depending on where you buy it. I do think that’s a pretty fair price point actually! A little goes a long way when you use the product and the results are good. To me, worth it! Will I repurchase? If this continues to help with my acne scars, then yes, 100%. Ps I have combination (right now, it seems more oily than usual) and acne prone skin.
SKINCEUTICALS-C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum
GREAT BARRIER RELIEF // krave beauty After over two months of using this serum twice daily, it’s time I do a review! I’ve almost emptied my bottle and store it upside down to get every last use of the product out (unfortunately the pump wastes a lot of product at the bottom). Facts first: GBR is $28 for 40mls on the Krave Beauty site (US & Korea). It claims to be a skin repairing serum for a compromised skin barrier that evens complexion with star ingredients being tamanu oil, niacinamide, safflower oil, rosehip oil, squalane, ceramides, and cholesterols (in that order) in a thin, water based formula. I fell in love with the formula before I even purchased it after learning about it on YouTube (which I highly suggest doing!). tamanu oil has helped hyperpigmentation more than vitamin C or retinol has, which is crazy! Skin type: I have oily, dehydrated, acne prone skin with hyperpigmentation and scarring. I use chemical exfoliants and SPF daily, acne preventative products, and masks regularly. I always felt like my skin barrier needed something more. I looked toward this product because it seemed to be the “all-in-one” that targets all my issues in one product. My results: After the first week, I noticed a significant reduction in oiliness. My skin was BALANCED, more than it has ever been. With prolonged use, my hyperpigmentation from recent acne started fading more easily, and my skin felt so supple. After exfoliant peels, prolonged sun exposure, etc., my skin CRAVES this product because I know I can count on it to restore its balance. Although this is a supplemental product in Krave’s line, it definitely is a formula I think all skin types, with any skin concern, would enjoy! Will I repurchase? Eventually, yes. Is this a holy grail? Absolutely. Right now, I have other products I need to use and test. I also know that rosehip oil alone has been a savior of mine in the past, and my skin responds similarly to it as it does to GBR. I also have other products currently in my routine with niacinamide, ceramides, and balancing oils that I can use… Unless Krave wants to replenish me of course LOL
Krave-Great Barrier Relief
I wanted to share with you today my final thoughts about the klairs serum. I have posted a short review of it some time ago, but didn't like the photo and also some of you may not have seen it so I decided to post it again 😄 🍋 Star ingredients: Vitamin C - Ascorbic Acid (5%), Centella Asiatica Extract and many different fruit and roots extracts 🍋 Consistency: something like a dry oil, absorbs well but not to completely matte finish, pH level of 3.81 🍋 Performance: This was my first Vitamin C serum and at first I was afraid of this ingredient a bit because of my sensitive face. But this one never irritated my skin and it is super gentle. Regarding the effects, I really love how my skin is bright and calmed after using it. It works very well under make up and never turns my skin oily - I would say it's the opposite, keeps my sebum under control. I think it prevents hyperpigmentation a bit, but it wouldn't handle my stubborn post acne spots alone. I mostly use it in the morning (as they say vit C enhance the function of SPF) but when I leave it for the night, the skin is brighter, plump and complexion is more even the next morning 😊 🍋 TIP: It is best to keep it in the fridge as if you won't store it properly it may oxidize quickly! Overall this is a definitely 5 out of 5 to me and did I mention that it is my second bottle already? 💛 Now I want to try a serum with higher concentration of vitamin C but still, highly recommend this one!! Great introduction to those who want to start their journey with vitamin C 😊
dear, klairs-Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop
Vitamin c serum
This vitamin c claims to brighten and improve skin texture as well as reduce hyperpigmentation. It has a mild vit c concentration at 5%, so it's great for beginners or those with sensitive skin. I’ve been using it every morning for the past 2 months and it has noticeably brightened my face, but has been very slow in fading my acne scars. The texture feels oily and it takes a minute to absorb into the skin, but it layers smoothly with other products after. Because it comes in a clear bottle, there's a higher risk for it to oxidize prematurely. I've learned to keep it in the fridge and away from direct sunlight and this has worked well so far (once it turns yellow/brown, it loses its effectiveness). Overall for me, this is a good product for its price. 😊
dear, klairs-Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop
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