The Magic of Hyaluronic Acid!!
Hyaluronic acid is a major player in the skincare game because it is a humectant that adds hydration while being very gentle to the skin. It is actually found naturally in our skin that helps to retain moisture, so the skin feels plump and really hydrated. However, we tend to lose it as we get older. I love this ingredient because it has antioxidant properties that are soothing and restorative to the skin. It makes a really good hydrator because it can hold water up to 1000 times its weight. The Eaoron Hyaluronic Acid Collagen Face Mask and Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly are two products that I currently enjoy using, which contains hyaluronic acid. Eaoron Hyaluronic Acid Collagen Face Mask $18: I feel that this product is able to really exploit the benefit of hyaluronic acid because my skin becomes hydrated and soft after using it every time. The sheet mask is very thin and hugs my face tightly, without leaving any gap in between, which allows my entire face to absorb nutrients effectively. My face appears plumper and brighter afterward. I enjoy the hydration this face mask provides, but I find the essence on the sheet mask rather thick and sticky. Nevertheless, it is not overly heavy on the skin and my skin feels fine even if I don’t wash it off. I massage the residue into my skin. I would definitely repurchase it. Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly $49: This product functions as a lightweight moisturizer. It comes in a very watery, gel texture that feels very refreshing on the face. I find this to be the lightest moisturizer that I have used so far, which is very suitable for oily skin. Despite its thin gel texture, it is quite moisturizing because of the hyaluronic acid. I am impressed by its ability to hydrate the skin, given its texture, and I would use it during summer times. However, its hydration does not last long and I find myself always needing an extra layer of moisturizer to lock in my skin’s moisture. Given its price, I would not repurchase it because there are so many other lightweight moisturizers that do a better job for cheaper.
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My Skincare Routine to Fix Acne-Prone Skin
I have been struggling with breakouts ever since I was a little kid. Throughout the years, I have developed a skincare routine that works well for when I am breaking out. I am sure that even those with perfect skin can sometimes get a pimple or two on their faces, and that requires a change from their usual skincare routine to help reduce the breakouts. I have extremely oily skin, and that causes a lot of sebum buildup on my face. The oils can get mixed up with the dirt and dead skin cells on the surface of my face, clogging my pores and ending up breaking me out. This left me with a lot of acne scars all over the face and uneven skin texture. My breakouts are often triggered by staying up late, hormonal imbalance during my period, or eating unhealthy foods. Skincare Routine Step One: Cleanse well using La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Anti-Acne Cleanser $20 / 200 ml LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser for Oily Skin I always come back to this cleanser when I am breaking out because it cleanses well and is very mild. It is in a gel texture that foams up nicely when in contact with water. After using it, my face feels clean and soft, and all the oils and dirt are wiped away without overdrying my skin. This product contains thermal spring water that softens, soothes, and protects the skin, and Zinc PCA that helps regulate sebum production. I did realize that my skin becomes less oily throughout the day if I use this cleanser consistently for a month. I also noticed fewer blackheads. I am happy with the price because of its effectiveness in reducing breakouts and the amount of product that could last me for weeks. I would definitely recommend it to my friends and family and repurchase this product when I am having breakouts again. Step Two: Tone and soothe the skin using Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray $20 / 300 ml Avène - Thermal Spring Water Spray This face mist is super effective in calming the skin. My face immediately feels refreshed and less red whenever I use it. My skin often feels irritated, itchy, and painful when I am breaking out, so I like to use this face mist after cleansing to tone and soothe my skin. It also contains thermal spring water that soothes and calms sensitive skin. It is very affordable considering its big size. Once again, I would highly recommend people with any skin type to give it a try, and you will notice a big improvement in your skin condition. Step Three: Hydrate using Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly Anti-Pollution $70 / 200 ml CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly I like to use this moisturizer when I am experiencing breakouts because of its incredibly lightweight water jelly textures and its anti-pollution aspect. As I mentioned before, my pimples usually form from the mix of dirt and oils on my face. This moisturizer has clean shield technology that locks in moisture for the skin while filtering out the bad stuff from the environment. The clean shield technology is formulated with a moisture barrier blend of sunflower seed cake, barley extract, and cucumber fruit extract. The product also contains hyaluronic acid which acts as a natural moisture humectant. I noticed that my skin becomes less irritable and breaks out less when I started using this product despite the bad air quality outside. There is definitely less dirt blocking my pores, and the product’s lightweight texture feels very refreshing on the skin. It did not suffocate my oily skin and gets absorbed into the skin quickly. It claims to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and improve resiliency. Its oil-free formula leaves a non-sticky finish on my face, which I really like, and leaves no residue. My skin feels smooth, strong, and healthy with a pure, clean glow.
Effective Quick 3-Step Morning Routine
Skincare should be fuss-free, effective and simple! We all have those days where we just want to get out of bed, do a quick morning skincare routine and jump straight into the day’s activities. This is my fuss-free and effective skincare routine to prep my combination skin for the day ahead. A cleansed face is the foundation to great skin and I start the routine with Simple Kind to Skin Moisturizing Facial Wash. Readily available in drugstores, the clean and paraben-free cleanser is suitable for daily use to provide a gentle yet thorough cleanse while maintaining skin's natural barrier. I generally lean towards a gentle cleanser in the morning and this is perfect. The creamy formula is infused with Bisabolol, from chamomile, known to soothe and calm skin along with Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E. It works into a gentle lather which allows my skin to feel clean still. However, do note that the cleanser contains sodium laureth sulfate. Skip it if you tend to get clogged pores or acne breakouts easily. US$4.89 for 5oz Simple - Refreshing Facial Wash Gel Next, I follow-up with a moisturizer to balance my skin. For quick mornings, I use Clinque’s lightweight water-jelly face moisturizer to deliver hydration repair plus pollution protection. Suitable for all skin types, the unique jelly moisturizer is easy to apply all over the skin quickly without leaving a sticky residue. My skin feels smooth, strong and healthy with a pure, clean glow. US$29.50 for 125ml. Pictured here is a 15ml tube. CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly The last step of my quick routine is sunscreen! I cannot start my day without it. It is absolutely vital to apply sunscreen, even if you are staying indoors all day. My pick is Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion - SPF 55. The broad spectrum sunscreen lotion goes on easily and absorbs quickly for an invisible, weightless feel. It leaves zero ashy or white cast which I really like. The lightweight formula is oxybenzone-free and made with Helioplex, which provides superior sun protection against UVA/UVB rays. US$15.99 for 8oz Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 55
November Favourites Some of my purchases this month that have made my favourites... indeed labs Vit C24 an amazing strength vitamin C... what I’ve learnt is less is best with how much to use and I’ve managed to slot it in with my other products perfectly and really noticing the brightening bybi Babe Balm has saved my face from the cold, used on dry patches, on lips, even as a eye gloss! cosrx Ultimate Moisturising Honey Overnight Mask packed full of my new favourite ingredient Propolis amazing for dry skin, oily skin, it has amazing healing properties!
Quarantine essentials ✨
A big stack of anime and skincare favorites! I got the ELEMIS - Superfood CICA Calm Hydration Juice in my Boxycharm last month and I’ve been LOVING IT. It adds another layer of hydration and is super soothing on my skin. I’m using my Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Gel-Cream again and it’s great for the spring and summer months since it’s lightweight. What are your quarantine essentials?
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💫Neutrogena Bright Boost Gel Cream 💫
Neutrogena - Bright Boost Gel Cream About me 🤗 and the product 💫Skin type/skin tone I have combination skin. My skin tone is warm ivory with a slight reddish discoloration in my cheeks 🧐I also have some freckles across my cheeks and my nose bridge. 💫Product function The product claims to brighten the face by visibly reducing dullness and dark spots. It also claims to improve the skin tone, texture and fine lines. 💫Texture/consistency The texture and consistency of the product is a rich watery 💦 gel that is easily spreadable on the skin. The product also has a pretty light pink hue to it and a pretty slight shimmer. 💫Packaging The packaging is a standard twist top plastic container that is pretty leak proof. The colors of the product is also really pretty and paired well with white words on a pink background. Beauty story📖 💫Overall experiece I love Neutrogena products and I hate my dark spots so as soon as I saw the Neutrogena Bright Boost line of products released, I grabbed two items immediately. This gel cream and illuminating Serum (in the next post). I started using this product along with the serum in my nightly routine. 💫Verdict 🤷🏻♀️ I really like the texture and consistency of this product. It provides mositure to my skin without the heavy and clogging feeling. The gel cream is also so easy to apply and is absorbed into my skin fairly quickly, allowing my skin to not feel sticky or tacky. After using this product for over 2 months, I did notice that my skin was not as dull anymore but I did not notice a reduction of my dark spots. My skin tone stayed the same just brightened a bit but my skin did feel smoother. I dont have fine lines yet so not sure if this product helps in that aspect. Also, I'm not sure if my skin looked brighter due to the tiny shimmers in the cream itself or if it really did brighten my skin up due to the AHAs, PHAs, glycolic and mandelic acids🤔. 💫Recommend?✅❎ I would recommend this product to people who are looking for a good cream that slightly brightens their skin and provides a good amount of moisture 💧 . I feel like this product is good for all skin types since it didnt cause any breakouts nor irritation after using it for a while. 💫Worth it?💰 This product retials for $ 19.99 for 1.7fl oz. This product is slightly pricey but I'm pretty neutral in whether or not this product is worth it since the results of it brightening my skin was not extremly noticable.🤷🏻♀️
Neutrogena-Bright Boost Gel Cream
𝐆𝟐𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐇𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐋𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐒𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐚𝐜𝐤 PRODUCT INFO: The line that provides moisturizing for dry skin. The essence of this sleeping pack sinks deeply and quickly into dull skin and gives nutrition and vitality of skin at night. While sleeping, it helps skin's recovery and provide moisture during the night. - Nourishment of the skin is the most active at night, packed with nutrients packed with moisture, skin care from the skin source. - Fill your skin with care while sleeping, without the burden of having to remove it after the pack. - Provide moisture and nutrients to the skin and helps the skin with long-lasting rough skin and lack of gloss. - Form the soft moisturizing film to prevent moisture evaporation and optimize water balance to ensure comfortable skin. - Gently moisturizes and nourished the skin without leaving it sticky. KEY INGREDIENTS: Inositol - Continuous moisturizing effects while sleeping. Ceramide - Protects skin with a barrier of moisturization and strengthening. Sea Water - Essential minerals - cell regeneration + strengthen cellular energy. It is packed with magnesium. MY THOUGHTS: This has a pleasant light scent that dissipated and will not irritate those that are scent sensitive. My skin felt exactly how it claims - nourished and hydrated. I used this as a last step in my nighttime skin routine and it fits in so well. What I really loved though is it doesn't take much product to apply a thin layer to my face and neck so do not let the price tag of $43.99 scare you as you will get your money's worth. Available at Amazon for $43.99 and is WORTH IT.
G2CELL-Intensive Hydrating Line Sleeping Pack
Kiehls Calendula serum infused water cream!
The Kiehls calendula serum infused water cream is a weightless water cream infused with concentrated calendula serum! It can be solutions for dryness, dullness, and uneven texture! It is best for normal to oily skin types. The texture of this is a lightweight gel-cream, that feels like a drink of water on your face! I absolutely love this cream but is definitely geared toward oily skin types! I received it as a promo code on Sephora about 5 months ago and it is amazing! It is very hydrating, didn’t break me out, and I didn’t see big results because my skin is on the dryer side and this is geared more for oily skin types! I would recommend this to others because it does have an amazing texture and feeling on the face it also smells so fresh. It is worth the $50 for 1.7oz for people with oily skin!🍊⭐️
Kiehl's-Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream
Hey loves! Today I want to talk about a brand I discovered that is SO good and really took me by surprise. Its called instytutum and was founded by Nataliia Derkach, MD, PhD, a visionary and top pharmaceutical executive who’s dream was to create her own skincare brand and products that deliver outstanding results. She teamed up with scientists with at least 30 years experience in the skincare industry and created Instytutum: a result driven skincare brand. The products were the C-Illuminating 3D Moisturizer and a Flawless Skin Mask. ⠀ ➰ The C-Illuminating 3D Moisturizer is basically glow in a jar. Everything about it is perfect, from the packaging, to the texture and the scent. The feel is incredible, it glides on and leaves the skin with a healthy pearlescent glow. It’s the ultimate priming moisturiser and I have also discovered it’s perfect partner on days when a little extra tan is needed with the glow: D-Bronzi. O.M.G. Total amazingness. 😎 ⠀ The C-Illuminating 3D Moisturizer contains vitamin C to brighten, multi-molecular Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, and Tripeptide-1 to boost collagen production. This also contains probiotics to help maintain a healthy skin barrier and ensure moisture loss is kept to a minimum. Shea Butter and Vitamin E help soothe and hydrate the skin, calm inflammation and relieve any tightness. (Full ingredients below for anyone interested) ⠀ ➰ The Flawless Skin Mask comes in a set of 5 and costs £68. It is a Sheet Mask split in two (bottom and top part) to make it easy to fit on the face. It’s unlike any other wet sheet mask I used in the sense that the material just sits on the skin nicely. I’m not a fan of wet sheet masks generally but I have to say I really enjoyed this. For anyone who loves sheet masks this is the mothership. ⠀
INSTYTUTUM-C-Illuminating 3D moisturiser
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