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ESSENCE: SK-II - Facial Treatment Essence (Pitera Essence)
I’ve been using this for years, I get it when I’m at a layover in Hong Kong or Korea so I get it significantly cheaper. However have I noticed anything? No. Nothing bad, nothing good. It is basically fermented rice for over $200. I have found so many dupes I’d like to try!
NEOGENLAB - Real Rerment Micro Essenceor MISSHA - Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx I are said to be better products for a fraction of the price so I will be buying when I run out!!! Fermented ingredients are wonderful for brightens, refining pores, hydration, improving texture, and is full of beneficial enzymes and peptides
Everyone needs vitamin c, and this is very reasonably priced, has a great formulation with vitamin E and ferulic acid, non sticky, and just disappears into the skin. TIP: Put in the refrigerator. I found that oxidising is just the nature of ascorbic acid, so this will prolong the life of your product!
CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream
I thought this would be too heavy, especially in the daytime. Nope! You can apply a little or a lot, it has Ceramides and totally does the job of moisturising and protecting that skin barrier, especially if you exfoliate a lot or use tretinoin. Do buy the one with the pump though!
Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock Broad Spectrum SPF 70
I love this because it’s super lightweight and rubs in so quickly! It does not pill, and I’m all for inexpensive sunscreen because you need A LOT. Ignore influencers who use a “pea size amount”. Not for sunscreen!!!! Slather it on!! Great sunscreens from Neutrogena are also Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50
and Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 55
. Dying dying dying to try PURITO - Centella Green Level Safe Sun!!!
✨✨Keep glowing!!✨✨
Nov. 21, 2020
Product Mentioned
PURITO - Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PURITO - Centella Green Level Safe Sun PURITO - Comfy Water Sun Block If you have any of these, you can get a refund! 💸💸 Yay! 🤩
for someone who has been dealing with acne for over 10 years, I’ve visited my fair share of derms and have done my own research through the web to find out more about ingredients and such to get my skin feeling and looking beautiful but also making sure it’s healthy 👌🏽 SWIPE👉🏽 to see me skin now vs a year ago 😛 So every single time anyone gives advice when it comes to have amazing skin is always about SPF! Sun protection is the #1 thing we all (girls & boys) regardless of skin concerns or skin types, everyone needs to find a good sunscreen to use!🌞 here are some reasons for sun protection and why it’s the most important skincare tip out there🤗 UV rays are some of the worst damage that can be done to your skin overtime and can lead to permanent damage to the skin Make sure to use a sunscreen everyday (365 days) regardless of if you are inside, outside, it’s raining or snowing, there is not sun etc. ( this has personally helped me a TON with my hyperpigmention from my acne) SPF helps make sure your skin is perfected to ensure the other products you do use to target things like fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin, hyperpigmention and acne actually works for you. Without using an SPF, you compromise the strength and integrating of all the expensive products you buy to help with your targeted skin concerns it OFC lowers your chance of skin cancer which is the most common form of cancer in the USA (legit just wear spf, like it’s not hard and this is super preventable) the best form of anti aging out there is a good SPF protecting you from both UVA & UVB so what are you waiting for? I’m sure we all want smooth skin but healthy skin is super important snd SPF is crucial for any kind of skin and all skin concerns 💕 also.... here are my two favourites! PURITO - Centella Green Level Safe Sun a great lightweight moisturizer; perfect for acne prone and oily skin types and melinated skin as this has NO white cast! COSRX - Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++ Great but this one isn’t better then the other as it has a SLIGHT white cast in the beginning and it’s not as hydrating as the purito one. If you like more of a matter finish to the skin, you will love this! Also non irritating at all! So that a plus for oily and sensitive skin #cheriepartner
Brands I love ❤️
For Valentine's day I figure I'd make a post about brands I LOVE and highly recomend! Paula’s choice I know I do not own many of her products and I think it’s because I want to try other brands as I explore the vast skincare world. I already know this one is trustworthy in my book. They not only have a great resource with their ingredient dictionary, but they use that knowledge and transparency to formulate great products. Even the negative reviews on this brand that I've seen still say they formulate very well. They are slightly on the pricey side (expect about $40 or more), but you cannot go wrong. I love their PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator especially and have used their PAULA'S CHOICE - Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer Krave Beauty They don’t carry a lot of products in their brand, but like a fine dining restaurant with a small menu, what they make is their specialty. Their products are reasonably priced and they focus on non-irritating effective ingredients to help your skin barrier. I currently have their Krave - Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser and their Krave - Great Barrier Relief Inkey List I love this brand and that they are making simple products with usually only once active and that allows people to try them to see how it effects their skin for a reasonable price. I currently have their rosehip oil because I didn’t know how my skin would react to it, but it’s known for hydrating and evening skin tone. I currently use their THE inkey LIST - Rosehip Oil Cosrx Another good brand that formulates well while still being very reasonably priced. I love their COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and COSRX - Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence CeraVe A tried and true brand. There is a reason why dermatologists recommend this. CeraVe is formulated with non irritating ingredients, that may make them seem “boring” by not being packed with actives, but effective. I have a few of their products. CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream CeraVe - Skin Renewing Night Cream and CeraVe - Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum
Only 3 months left on Roaccutane
Dermatologist appointment went well on Tuesday. She dropped me down to 10mg a day and said May will be my last month on Roaccutane! She said because my skin is so clear I could stop now, but I’d rather stick to the 12 month plan my GP suggested. I’ve been lucky not to get crazy side effects, and while there is still a chance of acne coming back I trust my derm’s plans for after stopping the medication. I’ll be getting prescribed a tretinoin moisturiser, and by November/December we will start laser treatment to help smooth out the deep scarring and hyperpigmentation. Also can’t wait to continue my tattoo journey once my skin is back to normal, I think that’s been the only truly hard part of this journey 😂 Simple - Hydrating Cleansing Oil Simple - Kind to Skin Moisturizing Facial Wash CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream OLAY - Regenerist Retinol 24 Max Fragrance-Free Night Hydrating Moisturizer
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Need a new Vitamin C serum? Look no further!✨
Y’ALL! I can’t even begin to tell you how much my skin has improved since incorporating this only several days ago! Although my skin has finally been on a slow upward trend in terms of healing dark spots and minimizing pores, the second I added this, that process started increasing SO FAST! I have always wanted to add a vitamin C serum to my routine, but I was always so nervous because I know some can be very potent, hard to keep, too reactive, etc. Like you always should, I did a 24hr patch test prior to introducing the serum, and no irritation whatsoever! SOME BY MI - Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum Along with pure Vitamin C, this serum also contains Galactomyces! If you don’t know, this is a nutrient yeast and byproduct of fermented sake! If you’re familiar with SK-II, it’s the same ingredient that they call their PITERA essence. (SK-II - Facial Treatment Essence (Pitera Essence)) This serum is jam packed with so many great nutrients for your skin and I have LOVED using it! I store mine in the fridge to avoid oxidizing since that is a very common occurrence with pure Vitamin C, and I apply in the AM and PM after toner, following a moisturizer! Since adding this serum, I have minimized my routine of other essences and serums at the moment so that I am able to see the full effects of the serum, without any reactivity from my other actives. It has given me such glowy skin and my dark spots fade more and more each day I wake up, as well as reducing my dark circles! I ABSOLUTELY recommend!!!!
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.
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Too much money!
Just finished the SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum and LOVED IT but it breaks the bank...wish I could afford $166 every few months for this. I think my plan is I’m going to try a couple other products and see if they are just as good or if I’m going to have to make the sacrifice in the end. So I’m going to try MAELOVE - Glow Makerand see how this Vitamin C works and it only cost $27.95! I heard about this one from@Dr.Tomassianand I am very excited to try this one! I’ll let you guys know if I can see a difference when the bottle is done.
My top 3 products for GLOWY skin ✨
These 3 have been my ritual for hydrated, glowy, happy, healthy skin !!💦☺️💗 It all starts with creating a smooth canvas... BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE - LOTION P50 PIGM 400 This product truly keeps my skin happy. It has evened out my texture, closed comedones while brightening! This formulation is targeted at brightening and its main ingredient is niacinamide follow by some AHAs + BHAs🌼 Then something to brighten dull skin... MAELOVE - Glow Maker My favorite Vitamin C product to date!! You truly notice the difference within days of use and it has lightened up some tough dark spots. I love the watery formula as it allows for a really smooth and luscious application. It features Vitamin C + Vitamin E + Ferulic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid for a boost of hydration. Plus the price can’t be beat 😝 Finally a moisturizer to lock all the magic in... FARMACY - Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer with Moringa and Papaya The glow this moisturizer gives you cannot be beat! You will wake up in the morning with your pores seemingly filled and an appearance of really smooth skin. I love wearing this during the day time too for a subtle dewy no make up look. The ingredients I’m excited about are Niacinamide, Sodium Polyglutamate and 4 types of Hyaluronic Acid!! Not to mention is smells heavenly 🪴
Current Morning Routine (Products Only)
CeraVe - Hydrating Cream-To-Foam Cleanser LANCÔME - Tonique Confort Comforting Rehydrating Toner Montgomery 32 Beauty Aglow Serum CeraVe - Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum SOAP & GLORY - Puffy Eye Attack Turbo-Boost Hydragel Freck BEAUTY - RICH BITCH NEIBOURHOOD BOTANICALS - The Daily Glow Facial Oil Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50
Battle of the sunscreens ☀️🧴
Ever since the purito ‘scandal’ I went into a sunscreen shopping spree and tried a few. PURITO - Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ - I loved this sunscreen, it was moisturizing, didn’t leave my face oily or with a white cast and offered supposedly SPF 50 protection. Some lab results tested it and it came back at around SPF 19 and another test came back at SPF 30ish. I obviously no longer count on this sunscreen as my primary sunscreen but when working from home and far from windows I wear it and try to reapply it, not throwing it away until it’s finished! It’s an affordable physical sunscreen. Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50 - this sunscreen is a chemical sunscreen. I learned after I bought it that one of the ingredients is not good for the coral reefs so never buying again. It burns, leaves my face oily and has a strong scent that I don’t like. As a chemical sunscreen it doesn’t leave a white cast. ETUDE - Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk SPF 50+ PA+++ - I bought this off of a recommendation for a substitution for the purito one. It’s very light and absorbs easily but it does leave a white cast which lead me to buy the next one. Australian Gold - Botanical Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 50 - this sunscreen is awesome. I never wear makeup so I was nervous I’d look weird/different with a tinted sunscreen but that’s not the case. The color is to offset the white cast that is hard to not have with a mineral sunscreen. It’s pretty affordable at $10 for 3oz. Though I’ve tried multiple sunscreens I’m not done experimenting and trying new ones, just waiting to use up these four first. I go through sunscreens pretty fast though, with using them everyday and having to reapply once or twice. Let me know what your experience with these sunscreens has been and if you have any recommendations for physical sunscreens that don’t leave a white cast and don’t leave your face oily!
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Minis that I loved 💘
Happy Mini Monday 👌🏾 These are some products that I actually loved and bought bigger sizes of: SOL de Janeiro - Brazilian Bum Bum Cream . Smells heavenly and leaves my skin so soft. This is costly, but its so worth it. HERBIVORE - Blue Tansy Mask . I’ve never finished a mini so fast. My skin felt so soft and clear after every use. I used this the recommended every other day and now that I have my new one I can use it every week. Nature Lab. - Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub Yes any texture can use a scalp scrub and I loved this one. I used it as a patch test on the middle (where my hair is most congested) and i can’t wait for my bigger size for my next wash day! @cosrx : snail mucinCOSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence . I still have the bigger size of this baby but Ulta sent me a sample size which I still love. NEOGENLAB - Real Rerment Micro Essence This baby one plenty of awards last year and I can see why. I actually use this one in the morning and the snail mucin essence at night. It’s way lighter and since I don’t use harsh ingredients I don’t need the buffer effect that I need at night. Have you tried any of these minis?
Gentle Am routine ✨
Alright, so this is my routine in the morning. Didn’t change it for winter weather yet and I don’t know if I will honestly. My morning routine contains a few actives but mostly trying to take care of my dehydrated combination skin. I only rinse my face with lukewarm water in the morning except if I “slugged” the night before. I will use sioris - Cleanse Me Softly Milk Cleanser as this is my current pm second cleanser. 🥛 Like my pm routine, I use both a first essence and a toner. My favorite steps even if they’re not 🌈 essentials 🌈 . In the am I use NEOGENLAB - Real Rerment Micro Essence (thx james welsh) and I have to say I love it. My skin drinks it right up and automatically calms any tightness I might feel on my skin. I then follow with I'm from - Rice Toner (again, james). I love that it contains niacinamide as I don’t like using it in high amounts (like in a serum) it’s also quite moisturizing for my combination skin. Really makes your skin glow. 🍚 I will then alternate the use of the The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% and PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster as my actives. On days I use the Vit C, I will use right after the toner and will follow with The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG . The caffeine solution was really working the first months but now my under eye doesnt seem to react as much to it... will probably not buy it again but the bottle last ages so I will finish it. ☕️ For the ascorbyl solution, it’s a really nice and gentle option. Will switch to straight L ascorbic acid serum when the ascorbyl is done though :) 🍋 If I use the azelaic acid, I will skip the vit C and apply the caffeine solution straight after toner. I will then put on the VERSED - DEW POINT Moisturizing Gel-Cream which is a super nice soothing gel moisturizer with really impressive ingredient list for a drugstore product. I will THEN apply the azelaic acid over it to prevent any irritation. 🌿 I will end the routine with the famous PURITO - Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ . Do I really need to explain how awesome this product is ? 🌞**will discontinue use after I’m done with it. Any recommendations for a cruelty free spf available in Canada?*** If you have any recommendations to make it more “cold weather friendly” your suggestions are appreciated ❄️
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Meh 😒
I feel like I should give this more than three stars and a meh, but I just don’t want to. I wasn’t wowed by anything this product had to offer other than the price. Under $10 for 3oz I was very okay with. For months I’ve been struggling to find a 100% mineral sunscreen that I was happy with and just decided to give up for a bit. I chose this one because it is oxybenzone free. I expected to get a breath of fresh relief with this 100% chemical SPF, but I was sadly mistaken. This sunscreen didn’t have the white cast that mineral/physical sunscreens have, but I could still see that there was something there on my skin making me look a little ashy I’d say. Also it took more effort than I was expecting to work this product in. The product would make my eyebrows and hairline look grey as well. Then it settled into creases i.e eyelids and under eye area. So I’d have these white lines in errant places. Since it is a chemical sunscreen I also had to be very careful not to get it around my eyes at it would sting and irritate and make my eyes red if I did. It felt oily on my skin too especially in the oily areas of my combination face. For a chemical sunscreen it still has these annoying little traits of mineral sunscreen. HOWEVER, this product worked nicely under makeup. In a way it acted almost like a primer. While this sunscreen wasn’t terrible and had some good qualities it just wasn’t amazing.
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
how i cleared my fungal acne
around the time i was entering high school i started to see some texture on my forehead. and as the time went by, it only got worse lol. but somehow months later later i managed to clear it up my skincare routine that made my fungal acne worse LUSH - Herbalism FACE AND BODY CLEANSER Humphrey's - Witch Hazel Astringent LUSH - Grease Lightning LUSH - Mask Of Magnaminty LUSH - Don't Look At Meface mask LUSH - Cosmetic Lad and i would use lush ultrabalm or Vaseline - 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, Originalas a moisturizer 🤦🏻‍♀️ products i used to clear my skin/products i love cleanser: CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser(not fa safe) ETUDE - SoonJung pH6.5 Whip Cleanser Simple - Micellar Gel Wash toners: ETUDE - Etude House SoonJung pH 5.5 Relief Toner COSRX - AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner Glossier. - Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector(not fa safe) PAULA'S CHOICE - Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution serums: Glossier. - Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc Serum NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum( not fa safe) PEACH & LILY - Glass Skin Refining Serum( not suitable for oily skin) COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence treatments: Curology - Curology formula( this mainly cleared up my skin) Neutrogena - Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel( spot treatment only) moisturizers FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Oil-Control Moisturizer( doesn’t really control oil but is still good) FIRST AID BEAUTY - Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream( by far my FAVORITE moisturizer) boscia - Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer e.l.f. - Superhydrate Moisturizer (not my fav but gets the work done) DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lala Retro Whipped Cream( this is 11 ingredient that trigger fungal acne BUT somehow this doesn’t brake me out) NATURIUM - Marine Hyaluronic Water Cream( not fa safe) sunscreens: FACE HALO - MISSHA All-Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++( my FAVORITE for oily skin) Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock Broad Spectrum SPF 70 makeup removers GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover( blue one) POND'S - Cold Cream Cleansing Balm( not fa safe) for more info about fungal acne and fungal acne safe products https://simpleskincarescience.com/pityrosporum-folliculitis-treatment-malassezia-cure/ sorry if this post was a bit long but i hope this helps someone in the same position i was years ago. pls like and save! xo melanie
Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone🇺🇸! It’s no secret that I am obsessed with sunscreen and heading into the long weekend, I’m highlighting all my favorites for sun protection: FACE 🎆 elta md SKINCARE - UV Shield Full-Body Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 I start every day with this year round. It’s targeted at normal to oily skin, and has a lightweight finish. Even on top of my face oils, this doesn’t sit too heavily on my face even during the summer 🎆 Supergoop! - Glow Stick SPF 50 My summer obsession, this reef-safe, face oil/spf stick keeps you glowing, hydrated, and protected all day long 🎆 Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock Broad Spectrum SPF 70 another great stick for on-the go reapplication, this one has a more matte finish and a classic fresh neutrogena spf smell 🎆 Kiehl's - Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 my daily spf before I started using elta md. It’s better for normal to dry skin and I actually prefer it to elta md for winter because it focuses on moisturizing ingredients alongside spf 🎆 sun bum - Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30 I love lip balms with sunscreen! This one tastes/smells like coconut and has aloe for hydration. The biggest downside is that it melts down like coconut oil so if you apply more than a super thin layer you’ll feel like you’re eating this. 🎆 BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++ another lightweight, reef safe sunscreen that leaves no white-cast. I have several sample size bottles of this that I keep everywhere but probably wouldn’t buy the full size as I find it a bit greasy/sticky BODY 🎇 Sun Bum Broad Spectrun SPF 50 (cannot find in cherie) is a great all around sunscreen for long days on the water! It smells like banana laffy taffy, rubs in easily, and is water resistant for 80 minutes 🎇 Supergoop! - Glow Oil SPF 50 I love body oils so I was naturally drawn to this product. It has a spray nozzle for easy application or can be dispensed into your hand and spread on. This absorbs immediately and leaves you glowy all over...swoon! 🎇 Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 (also not on Cherie) is how I finally convinced my sunscreen-hating fiancé to use daily sun protection. He uses it on his face as well as his body and loves that it feels like a moisturizer rather than a sticky sunscreen. ☀️ I hope you all have fun in the sun this weekend (with lots of spf of course 😉). What’s your go-to sunscreen?!

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How do I Best protect my skin from UV damage?
How do I Best protect my skin from UV damage?
Okay, so we know that UV rays from the sun can damage and age our skin, so what do we do? We wear SPF! This one from Skinceuticals is my new favourite. It’s incredibly lightweight, non greasy, finishes without a white cast and has ample amount of mineral (better for the skin and environment) coverage. So we need to wear this everyday. Yes, even when it’s cloudy, or raining or wintertime! That sun will still get ya and you’ll get wrinkles and age spots. We know to wear SPF everyday now. So how can we improve this protection even more? In comes VITAMIN C!! This vitamin when used topically is a power antioxidant that fights off oxidative stress and damage from free radicals. It also brightens, lightens and tightens, so it’s a superstar. Basically these together work to protect your skin from the sun because of their ability to fight those free radicals and UV says from our most loved and hated sun. The C E Ferulic serum from Skinceuticals is the golden serum since it’s effectiveness is unlike any other. It’s L Ascorbic acid, vitamin e and ferulic acid which are all antioxidants to fight against aging and dull akin. This serum stinks, but it works so beautifully and has a cult status for a reason. Currently my main concern is that I have hyperpigmentation from post acne, so protecting my skin from further damage is ESSENTIAL!! I have dry skin too so I need to be careful i don’t dry it out, but these two work really well with my other hydrating products. SPF and vitamin c can fit into any morning routine easily. Luckily I discovered Skinceuticals after I received the best PR package from them and now I’m hooked!! I have been using the hydrating B5 serum SKINCEUTICALS - Hydrating B5 Gel too to really make sure I don’t dry out. Stay young friends ✌🏻
C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum
SKINCEUTICALS-C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum
AM Routine: Anti-Aging, Brightening, Soothing
AM Routine: Anti-Aging, Brightening, Soothing
My 𝗔𝗠 𝗥𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲 has gotten longer since the beginning of quarantine and I have been seeing A LOT of -surprisingly rapid- hyperpigmentation improvement as well as overall brightness and evenness to my complexion since altering it. I rotate use of the various products, trying to give my sensitive combination skin rests here and there 🗓 • Daily: Omega+ Complex Serum, Barrier Repair Moisturizer with 0.1% Retinol, Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid with 50 SPF; B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum. • 4-5 Days per Week: 10% Azelaic Acid Booster; Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%; C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream. • 2-3 Days per Week: A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream. I am surprised by how gentle the 10% Azelaic Acid Booster and Barrier Repair Moisturizer are. I introduced them to my routine and saw such immediate results that I skipped my usual wait time and used them again the next day- with zero irritation. I waited a day, then used them both again- still no irritation! I don’t use the Booster daily, more for my wallet’s sake than for my skin’s, but I find it to be the perfect gentle AM exfoliant.
10% Azelaic Acid Booster
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
I wanted to share with you tod
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 😊
Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop
dear, klairs-Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop
my perfect AM routine
my perfect AM routine
Hi guys!!! Today I am sharing my perfect AM routine. I like testing out different products and different routines, but these four products will ALWAYS be in my arsenal as staples for my normal to oily skin. I’ve been using this exact routine for about a month now, with very little changes to test new things. None of these things upset my rosacea or cause discomfort! My Skin Type: — normal to oily — blemish prone, — some hyperpigmentation/PIE — rosacea Why this is my perfect AM routine: — hydrating — calming/soothing — simple — treats hyperpigmentation Products included: — FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner — FARMACY - Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum with Acerola Cherry — Krave - Oat So Simple Water Cream — PAULA'S CHOICE - Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid Mini Reviews: — Wild Oat Hydrating Toner: perfect in my AM routine when I need some extra hydration AND to tone, but don’t wanna dry my skin out. I usually apply this with my hands, after I wash them, and just kind of pat the milky toner in. It’s a great layering product, and I can layer a few pats of this in before going in with my moisturizer. I make sure to bring this down to my neck and chest cause I don’t wanna leave those out! I am nowhere near empty because a little is a lot, but I would totally repurchase this for my am routine when I run out. $22 for 6oz, which is kind of a steal. — Very Cherry Bright vitamin c serum: first, it smells like cherries; but it’s not overly sweet and it fades quickly upon application! I have noticed a reduction of breakouts since I started using this, and and my skin tone overall looks brighter! It’s helping fade my hyperpigmentation and I’m on my second bottle of this already. Doesn’t irritate my skin as some VITC’s do, but is kind of soothing. It has kind of a juicy texture, not watery but not thick either. I know it’s a little pricy but I will probably exclusively use this for the long haul. — Oat So Simple Moisturizer: with oats and squalane, it’s hard to go wrong with this moisturizer. Again, here I go with the oats; they are hydrating and soothing and so calming. This moisturizer is perfect for my normal to oily skin for the day time, as it’s a water cream and not very thick. I will occasionally use an oil with this if my skin is dry, but this and the rest of my routine do a pretty good job at hydrating! — Youth Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid: my holy grail sunscreen. It’s THIN, so thin, so watery. It layers on nicely and plays well with the rest of my routine, and adds a bit of hydration as well. It has a slight blurring effect, meaning my pores look less defined when I use this. It’s SPF50 which is exactly what I need in the Florida sun. This works well with any makeup I put on top, from tinted moisturizers to sheer tints and foundations.
Oat So Simple Water Cream
Krave-Oat So Simple Water Cream