I am IN LOVE! Naturium just came out with a line of all things niacinamide and they are just as incredible as they sound! I’ve used the serum before but now using the essence and face wash my skin is seriously so smooth and clear!
Dec. 27, 2020
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Which BHA Product for Your Skin Type?
If you deal with acne-prone skin or enlarged pores, salicylic acid (BHA) is heaven-sent for most folks. Oil-soluble, it penetrates more effectively/deeply into the pore than water-soluble AHAs, touting hydrating, antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties in addition to exfoliating. But Which BHA Product Is Best for You? 👀 • PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator : $29.50 USD, $0.25 per mL. A cult classic, an international bestseller, a bottle of liquid gold. Water-thin, it contains a couple of humectants, an antioxidant, and 3 preservative/stabilizing ingredients. A super simple INCI list! This makes it especially friendly to many sensitive-skinned folks, as the list of possible skin triggers is small. Some people say the finish feels oily, but I find it intensely hydrating and it soaks in quickly, making it great for combo and dry skin alike! This simple liquid is my pick for enlarged pores and general skin congestion. • NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% : $20 USD, $0.17 per mL. Encapsulated salicylic acid and a variety of humectants make this a hydrating exfoliant “toner”, perfect for those with any skin type, with one exception- those with sensitive skin may have issue with the citrus extracts contained, though the producers of the extracts claim they contain mild AHA exfoliant properties. I’d recommend this to any skin type with non-sensitive skin looking for a budget SA product that leaves skin hydrated but not tacky, and helps to keep pores minimized and unclogged. Texture-picky folks on a budget will love this! • THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum : $10.99 USD, $0.37 per mL. This is the best BHA for oily skin, featuring a super simple INCI list made up of humectants, stabilizers, salicylic acid, and zinc PCA. Salicylic acid helps to keep pores clear while zinc pca helps to reduce sebum production, though I personally react badly to zinc pca- bumps and itchiness, unfortunately. This product is still one I recommend to friends, as it’s affordable and has minimal chance of triggering skin allergies/sensitivities other than the zinc, with huge potential for those that struggle with acne in general.
Skin Update! *Sensitive Skin Win!!*
Little skin update for y’all! The little nick on my nose is not a zit. 🥴 I am finding my HOLY GRAIL. Naturiums chemical exfoliator is something else! I’ve used a few in the past but none as gentle as this one! Many dry my super sensitive skin out but i have no issues with this! Also LOVING the alpha arbutin serum, the moisturizer, and skin mist! NATURIUM - Alpha Arbutin Serum 2% NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% NATURIUM - Plant Ceramide Rich Moisture Cream
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oily skin & don’t know how to manage? I got you
this post is for all the people who have oily skin and sometimes just don’t know how to deal with it! well i’m here for some tips! I have oily/combo skin and I’ve learnt some important info during my skincare journey that I would love to share with you all 🤗 1. still moisturise ￼it is super important for people with oily skin to keep up with moisturising ! you may think that your skin is hydrated and doesn’t need any extra moisture, but it still really does. if you don’t moisturise, or use products to keep your skin hydrated, your skin can overcompensate with releasing it’s natural oils, which in hand, can make your skin more oily 2. don’t be afraid of oils ￼whether this is oil cleansing or any certain type of oil (rosehip, squalane etc), don’t be hesitant to use these products just because of your skin type. for me, oils have made a huge difference to my skin, especially oil cleansing! one thing to remember with oil cleansing, is that oils attract oils, and therefore are oil soluble. products like this help to get rid of grease, blackheads etc and can be great for oily skin! 3. use products targeted for oily skin ￼I know that this one is quite self explanatory, but here are some products that helped my oily skin become more manageable! - niacinamide. this ingredient is amazing for oily skin ! it helps to decrease oil production from within the skin. my fav product is NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% , but I also don’t mind The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% -exfoliation. now with this I don’t mean physical exfoliation, but chemical exfoliation! my favourite exfoliant has to be PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator this one is my HOLY GRAIL product of them all ! I have many posts on this product so be sure to check those out for an in depth description. - clay face masks. these are good for absorbing oil and giving your face a matte finish. some of my favs are PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay I hope this helps and if you have any questions, feel free to comment 🌟🥰
BEST INGREDIENTS FOR ACNE
My favorite acne fighting/treating ingredients 🙌🏼 PC: Me (IG: @skinbymeegan)
Chemical exfoliation for sensitive skin!!
Happy almost weekend ✨Review on @alliesofskin MANDELIC CORRECTOR NIGHT SERUM. I was super excited when I recieved this and the first thing I was drawn to it was theor ingredients which really made me want to try it out. This serum is formulated with some amazing skin strengthening barrier ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, fatty acids, rosehip and tamanu oil. This also has bakuchiol, salicylic acid and of course mandelic acid. Niacinamide is probably my favorite after HA since it's a star ingredient which works great for many skin issues and all skin types. Bakuchiol is an alternative of retinol which helps in reducing signs of aging, skin texture, firmness and radiance. Salicylic acid is great for acne prone skin and also it helps in congestion and breakouts. Also helps in blackheads. Lastly, mandelic acid which is a form of AHA like glycolic and lactic but much more gentler and the molecular size of this is larger when compared to glycolic and lactic hence it takes longer to penetrate in your skin which can be great for sensitive skin. The texture is tad bit tacky like most serums but since it has rosehip oil and tamanu oil it's super easy to apply and very very Hydrating. I have been testing this out for like 6weeks and haven't used any other acid serums at night. This was the only acid serum I used for 6 weeks at night , 5 times a week and hence I see a real change in my skin. My skin is much brighter, clearer and glow this serum gives is real. My skin texture is super smooth. It's a power packed serum in one with amazing ingredients. This serum is so gentle that I have been pairing with the @alliesofskin retinal mask and it works great without peeling and no moisture barrier lost. The price is lil high but I think it's totally worth the money because it does the job really well and it has some super amazing ingredients that you really don't need multiple products for each skin concern. I highly highly recommend it. . . Retinal mask review coming soon. Products were kindly gifted my the brand but I always keep my opinions real.
Review: Kypris Beauty Clearing Serum
This serum is a total splurge but it is worth every penny! My friend recommended this brand to me after learning about it from an esthetician and couldn’t stop raving about it. Kypris Beauty’s Clearing Serum is designed with oily, blemish-prone skin in mind and contains tons of acne-fighting ingredients such as balancing zinc, soothing lilac leaf stem cells and bacteria-fighting tea tree oil and lavender. I have to admit that I have PTSD from foolishly using pure tea tree oil as a spot treatment back in the day and not trying to dilute it and clogging my pores even more – but this version of it has been working so well with my skin. While nothing can really stop my hormonal breakouts from popping up around my period, this serum has done a great job at regulating my oiliness and evening my complexion. I noticed within a month that the redness I usually experience around my T-zone had decreased and it definitely help make my breakouts more manageable – no more big cystic zits! Results aside, this formula itself is amazing. The brand is holistic and organic and doesn’t put anything it their products that they shouldn’t be. KYPRIS - Clearing Serum
These are a few of many products I recently purchased. GRANDE COSMETICS - The Power Couple Lash & Lip Cult Faves Starter Set This is new to me. After hearing so many good things about it I figured I’d try it out. I mean who wouldn’t want plumper lips and longer lashes? This kit is only $24 at Sephora. THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum I love this brand! I have a cleanser by them that I use frequently. I love the ingredient niacinamide. It’s great with tackling reddness, oil production and your acne scars! This product is only $6.99 at Sephora. Samples are: Dolce & Gabbana k And Giorgio Armani lip sampler pack I plan to use them for a while and I will post updates!
THE inkey LIST-Niacinamide Oil Control Serum
✨ Propylene Glycol ✨
My skin type is combo oily and my skin concern is acne, acne scars and dullness. . Propylene Glycol: A slightly thick liquid that has no scent or color. It is used in low concentrations in many products as a humectant and epidermal delivery agent. Basically that means it helps a product penetrate into the lipid bilayers of the epidermis and to help stabilize the formula so that it doesn’t change in extreme temperatures. It’s main functions are that it attracts water, lightly moisturizers, addresses visible signs of aging, enhances penetration, prevents water loss, and is safe for acne-prone skin. . Controversy: It seems to be common that “Clean Beauty” says to stay away from this ingredient. Misinformation about data that shows dramatic stores with prolonged use cause liver and kidney damage. However, these studies were done with the effects of inhalation or ingestion with large concentrations and over long periods of time. These levels aren’t relevant to how much is used in skincare or the form of use with skincare. There has also been confusion and blurred lines with its association with other glycols, like ethylene glycol (not used in cosmetic formulations). Both propylene and ethylene glycol are used in automotive applications and has caused skin irritations in some people, but when used at 100% concentration. It has no toxic effects when used topically and in the concentrations commonly used cosmetic formulations. . My Experience: I had honestly not heard about this ingredient until I started researching for this topic. I have been using the Kiehl's - Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C for the past couple of weeks and have noticed an improvement in my acne scars/overall glow/radiance. It hasn’t had an negative effects on my skin or caused any sensitivity. It is very lightweight and easily absorbs into my skin without leaving behind a greasy feeling. I also haven’t had any issues with pilling or painful reactions.
Kiehl's-Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C
I’m going to talk about Snail. Anyone who has tried Asian beauty products will most likely know what I am talking about. It has taken me years to try anything snail, because well it’s made up of snail mucin. So I picked up a product a while ago and I still couldn’t use it, but I kept on reading rave reviews from other bloggers about how amazing it is and how once you go snail you never go back. So I bite the bullet and have started using my benton Snail Bee Ultimate Serum. The powerhouse ingredients are snail mucin. Snail secretion filtrate has been fermented by yeast derived from grapes then filtered. It’s suppose to work to repair and help clear acne scars and pigmentation etc. I have only been using it for 3 weeks so I can’t attest to the clearing of scars etc, but what I can say is it’s quite hydrating and calming and I have had no irritation at all with this product. I use this in my hydration serum step. I have also upped my Retinol dosage and it seems to be playing well with that. It’s slightly sticky on the skin, this is probably my one problem and it’s probably my imagination too, but It feels like what snail mucus would be like.......so not the best texture for me 😂. So first impressions, apart from the texture I am really enjoying this serum. Swipe to see ingredients. Benton is also cruelty free, which is awesome.
INGREDIENT HIGHLIGHT: NIACINAMIDE
PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster Niacinamide ( also known as Vitamin B3 or Nicotinamide) is a water soluble vitamin that helps to minimize pores, treats acne, regulates oil production, improve uneven skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin’s barrier, provides protection from free radicals. It is a stable active ingredient and is non-irritating. This serum has - 10% niacinamide that reduces pore size - Licorice root extract that evens skin tone It also has hydrating and calming ingredients. It is for oily and combination skin. It has a thin watery texture. It is a booster so can be used on its own or mixed with other products. I have used this product for around 6 months and I can see the difference in my skin texture. It doesn’t irritate my skin. It absorbs quickly into the skin. I don’t have large pores, so haven’t seen any difference in terms of minimizing the appearance of pores. But overall my skin looks healthy and smooth. At $44 for 0.67 oz it is pricey but it lasts long. There are other affordable options available. But I have not tried any other Niacinamide serum so can’t say about them. While this one actually delivers and is worth for the skin concerns. I recommend this product. It helps with skin tone and redness. I don’t have large pores so can’t comment on that part. But I will definitely keep using this product for its overall skin benefits. #CherieCreator
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
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