My interchange a.m. routine
I’m in love with my latest find the Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Butter. It feels absolutely amazing on my sensitive skin, although I am thinking of moving this to become my pm cleanser as I’d have more time to enjoy it! The Pixi Glow Tonic is cult for a reason. It would be on my skincare version of Desert Island Disks. Finally, the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum is perfect for days you’re running late. I love taking the time to layer my serums properly but it isn’t always possible - that’s where this product comes in. It’s too expensive for me to use every day but you can pick up a travel size version for only a few dollars.
Skincare routine for sensitive skin
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THE BODY SHOP
Jul. 25, 2020
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Differin Update - IT WORKS!!
Differin update!! These are no makeup pictures! The ones on the left are from the beginning of December 2020, before starting differin. The pictures on the right are today Feb 4th 2021. I am in my 5th week of using Differin. I am so excited about the improvement in my skin I could cry! I will definitely continue to use in order to improve my skins texture and reduce the scars that are left. I will list my am and pm routines below while on differin gel. AM routine 1. Wash face with water 2. NATURIUM - Vitamin C Complex Serum this is a nice lightweight serum! I am not sure if I have seen a dramatic difference in my skin but it does make my skin look glowy! 3. FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer the perfect day time moisturizer for my dry skin. It feels very simple and soothing. 4. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 5. A few mornings a week, especially if I am at clinical or work wearing a mask all day I will tone with PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator it is non drying and helps unclog my pores and keep maskne at bay! PM routine with Differin 1. THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm THE best cleansing balm IMO! 2. VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser perfect gentle cleanser that does not leave my face feeling stripped! 3 FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream just started using this and it is the perfect thick moisturizer that does not feel like it clogs my pores like the cerave cream did! 4. DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel PM routine without Differin On these nights I focus on products that will lighten scarring. 1. THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm 2. GLYTONE - Acne BPO Clearing Cleanser this is a great gentle cleanser that fights acne. Has been working great for me! 3. NATURIUM - Alpha Arbutin Serum 2% just started using this so I can’t give it 5 stars yet. It is not irritating whatsoever and feels lightweight! 4. The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% I love the texture of this and I think it works great to fade acne scars. Especially paired with alpha arbutin. 5. FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream
La Roche Sunscreen 🧡TAN MIRCAL 💛
I truly underestimated how great this sunscreen is. I had it for a while but never used it. It’s tinted, I had no idea haha it truly leaves your skin such a beautiful color. I took before and after pictures so you can see :) It blends beautifully, and doesn’t have that normal sunscreen smell. I love that it has UV/UBV protection. It’s truly a great sunscreen, especially if you have sensitive skin, they specifically created it for that :) if you are looking for a tinted sun screen, this one is amazing! LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 WHAT IS IT? 100% mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide this is developed for sensitive skin. 50 SPF TEXTURE: non-whitening, fast-absorbing texture leaves a matte finish on skin. HIGHLIGHT: It is formulated with Cell-Ox Shield® technology: broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with antioxidants. INGREDIENTS: Cell-Ox Shield technology: 100% Mineral UV Filters: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide deliver broad-spectrum protection. Powerful Antioxidant Protection: With Senna Alata, a tropical leaf extract known to defend skin cells against damaging free radicals caused by the sun that can accelerate skin aging. La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
How do you exfoliate? Serum or Toner?
Sometimes I feel like the more I learn about skincare, the more confused I get 🤷🏻♀️ I just finished reading Caroline Hirons new book “Skincare: the ultimate no nonsense guide”. I definitely recommend it. I’ll post soon some of my biggest take aways. But, the major thing it left me confused about is exfoliating and acids Caroline Hirons, the Queen of skincare, recommends acid toning twice a day. You should have 2-3 acid toners in your skincare line-up and rotate them, a stronger one followed by gentler, different kinds of acids. I was hoping her treatment section she would touch on acids and how she uses both, but she didn’t talk about acids as serums. Before my skincare journey I was using CLINIQUE - Clarifying Lotion 2 For Dry Combination Skin I had no complaints. It was gentle. I wouldn’t really call it exfoliating. But, after reading the ingredients and seeing alcohol at the top and dyes, I’ve decided to ditch it. I was also using CLINIQUE - CLINIQUE Exfoliating Scrub Again, no complaints. A gentle 7-day scrub. But, I learned that chemical exfoliation is better than physical, so I decided to stop using this everyday. I learned that adding AHA & BHA into your routine is important in your 30s. I tried SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment And wow 🤩 it claims that you can notice smoother & brighter skin in 3mins. MINUTES! Not months or weeks. And it is true! I love this serum. I was using 1-2 times a week. Adding acids slowly to my routine. I never experienced any irritation. I also purchased The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HAto see how it compared to the Sunday Riley Good Genes, since it’s less than 10% the price. I’ll give a review after I’ve been using it at least a month. I’ve also tried Kate Somerville - Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment This is a strong acid toner. More similar to the products that Caroline Hirons recommends. I don’t love it as much as the Sunday Riley. It smells strong. And I find it more irritating. I’ve used it every other day and that seems like too much. I do find it stings. Here’s my questions: How do you exfoliate? Serums? Or toners? Or both? To make matters more confusing, what about night creams with AHAs??? How often? I’ve read no more than twice a week. But products recommend daily. And Caroline Hirons is recommending twice a day (although alternating between gentle & strong). I think like the serums more than a strong toner. I will try a new gentler toner for twice daily use. And continue using a serum twice weekly in the evenings. I’d love to hear how you incorporate acids into your routine! Thanks 😊
Critique a skincare newbie’s routine
Skins problems: I tend to get mild Rosacea on my lower cheeks and develop tons of blockheads in the creases of my nose, chin and between eyebrows. Other than that I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and normal to dry everywhere else. Where I’m at... So I kinda feel down the rabbit hole into skincare the other month and have tried using a morning routine as follows: ￼GARNIER - Micellar Water Facial Cleanser Sensitive Skin The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (Made my skin so smooth really quickly, love this one) CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Oil-Free Gel Neutrogena - Sheer Zinc Face Lotion SPF 50 (leaves a really bad white tint which I can’t seem to get rid of) ￼ And a nighttime routine as follows: ￼CLINIQUE - CLINIQUE Liquid Facial Soap (leaves my skin a bit tight-feeling) ￼PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator (I think it’s working I just can’t really tell) ￼CLINIQUE - Clarifying Lotion 2 For Dry Combination Skin (a bit drying but I don’t want to waste the product) The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (Made my skin so smooth really quickly, love this one) ￼ CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Oil-Free Gel Outcomes so far: My skin is overall more hydrated and smoother but I still find black dots in my problem areas. Plea for help I have seen improvements but I feel like I don’t quite know what I’m doing and could use some external input. Plz feel free to add any (and I mean any) tips or critique. Thank youuuuuuu
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my progress in the span of 3 years
This is my first post pls be gentle I am soff My experience and exposure to skincare was...odd growing up. I came from a poor family and was constantly switching between households. Consistent skincare routines did not exist for me, if we could afford it at all. I also had no idea what was going on with my face or why, just that I was being mocked and berated for it as though it was some sort of lack of hygeine or moral failing on my part. About 3 years ago, I started using a consistent skincare routine with more than just a face wash in the shower. Granted, it was whatever the cheapest face wash I could find at Safeway that week (likely biore or st. ives) and argan oil that I found at Marshall's. I had no idea what ingredients to look for or even what my skin type was. That first pic STILL marked a huge improvement for me and kicked off my desire to learn more to finally rectify this issue that had plagued me for more than a decade. The 2nd pic is from a few months ago. I kinda think I peaked there. I was using Neutrogena - Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser in the shower. I have oily, sensitive skin (thanks eczema) and it's very gentle, not irritating in the slightest. However, it feels like all it does is clean my face. No real benefit apart from that. I was using pixi - Glow Tonic as a toner which I loved and gave me great results but rent is literally over half my monthly income and that doesn't touch all the other bills I have and at anywhere from $18-$24 a bottle? Well... I'd rather eat tbh. I also got over the "oily skin don't need moisturize hurr durr" mentality and began to use (still do, this jar has lasted me since like July) AVALON ORGANICS - Intense Defense, With Vitamin C, Oil-Free Moisturizer . Works fine, nice and light, absorbs pretty quickly, and I like the smell. I'd like something that qualifies as a night mask instead tho, just because my entire routine is done exclusively at night with extra moisturizer or treatments as necessary. 3rd pic is from about a month ago. I've changed up the roster a few times. I'm really feeling FORMULA 10.0.6 - One Deep Attraction Daily Foaming Face Wash as I used it years ago, liked it then for the suds and the actives, but haven't gotten much in the way of results. I might try the FORMULA 10.0.6 - Three Times Sublime 3-in-1 Blackhead Wash + Scrub + Maskand FORMULA 10.0.6 - P.M. Perfectorinstead of the moisturizer I use as mentioned above. I'm also alternating between Cos De BAHA - BHA Salicylic Acid 2% Exfoliant Liquid 4oz with Niacinamide Acne Spot Treatment + Redness Relief + Pore Minimizer + Pore Cleaner and The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% . The serum makes my skin incredibly soft and the suspension helps a bunch with oil control. If y'all have any comments, questions, or suggestions regarding my routine, I'd love to hear what y'all have to say!
How I Built an Entire Routine for Under $150
For a long time I was intimated by skincare because it seemed very expensive and overwhelming. How do I know what to buy 🤷🏻♀️ When I started noticing wrinkles that was enough of a push for me to invest in skincare. Here’s some great lessons I’ve learned to build your skincare routine affordably: 1. Research to figure out what you need- here’s where my love of @cheriestarted! I read lots of reviews, advice, so I knew what type of products I should buy and what ingredients I should focus on. 2. Keep it Simple It’s easy to want to buy new products, adding new steps or ingredients to your routine, or try out the hype after reading reviews! Focus on your concerns and add slowly to give your skin time to adjust and see what’s working. It’s better to have a few great products that you love than many products you don’t use. I started with: Cleanse AM antioxidant serum, PM anti-aging serum Moisturizer Sunscreen Toners, eye cream, facial oil, and masks can be extras if you are looking to save money 3. Spend your money on the middle - if you can only splurge on one product make it the serum! This has the most benefit. Drugstore cleansers, moisturizers, and spf are great! 4. Try some great affordable brands such as The Ordinary, The Inkey List, Versed, or CeraVe 5. Buy trial size first, Value Sets or better free rewards before investing in a new product 6. Once you’ve found your Holy Grails keep your eyes open for sales to stock up, join the brands mailing list or reward program, buy value size Here’s my current skincare line-up and how much it cost me: CLINIQUE - Jumbo Liquid Facial Soap Mild Use AM & PM Bought on sale for $27 for 13.5oz CLINIQUE - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Use PM Free from Clinique rewards pixi - Glow Tonic pixi - Milky Tonic Rotate PM Bought multi-pack on sale for $22 OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Eye Crème Use AM and / or PM Bought on sale $25 The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Use AM $6.80 VERSED - STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum Use AM $26.99 OLAY - Wrinkle Correction Serum with Vitamin B3+ Collagen Peptides Use PM Bought on sale for $32 BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum Use PM 1-2 times per week Free from Sephora Rewards Bazaar CLINIQUE - Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator Use AM & PM Free gift with purchase from Clinique CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Instant Brightening Moisturizer Use PM when not using lactic acid Free offer with purchase from Sephora The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil Use PM $9.90 (Not pictured) currently using my kids Banana Boat Kids Simply Protect SPF 50 as my sunscreen
Weekly facial oil for winter months
I love using a #facialoil in the winter months to give an extra lift to my skin. And since I received this #drbotanicals Moroccan Rose Oil sample I have been loving it! 🌹 It has vitamin C, Vitamin A which stimulate collagen production and helps even out acne scars. It also has almond oil for further moisturising and nourishment. 💛 It is lightweight and absorbs into my skin very quickly. It is #vegan and #crueltyfree which I appreciate as a consumer. ✌️ It does have a light rose scent and upon further reading the ingredients list I can see that Parfum is higher up the list than I would have liked. I would have really preferred it not having fragrance but since I literally use a few drops once a week I am okay to use up this bottle. I won’t be repurchasing though. 💁♀️ I might use rose hip oil next. Would love to hear your suggestions on facial oils🕺
Dr.Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil
dr botanicals - Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil Product claim: rejuvenate, renew and protect the skin ( from Dr. Botanicals website) Main Ingredients: Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Almond oil Texture: Very light weight oil Price: $30 for 30 mL My Experience: Obsessed with this facial oil from dr.botanicals ! This Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil first of all smells AMAZING 😍!! The scent is florally and springy 🌷 This can be an issue if you avoid fragrance or are sensitive to fragrance. This oil isn't greasy at all and absorbs into the skin flawlessly. It's made with amazing ingredients like vitamin c, vitamin a, almond oil and many other minerals and vitamins that moisturize and protect the skin!! I have dry skin, so this oil is a savior especially during summer because its texture is very light weight, but it works wonders. Would I recommend it? YES 🙌🏼This facial oil is my favorite because it works amazing and is also priced reasonably - $30 – 30 ml Also, a little goes a long way.
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Update: my acne has reduced A LOT
I’ve been a bit MIA since my last post but here is the progress of my acne. If I were to pinpoint the main reasons why, then it’s these reasons: What I did wrong: - experimenting and using alot of different products. I was in a phase where I loved trying new products and my skin did not like that I was switching products all the time. - I did not spot test new products - overloaded my skin with many products. I don’t know who needs to hear this but a 10 step routine is NOT for acne prone skin. - drank little water each day - used harsh products without re-balancing my skin with soothing products - masked almost everyday What I did to improve it: - reduce the number of products going on my skin. I now use only a max of 3 products in the morning and 5 products at night. - drank 2 litres of water every day - used a soothing pH-balanced toner - used a GENTLE chemical exfoliant - used retinol regularly - masked only every 2-3 days Some products I use in my daily routine that really helped my skin: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator as an all-over exfoliant PAULA'S CHOICE - BHA 9 Treatment as a spot treatment The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% to fade acne scars Products that I use every 2-3 days that helped my skin: AZCLEAR - Medicated Lotion (mixed with Niacinamide) to fade acne scars DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream to bring out new baby skin ANDALOU NATURALS - CannaCell Glow Mask as a gentle exfoliating mask If you are going through something similar just know to take it SLOWLY. The skin is going through trauma and it is not an overnight success. If you have any questions I’m happy to answer.
Which Niacinamide would you choose?
This is definitely not a dupe situation. These two formulas are only similar in the fact that they contain the same amount of niacinamide (as well as some texture and preservative agents). I’ve been a longtime user of The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and it does work, but I felt after my first bottle I wasn’t getting any continued results. I was also left unimpressed and looking for a different option due to the fact that this is a very tacky formula that can be difficult to work with. TO includes zinc in their formula which they state can reduce acne and can be anti-inflammatory. At $6 you’re getting your 2 active ingredients; niacinamide and zinc. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster includes the same 10% of niacinamide but doesn’t stop there. They also add vitamin C and a BUNCH of calming, hydrating and restoring products that your skin needs (see attached ingredient list). It’s been a controversy whether or not vitamin C and Niacinamide can be used together, even The Ordinary suggests that their Niacinamide not be used at the same time as vitamin C. Many brands and consumers have disagreed. Paula’s Choice adds the protective ingredients to ensure you’ll have less of a chance of irritation. Paula’s Choice serum is a lightweight watery formula that leaves no residue and I find easy to work into my routine. I wasn’t quite prepared for the thin formula as The Ordinary has more of a tacky texture. I found it best to add it directly from the dropper to my face, versus my hands then face. When it comes to the price difference it does seem that The Ordinary would be the obvious choice. I’m not one that believes that quality skincare has to cost more. But Paula’s Choice formula offers much more than Niacinamide. You’re getting several ingredients that are not found in The Ordinary, hence the price difference. Once I’ve emptied my bottle I’ll be better able to determine if spending 4x’s the amount is worth it. I could choose to use a less expensive option and add the antioxidants and other skin-replenishing ingredients found in Paula’s Choices formula, but I have to admit, I do like the simplicity of fewer steps in my skincare routine. 😉 There are also several other options available that I’ve not yet tried. I have tried The Inkey List and it is just a tad bit less tacky than The Ordinary. Other brand options I’d be open to try are: ￼Good Molecules $6 - formula looks similar to TO and TIL with the only active ingredient being niacinamide ￼Naturium $16 - 10% niacinamide and 2% zinc ￼Good Molecules $14 - similar again to TO and TIL I LOVE how Paula’s Choice lists their ingredients. Behind each one you’ll find out how it benefits the skin. This saves me a TON of time and effort when doing my reviews! Individual reviews on The Ordinary and The Inkey List Niacinamide can be found on my page. What’s your favorite Niacinamide to use? ❤️🍒
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Need skin advice
Hi, I’ve asked for advice before but for some reason my skin has gotten worse. A little background information ￼I have to wear an n95 4 days a week for 8 hours for work. We have to wear the mask for 5 days before we get a new one. ￼I’ve been using Clinique products starting in December such as CLINIQUE - CLINIQUE Clarifying Lotion 2, CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Hydrating JellyCLINIQUE - All About Clean Rinse-Off Foaming CleansercCLINIQUE - Smart Custom-Repair Serum ￼I have a history of oily skin but the past couple of years it hasn’t been as oily. I’ve also never dealt with this bad of acne before or scarring. I’m not sure what to do or what products I should change or try out. Should I be using oily skin products or combination? I’m open to anything honestly or if I need to add a step to my skin care routine. Please let me know either way! Thank you
Dirty Dozen Chemicals in my Skincare
I want to move towards a clean skincare routine. My current products were not purchased with clean skincare in mind, but I want to know how many of the Dirty Dozen chemicals are in my skincare. See my previous clean skincare posts for more details. Dirty Dozen Chemicals to Avoid: 1. Coal Tar Dyes 2. DEA / MEA / TEA 3. Phthalates / Parfum / fragrence 4. Formaldehyde releasing perservatives 5. Parabens 6. PEG compounds 7. Petrolatum 8. Siloxanes 9. Sulfates 10. Triclosan 11. Talc 12. Hydroquinone A quick summary, almost every product contains PEGs! PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, known human carcinogens. 1,4-dioxane can be removed from cosmetics during the manufacturing process by vacuum stripping, but there is no easy way for consumers to know whether products containing PEGs have undergone this process. Here’s what’s in my current products: The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ✅ clean The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil ✅ clean CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Oil-Free Gel ❌ contains paraffin ❌contains Petrolatum (Also contains dyes) Kate Somerville - Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment ✅ clean of dirty dozen SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment ❌ contains PEG-100, PEG-75 CLINIQUE - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm ❌contains PEGs CLINIQUE - All About Eyes ❌contains PEGs ❌contains Petrolatum CLINIQUE - Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator ❌ contains PEGs (Also contains dyes) CLINIQUE - Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate ❌contains PEGs (Also contains dyes) CLINIQUE - Jumbo Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula ❌contains sulfates ❌contains PEGs CLINIQUE - Smart Custom-Repair Serum ❌contains PEGs (Also contains dyes) VERSED - STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum ✅ clean from dirty dozen I’m new to reading labels, so if I’ve missed something let me know! What’s in your skincare?
The Body Shop cleansing balm review.
Formula: It is a cleansing balm as you’d expect but it’s very oily even after using my cleanser I still feel the oil. Do NOT❌ use this on lash extensions, keeping your eyelash extensions clean is key to making them last as long as possible. Oil-based makeup removers are best for removing stubborn eye makeup, but they also loosen the glue that bonds extensions to your lashes.✨ Results: It leaves me oilier than my face already is, but I love how it gets all my stubborn makeup off. It lasts a good amount of time and a little goes a long way with this. It also does not irritate my skin, there is a little patch on my cheek where I got a little sunburn 😬 and it does not irritate that area ✨ Overall this product is okay, this will not be my permanent makeup remover but since it does the job I will be using up the rest. Happy skincare everyone! 😘 THE BODY SHOP - The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
My favourite Body Shope products!❤❤❤
These Body Shop products are a life changer. I gave my honest opinion about the products and rated them out of 10!!! THE BODY SHOP - Festive Body Butter Trio THE BODY SHOP - Spa Of The World Hawaiian Kukui Cream THE BODY SHOP - Spa Of The World Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream All of these body butters and body creams are so smooth and silky to the touch when applied. I usually do this after every shower, and I always get compliments on how smooth my skin is. 9/10 recommend. THE BODY SHOP - Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask If you need a good deep hydration and calming mask, this is it! I usually put this product in the fridge prior to using it when my skin is irritated from trying new products to have a cool and calming effect. 9.5/10 recommend. THE BODY SHOP - The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter This is my go-to cleansing balm. I use this to remove my sunscreen and makeup that have been on my face for over 12 hours and this will take it all away (you can tell how much I love this product as I am almost done my 3rd one). Haven't found a cleansing oil or balm that is as good as this so far. 7.5/10 THE BODY SHOP - Born Lippy Pot Lip Balm - Strawberry My favourite lip balm ever, this gives you a slight pink tint making your lips shiny and looking plump. In love with product no words can describe how much I love this 100/10 recommend. THE BODY SHOP - Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution Used to use this product for around 3-5months. During my 2 months I saw beautiful results as it cleared most of my scarring and made me breakout less! But after the 2 month period it began to not show results anymore :( 5/10 recommend.
My Nighttime routine with before and after!!
Hey guys! No one asked for this but here ya go. I thought showing my skincare routine might help to show you some of my fav products all at once featuring before and after! I’m planning on dedicating a post to each product mentioned to give you the full rundown of my thoughts. I’ll also be doing a morning skincare routine edition within the next few weeks. Products: philosophy - Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser (not shown) GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA MARIO BADESCU - Witch Hazel & Lavender Toner The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% FORMULA 10.0.6 - Thirst No More Moisturizer FORMULA 10.0.6 - Keep Your Cool Mask
FORMULA 10.0.6-Keep Your Cool Mask
Skincare Products That Failed The Vibe Test
Hello beautiful people! These products made me cringe like my headline. Either they didn’t sit well for me, or did absolutely nothing for my skin. CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly i hate that i hate this because when i bought it, i was beyond excited to use it! again, i LOVE my gel moisturizers, but this one STUNG me and left my skin feeling stretched and dehydrated throughout the day. whenever i applied it, it made me feel like i was doing a chemical peel. if you want a Clinique moisturizer, the 72-hour auto-replenishing hydrator (WHEW!) from their moisture surge line is my top one! SHISEIDO - Ibuki Refining Moisturizer 0/10 broke me out every. single. time. it has a liquid consistency so I thought maybe it’ll be worth it. i was bamboozled, scammed, hoodwinked, misled, etc. Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Water Gel yea, no. like the Clinique one, this stung me for some reason, but not as painful. pixi - Rose Ceramide Cream if you want to slather HEAVILY SCENTED oil in the guise of a cream on your face, this one’s for you, good luck. pixi - Glow Tonic gave this two stars because it wasn’t ~as~ bad. hated it because i have a fivehead and you can literally see your reflection on it, plus it made my skin feel tight. Clean&Clear - Acne Triple Clear Facial Cleanser this used to be my cleanser for so long (pls don’t hate me) because i loved how refreshing it made me feel 🥺 it was supposed to help my light acne but rather it just stripped my skin of hydration. but i swear it felt good after washing. PHYSICIANS FORMULA - Organic Wear Double Cleansing Oil my first attempt for finding an oil cleanser for me because i wanted to try double cleansing. it has two kinds of oils in it, so u have to rigorously shake it before using. two stars because it has clean ingredients but it kinda broke me out even more. Neutrogena - Deep Clean Makeup Remover Wipes it. smells. awful. also, NO MORE CLEANSING WIPES!!!!!!!!!!! double cleanse instead, trust. 😌🧚🏽♀️✨ disclaimer: skincare is very unpredictable and diverse. it takes a LOT of trial and error (and MONEY) to find what would work for you and what wouldn’t. what didn’t work for me MIGHT just actually work for you, and vice versa. If it aint broke, don’t fix it! these products just missed the mark for me 😕💔
Clean&Clear-Acne Triple Clear Facial Cleanser
REVIEW MY ROUTINE ❤️
Hello Beauties 💖 hope you’re having an amazing day! I just wanted to check in and do my morning routine (even though it’s like 3 PM) 😂 The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser CVS pharmacy - Clear Zinc Sun Lotion SPF 50 The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% Neutrogena - Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
The Ordinary-100% Plant-Derived Squalane
AM ROUTINE - summer 2020
SKIN TYPE - ☀️: combination/oily ❄️: normal/dry LOCATION - New York City STEP 1 - CLEANSE KIND OF GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover Full disclosure, I do think almost all micellar waters are created equal, and they would all get 5⭐️. If I did everything right the night before, all my skin needs in the morning is a swipe of this (AND a rinse!) to get my skin prepped for the rest of my AM routine. STEP 2 - SERUM(S) Glossier. - Super Glow Vitamin C + Magnesium Serum This 5% vitamin c derivative is, like all Glossier serums, non-sticky, quickly absorbing, and ultra lightweight. It’s a very stable version of vitamin c and at a lower percent than others, which makes it great for sensitive skin or a vitamin c newbie. But for the price, you can get cheaper and stronger from other brands. —————————— Glossier. - Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5 Serum This is my ideal follow-up after vitamin c, and I use it all over my face. The hyaluronic comes in three different forms/molecular weights, so the hydrating effects are long-lasting as long as you seal it in properly. That being said, it’s an intro hyaluronic serum with a higher-than-average price tag. STEP 3 - MOISTURIZE bliss - Drench & Quench Moisturizer The texture of this is perfect for daytime if you crave watery moisture and already have multiple skincare steps. This is light but smooth, absorbs quickly, and the color just makes you feel like you’re smoothing thickly textured water directly on your skin! It smells deliciously clean in the jar, but doesn’t seem too strong, as it fades pretty quickly once applied. STEP 4 - SPF Supergoop! - Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 With Sunflower Extract The texture didn’t thrill me - though it absorbed very well (no white cast), it was a little heavy for my taste. doesn’t read greasy at all once applied. I can definitely see using this on my face for super sweaty days outside, but for now I’ll continue to use on my body only.
bliss-Drench & Quench Moisturizer
NEW MORNING ROUTINE 🌞
1. CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin I love this cleanser! Prior to using this, I was spending a fortune on dermalogica - Special Cleansing Gel and was not seeing the results that I expected from a “high-end” cleanser. I began my skincare journey in March 2020, which is when I discovered CeraVe products. This cleanser has been a staple in my routine ever since. At some point, I would like to try CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skinbut I am hesitant because I’m unsure if this cleanser can be used daily or in conjunction with other acids/actives such as Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) or Azelaic Acid. 2. FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner Prior to this toner I was using dear, klairs - Supple Preparation Unscented Facial Toner but I was not impressed so I wanted to try something different. I have not yet tried this product but I will post an update next month with my thoughts! 3. Mad Hippie - Vitamin C Serum Right now I’m using Mad Hippie but I plan on switching to The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%and giving this one a shot once I’m able to get my hands on it. Right now it’s sold out at Sephora and Ulta, which are the two main stores that I purchase my products from. As for the Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum, the smell is great and it feels very refreshing but I do find that it leaves my face feeling VERY sticky for quite a while after application. I’m hoping TO isn’t so sticky and that perhaps I experience some added benefit from the Alpha Arbutin. Stay tuned for an update on The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%! 4. The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HAAlthough I am a die hard CeraVe PM lotion fan, I decided to give this product a try due to the rave reviews. I haven’t tried it yet so I will let you know what I think later on. 5. Dr. Jart+ - Every Sun Day Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+ I absolutely love this SPF. In the beginning of my skincare journey I purchased CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 and had an allergic reaction to this product where my entire face broke out into hives. At that point, I began to question if I was allergic to sunscreen so I started researching different SPF’s and ended up purchasing this one and it has been amazing. One thing that I do noticed is that it depends on what products I pair this SPF with because certain products can cause pilling while others do not. Let me know if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or advice! See my next post for my new PM routine!
CeraVe-AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
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