winter moisture boost!
I only started my skincare journey in January of this year, so I've been adjusting to the seasons as I go. I've noticed as we transition into colder weather that my skin feels moisturized to the touch, but my face feels simultaneously too oily and too dry/tight. Here's my spring/summer a.m. skincare routine for reference: COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Nov. 18, 2020
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Nov. 18, 2020
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5 BENEFITS OF SUNSCREEN
5 BENEFITS OF SUNSCREEN 1 - Helps to keep your complexion even. Sun damage is one of the many causes of uneven skin tone & daily use helps to prevent those effects 2-Helps Protect Against The Visible Signs of Premature Aging 3- protects your skin against the sun's broad spectrum of harmful UV rays 4-Reduces Risk of Cancer 5-Healthy Skin Overall!!! Please keep in mind that in order to receive these benefits from SPF creams/products , you must wear sunscreen EVERYDAY and reapply every 2/3 hours, rain or shine, sunny days or not. SPF 30 or higher is ideal and recommended while SPF 15 is the minimum. Im a sunscreen junkie, I have tried so many along the way, these are the ones I currently use and have used. Some not so good, some good and some just GREAT. Have you tried any of these? Did you love them or did you hate them? Please tell 😃 Stay tuned, I will be reviewing and sharing my experience using these sunscreens very soon.
my go to facial moisturizer for my dry skin
This is the only facial moisturizer all year round from CeraVe. This facial moisture from CeraVe for am use contains SPF 30 protection when you are out in about to prevent you having wrinkles do UV RAY. The Hyaluronic acid helps to give you hydration of layer of your skin and helps to retain moisture. Ceramides helps with restoring healthy skin for the natural barrier. Finally Niacinamide helps to calm your skin down. For my opinion I suffer by dry skin especially in the winter time and it helps me so much during the winter season. I usually use two pumps in the summertime but in the winter season I generally use three pumps. Or on the satisfied using this product and I would recommend anyone to try this product from CeraVe. CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 Don't forget to like and follow for more 😘😘😘 also you can follow my Instagram page at @sweet_citrustea for more
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🧼Rebuilding My Moisture Barrier💧🤍
It’s always a balancing act when it comes from skincare. 😅 at least for me! Haha 💧I’ve had adult acne and have acne-primed skin, so when it comes to finding the right products that don’t over-strip my skin but also keep my breakouts & acne under control...you could say it’s been a journey! 💧If you saw one of my recent posts about my retinol breakout 😪 I’m back to familiar territory aka flaky, dry, inflamed skin aka my moisture barrier is damaged. And with the colder months, I’ve been spending more time trying to repair it. 💧These are some of the products that have been helping me: 🧴COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence : I recently purchased this essence and have really loved the effects. I use it after cleansing and find that it helps when I use it when my skin is still damp! It’s made my skin so soft & since it’s an essence, it allows for my other products to penetrate deeper into my skin. I will say, for those who are not really familiar with essences (especially this one), many often have a gel-like texture that isn’t super typical in some products (slightly sticky & for this one, slimy). 🧴CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin : my tried and true!!! I’ve been layering this product on, especially at night after the essence. Day or night, this lotion is a must-have in my book. It doesn’t feel oily on my skin and the hyalauronic acid is such a bonus since this an ingredient that helps draw in moisture into the skin. 🧴Krave - The Beet Shield : WORTH THE HYPE! Love Krave Beauty and I LOVE the Beet Shield. The texture is amazing, super light and dried down pretty quickly without a white cast. It makes me WANT to put on sunscreen and not just feel like I NEED to. 〰️After cutting back on the steps in my routine, and feeling& seeing results, I’ve been reintroducing these products for gentler exfoliation!〰️ 🧼CLARISMA - Cali Dreaming Cream Daily Moisturizer : the Clarisma moisturizer is super light and something I’ll typically wear during the day. It’s gentle and I like to wear it on days I’m inside especially since it is a lighter moisturizer and when I’m outside in the cold, I prefer something heavier. 🧼CLARISMA - Malibu Blush Exfoliating Scrub : the most gentle exfoliator! The exfoliating scrub isn’t at all like other physical exfoliants. The Luffa fruit breaks down when you use it so no micro tears with this one. The enzymes used also provide such a gentler exfoliation unlike most harsh acids. It also doesn’t cause hyperpigmentation, which I’ve experienced in the past with acids. 🏹Let me know what’s helped you with repairing or protecting your moisture barrier! 🤍
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
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Updated Night Routine!
I had a lot of empties in January, so here is my updated night routine! I have a post detailing actives that I use and my schedule around those actives, so they won’t be included in this post. My first step is my double-cleansing step, I use the Dr Dennis Gross - Hyaluronic Marine Makeup Removing Meltaway Cleanser (📍)to remove SPF and makeup, which I really love, it’s very unique, but it doesn’t break me out at all. Then I use the LANEIGE - Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser (📍) to cleanse a second time, I really enjoy this too, my skin tends to freak out when it comes to Laneige’s fragrance, but this is fragrance-free!! After cleansing I steam my face with the Dr Dennis Gross - Pro Facial Steamer which I feel like has really helped the hydration levels of my skin. After that I’ll apply the TATCHA - The Essence Plumping Skin Softener (📍)which I also like, but I’m not sure how much it’s really done for my skin for what it’s worth. I’ll steam again, for about 30 seconds and then go into my PETER THOMAS ROTH - Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum which is the only serum that can truly repair my moisture barrier when I’m breaking out. Then my eye product is The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (📍)which I’ve been loving a lot too! My current winter moisturizer is the Dr. Jart+ - Ceramidin Cream which again, I like, but it feels like it puts a barrier on my skin, which kind of felt weird to begin with. After moisturizer, my last two steps are to treat any breakouts or spots with the Murad - Blemish Control Rapid Relief Spot Treatment and use something to lock it all in like the The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil it does the job, but smells super weird. The only way I’ve been able to describe it is, picture the olive bar at a local grocery store, and the smell that comes from that. Not super pleasant, but it’s okay. 📍= product was sent to me for free
These are my ride or die
So, I have an autoimmune disease and I tend to have lots of inflammation. That being said, when I wake up puffy like a blow fish 🐠.... these are my life savers ! The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG this little baby packs a punch! De-puffs and gives my eyes a wake up call!! It is unique in that it is not a cream. At first I wasn’t sure, but I’m hooked. One drop on each eye does the trick. Easy to apply, smooth and silky! Wake up those peepers with this little bottle of magic 🪄!! mizz bloom - JADE ROLLER this is my go to in morning to drain my lymphatic system. I keep mine in my skin fridge, so it is nice and cold! Add my serums and then have a nice little roll! De puffs my face and helps with contouring. T
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✨NEW HOLY GRAIL EVERYDAY PRODUCT✨
found a serum that truly works!!💕🧡 StriVectin - Super-C Retinol Brighten & Correct Vitamin C Serum This product has made my skin feel more hydrated and my skin has been glowing ever since I started the product. This actually gave me instant results by the second day and I love it! The formula is super light weight, non-sticky and absorbs quick. It does have a light citrusy scent🍊.Although, I try to refrain from scented products for my face but this was an exception because this really worked for me. So if you’re looking for a serum to add to your skincare routine I would highly recommend this product! Texture: not to watery, just about right. Main active ingredient: retinol & vitamin C **copped 2 of these at Costco for 70 bucks total! They are on sale** 🌞AM skincare routine🌞 Face wash-COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser Toner-ESKINOL - Refreshing Facial Deep Cleanser with Pure Cucumber Extract Serum-StriVectin - Super-C Retinol Brighten & Correct Vitamin C Serum Moisturizer with spf-COSRX - Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++ 🌜PM skincare routine🌛 Face wash-COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser Toner-ESKINOL - Refreshing Facial Deep Cleanser with Pure Cucumber Extract Serum-StriVectin - Super-C Retinol Brighten & Correct Vitamin C Serum Moisturizer-TRADER JOE'S - Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer with Aloe & Green Tea Extracts Spot treatment-Clean&Clear - Advantage Acne Spot Treatment
Best cleanser for acne prone skin
For #fridayfavorites I want to highlight a #cultfavorite COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser After hearing so many good things about this cleanser I had to try it. I ordered it from Stylevana and was happy that the order arrived in a week! For 11 CAD I think it’s value for money considering how good this cleanser is. It’s very gentle on my skin and I tend to use this cleanser more often than others. It has a gel like consistency and is not too foamy and a little goes a long way. It washes away impurities without stripping my skin. It has a low PH which is said to be effective in protecting our skin’s acid mantle. #acidmantle protects the skin from harmful bacteria that can cause acne and other skin problems. Low ph cleansers are also good for people with eczema and dryness. FUN FACT: did you know this product was crowd sourced!! Customers gave feedback to @cosrx asking for a low ph cleanser and they delivered! Isn’t that awesome! #fridayfavorites #funfactfridays #cosrxcleanser #cosrxph #fanfav #kleanbsecrets #myfavoriteproducts #skincareproductsthatwork #skincareproducts #skincarephotography #productphotographer #productphotography #torontoskincareblogger #skincareformen #skincareforallcultures
🍊Empty and Repurchase - Vitamin C 🍋
I’ve already talked about my experiences with vitamin c on my page but here is my current favorite vitamin C product. I love this product because it does not irritate my skin or cause any sort of reaction and I’ve noticed a drastic change in the brightness of my skin. Just within a month or so. I’ve tried 2 other vitamin C serums, both had an unnecessary fragrance, irritated my skin, and didn’t see any results. This product is fragrance free which I love. It never feels oily or heavy on my skin when I apply it. It also has a small about of hyaluronic acid. I find this is a great, gentle, and easy to use product that will give you results within weeks. L'ORÉAL - Revitalift Derm Intensives Vitamin C Serum
🥵This serum is not it🥵
So I’ve been using PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator L'ORÉAL - Revitalift Derm Intensives Vitamin C Serum The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin BIODERMA - Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water My skin looks great using all of the products listed above, you can see in the second photo. After my skin was reallly vibin and adjusting to my current product use I was like “let’s mix it up to try to see if I can get even better results” 🤔 which was me adding the LA ROCHE-POSAY - Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum into the mix. The night after I used it my face was full of red spots and just overall blotchy skin with redness, you can see in the 1st photo. I do not recommend LA ROCHE-POSAY - Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum it is full of fragrance which I’m think is what keeps giving me a reaction? Not sure either way it is not worth it and I’m pretty sure it’s around $30 so it’s a definite no. Save your money on this one.
Derm‘s SUG: How to Treat Dark Circles at Home
The dark circles that appear under our eyes can be difficult to treat. They can come from a variety of causes, some of which are out of our control, such as aging and genetics. However, there are some lifestyle choices which cause this problem, such as lack of sleep, allergies, eczema, diet, dehydration, alcohol consumption, smoking and even stress, which we can rectify. The discoloration stems from a variety of factors, such as the prominence of the blood vessels underneath the skin, pigment in the skin, and thickness of the skin. Patients may have only one or could have several factors, which contribute to dark circle formation. Since this problem can have many causes, I find that the best solution for this problem is a combination of treatments. There are several ingredients which can help alleviate dark circles under the eyes. - Hyaluronic acid - absorb large quantities of water in the skin and help hydrate and pump up dry skin, making the dark color less noticeable. - Caffeine - constrict the blood vessels, and remove some red discoloration. - Dimethicone - moisturize and smooth the skin, and acts as a barrier to prevent further loss of moisture. - Retinoids/retinol - increase cell turnover in the skin to get rid of dead skin cells, leading to improvement in wrinkles, texture and discoloration of the skin under the eyes. - Vitamin C - an anti-oxidant which helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays which destroy our collagen, but also helps to brighten the skin and remove discoloration. - Hydroquinone and kojic acid - remove brown discoloration in the skin. I have used L’Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Eye Cream in the past and found it to be helpful. It combines hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin, vitamin C to brighten the skin, dimethicone to hydrate and smooth the skin, and retinol to help remove the discoloration and wrinkles. I have also used Skin Medica TNS Illuminating Eye cream, which not only contains hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, but also has dimethicone the help hydrate and smooth the skin. It is a more expensive but does help as well. If over the counter products fail, you can try in office treatments, such as chemical peels, lasers, dermal fillers, or surgery.
AM and PM affordable barrier repair routine
So I had a recent wake up call; sunscreen isn’t supposed to tingle when you put it on and serums shouldn’t just sit on top of your skin. Who knew?! Both of these reactions were clear signs that my moisture barrier had suffered. I pared back my routine to these five products. I’m planning on sticking to this routine until my barrier is appropriately healed or at least for the next two weeks. First part of my AM routine is to wash my HANDS then splash my face with cool water, just to help myself perk up and to remove any sleep acquired gunk. Next comes The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Which I’ve been using for about ten months and is really beneficial for my oily skin and prominent pores. I like to give this a good three minutes, give or take, to absorb. Although this is an active ingredient it is also an antioxidant meaning it’s really nutritious for the skin, and can be applied twice a day. (If you’re sensitive to zinc this product might break you out) Before applying a pea+ sized amount of The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA I dab a bit of water on my face. I find that applying this to slightly damp skin makes all the difference. It delivers that hydration deep into my skin. When attempting to repair your barrier frying hydration into different layers of your skin is so important. The final part of my morning routine is Cetaphil - DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 This is one of my favorite SPF’s. I find that when I give it a full 15 minutes to absorb it leaves no white cast and as a person with oily skin i was able to reapply this without feeling totally greasy. At the end of the day I cleanse with CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin This is a new addition for me. I wanted a cleanser that could tackle my oil production without stripping my skin and further harming my barrier, and so far this has been a life saver! I definitely notice a difference in my t-zone. I moisturize with The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA again. And most nights I butter myself up with CeraVe - Skin Renewing Night Cream before tucking myself in. I love that this contains ceramides and a low dose of niacinamide. I’d like to find something with a better slip and that sinks in quicker as well. Overall it’s a great night cream though. All of these products are under 20 dollars and they’re all tailored towards repairing your skins barrier and adding extra nutrients!
Cetaphil-DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30
list of ingredients I may be sensitive to
I just want to keep this list updated so I don’t have to look somewhere else. I want to have all my skincare stuff in one place ☺️ • tea tree oil • zinc • glycolic acid? (or smth in to toning solution) products that seem to break me out a little: ☆ The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ☆ The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ☆ Neutrogena - Deep Clean Hydrating Cleansing Oil(possible?)
Neutrogena-Deep Clean Hydrating Cleansing Oil
The ordinary has gained a lot of popularity recently and while their products are amazing and offer so many amazing ingredients at such a low price there is a downside to this. The textures of these products are very annoying and hard to work with. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum doesn’t play well with other products nicely at all especially the VERSED - DEW POINT Moisturizing Gel-Cream and almost makes it liquidate or something. It also foams up when you rub it in your hands and feels super tacky on the skin. This isn’t at all a deal breaker for me as it’s a solid serum and it does it’s job well it’s just mildly annoying. It does mildly brighten dark spots and help with pores and that’s all you can really ask it to do. Though this serum is a little bit more oily skin friendly and the THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serumis better for more dry skin types if you want the brightening effects. The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA serum is very liquidity in texture which makes it absorb rather quickly which is nice except it’s difficult to get on my face as I usually apply my serums to my hand first and then pay them into my face which didn’t work with this serum as it just ended up absorbing into my hand. This also didn’t do much for MY skin at all. That might just be because I have really oily and resilient skin and a stronger acid would have done a lot more for me but that doesn’t mean this product is bad in fact it could be really good for someone with dry skin or sensitive skin. Exfoliating products that did really help my and might help others with their oily skin and acne are the CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser and The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution . The VERSED - DEW POINT Moisturizing Gel-Cream is a solid moisturizer. It’s good for more oily to combination skin but you could also use this as a serum for dry skin before a thicker moisturizer if you have dry skin because it does have that gel consistency. Personally I also used this as a primer and it held up pretty well because it is a little tacky but not like The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum. It’s a great summer moisturizer. Overall it’s a solid pick considering the price and how accessible it is (sold at target) and I definitely recommend it.
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Morning Skin Care Routine🌞✨
Here is my morning skin care routine for hormonal acne! I start off with the CeraVe foaming facial cleanser. CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin I love this product because it is gentle and non stripping so your skin is not dry or tight after use. Then I go in with the ordinary niacinamide. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I can’t say enough good things about this product. It really helps with breakouts and is good for almost any skin type. Next step is the ordinary Azelaic Acid suspension. The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% This product helps to brighten dark spots I have left behind by acne. The application is very smooth and not irritating at all. I use a little less than a pea size. Finally, I go in with the equate daily facial moisturizer which is just a cetaphil dupe. This is the generic Walmart brand and I’m sure other drugstores have their generic brand of this as well. This moisturizer is lightweight, non comedogenic and contains SPF so it is a great choice to start your day. Cetaphil - Daily Facial Moisturizer I try to keep my morning routine very basic. Night time is when I will go in with harsher acids. I will post my night time routine later today! 🌛💫
The Ordinary-Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
I want to clear the texture of my skin!! I think my skin is not in a super bad condition but there are little bumps and weird textures on my forehead which i want to smoothen or possibly get rid of! I want to try nizoral but i wanted to know if there are any other reccomandations?? this is my current routine > CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA and sometimes -> The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
The Ordinary-Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
1. PAULA'S CHOICE - RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser - smooth and not drying 2. Dr Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel - the ultra sensitive ones feel very refreshing 3. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster - not sure yet if this has helped with anything but only 2 weeks in 4. PAULA'S CHOICE - Hyaluronic Acid Booster - best texture for Hyaluronic acid I’ve found yet 5. CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion - simple and easy
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
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