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
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4 weeks on Tretinoin and Aczone Update
My dermatologist put me on this routine .... AM: Neutrogena - Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask it dries out some of my acne bumps which helps them go away a little faster CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 it leaves my face mosturized but leaves a white cast. However it has niacinamide and hyaluronic acid in it that helps acne prone skin elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 also leaves a white haze even in clear . I have to apply directly to my face if I put on fingers first seems like it's more of a white cast PM: LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser I like it's very gentle but feels like lotion CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion love love love it keeps skin oily enough and is lightweight I also use a prescribed tretonoin in the PM and prescribed Aczone in the morning . I have transitioned to doing it everyday at first it was every other day . Posting here to manage results
Before corona, and starting birth control my skin was clear. Now it is freaking out and I don’t know what to do :( The products I’m currently using are VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser morning and night CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 morning CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion tThe Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (2x a week) Please help !
Will you sashay or will you stay? 😔🤚🏼
I thought I'd give some thoughts on skin care products I have tried in 2020. I will talk about more products in future posts, but let's start with this. What I loved ❤ NEOGENLAB - Sur.Medic Azulene Soothing Pepthide Ampoule After my skin got randomly sensitive (currently being screened for lupus), a lot of products I already had in my routine just didn't work for me anymore and would make my skin angry. I needed to repair my skin barrier and use different products from what I used to use for my then acne-prone skin that could take a lot. This product was key in calming my skin and repairing my moisture barrier. This contains 10 peptides, Azulene blue capsule and ceramide capsules. Holy grail! The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' I heard somewhere that for peptides to be effective, you have to use them AM & PM. I use this in my bedtime routine to maintain the effects of the NEOGENLAB ampoule mentioned above. It's cheap and the packaging is glass. Very easy to incorporate this in your routine when taking a break from retinol that can be irritating. NEOGENLAB - Real Rerment Micro Essence I use this after double cleansing at night and it's so good. My skin just drinks it up and it doesn't leave any tackiness. It's super gentle and will give you a boost of hydration after your cleansing step. Been using this every day since this summer and I'm not even halfway done with the bottle. COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence My skin has gone through changes this year, but this is one of the products that remained in my routine. I use this in the morning before my serums and it makes my skin looks so great! It's kind of gooey at first, but turn to a watery texture pretty quickly. It's actually impressive how this just sinks into your skin. It helps with my acne scars and post-inflammation hyperpigmentation. One pump is enough for my whole face! BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream Many claim that eye creams are not necessary and I believe them. I personally like to use one because I set my concealer with powder and it can be a little drying. This is lightweight and is a good base before eye makeup. Helped with my fine lines and the packaging is glass. 4 stars cause it's not a necessity. Products I disliked 💔 Perricone MD - Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream This eye cream is so heavy and oily it gave me a few milias. Total rip off for the price and it contains palm oil. DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum I incorporated more niacinamide in ny routine and stopped using acids more than twice a week, so this is not a necessity unless you have 100$ laying around. Can be irritating. Kiehl's - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer It worked good when I used to be on antibiotics for cystic acne, but now my skin doesn't absorb it, makes me greasy and breaks me out cause it's clogging. I recommend only if you have dry and flaky skin.
PRO TIP! when you apply a retinoid before bed, the oil from your skin can cause the retinoid to travel on your face or transfer onto your pillowcases. this can cause the retinoid to get on sensitive areas and cause burns! for me, it was my eyelids. i applied the cerave healing ointment on the burns and they healed in a day. now every night before bed i apply the healing ointment and now no more burns!!! my acne was bad and left deep scars and with these products my skin has never looked and felt better. VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne Treatment VANICREAM - Lite Lotion CeraVe - Healing Ointment
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Found a picture of my 1st skincare collection
I was going through my pictures this morning and I found the picture I took of the very first skincare products I ever bought. I had masks etc. before this but this was the very beginning!! The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution I love this toner! It really does help with the texture of my skin and the price point is awesome with the amount you get! The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser When I first used this wash I really loved it! Now that I have tried many others, I don’t love it as much but it’s not the worst cleanser by any means. GOOD MOLECULES - Hyaluronic Acid Serum This is a very great HA serum and another one at a great price point! The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG I have seriously bad eye bags because I never sleep well, this serum does reduce them but I’ve recently found other products that are even better. My husband uses this for dark circles and there has been no difference. GOOD MOLECULES - Overnight Exfoliating Treatment This is a super gentle chemical exfoliator, if TO serum is too strong for you, give this one a try. You definitely wake up with much softer skin! The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution The cult favorite and I love it! It works and does everything it says! Definitely be safe with this one. No more than 2X a week. The Ordinary - Matrixyl* 10% + HA I cannot RAVE about this enough!!! This serum is the one that seriously reduced my deep forehead wrinkles. This is definitely one you should try if you are trying to reduce the appearance of yours! GOOD MOLECULES - Squalane Oil This is a perfect addition to your routine if you struggle with dry skin and are trying to use things that are anti-aging. Plus it’s amazing on lips too!! GOOD MOLECULES - Vitamin C Booster Powder I know there are mixed reviews on the do it yourself powders but I actually really love this one. As long as you mix it well into a water-based serum it’s awesome and you can skip a step in your routine. These are all really good products especially for a skincare beginner! If you have any questions about these let me know! ❤️
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 ❌ contains PEGs (Butylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol) (Also contains dyes) Kate Somerville - Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment ❌contains PEGs Butylene Glycol SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment ❌ contains PEGs Butylene Glycol, 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 ❌contains PEGs I’m new to reading labels, so if I’ve missed something let me know! What’s in your skincare?
So I been on the hunt for some good cleansers and I heard really good things about these two. I decided to purchase and give them a try. I haven’t used an exfoliating scrub in a long time so I decided to purchase as well. I have only been using the cleansers for less than a week so I will update you guys in about a month or so with my final review. COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel CleanserI got this for $9.45 on Amazon. I use this one in the morning. It really cleanses my skin and it doesn’t feel stripped. It has tea tree oil and salicylic acid which is great for acne. It also has citric acid, green tea and botanicals. This product help shrink pores. I would recommend for oily skin. I can say my pores do look smaller after using. You can use in the morning/night. CLARISMA - Cool Ocean Breeze Daily CleanserI got this for $12.99 at Rite Aid I use this at night. I has a nice fruity smell and I think it also does a nice job cleansing. I decided to try this one because it says it unclogs pores. I have oily skin and my T zone I noticed my pores are large. It claims to even out skin tone also! I can’t say it does as it’s too early to tell. It has pineapple and papaya enzymes which helps exfoliate and brighten the skin. It also has a mineral shimmer which is a reminder to throughly wash your face. CLARISMA - Malibu Blush Exfoliating Scrub I got this for $8.99 at Rite Aid I have not used yet but it does smell good. I haven’t bought a scrub in a while so I am definitely excited to try. This scrub is a gently exfoliates, the Luffa fruit powder which is suppose the gently smooth skin. It also has the pineapple & papaya enzymes and neem oil to enhance the skin’s appearance and helps to retain natural moisture in the skin. It says to use 2-4x a week for a fresh glow 💫 These products are affordable. You don’t have to spend big $$ on expensive skin care products. You can find low cost ones that just might do a better job overall. All of these products can be found on Ulta.com
Happy November!! I thought I’d do a quick review of all the cleansers I’m using right now! I have combo skin for most of the year and really dry skin during the winter so I’m not too picky with my cleansers as long as they don’t strip my skin☺️ 🌼Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser I feel like those with normal, combo or even dry skin can use this as a second cleanse. This was really gentle and did not strip my skin. 🌼I DEW CARE Namaste Kitten Cleanser (Gifted) This one is definitely for combo to oily skin but it’s not stripping for me. It has rich lather so a little goes a long way. 🌼Thank You Farmer back to Iceland cleansing foam (PR) This one is again good for combo, oily skin. It’s not too stripping but I can definitely see this being too hash for dry skin. This is great at deeply cleansing the skin. 🌼Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm This is a great first cleanse for all skin types! It takes makeup and sunscreen off really well and emulsifies without leaving any residue. 🌼The Ordinary squalane cleanser This is a great cleanser for dry skin or first cleanse for any skin type! It isn’t the best at removing makeup so I mostly use this as my gentle and hydrating morning cleanser. 🌼Tatcha The Rice Wash Skin-Softening Cleanser I think those with combo or dry skin would like this since it doesn’t foam up a lot. This doesn’t dry my skin out and makes it feel really soft! 🌼Benton Honest Cleansing Foam (PR) I found this one to be a little drying so I would recommend this for those with normal to oily skin. It foams up really well and the scent is not too strong. 🌼OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Juice Daily Cleanser I think most skin types will like this cleanser except those with very dry or sensitive skin. The fragrance is really strong but I kind of like it since it smells like orange candy! This one foams up but not too much so I find that it doesn’t strip my skin. I also noticed that after using this my skin felt really clean and soft. 🌼Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser This one is great for combo to oily skin. This really cleanses all the oils and impurities and does not strip my skin.
🍊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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