So You’re New to Skincare and Need a Routine
I will recommend products, brands, and explain a few things so you can create your own skincare routine! Skincare Brands: Here are a few trusted brands I recommend. Remember something that works for one person might not work for you. - CeraVe- you can get CeraVe from your local pharmacy or just from amazon. they aren’t expensive but still have great ingredients that are good for sensitive skin - Drunk Elephant- a more expensive brand but worth it. they are vegan, cruelty-free, and great for sensitive skin - Youth to the People- once again a more expensive brand but amazing products. they are vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and great for sensitive skin - Krave- medium priced and sell super great serums. vegan, cruelty-free, and for sensitive skin - The Ordinary- sell cheap products with great ingredients! this brand is mostly for serums and acids. also cruelty-free - Paula’s Choice- medium priced products. most are serums, acids, and toners. also cruelty-free SPF: Sunscreen is a must! No matter your skin type or what products you use. It protects your skin from UV rays and lessens your chance of skin cancer. Some moisturizers have sunscreen in it already while others don’t. If they don’t, then you need to buy separate face sunscreen. Sunscreens can be physical or chemical. Here are the pros and cons: Chemical: - Absorbed Into skin - Thin and ideal for everyday use - Skincare ingredients added easily on top - Wait 15 minutes to be effective - Reapply every 2 hours or so Physical: - Sits on top of skin - Works immediately - Apply once - Thicker and heavier - Not waterproof Basic Skincare Parts: All skincare routines must have a cleanser, moisturizer, and some sort of sunscreen no matter your skin type or concerns. Use a cleanser 1-2 times a day and a moisturizer after. Here are my recommendations for cleansers and moisturizers. Cleansers/Face Wash: -CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanserthis is best for normal, dry, and combo skin. it leaves the face feeling soft and hydrated. -CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skinthis is best for normal, oily, and combo skin. it’s gentle, effective, and removes oil without damaging the skin barriers. - CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skinthis is for people who have acne! SA stands for salicylic acid. the acid goes into your pores and dissolves any dead skin cells clogging it. - YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanserthis can be used for all skin types and is particularly good for acne. even if you don’t have acne I still recommend this product. it gives a deep cleanse to make sure your pores are completely clean. - fresh - Soy Makeup Removing Face Washgreat for all skin types. it removes all makeup, including mascara, as well as impurities, leaving your skin clean. Moisturizers: -DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Creama gel-like texture that absorbs into skin quickly. leaves it soft, hydrated, protected, and gives it a slight glow. great for sensitive skin! -FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydrationamazing for super dry skin and eczema. absorbs quickly into skin and leaves it soft. -CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30generally lightweight but still moisturizes well! good for acne and skin texture because it has niacinamide in it. still everyone can use it. has sunscreen already in it for the day. -CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotionsame product above except slightly thicker and without spf for night. - YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishiamazing for sensitive, dry or combo skin. boosts skin’s hydration and won’t clog your pores. -Glossier. - Priming Moisturizer Rich great hydrating moisturizer that is also a primer for makeup. for people with normal or dry skin. not for sensitive skin because it has fragrance in it. Acids/Serums: Acids and serums are for specific skin concerns such as acne, redness, blackheads, dullness, etc. Here are ones I recommend to everyone even if you are new to skincare! Use these after cleanser but before moisturizer. (Patch test before use.) Look on websites for instructions and make sure ingredients don’t conflict if you use multiple acids. - The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%for people with acne, large pores, blackheads, and skin texture. honestly everyone can use this in their routine! -Glossier. - Super Pure does the same thing as above - PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Boosterdoes the same thing as above - The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5hydrates the skin and makes it bouncy. gives it a glow. no matter your skin type or concerns you should use this! apply on damp skin - Krave - Great Barrier Reliefgreat for redness and irritation. will soothe the skin.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
Foundation for combination skin
Foundation for combination skin: Lancome or Giorgio Armani?Foundation is soooooo important for me because my skin looks so uneven and weird sometimes when I wake up. But it is also annoying and hard to pick a right one. Here is my opinion on Lancôme and Armani foundations. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation This foundation is quite creamy and smooth. My undertone is warm and I have some red and brown acne scars on my cheek and the coverage of it is acceptable since there are still some marks can’t be hidden. It is non-comedogenic, buildable, and its finish is between dewy and matte. I usually use brush to apply and sometimes a wet sponge for a more natural look. The scent is light and classic but it just smells like a soap bar to me.If you moistures your face enough, this foundation will last more than 8 hours. But my T-zone is a bit oily so I have blotting paper with me if I have to wear it for a really long day. Considering its price, I think there are definitely some alternatives I can choose from. Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation I love this one more than Ultra Wear, but it is a bit sad that its shade is a little bit darker than my skin tone. I bought it online and that’s why it is so important to try the shade in store first. Despite the unmatching shade, the watery content, medium to full coverage, gorgeous smell, cute bottle…I just love it so much! It is also non-comedogenic and buildable. Its dewy finish isn’t too shiny and that is also something I like. This stuff costs more than Lancome foundation but one pump is just enough for full-face coverage; it is worth the money if you find the right shade. Compared to Lancome, I prefer lasting UV foundation more, and it is really important to try in store first before buying any tinted product! Good luck with shade picking!
ARMANI beauty-LASTING SILK UV FOUNDATION
Drugstore do’s and dont’s
Being a teenager with acne I’ve had some experience with drugstore products. So I’m just going to be going over certain brads instead of products individually. 1. Cetaphil This brand as whole has a lot of simple skincare that will just do its job. Before my skin started to get really bad I used the face wash from here Cetaphil - Gentle Skin Cleanser and their simple moisturizer. Cetaphil - Facial Hydrating Lotion both we’re good and is good for people with sensitive skin or people just starting who just need a simple routine. And I feel like the drugstore doesn’t really have a lot of products that But I found when I started breaking this wasn’t strong enough for me but I know they do have some acne targeted skin care and I’ve heard it doesn’t dry out the skin like most products do targeted at acne. 2. Pacifica Their products aren’t really found every where but they do sell them at target so I’m just considering them as drugstore😂. I can’t say I like all their products but I have tried a couple and none of them have been life changing but they lived up to most of the claims on the bottle. My sister started using their products last summer and idk what it was but her skin cleared up so much!🤩 I have looked online at some of their other products and they have some pretty good ingredients in them. The only thing is that a couple of them have essential oils in it and some have a little fragrance in it but both were at the bottom of the ingredient list. 3. Clean and clear This whole brand is just a BIG NO. Like this brand is the ceo of damaging your skin. I have a very deep dislike for this brand not only because of the ingredients that they use and how drying they are but clean and clear is what started breaking me out super bad! It is what started my acne journey and I can’t even believe I put literally alcohol on my face everyday. And don’t even get me started on their new lemon line. Like I’m fine with lemon when it’s formulated right but I’m assuming if it’s 3$its not. Lemon juice is known to be really irritating to the skin and can cause inflammation and it can sensitize the skin and it had a very Acidic pH level. 4. Biore They are not like as bad as clean and clear but their definently not the best for your skin. Their ingredient list isn’t packed with alcohol but it still has some things that aren’t the best. I used to use their sodium cleanser and it didn’t break me out but I did really exfoliate my face because it had plastic beads in it😬. If you don’t know what physical exfoliation is it’s the most damaging kind of exfoliation and should be used once per week max. And I was using this DAILY because that’s what it says on the bottle and I didn’t know any better. Anyways but what their most popular for is their biore pore strips and not gonna lie they do work but I found it gives you a quick fix but it ended up giving be more black heads in the long run.
Cetaphil-Facial Hydrating Lotion
What Causes Acne and What Puts You at Risk for It?
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my favorite eyeshadow palette
My favorite eyeshadow palette of all time is the Too Faced - Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette – Peaches and Cream Collection ! I lusted over this for years and finally bought it one day a few years ago. I used to use it nearly every day, but stopped wearing eyeshadow for a while. Anyway, it’s the first one I pick up when I’m looking to do a look, from casual errand running to nights out to work! If I could only have one palette, it’d be this one. I know, it sounds crazy. There’s not a huge shade range, and there’s mostly browns and peachy pinks. But that’s all I want in any palette. I’m drawn to these colors and every time I pick up a palette, I only end up using these colors. The white and cream/pastel shades are my least used, and the darkest brown. I really enjoy the peach cobbler shade and peach sangria the most, and I can create the best look with these two. I really like the formula, it’s pretty pigmented and there’s not much color fall off throughout the day. I like using a thin primer with this, but nothing too cakey! I know too faced has gone through some scandal lately regarding transphobic remarks, so I thought I was going to have to stop supporting them. However, they fired the person who made the comment towards an influencer, so I reckon they did the right thing. This was $45 which is steep for me, but I truly love this product!
Too Faced-Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette – Peaches and Cream Collection