Dehydrated vs. dry? How to know the difference
Dehydrated and dry are often seen as interchangeable words when it comes to describing your skin. These two terms actually mean different things so I wanted to shed some light on them. What is dehydrated skin? Dehydration is a skin condition. It is where your skin is lacking water (aka it needs more hydration). How do I increase hydration? You’re going to want to use humectants. Humectants are really good at retaining moisture in the skin. Some examples of ingredients you’re going to want to be on the look out for are glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera. Product example? Currently I’m using the The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics
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Serums for dry skin
KayRodriguezThis is great! I have dehydrated skin and am disappointed constantly to find nearly every brand / store to not have a “skin concern” section for dehydration, only dry! Surprisingly, there’s not a lot of information on dehydrated skin, which can cause a lot of dehydrated people to think their skin is just dry and make their skin worse. I remember trying to tell my derm “my skin is oily...but it also feels really tight and dry” and even she didn’t understand and only addressed my oily skin, which made my skin worse. I appreciate this post as a dehydrated girl 🙌🏻
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So what exactly are serums?
So you have your basic routine down but you still have some skincare concerns. That’s where serums come in! Serums are designed to deliever concentrated doses of active ingredients to the skin. They can either be specific to one active or a blend of many actives. My two favorite serums at the moment are The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics and GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum . I have oily yet dehydrated skin that is acne prone with redness and some post acne hyperpigmentation. For me, I look for serums that help with oil control, pigmentation lightening, and bringing hydration into the skin. The Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum has been an absolutely must in my routine. I’ve gone through two bottles already. I like it a lot better than The Ordinary version. It’s a little bit thicker than your typical serum consistency but it absorbs really easily. It doesn’t have that tacky or pill like effect some serums can have. You can use this during the day or night but I personally use this at night at the first step in my routine after I cleanse my face. I’ve been using this for months now and I’ve seen such a huge reduction in hyperpigmentation, redness, and oiliness of my skin. Now in the morning is when I use The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics. I wasn’t a fan of their hyaluronic acid as it pills up on me. Unlike the thicker consistency that is this is very water like. I’ll wash my face in the morning and while it’s still wet I’ll apply this serum. That way the water on my face is being driven into the skin to add hydration. This is perfect for all skin types but especially my oily but dehydrated people as it’s going to give you hydration but not feel heavy. The best part is they are both inexpensive. They are $6 and $6.80 respectively. What are your favorite serums?
How I deal with acne caused by my environment
Hi y’all! I hope everyone is doing great and staying safe! Today I am going to talk about acne and inflammation caused by the environments we live in, and how to try and counteract it! I found out that where I live (New York City) was a big player in how my skin looked when I noticed a pattern in decreasing redness and inflammation every time I went home to Baltimore (a smaller city but we live in the suburbs). Within a day or two my skin would be looking so much better, and when I went back to New York, the redness would come back. I thought maybe it was stress or diet, but no, it was the city and my apartment that were the biggest players. How living in a city can affect your skin: ￼￼Cities have more air pollution, which can pile onto your skin and clog your pores, causing breakouts and pimples, and weaken your skin’s protective barrier ￼￼This is called Chloracne and can show up as blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and pustules ￼￼Living in cities also exposes us to more free radicals, which cause inflammation in the skin. ￼￼When there are toxins in our body, which often come from air pollution, we try and dispose of them through sweating and...doing other things. If our body is overloaded with these and can’t get rid of them though, we start getting acne, rashes, and sensitive skin. So how do we stop this from affecting our skin so much? ￼￼SPF!! Sunscreen is a necessity no matter where you live, but if you live in a city or somewhere with lots of pollution, maybe lean towards a zinc sunscreen, or one with antioxidants like: Krave - The Beet Shield This is my favorite sunscreen that I’ve tried so far. It leaves my skin feeling nice and protected! ￼￼Cleanse gently but effectively! My skin is more on the dry side, but I cleanse twice daily because of the buildup of grime from the city on my skin. Whichever cleanser you use, follow the 60 second rule! If it doesn’t break you out, or if you wear makeup, double cleanse to make sure you get everything off your skin! As my cleanser I use either VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser which I adore because it is super basic and good for my sensitive skin Or CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser which I love but is too harsh for my skin to use daily. ￼￼Actives: Antioxidants, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Ceramides, rose oil, marine hyalauronics! These are options you might want to include in your routines! These specifically will help with the issues I’ve mentioned here! Some products that might help: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner NATURIUM - Marine Hyaluronic Water Cream NATURIUM - Vitamin C Complex Serum CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin THE inkey LIST - 15% Vitamin C and EGF And an air purifier if needed! 🦋✨
Rosehip Seed Oil To The Rescue
This lightweight oil is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins to help hydrate and nourish skin. Sourced sustainably with fair-trade practices from Chile, the facial oil targets visible signs or aging and sun damage. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve noticed a reduction in my skins redness and how smooth my skin feels after using. I warm a few drops in my hands and gently press in the oil to my face. It absorbs very nicely and doesn’t feel sticky or greasy. I have been using it in the evening but it works for your morning routine as well under moisturizer. GOOD MOLECULES - Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil
Glowing skin for under $20! 🌹
If you’re into skin care chances are you’ve heard about rosehip seed already. I personally love it for its brightening properties and use it to even out my skin tone and add radiance back into my skin. Two of my favorite products that are packed with the benefits of rosehip oil are the GOOD MOLECULES - Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil this little oil might be small but it is powerful! Sourced sustainably and ethically in southern Chile, this oil is for you if your looking to brighten and plump your skin. I use it as the last step in my night skin care routine to lock everything else I’ve applied in. Oh, and it’s only $10 🤩 Next is the ROSEN SKINCARE - Rose Water Face Dew this is one of my favorite products ever, period. This is such a cool product, it combines rose water and rosehip seed oil among a few other amazing ingredients and it’s an instant fix to dull skin. You can use with the rest of your skin care routine, over makeup, throughout the day to freshen up, its amazing. BEST for getting glowy skin in just a few mists. The 2 oz is only $15 or you can get it in a set on their website. So, there you have it! Beauty that won’t break the bank but will provide you with that beautiful healthy glow!
How to Use Retinoids Without Wrecking Your Skin
Retinoids are amazing. Whether you’re using adapalene (Differin) to treat acne, over-the-counter retinols to prevent signs of aging or correct hyperpigmentation, or plan to start tretinoin (Retin-A) for both, retinoids are exciting and have decades of research to back up their efficacy. But they can be a bit tricky- after all, almost anyone who turns to retinoids is warned of flaking, dryness, purging, redness, irritation... side effects galore. Except, it’s honestly pretty easy to avoid most of those. The purging is somewhat inevitable due to how retinoids work, but mixing retinol with an oil or applying an oil in the same routine can help stave off a lot (if not all) of the irritation, redness, flaking, and/or dryness. Oils help to fortify the skin barrier with fatty acids, as well as seal in the moisture from your hydrating serums and/or your moisturizer. I figured this tip out after accidentally forgetting to apply an oil (a usual part of my PM routine) with my tretinoin and immediately experienced flaking around my nose. Here are my favourite retinol+oil combos... The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane is my favourite over-the-counter retinol, melding two wonderful and simple ingredients: squalane and retinol. They offer three concentrations, beginning at 0.2%, then 0.5%, and finally 1%. I saw no irritation slowly making my way between the various concentrations, the squalane drying down to a lovely satin finish if you use in the AM before sunscreen. THE inkey LIST - Rosehip Oil applied after my Apostrophe Tretinoin has helped immensely- I didn’t notice any flaking/dryness until the night I forgot to apply it after my tret, which is impressive! I also haven’t experienced any redness or increased sensitivity, which I credit partly to this oil (also partly to my soothing serums). It’s already been helping with my acne and hyperpigmentation, as well as some tiny bumpy texture that has been persistently plaguing my forehead since before the beginning of my skincare journey years ago. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil applied after DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is a dream team combination for aging, dry skin- as well as a wonderful way to correct texture and tone! I can’t recommend this specific combination enough for helping with uneven texture and uneven tone. It lightened some of my dark spots and really helped smooth the orange peel texture on my chin, with the oil keeping a lot of the dryness at bay.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-A-Passioni Retinol Cream
When You Need that Extra Refresh
Today I woke up feeling quite blah and wanted to feel more refreshed. I don’t currently have any apparent issues with my skin but I wanted to make my skin look and feel more awake. Do you ever wake up feeling just dull and wanting to give yourself that boost, even if it’s just something small like taking the time to do your skincare? I randomly picked out the products I thought would be perfect for making my skin feel refreshed and this is what I came up with. Of course you should pick any products you feel will do the trick for you :) 1). I first cleansed my skin (and skipped the toner today) 2). I applied the The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 I always apply this all over my face, including under my eyes because it’s so hydrating and gentle. 3). Next, because niacinamide is the unicorn of all skincare products and mixes well with everything, I chose to add that next. It’s great if you have any noticeable redness or blemishes. 4). I applied The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG to depuff my eyes. 5). I then followed with OLAY - Eyes Brightening Eye Cream for that extra hydration (as if I didn’t get enough from the hyaluronic acid haha). 6). Then I applied REN CLEAN SKINCARE - Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream I know some online articles say not to mix vitamin C with niacinamide as they think they counteract each other’s benefits, but there’s no proof that this actually happens. With that being said, I love this vitamin C gel cream because it smells amazing and it makes my skin look nice and bright. 7). And just because I felt like it, I finished with a tiny bit of The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA Although my skin isn’t dry, I felt the more moisture the more refreshed I’d feel. I love all of these products and highly recommend everyone to try them out, even if it’s just a sample. I have nothing bad to say about any of them. If you’re ever just feeling dull, blah, or needing a pick-me-up, it’s nice to just take the time to treat your skin. Use the products your skin agrees with, of course. I have normal skin and I’m thankful all of these products agree with my skin.
The Ordinary-Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
The most cost efficient chemical exfoliant✨
The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA The most effective and cost efficient chemical exfoliant ever produced! One of the Ordinary’s greatest product. Lactic acid is a great chemical exfoliant and is used to treat textured skin, dullness and uneven texture. I have been using this product for approximately 5 months and it has significantly overpowered any physical exfoliant out there. Perfect for all skin types from dry to normal. —————————————— How to use? Lactic acid is extremely acidic and can be harmful if used at the wrong time, with the wrong products or too often. Additionally, exfoliating too much can lead to dryness, peeling and/cracks. Thus, it is important to only use lactic acid 1-2 times per week. Lactic acid also cannot be used with certain types of vitamin C’s and niacinamides, as a result, do your research with each product before applying to the skin. Furthermore, lactic acid is the most effective during the night as skin cells replenish the most during the nighttime. Lastly, it is important to build a tolerance for lactic acid, start with a low percentage and build your tolerance. Skin routine including lactic acid can be as following: rinse face cleanse tone apply drops of lactic acid moisturize —————————————— Recommend 80% Throughout my experience, I would recommend lactic acid to anyone who is looking to exfoliate the skin. This product is also tremendous for dry to normal to oily skin. However, it may not be the best chemical exfoliant for sensitive skin types or people who suffer from eczema. Most importantly, in order to use this product, one must do extensive research to know how to use it and how to implement it in your skin regimen. If not used properly it can cause serious damage to the skin due to its extreme acidic concentration.
The Ordinary-Lactic Acid 10% + HA
Rapid Reviews: The Ordinary Serums
The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% My absolute favourite vitamin c serum, with a boost of alpha arbutin. Amazing at lightening PIH and uneven tone. It does have a slightly unpleasant slick texture that is 100% worth the quick results and gentleness. It’ll be hard for me to pay to try another vitamin c serum considering the affordable price and wonderful results I’ve experienced. The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane I used the various levels of TO’s Retinol in Squalane to slowly adjust my skin to retinol. Love them! They soaked in well during autumn and winter, with zero irritation and minimal purging. I did find they absorb better applied alone. Didn’t help my acne much but I did see scar texture improvement! It’s so silky and softening, I can’t imagine another retinol being better for those with dry skin. The Ordinary - Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% I honestly don’t notice a difference when I use this serum. It’s for long-term skin health so I didn’t expect much in the couple months of use, but it feels slick on skin for an unfortunate length of time so I dreaded applying it. I prefer my Paula’s Choice antioxidant serums. The Ordinary - 100% Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil This stains tf out of shirts and pillows. Your face will be rusty orange for a couple hours. It smells kind of weird. But it is the most calming, nourishing oil I’ve ever used- moreso than rosehip, marula, jojoba, squalane, even from luxury brands. I’m going to order a refill for my tretinoin journey! It heals extracted blemishes beautifully and leaves skin silky by morning. I can’t recommend this enough for anyone with dry skin and those that pick at their face/acne. The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA If your skin dislikes vitamin c (or you already have a vitamin c serum) but you want to fade hyperpigmentation and uneven tone? This stuff has been a favourite in my routine for years until I switched to the (first) mentioned sister product. It applies light, soaks in quickly, caused no irritation, and I saw rapid results compared to vitamin c. Not as quick as Azelaic Acid, but close! Love it. The Ordinary - "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% Not pictured but I love it so immensely. It takes a million years to absorb (expect tacky skin until it does) but the soothing, healing aspect has me dreading when my bottle runs out. For a seriously packed peptide serum, it’s pretty affordable- $28.90 for 30 mL. The inability to mix it with acids is annoying but my blemishes are always so much less red and disappear very quickly when I use this serum. It does have a somewhat metallic scent but I happily deal with it and recommend its sister product (The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' ) as an intro the peptides and this for anyone looking to try out copper peptides for their improved healing properties!
The Ordinary-"Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1%
How To: Hyaluronic Acid 💕
Hyaluronic Acid is probably one of the most well known skincare ingredients on the market. We’ve all heard the “it holds 1000x it’s weight in water” claim it holds. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I realized this “fool proof” ingredient was a little more tricky than I thought. To break it down hyaluronic acid is a sugar that holds water to keep the skin plump and hydrated. It’s purpose is to attract, hold, and prevent the evaporation of water in the skin. It’s a great ingredient to treat dehydration and dull skin. Now the reason this product can be tricky is depending on where you live the product reacts differently. You definitely want to use this if you live in a humid climate. It’s going to take water from the environment and naturally draw it into the skin. If you live in a dry climate I would probably stay away from this ingredient as it can have a reverse affect. Instead it can have a tendency to draw the water from your skin instead because there isn’t as much in the environment. You also always want to seal it in with a moisturizer so you don’t experience what is called TEWL (trans epidermal water loss). TEWL is the process in which we lose water across the skin from evaporation. When I use this product I always cleanse, use a toner (if you have one in your routine), and then the hyaluronic acid. Because of the thinner consistency of the product it’s better to layer it in the beginning. My favorite so far is the GOOD MOLECULES - Hyaluronic Acid Serum . For $6 you get 1 oz of product. Unlike other hyaluronic acid serums I’ve used this doesn’t have a sticky feeling. It’s very lightweight and absorbs right into the skin which I feel is optimal for daily use under make up. I do have dehydrated skin despite it being oily and this has helped me combat that and I notice I have less dry patches when I use it.
GOOD MOLECULES-Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Revamping my Skincare routine post-partum
Prior to my pregnancy my biggest skincare concerns were dryness and the occasional pimple. My entire life I’ve struggled with dry skin, redness in my cheeks, and in my childhood KP. During pregnancy I used Drunk Elephant, and loved the results. But then once I gave birth I literally neglected my skin for 6 months. From that moment I committed to be better to myself and decided to try out the Glossier skincare edit. While it did keep me moisturized, I noticed it wasn’t doing much for the new skincare issues I faced since having a baby. I noticed I had developed quite a lot of hyperpigmentation and that the redness had come back. The glossier did a great job of providing moisture, but that was about it. When I started running out of products I decided it was time to start looking into new products that addressed my needs. That’s when I discovered The Ordinary. I loved that they had so many options to target specific needs and the price was amazing!! I decided to start with a few products and I am slowly working on incorporating more. Below are my experiences with the first three I bought that I have been consistently using for a month now. The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA I really love this moisturizer. It has a lightweight feel, yet my skin doesn’t feel thirsty a few hours later. I really enjoy this as it is summer right now and the lightweight feel makes my skincare feel moisturized yet still able to breathe. And when I have to wear a mask for prolonged periods, like at work, it doesn’t contribute to the maskne I had been experiencing prior to using. I am interested to see how well this works when I move as I am going from Oregon to Arizona and imagine that the lack of humidity may increase my skins need for moisture. But in the humidity of Oregon’s summer this has been a great choice for my dry skin. The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% I have tried a few different Vitamin C serums in the past and this one is the best so far. I have found that in the past that vitamin c serums either did nothing for me or left me with a chemical burn like rash. This one does sting, but I only had the rash occur once and it was one day while camping where I didn’t wash it off and apply sunscreen soon enough in the morning. I do have to stress that when they say PM preferred they really mean it. This makes your skin incredibly sensitive to sun so I only use it at night. Other than that I have noticed that it has really brightened my skin and made a big difference in the redness on my cheeks. I really like how quickly it absorbs in skin, making layering not take too long at night. The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG I have enjoyed using this one my eyes as I definitely notice it tightening the skin around my eyes, but I haven’t seen much improvement of my dark under eyes. Will continue to use to see if I just need to give it more time.
The Ordinary-Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
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