🤦🏻♀️Hyperpigmentation Around The Mouth🙅🏻♀️
You have got great skin. But the one thing that stops you from stepping out naturally without any makeup is the dark skin around your mouth. Is this true? You have tried everything from DIYs to skin lightening creams. But the pigmentation around your mouth has remained your stubborn friend, right Why Is The Skin Around My Mouth Dark? 1. Hyperpigmentation 2. Weather Conditions Sun exposure and darkening of the skin. In very cold weather, if you lick your lips and the area around it too often, it can discolour the skin and make it look darker How Do You Get Rid Of Hyperpigmentation Around The Mouth? 1. Exfoliate If you exfoliate the area around your mouth regularly with a gentle exfoliator, it can remove dead cells and help to lighten the skin. Opt for a chemical exfoliant as it will not scrape the skin which in turn may worsen the condition. 2. OTC Skin-Brightening Creams Skin brightening creams can be effective in reducing the dark area around the mouth. Look for ingredients such as glabridin (a licorice extract), kojic acid, vitamin C, grape seed extract, azelaic acid , arbutin, curcumin or niacinamide, These block the production of tyrosinase which is needed by the skin to make melanin. 3. Acid Peels Your dermatologist may use a salicylic acid or glycolic acid peel to treat the dark skin around your mouth. However, these peels do not offer a permanent solution and the pigmentation can return. These peels penetrate deep into the skin to repair the damaged cells. Post treatment precautions like staying out of the sun, applying sunscreen and protecting the skin can make the effect of the peels last longer 6. Natural Remedies You can also use natural remedies to treat the dark skin around your mouth. Most of these natural ingredients can be found in your kitchen. Unless you have an allergy to any of these, you can try using them to get rid of the pigmented skin.
Exfoliate with PapayaPapaya has fruit acids known as alpha-hydroxy acids, which is a chemical exfoliantAHAs are used for dry skin and to anti-age, and works to improve skin by removing the top layers of the skin through weakening the lipids that bond them together, thus removing dull and dead skin cells and revealing healthy skin cells.
Soothe Skin and Reduce Spots with Almond OilThe presence of Vitamin E and niacin help with hyperpigmentation and improving skin tone,” she says. Because sweet almond oil is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores) you can add it to your nightly routine as a makeup remover or moisturizer to help protect the skin barrier.
Reverse Photo Damage with TomatoesTomatoes are naturally rich in lycopene, which has multiple health benefits, including sun protection
Brighten with Yogurtbreaks down dead skin cells thanks to lactic acid, which is found naturally in dairy products. Using a yogurt with cow’s milk could be effective in calming the skin, since it has lactic acid. Lactic acid is an AHA, which improves discoloration and age spots
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Paula’s Choice Review
It has been two weeks since I have incorporated Paul's Choice into my routine and I think that it is time that I give you guys an honest review on the products that I have been using! I found Paul's Choice on Cherie. I feel in love with everyone positive review and I knew I needed to get my hands on their products. PAULA'S CHOICE - Niacinamide 20% Treatment : I LOVE this product! When I learned that Paul's Choice had a 20% version, I was instantly sold. When I first started using this product 2 weeks ago, I was experiencing some cystic acne on my chin. I though to myself there is no way that this product is going to help heal this! I am glad to say that I was wrong! This product helped to clear my cystic acne and I have expereinced minimized pores on my nose and chin! This product has reduced my sebum production and I am experiencing less pimples and I am not an oil slick all the time! PAULA'S CHOICE - 1% Retinol Treatment with Peptides + Vitamin C : This is another amazing product that I love from this brand. I love that Paul's Choice retinol is a light lotion and not a serum. It sinks into my skin beautifully in comparison to a serum! Since using this product I have noticed visibly refined pores. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster : This is another product that I could not pass up from buying! I love that this product is lightweight and non-greasy. I actually mix this product into my moisturizer and then apply it to my face and neck. So far I have seen a reduction in the appearance of blemishes that I have on my face and fading of some post-breakout marks! PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist Anti-Aging Eye Gel This product is not pictured because i returned it. I am giving this product a 2 star rating because my skin reacted to this product. Upon application it was cooling to my under eyes and then it burned very badly. I first use the product during my nightly routine and the burning did not stop until the next night even after washing the product off of my under eye. I am disappointed that my skin reacted to this product because I was excited to incorporate an eye cream into my routine. I experience dark circles and fine lines under my eyes. I was hoping this eye cream would correct this! I hope to find an eye cream that my skin is compatible with soon. I feel that these three products so far have contribute to my skin clearing up! I have been in an endless cycle of buying so many products that have not worked for my skin. I am glad that I did not give up because if I did I would not have found Paul's Choice! I would recommend these products to anyone who are looking to target minimization of pores, and reduction of blemish appearances!
Let’s first start with a major component in “preventing” pigmentation which is sunscreen. It prevents photo damage that leads to brown spots and post- inflammatory hyperpigmentation. My absolute favorite sunscreen and the one I have been using personally for 10 years is elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Retinoids- They work by increasing the rate of cell turnover. It helps to fade dark spots, acne marks, melasma, sun spots, and liver spots. Just be careful since retinoids can also cause irritation and redness, you don’t want to cause any more pigmentation to your skin. A good over the counter retinoid is DIFFERIN - 0.1% Adapalene Acne Treatment Gel Pump which once used to be a prescription, is now available over the counter. Glycolic acid- A popular ingredient used in many skincare products because it works so well at reducing discoloration, getting rid of dead skin cells, and creating new skin cells. It keeps pores clean and reduces hyperpigmentation. A favorite, super affordable, and one I also use personally is The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Be careful because it may not be suitable for all especially sensitive and darker skin types. Azelaic acid- Believed to work just as good as hydroquinone. It speeds up cell turnover and reduces inflammation. A great acid for all skin types and even safe to use during pregnancy. A great option is PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster I love adding a drop or two to my moisturizer. Vitamin c- A holy grail ingredient for many and myself. A vital component of any skincare routine. Vitamin C works a lot like retinol, inhibiting the production of melanin. Not only does it lighten dark spots, it helps to brighten your complexion. Vitamin C helps to prevent hyperpigmentation, and is most helpful when used in the AM. My absolute favorite hands down is SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum I have yet to find me a better vitamin c serum. Kojic acid- This also like retinol and vitamin c reduces the production of melanin. This ingredient is also a favorite in products because of how well it works to even skin tone, treat acne and acne marks. A favorite product SKINCEUTICALS - Phyto + Hydrating Botanical Serum With Kojic Acid Alpha Arbutin- it works by decreasing the activity of melanocytes. Alpha Arbutin is known to safely and visibly brighten skin and fade pigmentation. It reduces melanin formation, improves appearance of age spots, freckles, melasma, and post inflammatory pigmentation. An amazing and affordable product is THE inkey LIST - Alpha Arbutin Brightening Serum It is a great simple formulation, and super affordable. Incorporate one or more of these ingredients into your skincare routine to achieve great results in reducing pigmentation
One Week Using Differin
Experience: I started using Differin about a week ago to deal with my maskne and dark spots. Ever since I started wearing masks more frequently, my skin has essentially freaked out. It’s super sensitive and dry, especially around my mouth, but I get cystic-like acne along the area where my mask touches my face. I decided that I was going to try Differin as my last resort before going to the dermatologist (cause I’m still nervous about going to doctor’s offices, unless absolutely necessary because of covid). The instructions recommend daily use; however, I began my first week by using it every other day since I’ve had negative experiences/reactions with other active ingredients before. Since then, I’ve begun using it every night. I use this in the evening after cleansing and applying moisturizer and Aquaphor’s healing ointment. ￼Pros: I definitely already see a visible improvement in my skin, especially with the hyperpigmentation that I’ve dealt with. I do use other products that help with brightening, but I’ve been using those products for quite a while and haven’t seen such a drastic improvement until now. ￼Cons: I experienced a few small breakouts around my chin, but they went away pretty quickly. I have yet to experience any significant purging/dryness, but I also didn’t jump immediately to daily use. Other Products I Use + Frequency: ￼CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser (everyday, AM/PM) ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser(everyday to remove sunscreen, PM) ￼The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA(every other day, alternate between this and the next product/AM) ￼The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%(every other day, alternate between this and the previous product/AM) ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream (everyday, AM/PM) ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30(everyday, AM) ￼Aquaphor - Healing Ointment Skin Protectant(everyday, use as a lip balm and to protect sensitive areas of my skin when applying Differin)
Transitioning Into My Winter Skin Care! ❄
So technically, I never even transitioned into my "Fall skincare" this year. Where I live, the fall months don't usually get that cold. For the most part, i've been using the same products I was using in the Summer. And that was a mistake! For the past few weeks it's been really dry outside, and eventually resulted in a disruption of my moisture barrier. My cheeks, and especially the area around my eyes felt super tight, and even got cracked and flakey. Lets Talk Cleansers! I LOVE the CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser . It will always be a holy grail for me, 365 days a year. This restores and hydrates my skin, and my go-to morning cleanse. I believe in cleansing twice a day, but the morning cleanse should be with a simple, gentle cleanser. Cleansing can be really harsh for the skin, and using a foaming or treatment cleanser twice a day can stir up trouble! Another good one is the PAULA'S CHOICE - Defense Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser . This one works better as a second cleanse, to help remove makeup. It foams up, and claims to remove makeup. In my opinion, it doesn't work that well without an oil cleanse or micellar water beforehand. This cleanser isn't AS hydrating but still really good and makes my skin soft. Unlike CeraVe, this one this one has a triple-superfood complex, and antioxidants! Lately, I've been oil cleansing, then going in with the Paulas Choice cleanser, & then the CeraVe one, as my night time routine. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! Even if you have oily skin, moisturize! My go-to moisturizers are the CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion as well as the VERSED - DEW POINT Moisturizing Gel-Cream . Both of these products I LOVE. They are perfect for acne-prone skin, & at a decent price point. But now... I'm going to start incorporating a more hydrating, heavier moisturizer, like the CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream . I'm very picky about heavy moisturizers because my pores are easily clogged. CeraVe is always a reliable brand I can count on to have simple, non-irritating products that get the job done. (And DOESNT clog pores.) Another good one is the PAULA'S CHOICE - Omega + Complex Serum . This one is technically a serum but works like a moistuizer. It's very light but super hydrating & moisturizing! It has robust levels of Omega 3, 6 and 9 for calm, stronger & healthier skin. It also has ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid & Shea Butter. Surprisingly, the Shea butter in this does not clog my pores. Hyaluronic Acid! I don't own a sole Hyaluronic Acid serum, but I use the The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA . This is really good at hydrating and plumping my skin. And it calms & depuffs any inflammation I may have. I like that it's paired with Alpha Arbutin so this serum also fades dark spots & brightens my skin. Plus, these two ingredients can be paried with almost any other active, so it's easy to include this serum in a any routine.
Super nice cleanser!
In the review of the Kiehl's - Brighten Up & Glow set, I mentioned that I didn't try the Kiehl's - Ultra Facial Cleanser . I've now used it three times and it makes my skin feel so soft afterwards!! I love it and it doesn't bother my skin which is awesome! I highly recommend and it reminds me of the Cetaphil - Gentle Skin Cleanserbecause of the consistency, texture / smoothness, and smell. Also, it has some shimmer in it so it looks glowy and I really like that because it doesn't look the same old cleanser when it comes out of the tube. On that note, since the bottle's a tube and the cleanser isn't super thick, be careful when you open it because it comes out fast! Tilt it back and trust me you won't even have to squeeze the tube at all. Other than that I love this, just wish there was another packaging format perhaps.
KIEHL'S HOLIDAY SET !!
I got the Kiehl's - Brighten Up & Glow from Sephora and it's such an awesome value!! It's $99 for four products - and they're not sample sized!! Here's what you get: - Kiehl's - Ultra Facial Cleanser2.5 oz/75 ml (half size, $12) - Kiehl's - Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution1 oz/30ml (full size, $56) - Kiehl's - Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado0.5oz/14ml (mini, $32) - Kiehl's - Ultra Facial Cream1.7oz/50ml (full size, $32) Total value: $132 Actual price: $99 You save: $33 - it's like getting the eye treatment or ultra facial cream for free! It's really good if you've either never tried Kiehl's before (like me) or if you love Kiehl's and need a restock and want to save money. It's an awesome gift set and has so many good things. I've tried the ultra facial cream and I LOVE IT! I have yet to try the eye treatment and the dark spot corrector, but I tried the cleanser and so far it's nice, but I need to use it more times to see if there's any affects.
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Daily Skincare Regimen
Hi guys! 💗 I thought i would share what products I use on a daily basis. Morning: 1. Begin with cocokind - Facial cleansing oil - use damp warm wash cloth to wash it off 2. Cleanse with bliss - Rose Gold Rescue Cleanser - rinse with cool water 3. Use I'm from - Rice Toner - apply with a cotton round & after applying, squeeze excess product out of cotton round onto hands & apply directly to face, allow a few minutes for product to absorb into face 4. ApplyThe Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - warm 2 drops in hands & press into skin all over face, allow a few minutes to absorb 5. Apply The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' - warm 2 drops in hands & press into skin all over face, allow a few minutes to fully absorb 6. Apply The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 - warm 2 drop in hands & press intk skin all over face, allow a few minutes to absorb 7. Put a dime size amount of The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA into hands & warm. Apply all over face & neck 8. I got back & forth between which eye cream I use but I usually go with thebliss - Eye Do All Things Eye Gel & apply a dot under my eyes & use the roller ball to rub it in & depuff my eyes. Night Time: 1. Apply cocokind - Facial cleansing oil all over face & use a warm damp washcloth to remove 2. Cleanse face with bliss - Rose Gold Rescue Cleanser - rinse with cool water 3. Every other night I switch between using The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution by putting it on a cotton round & applying it to my face, allow a few minutes to absorb completely 4. Also every other night (the same nights that I use the Glycolic Acid Toner) I apply PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator with a cotton round & allow a few minutes to absorb before proceeding with the next step 5. Apply I'm from - Rice Toner with a cotton round & after applying, squeeze excess product out of cotton round onto hands & apply directly to face, allow a few minutes for product to absorb into face 6. Apply The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - warm 2 drops in hands & press into skin all over face, allow a few minutes to absorb 7. Apply The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil - warm 2 drops in hands & press into skin all over face, allow a few minutes to absorb 8. Warm a dime size amount of CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion in between hands & apply all over face & neck 9. Last but not least I apply KATE BLANC - Castor Oil to my lashes, eyebrows, & I warm a drop between my fingers & apply it under my eyes before bed (product not pictured) & that’s it, my daily AM & PM skincare routine!! Thanks so much for reading guys & let me know if you have any questions, comments or advice!
Game to determine what acids you should use!
I have been getting some comments asking what kind of acids you should use based on your skin type and I have been trying to do my best to help you guys out but I just saw this great post by @beautycasion_by_shurti which will really help anyone who has questions about this out, please go check that out. Products I recommend based on this chart: If you have dry skin and have acne: The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque With The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution If you have dry skin and no acne: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution If you have sensitive skin and acne: The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA OrThe Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA With The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque If you have sensitive skin and no acne: The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA Or The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA If you have oily skin and acne: The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque With The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution If you have oily skin and no acne: The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution If you have conbination or normal skin than you should use and acid of the skin type you are closed to, all of these products will work for you. If you find your self really struggling from acne then you can also add The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
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My Beauty Year in Review
I think everyone can say 2020 has been a challenging year, but with lots of opportunity for growth. In February I had my daughter. 4 weeks later Ontario was locked down, everything but non-essential businesses were closed, including schools & daycares, so I had my 3 year old son home and 4 week old home with me with no support (no grandparent visits, drop-ins etc). And, what started as a 3 week lockdown turned into months. I’m not going to lie it was difficult at first. I was exhausted. It felt like I had no time for myself. I was going from when they woke up at 6:30am till bedtime at 8:30pm (plus night feedings 😴) But we’ve adjusted to this “new normal” and the biggest blessing of this year was the arrival of my daughter and all the extra time with my family. The picture on the top right is what pushed me to start my skincare journey. It was a good day. I started carving out “me” time by going for a run, but when I looked at the picture all I saw was my crows feet and how tired I looked. I had the CLINIQUE - 3-Step Introduction Kit for Drier Skin (Type 2) in my cupboard, but have to admit I was rarely using it. Sometimes using the cleanser in the shower. Grabbing the lotion if my skin felt dry. I wasn’t wearing any makeup. I wasn’t taking care of myself. I decided I wanted to buy some anti-aging skincare because I wasn’t ready for wrinkles. And I decided it was okay to spend money on myself. I turned to Clinique because it was the brand I had always used. I ordered: CLINIQUE - Smart Custom-Repair Serum CLINIQUE - All About Eyes Later this fall when I was running low I started researching more about skincare and stumbled upon Cherie 🍒 This has been a great resource, teaching me what I should incorporate into my routine (i.e., Vit C, AHAs), and reading honest reviews. I now look forward to my AM & PM routine. I’ve started doing a quick 5min make-up routine (see previous post), and found a creative outlet posting here about my journey. The bottom right picture is recent. I am would say I am just as tired as the other pictures (my baby still is getting up every 3hrs at night!), but I’m taking care of my skin and I feel much better about myself. Skincare has become my self care this year! Here are a couple new products I discovered and loved: SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment You really see your face brighten & get smoother before your eyes! SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil Loved the wake me up scent & morning glow The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil I wake up with my skin feeling soft & rejuvenated
Worth the hype! Sunday Riley resurfacing duo
SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment SUNDAY RILEY - Pink Drink Firming Resurfacing Essence ⚡️my skin type: sensitive eczema and acne prone ⚡️what the product does: resurfaces skin. gets rid of dullness ⚡️what makes it worth it: properly formulated for even sensitive skin types. has not irritated my skin ⚡️ingredient highlights: lactic acid ⚡️what the experience is like: slight fermented smell of the pink drink is not entirely off putting and slight tingling upon application, but i always wake up with better skin while using this. ⚡️in full transparency: i was originally sent these products for a paid campaign. i always test out products before i make my reccomendation , but this post is to reinforce my love for the products. ive been using this duo for almost 2 months now & it has definitely improved the texture/look of my skin. i was hyping this product on my IG & this post is just to say that yes its still worth the hype!!!
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GLOW RECIPE - Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm LOVE LOVE LOVE, would repurchase again!!! This is my second type if cleansing balm ive used, and i really do enjoy double cleansing. I used this first on dry face, then emulsify with water, then rinse! Then i follow up with the cerave hydrating cleanser. Ive been using this combo for as long as i had this balm and it leaves my face hydrated and non-stripping. I really enjoy the price as well compare to the FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm which i love as much, just slightly more expensive. I really enjoy this but would also want to explore cleansing oils. Any suggestions? YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - POWER OF DREAMS KIT with AHA + Vitamin C I am currently using DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum once/twice a week, i have the mini bottle, and i would never purchase the larger size due to the price. While waiting for the product to finish, i bought this to replace it. The thought of having 11% aha in this toner scares me, but i find it as equal as the drunk elephant one, ingredients wise. Any thoughts??? Thanks guys. 💗
My skincare (normal to oily sensitive skin)
My current routine! I have ups & downs & some I want to improve but this is what it’s currently at! Not pictured: TATCHA - Calming Foaming Enzyme Powder Absolutely love! Was going back & forth between this version & the one for oily skin but this one is juuuuuust right for my picky skin!! Pictured: (in order of use) TATCHA - The Essence Plumping Skin Softener Omg-it’s a game changer! This stuff may just look like fancy water (lol who am I kidding-I use evian - Brumisateur Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray so yeah-THATS fancy water but I love it! lol) but this stuff is 100% the real deal! I’ve noticed that products glide one & I don’t have as much of the shiny effect after putting on my skincare routine! Yay! DRUNK ELEPHANT - Shaba Complex Firming Eye Serum Ok so warning on this one-you’ll never use a full pump unless you share with 2 other people at the same time-this pump is stupid-I hate it but the product so far has done a good job & hasn’t made me run to go find a new one right away-could it be improved...? Yeah-but it’s a good option for me for now 😊 also-I don’t like using this by itself cuz it’s drying... so for a fix to that I added.... DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream One again-you don’t need a full pump unless you’re sharing-no one has that much surface area to cover with this...ugh. This is the step that was missing when I just was using the firming serum-this is hydrating & goes after because it’s thicker. The combo works for me. Would I rather have 1 product? Yes. Would I rather have a better pump that doesn’t portion out share sizes of product? Yes.... am I rushing to Sephora to find a new one? Ha! No.... Curology - Curology formula My 2 cents on those people who hate this? It’s not for you & that’s ok! But dang does this work for me!! It’s a must have!! Love it!! -or- never and DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum I haven’t used this enough to rate but this is supposedly suppose to help with dark spots & pores? We shall see tester size...we shall see... TATCHA - The Water Cream Omg moisture heaven! Smells like a spa, glides on like a dream AND has gold in it? Sign me up! This stuff is amazing-I love it & it does wonders for me! Add ons! TATCHA - THE SERUM STICK Not in love-good for dry spots or singular areas every once in a while but meh-not worth it & not a fave of mine. TATCHA - Luminous Dewy Skin Mist Also-not in love. Is it nice when I’m dried out? Yeah! Does it last? Nooooot really? Meh-I have it I’ll use it & I won’t buy again... TATCHA - Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++ Meh-this is just....meh. Again will use it up & not rebuy....
Happy with how my skin is coming back to life
Nighttime routine 🌙💫 TATCHA - Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA I was looking for vitamin c for hyperpigmentation. Love this product. Pricey yes, but my skin has improved so much!! CeraVe - Hydrating Cream-To-Foam Cleanser Feels nice on my skin after washing. I did notice it has alcohol so that’s why I’m giving it 4 stars. Neutrogena - Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer Love how nice and fresh my skin feels after this. However I think it has a lot of perfume and alcohol. OBAGI - Tretinoin 0.025% Cream This reallllly killed my skin. I was struggling with what appeared to be hormonal breakout and dermatologist recommended this. I used it for about 3 months, waiting for the purge to come to an end and nothing. Left me with terrible acne, worse than what I had started with and lots of hyperpigmentation and irritation. I think this is the worst my skin has ever looked. Neutrogena - Alcohol Free Toner Solid toner. Doesn’t irritate my skin and leaves it feeling clean and fresh .
Need help to get clear skin for combination skin
Hi Cherie friends, I’ve been going through many posts in this community. They are very helpful. I’m 28 & from past 4 years I’m facing lot of issues with my skin acne , redness, breakouts, dullness, uneven skin tone. I recently started following morning & evening skin care routine since 2 months . I’m new to the skin care regime. I have lot of concerns with the break outs , redness , wrinkles , lines on forehead , dark circles , puffy eyes & red bumps on my forehead & all over. I badly need your help to clear out the acne , pores on my skin & reduce the wrinkles. Currently I’m using CLEANSERS: ￼￼￼￼TATCHA - The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser ￼ ￼￼￼￼ORIGINS - Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash ￼ ￼￼￼￼TATCHA - Pure One Step Camellia Oil Cleanser ￼￼￼￼FIRST AID BEAUTY - Pure Skin Face Cleanser EXFOLIATERS: ￼￼￼￼TATCHA - The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder ￼￼￼￼ORIGINS - GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser TONER: ￼￼￼￼ORIGINS - Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion ￼￼￼￼Dabur - Gulabari Rose Water SERUMS: ￼￼￼￼TATCHA - Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA ￼￼￼￼ESTĒE LAUDER - Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex ￼￼￼￼PATANJALI - Saundarya Aloe Vera Gel ￼￼￼￼SUNDOWN - Sundown Vitamin E SUNSCREEN: ￼￼￼￼Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 MOISTURIZER: ￼￼￼￼TATCHA - The Water Cream ￼￼￼￼LANEIGE - Water Bank Moisture Cream ￼￼￼￼LANEIGE - Water Sleeping Mask MASKS ON ALTERNATE WEEKENDS : ￼￼￼￼SEPHORA COLLECTION - Face Mask Rose Moisturizing GLAMGLOW - SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment Mask MY MORNING ROUTINE - any of the cleansers - exfoliater (twice a week) - toner - serum ( sometimes any of the 2 ) - sunscreen - moisturizer Night routine is almost same but without sunscreen Masks on Alternate weekends. Please advice !
The Ordinary: Hit or miss?
First of all, I love the ordinary 💜 I love that there is an affordable, no nonsense skincare line that really works. There are sooo many different products for people of literally all skin types, and they offer so much information about each ingredient and how they will effect the skin. At first it was overwhelming, but I've learned alot of my skincare knowledge by reading every little bit of information I could on the deciem site. I've tried a decent few of their products, some I've loved and some... Not so much. The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% I looove the ordinarys vitamin C, admittedly I prefer the The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone as I find it has a nicer texture and is slightly less irritating, but it was out of stock last time I went to find it 😕 luckily, though it's not quite as nice in my opinion, this formula works just as well for my skin! I use this in my night routine and as soon as I wake up my skin looked brighter and more even. The Ordinary - Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% I have literally used up every single drop of this amazing antioxidant serum. I absolutely love it, it keeps my skin so soft and smooth, plus when used in combination with vitamin C it creates an incredible antioxidants network, double win! I honestly can't say enough about this serum 10/10 recommend it 😍 The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' Buffet is one of the ordinary's most popular products, and it's easy to see why. It combines 6 peptide complexes, 11 amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes to fight multiple signs of ageing. Even though I'm still young, I love to encorporate anti aging products into my skincare regime (prevention is the best treatment!) and this makes my skin feel so bouncy and hydrated. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution My current favourite exfoliating product, this toner is gentle enough to not irritate my skin, but powerful enough to make a huge difference. I've been using this for years now and it's never done me wrong (though it may sting a little on any cuts or 'open' blemishes) and I always wake up with clear flowing skin when I use this. The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (not pictured) This is a great, straightforward bha. Not too much to say about this bad boy, it basically does exactly what it claims. I like to use it on bad skin days and when I get hormonal breakouts because it will clear up my skin almost completely after one use! The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I really wanted to love this product, its a holy grail for so many people and the ingredients are great. I kept going back to it over and over again, convincing myself it must have been something else that my skin didn't like and surely it would finally give me the great results everyone else seemed to have. But alas, my skin does not like this at all. It gave me more texture and overall irritated my skin 😞
The Ordinary’s Affordable Vitamin C 🍊
💡 I have to say that my journey with vitamin C has been a lot of trial and error. Trying to find an affordable product but that gives you results? A challenge! Let’s take a dive into these next three products, what I’ve learned, and see if they’re suitable for you 🤗 The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% We’ll start with one of the first VC’s I bought. High concentration and if you don’t have the tolerance, it will burn. Quite grainy but I honestly don’t mind too much because I put moisturizer on right after. I also use this at night - definitely not great under makeup. Overall, I like this product. It’s brightening and I felt like it did help with my PIH. The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% This is a VC derivative. This means it’s more stable - won’t oxidize quickly like the pure form L-Ascorbic Acid. I don’t hate this product, I just feel like it doesn’t do anything for me. Beginners? Sensitive Skin? Definitely start with derivatives, it’ll be gentler and won’t cause irritation like a pure form of VC. I used this one during the day. The Ordinary - 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder Finishing off the review with my favorite VC so far from TO! This is their pure L-Ascorbic Acid in powder form. I was so curious because I thought since it’s not liquid, it won’t oxidize as quickly as other pure form VC serums. And I was right! I honestly love this powder because I can mix it with whatever serum I want to boost its effect. Hyaluronic Acid, Alpha Arbutin, even just mixing the powder with your moisturizer! It’s that easy. CAUTION: this is very potent and has the potential to cause irritation. I go in with a hydrating toner first and use it at night (I use this maybe 1x a week). I recommend building up your tolerance first. Overall I’d say it’s worth it. It’s helped my PIH and I look bright and glowy the morning after! 🍊I still have a lot more VCs to go through to find my perfect day time one but for now, this is what I have. 💌 Drop some of your fave VCs down in the comment section - I’d love to try out your recommendations! 💓
My Biossance Faves!!
Hey Babes!! 👋 Have you feel in love with Biossance like I have?!? As a Licensed Esthetician, I appreiciate that their products are nontoxic, effective and they are free from over 2,00 chemicals!! 🌱 I use two of their products: BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum This serum is awesome!! They use bakuchiol, a plant similar retinol minus the irritaiton!! Bakuchiol boosts collagen and elastin production. This helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles and exfoliates the skin mimizing dark spots and scarring. I like to use the serum at night when my skin can regenerate and love how lightweight it is for fast absorption. It goes on very smooth with no irritation. This also has Squalane and Hyaluronic Acid to bring moisture to the skin! The product is pricey retailing at $72 for 1 Fl Oz Bottle, but it;s worth the price tag for clean beauty! The next product is great for oily and acne skin: BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Tea Tree Balancing Oil This oil is such a life saver for oily and acneic skin!! It really helps control and balance oil production thank to tea tree, grouncherry, squalane and rosemary extracts! Tea tree is antibacterial and antiinflammatory making it the superstar ingredient in this oil! The tea tree smell is very light and non irritating. I use this in the evening after applying my moisturizer and when I wake up, my skin is crazy baby soft WITHOUT looking oily!! A little goes a long way too, so the product lasts longer. This oil retails for $49 in a 1 Fl Oz Bottle. xoxo, Blyssey #Cheriecreator #biossance
BIOSSANCE-Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum
Ingredient Breakdown: Peptides
Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids, imparting bounce and firmness. But collagen can be broken down by free radicals (hello, oxidizing fragrance/volatile essential oil compounds), smoking, UV rays, and age. Age contributes to collagen loss also because your body makes less collagen peptides after some time in your 20s. Topical collagen-containing products don’t work, as collagen molecules are too big to pass through the epidermis. Instead, use peptides to help it act younger and make more collagen! Peptides (also made up of amino acids) are small enough to get to the dermis where collagen is made. In response, skin should start making more peptides to form more collagen. Copper peptides are considered particularly beneficial, though the main benefit over normal peptides is their wound healing capability, making them wonderful for those with acne, on top of their anti-aging benefit. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream contains 9 varieties of peptides, including copper peptides, as well as a variety of amino acids, fatty acids, and humectants. I love this gel-cream, it’s wonderful as a multifaceted moisturizer that is light enough for oily skin and helps fight signs of aging. PAULA'S CHOICE - Peptide Booster contains 8 peptides, amino acids, fatty acids, and a variety of humectants. No copper peptides, instead incorporating a variety of antioxidants, helping to contribute to the calmness of skin and prevent free radical-induced breakdown of collagen. An amazing anti-aging serum with a texture that sits between creamy and silky, sinking in quickly and giving my skin quite a bit of plumpness. This would be the best of the bunch for a multifaceted anti-aging peptide product. The Ordinary - "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% contains seven peptides -one of which is a copper peptide- plus a variety of amino acids and hyaluronic acid. It’s a simple yet effective serum that is a bit tacky and smells of metal, but the results are worth it. Applying it to a scab/large acne lesion nightly speeds along its healing noticeably- plus I see less hyperpigmentation develop afterwards. I can’t recommend this enough as a budget-friendly entry into peptide serums!
The Ordinary-"Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1%
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
The rage is real✨
PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster Paula’s choice 10% niacinamide booster is another product that has totally transformed my skin. Despite the price point, this product delivers 100% by minimizing the appearance of pores and aiding in the texture of skin. It has brightened up my skin within 2 months of using the niacinamide booster continuously. Within 6 months of using this product on a daily routine, you will see a significance difference in the sizes of your pores. In addition, the consistency of the product is somewhat oily which helps with hydration and leaves the skin looking healthy as ever. ——————————————— How to use? This particular product is best to use during the morning. Add this into your morning skin routine: cleanse tone drops of niacinamide moisturizer if needed SPF of 50 or higher ——————————————— Results As mentioned above, this product delivers the most. The appearance of my pores have significant decreased and I am so happy with how well this product fit right into my skin. It does not irritate the skin or feel greasy whatsoever. ———————————————— Recommend 95% If you have dehydrated skin and large pores and you’re looking to minimize the appearance of your pores, definitely invest in this product! The reason I say this product is a better fit for those with dry skin is because the consistency of the product is oily and I’m not sure how well it would work on someone with oily skin. Furthermore, the price point of this product is fairly expensive for the amount of product you receive. Regardless, it makes a huge difference on your skin and is worth it for these skin concerns!
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
Sunday Riley - C.E.O Vitamin C Rapid Flash Brightening Serum 5/5 ——— Claims to rapidly brighten and increase radiance - Brighten: Yes / Radiance: Yes! Texture - Creamy Scent - Citrus Residue - Non-sticky Parabens - No ——— Okay DUDES continuing my vitamin C month here is the vitamin C of the year! And it doesn’t smell like bacon! It actually smells citrusy! And has a creamy texture that doesn’t need a dropper like most vitamin c products or has a liquid consistency!!! This doesn’t oxidize easily either as it is formulated different from other vit cs. This works well as a light moisturizer, too. It has anti-aging benefits which I can’t speak on yet but wow I am amazed! This is my first sundayriley product and I love it. It gives me radiance, I love using it, the consistency is soft and creamy, is not sticky and it brightens up my skin and look. It smells nice every time I apply it and doesn’t sting if I happen to apply it on sensitive areas/small open scarring. This contains 15% THD ascorbate, squalane, jojoba esters, glycolic acid and phytosterols that help with redness and skin sensitivity... and more! Love this ingredient list, for good ingredient and its length. It has the formula for perfection. A good mixture to multitask a little on your skin but focusing on brightening. It has brightened my skin and I see an instant luminosity after using it. My skin just feels good after using this product! I have nothing bad to say about this except that it’s a little pricey. I got the mini kit with this and the Luna Oil for $28 which wasn’t bad but if you want this full-size it’s a $85 tag for 30ml. So if you want to give this a shot and hopefully like it as much as I do, the mini kit is worth it if you’re also interested in the Luna Oil. 8ml lasted me two months! I already repurchased the mini kit about a month ago. But once again, work with what you have and what works for your own skin!
SUNDAY RILEY-CEO 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Battle of the Hydration Serums: Hyaluronic Acid
Me: Combination Skin, Eczema, Hormonal Acne, Very Sensitive. I had dehydrated, super oily skin for the longest time. I started using a hydrating serum (Drunk Elephant B-Hydra) and by giving my skin the hydration it desperately needed, I saw my sebum production reduce drastically. Over the years, I’ve used different HA-packed serums and want to share my experience. In the photo, they’re organized from thickest (Drunk Elephant) to thinnest (NIOD), but I’ll be ranking them from least to most favourite. 5. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a fave of many budget ($6.80/30mL) routines. It is a goopy, odorless serum that’s not quite a liquid or a gel. It utilizes sodium hyaluronate and sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer as well as a couple other hydrating ingredients. Very basic. I used it twice a day. After applying, my skin felt hydrated- and tacky! It took a bit to dry down and made my moisturizer pill. But it did hydrate my skin nicely and didn’t irritate so it’s “okay”. I won’t purchase again. 4. THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum is a good budget ($7.99/30mL) HA serum. It is a thin liquid serum that soaks in quickly. It not only includes sodium hyaluronate and actual hyaluronic acid, but other humectants and a couple peptides as well. It hydrated my skin and didn’t cause any pilling issues- plus I noticed some plumping after a couple weeks of twice-daily use. I would purchase this again if I was looking for a budget HA serum! 3. NIOD - Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex is cool, but pricy at $60/30mL. the thinnest liquid of the group, it soaks in nearly instantly. The INCI list is stacked, including 15 forms of hyaluronic acid and HA precursors, plus peptides, for hydration, soothing, and anti-aging benefits. It soothed redness and made my skin feel so soft and hydrated, very plump, after twice daily use for a couple weeks. But the results aren’t worth the price since I use a separate peptide serum. I won’t repurchase. 2. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum is a bouncy gel with sodium hyaluronate, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, and niacinamide, it costs $48 for 50mL. It soaks in slowly but completely. Twice daily use for only a couple weeks transformed my skin- hydrated and less oily! It also includes pineapple ceramide and plant extracts. I enjoy this serum and can’t recommend it enough to oily/combo folks. I repurchase often as it’s so nice to layer with other serums without any pilling. 1. PAULA'S CHOICE - Hyaluronic Acid Booster is my favourite HA serum. Sodium hyaluronate, hyaluronic acid, 3 ceramides, and many other humectants beef up this INCI list. This serum has helped me so much with my eczema and any redness, making my skin plump, soft, more even, and wonderfully hydrated. It’s a “creamy” gel that I happily apply twice daily, with zero pilling. I’ll repurchase forever, even at $36/15mL.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
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