Hello, hi. My name is Raechel. I have combo-oily skin & have just started getting into Korean Skincare xx
My thoughts on The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution.
I bought The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG because I have some dark circles under my eyes, and wanted to brighten them. I don’t suffer from puffy eyes, so I can’t really comment on that aspect. I was using this for a couple of weeks, and I’m not sure if it was a placebo effect or not - but I felt as thought the darkness under my eyes had subsided a bit. When I was younger, I suffered from mild psoriasis but haven’t had any flare ups for many many years. After using this product for a couple of weeks, I noticed that I had a few patches of psoriasis pop up under my eye and one patch on my eye lid. I decided to stop using this product, and haven’t had any further flare ups..... which is very strange ! Also, the dropper wouldn’t screw back in properly and it kept popping off ... you can see in the photo that the dropper isn’t on properly ... Has anyone else had either psoriasis or eczema flare ups from this product ? I would love to know that I am not the only one !
The Ordinary-Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Products that personally changed my life! 🙌🏼
Sooooooo, I went through a rough time earlier this year with my skin - and I was consistently breaking out with large, sore, cystic pimples on mainly my forehead and my chin - and when I say consistently, I mean consistently - I could never catch a break from them, every week there was a new one or two 😩 I was previously using Skinstitut and I just didn’t feel like the products were working how I wanted them to, they were making my T-zone oily etc, but I won’t get into that here - I have done a post on the products prior, so check it out if you are interested. I started to research different brands, and different types of products and ingredients. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on products, so I decided to try some products from The Ordinary. I completely culled my skincare routine. I was using the cleanser, niacinamide serum, hyaluronic serum and the moisturizing factors + HA. This made my skin feel so tight and dry and I started flaking (complete 180 degrees to what I had!) - I didn’t like the feeling, so I started to look into different brands, and this is where I came across skincare influencers and Korean Skincare. I listened to what these people had to say about different skin types, different ingredients and I gradually introduced new products to my routine. The below routine is what I have been using for a month or so, and I can happily say this has changed my life (as you can tell from the photos)! AM Routine: Wash face with water only innisfree - Green Tea Moisture-Balancing Toner PURITO - Centella Green Level Buffet Serum skinstitut - Ultra Firming Eye & Neck Cream innisfree - Green Tea Moisture-Balancing Emulsion skinstitut - Age Defence SPF 50+ PM Routine: Double cleanse with The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser Innisfree Green Tea Moisture - Balancing Toner Purito - Centella Green Level Buffet Serum Skinstitut - Ultra Firming Eye & Neck Cream Innisfree - Green Tea Moisture - Balancing Emulsion The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil Then, once a week (on alternate days or when I feel necessary) I will use : The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque The Ordinary - Retinol 0.2% in Squalane innisfree - Green Tea Hydrating Sleeping Mask pixi - Glow Tonic innisfree - Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Mask (Yellow-Brightening) The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA I also like to use a sheet mask every now and then. Let me know your thoughts on the products I have mentioned - or let me know what helped clear up your breakouts ! xx
The Ordinary-100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
I was hearing that ALPHA-H - Liquid Gold Exfoliating Treatment with 5% Glycolic Acid was all the hype ! Everyone was raving on about how good it was, so I splurged and bought it to try out myself. Firstly, the packaging seems a bit cheap, and my bottle keeps leaking ? Not sure if this is common with others, but if I’m spending $60 on essentially a “toner” I don’t want to be wasting it on my bathroom tiles! Secondly, when I applied this to my skin, oh my gosh - did it go super red and very itchy - almost like a burning sensation. I kept it in for a couple of minutes to see if it would sink in and the redness would go away - it didn’t. I had to wash my face again to remove this product and ease the burning feeling. I don’t have sensitive skin, but I do have “thin skin” so I’m not sure if it was because of the glycolic acid , or the alcohol in it (alcohol is the second ingredient) - but it definitely wasn’t a pleasant feeling. I might give it a second chance in the future, but for now I think I will steer clear from it. Has anyone else used this product before and had the same reaction ? Let me know!
ALPHA-H-Liquid Gold Exfoliating Treatment with 5% Glycolic Acid
Chemical Exfoliants Vs Physical Exfoliants
Hearing the words “chemical exfoliator” can make you feel nervous and sound very scary but trust me - it’s completely painless and if you want glowy skin you need it in your life! Only a couple of months ago I started to dabble in chemical exfoliants, prior to that I pretty much lived under a rock and was using a physical exfoliant (skinstitut - Glycolic Scrub 14% ) - I know, I’m rolling my eyes as well. Physical exfoliants can be so harsh on your face, and if you’re anything like me, you think that rubbing harder will remove more dead skin and make your face feel soooo much smoother - when INSTEAD you could be causing micro tears in your skin which isn’t good. When I decided to venture out from under my rock, I started learning about AHA’s : glycolic acid and lactic acid in particular caught my eye. I found out that lactic acid was gentler on the skin than glycolic acid due to the molecule being larger & it doesn’t penetrate as deeply. I went out and purchased The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA , and after using it once a week for a couple of weeks during my night time routine, I’ve decided that I absolutely love this ! I can’t fault it. It gently exfoliates and removes the dead skin cells without the harsh rubbing & it doesn’t irritate my skin. I definitely won’t be turning back to physical exfoliants now - chemical exfoliants all the way!
skinstitut-Glycolic Scrub 14%
Essano Rosehip Pink Clay Detoxifying Mask
I had never used a pink clay mask before, despite hearing a lot about them online. I received this little one as a sample essano - Rosehip Pink Clay Detoxifying Mask . I usually use The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque (which I love!) once a week on my T-zone and I see great results from it, but my poor little cheeks don’t get the same spa-like treatment, so, the last time I put the Salicylic Acid Mask on, I decided to put the pink clay mask on my cheeks. I left it on for only 10mins and then washed it off - oh my gosh did I get a shock! My cheeks were so red and felt HOT. I was freaking out a little bit, trying everything to calm the redness down, and nothing was working. I finally googled to see if it was normal, and to my surprise, it was! Pink Clay Masks bring the blood to the surface of the skin while removing impurities, which causes the redness. My skin felt so smooth and looked flawless after the redness had calmed down. I enjoyed using this mask. Has anyone else used a pink clay mask and had a red face afterwards ?? Did you like the after effects? I would love to know!
essano-Rosehip Pink Clay Detoxifying Mask
Skinstitut - your thoughts ?
Skinstitut - the start of my skincare journey. I had never dealt with acne or breakouts growing up until I hit my early 20’s, where I started breaking out on my chin, so, around June-2017 I started going into a clinic and having microdermabrasions / peels etc. The therapist there recommended that I start using Skinstitut - I had never really been into skincare products so I thought I would give it a go. They were expensive, but if you bought 3 at a time it worked out to be cheaper. The products I was recommended were : AM Routine: skinstitut - Gentle Cleanser skinstitut - Rejuvenate 15 Serum skinstitut - Multi-Active Mist skinstitut - Age Defence SPF 50+ PM Routine: Skinstitut - Gentle Cleanser skinstitut - Even Blend Serum Skinstitut - Multi-Active Mist skinstitut - Moisture Defence – Normal Twice a week I would also exfoliate with skinstitut - Glycolic Scrub 14% When I started using the products, I absolutely loved them! The products, combined with the skin treatments seemed to really be working for me. But, as time went on, I started to notice that my face was getting quite oily. I had advised the therapist what was happening, and she told me that I was probably dehydrated and using too much product - I know that I am not dehydrated (I drink thattt much water!!!) and I definitely don’t use too much product - they are so expensive, I try and savor as much product as I can! I kept my skincare routine up, but wasn’t noticing any changes, if anything my T-zone in particular was getting more and more oily. So, I decided to change the products I was using - and this is where my love for skincare began! I would love to know anyone’s thoughts on Skinstitut - have you used it ? What did you think of it ? Let’s have a chat!!
skinstitut-Age Defence SPF 50+