Let’s Debunk Some Skincare Myths
To say there’s a plethora of beauty information out there would be an understatement. It can be difficult to determine what are good tips and what are myths, especially if there’s conflicting information. Let’s debunk 3 common ones that I still hear/see around the web/beauty community.
If your makeup contains SPF you don’t need SPF underneath. Why is this myth incorrect? You would need to apply a lot of foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB/CC cream to get the proper amount of SPF needed to protect your skin. For example, I have the ILIA - Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation
Face wipes clean your face as well as cleanser. Nope! Face wipes may seemingly remove all your makeup and SPF residue, but they don’t have the ability to properly cleanse your face. I don’t usually use face wipes, but I received these RAWGANIC - Pure Refreshing Facial Wipes
Don’t mix vitamin C and niacinamide. Why is this a myth? It was believed that combining anything with vitamin C, especially niacinamide, would negate the effects of vitamin C. Vitamin C is awesome for brightening and fading dark spots, and niacinamide is great for enlarged pores, dull skin, and acne scarring. Combining these two powerhouse ingredients, such as in the GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening TonerAbout me: DRYYYYYY acne-prone skin
Dark spots and acne scars
Foundations with spf
Pores face serums
THE inkey LIST
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Sensitive skin buddy: PURITO unscented serum
This serum contains 49% centella asiatica (cica) extract, as well as niacinamide, peptides, and madecassic acid. It is essential-oil and fragrance-free, making it a great option for sensitive skin. It is designed to help reinforce your skin barrier, soothe, promote collagen growth, and improve the appearance of scars over time. My thoughts: I like this serum. It has a thin texture that is easy to apply. I don’t detect any scent. It does make my face feel tacky for a few minutes, so I usually use that time to brush my teeth while waiting for the product to sink in. I don’t find this serum to be hydrating on its own, so I use it on top or mixed with a hyaluronic acid serum. This serum is very soothing and has helped my skin a lot recently when I went a bit overboard on chemical exfoliation (we’ve all been there!). I can’t say whether this serum is responsible for diminishing acne scars because I use several products that also claim to do that. Overall, I don’t think I necessarily need to use this serum 2x every day, but it’s great to have when my skin barrier has been compromised. I think those with sensitive skin would really love this. For under $20, this is a great product from PURITO! I’d definitely repurchase. 4.5/5⭐️
Do pores really shrink? Myth Busted.
I know we’ve all heard about products or methods that are designed to “shrink your pores”. The myth that pores can shrink has been around longer than I can remember (even my esthetics school teacher would use the phrase which I always hated). It wasn’t until I started watching Skincare by Hyram on YouTube that I really solidified in my mind that pores cannot shrink. In order for something to shrink there needs to be a muscle attached to it. Pores do not have muscles therefore they cannot shrink. Pore size is generally dictated by genetics but there are a few things you can do/use to help minimize their appearance. My favorite ingredients for pores are niacinamide and salicylic acid. I know I’ve talked a lot about them in the past but a quick run down is the niacinamide will help regulate oil product while the salicylic acid goes down into the pores to clean out all the sebum and debris that can make them look enlarged. These two ingredients can be a great powerhouse when used together. My favorite is the GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner which I use twice daily as the first step in my routine and then I follow it up with the PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator every other day at night time. Another thing you can do, which is more of a temporary fix, is introducing a pore filling primer into your routine. Pore filling primers are usually silicone based. It’s also a common myth that silicone clogs the pores but the molecule for silicone is actually larger than your pores therefore it sits on top of the skin which gives that “pore filled” look. Just make sure your skin is clean and prepped before applying one so you don’t trap any dirt in. Silicones can be great in skincare in general to help trap in hydration. While pores can be a huge issue for people, me included, I just wanted to also take the time to say pores are normal and functional part of the skin. Everyone has pores and needs them. Even those online who look like they have poreless skin have pores so don’t stress too hard. As long as you’re taking care of your skin you’re doing great. 🖤
🌟NIACINAMIDE BRIGHTENING TONER - Good Molecules
Affordable, this toner is my big crush! Your face will radiate and dark spots and scars will fade. It will help to reduce your pores as well. You can apply with a cotton pad or with your palms. Use AM and PM right after your cleanser. Or AM only if you use a BHA/AHA exfoliant at night. GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner
Say goodbye to foundation
ILIA - Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation What is it: A serum that IS skincare, makeup, and sun protection into one easy step: a weightless serum! Targets: The SPF 40 coverage with non-nano zinc oxide is created with a blend of Hyaluronic Acids, plant-based Squalane, and Niacinamide. These ingredients even skin tone and soften fine lines and imperfections. My thoughts: I have literally turned in my foundation for this products. i am obsessed with this skin tint serum by @iliabeauty!!! it has amazing ingredients + spf 40. it’s light coverage, but is definitely buildable. this gives me a natural, dewy finish and doesn’t make me feel oily. it also creates a natural barrier for your skincare—sealing in hydration, plumping skin, and boosting any antioxidant effectiveness. it’s silicone-free, fragrance-free, chemical screen-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic, and safe for sensitive skin. trust me, you need this in your life. i got it in shade 8 (shela).
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My Godsend Sunscreens！🌞🌞🌞
I've previously only used Anessa sunscreen but I got tired of it and decided to try out new ones, surprisingly finding these three sunscreens which are all great and my favorites of the year! 1)Supergoop! - Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA ++++ ($19/71ml) is a water-resistant and sweat-resistant sunscreen that remains effective for 80 minutes. It's the most affordable at only $19 for 71ml, the most among all three sunscreens. It has a lotion texture which leaves the skin a bit shiny without a white cast. It can be used as both a facial sunscreen and a body sunscreen, so it has the best value for money. 2) Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 PA+++($32/50ml) is a water-resistant and sweat-resistant sunscreen that remains effective for 40 minutes. It has a transparent gel-like texture which spreads easily and is neither greasy nor leaves a white cast. I love using it! 3) ALGENIST - SUBLIME DEFENSE Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 ($44/50ml) has a correction liquid packaging like Anessa's with a more lightweight texture compared with Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Sunscreen. It's neither greasy nor leaves a white cast. It offers the best user experience, although it's the most expensive among all three. If you have any questions or suggestions, tell me below😘
Sunscreen of the Summer ☀️
I finally splurged and got this $39 sunscreen from Supergoop! After seeing so many rave reviews and having tried a sample myself, I knew I'd love it. This is especially a great sunscreen (all year round) if you have more oily skin because it's a silicone base with no dew or tackyness to it. It also has NO color so it's all skintone friendly! My skin is dry so I will probably only be using this in the summer/early fall. However, I love it! Feels so lightweight and airy on the skin. Doesn't pill either. Supergoop is cruelty free which is great! 🥰 Also shout out to Rebecca_Suzanne_says (I think that's your @ It wouldnt let me tag you) for recommending this as well ✨ Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40
THE inkey LIST - Vitamin C Brightening Cream was a flop for me. The brand sent over some new releases when they first came to Sephora and this was one of the products. I do like the lightweight texture and it mixes/absorbs well into the skin but I don’t notice any effects from this cream. The product is suppose to help with dullness, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. The highlighted ingredient is L-ascorbic acid 30%. I’m noticing on Sephora that they market this product as a rich cream, and the back of my product states ‘serum’. I originally thought it was weird it was labeled as a serum because it has more of a water cream texture. It is definitely not a rich cream! I don’t recommend this, I think there are way better vitC serums on the market! 🤨
Fav skincare brands: Paula’s Choice ✨
You know I can always get behind brands who put in the research on their products. Paula’s Choice is celebrating their 25th anniversary & I want to show you the hype! Why do I love Paula’s Choice? There are so many reasons... 1. They have a public access Ingredient Dictionary that is backed by scholarly articles. They lost out tons of common ingredients in skincare products and rate them as “poor, average, good, or best” to give you an idea of why the ingredient is added into the formula and why you should or should not use it. This is a great way to learn more about ingredients if you don’t have easy access to a dermatologist. 2. They have SO MANY LINES! They truly cater to so many skin types across any and all age ranges. They even have a quick skin quiz you can take that customized a routine specifically for your skin concerns—and doesn’t force you to add every single item to your cart! You can pick and choose what you need. I love that so much. 3. Their packaging/branding is clinical—but never intimidating. Their labeling is incredibly easy to read and explains what the products do in language that everyone can understand. 4. Their products are great. Three standout products that I have already reviewed on Cherie are their 10% niacinamide booster, 2% BHA Liquid, and their super light daily wrinkle defense spf 30: PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster PAULA'S CHOICE - Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator . These specific products I would say are catered towards normal to oily skin types with acne but I can use them on my dry spots as well. 5. I highly recommend checking them out. Since they are celebrating their 25th anniversary they will be having a huge sale! *Paula’s Choice has never gifted me any products—everything has been purchased by me! I do want to mention that as of 9:16 PM EST 5/31/2020, Paula’s Choice has not released a statement or any messaging regarding George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, or any sign of support. Apparently they are working on it with internal stakeholders but as of now they haven’t released anything which is very disappointing. Silence is deafening. Thanks for reading guys.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
Skincare Story: Acne to Eczema to Glow-Up
When I started my skincare journey, I had the oiliest skin imaginable and dealt with constant hormonal breakouts. I tried every brand Sephora had to offer- each one filled with more fragrance, essential oils, and/or alcohol than the last. My skin quickly became overwhelmed and I broke out into terrible atopic dermatitis which would become chronic. And bam! I had eczema. It was... a struggle, to say the least. I went from oily to combination, with flare-ups that got me so dry I’d flake. Unpleasant. But I learned. I switched to fragrance-, essential oil-, alcohol-free skincare. Cleansers with gentle surfactants. Less exfoliation and more nourishing ingredients. Added hydrating products to reduce the dehydration that caused my oily skin and keep my now-combo skin happy. I gave my skin at least 2-4 no-actives rest days every week. My skin slowly recuperated. Now my hyperpigmentation is fading and my eczema flare-ups are less common. I still get breakouts, but they’re less painful and less long-lived. A few products (such as PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster and The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% ) are amazing for their role in reducing my hyperpigmentation, but I can’t emphasize enough how my acne and eczema flare-ups wouldn’t have improved if I hadn’t eliminated my triggers by switching brands. I stopped using fragranced brands like Origins, Fresh, Herbivore, Dr Jart, Tatcha, and Summer Fridays, and switched to biocompatible brands like Drunk Elephant, The Ordinary, The Inkey List, and Paula’s Choice. By taking out all possible irritants, my skin found peace. My acne reduced in frequency + intensity and I nowadays a combo of PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster and PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator keeps them short-lived. Skin rest days are still important but I can’t emphasize enough that your skin is an organ and everyone should be treating it as such 🙌🏽
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
Worth trying new affordable k beauty products
If anything such as #igiftedmyself category exists then this should fit in the same. one of the K beauty brands that I most often see but wasn’t able to put my hands on. I know this sunscreen is most of your favorite I hope it turns out to be my favorite too as it has all the great qualities of a good one. Featured in the picture today is P𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐨 P𝐮𝐫𝐞 V𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧 C 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐮𝐦 The packaging looks Simply gorgeous but there is a reason behind keeping this dark and that is reduce the oxidation process & protect the contents from direct sunlight. Consisting of Vitamin C 5% hyaluronic acid 89% along with niacinamide and red ginseng, the serum claims to relieve acne scars, dark circles, and freckles, with whitening functionality and prevent skin aging. C𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐚 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥 U𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 S𝐮𝐧 Just tested on hand & I’m almost impressed by the transparency of this sunblock, spreads over in a thin layer and settles down quick SPF50+ PA++++ and photostable UV filter to provide soft yet powerful protection from UV rays. I’m really happy to try these, Looking forward to try more from Purito! 🌱
PURITO-Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+
Top Tips for Treating Hyperpigmentation!
I have combination, oily skin that is prone to breakouts, the breakouts lead to hyperpigmentation which is my biggest skin concern. I've been dealing with hyperpigmentation for what seems like forever and have learned some important tips when it comes to it! Tip #1: Use SPF religiously! For anyone dealing with hyperpigmentation this is the most important tip because the sun's UV rays can cause pigmentation to darken. SPF is also essential because many treatments for hyperpigmentation, like acids, can cause the skin to be even more sensitive to the sun. My top SPFs are: ￼elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 ￼￼Supergoop! - 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40 ￼SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50 Tip #2: Use Vitamin C in your routine! Vitamin C is an antioxidant that lightens dark spots, it also contains an enzyme that helps to prevent melanin production - effectively preventing hyperpigmentation! My Vitamin C products are: ￼￼SKINCEUTICALS - Phloretin Cf ￼FARMACY - Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum with Acerola Cherry ￼URBAN SKIN Rx - Even Tone Smooth & Glow Enzyme Mask Tip #3: Niacinamide is a powerhouse at fighting pigmentation! Similar to vitamin C, niacinamide fights and prevents hyperpigmentation. It also helps to treat acne which for many of us is the main cause of our hyperpigmentation! My favorite products with niacinamide are: PETER THOMAS ROTH - PRO Strength Niacinamide Discoloration Treatment THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Tip #4: Add a retinoid to your routine! Retinoids speed up the cell turnover rate, which for pigmentation means it helps to fade dark spots faster. I use a tretinoin, which is a prescription you can get from your dermatologist, but there are other great options like retinol! Here are my favorite retinol products: SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.5 Retinol Night Cream DIFFERIN - Acne Treatment Gel Additional Tips: ￼Acid is your friend, but don't overdo it! ￼Protect your moisture barrier! Healthy skin will heal the fastest! ￼If your breakouts are hormonal, you may need to do some research into your diet! I've cut dairy and eggs because my body doesn't tolerate them and they were leading to hormonal breakouts.
Supergoop!-100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40
HOW I FIGHT ACNE WITH MY SKINCARE ROUTINE
Acne comes from so many different reasons. But generally there are a few tricks that really help to prevent and treat them. SALICYLIC ACID: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator Known for: combating whiteheads & blackheads by penetrating into the pores of the skin and unclogging them This exfoliating toner is amazing at preventing future breakouts because it’s so effective at unclogging pores and keeping them clear. My blackheads have also diminished so much since using this toner and I definitely can’t turn back. It’s quite strong so even I don’t use it every day and night. I’ll take it out only when I feel like my skin is getting congested (around 1-2x a week). AZELAIC ACID: PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster Known for: gently exfoliating the surface and refining texture of the skin This is a great booster to mix in with moisturizer whenever I feel like my skin is breaking out a lot and very congested. It’s not super strong especially mixed into the last step of my skincare routine but definitely helps to smooth texture. RETINOL: SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.5 Retinol Night Cream Known for: speeding up our skin’s natural cell turnover to reveal newer and clearer skin I’ve used a retinol for more than a year now and I’ve seen the biggest improvement in my skin regarding breakouts and texture. I use it as the last step of my skincare routine every other day now and it’s just a great way to keep my skin healthy over the longterm. NIACINAMIDE: THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Known for: helping to control oil production by renewing and restoring the surface of the skin against moisture loss Especially with living in a humid climate currently, my skin has been freaking out a lot. But this serum helps so much with promoting my skin to be balanced and self-regulating. My T-zone doesn’t get as oily but doesn’t feel dry either! SUNSCREEN: SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50 Okay sunscreen doesn’t DIRECTLY correlate with breakouts, although, there are definitely some that can cause breakouts for some people, mainly physical ones (so find one that doesn’t break you out)! This sunscreen doesn’t break me out and in fact helps with my skin durinf breakouts so much because it protects my skin from hyperpigmentation! The scarring that comes after a breakout can be just as annoying as the breakout itself but sunscreen helps so much to speed up the recovering and healing process! Do you have more tips for preventing breakouts to share?
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
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