Current Morning Routine (Products Only)
CeraVe - Hydrating Cream-To-Foam Cleanser
SOAP & GLORY
January 11, 2021 My skin was not the greatest. It overall got so bad and honestly I was eating so much junk food, drinking not a lot of water and skipping out on my skin routine because I was lazy. After 2 weeks my skin has just a few pimples but overall makes me feel confident. January 24, 2021 I stayed with my regular skin routine: CeraVe - Hydrating Cream-To-Foam Cleanser Cetaphil - Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion Avène - CLEANANCE SUNSCREEN SPF 50+ And just trusted the process and tried to not pick on them. I am super happy with how I’ve recently managed my skin and all I needed to do was stick to what i should do and continue doing that. > I drink 1500ml+ a day >Started to workout daily, even for just a few minutes > And felt more confident I have a hard time maintaining healthy skin but I will continue improving my diet, drinking more water and etc... I got so mad but I needed to love myself no matter what because, acne just makes you even more beautiful. I have learned to love myself and I’m happy with who I’ve become throughout this 2 week journey.
Please help me, any advice will help
Hi everyone, so recently I have been getting acne all over my forehead and now more around my cheeks. My skin type is Normal-Dry Skin Also I know that my skin isn’t as bad as other people, however- I am only comparing my skin with myself. No one else. I don’t know what to do to help make it better. I have a hard time maintaining my skin to keep it clear because one day could look nice then in 2 days I break out. > I always try to drink 1500ml of water everyday > However I do struggle a bit with eating. Some mornings I will skip breakfast and sometimes even lunch. If I eat something it could also be something sugary. I always want to eat and everything however, I just don’t have time to prepare and when there’s no food at home I just skip eating. - I will for sure work on that but just eating 3 meals a day, will it change my skin? And what foods are best to eat? Skin Care Routine: CeraVe - Hydrating Cream-To-Foam Cleanser Cetaphil - Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion Avène - CLEANANCE SUNSCREEN SPF 50+ (Sunscreen for the mornings) I don’t have a solid routine and I am working on it. I just don’t want to use so much on my face. What else is best to add to my routine? How do I also take care of active acne? I know I shouldn’t pop them but sometimes they’re just so big and I feel like that’s what everyone just see when they talk to me/look at me.
Brands I love ❤️
For Valentine's day I figure I'd make a post about brands I LOVE and highly recomend! Paula’s choice I know I do not own many of her products and I think it’s because I want to try other brands as I explore the vast skincare world. I already know this one is trustworthy in my book. They not only have a great resource with their ingredient dictionary, but they use that knowledge and transparency to formulate great products. Even the negative reviews on this brand that I've seen still say they formulate very well. They are slightly on the pricey side (expect about $40 or more), but you cannot go wrong. I love their PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator especially and have used their PAULA'S CHOICE - Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer Krave Beauty They don’t carry a lot of products in their brand, but like a fine dining restaurant with a small menu, what they make is their specialty. Their products are reasonably priced and they focus on non-irritating effective ingredients to help your skin barrier. I currently have their Krave - Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser and their Krave - Great Barrier Relief Inkey List I love this brand and that they are making simple products with usually only once active and that allows people to try them to see how it effects their skin for a reasonable price. I currently have their rosehip oil because I didn’t know how my skin would react to it, but it’s known for hydrating and evening skin tone. I currently use their THE inkey LIST - Rosehip Oil Cosrx Another good brand that formulates well while still being very reasonably priced. I love their COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and COSRX - Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence CeraVe A tried and true brand. There is a reason why dermatologists recommend this. CeraVe is formulated with non irritating ingredients, that may make them seem “boring” by not being packed with actives, but effective. I have a few of their products. CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream CeraVe - Skin Renewing Night Cream and CeraVe - Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum
Skin Barrier Compromised?
What does that look like? ￼It can be excess drying. During the day are you ask yourself if you even put on moisturizer on in the morning because it's feeling like your going to crack throughout the day? This could be your skin's way of telling you that it's barrier is starting to weaken ￼It can be peeling. Is your skin starting to peel either right when you wake up or throughout the day? ￼It can be unexplained zits that appear. Are you wondering why after you just went out and spent a bunch of money on products that your zits are worse? ￼It can be red and sensitive. Does it hurt when you put on certain products that didn't hurt before? Does even putting water on your skin hurt? All of these are signs of a damaged skin barrier. So what can cause this? ￼Using too many actives is a big one. Sometimes we don't even know it either since some products don't always label their active ingredients on their packaging. Best way to know is to read the ingredients list and be able to pinpoint them (don't worry there are several websites and apps that can help break down ingredients to help you understand what they do) ￼This really plays along with the first one, but over exfolianting. How often are you exfolianting? Do you know all the products in your routine that have exfoliantinf ingredients? ￼Combining too many irritating ingredients. For example exfolianting the same night as using a retinol or using either of them too much. Using vitamin A (retinol or tretinoin) can be irritating if you go straight into it. You have to work it slowly into your routine and can't just start using it every day or even every other day. Alright, What do we do now that we know what it is and what might have caused it? ￼Go see your dermatologist if possible. If you can't, don't worry. There are other things you can do ￼Take out actives (especially exfoliants and retinol) ￼Keep your skincare simple with as little irritants in your skin care routine as possible (if you know me, you know I don't like fragrance in my skincare, and this is why. Fragrence is one of those ingredients to steer clear of especially during this time) ￼It mean real simple and "boring" products. Think CeraVe or Cetaphil. Skin-fix is another good one or some products from first aid beauty. Krave also has a good focus on the skin barrier and has a product out ￼Use only your cleansers, maybe a simple HA serum, your moisturizer, and in the AM your spf (use a mineral spf during this time, not a chemical) ￼Need examples of product? For me when I run into this problem, I use..... LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser CeraVe - Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum Krave - Barrier Relief CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream BARE REPUBLIC - Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70
Why This Product is Dangerous: FDA FLAGGED
So I’ve been hearing so much positivity around the neutrogena hydro boost skincare line, I decided to try their SPF sunscreen. I put it on and day 1 I noticed my nose was running throughout the day and I couldn’t figure out why, day two I applied it my eyelids started swelling and my nose was running severely my skin also started to sting around my eyes. I knew immediately it must be the sunscreen as it was the only thing new in my skincare line. I washed my face off with both oil and gel cleansers and I left my face bare for the rest of the day, after a couple hours my eyes settled down but my nose ran for the rest of the day. Determined to figure out what happened I started looking into the products in the sunscreen. I noticed OxyBenzone and googled it. I found out Oxybenzone can be responsible for a lot of different things when applied on the skin such as; 👉🏻Acne 👉🏻Skin Rash 👉🏻Contact Dermatitis 👉🏻Inflammation of hair follicle 👉🏻 Skin Irritation Not only that but it can disrupt your hormones: estrogen in women and testosterone in males. So why do they use it? Because it’s a cheap way to protect against UV rays that cause sunburn (UVB) and skin Cancer (UVA) 😠Oxybenzone Is actually under FDA investigation. So make sure you know what’s in your sunscreen before you put it on. ☀️Stay safe my lovelies☀️ Remember don’t forget to hit that 🥂 cheers 🥂 button and I look forward to seeing your posts!
HydroBoost Always Makes Me Smile 🌊
Everyone should by now know my love for sunscreen. Every chance I get, I spread the word of that POC need sunscreen too. I always recommend two sunscreens - BLACK GIRL SUNSCREEN - Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30 and Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50 . I saw this product ( Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Water Gel with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15) and I immediately wanted to try it. It’s a lower SPF than I’m used to but I still wanted to try it due to the fact that it acts as a moisturizer and an sunscreen! That’s huge! Also, I can’t ignore the fact that it is non-comedogenic (doesn’t block pores) and that it is so light weight compared to most creams out there. Maybe it’s because it’s not a cream! It’s gel and I’m loving it (patch test approved!). It’s also long lasting and absorbs quickly into the skin. I can’t wait to try this amazing product. #cheriecreator
Extra Hydration for your Puffy 👀
I don’t believe in eye creams. I don’t think they work too well. They are usually thick and annoying. I don’t usually use too many creams for my eyes. This made me a believer! 🤩 I always look tired. My eyes are dark due to hyperpigmentation and lack of sleep. I have tried everything to reverse that tired dull feeling when it comes to my eyes. This is calming, soothing and hydrating. It actually makes me look awake and alive. I use The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG and this to help brighten as well as hydrate my stressed eyes. It has changed my life and I really love this stuff so very much. I will say I am not happy with the price! It is $16 at Walgreens and I’m not gonna lie - I didn’t buy it until I had a coupon. I heard it’s cheaper other places but only by a few bucks. With there being so little in the jar and the price being sooooo high, I gave the SOAP & GLORY - Puffy Eye Attack Turbo-Boost Hydragel a lower score than it should have been and that’s so sad because it’s an amazing product.
Under Eye Hydragel 👁
I’ve been looking for eye creams for awhile now and most times they seem like a ridiculous price. This little gem was 13.99 at target and I jumped! My expectations weren’t high because of the price but after 1-2 weeks of continued use I was thrilled!! It has an ultra calming and cooling affect on the eye and instantly makes them feel more awake. It’s creamy, silky and glides on the skin so smooth with no weird after feeling. After daily uses I noticed my dark circles to diminish and the baggage my eyes were carrying is gone. I can also see a slight improvement on the wrinkles around my eye as well. After the 1-2 weeks I noticed I didn’t have to use it as often and could use it just when needed. You need little product so this tiny jar will last you for some time. Currently I still have mine and am on the third month. This is safe and gentle to use twice daily. I am now only using in the morning or just the days were I need a pop! SOAP & GLORY - Puffy Eye Attack Turbo-Boost Hydragel
Freck beauty is the best kept skincare secret.
Freck Beauty is SERIOUSLY one of the best kept skincare secrets. Why aren’t more people talking about them?! Their Cactus Water Toner has magically renewed my skin texture completely and has helped heal cystic acne breakouts. And if you’ve been longing for a rich moisturizer that works well with combination or oily skin, Rich Bitch is *perfect*. Must haves: ￼Cactus Water Lactic Acid Toner ￼Rich Bitch Cactus & Vitamin C Moisturizer ￼Lil Prick Catcus Seed Oil Dry Serum Freck BEAUTY - RICH BITCH Freck BEAUTY - CACTUS WATER Freck BEAUTY - Cactus Clay Mask Freck BEAUTY - LIL PRICK CACTUS SEED DRY SERUM Freck BEAUTY - Cactus Eye Jelly with Plant Collagen - So Jelly #Freck - On Repeat PH Balanced Cactus Cleansing Gel[products]#[FourStars]
From Day 🌞to Night🎆🌙
I have NEIBOURHOOD BOTANICALS - The Daily Glow Facial Oil but I forgot to mention I also got NEIBOURHOOD BOTANICALS - Dream Dream Dream Night Facial Oil. Of course I had to get both! They both have different things that are best used at different times of the day but both have one thing in common- Vitamin C. The real difference is that it also contains other vitamins and fatty acids that are meant to heal and “replump” the skin overnight. While doing my research, it is also said to regenerate skin cells but that’s a bit harder to believe. That is something that properly applied acids in a skincare regimen are used to do - not oils but maybe I’m wrong. We shall see! Today is my first day using The Daily Glow and I’m impressed. I’m hoping to have the same reaction with the night oil!
🥰About to try something 🆕🥳
NEIBOURHOOD BOTANICALS - The Daily Glow Facial Oilhas been on my radar after a friend raved about it during a exceptionally long FaceTime call. I saw it on sale and decided to purchase it. I was running out of my two facial oils -The Ordinary - 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil and The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil - and maybe I need to try something new. I’m hoping it lives up to the hype!
Soothing 💖 The Toner That Changed My Mornings
I’m used to toners like bliss - What A Melon Replenishing Watermelon Toner , Bioré - Witch Hazel Toner and bliss - Clear Genius Clarifying Toner + Serum which aren’t bad but this one changed my perspective on what toners are supposed to be. LANCÔME - Tonique Confort Comforting Rehydrating Toner w/Hyaluronic Acid, Acacia Honey & Sweet almond Oil is hydrating, alcohol-free and soothing. It doesn’t have that harsh tingling sensation that toners usual give. Instead, it feels more like a serum and its milk-like texture is absorbed by the skin very quickly. I love the way it feels and it calms down any irritation I have on my face. My skin feels softer tbh and I really like it. 🥰
I never thought LANCÔME - Tonique Confort Comforting Rehydrating Toner would work the way it did. I have known about this product for a very long time but never thought about trying despite all the five stars until the day I got the deal of 50% off somewhere sorry I forgot where :( It comes out like silk but with somewhat thick consistency. I always use my palms to apply everything. I rubbed my palms and pat on my face. Here comes the magic, it’s absorbed by my skin beautifully with zero irritation. I sometimes even do a second layer just to experience the comfort feeling. Love it 😍
AM ROUTINE - summer 2020
SKIN TYPE - ☀️: combination/oily ❄️: normal/dry LOCATION - New York City STEP 1 - CLEANSE KIND OF GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover Full disclosure, I do think almost all micellar waters are created equal, and they would all get 5⭐️. If I did everything right the night before, all my skin needs in the morning is a swipe of this (AND a rinse!) to get my skin prepped for the rest of my AM routine. STEP 2 - SERUM(S) Glossier. - Super Glow Vitamin C + Magnesium Serum This 5% vitamin c derivative is, like all Glossier serums, non-sticky, quickly absorbing, and ultra lightweight. It’s a very stable version of vitamin c and at a lower percent than others, which makes it great for sensitive skin or a vitamin c newbie. But for the price, you can get cheaper and stronger from other brands. —————————— Glossier. - Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5 Serum This is my ideal follow-up after vitamin c, and I use it all over my face. The hyaluronic comes in three different forms/molecular weights, so the hydrating effects are long-lasting as long as you seal it in properly. That being said, it’s an intro hyaluronic serum with a higher-than-average price tag. STEP 3 - MOISTURIZE bliss - Drench & Quench Moisturizer The texture of this is perfect for daytime if you crave watery moisture and already have multiple skincare steps. This is light but smooth, absorbs quickly, and the color just makes you feel like you’re smoothing thickly textured water directly on your skin! It smells deliciously clean in the jar, but doesn’t seem too strong, as it fades pretty quickly once applied. STEP 4 - SPF Supergoop! - Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 With Sunflower Extract The texture didn’t thrill me - though it absorbed very well (no white cast), it was a little heavy for my taste. doesn’t read greasy at all once applied. I can definitely see using this on my face for super sweaty days outside, but for now I’ll continue to use on my body only.
bliss-Drench & Quench Moisturizer
my morning skincare routine ✨
so i want to start out by sharing some information about my skin. i have quite sensitive skin that tends to be on the dry side. i feel bad saying this, but my skin is mostly clear thanks to genetics. but, that doesn’t mean i don’t put the work in to keep my skin clear!! i’ve tried out quite a few different products, but these are the ones that i find myself reaching for more often in the morning. cleanser in the morning, i like to use a gentle, hydrating cleanser. lately i’ve been using the Kiehl's - Ultra Facial Cleanser . it’s a nice cleanser, but i wouldn’t say it does much for my skin. more often than not though, i find myself coming back to the CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser , which is so gentle and especially good for my dryer days. it always leaves my skin feeling soft once i wash it off. toner for toner, i’ve really been loving the PAULA'S CHOICE - Enriched Calming Toner . it’s nothing special, just a milky toner that does a lovely job of adding extra hydration to my skin. i’ve been trying to cut down on my daily waste, so that means i’ve stopped purchasing cotton rounds. to apply, i just put a few drops into my palms and press it into my skin. serum my go-to has always been the The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 . again, dry skin!! i just really love products that hydrate my skin. i just put a few drops on my fingers and gently pat it in. recently i’m trying out the NATURIUM - Vitamin C Complex Serum. i haven’t used it long enough to see an effect, but i’ll definitely post an update if i notice some results!! moisturizer it’s taken me wayyyy longer than necessary to find a moisturizer that doesn’t give me a reaction. i’ve tried quite a few that left my face bright red and burning, and i also have an issue with texture. i absolutely hate the way that creams feel on my skin. maybe i’m in the minority on this, but i am just not down with thick, rich, moisturizers. i really do prefer ones that are more of a watery gel-type. for the past six months, i’ve been using the CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly , and i really like it!! it’s fragrance-free, which is always a huge plus, and it does a good job of hydrating my skin. i usually apply one to two pumps on my face and neck. sunscreen ah yes, the most important part of the routine. i’m incredibly sensitive to the active ingredients in chemical sunscreens, so i have to make sure i’m using a mineral sunscreen. for the past year or so, i’ve been using the tarte - Guard 30 Vegan Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 . it leaves a bit of a white cast if i don’t rub it in enough, but other than that, i like this!! it always adds a bit of glowiness to my skin, which i am always here for!! thank you so much for reading!! 💗
CLINIQUE-Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly
A step-by-step guide for anyone from beginners to skin care experts. You can individualize it into your own routine, depending on your skin type, needs, and desires. Personally, I only adhere to 5 steps. I skip toners, eye treatment, and masks as it can be redundant at times and I add exfoliating 1-3 times a week on top of everything. I also highly recommend adding serum day and night. (Ex. The American skincare routine is usually 5 steps, whereas, the Korean skincare routine is up to 10 steps.) As you can see, we can all personalize our own guide but I recommend following the order even when you skip a step or two for the most advantageous skincare results. Image Credit: IG @goflawlessnow
Rate My Routine
I'm pretty new to skin care routines. I am 41, have normal to oily combo skin, some hyperpigmentation and no active acne. I got a gift card for Amazon and I want to use it on mymyself and get something for my skin. I have TO Niamicide being delivered today and after that I'm at a loss. HELP!
The Ordinary-Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%
Hyaluronic Acid + Tea Tree For A Smooth, Clear Complexion
Hyaluronic acid comes in different names, and one of them is sodium hyaluronate. HA is a substance that’s naturally present in our body. But, just like other substances that our body naturally produces, its regeneration slows down as we age. Some experts call hyaluronic acid the ‘fountain of youth’ as it’s a potent anti-aging substance that keeps the skin plump and youthful. It also minimizes fine lines. Cosmetic doctors use it as a main ingredient in fillers to treat their patient’s wrinkles; others use it to achieve fuller, more luscious lips. I’ve been a fan of HA since I find it helpful for my dry combination skin. Tea tree is known for its antimicrobial properties hence, it’s very popular among individuals with oily, acne-prone skin types. But, it’s not just good for those who suffer from acne. It does wonders to people who suffer from redness and irritation, just like me. I like using products with this ingredient to help with the redness on my cheeks area, and to treat my occasional zit that usually sprouts during that time of the month. Tea tree has anti-inflammatory properties that help in treating skin inflammation, redness, irritation that I usually get as I have sensitive skin. This Shiseido creamy cleanser is perfect as it doesn’t strip away my skin’s natural oils because it has HA in it. I like following it with this really affordable toner from the clean beauty brand, Human Nature. Together, they do wonders in keeping the moisture locked in my dry combination face, and treating the redness in my cheeks too. Definitely recommend this combo!
A.M. Routine ✨
After seeing a dermatologist, I have started using clindamycin gel in the AM and tretinoin cream in the PM for my persistent acne. I also have dry, sensitive skin so I am taking things slow. For 2-4 weeks, I’ll be using the clindamycin gel every other day, and then every day as prescribed. My P.M. post details how I use the tretinoin cream. Here is my A.M. routine! CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser This is a gentle, creamy cleanser that’s perfect for dry, sensitive skin. It leaves my skin feeling soft & hydrated, not stripped. PAULA'S CHOICE - Enriched Calming Toner This is a new addition to my routine, and I absolutely love it! It has a milky texture and leaves my skin feeling soft & less irritated. I apply it with a reusable fabric pad. PAULA'S CHOICE - Omega + Complex Serum This is also a new addition to my routine. I like this product, but I don’t love it. I will be trying out the Krave Great Barrier Relief serum when I’m out of this. Clindamycin Gel- I apply a pea-size amount of the gel every other day. I apply dots of the gel on my cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead before gently rubbing it in. CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin After letting everything dry, I apply this moisturizing cream. It’s very thick, but for the most part absorbs into the skin. There is some left on top to form a protective barrier. I re-apply throughout the day on extra dry & irritated areas. I will be trying out First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Relief Cream to see if I like it better. Rodan and Fields Soothe Sunscreen- This is a mineral, broad spectrum sunscreen with 30 SPF. I have been using it for over a year, and I really love it. It leaves my skin feeling soft & less red/irritated. I will be trying the Purito Centella Unscented sunscreen to see if I like it better than this one.
PAULA'S CHOICE-Enriched Calming Toner
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