Niacinamide: My Favourite Ingredient
Niacinamide is one of my all-time favourite ingredients and it’s really not talked about enough. Niacinamide is proving to be a power player in skincare, managing to soothe inflammation, reduce redness, control oil production, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, even skin tone, improve texture, improve the appearance of fine lines, and improve skin radiance. It’s truly such a multi-faceted ingredient and I recommend it in all routines! Here are my experiences with some popular niacinamide serums: • The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Pores face serums
Oil control face serums
Chin acne products
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MTLemonsyou should also try "Good Molecules" niacinamide serum to compare that as well 😉
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Which Niacinamide would you choose?
This is definitely not a dupe situation. These two formulas are only similar in the fact that they contain the same amount of niacinamide (as well as some texture and preservative agents). I’ve been a longtime user of The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and it does work, but I felt after my first bottle I wasn’t getting any continued results. I was also left unimpressed and looking for a different option due to the fact that this is a very tacky formula that can be difficult to work with. TO includes zinc in their formula which they state can reduce acne and can be anti-inflammatory. At $6 you’re getting your 2 active ingredients; niacinamide and zinc. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster includes the same 10% of niacinamide but doesn’t stop there. They also add vitamin C and a BUNCH of calming, hydrating and restoring products that your skin needs (see attached ingredient list). It’s been a controversy whether or not vitamin C and Niacinamide can be used together, even The Ordinary suggests that their Niacinamide not be used at the same time as vitamin C. Many brands and consumers have disagreed. Paula’s Choice adds the protective ingredients to ensure you’ll have less of a chance of irritation. Paula’s Choice serum is a lightweight watery formula that leaves no residue and I find easy to work into my routine. I wasn’t quite prepared for the thin formula as The Ordinary has more of a tacky texture. I found it best to add it directly from the dropper to my face, versus my hands then face. When it comes to the price difference it does seem that The Ordinary would be the obvious choice. I’m not one that believes that quality skincare has to cost more. But Paula’s Choice formula offers much more than Niacinamide. You’re getting several ingredients that are not found in The Ordinary, hence the price difference. Once I’ve emptied my bottle I’ll be better able to determine if spending 4x’s the amount is worth it. I could choose to use a less expensive option and add the antioxidants and other skin-replenishing ingredients found in Paula’s Choices formula, but I have to admit, I do like the simplicity of fewer steps in my skincare routine. 😉 There are also several other options available that I’ve not yet tried. I have tried The Inkey List and it is just a tad bit less tacky than The Ordinary. Other brand options I’d be open to try are: ￼Good Molecules $6 - formula looks similar to TO and TIL with the only active ingredient being niacinamide ￼Naturium $16 - 10% niacinamide and 2% zinc ￼Good Molecules $14 - similar again to TO and TIL I LOVE how Paula’s Choice lists their ingredients. Behind each one you’ll find out how it benefits the skin. This saves me a TON of time and effort when doing my reviews! Individual reviews on The Ordinary and The Inkey List Niacinamide can be found on my page. What’s your favorite Niacinamide to use? ❤️🍒
FINALLY! It’s mine!
This is one brand I’ve been stalking and I’ve finally got my hands on the highly raved, much talked about PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator I’d say what really draws me to this particular brand is its commitment to highly effective, well tested products. I feel they really listen to their customers and value their feedback. Well, imagine my surprise when in pops an email from a Paula’s Choice social media team member asking for my address to send me some products just for being me?!? I couldn’t respond fast enough with a...., “YES!” I’m not sure why I’ve been sleeping on this brand for so long. I follow so many diehard fans that swear and have visual proof of the changes their products have made. I have a feeling it’s all going to change after this... Just a little about PC if you haven’t heard of the brand (taken from the website) : Did you know that the founder, Paula was actually fired from her job working at a cosmetic counter for explaining to a customer what products could and couldn’t do for their skin? (This is what we need more of!! I was immediately drawn to the brand when I first heard about that!) Our Philosophy ￼Science & Truth ￼Highly Effective ￼Formulary Excellence ￼Non-irritating & Fragrance Free ￼Multi-faceted Formulas ￼Cruelty Free ￼Packaged for Potency ￼Environmentally Conscious On the website you can find Skincare Quizzes that can help you develop a Instant Routine or develop a more in-depth Routine at no cost! You can also find Expert Advice Articles on just about any subject you’re curious about. Have a question about ingredients? They have every ingredient known in the beauty industry—-a go-to resource for everyone! Everyone needs to use this! With Paula’s Choice you can choose individual skincare products or you can have an entire skincare routine developed from start to finish! I’ve had on my wishlist, along with the exfoliator I just received, their PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist C15 Super Booster PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster PAULA'S CHOICE - Peptide Booster PAULA'S CHOICE - Anti-Aging Eye Gel Honestly, I want to try it all! I’d probably start swapping out some of the products I currently use for similar items. For instance, I am looking for a replacement vitamin c so I’d trade mine out for theirs. Then the Niacinamide and Hyaluronic and so on. I’m definitely going to do the skincare quiz and see what’s recommended for me! Do you use any Paula’s Choice products? What’s your favorite? Please share! 😘 I’ll be back in a few weeks to tell you what I think of this exfoliator! ❤️🍒
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Why does my skin react different night vs day?
Over the years I have gone through hundreds of products figuring out what works for me. I have finally found a good set of products that I love, but sometimes when I use certain products in the daytime (such as Bio-Oil - Multiuse Skincare Oil and certain facemasks, I breakout so much worse than I do when I use the same exact product at night! I am confused by this so I have been wondering if it’s related to my oil levels throughout the day or what? Should I be using more drying products in the day time and hydrating at night? The only ones that really work for me day and night are The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and THE BODY SHOP - Jumbo Tea Tree Oil although I know Hyram has said oils are not for the face
getting off makeup and clear skin with rosacea!
okay... so I know I've posted this before, and Cherie is (devastatingly) closing down, but I thought I'd share one last post. This really works. one is a prescription and there are a couple items missing, so I'll add them to the pictures. Here is the order they say to put on skincare (as depicted) 1) makeup remover/wash (I use Queen Helene cold cream that I SWEAR by, sometimes BURT’S BEES - BURT‘S BEES Sensitive Facial Cleanser ) 2) Facewash/second face wash (I use DERMA•E - Sensitive Skin Cleanser and Joeseph anti Acne soap 10% sulfur) 3) Toner (I use THAYERS - Rose Petal Facial Toner ) 4) Serums (I use a few... my prescription Amzeeq, mostly The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% , and DERMA•E - Blue Light Shield Concentrated Serum ) 5) Spot Treatments (Murad - Invisiscar Resurfacing Treatment , tea tree oil when needed) 6) Eye Cream (not pictured - DERMA•E - Firming DMAE Eye Lift Cream ) 7) Moisturizer (2 different kinds depending on how dry I am- pictured: Alba Botanica Aloe Green tea moisturizer, not pictured: skinfix - Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Cream ) 8) Retinol: Now, because I have rosacea, I use a retinol alternative. The best one for sensitive skin I found is The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion use at night only) 9) Face Oil: HEAR ME OUT: If you have oily skin, it's not the WORST thing to use an oil. As a matter of fact, it may work well. BEST ONE BY FAR IS ROSEHIP OIL. I can't tell you how amazing it is The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil , and JOSIE MARAN - Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment during the day) wear sunscreen during the day, and put it in place of retinol. I use Glossier. - Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen it's a great light moisturizer, too. And at night in the winter if it's super dry, I'll put petroleum jelly around the corners of my eyes and lips. The results don't lie, Cherie babes (: comment below I'd you know of a better eye cream.
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So, to see my unedited, filterless skin, swipe left! Coming on my 8th week of retinol. My skin purged, cleared & is now breaking out again. No inconsistencies within my application. Always Monday & Thursday nights 🤣 When I say breaking out, I mean I’m getting more than just my regular few sits and a pimple. I’m getting massive pimples that are the under-the-skin type. While I’m fine with the breakouts, my major concern is the last image, the hyperpigmentation and massive dark spot. This spot came from probably my worst breakout ever. It was huge. It hurt. And I could. Not. Stop. Picking. At. The damn thing. I have been using alpha arbutin & niacinamide regularly. It has definitely been decreasing the darkness of the spot, but I can’t seem to get rid of it. ALSO I GOT A SKINCARE ORGANIZER 😍😍😍😍 Stay tuned for that! THE inkey LIST - Alpha Arbutin THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum FIRST AID BEAUTY - Facial Radiance Niacinamide Dark Spot Serum- trial size
I’ll start this off with my favourites: MISSHA - Missha All-around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk I’m so sad that I’ve run out of this. If you don’t like the feel of sunscreens that feel thick and heavy, pick this up! you won’t regret it! I also ran out of the Volition sunscreen that I paired along side this one, but recycled it before I took a picture. Briogeo - Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask (📍) Again, was so sad to run out of this, check out my post featuring this and the new hair mask I picked up for more info! THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum If I could give this 100 stars out of 10, I would. This is my favourite serum of all time and I always have two back ups in my collection! Now for my meh products: SUNDAY RILEY - CEO 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum I liked the way that this felt don’t get me wrong, but I think because of the shimmer effect it has, it may have been breaking me out a bit. This didn’t have enough in it to last me long enough to see any effects. Kate Somerville - DeliKate Recovery Cream this is unbelievable. Although I will never buy this at the $104 price point, it’s a beautiful, thick, heavy cream. Wonderful for winter skin. fresh - Sugar Hydrating Lip Balm, Watermelon I actually have the lime+mint scent, but this is also amazing. I’ve just began started applying all my lip balms on damp lips, and I’ve found it’s made the biggest difference. No more dry lips! DRUNK ELEPHANT - Sili™ Body Lotion (📍) If you’ve seen my marula oil post, you’ve seen that I don’t support Drunk Elephant anymore, this is one of my last products I have from them (that they sent me) and it was too light to be a body cream. I have really dry legs and this didn’t do the trick. I ended up keeping this on my desk as a hand lotion and it worked well! Now for my no good product: Too Faced - Better Than Sex Mascara (📍) I don’t understand that hype around this mascara. On me, it doesn’t make my lashes look longer or fuller, it flakes super easy and it doesn’t hold my curl. Happy to have finished this so I can move on. 📍= product was sent to me for free
Enlarged Pores, Acne, Dull Skin?
When it comes to congestion, acne, blackheads, and dullness, there are a lot of tips and a lot of products that promise smooth, clear skin. So let me simplify why I love these three ingredients for this myriad of issues. • Alpha Hydroxy Acid: Glycolic, lactic, citric, tartaric, mandelic, and malic acid melt the intercellular glue that holds dead skin cells together to your skin’s surface, helping along the skin’s natural shedding process to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. They’re considered hydrating, since they love water. AHAs offer mainly surface exfoliation, helping with uneven texture and dullness. • Beta Hydroxy Acid: Salicylic acid is the most common BHA, working similarly to AHAs in that they unglue dead skin cells to renew skin’s appearance. It is also oil-soluble, easily passing through sebum to allow BHAs to get into pores for deep exfoliation and normalization of the pore lining. This helps to reduce and prevent congestion, enlarged pores, and acne. • Niacinamide: A water-soluble precursor to two skin compounds that allow skin to repair damage, function normally, and make new skin cells. Topical application of niacinamide not only soothes current inflammation, but also increases the skin’s ability to neutralize free radicals, preventing future irritation and collagen breakdown, making it an awesome ingredient for aging and/or sensitive skin. Another anti-aging and sensitivity bonus: niacinamide helps increase ceramide production, strengthening the lipid barrier and allowing it to retain moisture more effectively. For acne prone folks, there have been two very promising and substantiating studies that show that 4% Niacinamide applied twice daily is as effective for moderate acne as 1% clindamycin. That’s impressive! As well, niacinamide application inhibits oil production, contributing to its skill for keeping pores minimized in appearance as well as reducing acne.
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Which Niacinamide Serum Is For You?
There are tons of niacinamide serums, especially now that niacinamide has been catapulted into popularity by skinfluencers on Instagram, Youtube, TikTok, and Cherie. But there are a lot- what’s the difference, other than cost? Well, it’s the ingredient list. • PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster is my all-time favourite niacinamide product. Niacinamide, a vitamin C derivative, multiple antioxidants (CoQ10 being one of note), soothing allantoin, calming licorice root extract, and a variety of humectants that include sodium hyaluronate. This serum is hydrating, soothing, and brightening, in addition to its regulating oil production and minimizing the appearance of pores. Nothing has helped my sebaceous filaments like using this and PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator . I recommend this for all skin types, particularly dry, sensitive, and/or mature skin. • THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum is as simple as they come, with a short INCI list that touts niacinamide, multiple humectants (like actual hyaluronic acid which is also soothing), squalane, and allantoin. It’s a no-frills formula whose price is hard to pass up. I’d recommend this for all skin types, especially sensitive skin that may want to avoid a lot of different ingredients, or dry skin which will enjoy the inclusion of extra emollients. • The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is a weird serum for me. I personally don’t like it and had horrible results- my skin broke out into tiny red bumps and felt itchy anytime I applied even the most diluted droplet of it. But I later learned it is the Zinc PCA in the product that can sometimes cause the skin reaction. That Zinc PCA is part of why this serum is amazing for oily and acne prone skin- zinc helps to balance sebum (oil) production and can reduce the occurrence of acne. So if your skin likes zinc, this serum is 5/5 stars for the cost! Those sensitive to zinc will want to skip, as well as dry skin folks since the combo of niacinamide and zinc pca can be a bit drying if your serum production doesn’t need balancing. What are some other products you’d like to see me compare? #CheriePartner
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battle of the acne serums!
✨ the lineup SEPHORA COLLECTION - Clear Skin Days by Clarifying Serum vs REVOLUTION - Targeted Blemish Serum 2% Salicylic Acid vs THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum ✨ My winner: Clear Skin Days Clarifying Serum while these three products are super similar and interchangeable (i have owned all three!) this serum wins because it is Vegan, Clean, uses only active and healthy ingredients, and gives you the most amount of product for the least amount of money. I would still recommend all three for anyone struggling with acne! Breakdown of Chosing ✨ the ingredients Clear Skin Days: BHA (salicylic acid) and hyaluronic acid, clean certified (4/5) Revolution: BHA (salicylic acid) and witch hazel, not vegan or leaping bunny certified (3/5) Inkey List: BHA (salicylic acid), hyaluronic acid, zinc, clean certified (5/5) Inkey List and Revolution tie! ✨ product use Clear Skin Days: clear serum, easy to rub in, no fragrance (5/5) Revolution: clear serum, goes white when rubbed on skin, have to wait for it to set in, no fragrance (3/5) Inkey list: clear serum, easy to rub in, no fragrance (5/5) Clear skin days and Inkey list tie! ✨price Clear skin days: $12 for 1.76 oz; $6.82/oz Revolution: $11 for 1 oz Inkey List: $10.99 for 1 oz Clear skin days is the cheapest and gives you the most product for your buck!
THE inkey LIST-Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum
What is Azelaic acid, which brand?
If I could pick an ingredient that’s been a standout for my acne marks (the pigmentation marks left behind when acne is healing); it would 100% be Azelaic Acid! What is Azelaic Acid? It is a gentle topical exfoliant (so gentle I use it everyday & even combine it with my Retin-A). This is a direct quote from Paula’s Choice website! “It’s a mystery why some great skincare ingredients fly under the radar, despite research proving them more than worthy of your attention. Azelaic Acid is one of those ingredients! A great deal of research has shown that azelaic acid can significantly diminish the appearance of skin blemishes, help fade post-acne marks and other discolorations, refine skin’s surface, and reveal a more even skin tone. It can even reduce skin sensitivity and is compatible with any skin type. In short, azelaic acid is an ingredient you need to know about.” Which brand is better? I first purchased The Ordinary bc the price is much lower. I did not like the formula on this one. It has a dimethicone finish and it tends to pill with my routine. Even though it has 10% AA, I don’t think the formulation is that great 👎🏼 The Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid booster is my favorite product for hyperpigmentation!!!! It works SO good. Within 4 weeks my marks had faded significantly. It is a booster so it can be combined with moisturizer! I highly highly recommend this product. Paula’s Choice has sales often, so find it on sale. It is $36, but with the results it is worth it!! The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
Azelaic Acid: You Need This In Your Routine
Azelaic acid is amazing. It occurs naturally on the skin and is produced by grains in labs, holding anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties rather unique to such a gentle, multifaceted antioxidant. It helps with skin texture, redness, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and even minimizes the look of active breakouts. All of the pictured products are free of fragrance, alcohol, and essential oils. facetheory - PoreBright Serum N10 ($19 per 30mL) features star ingredients like 10% azelaic acid, 10% niacinamide, salicylic acid (<2%), aloe, and sodium hyaluronate to calm skin while addressing issues like congested pores, uneven tone, acne, oily skin... it’s a versatile serum that I enjoyed. The serum is light and moisturizing, with good spreadability. This is the gentlest of the three in my experience. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster ($36 per 30 mL) is a game-changer. I enjoyed FaceTheory N10, but something about PC’s formulation transformed my acne experience. 10% Azelaic acid, salicylic acid (<2%), licorice root extract, allantoin, and a variety of humectants + emollients come together in this light gel-cream to give significant texture-smoothing, tone-correcting, acne-preventing results. Whenever I apply this in the AM (which it is gentle enough to do), my blemishes are reduced remarkably by the evening. I also have seen such significant fading of my acne scars that I already got a back-up! Its cream formula allows for use as a spot treatment if you prefer that. This is my favourite of the three pictured. The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% ($7.90 per 30mL) is a simple formula, with 10% Azelaic acid and vitamin e as the star ingredients in a variety of silicones and emollients. I noticed significant hyperpigmentation reduction with this cream, but I cannot stand the silicone texture. It has a strange grit to it, no matter how much I shake up the bottle. I also think my skin dislikes heavy silicones, as I experienced increased breakouts when using this, despite the wonderful brightening and calming properties it has. Not sure I’d recommend this unless your skin handles silicone well. The matte finish would probably be enjoyed by oily skin types.
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Azelaic Acid Is The Most Under Appreciated Acid
Azelaic acid isn’t talked about nearly enough. It’s not an AHA, nor a BHA, but it’s still a gentle exfoliant and so many other things. Let’s talk about why this acid helped my sensitive, combo skin have less acne and fade the dark spots dramatically. • Exfoliant: Acids, at a high enough concentration, dissolve the glue that holds dead skin cells together, allowing them be sloughed off while you cleanse or against your pillow as you sleep. Using them throughout the week helps to keep skin tone bright and smooth, plus can help with fading discoloration such as PIH, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots. Azelaic acid isn’t an AHA like glycolic and lactic acid, nor is it a BHA like salicylic acid. It’s a dicarboxylic acid and is a... • Melanin Inhibitor: Azelaic acid’s biggest feature as a hyperpigmentation fading ingredient is it’s ability to suppress melanin synthesis! This will help not only help lighten current dark spots, but also should help in preventing them from forming. It’s been the best ingredient for my hyperpigmentation, hands down: I saw distinct fading of dark spots within 2 weeks. There’s a reason I’ve been using it for 3 months now! • Antioxidant: Yeah, azelaic acid is amazing. It not only lightens hyperpigmentation and smooths texture, but also reduces skin damage preventatively by fighting off free radicals that would break down collagen. It also soothes skin wonderfully thanks to the anti-inflammatory aspect of its antioxidant status, making it a very gentle exfoliant. • Antimicrobial: Last but not least, azelaic acid is antimicrobial. That means it stops the growth of microorganisms- and it’s actually already produced by healthy yeast on our skin, so it’s not killing the good bacteria, just the variety that cause acne and such. This makes it legitimately amazing for people struggling with acne- whenever I apply this to a breakout in the morning, the blemishes are much less red and a bit smaller by evening. Azelaic acid been a miracle find for me and I now understand why it’s often prescribed by dermatologists. I personally prefer PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster , but due to its small (but still possibly irritating to those with rosacea) salicylic acid content I also like to mention The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% , whose only negative feature is the siliconey texture.
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