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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Jun. 3, 2020
brealTO's Niacinamide has 10% of density, how would you suggest that I dilute it? Hyaluronic acid?
Jun. 4, 2020
SkinsitiveIf you wanted to dilute it, you could definitely use hyaluronic acid, then if you weren’t seeing as strong of results as you’d like you could slowly dilute it less until you find a percentage that suits you. I personally use niacinamide at 10% ☺️
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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! ❤️🍒
This is my one month update on my skin. I have been using tretinoin cream every 3 nights & and the clindamycin phosphate lotion morning and night. I then decided to change my skincare routine to a Korean & Japanese skincare, and I’m very happy I made the choice. On December 3rd I went to get a customized facial and my esthetician told me I have acne that is clogged pores underneath my skin, so she did a deep extraction and in another few weeks I’m going to get one more done just to make sure they are all out. FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm I was using the dhc deep cleaning oil but it was too thick for me so I switch to this and it is light and not stripping, good for a oil cleanse or a first cleanse TATCHA - The Rice Wash Skin-Softening Cleanser this cleanser is a nice hydrating cleanser and it does not strip my skin at all Krave - Kale-Lalu-yAHA I just started using this exfoliant but I really like it and I seen results right after I used it Krave - Great Barrier Relief this serum is another I just started using but I love it, and it have a nice smell to it Krave - The Beet Shield this sunscreen does not leave a white cast on my face, and I don’t feel greasy after PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster this products is helping me get rid of my acne marks that I have from my facial PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster I just love this! This is helping with my acne and dark marks dear, klairs - Fundamental Water Gel Cream I have to use a light weight moisturizer so it won’t clog my pores
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The INKEY List
THE inkey LIST - Brighten-i Eye Cream 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐧-𝐢 𝐄𝐲𝐞 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦: 𝐈’𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐫𝐢𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐜𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐬. 𝐀𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭, 𝐈 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐭𝐫𝐲. 𝐀𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐞𝐰 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝟐𝐱 𝐚 𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐈’𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐞𝐲𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞. 𝐈’𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐲 𝐞𝐲𝐞𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝. 𝐈 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤, 𝐝𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐲 𝐞𝐲𝐞𝐬. THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum 𝐁𝐞𝐭𝐚 𝐇𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐱𝐲 𝐀𝐜𝐢𝐝 (𝐁𝐇𝐀) 𝐁𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐡 + 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐮𝐦: 𝐈 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭. [I will give more updates on this later] Have you tried one of these products?? Tell me which one you like. Bisous Bisous 😘
Which BHA Product for Your Skin Type?
If you deal with acne-prone skin or enlarged pores, salicylic acid (BHA) is heaven-sent for most folks. Oil-soluble, it penetrates more effectively/deeply into the pore than water-soluble AHAs, touting hydrating, antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties in addition to exfoliating. But Which BHA Product Is Best for You? 👀 • PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator : $29.50 USD, $0.25 per mL. A cult classic, an international bestseller, a bottle of liquid gold. Water-thin, it contains a couple of humectants, an antioxidant, and 3 preservative/stabilizing ingredients. A super simple INCI list! This makes it especially friendly to many sensitive-skinned folks, as the list of possible skin triggers is small. Some people say the finish feels oily, but I find it intensely hydrating and it soaks in quickly, making it great for combo and dry skin alike! This simple liquid is my pick for enlarged pores and general skin congestion. • NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% : $20 USD, $0.17 per mL. Encapsulated salicylic acid and a variety of humectants make this a hydrating exfoliant “toner”, perfect for those with any skin type, with one exception- those with sensitive skin may have issue with the citrus extracts contained, though the producers of the extracts claim they contain mild AHA exfoliant properties. I’d recommend this to any skin type with non-sensitive skin looking for a budget SA product that leaves skin hydrated but not tacky, and helps to keep pores minimized and unclogged. Texture-picky folks on a budget will love this! • THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum : $10.99 USD, $0.37 per mL. This is the best BHA for oily skin, featuring a super simple INCI list made up of humectants, stabilizers, salicylic acid, and zinc PCA. Salicylic acid helps to keep pores clear while zinc pca helps to reduce sebum production, though I personally react badly to zinc pca- bumps and itchiness, unfortunately. This product is still one I recommend to friends, as it’s affordable and has minimal chance of triggering skin allergies/sensitivities other than the zinc, with huge potential for those that struggle with acne in general.
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Nighttime routine for combo skin
up&up - All In One Micellar Cleansing Water this is a good dupe for the garnier micellar water and it removes even waterproof mascara without ripping out your lashes 👍 CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin this is the best face wash that I have tried because it leaves my skin super smooth and clean The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA this is a really good serum for textured skin. It makes my skin super glowy and helps with texture The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA this is a good moisturizer and it’s good for combo or dry skin because it’s really thick and moisturizing #CeraVe - Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM[products]#[FiveStars] this is my favorite moisturizer ever! It has niacinamide and 3 ceramides in it. Also it’s really lightweight and it’s oil free #Up and Up - 10% benzoyl peroxide gel[products]#[FourStars] this is a dupe for the clean & clear persa gel. It works pretty well but it takes a while for it to work. Also it’s only $3.59 at target The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution this is the best face mask if you have acne prone skin. It makes my skin so smooth and feel so clean
Hey y’all! Jumping on the trend, here is my day/night skincare routine MINUS treatments, because I simply could not fit them in!!! Morning: Cleanser Toner 3 serums 2 “eye” creams (I use Purito for my smile & forehead lines, inkey for my inner corner eye because it is super dry due to allergies) Water cream moisturizer Sunscreen Lip balm/salve Evening/Night: Cleansing balm Salicylic acid cleanser Toner 2 serums 2 “eye” creams Moisturizer Vaseline stick balm (dry eyes again) Lip balm/salve Treatments I use: THE inkey LIST - Succinic Acid Acne Treatment I use this as an acne spot treatment when I feel like I need it The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA I use this once a week as my chemical exfoliant THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum I use this once a week, currently working it Into my routine (on my second week) & over my moisturizer How am I doing? Any recommendations? Let me know below! PS- I like a huge routine because it makes me feel bougie. I know many of these are not necessary, but I like to use them regardless 😄
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The Ordinary products for acne prone skin✨
Th Ordinary has been one of my favorite brands for some time now. I love trying new products from them knowing it won’t break the bank. I previously had a post about a few of their serums but I’ve tried to branch out since. Here’s my experience with a few new TO products as well as some of my all time favorites: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution - such a versatile product! I’ve used it for my underarms as deodorant, sometimes my feet to get rid of dead skin cells, my butt for buttne and lastly, on my face as a gentle exfoliator! I love it for all of these uses and at under $9 for 8fl oz I think it’s an amazing deal! The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA - This moisturizer is okay. It’s too thick for my oily skin and leaves a matte finish, which isn’t something I particularly like. When my skin gets too dry I love using it because it instantly moisturizes but it’s more of a spot moisturizer for me than an all face one. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution - absolute favorite! I’m on to my second bottle now. It definitely burns or stings sometimes no matter how many times you’ve used it but I’m okay with it since it does such a great job at exfoliating. I only keep it for up to 10 min and use it 1-2 times a week, mostly once now though since I don’t want to further dry my face. The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane - this product did absolutely nothing for my face. I used it for a couple of months and my skin would refuse to absorb it, so it stayed pretty oily which I hated. I also saw no benefits to my under eye fine lines. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - this is my third bottle of this serum and this time I opted for the 60ml one as opposed to the 30ml. I use it daily and once I got to figure out the exact amount my face needs, it’s been working wonders. My face feels brighter and smoother which is why I’ve continued repurchasing. The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% - purchased this product to help with hyperpigmentation and I am still to see any major differences. My skin feels better overall but I’m not sure whether it’s solely because of this product. It’s a non oily cream which is a plus for me, I’ll continue to use it until it’s done but not sure whether I’ll repurchase.
[REVIEW] The Ordinary Trio
🧊 The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - Used in intervals in PM routine - Slight tightening and firming sensation - Skin appears more smooth and less oily - Minimized appearance of pores - Sticky and sudsy texture when rubbed onto skin - Fairly affordable ($5.90 USD) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💉 The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution - Used 1-3 times per month / PM routine - Tingling almost burning sensation - Skin appears brighter and smooth day(s) later - Use product sparingly - May not be suitable for sensitive skin - Fairly affordable ($7.20 USD) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ☕️ The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG - Used daily in AM/PM routines - Subtle brightening/smoothing effects under eyes - Slight tightening and firming sensation - One drop is all you need (30 mL / 1 oz) - No strong scent - Rim may get crusty if touched by dropper - Fairly affordable ($6.70 USD)
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niacinamide that ACTUALLY worked for me!
When I first learned about niacinamide, I was dealing with an oily mess on my face, so of course I was excited to hear that there was something that controlled oil production and helped reduce redness from breakouts. I looked at a bunch of reviews and I ultimately decided to buy The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% . I’m sad to say it really didn’t live up to the hype for me. I’ve completely used this up and I honestly I couldn’t be more excited. It’s not like this serum caused any breakouts or anything but it was so disappointing to find that it didn’t really help my skin. So before I even finished this serum, I bought THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum . And I’ve really got to say: WOW!!! The difference in the oiliness of my skin is incredible! I’ve done multiple tests to see how my skin reacts, and I can really tell a difference in oil control when I use this serum in my routine! I couldn’t be happier with THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum and if you haven’t had much luck with The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% , I highly recommend you try The Inkey List one before you give up on niacinamide!
I don’t own this currently ( it’s on the way in the mail) but this was a great purchase. The texture reminds me of the glossier serums but it’s over half the price. Definitely helps me control my oiliness. Definitely get this .
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PM skincare for acne!
Hi friends❤️ in this post I am going to go through the products I use on nights that I am not using DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel Step 1: First cleanse I raved about theTHE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm in my other PM skincare post! This is one of my favorite products in my whole routine. Very soothing and removes all makeup! Did I mention it’s only $10 freaking dollars?!? Step 2: second cleanse GLYTONE - Acne BPO Clearing Cleanser I just started incorporating a benzoyl peroxide cleanser on the nights I do not use differin because I have never tried benzoyl peroxide for my acne besides spot treatments. Spot treatments with BPO always burn my skin so I thought this cleanser would be a great alternative! It feels very hydrating and non stripping on my skin, it has 4.5% benzoyl peroxide. I can’t give it 5 stars yet because I just started using it, but I will keep y’all updated! Step 3: toner I never use the PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator on the same nights I use the benzoyl peroxide cleanser. But I have loved this product so far. I focus this mostly on my t zone where I get a lot of clogged pores and it seems to be helping so far! Step 4: moisturizer/mask LANEIGE - Cica Sleeping Mask I have been wanting to try this product for a long time because I have a lot of redness from active acne and scarring. I use it as a moisturizer/ leave in mask some nights and it is very soothing and hydrating. It can feel greasy if you put too much on, a little goes a long way! I am not 100% sure if I would repurchase because I haven’t had any drastic results and it is a bit pricey at $34. Step 5: pimple patches! I use HERO COSMETICS - Mighty Patch Original for Madewell almost every night on any white heads I might have and they keep me from picking yayyyy!!
Exfoliate away your acne!
Paula’s choice is a brand that aligns with my personal way of looking at skincare. They are cruelty free and very focussed on science. They clearly display their primary ingredients and the concern they address. Their website also has a great ingredient encyclopedia. This exfoliant is one of their most popular products as it is very effective for people who get acne. The exfoliating ingredient is the BHA salicylic acid which penetrated deeply into the skin and clears out pores. Texture: This is very easy to use as it is a water-like texture that is easily patted into the skin. Effectiveness: This is very effectiveness in clearing acne and resurfacing the skin. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator the reason I deducted a star is I find it too drying for my dry skin
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3 Paula Choice Skincare Routines ❄️☃️❄️
Hey guys!!! I love Paulas choice products especially the PAULA'S CHOICE - Omega+ Complex Moisturizer and PAULA'S CHOICE - 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment !! Over on their IG they posted suggested skincare routines created by their client social services consultant Allie, I wanted to repost a few today for dry and dehydrated combo skin since it's cold outside which can often lead to dry/dehydrated skin. Paulas choice is another great brand to reach out to if you have questions!!! Just pick the products in black for an essential routine and include the products labeled in white for a full advanced routine. I do want to point out that there is NO perfect skincare routine, you need to listen to your skin. If you are feeling really dry you might want to add a heavier ceramide moisturizer or if your skin is starting to feel irritated back off on your exfoliation. Use these suggestions as a way to get started but still adjust or take away products by how your skin feels. Do you wish more companies would post suggested skincare routines based on skin type?? #cheriecreator
3 Steps for Smooth, Glowing Skin
The secret to a highlight-free glow is actually pretty simple when it comes down to it: healthy skin! But we all know that’s not super simple, so here are some tips to help keep you foundation-free but glowing like a Glossier ad: • Sunscreen: Any and all progress you make with a skincare routine is moot if you don’t wear sunscreen. Pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, rough texture, inflammation- it’s all exacerbated by UV exposure. To minimize UV damage and cancer risk, apply sunscreen every single day and try to reapply every two hours! My two favourite non-tinted sunscreens are PAULA'S CHOICE - Youth-extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 and PURITO - Comfy Water Sun Block , but if you’d like some extra tone-evening and a hyperpigmentation-hiding boost, opt for a tinted sunscreen like elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 . • Hydration: When skin is healthy, it’s a pro at retaining water, which helps skin look visibly plump and happy. I like to supplement this a bit with a hyaluronic acid serum of some kind- my latest love is NATURIUM - Quadruple Hyaluronic Acid Serum 5% , a very affordable non-tacky serum that leaves my skin feeling quenched and bouncy. • Exfoliation: Skin smoothness can be disrupted by many things, such a lack of proper skin hydration, a compromised moisture barrier, inflammation, scarring... but, a simple fix for strawberry skin and general uneven texture, is good ol’ chemical exfoliation. I prefer BHAs typically, but find AHAs to be best whenever you’re looking for a quick fix on the night before a date! *By Wishtrend - Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is super gentle and wonderful for smoothing skin without causing redness/irritation, though I also love the slightly more heavy-duty PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Lotion and wish my skin could tolerate the iconic once-a-week DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask . Another benefit of exfoliation is a noticeable increase in brightening and glow, courtesy of sloughing off all those dull dead skin cells! A quick reminder that my skin is combination (oily nose and chin with dry cheeks) and super sensitive, so my recommendations may not be exactly for you, but these guidelines should help guide you along the path towards a highlighter-free glow ✨ #CheriePartner *gifted
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SEPHORA HAUL 🔥💰🖤
Okay so I said I wasn’t going to buy anything from Sephora this month.. but then my vitamin C serum ran out so here we are! The list of products I’ve tried: DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream Big DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% What’s new to me: FARMACY - Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum with Acerola Cherry Living proof. - 5-in-1 Styling Treatment (sample) touch in SOL - No Poreblem Primer(sample) #Jlo Beauty - That Jlo Glow Serum[products]#(sample) Any suggestions for what to buy next?!
Is this $125 Detox Night Cream Worth It?
Hey Cherie Fam 🍒 I have been doing makeup looks and raving about my recent make up purchases lately. I thought it’s time to give the skin care products I’ve been loving lately some attention. You know that you can’t have great makeup unless you have great a great makeup base aka having a great skin care routine. I received Grown Alchemist Detox Night Cream on my November premium box from Boxycharm. I have a somewhat strict skin care routine and I am skeptical introducing a new product to my routine. I researched this brand thoroughly and read hundreds of reviews online. I also examined the ingredient list. Grown Alchemist is founded by brothers who discovered ground breaking research that proved the continuous use of natural ingredients. They developed formulas with a unique synergy between biology and cosmetic chemistry. Their headquarters are located in Melbourne, Australia. (Source: website) The detox night cream is described as a detoxifying cream formulated with peptide-3, echinacea vitamins, hyaluronic acid and essential omega fatty acids such as reishi extract. This product claims to regenerate the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles resulting in radiant and youthful looking skin. This product retails for $125 USD for 40ml. #Grown Alchemist - Detox Night Cream[products]# I actually really like this product. I use it with my DE framboos and The Ordinary virgin marula oil at night. I noticed my skin is a lot more glowy and I have less pores and brighter skin when I wake up in the morning. It has a thick consistency, but doesn’t feel heavy and has a scent similar to roses. I am actually not a fan of the smell because I prefer no fragrance. I think this is the perfect night cream especially during the winter months. However, I will not be repurchasing when I run out. While I am a fan of this product and think it works well, I don’t think it’s worth $125 for a 40ml. There are cheaper alternatives in the market with the same ingredients. If money isn’t an issue to you, then I say go for it! I saw a huge difference within a week. It’s just not in my budget unfortunately. DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum The Ordinary - 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil Conclusion: Great product and I saw a difference within a week, but it’s too pricy and will not re-purchase because there are alternative brands in the market with the same ingredients for a fraction of the price. Xoxo, Francesca 💋
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% was my first niacinamide serum. It played a huge role in transforming my skin from oily to normal/combo. It also helped tons with my acne... until it didn’t. The zinc in this formulation is hit-or-miss, being a hit for most! But I found myself in the small population of the miss category, my skin reacting poorly to prolonged use. I still recommend folks wanting to try niacinamide on a budget give it a try at $5.90USD for 30mL and $10.60 for 60mL. •THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum came next, its $6.99/30mL price tag making it a good zinc-free budget alternative. This product utilizes niacinamide in a base of glycerin, squalane, and hyaluronic acid, focusing on light hydration alongside the touted oil control. The lip does get a bit clogged with crystallized product, but the applicator is convenient for travel. I enjoyed this serum, but the ingredient list is a bit basic. • PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster , at $44.00 per 20mL... I was hesitant to purchase this serum. But I’ve got two back-ups of this serum on the way, if that says anything about how “worth it” it is. It helped reduce the appearance of the sebaceous filaments on my chin, forehead, and the bridge of my nose, plus I experience less irritation from altering my skin routine than I normally would... and I find my skin just feels bouncy after I apply this serum- perhaps an effect of the absolutely stacked INCI list! Whereas the other formulas are bare bones, PC packs in CoQ10, vitamin c, and allantoin, boosting its anti-aging and soothing properties. If you can afford it, I’d give it a try! Its pore-minimizing results alone will keep me repurchasing.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
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
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide 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.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
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.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
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
Please read my previous post to know the benefits of niacinamide and why we all need one niacinamide product in our skin routines. These are my top 3 niacinamide products that I love!! I have used these three over a period of time and absolutely love all these three. NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% tips my chart for the best niacinamide products out there. I have currently been using this for over two months and I am seeing great results. The product itself is a very light weight serum. Gets absorbed into the skin very quickly and is not sticky or heavy. Sits well under my makeup. My skin has evened out in both texture and it’s tone. This product doesn’t have a particular fragrance and doesn’t cause any skin irritations. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster is my second choice on this list. This is a booster product and I used to mix this with my moisturizer. Just great results for this one too- my skin pores looked much smaller, evened out my skin and helped my skin retain its moisturizer . Glossier. - Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc Serum this also another great niacinamide to add onto your skin routine. This product kinda looks like a highlighter on your face because it gives a glow. Very effective though, reduced my hyperpigmentation and helped my skin looked more clear and left it hydrated. So, in short all these three are great Niacinamide products. They were all effective, great results and evened out my skin tone and texture .
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
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