Budget Brand vs High-End: $10 vs $54
Bakuchiol is a new, trending ingredient that has growing research behind it. Sourced from the babchi plant, it’s an antioxidant that is thought to offer benefits similar to retinol: smooth texture, even tone, diminish fine lines. The research isn’t as long-lived and consistent as that supporting retinol use, but it does seem promising. Its benefits as a soothing antioxidant have been established, which alone makes it worth trying out in your routine! But as for which product I’d recommend, as someone with super sensitive combination skin... 🌱 HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum
Cost: $54 USD/30mL
Texture: Jelly Serum; not thick enough to be a gel, more viscous than most liquids; soaks in quickly.
Finish: Dewy; no shine, no stickiness, but more visibly hydrated.
Skin Types: All!
Results: Positive; but underwhelming.
Overall:I had very low expectations for this serum- this one of only two Herbivore products I would ever repeatedly put on my face after disliking almost their entire line. But. This is actually pretty nice. The texture is unique, a gelatinous sort of almost-fluid that stretches and jiggles but soaks in quickly. The packaging is absolutely gorgeous, almost pretty enough to make it worth $54. But, it’s not. It is hydrating and does plump any fine lines that are worsened by dryness, but otherwise I only saw minor improvement in redness and no signs of any resurfacing or long-term lessening of fine lines. No acne aggravation or improvement. I wouldn’t purchase a full-size, but do enjoy the hydrating aspect enough to finish the other mini bottles I own. 🔬 THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol
Cost: $9.99 USD/30 mL
Texture: Thin Lotion; silky and light; soaks in quickly.
Finish: Satin; no shine, no stickiness.
Skin Types: All; though it’s only moisturizing enough to be a stand-alone moisturizer for pretty oily skin.
Results: Positive; as expected.
Overall:Due to my experience with the Herbivore Bakuchiol, I had low expectations again- but this lotion surprised me! It doesn’t make my skin “dewy and bouncy” as the Herbivore did, but it did lightly moisturize and do something the purple serum did not: soothe. I used this alone as well as alongside retinol (like the Herbivore) and saw significant reduction in irritation from retinol use when using, enough so that I plan to use this every night that I’m applying Tretinoin or in the day when I apply benzoyl peroxide. It diminishes redness, flaking, and makes my skin not “itch” from the benzoyl peroxide. I didn’t see acne reduction or lessening of fine lines, but the soothing aspect alone is enough to get me to repurchase. Definitely worth it if you often experience skin inflammation and/or redness, retinoid-induced or otherwise!
Bakuchiol skincare products
Moisturizers for redness
THE inkey LIST
A no side effect alternative to retinol
THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol If you are someone who has tried a retinoid/retinol in your lifetime, you know it does not adjust easy with your skin. The redness, dryness, and irritation caused by retinol is a compromise I am not willing to take. So I would like to introduce you all to a very underrated ingredient Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol is found to have retinol functionality, and in a 2018 12- week study, bakuchiol was found to improve wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, but with a better skin tolerance then retinol. It is also clinically proven to increase the skin’s hydration by increasing the natural production of hyaluronic acid in the layers of your skin. Bakuchiol has antimicrobial and anti- inflammatory properties. It is tolerated by ALL skin types, so for everyone who is unable to use retinoids, here is your star ingredient. Bakuchiol maintains its potency and superior performance under the most adverse of conditions. It’s also safe to use when pregnant or breastfeeding. If your skin can perfectly tolerate retinoids I am not telling you to switch to Bakuchiol, but it is a great alternative for all the sensitive, dry, irritated, skin types. So as for me, I use THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol two times a day. I have dry skin so I follow with my moisturizer for the colder season. It is very lightweight and does have a herbal- like aroma that will take getting used to. P.s. it’s great to switch over to Bakuchiol from retinoids for the colder months ahead. You get the same benefits and won’t have to deal with the extreme dry and itchy skin.
“Medical-Grade” Skincare Is A Marketing Scheme
Just because it’s being sold in a dermatologist’s office or at a medical spa, doesn’t make it better. Doesn’t make it good. It means that that brand and that office have a commercial agreement. “Medical-grade” skincare is a hoax and a marketing scheme. There are two categories of skincare: over-the-counter and prescription. Period. Obagi Clinical, unless containing a prescription-only active (such as my Apostrophe tretinoin lotion), doesn’t have more effective actives than the Ordinary or any other brand. If they’re the same actives, in similar formulas, at the same concentration, at the same pH, the brand and “medical-grade” status is irrelevant. Some medications that were previously prescription-only, such as adapalene (Differin), could theoretically be marketed as medical-grade with more legitimacy to their claims, but it’s still such a vague category that it almost delegitimatizes a product in my eyes. There are some ingredients, such as Azelaic Acid, which are prescribed by dermatologists but are available at lower concentrations (azelaic acid specifically goes up to 10% for OTC) commercially. These are still not “medical-grade” actives. As stated previously, “medical-grade” is purely marketing. Prescription is not inherently better than OTC, but will often be more potent and therefore give faster and/or more noticeable results. But “medical-grade” doesn’t. It’s the same actives, at the same concentrations, that you can get from Paula’s Choice or The Inkey List, but with a higher price tag because crappy estheticians, dismissive dermatologists, and shady “medical-grade” companies are happy to make a buck off of unaware consumers. Save your “medical-grade” money for prescription-strength creams and filler down the road.
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🌙 CURRENT NIGHTTIME ROUTINE 🌙
My biggest skincare goals right now are focused on texture and hydration. I find it can be challenging to find a routine that is balanced in exfoliants and hydrating/ calming products. I’ve tried to rush my skin into results and it never works, and while I wouldn’t consider this my “holy grail routine” it’s something that’s working for me right now to target specifically texture, without drying out my skin. Here’s what I’m using, and why I love it! 1st cleanse: EARTH HARBOR - Sunshine Dew Antioxidant Cleansing Oil a heavenly smelling, effective oil cleanser that gently removes any sunscreen, makeup, or gunk from the day. 2nd Cleanse: CLARISMA - Cool Ocean Breeze Daily Cleanser this cleanser has really been the driver in retexuring my skin, the fruit enzymes in this cleanser are gentle exfoliants that didn’t give the dead skin cells on my face a chance! It really brightened and purified my skin. Serum: #Intoxicated Cosmetics - Snail Venom Serum[products]#[FiveStars] I just did a results post of this serum, and was amazed and how effective this serum was! Check out the post, you gotta see it to believe it 😉 Eye Cream: FARMACY - Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream with Acerola Cherry I like this eye cream, nice texture and good brightening results! I’ve enjoyed using this eye cream but will probably go back to BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream when this pot is finished. Treatment: HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum I love this natural retinol alternative! I’ve been nervous to integrate a retinol into my routine so I’ve been happy to use this alternative as a placeholder. Great hydrating and plumping qualities! Moisturizer: SATURDAY SKIN - Waterfall Glacier Water Cream love the bouncy gel texture of this cream. I like that it’s a little bit cooling upon application, calms my skin and makes me feel ready to catch some zzZZzzZ’s. If my skins feeling really dry I’ll add 1-2 drops of HERBIVORE - Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil to my moisturizers, this oil is amazing for hydrating, calming and reducing redness! And of course lip care! I always slather on a nice coating of SUMMER FRIDAYS - Lip Butter Balm before bed, smells amazing and gives my lips a nice drink! Helps me wake up with soft, hydrated lips. I also have been rotating these three masks and using each once per week! LATHER - Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract : For deep hydration, and soothing dermatitis flare ups. HERBIVORE - Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask : For resurfacing. I only use this for 8-10mins at a time right now to ensure I’m not over exfoliating or over-drying my skin ORIGINS - Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores : For pores, T-zone only!
Say Hello to PHA’S 👋🏻
PHA stands for polyhydroxy acid. PHA’s are nothing new but they don’t get as much attention as the AHA’s and BHA’s we see everywhere. ￼To figure out exactly which one the product contains you’d you have to read through the full ingredients list. And even then it may not be obvious. Instead of gluconolactone, for example, the ingredient may be listed as gluconic acid, zinc gluconate, or copper gluconate. (Technically gluconolactone is a sugar alcohol while zinc gluconate is a salt.) They all do basically the same thing when it comes to exfoliation, but the research that exists on these chemicals usually only focuses on one at a time. So it’s important to remember that any conclusions about one compound may not be applicable to another. ￼The two most important things you need to know about PHA’s are that they are both an exfoliant AND a humectant!! So not only do they get rid of the dead skin cells, they also hydrate your skin at the same time!!! This means PHA’s are gentle and can be used to help sun damage, acne, and have anti-aging properties!! PHA’s work to dissolve the bonds they hold dead skin cells together so they can be easily washed away. PHA’s have a large molecular structure so they do not penetrate as deeply into the skin as AHAs or BHAs. Although that sounds like a drawback, it’s actually a really great thing for sensitive skin types because it means that PHAs work more gently than other types of chemical exfoliants. **In a frequently cited 2004 study published in Dermatologic Surgery, researchers found evidence that gluconolactone could prevent some UV-induced damage in mouse skin cells. These same researchers also looked at the effects of gluconolactone in 11 human participants who applied two lotions to specific areas of their backs six times a day for four weeks. One lotion contained glycolic acid, one contained gluconolactone, and a third designated area didn’t get any lotion. After that time the researchers exposed a 1 cm area of the application sites to a device that simulates UV rays from the sun and then those areas were biopsied. Using the biopsied tissue, the researchers saw that the skin areas where the glycolic acid lotion had been applied showed an increased number of sunburn cells compared to the control area whereas the areas where gluconolactone had been applied did not. The big takeaway here is that gluconolactone in this study didn’t contribute to photosensitivity, something that’s a known issue with AHAs and BHAs!!! ** Some products with PHA’s Glossier. - Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector COSRX - Low pH PHA Barrier Mist Dr. Jart+ - Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum
katesomervilleskincare kindly sent me a couple of their new products from their DeliKate line. This line focuses on repairing the skin barrier as bringing damaged or worn out skin back to life! 💜DeliKate Recovery serum- a nice milky serum packed with ceramides, omegas, and cucumber seed oil to quickly restore the skins natural barrier. I’ve been using this serum nightly and really enjoying it. It feels very soothing and calming to my skin! It’s also wonderful for after a day in the sun, the skin drinks it up. 💜DeliKate Recovery Cream- first of all did you even SEE the texture of this cream? It’s seriously divine. Also brimming with ceramides, peptides, and ginger root extract(to reduce redness) this cream is a great addition to your skincare stash. its rich and creamy, Soothing and calming. I did notice a difference in redness of my skin after using this. It can also be used as a hand cream to soothe rough and dry hands from all the hand washing going on!
Kate Somerville-DeliKate Recovery Cream
Squalane 💚 The best oil for oily skin?
If you’re anything like me you’ve always wanted to incorporate oils into your routine but your oily skin really made that hard. Squalane is your best option for that. Without being too heavy or greasy it helps balance the oil production in your skin to provide you with just enough moisture. It’s full of free radicals that help fight the signs of aging. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits that help a lot with skin conditions like acne and eczema (which I suffer from myself). A few drops a night can be very beneficial to combo/oily skin. The The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane is probably my favorite product with squalane in it. It retails for $7.90 making it very affordable! I’ll take 2-3 drops at night, rub it between my hands, and press it into the skin. You only need a little bit so this oil will last you a long time! It claims to moisturize the skin while mimicking the skins natural oils and I find that to be true. It never feels heavy or greasy on my skin like some oils can. I only use this at night though because I feel like it could potentially be too much under make up for oily skin. If you’re not into oils and want something to give you the same benefits I love the BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer . It’s a little pricier at $52 (I only have the mini pictured) but it’s well worth it. I love the lightweight, gel formula because I can use it morning or night. They claim it helps with transepidermal water loss (how your skin loses moisture) and overall strengthens your skin barrier. I do find this to be true. My skin over time always feels better and more hydrated when I use this. It can sometimes feel dehydrated and this always does the trick. It also doesn’t have a smell either which I’m always a huge fan of. I think the own down side of this would be the price tag. I think these are both great option for OILY skin who need some hydration!! If you don’t mind oils The Ordinary will be perfect for you. If you’re like “woah, my skin is oily. I’m not putting more oil on it!” thats totally okay and the Biossance will be more up your alley. 🖤
The Ordinary-100% Plant-Derived Squalane
The Perfect Hydrating Yet Light Serum For Summer!
Caudalie doesn’t just manufacture beautiful and effective clean beauty products, but it’s such a beautiful brand too. Founded in Bordeaux in France (hence the abundance of vino, or the French word for ‘wine’, in their product selections), Caudalie makes use of natural ingredients, and it’s the largest beauty company contributor for our planet.CAUDALIE - Vinosource SOS Deep Hydration Serum Their Vinosource line is fueled with grape, which is nature’s antioxidant that helps fight free radicals, fight the first signs of aging, and is a natural brightening agent. No wonder why this serum is known for its soothing, calming, and moisturizing power. It’s also packed with hyaluronic acid, a substance that our body produces, and is one of the most potent hydrating properties in skincare product ingredients. Caudalie Vinosource SOS Deep Hydration Serum credits its effective hydrating and skin nourishing formula to organic grape water, hyaluronic acid, and olive squalene. Grape water offers deep hydration and calming properties to our skin. It locks in moisture in the skin by holding water, quenching our skin’s thirst for rehydration. Organic grape water is also fantastic for calming skin irritation such as redness and rosacea. Hyaluronic acid is very important in treating the early signs of skin aging. Our skin needs HA in order to repair cells, keep our skin plump and youthful, and maintain its elasticity. Our body naturally produces this type of protein, but its production decreases over time as we age hence, our skin can benefit from outside resources to pump in HA such as skin care topical products or microneedling treatments. Olive squalene deeply moisturizes the skin without leaving an oily film on top. It’s perfect for boosting skin moisture but keeping greasiness at bay. My dry combination skin loves the HA in it as it serves as a moisturizing treat to my skin without making my face look like I slathered way too many layers of products on it. I used it with my usual cleanser, toner, eye cream, and sunscreen during daytime. At night, I like layering it with another cream moisturizer to really lock in the hydrating properties in my skin. It’s an ideal serum especially for summer cause it’s so nourishing but it goes light to the skin. So even if the sun is scorching hot outside, you won’t end up looking like you can fry an egg on your face. Super recommend this!
CAUDALIE-Vinosource SOS Deep Hydration Serum
the Saem Derma Plan Sensitive Soothing Treatment set review Is your skin sensitive? Even if my skin is a combo, it's still very sensitive - I'm allergic so what I was expecting? The thing is that my skin every year has the period of being annoying and cosmetology is not always helpful. I found the Saem Derma Plan Sensitive Soothing Treatment set that contains a mini version of Ultra Balm from the same series on Jolse and now I can share with you a review. Both Treatment and serum have no scent and they have no artificial colours instead you can find here Centella in many different forms Squalane, Beta-Glucan, Licorice, Green Tea, Panthenol - in a Balm version Ceramide and Shea Butter instead of Squalane. The Treatment is like milk but more creamy and it's very easy to apply, it has a nice applicator so you won't use too much. The balm will be better for dry skin or dry patches on combo/oily skin. The Treatment is very lightweight and it can be used under makeup (and sunscreen since suncare is a must!). This duo is ideal for damaged skin barrier and during the allergy season still, I believe that patch test is a must since every skin reacts differently. I had no comedogenic reactions to this duo but the balm feels a bit too heavy for my skin type. I feel like we totally forgot about the Saem but believe me guys - sometimes it's good to go back to affordable products because you can get this set for $14.16 on Jolse.
I didn’t know I’d be this obsessed 😍
I am utterly HEART EYES over this exfoliating serum! I have sensitive skin and am often hesitant on trying exfoliants. This was my first introduction to a chemical exfoliant and to say I’m obsessed is a down play. I started off using this product once a week and now I have a schedule of using it every weds+fri. There’s a slight tingle upon application and it lasts about 30secs at max. After application I go ahead and apply my Versed moisturizer. In the morning I feel plump, dewy, and fresh! VERSED - SKIN SOAK Rich Moisture Cream After about a month of use this product has helped the overall texture of my skin and I see a major difference in skin tone. I will definitely be repurchasing and highly recommend this product for my sensitive skin friends 💕 FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serum
FARMACY-Honeymoon Glow Serum
Ingredient Breakdown: Ceramides
Ceramides are a lipid that already exist in the strateum corneum, the outermost layer of skin. In fact, your skin is made up of around 50% ceramides! Ceramides hold together skin cells, preventing moisture loss and retaining firmness. UV damage and pollution destroy the number and quality of the ceramides in your skin, leading to loss of the supple feeling of skin, decreased visible smoothness, as well as increasing the likelihood of sensitivity and irritation. I love using ceramides to address both my sensitivity issues (hey eczema fam!) and for youth-promotion. For sensitivity, it shouldn’t take long to feel and see results like reduced redness and increased smoothness, but aging skin should expect a wait time of months for fine line and firmness improvement. I have combination skin, so I love these three products for adding ceramides to my routine without being too heavy for my oily forehead and nose, but offering the hydration my dry cheeks and eye areas need! DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lala Retro Whipped Cream has been my favourite moisturizer throughout my super oily pre-niacinamide days and my super dry eczema flare-ups. It is fluffy and easily absorbed, but layers easily with extra hydrating and moisturizing serums. PAULA'S CHOICE - Omega + Complex Serum should be in every sensitive, aging, or dry skin routine. It is light but packs a serious moisturizing and soothing punch. I also recommend it to oily/combination folks when using exfoliants or retinol, to help reduce the likelihood of irritation! PAULA'S CHOICE - Hyaluronic Acid Booster is amazing. Everyone should try this, legitimately. Actual hyaluronic acid plus popular sodium hyaluronate offer light, soothing hydration while cholesterol and ceramide help to retain that hydration without oiliness. It’s perfect for treating skin issues like sensitivity, dehydration, and a damaged skin barrier from overexfoliation or retinol.
PAULA'S CHOICE-Hyaluronic Acid Booster
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