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How to Use Retinoids Without Wrecking Your Skin

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Retinoids are amazing. Whether you’re using adapalene (Differin) to treat acne, over-the-counter retinols to prevent signs of aging or correct hyperpigmentation, or plan to start tretinoin (Retin-A) for both, retinoids are exciting and have decades of research to back up their efficacy. But they can be a bit tricky- after all, almost anyone who turns to retinoids is warned of flaking, dryness, purging, redness, irritation... side effects galore. Except, it’s honestly pretty easy to avoid most of those. The purging is somewhat inevitable due to how retinoids work, but mixing retinol with an oil or applying an oil in the same routine can help stave off a lot (if not all) of the irritation, redness, flaking, and/or dryness. Oils help to fortify the skin barrier with fatty acids, as well as seal in the moisture from your hydrating serums and/or your moisturizer. I figured this tip out after accidentally forgetting to apply an oil (a usual part of my PM routine) with my tretinoin and immediately experienced flaking around my nose. Here are my favourite retinol+oil combos... The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane
is my favourite over-the-counter retinol, melding two wonderful and simple ingredients: squalane and retinol. They offer three concentrations, beginning at 0.2%, then 0.5%, and finally 1%. I saw no irritation slowly making my way between the various concentrations, the squalane drying down to a lovely satin finish if you use in the AM before sunscreen. THE inkey LIST - Rosehip Oil
applied after my Apostrophe Tretinoin has helped immensely- I didn’t notice any flaking/dryness until the night I forgot to apply it after my tret, which is impressive! I also haven’t experienced any redness or increased sensitivity, which I credit partly to this oil (also partly to my soothing serums). It’s already been helping with my acne and hyperpigmentation, as well as some tiny bumpy texture that has been persistently plaguing my forehead since before the beginning of my skincare journey years ago. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
applied after DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
is a dream team combination for aging, dry skin- as well as a wonderful way to correct texture and tone! I can’t recommend this specific combination enough for helping with uneven texture and uneven tone. It lightened some of my dark spots and really helped smooth the orange peel texture on my chin, with the oil keeping a lot of the dryness at bay.
Jun. 21
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chelsieI’ve been meaning to check out the DE oil for a while, and your description give me a good excuse 🤭
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Bumpy texture and acne
Hello! I’ve recently tried to stick to a more consistent skin care routine, although I did get help selecting the products based on the skincare goals I had I have yet to achieve the goals I had in mind. As of right now I’m using : THAYERS - Unscented Facial Toner Followed by The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 And my moisturizer is normally : CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ And a pump of CeraVe - Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum Occasionally I will use the following ( on alternate nights) : The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream I’m starting to believe that the little bumps on my cheeks won’t go away because they may be fungal acne, but can’t tell. I need help in finding out what this is and how I can clear up my skin! 😩😩😩 Overall I just need help! Thank you ! xxx
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sabrinafarinacci
These products improved my acne in 3 weeks
Since March 2020 I started breaking out really bad. It got even worse in September and I think it was due to over exfoliation and irritated skin. I started using these products below 3 weeks ago and as you can see from the pictures my acne has noticeably improved. Most of the acne has subsided. The acne on my temples are almost non existent and just some redness remains. Also the redness on my cheeks are fading and are smaller in size. Current routine: Toner: ETUDE - Etude House SoonJung pH 5.5 Relief Toner Serums: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Treatment: AZCLEAR - Medicated Lotion Creams: LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Duo (+) and ETUDE - SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream Retinol: DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream Really happy with these products right now! I will continue using these products and might add Vitamin C as well. I will post another update in another 3 weeks, stay tuned 🙈
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kaz
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Asking for tips/suggestions!!!
The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane haven’t used it for a long period of time to give a review. But there are times i would apply this at night and my skin is feeling soft like a baby’s butt. The way i integrate this product in my routine, is that i would use this only as my active and the rest of my skincare is gentle and basic. Cerave hydratjng cleanser, kiehls calendula toner, then this serum, and finish it with a nourishing cream such as drunk elephant lalaretro whipped cream! I know retinol can be very drying which is why i used the moisturizer that has the most beneficial ingredients. I got myself two bottles thinking i would go through this quick, but i thought wrong. Which is why i started using it on my neck every day, i have some noticeable lines that i would like to get rid of. i would buff it with the cerave lotion, and apply a few drops on the palm of my hands and apply it on my neck and chest. I only use this once a week, ive learned it the hard way and used so much actives at once that my skin became hella sensitive. Any suggestions as to how i could benefit more to this serum? YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Tonerno ratings, because i haven’t used it yet! I ended up buying the smaller bottle of it, because for now i’m finishing up the drunk elephant aha/bha serum before i could try this product out. Please give me tips on how to use it, how i can incorporate it in my routine, should i just not have bought it at all? Lol 🆘
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Kelssss
Hyperpigmentation 😁
Hi there, I really appreciate all of your suggestions in my skin care journey. This platform has been great for me to achieve my better skin as before. Thank you 😊 all thank you again and again The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane alya skin. - Ultimate Skincare Bundle The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 👍👍👍👍
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SusmaTamang
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MY EXPERIENCE W THE INKEY LIST PRODUCTS
THE inkey LIST - Rosehip Oil Purchased this because I was looking for an oil to help my skin look and feel more hydrated & possibly reduce scarring esp now that it’s getting colder out. Rose hip oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants which are so important for cell regeneration. This product sinks quickly into the skin, doesn’t clog my pores AT ALL, and gives my skin a healthy glow. I use it as a part of my nightly skincare routine in place of a cream moisturizer right now. I’m always hesitant to try new oils as I have sensitive skin and worry they’ll cause me to break out but this oil has done everything I need it to do for my skin. Very happy w this purchase. 5/5 THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Serum Hyalauronic acid has the capacity to retain large amounts of water giving it the ability to draw moisture into the skin. It is known for helping to reduce fine lines/wrinkles and help with dryness. I honestly purchased it thinking it would help with the overall hydration of my skin. The first time I used it my forehead broke out so much which was an immediate red flag for me-I never break out there. I thought maybe it was a purging phase, so I continued to use it for a few days but my skin got progressively worse. My skin was patchy and red. It had the exact opposite affect on my skin as what it is supposed to. Once I stopped using it my face calmed down right away. My sister had the same exact experience with this, so it’s not just me! Won’t be using it again. This is the worst experience I’ve had with a skincare product in years. Of course everyone’s skin is different so it might work wonders for others. There are so many other products out there to help w hydration & fine lines so I’m not too upset but I was very taken aback by how much it affected my skin.
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soumaya
Are Essential Oils SAFE for your skin?
Essential oils have become very popular not only in the health and wellness world, but also in beauty and skincare. Extracting oils involves harvesting various plants, then taking them through a process of distillation or cold pressing. We use these oils for the natural, uplifting or calming benefits they give us through aromatherapy. It turns out that it may also have positive effects when applied topically, not just through inhalation. ☆How essential oils are used in skincare- When it comes to any essential oil, they absolutely must be diluted before being touched to the skin. The pure form is entirely too strong! Popular ways of dilution include using jojoba oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, or coconut oil. If you are mixing pure essential oils at home, be sure to follow guidelines to ensure no burning or irriation occurs to the skin. Many skincare products include essential oils in the formula, which are already properly diluted and can be used straight on the face. Common essential oils all have various effects to the skin including antibacterial, anti inflammatory, balancing/controlling oil production and increasing hydration. ☆Why you need to be careful Many people with sensitive skin may be hesitant to use products that contain essential oils in their routine. Because of how strong they can be (and the fragrance), it can definitely exacerbate irritation depending on the formulation. Certain oils are also more prone to causing sensitivity than others, like lemon or peppermint. If you have issues with fragrance, then I would avoid essential oils in your routine. However, for sensitive skin, you can try incorporating lavender or frankincense for their calming properties. ☆My favorites There are so many benefits to essential oils that should be recognized as well! Blue tansy is one of my favorites for antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. It is also widely known to improve breakouts and acne prone skin. ACURE - Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil I also enjoy incorporating jasmine essential oil because of its calming scent, deep hydration, and how it improves elasticity. HERBIVORE - Jasmine Glowing Hydration Body Oil •I recently worked at an Aveda Spa, performing ayurvedic facial treatments. The facial skincare line incorporates many essential oils into the take home products as well as the professional only line. An important step to all Aveda facials was incorporating the aromatherapy ritual, which allows a few drops of an essential oil blend to be mixed with a carrier oil to be used on the skin throughout the facial. There were different lines for all skin types and conditions, which worked to improve the skin while healing the mind and soul through aromatherapy. I learned through this how beneficial essential oils can be for so many people! *exercise caution when trying any fragrant essential oil in your routine, and be sure to speak with a medical professional if you are pregnant.*
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taratheestie
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My Ordinary Peel Routine
I’ve been using The Ordinary for almost 4 years. I discovered them just after their launch because I know the founding company, Deciem. I thought it was pretty cool to be able to create your own skin care routine by mixing serums and at such a cheap price. It’s great to see this line has blown up! Well deserved following! The AHA peelThe Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is a favorite of mine, BUT, you must do it right. Here’s the thing, acids burn your skin. It’s no joke- you have to be careful with acids. Always do a patch test before you put this all over your face. Also, if you’re already using acid products or anything that’s sensitized your skin, take a break from those before doing this mask. Last, build up to the recommended 10 minute processing time and do not leave it on for longer. YES, you’ll be pink afterwards. That’s normal. But you should not be in pain. On my face it really gets any hyperpigmentation I have - I can tell because it’s bright pink after the mask then calms down. Here is how I mask with this acid- 1. I give my skin a break from other strong anti aging products prior to using this maskThe Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution . Apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin. 2. I am able to tolerate the full 10 minutes. I rinse very, very well to remove with cool water. I PAT my skin dry after. No rubbing or tugging after a peel! 3. I apply a few spritz of Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face MistHERBIVORE - Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist . It’s soothing and hydrating- perfect for my newly peeled skin. 4. Your skin has just been peeled and “pulled from”, so it’s important to “feed” this fresh skin. I gently press Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula OilDRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil into my skin. The warmth of my hands with the pressing motion (no rubbing) helps it absorb quickly. It’s packed with omega 6 and 9 and really nurtures the skin. 5. Last, I seal it all in with Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Creme MoisturizerDRUNK ELEPHANT - Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer with Cream , to deeply hydrate. It’s packed with 6 African oils and ceramides for intense moisture and replenishment. Voila! My newly peeled skin is drenched with moisture, oils, antioxidants and ceramides to heal and replenish overnight. I also regularly “feed” my skin with the exceptional Clarisma Namaste Glow maskCLARISMA - Namaste Glow Energizing Face Mask separate post coming on this mask soon! If you use Ordinary AHA peel let me know. Do you love it??
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BeautyFromMars
Facial Oil for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin
I was not a facial oil person when I first started to really invest in my skin. I knew that just because I had oily skin didn't mean I should skip the moisturizer (everyone should be moisturizing!) but I couldn't find an oil that worked really well for me and made me want to keep using it. I don't think that oil and moisturizer are interchangeable, I think both have a place in your skincare routine! I tried the The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil and could just feel it sitting on the top layer of my skin. I tried the DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil which was expensive and didn't do much for me. I was over it! Finally while making my first May Lindstrom purchase of the Honey Mud and Problem Solver masks I chose to try a sample of the may lindstrom skin - The Youth Dew and it was magical. The brand calls it a serum, but it's the most indulgent facial oil I've tried. It's expensive at $140 but the bottle lasted me an entire year of consistent use and always felt like a treat for my skin. So what's in it? Well all the good stuff! Antioxidants, coenzyme-Q10, avocado oil, meadowfoam seed oil, borage oil, rosehip oil, evening primrose oil, jojoba oil - the list goes on and on. It's a thick, orange oil that smells botanical and beautiful. It's for acne-prone skin and helps to balance, but even those with dry skin would love this! It sinks deeply into the skin and really just makes my skin so happy and healthy! I love it and need to repurchase, but it's also made me way more open to trying other facial oils! Now I look for oils with similar ingredients and have found some other favorites - like the deviant - Facial Oil ! I apply Youth Dew at either my serum step or as my last step before SPF. If I apply it as a serum I use other hydrating mists and serums before to be sure my skin gets hydration! #CheriePartner
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kali.janel
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Battle of the Hydration Serums: Hyaluronic Acid
Battle of the Hydration Serums: Hyaluronic Acid
Me: Combination Skin, Eczema, Hormonal Acne, Very Sensitive. I had dehydrated, super oily skin for the longest time. I started using a hydrating serum (Drunk Elephant B-Hydra) and by giving my skin the hydration it desperately needed, I saw my sebum production reduce drastically. Over the years, I’ve used different HA-packed serums and want to share my experience. In the photo, they’re organized from thickest (Drunk Elephant) to thinnest (NIOD), but I’ll be ranking them from least to most favourite. 5. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a fave of many budget ($6.80/30mL) routines. It is a goopy, odorless serum that’s not quite a liquid or a gel. It utilizes sodium hyaluronate and sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer as well as a couple other hydrating ingredients. Very basic. I used it twice a day. After applying, my skin felt hydrated- and tacky! It took a bit to dry down and made my moisturizer pill. But it did hydrate my skin nicely and didn’t irritate so it’s “okay”. I won’t purchase again. 4. THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum is a good budget ($7.99/30mL) HA serum. It is a thin liquid serum that soaks in quickly. It not only includes sodium hyaluronate and actual hyaluronic acid, but other humectants and a couple peptides as well. It hydrated my skin and didn’t cause any pilling issues- plus I noticed some plumping after a couple weeks of twice-daily use. I would purchase this again if I was looking for a budget HA serum! 3. NIOD - Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex is cool, but pricy at $60/30mL. the thinnest liquid of the group, it soaks in nearly instantly. The INCI list is stacked, including 15 forms of hyaluronic acid and HA precursors, plus peptides, for hydration, soothing, and anti-aging benefits. It soothed redness and made my skin feel so soft and hydrated, very plump, after twice daily use for a couple weeks. But the results aren’t worth the price since I use a separate peptide serum. I won’t repurchase. 2. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum is a bouncy gel with sodium hyaluronate, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, and niacinamide, it costs $48 for 50mL. It soaks in slowly but completely. Twice daily use for only a couple weeks transformed my skin- hydrated and less oily! It also includes pineapple ceramide and plant extracts. I enjoy this serum and can’t recommend it enough to oily/combo folks. I repurchase often as it’s so nice to layer with other serums without any pilling. 1. PAULA'S CHOICE - Hyaluronic Acid Booster is my favourite HA serum. Sodium hyaluronate, hyaluronic acid, 3 ceramides, and many other humectants beef up this INCI list. This serum has helped me so much with my eczema and any redness, making my skin plump, soft, more even, and wonderfully hydrated. It’s a “creamy” gel that I happily apply twice daily, with zero pilling. I’ll repurchase forever, even at $36/15mL.
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Skinsitive
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Ingredient Breakdown: Peptides
Ingredient Breakdown: Peptides
Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids, imparting bounce and firmness. But collagen can be broken down by free radicals (hello, oxidizing fragrance/volatile essential oil compounds), smoking, UV rays, and age. Age contributes to collagen loss also because your body makes less collagen peptides after some time in your 20s. Topical collagen-containing products don’t work, as collagen molecules are too big to pass through the epidermis. Instead, use peptides to help it act younger and make more collagen! Peptides (also made up of amino acids) are small enough to get to the dermis where collagen is made. In response, skin should start making more peptides to form more collagen. Copper peptides are considered particularly beneficial, though the main benefit over normal peptides is their wound healing capability, making them wonderful for those with acne, on top of their anti-aging benefit. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream contains 9 varieties of peptides, including copper peptides, as well as a variety of amino acids, fatty acids, and humectants. I love this gel-cream, it’s wonderful as a multifaceted moisturizer that is light enough for oily skin and helps fight signs of aging. PAULA'S CHOICE - Peptide Booster contains 8 peptides, amino acids, fatty acids, and a variety of humectants. No copper peptides, instead incorporating a variety of antioxidants, helping to contribute to the calmness of skin and prevent free radical-induced breakdown of collagen. An amazing anti-aging serum with a texture that sits between creamy and silky, sinking in quickly and giving my skin quite a bit of plumpness. This would be the best of the bunch for a multifaceted anti-aging peptide product. The Ordinary - "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% contains seven peptides -one of which is a copper peptide- plus a variety of amino acids and hyaluronic acid. It’s a simple yet effective serum that is a bit tacky and smells of metal, but the results are worth it. Applying it to a scab/large acne lesion nightly speeds along its healing noticeably- plus I see less hyperpigmentation develop afterwards. I can’t recommend this enough as a budget-friendly entry into peptide serums!
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"Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1%
The Ordinary-"Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1%
Vitamin C Serums that are NOT worth the hype
Vitamin C Serums that are NOT worth the hype
✨I have sensitive combination skin that is acne prone. My skin concerns mainly revolve around acne and preventing breakouts when I can. I use Vitamin C to help protect my skin during the day and to help get rid of marks left over from acne. I love it as an ingredient and highly recommend trying it out but be careful when purchasing- not all are what they seem to be cracked up to be. 🍊 C-Firma by Drunk Elephant. The holy grail of NO for me when it comes to Vitamin C serums. But why do I hate this HIGHLY loved and hyped product? 🐘 First of all, this formula oxidizes at a highly fast rate, meaning the product becomes less and less effective faster. Secondly, the price of this for 1 oz is $80 which is actually outrageous and basically highway robbery. Thirdly, this product feels sticky once applied on the face, even when mixed and layered with other products which I cannot stand and it smells smokey like meat. BLEH. If you want something that maybe works for 3 months and are ok with having a sticky face and smelling smokey, then sure but this is not it for me. 🍍 Pineapple-C Brightening Serum by Glow Recipe. I decided to purchase it because it’s a clean brand and I was seeing it all over Instagram. Although I’ve seen some friends have success with this, this again isn’t a win for me. This is $49 for 1 oz which is way better than the previously mentioned serum. It has Vitamin C and AHAs with Hyaluronic Acid for hydration and pineapple juice to brighten skin. I wanted to like this so badly because of the lovely smell, ingredients and adorable glass packaging, but at the end of the day, this didn’t give me the results I was looking for. 🍊C15 by Paula’s Choice. Honestly I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It’s $49 as well but for .67 oz and I adore this brand but this has a shelf life of 3 months. Maybe that’s just the honestly of this brand vs Drunk Elephant but that’s a lot of product to get through in just 3 months! I want to try it again in the future. This also has Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid and this brand has yet to let me down but this expired too quickly for me personally so it’s on here too. If it’s that price point I want amazing results or a long shelf life. ☀️Although the above products didn’t work for me, they did lead me to discovering some serums that do. That list includes Very Cherry Bright by Farmacy and the Rose + Glow Vitamin C oil by Leah Skin which is my favorite. Another one I’m looking forward to trying is the Vitamin C by Allies of Skin. Ultimately, it’s about being patient and finding what works best for you!
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My Biossance Faves!!
My Biossance Faves!!
Hey Babes!! 👋 Have you feel in love with Biossance like I have?!? As a Licensed Esthetician, I appreiciate that their products are nontoxic, effective and they are free from over 2,00 chemicals!! 🌱 I use two of their products: BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum This serum is awesome!! They use bakuchiol, a plant similar retinol minus the irritaiton!! Bakuchiol boosts collagen and elastin production. This helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles and exfoliates the skin mimizing dark spots and scarring. I like to use the serum at night when my skin can regenerate and love how lightweight it is for fast absorption. It goes on very smooth with no irritation. This also has Squalane and Hyaluronic Acid to bring moisture to the skin! The product is pricey retailing at $72 for 1 Fl Oz Bottle, but it;s worth the price tag for clean beauty! The next product is great for oily and acne skin: BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Tea Tree Balancing Oil This oil is such a life saver for oily and acneic skin!! It really helps control and balance oil production thank to tea tree, grouncherry, squalane and rosemary extracts! Tea tree is antibacterial and antiinflammatory making it the superstar ingredient in this oil! The tea tree smell is very light and non irritating. I use this in the evening after applying my moisturizer and when I wake up, my skin is crazy baby soft WITHOUT looking oily!! A little goes a long way too, so the product lasts longer. This oil retails for $49 in a 1 Fl Oz Bottle. xoxo, Blyssey #Cheriecreator #biossance
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Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum
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My Favourite Anti-Aging Products
My Favourite Anti-Aging Products
“Anti-aging” is pretty much a marketing term. The only things that are going to have drastic results on deep wrinkles are office-only, like Botox and filler. But the best way to fight visible signs of aging is to prevent them and slow their arrival. • Sunscreen: There is legitimately not a single better way to protect your skin’s youth- and health! Sunscreen is so, so important, as windows do not block the aging UV rays and more studies show blue light from electronics also damages unprotected skin. UV rays not only cause/worsen wrinkles and fine lines, but also dark spots. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 is wonderful for dry skin (and/or winter use) and PAULA'S CHOICE - Youth-extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 is amazing for all skin types and those who wear makeup. • Retinol: 0.1% Tretinoin is the strongest retinoid you’re going to find and likely the best for fighting signs of aging- but for prevention, everyone probably doesn’t need that kind of strength. If you want to avoid a prescription, look to retinols, available in up to 1.0% concentration. Retinol increases collagen + elastin production and stimulates skin renewal, via increasing cell turnover. This helps to fade dark spots, improve plumpness, and lessen fine lines- plus it’s known to be helpful for some acne cases. I have been enjoying the gentleness of PAULA'S CHOICE - 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment combined with PAULA'S CHOICE - Retinol Super Antioxidant Serum (0.1% Retinol). I would recommend them for all skin types, though dry skin may appreciate The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane or another concentration. • Antioxidants: Antioxidants protect skin from environmental aggressors, like pollution and oxidative damage from free radicals. They soothe skin, help prevent fine lines, and can brighten skin, vitamin c being the most popular and well-known. DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum is a fantastic 15% l-ascorbic acid serum that lightens hyperpigmentation and dark spots significantly, but my sensitive skin prefers The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
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0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment
PAULA'S CHOICE-0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment
Dehydrated vs. dry? How to know the difference
Dehydrated vs. dry? How to know the difference
Dehydrated and dry are often seen as interchangeable words when it comes to describing your skin. These two terms actually mean different things so I wanted to shed some light on them. What is dehydrated skin? Dehydration is a skin condition. It is where your skin is lacking water (aka it needs more hydration). How do I increase hydration? You’re going to want to use humectants. Humectants are really good at retaining moisture in the skin. Some examples of ingredients you’re going to want to be on the look out for are glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera. Product example? Currently I’m using the The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics . I almost think of this as their hyaluronic acid’s cooler, older sister. It has marine derived water reservoirs that attract and hold water like HA but the formula is a lot more pleasant! It’s very lightweight and watery feeling. I use this first in my routine and ALWAYS with a wet face so it drives that water into the skin instead of pulling water from the skin. What is dry skin? Dry is a skin type. This skin type lacks oil and needs moisture. How do I increase moisture? With emollients! Emollients form a barrier on the surface of the skin to prevent TEWL (or Trans Epidermal Water Loss). They are also used to soften the skin. You’re going to be on the look out for ceramides, oils, waxes, and silicones (which sounds scary but I promise it’s not). Product example? My favorite has to be the GOOD MOLECULES - Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil . Rosehip oil is perfect for every skin type, including oily, but can really be beneficial to dry skin. Not only does it have fatty acids but it’s rich in vitamin A to moisturize the skin. In the long run rosehip oil can help improve texture, fine lines/wrinkles, and even reduce the appearance of acne scar. You want to use this last in your routine always. After a moisturizer I apply two drops into the palm of my hands, mush them together, and press them into the skin to create that beautiful moisture barrier. A little goes a long way with oils! If you have any questions I will try to answer them the best I can down below 🖤
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Mallory
Marine Hyaluronics
The Ordinary-Marine Hyaluronics
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