How to Use Retinoids Without Wrecking Your Skin
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
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Worth it? Firm NO❌❌❌
It's not very often I write about skincare products that have disappointed me and that's because they aren't something I often come by. I’ve tried so many products from a number of brands.Technically, it’s not that they got terrible products. This Drunk Elephant is so popular these days. I like trying new things and did read a lot of comments both online and from my friends. Most of them times, I recommend products that I buy have always lived up to my expectations. I got these two products 1 month ago in Sephora during the Rough VIP promotion and was kinda disappointed about both of them. I was first attracted by the packaging, the whole product line. I like the design, packaging and colors. After reading all the positive reviews and awards, I was so excited to try it out and got these two hyped products from Sephora with 20% off. I had to say, it is way below my expectation. I had high hopes. My excitement, however, was short lived. Honestly, this drunk elephant product gets the work done. I do agree that my face feels softer after using it, but that’s about it. No glow, not clearer, no more even tone or texture. DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask It’s understandable that we are not expecting magic for every product. However this $80 facial mask definitely didn’t worth the price. You many find many good substitutes from drugstore below $15.I do not believe it exceeds the benefits of a facial-mask at a lower price point. Would not recommend if you have sensitive skin. I do feel a little burnt after using it and I have kinda thick skin layers and not many products in market would make me feel burning. DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream For this retinol cream, Still unsure about the product. It make my skin super sensitive 3 days after I apply. I can’t use it more than once a week. Plus, its is pricy. I have tried so many retinol from drugstore to high end, this one is one of the expensive ones but most disappointing. I would not recommend because of the price and minor effect. Unfortunetely these two product from Drunk Elephant are way under my expectation. Considering the price to performance ratio, it’s hard to get in love with this hype brand. Let me know what you think!👇
I have come so far!! One month of dedication
It’s insane how far a little education on specific ingredients that target your skin needs will get you!! I am pharmacist who decided to use her medical research skills to look into ingredients that benefit and harm the skin. when I tell you I personally believe my skin has gotten better because of the products I removed more than what I have added. Many of the products marketed contain many irritants such as essential oils and fragrances that are just UNNECESSARY and harmful. ( it’s great marketing, but I don’t want to be putting that on my face anymore) I started off with very dehydrated skin, large pores, small pimples widespread across my face, black heads and HEAVY and STUBBORN hyperpingmentation. (I have normal/dry skin) I definitely tested out a lot of products which I did post before and after pictures in terms of results ( which I shall be sharing ) stay tuned !! I was able to clear my skin, but I am slightly struggling with stubborn hyperpigmentation ( but we all know that takes time) and the key is to be consistent and patient. In addition, I can’t figure out how to get rid of my eye bags whatsoever.. I know sleep and hydration are big factors but I wish I could do more... I am not such a beleiver of eye cream but if anyone has a product that they can swear by in decreasing eye bags ! I’m all for it If you guys have any advice on how I can better my skin quality please share!! And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. This is my skin care routine as of right now: Morning: - YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Cleanser Refill PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator - only three times a week - The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ( dark spot CORRECTOR - my biggest thanks goes out to this ) -DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum ( DONT know if I’m seeing a huge difference) I will share another post on my thoughts on vitamin C BIODERMA - Atoderm Lait - hydrating and light consistency (dries very smoothly/ not tacky) CeraVe - Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 Face Lotion with Zinc Oxide Evening: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Cleanser Refill THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum - I used the inkey list to start off my skin with retinol since it’s 0.5% retinol and 0.5% of another derivative of retinol( weaker) - now I use DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer with Ceramides Weekly mask ( once a week one at the beginning and the other at the end of the week) The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution ORIGINS - Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
Glossier’s Futuredew is makeup, NOT skincare.
I don’t know what compelled me to purchase this other than the glassy packaging and abundance of makeup gurus raving about this product online. I’ve given it so many chances- both as skincare, as primer under makeup, and highlighter over makeup. Here are my thoughts: Glossier. - Futuredew Impressions: Other than its packaging, I have very few good things to say about this product. Even for a dry skin gal like me, 0.5 to 2 pumps of this stuff left me feeling like a greasy mess. There are so many different types of oils in one tiny bottle that if I broke out, it would be impossible to figure out the culprit. The formula looks tinted (mica, iron oxides) but applies on the skin sheer. The reason I say this product is not skincare is that the hodgepodge of potentially comedogenic ingredients wouldn’t solve any skin problems. The functionality of futuredew is to leave a superficial dewy “glow” which to me sounds suspiciously like makeup. I will say that as a primer/serum highlighter, futuredew’s “glow” lasts many hours but at the cost of my face feeling sticky and unwashed all day long. I much rather use a light but pigmented highlighter if I’m trying to achieve such a look. Price: $24 for 1 Oz. You know my thoughts already- I won’t be repurchasing even if it was 1/4 of the price! Alternatives: If you are looking for a face oil, here are some alternatives that actually provide long term benefits to the skin! The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane viva naturals - Jojoba Oil The Ordinary - 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
Rapid Reviews: The Ordinary Serums
The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% My absolute favourite vitamin c serum, with a boost of alpha arbutin. Amazing at lightening PIH and uneven tone. It does have a slightly unpleasant slick texture that is 100% worth the quick results and gentleness. It’ll be hard for me to pay to try another vitamin c serum considering the affordable price and wonderful results I’ve experienced. The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane I used the various levels of TO’s Retinol in Squalane to slowly adjust my skin to retinol. Love them! They soaked in well during autumn and winter, with zero irritation and minimal purging. I did find they absorb better applied alone. Didn’t help my acne much but I did see scar texture improvement! It’s so silky and softening, I can’t imagine another retinol being better for those with dry skin. The Ordinary - Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% I honestly don’t notice a difference when I use this serum. It’s for long-term skin health so I didn’t expect much in the couple months of use, but it feels slick on skin for an unfortunate length of time so I dreaded applying it. I prefer my Paula’s Choice antioxidant serums. The Ordinary - 100% Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil This stains tf out of shirts and pillows. Your face will be rusty orange for a couple hours. It smells kind of weird. But it is the most calming, nourishing oil I’ve ever used- moreso than rosehip, marula, jojoba, squalane, even from luxury brands. I’m going to order a refill for my tretinoin journey! It heals extracted blemishes beautifully and leaves skin silky by morning. I can’t recommend this enough for anyone with dry skin and those that pick at their face/acne. The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA If your skin dislikes vitamin c (or you already have a vitamin c serum) but you want to fade hyperpigmentation and uneven tone? This stuff has been a favourite in my routine for years until I switched to the (first) mentioned sister product. It applies light, soaks in quickly, caused no irritation, and I saw rapid results compared to vitamin c. Not as quick as Azelaic Acid, but close! Love it. The Ordinary - "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% Not pictured but I love it so immensely. It takes a million years to absorb (expect tacky skin until it does) but the soothing, healing aspect has me dreading when my bottle runs out. For a seriously packed peptide serum, it’s pretty affordable- $28.90 for 30 mL. The inability to mix it with acids is annoying but my blemishes are always so much less red and disappear very quickly when I use this serum. It does have a somewhat metallic scent but I happily deal with it and recommend its sister product (The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' ) as an intro the peptides and this for anyone looking to try out copper peptides for their improved healing properties!
Do’s & Don’t’s of A Sensitive Skin Routine
In my opinion, all skin is sensitive- but people with particularly reactive skin have to take extra caution, especially when you have a condition like eczema (hey fam!) and rosacea. Personally, I have combination sensitive skin and eczema, but nowadays my skin is pretty normal. Here’s some tips to follow when building your basic skincare routine... • Don’t: Jump into a ten-step routine. Overwhelming skin with so many products can easily aggravate sensitive skin, while also making it harder to figure out what one is irritating your skin. Take your time. • Do: Iron out the basics! Before introducing serums, make sure to find a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen combination that gently nourishes skin. Avoid exfoliants in these so that they’re a safe fall-back if your skin starts flaring up. My favourite sensitive skin cleansers are HOLI FROG - Tashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash and PAULA'S CHOICE - RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser , as they cleanse without stripping skin of protective oils. My go-to sensitive skin (and all skin) sunscreens are PAULA'S CHOICE - Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30 (mineral) and PAULA'S CHOICE - YOUTH-EXTENDING DAILY HYDRATING FLUID SPF 50 (chemical). • Don’t: Use products with fragrance, alcohol, or essential oils. Alcohol is drying and can weaken the skin barrier, your skin’s defense against environmental damage. Fragrance and essential oils not only have a high chance of irritating skin, but also oxidize upon contact with the air, releasing free radicals that break down collagen. Avoid these. • Do: Incorporate antioxidants. Antioxidants battle environmental aggressors, neutralize free radicals, soothe skin, and calm redness. These and a good sunscreen are going to be your best combination for calm, youthful skin! I utilize a couple drops of The Ordinary - Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% on mornings I forgo vitamin c, but I also enjoy the silky texture of PAULA'S CHOICE - Retinol Super Antioxidant Serum for a gentle, moisturizing retinol that is also loaded with antioxidants. • Don’t: Try to smother skin into submission. Piling on layers of the heaviest cream may provide temporary relief, but it can lead to congestion and acne, which will only inflame skin more in the long-term. • Do: Combine fatty acids, ceramides, peptides, and/or hyaluronic acid treatments to repair the skin barrier, promoting moisture retainment in multiple levels. Layering different types of hydration/moisture from thinnest to thickest is better for your skin and will promote healing the root cause versus treating the symptoms. I love combining PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist Anti-Ageing Omega+ Complex Serum and NIOD - Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex underneath my moisturizer to hydrate + nourish my skin and reduce frequency of my eczema flare-ups.
Skincare Line-up: Combo Skin Nighttime🌜(simple)
When my skin is already looking and feeling pretty good, I like to simplify my routine a little just to not over compromise my skin barrier. This routine really helps me nourish, treat and target any skin issues without layering too many products. Background info: My skin is combination and acne-prone. It’s also pretty tough so I don’t get irritation from “harsher” actives and ingredients! SKINCEUTICALS - Hydrating B5 Gel My go-to Hyaluronic Acid serum! It’s my favorite hydrating product because the Hyaluronic Acid seriously plumps up the skin and brings hydration to the surface of the skin. I apply a few drops of this on my palms and press into the skin. SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.5 Retinol Night Cream Retinol! This night cream contains 0.5% pure retinol which helps to promote cell turnover, improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, discoloration and pores, and reduces breakouts! This particular cream is formulated with a Soothing Complex that calms the skin with Bisabolol and Boswellia Serrata Extract which soothes and comforts the skin. I apply two pea-size amounts on my finger tips, rub them together and press into my skin (focusing on problem areas). THE inkey LIST - Brighten-i Eye Cream Eye cream is one of those things that I have a love/hate relationship with. It’s undecided if I really see a difference as technically my serums and moisturizers should do the same thing- but I recently started using this one from the Inkey List that has brightening properties. I haven’t seen much brightening yet but it has a very lightweight, hydrating formula that I like. YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi To lock in all the active ingredients in my toners and serums, I love this cream from Youth To The People because it feels thick and nourishing. The key ingredients in this cream include Squalane, Ashwagandha, and Fermented Reishi which together helps boost skin hydration, minimizes risk of clogged pores, reduces visible signs of fatigue and detoxifies and combats signs of aging. THE inkey LIST - Rosehip Oil Rosehip Oil is one of the most nourishing antioxidant oils. This 100% pure rosehip oil helps to promote softer, smoother skin and the fatty acids help to nourish. I use this as my last step to seal in all my products because it’s so emollient. It always leaves my skin GLOWING✨
The Best Oil I’ve Ever Used is $15
I‘ve tried a lot of oils, during all my skin stages: from super oily, humid summer to flaking eczema flare-ups in the winter. My acne and eczema have different needs, so finding a good one that works for my entire face is difficult. From gems like the $72/30mL DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil to skin disasters like $105/35mL SUNDAY RILEY - Luna Sleeping Night Oil , I’ve tried a variety of oils from Sephora- I’m not Rouge for no reason! But against every single one of them, The Ordinary - 100% Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil wins every time. Sea-Buckthorn Fruit is amazing for fighting the effects of aging due to the nourishing palmitoleic acid (omega 7) it contains, alongside other fatty acids like palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and linolenic acid. Fatty acids are emollients and already present in their skin, so expect a replenished moisture barrier. It also is rife with antioxidants like vitamin e, carotenoids, and lycopene. Unfortunately, the carotenoids and lycopene give it a brilliant orange hue, but that fades within seven hours of application, replaced by a youthful glow and the softest skin I’ve ever experienced. Ever. I apply at night whenever I have a blemish and find it significantly calmed by the next morning. It’s plumping, soothing, healing, moisturizing, and I’ll sleep on a towel forever more to be able to continue using this gloriously orange “Skin Health in a Bottle” ✨
Drunk elephant 🐘: worth the hype?
Skin type: combination. Skin concerns: fine lines, wrinkles, dullnes, pores. Drunk elephant 🐘 is a brand that you can see all over the internet, most beauty bloggers have something of this brand and don’t hesitate to take a picture since their packaging is very colorful. But... are these two DE products really worth the hype? DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil Key ingredients: Virgin Marula oil. Price: $72 for 1 oz. Worth the hype?: No. The first time I saw this bottle (full size), I fell in love with it 😍. The truth is that it took a long time to try this product and when I finally had it in my hands... meh 😑 it's like any other Virgin Marula oil and the truth is that there are thousands on the market at cheaper prices. I'm glad I bought “the littles” pack. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum Key ingredients: pro-vitamin B5, pineapple ceramide, sodium hyaluronate. Texture: lightweight serum. Price: $48 for 1.69 oz. Worth the hype?: Yes. I like the versatility of this hydrating serum, it can be used alone or in combination with other products. It’s quickly absorbed leaving the skin hydrated and fresh, a little goes a long way. I combine it with Virgin Marula oil and vitamin C. I think the price is reasonable for the amount of product you receive. What do you think of them? 🔎
a good dupe!
so, we all know that drunk elephant is extremely expansive but... their products are also really good! so, what do we do? we find a good dupe! i was looking for something to make my skin ✨glow✨ but for a better price than DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. i read many reviews that this product didn’t clog up pores because of it oil but still relives dry skin which was exactly what i was looking for! i have combination skin so i was planning on using this product on my dry spots but then i saw the price 😳 YIKES! it was $72 on sephora and i wasn’t willing to spend this much on a product to be honest. but, i still wanted something just like it. soooo... i did some research and found that insta natural - Complete Organics Marula Oilwas a good dupe according to some. i bought this just a couple days ago and i’m loving it so far! it’s a beautiful luxurious oil and it goes on perfectly! first, i start with my hyaluronic acid serum then i mist again with water to lock in that moisture because my skin has been feeling drier than usual. after, i put a few drops of the marula oil on my fingers and then i press into my skin over my dry spots. when i tell you my skin is GLOWING i totally mean it. I AM LOVING IT and the price difference! ($72 to $15) ❤️
🐘All in! But maybe it's not for me...😑😑😑
Drunk Elephant-Lots of bloggers have been recommending this niche brand. I. have combo-dry skin and these are the products I've bought from DE. I have to say, it's NOT for me... DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum It's easily absorbed but irritates a little when first applied. It doesn't cause any adverse reaction except for a little skin redness. I use it twice a week. You'll be disappointed if you're using it to get rid of bumps as it can only really be used to brighten your skin complexion. 😐 Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Facial Lissant It is more irritating than the glycolic night serum. My skin feels tender and smooth after using it, but it's also useless in getting rid of bumps. After using this facial lissant, the small oxidized particles remain on my chin. However, they help scrub off dead skin cells and brighten your skin complexion. 😐 DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum It's oily on the skin, it oxidizes immediately after being applied, and it makes your skin look yellowish. Although it has a great formula with 15% vitamin C plus 0.5% ferulic acid and 1% vitamin E, I really don't like using it. 👎🏻 DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream It's easily absorbed but not moisturizing enough. It's not as good as the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Cream. 😐 DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil It has a transparent texture and a runny consistency. It's not as oily as other facial oils, it feels great on skin, and it's easily absorbed. It has really simple ingredients which focus on anti-oxidant, moisturizing, and hydrating effects. You can consider this non-greasy facial oil if you're looking to repair your skin. 👍🏻 DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum It has a transparent, gel-like texture. It's easily absorbed, soothing, and hydrating, which is very suitable for summer. However, it's not moisturizing enough for winter, so it's more suitable for oily, acne-prone skin.😐 Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream It has a thick and heavy consistency, so it doesn't spread easily, but I then tried to use it the way I use my La Mer moisturizing cream. I'll take a small amount and emulsify it between my palms until I feel a warming sensation then apply it on my entire face. It's then easily absorbed. It's quite moisturizing but sometimes causes bumps.😐 Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream It has a moisturizing texture. It feels better than the Lala Retro Whipped Cream but it's not as moisturizing. This cream doesn't cause bumps but it's not worth its price.👎🏻 Let me know if you have any questions.👇😘
Retinol is AMAZING!
✨I have sensitive combination skin and my biggest and constant skin concern is hormonal acne. It’s a tough cycle because by the time you get it clear again, it feels like it comes back but one thing I’ve added a few months ago that has helped tremendously is retinol! ✨Retinol is a product that helps increase skin cell turnover so for me that ends up looking like breakouts healing faster and less breakouts overall. It can also help with fine lines! ✨Lately, I’ve been using A-Passioni by Drunk Elephant after double cleansing at night. It is a fairly strong retinol and I am really enjoying it. ✨When using a retinol, you want to do a patch test on your hand to make sure it works well with your skin. Then you want to slowly incorporate it in small amounts into your routine. I use it at night so I can use my vitamin C during the day personally. Tips- -Incorporate slowly -You may experience some skin purging and the amount of time for this varies per person but it can be a few weeks. -It can help using it with a heavier moisturizer or something like the CeraVe Healing Ointment. -I occasionally use a gentle exfoliant like the new Sand and Sky Enzyme Powder Polish to remove any dry skin or peeling that occurs from it. This has decreased for me over time. DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream
DRUNK ELEPHANT-A-Passioni Retinol Cream
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%
PAULA'S CHOICE-0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment
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 Moisturizer 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!
The Ordinary-"Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1%
I finally bought some The inkey list products as well! Today’s review is it the inkey list’s Retinol! The serum contains granactive retinoid AND 1% stabilised retinol (they told me this means the actual amount of pure retinol is below 1%). It also contains Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (Google told me that those peptides together add up to Matryxil 3000, which is also supposed to help with wrinkles!). The serum comes in a tube. It’s relatively thick, but still has a serum consistency. It’s yellowish and has an earthy smell (I take that over fragrance any day though!) I’ve used it every few days for a few weeks now: It didn’t irritate my skin, I had no purging phase and my skin looked nice and plump in the morning. It takes about three months to see results from retinol and I also use/have used stronger retinol products, so I can’t tell you how much it helps with skin texture long term. So far I like it, but I think it’s more of a retinol for beginners and people with easily irritated skin, than a retinol for retinol pros 😉
THE inkey LIST-Retinol Anti-Aging Serum
Is This The Best Serum Ever? SkinCeuticals Time!🌵🌵
This is the last part of my long review. I have seen many posts on SkinCeuticals Products these days. Is you are still wondering if this is the brand for you, keep reading this post! This review is on 3 different serums from SkinCeuticals. Do you like this brand? SKINCEUTICALS - Phloretin Cf PCF and CF are most probably SkinCeuticals' signature products when it comes to brightening skin complexion and preventing oxidative stress on the skin and they really live up to their hype. In addition, I think that we get the best results from using PCF and CF if we use them in the morning. PCF is more suitable for oily skin, while CF is more suitable for dry skin. It's suitable for those who are seeking to brighten their skin, remove acne- scars, and protect their skin from oxidation. SKINCEUTICALS - Phyto Corrective Gel Hydrating Botanical Gel Phyto Corrective Gel combines hyaluronic acid with a botanical blend of cucumber, thyme, olive leaf, and other calming botanical ingredients. It's an anti-inflammatory product which can soothe and calm our skin. It works well in reducing the redness of new acne scars. It's suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive and oily skin. SKINCEUTICALS - RESVERATROL B E Nighttime Antioxidant Serum for face B E Antioxidant Night Concentrate is one of my favorite products from SkinCeuticals. 1% of resveratrol neutralizes free radicals, supports the skin's natural antioxidant defenses, and reveals visible radiance and firmness. It also contains other antioxidant ingredients that can truly and effectively allow the skin to repair itself at night. It doesn't feel heavy on the skin, spreads easily, and is quickly absorbed by the skin. It's suitable for all skin types.
My Favourite AHA Serum is $29
$29.50 USD to be exact- even less if you catch it during one of the many 15-20% off sales Paula’s Choice does frequently. I’ve tried everything from SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment to FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serum and DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum but this gentle yet effective gel-lotion wins the coveted AHA slot in my PM routine. I have combination skin and a love of scientifically-satisfactory skincare thanks to having “sensitive skin”- quotations because fragrance and essential oils are bad for all skin in the long run. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Lotion is a light lotion that soaks in quickly with an almost gel-like consistency, packaged in a convenient and hygienic pump. I refrigerate it (it’s like 90°F outside) and it still hasn’t clogged so I love the container! The formula is, full stop, amazing. 8% glycolic acid is suspended in a variety of non-irritating humectants and emollients, offering hydration as well as sealing that hydration in, nourishing skin even as it unglued the dead skin cells to allow them to be sloughed off the next time you cleanse. Allantoin, vitamin e, bisabolol, and a licorice root derivative soothe skin, combatting redness and sensitivity- a wonderful bonus considering it’s an exfoliant! This never sensitizes my delicate skin, even when I forget my schedule and use it a couple days in a row. I always wake up to such a glow and smooth, supple texture. So soft. I’m a huge fan and recommend it for any skin type considering its light yet hydrating texture 🙌🏽
SUNDAY RILEY-Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
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