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
Skin Update! *Sensitive Skin Win!!*
Little skin update for y’all! The little nick on my nose is not a zit. 🥴 I am finding my HOLY GRAIL. Naturiums chemical exfoliator is something else! I’ve used a few in the past but none as gentle as this one! Many dry my super sensitive skin out but i have no issues with this! Also LOVING the alpha arbutin serum, the moisturizer, and skin mist! NATURIUM - Alpha Arbutin Serum 2% NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% NATURIUM - Plant Ceramide Rich Moisture Cream
for my skin the best
I never took good care of myself and I started doing it about a month ago this is my night routine I love everything I use I feel my skin is cleaner and smoother, I love the peach slices tonic, it leaves me a very beautiful glow on my skin. Aveeno cream is the best for my skin along with retinol so that it doesn't irritate me, the truth is that I love these products! My skin is mixed with a tendency to break out pimples and this has not caused me any of that! SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.5 Retinol Night Cream The first weeks I irritated my skin I felt super sensitive, everything burned, but over time my skin got used to it and it has helped me a lot with my spots. Aveeno - Calm + Restore Oat Gel Moisturizer When my skin is irritated by retinol, I found this beauty cream, I love it, it calms me, it refreshes me and it leaves my skin feeling rich.
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 😘
Hello friends! Hope you all had a restful and safe holiday season ☺️ I know I have been enjoying cooking, crafting, and of course, learning more and more about my skin every day! Here is my holiday haul, I will be posting more in depth reviews of each batch of things as I use them, so stay tuned! Some standouts I’m already in love with include: Mask spatulas | I’ve been wanting to get some of these things for such a long time, but I knew I needed to wait for Christmas because they’re a great stocking stuffer. I love that I don’t have to dirty my fingertips putting masks on anymore! FIRST AID BEAUTY - FAB Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask | I’ve gotten a couple of samples of this mask and never thought I liked it very much. FAB products used to give me an allergic reaction, so I’ve been hesitant to use them, but I used this mask on some healing blemishes I had and was really impressed to see them almost gone the next day! #Hero Cosmetics - Mighty Patch - Original[products]# | I am somewhat skeptical on the power of hydrocolloid patches, I do like them because they prevent me from picking… which I am very bad about…. Beyond these few, I’m super excited about the THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum, Supergoop! - Superscreen Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 PA+++, and BANILA CO - Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original! Stay tuned for reviews, I can’t wait to use these products!
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Update: my acne has reduced A LOT
I’ve been a bit MIA since my last post but here is the progress of my acne. If I were to pinpoint the main reasons why, then it’s these reasons: What I did wrong: - experimenting and using alot of different products. I was in a phase where I loved trying new products and my skin did not like that I was switching products all the time. - I did not spot test new products - overloaded my skin with many products. I don’t know who needs to hear this but a 10 step routine is NOT for acne prone skin. - drank little water each day - used harsh products without re-balancing my skin with soothing products - masked almost everyday What I did to improve it: - reduce the number of products going on my skin. I now use only a max of 3 products in the morning and 5 products at night. - drank 2 litres of water every day - used a soothing pH-balanced toner - used a GENTLE chemical exfoliant - used retinol regularly - masked only every 2-3 days Some products I use in my daily routine that really helped my skin: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator as an all-over exfoliant PAULA'S CHOICE - BHA 9 Treatment as a spot treatment The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% to fade acne scars Products that I use every 2-3 days that helped my skin: AZCLEAR - Medicated Lotion (mixed with Niacinamide) to fade acne scars DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream to bring out new baby skin ANDALOU NATURALS - CannaCell Glow Mask as a gentle exfoliating mask If you are going through something similar just know to take it SLOWLY. The skin is going through trauma and it is not an overnight success. If you have any questions I’m happy to answer.
UPDATE: I Quit Differin
This is a long overdue skincare update but I have quit Differin because it started to strip my skin barrier, and I kept breaking out even after applying the gel. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel -I’m about to run out of this cleanser and I’m thinking about replacing it with a more moisturizing cleanser from the same brand. This cleanser is excellent but I wish it was a bit more effective PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator -This has been a little too gentle on my skin so I wasn’t able to experience a huge difference after using this product The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA -This serum is gentle on my skin and I have noticed an improvement in my skin’s tone VERSED - DEW POINT Moisturizing Gel-Cream -I came back to this moisturizer to give it a second chance and I’ve come to the conclusion that it is better for people with very oily skin and I have combination skin PURITO - Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ -This product is a chef’s kiss. It is gentle, hydrating, and very effective at protecting your skin from the sun I am still breaking out but I’m not sure which route to take. I’ve been exfoliating quite a lot and I’m thinking about going the other path and restoring the hell out of my skin. Any recommendations to restore my skin’s barrier and to increase collagen as well as clearing out my pimples and acne scars would be much appreciated!
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
KEY INGREDIENT: SALICYLIC ACID
What is Salicylic Acid? It’s a type of Beta-Hydroxy Acid that helps to gently exfoliate skin, unclog pores, target blackheads and reduce excess oil production. THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum $10.99, 1oz - 2% Salicylic Acid - Also contains 1% Zinc Compound & 1% Multi-molecular Hyaluronic Acid PAULA'S CHOICE - Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution $29.5, 4oz - 2% Salicylic Acid - Also contains Dipropylene/Pentylene/Butylene Glycol for hydration and Glycerin to replenish skin. I love both formulas so much- I use them both religiously but on different occasions! I use TheInkeyList as a treatment to apply after my Hyaluronic Acid (like they recommend) and Paula’s Choice as a toner before my Hyaluronic Acid. Honestly both give similar results but the texture is a little different because TheInkeyList is more gel-like and Paula’s Choice is more runny so it’s best used on a cotton pad. The formulas are quite similar (but not identical) because they both contain many skin soothing ingredients to combat any irritation or dryness that may occur from the use of Salicylic Acid.
THE inkey LIST-Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum
COSRX-Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence🐌
If you’re looking for a new essence to try, this one is it! I have really sensitive combination skin and this product worked on me! I started using it 4 days ago and I can see the differences in such a short time. It made my blemishes calm down and less visible. Also I use it under my eyes to get extra hydration. I knew that so many middle age women use snail products to renew their skin but I didn’t know that it really works! I can’t wait to purchase more products from Cosrx. What is it: 96.3% of Snail Secretion Filtrate helps protect the skin from moisture loss while improving skin elasticity. Lightweight Essence. Lightweight yet super moisturizing texture gives you long-lasting hydration without being heavy. Who is it for: I recommend it for oily skin types because it’s water-based and doesn’t have much oil in the product which means it’ll hydrate your skin without clogging your pores. How I use it: After cleansing and toning, I apply a small amount to my entire face. Gently pat to increase absorption and follow with serum and moisturizer. Ingredients : Snail Secretion Filtrate, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Arginine, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol
COSRX-Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
Fav skincare brands: Paula’s Choice ✨
You know I can always get behind brands who put in the research on their products. Paula’s Choice is celebrating their 25th anniversary & I want to show you the hype! Why do I love Paula’s Choice? There are so many reasons... 1. They have a public access Ingredient Dictionary that is backed by scholarly articles. They lost out tons of common ingredients in skincare products and rate them as “poor, average, good, or best” to give you an idea of why the ingredient is added into the formula and why you should or should not use it. This is a great way to learn more about ingredients if you don’t have easy access to a dermatologist. 2. They have SO MANY LINES! They truly cater to so many skin types across any and all age ranges. They even have a quick skin quiz you can take that customized a routine specifically for your skin concerns—and doesn’t force you to add every single item to your cart! You can pick and choose what you need. I love that so much. 3. Their packaging/branding is clinical—but never intimidating. Their labeling is incredibly easy to read and explains what the products do in language that everyone can understand. 4. Their products are great. Three standout products that I have already reviewed on Cherie are their 10% niacinamide booster, 2% BHA Liquid, and their super light daily wrinkle defense spf 30: PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster PAULA'S CHOICE - Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator . These specific products I would say are catered towards normal to oily skin types with acne but I can use them on my dry spots as well. 5. I highly recommend checking them out. Since they are celebrating their 25th anniversary they will be having a huge sale! *Paula’s Choice has never gifted me any products—everything has been purchased by me! I do want to mention that as of 9:16 PM EST 5/31/2020, Paula’s Choice has not released a statement or any messaging regarding George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, or any sign of support. Apparently they are working on it with internal stakeholders but as of now they haven’t released anything which is very disappointing. Silence is deafening. Thanks for reading guys.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
HOW I FIGHT ACNE WITH MY SKINCARE ROUTINE
Acne comes from so many different reasons. But generally there are a few tricks that really help to prevent and treat them. SALICYLIC ACID: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator Known for: combating whiteheads & blackheads by penetrating into the pores of the skin and unclogging them This exfoliating toner is amazing at preventing future breakouts because it’s so effective at unclogging pores and keeping them clear. My blackheads have also diminished so much since using this toner and I definitely can’t turn back. It’s quite strong so even I don’t use it every day and night. I’ll take it out only when I feel like my skin is getting congested (around 1-2x a week). AZELAIC ACID: PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster Known for: gently exfoliating the surface and refining texture of the skin This is a great booster to mix in with moisturizer whenever I feel like my skin is breaking out a lot and very congested. It’s not super strong especially mixed into the last step of my skincare routine but definitely helps to smooth texture. RETINOL: SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.5 Retinol Night Cream Known for: speeding up our skin’s natural cell turnover to reveal newer and clearer skin I’ve used a retinol for more than a year now and I’ve seen the biggest improvement in my skin regarding breakouts and texture. I use it as the last step of my skincare routine every other day now and it’s just a great way to keep my skin healthy over the longterm. NIACINAMIDE: THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum Known for: helping to control oil production by renewing and restoring the surface of the skin against moisture loss Especially with living in a humid climate currently, my skin has been freaking out a lot. But this serum helps so much with promoting my skin to be balanced and self-regulating. My T-zone doesn’t get as oily but doesn’t feel dry either! SUNSCREEN: SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50 Okay sunscreen doesn’t DIRECTLY correlate with breakouts, although, there are definitely some that can cause breakouts for some people, mainly physical ones (so find one that doesn’t break you out)! This sunscreen doesn’t break me out and in fact helps with my skin durinf breakouts so much because it protects my skin from hyperpigmentation! The scarring that comes after a breakout can be just as annoying as the breakout itself but sunscreen helps so much to speed up the recovering and healing process! Do you have more tips for preventing breakouts to share?
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
Products that have Calmed my Tomato Skin
Dr. Jart’s Cicapair Treatment with SPF: I can’t rave about this product enough. It’s a nice medium-thick cream that instantly- and i mean instantly- takes away the redness. I use this mainly on cheeks where they are the most red. I like to tap this on my skin as opposed to smearing it around. Did I mention it has SPF 30? It does, indeed! Versed Nix It Solution: I am extremely acne-prone and can usually feel a pimple coming on. At first, I only used this on the acne I already had and was disappointed that it didn’t work well as I had hoped. However, I noticed the directions (read the directions, people!) said this is used best on pimples before they emerge. Since doing so, I find that this really does “nix it”. :-) Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum: Its super-thin and fluid consistency makes one pump all you need to cover your whole face and neck. This also has AHA and salicylic acid to help with blemishes, and I find that this helps calm my breakouts and keeps any future ones from happening. I will say that you have to apply this quickly because it absorbs fast and it gets tacky- I assume the tackiness is to help absorb the products that come after. For those with combination to oily skin, this is for you.
Dr. Jart+-Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30
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