The ordinary - Lactic acid
The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA
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Acne struggle! Don’t know what to do anymore
Hi! The first picture happened almost out of no where I don’t remember drastically changing anything in my skin care routine. I did dermaplane my skin and I have a theory I might’ve destroyed my moisture barrier and really irritated my skin! What I was originally doing Morning routine COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream Night routine COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 The Ordinary - Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% (Alternating products below) The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA ZO SKIN HEALTH - Retinol Skin Brightener .5% The Ordinary - 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream I have since taken out all actives and now I use CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin First picture is my original routine, rest of the photos are about a week after new routine. It’s gotten better but still not very good. I used to have clear skin and would only get small break outs. Nothing to this extreme!
My current PM routine for dry skin 🌜✨
In the order that I use these products: 🌜 First Cleanse — The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser (not pictured) — lovely smooth texture, very gentle and no fragrance to irritate skin but doesn’t cut through makeup by itself ✨ Second Cleanse — philosophy - Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser — nice and gentle, non-stripping but contains fragrance so I’ll be moving away from this cleanser once I’ve used up this bottle 🌜 Serum — The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% — goes on smoothly and dries down quickly, zinc controls oils on my nose and it’s helped by skin tone a lot ✨ Exfoliation — The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA — I use 2-3 times a week and my skin it beautifully soft and glowing the next morning. I love lactic acid exfoliators as they’re gentle on my dry and mildly sensitive skin. 🌜 Lip Exfoliation — LUSH - LUSH Honey Lip Scrub — I absolutely love this lip scrub, it’s my all time favourite. It contains honey which is moisturising and has healing properties and cooling peppermint along with caster sugar so you get a nice scrub while still being gentle. I use this 2-3 times a week especially after using matte lipsticks to keep my lips soft and hydrated. ✨ Moisturiser — YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask — I use this as my overnight moisturiser, it’s rich and creamy and packed with loads of great ingredients to which keep my skin hydrated and glowy including vitamin c, hyaluronic acid and squalane. 🌜Eye Cream — philosophy - Purity Made Simple Eye Gel — Not everybody sees eye cream as necessary but for me being over 30 and with dry skin and sensitive eye area a suitable eye cream is a must in my routine. I really like the gel texture of this product and it’s beautifully hydrating but for me once it’s gone I’ll be looking for something which will also tackle dark circles. ✨ Brow Treatment — BROW CODE - Brow Gold Nourishing Growth Oil — This is a totally unnecessary step for most but I have incredibly thin and sparse brows so for the last week I’ve incorporated this brow growth oil and I can already start to see a difference. I apply one drop per brow and brush through with a spooly brush. 🌜 Face Oil — GO-TO - Face Hero — I use this last to lock all the moisture into my skin and absolutely love it. I have a full run down on this product if you want to know more. ✨ Lip Treatment — LANEIGE - LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask — I love this lip mask, it’s so smooth and moisturising for my lips and smells like sweet berries.
Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinamide, niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly minimize enlarged pores, tighten lax pores, improve uneven skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles, diminish dullness, and strengthen a weakened surface. Niacinamide also reduces the impact of environmental damage because of its ability to improve skin’s barrier (its first line of defense), plus it also plays a role in helping skin to repair signs of past damage. Left unchecked, this type of daily assault makes skin appear older, dull, and less radiant.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Ingredient Spotlight — Niacinamide
Niacinamide or vitamin B3 is a water soluble ingredient that helps to reduce the appearance of large pores by tightening the pore. It also improves uneven skin tone, helps with dullness, and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I have heard wonders about this product and had tried The Ordinary’s version with little success, so I had essentially given up on it. After getting my hands on the Good Molecules version, I finally understood the hype though I don’t see super drastic results like others do, I still think it’s a beneficial ingredient. GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum This is a thick, semi-milky serum. I find that this serum sinks into the skin rather quickly and I can start to see results within a few days of using this consistently. It has an amazing dropper, and I apply about half a dropper’s worth (3-4 drops) to my whole face and another half for my neck. The thickened consistency means no waste and excellent spreadability! The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% TO’s version is a less viscous, but still thickened liquid consistency. I find that serums that have this very watery consistency tent to be finicky to use and cause a lot of waste. Like many of their other formulations, it features a simple ingredient list. Unfortunately, I don’t find this one to be nearly as effective as the GM version. VERDICT Both of these products are very affordable at under $10, but there is a very clear difference in quality. The Good Molecules version stands out by far. Not only does the thicker consistency mean it doesn’t run all over your face, but it also gives faster results. I found that regardless of how long I used TO niacinamide, I didn’t experience any of the benefits. Also, the dropper on the GM serums are m a g i c. Although these are both in the same price bracket and very similar ingredient-wise, I wouldn’t repurchase TO version and would instead purchase the Good Molecules serum. I have been thoroughly impressed with GM and their commitment to quality and affordability.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Stratiaskin Soft Touch AHA 10% Mandelic Acid Gel -- My skin doesn't like glycolic acid but it seems to love mandelic acid. Every few days I take a break from my retinol and use this and my skin is so much smoother the next day. (Plus it's only $14!) CosRX BHA Skin Returning Emulsion -- An old favorite, I use this BHA emulsion on my nose to keep pores looking smaller. Simplistic Supreme Salve -- Contains a combination of AHA and BHA (glycolic and salicylic acid, I think) in an emollient cream form which prevents it from drying out my skin. Naruko AMPM 5% Mandelic Acid serum -- This is such a gentle serum, you could use it everyday. It's surprisingly moisturizing (contains hyaluronic acid). I haven't been using it much because the Stratia works so well for me though. TheOrdinary Azelaic Acid -- Haven't gotten a chance to try this yet TheOrdinary Niacinamide and Arbutin -- these are gentle products that do seem to subtly brighten and calm my skin, but the effects are not dramatic. Dermapeutics Vital C Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) -- I picked this up for $7.99 at Marshalls and in the week I've been using it, it has made a perceptible difference in fading sun spots and brightening my skin! My skin texture is also smoother! There are lots of SAP serums available for cheap. I like them because 1. no wait times 2. less irritation than L-AA vitamin C
The Ordinary-Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
An eye serum worth researching
This serum works to reduce the look of both static and dynamic wrinkles. I add a drop under each eye and bring upwards towards the crows feet area. It targets wrinkles by moisturizing with hyaluronic acid. When you first put it on it feels sticky but is quickly absorbed into my skin so it doesn’t leave a residue. Although I use this to prevent wrinkles, I feel like my eyes are a lot brighter and less dull. I love the bottle it comes in and how it’s not really a common product. I highly recommend adding this to your skincare routine. And a plus, it’s super cheap!! 5/5 ✨
The Ordinary-Matrixyl* 10% + HA
Vitamin C for Sensitive Skin?
The Ordinary has a large profile of different Vitamin C products. These include: The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% The Ordinary - Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% The Ordinary - Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution The Ordinary - 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder ———————————— The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F This product is an oil-soluble derivative of vitamin C that can be used in a higher concentration. It contains Vitamin F which is also known as fatty acid. This includes two fats: linolenic acid (ALA) and linoleic acid (LA). ALA is part of the omega-3 family, whereas LA is part of the omega-6 family. These help maintain skin barrier. Vitamin F (which technically isn’t a vitamin at all) works well with other topical active ingredients and is safe for all skin types. The Ascorbyl solution is a light oil solution. It has a high potency but is very low in terms of stinging. The absorption rate is 1-5 seconds. It costs $17.80 CAD, which is more expensive than some of the other TO vitamin C products. I like this product because it is a light-weight oil but is high potency, and the fact that it doesn’t sting upon application is wonderful. I know some of the other TO vitamin C products can sting quite a bit. This product is great for: ☀️Dullness, uneven texture, uneven skin tone, and fine lines and wrinkles. This product does apply quite oily but once it is absorbed into the skin you forget you applied an oil and are left with a bright complexion. This can be used in the AM/PM. Definitely recommend if you have sensitive skin and want to try a Vitamin C product and not worry about the stinging :) This could also great for all other skin types! PS if you’re not sure which Vitamin C product by The Ordinary is best for you, check out this link: https://theordinary.deciem.com/vitcguide
The Ordinary-100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder
Affordable Ascorbic Acid DIY
It’s mostly a post about my favourite ingredient ever though: Vitamin c! Vitamin c is the kind of ingredient that does it all. It’s an antioxidant, helps collagen production and is super brightening! (And who doesn’t want bright skin...) It‘s also one of the very few scientifically proven anti-aging ingredients. Too good to be true? Almost. Vitamin c isn’t very stable. Stable formulations (like one of my favourites: NIOD‘s ELAN. Will post about it soon) are very expensive or contain a form of vitamin c that is not as potent as ascorbic acid. If you don’t want to worry about stability and don’t want to spend a fortune you can just diy your serum: the ordinary has L-Ascorbic Acid powder that you can freshly mix with your favourite serum everyday. I personally like mixing it with a rich cream and use it as a brightening mask. The powder is really fine (much finer than the powder you can buy as a supplement) and mixes well with everything. Just be careful: Don‘t use too much as it can be irritating and be aware what you mix it with: Certain peptides and antioxidants can be deactivated by acidity.
The Ordinary-100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder
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