Before and Afters still in progress....
I truly don’t like doing before and afters especially when it looks like there’s barely any progress but I promise you my skin FEELS so much better than it looks and I’ve seen some amazing progress! I’ve tagged the products I feel have helped the most recently. It takes patience but little progress is still PROGRESS 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
insta natural- Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum
Morning routine updated
Ok I’ve made a few changes to my routine and sometimes I keep switching a few things in and out depending on the day.... I start with The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution which I love. I think glycolic acid is an important ingredient to have in your routine for oily skin and wrinkles and even acne too. I always use insta natural - Zinc Vitamin C Serum but I go between also using insta natural - Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum which I love for acne, insta natural - Dark Spot Corrector I don’t notice a huge difference with this but it has great ingredients or insta natural - Skin Brightening Serum, Anti-Aging that has alpha arbutin to help brighten dark spots or hyperpigmentation. So I alternate with those! Love using COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence to have a dewy glow and helps with skin texture and pigmentation issues I’ve recently added The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% to help with acne and oily skin and love it too. I top with a thin layer of Clindamycin gel and then moisturizer which I alternate also between a few different ones. BEEKMAN 1802 - Bloom Cream Daily Probiotic Moisturizer has great ingredients but a funky old woman smell I do not like, thank goodness I only have a sample size.... Honest has a great soothing moisturizer I’ve tried and also ARBONNE has a great calming moisturizer as well as a lightweight jelly moisturizer I go between. Then I do a few drops of The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% and I’m done. I usually let it sit for awhile or at least a good 5 minutes while I do my eye makeup and eyeliner before I use any face makeup but I love the texture of my skin so far using this all together.
insta natural- Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum
These have been my holy grail lately. I don’t use them all at once or in the same routine but all of the sudden (5/6 weeks into using most of them excluding the snail mucin) my skin is feeling amazing. I wish it looked better but the texture is better just have to get rid of my pesky acne scars and dark marks. Clindamycin Gel— I used this before I was pregnant and it worked wonders for keeping my skin crystal clear. Sadly I don’t have insurance anymore to cover it so what used to be $10 is now $40 but I’m hoping once my acne clears for good I can just use my Differin. I only use this in the morning after my serums and before my moisturizer and SPF. DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel I use this every night faithfully. I noticed a difference with acne immediately and it keeps improving even after a few flare ups. Holy grail seriously! The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque I am falling in love with the ordinary. I love this mask! I only use it once a week because I alternate with The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution once a week too. I don’t notice the AHA/BHA solution helping that much but I want to stick with it through at least once bottle. It’s ok but I don’t notice any results. But I love how the Salicylic masque feels and leaves my skin feeling. COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence So I was mixed about this at first. I broke out a few bad deep cystic pimples/zits and I wondered if it was this so I stopped using it for a few days and reintroduced it and it seems to be ok cause my skin is so smooth and I notice my acne marks fading within a week. I use so many products but alternate in my routines and all of it finally working! Don’t give up! I am still struggling to get clear skin but bound and determined to make it happen! I will post before and afters soon.
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
These are the ordinary products I use in my routine so far..... The Ordinary - Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% I sometimes use this as extra antioxidant protection after my morning routine. I don’t notice that much of a difference with my skin but it can’t hurt and I like the texture and feel it leaves on my skin. The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil I use this every night after my night cream for extra moisture and to help with acne scarring. I’ve heard it helps so much with scarring. I’m also adding The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%to my routine soon to help with scarring and hyperpigmentation as well. I love the rosehip oil for extra moisture and my skin feels so smooth in the morning. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution I use this twice a week and I’ve been faithfully using it for 3 months and I’m just now seeing a difference. I almost gave up but everyone has sworn by this so I thought it couldn’t hurt to stick with it. It tingles and I used to leave it on for the full 10 min and now with the extra acne products I’m using my skin is a little more sensitive so I leave it on for 5-6 minutes. Definitely wake up with baby smooth skin the next morning. I’m hoping to see results with my old acne scars too.
The Ordinary-100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Started this routine faithfully for about two weeks all together using these all together at night. I’ve been using Arbonne cleanser and night cream for years but have added the other things in too. Arbonne Cleanser- I love this anti aging cleanser for its ingredients, texture and it gets all my makeup off too. So I use this first. DIFFERIN - Daily Deep Cleanser BPO 5% I use this cleanser after my makeup is off and scrub jt around with my face scrubber pictured. I also let it sit on my skin for a couple minutes so it can soak in and work then I wash it off. insta natural - Organic Rose Water I forgot to picture this but I use this as my toner. I never notice if one toner works over the other but I always make sure to use a toner after I wash my face. De La Cruz - Sulfur Ointment, Acne Medication, Maximum Strength I honestly use this more before I do my morning routine but sometimes I do it before my nighttime routine after I cleanse my face. I leave it on for awhile to dry up my zits. Sometimes at this point I use a serum, I alternate between insta natural - Dark Spot Corrector or insta natural - Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum or insta natural - Skin Brightening Serum, Anti-Aging or ARBONNE Renewal serum or ARBONNE Spot correcting essence..... or I do The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Then I use my ARBONNE NIGHT CREAM. I use my DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel on top of my night cream so I don’t overly dry out my skin. I don’t use this retinoid the same night I use The ordinary peeling solution though. I may have a couple times but it will definitely make your skin red and hot which I don’t want to overly irritate my skin either. The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil I use this with a drop of emu oil to help lock in moisture, help my acne scarring and help heal whatever acne I do have. I noticed a slight difference using the emu oil (definitely leaves your skin so soft in the morning) but the minute I started using insta natural - Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum whether morning or night and DIFFERIN - Daily Deep Cleanser BPO 5% DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel I noticed a huge difference in my acne, inflammation and texture of my skin. I hope this can help someone else like this app has helped me! It’s so nice to finally see some improvement in your skin.
insta natural- Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum
This is my go to AM routine to help my oily and acne prone skin as well as dark spots and acne scars insta natural - Deluxe Glycolic Cleanser I use this every morning to help with acne, aging and help the texture of my skin and I love it! Also helps my pores stay clean and clear. insta natural - Zinc Vitamin C Serum insta natural - Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum insta natural - Skin Brightening Serum, Anti-Aging I use these serums next as my dose of Vitamin C, salicylic acid and alpha arbutin to control oil and combat acne and fade any scarring. insta natural - Age Defying & Skin Clearing Moisturizer and ARBONNE Overnight prep work jelly are my go to morning moisturizers for a light and airy yet moisturizing end to my routine. The Ordinary - Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% I usually put this on a few days a week for an antioxidant boost too to fight radicals but I don’t always put it on. I like the consistency but don’t notice much of an impact.
insta natural- Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR FACE
I understand that a lot of times we are so influenced by certain beauty gurus trying products just for marketing purposes or even to tell us how great the product for their skin. But there’s one thing we have to remember is that not every product will work for our skin or personally your own skin. There are a lot of name brand products and the one thing that you have to be sure is that if this product is worth buying for your skin. For me I have been quite a skin journey because I tried this one product that broke out my face badly it’s from Hellobody USA. Here’s a few things that I learned: 1. Avoid scented products even though they may smell good doesn’t necessarily that the chemicals are good for your skin 2. Pay attention to how your skin responds to the product because we see so many good reviews doesn’t necessarily mean that the product will be good for us everyone skin type is different. 3. Make sure you do your research on a product even though we see a lot of good reviews from you also want to look up the ingredients and make sure there is no toxic chemicals that could be harmful to your skin
Skincare Acids: A Cheat Sheet
Before I go back to my normal beauty myth series Myth Busted, I figured I would post about something I’ve never really mentioned on Cherie, skincare acids. Now don’t freak out! These acids aren’t the type that are going to melt your face off. Most of them are AHA’s and BHA’s. An AHA acid, short for Alpha Hydroxy Acids, are water soluble molecules the generally come from fruit or dairy. These acids usually help with hyperpigmentation, exfoliation, and fine lines. BHA’s on the other hand are oil soluble molecules that penetrate deep into your pores and can help with acne and oily skin. And now for the Cheat Sheet down below! Name: Ascorbic Acid Benefits: Antioxidant, brightening. More information: Ascorbic Acid is a synthetic version of Vitamin C. Watch out for: Ascorbic Acid, when left open, slowly loses its potency. Name: Hyaluronic Acid Benefits: Water retaining hydrater, improves appearance of fine lines. More information: None. Watch out for: None. Name: Glycolic Acid Benefits: Blurs spots, scars, and wrinkles, brightening, reduces the appearance of pores. More information: One of the best acids for aging skin. Watch out for: None. Recommendations: NEOSTRATA - Foaming Glycolic Wash Name: Lactic Acid Benefits: Exfoliating, improves appearance of fine lines. More information: Great for sensitive skin. Watch out for: High prices for products containing this acid. Name: Salicylic Acid Benefits: Reduces sebum, can help even skin tone, helpful for rosacea. More information: None. Watch out for: Do not use if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or allergic to aspirin. Be aware that darker skin tones can experience irregular lightening or darkening of the skin. Recommendations: PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist Advanced Pore-Refining Treatment 4% BHA Name: L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Benefits: Stimulates collagen production, antioxidants, minimizes wrinkles. More information: None. Watch out for: Not an exfoliant, but still acidic, so don’t layer with other acids.
NEOSTRATA-Foaming Glycolic Wash
Why haven’t I done this sooner?!
Y’all. I am shook. I have been watching skincare TikToks lately, and stumbled upon Mikayla Noguiera (she is so fun and relatable/her skin has TRANSFORMED from acne to completely clear!) I had been noticing how she completely changed her skin by going hard on her skincare routine, and she recommended TO Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% and TO Alpha Arbutin 2% HA. I picked it up from Ulta about 4 days ago, and OMG! First of all, I have very oily skin, so the feeling of these two products soaking into my skin was so nice. I could immediately tell they were working because I felt a tingle from both, which doesn’t bother me. I have noticed a big difference in my acne, going from very large cystic bumps, to much smaller in a few days (usually my cystic acne stays for a good week and a half). My dark spots from previous blemishes are so faded already and I can’t believe how in just 3 nights my skin can already look this good! Tbh I still have a long road ahead to get this acne gone, but I am so encouraged by these 2 products. If you are struggling with hyperpigmentation, this is a must. My nightly routine: -wash face with CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin Pat dry and wait until skin is completely dry -apply The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA just a few drops is enough for the whole face! Let dry completely. -apply The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% just a small pea sized amount for the entire face. -Go to bed and wake up with smaller pimples and less dark spots!
The Ordinary-Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
The Types Of Wrinkles You Need To Know! And How To Treat Them
Not all wrinkles are born equal. We fight them off with creams and serums, but perhaps we forget the beauty of someone’s smile lines as proof of a life well-lived.
Mandelic Acid This AHA is suitable for sensitive skin, because it has larger molecules which penetrate the skin more slowly, therefore reducing irritation! Originally derived from bitter almonds 🥜 Mandelic Acid helps to fade hyperpigmentation, even skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles! Remember to always use SPF with this ingredient🌞 & look for an opaque storage container! Product Recommendations: facetheory - Mandelibright Serum S7 Dr Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel GARDEN of WISOM - Mandelic Acid 10% serum Let me know what you think of this ingredient below? 👍👎
Dr Dennis Gross-Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel
About Mandelic acid
My go to is The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA Where it comes from: Mandelic acid is derived from bitter almonds. It’s an AHA that’s been mostly studied for use with acne. AHAs are natural and synthetic ingredients that provide skin care benefits ranging from exfoliation to increasing hydration and firmness. Benefits of Mandelic acid: -Gentle on skin: it is amazing for people with sensitive skin including myself. It won’t irritate or cause any redness to my skin. The reason that it doesn’t irritate is because it penetrates the skin at a slow rate making it very gentle on the skin. -Cell turnover: Mandelic acid accelerates cell turnover and functions as a powerful exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. For this reason, mandelic acid is found in some chemical peels. - Promotes collagen production: mandelic acid improves skin appearance because it promotes collagen production Uses for Mandelic acid: - acne: Skin oils, bacteria, dead skin cells, and inflammation can trigger acne. Using skin care products containing mandelic acid help regulate sebum production, unclog pores, and reduce inflammation. This can result in fewer acne breakouts - skin texture: The exfoliating action of mandelic acid removes dead skin cells, which may leave your skin firmer and smoother. -hyperpigmentation: Mandelic acid may also have some lightening properties for dark spots, such as those seen in melasma Overall, my skin went so bad and became dry because of a product I was using but when I added this to my routine it helped my skin recover so much so I can start testing out other products again
The Ordinary-Mandelic Acid 10% + HA