Trending Skincare Super Ingredients
I’ll start out by telling you a bit about my skin; it’s sensitive and normal-dry depending on the season. I also have rosacea on my cheeks. I am always looking for skincare that hydrates, soothes, and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I am 31 years old and have just recently started adding some anti-aging products into my routine, though I can thankfully say I don’t have many signs of aging yet🤞🏻 Today I’m going to tell you about some skincare “super ingredients” that you might have been hearing about because they have become very popular in the skincare world. Ashwaganda - ashwaganda is an ancient medicinal herb that is classified as an adaptogen, which means it can help your body manage stress. In skincare, and this YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi
the texture of this is lovely, it’s not too heavy but feels incredibly hydrating on the skin.
it has very little to no smell, which I really appreciate
it definitely helps me with redness and dryness
I would for sure repurchase thisNiacinamide - niacinimide is an essential nutrient that can help build proteins in the skin and lock in moisture to prevent environmental damage. The CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Radiance Serum The Brightening Solution
the texture of both of these products is lightweight; the serum is a milky consistency and the moisturizer is a gel-cream.
I wish that the moisturizer was a little more hydrating; I can’t really use it once the weather gets cold because it’s just not hydrating enough for me
both of these products are quite strongly scented, some may find it overpowering
I feel like they both make a difference in the overall appearance of my skin. They definitely help to brighten and even out my skin.
I’m unsure if I would repurchase the moisturizer, but would repurchase the serumRetinol - retinol supports natural collagen production in the skin, nurtures the skin, and diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This FIRST AID BEAUTY - FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum
the texture isn’t overly thick and it sinks into the skin quickly
too new to my routine to say if I’d repurchase yet#CheriePartner
Face creams for uneven texture
Skin brightening serums
Face creams for irritated skin
Inflammation face serums
Beauty products for uneven skin texture
FIRST AID BEAUTY
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE
Oct. 18, 2020
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Favorite All Around Moisturizer 💦
The product that started it all - 𝔸𝕕𝕒𝕡𝕥𝕠𝕘𝕖𝕟 𝔻𝕖𝕖𝕡 𝕄𝕠𝕚𝕤𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕖 ℂ𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕞 was the first product that I tried & fell in love with from Youth to the People 💚🌱 Formulated with jojoba, squalane & shea butter, as well as peptides & plant extracts, this moisturizer focuses on providing hydration & nourishment for dry, irritated, & sensitive skin. It has a creamy, rich texture, but is lightweight on the skin & seeps into the skin with little effort, and doesn’t clog your pores. I typically prefer gel textured moisturizers for the most part, but I just love how light this moisturizer is and how it doesn’t sit on the skin or leave a greasy film. It is free of fragrance with no added scent; just smells natural & earthy due to the ingredients incorporated in the formula, but certainly nothing you’d notice while applying. You get a generous 2 oz of product in the full size recyclable jar, and not a lot of product is needed, so it will last you quite awhile. I’ve used this moisturizer in my daytime and nighttime routine, and it’s fantastic either way! 𝒯𝒾𝓅 - If you have a skincare fridge, this is definitely a moisturizer worth storing inside as it feels even more soothing when applying chilled. And if you use this as a nighttime moisturizer, I also recommend adding 2-3 drops of the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil for an extra boost of hydration & beautiful natural glow finish! 🌟 Have you tried this moisturizer before? Do you love it too? 💚 YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi
My January 2021 empties
Looks like I emptied many of the cleansing products. Star of the month goes to: Bronze - BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream likely to repurchase when finished other eye cream inventories. This is somewhat rich eye cream and glide on easily. Silver - FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm got silver just because it has attracted everyone’s attention. I still have one big jar to go then will try something else after. Gold - DHC - DHC Lip Cream this is something I can’t live without and will never trade for anything else. Will definitely keep repurchasing!
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Ok, I like this. 😳
I've tried a few First Aid Beauty products in the past and they were...ok. Not great, just ok. I had a cystic acne flare-up during the holidays and a lot of hyperpigmentation was just not going away fast enough. My skin was also sensitive cause I used peroxyde gel for acne and nothing seemed to make my skin bounce back fully. Even if my acne cleared up, my skin was still sensitive, my pores were large and my skin was just dull. This FIRST AID BEAUTY - FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum gave me the boost I needed for my other products to work better and my skin to finally bounce back. It also worked super fast. I was waiting to make a review, but this finally gave me my plump skin back. It also did wonders for my stubborn hyperpigmentation that lingered. I've been using for 3 weeks every 2 to 3 days at night and the results are great. I didn't dry out my skin at all. Adapting to my now-sensitive skin is always a learning curve. I'm happy to have found a good retinol product for sensitive skin. It's 77$ though. I still love my Sweet CHEF - Beet + Vitamin A Serum Shot which is a 19,99$ option, but the FAB one works faster for sure (and the retinol is higher on the ingredient list).
Ulta & Marshall’s Hair & Skin Haul
What’s up my bargain basement bitches? Due to my recent unprecedented BREAKOUT on my damn chin/cheek/mustache area I decided it was time to use my Adult Money ™️ to purchase some new skin ~clearing~ items. Being that I work for the government, I am absolutely the furthest from raking in that dough, so bargains are v appealing to me. I’m an Ulta shopper, not sorry. I don’t give a dern about makeup and I find that Ulta has that good good, cruelty free, clean, & affordable skin care. Also fuck that elitist Sephora energy, my local Ulta has a salon in the back that I can only imagine is the equivalent of a set of Super Cuts side bangs. Featured in this haul: Ulta TULA SKINCARE - Keep It Clear Acne Foam Cleanser($34) TULA SKINCARE - The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser (free sample) LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne Treatment($30) COSRX - Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence on sale 50% off! ($12) Marshall’s Random ass Facial Steamer ($16) “ABSOLUTEHEAT” Pro Iron Series curling wand ($20) Golden Castor Oil with eyebrow/lash brushes ($7) AQUIS - Hair Towel Waffle Luxe Moody Gray($10) I have been using FIRST AID BEAUTY - FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serumand FIRST AID BEAUTY - FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid which are wonderful, especially the eye cream which completely blasted the dry patch near the corner of my eye that was there for MONTHS but I felt like tapering up a bit after introducing retinol for the first time about a month and a half ago. It is also likely that the breakout on my chin/cheeks is due to the retinol serum (I currently use 2-3x wk and don’t use any actives with it except for Mad Hippie - Triple C Night Creamwhich I’m prettty sure clogs the shit out of my pores but w/e). I will post a skin check-in tomorrow & eventually review these products after I work them into my routine. So far, so good! I will say the Tula SA cleanser had a super strong tea tree fragrance which isn’t a dealbreaker for me so much as a indicator of some powerful shit. Fingers crossed this gets the pesky comedones on my chin/upper lip to dissolve 🤓. In the meantime, comment below with your favorite sheet masks to use with the face steamer! I got it for my bf mostly, as well as an extraction toolkit because he likes to take things into his own hands with his skin and I respect that- so I got him some tools that can be sterilized & keep him from poking holes his face with my stolen embroidery needles.
My Caudalie Favorites
Wanted to show some love for one of my favorite brands during today’s post! When I first got into skincare, Caudalie was always a brand I wanted to try. They focus on clean, sustainable skincare that leaves your skin smooth and glowing! My two favorite products from them are the CAUDALIE - CAUDALIE Beauty Elixir and the CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Brightening Moisturizer with Niacinamide ! Both are a little on the pricier side for me but they are lasting forever! When I use them in the morning it gives my skin that lit from within glow! I’ve found that some people love their products and for others, they’re just meh.
My Current HG Moisturizers!
Here are my two favorite moisturizers, one perfect for the AM and one I love using at night! I love the CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Brightening Moisturizer with Niacinamide because it is lightweight and perfect for my morning routine! It also does instantly brighten my skin which I love in the morning! The EARTH HARBOR - SIREN SILK Multi-Tasking Hydration Creme is a great PM moisturizer as it is a little thicker and contains sea retinol! The texture of this one is so unique as it’s more whipped and feels so refreshing on my skin! Let me know what your favorite moisturizers are!
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My Morning Routine
I haven’t shared a routine for awhile and I’m constantly testing new products out so I wanted to give you a peek into what my typical morning routine looks like these days. I start off with a very small gentle wash with fresh - Soy Face Cleanser Jumbo I received this a long while ago and Fresh is a very popular brand. Unfortunately they are highly fragranced so I never rushed to try this out. I was going to re-gift it but in the end decided to give it a try. It has a light cucumber scent and is very easy to work with. I don’t wear makeup (these days) so I’m not sure how easy it is to remove. I don’t mind it but will not be purchasing any Fresh products. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator next I exfoliate every other day with this. I’m a huge fan of hydration products and depending on my mood, and my skins mood, will go in with 2-4 products at this point (essences and hydrating toners). I like to use products versus water to lock in hydration. First I apply with my hands I'm from - Rice Toner and while still damp, (THIS IS IMPORTANT) I add 2-3 drops off GLOW RECIPE - Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Serum I am really liking this HA serum and only took a ⭐️ away for added fragrance. Next is my treatment step which in the am is Vitamin c. CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Radiance Serum The Brightening Solution is said to be 62x’s more effective than vitamin c so I like to trade off using this and any other vitamin c serums I have. I just recently added PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist C15 Super Boosteras at my age I really want to prevent those wrinkles and stop any signs of aging I can! PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Restoring Moisturizer With SPF 50 is the final step. I like having a moisturizer and SPF in one. I like this as my mind is immediately taken to the beach. It has that lovely scent that reminds me of my youth. Upon first application it left a slight white cast that quickly went away and I couldn’t tell I was wearing any sunscreen at all. No heavy, tacky, greasy feeling. There you have it! If you are not a twice a day cleanser and just use water in the am this routine could be simplified even a few more steps. You could skip the rice toner and just use water to dampen before adding HA. Also just using one vitamin c. This would leave you with four steps. I personally like to do a light cleanse in the am as I’m using retinol and heavy moisturizers at night and want to wash them away before coming in with any new products. Otherwise I feel like I am just layering my am products on top of my previous pm ones. Hope my skinnies are staying healthy both mentally and physically. Keep wearing your masks and let’s keep everyone healthy and safe! ❤️🍒😷
I was recently sent this Caudalie serum via Octoly, gifted by Caudalie. I’m a long time user of their CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Radiance Serum The Brightening Solution so I was excited to be able to give this a try. First off, I love the bottle. It’s a pink frosted glass that has the best way to dispense the product. You can turn the nozzle to lock it as well. One pump covers my face and neck so I typically use 1.5 pumps to cover my décolletage as well. I use it both am/pm and apply it after toning. It does have a slight perfume scent to it. This is why I took one ⭐️ away. It’s not overwhelming and doesn’t linger but I much prefer my skincare without fragrance. It leaves no tacky residue. I’ve been using it now for 2.5 weeks so I cannot determine if it’s making any changes. That’s my one complaint about Octoly is you have to have your review in within 21 days and that to me isn’t long enough to have results from a product like this. For a wash, moisturizer or sunscreen it’s fine but it can take up to 3 months before any results can be seen with serums. I usually won’t do a review until it’s been apart of my routine for over 30 days. What I can say is this hasn’t caused me any irritation and I do feel in combination with my other skincare products I will indeed see positive change. I’m now 47 (🙈) and can proudly say I have hardly a visible line to be seen. Being a “mature” woman comes with some unfortunate flaws (although I like to say every line or spot I can see tells about my life journey- except the stubborn acne scars!). One worry I have looking at the woman in my family is sagging skin. It’s definitely genetic. So I will be doing all I can to keep this face firm! And this serum promises to do so. ——— This oil-free serum visibly firms, lifts & reduces the look of fine lines with Caudalie's exclusive patented alternative to retinol to visibly firm skin. This serum has the highest concentration of Caudalie's exclusive patent Resveratrol + Hyaluronic acid + Vegan collagen alternative. This patented blend is a clean and non-irritating retinol alternative, proven to be 2X more effective than retinol to visibly firm skin. —— Once I hit the bottom of the bottle (probably 2.5-3 months) I will know if it’s a repurchase. For now, it’s still up in the air. I will be sure to do a follow up on this when I do finish it. I’m thankful to Caudalie & Octoly for the opportunity to try this out. Much ❤️ skinnies 🍒
💛BEST HYALURONIC ACID SERUM EVER! 🧡💙
Myth: Only dry skin can be dehydrated. Wrong! Normal and oily skin can be dehydrated as well. Dehydrated skin is skin that lacks water content, while dryness refers to skin that lacks oil . In fact, oily skin tends to overproduce oil to compensate for the lack of water. This can lead to breakouts and enlarged pores. Other signs of dehydration include tightness, fine lines, dullness, and increased sensitivity. 💛Let’s Talk Hyaluronic Acid🧡💙 Hyalruonic Acid is one of the best answers for dehydrated skin. It’s a humectant, an ingredient that binds to moisture. It has the ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water! This results in hydrated, soft, plump skin! HADALABO - Gokujyun Premium Lotion contains FIVE types of hyaluronic acid as well as sacaran algae known for its moisturizing properties. Hello hydration! 💦 💛Review🧡💙 (Swipe to see texture pic) This product is a serum with a thick milky consistency. It’s formulated WITHOUT fragrance, dye, or mineral oil.Since this product is a humectant, it’s best to use this product when the skin is wet. I currently use this at night.After I cleanse my skin, I immediately put this on and tap it into my skin. After it fully absorbs, I follow up with my moisturizer. This J-product product beats all of the overpriced HA serums in Sephora! Not only does it keep my skin hydrated, soft and plump for hours, but within 10-15 minutes of usage, the appearance of my enlarged pores are gone! This will also be a lifesaver when my skin becomes dry and sensitive during winter. This is a new constant in my routine. I got mine in an Asian beauty store but you can find the product on Amazon and YesStyle! It’s only 15 dollars!! Can’t wait to try more products from this brand! Happy Hydration! 💦
HADALABO-Gokujyun Premium Lotion
So you over exfoliated your skin.. what’s next?
So you over exfoliated your skin... it’s okay. It happens. I’ve been super guilty in the past of loading everything on my face or thinking “the more I use something the more effective it will be”. When over exfoliation happens your skin starts to go into distress. Your moisture barrier is compromised. Your skin might start to feel irritated, itchy, and inflamed. When this happens at any time I like to reset my routine with gentler products. This guide is meant for sensitized skin but the products are also perfect for those with sensitive or dry skin. 1.) Stop using exfoliating/stripping products I know you want to keep using your routine to see results but now is the time to take a break. Stop exfoliation, retinol, acne treatments, and foaming cleansers. These products are going to be too intense for sensitized skin right now. 2.) Opt for mild and emollient products This is when I switch my routine to products that are more geared towards sensitive skin. Two power house ingredients I look for are colloidal oatmeal and cannabis sativa seed oil. My favorite being colloidal oatmeal which helps to soften and soothe the skin. My favorite product I’ve been using to soothe my mask irritation has been the FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask as it nourishes and protects. Cannabis sativa oil on the other hand helps repair the skin’s moisture barrier while helping to reduce inflammation. As always you want to seal everything in with a moisturizer. For sensitive or sensitized skin I always say go for a fragrance free/dye free lightweight cream. My favorite lately has been the dr. brandt - Cool Biotic Prebiotic Redness Relief Cream as it contains colloidal oatmeal, cannabis sativa seed oil, and ceramides (ceramides are amazing for locking moisture into the skin to help prevent dryness and irritation). 3.) Add hydrating, antioxidant, or inflammation reducing treatments The only “treatments” I will add to my routine when my skin feels sensitized are either hydrating, have antioxidant properties, or reduce inflammation. I am currently using is the GOOD MOLECULES - Hyaluronic Acid Serum as this will help draw and keep water in the skin. I also swear by the GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner which showcases niacinamide with its anti-inflammatory properties. This toner is very gentle on the skin and sinks right in which is why I use it at the beginning of my routine. With the skin being wet from the toner is “prepped” for all the other ingredients to penetrate deeper and work more effectively. 4.) Wear sunscreen/avoid the sun I know this is usually everyone’s least favorite part of their routine but it’s the most important. With fresh cells at the forefront they need to be protected from UV damage. They are more susceptible to damage being “newer” than older cells. If you don’t protect these everything else is counterproductive.
dr. brandt-Cool Biotic Prebiotic Redness Relief Cream
Despite the controversy behind the brand’s initial launch, I absolutely love this brand. Not only is it affordable, but it is effective. Once again it’s shown me that good skincare doesn’t have to break the bank to be effective. Skin type: combination NATURIUM - Vitamin C Complex Serum Let’s start off with this one. Now, next to my Paulas choice vitamin C serum, this is one of my favorite vitamin c serums. It is a 22% vitamin c serum, which is one of the highest I’ve seen in a product. It does not have fragrance in it nor is it tacky like a few other vitamin c serums that I’ve tried. I’ve tried so many different vitamin c serums from drunk elephant, to ole henriksen, to Peter Thomas Roth, to Sunday Riley, to finally paulas choice and by far the most effective ones me have been Naturium and Paulas choice vitamin c serums. They are both good on sensitive skin too which is an added bonus. NATURIUM - Retinol Complex Cream I wanted to explore the world of retinol because I was noticing laugh lines and under eye bags. Then when I did some additional research, I noticed that retinol is all around good for everything and to think I was nervous about incorporating into in my skincare. At first I looked at it like this scary thing that I shouldn’t use unless I was like 35+. Yes, I was stupid, but now I’ve seen the light. I use the cream at night by itself and it’s so moisturizing before bed. Plus I don’t wake up with super dry skin either. I know some people have started with retinol and maybe it was a little aggressive on their skin, but the way it’s formulated in this product is very gentle. Pro tip: I typically use a chemical exfoliant, and since I’ve been using a retinol, I’ve been exfoliating my skin a little bit less. Granted, it all depends on how my skin feels, so listen to your skin while you’re using skincare products. Your skin doesn’t lie!
NATURIUM-Retinol Complex Cream
My favorite night serum
I’ve tried 3 different serums for caudalie I actually enjoyed all of them but this was by far my favorite. I have dry and sensitive skin and I didn’t have any negative reactions to this one . It leaves me skin feeling so soft and gives me such a beautiful glow in the mornings . This retails for $79 but they currently have this kit that includes the full serum and essence and moisturizer in mini sizes so I picked this up instead . CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Radiance Serum The Brightening Solution
CAUDALIE-Vinoperfect Radiance Serum The Brightening Solution
Must Have Skincare for Sensitive Skin
So I am declaring myself the queen of sensitive skin. I have had sensitive skin my whole life and I feel like it’s only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older because I also have rosacea and then there’s also the fact that...I’m getting older (😭😭😭). I have a lot of dryness and redness in my cheeks, around my nose, and some around my chin which is mostly related to hormones and all that fun stuff. I do also get hormonal breakouts and am just starting to get some minor fine lines. As I’ve learned more about skincare and tried many (so many) products over the years, these are some that have become staples for me! I try to be really careful with how often I add new products and make sure I fully read the ingredients to know if they’ll be good for my sensitive skin. • a good basic moisturizer (ideally containing ceramides) will go a long way; I mean basic in the sense that it doesn’t do a lot other than focus on hydrating + protecting your skin. I love the DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lala Retro Whipped Cream • serums, serums, serums! They’re such a great way to add concentrated ingredients to your routine and boost all that goodness into your skin. I’ve been loving the Corpa Flora - Antidote HB5 Hydration and the 03 Redness Relief by the same brand - such a great duo for hydrating and soothing! • hyaluronic acid (like this one by Allies of Skin) is SO good for sensitive skin and adds a boost hydration back into your skin’s barrier Allies of Skin - Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum • vitamin c is literally amazing for everyone but if you have sensitive skin just be careful with the concentration + additives! This one is amaaazing SKINCEUTICALS - Serum 10 Aox+ and does such a great job of brightening + clearing my skin. • masks targeted to soothing, gently exfoliating, calming, etc. A couple of my favourites lately are the SKINCEUTICALS - PHYTO CORRECTIVE MASK Calming Face Mask For Blotchy Skin (tip - keep this one in the fridge, it feels SO GOOD) and the insta natural - Exfoliating Glycolic Mask - they’ve both made a big difference in my skin. • face mists are a must for me to keep my skin hydrated + refreshed! I find rose water mists are super soothing for my sensitive skin. What are your go-to products for sensitive skin?! #CheriePartner
Corpa Flora-Antidote HB5 Hydration
Oily Skin Glow Up ✨
I know usually when you have oily skin the last thing you want to do is have a glowy complexion. Usually it’s matte everything. Mayttifying Toner. Matte primer. Matte foundation. But there are the occasional times I like a little bit of glow to my skincare. I believe there is a line between oily and glowing and you can achieve it with the right products. I, personally, have oily acne prone skin. When I want a little bit more of a glow I go with this routine: 1.) Cleanse - GEORGETTE KLINGER - Vitamin C Cleansing Gel Gel cleansers are amazing for oily skin! You’re going to get the deep cleanse you need without stripping your skin. I like the fact this one has vitamin C included which is going to help give your skin a boost to brighten a dull complexion. 2.) Treat - Murad - Vitamin C Glycolic Brightening Serum As much as I like the cleanser including vitamin C you’re going to get the most benefits out of a leave on treatment. This treatment pairs vitamin C with glycolic acid to give you a brighter, healthier looking complexion. The glycolic acid (which is great for oily skin!) is a chemical exfoliator that buffs away the dull dead skin cells to enhance the delivery of the vitamin C. It also has a little bit of a shimmer to the product which gives you a beautiful lit from within glow. It absorbs easily and feels really lightweight so oily skin isn’t bogged down all day like it can with other “glowy” products. 3.) Moisturize - GLAMGLOW - Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow (travel size) Now if I really want to have a glow I pull this out. You can really replace this with any gel moisturizer you have but this one does have a bit of nude shimmer in it that will help contribute to your glow up! It’s a very light weight gel consistency and a little goes a long way. 4.) Sunscreen - KINSHIP - Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturzing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32 If you’re exfoliating or using vitamin C you HAVE to wear sunscreen. No ifs, ands, or buts. You have to. Those products, as beneficial as they are, make your skin a lot more photosensitive to the sun. 90% of aging comes from UVA/UVB rays so we need to help prevent this as much as possible. The Kinship sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen that is reef safe and designed for acne prone skin. This sunscreen has a little bit of a peach, glowy tint that rubs into the skin transparent but with a little bit of a glow. It highlights turmeric which soothes the skin (which you’ll need if you’re exfoliating) as well as strengthens and protects damaged skin. It also has kinbiome which will help strengthen your skin barrier. I received the Georgette Klinger as a gift the beginning of the month and I’ve been using it ever since. The Murad and Kinship I received in the 5th edition of the Trendmood box and they became immediate favorites. I’ve had a few Glamglow travel samples for quite a few years now.
GLAMGLOW- Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow (travel size)
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