The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA fades scars
About a year ago I banged my ankle on one of those stupid bird scooter things and it immediately swelled up and bruised in the worst possible way. I think it took a full 6 months before it stopped hurting and the bruising went down but a year later I still had what I would describe as a bruise shadow. I don't know if there's a technical term for it, but its a noticeable dark spot that just would not go away. Anyway, earlier this year I accidentally bought some Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA from the Ordinary because it had been shelved wrong at Ulta. I tried it on my face and within a month it had evened out my freckles which always come out in full force in the summer. I was actually blown away at how well it worked on my face I decided to try it on a few dark spots on my legs, including this bruise. The only skin I'm really self conscious about besides my face is my lower legs. Over the years I've hacked them to sh*t hiking, climbing, running, and doing crazy outdoor stuff so my legs are covered in spots and scars. Since I was done using the AA 2% + HA on my face I figured why not try it on my legs. Within a month of spotty use I feel like I'm actually seeing the bruise shadow fade! I never really considered using TO stuff on other spots on my body, but because it's so inexpensive I really don't feel bad experimenting with it and I'm pretty stoked that it seems to be working. Might be worth a shot if you struggle with spots elsewhere on your body as well. Full routine out of the shower daily: 1. The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
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Jun. 17, 2020
AnneeHOMG Thank you SM for sharing this!!!! I once leaned an egg tart on my leg and it left me with a huge scar. I had been searching for solutions a lot and I really hope this can work on me too!!!
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Pmd microdermabrasion one month progress
definitely if I lightened some dark spots in a month and when doing so I used alpha arbutin the ordinary and cerave renewing pmd - Personal Microderm with Hand & Foot Kit The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA CeraVe - Skin Renewing Night Cream I upload the progress in one more month I hope it helps some of you.
The Process !! Everyone !!! The Process !!
Hey everyone !! Since you’ve guys last heard from me , I had a completely different skin care routine.. I just came to tell you guys how much I love THE ORDINARY!!! Thanks to the ordinary , I’m feeling better than ever & so good with my healthy , glowing skin. It’s only up from here!!!!! My new skin care routine is below : I start out using my Cetaphil - Gentle Skin Cleanser mixing it with YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser I then pay my face dry with a PAPER TOWEL. I stopped using clean cloths like rags or towels... they seem to work better. I after go in with my The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% After using, The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% ThenThe Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA I then go in with my Tretinoin 0.025% cream , mixing it with my The Ordinary - Retinol 0.5% in Squalane After this using my Cetaphil - Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream mixing this with The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil In the morning , I mix in my sunscreen with the Rose hip oil & my moisturizing cream , because my sunscreen which is CeraVe - Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 for Body with Zinc Oxide gives off a very white cast. At night I just moisturize with the listed above products . At night I also use my AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay AFTER cleansing my face . Then I go in with my serums & retinols. The Ordinary really has become such a life changer . Finally , Making me feel comfortable in my own skin. I hope this helps anyone who is going through acne. You’re not alone. Don’t let your acne define you! You’re beautiful!! Thank you everyone💓 I hope you guys keep helping me & stay by my side during my journey!!! Have a blessed day!!! Much love!
Stretch Mark Prevention 🤰🏻🍼
During pregnancy the skin stretches a lot and it is easy for small breaks to occur due to the lack of elasticity and for unwanted stretch marks to appear. You must have your skin well hydrated throughout your pregnancy, so it is essential to apply a moisturizer or an oil indicated for pregnant women at least twice a day. Here I show you the products that helped me prevent stretch marks during my pregnancy: ￼￼￼Bio-Oil - Multiuse Skincare Oil This magical position saved me! Bio‑Oil® Skincare Oil is the world’s leading scar and stretch mark product. ￼￼NIVEA - Nourishing Care Body Wash ￼￼NIVEA - NIVEA Crème ￼￼NIVEA - Essentially Enriched Body Lotion Deep nourishing moisture Reduces the roughness of dry to very dry skin, after just 1 application. Locks in moisture & gives noticeably smoother skin. ￼￼PALMER'S - Cocoa Butter Formula Oil With Vitamin E ￼￼PALMER'S - Cocoa Butter Formula, Massage Cream for Stretch Marks I used Palmer’s products for the first few months of my pregnancy, they are good but NIVEA and BIO OIL products make me felt “safer”. Nivea creams and body wash are truly deep and nourishing hydration, I felt the difference immediately. The secret is prevention, the sooner you start is better. Good luck 👍🏻😉
This is Why You should Apply Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is a natural fats that has a list number of benefits including reducing the appearance of stretch marks as well as helping relieve congestions. More on that, it has lupoel cinnamate, a form of of anti-inflavmationary qualities to prevent from tumor growth. Studies have been shown that Cocoa butter is rich in fatty acids, plant sterols and a laundry list of vitamins. It has been used in so many skincare products like body lotions, body oils, that helps to improve skin health; and lip balms. Unlike petroleum-based lip balms that clogs the lips, cocoa butter can be absorbed by the skin and acting like a moisturizer. PALMER'S - Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion Actually this is the body lotion from my 6 month pregnant sister. She has been an ingredients freak after pregnancy and cocoa butter is one of the holly grail ingredient that I first heard from her. She started using it 2 months before and she said it feels great on the skin. Since cocoa butter has Vitamin E and other fatty acids benefit of reducing appearance of scars on skin, it is applied in many natural pregnancy products for postpartum recovery. PALMER'S - Cocoa Butter Formula Oil With Vitamin E This body lotion and body oil from Palmer’s are the star products that contains cocoa butter as main ingredients. It is inexpensive and does well as others have mentioned on preventing stretch marks. Works very well at soothing dryness almost immediately. Excellent overall. GARNIER - Whole Blends Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter Extracts Smoothing Shampoo GARNIER - Whole Blends Smoothing Conditioner With Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter Extracts Last but not least, cocoa butter is also commonly used in conditioners and shampoos for hair aids in reducing hair loses. It has the effect of preventing onset of male pattern baldness. This set from Garnier is recommended by my classmates in schools who studies engineering and suffered from terrible hair loss. Surprisingly it does reduces the loss of hair in a certain level. Since it also works well for me after 2 weeks of using it. Supper recommended!
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My Acne Skincare Routine - Results in 4 Days✨
I have always struggled with dry skin + acne since I was 18 and the moment I saw significant results on my acne, I knew that the only way I could find the one product to work on my skin type is if I get myself educated and open to trying out new things even if I think it won’t work since I am acne-prone. SWIPE LEFT TO SEE MY RESULTS: I started taking photos of myself to keep track of what I’ve been using that I can’t see by looking in the mirror everyday! (PRO TIP) So, I’m so glad to finally share this for everyone to keep in mind when trying out products and hopefully it will encourage you to try it out for yourself. Of course you need to do your research but hey, skincare is all about trial and error right? At least now you know what you don’t know! Here’s a sneak peak of my acne skincare routine👇🏼 DAILY AM & PM ROUTINE: Cetaphil - Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser ￼1 squeeze + to gentle cleanse my sensitive skin The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ￼2 drops + for extra and clear overall imperfections The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ￼2-3 drops + bring hydration to my skin CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin ￼1 inch or fingertip size + to moisturize CeraVe - Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 For Normal To Oily Skin ￼half a pump + I use it as my sunscreen for anti-aging Benzagel - Acne Gel 5% ￼the reason why I got results in 4 days! Less is more due to concentration. I only applied on acne spots A few tips while using the products + keep in mind: ￼For each products, I wait 1 min each to let it seep in to my skin ￼applied by pressing the product on my skin to avoid premature aging ￼applied my moisturizer and sunscreen lifting upwards (never down or circular motion) and enough to disperse the product but not as much touching my skin, if that makes sense ￼I stopped picking my skin especially even if it was flaky! I had that habit for a couple of months which made my acne worst with marks before I tried the benzoly. So please take everyone’s advise on this! If you had to scratch your nose or you’re itchy, I usually just lightly press my fingernails on my skin. Weird but it helped to avoid irritation while I have my products on and if your hands are 100% clean, it won’t do anything + itch is gone! I hope you understood what I mean by pressing your fingernails ￼Consistency and discpline is key! I don’t know why people don’t include disciple because without it, consistency is nothing. It’s also like saying something you don’t mean ￼Notice that I include how much I used? Less is more and clearly, you can see the difference ￼Notice how I only took a photo on the left side of my face? That can only mean because of my pillow. Please change it! ￼Of course 4 days isn’t enough to get clear skin but it’s always a step closer to reach my goals so patience is also key!
Hey y’all! Jumping on the trend, here is my day/night skincare routine MINUS treatments, because I simply could not fit them in!!! Morning: Cleanser Toner 3 serums 2 “eye” creams (I use Purito for my smile & forehead lines, inkey for my inner corner eye because it is super dry due to allergies) Water cream moisturizer Sunscreen Lip balm/salve Evening/Night: Cleansing balm Salicylic acid cleanser Toner 2 serums 2 “eye” creams Moisturizer Vaseline stick balm (dry eyes again) Lip balm/salve Treatments I use: THE inkey LIST - Succinic Acid Acne Treatment I use this as an acne spot treatment when I feel like I need it The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA I use this once a week as my chemical exfoliant THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum I use this once a week, currently working it Into my routine (on my second week) & over my moisturizer How am I doing? Any recommendations? Let me know below! PS- I like a huge routine because it makes me feel bougie. I know many of these are not necessary, but I like to use them regardless 😄
Quarantine Glowup: Underarm Edition 🙋🏼♀️
A part of our body that we really tend to overlook is our armpits, especially in the wintertime. I have always been so self conscious about my underarms because they have always been dark and bumpy. During this quarantine time that we have, I am using it to get my underarms in shape for summer! The first thing I am doing regularly is using either a physical exfoliant (Frank Body’s Coffee Scrub) or a chemical exfoliant (The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid) on my underarms 2-3 times per week. Both of these are very gentle on the skin, but I still feel like both of them clear out my pores and help reduce the bumps. I am also trying to treat them like the skin on my face and moisturize my underarms EVERY day! I am using Gold Bond’s Rough and Bumpy Skin Lotion. I have used this for KP bumps on my legs for years and it is great for moisturizing and also providing additional exfoliation! Another thing I have started over this time is using a natural deodorant! I sweat a lot and struggle with odor, so this is a big step for me! There has not been a ton of research done on the topic, but I have seen some articles stating that bumpy underarms are sometimes caused by aluminum buildup. So I am switching to Kopari, which is a natural, coconut oil-based deodorant. I figure that the coconut oil will help with moisturizing my underarms as well! I got the original coconut milk scent and I am very pleased with it so far! The smell is pleasant and it feels quite nourishing for my underarms. I haven’t noticed an overwhelming amount of sweating either! I have only been following this routine for about a week now, but I am extremely pleased with all of the products I have used so far and I am excited to see the results in a few weeks!
Amazing Yet Underrated: Azelaic Acid Suspension
Alright, let’s be honest; I feel like a majority of people that are into skincare know about the Ordinary. It is a brand that has been getting a lot of exposure lately because of its affordable prices with great quality products. Their serums (niacinamide, hyaluronic acid) are one of the most popular products from the line. Although I own and love these serums, there is a product that I came across and bought that has helped my skin tremendously over the past few months. This product is the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%; it is defined as a “multifunctional brightening formula.” This suspension is so well rounded and can treat various skin concerns. Azelaic acid is an antioxidant that helps with dark spots, pores, and redness; and although I don’t suffer from acne, I heard that this ingredient helps a lot with the healing process of acne scarring. Lastly, it’s super lightweight and makes my skin feel very soft! Even though this product is great for all skin types, I would do a skin patch test if you have sensitive skin (considering the fact that it is a direct acid). If your skin does not react well to the suspension, it could lead to skin irritation so be careful. But aside from that, I think that the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% can benefit anyone and it’s only about 8 dollars! I use it only at night, but it’s gentle enough to be applied twice a day daily. Just make sure to put on your sunscreen in the daytime :)
The Ordinary-Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
No apricot scrub to be found here | 🙅🏻♀️✌🏻🍑
The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA Much like oil, I think a handful of us had some second thoughts when we were told to put acid on our faces. Salicylic and hyaluronic acid have been staples in skincare forever, but lactic acid is a newer fighter...at least in the public eye. People have been leaning towards this type to assist in chemical exfoliation: ridding yourself of extra layers without causing microscopic tears like many physical ones do. I picked up The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA solution a few months ago and have been loving the way it makes my skin feel. What I love about it: ✨ Lactic acid is a chemical exfoliant. You can help resurface your skin and rid it of dead, dry patches, without using an abrasive (and possibly damaging) physical exfoliant. The Ordinary makes this product at a 5% solution as well, so you can test it out with a lighter formula and make sure it agrees with your skin. ✨ This product is infused with Tasmanian pepperberry to help offset any inflammation or sensitivity that exfoliation might cause. You're actively fighting against any negative outcomes when you use this stuff, so you're only seeing the good results while the ingredients take care of the rest. ✨ Lactic acid can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun, thus being a built in reminder to wear that SPF, baby! I prefer to use this product at night just in case, but slathering on some light sun protection in the AM will help your results be pleasant even if you're working on a sunny patio or just spending some time at the park. ✨ Chemical exfolitation can be especially effective in helping remove milia - those tiny little bumps that aren't acne, but don't want to go away. The gentle pH level is just enough to remove some layers of skin where the milia may be harbouring, and help break down those proteins so you can have a smooth canvas again. Toss out your St. Ives Apricot Scrub (if you somehow haven't already...) and spend the extra $2-3 to grab yourself some of this magic. It'll last you months, treat your skin well, and show you what you've been missing. Here I was thinking exfoliation SHOULD hurt a little bit...ugh, no thanks. 🤦🏻♀️ What's your favourite chemical exfoliant? Do you use lactic acid too? 🧪
The Ordinary-Lactic Acid 10% + HA
Fave or meh? The Ordinary
The Ordinary is a brand that offers products with active ingredients, in simple packaging and at low prices. If you like skincare, you probably already know this brand. Most of its formulas are simple and offer only one ingredient. I have tried some of their products, here is my opinion. The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA Is one of the mildest AHAs, which helps with fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture and dullness. Its a good option for glycolic acid, since lactic acid is softer. It leaves my skin soft and its not greasy. It is a good alternative to Sunday Riley's lactic acid. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution It is an exfoliating peel to brighten, fights acne and even out skin tone. Its color is beautiful and many people have tried it. It works very well, you see subtle results from the first use, it leaves the skin glowy and clean. If you don't have sensitive skin, you should give it a try, maybe it will become your favorite peel. The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' It contains 5 different peptides to combat the first signs of aging. Leaves skin soft and fresh. I bought this product for my husband and we both liked, it has Matrixyl 300 and argirelox. I don’t use it daily, because my skin tends to be acne-prone and this serum is a little greasy. I didn’t buy it again because I have many creams and serums to try. I think that due to its ingredients it is a very good option for mature skin, it is also an economic product. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Control excess oil, fights acne, reduces hyperpigmentation, reduces facial redness and hydrates. It definitely helps control acne breakouts. It is an excellent alternative to combine with retinol and reduce its irritating effects. The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser Gentle cleanser and makeup remover for all skin types. Has a cream texture that turns into oil when you rub it between your hands. I bought it for its low price and because it contains squalane and I don’t regret it. Leaves the skin clean, soft and fresh. I think it is a good brand, with affordable prices and good results.
Let’s talk Vitamin C 🍊🍊
Okay so everyone knows that Vitamin C is a staple in the dermatology/skin care community (if you don’t you know now). Toted as an anti-aging antioxidant it has been used forever. When picking a product though, do you know what you’re getting? There are many forms of vitamin C. The main two I’m going to compare is it L-Ascorbic Acid and Sodium Ascorblyl Phsosphate. Okay quick grab your Vitamin C serum and look for the vitamin C ingredient they used, then look up the concentration (i.e 10%, 20%) Okay so ASCORBIC ACID, is the most powerful version of vitamin C there is. I’ve seen a lot of articles that say it’s what you need for “effectiveness” but honestly it’s unstable. (There is research suggesting this as well).. with that being said it’s not the worse thing ever, just make sure your product is formulated correctly. When looking for L-ascorbic acid, it’s has to be 8-20% to make it effective and below a 3.5 pH . If you have acne or sensitive skin this also isn’t recommended, it’s toted by dermatologist as the strongest and while that is true it’s not necessarily needed for skin. SODIUM ASCORBLY PHOSPHATE (SAP), it has a salt molecule attached to it allowing it to easily penetrate the skins lipid barrier. It’s not not associated with the irritation caused by L-Ascorbic acid and it’s more stable and allows longer shelf life. Comparing to L-Ascorbic acid it has be said to have a lower “effectiveness” which I find to be highly doubtful based on published medical studies and personal results. When looking for the best Vitamin C product it should be mixed with -Tocopherol (vitamin E) -Ferulic Acid -& Hyaluronic Acid I currently use (Korean beauty)Seoul Ceuticals - 20% Vitamin C Hyaluronic Acid Serum and I love it .. i find that sodium ascorbly phosphate (SAP) works better on my current sensitive, acne prone skin. If you’re into something harder such as C E Ferulic by Skinceurtical (which I find EXTREMELY OVERPRICED @ $166) the dupe for that is Dr. Brenner C serum (can be found on amazon for $17.99 & timeless SKIN CARE - 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum. (Which I have not tried but am tempted to). I also have used and loved Mad Hippie - Vitamin C Serum (SAP) and TruSkin - Vitamin C Serum .. Just make sure to wear sunscreen after this product ☺️
timeless SKIN CARE-20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum
Favorite Antioxidant Serum for Body Acne
The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This is the Ordinary Naicinimide and Zinc Serum. This product claims to reduce the appearances of blemishes, reduce sebum production and brighten skin tone. They also warn to not wear vitamin c when using this product. This product is not a direct treatment for acne, but it can help with skin blemishes. this serum is pretty thin, it sinks into the skin and dries fairly quickly. Overall, I really like this product. I actually don’t use this on my face, but rather on my chest acne. I find that with regular use, the red blemishes that dot my chest slowly disappear. I like it because it doesn’t irritate my skin and it’s pretty effective with continued use. I would totally recommend this product to someone who wants to reduce the appearances of their blemishes, and I do think that this product is worth trying out.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
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