Fave Skincare products - Brown south Asian Skin
Hi! This is my first post on this app but I wanted to share my fave skincare products at the moment. Just a bit of background info: I’m 19 years old of South Asian ethnicity, but born & raised in Sydney, Australia (yes, the sun is quite harsh over here!). Currently, I’m lovingggg the Ordinary products (as you might be able to tell!). The first product I ever used from them was their Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and boy did it change my skin! I have an olive skin tone, and have suffered from acne since I was about 14 years old (I’d say). As a result, when I was younger, I would pick on them A LOT causing dark spots that are hard to get rid of now. But with Niacinamide, I found my overall skin tone looking MUCH brighter, and the appearance of my acne scars not so prominent as before. Prior to this I tried using Ole Henriksen’s dark spot toner, which frankly I wasn’t a fan of (despite the crazy amount of good reviews on Sephora AU). The Ordinary’s products are so affordable yet SO effective, especially compared to higher end skincare products which are filled with nasties and unnecessary ingredients. I think the combination of applying Niacinamide at night & cleansing then applying vitamin C in the morning (with moisturiser and SPF on top, of course!) has been a game changer for my skin. This Vitamin C serum by Derma E is fantastic at brightening your skin tone/giving a beautiful glow to the skin and is a cheaper alternative (if you’re in Aus, I always buy mine from Priceline while it’s on sale!). As for the other three products in the photo, I’ve only introduced them to my skincare regime in the past 3-4 weeks, so I’m still waiting to see any significant change. Both of the hydrating products (hyaluronic acid & the plant derived squalane) are going well, making my skin super plump and soft in the morning. I have oily/combination skin but these products sit very nicely on my skin. I normally use squalane at night as my last step before moisturiser, and I use hyaluronic acid in the day time (usually after my Vitamin C serum and before my moisturiser & SPF). As for the Retinoid, I talked to a skin specialist from the Ordinary saying that it would be more suitable to go in with Retinoid (as opposed to Retinol) first, as it’s not as harsh but has similar effects (increases cell turnover). It’s a milky consistency (& colour) & causes no irritation and I’ve not seen any side effects yet. I typically use this less, usually every 3 days or so. Also as a side note, as I’m a POC, my skin may be quite different from yours, especially if you have Caucasian skin. If you do have brown or South Asian skin, I’d highly recommend searching up the Hyperpigmentation Clinic on YouTube & Instagram, as the doctor of that clinic does great reviews on different skincare products if you wanted to increase your knowledge on skincare! That’s all for my first post, hope you all enjoyed!
The Ordinary-100% Plant-Derived Squalane