my favorite serums!☺️
hello everyone! today i am sharing three of my favorite serums that i use everyday. i have done more in depth reviews on both the face milk and the niacinamide if you are interested, but here are some quick reviews of my three favorite serums☺️ personally i have very oily, acne prone skin, and i have really terrible acne scars on one prt of my face. ive had a very hard time controlling my acne, but these serums help. my acne scars are only getting worse though, so my mom might have me go to a dermatologist 😐 anyways, these products do do a lot of great things for all skin types! my favorite of the three is The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
My favorite serums
Oily and acne-prone skincare routine
Fine lines and wrinkles treatments
Clogged pores treatments
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My New Favorite Brightening Duo!!! 😍
These past couple weeks I've been really focusing on brightening my post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. I had finally repurchased The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% after going without it for a few long months. (I was trying not to spend money on skin care for a bit.) I eventually started pairing these two every night (before my Differin), and every other morning, and WOW...The RESULTS. These are two versatile, gentle products that grind when it comes to brightening. Plus, I love how it helps control my acne & oil production, as well as hydrates my skin, hence the hyaluronic acid! These also help a ton to calm down any redness or inflammation I may have. About Each Product 🌟 The The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is a holy grail product for me. Although I really wish The Ordinary would come out with a 12% Niacinamide 2% + Zinc like the Naturium one. My skin is able to tolerate a stronger formula. Paula's Choice even has a 20% Niacinamide! Either way, this is a very good and simple formula with no BS ingredients or irritants. AND IT'S SO CHEAP. But to go in-depth on niacinamide, go check out my post over Niacinamide! But to sum it up...it's great for brightening, minimizing pores, tightening the skin, reducing oiliness & breakouts, and calming redness & inflammation. Pretty much everything! And Zinc is an added bonus! It also works to reduce inflammation, AND scarring. This serum is great for oily skin. Although, if you don't apply a moisturizer it will feel sticky. I apply a moisturizer directly afterwards. For me, this serum instantly calms my crazy face right after my shower. I love it 💞 The The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA is becoming a STAPLE in my routine these days. Especially with the dryer months. I recently got this serum a few months ago and haven't been able to put it down since! Alpha Arbutin is a newly introduced ingredient for me, and I think this was a great serum to start with. Like the other one, it's VERY AFFORDABLE. It also has Hyaluronic Acid in it which makes it so hydrating. Alpha Arbutin works to lighten the skin & slow down melanin production. It's SO gentle and non irritating! And like the Niacinamide, it's nicely paired with so much! For example, it also works really well with Vitamin C. Overview 🌟 These are two VERY good & VERY affordable products, that I highly recommend to help brighten those stubborn post acne marks & hyperpigmentation. Or even if you just want to brighten & even out your overall complexion! I love how this duo is safe for almost anyone and any skin type. Even acne prone and sensitive! (Btw, I love using the CeraVe PM Moisturizer after applying these, and then the CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion.) Feel free to ask a question or leave a comment below ❤
My New PM Hyperpigmentation Routine
Hey Everyone 🤎 I recently started my new PM routine at the end of October, and I am already starting to see changes. I started this routine because my hyperpigmentation started to get out of control, and I felt like I needed to change my PM routine so I can fight my PIH. I have started to see little changes in spots that were lighter, the darker spots have improved, but still have ways to go. I will share pictures of my improvements shortly. The routine is simple, however, I am excited for the day I can make my routine even more simpler. 1. Oil cleanse with #Cake - Gelato Cleansing Balm[products]#[FiveStars] 2. Cleanse with CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin 3. Apply THE inkey LIST - Tranexamic Acid Hyperpigmentation Treatment (my previous post reviews this product) 4. Apply The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA 5. Moisturize with CeraVe - SA Moisturizing Cream For Rough & Bumpy Skin 6. Lastly, I applyThe Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
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A Serious Blemish Buster!
I’ve been using The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% for about 2 months and this stuff is pretty great! Formulated for oily skin, to reduce the appearance of blemishes and congestion. When I started using this I broke out in all the areas that I usually did anyway, I assumed my skin was purging so I just pushed through and I’m so glad I did. After about 2 weeks the breakouts just vanished and my skin stayed pretty clear. I still get very small breakouts, but I know they’re related to diet and lifestyle choices. It pretty much keeps blemishes at bay and has reduced the oiliness of my skin. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because I still have stubborn congestion on my nose that I have not been able to bust!
Empty bottle! Bought another one
Before I had this product, I didn’t even know what I was missing. I read the description and initially bought it because it mentioned helping acne. I am happy to report I have fewer pimples that crop up less frequently and don’t look nearly as inflamed as they used to. And there’s more! My skin looks so bright, healthy, and dewy after I use this product. I never really considered my skin to be dull or lackluster, but this stuff makes it look radiant! I am exceptionally pleased with it and I’m happy I bought another bottle as I finished this one today!
So what exactly are serums?
So you have your basic routine down but you still have some skincare concerns. That’s where serums come in! Serums are designed to deliever concentrated doses of active ingredients to the skin. They can either be specific to one active or a blend of many actives. My two favorite serums at the moment are The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics and GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum . I have oily yet dehydrated skin that is acne prone with redness and some post acne hyperpigmentation. For me, I look for serums that help with oil control, pigmentation lightening, and bringing hydration into the skin. The Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum has been an absolutely must in my routine. I’ve gone through two bottles already. I like it a lot better than The Ordinary version. It’s a little bit thicker than your typical serum consistency but it absorbs really easily. It doesn’t have that tacky or pill like effect some serums can have. You can use this during the day or night but I personally use this at night at the first step in my routine after I cleanse my face. I’ve been using this for months now and I’ve seen such a huge reduction in hyperpigmentation, redness, and oiliness of my skin. Now in the morning is when I use The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics. I wasn’t a fan of their hyaluronic acid as it pills up on me. Unlike the thicker consistency that is this is very water like. I’ll wash my face in the morning and while it’s still wet I’ll apply this serum. That way the water on my face is being driven into the skin to add hydration. This is perfect for all skin types but especially my oily but dehydrated people as it’s going to give you hydration but not feel heavy. The best part is they are both inexpensive. They are $6 and $6.80 respectively. What are your favorite serums?
glowing skin with no makeup✨
hello everyone! today i am showing you how i make my skin glow without makeup! tbh i hate posting this bc i look awful without makeup but whatever😂 sometimes we dont have the time to do makeup, but we still want to look good. so, there are ways you can do that with JUST skin care! the most important thing is to be aware of your skin type. i have excessively oily skin and acne prone skin, so i have to moisturize to prevent oil, and use products that combat acne. of course most people can use these products and get similar results☺️ the best way in my opinion to keep your skin glowing is to find the right moisturizer. everyones skin is different but EVERYONE needs moisture, especially oily people. without moisture, our skin will compensate by OVER producing oil, which can cause acne. my favorite moisturizer to use is The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA . its for all skin types and keeps my skin very hydrated. in combination with this, i use The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser . this is also for all skin types and is really good because it doesnt strip your skin and is very moisturizing. it feels like an oil but it is oil free, and it also removes makeup! i then use The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% . this is a great affordable product. this is for all skin types, and niacinamide is a great ingredient for all skin, but it is best for acne. it reduces inflammation and can help minimize your pores appearance over time. this stuff soaks into your skin fast and feels watery! i then use Fourth Ray - Watermelon Face Milk . this is a great hydrating product to help keep moisture in the skin. it feels like milk, and they make different ones for different skin types. this one is for oily skin. by hydrating my skin, it helps prevent oil i use the moisturizer as mentioned before, and i finish off with a face spray. i ran out of my mario badescu, so now i am using Fourth Ray - Glisten Up Vitamin C Face Mist i havent used this long enough to know what its benefits are, but it feels nice😂 a face spray is a great way to let your skin shine- and this one is shimmery so it makes you glow! the last step is to be confident:) i hate not wearing makeup, but if i smile i feel like i look a lot better. make sure to know you are beautiful no matter what. dont forget to comment and cheer! #CheriePartner
ALPHA ARBUTIN TO TREAT DARK SPOTS
So you might’ve heard of the new kid on the block people have been raving about, The Ordinary’s Aloha Arbutin 2% + HA. I honestly love how The Ordinary just chucks hyaluronic acid into so many formulas 🙌🏽 This product is great for alllll skin types. Alpha Arbutin reduces the looks of spots and hyperpigmentation. It's used at a high two percent concentration versus a standard concentration of one percent and supported with a form of hyaluronic acid for enhanced delivery. What a lot of people don’t mention is that this also contains lactic acid at a low amount to lightly dissolve dead skin and further assist in reducing dark spots. Overall this product didn’t break me out and worked well, but I definitely prefer to stick to using my retinoid instead for my oily and acne-prone skin! Btw I have a seperate post on my holy grail retinoid which you’ve probably never seen before! Check it out Pic by @skinpatrol_ on Instagram
The Ordinary-Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
Why you need Niacinamide
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 I don’t think there is one person out there needing help in at least one of these areas!! Niacinamide + Zinc @ $6.00 This water-based serum is has a light gel texture that absorbs quickly and layers perfectly – loads of people rate it as a primer because it instantly makes skin super smooth. Ideal for oily skin, apply it twice daily and you’ll soon notice you skin balancing out. Plus, it has the added bonus of zinc, which helps with healing blemishes. Zinc aids in healing the skin and prevents acne by regulating the activity of the oil glands. Zinc promotes a healthy immune system and the healing of tissues. It is also an antioxidant which helps to fight and prevent the formation of free radicals. Niacinamide can aid in reducing inflammation, which can help with acne, eczema and other inflammatory skin issues. It also helps regulate our natural skin oil production. And the benefits just keep coming...Niacinamide can help slow down the production of Melanin and lighten existing dark patches of skin. Additionally, Niacinamide has been shown to boost collagen, improve skin hydration levels, and even strengthen the skin to protect against environmental pollutants. When working with Niacinamide you want to use it early on in your skincare routine. Always remember- “thinnest to thickest.” Niacinamide is a serum and think of serums as extra treatments that address individual skin concerns outside of regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. So Niacinamide should be after toning but before moisturizing. Like most skincare products you are not going to see immediate results. Visible results can take up to 8 weeks, although you may notice a change in your skins texture. I like to use a product for 2-3 months before deciding to keep on with it or move onto something else. For me, Niacinamide will always be apart of my skincare routine. I’ve noticed positive changes in my pores, reduced acne and overall I feel it pairs well with the other products I use, boosting their effectiveness. I especially like to add mine after Cleansing, toning and then applying it after my Hyaluronic Acid. Then I follow up with my other products. There has been debate whether or not Niacinamide is safe to use with Vitamin C, but more and more information is coming to light that it is indeed safe and the two actually pair well together. It was said that Niacinamide cancelled out the effectiveness of Vitamin C, but research now indicates that unless you have overally sensitive skin, the two can be used together. Just be sure to test patch an area of your skin if you are prone to sensitivity. (Some of my facts and info were taken from: www.healthline.com)
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Quick Guide To Using Niacinamide For Bright Skin
For someone like me who has combination skin and plenty of dark marks, niacinamide is definitely heaven-sent. Niacinamide is basically vitamin B3 in its active form. This ingredient is known to ease redness, lighten dark spots, and minimize pore appearance. Currently, I use niacinamide products regularly as part of my night routine. Prior to using this, I was using AHA products for the micro peel effect, but I stopped because I read on several blogs that niacinamide and AHA can’t be used together. So, how do I use niacinamide on my skin? I actually have two products containing this ingredient: an essence and a serum. After washing my face and applying toner, I use my palms to apply Nacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence. Next, I follow it up with The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I then apply eye cream to my eye area to prevent wrinkles. Lastly, I use my favorite night cream to leave my skin moisturized overnight. Nacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence is a lightweight essence that gets absorbed quickly into the skin. TO Niacinamide serum is a crowd-favorite for a reason – it’s very effective in brightening up the skin and lightening any hyperpigmentation. That said, some people have reported getting breakouts or other adverse products from this serum, so check the ingredients list first if you happen to be sensitive to an ingredient or two. 💋💋💋💋💋 5 out of 5 kisses for Niacinamide! I’ve been using niacinamide products for a good part of the year now and I’ve seen some noticeable differences in my skin. Niacinamide helped my skin go from dull to bright in just a short period of time. Say bye-bye to dark spots with this HG-worthy ingredient!
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary 10% Niacinamide + zinc 1%
Niacinamide is great for reducing oil and sebum production in the skin. Niacinamide is also a brightening agent which will help calm down redness and irritation in the skin. The zinc will also help reduce redness and ideation in the skin. - I like to use this product a couple times a week. After using this product for about 4 months I have seen less redness in my skin. This product really helps my acne scars and I notice that the spots go away within a couple of days. I’m almost out of this product and I already have a back up.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
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
Vitamin C & Alpha Arbutin to Treat Dark Spots
🍊I’m slowly making my way through The Ordinary’s Vitamin C products. I love love love TO’s alpha arbutin so the fact that it’s mixed with vitamin C, it’s close to being the perfect product. This product is 8% Ascorbic acid and 2% alpha arbutin. It’s water free which allows for the vitamin C & alpha arbutin to be stable (they’re unstable in water). To get technical, this means it’s an anhydrous solution :) The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% This is classified as a serum but does have an oily feel once applied to the skin (it IS oil-free). It takes maybe 10-15 seconds for it to absorb into the skin. It also has a scent to it which almost smells metallic to me? The Ingredients: Ascorbic acid: brightens the skin; helps with fine lines and other signs of aging Alpha arbutin: helps reduce the look of hyperpigmentation. With that being said, this product is ideal for anyone who is looking to: reduce dark spots, reduce fine lines & wrinkles, treat acne/blemish marks, provide an overall brightness to the skin This can be used in the AM or PM. While I didn’t notice any tingling or irritation, be sure to spot test — especially if you’re new to vitamin C. This product has a “moderate potency” according to Deciem :) Also, thanks to this product, I have noticed a change in some scarring on my leg from a pesky ingrown hair. With this product, less is more, especially since it has an oily feel to it. If your skin is oily, this may not be the best vitamin C to try; however, I think this is great if you have dry skin! Recommend this 100%. Retails for $10 CAD. PS Don’t forget to wear sunscreen when using vitamin C products 🧴☀️😎
The Ordinary-Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
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