Gentle moisturizer AND it provides moisture?
VANICREAM - Lite Lotion This moisturizer was recommended by my dermatologist for my dry skin. It is very lightweight but provides excellent hydration if your skin really needs it. It’s also non-comedogenic, fragrance free and formulated for sensitive skin!! For 16 oz it is $15 and you can find it mostly at any drugstore. However Vanicream changed the name to “Moisturizing Lotion” but it is the EXACT SAME formulation. 10/10 would recommend if you’re looking for a basic yet effective moisturizer.
My skincare routine for DRY SKIN
So I have dry skin and it is a bit sensitive and I found that these products worked best for me. I apply it in such order 1) Cleanser 2) Toner 3) Serum/Booster 4) Moisturizer 5) Sunscreen (AM only) For the cleanser LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser I really enjoyed it. It did wonders for my dry skin. It has a creamy milky consistency that doesn’t lather ensuring that your skin isn’t overly stripped. I would also recommend this product if you have sensitive skin because it has 8 ingredients! For sensitive skin it is better to use less ingredients to ensure that your skin doesn’t get irritated. I would compare the consistency to CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. Next I use a toner. FARMACY - Deep Sweep The only reason I actually use it is because of the BHA. I found it to not be irritating and my skin didn’t have a tingling feeling either. Since I do have dry skin I don’t use it all over my face. I only use it on my chin for whiteheads and on my nose for blackheads. Another plus is that this toner is alcohol free! After that I use a serum/booster. VERSED - HYDRATION STATION Booster With HA This booster is really good and I didn’t find it to be sticky as others might say. It has a lightweight consistency and almost feels like there isn’t anything on your face. After I apply this booster my skin feels really soft and hydrated which is a must for dry skin. Hyaluronic acid offers those benefits. The moisturizer I use is the HONEST - The Daily Calm Lightweight Moisturizer When I found out that Honest Beauty came out with this formula I was impressed because they usually use fragrances (essential oils) in their products. I decided to give it a try because it is fragrance free. However, it had a noticeable scent to it that wasn’t pleasant. Yes it is fragrance free but it just has a noticeable “lotion” type smell that you can smell all day. Besides that one problem I have no complaints. (If you have moisturizer suggestions for dry skin please let me know) Finally I use sunscreen. BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++ This right here is one of the only sunscreens with zinc oxide that doesn’t leave a white cast. Sunscreen is an essential part of your skincare routine no matter what your skin tone is. You should definitely be using one especially if you exfoliate. It feels like there is nothing on your face. I definitely recommend this one!!
A quick Cheat guide to choosing the right Acid ✨
I find this Flowchart to be a cheat guide to start with your Chemical exfoliation routin. 😊✨ Exfoliation is one of the steps in your skin care routine that can elevate your current routine from good to great. So often I find my skin starting to feel a little bit dull, and I realize that I have been leaving out exfoliation. When I wake up after a night that I have applied a chemical exfoliant, (I really like The Ordinary’s 7% Glycolic Acid, Sunday Riley's Good Genes) The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment I notice my skin has a much more rested and fresh look. Also, my skin has that 'Glass skin' look and feel. My textural irregularities get even and my skin tone is evened out! Some of the skin concerns that exfoliation is great for targeting include: 🌻Enlarged pores 🌻Uneven skin tone/Hyperpigmentation 🌻Rough skin texture 🌻Fine lines So… back to the big question: ✨What does exfoliate mean? Skin is consistently renewing its cells, by shedding its surface layer. When dead skin cells are flushed away and a fresh layer of cells comes to the surface, the new layer is younger and smoother in appearance. This process is frequent in younger skin, however slows with age. The process of exfoliating is advancing the process of removing dead skin cells and revealing the fresh new layer of healthy skin either physically or chemically. Physical exfoliators are granular, using natural beads or crystals that are rubbed on the skin, sloughing away the dead cells on the top layer of skin. Chemical exfoliants work by targeting the bonds between cells, breaking these bonds, allowing the dead skin cells to break away. Chemical exfoliation is able to penetrate deeper into the skin, targeting congestion that is associated with clogged pores leading to acne. In short exfoliation simply means to shed away dead skin cells with the help of a product. Want to know which exfoliating acids are best for your skin? Follow through the flowchart in Image above to figure out which is best for you! Here are some options/products I love and you can choose from: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque THE inkey LIST - Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner TULA SKINCARE - Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner Allies of Skin - Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum
NATURIUM-BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2%
Do You Have Blackheads or Sebaceous Filaments?
I’ve seen a lot of post where people confuse the two. Sebaceous Filaments: What are they? Your skin does a lot of things that many people don’t know. One of them is oil control and keeping the skin balanced. Sebum is a natural oil that keeps your skin naturally moisturized. They are NORMAL. Annoying, but normal. Have your ever squeezed your nose and seen white or tinted yellow substance come out? That’s stuff is collected sebum and dead skin cells that has cooped up in your pores. You can treat this with a pore strip or getting them professionally extracted. 9/10 they will come back, unless you get your oil secretions under control. I recommend a chemical peel or salicylic acid. Also adding a great double cleansing routine will help tremendously! Blackheads What are they ? They are a form of acne. Better yet known as an open comedone. Blackheads can be caused by various factors: environment, oil, diet, hormones. And even medications. These contain bacteria which has clogged up your pores. Blackheads should be treated professionally or with a retinoid (most effective). DO NOT PICK AT HOME. Some products: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution THE inkey LIST - Lactic Acid Serum PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
CeraVe Cleanser TRUTH! By an esthetician
So I’m a licensed esthetician, a skincare professional, and I am very picky about ingredients. Because why settle for something a little bad when you can have something that is amazing? Now that doesn’t mean natural is always better, by any means, but there is some really bad and gunky skincare out there! For example, CeraVe, sorry I’m not a fan. It’s definitely not the worst but it isn’t great and won’t really do anything great for your skin. There’s better out there and yes for an affordable price. So I’m going to break down every ingredient in their foaming facial cleanser so you can see what I mean, then I will recommend some great alternatives. -Water -Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine - surfactant, can be irritating on very sensitive skin. -Glycerin - humectant, can be drying in dry climates, needs moisture in the air or on the surface of the skin to work correctly. -Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate - surfactant, can be irritating and drying, same as any other SLS. -Peg-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate - thickener, microplastic, not necessary, no benefit, bad for the environment, can potentially contain toxic ethylene oxide, in my opinion causes products to stop working after some time. -Niacinamide - tightens the elasticity of the skin to make pores appear smaller, balances oil, in some cases can irritate acne and make it worse. -Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides - emollient, unnecessary, microplastic again with the same risks. -Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate - mild surfactant. -Propylene Glycol - humectant, often drying and irritating. -Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eop - building blocks of the skin’s barrier, good! -Carbomer - emulsifier and thickener, microplastic, no benefit. -Methylparaben - preservative, potentially irritating and potential hormone disrupter. -Sodium Chloride - salt, binding agent, can be irritating near eyes. -Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate - surfactant, can cause other irritating ingredients to be more irritating since it is a penetration enhancer. -Cholesterol - natural in skin barrier, stabilizer and emollient. -Disodium Edta - penetration enhancer, when there’s bad ingredients it pushes them deeper in the skin. -Propylparaben - preservative, can be irritating and potentially a hormone disrupter. -Citric Acid - aha to help smooth skin texture, can be irritating to some. -Tetrasodium Edta - penetration enhancer, when there’s bad ingredients it pushes them deeper in the skin. -Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid - hydrates deep in the skin, can be drying in dry climates, needs moisture in the air or on the surface of the skin to work correctly. -Phytosphingosine - natural in skin barrier, holds moisture in. -Xanthan Gum - thickening agent. So you can see, it’s really not amazing. It’s right there in the ingredients and ingredients don’t lie. CeraVe’s products only get worse from here. Don’t hate me y’all, hate the brand. It’s up to you if you want to continue to use it but I would recommend these other basic cleanser all under $20. Honest Beauty gentle gel cleanser Mad Hippie cream cleanser Everyone By Everybody facial cleanser Be sure to check out my upcoming youtube video all about every product from this brand. Madi Hearts on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.
What is My Skin Type: Dry? Acne-Prone? Oily? Find Out Now
Almost all humans have thought of skin perfection, even though we don't express it visibly. We look at our skin, frequently, and crave to see it glow. One common question that arises with this challenge is: how can I make my skin look and feel healthy?
Prevent and expel blackheads with this liquid!
So, I have to be real with you guys. I’ve never been big on toner or liquid (non-serum or oil) treatments other than micellar water. So when I started hearing about this 2% BHA Liquid from Paula’s Choice, I thought it wouldn’t be for me. It is a liquid to use on your nose or other blackhead-ed areas of your face before serums or moisturizers to treat and prevent blackheads. Fast forward 4 months, I won this in a giveaway on Instagram. At the time, I didn’t feel comfortable using it on myself so my fiancé opted to start using it on his blackheads. Preface: my fiancé uses NO skincare products. Period. He has been using it for 4 weeks now and his blackheads are significantly decreased! It wasn’t a weird switch for him either, since he only used it 3 times a week. He made me do it (lol) and I just lightly swiped it on his nose, forehead, and cheeks on a cotton pad. It’s a very watery consistency that doesn’t feel heavy or lingering. It also didn’t dry him out...because he doesn’t use a moisturizer. I am so impressed with this product; I would highly recommend it for anyone with normal to oily skin that can handle chemical treatments without redness. I personally don’t think it would be very fun for my sensitive skin, but I’ve seen the insane difference it’s made in my fiancé’s skin. You really only have to use a couple of drops per application, so it lasts forever. At $29.50 for 4oz., you really get a TON of product, so I think it’s definitely worth a shot if you’re interested! I have to give it 4 out of 5 stars since I’m not sure how suitable it would be for rosacea/redness/sensitive skin. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator
PAULA'S CHOICE-Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator
congested pores from face masks?😷
Since quarantine started, I’ve noticed more whiteheads along my lips, chin, cheeks, and nose. HOLY MOLY! It’s been an adventure finding what works for me. I’ve been alternating between these two products and they’ve been working wonders!👏 The Farmacy Deep Sweep toner has changed my life! I’ve been using it morning/night for the past week and I’ve already noticed a significant different. It’s a more watery compared to the GM Nicinamide toner and has a very light, but refreshing, scent to it. In the beginning, I felt a slight tingle but overtime it’s gone away. This toner stays true with its claims and deep cleans your pores thoroughly. I will definitely be repurchasing ✨ FARMACY - Deep Sweep In addition to the Farmacy Deep Sweep toner, I’ve been alternating with the Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening toner. This product is a wonderful bang for your buck at only $14!🙌 Seriously, what a steal. By wearing a mask all day, it does a wonderful job at reducing overall skin tone/redness and helps control enlarged pores. It is a little bit tacky and has no fragrance. GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner