🖤 IG: @eringreeno ⛓ artist and psychology student 🌿 29, Canada
First Skin Update!
Here’s a no make-up selfie for the record! I just started to change my skin routine a couple of days ago so there’s not a ton of difference to see yet. Mostly a lot of the inflammation and redness has been majorly calmed down, thanks to The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and skipping the harsh physical exfoliants I used to use. My main concern is healing acne, decongesting my skin and pores, and repairing and protecting from further damage. As my skin is very sensitive, calming and non-irritating products are a must! I’m hoping to see overall less redness and swelling as I change my skin routine. Products currently in my routine: 🌿 CeraVe - Hydrating Face Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin 🌿 BIODERMA - Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water 🌱 The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 🌱 THE inkey LIST - Q10 Antioxidant Serum 💦 THE inkey LIST - Multi-Biotic 💦 CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ 🌞 Avène - Mineral Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50+ There are a few other serums and masks I have but I’m trying not to use anything for a few days while my skin gets used to the new things I’ve added, just in case any irritation develops. I’ll be sure to make updates on how some of these have been working, and which ones I’ll be phasing out. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these products, or if you have some recommendations for others! 🖤⛓🌿
CLINIQUE-Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
Best Treatment for Constantly Chapped Lips
I’m one of those people with lipbalms scattered all over my home. They breed in the bottoms of my bags and pop-up in jacket pockets from last summer. I live in a super dry climate and I have a bad habit of licking my lips, causing them to live in a constant state of chapped. Some winters I’d slather on lipblam 10x a day and felt like I couldn’t get the dryness to go away. Lano - The Original 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm changed EVERYTHING! I still use lipbalms in the morning and throughout the day (especially ones with SPF) but this is a must for night time. Any time my lips look a little chapped, I put a small bit of this on my lips before bed and when I wake up my lips are totally transformed, soft, and supple. I also love how this ointment can be used for other things. I use it on my cuticles and on cracked dry bits like elbows. Another thing I love about this is that its a tube and not a stick that I’m constantly putting directly on my mouth, which makes me feel like it’s keeping it more clean. This ointment is a little pricey but honestly it works so well and a little bit goes a really long away. I will definitely be getting this again when it eventually runs out.
Lano-The Original 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm
My Holy Grail for Adult & Hormonal Acne
I’m super excited to start recording and sharing my skin care journey. I’ve loved skincare since my teens and have always enjoyed trying new products, but being acne prone and having sensitive skin, trying new stuff hasn’t always been super thrilling! Now that I’m learning more about some great brands (that sadly weren’t around when I was a teen) I’m excited to branch out and try some more that will work for my skin. I have combination and sensitive skin that really changes with the weather. It’s really dry where I live, so even though my skin is prone to oiliness, it often has dry patches and even damage from the dry, winter air. One problem I’ve been having for the past year or two is adult hormonal acne around my jawline. Spot treatments were effective for pimples with a head, but I could not get rid of the bumps that started forming under my skin along my jaw. Not only were they not going away, but more were appearing. Then came The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I’m not going to lie, I didn’t understand how to use this at first. I thought it was for pimples and it would get rid of my breakouts. I tried it a couple times and felt like it didn’t do anything and there it sat on my shelf for months. But one day, when I was at a total loss with these bumps under my skin, I decided to spread some of this serum all over my jawline before bed. The next morning, 75% of the bumps were gone! My skin was so irritated and it felt like this product was some magic eraser for this freaked out areas of my skin. I’ve since learned a bit more about what Niacinimide and Zinc is supposed to do — like calming irritation and reducing dark spots — and I am totally in love with this product. I now use this product AM and PM under my moisturizer, focusing on areas that have more irritation and dark red areas leftover from pimples. I’m interested in trying other Niacinimide serums, like the one from The Inkey List, but it’s likely I will keep buying this great product for a long time.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Skincare Story: Acne to Eczema to Glow-Up
When I started my skincare journey, I had the oiliest skin imaginable and dealt with constant hormonal breakouts. I tried every brand Sephora had to offer- each one filled with more fragrance, essential oils, and/or alcohol than the last. My skin quickly became overwhelmed and I broke out into terrible atopic dermatitis which would become chronic. And bam! I had eczema. It was... a struggle, to say the least. I went from oily to combination, with flare-ups that got me so dry I’d flake. Unpleasant. But I learned. I switched to fragrance-, essential oil-, alcohol-free skincare. Cleansers with gentle surfactants. Less exfoliation and more nourishing ingredients. Added hydrating products to reduce the dehydration that caused my oily skin and keep my now-combo skin happy. I gave my skin at least 2-4 no-actives rest days every week. My skin slowly recuperated. Now my hyperpigmentation is fading and my eczema flare-ups are less common. I still get breakouts, but they’re less painful and less long-lived. A few products (such as PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster and The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% ) are amazing for their role in reducing my hyperpigmentation, but I can’t emphasize enough how my acne and eczema flare-ups wouldn’t have improved if I hadn’t eliminated my triggers by switching brands. I stopped using fragranced brands like Origins, Fresh, Herbivore, Dr Jart, Tatcha, and Summer Fridays, and switched to biocompatible brands like Drunk Elephant, The Ordinary, The Inkey List, and Paula’s Choice. By taking out all possible irritants, my skin found peace. My acne reduced in frequency + intensity and I nowadays a combo of PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster and PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator keeps them short-lived. Skin rest days are still important but I can’t emphasize enough that your skin is an organ and everyone should be treating it as such 🙌🏽
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
BEST RETINOL CREAM
I have never used a retinol before and was little scared if it will break me out. But I was so amazed by this drunkelephant Apassioni retinol cream. It claims to diminish the appearance of fines lines, wrinkles, dark spots and younger looking complexion. And the best part is it’s 100% free of essential oils, Silicones and fragrance. However it’s not recommended for use while pregnant or breastfeeding It’s is very lightweight and gentle. I have very sensitive skin and it didn’t break me out at all. It last super long and you will only need a pea size * I have been using this for almost 6 months. I use 3 times a week mixing with my moisturizer, facial oil and hydration serum.. it works amazing 😁 Definitely seeing a difference in my skin texture, overall complexion and brown spots are fading slowly.. Super happy with my purchased and already have my backup ready 😉 I would give this 5/5 ⭐️ It’s retail price is $74 for 1 oz Little pricy but totally worth it but I would recommend buying the 0.33 oz which is $28 comes with mini bhydra (amazing deal) 😁
DRUNK ELEPHANT-A-Passioni Retinol Cream
The Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser from Krave was my morning cleanse all month. It is an rich gel cleanser designed not to mess up your barrier by using mild and gentle cleaning surfactants. It is made up of a whopping 40% Matcha, which is one of the worlds most dense sources. The other namesake Hemp seed oil is high in amino and linoleic acids making it hydrating and has natural antibacterial properties that help to relieve conditions. I also appreciate that kravebeauty is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without fragrance, essential oil or colorants. I enjoyed using this cleanser and can see why so many like it. At a time when my was most sensitive and unpictable, this cleanser never caused any irritation or tightness. However, I will say that where it was perfect second cleanse to my fave cleansing balm greenclean in the evening, when I used this on its own after a workout in the morning I was not as satisfied (...since there always seemed to be traces left behind but I still think its great so from now on I will reserve it for second cleanse use).
Micellar Milk: Lives Up to the Hype?
“Micellar milk” intrigued me the moment I heard Drunk Elephant founder Tiffany mention it in her skin routine, so I was excited to receive a PR sample in the form of a pretty blue box on my doorstep. I’ve been able to use it for about two weeks now, with a variety of sunscreens and light foundation as well as waterproof mascara, so... I’m impressed! DRUNK ELEPHANT - E-Rase Milki Micellar Water feels wonderfully milky and light on my sensitive combination skin, not at all “oily” like most micellar waters. It easily removes my mascara with minimal effort (no rubbing) and only takes about two cotton rounds to remove all 4+ layers of my sunscreen. Not sure how it’d do with heavy foundation, as I use Glossier Skin Tint which is very minimal, but I had no obvious residue and followed up with my second cleanse without issue. So excited to get my mini soon to use as a post-gym “cleanse” to remove sweat! I love this more than the BioDerma micellar waters particularly because it doesn’t leave a slick feeling on skin. It leaves skin feeling lightly hydrated, like I just applied a serum, but not sticky or oily. This is thanks to the surprisingly lightweight blend of propanediol, marula oil, baobab seed oil, sweet almond oil, mongongo oil, hog plum seed oil, and watermelon oil. They added in some nourishing vitamin e, cholesterol, and three ceramides to make it worthy of being used as a toner after cleansing, for those with dry/sensitive/irritated skin. I love it and will definitely be repurchasing at the very reasonable (for a mid-luxury brand) price of $28USD for 8 fl oz. Anyone have some reusable cotton rounds they love enough to recommend? ♻️
DRUNK ELEPHANT-E-Rase Milki Micellar Water