Toner, Peel, Serum, Mask? Four Ways to AHA
What is AHA? Alpha hydroxy acids gently removes dead skin cells, encouraging the regeneration of new skin. It is know for its ability to reduce hyperpigmentation, minimize pores and brighten skin. So how is that different from Glycolic Acid? Glycolic acid is actually a type of AHA! Known to be the “smallest”, most researched and gentlest AHA, glycolic acid does all of the aforementioned things and also acts as a humectant, leaving us with smoother, plumper skin. AHA vs BHA? So some of the products I’ll mention contain both AHA and BHA. BHA, particularly salicylic acid, is great for reducing acne but can be drying. BHA has better penetration into pores due it its affinity to oily sebum. That’s why they say BHAs are better for oily skin! How should I incorporate AHA/Glycolic Acid into my skincare routine? Whichever way you choose! Some prefer it in their daily routine whereas others prefer it 2-3x a week- the products mentioned below allow you different options. 1. AHA as a toner. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Dry skin masks
AHA vs. BHA
Minimize enlarged pores treatments
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⚠️Use with Caution!⚠️
I originally purchased this product because I heard it had amazing results. Unfortunately, this was not my case. I used this product in a totally of two times. By the second time I used this product it left me with a horrible chemical burn on the corner of my mouth! I was livid! The product says not to use it on broken skin or to leave it in for more than 10min, which I didn’t. Still left me a mark that I’ve been tending to with my curology formula (which has been working and love it!). It might work for others, but it was a no for me. I have sensitive, acne prone skin, I’m in my late 20’s. If you also have sensitive skin, I would suggest using it once a week only for 5min-8min anything longer could be damaging. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Acne Scar Miracle Worker
I tried this product to see what the hype was all about and can I say- it lives up to it! Review- this product claims to help with texture, minimize pores, and reduce redness or acne scars on the skin. I’ve used this mask TWICE and even after the first time using it I could see my pores had shrunk. The second time using it I woke up the next morning and my acne scars are almost gone and my skin is glowing Rating- I gave this 5 stars with no complaints. Although I do see why people don’t like it, it does give a tiny bit of a burn but for me personally it wasn’t too bad. It just made my skin feel itchy! Purchasing- I for sure will be buying this again when I run out. Especially since it’s only $7!!! The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
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Glow for it!💫 Major Glow Skincare and Makeup!
• Please leave a cheer! 🎊 ✨These products deliver a major glow factor! Featuring a few products for that golden hour glow at any time of day! Big review below ⇩ ✨ Skincare: 〰️@deciem The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% toning solution. This is one strong cookie. I wouldn’t consider this a “toner”. It’s a pretty strong acid. Which is great for cell turnover and delivering major glow! It has thousands of incredible reviews. It’s inexpensive and effective. 〰️@dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator. I’ve never been a huge fan of physical exfoliants(I’m a major fan of chemical exfoliators) however, I really enjoy this one! It brightens my complexion, is very gentle and fights active breakouts with Salicylic Acid! 〰️@caudalie Beauty Elixer. This is like a trip to the spa in a bottle. The scent is so calming and therapeutic. This has lots of beautiful essential oils and plant extracts to clarify and brighten the complexion. 〰️@deciem The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG. This does wonders at brightening up under-eye circles and makes you look like you actually slept a full eight hours. :) ✨ Makeup: 〰️@tomfordbeauty Soleil Neige Highlighter & Blush Glow Stick. This has quickly become my summer staple product. Unfortunately, I think it is being discontinued. I have it in shade 04 Courchevel and it’s gorgeous. It looks dark in the tube but, it blends out seamlessly and has the most gorgeous shimmer. 〰️@fentybeauty Lil’ Bronze Duo. I got this small set from @sephora to test out Fenty’s bronzers and match sticks. They are so gorgeous. They blend beautifully and add warmth to your face for that perfect summer glow! 〰️@fentybeauty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow & Glass Slipper. I’ve started collecting these glosses because they are not sticky and so hydrating! They just make your lips look so incredible! ⭐️All purchased from @sephoracanada @sephora
Hi! I’m new to this app and generally have clear skin. However, I think some things I notice about my skin are: -uneven tone -dark circles (they run in my family, so I think there’s only so much I can do for them...) -dullness/fatigue -random acne breakouts on temples, between eyebrows, and forehead I’ve posted three photos from the last couple of weeks. My current routine is: AM- Neutrogena - Deep Clean, Gentle Scrub, Oil Free, 4.2 fl oz (124 ml) CLARINS - Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum CLARINS - Hydra-Essentiel Cream Gel Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 StriVectin - R&R Eye Cream PM- CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin CeraVe - Skin Renewing Night Cream Neutrogena - Healthy Skin, Eye Cream Have invested in three Ordinary products that I should receive in a few days. They include: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Any recommendations for the skin concerns I have? Many thanks!!!!
Attention Glow Getters!
Glowing skin is calling - pick up the phone! 📞 When my skin is bright, fresh, smooth, and happy I feel like I can take on the world. I have dryyyy skin that can look dull if I don’t treat it right. My preferred way to target dullness and unwanted texture is to use a brightening toner, overnight exfoliating treatments, and an overnight mask (not all in the same night - alternate!) Please note I am not an expert, so take my recommendations at what you will and consult your dermatologist! The GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner is a product I’ve raved about before. Not only is it made with great ingredients, but at $14 for 4oz., it’s also affordable and lasts for a long time. It contains niacinamide, arbutrin, licorice root extract, and a stable from of vitamin C. This toner targets large pores and brightens. Within weeks of using this toner daily I noticed a difference in my pores and overall appearance of my skin. It has a thin, watery texture (hence why you may not be able to see it in my texture photo), and is unscented. I’ve since repurchased this item because my skin 100% missed it. Depending on how your skin reacts to actives, I have two recommendations for overnight exfoliating treatments. If considering adding active to your skincare, its best to start slow with 1-2x/week at night. The FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serum contains a 14% AHA/BHA/flower acid mix to exfoliate your skin and reduce hyperpigmentation and pore size. It also contains hyaluronic acid and honey to plump and soothe skin. I noticed my skin looks much brighter and feels smoother the next morning after use. It has a faint scent and a thin texture that does feel a bit moisturizing on the skin. This is a stronger product and is also more expensive at $58; however a little goes a long way since it’s not something to use every night. A more affordable and less potent (but still effective!) option is the GOOD MOLECULES - Overnight Exfoliating Treatment . This treatment contains a 10% AHA/BHA blend. Those sensitive to citrus oils should note this does contain small amounts. It has a slight chemical scent and a thin texture. I notice similar results to the honeymoon glow, though this product takes a few extra uses to notice. You can’t argue with its $6 price tag! Finally, the mask I fell in love with after first use. Yep, first use. That never happens. The YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask is my holy grail sleep mask. It contains amazing ingredients like squalane, vitamin C, and maqui. Maqui is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C brightens, and squalane nourishes and hydrates. It smells a bit like berries and had a thick, luxurious texture that feels instantly soothing. When I use this, I wake is with glowing skin every single time. I typically use 2-3x/wk. It’s pricey at $48 but worth every penny because you get a good amount of product.
Skin care routine
After countless hours of research I found my current skincare routine. As mentioned in my previous post I have pretty oily skin with large pores and texture issues being my biggest skin problems. I discovered an app called Think Dirty that breaks down the ingredients of different skin care, beauty, and household products and gives them as rating based on how good the ingredients are for your body as well as the environment. HIGHLY recommend checking it out but be prepared that you may find some of your favorite products really aren’t that great... As for my routine: In the mornings I wash my face with HONEST - Gentle Gel Cleanser which I love as it is super gentle but still feels like it is really cleaning my face. It has super clean ingredients and smells nice. Then I use the GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner This toner is fairly gentle. I had been using the ordinary toner which is a lot stronger and always made my face burn so I like that this one is a bit more chill plus it has extra ingredients like niacinamide and vitamin C. After that I apply the HONEST - Hydrogel Cream since I have oily skin I wanted to use am oil free moisturizer and I’m obsessed with this one. It is super light weight but really feels like it hydrates. If I am planning to go outside I use the alba BOTANICA - Mineral Sunscreen, Sensitive, Fragrance Free, SPF 30 I chose this one because it had super clean ingredients and I am sensitive to normal sunscreen so I had to find a mineral based one. It’s not greasy and doesn’t leave a white residue or anything so I’m super happy with it. In the evening I again wash with the Honest cleanser and apply the good molecules toner. Then a few nights a week I use the GOOD MOLECULES - Overnight Exfoliating Treatment I’ve only used it a couple times so I haven’t noticed a huge improvement but my skin seems a little less uneven texture wise so I think as I continue to use it it will really help. I gave it 4 stars because it does burn a little but that’s expected for most exfoliators... At night I also use the GOOD MOLECULES - Discoloration Correcting Serum and GOOD MOLECULES - Squalane Oil both of which I like so far! The oil makes me skin super soft and I think with continued use both will show good results. I then use the honest moisturizer and head to bed. When I want a little extra exfoliation I use either the The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution which I really like and has definitely help my texture or the AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay (not pictured) which is my savior for my pores. I recommend doing a half water half apple cider vinegar mix because it can be a bit intense with straight vinegar. I highly recommend all of these products so feel free to comment for more info!!!
﹛My Favorite Skincare Actives﹜
Just a photo showcasing some of my absolute favorite actives in my skincare routine! Love me some chemical exfoliants, aka AHAs & BHAs all around!!!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here's a list of the products pictured, clockwise starting from far left:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✧ The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA ✧ YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner ✧ The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution ✧ VERSED - JUST BREATHE Clarifying Serum ✧ VERSED - THE SHORTCUT Overnight Facial Peel What are your favorite chemical exfoliant products in your skincare routine??? 😊
Ingredient Spotlight w/ VERSED Anti-Aging Bundle
Tried the youth preserving “bounce back bundle” from VERSED (at Target) for 15 days! Here are my thoughts. ✨ VERSED - ON THE RISE FIRMING SERUM Ingredient of Interest: Resveratrol Function: anti-aging antioxidant found in red wine, well studied in the lab for anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic (melanoma), anti-UV properties. Price: $19.99 for 1 Oz Comments: No real complaints about the serum itself, the formula sits on the face comfortably, doesn’t pill or sting. The packaging is minimal but feels a little cheap because of the plastic. I don’t love that the opening doesn’t have a protective mesh barrier to keep impurities from getting into the bottle with use. I haven’t noticed any drastic changes to my skin after two weeks but I don’t mind it in my skincare routine. VERSED - ZERO-G Smoothing Eye Cream Ingredient of Interest: Eyeliss Peptide Triad (HMC, PT-7, and Dipeptide-2) Function: increases lymphatic circulation, reduce “bruising” and blood vessel issues associated with dark circles. Price: $17.99 for 0.5 Oz Comments: I was first drawn to the eye cream because it’s formula (Eyeliss), known in medicine for reducing bruising. I do think this eye cream works much better for me in reducing dark circles than caffeine does!! The cream is not too thick upon application but it does leave an immediate warming (burning for some) sensation which may be concerning for sensitive skin. It’s strange because we can’t really avoid the eye area if it’s meant to be an eye cream! I have noticed results in the past two weeks, however, and will continue to use this! The packing is again plastic and the tiny inside lid fits awkwardly onto the container but it’s something I’m willing to overlook if the formula works. Not badly priced for an eye cream either. VERSED - THE SHORTCUT Overnight Facial Peel Ingredient of Interest: Glycolic and Lactic Acid Price: $9.99 for 0.5 Oz Comments: As I’ve mentioned in a different post, as a regular AHA user, the glycolic and lactic acids are way too far down the ingredient list for me to notice a huge different to my skin but it’s a great intro product. It’s a gentle night cream, essentially sits like a lotion. I am not repurchasing as I can’t justify the price for the amount of product I’m getting- there are far better options out there. Love the sleek packaging though! VERSED - STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum Ingredient of Interest: Vitamin C derivative (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) and Niacinamide Price: $19.99 for 1 Oz Comments: I only got a sample of this bestselling serum- overall I have no complaints but it didn’t wow me either. I know there are more economical options out there but one perk is that you get Vit C and Niacinamide in one serum! It’s a thicker consistency than other Vit C serums I’ve tried but I wouldn’t say it’s more hydrating- in fact, I actually felt that it was more drying than I’m used to.
💫 brand review: the inkey list 1/2
The Inkey List has some of the best products I have ever tried and they are extraordinarily underrated. And that goes for both high end and “affordable” products. I feel like they don’t get the hype they deserve. I’ve only tried a few products from them, and some have completely transformed my skin. Others have not been the best or made a huge difference, but they weren’t necessarily “bad”. Again, I can only speak to what I’ve tried, and I definitely need to try more. They have so many different products to target different skin concerns for every person and their website is fantastic in helping build a skincare recipe specifically for your concerns. The brand itself is also super engaging with their consumers, i have spoken to their social media reps a few times with regards to product recommendations on Instagram and they have always been super helpful! Here are the products I have tried and how they performed for me: **DISCLAIMER: my skin is normal/combo with an oily t-zone and a few breakouts here and there. I get a lot of blackheads on my nose and chin and a few little bumps on my cheeks that I have not figured out what exactly they are but they are incredibly stubborn and don’t have a head so they can’t be popped. If I were to try to pop them, they turn into a pimple, so I’m still not sure what exactly they are** THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid this is the ONLY thing I have noticed that made a difference in those bumps I mentioned earlier. I can’t express to you how long I have tried to get rid of these bumps, how much research I have done and how many products I have tried to no avail. Until I met the BHA serum from the Inkey List. After about a week or so, I noticed a dramatic difference in my skin. It is formulated with salicylic acid that is strong enough to make a difference in my skin but is still a gentle exfoliation that did not cause any sort of bad reaction. I absolutely love this stuff and I will not allow myself to be without it. THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide the niacinamide serum is my newest product to try and just, wow. I alternate nights between using the BHA and Niacinamide serum and I can’t begin to tell you what a game changer this has been. I have noticed the overall clarity, texture, and appearance of my skin to be so much. It feels so hydrating when applied and has the most silky texture that feels luxurious. My skin has never felt or looked better since using this in conjunction with this serum. THE inkey LIST - Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner this toner is SO gentle on my skin but makes it feel so refreshed and revitalized. I use it every night after my cleanser and before one of the two above serums and it just really makes my skin feel like all the makeup, dirt, and buildup of the day is really being removed from my pores but without stripping my skin. It really makes my skin feel so soft and I would recommend to everyone
THE inkey LIST-Beta Hydroxy Acid
My Secret Blackhead Removal Products
Once upon a time, I thought acne was just a phase that would pass as I grew out of adolescence. I was partly right, where large pimples did fade away; however, a new enemy has emerged called the blackhead, and I have been struggling with it to date. I hope to put an end to this, or at least reduce the appearance of blackheads. I turned to two famous blackhead-eliminating products, including The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA and La Roche-Posay Effaclar K(+). So far, I am very impressed with the results. My Skin Condition: I have very oily skin, and as a result, I am more likely to have breakouts and blackheads due to the oil, dirt, and dead skin cells clogging my pores, leaving me with enlarged pores and uneven skin texture. But what are blackheads exactly? They are small, black or dark-colored bumps that appear on your skin from clogged hair follicles. Blackheads are simply whiteheads that have opened and widened. When the contents of a whitehead expose to air, they darken. Fortunately, they are only a mild type of acne. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% HA The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA The Ordinary Lactic Acid is such a fantastic product, given its affordable price. Essentially, it is a chemical exfoliate, good for hyperpigmentation, oily and congested skin, and fine lines. I felt that it reduced the appearance of blackheads since they form due to clogged pores. My skin looks brighter and feels smoother the next day. Texture: A lightweight and watery serum that spreads well and gets absorbed quickly, and is very slightly sticky. Scent: It is not too overwhelming nor unpleasantly artificial. Good to know: I only apply this product at night and would use a generous amount of sunscreen in the morning because it contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which can make the skin more prone to sunburn. La Roche-Posay Effaclar K(+) #LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar K(+) Anti-Blackhead Moisturiser[products]# The Effaclar K(+) is a well known anti-blackhead moisturizer in the skincare community, and I can confirm that it lives up to its fame. Only after one application, my skin already feels detoxified and purified like a fresh skin feeling that lasts all day long. I have been using this product for weeks now, and I noticed that my skin texture is smoother and that pores are unclogging, which reduces blackheads. Texture: Light, watery that absorbs instantly into the skin and mattifies the skin. Ingredients: Includes carnosine that protects skin by reducing oxidation, air licium that mattifies the skin by absorbing 150 times its volume in sebum, and LHA and Salicylic Acid, which micro-exfoliates the skin’s surface and unclogs pores.
The Ordinary-Lactic Acid 10% + HA
The Hype for Chemical Exfoliants
🌸 the products Kate Somerville - ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment and The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 🌸 worth the hype? YES! I love both of these products for their ability to make skin smoother, reduce scarring from breakouts and increased skin cell turnover. Both utilize a blend of active ingredients in order to make your skin better. both will make your skin brighter and smoother, but are at very different price points. 🌸 description both of these products are chemical exfoliants that are leave-on mask type products. Exfolikate has the added benefit of a physical exfoliant. 🌸 Ingredients Exfolikate: papaya pineapple and pumpkin Enzymes to exfoliate, lactic acid, salicylic acid and silica to remove dead skin cells, and aloe vera, honey, and vitamin e to refresh skin the Ordinary Peeling Solution: 20% AHA (lactic and glycolic acid) and 2% BHA (salicylic acid) 🌸 Price Exfolikate: $85 for 2 oz Peeling Solution: $7.20 for 1 oz obviously the price point in between these two products is really high, but they do have very similar benefits. I love both of them even though I definitely can’t afford to buy Kate Somerville all the time
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
This product from the ordinary is one of their highest reviewed products and I thought I would give my review. I’m going to start off by the ingredient list because ingredients don’t lie. As my favorite YouTuber Hyram says. The top thing I noticed was how it had Glycolic Acid. Glycolic Acid is great for acne prone skin and really clears the dead skin cells and oils off of your skin. It also has Lactic Acid which is great for controlling your acne and pimples. It decreases the appearance of pores and smooths your textured rough skin. Salicylic Acid is also included which is great for digging deep into your pores and getting all of the gross stuff out of it. It can help blackheads and white heads. Overall the ingredients are great and let’s talk about my experience. This chemical exfoliater does its job. The first time I put it on it really helped clear my skin and blackheads, which is what it’s meant to do. Although I felt like every time I used it, it started to not work as good as it did the first time. I do recommend using this when your skin is not really as good as it usually is, and using this product ONCE A WEEK MAXIMUM. If you want brand new skin, use this. But PLEASE, use sunscreen. Yes it just had gotten rid of your acne but that means your new skin is very prone to UV rays which can darken Acne scars. Do not use this product if you have any open cuts on your face. It stings putting it on skin with no cuts anyways. Less is better, do not put a whole bunch on your face. Overall this product is great and I am glad it is getting the hype it deserves. Be careful with it and only use if your skin is very problematic.
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The POREfect exfoliator✨
PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator Paula’s choice skin perfecting 2% BHA liquid exfoliant is a great product. This exfoliator is meant to minimize the appearance of pores, unclog pores, even out skin tone and help with skin texture. This product is perfect for anyone looking help the appearance of their pores. The liquid exfoliant contains salicylic acid which acts like a natural exfoliation that kills dead skin cells to create younger brightened looking skin. —————————————— How to use? It is safe to apply the exfoliant both day and night however it is crucial to wear SPF if worn during the day due to the salicylic acid. ￼cleanse ￼apply BHA liquid exfoliant ￼niacinamide (if possible) ￼moisturizer (if needed) ￼SPF —————————————— Results I originally received this product as a gift. After consistently using the exfoliant for 2 months, I saw a significant difference in the size of my pores. It is more effective to use this exfoliant following a niacinamide to see results faster. —————————————— Recommend 90% I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to minimize the appearance of their pores. It is a phenomenal product that is priced very fairly for the amount of product received. Lastly, it is great for dry skin as the consistency of the product is quite oily.
PAULA'S CHOICE-Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator
Bye bye pores!
GOOD MOLECULES: Niacinamide Brightening Toner ♡ Product Description: Promote bright, even skin and less visible pores with this alcohol-free toner. Niacinamide Brightening Toner is formulated with a soothing blend of brightening ingredients that work to reduce the appearance of dullness, uneven skin tone, and enlarged pores. Why Is it special? Target uneven skin tone, dullness, and visible pores and strengthen your skin’s barrier function with niacinamide (vitamin B3). Naturally derived arbutin improves the look of hyperpigmentation while licorice root extract soothes inflammation and inhibits excess melanin production. A stable form of vitamin C boosts skin’s ability to defend itself against free radical damage and promotes collagen production. My review: I’ve never been impressed by a toner before. This one? Blown me away. I have acne & acne scars so my skin tend to have enlarged pores. After about 3 weeks of use I really see a big difference in my skin. It's clearer, my pores are visibly smaller, it doesn’t make my skin tight or stripped nor irritated and what I love tha most it’s that there no alcohol or noticeable fragrance; It just literally make your skin very bright and plumpy thanks to those amazing ingredients. It’s more thicker than most toners that they all tend to be very watery. It’s really life changing for us with ace & big pores. I haven’t had any bad reaction to it. It’s totally worth it. I would definitely repurchase. My blemished skin loves it for the way it makes my face feel so bright and reduced the look of my enlarged pores. I rate good molecules toner 10/10.
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