MYTH BUSTED! MIX THESE INGREDIENTS OR NOT?
You know what zodiac sign you’re compatible with, but do you know what skincare ingredients in your routine are compatible? Vitamin c + Niacinamide To mix or to not? Hmm YES! Layer these bad boys up in your routine. (Obviously don’t go overboard, but yes apply these both) The beloved and most sought out for serums have an iffy relationship. You can mix these ingredients together, but there is some things out there that state you shouldn’t or that you should do so in caution. Here’s why! Let’s break it down and get to the point. * Vitamin C protects the skin from free radicals and works towards brightening dark spots, scars, and the overall skin tone. This is best used in the morning to protect from free radicals as we go through our day. ALWAYS wear SPF with Vitamin C! Vitamin C will increase sun sensitivity, so please further your protection with SPF. * Niacinamide is an anti-inflammatory that brightens and promotes a more even skin tone, improves skin elasticity and texture! It’s a Holly Grail tbh. On top of all of that it’s also great to fight free radicals damage and pollution. Using Vitamin C + Niacinamide together? Niacinamide is “said” to cancel out all of the good properties of Vitamin C! BUT there are plenty of studies that show there is NO HARM in using these together. These two serums together can be a powerhouse combo We love these ingredients and need to use them in our skin care! You still can! How to use vitamin c and Niacinamide in your routine:
use one ingredient in the AM and one in the PM. Try applying Vitamin C in the am (with spf!) and Niacinamide at night. This way you’ll still get both ingredient’s FULL benefits, but without irritation for reactive or sensitive skin.
space them out. You need to let each serum absorb into your skin and allow some time in between applying them and they should not be layered right on top of each other. * this is only if you really feel the need to apply both of them*The results:
using these can help uneven skin tone, skin elasticity, texture, and dullness of the skin.So if you plan on using these ingredients together, check out my two favorite below and featured in my photo. Fourth Ray - Raydiate Vitamin C Elixir
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May 23, 2020
rizabellHi! That’s actually a misconception based on studies of theses ingredients made in the 60’s where they used non stable forms of vitamin C and Niacinamide... you can check out the paulas choice page for more info and reference of these and more studies, as well as the beautywithin YouTube channel
May 24, 2020·4 likes
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Mixing Lactic Acid with Niacinamide
Picking your Niacinamide: Choose products with at least four or five percent concentrations— which has been clinically proven to reduce pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and acne and at five percent was found to improve redness and sallowness. Things to know when mixing Niacinamide and Lactic Acids: When you mix them together, the niacinamide will raise the pH of the acid; the higher the pH, the less the skin absorbs and the less effective the products. Another problem with mixing niacinamide and acid is that it can cause redness and flushing. Not a welcoming outcome when you’re trying to beautify your skin So how do you properly layer Niacinamide and Lactic acids? 1. Apply them at different point of the day Niacinamide is non acidic and can be used with other non acidic serums and lotions with little waiting/ absorption time. Include this water based treatment before oil based serums in the morning when you’re less likely to have time to wait. When using lactic acids it is usually recommended that you wait 5-30 minutes for the product to absorb into the skin before applying other serums and lotions— maybe this routine will better suit for night time or when you have more time to unwind. 2. Apply them 30 minutes apart This way, each product have time to absorb into the skin, give your skin time to return to its normal pH and allow each product to work at its intended pH. When layering products, start with products with the lower pH (acids), allow 30 minutes and follow with your higher pH serums like niacinamide. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This is a great beginners Niacinamide that will give you great results for little to no cost. I personally use this twice a day and I find it significantly reduces an inflammation and really help with my breakouts. Clean product: 🌱No Parabens 🌱No Alcohol 🌱No Sulfates 🌱No Nuts 🌱No Oils 🌱No Silicones 🐰 Cruelty Free 🐰 Vegan Other niacinamide favs: Glossier. - Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc Serum GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum Thank you! Be kind and stay beautiful.
Good molecules serums
Been using this bundle for a couple weeks and I have formed enough of a impression to review it. Hylauronic acid- so I don’t think I’m a hylauronic acid person, it makes my face produce more grease because it just looks weird during the day and at the end, but hey if you’re looking to try out hylauronic then this is definitely a good way to try it’s a great price point too! Like $8 I think around there. Overnight exfoliating treatment- now I love this one especially after I wear a mask for 8 hours it does make my skin smoother and a bit brighter but you can only use it 2-3x a week and I wear a mask so often I need to exfoliate everyday I use that mask or my skin breaks out. Definitely would love if I could use it more often during the week but this was amazing I did like it a lot, worked great and was only like $12. I liked this more then the farmacy honey glow exfoliator. Niacinamide serum- I barely noticed a difference using this. My pores looked the same, I did use it before I put a mask on for work and my acne went down a bit but not enough for me to consider using is all the time. Didn’t improve my texture or anything like that but if you’re looking to try out a niacinamide serum I recommend this one. Again super cheap and it’s better to try out things when they don’t cost a lot to see if you like it or not then buying a $50 one and finding out it doesn’t really do anything. Overall it was a good set- nice and cheap just didn’t work for my skin particularly
Fourth Ray Serums!
If you’ve seen some of my other reviews you may already, I enjoy fragrances in products. I think they can make me want to use a product before I can see results. However, if you are not a fan of fragrances these are not the serums for you. I have been using these for about a month and have seen some pretty good results so far. I apply all three at once, one dropper full of Rainfall, and two drops of Avocado & Aloe and Radiant. Fourth Ray - Rainfall 2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum ￼This is my least favorite of the three, I feel like a basic hyaluronic acid serum does not have to be that expensive. Instead I recommend the Ordinary’s 2% hyaluronic serum + B6 as it is almost a third of the price and adds B5. ￼I love the scent of this serum but it’s a bit much for such a basic formula. ￼It does a good job of bringing moisture to my skin but is a bit tackier than the Ordinary serum I recommended above. ￼I generally feel like I have to use a lot (too much) of this serum to cover my entire face each time. ￼I just don’t think this serum is worth it especially considering its price and ingredients. Fourth Ray - Avocado + Aloe Double Shot Face Serum ￼I would like to say that this serum does not smell like avocados or aloe, which is great because I do not particularly enjoy the smell of either. The scent instead is fresh, more generally plant like, but pleasant all together. ￼This is jam pack with phytonutrients which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. ￼This serum feels nice on my skin and leaves it nice and nourished. ￼Biggest con of this serum is that the bottle gets super oily and can leave a mark on fabric or paper depending where you store it. Fourth Ray - Raydiate Vitamin C Elixir ￼This is by far my favorite serum of the three. I have seen a lot of improvement in the brightness of my skin since I started using it. ￼I have seen acne scars fade and developing acne scars going away before sticking ￼It smells like oranges and definitely has to be shaken well to be used properly. ￼I like the formula as it is not too oily and feels like a serum still. ￼Top ingredients are natural sources of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and turmeric (all of which have skin tone balancing benefits. ￼Biggest con of this serum is that the bottle gets super oily and can leave a mark on fabric or paper depending where you store it. I think for 0.5oz of each of these, $15 was definitely worth it. Give them a try and let me know what you think of them!
Brightening serum + oil in one
The Fourth Ray - Raydiate Vitamin C Elixir is such a cool idea to me: as you can see, there are two layers to the product, and you gently shake the bottle to combine the serum and the oil together. This claims to enhance skin radiance, and while I’ve only used it a few times, I really love the mositurizing texture from the oil—I think this might also soothe potential mild irritation from the vitamin C. While there are many differences between the two products, the Biossance squalane + vitamin c oil has a similar idea (a moisturizing oil with the brightening properties of vitamin c), so if you’re turned off by the price point of the Biossance one, I suggest trying this one! It also has turmeric in it, which is a great anti-inflammatory, and hyaluronic acid, which is great for adding and retaining moisture.
1 empty + 1 newbie!
Vitamin C has been a staple in my routine for years due to its ability to lighten bright spots and give my skin an overall glow. I’ve tried several products in the past that stung my skin badly (sorry, fans of The Ordinary—though I’m happy if it works for you!). The product I’ve used consistently every day for the past year or so is the LilyAna Naturals - Vitamin C Serum . I love it because it feels downright soothing and has NEVER stung my skin. In addition to 20% vitamin C, it also contains 5% hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, aloe juice, jojoba oil, and a few botanical extracts. The texture is a thick, opaque serum that spreads easily and absorbs quickly. This was my fourth or fifth bottle. Now that I’m almost out of my tried and true, I’ve started phasing in this MYMIEL - Golden Hour Brightening Elixir by using it every other day. I won this serum in a giveaway, and I’ll be honest with you—the sticker price shocked me a little: it’s $104 for 1oz. I’m gonna have to see some truly miraculous effects to ever shell out that kind of money for a product. My first impressions are that it’s a nice serum: it’s more watery than the Lilyana Naturals, but that means it spreads very easily and absorbs well. I’ve been using it in my morning routine and it layers well with other products, which is important because I’ve been piling them on now that I’m working and taking classes from home 😂 I like that it has ferulic acid, niacinamide, and vitamins B and E, in addition to vitamin C. I also like that the whole line of MyMiel’s products are made by Harvard dermatologists, and that they donate a portion of their profits to honeybee research. It has that notorious hot dog water smell that most vitamin C serums have. I’ll be updating this post with my final thoughts once I finish the MyMiel serum! Has anyone else heard of or tried anything from this brand? 🍯 UPDATE: I finished the bottle and sadly, it didn’t work any miracles for me. I think it performed about as well as the Lilyana serum in terms of brightening + lightening dark spots, and the Lilyana one doesn’t smell like hot dog water. Save your coins, friends!!
MYMIEL-Golden Hour Brightening Elixir
Affordable products for pigmentation isssues
Two serums from Good Molecules that really helped with my hyperpigmentation: Niacinamide Serum: This is my definitive favorite from what I’ve tried. I use it every alternative day, as part of my night routine. I think Niacinamide in itself is a wonderful ingredient that does a lot of things for the skin - helps with pores, uneven skin tone, strengthens barrier and even hydrates. Those are all my major issues and I noticed that this serum really stepped up my skin quality. Discoloration Correcting Serum: Anybody of South Asian origin will understand when I say I have hyperpigmentation issues. I LOVE how brightening this product is and I think I could notice its effects from day 1. That’s saying a lot. Used in conjunction with the Niacinamide serum, this is beyond amazing; something like a miracle duo for my skin.
GOOD MOLECULES-Discoloration Correcting Serum
Vitamin C serum
I have been looking for a serum for awhile, until I found this little guy. I have been using this for almost 8 months now and is totally hooked!! My skin was the softest and dewiest it had ever been. Without makeup my face looks great and thanks to the new smoothness, makeup went on so well. I love how this smells - very citrusy and has very slight hints of ginger . The product is heavy and is more like a oil than a serum. Now , because of this I am only giving it a 4 star!! My one recommendation is to apply this at night before bed because your face is left a little sticky. An added bonus to this is when you wake up in the morning, your skin will be baby soft and ready to take on the day!Sweet CHEF - Ginger + Vitamin C Serum Shot
Sweet CHEF-Ginger + Vitamin C Serum Shot
My Current Favorite Serums
▶️ BE PLAIN - Cicaful Ampoule - a concentrated soothing serum containing 84% centella asiatica extract. I really like how quickly this soothes any skin irritations I have. It also adequately hydrates the skin as well without being sticky. Also it’s fragrance free. ▶️ NATURIUM - Vitamin C Complex Serum - a brightening treatment serum formulated with a vitamin c complex that’s made up of stabilized and encapsulated l-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, and bioactive fruit blend. I just started using and I love the lightweight gel texture. I’ll have to continue using to see any results though. ▶️ TIA'M - Vita B3 Source - currently my most favorite niacinamide based serum. It contains 10% niacinamide and 2% arbutin to correct pigmentation, regulate sebum production, and hydrate the skin. This isn’t a fast acting product but I see a noticeable difference in my skin tone over time. It helps to fade my dark spots very effectively. ▶️ NEOGENLAB - Real Ferment Micro Serum - a gel cream like serum containing 61% fermented ingredients to help with skin elasticity and provide antioxidant benefits. I love how this makes my skin so soft and smooth. It also brings a subtle glow to my skin as well thanks to the rice ferment filtrate in the formula. ▶️ dear, klairs - Fundamental Watery Oil Drop - my go to hydrating serum so far this summer. It gives me the benefits of using a facial oil without the heaviness. It’s water based and contains green tea, ceramides, peptides, rice, kelp, and sodium hyaluronate to hydrate and nourish the skin. This leaves you looking glowy af! #CherieCreator
BE PLAIN-Cicaful Ampoule
My Tried and True Skincare Triad for $75/Yr
HONEST FEMME FINDS: I’ve been using the following products as my base skincare since 2017. If I had to give up all skincare products to be a minimalist monk, the three skincare ingredients I’d keep are Vitamin C, Retinol (Vit A), and SPF. Of course I’m cheating a little because the products I mention below are formulated with holy grail humectants, vitamins and oils such as HA, Aloe, Vit E, Squalene etc. Meera's Beauty - Vitamin C Serum 20% Hyaluronic Acid My Philosphy: Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (SAP) is a vitamin C derivative that is more stable than L-ascorbic acid, emulsified well in a aloe/hyalauronic acid-rich médium which is the method of application I prefer! Vitamin C is my most-used product, as I saw drastic improvements in brightening my skin after I started using it at least twice a day 4 years ago. As long as the Vit C derivative is 20%, getting the job done with HA, aloe and Vit E (has synergistic effects with Vit C), I am game. Because I go through about 8 Fl Oz per year, Meera’s Beauty was the best bang for my buck at 2 Fl Oz for only $12.95 on Amazon. Annual Cost: 4 bottles (2 Fl Oz) x $12.95 on Amazon Prime The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane My Philosophy: Retinol aka Vitamin A is one of the few ingredients that’s gone through clinical trials and shown to effectively reduce fine lines and increase cell turnover. Squalene, naturally produced in our cells, supposedly prevents trans epidermal water loss so why not kill two birds with one stone and use it as an solvent to my retinol? (I never understood using the Squalene alone but I do recognize the sensitivity people may have to retinol) I like retinol as an oil because I mix it with my watery vitamin C serum. 1-3 drops mixed in with 0.5ml C serum and an additional 1-2 drops of retinol directly onto the face in my problem areas- forehead fine lines and clogged nose pores. Annual Cost: 1 bottle (1 Fl Oz) x $6.70 on Deciem website Bioré - UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ My Philosophy: We all know we need some type of SPF and Biore is really the only one that feels comfortable enough for me to build into my skincare regimen. One of the only sunscreens that drys matte, feels light, leaves no white streaks, does not smell like sunscreen at all. All in all feels just like an everyday moisturizer and is great for applying under makeup if needed. Annual Cost: 1 bottle (5.4 FL Oz/155ml) x $17.55 on Amazon Prime (the one pictured is a smaller bottle) TOTAL Prices as of May 2020 Annual Price: $76.05 + Tax Of course, I spend way more on other accessory products simply because I love trying new things but having a set price for my base skincare routine helps create more room in my budget to splurge on new finds! Cheers to healthy skin 🥂
The Ordinary-Retinol 1% in Squalane
Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum
This serum is one of my all-time favorites. This is the good molecules niacinamide serum. I was kindly gifted this serum in a PR package from good molecules and I have been using it every day since. This serum is great for re-texturizing skin as well as brightening the skin. I am such a fan of this I started to let my boyfriend use it and he now to is a dedicated fan. I feel and see the results from the serum the next day. I’d like to use it at night during my nightly skin care routine. This serum is incredibly affordable it is definitely worth it. I would recommend this serum to anyone. I love love love good molecules!!
GOOD MOLECULES-Niacinamide Serum
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