I’m just a girl, sitting in front of my phone, asking strangers to clear her skin.
My full current routine
My skin is very acne prone skin and has been as long as I can remember, yet I’ve never been able to find anything that really works, you know? Thus, I’ve decided to put my current routine out there in the hopes that someone, anyone might be able to offer some advice or tips to help. Morning: wash with the 3.5%Neutrogena - Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Cream Cleanser(I’ve searched for a 10% formula but I guess it’s not carried in Canada) tone withpixi - Glow Tonicwith 5% glycolic. Sometimes I also use THAYERS - Lavender Facial Tonerbut not as often anymore mix 3 drops of lavido - Invigorating Facial Serumwith 3 drops of íUNIK - Tea Tree Relief Serumand a pump of vitamin C serum from a local brand called Truly Lifestyle Brand. I’m not sure it’s the best to mix my serums like that but hey. Also the vitamin C serum is a 17% concentration. moisturize with Cetaphil - DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30. I actually do feel as if this has helped my acne but I could just be imagining it; I used to believe that my old moisturizer broke me out before I switched to this one. Sometimes I feel dry since it’s oil absorbing I guess but it’s not frequent. lastly isOLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Eye Crème; I don’t suffer from dark under eyes but I still like this one. Evening: wash with same neutrogena face wash tone with pixi toner I used to use the proactiv md 3 step routine and although I don’t use the cleanser and rarely use the sunscreen-moisturizer, I recently started using the proactiv - Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatmentagain use the same serums minus the vit c serum moisturize with the CAUDALIE - Vineactiv 3 in 1 Vitamin C Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer. I’m not concerned about anti-aging, I was recommended this for helping with the skin barrier. Sometimes for nighttime I also mix this moisturizer with the LANEIGE - Cica Sleeping Maskor SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask spot treat overnight with CLINIQUE - Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel Weekly: one or twice a week, surprise surprise, I use The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution for my pores and to fade my dark spots. usually once a week, sometimes twice I use the AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Claywith acv a bit less frequently I use the alya skin. - Skin Pink Clay Mask, this one I feel is less effective than the Aztec clay mask but I still like it It might also be worth mentioning that I also have been taking 30mg of zinc which I heard helps with acne, and in the mornings I drink a mixture of acv, lemon juice, turmeric, and cayenne in hot water. I also used to juice celery but I don’t have a juicer right now so haven’t been doing that recently. I feel like that’s enough information but I love getting advice about skincare and talking about it so I’d be happy to give more info if anyone would like it😊😊
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
2c curly hair routine💗
ive been natural for about 4 years now, so lets just say ive tried alot of hair products. although i am a curly girl, i dont follow the curly girl method. so i do use ingredients like sulphates, parabens, and silicones. what works for me might not work for you! i have thin/medium 2a type curls. in my routine i look for definition and volume my routine! shampoo with JOHN FRIEDA - Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo condition with GARNIER - Fructis Curl Nourish Conditioner leav in conditioner GARNIER - Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Butter Cream leave-In Treatment or GARNIER - Fructis Smoothing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask + Avocado Extract mousse JOHN FRIEDA - Frizz-Ease Take Charge Curl-Boosting Mousse then i plob my hair for about 10 mins some of my favorites💗 shampoos NOT YOUR MOTHER'S - Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Curl Defining Shampoo NOT YOUR MOTHER'S - Curl Talk Curl Care Shampoo conditioners NOT YOUR MOTHER'S - Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Curl Defining Conditioner NOT YOUR MOTHER'S - Curl Talk 3-in-1 Conditioner leave in conditioners/ creams/ gels/foams SheaMoisture - Coconut & Hibiscus, Kids Curling Butter Cream SheaMoisture - Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse NOT YOUR MOTHER'S - Curl Talk Defining Cream NOT YOUR MOTHER'S - Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream if you have any recommendations please drop them down in the the comments! im currently having issues with volume, itchy scalp, and hair loss like and save! xo melanie
SheaMoisture- Coconut & Hibiscus, Kids Curling Butter Cream
Fungal acne, is not actually acne. 🤫
Hi, thanks for reading me in advance. ✨ Okay, let’s began with What is fungal acne? Fungal acne is a type of yeast infection in your skin’s hair follicles. It is not acne, but it looks like acne. Most of the dermatologist find difficult to diagnose this since the majority of the time looks like acne. That’s probably why most of products that help to get rid of acne, does not work for this. What are the causes? Fungal acne (Malassezia Folliculitis) feeds from oil and sebum that your face produces, and it usually grows around your chin or forehead. They are pretty uniform in size, and it might come with some itchiness too. So if you live in a tropical weather, if you have oily skin, if you practice sports, you might have a high probability to develop fungal acne. Ingredients to look for/ avoid while having fungal acne: Ingredients to look for: Niacinamide, controls the excess of oil and sebum. Salicylic acid, is an anti fungal ingredient. BHA, helps to prevent fungal acne as well. I Believe it or not some shampoos with Ketokonazole ingredient (specially shampoos that are anti dandruff) works for fungal acne. Sulfur (avoid benzoyl peroxide products with sulfur please) Honey, which is anti fungal and an anti inflammatory. Ingredients to avoid: Facial oils Moisturizers with heavy oils (avoid overusing moisturizers as well) Stay away from routines that have a lot of hydrating products, in other words, minimize your routine. Products that I suggest: Serum THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum BHA PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator Moisturizer CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion Shampoohead & shoulders - Instant Oil Control Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Cleanser CeraVe - Hydrating Cream-To-Foam Cleanser Sunscreen CeraVe - Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 For Normal To Oily Skin Sulfur De La Cruz - Sulfur Ointment, Acne Medication, Maximum Strength Also I suggest to check the list of ingredients of your products in the website sezia.com To check which products contribute to your fungal acne, or which one helps. 😋 Make sure to always get a dermatologist diagnosis, because like I said fungal acne treatments are very different from acne treatments. Don’t make the mistake to treat it with acne products because it will make it worse. I hope this little info helped you! And I wish you a happy day. 🌞
De La Cruz- Sulfur Ointment, Acne Medication, Maximum Strength
Products that personally changed my life! 🙌🏼
Sooooooo, I went through a rough time earlier this year with my skin - and I was consistently breaking out with large, sore, cystic pimples on mainly my forehead and my chin - and when I say consistently, I mean consistently - I could never catch a break from them, every week there was a new one or two 😩 I was previously using Skinstitut and I just didn’t feel like the products were working how I wanted them to, they were making my T-zone oily etc, but I won’t get into that here - I have done a post on the products prior, so check it out if you are interested. I started to research different brands, and different types of products and ingredients. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on products, so I decided to try some products from The Ordinary. I completely culled my skincare routine. I was using the cleanser, niacinamide serum, hyaluronic serum and the moisturizing factors + HA. This made my skin feel so tight and dry and I started flaking (complete 180 degrees to what I had!) - I didn’t like the feeling, so I started to look into different brands, and this is where I came across skincare influencers and Korean Skincare. I listened to what these people had to say about different skin types, different ingredients and I gradually introduced new products to my routine. The below routine is what I have been using for a month or so, and I can happily say this has changed my life (as you can tell from the photos)! AM Routine: Wash face with water only innisfree - Green Tea Moisture-Balancing Toner PURITO - Centella Green Level Buffet Serum skinstitut - Ultra Firming Eye & Neck Cream innisfree - Green Tea Moisture-Balancing Emulsion skinstitut - Age Defence SPF 50+ PM Routine: Double cleanse with The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser Innisfree Green Tea Moisture - Balancing Toner Purito - Centella Green Level Buffet Serum Skinstitut - Ultra Firming Eye & Neck Cream Innisfree - Green Tea Moisture - Balancing Emulsion The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil Then, once a week (on alternate days or when I feel necessary) I will use : The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque The Ordinary - Retinol 0.2% in Squalane innisfree - Green Tea Hydrating Sleeping Mask pixi - Glow Tonic innisfree - Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Mask (Yellow-Brightening) The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA I also like to use a sheet mask every now and then. Let me know your thoughts on the products I have mentioned - or let me know what helped clear up your breakouts ! xx
The Ordinary-100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
The BEST lash serum!!!
#Evenvy - Lash Conditionner[products]#[FiveStars] is amazing!! i started using it in July. Within a couple weeks I could see a difference but around the 3 month mark (the photos) was the biggest difference! I get so many compliments on my lashes now and always get asked if they’re extension! When I put mascara on I use a super thin coat of either use the #EvEnvy - Fiber Mascara[products]#[FourStars] or the L'ORÉAL - Telescopic Mascara just to thicken my lashes a bit. The before photo is super old from like 2015- it’s the only photo of my lashes i could find and I have 3 coats of my fave mascara back then.
🏵A MIRACLE Product🏵
peach slices - Dark Spot Microdarts This is day 4 of me wearing a dark spot microdarts patch daily to see how effective it is. The photos speak for themselves, I stopped circling one blemish in day 3 and 4 because it’s gone. This main dark spot on my chin has been then for while, and I haven’t been able to find something this immediately effective on dark spots.. ever.. These patches come in a pack for 9 and it’s about $9. A $1 per patch is worth it for me with these results 🤹🏽♂️
peach slices-Dark Spot Microdarts
J-BEAUTY FAVES: BLACK LIPGLOSS?!
UZ - 38°C/99°F LIP TREATMENT This gloss is unbelievable!!! It looks crazy intimidating in the tube, but when you apply it to the lips, it just adds the most beautiful wash of color that deepens your lips by a shade. There is no fragrance, the shimmer is subtle and flattering and it’s not sticky! This “gloss” is marketed as a lip treatment that’s supposed to replace your lip balm. I wouldn’t go so far to say that it has, but I can definitely feel the difference between this and a gloss that dries out my lips. This shade, -4 (degrees Celsius), is supposed to mimic the shade that your lips natural become when in that temperature. I love the way this gloss looks on my lips and definitely want to pick up more shades- the green looks interesting! 👀
UZ-38°C/99°F LIP TREATMENT