novice skincare junkie with too many sample-sized products and a lot of time on my hands. low maintenance, except for my skincare 🙃
SKIN CHECK-IN! Week 7 with adapalene 🥳
I am hopefully cresting the hill that is purge city with using this product. After my hiccup a week or two ago using a far too harsh product, I gave my skin a little break to recover before diving headfirst into daily application. Things I have noticed: My breakouts are healing faster than ever with daily application. That’s not to say my clogged pores have diminished significantly, but I have noticed a slowing in the amount of new blemishes I wake up to daily, and I am seeing improvements in my cystic chin acne as far as the speed in which they heal/reduce in size. My face actually is not this red in person, at least I don’t think so. The lighting in my kitchen really brings out the post acne marks from where I have been broken out badly. I will say that those red spots are mostly healed or healing, and not necessarily new breakouts. This is great news! I have stuck with a very simple routine when using the adapalene daily. A thin layer of protective and nourishing moisturizer, 10 mins later I apply only a pea sized amount (!!very important) evenly over my skin. Then about 15-20 mins later, I apply a moisturizer on top. I’ve also been avoiding using my SA cleanser. I noticed that my skin was much drier when I was using it plus adapalene. I will save my SA cleanser for when my skin is more adjusted to daily application and/or post adapalene to help fade my post-acne scars. I’m grateful for this journey and mostly for working from home at this time. I’ve never been particularly insecure about my skin, but this has truly been a journey in self love. Make sure to take care of yourself and always shower yourself with love. You deserve it regardless of what your skin looks like. Drink lots of water, eat healthy (and sometimes not so healthy 😘), tell your friends you love them, walk your dog, soak up the sun (with SPF😠 on), take time to pause and enjoy the little things in life. You belong here and you deserve happiness. Big love to all of my new followers, expect some more frequent and fun content soon!! 🥰 #cheriepartner #cheriepick #skinpositive #youareenough
Skin Check-in Week 6? with Adapalene
Hello and welcome back! Here is a preview of my skin after 6 weeks of using adapalene. I am still not at an every day application because I’m really trying to give my skin a chance to adjust. I woke up this morning and was a little disappointed because I really thought I was seeing improvements, but comparing the past few videos there isn’t much difference! The right side of my face is actually pretty clear, but the left side is still broken out badly from weeks ago. It’s not as inflamed, but it’s definitely every cystic/hormonal pimple that has been laying in wait all broken out at once 🤣. I’m still struggling with pretty clogged pores on my chin and below my lip but I’m seeing a lot of improvement in my overall skin texture where I’m not broken out. Plus, my skin feels pillowy and bouncy! I’ve found that the best way for me to evade irritation is sandwiching a pea sized amount of adapalene between thin layers of FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream . This has kept my flakes at bay and my skin calm. Update on the Naturium products: I’m really liking both of them! NATURIUM - Vitamin C Complex Serum and NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2%. I can’t speak to their acne clearing or spot lightening effects just yet as I’ve been only using them for about a week or so, but I really like the formulation/feel of these serums and they absorb quickly without any sticky residue. At the price point they are at, I didn’t expect them to feel so ~expensive~. I’m looking forward to seeing if this VitC holds up to my OG Mad Hippie Vitamin C!
NATURIUM-Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2%
THE ANSWER IS NO
LOL so I snapped this pic in the middle of using The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution and lemme tell you. That stuff BURNED! I was on an off day from adapalene and was having a particularly annoying time with the hordes of closed comedones on my chin and also had some residual flakies from the adapalene that were lingering a bit longer than I wanted. So, naturally, I washed my face with the TULA SKINCARE - Keep It Clear Acne Foam Cleanser that I’ve been using in the evenings, my first mistake. Never use this mask with ANY OTHER SENSITIZING PRODUCTS which INCLUDES SA! My next mistake was not waiting long enough (a few days) after my last application of adapalene. I believe it had been two nights since I used it last, but the skin on my chin where an active breakout was occurring was NOT the correct place to put this peel. I know better, but do not as I do, please! or you will be very regretful. As soon as I applied this product to thoroughly dried skin, my chin started burning. It stung the rest of my face but not nearly as bad as it did on my chin. I resolved to leave it on for only a few minutes because of the discomfort I was experiencing. I gently washed off the mask with lukewarm water about 4 minutes after applying. My face was pink and so smooth elsewhere, but I had visibly damaged my skin on my chin. I went into recovery mode and slathered my face in COSRX - Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence and after it sunk into my skin, applied a thick layer of FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration and hoped for the best. I woke up in flake city all over my chin/mustache/nostrils. It wasn’t red, but a lot of excess sloughing of dead skin cells was occurring. My barrier at least where my breakout under my lip is was destroyed 🥺. Since this incident (3 days ago) I’ve stuck to only cleansing at night with the TULA SKINCARE - The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser and the FAB ultra repair moisturizer. My skin has recovered, since and while my breakout is still present, I’ve noticed an improvement overall in my cheek and upper lip zits. I’m going to continue to give my skin a break by only using hydrating and nourishing products, slowly working them back into my routine and will be avoiding acids & actives especially on my chin area until it has fully recovered. I don’t necessarily think the AHA/BHA peel is a bad product, and for some people it really works wonders! I’ll echo what everybody else who loves it has to say about it: do your research, be careful not to overdo it, and DO NOT MIX any other actives in your routine when using this product ‼️ And if skincare burns 🥵 FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WASH IT OFF ! ❣️
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Skin check in and it’s getting ✨awful✨
If you check back a few posts I’m documenting my journey with adapalene and as you can see it is working! Working as in, absolutely breaking my face out! I can tell the texture of my skin is improving but the breakouts and redness is extensive. This was a few days ago and the redness has since subsided. I also started my cycle this week and typically that results in oil overproduction & chin zits. Truly I do not remember a time when my skin was this bad. It’s been a few weeks now. My chin/mustache area is full of clogged pores and closed comedones all taking turns flaring up into nodular and cystic pimples. It was already not great when I started so I don’t necessarily blame the product just my skin. This is week 4 or 5 of using adapalene and I’ve decided to take a few days off... I’ve dialed my skincare back to just moisturizing HA and super repairing and nourishing/calming moisturizers I picked up some new serums from Target to replace some empties, notably my Mad Hippie Vit C which I traded in for NATURIUM - Vitamin C Super Serum Plus,and NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% to replace my long expired and half used The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% . To be honest I haven’t really liked any of the ordinary products they have awful textures. Anyway I’ll check in after a few days and let y’all know what I think of the Naturium serums. I’m pretty excited about them based on their ingredients and reviews on Cherie.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Skin Check-In Week 1 Adapalene
Hello from the desert🌵! Here is a skin update after week 1 of adapalene gel. I will say - I underestimated this powerful goo. I’ve been using the FIRST AID BEAUTY - FAB Skin Lab Retinol SerumFor a little over 2 months now, 3-4 times/wk and about a week ago I picked up LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne Treatmentto try to ramp up my retinoid. The first time I applied it - I buffered it with a HA essence and topped with my Triple C night cream + sealed in moisture with some pure 100% squalane but alas, it dried the crap out of my skin! I have been flaking out where my skin is breaking out - mostly my chin just below my lips. I took a 4 day break, just using super hydrating products and really slathering on the moisturizer in the evenings. The FAB retinol serum is seriously calming compared to this stuff - it contains a special “skin-saver” complex to help counteract the dryness most encounter when using retinoids for the first time. However after reading and researching I will not give up- it will just take time, patience, and consistency. This time I applied a heavier moisturizer (my beloved TULA SKINCARE - 24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream ) let it sink in for a few mins, then applied a pea sized amount of the adpaalene gel. Before applying g I also used aquaphor on my sensitive spots - my nostrils and my lips - then followed up with my Triple C night cream and hit the sheets. I woke up this morning still feeling hydrated and with significantly less irritation than the first application - and as you can see my skin (other than my ongoing breakout) is looking improved and glowy! I followed with my usual photo protective morning routine (see a few posts back) & of course my SPF! I’m going to be avoiding putting anything excessive on my skin the next few days to allow it to breathe and let this product work it’s purported magic. I hope y’all have a great long weekend ❤️
TULA SKINCARE-24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream
I live where the sun shines virtually every day! Therefore, my routine is photo protective. From my morning Vitamin C + antioxidant serums, to my evening gentle acid exfoliants, I have built my skincare routine around anti-aging preventatives. I recently began working topical retinol at low % into my routine and get monthly Y:ag laser facials to stimulate and encourage collagen production. I’m about to turn 26, and I am very lucky to have plenty of collagen and few wrinkles. I spent a lot of my early 20s breaking the cardinal rules of anti-aging including smoking cigarettes (I’ve been nicotine free for over a year now!) and skipping SPF most days. I even had a brief bout of tanning booth addiction 😟 Now I use spf products as a daily routine. I was committed to Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 until a girl at Ulta recommended StriVectin - Full Screen SPF 30 Clear Finish which has a lower SPF and similar consistency as Unseen. I’ve also tried the Supergoop! - 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40AND Supergoop! - Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40, neither of which I was really crazy about. The gel/primer consistency of both Unseen Sunscreen and the Strivectin spf are more conducive to my skincare routine and they both sink into my skin without leaving a greasy feeling. Now that I have an office job and wfh, I’m spending about 10 hours/day staring at two huge computer monitors, so I think I’ll stick with the Strivectin screen that also includes Vitamins A, B, C, and Pro-Vitamin D (?) and claims for protect against UVA/UVB, Blue Light (computer screens), and pollution. It’s affordable, comfortable to wear, a little goes a long way, and performs well under makeup when I’m wearing it. The lower spf isn’t a problem for me because I’m not standing in direct sunlight or anything. I think if I had my previous job working outside everyday I’d want a higher spf. Another line of defense I like to fall back on are SPF tinted moisturizers. A while back I had tried the PÜR - 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 which is honestly such a dream. This is a photo of me wearing it on a midday walk. It’s low to medium coverage, buildable, hydrating, and stays put! I don’t have very oily skin or especially dry skin so I feel it is a happy medium for those with normal or combo skin types. By no means is it full coverage. I slap this on (using my fingers to apply) if I’m planning to go for a walk in the sunshine or on a hike, in addition to my base layer of SPF. Of course, the best preventative is keeping the sun off your face at all costs, so you’ll usually see me on the trails with one of my favorite floppy hats, or sometimes if I’m feeling jazzy - my Bluestone Sunshield (see a few posts back). Do you wear SPF every day? Have you made any lifestyle changes for the sake of beauty/anti-aging? Share your tips or thoughts below!
Supergoop!-100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40
NEW 🚨 Anti-Irritation CBD Lip Balm 🍃
Kosas partnered with a brand called Flora + Bast, which sources pure, unprocessed CBD products for skincare and wellness. Together, they made this lip balm. It gives you a lot of ingredients for the cost, and is great for dry, acne-prone skin. I would recommend it the most for people who do sports, or in Fall/Winter weather. 🌿 INGREDIENT BREAKDOWN 🌿 MAIN : Full Spectrum Cannabis Extract 50 mg Full Spectrum cannabis is the unprocessed version of CBD. It keeps all it’s aspects and nutrients, including THC (but less than 0.03%, so it won’t make you high). Research shows that CBD reduces sebum production and soothes irritation- making it ideal to control acne and redness. Our bodies naturally produce a cannabinoid called anandamide- without it, you have dry, irritated skin. CBD naturally helps replenish that. 50mg is potent for a lip balm. Some balms have 10 mg, so this is definitely not cheating you on ingredients. For other parts of your skin, CBD recommendations can go as high as 350 mg to treat pain. So 50 mg is a good range for the thin, sensitive skin on your lips. Hyalauronic Acid A natural limp plumper that’s naturally derived from sugar- So it’s super unlikely to cause a reaction. We have HA naturally in our connective tissue. It keeps us lubricated, and it can bind ~1000 times its weight in water. What this means for your lips is that it’ll hold onto hydration, making them look plumper. Konjac Root This pairs perfectly with HA. It has glucomannan, which holds ~50 times its weight in water. It’s turns the balm texture into a gel, and is antimicrobial. Together with HA, they have a plumping, anti-wrinkling effect. Extra Ingredients Boy this little balm is packed! Here’s just a few more moisturizers it contains: castor seed oil, jojoba esters , grape seed oil, avocado oil, mango seed butter, rice bran extract, etc. 💕 APPLICATION 💕 My lips are prone to flaking because of harsh acne medication. They also get easily red and irritated. This balm is advertised as creamy and soothing. When I apply it, it goes on thick- but doesn’t look thick. It has a natural-ish finish that leans glossy. It feels perfect for winter because it’s so creamy. And it feels a little minty- Which I found really relaxing. The product didn’t just sit on my lips- After hours, it felt like it had absorbed its moisture. The texture reminds me of theNeutrogena - Lip Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 15 ($2.99 for 0.15 oz). But that product has a much shorter ingredient, with castor oil as its main moisturizer. Kosas product ($20 for 0.17) is priced higher, but it’s worth it for all the extra ingredients you get. If you have sensitive lip concerns, this product is worth checking out. Its slim packaging makes it easy to slip into your bag, and it’ll keep chapping under control.
Kosas-Limited Edition Port Lipfuel Extra-Strength Lip Balm With Flora + Bast CBD and Hyaluronic Acid