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Me + My Nightime Routine

I've been into skincare for a few years already, and I've found that this routine has really worked for me! The The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
and VitaminSea.beauty - Sea Kelp & Hyaluronic Acid Bouncy Sleep Mask
are both new but they've worked well so far. Every night:
Wash off all the gross oil and grime with Incredible BY NATURE - African Black Soap
. Note that this ACTUAL black african soap, not the stuff that Shea Moisture sells. Black african soap help to get the skin squeaky clean, and I've also found that when you first start using it it literally sloughs off dead skin. Just be careful if you start using it as it can definitely be rough on dry or sensitive skin. Also, do not put the bar directly on your skin! It contains pieces that could tear skin when rubbed: lather in your hands or on a brush first.
To help soften the skin and soothe any irritation, I double wash with BURT’S BEES - BURT‘S BEES Sensitive Facial Cleanser
. If you have sensitive or irritated skin, this is the stuff! It is a nice, creamy texture, almost like lotion. A little goes a long way, especially if you put it on dry like I do. Its also helpful in letting me know if I'm over exfoliating/cleansing with other products, because it will slightly sting if I am. This stuff is super nice and also pretty inexpensive (only around $12-13 for 6 oz) for what it offers. A must have if you have dryness or irration.
I've only just started using the The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
, so I can't say much, but I've only heard good things, and I haven't noticed any issues my self. I apply it in the PM, and use Vitamin C in the AM.
ANDALOU NATURALS - Q10 Night Repair Cream
I really feel like this stuff moisturizes well. It's definitely a PM only for me though, as it tend to pill up if I use too many other products like SPF. I also like to sometimes put some Vaseline - 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, Original
on top of it to help keep it from pilling, as sometimes the niacinamide serum can do that. But this stuff definitely leaves my skin feeling soft and protected, and I would definitely buy again.
Every 2-3 days
VitaminSea.beauty - Sea Kelp & Hyaluronic Acid Bouncy Sleep Mask
is a really nice sleep mask. Hyaluronic acid leaves skin moisturized, while the sea kelp extract keeps you glowy! Just make sure to put it on a bit before bed, as it can make your pillow a bit greasy if it doesn't dry enough first. This has helped me look just a bit fresher in the morning when I get up, which is helpful when I don't have to wash my face as I don't wear make up.
Once A Week
My skin can only take The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
once a week at most! I tried using it twice a week but that was just way too hard on my skin. The black african soap is exfoliatianting enough between treatments.
Nov. 3, 2020
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It’s cold outside New York- stay hydrated
Here’s a reminder to stay hydrated as it’s currently 9 degrees in New York. My top three hydrating must have: 1. Vaseline - 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, Original this is actually the CVS brand but they are the same to me. Vaseline needs no description. It’s absolutely a must have. I use it on my eyebrows, eyelids, my ears and my elbow. 2. CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin I love cerave and this product is very light for daily use and especially for a day when I’m home I love using. 3. Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 just because you’re home don’t forget to use your sun cream ladies. I received this from Cherie as a gift and I’m so happy I found out about it. Will purchase it again. Stay hydrated and glowing ☀️☀️☀️
Jan 24 2021
Skin update My skin is looking a lot better . It’s still healing from all the harsh products I used I’ve ther year new year clean start . I’ve been washing my face every night with sensitive soap bar and after putting Vaseline - 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, Original and POND'S - Facial Moisturizers Dry Skin Cream . And in the morning tubing my face with ice to wake me up and brighten my skin then drying my face with a towel then putting Vaseline - 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, Original then putting some sun skincare . I’m only 17 and still learning about my skin . I watch Dr.pimple popper night routine and how she described her skin was a lot like mines dry and sensitive so I’m going to be trying some off the products she used in her video .
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Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines pt. 4
Hey ya’ll! In part 4 of Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines we’re reviewing @Raks and @juliachristine’s skincare routines. Starting with @Rakswho reached out to me via Cherie message because she started skincare about a year ago because of her upcoming wedding. She starts by cleansing with theThursday Plantation - Tea Tree Face Wash Foam which costs $8.99 for 5.1 fl oz. This cleanser is very basic. It has tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil. My issue is with the eucalyptus oil, which is a very irritating essential oil right up there with lemon oil and peppermint oil. If this doesn’t irritate your skin then it’s a great cleanser, but I can’t recommend it to those with sensitive skin. Then she goes in with 4 serums. First is thepura d'or - 20% Vitamin C Serum which costs $14.99 for 4 fl oz. This is a really good serum. It has aloe vera juice, glycerin, jojoba oil, and argan oil which are hydrating ingredients, and then it has hylaronic acid, retinol, and Vitamin C. I love it! Then she uses#The Ordinary - Nicinamide Serum[products]#[FiveStars] which costs $5.90 for 1 fl oz. We’ve talked a lot about this serum, it’s very good. Next is the#Tree Of Life - Hylaronic acid serum[products]#[TwoStars] which costs $10.95 for 1 fl oz. I don’t like this serum. It started off good with hylaronic acid, aloe vera juice, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, but it contains way too many Essential oils and irritating extracts. And her final serum is theSkinMedica - LYTERA 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum which costs $130.90 for 2 fl oz, which is very expensive. This is not worth the price. It has nicinamide and glycerin, and then some not very researched acids. I don’t recommend continuing use of this serum. Then to moisturize she goes in with theOLAY - Regenerist Regenerating Day Cream which costs $29.99 for 1.7 fl oz. I don’t like this moisturizer. Let’s start with some positives. It has nicinamide, glycerin, and Vitamin B3. Now it has a lot of bad ingredients also. It has Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is a harsh cleansing agent, as well as fragrance being the 6th ingredient. The she uses a Neutrogena sunscreen, and occasionally usesThe Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution which costs $7.20 for 1 fl oz. This is a great exfoliant. I think @Raks is using too many serums. I would stick to only the Pura D’or and The Ordinary serum, and ditch the other two. Keep the cleanser, and maybe try a different moisturizer. You asked for mineral sunscreen reccomendations for dark skin tones that don’t have a white cast, so I got you girl! I have light skin, but I did some research and I’d recommend the#First Aid Beauty - Weightless Mineral SPF 30[products]#[FiveStars] which costs $34 for 1.5 fl oz, and the #Biossance - Squalane Zinc Sheer SPF 30[products]#[FiveStars] which costs $30 for 1.7 fl oz. Both of these have minimal white cast, and Skincare by Hyram recommends them. Next is @juliachristine’s night routine. She starts off by cleansing with the #Vanicream - Unscented Gentle Cleanser[products]#[ThreeStars] witch costs $8.99 for 8 fl oz. This a nice basic cleanser with glycerin. Next she uses the#OBAGI - Tretinoin 0.025% Cream[products]#[TwoStars] which costs $84 for .7 fl oz. This cream has tretinoin which is a Vitamin A derivative which can treat acne, as well as retinol which also Vitamin A. I don’t think it’s worth the price, but it’s okay. Next she uses the #The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%[products]#[FourStars] which costs $7.99 for 1 fl oz. Along with azelaic acid, it has dimethicone which is a great moisturizer for dry skin. Next she uses theCeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin which costs $17.99 for 15 fl oz. Y’all know I love this product! Finally she finishes off with theVERSED - ZERO-G Smoothing Eye Cream witch costs $17.99 for .5 fl oz. Eye cream is definitely not necessary but this one is great! It has glycerin, algae extract, and olive oil which are hydrating, along with shea butter and a blend of peptides which can help firm the skin and increase collagen production which can help reduce fine lines around the eyes. Overall @juliachristine your routine looks great! That’s it for this post please cheer for this post if you liked it, comment your opinions on these products, and follow me for similar content. Upcoming posts include a 1 month Curology review and unnecessary skincare steps you don’t need. -Mae
Suggestions help?? 🥲
I’m still having trouble with my acne, at first it was clearing up then all of sudden it keeps getting worse, any recommendations will help ! 😣 Cetaphil - Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser epielle - Black Charcoal Peel-Off Mask The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Sometimes I would use .. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% but if I don’t I would skip it and use .. The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
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My skincare journey!
Hello! My name is Emily and I recently discovered this app and have decided to do what absolutely no one has asked for: explain my somewhat complicated skincare routine and my skin’s history! When I was in middle school I had what I called an acne-stache that I was constantly ashamed of, but you know... puberty be like that. In high school I didn’t really have many problems with my skin besides the occasional hormonal pimple. I even used coconut oil on my face nightly which is something that I would almost never do now (occasionally use it to remove stubborn eye makeup, but that’s pretty rare). Once I moved to Los Angeles from a small town in Northern California, sh*t hit the fan. The last 3 pictures provided show the mess that my skin became which was very weird to me because I had practically lived in LA every summer for around 8 years before moving there in 2017 and never had my skin act in such a way. So, pretty much since then I have been using natural skin care items and am proud of how far I’ve come. My skin’s not perfect (damn hormones) but it’s not too bad either. My most recent skincare routine consists of: Washing my face every other night with Incredible BY NATURE - African Black Soap . Then tone with HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Aromatherapy Water Rose Petals to prep for GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum or (once a week) GOOD MOLECULES - Overnight Exfoliating Treatment . Finally, I moisturize with Incredible BY NATURE - African Shea Butter . I know it sounds super complicated but basically I had been using the african black soap and shea butter nightly since May 2018 (after trying Burts Bees products with no avail) and as my skin got better I added more specific ingredients to target my main issues without causing more problems (and realized that only washing every other night was better for my skin for some unknown reason discovered by accident lol). By summer 2019 I was tired of making diy turmeric masks and decided to try The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution once a week which I liked, but —since I was only using it once a week— I had way too much left by the time it expired so I switched to Good Molecules overnight exfoliating treatment in summer 2020. (I love it and the niacinamide serum so far!). Also IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO USE SUNSCREEN especially when using “brighteners” like glycolic acid and whatnot. This is something I struggle to remember daily but I’m really trying and I’ve been using BARE REPUBLIC - Face Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 I give it 4 stars right now simply because I’m still not sure if it adds to my chin pimples or I’m just crazy, or possibly both..? Idk, but I love how velvety it feels when applying it to my face so I’ll keep using it.
The ORDINARY Vitamin C & Better OPTIONS !
Okay so I did a post about Vitamin C earlier and the two main different types use mainly in vitamin c serums & other products (L-Ascorbic Acid & Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate). These are the most used & come in a range of different percentages (you need a minimum of 8% to be effective) Serums absorbs better than a vitamin c toner, moisturizer or any other concoction that comes with skincare. When using Vitamin C it’s best used during the day, UNLESS your product has retinol (which I usually don’t recommend due to irritation). Okay with that recap out the way ... The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% & The Ordinary - Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution are product versions of vitamin C I’d NEVER EVER RECOMMEND! Why? When buying Vitamin C, it’s potent when just by itself which makes it a sure fire product that’ll cause irritation (mostly if your not used to it). There is a checklist when it comes to vitamin C & how it should be made: Dark packaging: vitamin C is not that stable ! It’s should be in tight, dark PUMP OR SERUM JAR Ingredients matter! : vitamin C mixed with other items make it more beneficial . -With hyaluronic acid : great for dry skin -With Vitamin E: great for anti aging -With Ferulic Acid: great for extending the life of vitamin C Best serums to look into I’d never in my life spend $166 on a serum so SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serumwhile never touch my face unless I get it in a super sale. Yet these formulation is the staple for all vitamin C serums for a reason. Here’s some I recommend DR. BRONNER'S - Vitamin C Serum with Ferulic Acid this serum is an EXACT DUPE FOR SKINCEAUTICALS .. this is ascorbic acid (be careful if you have sensitive skin). It’s $14.99 Seoul Ceuticals - 20% Vitamin C Hyaluronic Acid Serum this is my current personal fave K-Beauty I use everyday. It has Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate which is my go to since I use a lot of serums and to avoid sensitive skin. Its $16.99 Mad Hippie - Vitamin C Serum this was my favorite for a year because it’s really natural type ingredients. It has all the checklist points plus Konjac Root which is amazing for having tons of vitamins. Only reason I stopped buying was its $33.
Vitamin C for Sensitive Skin?
The Ordinary has a large profile of different Vitamin C products. These include: The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% The Ordinary - Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% The Ordinary - Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution The Ordinary - 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder ———————————— The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F This product is an oil-soluble derivative of vitamin C that can be used in a higher concentration. It contains Vitamin F which is also known as fatty acid. This includes two fats: linolenic acid (ALA) and linoleic acid (LA). ALA is part of the omega-3 family, whereas LA is part of the omega-6 family. These help maintain skin barrier. Vitamin F (which technically isn’t a vitamin at all) works well with other topical active ingredients and is safe for all skin types. The Ascorbyl solution is a light oil solution. It has a high potency but is very low in terms of stinging. The absorption rate is 1-5 seconds. It costs $17.80 CAD, which is more expensive than some of the other TO vitamin C products. I like this product because it is a light-weight oil but is high potency, and the fact that it doesn’t sting upon application is wonderful. I know some of the other TO vitamin C products can sting quite a bit. This product is great for: ☀️Dullness, uneven texture, uneven skin tone, and fine lines and wrinkles. This product does apply quite oily but once it is absorbed into the skin you forget you applied an oil and are left with a bright complexion. This can be used in the AM/PM. Definitely recommend if you have sensitive skin and want to try a Vitamin C product and not worry about the stinging :) This could also great for all other skin types! PS if you’re not sure which Vitamin C product by The Ordinary is best for you, check out this link: https://theordinary.deciem.com/vitcguide
Which Niacinamide would you choose?
This is definitely not a dupe situation. These two formulas are only similar in the fact that they contain the same amount of niacinamide (as well as some texture and preservative agents). I’ve been a longtime user of The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and it does work, but I felt after my first bottle I wasn’t getting any continued results. I was also left unimpressed and looking for a different option due to the fact that this is a very tacky formula that can be difficult to work with. TO includes zinc in their formula which they state can reduce acne and can be anti-inflammatory. At $6 you’re getting your 2 active ingredients; niacinamide and zinc. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster includes the same 10% of niacinamide but doesn’t stop there. They also add vitamin C and a BUNCH of calming, hydrating and restoring products that your skin needs (see attached ingredient list). It’s been a controversy whether or not vitamin C and Niacinamide can be used together, even The Ordinary suggests that their Niacinamide not be used at the same time as vitamin C. Many brands and consumers have disagreed. Paula’s Choice adds the protective ingredients to ensure you’ll have less of a chance of irritation. Paula’s Choice serum is a lightweight watery formula that leaves no residue and I find easy to work into my routine. I wasn’t quite prepared for the thin formula as The Ordinary has more of a tacky texture. I found it best to add it directly from the dropper to my face, versus my hands then face. When it comes to the price difference it does seem that The Ordinary would be the obvious choice. I’m not one that believes that quality skincare has to cost more. But Paula’s Choice formula offers much more than Niacinamide. You’re getting several ingredients that are not found in The Ordinary, hence the price difference. Once I’ve emptied my bottle I’ll be better able to determine if spending 4x’s the amount is worth it. I could choose to use a less expensive option and add the antioxidants and other skin-replenishing ingredients found in Paula’s Choices formula, but I have to admit, I do like the simplicity of fewer steps in my skincare routine. 😉 There are also several other options available that I’ve not yet tried. I have tried The Inkey List and it is just a tad bit less tacky than The Ordinary. Other brand options I’d be open to try are: Good Molecules $6 - formula looks similar to TO and TIL with the only active ingredient being niacinamide Naturium $16 - 10% niacinamide and 2% zinc Good Molecules $14 - similar again to TO and TIL I LOVE how Paula’s Choice lists their ingredients. Behind each one you’ll find out how it benefits the skin. This saves me a TON of time and effort when doing my reviews! Individual reviews on The Ordinary and The Inkey List Niacinamide can be found on my page. What’s your favorite Niacinamide to use? ❤️🍒
Current Products I'm Using
I have oil/combo skin and been struggling with hormonal acne for a few years now which is mainly around my chin. I have noticed some positive changes but also some negative ones, for example I have more blackheads in areas besides my nose which I never had before. Here are the products I've been using lately. AM Routine I don't cleanse in the morning just splash water on my face and pat dry, then I apply PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist C15 Super Booster after I apply moisturizer e.l.f. - Holy Hydration! Face Cream - Fragrance Free then sunscreen Supergoop! - Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 With Sunflower Extract PM Routine During the day I don't wear much makeup just some mascara so I just use GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Water for my first cleanse, then I go in with PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore Normalizing Cleanser which I am just about out of so I will be using CeraVe - Salicylic Acid Facial Cleanserwhich I haven't tried before but decided to buy it because of all the hype! Than I apply my toner and depending on my skin at the time I will either use PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore-Reducing Toner or I'm from - Rice Toner I have just recently purchased and starting using The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% then I moisturizer with THE inkey LIST - Peptide Moisturizer I use PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator twice a weeks and PAULA'S CHOICE - 1% Retinol Treatment with Peptides + Vitamin C 3 times a week. My skin is still breaking out so I'm gonna try eliminating certain products to see if I can pin point what is causing the breakouts and blackheads. I recently purchased a cleansing brush and I'm gonna start by eliminating the Paulas choice BHA Exfoliator and start using the brush 2 or 3 times a week instead. If that's not the problem then I'm gonna try taking out the Vitamin C. If anyone has any advice or tips I am all ears!!!
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When Nature Fails
I consider myself to have a fairly neutral stance on "clean beauty " and although I can appreciate organic and naturally derived ingredients, it simply comes down to if the product works for me or not. This is a very good example of when natural does not equal better. ANDALOU NATURALS - Q10 Night Repair Cream I was so disappointed! I wanted to like this, I really did. I'm not even saying that it's a bad product, but it simply did not sit well with my skin. It has a long list of wonderful ingredients which include: aloe vera juice, flax seed oil, fruit stem cells, cocoa butter, goji fruit, various nourishing oil and of course, CoQ10. Not to mention the texture is that of a smooth, silky balm that melts into the skin. And yet, this caused my sensitive skin a lot of irritation. I gave it 3 different tries and each time I felt my skin burn and start to get red and sensitive to the touch. Here is the interesting thing, this cream doesn't contain artificial fragrances, essential oils or harsh alcohols. I keep looking at the ingredient list and wondering what it is that's causing the irritation and I can't put my finger on it. The first ingredient is aloe vera juice, so could that be the main irritant? Let me know your thoughts!
Mask, Cream and Your Set
I have been super intrigued by Andalou Beauty products and I was super pumped to be able to try out some of their products. The fruit enzyme mask is so jelly like... but still has a great consistency for masking. It feels super soothing and “cool” on the skin - and really makes the skin feel super hydrated and refreshed afterwards. The night cream feels really moisturizing and I love the creaminess of it. It’s not super thick... just perfect enough that you only need a little bit to spread across your entire face. Their products are super pricey either... which is always an added bonus!! ANDALOU NATURALS - Q10 Night Repair Cream ANDALOU NATURALS - Fruit Enzyme Mask, BioActive 8 Berry, Age Defying

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🌙 evening skincare routine for dry skin 🌙
🌙 evening skincare routine for dry skin 🌙
winding down for the evening 😴 and wanted to share some good nighttime products for my dry skin. i live in the southwest so hydration + moisturizing are critical (hence my huge water bottle!). cleanse with Glossier. - Milky Jelly Cleanser - gentle and effective. i am always searching for a good inexpensive cleanser, but the price point isn’t too high with this product. i like the subtle rosewater scent. treat with one of the following acids - either Glossier. - Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector OR DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum OR pixi - Glow Peel Pads - that is in order of increasing strength. glossier or DE for most nights, and pixi sparingly (usually for hormonal breakouts, 1-2x per week max). if my skin is feeling good, i’ll skip this step. soothe with DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil - this is a light and gentle face oil that my skin drinks up. i’m always on the lookout for a new face oil if anyone has a good rec! moisturize with LANEIGE - Water Sleeping Mask - i just use this like a moisturizer. it soaks in overnight and leaves my skin looking plump and healthy. i really like the light gel texture. for lips, i’ll do vaseline or the laneige lip sleeping mask (trying to empty that one). sweet dreams! 💤
Glow Peel Pads
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AM routine 🔆
AM routine 🔆
1. Aveeno - Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser I start my morning routine with this water based cleanser that also contains salicylic acid. 2. THAYERS - Rose Petal Facial Mist To apply this toner, I pour a little bit on a cotton pad and pat my face down. This product contains phenoxyethanol which has antibacterial properties, rose water which helps with redness, and witch hazel that calms the skin. *** I’ve also used this product to soothe sunburn*** 3. bliss - Glow & Hydrate Day Serum For step 3 in my routine, I alternate serums every other day. One day I use the Glow and Hydrate serum that contains niacinamide (vitamin B3) and hyaluronic acid (HA). This product hydrates my skin very well leaving a “dewy” glow to my face. I originally bought this to help reduce my pores however, I have not noticed any pore reduction, yet. DERMA•E - Vitamin C Concentrated Serum On the days I do not use the Glow and Hydrate serum, I use this vitamin C serum to brighten my skin. This also contains HA for hydrating my skin. I’ve used this serum for about a year and I love it! 4. Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 My daily moisturizer contains 15 SPF. Although I like this product, I think I am going to start using the Positively Radiant moisturizer that contains 30 SPF for extra protection from the sun. 5. MARIO BADESCU - Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater As you can see, I’m running low on my facial spray. This also contains Rose water to help with redness, but I mostly just like the cool, misty feeling at the end of my face routine. I will definitely be purchasing more soon! 6. PAULA'S CHOICE - Retinol Skin Smoothing Body Treatment After my face routine, I use this retinol treatment mostly on my thighs and bottom to firm and smooth my skin. Occasionally I will use this on my arms and stomach. After a few months of using this daily, I’ve noticed my thighs are smoother, it’s really boosted my confidence in a bathing suit.
 Retinol Skin Smoothing Body Treatment
PAULA'S CHOICE- Retinol Skin Smoothing Body Treatment
My special routine for mask.
My special routine for mask.
Many people just put on their mask directly on cleansed skin and I used to do that as well. Not saying that’s wrong, but I find out a better way to make the most use of the mask. Personally, I like to add different products to a traditional routine to boost their efficiency and I am really amazed by this method I came up with mask and I have to say this changed my way to put mask a lot.   Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate—Clarins On-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser It is known to cleanse our skin with nothing leaves on before the mask. I prefer to use an exfoliator to pre-cleanse my face by scrubbing it on first. My concern is acne and oiliness; this scrub cleanser from Clarins is quite gentle yet effective with tiny particles removing dead skin and oil and also easy to wash away. It doesn’t strip my face at all and the orange scent is so refreshing.    Step 2: Fav Booster—The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5%+HA This water-like serum contains 5% lactic acid which is an alpha-hydroxy acid(AHA) famous for gentle exfoliation. It is super lightweight and does not hinder the ingredients from the mask at all. I actually experienced brightening the most from it and it is quite mild for me. So I apply this as a serum right before the mask.   Step 3: The Main Course--Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask This pink gel mask is so cute and caught my eyes for the first sight. Surprisingly it does work for me. It uses new technology to blend rose stem cells, rose extracts and rose water altogether to address problems like dehydration and dullness. I always store this in the fridge and it gets so cool and quenching that way. With scrub and lactic acid, the nutrients from the mask can be better absorbed and my face looks brighter after washing it away.      I use a mask about twice a week, and I apply in this way every single time. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea since we all have different skin types and concerns, but why not letting our products show their full potential when possible?
Lactic Acid 10% + HA
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Morning Routine for GLOWING Skin
Morning Routine for GLOWING Skin
After 3 months, I perfected my routine for: ✨GLOWING SKIN✨ My concerns: mild acne, moderate cystic acne, large pores, redness, uneven skin tone, prevent aging proactiv - MD Essentials System Value Set I’m allergic to benzoyl peroxide, so I had to find alternatives for my acne prone skin. When Proactiv came out with a formula that was benzoyl peroxide free, I jumped on it! On this routine, I have seen huge improvements in my breakouts, pore size, skin tone and texture. Each step in the kit and other: Step 1 Cleanse and Rinse proactiv - Deep Cleansing Face Wash This wash is gentile and leaves my face feeling smooth and soft. It has micro exfoliating beads that remove impurities and help keep skin clear. Step 2 Toner proactiv - Balancing Toner After breaking up with witch hazel, there’s no going back! I love this toner because I don’t feel dry at all like I usually do with toners. Leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed. Step 3 Serum (formerly my spot treatment step) #Apostrophe - Azelaic Acid Formula (Azelaic Acid 15% + Niacinamide 4%)[products]#[FiveStars] Although Proactiv MD cleared up most of my breakouts and reduced pore size, I still struggled with dark spots and jawline cystic acne. I knew I needed something a little stronger that was also compatible when using retinoids (night routine.) Apostrophe’s formula reduced my dark post-acne marks and evened my skin tone and texture. It also has anti-aging properties. No need for spot treatment, it’s designed to be used all over face. Pea size amount recommended. Step 4 Serum timeless SKIN CARE - 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum BEST dupe for SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum. Brightens skin after just a few weeks and helps with my uneven skin tone. Protects against environmental pollutants. 1-1.5 pumps for entire face. Step 5 Eye Cream proactiv - Eye Brightening Serum Eye creams can be scary, as the skin around the eyes is so sensitive! This eye cream is packed with peptides, vitamins C and E. While I noticed reduced puffiness, I hadn’t noticed an anti-aging difference until my boyfriend pointed out how “smooth it looks” under my eyes 😂 Step 6 Moisturizer/Step 7 SPF proactiv - Daily Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 🔑 Hydration is key when treating acne prone skin! I love that this moisturizer is lightweight, non-greasy and soft. Since it already has SPF 30, no need to use a separate sunscreen unless you will have prolonged direct sun exposure. Any skin type can use this gentle product. 1-1.5 pumps is all you need. Dries quickly. Step 8 Face Oil eve hansen - Golden Rosehip Face Oil I don’t use face oil everyday, more like 3-4x per week, when I feel like I need extra hydration. Helps reduce redness and locks in moisture! Has skin regenerative properties. Only 3-5 drops needed.
20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum
timeless SKIN CARE-20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum
an amazing line for dull skin + pigmentation
an amazing line for dull skin + pigmentation
Georgette Klinger and Cherie gifted these products to me so I could review them honestly! I have been using them for ten days now, and I have thoughts to share! I supplemented this routine with a moisturizer, spf, and eye cream, as well as hydrating masks every three days. Pre-Information — I’ve used many vitamin c products in the past, and my skin likes the ingredient! I have combo skin, which is sensitive and acne prone. I also have rosacea, which makes my skin red, especially when using actives. Every product here has fragrance and all the products smell like an orchard (it’s strong!). If you are sensitive to fragrance, keep that in mind. GEORGETTE KLINGER - Vitamin C Cleansing Gel I like this cleanser, and I don’t usually reach for gel cleansers because they tend to be fairly stripping. This one is gentle and doesn’t dehydrate my skin on impact; I use it as a second cleanse at night following an oil based cleanser. It doesn’t irritate my skin, but kind of soothes it instead — which is a lot to ask for from a cleanser. Not the best for daytime use for me, I find that in the mornings my skin is better off with water + toner. Three stars because it smells like dollar store hand soap and I cannot ignore it. GEORGETTE KLINGER - Vitamin C Toner I think it’s an okay toner! I don’t like the dispenser at all, because product comes out fast and it’s hard to control. The viscosity of the toner is pretty thin, but my skin feels smooth after application. It sinks in fast and isn’t sticky! I use this with a reusable cotton round and it preps my skin nicely for the rest of my routine. It’s not really a “special” product for me, and I’m the kind of person who wants skincare routines to be ritualistic and also make me feel good on the inside, so I’ll have to pass on repurchasing. GEORGETTE KLINGER - Vitamin C Complex This might be one of my favorite vitamin c serums! It’s a little tacky, but sinks in faster than some serums I’ve used, and once you apply a moisturizer, the tackiness disappears. It’s pretty gentle and I didn’t experience any discomfort, tingling, or excess redness after application. I really like the packaging on this, and it’s an easy product to slip into your routine. GEORGETTE KLINGER - Vitamin C Mask This is my favorite product out of the four! I LOVE the packaging — pump top for a mask? Revolutionary. The pump makes getting product so easy, and you can control it easily. The texture of this mask is like a thick smoothie, and it smells good, too. I noticed my skin becoming brighter when I use this for a midday pick-me-up. I can guarantee that I’ll run out of this one first. Overall, my skin looks GOOD. I can’t tell if it’s just because of my cycle, or if these products did wonders for me (ten days is a short time to tell I think). I did notice some dehydration towards the five day mark, but overall my skin looks better!
Vitamin C Cleansing Gel
GEORGETTE KLINGER-Vitamin C Cleansing Gel
Just realized that I’ve never
Just realized that I’ve never posted about my favorite local brand yet so here’s one dedicated to them! In Her Element is all about using only the cleanest of ingredients (no fillers whatsoever!) and seeking new formulations that is highly effective. They promise only one thing: maximum glow for minimum effort—which I am all about. Low pH Rose Gel Cleanser - one of my top 3 favorite cleansers ever. This has a pH level of 5.5-6 (perfect for maintaining your skin’s moisture barrier) and contains active botanical ingredients that gives you brighter skin. Lathers just the right amount and smells absolutely beautiful! Glow Job 5% Glycolic Gel Cream - I’m going to be honest, I haven’t used this consistently enough but just to give a little info, claims to get rid of dark spots and dull skin gently. Has AHA that is able to penetrate into your skin to unveil bright skin. Petal Skin Rose Toning Essence - so good I’m almost done with it. Rose water infused with anti-oxidants and niacinamide to clear up your complexion. Great for that layered skin method for extra moisture so you can use less products in your routine. Petal Skin Rose Clay Mask - features rose water with rose clay to get rid of impurities as well as glycolic acid to quicken dead skin turnover. Out of all the masks I’ve used this burns the sides of my nose the most but I actually like it, that way I know that it actually works!