Hello dolls 😍😍
I’m back and I know it took me a while to actually get a review in from my last post!!! So let’s get started dolls!! As you know I mention from my last post that I got 2 new products that I am trying out and let’s just say I like them so far and they have been doing a pretty good job with helping with my dark spots and blemishes. The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Serums for dark spots
Serums for acne
The Ordinary products for dark spots
Dark spots and acne scars
The Ordinary products for acne
Jul. 30, 2020
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Updated Night Routine!
I had a lot of empties in January, so here is my updated night routine! I have a post detailing actives that I use and my schedule around those actives, so they won’t be included in this post. My first step is my double-cleansing step, I use the Dr Dennis Gross - Hyaluronic Marine Makeup Removing Meltaway Cleanser (📍)to remove SPF and makeup, which I really love, it’s very unique, but it doesn’t break me out at all. Then I use the LANEIGE - Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser (📍) to cleanse a second time, I really enjoy this too, my skin tends to freak out when it comes to Laneige’s fragrance, but this is fragrance-free!! After cleansing I steam my face with the Dr Dennis Gross - Pro Facial Steamer which I feel like has really helped the hydration levels of my skin. After that I’ll apply the TATCHA - The Essence Plumping Skin Softener (📍)which I also like, but I’m not sure how much it’s really done for my skin for what it’s worth. I’ll steam again, for about 30 seconds and then go into my PETER THOMAS ROTH - Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum which is the only serum that can truly repair my moisture barrier when I’m breaking out. Then my eye product is The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (📍)which I’ve been loving a lot too! My current winter moisturizer is the Dr. Jart+ - Ceramidin Cream which again, I like, but it feels like it puts a barrier on my skin, which kind of felt weird to begin with. After moisturizer, my last two steps are to treat any breakouts or spots with the Murad - Blemish Control Rapid Relief Spot Treatment and use something to lock it all in like the The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil it does the job, but smells super weird. The only way I’ve been able to describe it is, picture the olive bar at a local grocery store, and the smell that comes from that. Not super pleasant, but it’s okay. 📍= product was sent to me for free
These are my ride or die
So, I have an autoimmune disease and I tend to have lots of inflammation. That being said, when I wake up puffy like a blow fish 🐠.... these are my life savers ! The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG this little baby packs a punch! De-puffs and gives my eyes a wake up call!! It is unique in that it is not a cream. At first I wasn’t sure, but I’m hooked. One drop on each eye does the trick. Easy to apply, smooth and silky! Wake up those peepers with this little bottle of magic 🪄!! mizz bloom - JADE ROLLER this is my go to in morning to drain my lymphatic system. I keep mine in my skin fridge, so it is nice and cold! Add my serums and then have a nice little roll! De puffs my face and helps with contouring. T
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Why does my skin react different night vs day?
Over the years I have gone through hundreds of products figuring out what works for me. I have finally found a good set of products that I love, but sometimes when I use certain products in the daytime (such as Bio-Oil - Multiuse Skincare Oil and certain facemasks, I breakout so much worse than I do when I use the same exact product at night! I am confused by this so I have been wondering if it’s related to my oil levels throughout the day or what? Should I be using more drying products in the day time and hydrating at night? The only ones that really work for me day and night are The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and THE BODY SHOP - Jumbo Tea Tree Oil although I know Hyram has said oils are not for the face
getting off makeup and clear skin with rosacea!
okay... so I know I've posted this before, and Cherie is (devastatingly) closing down, but I thought I'd share one last post. This really works. one is a prescription and there are a couple items missing, so I'll add them to the pictures. Here is the order they say to put on skincare (as depicted) 1) makeup remover/wash (I use Queen Helene cold cream that I SWEAR by, sometimes BURT’S BEES - BURT‘S BEES Sensitive Facial Cleanser ) 2) Facewash/second face wash (I use DERMA•E - Sensitive Skin Cleanser and Joeseph anti Acne soap 10% sulfur) 3) Toner (I use THAYERS - Rose Petal Facial Toner ) 4) Serums (I use a few... my prescription Amzeeq, mostly The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% , and DERMA•E - Blue Light Shield Concentrated Serum ) 5) Spot Treatments (Murad - Invisiscar Resurfacing Treatment , tea tree oil when needed) 6) Eye Cream (not pictured - DERMA•E - Firming DMAE Eye Lift Cream ) 7) Moisturizer (2 different kinds depending on how dry I am- pictured: Alba Botanica Aloe Green tea moisturizer, not pictured: skinfix - Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Cream ) 8) Retinol: Now, because I have rosacea, I use a retinol alternative. The best one for sensitive skin I found is The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion use at night only) 9) Face Oil: HEAR ME OUT: If you have oily skin, it's not the WORST thing to use an oil. As a matter of fact, it may work well. BEST ONE BY FAR IS ROSEHIP OIL. I can't tell you how amazing it is The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil , and JOSIE MARAN - Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment during the day) wear sunscreen during the day, and put it in place of retinol. I use Glossier. - Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen it's a great light moisturizer, too. And at night in the winter if it's super dry, I'll put petroleum jelly around the corners of my eyes and lips. The results don't lie, Cherie babes (: comment below I'd you know of a better eye cream.
Ingredient you need to know pt.1
Let’s start with Niacinamide: Skin concerns that this can help : sensitivity, pores, acne, hyperpigmentation and redness What it works well with: • retinoids • N-Acetyl Glucosamine Key Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, regulates sebum production, increases elasticity, increases toleration to retinoids, increases ceramide productions, targets hyperpigmentation, improves enlarged pores, boosts collagen production, reduces ache lesion. It helps with a lot more there is too many to name How it works with different skin concerns: •Barrier boosting : increases ceramide and free fatty acid levels in the stratum corneum • Anti-acne: reduces sebum production and acts as a anti inflammatory agent • Hyperpigmentation: inhibits melanosome transfer from melanocytes to keratinocytes. Risks: along with any other product it does come with risks. This can cause redness/ flushing when the concentration is above 5% Overall, including this ingredient into my skincare has helped my fungal acne on my forehead and the texture of my skin has definitely gotten better. If you have any questions feel free to ask :)
The Ordinary-Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
So you wanna try The Ord. niacin.+ zinc serum...
Here's what you should know before making the purchase. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is a fairly viscous, cloudy serum meant to tame blemishes and has been reported to also clear scars and general unevenness in your skin. However, there's one thing you might NOT have read about amongst the thousands of reviews claiming to either love the product or bash it for being something of a scam. I'm here to tell you that TO niacinamide serum is a great product for acne prone or uneven skin, but with one caveat. Because it rejuvenates your skin and rebuilds the cells from the inside out, before you see the results of the serum there will be what is called a "purge" effect the first week or so of using the serum. You see, breakouts and pimples are already within the skin days before they emerge on the surface. They build and build until finally being pushed outward and leaving those nasty zits on your face. And when you start rebuilding the skin, *all* the acne is pushed outward, giving you the impression that it was the serum making you break out. And while this is technically true, in the long run, your skin will thank you. So if you do decide to buy one of my personal favorite serums (which you totally should), don't freak out when you break out! It's all part of the plan 😎
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Best booster for resurfacing 🤩!
If you don’t know, Niacinamide can help some of your skincare products work more effectively such as Retinol or Vitamin C. One of my skin concerns is constantly the battle with hyperpigmentation and acne marks and scars. I use retinol in my skincare regime religiously to boost skin resurfacing, and alongside Niacinamide which helps to build the skins natural barrier up - old and new scars and marks are quick to vanish! My skin is also more supple and hydrated using this product as the Niacinamide allows better moisture retention. If you use some fairly strong “skin stripping” products like me then you will definitely benefit from this product in your routine! The Ordinary The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% does such a good job with the product - not to mention the amazing price point! 🥰
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
So I'll be honest, I'm a pharmacist not an esthetician. My knowledge of products are one dimensional and I did little research when I bought this product a year ago. When I bought this product I was looking for something more 'science' based to treat hyperpigmentation from acne scars and uneven skin textures. I was skeptical that this product would work for me after paying $25 on Amazon. I gave it a shot and applied it religiously every morning as part of my basic skincare regime. After a few months, I noticed some of the scars were lighter and began to fade. However, I feel as if I reached a plateau with the product. I do not get the same results as I was getting a year ago....which sucks. I love this product but my skin grew tolerant of it. I stopped using it for a couple of months and just started incorporating it in my regime again. I would rate it 4/5 stars because of the potential this formulation has. Me, not being a skincare guru probably just needs to learn how to apply it better....and buy it from Sephora or Ulta for $8 next time.
The Ordinary-Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
Okay The Ordinary, I see you. 😳
-This is an update to my prior post- My volcanoes are not volcanoes anymore. 😳 They now downgraded to just red spots. I still feel them like a bump in my face, but they don’t hurt anymore and they don’t look that big anymore. I feel like if I use it minimum 3 times per week it will help me with my suddenly breakouts. My face is also trying to even out the dark spots with the red spots. I feel like that’s one of the main problems that I have, the black spots or red spots that old acne left me. The most help that I received is the hydration that the The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 gave me. My dry patches are gone and I didn’t wake up with an excess of oil like I usually do. 😳 I will do an update to this post but after a week using the Ordinary. To see a more deep result. Thank you for reading ! 🥰 Have a blessed day. 🤪❤️
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
You need to get these!!!
These are the absolute best! I used the peeling solution this morning for about 10 minutes and let me tell you, it literally left my skin glowing! And the niacinamide serum helps so much with my acne scars. I’ve only had these for about 3 days and I can already see my skin improving!
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
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