A tale of 2 brightening masks
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been doing a lot of masks during your time in social distancing / isolation / quarantine. I’ve definitely done some remote work with a sheet mask on my face, won’t even lie 😂 Today I wanted to talk about two masks that both claim to brighten skin and help lighten dark spots. This is my second tube of the The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
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Mar. 31, 2020
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Love this mask!
Happy texture Tuesday luv! ✨✨✨ Summer Fridays R + R Mask @summerfridays ✨A two-in-one mask to buff skin brighter before hugging it in a plush mix of restorative natural oils! ✨For petal-soft skin, smooth out rough days with this spa-worthy replenishing mask. Delicately ground wild rose powder whisks away dead skin cells, while a dream team of antioxidant-rich oils steep skin in luxe moisture, nurturing fatty acids and soothing healing. This mask is great on my skin for anyone looking for instantly glowing, brighten skin this is for you! . I personally love the smell as I am a huge fan of rose scented products! It is my favorite to use during fall/winter to help gently exfoliate/balance/calm/moisturize my dry, irritable, acne prone combination skin and have even more noticed my scars getting lighter this product does contain vitamin C! SUMMER FRIDAYS - R + R Mask
The only SF product that hasn’t worked for me
Summer Fridays - R+R mask 🥀 I’ll be honest, this mask didn’t really work out for me. I love the idea of it but it felt too oily for my skin. It does gently buff skin for a brighter, more radiant look but I always find myself having to get rid of the excess oil because there’s just too much to be absorbed. The oils are wonderful for the skin - argan, safflower, sesame, avocado and grape seed - it’s just the ratio of oil to exfoliating rose powder it a little too much. I’ve opted to try to use this on my body so as not to waste it! I did pick this up last winter when it was 50% off. Even at that price, I’m not sure I would purchase it again, even as a body exfoliator. HOWEVER, I absolutely love Overtime, Jetlag, and the lip butter balm and would highly recommend those over R+R if you had to choose. SUMMER FRIDAYS - R + R Mask
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These have been my holy grail lately. I don’t use them all at once or in the same routine but all of the sudden (5/6 weeks into using most of them excluding the snail mucin) my skin is feeling amazing. I wish it looked better but the texture is better just have to get rid of my pesky acne scars and dark marks. Clindamycin Gel— I used this before I was pregnant and it worked wonders for keeping my skin crystal clear. Sadly I don’t have insurance anymore to cover it so what used to be $10 is now $40 but I’m hoping once my acne clears for good I can just use my Differin. I only use this in the morning after my serums and before my moisturizer and SPF. DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel I use this every night faithfully. I noticed a difference with acne immediately and it keeps improving even after a few flare ups. Holy grail seriously! The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque I am falling in love with the ordinary. I love this mask! I only use it once a week because I alternate with The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution once a week too. I don’t notice the AHA/BHA solution helping that much but I want to stick with it through at least once bottle. It’s ok but I don’t notice any results. But I love how the Salicylic masque feels and leaves my skin feeling. COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence So I was mixed about this at first. I broke out a few bad deep cystic pimples/zits and I wondered if it was this so I stopped using it for a few days and reintroduced it and it seems to be ok cause my skin is so smooth and I notice my acne marks fading within a week. I use so many products but alternate in my routines and all of it finally working! Don’t give up! I am still struggling to get clear skin but bound and determined to make it happen! I will post before and afters soon.
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The ordinary is definitely one of the hottest brands of 2020. They formulate single ingredient products that definitely work! In august 2020, I entered the skincare community, completely a newbie, didn’t know about ingredients, or what was good/bad for my skin. The ordinary was the first brand that I was introduced to, and the nicinamide & hyaluronic acid were the first two products that I ordered. The niacinamide works amazing. It does tend to be a bit sticky, and it does sting if I have any blemishes on my face that are exposed to air (aka I popped it, don’t tell my derm 🤐). If they made a 5%, I would be allll over it. Hyaluronic acid serum is amazing. Applies smoothly, absorbed quickly. Literally everything you want in a hyaluronic acid serum. The mask is great! I only use this mask in my t-zone when I feel like I’m producing more oil than normal. My cheeks are dry, so I dont use this mask on those areas. All in all, big fan of the ordinary, but moving forward I may dive into products with multiple benefits all in one product!
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💥 The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA works so well! I can’t stress enough how important lactic acid has been to improve the texture of my skin. I’m obsessed with this product and used it a few times a week. ☁️ CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Radiance Serum The Brightening Solution This product has exceeded my expectations and I can’t imagine how I went so long without it. This serum is SO amazing. I use this almost every single day. It’s so hydrating and smells lovely. 👽 SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil This has been a part of my skincare routine for years now. I’ve been using this to help clear my breakouts and get rid of my pimples. This is now my third bottle of it and it’s almost gone 🙈 Doesn’t dry my skin out and penetrates deep into my pores to clear up my hormonal acne. 🌹 SUMMER FRIDAYS - R + R Mask All of their masks are great. You will definitely get your money’s worth when you purchase any Summer Fridays mask. I usually use it if I need a boost of hydration. I love how this mask smells- reminds of a bouquet of roses.
The Ordinary-Lactic Acid 10% + HA
Yep! Double masking is totally a thing! It’s kinda like using multiple leave on products to treat multiple concerns, but in the supercharged and extra pampering routine of masking. It can be super fun and helpful for your soon as long as it’s done to not harm the skin. A recent combination I have come up with is to do the The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution followed by the SKINCEUTICALS - PHYTO CORRECTIVE MASK Calming Face Mask For Blotchy Skin . This combo will resurface my skin and then calm and soothe the new skin that is revealed. By stripping away the dead stuff and then nourishing and hydrating the new stuff I am eliminating irritation and redness I usually get when I do the peel by itself. This combo also ensures that my skin will be revealed even healthier by immediately soothing it and hydrating it so that it can stay healthy and not potentially dry out and become dull. The peel is amazing as it truly tingles away all the built up texture and dead skin and diving into the pores to clear up blockages. The phyto mask is heavenly because it’s such a thick gel that soothes immediately. I could tell my skin was a little more sensitized this time I used the peel because the phyto mask stung a touch before feeling just cooling and calming. A match made in heaven if you ask me! So double masking can be great, but I would never suggest a combination such as a clay mask after the peel because you would be stripping the skin too much and opening up for potential strong irritation. I also have wouldn’t use a vitamin c mask with an exfoliation mask since that could lead to irritation as well. And further, a gel mask and then a sheet mask would just feel redundant! Double masking is lovely for a special event or a pamper evening like my once a week peel, but it’s not a necessity nor does it need to be often :) Happy masking!!
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
caudalie glycolic peel
i’ve used this caudalie mask a few times now and I’ve been enjoying it as a weekly mini peel. It is formulated with glycolic acid that helps buff away dead skin cells, and reveal smoother, more glowy skin. It also includes an ingredient called “viniferine” which is supposedly a secret ingredient that helps brighten the skin and lighten dark spots up to 62 times more than vitamin c?¿ So, essentially this mask it’s basically designed to make your skin BRIGHT. After learning all of this about the mask, I can’t say I noticed a BIG difference in the brightness of my skin. I did however feel like my skin was smooth and more even in tone, and I was pleased with how it made my skin looked and felt. I think it is worth the money as it’s below $40 and the ingredients are pretty decent. The texture is a thick, cream like consistency that spreads easy and was easy to remove. I left it on for 10mins as directed, every time I used it and will continue to leave it for that long. I will continuing using this once a week and see if it helps brighten any more. So far though, I would recommend it to friends as I did like it. It didn’t give me any irritation/ breakouts either which is always nice, especially when working with acids. I rate it 4/5! CAUDALIE - CAUDALIE Glycolic Peel
CAUDALIE-CAUDALIE Glycolic Peel
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta daily peel—worth it?
Exfoliants are everywhere, and it can be so hard to choose which one is right for you. Today I wanted to compare two exfoliating pads that each contain a blend of acids. Dr Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel These daily exfoliating pads contain a blend of glycolic, lactic, salicylic, lactic, mandelic, malic, and citric acids in the first step, and ingredients like retinol and vitamin c in the second step. I don’t understand exactly how all the ingredients in both steps work together, but I can tell you that these pads don’t sting my face (I don’t have sensitive skin, though). The first step does smell strongly of alcohol, but the second step feels very soothing to me. Long story short, these are the most effective exfoliant I’ve tried to date when it comes to erasing my hyperpigmentation. I had some stubborn spots that were gone in a matter of weeks with daily use of these pads. I was amazed! Sadly, these are very expensive and also the individual wrapping for each pad is very wasteful. I’m looking for an alternative because of these reasons, but if I ever have a future breakout and I need to get rid of a lot of hyperpigmentation, I’ll consider repurchasing these because they’ve been incredibly effective in my experience. The blend of acids is impressive, and I don’t know if any other products that contain all of the same acids and also ingredients like vitamin C that are in the second step. FIRST AID BEAUTY - Facial Radiance Pads These pads contain glycolic and lactic acids, as well as soothing ingredients like aloe juice, hyaluronic acid, and cucumber water. They also contain some potentially sensitizing ingredients such as lemon peel extract. These pads claim to target dullness, pores, and irregular tone and texture. FAB claims they enhance natural glow and make makeup application smoother. I think these are a solid exfoliating product for the price, even though they only have two acids. They don’t sting my face (they actually feel pretty soothing) and they do seem to make my makeup go on smoother than if I hadn’t used an exfoliant at all. However, they haven’t worked as well for me as the Dr. Dennis Gross pads when it comes to drastically lightening hyperpigmentation. I struggle with acne, which means I almost always have several spots of hyperpigmentation I’m trying to get rid of, and these didn’t lighten those spots nearly as quickly as the Dr. Dennis Gross pads. I think both of these are good products, but it depends on what your skin goals are. If you want to erase hyperpigmentation, and fast, the Dr. Dennis Gross pads are the most effective product I’ve personally tried (but way more expensive). If you want a solid daily exfoliant to help with issues like non-inflammatory acne and help you get that glow, the FAB pads are worth checking out.
Dr Dennis Gross-Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel
Do’s and don’ts: large pores
Skin type: combination. Skin concerns: large pores. The pores correspond to the opening of the hair follicles on the surface of the skin. The hair follicle resembles a canal, which contains facial hair and is connected to the sebaceous glands (sebum producers). It is common to see large pores on acne and/or oily skin. Pore size is closely related to genetic 🧬, hormonal, and environmental factors. Over the years, the pores increase in diameter due to the loss of firmness of the skin. The products that I have used to improve the appearance of the pores are retinol (at night) and vitamin C (in the morning and at night after retinol) I also try to exfoliate my skin 1-2 times a week and use masks that help clean the pores or hydrate the skin once a week, in addition to using sunscreen (I apply it every 4 hours). Do’s: 👍🏻 Wash your face twice a day with water and soap 🧼 (depending on your skin type). 👍🏻 Exfoliate and use astringent masks 1-2 times a week. 👍🏻 Creams with vitamin A derivatives (retinoids) decrease sebum production, accelerate cell turnover and tighten the skin. 👍🏻 Use “non-comedogenic” products 🧴. 👍🏻 Vitamin C 🍊aids collagen and elastin production and brightens the appearance of skin. Don’ts: 👎🏻 Washing your face too often causes you to produce more oil, enlarged pores and more breakouts may appear. 👎🏻 Don’t expose yourself much to the sun ☀️, sun damage makes your pores appear larger and contributes to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 👎🏻 Air pollution and smoke 🚬 accelerate the aging process of the skin 👵🏻. 👎🏻 Exfoliating more than you should weekly can lead to increased sebum production and make your pores appear larger.
The Ordinary’s Acids: Simple but Effective
Let’s talk about some of the Ordinary’s acids I’ve used! I love the Ordinary for their simple, affordable formulations that forgo the bad and hyped to instead include scientifically-backed ingredients. But sometimes simplicity can leave something to be desired. The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA Super simple, leaves a slight tacky feel but soaks in quickly otherwise. I noticed a subtle smoothing and softening of my skin over my use of this product. Best for those who don’t do well with glycolic acid. The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution This serum does it’s job of deep exfoliation but not very elegantly. While I did see improvement in pore size and acne frequency, the serum takes a while to soak in and left a tacky finish that caused my other products to pill. But it would be a good serum for those looking to try out BHA for acne and congested pores. The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% I noticed hyperpigmentation reduction with this cream, but I cannot stand the silicone texture. It has a strange grit to it, no matter how much I shake up the bottle. I also think my skin dislikes heavy silicones, as I experienced increased breakouts when using this, despite the wonderful brightening and calming properties it has. The matte finish is best for oily skin types and I’d recommend it for those who don’t mind silicone. The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque I love this mask! It combines salicylic acids vegetable charcoal, and Amazonian clay with squalane and glycerin to keep the mask from overly drying skin while still targeting congestion. Whenever my acne was terrible, this helped tremendously in shortening the lifespan of blemishes. I can’t recommend this enough for those that struggle with acne around hormonal flares since it’s a good spot-treatment. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution This is my favourite The Ordinary acid for multi-day use in the week. It soaks in quickly, is slightly hydrating (moreso than the Lactic Acid + HA, oddly), doesn’t tingle or make my skin red, yet I can see over a couple weeks of use that my skin looks brighter and more even in texture. My only issue with this product that it does leave the skin slightly sticky- like your hands are after you touch something sweet. But there’s no pilling issue, so this is a great acid for those looking to lighten hyperpigmentation and smooth bumpy texture.
The Ordinary-Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
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