these are 3 products that i have been lovin’ from “the ordinary” (deciem). i really like that this skincare brand is affordable, yet highly affective.👍🏻 so let’s talk about the products... 💨the AHA 30% + BHA 2% peeling solution works great for my skin to smooth texture & brighten dullness. i like to use this product only once a week & let it work for 10 minutes. it’s a treatment that contains a cocktail of acids to resurface the skin. the blood-red hue looks kinda scary once you apply the product to the skin; but it’s actually due to: tasmanian pepper berry extract. this little berry, found in the mountains of tasmania, is rich in flavonoids, which are important naturally occurring antioxidants. it protects the skin from UV damage, it’s anti-inflammatory & anti-fungal, making it an effective treatment for acne & blemishes. if you have sensitive skin, be careful when using this product. 💨the niacinamide 10% + zince 1% is a serum to target visible shine, enlarged pores & congestion. i like to apply this either morning or night & it’s definitely a must have for oily & acne-prone skin. 💨lastly, i’ve been reaching for the glycolic acid 7% toning solution, strictly for my PM routine. glycolic acid effectively removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the complexion, reveals brighter, smoother skin & more. i love love this toner bc it gently exfoliates my skin, but it’s also not drying & moisturizing. def will forever keep purchasing this product. 🌬if you have not tried the ordinary, highly recommend that you do. i’m def looking forward to trying out more products from the brand. 😬
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SayaNaraHi there. Could you give details on your full routine using these products? I have all 3 that I have been using about 2 months and I have ups and downs. One day my skin is ok and the next its erupting again
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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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Morning routine updated
Ok I’ve made a few changes to my routine and sometimes I keep switching a few things in and out depending on the day.... I start with The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution which I love. I think glycolic acid is an important ingredient to have in your routine for oily skin and wrinkles and even acne too. I always use insta natural - Zinc Vitamin C Serum but I go between also using insta natural - Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum which I love for acne, insta natural - Dark Spot Corrector I don’t notice a huge difference with this but it has great ingredients or insta natural - Skin Brightening Serum, Anti-Aging that has alpha arbutin to help brighten dark spots or hyperpigmentation. So I alternate with those! Love using COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence to have a dewy glow and helps with skin texture and pigmentation issues I’ve recently added The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% to help with acne and oily skin and love it too. I top with a thin layer of Clindamycin gel and then moisturizer which I alternate also between a few different ones. BEEKMAN 1802 - Bloom Cream Daily Probiotic Moisturizer has great ingredients but a funky old woman smell I do not like, thank goodness I only have a sample size.... Honest has a great soothing moisturizer I’ve tried and also ARBONNE has a great calming moisturizer as well as a lightweight jelly moisturizer I go between. Then I do a few drops of The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% and I’m done. I usually let it sit for awhile or at least a good 5 minutes while I do my eye makeup and eyeliner before I use any face makeup but I love the texture of my skin so far using this all together.
Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines pt. 3
Hey y’all! Today’s post is part 3 of 4 of my Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines series. In today’s post we’re covering @geralorentas and @robynkenner ! Starting with @geralorentas. She starts out by cleansing with theCeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser which costs $13 for 8 fl oz. This cleanser has super gentle exfoliating agents, as well as glycerin and Hylaronic acid which are very hydrating. Next she uses theRENÉE ROULEAU - Rapid Response Detox Toner which costs $41 for 6 fl oz. This toner, as far as toners go, is pretty good. Its main draws are Salicylic acid and Lactic acid which are great for dealing with acne. Next she uses theSKIN GRAMMAR - Super Good Repair Essence which costs $38 for 5.7 fl oz. This essence has Nicinamide and glycerin, as well as a ton of ceramides. Unfortunately it has orange peel oil. Citrus oils a extracts are extremely irritating to the skin because they are acidic, so I have to say no to this essence. Next she uses the RENÉE ROULEAU - Vitamin C&E Treatment which costs $69 for 1 fl oz. It has glycerin, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, but again it has citrus oils and extracts which make this another no for me. Then to moisturize she goes in with the#Dr. zenovia - Peptide + Ceramide Moisturizer[products]#[FourStars] which costs $79 for 1.7 fl oz. This moisturizer has ceramides and glycerin. Finally she goes in with theLA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios XL Anti-shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF50+ which I couldn’t find the price for. It’s a really good basic sunscreen. So that’s @geralorentas routine. For her I would recommend getting rid of the essence and the treatment, but otherwise the products seem great! Moving on to @robynkenner. She starts with a double cleanse, and we’ll talk in a minute about what she’s doing wrong. She starts with the The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser which costs $7.90 for 1 fl oz. The main ingredients in this are squalane and glycerin. A lot of people complain that this cleanser is so gentle is barely cleans, but it seems to work for @robynkenner. Then she uses theMurad - Clarifying Cleanser which costs $32 for 6.75 fl oz. The main draw for this product is Salicylic acid, but again it’s a no because of citrus oils and extracts as well as fragrance. Now I mentioned that she’s double cleansing wrong. Double cleansing isn’t just using 2 cleansers, it’s specifically using an oil based cleanser and then a water based cleanser. (Check out my post on double cleansing for more information) In this case, @robynkenner is using 2 water based cleansers which can be stripping to the skin, and isn’t considered double cleansing. She mentioned she started doing this because her skin didn’t feel clean with just the first cleanse, and I think this might be because the Squalane Cleanser is too gentle. Next she uses theNeutrogena - Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream which costs $25 for .5 fl oz. First off, eye cream should be at the end of a routine. The eye cream itself is great though. Next she usesThe Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution which costs $8.70 for 8 fl oz. I talked about this product in pt. 1, but in short it’s really good. And finally she uses the FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream which costs $36 for 6 fl oz. This is a nice super thick basic moisturizer. So in conclusion @robynkenner, I’d try to find a new cleanser, then just add your eye cream after moisturizer instead of early in the routine. That’s all for pt. 3! Please cheer for this post if you liked it, comment below your favorite cleansers to help out @robynkenner, and follow me to join the family and for similar content. -Mae
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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!!!
The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 This product is great! I haven’t used it for long but I’m already loving it. When you first apply it it goes on a little tacky but once it dries you’ll notice the it leaves your skin feeling so soft. Hyaluronic acid and B5 will help hydrate your skin. I have combination skin – the most oily area being right beside my nose where my pores are. Since using this I’ve noticed less oil and more hydration in my dry areas. I use this after I’ve toned my face, and before I apply my moisturizer. I’ve been using the REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Toner as well as The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA. This is what I’ve been using before bed and I love it.
The Ordinary-Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The Ordinary Peeling Facial for Oily Skin
This facial is designed for oily or combination skin to help fight blemishes and improve the look of skin texture. It contains glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid to exfoliate all layers of skin and really unclog your pores.The consistency is that of a slightly runny gel, and it is a deep red color so that you can see where you have applied it on your face. I find that after using this facial 2-3 times per week for the past 2 months my skin is much more regulated in the amount of oil it produces. The product is strong enough to clear out gunk and excess oil to make my skin more radiant. Many people agree that it is a cheap dupe for Dr. Dennis Gross’ Peel Pads and the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial. At $7, I 100% recommend this to anyone thinking of trying it. The Ordinary is known for their simple yet potent products and this facial holds up to that promise.The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane
When most people think of retinoids, their first thought is likely anti-aging or something along those lines. However, retinoids can also be effective at reducing irregular skin pigmentation, increasing skin elasticity, unclogging pores, and minimizing the appearance of pores. I used this product for ~2 months and in that time, I noticed a significant pore-minimizing effect. (The only reason I stopped using it was because my Curology formula was changed to include tretinoin, and I was told not to use any other Retinoid products at the same time since tretinoin is a strong, prescription Retinoid.) On The Ordinary's website, the product claims include anti-aging as the main target concern, and includes a warning to not use other Retinoid products at the same time (like I was told by my Curology doctor). The texture of this pore-minimizing Retinoid serum feels kind of oily, likely due to the fact that it is waterless and squalane-based. The serum itself is colorless as far as I can tell and does not have a strong odor like some other Retinoids I've tried in the past. I initially decided to try this The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane because of the affordable price, and I would definitely consider it to be worth the price even though I don't use it myself anymore. I would recommend this product to others as long as they aren't currently using a different Retinoid product and/or they aren't already accustomed to a stronger Retinoid. I definitely think that this The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane deserves a full 5/5 stars because I really enjoyed using it and did notice significant pore-minimizing results while using it. In fact, my pores went from being ~average sized in appearance to being almost invisible while I was using this product! I didn't even think that was possible for me, so I was thoroughly impressed by my results from using this serum. Also, I experienced very minimal irritation due to this serum. I really enjoyed this product and would use it again w/o hesitation!
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
(THE ORDINARY) NIACINAMIDE + ZINC
don’t mind me, just playing around with some doodle edits 🙈 anyways, let’s talk about this magical bottle:The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ! the texture of this one is between a bit goopy and a bit runny, so like a light serum. it’s a little sticky when it’s first applied, but that goes away as it dries. this little concoction is meant to clear congestion and control oiliness. to be honest, i don’t have a lot of “congestion” or blemishes to begin with, so i can’t speak on that too much. however, as an oily gal, i can definitely tell that there’s a difference when i use this versus when i don’t. this stuff is MAGICAL for keeping oiliness at bay!! it helped me a lot in the summer when i was super oily, but now as winter comes on i find myself reaching for it less and less. i would recommend this to my oily peeps out there, because i don’t think this would do too much for dry folks. i have heard people of all different skin types praise niacinamide, but in my experience i use it primarily for oil control. the ordinary is famous for being super cheap but super effective, so at just $5.90 this is a great deal and a MUST TRY for all you oily skin sufferers out there. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Long Awaited Review Part 2!!
Hey everyone! As I mentioned in my previous post, my skin was dull, I had acne scares along with acne too and uneven pigmentation. However, this next product saved me from all of that! The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution! You have probably heard how tremendous this product is and I’m here to give you more of that! I was stuck and I really thought my skin was never going to get better. Being an insecure brown Indian girl who is constantly trying to fit society’s “norms” is really difficult. Although this product helped with my insecurities, it made me realize I’m beautiful. My skin is amazing and sure, I still have acne and some problems but I’m on my way to triumph! My skin has never been better. I was a bit intimidated by the colour of this product and how deep the red was. I’ve heard it’s also called “the Blood mask” and that really woah-ed me! The smell of it was a little bit funky to me as well. Honestly the only downside of this in my opinion was the unpleasant scent of it. The scent comes from 2 ingredients included in the solution: Black Carrot and Tasmanian Pepperberry. Sounds crazy right? The scent threw me off, however it was tolerable but it may or may not be tolerable for you. It wasn’t too strong for me but really it depends on your nose. When I thought of all the benefits this solution would provide me, it immediately outweighed the scent for me. I applied this to my face from the finger tips of my hands. You can apply this directly from the dropper however be careful as to not let the dropper come in contact with your skin. This prevents any cross contamination. It was kind of warm I believe but that may just have been from the consistency. It was very liquid-y. The consistency of it made it easier to apply and again, a little goes a long way! I only used about 4-5 drops which I think is the normal amount of product to use on your skin. You’re not supposed to rub it into your skin, you’re supposed to gently apply it with the ends of your fingertips or even a silicone applicator. It didn’t burn for me as I’ve seen in all of the other reviews I’ve read and watched. It itched a little bit but there wasn’t any uncomfortable sensations. If you have sensitive skin or want to be safe, I recommend applying the product for 5 minutes the first time and adding a minute for each time you apply the mask in the future. NEVER exceed 10 minutes though! The second after I washed off the mask, I felt like a brand new person. It was amazing! My skin was glowing and it looked so incredible. It was at that moment that I realized this product was going to help my skin improve beyond belief. After a month of using it (only 2 times a week), my skin cleared up so well! It was too good to be true. I never thought my skin would reach this level of clarity. This mask helped me so incredibly much. 10/10 recommend! Please try this product out. It works wonders! The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Niacinamide and Zinc
My Skin: Oily About the Product: Niacinamide and zinc are supposed to help reduce the appearance of skin blemishes, brighten skin tone, and balance sebum. Texture/Consistency/Packaging: Simple, to-the-point packaging. You get what is advertised with this product. The packaging doesn’t give a lot of info, so their website is helpful. The consistency is thicker than an oil, more of a serum consistency. It doesn’t leave a sticky film on the face. My Experience/Thoughts: The first time I used this I put WAY too thick of a layer on my face and it cause my skin to freak out and I had a bunch of texture. I tried it again with a thin layer and my skin didn’t react. Do I Like It? At first I didn’t, but now I do. I use this almost daily. I’m still deciding if it’s helping my skin texture. It seems to help control the amount of oil produced. Worth It/Would I Recommend? Yes I would, but don’t slather on too much at first! Let you skin adjust first. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
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