Creating Your Skin Care Routine
Okay all you PYTs, this one's for you. You're young, you're beautiful, and you haven't thought much about taking care of your skin in the long run. That's okay, but it's time to adult now. I'm about to drop some knowledge on you. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (the AAD) here's how you can start your skin care journey: 1) Pay attention to your skin type and give your skin what it needs. If you have sensitive skin, use products formulated for sensitive skin, if you have dry skin use moisturizing products, and if you have oils skin use oil free or noncomedogenic products. 2) PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION. This is the most important part so Imma say it again 💁🏼♀️ PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION. Ultra violet radiation from the sun (or God forbid, a tanning bed) can lead to early skin aging and CANCER. To protect yourself, seek shade whenever possible, wear protective clothing, and use a broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen of an SPF of 30 or higher. THAT MEANS NO MORE TANNING ❌ That awesome tan you got from laying out all summer? Yeah, that's damaged skin. Without sun protection, UVA rays are able to penetrate the middle layer of skin (the dermis) and damage collagen fibers resulting in a build up of elastin which then contributes to wrinkles and leathery skin. But more on sun damage in a later post. Sun damage is not a joke 📢 take it from a redhead‼️ 3) Use a retinoid if possible. Retinoids have been dubbed "the gold standard of anti-aging" for a reason, y'all! Retinoids increase the rate of cellular turnover to exfoliate clogged pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines, essentially treating acne and wrinkles simultaneously 👏👏👏 It's recommended to start simple, meaning wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning and at night, use a moisturizer with SPF during the day (don't forget to reapply) and a retinoid at night. If you don't experience irritation with the retinoid, don't deviate from this routine for at least 2 months. That's a ball park of how long you will need to get comfortable with the retinoid. This routine is a great starting (or starting over) point because it allows you to get to know your skin and see what you'd like to address after the retinoid has taken effect. My personal advice is to find a retinoid that you love and build the rest of your skin care routine around it. Pictured is my favorite retinol cream Neutrogena - Rapid Wrinkle Regenerating Face Cream
The Routine that Cleared my Skin
Here's the bottom line up front because this is gonna be a long one, guys 😂 In the AM: -Zapzyt Salicylic Acid Face Wash -Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Gel-Cream -CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin -Coppertone - Defend & Care Oil Free Sunscreen Face Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 In the PM: - - Hadalabo Gokujun Cleansing Oil 200ml -Neutrogena - Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser -PanOxyl - Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength -Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Gel-Cream -CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin -Neutrogena - Rapid Wrinkle Regenerating Face Cream *I have sensitive, dry skin *I don't use the wahses with active ingredients every day anymore, only when necessary to avoid excess irritation *Neutrogena cleanser-1 star for fragrance *I use a gel cream and then a moisturizing cream because the latter is more occlusive *the sunscreen is chemical, but if I experience irritation at any point in the routine I use a mineral one instead Okay! Now that's out of the way, let me say I've had acne most of my 24 years of life. Sometimes it was okay (like the first picture) and sometimes it was much, much worse. I covered my acne with makeup everyday, which never completely concealed it, and actually contributed to it. Two months ago I decided to switch my focus from makeup to skincare. On a budget, of course 💁🏼♀️ Fast forward to now (the second picture was actually about a week ago 😬) and I cannot believe the transformation. My skin hasn't been this clear since before puberty, y'all 😂 I wish I was joking. It seemed like every pore was clogged, every part of my face had active acne most of the time, and now only a few stubborn blackheads remain and my skin texture is buttery smooth. I know this is not the sexiest routine, and the products are not new or exciting, but these ingredients are tried and true. I did list these products with some apprehension though. I feel that they need explanation before use. If you are using some of these ingredients for the first time (or using them togyfor the first time) you need to exercise caution. Seriously. Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and especially retinoids can be extremely irritating on their own, let alone in the same routine. That irritation can actually exacerbate acne and other skin conditions. Proper use, patience, and persistence are really key here. For example, it took almost the entire 2 months of this routine to work up to using retinol every night. So if you're interested in a specific product, why I use it, HOW I use it, and how it worked for me, I'll make separate posts to address those questions specifically. I've had a lot of fun putting this routine together and watching my skin improve, and Lord knows I've learned a lot in the process. I hope this is useful to someone, happy skincare hunting! ❤️
Retinol on a budget 💰
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Hyaluronic Acid & Retinol Cream is the BEST drugstore retinol product that actually works! This is recommended for combo, dry, normal and mature skin. This is specifically targeted to: ⁃fade the look of stubborn & deep wrinkles ⁃fade appearance of crows feet ⁃fade forehead and cheek wrinkles ⁃smooth fine line ⁃noticeably improve skin texture ⁃brighten skin tone I know this sounds like a tall order but after using this for a little over a year, I can attest to the fact that this stuff works remarkably well. The texture is a thick cream that dissolves into skin upon application. This can be used morning or night. Most people will spend over $100 on retinol products that barely provide results. This product is anywhere from $22- 27.00 dollars and the benefits outweigh the price tag by far. If you’re on a budget but still want to treat your skin and make sure it ages well, pick this baby up!
JUMISO Have a Good Cream
#masknetip number 1, use skincare products with ingredients that helps acne but at the same time moisturizes the skin. Some ingredients I’ll be talking about today in particular are Snail Mucin, & Centella Cica. 💚 𝐉𝐔𝐌𝐈𝐒𝐎 𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐀 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦 | is a non-greasy, lightweight moisturizer that absorbs into the skin ASAP which makes it a great base for makeup. The star ingredient of this cream is snail mucin, which helps to fade acne scars and hyperpigmentation, moisturizes and firms the skin, clears up complexion, and minimizes the pores. It is also formulated with centella extract to help calm irritation and soothe blemishes for a brighter, more even complexion. ————————— So far I’m really impressed with this cream! It has a very mild herbal scent that I enjoy. Since I have combination, acne-prone and sensitive skin, I’m very picky with some products and so far this cream has never broke me out or clogged my pores! I really love how moisturizing yet lightweight enough for daytime this cream is under sunscreen. This cream has helped calm and heal my redness, my acne is kept at bay, and the pigmentation scarring is slowly clearing. I really like the creams texture which is a gel-to-cream consistency similar to the Belif Aqua Bomb. Since the Belif cream isn’t cruelty-free this is definitely the perfect cruelty-free alternative. As well as a cheap dupe! ⁉️𝙒𝙃𝘼𝙏’𝙎 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍 𝙁𝘼𝙑𝙊𝙍𝙄𝙏𝙀 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝙄𝙎𝙊 𝙋𝙍𝙊𝘿𝙐𝘾𝙏? Would love to hear your recommendations for me to check out! 🛍 𝘛𝘖 𝘚𝘏𝘖𝘗, head to this link: https://www.amazon.com/shop/lovelifebeauty.blog & 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘥𝘦 MAEGOSELLY 𝘧𝘰𝘳 15% 𝘰𝘧𝘧 (𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘥 𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 9/30) . . I definitely give Jumiso - Have A Good Cream Snail & Centella Highly recommend this product! If like the Belif Aqua Bomb, here is your cheap, cruelty-free alternative/dupe!
Jumiso-Have A Good Cream Snail & Centella
Snail Mucin and Centella Saved My Skin
I have been on quite the hunt the past few years to discover my end all be all skin care routine. I struggle with oiliness, dryness, sensitivity, acne and hyperpigmentation. I also get hormonal acne on my chin, it’s frustrating. I have always tried different products and rarely bought the same thing twice, I was horrible at using drug store products and never reading the ingredients but assuming the more I stripped my face the better. Yikes!! I finally woke up from my skin ignorant nightmare and have been studying products and brands, James Welsh is my hero at the moment as he has helped me discover a routine that is actually working for the first time in 32 years!! He is how I discovered this amazing moisturizer, Have A Good Cream by Jumiso. It’s affordable and massively effective. I hate how moisturizers feel on my face, I’m always left with a sticky residue and then dry skin the next day. But...this...cream...it’s like a gel that is pretending to be a cream and it melts into your skin and you instantly feel the change. Snail Mucin...who knew?!! But if you’re like me and have combo acne prone sensitive skin, this is your golden egg.
Jumiso-Have A Good Cream Snail & Centella
drugstore moisturizer that can SAVE dry skin!!
Cetaphil - Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream let’s talk smell. there is no smell whatsoever. It has no fragrance! it is a thick, white cream that spreads nicely over the skin and sinks in with a little bit of patting and facial massage! I am not familiar with a lot of the ingredients on here. Perhaps because this is a drugstore brand. But, this brand is recommended by several dermatologist for people with dry skin or just normal skin! and i understand why. It does a great job at achieving its goal—keeping the skin healthy and hydrated. But I also have acne prone skin. This product does nothing to treat that!! it helps me with my dryness but none of the ingredients in it are active and do anything to lighten dark spots as well. so my analysis is... dry skin—this will help. normal skin or just clear skin—this moisturizer will help you maintain it! sensitive skin— this will help soothe because of simple ingredients! it won’t irritate ur skin at all! oily/acne prone.... that’s not going to do much. PSA: i took this pic w my new lighting box I promise I didn’t take it off somewhere online! #cheriecreator
Cetaphil-Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Skin concern: dry, flaky skin
I have quite a few moisturizing products on rotation these days, as I use tretinoin every day and it will suck allll the moisture out of my skin if I’m not careful. One super nourishing product I’ve been using a lot recently has been the PAULA'S CHOICE - Omega+ Complex Moisturizer . This cream is formulated with shea butter, ceramides, and plant oils like chia seed and flaxseed. These not only deeply moisturize skin, but they also soothe stress and irritation and help restore skin’s natural moisture barrier. This is a great cream! My skin loves shea butter, and since it’s the second ingredient in this product, it’s THICK. I love using it at night to seal everything in, but I wouldn’t use it during the daytime unless I wasn’t wearing makeup. It leaves my skin noticeably more moisturized, and it feels very soothing as well. I have acne-prone skin and this doesn’t seem to clog my pores or worsen any active acne. Overall, I really like Paula’s Choice as a brand. They back up their ingredients and formulations with clinical studies, and after every ingredient in the ingredients list, they put its purpose in parentheses—for example, “shea butter (emollient/antioxidant).” I like that I know why each ingredient is included. The only thing I don’t love is that they do have a TON of products, and I’m not convinced that 12 different moisturizers are necessary... but hey, to each their own. This moisturizer is $35 for 1.7oz, and I may very well repurchase it as my night cream. It’s been helping keep my flaky skin at bay, and I’d really recommend it to people who are also using drying prescription products.
PAULA'S CHOICE-Omega+ Complex Moisturizer
Empties: Eczema Savior
This line is what showed me I had an eczema problem when I thought I had an acne problem. I started using this line in December and my skin cleared up within two weeks. I found out later from my doctor that my problem was actually eczema and not acne after I started having bad flare ups on my arms! I’m incorporating eczema specific products now that are helpful as well but sensitive skin friends look no further. You will need heavier things at night (I add my night oils) if you’re dry and might want to try the oil free formulation if you’re oily! The left side of the pic is all ones I’ve already finished! The cream is $32 for the bigger size in the pic but it’s worth every penny you guys! Kiehl's - Ultra Facial Cream
Kiehl's-Ultra Facial Cream
Lightweight hydrating moisturizer. ✔️
This is one of my favorite moisturizers. It is great for oily or sensitive skin, It also works well on acne prone skin types because it is oil free and won’t clog pores. I especially enjoy the water gel texture of this moisturizer. and that it contains hyaluronic acid. It glides onto the skin and dries quickly. I frequently use this moisturizer under my makeup. IWhen not wearing makeup my skin looks brighter, smoother and more supple. It is also non-comedogenic. . Hydro Boost is available at most drug stores and even Costco at an affordable price point. I definitely recommend trying this product! Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Water Gel
Neutrogena-Hydro Boost Water Gel
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