How to Treat Orange Peel Skin (Enlarged Pores)
Muffin top, crows feet, lunch lady arms… we have become so creative in coming up with ways to describe our body and the aging process. “Orange peel skin” is just another dramatic description of what our skin may look like as enlarged pores creep up on us. As we age, our skin loses collagen and elasticity, making our pores look more obvious. I was reckless with my skin in my early 20s so as a result, I have visibly enlarged pores on my cheeks and throughout my t-zone. For the past several years I have been experimenting to figure out the best way to “treat” my enlarged pores and have found some goodies to share with you. I have normal to dry skin, but these products would work on any skin type since the active ingredients are mild. First off, there is no such thing as reducing your pore size. Products claiming to “shrink your pores” are simply marketing to our insecurities. It is possible, however, to reduce the appearance of your pores but it’s important to note that distinction. To treat the appearance of my “orange peel” skin, I focus on keeping my pores clean, skin hydrated and treat from within. 1. For keeping my pores clean I love the PACIfICA - Sea Purify Balancing Clay Mask
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So what exactly are serums?
So you have your basic routine down but you still have some skincare concerns. That’s where serums come in! Serums are designed to deliever concentrated doses of active ingredients to the skin. They can either be specific to one active or a blend of many actives. My two favorite serums at the moment are The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics and GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum . I have oily yet dehydrated skin that is acne prone with redness and some post acne hyperpigmentation. For me, I look for serums that help with oil control, pigmentation lightening, and bringing hydration into the skin. The Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum has been an absolutely must in my routine. I’ve gone through two bottles already. I like it a lot better than The Ordinary version. It’s a little bit thicker than your typical serum consistency but it absorbs really easily. It doesn’t have that tacky or pill like effect some serums can have. You can use this during the day or night but I personally use this at night at the first step in my routine after I cleanse my face. I’ve been using this for months now and I’ve seen such a huge reduction in hyperpigmentation, redness, and oiliness of my skin. Now in the morning is when I use The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics. I wasn’t a fan of their hyaluronic acid as it pills up on me. Unlike the thicker consistency that is this is very water like. I’ll wash my face in the morning and while it’s still wet I’ll apply this serum. That way the water on my face is being driven into the skin to add hydration. This is perfect for all skin types but especially my oily but dehydrated people as it’s going to give you hydration but not feel heavy. The best part is they are both inexpensive. They are $6 and $6.80 respectively. What are your favorite serums?
Hyram Approved🎉Dupes for Every Sold Out CeraVe & The Ordinary Product
Since some products from CeraVe & The Ordinary are always sold out, Hyram here has provided us some dupes formulated with similar ingredients and at the same price point. CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin ($10): it contains salicylic acid, for people who have acne-prone skin and breakouts. THE inkey LIST - Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser ($10): You could find it at Sephora Aveeno - CLEAR COMPLEXION Cream Face Cleanser With Salicylic Acid ($10): it contains fragrance, but Hyram doesn’t think it is problematic. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%($6): super beneficial ingredients and very affordable BEAUTY BAY - Skinhit Soothing Serum ($6): it has the most similar formulas to The Ordinary product and for a very similar price point. It has niacinamide and copper peptides. The most lightweight TO dupe for oily skin. THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum($7): a great high-quality product. It’s better for people who have drier skin. CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser($14): great for people who have dry sensitive skin VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser($9): good for dry and sensitive skin. Dermatologists are constantly recommending it. You could find it at pretty much every drugstore. FIRST AID BEAUTY - Pure Skin Face Cleanser ($11): you could find it anywhere LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser($15): great for dry skin, but still provides a little bit of foam. Plus it’s a big size for a great price point. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5($7) THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Serum($7): not much difference with TOGOOD MOLECULES - Hyaluronic Acid Serum($6): this brand focuses on sustainability with a great price point CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin($11): Neutrogena - Neutrogena Combination Skin Moisture($12): does a good job to moisturize your face without making it oily. Fragrance and irritant-free. Aveeno - Daily Moisturizing Lotion($10): very similar with CeraVe product The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution($9): an exfoliating product THE inkey LIST - Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Toner($7): With the most similar formula. Not heavy, super lightweight. Krave - Kale-Lalu-yAHA($25): a little bit expensive, but it works so much better than TO for Hyram. He had never experienced sensitivity, irritation, redness, burning, stinging with this product. BEAUTY BAY - SkinHit Correcting Serum($7): much more gentle but still effective at exfoliating the dead skin cells off of the face Please leave your thoughts and suggestions below💖💖
MEDIKATE. This line is (burst my heart) Esthetician made, by Katelyn Rousselle, who is also the owner of The Skin Room out of Alberta Canada. Medikate is free of perfumes, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, phthalates, parabens + created in animal cruelty free labs. The sweetest girls stand behind this line + have been nothing but supportive with my path so far! It’s been lovely having the ability to be connected to like-minded Esties through this platform! I’ve been incorporating a few products, into my regimen, from this line over the last 6 weeks + can honestly attest to the affectivity of each individually. The REFINE Exfoliating Gel is a mixture of glycolic, lactic, + pyruvic acids. It is a beautiful chemical exfoliant that works to smooth texture, brighten tone, + lighten pigmentation. I appreciate the addition of pyruvic acid, as my main focus this year is focusing on pre-mature aging + hyperpigmentation! The DETOX Mask is my favorite of the line! I use it once a week for purification of clogged pores + toxin build up. It’s a clay-based mask containing deep sea glacial + earth minerals sourced + completely made in Canada. REFRESH is an organic, minty face wash that I use for my first cleanse. I love that it’s a deep clean, but gentle enough without stripping away the healthy natural oils of my skin. Lastly, is GLOW, a nourishing skin oil that provides necessary nutrients + antioxidants. I love this for both my AM + PM regimen! medikate - Glow Serum #cheriecreator
medikate -Glow Serum
Better Pick: Physical or Chemical Exfoliation?
If you want to get rid of dullness and reveal your radiant, glowing skin, your best bet would be to exfoliate. But the thing is, there are two kinds of exfoliation, physical and chemical. Is there a difference in the effects? Which one should you try? Having tried both, I can say these two things with certainty: - There’s a big difference between the effects that I saw after doing both. - There is such a thing as too much exfoliation. Let’s talk about physical exfoliation first. Physical exfoliation refers to exfoliating your skin using products like scrubs and facial tools. With physical exfoliation, you’re literally stripping away the top layer of your skin that contains all the dead cells. Doing so reveals your fresh skin underneath. My first foray into exfoliation was me making use of physical exfoliators. In fact, when I was still in college, my favorite scrub was SKINFOOD - Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off It contained granules that would gently scrape my dead skin cells, making my skin feel soft and smooth afterward. Plus, the 100 ml tub which cost around $12 was big enough to last for the whole year already. Everything changed when I found out about chemical exfoliation. As its name suggests, the acids in chemical exfoliation help remove the outer layer of the skin. This means that if you do it right, there’s little to no physical damage that could possibly be done to your skin, unlike physical exfoliation. These days, I’m all for chemical exfoliation. Aside from my regular The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution I also have another AHA essence COSRX - AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid Both TO’s Glycolic Acid Toner and COSRX’s AHA 7 Liquid costs $18 each for a 240ml bottle and a 100ml bottle respectively. I also use an over-the-counter 30% Glycolic Acid solution twice a month. Their effects may not be as instant as physical exfoliation, but I noticed that they’re more long-term. Back when I was still using a physical exfoliator, my skin would only look good for a few days after exfoliating, but with chemical exfoliators, my skin just looks better and better as time goes by. Remember, too much exfoliation isn’t good, and it can lead to breakouts, redness, and increased sensitivity. Whether you choose chemical or physical exfoliation, always keep in mind that you shouldn’t do it more than a few times per week!
COSRX-AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
Worth The Hype??
I’ve been using Tony Moly face masks for quite some time, so I’ve decided to take a chance on some of the rest of their products! ▶️ Panda’s Dream White Sleeping Mask TONYMOLY - Panda's Dream White Sleeping Pack First of all the packaging for this is absolutely adorable, and I would be lying if i said it wasn’t one of the things that made me want to buy it in the first place. This is basically what you would expect from a low priced night cream. It’s nice and hydrating, but I wouldn’t say it really helped transform my skin. I think this would be good for someone who maybe is just getting in to night creams and is curious about how they work, but if you’re looking for something to really help with skin care concerns I would say to maybe skip out on this one. ▶️ VitalVita12 Calming Ampoule I first bought this when I was curious about serums and wanted to really up my skin care game. I actually bought this when I was experiencing a very mild breakout, and noticed immediate results the day after. My breakout was almost completely gone and my skin looked a little brighter, which is awesome! The only thing I’ve noticed is that it didn’t really do anything to help correct or treat any redness I had left on my face. I would highly recommend this to anyone with more acne prone skin looking to immediately treat a breakout. TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Ampoule Calming
TONYMOLY-Panda's Dream White Sleeping Pack
How I’ve improved my acne scars and pigmentation!! I’ve had this skincare ritual for a few weeks now and I’m OBSESSED. My skin is slowly but surely clearing up! On another note, when I use this Hana Cure mask I’m always laughing because it stretches your face out like a bad facelift lol. Tip: use paper towels instead of towels if you get frequent breakouts, it helps reduce bacteria being placed back into your skin. Let’s mask together💦 hanacure Mask tatcha Deep Cleanse, The Essence, Violet-C Serum doterra Rose (Rosa Damascena) Oil milkmakeup Kush Lip Balm
FACE SOS❗Can't believe that they saved my skin😭👍
My oily skin, blackheads, and enlarged pores have been bothering me since I was in school. Luckily, I found these two masks by REN. I've used a lot of fruit acid skincare products but I've never come across ones as gentle and as effective as these. They have a very gentle fruit acid ingredient which provides deep cleansing and at the same time removes blackheads, minimizes the appearance of pores, smoothens skin, and brightens skin complexion. They're ideal for your weekly skincare routine. I'll introduce each of them in more detail below. REN CLEAN SKINCARE - Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial You can really wash it off after one minute! I always have important meetings and clients to attend to, so I'll use this facial mask and massage it onto my face for half a minute when I have no time for my skincare routine in the morning. It gives you smoother skin and keeps your makeup lasting longer. The product itself is green and contains tiny vitamin granules. It's super great as an SOS face mask as you need just a minute for skincare before a date. I highly recommend it! REN CLEAN SKINCARE - Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Maskhas to stay on our face for 15 minutes to achieve better and more gentle cleansing. I have fragile skin and fruit acid products often cause peeling and irritation. However, REN products are different as they don't give you a feeling of over-cleansing. You must take note to wear sunscreen and keep your skin hydrated after using a fruit acid product. If you have the same concern as me, hope this review can help you. BTW can you recommend other similar face masks to me?😍
REN CLEAN SKINCARE-Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial
🍉 Watermelon Polishing Peel 🍉
One of my favorite gentle exfoliating masks is the pūrlisse - WATERMELON 2 Minute Polishing Peel which combines chemical, enzymatic, and physical exfoliation in an amazing 2 minute mask. The exfoliants: -chemical: lactic and glycolic acid -enzymatic: papain and bromelain -physical: pumice Purlisse describes it as a product that “resurfaces skin to brighten and improve complexion” and I couldn’t agree more! The acids and enzymes gently remove dead skin cells and the physical abrasion removes them leaving me with a fresh face! To use: -spread a thin layer on a wet face -leave on for 2 minutes -rinse off and gently rub in circles MY TAKE: 🍉 I love how fast this mask is! It means I can really fit it into my day without excuses 🍉 Purlisse markets this for daily use...I wouldn’t use it quite that often but I have used it 3x a week without any irritation 🍉 I love the combination of AHAs and enzymes that break down dead skin SO gently. I have no tingling while this is on the way stronger enzyme or chemical exfoliating masks usually do. 🍉 The physical exfoliant is pumice. Not my favorite, but I add water and am extremely gentle with it and have not seen any issues come up! 🍉 This smells like a watermelon jolly rancher which could be a good or bad thing depending on your preferences. I usually don’t love strong smells, but actually enjoy this. **side note: this has added fragrance which I normally don’t love, but the product is ok for such a short amount of time that I haven’t had any issues with it 🍉 This mask does what it says it will! It leaves my pores clean and looking smaller and leaves my skin super soft and looking energized! 🍉 I also love to do this before another mask like the frank body - Glow Mask(a combo that truly leaves me glowing!) to help the second mask absorb more effectively What’s your favorite way to incorporate watermelon into your skincare?
frank body-Glow Mask
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