Dreaded forehead wrinkles tips and my results!!
Let’s talk about the dreaded forehead lines. What causes forehead wrinkles? ￼The main causes of forehead wrinkles are smoking, sun exposure and genetics. Wrinkles are defined as the creases and lines that form in your skin over time. While some can be controlled by lifestyle choices, other factors are merely genetic or a natural extension of the aging process. ￼As you age, the skin becomes less elastic and more likely to sprout wrinkles. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation also increases the incidences of premature forehead wrinkles. Because of the associated change in blood supply to the skin, smoking also leads to more wrinkles. Lastly, repeated facial expressions and movements such as squinting can leave permanent creases and grooves. What are some ways to get rid (or soften) them? ￼Be Diligent in Your Daily Skincare Taking care of your skin early will pay off big time during the time that wrinkles would normally begin to appear. An effective cleanser will rid the skin of harmful impurities and preserve the natural protective skin barrier. This process will help to promote young and fresh looking skin tone and balance. An effective moisturizing protocol will also trap water in the skin, giving the face the hydration that it needs to stave off wrinkles and fine lines. ￼ Exfoliating with an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) As one of the greatest tools in the fight against skin aging, AHAs work by promoting new cell growth. The most commonly used AHAs to reduce facial wrinkles are glycolic acid and lactic acid. Many exfoliators contain AHAs as the primary active ingredient. By sloughing off dead skin cells, the exfoliation process brightens skin tone and evens out wrinkled skin. ￼Using serums and treatments like retinol, vitamin c serums, and targeted wrinkle serums like the one I use, MATRIXYL 10%+ HA by The Ordinary. The Ordinary Matrixyl 10%+HA is a water based serum that includes matrixyl, a well studied peptide complex that reduces the look of static and dynamic wrinkles. $11.50 ￼Ingredients- Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, PPG-26-buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. My results so far! The first picture was taken on August 26th and I have used this serum am and pm every day since. You can really tell my forehead is much plumper and the biggest wrinkles are no longer as deep as they were. A few of the small ones are almost gone!! I am incredibly happy with my results so far! What do you think? Can you tell a difference? ❤️The Ordinary - Matrixyl* 10% + HA
The Ordinary-Matrixyl* 10% + HA
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT | CT Hollywood Flawless
Charlotte Tilbury - Hollywood Flawless Filter I can’t live without this! When I pucked up Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, I was expecting more of a shinnery highlight. To my surprise, it looked more like a glowy foundation. Yet on the skin, it looks more stunning than I ever thought!It has a glowy, natural finish. Unlike most highlighters that are purely glowy, this one has some slight coverage, making it blend seamlessly with foundation. I love how this layers on top of my foundation! It just looks like a natural everyday glow!I can’t live without this because it brings any makeup look a step up with a glow from within look. I also enjoy layering highlighter on top of this if I want a more intense glow. This comes in a few shades but in my opinion they need more dark shades. At first, I got a shade too dark but when I switched I was really impressed with how it blended into my skin. I’m curious to know how a lighter shade would look if I applied it to the high points of my face. This is definitely a holy grail and I would recommend this to anyone! ✨✨
Charlotte Tilbury-Hollywood Flawless Filter
Empty Bottle! 7 weeks after using The Ordinary ✨
The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I started The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum with the goal of brightening dark circles and reducing hyperpigmentation, reducing redness and blotchiness, and reducing sebaceous cysts. I can say with confidence that I have met all these skincare goals whilst using this product for the past 7 weeks and I am thrilled that it worked for me as well as it did! I also noticed a bonus of having skin that is a lot more smooth on top of everything else (as seen in my before live picture). This is the only serum that I have used along with the rest of my skincare routine. My method of using this serum is to drop 3 droplets of serum onto my fingertips and apply all over my face after washing my face with toner, and then apply moisturizer afterwards. I have also gotten into a habit of applying extra product onto my neck as well and have noticed brightening and wrinkle reductions where I have creases on my neck! Make sure not to touch the dropper onto your skin, as the dirt and oils from your skin may contaminate the product that is already in the bottle. In an earlier post, I had mentioned that I did experience some purging during the beginning of using this product. I did break out a little and experienced redness and sensitivity all over my skin during the first week of using this product, but stuck it out despite my skepticisms. However, I’d suggest that if the redness and break outs are significantly worse than what you are normally used to, you may be having an allergic reaction to this product. I also did not notice any minimization or pore reduction, but I anticipate this for most products I use since genetically speaking, I have big pores and I don’t think any skincare product can help me with this. I do have to say that the sebum control around my nose has improved significantly and I don’t get as many whiteheads as I used to! I can not recommend this product enough to people who want to try this miracle HG product 🥰🥰. It is so worth it especially for the price it’s sold for!!! I’ve already bought a second bottle of 60ml and it will continue to be in my skincare routine from now on!
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
2 of The Ordinary products that are worth the hype
It was impossible for me to ignore the hype around The Ordinary products. I mean, when it comes to celebrities recommending luxury products on their social media, it doesn’t trigger anything in me as I tend to think it’s just advertising and nothing else. But when social media influencers from all over the world start recommending products that are like less than 10 euros, it is certainly worth a try! In my first order from The Ordinary, I’ve got Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA and Squalane Cleanser and I’m very pleased with them both! Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA The reason why I wanted to try this moisturizer in the first place is the no-nonsense title and label. I mean I just want a moisturizer, why name it overly complicated? Just call it by its name! This one is rich in amino acids, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and fatty acids and keeps the skin hydrated without leaving behind a greasy film. I noticed the results immediately. The skin felt better, properly hydrated, plumper. This is a product that didn’t promise the moon, only moisturizing and did a great job delivering just this. It costs about 5 euros (30 ml) and if you ask me, it is totally worth the hype. Squalane Cleanser I used to be fully committed to my micellar water cleansing routine, but since the Squalane cleanser was a part of the daily set I ordered, I wanted to try. The indication is to rub a small amount of product between the palms of your hands and then massage into the skin of the face and rinse with plenty of water. At first, the cleanser has like a moisturizer texture, but when you start rubbing, it gets warm and turns into an oily lotion. Application is easy and the cleanser does a good job in removing makeup. Since I can’t give up on my micellar water, I am using the Squalane cleanser only in the evenings, to get rid of makeup and the micellar water in the mornings. Squalane cleanser leaves my skin soft and clean, no drying or oily sensation. I’d definitely recommend it to friends!
So you want to start using a retinol...
So you want to start using a retinol.. that’s awesome! But you may be asking yourself how do I start incorporating this into my routine? Are there products I can’t mix with it? Any precautions I need to take? I want to shed a little bit of light on those questions. (Disclaimer: this is a beginners guide. Not intended for those already experienced with retinol) Firstly, what is retinol? A retinol is a form of Vitamin A and is one of the most effective anti-aging treatments on the market. It is really amazing for repairing deep damage within the skin like fine lines/wrinkles, acne scars, dark spots etc. I personally have oily skin that is acne prone with hyperpigmentation so I use mine to help treat those concerns. When should I be applying a retinol? Hypothetically you can apply it at any time. If you want to use it during the day you can BUT I recommend using it at night because it can make your skin photosensitive to the sun. That being said you must ALWAYS pair a retinol with a sunscreen or else you’re not going to see the results you want (you might just get the opposite). It’s like waiting for an oven to preheat but the door is wide open. It just doesn’t work. How often should I be applying a retinol? This is a product where you slowly have to work your way to using it. I currently am using The Ordinary - Retinol 0.5% in Squalane . I am using this every Sunday night for a few weeks until my skin gets used to the ingredient. Then I’m slowly going to be working my way up to twice a week and then three times a week maximum. I apply this right after my toner and before any heavier treatments per The Ordinary’s instructions. The formula is very runny and feels like a lighter version of an oil. It doesn’t leave my face feeling oily or greasy. Is there anything I can’t mix with a retinol? Technically no.. /but/ I personally wouldn’t recommend mixing it with an AHA or BHA. While retinol increases cell turn over, a chemical exfoliator like an AHA or BHA helps shed off the dead skin cells which in turn can potentially cause over exfoliation or an increase in sensitivity if paired together. If you’re super new to retinol I would recommend it being your only “treatment” the day you are using it. Any other tips? Personally I wait until my face is dry before applying this. The reason behind this is water can actually help make products penetrate deeper (which in most cases is what you want) and I don’t want to risk irritating my face because the product went too deep. I know that sounds scary but I promise it’s not. If any irritation occurs stop use immediately and switch your routine to very gentle ingredients. If you work your way up slowly and wear sunscreen daily you should be good. 🖤
The Ordinary-Retinol 0.5% in Squalane
My most re-purchased Ordinary products
Okay so, I have tried 21 products from The Ordinary so far over three-ish years. It might not seem like too many, but man to my skin it feels like a lot of trial and error. But I wanted to go back and narrow down my collection to my most repurchased Ordinary products. These are the ones that work best for my combo / acne prone skin and keep me coming back for more! And of course, as you know, they are all very affordable. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution I absolutely love this toner / chemical exfoliator. I use it 1 time a week during my evening routine and wouldn’t use it more than that because it can be a bit sensitizing. But every time I use this toner, the next morning my texture and pores are visibly reduced and my skin looks smooth and glow-y. You get quite a good amount of product and it typically lasts me at least 4 months. The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque I like this mask a lot! It’s great for taking on oil skin or the occasional pimple. The salicylic acid and charcoal make this feel very cleansing and satisfying. I do prefer this to the salicylic acid serum because I have found that to be a bit too drying if I leave it on the skin. I mentioned in another review that this product didn’t help me get rid of all my acne, but it definitely helped. I use this once every 1-2 weeks or whenever my skin needs a little detox. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 I love this serum in the winter. I don’t often get dry spots, but if I see that my skin if feeling a little dry in any area, I’ll just pat a bit of this on under my moisturizer and then I’m good to go. Sometimes I use this on my legs if they are especially dry. I also really like how the ordinary has started to sell bigger bottles of some key products. As a consistent user, I like the bigger bottle because it leads to less waste. The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' I’m a big fan of Buffet. I use this probably 2x a week, or sometimes more if I want to give my skin a break from actives and just want to make my skin feel extra plump. The formula is very hydrating and although I have my doubts about products that claim anti-wrinkle benefits, I do think my skin looks smoother after using it. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution This is kind of a cheat... because I repurchased this is after my first one fell and smashed on the bathroom floor. 🙃 BUT I am happy I repurchased it because when I do use this my skin looks so so good the next morning. Particularly my skin tone and pores look much better the next day. I use this probably more like 1x every two weeks because I swear no matter how little product I apply it does sting a little. And that’s probably not good... but I’ll justify it with glowy skin. And shout out to my trusty The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% that is also amazing but missing from the pic! 🥰