Social Work student who loves skincare! 🌿
Simple Yet Soothing 💙Fave Drugstore Mositurizer
The LAST thing I needed was ANOTHER moisturizer; but with my Adapalene use I need a thick moisturizer and my Paula’s Choice moisturizers weren’t cutting it, so I headed to my local drugstore. I’ve struggled to find my favorite drugstore moisturizer. I find CeraVe - CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion not moisturizing enough. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer is moisturizing yet always pills on my face (oddly enough the SPF doesn’t one pill through!) I found LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Ultra Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin . Ingredient Highlights: Squalane, Shea Butter, Glycerin, and Dimethicone. Price: $29.99 Review: With such a simple, short ingredient list, this moisturizer is INCREDIBLY soothing. It’s very moisturizing but is not at all too heavy, absorbing nicely on the skin. It’s lack of fragrance is perfect for my dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin. It is PERFECT to use with retinol, as it helped my sensitive skin adjust to Differin. I do the sandwich technique, applying a thin layer before the Adapalene and a thin layer after to protect my barrier. In short, I highly recommend this moisturizer if you’re looking for a simple yet effective moisturizer.
CeraVe-CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion
My Worst Products of 2020
1. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Deluxe Sample : I’m gonna need Drunk Elephant to go to the lab a 10th time because this cleanser is not it. Despite this cleanser having a “mild surfactant blend”, it honestly feels like applying apricot Softsoap on the face. It’s incredibly drying and leaves a film on the face. I’m not a It also doesn’t take off makeup properly. I immediately ditched it after a second use. I am NOT a chemist, but I honestly think the cleanser should be reformulated to have more emollient ingredients. 2. Murad - AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser Their magenta line is more targeted towards people who have dry skin. Many dry skin people like myself have sensitive skin. A cleanser with both physical AND chemical exfoliation can be harsh for any skin type, but ESPECIALLY for people with dry/sensitive skin. Also, the lay person who doesn’t know skincare and how often to exfoliate can easily over-exfoliate since the product is marketed as a cleanser. My initial ignorance of skincare plus the overall harshness of this product caused my skin barrier to become severely weak and damaged. Better to use a gentle cleanser and then a leave on exfoliant. 3. Murad - Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture This moisturizer is 75 dollars. When a 75 dollar moisturizer promises 24 hour moisture, it should deliver on its promise. After 4 hours of usage, my skin felt dry and tight again. For a moisturizer that boasts about its “advanced hyaluronic acid technology”, hyaluronic acid is pretty low on the ingredient list. The intense markup on this is probably due to the Retinyl palmitate, a retinol derivative. I give it two stars because it did slightly fade a fine line by my mouth, but this moisturizer failed in it’s basic duty/main reason of purchase: moisturizing. Not only did I use this year to become more educated about skincare, but a big lesson I learned is more expensive does not always mean better!
Murad-AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
Top 2020 Products
2020 was the year I officially got into skincare. These three skincare products that dramatically changed my skin for the better, and for that, I rate them my best products for 2020. 1. HADALABO - Gokujyun Premium Lotion : This milky essence contains 5 kinds of HA of different molecular weights along with nourishing algae extracts. The results? Incredibly plump, soft skin. Not only is this essence great for harsh winters that compromise the barrier, but it’s great for summer when skin dehydrated and producing more oil than usual. You can’t beat the price at 15.99!! 2. THE inkey LIST - Kaolin Clay Mask : A kaolin mask that effectively absorbs excess oil AND has nourishing plant extracts so it doesn’t dry out your skin. For only 6.99!! 3. DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum : It’s no secret that I am a huge Drunk Elephant fan. Yet out of all of their products, this is the one that to me is worth the hefty price tag of $90 for an ounce. This gel-based serum is a chemical exfoliator that contains 12% AHA and 2% BHA. It’s incredibly gentle yet super powerful as it zaps dry spots, uneven texture, whiteheads, blackheads, and major breakouts. It is the perfect spot treatment for any breakout. The immediate second I experience a breakout, I put this on and the next day my breakout is either completely done or dramatically reduced in size. While I would like to try cheaper exfoliators, this one is golden for me. What are your top 2020 products? My worst products of 2020 coming tomorrow!!
HADALABO-Gokujyun Premium Lotion
2021 Skincare Bucket List
Here’s a list of things I’m curious to try in the new year! (Note:some items may change!) Cherie fam, what are products you would like to try or products you recommend?
Fave Multipurpose Product!
CeraVe - Healing Ointment Finding a tub of this in NYC is virtually impossible, and after finding the travel pack version I completely understand why. This healing ointment is packed with three types of ceramides, cholesterol, Hyaluronic Acid, and a load of other emollients/occlusive agents that make it THE perfect healing ointment for dry skin. Two weeks ago, I experienced a dry flare-up after over-exfoliating and “slugging” with this completely saved my skin. Formula wise, this is the perfect ointment to “slug” with, especially if you have eczema. Unlike other ointments, this is non-greasy and has a balm-y feel on the skin. This also makes for a PERFECT/EFFECTIVE overnight lip balm/“lip mask” (yes I’m throwing shade at the Laneige lip mask) to prevent your lips from cracking while you sleep. You can use this on your body, use it as a concealer primer, and I’ve even heard of some people using it on split ends!
THE BEST MOISTURIZERS I HAVE EVER BOUGHT
These are my HOLY GRAIL moisturizers. I spent so much time looking for the perfect moisturizers, and I have arrived! 🤩 And everyone could benefit from any of these. I'm a huge believer in that even if you don't have "sensitive skin" it's so important to use moisturizers with non-irritating, and barrier protecting ingredients, that won't clog pores or cause breakouts. I am super prone to clogged pores, fungal acne, and breakouts, and I am extremely picky about my moisturizers. I only use ones that don't clog pores! For my oily skin babies, the #La Roche-Posay - TOLERIANE FLUIDE OIL FREE MOISTURIZER[products]#[FiveStars] is amazing! In the winter I found it to be not moisturizing enough, but in the summer it was perfect for my combo skin. There is no chance this moisturizer will clog pores or irritate breakouts. It's so lightweight and wears great under makeup. It's also oil, essential oil, and fragrance free. I do find this a bit overpriced, especially since I went through it pretty fast. It's the most expensive out of the three of these, being about $30. Some say this is purely an oily skin moisturizer, but I think anyone can benefit from the Benton - Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel I love using this especially after a chemical peel or when my skin is irritated. It's extremely calming and redness relieving. I find it to be both moisturizing and hydrating, especially when I lock it all in with my vanicream moistuizer which I will mention next! This gel is the only moisturizer I use on my forehead because it's AMAZING for FUNGAL ACNE. It has antibacterial properties and doesn't promote growth in fungal acne. It's smoothed down my forehead so much, and it's only like $15! Now let me tell you about the #Vanicream - Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer [products]#[FiveStars] . This is the BEST moisturizer I've ever owned in MY LIFE. Even though I don't have super oily skin, I still crave a deeply moisturizing moisturizer with ceramides and humectants. But most of them out there aren't suitable for acne prone skin. So for those of ya'll with DRY, ACNE-PRONE skin, you will LOVE this. Same with aging skin, sensitive skin...if you have SKIN you will love this. This moisturizer has squalene, Glycerin, and 5 key ceramides, and it's $14.99! And it's guaranteed NO reaction or NO sensitivity, which I love. I picked this up after I was sick of using the DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream and found that it was breaking me out, and wasn't moisturizing enough. It has about the same texture, but the vanicream is less gel-like. BUT with the added antiaging and peptide/ceramide benefits, you could say this was a dupe for the DE one...just better!
Benton-Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel
Just say no to these ingredients
Paraben- Parabens are preservatives found in everything from soap to lotion to makeup. Examples include: methylparaben, proplyparaben, isopropylparaben, and isobutylparaben. Parabens are known endocrine disruptors, meaning they mimic estrogen in the body and can lead to hormonal imbalances, and possibly even breast cancer. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate— SLS/SLES are foaming agents used in a slew of personal care products, including skin care and cosmetics, shampoo, and toothpaste. They are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. Additionally, chemical compounds known as “nitrosamines” are common by-products of the sulphation process. 90% of nitrosamines are believed to be carcinogenic. Phthalates- A phthalate is a plasticizer that is added to plastic to keep it from becoming brittle. Phthalates are used in cosmetics primarily in fragrances, and can also be found in other personal care products, such as hair spray and nail polish. Examples include: DBP, DEHP, DEP and others. Like parabens, phthalates are endocrine disruptors and can cause hormonal and reproductive problems and birth defects. Diethanolamine- Diethanolamine is a foaming agent. It’s a known carcinogen and respiratory toxin, which is why the EU has restricted its use in personal care products. Despite this, it’s still used in bubble bath, body wash, and shampoo in the US. It’s often abbreviated as DEA on cosmetic labels. Triclosan- Triclosan is an antibacterial agent once used in antibacterial soaps. In 2016, it was banned from soap used in health-care settings, but it is still allowed in personal cosmetics. Not only does triclosan contribute to antibiotic resistant bacteria, but it’s also an endocrine disruptor and was shown to contribute to gut inflammation and promote tumor growth in mouse studies. It’s incredibly important that you check the ingredients in the products you are using. ❤️ Let me know if you’d like another list!!
Not all alcohol is bad!!
You always hear that alcohols are so bad for your skin right? Well that’s the “bad” alcohols. Those are the alcohols that dry out and strip your skin of the oils it needs. When your face is stripped of those oils, it becomes vulnerable to bacteria and that causes breakouts 😩 Which ones are bad? Simple alcohols like SD alcohol, denatured alcohol, alcohol denat, and isopropyl alcohol. These you should definitely avoid in your skincare products. Like I mentioned above, these cause dryness (which speeds up the aging process 😳) and leaves your face unprotected from the bacteria that causes acne. ⭐️If these are really high up on the ingredient list, definitely don’t use them. However, if you have super oily skin and you like a product that has one of these listed further down the ingredient list (meaning small amounts) it won’t be that bad. Very small amounts of alcohol can be used to control oil and leave a matte finish. If you have dry skin however, best to avoid altogether. Good Alcohols ✨ There are some alcohols that are derived from natural sources like coconut 🥥 oil and are used as stabilizers and emulsifiers to help them keep their texture and for believe it or not, moisturizing! 😳 These alcohols are cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, and lauryl alcohol. They’re not drying or irritating to your skin at all. In fact, they have the opposite effect. There are “skin friendly “ alcohols so if you are reading the Ingredients (good for you!) in a new skincare product, don’t freak out if you see an alcohol listed. Keep the chart above handy to help you remember the good and the bad! One of my favorite things lately is learning to really read ingredient lists and learning about the individual ingredients! Always remember that Ingredients are listed from what’s in it the most to what’s in it the least. Example. If you have 2 niacinamides creams you are looking at, one has niacinamide listed 7th and one has it listed 3rd, the product with niacinamide in 3rd has more than the one listed 7th. Hope this helped! ❤️❤️
I tried the “Curly Girl Method” and....
The Curly Girl Method isn’t new. My mom has been using this method for so long. I had never done it before because I have naturally curly hair and didn’t think it would make a difference...well.... I was wrong. My curls are dry and thick and nothing seems to make them bouncy and full except a good haircut with layers. But, you know, quarantine and all...so I haven’t had a haircut since February! This is my take on the curly girl method: 1. Start with wet hair! This is me about 10 minutes after I got out of the shower. 2. Use a curl defining cream or gel and scrunch it through your hair. Yep, from bottom to scalp. I used my current favorite Briogeo - Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave–In Defining Cream which smells great and is such a good amount for the price. 3. Grab an oversized t-shirt. The softer the better, but as long as it’s cotton. 4. Turn your head upside-down. Take the bottom two corners of the shirt and tie them around your forehead to your neck like a headband. 5. Grab your hair and “plop” or stuff your hair into the shirt while pulling up the rest of it. 6. Trap your hair in the shirt and wrap the sleeves up around your head like a headband again. 7. Tie the sleeves together in the front! 8. Leave it on for 20-60 minutes. My hair usually takes about 8-10 hours to fully air dry so I let mine sit for an hour. 9. Take your hair out of the shirt and let it air dry the rest of the way. If it gets too crunchy, re-wet it with water to further disperse the curl cream or gel. ...VOILA! My hair looks super voluminous and full. My curls are also really defined and beautiful, I also love how my strands aren’t clumped together so it looks lighter and thinner. I really love how it turned out. Have you used the curly girl method? What’s your favorite curl cream or gel to use with it? #CheriePartner
Briogeo-Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave–In Defining Cream
Wrinkle and Pore-Blurring Serum
This serum contains a peptide sequence to help with cell renewal, therefore producing more collagen, and finally reducing the signs of aging. While I don’t know for sure if this has any long-term benefits, I do feel this has some great immediate effects. This is targeted more towards “mature” skin. In saying that, I don’t have wrinkles (& my skin type in mostly normal), but I DO have noticeable pores so anything to help give the illusion that they’re smaller than what they are is going on my “to try” list. THE inkey LIST - Hepta-Peptide Anti-Aging Serum It Claims To: ✨ Support skin renewal and targets visible signs of aging ✨ Reduce the appearance of crepey skin, and; ✨ Reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles This is a serum that looks like a lotion but almost acts and feels like a primer. I find it DOES give a nice blurring effect and helps diminish the appearance of my pores, and I love that even if it’s just temporary. This is great for under makeup to give a more flawless base, or to use without makeup and in conjunction with your other skincare products. This retails for only $15 CAD. I would definitely repurchase this simply for the temporary effects it gives to my pores :) But who knows, maybe it does have some long-term benefits for those with fine-lines and/or wrinkles.
THE inkey LIST-Hepta-Peptide Anti-Aging Serum
Plump Lips = Healthy Lips
Lips are covered in skin. Whenever that skin is dry or irritated, lips feel tight and often appear less full/plump due to the dry skin being less apt to reflect light or allow skin to be fully pliant/stretchy. As well, sun damage can speed up the break down of collagen in the lips, lessening their fullness. Treating the skin on your lips more dutifully can help lips appear fuller and smoother, plus keeps them a perfect canvas for lip looks if you’re a makeup wearer! • Moisturizer: Whenever applying my face products, I never avoid my lips. They get gentle exfoliation, buffered tretinoin, antiaging niacinamide and vitamin c.... But most of all, I make sure to coat them well in moisturizer. The skin on your lips is very thin and this leads to increased risk of water loss, which can be reflected in chapped and flaky lips. Augmenting your lips with a moisturizer that contains ceramides and lipids helps to keep that fragile skin barrier bouncy and the water within replenishes moisture that is easily lost. I always keep a sample size of moisturizer, such as PAULA'S CHOICE - Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer , with me during the day to reapply under... • Occlusive: Moisturizer inevitably is absorbed, and what good is moisture if it’s not retained by the skin? Using an occlusive like CeraVe - Healing Ointment is fantastic in the PM after applying moisturizer to the lips, but my favourite day-to-day lip occlusive is the iconic Glossier. - Balm Dotcom . Waxy balms are only effective at retaining moisture if there’s moisture to retain, so apply a more emollient product like Glossier. - Bubblewrap Eye + Lip Plumping Cream first. • Sunscreen: I didn’t add a sunscreen into the above photo, but sunscreen is integral to maintaining naturally plump lips. Localized collagen depletion causes lips to thin and lose shape as we age, so consistently applying sunscreen protects the collagen. I like PAULA'S CHOICE - Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30 specifically for my lips due to how quickly it soaks in and the hydrated shine it offers. #CheriePartner