My Eczema Solutions
Restocking on empties of my recent favourites that I’ve been using since February. At first I was only using them on my face, but as I had a developing eczema rash since January, I was ready to try anything. Since the Face Food mist (hydrating, anti-pollution toner) is packed with anti-inflammatory, collagen-enhancing minerals (silver, copper, zinc, magnesium) & the Putty (pUH-tee 😜) pomade contains soothing colloidal oatmeal and restorative ingredients (honey, turmeric, zinc, hemp oil), I realized the results would be quite obvious. After all, these two products from a clinically-proven superfood Canadian skincare line have been beneficial for dry and inflammatory faces. Besides your skincare is encouraged to be applied onto your neck too... ✨ which I never previously considered much. So look at the results after about 3 weeks of use, starting near the end of March (my neck looked like it did in February, but a bit worse throughout most of March, so I just didn’t focus on taking “progress” pics because I was hopeless with the eczema.) Within a few days of mixing the two products in my palm first and then applying on my neck for better absorption, I noticed that, unlike other eczema balms, I only needed to apply the mixture on twice a day, morning and night, that’s how moisturizing it is at a CELLULAR level! I have fallen in love with this stuff, it also smells great (FF: vanilla, P: cream oats,) so I decided to get the big sized bottles after my empties, and the cool thing is I get to reuse my Face Food mist bottle (bonus sustainability point). Although, the airless pump may be hard to recycle conventionally, you can always submit your beauty product empties to Terracycle!♻️ And as for eczema, I just want to say that its pathological root cause is very complex for each individual. I’m still figuring mine out, but I’m pretty sure it’s nutrition & stress related. So I look up to skincare as a maintenance practice, that keeps my skin relatively healthy, while I’m figuring out the other pieces of the puzzle. 💝 Stay tuned for how I clear up the scars + hyperpigmentation, this isn’t the first time I’ve dealt with this! GRAYDON - Face Food Mineral Mist
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Top 2020 Toners 🌬
I love a good toner, that either helps the skin absorb the following skincare steps in a routine, or has an active that gently exfoliates the skin. 1. For general hydration 💦 my go-to has been GRAYDON - Face Food Mineral Mist , containing inflammatory-reducing ingredients, like silver, magnesium, zinc, copper, with a slight vanilla scent. At night, I use it after cleansing, before applying hyaluronic acid and oil serums. In the morning, I don’t cleanse my face, I refresh my skin and wake myself up with this instead, before applying on a moisturizer. 2. An exfoliating toner 🧹 I was using a lot at the beginning of the year is @sahajanskincare’s sahajan - Balance Toner . It’s an Ayurvedic blend, containing moringa oil, rose water, fruit extracts and salicylic acid, so it’s gentle on the skin while smoothing out texture, overtime (which is why I use it less often now). After direct use, the skin feels soft rather than tight. I remember being amazed at how quickly it was able to reduce incoming blemishes and recent dark spots. Both of these toners also claim to protect the skin from pollution, but more on that later. Are you more of a hydrating or exfoliating toner type of person? Check out my link.tree for discount code/affiliate links 😊
Graydon Skincare Pt 3: A surprise hit and a miss
The Product: Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream Plus the free samples that came with my order From the brand: “A probiotic face cream.This velvety-rich, blue-hued probiotic face cream helps maintain and protect your microbiome (aka your skin barrier) while improving hydration, enhancing your skin’s radiance and luminosity.” They say this cream is intended for dry and mature skin. My skin is dry-combo but acne prone so I was a little wary of this product. It came in the set however, and i figured I could use it on dry patches or even on my body if worse came to worst. BOY WAS I SURPRISED. I started off testing it on some dry itchy skin around my nose. When that went well, i took the plunge and put it on my jawline to wear under a mask. At this point, I was JUST starting to realize that the cure to my maskne might actually be to stop attacking it with acids and use MORE moisture and HEAVIER creams, especially under the mask. It seemed so counterintuitive at the time but I was willing to try... and it freaking worked! This is absolutely my favorite occlusive ever. I no longer dread wearing a mask because it means i can slather this over my face first 😍. I also tested it out as a skin protectant while skiing, and it preformed A+ as a wind barrier. It has the most delicious scent that reminds me of berry buttercream icing or something. It smells edible thats for sure! most surprising maskne cure for me, absolutely recommend for the dry acne-prone, and shocked to say I will have to repurchase soon 😱 GRAYDON - Berry Rich Cream Ingredient Highlights: * Arthrospira Platensis (Blue Majik) Extract: blue-green algae rich in phycocyanin, amino acids, vitamins & minerals. Helps increase firmness and smooth fine lines * Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter: heals and moisturizes skin exposed to the elements * Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed Oil: rich in vitamin C to brighten skin, minimize dark spots, & promote circulation to lighten dark circles * Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate (Vegan Probiotics): improve and strengthen skin barrier, maintain balance of good bacteria which send signals to your immune system to stop inflammation, keeping acne and rosacea at bay Samples: GRAYDON - Aloe Milk Cleanser This was a very nice gentle cleanser, but it didn’t feel any different than other, much cheaper, creamy cleansers. GRAYDON - Super Sensitive Skin Stuff Also a very nice gentle ceramide cream, but just not worth the price when so many drugstore creams contain ceramides (eg all Cerave products) GRAYDON - Green Cream This one I was really excited about and wanted to love. It contains TWO botanical retinol alternatives: moth bean extract (which I love so much in the Fullmoon Serum) and bakuchiol. Idk what it was, but I just didn’t like the smell... it smelled... bitter? to me, that’s the best way I can describe it. I also noticed some product pilling, but mostly the smell turned me off.
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Hemp Oil: great for body AND face 🌿
Hemp oil has been so good to my combination, eczema-prone skin 😍 Hemp oil is a carrier oil that normally constitutes the majority of the product concentration. A part of Cannabis sativa, it is therapeutic to the skin. Containing nutrients like omega rich fatty acids and proteins, its topical use is found to strengthen the skin and more resistant to infection - sounds like a win/win to maintain eczema! It’s nourishing for the face AND smooths out the skin on the rest of your body. I found out about this ingredient when I started frequenting marijuana shops about 4 years ago. I noticed that there was a whole moisturizer line with the name “Hemp” in it. As tempted as I was to try this, I stayed off trying any of it because when I read the ingredients it contained fragrance 🤬 Fast forward to December when I started working in another clean beauty shop where Graydon plant powered skincare is sold and as I learned more about the products and ingredients, I couldn’t help myself but to try... and months later, using hemp oil in my products from face to whole body, no regrets! Face GRAYDON - The Putty Y’all know I love this. It soothes eczema and any irritation quite well. Very nourishing and protective for the dry winter. Leaves a smooth face. Body & hair tbh GRAYDON - Intimacy Oil Ugh I love this too. & no it’s not what you think! 🤪 At $50CAD/ 100mL, I tried not to buy this for the longest of time, but honestly every time I sampled it I fell deeper and deeper in love. Even before dampening the skin, this oil absorbs quite quickly and does not leave a sticky feeling on the skin which is a great incentive to use this as a form of moisturizing dry skin more often. Ash be gone! It’s so nourishing that I even use it on my hair on wash day as it adds a nice sheen. I also really admire its serene scent.
My Skincare Awards 🏆 Moisturizer Edition
Finding a good moisturizer for eczema and milia prone sensitive skin is key! Over the years, my skin type has ranged from oily to dry to combination. Here’s my selection from favourite to least favourite: 1. GRAYDON - The Putty This is a moisturizer that has really come through for me, specifically during the eczema days 👏🏽 Scent: oatmealish Price: $46 CAD/50mL I gave this product a try after receiving for free at work, I found it a little thick for the face at first so I mostly used it on my neck, where I had eczema. With ingredients like zinc, colloidal oatmeal, hemp seed oil, manuka honey, turmeric, it’s meant to be soothing for irritated skin... and it proved to be so, I’m glad it fell into my hands 💝 I really admired what it did for my neck that I started using it on my face too *over damp skin* so it would absorb better, and it kept my face moisturizer and protected during the cold winter. I’ve repurchased this in a FULL SIZE quantity and recommended it to friends ✨ 2. sahajan - Nourish Face Cream This is great for everyday use, under makeup too. Scent: mature lotion Price: $60 CAD/50mL I also got this for free at work and was excited to try it as I really admire the premise behind this Ayurvedic brand. Though after a few months, the cream’s texture goes from silky smooth to a bit hardened with some crunchier bits, once it melts in your palms it makes for a nice application that mattifies the skin. Great before applying makeup or just having fresh, semi-glowing skin. I apply it on over damp skin as well. Although it contains coconut oil, I find that it doesn’t break me out. I’ve definitely recommended this to my friends and will probably be repurchasing this once the winter comes around. 3. wildcraft - Bergamot Rose Face Cream This was one of the first moisturizer I remember investing in once I discovered Hyaluronic acid and needed something for the eczema on my face. Scent: ylang ylang Price: $26 CAD/60mL This is a little more on the greasy side, but at the time I found it quite nourishing for my dry, flakey skin. However, after using it almost daily for a few months is when I started noticing milia starting to form on my face, so I questioned whether this moisturizer was too rich for my skin. I’ve been using it less frequently since just wanting to use it up but also not wanting to chance it anymore, so I might finish it off as a body butter 🥴 I purchased this 3 times, but won’t be repurchasing it again since finding the 2 aforementioned moisturizers that I prefer more! Won’t be recommending this to friends anymore unless they want an affordable option. What’s your favourite moisturizer?!
Moisture, SPF and VC
This here is my everyday, must have, never go without moisturizer. The Murad Essential C day moisturizer not only contains vitamin C but also it’s SPF 30. It works great under makeup or alone. I also apply this to my hands as well as upper arms. Smells great, long lasting moisture that you just cannot go wrong with!
Murad-Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++
The moisturizer that gives you GLOW!
What is it? VERSO - Nourishing Cream is A nourishing cream that provides intense moisture and long lasting hydration. Packed with Niacinamide to aid in protecting the skin barrier, along with oat lipid, Vit E and skin identical fatty acids. How I use it: I apply this as a last step in my routine on my dry skin after I applied my serums. My experience: Y’all. I ❤️ ❤️ this moisturizer! It is not thick at all in spite that it is recommended for night time use. I like the subtle earthy scent that is not overpowering at all. My skin absorbs this cream well, never pills and doesn’t feel greasy at all. The best part is the ✨glow✨ I have the morning after because of this moisturizer! The only downside though is that it costs $110 dollars. But I am really over the moon with the results that I got, so I am going to purchase the full version of this. It’s totally worth it!
Feeling accomplished with another empty ✔️ Even though this one was pretty meh: The Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizer ($18) was one of the first products I tried to even out my sunspots. This was before the days I stumbled on to the “skinternet” and researched things like concentrations. While this moisturizer has retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid, the percentage of the active ingredients is not disclosed. I’m willing to bet the concentration is low because I didn’t see a difference. Because I was underwhelmed by this, I actually switched to using it as a hand cream because I liked the scent. My hands get less skincare routine love so I can usually see greater differences there (that’s how I knew the peterthomasroth Peptide line worked so well - I could even see the change in my hands!) But again, no perceptible difference with Rapid Tone Repair. So sayonara, Neutrogena Moisturizer. Thanks for the memories.
Neutrogena-Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizer SPF 30
Summer=No Face Cream❌Brilliant Face Creams to Save Oily, Summer Skin🌞
Lots of girls stop using facial cream in summer when the weather gets hot but this is actually not good for our skin care. Facial creams seal in skin moisture and protect our skin from skin-damaging environmental factors. The best facial creams are moisturizing without being greasy. I have mature, combination-dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin which flares easily. Below are three facial creams that I love using in summer. Anti-aging: Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Repairing Care It has a thick yellow paste texture but spreads easily. It has a light rose scent and contains a high concentration of Pro-Xylane which improves skin firmness. I have dry skin, so I also use the richer version in spring and summer. When I apply a thick layer of it, using it as a sleeping mask, I'll wake up with delicate skin the next day. Moisturizing: Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream It has a light pink, gel-like texture with a very rich rose scent. It contains black Baccara rose oil extract, geranium oil extract, and rose essential oil and I like how it feels on my face. It focuses on brightening and moisturizing, and doesn't cause my makeup to cake, so I normally use it during the daytime in spring and summer. Restoration: LA MER - The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream I don't really recommend the La Mer classic version for acne-prone skin as it causes breakouts easily when not emulsified properly. This is the 'soft' version which doesn't need to be emulsified and can be directly applied on the skin. It offers great restorative care and whenever my skin starts flushing due to an allergic reaction, the flare can be soothed after I apply a thick layer of this cream before bed. It's an S.O.S emergency cream which I always make sure I have at home. Its unique algae extract also smells very comforting.
LA MER-The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream
h2oplus Rapids Probiotic Sorbet Moisturizer w Champagne & Yuzu Extracts I can admit that I bought this moisturizer bc I’m a sucker for a pretty box and any product that claims it will deliver a dewy complexion. I tried it this morning and first impressions: It delivers super soft skin, lightweight hydration, and subtle dew without the grease. The product is sorbet-to-liquid, melts right into the skin, and smells really nice and fresh and flowery. There’s definitely fragrance in here and it lasts for a while—aka I applied hours ago and can still smell it—so if that’s a no-go for you, look away. My skin definitely feels content w this moisturizer though. Excited to keep testing her and see how she does under makeup!
H2O+-Rapids Sorbet Moisturizer with Champagene and Yuzu Extracts
Cream that helps with flakes and dry patches
The essential firming cream is a product that I think a lot of people can benefit from! It’s a pretty straightforward, but a great cream; it hydrates, helps with flakes and dry patches, as well as elasticity, all thanks to JISUN Firming Complex™, a potent blend of antioxidant-rich goji berries, black beans, and arrowroot. I love how smooth and soft this makes my skin look after I apply it. I’ve also noticed that this works great as a makeup primer! When I apply blush/highlighter/foundation on top of this cream, everything blends easily and seamlessly, doesn’t move and stays on very well. Overall, I really like this cream for its hydrating and calming properties. . . Gifted #cheriecreator Sulwhasoo - Essential Firming Cream
Sulwhasoo-Essential Firming Cream
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