“Simplicity is key” is not a cliche
I’m a chemistry graduate weening her way into the personal care sciences to make effective skincare and makeup that has a long lasting effect on the way your skin treats you. I have a deep passion to help people around me understand what the hell is going on with their skin. More often than not, the issue is... we be doin too much. I don’t have problematic skin per say but she is sensitive, picky, and temperamental. For a while I fell down the 10 step skin care routine rabbit hole. I put a toner on my face, a serum, another serum, aloe Vera gel, and two heavy moisturizers. I thought that would make me glowy. Wrong. Instead what happened was my skin started growing bacteria. Fungal acne, my new worst enemy. There was too much going on. I had little spots on my forehead I couldn’t get rid of. So like any other skin care junkie I decided to combat it with even MORE products. When that didn’t work, I thought about how my skin was in high school. A single pimple during my time of the month and that was it. Why wasn’t my skin fussy back then? It’s cuz I didn’t do much back then. I scaled back. I used simple skin care with simple ingredients. I used skin care from the same brand to see if the way they work together benefitted me. Low and behold, my fungal acne was defeated. But then came eczema. As I’ve gotten older, my seasonal allergies have taken over my life. Not only do I have to go out of my way to keep itchy eyes and sneezes at bay, but eczema so graciously decides to find a home under my eyes. Insert eye creams. Insert... two eye creams. Truly a dynamic duo. All the products tagged here are my holy grail items. I’m loyal to them and will die for them. They continually fix my skin when she’s acting up and give her a pat on the back when she’s behaving. I’m back on my cycle of getting one blemish per month and I keep that at bay with DifferinGel & acne patches. Sometimes when we cut back, our skin will thank you. Tips:
Don’t wet your face before putting this cleanser on. Weird. I know. But don’t. Let your dry skin drink this in first. Then add water to foam it up after it’s completely rubbed in. Your skin will feel 10 times more moisturized after cleansing this way.
Don’t towel dry your face. Let it air dry. Pat the water in. Use a hand fan. A sopping wet face? Yeah. That’s what we want. Letting your face air dry allows your face to drink that water! The Hyaluronic acid serum retains water from the air and the water already on your skin. Youre giving your serum a boost if you let your face air dry. That’s where the moisture will be retained from.
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Hyaluronic acid in skincare
May 25, 2020
Simrank004Witch hazel is NOT good for your skin long term. Do your research, I thought it was a healthy ingredient but it actually desensitizes skin long term! Please do your research!!!
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It’s fine but... not for me
Cerave is one of the largest and most popular brands in the world. It has simply blown up this year with everyone from magazine editors to influencers to dermatologists talking about it. It is a drug store brand that focuses on healing ceramides in their products and thus with my dry skin I figured I would try it out. As my eye area is really dry (cracks and flakes) I figured it would be the ideal area to try a cream. Price: This eye cream is very popular as it is very affordable in the USA, however in Canada is is much more expensive. It is not outrageous but at $25 cad I can find eye creams that I enjoy and work better for me. Packaging: I know packaging isn’t the be all end all but I must admit if it doesn’t look cute on the vanity it has to be amazing for me to buy it... and with cerave as a whole I really hate their packaging. It looks to me like old school medicine packages which takes out the joy from doing my routine 😢. Effectiveness: I have dry and acne prone skin with an extremely dry under eye area, so dry they sometimes crack and bleed. Therefore I thought this would be amazing with the ceramides. I do like the soft cream texture and the area never got horribly dry but I never felt it nourished enough. Also I did not notice any reduction in wrinkles or brightness (it has niacinimide), which was disappointing. And the worst thing is that it caused milia which I have never got before even when I used Vaseline nightly for years 😭. Pros 👍: ￼It’s accessible as it sold in most drug stores ￼ ￼it feels nice going on ￼it has a good list of ingendients. Ceramides and niacinimide Cons👎 ￼ ￼it’s pricy if you don’t live in the states ￼ ￼the packaging is ugly ￼ ￼the cruelty status is in question 🐰 ￼I didn’t notice any results after 9 months ￼it gave me milia!! CeraVe - Eye Repair Cream all in all I think this cream might work for some but it really didn’t work for me.
Any suggestion that could help me with the eye area and my pores 😩😩😩 CeraVe - Eye Repair CreamI used at nights. I DEW CARE - Glow-Key Brightening Vitamin C Eye CreamI been using in the mornings.
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Skincare 101: Cleansing
Hey y’all! In today’s post were continuing one of my most popular series: Skincare 101. In today’s Skincare 101 we’re talking about cleansers. We’ll be talking about how to choose the right kind of cleanser, cleansing do’s and don’ts, and more. First off we’ll start with why you cleanse. Cleansing your skin is another term for washing it. Cleansing is important because it helps to remove the pollutants, bacteria, dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that collect on your skin during the day. By removing these, you prevent aging, breakouts, and dehydration on your on your skin. There are tons of different types of cleansers so I’ll go through them and explain who’s skin each type is best for. (If you don’t know you skin type I have a post on how to find out) First are foaming cleansers. Although foam and suds don’t mean a cleanser is more effective, it is a nice touch. These are great for non makeup wears who have oily or combination skin. This is because foaming cleansers can be slightly drying, so they’re not great for dry skin. Great foaming cleanser: CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin Next up are gel cleansers. Gel cleansers are great for removing light makeup and leaving your skin hydrated and feeling fresh. They are best for normal, combination, and oily skin types that are more sensitive or acne prone. Great gel cleanser:Simple - Micellar Gel Wash Our next type of cleanser is a cream cleanser. These are very hydrating and can remove most makeup, but for waterproof products you may need to use a separate makeup remover. These are beat for those with normal, dry, and sensitive skin types. Great cream cleanser:CLINIQUE - Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser Next are oil based cleansers. These are great for all skin types, even oily skin (see my post on double cleansing for more information). They are great for removing heavy makeup and dirt. They should never be used alone, only in a double cleanse. Great oil based cleanser:YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser Next up are cleansing waters and micellar waters. These are great for all skin types. For this type of cleanser, you don’t need to wash them off, but it's better if you do. Great micellar water:#Simple - micellar water[products]#[FourStars] Now these should only be used in an emergency: makeup wipes. They are technically a type of cleanser, but I have a whole post on my they’re bad. If you need to use them use these:Simple - Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes And finally, there are cleansing balms. These are great for removing makeup and for a double cleanse. They’re best for those with normal, very dry, and eczema sensitive skin. When buying cleansing balms, get ones without polyethylene. Polyethylene is a micro plastic used in balms to make the texture better. It’s a micro plastic that’s harmful to marine life. great polyethylene free cleansing balm:THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm Now that we have that out of the way, how often do you cleanse? If you have oily, combination, or normal skin types, twice a day in the morning and night is perfect. For those with sensitive and dry skin, it might be better to only cleanse once per day to make sure you don’t strip your skin of its precious little moisture. You also should always cleanse after working out. Now onto do’s and don’ts of cleansing. Starting with the don’ts. #1 don’t rub your face vigorously. Please be gentle with your skin! Harsh rubbing can make your skin irritated and red. #2 don’t wash your face with bar soap. Bar soap can be really stripping to the skin, so it’s best to stick with other cleansers. #3 don’t rush. Cleansers need a full 30 seconds on your skin to properly clean it. If you wash it off immediately, it won’t be as effective. #4 don’t stop at your chin. Your neck also gets a lot of buildup, so it’s best to cleanse and moisturize all the way down your next. And the do’s: #1 do wet your hands and face first. This allows your cleanser to activate for a better clean, as well as helping the product to glide across your skin better. Don’t do this with cleansing balms or oil based cleansers though because the water will repel the oil. #2 do use lukewarm water. Even though your pores don’t open and close, lukewarm water is still the best tempature for cleansing to avoid burning your skin or leading it to a cold shock. #3 do pat dry. Patting is the best way to dry your skin without irritating it. #4 do use a clean face towel. To dry your skin, your face towel should be used for nothing else, and should only be used a max of two times before swapping it out. This is because the towel gains bacteria that will be transferred to your skin the next time you use it. Alright ya’ll have made it to the end of Skincare 101: Cleansing! Please cheer for this post, comment below your favorite cleanser, and follow me for similar content! -Mae
Hey beauties! Skin update time! I have incorporated a few new products into my regimen. On my last post I had only been using CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin and CeraVe - SA Lotion For Rough & Bumpy Skin day and night and it was working amazing!! I have decided to make my regimen a bit more detailed and open up to new products. This picture will serve as a before and I will continue to update you guys weekly on these new add ins! Morning☀️ Wash with CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin Then I add a dab ofCeraVe - Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum (great for brightening and getting rid of sun damage!) And finish with CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 (sunscreen 👏🏻 sunscreen 👏🏻 sunscreen! Super important to maintain the skin! ) Night 🌙 Wash with CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin Then I add a dab of The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (helps keep skin hydrated and water retention. Best to apply with damp skin and before moisturizer) And finish withCeraVe - SA Lotion For Rough & Bumpy Skin
These two saved my dry & peeling skin this week!
Sigh. Combo skin. One day, super oily. Next day, dry patches galore! So earlier this week I had a bit of a thing happening on my chin. My skin was continually flakey and peeling around there for almost a week and despite applying hyaluronic acid serum and reapplying moisturizer throughout the day, nothing seemed to get rid of the peeling for good. So in a moment of slight desperation, I pulled these two items out from the back of my skincare cupboard. The first couple of nights I tried out the serum with my current moisturizer and it kind of helped, but then I used the serum in combination with the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly and voila I woke up with dewy, soft and healed skin! 🙌🏼 indeed LABORATORIES - Hydraluron Moisture Jelly Super lightweight moisturizer, but with a high weight hyaluronic acid and glycerin which act as humectants that hydrate the skin. It absorbs nicely into the skin, isn’t greasy but really locks in the moisture. This was great throughout the summer, but I was afraid that in the cooler months I might need something to add a little more hydration. Which is why I originally picked up the... indeed LABORATORIES - Hydraluron Moisture Serum This is also a very lightweight product and it also includes hyaluronic acid which helps hydrate the skin. On top of that, there is some red algae extracts within the serum that helps provide even more hydration. It’s a fairly simple ingredient list and doesn’t have anything that makes me feel like it could be irritating to the skin. It’s simple and certainly isn’t going to completely change your skin but it’s effective and leaves me with hydrated, plump and dewy skin. Both of these products are affordable and accessible (got mine at Shoppers Drug Mart), as well as cruelty free, fragrance free and vegan. Together they almost immediately (overnight) took care of my irritated, dry patch and turned it into soft and dewy skin. I’m very thankful for these two products right now and I can see them being very useful in the winter time. Note: my skin is typically a bit more oily and very acne prone so I typically opt for light weight, gel based, moisturizers. So if you have dry skin, you may want to choose a more heavy duty moisturizer. But I think the serum could be good for any skin type. 💕
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Farmacy Farmer’s Market Kit 😄😐🙁
Me: dry-combo, currently acne prone, sensitive or very sensitive For my first dive into Farmacy products, I purchased the FARMACY - Farmer's Market Kit so that I could try a variety of their bestsellers. Overall, a good tester kit for your money with adequately sized samples! (Much bigger than the Glow Recipe sample sizes.) From favorite to least favorite: FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm This was my first ever cleansing balm and I fell in love 😍 Your skin feels so smooth and moisturized afterwards. As a dry skin person I often used this as a single cleanse and didn’t notice any breakouts. I knocked off a star because it contains fragrance.... but actually I LOVE the smell... I just worry about my sensitive skin. The next balm I’m trying out is the GOOD MOLECULES - Instant Cleansing Balm FARMACY - Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer with Moringa and Papaya This was a nice lightweight moisturizer. I didn’t like the smell quite as much as the balm but it was fine. It did leave a bit of a shiny sticky residue for me but that went away when i added oil on top. Overall, not enough moisture for my skin right now, but I could see myself loving it in the summer! The next lightweight moisturizer I am trying is the CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion FARMACY - Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask I wanted to love this one, and about half the time I loved it, but about half the time I HATED it. When it was good, it made my skin feel so smooth, hydrated, and brightened. When it was bad, it BURNED my skin, horribly at times. I guess it depends on how my skin barrier is doing? Probably not a repurchase since it was so unpredictable on my sensitive skin. I love honey and would love to hear thoughts on other honey masks to try! FARMACY - Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum with Acerola Cherry My least favorite of the group, this one was just too sticky for me. I also didnt like the smell... it was almost sour smelling? Idk, just not for me. I’m now trying the Mad Hippie - Vitamin C Serumfor my next vitamin C product. I also now purchased FARMACY - Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream with Acerola Cherry and it is too soon for a full review but right now I am liking it a lot! It is not sticky, and does not have the funny smell of the serum. What do you guys think?? What Farmacy products should I try next? I’m eyeing the FARMACY - Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizeror the FARMACY - Honey Halo Ultra-hydrating Ceramide Moisturizerand the FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serumand maybe the FARMACY - Whipped Greens: Oil-Free Foaming Cleanser With Moringa and Papaya!! Let me know what you think!
AM ➡️ PM
Hi lovelies 💕 Here is what I’ve been using for the past few months and I just want to say - a very simple routine goes a long way. Cleanser: your skin should feel clean after you wash your face, but it shouldn’t feel ‘squeaky’. I think there are no need to use cleanser with active ingredients and acids as they strip your skin of your natural oils & pretty much leave your skin irritated. Gentle cleanser works best for me. I normally cleanse 1 time in the morning, and 2 times at night. Serum: I always apply serums while my skin is still wet. I don’t dry my face with a towel all the way, better yet, let your skin dry on its own and apply your serums while the skin it a bit wet. I warm up my serum in my hands for 2 seconds before I apply it to my face. This specific serum from Vichy is great, and it is safe to use on your eyes so I apply it everywhere. Moisturizer: something I did not know when I was younger - no matter what your skin type is, moisturize. Find a moisturizer that works for you and apply it every.single.day. I had a bit of an oily skin growing up and thought a moisturizer would make it more oily and would clog pores, so I skipped that step completely. After trying a bunch of creams/moisturizers/lotions, I am now using the most simple one you can find in any store, and it does it’s job perfectly for me and does not clog my precious pores. I highly recommend a simple moisturizer during the day, no active ingredients needed. SPF: simply a must. Don’t skip it. I wear SPF even when I’m at home as the sun could still get it. Another mistake that I made when I was younger is not wearing SPF which made my PIH worse. I use this ultra light SPF which is non-comedogenic and creates a very good base for makeup. This combo of lotion + SPF is my favourite as they feel light on the skin and they don’t ‘roll’ on the surface. PM: this is where these active ingredients come in handy. Choosing your night treatment is very important as this is when you can address what concerns you the most and the treatment will soak right into your skin and will sit there overnight while you sleep 😴 making your $ count as PM treatments get pricey and you want to get the most of using them. My concerns are PIH and dark spots, niacinimide works very well for me. This very simple PM lotion from Cerave is very effective if you struggle from PIH, I highly recommend it 👍🏼 Don’t forget to drop your suggestions for me in the comments ❤️
HELP!! What actives should I be using?
I’m really struggling to figure out which actives I should be using... which means I’m not sticking to any one in particular, just jumping around from product to product whenever I feel like it. I know I need to be consistent, I just don’t know which one(s) to do. What would be the best to use/combine? Should I use one type in the AM with sunscreen and another at night? Currently I’m using - Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil to remove makeup CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin as face wash DERMA•E - All Sport Performance Face Sunscreen SPF 30 as sunscreen and I recently switched to CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion from the CeraVe cream in the tub. I also have CeraVe - Renewing SA Lotionbut I’m hesitant to use it with my other actives. Any advice is appreciated, I’m really struggling 🥺
This saved my skin from scarring!!
This scar cream is the absolute best!! I have been using it for years and it’s my absolute favorite. It works wonders, and depending on the scar it can take some time. But if you are consistent with using it, then it will help a ton! I like this cream too because it has spf in it. I will always put it on when I go to bed because I like to sometimes just let it soak into my skin and not rub it in all the way. But it’s nice to have the spf in it if I have a scar that needs that extra healing and I need to put it on during the day and rub it in and then put it on again at night and let it soak in more if I want. Definitely a must have if you are looking for something to help with scarring! - CC
Glossier. - Milky Jelly Cleanser This cleanser is amazing for my oily skin. I use it morning and night and it does not dry out my skin at all. It has a faint fragrance that smells really good and “clean”. My skin feels super soft after I use this and it helps control my oil. cocokind - Rosewater Facial Toner I use this toner in the morning after I cleanse. I mist it directly onto my face and let it dry, sometimes I pat it in a little with my fingertips. I really like this toner because it is not too harsh and it is literally only one ingredient. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I use this in the mornings after toner. I have been using it for three months now and it has completely transformed my skin. For as long as I can remember my skin has been dull, covered in little clogged pores (bumps) on my forehead and cheeks and it’s looked horrible. Nothing I tried ever fixed my problem (and I tried everything). Then when I saw reviews for this I thought it was too good to be true but I was wrong. It has been heavenly for my skin and I’m really satisfied with the results. My bumps are gone and my complexion is extremely bright and glowing. CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ I’ve been using this moisturizer since I was like ten years old and I love it. It never makes me feel greasy and it makes my skin super soft. I use it in the mornings and night. BURT’S BEES - Skin Nourishment Eye Cream I’m really happy with this eye cream because it is for sensitive skin and the skin around my eyes is extremely sensitive. I tried using an eye cream once before and it literally burned the skin around my eyes, made it super red and dry. I was reluctant to try one again but this one has never done that. It makes the skin under my eyes super soft and I love it! I use it both morning and night. sun bum - Face Lotion SPF 50 I use this to complete my morning skincare routine. I like it because it has a slight fragrance but it smells really good. My skin never feels greasy after using it and it absorbs it really well. The only negative to this is that if it gets in my eye it burns a little but other than that it’s good. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution I use this as my night toner. I apply it with a cotton pad. I really like this because it literally just sucks out all the dirt from my pores from the day and makes my skin feel super clean. My cotton pad will literally be tinted brown after I use it (gross) but that means its really getting rid of all the dirt and gunk from the day. The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% I use this at night and it makes my skin feel super clean and good. The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil I use this at the end of my night routine, jade roll it on. I love it.
My morning routine!
As promised, here’s my morning routine with just a few small changes from my evening! I double cleanse in the morning as well, most of my skin care routine is inspired by Korean Skincare routines! I start with BURT’S BEES - Cleansing Oil with Coconut & Argan Oils and then BURT’S BEES - Skin Nourishment Gentle Foaming Cleanser . I follow with toner LUSH - Tea Tree Water Spot treatment is next BURT’S BEES - Anti-Blemish Targeted Spot Treatment Eye cream follows BURT’S BEES - Skin Nourishment Eye Cream I used my last of this today so I’m moving to BURT’S BEES - Sensitive Eye Cream Then comes moisturizer LUSH - Cosmetic Lad Finally, especially because I live in Arizona I get SPF with Neutrogena - Clear Face Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 55 As I said, there’s not a TON of difference from my night routine, but it’s worked wonders for me. I have some new products on the way though and I’m excited to try them and see if they’re any good ♥️
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My Acne Skincare Routine - Results in 4 Days✨
I have always struggled with dry skin + acne since I was 18 and the moment I saw significant results on my acne, I knew that the only way I could find the one product to work on my skin type is if I get myself educated and open to trying out new things even if I think it won’t work since I am acne-prone. SWIPE LEFT TO SEE MY RESULTS: I started taking photos of myself to keep track of what I’ve been using that I can’t see by looking in the mirror everyday! (PRO TIP) So, I’m so glad to finally share this for everyone to keep in mind when trying out products and hopefully it will encourage you to try it out for yourself. Of course you need to do your research but hey, skincare is all about trial and error right? At least now you know what you don’t know! Here’s a sneak peak of my acne skincare routine👇🏼 DAILY AM & PM ROUTINE: Cetaphil - Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser ￼1 squeeze + to gentle cleanse my sensitive skin The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ￼2 drops + for extra and clear overall imperfections The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ￼2-3 drops + bring hydration to my skin CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin ￼1 inch or fingertip size + to moisturize CeraVe - Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 For Normal To Oily Skin ￼half a pump + I use it as my sunscreen for anti-aging Benzagel - Acne Gel 5% ￼the reason why I got results in 4 days! Less is more due to concentration. I only applied on acne spots A few tips while using the products + keep in mind: ￼For each products, I wait 1 min each to let it seep in to my skin ￼applied by pressing the product on my skin to avoid premature aging ￼applied my moisturizer and sunscreen lifting upwards (never down or circular motion) and enough to disperse the product but not as much touching my skin, if that makes sense ￼I stopped picking my skin especially even if it was flaky! I had that habit for a couple of months which made my acne worst with marks before I tried the benzoly. So please take everyone’s advise on this! If you had to scratch your nose or you’re itchy, I usually just lightly press my fingernails on my skin. Weird but it helped to avoid irritation while I have my products on and if your hands are 100% clean, it won’t do anything + itch is gone! I hope you understood what I mean by pressing your fingernails ￼Consistency and discpline is key! I don’t know why people don’t include disciple because without it, consistency is nothing. It’s also like saying something you don’t mean ￼Notice that I include how much I used? Less is more and clearly, you can see the difference ￼Notice how I only took a photo on the left side of my face? That can only mean because of my pillow. Please change it! ￼Of course 4 days isn’t enough to get clear skin but it’s always a step closer to reach my goals so patience is also key!
My Skin Has Never Looked Better 🙌
So I haven’t done the let the app scan my face for flaws in a while so I figured why not do it right now? I was very surprised with my results. I knew that my skin was looking pretty good but over never had every category be green before! Here are the products I use: ￼ ￼CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin I use it daily every morning and I pat my face dry with a towel. ￼CeraVe - Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 For Normal To Oily Skin I use this product after my face has dried from being washed. I also will put it on at night if I feel like my face is dry or has some dry spots. ￼AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay I love using this. It makes my faces feel tight and soft. My sister and I use it once a week on Saturday night for a little “spa time” in our room. I just use water but I do wanna try it with the apple cider vinegar some day
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I got an allergic reaction to my entire routine!
So 2 years ago I woke up with my entire face swollen, red and dry. I had nothing else on my body so it had to be due to something in my face skincare routine. After going to the doctor and getting a steroid shot, I was advised by the allergist to patch test all the products i was using. The result: I WAS ALLERGIC TO ALL OF THEM This was especially weird because I had been using some of these products for over 2 years, but apparently it’s called contact dermatitis. These were the products I used: LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel -this one was recommended to me by my dermatologist. I don’t know that it was anything specifically about this cleanser that made me have the reaction but it was just too strong for my sensitive skin THAYERS - Witch Hazel Astringent - my theory is that this caused my reaction, because I had only been using it for 2 days before I woke up looking like a monster lol. it's still weird that it made me sensitive to my other products as well. Now I know that witch hazel is extremely sensitizing and will never use it again. CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream - I don’t see anything wrong with this product in terms of ingredients, but i tried it again recently and got a similar reaction, so I guess it’s just not for me Now it’s been 2 years since all of this happened, and I was slowly able to build up a routine that isn’t sensitizing to my already sensitive skin (check out my last post to see it!) Let mw know if you have any questions/comments/feedback :)
PLEASE HELP ❗️❗️❗️❗️
Recently, I have been experiencing terrible breakouts around my cheek, ear and jawline area. They are super painful and when they heal they leave behind terrible dark spots. This has taken a serious toll on my mental health and self esteem. If there is any products, diet of habits that you recommend for my struggle with acne please let me know. Thank you! These are the products I use in the Am: PLANTS FOR SKIN - African Black Soap Face and Body Bar THAYERS - Witch Hazel Astringent CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 Pm routine: PanOxyl - Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength THAYERS - Witch Hazel Astringent Cetaphil - Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream My exfoliants: TATCHA - The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder THE BODY SHOP - Vitamin C Glow-Revealing Liquid Peel Products I used in the past (that didn’t work) CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser bliss - Glow & Hydrate Day Serum bliss - Renew & Smooth Night Serum The Ordinary - Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%
Skincare routine thoughts?
Hi everyone! I’m new to cherie and I’m absolutely loving what I’m seeing on here with all the advice, support and tips & tricks!! I have always been pretty interested in skincare but I guess not interested enough since I know a lot less than I thought I did 😂 I just recently started using the FIRST AID BEAUTY - Pure Skin Face Cleanser and I absolutely love it! It’s not over-drying or stripping at all and it makes my face feel super clean and truly feel like it’s gotten all the gunk off. I double cleanse so I have also recently been using the dermalogica - Skin Resurfacing Cleanser I have been using the BURT’S BEES - Rosewater Toner for YEARS, like since I was about 13 or 14, and I think it’ll always be a holy grail product of mine but I’ve been using it for so long and I feel like I need a change! Next is the pixi - Glow Tonic which I also love but have heard mixed reviews about recently and am now rethinking whether the The Ordinary Glycolic Acid toner is better and for a much cheaper price? Another product I’ve been using is The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil and I bought it to use for my acne scars which I have seen some minor improvement in but I haven’t been using the product as often as I probably should so that’s probably why! Oils aren’t my favourite thing bc I just don’t like the way they feel on my face, especially at night bc it just gets all over my pillow lol I’ve also tried the FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Oat & Hemp Seed Dry Oil and it feels about the same Next is the AROMATICA - Calendula Juicy Cream which I literally just started using but it hasn’t made me break out or given me an allergic reaction, I like the smell and the way it feels on my skin! CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion is the absolute best cream I have tried and I have nothing bad to say about it! It makes my skin feel so soft and it’s never made me break out and it’s just an all around great product So here’s the thing, I have super dry skin on only my nose where it literally peels off in chunks (gross, i know, i’m sorry) and no matter how much I exfoliate and use products for dry skin, it doesn’t get better or go away and it’s something I’m really insecure about bc no moisturizer helps it either & I’ll just have flakes of skin on my nose throughout the day and people have pointed it out & it’s so awful :( another problem I have is the pores on my nose, forehead and chin & my skin is acne prone/combination/sensitive All recommendations and advice are welcome and appreciated!! 💘
AROMATICA- Calendula Juicy Cream
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I'm pretty new to skin care routines. I am 41, have normal to oily combo skin, some hyperpigmentation and no active acne. I got a gift card for Amazon and I want to use it on mymyself and get something for my skin. I have TO Niamicide being delivered today and after that I'm at a loss. HELP!
The Ordinary-Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%
Current PM Routine
I’m very early in my journey of finding the right products for my skin and clearing my acne. I currently love theCeraVe - Skin Renewing Night Cream My skin can be angry with pimples and redness but by morning redness is minimum and dryness gone. I also love MARIO BADESCU - Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for treating active acne. This lotion seriously reduces the life and size of pimples overnight. All other products pictured above I’m still experimenting with and very open to suggestions for my combination, acne-prone, aging, dull and rough skin.
Cetaphil-DermaControl Oil Removing Foam Wash
Tired sensitive skin to lively glowing skin
I have sensitive skin (her red and irritated by May products, heat, etc). So I started using Acure’s soothing line. Immediately I noticed my skin didn’t sting and didn’t get red. Score! (And the price was reasonable: $12-19 depending on the product). The blue tansy night oil smells amd feels amazing. Once that helped my sensitivity I decided that since I was going to be in my mid thirties soon, I better get a good retinoid. So I was going to see a dermatologist, but then I saw that I could see a derm online and get a custom made product just for me: I’m on a low dose of .03% tretinoin with hyaluronic acid . I’ve using it for three months as prescribed (had to put it on every two-three nights to make sure my skin adjusted) Now I do it every day or every other day. Also, my derm dr placed vitamin c on my regimen so I went to an Acure product because I love them and it had ferulic acid as well as vitamin c, something. I learned about form someone here! I randomly got excited about the custom aspect of Atolla so I got some. I’ve only been using it for a month so I’m not sure yet. But it feels nice! No sensitivity issues, but it might just be an extra I don’t really need. I’m very happy with my progress! First Three steps for am & pm: Cleanse: ACURE - Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream Tone:THAYERS - Lavender Facial Toner Treat: AtollaAtolla - Custom Serum AM Treat: ACURE - Brightening Vitamin C & Ferulic Acid Oil Free Serum Eyes: day eye cream I have left over from R & F Moisturize/Sun Protrect: ACURE - Seriously Soothing SPF 30 Day Cream PM Treat eyes: LA ROCHE-POSAY - Redermic R Retionl Eye Cream Eyes: night cream I have left over from R & F Dearbrightly tretinoin Dear Brightly - Retinoid Serum + Hyaluronic Acid Night cream: ACURE - Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil Sometimes I will do masks and use miceller waterGARNIER - Micellar Water Facial Cleanser Sensitive Skin (garnier is my go to) to remove makeup. (If anyone have suggestions for eye creams for dark circles and anti aging let me know)
ACURE-Brightening Vitamin C & Ferulic Acid Oil Free Serum
Affordable moisture surge✨
CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin Looking for a moisture surge? Having extremely dry, rough and bumpy skin? Try the renewing SA line of CeraVe. An exceptional line with amazing and effective products that will leave your skin looking glowy and dewy as ever. Most importantly, these products are available at any drug store and are remarkably affordable! My experience ———————————————— I’ve suffered from extremely dry skin and eczema for my entire childhood. I had textured skin and I could never find a daily moisturizer that soothed my skin without feeling uncomfortable until I tried CeraVe. I began using CeraVe about a year ago and I have never looked back. Not only did it help with my textured skin, but it completely changed the look of my dry ashy face to a healthy glow. SA Cleanser CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin The cleanser of this line is extremely soothing, gentle and perfect for sensitive skin. It does not remove make up and is safe to use as an everyday morning and evening cleanser. SA Cream CeraVe - Renewing SA Cream The cream is a thick consistency that helps penetrate the skin and creates a hydrating look. After continuous use I saw a significant difference in my skin as it looked bright and hydrated. The cream is a perfect winter moisturizer. Some may find it too thick for the summer, but from personal experience and extremely dry skin, it works for me all year round. SA Lotion CeraVe - Renewing SA Lotion The SA lotion is a nighttime moisturizer that contains salicylic acid and lactic acid that helps exfoliate the skin at night. This is only a nighttime moisturizer as these chemicals cannot be exposed to sunlight. The lotion helps restore the protective skin barrier and leaves a brightening look for the day. ——————————————— Results! I absolutely love this line. It is my holy grail. It helped with literally all of my skin concerns from dullness, uneven texture, uneven skin tone and extreme dryness. When used altogether, these products are exceptionally effective. ——————————————— Recommend 100% I recommend this line to anyone with eczema as it is extremely gentle and works well with sensitive skin. Anyone suffering from dryness and textured skin can use this line. With continuous daily use, you will see a significant difference in your skin in just a month! I highly highly recommend these if you suffer from any of the above!
CeraVe-Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin
PM ROUTINE - summer 2020
SKIN TYPE - ☀️: combination/oily ❄️: normal/dry LOCATION - New York City STEP 1 - FIRST CLEANSE Neutrogena - Ultra Light Cleansing Oil I start with this only if I have makeup or SPF to wash off. I’m usually pretty skeptical of drugstore skincare brands that were popular in my teens (including Neutrogena) but this product only needs to do one thing great - remove makeup and oil. It’s straightforward, gets the job done, emulsifies with no greasy residue, and what knocks it up to 5⭐️ is because the price is RIGHT. —————————— GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover My first step if I don’t have makeup or SPF to wash off. The thing is, I think I’d rate all micellar waters 5⭐️ because we ask so little of them anyways. I ALWAYS rinse this off to make a clear path for my next products. STEP 2 - SECOND CLEANSE KORRES - Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser I double cleanse for PM only. Perfect for combination skin - hydrating texture of a cream & thorough cleansing of a foam. There’s a light, clean, sweet almondy scent that doesn’t irritate my skin or nose, and totally disappears when you rinse it off. A little pricier than what I would normally spend on a cleanser, but a little amount goes a long way! STEP 3 - SERUM(S) Glossier. - Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc Serum This is what I would recommend to anyone with super sensitive skin that’s looking to introduce niacinimide into their routine. Many popular formulas use 10% and higher, so at 5% this is a great gateway serum! 😄 My favorite thing is the texture - all Glossier serums are lightweight, non-sticky, and absorb super quickly. The reason it’s only 3⭐️ is the price, which I find is mostly for the branding, as you can find the same serums elsewhere at higher strengths for much less. I use this on my t-zone at the same time I apply hyaluronic acid serum on the rest of my face and neck, and it’s my perfect combo-skin serum... combo —————————— Glossier. - Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5 Serum I’m not sure if I love this serum or I just love hyaluronic acid. The texture of this (like all Glossier’s serums) is lightweight, non-sticky, and absorbs like a dream. The loss in ⭐️ is due to the ridiculous price for what the product is - a basic hyaluronic serum - which should be a staple product in anyone’s arsenal, and is available for much cheaper elsewhere with formulas that are just as effective. I use this in my serum step on everywhere but my t-zone, where I use niacinimide. STEP 4 - MOISTURIZER CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion This is a cult favorite for a reason. Ceramides, hyaluronic acid, niacinimide... the perfect cocktail before bed! A great sealer for your actives; not too heavy for combo skin. NEW STEP - Glossier. - Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector Added this today post-cleanse for some AHA. Nice tingle, but no burn. Updates to come!
KORRES-Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser
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