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It’s empty and...it’s worth it!
Hiya! I was lucky enough to receive this elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 from a giveaway through@cherie(thank you 🥰🥰). It actually lasted me way longer than I thought it would and... I miss it. The good: + Feels like a very light-weight moisturizer + Works well with all types of makeup on top (no pilling) + Easy to reapply and absolutely no white cast + Great packaging, I love the pump + Definitely plays well with active acne and general acne prone skin + Absolutely zero skin irritation, it feels very very gentle + Doesn’t leave skin oily or too shiny The not so good: - It’s actually kind of hard to find... so to buy this I need to either order online or pick up from a dermatologist. It’s not a super affordable sunscreen, but I’m okay to invest a little bit more money in sunscreen. And this also feels like it’s worth the price tag. I’m currently working on another bottle of sunscreen but once that’s done I’m likely going to be going back this one. If I can find it 🙈 Ps I have combo, acne prone skin
Ok guys if you been following me my bumps are starting to dry up and now I have dark spots. My right side is completely healed and the left is my trouble side. After seeing my dermatologist for my follow up appointment she went up on the dose of the retinoid I use at night. If you are wondering my routine this is what I'm using. Also go look at my old pics to see where I started from. Neutrogena - Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask I love this as it dries out my bumps LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser I use this at night and love how it's super light CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion light way and keeps face moisturizer at night elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 I use the tinted version now great for black girls only in the morning and I do two fingers when I apply it The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I just started using it super light weight. I started as a suggestion to help purging. Haven't told my dermatologist I'm using it but it has made the bumps on the right side calm down so so far so good. I'll update this to five stars after I have enough data to support if it really works.CeraVe - Healing Ointment I use when I experience dryness from the winter. A lot goes a long way .
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Skincare for beginners ✨
Skincare does not have to be scary Many brands offer sets for certain issues I for example started off with the Murad - Clear, Correct & Recover Acne Kit Which worked wonders for me As well as including chemical peels such as Dr Dennis Gross - Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel Original and PETER THOMAS ROTH - Max Complexion Salicylic Acid Pore Refining Pads But I had to take some extreme measures for my acne which was also stress caused 😫 Luckily you can get your skin under control with a simple 5 -step skincare beginner friendly Do not be shy to use oils on OILY skin! I reversed my oily skin and did it while using oils the whole time😅 I was extremely lucky to get this kit when it was still being sold for $62 I believe and it came with a full size rose oil bottle which I am still using happily BIOSSANCE - Your Favorite Kit by Aimee Song SPF is a must no matter what! Some of my faves are : elta md SKINCARE - UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 and Dr. Jart+ - Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 as well as tinted moisturizers such as laura mercier - Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF30
THE BEST INGREDIENTS FOR HYPERPIGMENTATION
Tired of hyperpigmentation and dark spots? 🙋🏽♀️ Here are the 10 best ingredients 🙌🏼 Spf: sun bum - Face Lotion SPF 50 elta md SKINCARE - UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 COOLA - Classic Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 COOLA - Full Spectrum 360° Refreshing Water Mist Organic Face Sunscreen SPF 18 Supergoop! - Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 Vitamin C SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum SKINCEUTICALS - Phloretin CF Prevent Serum Antioxidant Treatment PETER THOMAS ROTH - Potent-C Vitamin C Power Serum YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum Azelaic Acid The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% NATURIUM - Azelaic Topical Acid 10% PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster Kojic Acid LA ROCHE-POSAY - MELA-D PIGMENT CONTROL GLYCOLIC ACID SERUM SKINCEUTICALS - Discoloration Defense Skin Discoloration Serum Transexamic Acid NATURIUM - Tranexamic Topical Acid 5% THE inkey LIST - Tranexamic Acid Hyperpigmentation Treatment GOOD MOLECULES - Discoloration Correcting Serum Murad - Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum
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Current Morning Routine
I started this routine 1/4/2021 It’s been working great for me so far! First I will do a water cleanse then use Vitamin C timeless SKIN CARE - 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum I like this because of the added Vitamin E and ferulic acid Then I apply Hyaluronic acid The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 This one is okay, it feels a bit sticky on my face. When it runs out I’m going to replace it with the Hyaluronic acid from the Inkey List. Then Eye Cream THE inkey LIST - Caffeine Eye Cream Then moisturizer THE inkey LIST - Peptide Moisturizer I like the way it dispenses, I pump is enough for my face and neck And then most importantly SPF elta md SKINCARE - UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 This is my favorite SPF I have tried so far! Makes my face feel moisturizer and feels light on my face. It’s tinted so no white cast!
I have to first say I received this sunscreen courtesy of Elta MD absolutely free so thank you to you guys for such an amazing giveaway! After trying Elta MD’s cult favorite and finding out it didn’t work for me I didn’t know what to expect from another of their products. However, this SPF is amazing! It blends in beautifully leaving absolutely zero white cast as it’s very pigmented. It leaves a lovely matte finish once it dries down. Makeup applies great over this also. Apart from a slight stinging around my eyes when they became very dry and irritated I have zero complaints. So just beware if you have very dry patches as this did irritate those areas. If not, though, this sunscreen sat beautifully on my face. I quickly became obsessed with this sunscreen and it’s definitely my new favorite for my face. Since it’s so pigmented I do use a clear SPF on my neck. Also because it’s so pigmented I’m not sure if it would work on someone who has a fair complexion. I’m a medium skin tone and it was perfect. I would definitely repurchase this product and would absolutely recommend!
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Unpopular opinion: Elta MD Tinted Sunscreen = no
Several dermatologists, as well as many skincare influencers I love, have all raved about elta md SKINCARE - UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41 . My mom also uses this sunscreen every day and loves it. However, after trying this product multiple times, I have sadly concluded that it is not for me. 🙁 ￼Scent: this product is scentless and does not have synthetic fragrance. ￼Texture: the texture is thick and gloopy, it reminds me of BB Cream, but thicker. ￼Application: I would apply this every morning after water washing my face, applying moisturizer, and letting it dry. ￼Results: I gave this product two stars because: 1) I liked that it was formulated with sensitive/acne prone skin in mind. I didn’t experience any irritation from this product. 2) It also has Niacinamide, which can help fight free radicals and with textural/hyperpigmentation issues. However, my biggest problem with this product is the texture. It pills SO BADLY. If I used it over a lighter moisturizer like Cerave Moisturizing Lotion, the pilling was more manageable. But if I used it over anything thicker, it pilled like crazy. In the winter, I need a thicker moisturizer like Cerave Moisturizing Cream, and this sunscreen pills horribly—to the point where I am picking little balls off my face all day 🙃 I’ve tried waiting several minutes after moisturizing and have tried other thick moisturizers like FAB Ultra Repair Cream and La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume, and still have the same issue. My other problem is the tint. I actually like the way the tint blurred my pores and dark spots similar to how a BB Cream would. I am East Asian and it didn’t leave a white cast on me. But I disliked how easily the tint transfers. If I wore a white shirt and applied this sunscreen to my neck, the collar would be all stained by the end of the day. It also transfers quite a bit to the inside of my mask, as you can see from the photo. In summary, I appreciate that this product was formulated with sensitive/acne prone skin and POC skin tones in mind, but the textural issues made it a flop for me!
Morning: 1. Oil based cleansing balm - Then I met you - Living Cleansing Balm 2. Water based cleanser - VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser 3. Exfoliation - 2x a week - NEOGENLAB - Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon 4. Toner - acwell - Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner 5. Essence - NEOGENLAB - Real Rerment Micro Essence 6. Serum - SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum 7. sheet mask - 1x week Saturday (no specific brand) 8. Moisturizer - Kiehl's - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer 9. Sunscreen - elta md SKINCARE - UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41 Night: 1. oil based cleanser - Then I met you - Living Cleansing Balm 2. water based cleanser - VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser 3. If I have a pimple I’ll use an acne patch - NEOGENLAB - Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Spot Patch 3. retinoid - 0.025% - OBAGI - Tretinoin 0.025% Cream 4. moisturizer - Kiehl's - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer Let me know your thoughts!
Don't Fear This Foaming Cleanser!😉💖💕
elta md SKINCARE - Foaming Facial Cleanser This oil free foaming facial cleanser is great for oily skin. It is PH-balanced and doesn't dry out your skin like other foaming cleansers. ✨The Star Ingredient!!✨ Bromelain Derived from pineapples this enzyme softens and smoothes the skin. It also reduces inflammation and removes dead skin cells! ✨Key Benefits!✨ Removes damaging pollutants resulting in a 48% reduction in skin damage caused by pollutants Prevents recurrence of skin damage resulting in a 36% reduction in skin damage when exposed to pollutants in the future. I use this on a daily basis, I have sensitive combination skin and it helps to keep my skin in perfect condition!! This is a great cleanser for a cleansing tool like the PMD Beauty. The foaming effects works really well with the vibrations of a cleansing accessory to get deep into pores.😁 I highly recommend this product if your pores are clogged and your skin is oily. Don't fear the fact that it is a foaming cleanser, these have a reputation of drying out skin, but this one is formulated with a lot of thought! My skin is never dry after using this.
Oily skin? You CAN'T miss out these two products👉👉👉
I have oily skin and I do recommend these two face cleanser. Murad - AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser This cleanser opened up a whole new world of non-foaming cleansers for me. It contains exfoliating particles, so those with sensitive skin should steer clear of it. It doesn't foam up much either, but it leaves my skin squeaky clean with no tightness at all. It's a cleanser very suitable for oily skin. I usually use this cleanser a few nights a week and it always feels comfortable after it's washed off. You won't regret buying it if you're looking for a cleanser with an exfoliating effect. elta md SKINCARE - Foaming Facial Cleanser I think almost everyone has this facial cleanser. Its thick, rich foam gently cleanses and doesn't irritate. I also really like how it smells. I've been using this facial cleanser recently when I'm not using the Murad's cleanser. It lathers a foam on its own so it's really suitable for lazy bums. Using the EltaMD facial cleanser with the Murad exfoliating cleanser is sufficient for my daily cleansing. Have you tried either of them before? Let me know 🥰
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Adult acne update round 2
I have just finished my 2 month round of antibiotics, and boy was it rough but the look at my skin! Scarring isn’t great, but that can’t be tackled till acne is officially gone. I haven’t gotten any new cystic acne bumps and I’m using the same products NEOSTRATA - Foaming Glycolic Wash Clindamycin wipes elta md SKINCARE - UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 And when my skin is extremely dry CeraVe - Healing Ointment I have my next dermatologist appointment in a month and we’re then focusing on scarring, fingers crossed my skin stays clear!
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is there such a thing as too much sunscreen? even though it's winter & I don't go out often, it's still important to wear sunscreen! I pulled in my sunscreen collection for this shot & wanted to share some quick thoughts!⠀ ⠀ MY TOP PICKS:⠀ ☀️ Isntree - Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel [FiveStars] [PR] ⌁ easily my favorite! leaves no white cast & is fragrance/alcohol-free. gives a dewy look, which I don't love, but my skin feels very moisturized (includes 8 types of HA & niacinamide)!⠀ ☀️ FACE HALO - MISSHA All-Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++ ⌁ my go-to when I wear make-up as it dries down matte! more watery than the first. this isn't fragrance/alcohol-free, & sometimes, I do feel like this leaves my skin a little dry. however, makes for a great base when I want to wear foundation.⠀ ⠀ THE OTHERS:⠀ ☀️ BLACK GIRL SUNSCREEN - Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30 [PR]⠀ ⌁ edit: this is a chemical sunscreen so it leaves no whitecast. haven't tried this on my face but the scent reminds me a lot of a sunscreen I used as a kid!⠀ ☀️ elta md SKINCARE - UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 ⠀ ⌁ unfortunately, I can't bring myself to use this one. the white cast is too much & leaves my skin feeling sticky.⠀ ☀️ MAELOVE - Sun Protector SPF30 [PR]⠀ ⌁ 100% mineral sunscreen with no whitecast. works well on foundation free days but a big no-no under foundation (causes it to clump & cling to it in a very unflattering way) but otherwise a great sunscreen!⠀ ☀️ PURITO - Centella Green Level Safe Sun⠀ ⌁ it's too bad how this story turned out. fell out of love with this one before everything happened but mostly because I realized that I don't love the scent of lavender in my skincare 😭⠀ ☀️ TreeActiv - Safflower Oleosomes Daily Natural Moisturizing Sunscreen [PR] ⌁ haven't been using this one either as I also find it leaves a tacky feeling on my skin.⠀ ⠀ UNOPENED:⠀ ☀️ Bellflower - Watermelon Fresh Sunscreen [PR] ☀️ KEEP COOL - Soothe Bamboo Sun Essence SPF50+ ⠀ I'll admit that there's a lot about sunscreens (& their ingredients) that I don't understand, but hopefully, I'll have a chance to do some research & write up a thorough post about it in the future! might change my thoughts!⠀ ⠀ what is your go-to sunscreen at the moment? ☀️
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Hi! After over a year of my skin thriving, it started to struggle recently (I haven’t left the house in a while and probably haven’t been drinking enough water). I thought it might be because of my moisture barrier and after doing some research I got CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion to help repair it. I have super sensitive skin and a lot of products burn or cause me to break out but I heard CeraVe was great for sensitive skin. I’ve been using this product for a few days now and it burns my skin and causes redness and irritation every time I put it on. And I’ve gotten some little bumps on my face since starting it. Does anybody know why? It also doesn’t feel moisturizing even though my skin isn’t super dry to begin with. I want to learn more about my sensitive skin but I cannot seem to find a pattern in products that work and don’t. My main skin concerns are sensitivity, redness, and large pores. I’m hoping you guys can help and recommend products. Thanks in advance! Btw the third picture is from before I started this product (no face makeup on). Products that have worked: Aveeno - Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser Eucerin - Redness Relief, Dermatological Skincare, Night Creme (I’ve been using this for years but it started burning slightly the last couple week so I decided to try something else) FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum LA ROCHE-POSAY - Serozinc Face Mist Simple - Kind to Skin Micellar Cleasing Water (and every other micellar water I’ve tried, I use this to cleanse in the mornings instead of washing my face) Products that surprisingly didn’t work: Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser (this product burned my skin and dried me out more than the clear complexions one, causing my skin to flake for the first time ever) GARNIER - SkinActive The Gentle Sulfate-Free Cleanser (burned my skin but less than other products have) The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (broke out my skin really badly - I tried to wait it out to see if it was just purging but it didn’t get better. It didn’t burn though) elta md SKINCARE - UV Shield Full-Body Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 (works on my body but I saw reviews that said it works for sensitive faces too... but it made me break out on my face) belif - The True Cream Aqua Bomb (burned my skin) Simple - Kind to Skin Moisturizing Facial Wash (burned my skin a bit but didn’t cause breakout or excessive dryness)
SPF ROUNDUP ☀️
Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone🇺🇸! It’s no secret that I am obsessed with sunscreen and heading into the long weekend, I’m highlighting all my favorites for sun protection: FACE 🎆 elta md SKINCARE - UV Shield Full-Body Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 I start every day with this year round. It’s targeted at normal to oily skin, and has a lightweight finish. Even on top of my face oils, this doesn’t sit too heavily on my face even during the summer 🎆 Supergoop! - Glow Stick SPF 50 My summer obsession, this reef-safe, face oil/spf stick keeps you glowing, hydrated, and protected all day long 🎆 Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock Broad Spectrum SPF 70 another great stick for on-the go reapplication, this one has a more matte finish and a classic fresh neutrogena spf smell 🎆 Kiehl's - Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 my daily spf before I started using elta md. It’s better for normal to dry skin and I actually prefer it to elta md for winter because it focuses on moisturizing ingredients alongside spf 🎆 sun bum - Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30 I love lip balms with sunscreen! This one tastes/smells like coconut and has aloe for hydration. The biggest downside is that it melts down like coconut oil so if you apply more than a super thin layer you’ll feel like you’re eating this. 🎆 BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++ another lightweight, reef safe sunscreen that leaves no white-cast. I have several sample size bottles of this that I keep everywhere but probably wouldn’t buy the full size as I find it a bit greasy/sticky BODY 🎇 Sun Bum Broad Spectrun SPF 50 (cannot find in cherie) is a great all around sunscreen for long days on the water! It smells like banana laffy taffy, rubs in easily, and is water resistant for 80 minutes 🎇 Supergoop! - Glow Oil SPF 50 I love body oils so I was naturally drawn to this product. It has a spray nozzle for easy application or can be dispensed into your hand and spread on. This absorbs immediately and leaves you glowy all over...swoon! 🎇 Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 (also not on Cherie) is how I finally convinced my sunscreen-hating fiancé to use daily sun protection. He uses it on his face as well as his body and loves that it feels like a moisturizer rather than a sticky sunscreen. ☀️ I hope you all have fun in the sun this weekend (with lots of spf of course 😉). What’s your go-to sunscreen?!
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Finally, I Found The RIGHT Moisturizers For My Skin😏
I have combination-oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin and after several years of research and experimenting, I finally found some moisturizers and facial creams suitable for my skin. I look for skincare products that are antioxidant, control acne breakouts, repair the skin barrier, improve skin immunity, correct skin tone, and remove acne marks. 1) TOPIX - Replenix Restorative Nighttime Bio-Therapy Main features: It offers antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and calming effects, and helps in skin restoration and stabilization. Main ingredients: Green tea polyphenols are beneficial soothing and anti-inflammatory agents, while 3% niacinamide helps to improve the skin barrier. This is a good enough reason for people with combination-oily, acne-prone skin to choose this product. My irregular daily routine and diet triggers acne breakouts easily and I can never refrain from popping my acne, so I really can't do without anti-inflammatory and restoration skincare. It also contains resveratol and caffeine which are both great at correcting skin tone. It has a smooth texture and it leaves your skin with a matte finish. Attention: Use it after your toner and serum are fully absorbed by gently patting it onto the skin to prevent it from balling up. 2) elta md SKINCARE - AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer Main features: It is moisturizing, offers shine control, corrects skin tone, and reduces acne marks. It's really suitable for combination-oily and sensitive skin. Its main ingredient, nicotinamide, helps in reducing acne scars and correcting skin tone while white willow bark extract leaves the skin smooth and soft. Many say that this moisturizer has a skin lightening effect, but I think that's an exaggeration. It also says that it enhances skin color on the bottle, but I personally think that it only evens skin tone. It has an ice cream texture which spreads and absorbs easily. It's also affordable and feels amazing on the skin. 3) Aesop - B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel Main features: It lightens acne marks, brightens skin complexion, and calms red and inflamed acne. I use it mainly to reduce acne marks and it shows amazing results, visibly reducing my acne marks the next day. It also soothes new acne and boosts skin radiance. It has a gel-like texture, so it doesn't spread easily. I usually use it two to three times a week after first applying a toner and then a serum.
* the images above were taken with flash i used to be really self conscious about my skin, but over time i’ve learned to deal with it. overall my skin has improved since my teens (unfortunately any pictures of my skin during my teens are either deleted, nonexistent, or severely edited) but sometimes i feel like getting the 100% clear skin that i want is impossible. i decided to share these images because 1. i haven’t posted in quite awhile (school, sorry!) 2. i experienced a painful under the skin pimple for the first time around my nose yesterday (which frustrates me because i know it’s due to the excess sebum my skin has been producing lately and idk why it’s producing so much 🙃 maybe the humidity?) 3. i feel more comfortable in this environment since i know that there are others facing the same frustrations as i am so i wanted to remind everyone that you’re not alone ✨ during quarantine i’ve been using the bare minimum (along with my prescription meds) because i felt that my skin was overwhelmed: By Wishtrend - Acid-Due 2 Mild Gel Cleanseralternating with: PanOxyl - Acne Creamy Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 4% Daily Control COSRX - Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion in short, i feel like this routine is almost too simplistic to target all my skin concerns. at this point, my skin is ready to be slowly introduced to new products. i’m currently drafting a new skin care routine for myself that targets hyperpigmentation and oil balance. i haven’t made any final decisions but i might be purchasing these products to use in conjunction with my prescribed spironolactone and tretinoin cream: acne.org - Acne.org Cleanser- i just needed a basic cleanser with nothing special about it so that all the work can be done by the products i layer after facetheory - PoreBright Serum N10- to target excess sebum production, acne, and hyperpigmentation elta md SKINCARE - AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer- i’ve heard a lot of good things about this brand and by the looks of it this moisturizer will be suitable for AM and PM use. the formulation also looks simple to me, which is a bonus because i’m aiming for a routine that causes minimal irritation so i can be consistent + some bipoc owned skincare brands! i’m always open to opinions and suggestions. has your skin fluctuated a lot during quarantine as well?
🔎Petroleum products in skincare
I figured I would give these slides I made their own post since so many people seemed to find it helpful. ⚠️DISCLAIMER: I’m not a skincare expert. This information is based on my own internet research. It’s easy to find conflicting information about almost any topic or Ingredient, so don’t freak out if you use some of these ingredients. I grew up using all things Vaseline & cheap drugstore products in the house... I think I first had reservations about Vaseline when trying to use it as a lip balm replacement. It didn’t offer anything beyond the illusion of hydration at first, leaving me craving a reapplication. When I learned about what it actually does I understood why. In 2020 there are so many petroleum product free products available at affordable prices, but it’s important to note that these ingredients are still prevalent in so many drugstore skincare products & even in highend products like La Mer crème. Aside from Vaseline brand, it’s uncommon to find information regarding the refinement process of petroleum products in the US, making it harder to know what’s safe... These ingredients are still so prevalent despite the concerns simply due to their very cheap manufacturing costs. They’re also in shampoos, conditioners & body lotions. The use of these ingredients skincare products has been banned in Europe if the full refinement history is not disclosed. Why people use Vaseline: There are 2 different types of moisturizers. Products like essences & serums hydrate the skin without the waxes & emollients that make creams & lotions thick, so they don't clog pores or feel greasy or heavy. This first type adds moisture to the skin & the other stops or “blocks” the natural moisture that your skin produces from being lost to the atmosphere. Due to the large molecule size of Vaseline, it coats of the outer layer of your skin to prevent water loss, but cannot be truly absorbed. (See my last 2 posts to discover an interesting moisturizing product that actually has the same molecular size as our skin particles!) So in theory, Vaseline is used as a skin protectant. Vaseline brand petroleum jelly is purified & refined to a level that the FDA considers non-carcinogenic. Personally I would steer clear of it for lip balm because there are so many other options to hydrate without the consumption risk. 👄I added a slide of a few popular lips balms w/ petrolatum is the 1st ingredient. It’s also important to think about the cleanliness of your Vaseline container. Considering it will trap any bacteria on your skin or wounds under it, what bacteria may already exist in the container? I know for me growing up, the family Vaseline jar in the bathroom was pretty gross. A lot of people still swear by this stuff, just look up “Tyra Vaseline frenzy” on YouTube... but if you have sensitive or acne prone skin, I personally don’t recommend it. Try something like pure vitamin E oil in a dropper to minimize bacteria. It will nourish dry lips & dry skin patches!
How high SPF do I really need?
Higher SPF values? Whether hey’re worth? Well, the fact is a higher SPF may not be worth the extra cost. Summer is coming and is its vacation season. Many should be prepared for the beautiful sunshine. One of the questions people may have is “how high SPF do I need?” and “Does it really make a difference?” I was one of them holding these questions for years. Now lets figure it out! One of the wrong skincare myths many may have is “higher SPF is better” unfortunately , that’s wrong. SPF basically measures how long a sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet B rays. Which are the rays the damages the outer layer of the skin called epidermis. Some of you might heard that FDA is considering capping the SPF max is 60. This SPF number tells you how long these UVA rays would take to burn your skin comparing with no sunscreen on your skin. Above a certain level, a higher sun protection factor (SPF) has little added benefit compared with a lower SPF. According to a recent study from Harvard, “Experts generally recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks out 97% of UVB radiation. It’s tricky that the values above 30 becomes kinda tricky. Higher SPF can be more forgiving..” This means that it may be worth a higher SPF if you're planning to be outside for more than two to three hours. In real life, many actually don’t apply sunscreen exactly the way the instruction explained meaning that they either do not apply enough on the surface of their skin or they don’t re-apply as frequently as they should through out the day especially during hours of peak sun exposure (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Elta MD UV Elements is a 100% physical sunscreen in a tinted, moisturizing base. This is the sunscreen most recommended to me by multiple dermatologists and skincare experts that I have interacted with. One thing I really love about this product is that its supper gentle. My mom is a super sensitive skin and almost allergic to 90% of the sunscreen. This one works well for her. This has a nice, creamy texture, and and re-applies nicely.elta md SKINCARE - UV Lip Balm Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 31
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NATURE REPUBLIC - Aqua, Super Aqua Max, Combination Watery Cream I really love the way this product feels on my skin. It glides on easily and dries quickly. My skin feels silky and smooth as a result. This really makes for both a great daytime or nighttime (or both) moisturizer. Recently, I have noticed that my skin wakes up rather oily (since the initial post of this review, it’s gotten better with the use of elta md SKINCARE - Barrier Renewal Complex ) so now when I do use it, it’s not as bad in the mornings. There are a few silicones in its ingredient list, including dimethicone. I actually think it’s the dimethicone that gives it that feeling of silkiness once it’s on the face (many makeup primers have a version of that in it). However, it is said that it’s an ingredient that should calm irritation, minimize redness, and protect the skin from further damage so it may not be all bad. So, not really sure ... I might do more research on it since I’ve read some sources say it’s not good for you (silicones apparently clog your pores)🤷🏻♀️ Other than that, I like it as a whole, especially that it feels very cooling to the skin when I put it on. Also a really nice fragrant scent (though some might not like that due to sensitivity to scents).
Current Product Line-Up
My Current Faves: Herbivore Lapis oil- so calming, soothes all redness and irritation. Eminence Stone crop hydrating mist- new purchase. Extremely hydrating, smells nice. Still figuring out if it’s going to be an every day toner or just when I need extra hydration. Herbivore Blue Tansy- Love this mask! Instantly soothes and improves redness and inflammation. Will definitely repurchase
AVERR Aglow-#2 Radiant Cleansing Nectar
Love this sunscreen. I have hyperpigmentation and this sunscreen lightly covers it and evens out. I apply this sunscreen everyday after my moisturizer and it goes on smooth and doesn’t make my face look oily. This is lightly tinted in color. So, it doesn’t have any white cast on my medium dark skin. This also doesn’t smell like other sunscreens out there. My makeup never pilled up when I used this sunscreen elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46
elta md SKINCARE-UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46
This cleanser feels so luxurious and I know for a fact cleans EVERYTHING off my face. After using this, I usually use a cotton pad with toner and nothing (dust, random flakes of stuff) comes off! This never feels drying on my skin like some cleansers do as well.
elta md SKINCARE-Foaming Facial Cleanser
Don’t forget the sunscreen ☀️
Here is my current sunscreen collection (I also just ordered the Krave Beet Shield, so excited!) COOLA - Classic Face Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 I like how lightweight this feels. It’s not greasy and smells like cucumber which is super refreshing! innisfree - Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 36 Newer addition but so far I’m liking it. It’s also fairly lightweight and non-greasy. It smells pretty “sunscreen-y” so it’s not my favorite. elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Best for last! This is so lightweight and has great ingredients like niacinamide and lactic acid. It absorbs so well without leaving any residue or oiliness. It has a higher spf which is great. No fragrance and sits well under makeup or by itself. Definitely my go to!
COOLA-Classic Face Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Summer 2020s sunscreen
Sunscreen is KEY to my routine since starting using a retinoid in October! Finally got to try elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46and my first impression is great. It’s lightweight, rubs in clear and has a mattifying effect
elta md SKINCARE-UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46
Three face creams for my skin on three different conditions
As is known to all, products vary so greatly according to their ingredients and functions. And after endless trails, I have found three face creams that would help my skin be in a good state on different conditions: · First aid ultra repair cream FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration This is so good for sensitive skin. I found my skin easily irritated during season changes and when I move to a different place. With so much going on, my skin is in need of specialized care and I am glad first aid perfectly provides that. When my face is irritated and even itchy, this is definitely my go-to face cream. I would press in on my fingers and then apply them on my face, I would feel my skin conditions instantly improved in that it is calmed down and no longer itchy. · Embryolisse lait-crème concentre Embryolisse - Lait Crème Concentré In English, it is a cream for concentrated cream with multiple functions. And it is highly recommended by makeup artists: I could totally see why. I usually use the cream in the morning before makeup. Because it has a very rich and thick texture that hydrates my skin greatly without making my skin oily. So it keeps my skin ready to have a good foundation. · Elta MD skincare am therapy elta md SKINCARE - AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer Elta MD is famous for its sunscreen but I tried this facial moisturizer through a friend’s recommendation. I would go to this product when I am not wearing makeup and just want my skin kept in a light weighted moisture without too much burden. So that it is hydrated but could still breathe. I also found that it helps to brighten my skin tone, too. Recommended 👍🏻
elta md SKINCARE-AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer
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