Skincare Dream Teams: Products with the Best Ingredient CombosBecause great ingredients are even better together.
You must have heard that retinol is for anti-aging, hyaluronic acid for hydration, vitamin C to repair your skin… but did you know that when these ingredients are paired together correctly, they can do so much more? When the right power ingredients come together, they form a dream team for your skin. In that same vein, some power ingredients can come together and clash, which then isn't so good in obtaining your glow. It's important to understand what each of these buzz-worthy ingredients does so you know how to layer them to reach your skin goals! Luckily for us, there are already some amazing products out there that have already teamed up the right ingredients for maximum efficacy. Read on to discover which dream teams we can't live without! Among these matches-made-in-heaven, you'll find the optimal formulation for whatever anti-aging, hydration, or anti-acne results that you want.*All products featured below are sourced from the posts of Cherie's users. Download our app, Cherie, to learn more about us and join our beauty community!*1. For Anti-aging & Hydration: Retinol + Hyaluronic AcidRetinol is one of this year's buzziest ingredients, known for being a powerful anti-aging agent. It works by promoting cellular turnover which means getting rid of dead skin cells and revealing new ones. A common side effect of using such a powerful ingredient is dryness. Because the retinol is sloughing away dead skin and revealing the new, your skin becomes very sensitive and prone to dehydration. That's why the perfect mate for retinol is hyaluronic acid. This tiny molecule is known to hold water in 1000x its weight! It helps provide hydration to your skin and counteracts the drying side effects of retinol.
Dec. 11, 2019
MuradRetinol Youth Renewal SerumMain Ingredients: Retinol Tri-Active Technology Swertia Flower Extract Hyaluronic Acid
Collagen starts to decline in production once you hit 25. Apparently everything goes downhill from there, literally. So in my mid/late 20’s I feel like it’s time to start addressing those wrinkles and try to prevent more. The Murad range contains their Retinol Tri-Active Technology which quickly and visibly minimises lines and deep wrinkles, evens skin tone, and boosts skins radiance. Hyaluronic Acid Spheres attract moisture deep into the skin’s surface to plump and smooth skin. What’s more retinol can help with breakouts as it helps resurface skin cells and clear bacteria. All round miracle ingredient really! I’ve been using these delights for nearly 2 weeks, every other night and they have worked wonders. Breakouts have reduced, skin looks brighter and the bad ass wrinkle I had on my forehead has significantly reduced.*Other Products Contain These Ingredients2. For Anti-Aging & Brightening: Retinol + NiacinamideAs you know, the great anti-aging superhero retinol can lead to skin irritation. What's more, this naughty ingredient is likely to cause dryness or redness and can make skin sensitive to light (psst, always remember to wear sunscreen over your retinol!) To combat photosensitivity, pair your retinol with niacinamide. Niacinamide protects your skin from sun damage by strengthening the skin's barrier. It can also help strengthen skin tolerance, which is the reason why niacinamide could relieve the thinning side effects of retinol.
DRUNK ELEPHANTA-Passioni Retinol CreamMain Ingredients: Retinol 1% , Vitamin F Triple Peptide Blend Glycerin Niacinamide
I really love the A-passion retinol cream from drunk elephant!!! Since I have never used a product containing retinol, I was very hesitant at first, but now after using it for a month, I really regret that I did not start using this cream earlier!!! The main ingredient of this cream is retinol, which not only fights aging and promotes collagen production, but also reduces inflammation and pore problems!!! Whether you are fighting small fine lines, dullness, pores or acne, it can help you solve all the problems!!! Now my skin have become more delicate and brighter, all the small blackheads have basically disappeared!! Moreover, it also contains nicotinamide. Niacinamide can enhance the defense ability of skin, and it has a great effect on brightening and improving uneven skin tone. I have several acne scars on my face, and now they all become shallower, I'm sooooooo happy!!! PS: Both retinol and nicotinamide can cause dryness and make your skin sensitive, so pay attention to sun protection and moisturization when using this cream! (whatever, I really love this cream!!!*Other Products Contain These Ingredients3. For Anti Acne & Hydration: AHA / BHA + SqualaneAcne treatments with AHA's and BHA's draw out moisture from your skin because they work to unclog pores and remove excess sebum produced by your face. It's an important part of treating acne but can also have very drying side effects. To restore moisture and bring balance to your skin, squalane makes the perfect partner to AHA's and BHA's. Squalane hydrates, moisturizes, and soothes your skin while bringing balance back to it. It might seem counterintuitive to put oil on your face while using an ingredient that draws oil from your skin, but actually, they work harmoniously together because squalane is an oil that most closely mimics the sebum our skin naturally produces. So, while the acids are taking the acne-causing excess oils out, it's actively being replaced by the restorative and balancing squalane oil.
BIOSSANCESqualane + Glycolic Renewal MaskMain Ingredients: Bilberry, Sugar Cane Sugar Maple Extracts Glycolic, Lactic Tartaric, Malic Acids (AHA) Squalane
“ Biossance has by far my favorite exfoliant with their squalane glycolic formula. The glycolic acid means it also has a chemical exfoliation piece combined with the small grains, which makes it the best of both worlds! I prefer chemical exfoliation to physical so that it penetrates the skin deeper and doesn’t cause any surface irritation. However this one is so gentle and leaves my skin baby smooth after application! The squalane adds a effect so that this formula doesn’t irritate the skin at all. Sometimes glycolic acids can have this effect but this one doesn’t leave my at all! I highly recommend this product to anyone looking to add in chemical or physical exfoliation to their routine! I think it’s reasonably priced around 60 dollars as it will last a long time! ”*Other Products Contain These Ingredients4. For Brightening and Anti-Aging: Vitamin C + Vitamin E + Ferulic AcidVitamin C is one of the most famed antioxidant ingredients. It's reparative properties and protective nature make it a staple in any skincare routine. Another famed antioxidant is vitamin E, which helps to fight off UV damage while nourishing the skin. When paired together, these two vitamins do double the duty to protect your skin. Though vitamin C and E both work well in protecting your skin, they are also both unstable ingredients—that means that on their own, they oxidize and decompose rather quickly; in short, they have a very short shelf life. That's why effective vitamin C's and E's are hard to come by—it takes a careful formulation to give them a long and stable shelf life. Enter ferulic acid, another antioxidant that protects and preserves the skin. Though ferulic acid is also an oxidizing ingredient, when combined with both vitamin's C and E, the shelf life of the product is extended to three times! This trio of antioxidant ingredients truly come together to give you the most effective and long-lasting formulation in skin protection.
PAULA'S CHOICEResist C15 Super BoosterMain Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) Tocopherol (vitamin E) Ferulic Acid
I recently wrote about C-Firma, a daytime serum containing 15% L-Ascorbic acid that has helped lighten my pigmentation.I wanted to tell you about an alternate vitamin c serum which I know for sure solves the issues. […]The C-15 Super Booster comes in a droplet bottle as opposed to an air-tight pump bottle […] it does contain the most important players 15% l-ascorbic acid, plus vitamin E and Ferulic acid. It can be used directly on the skin or mixed in with another serum or moisturiser. I credit the lightening of my pigmentation to C-Firma but looking at the ingredients and comparing the two I believe this would work just as effectively on more or less the same level. Upon speaking to several friends on here who didn’t get on with C-Firma, many of them went on to C-15 and are enjoying the product immensely, so it is definitely worth looking into.*Other Products Contain These Ingredients
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Drunk Elephant- The Littles 🐘
I won this cute little kit in a raffle & I couldn’t be more thankful! I have always wanted to try these products but never wanted to spend the money on all of them incase I didn’t like them! Inside this kit are the following products: DRUNK ELEPHANT - Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Deluxe Sample DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 That’s literally a whole skincare routine! So far I started out my day with one of Drunk Elephants infamous “Face Smoothies” I washed my face with Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser & then combined C-Firma Day Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, & Protini Polypeptide Cream together on my mixing trey with a disposable skincare spatula! I applied it all over my face & neck. Once that absorbed, I applied Umbra Tinte Daily Defense SPF 30 over my face & neck & was done! I love how the kit comes with steps to walk you through different routines you can use in the morning or at night! I will do a follow up review after I have used all the products for a few weeks! But so far, my skin feels & looks great! I have been breaking out lately & haven’t felt the best about my skin so I really needed this pick me up!! Thank you for reading! You guys are the best!! ❤️ @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Skin Barrier Skin Savior 🙏🏾
Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩🤩 Something thing I am very particular about is my moisturizer. My skin barrier tends need the extra TLC and the best thing to give it is moisture. So when I look for a moisturizer I need something that gives me instant hydration and doesn’t clog my pores. So when I received the : BASE BUTTER - Radiate Face Jelly Aloe Vera Gel Face Moisturizer I was so excited! The Brand : ✨Black Owned ✨Women Owned ✨Cruelty Free ✨Non-Comedogenic ✨Vegan ✨Paraben Free 🔑 Ingredients : ✨Aloe Vera Juice ✨Shea Butter ✨Evening Primrose Oil Okay, as you can see your girl woke up DULL! The only thing I did for this video was wash my face and use this to show y’all the transformation! I was using this EVERY night but last night I used my acne treatment routine and your girl FELT THAT (salicylic acid can be so drying to my combo skin). What’s my favorite part? This baby doesn’t have a smell or heavy greasy feel, so it perfect year round! At $21 this is a DEAL ! (The line I used on my cheek covered the entire bottom portion of my face!) Have you tried this brand?
Clear skin the gentle way?
Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩 “buh-koo-chee-all” HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum I’ve already become a diehard Herbivore lover. So to receive this beauty was super exciting. When I started my acne journey on Cherie I was (and still am) a Differin Acne Gel stan. This was my choice of retinol and I wanted it strong to treat acne and boost my cellular turnover. Now that my acne is currently under control and it’s getting hot again, I definitely want something smooth and gentle. Bakuchiol is a gentler alternative to the very popular ingredient retinol. So essentially you’ll get overall youthful results for your skin. I haven’t tested this on my acne theory yet, but overall my face has been smooth and irritation free. This serum does not have a smell which I love for products of this caliber. I also love that it’s light and not drying at all. I use this at night and since i have a tolerance to retinol I use it every night. I haven’t been using it long enough to see results (about 12 weeks) but I definitely can’t wait to finish this. Have you tried Bakuchiol?
Double Your Lash Length With Sky High Mascara!
I bought this mascara after seeing a post about it on Facebook. I love trying out new mascaras but rarely do I find one that I will use regularly like my beloved tarte - Maneater Mascara However this stuff is good. MAYBELLINE - Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara It gave my lashes so much volume & length they literally doubled in size! My lashes are already pretty long to begin with but this made them look amazing. The photo is after applying only one coat so I can only imagine how good they will look after two or three coats! It also didn’t clump up my lashes at all. I applied it really quickly & lazily too because I was in a rush to get ready & I was still amazed! I honestly think this is going to be my new daily mascara. It is waterproof but not the annoying kind that leaves your eyes completely black when you go to take it off. It came off really easily with my POND'S - Facial Moisturizers Dry Skin Cream which is what I’ve always used to remove my eye makeup, since I was a kid! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Clear Hydrated Skin The Clean Way✨
Staying in the trend of clean beauty, I have found an amazing product to add to my everyday routine. Odacité SKINCARE - Blue Aura Cleansing Water This is a cleansing water that is marketed to use in place of your cleanser for a “quick” clean. When looking for a good cleansing water, you want one that is hydrating and gets your face clean. Keep in mind not all cleansing waters are designed to clean makeup (I highly recommend a cleansing balm and cleanser). About This Brand: ✨Vegan ✨Cruelty Free ✨Certified Organic ✨ NO: Fillers | Parabens | Nanoparticles | Petrochemicals | PEG | Synthetic perfumes | Dyes | Phenoxyethanol. This cleansing water is so hydrating and satisfying to use. It smells very fresh and a little goes a long way. What is very important to me is my dry spot aren’t tight or irritated. I have been using this day and night and have seen amazing results acne and skin barrier wise. I included this in my routine after a regular cleanser and before my serums. So essentially, I use this as a “toner”. I do this to clean up anything my cleanse left behind, or the cleanser itself. INGREDIENTS: ✨Tumeric: Amazing for hyperpigmentation and overall skin brightness ✨Holy Basil: I drink the tea and can vouch this is an amazing adaptogen that can overall benefit every aspect of your life. It combats aging and free radical damage. ✨Neem: great anti aging ingredient that helps protects your skin barrier. ✨Aloe Vera Juice: this is great for your skin barrier overall. It hydrated, protects and brightens. I highly recommend this cleansing water and it is on sale for $9 at Boxycharm Pop Up 🥰🥰
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