Eye Repair Cream
Why It's SpecialIts gentle and effective formula
What It IsCeraVe's Eye Repair Cream visibly reduces the look of dark circles and puffiness. It contains 3 essential ceramides to repair and restore the protective skin barrier.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Soothing, Hydrating, Anti-Inflammatory
Sweet Almond Oil
Soothing, Hydrating, Anti-Oxidant, Comedogenic, Fungal Acne
Soothing, Hydrating, Anti-Oxidant, Comedogenic, Fungal Acne
Hydrating, Fungal Acne
NIACINAMIDE RIBOSIDE CHLORIDE
Hydrating, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant
Soothing, Hydrating, Anti-Aging
Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract
Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate
Week 1 of Barrier Repair
All through winter (New Zealand) I experienced dry, tight, flaky, red, sensitive, reactive, itchy and eczema prone skin. What a mouthful! Then thank you to an ad on instagram I came across this app, and I learnt sooooo much about my skin. I spent endless hours (when I could with a toddler) going through post after post on this app, taking notes, saving products and doing my own research. I realised I had compromised my skin barrier with endless products and a steroid cream prescribed by my doctor for my eczema (eek I know). I culled my whole routine as nothing I was using was working for me and purchased the basics, mind you I had to wait a while for some products to come from overseas as they are not available here (and some I couldn’t get a hold of at all so had to find similar products). My routine in Week 1: AM CLEANSE: splashed my face with water TREATMENT: The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 right now I am unsure as to how effective this is, my skin feels supple and soft but for any long term benefits I will have to wait and see. MOISTURISER: The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA EYE CREAM: CeraVe - Eye Repair Cream with it only being week one, I haven’t seen anything dramatic happen yet SUNSCREEN: PAULA'S CHOICE - Calm Mineral Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 I am still unsure about this as it leaves me with a white case initially but that fades after five or so minutes. PM CLEANSE: CeraVe - Hydrating Face Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin so far this has been amazing, doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight. Feels really hydrating. I massage it in for about 1min before rinsing. TREATMENT: The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 EYE CREAM: CeraVe - Eye Repair Cream MOISTURISER: The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA I was finding that this was just not hydrating enough for my skin and left me tight, and I needed to reapply a few hours later as I headed to bed. But still waking up quite dry in the morning. After a few days I realised I probably wasnt getting my sunscreen off properly and decided to add in a step in the PM. PRE-CLEANSE: BANILA CO - Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Purifying I had this for removing makeup, a purchase I made on the whim about a year ago as I hated using wipes etc. I only realised after adding this step back in that this was making me reactive and I would wake up itchy with what looked like hives around my eyes/cheek. I culled both products (luckily I only purchased the 30ml of the NMF cream so I had pretty much used it up) and did some more research. See Week 2 of Barrier Repair for more...
PAULA'S CHOICE-Calm Mineral Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
So you over exfoliated your skin.. what’s next?
So you over exfoliated your skin... it’s okay. It happens. I’ve been super guilty in the past of loading everything on my face or thinking “the more I use something the more effective it will be”. When over exfoliation happens your skin starts to go into distress. Your moisture barrier is compromised. Your skin might start to feel irritated, itchy, and inflamed. When this happens at any time I like to reset my routine with gentler products. This guide is meant for sensitized skin but the products are also perfect for those with sensitive or dry skin. 1.) Stop using exfoliating/stripping products I know you want to keep using your routine to see results but now is the time to take a break. Stop exfoliation, retinol, acne treatments, and foaming cleansers. These products are going to be too intense for sensitized skin right now. 2.) Opt for mild and emollient products This is when I switch my routine to products that are more geared towards sensitive skin. Two power house ingredients I look for are colloidal oatmeal and cannabis sativa seed oil. My favorite being colloidal oatmeal which helps to soften and soothe the skin. My favorite product I’ve been using to soothe my mask irritation has been the FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask as it nourishes and protects. Cannabis sativa oil on the other hand helps repair the skin’s moisture barrier while helping to reduce inflammation. As always you want to seal everything in with a moisturizer. For sensitive or sensitized skin I always say go for a fragrance free/dye free lightweight cream. My favorite lately has been the dr. brandt - Cool Biotic Prebiotic Redness Relief Cream as it contains colloidal oatmeal, cannabis sativa seed oil, and ceramides (ceramides are amazing for locking moisture into the skin to help prevent dryness and irritation). 3.) Add hydrating, antioxidant, or inflammation reducing treatments The only “treatments” I will add to my routine when my skin feels sensitized are either hydrating, have antioxidant properties, or reduce inflammation. I am currently using is the GOOD MOLECULES - Hyaluronic Acid Serum as this will help draw and keep water in the skin. I also swear by the GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner which showcases niacinamide with its anti-inflammatory properties. This toner is very gentle on the skin and sinks right in which is why I use it at the beginning of my routine. With the skin being wet from the toner is “prepped” for all the other ingredients to penetrate deeper and work more effectively. 4.) Wear sunscreen/avoid the sun I know this is usually everyone’s least favorite part of their routine but it’s the most important. With fresh cells at the forefront they need to be protected from UV damage. They are more susceptible to damage being “newer” than older cells. If you don’t protect these everything else is counterproductive.
dr. brandt-Cool Biotic Prebiotic Redness Relief Cream
Caring for the eyes: Heavy Makeup & Dark Circles
Eyes are one of my favorite things to play up during a make up look. Especially with everyone wearing masks right now (this was written during a pandemic for those of you in the future. Hi. Hello. 💕). I suffer from severe dark circles and little fine lines under my eyes so I like to conceal that under concealer and eyeshadow almost daily. But with that heavy make up also comes caring for the delicate skin under the eyes. For that I use two key products: First is the CeraVe - Eye Repair Cream . This was a recommendation from Skincare by Hyram on YouTube. For $15.99 you get .5 oz of product (which is typical for an eye cream). I LOVE this because the second ingredient is niacinamide which will really help lighten up any dark circles from lack of sleep, stress, and life. It also contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid which will help add moisture and hydration to the skin. It’s a very lightweight cream consistency so it doesn’t feel too heavy on the eyes for daily use under make up. If you wear heavy make up on the daily you have to give a lot of hydration to the area so the make up glides on better and has less of a chance to collect into lines. It’s also just as important at night time keep the area moisturized so the elasticity stays good for as long as possible. The next time I do is go in with a drop of GOOD MOLECULES - Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil . For $10 you get .44 oz of product. I prefer this over other rosehip oils because it absorbs really well and doesn’t make my oily skin feel greasy. Rosehip oil contains antioxidants that help target visible signs of aging as well as sun damage. It promotes cell regeneration for smoother looking skin as well as supports elasticity. All things you want for the delicate, thin under eye area. I also think taking my make up off daily and cleansing can be a little harsh on the area so I like to use a drop of an oil to sooth and moisturize the area so it’s not left feeling stripped. I’ve been using this daily for a few months now and I feel like my eye make up goes on a lot smoother than it did before hand. I still have concealer settling into my fine lines under my eyes but it’s not nearly as bad as it has been in the past (and it’s also expected. I have fine lines, it’s going to settle no matter what). I’ve seen a slight difference in my dark circles but nothing too drastic yet. I feel like niacinamide does wonders but it does take a while to show results so I will continue with this routine. Both products are super inexpensive so I think they are definitely worth a buy to try out.
CeraVe-Eye Repair Cream
“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.
CeraVe-Eye Repair Cream
Why You Need Niacinamide In Your Life Right Now
Ingredient Breakdown - Niacinamide Edition 🖤 Niacinamide is my absolute favorite skincare ingredient absolutely everyone can benefit from. Benefits: Regulates Oil Production Reduces Redness/Inflammation Treats Hyperpigmentation Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles Protects Skin From Environmental Aggressors Personally, my skin type is dehydrated yet oily skin with post acne hyperpigmentation and redness/inflammation. This has done wonders for evening out my skin tone and reducing a lot of the redness in my skin. I recently stopped using it for 8 day’s now to try something else out and it made me realize how much it kept my redness at bay. It also has really regulated my oil production which in turn has made my pores appear smaller (because excess oil isn’t constantly being clogged). I use the GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner daily, followed up by the GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum , and then I use the CeraVe - Eye Repair Cream (which contains niacinamide to help with dark circles) and I have really seen it’s brightening affect and oil control properties. I’ve been using it for at least half a year now if not longer but you should start to see some results in 6-12 weeks. It’s something you really need to be using daily. For its protection and anti wrinkle properties literally everyone can use this product but if you have enlarged pores, acne, hyperpigmentation and/or oily skin this will absolutely be your best friend. If anyone watches Skincare by Hyram on YouTube he talks about this a lot. It’ll regulate your oil production therefor excess oil will not be produced and clog the pores (which paired with weekly exfoliation will help reduce acne). While it’s doing that it’s brightening properties will help even out the skin tone and address any post acne hyperpigmentation and inflammation.
CeraVe-Eye Repair Cream
SEARCHING FOR: The Perfect Eye Cream
I started seeing dark circles under my eyes at ~15 years old. I’d blame it on genetics, but back then I also thought staying up late was way more fun than cherishing my skin. As Cher famously said, if I could turn back time! 😅 The last eye cream that I used was PHYSICIANS FORMULA - 24-Karat Gold Collagen Eye Cream . I didn’t have any adverse reactions to this eye cream, though I can’t say it really did much for my dark circles. It DID, however, have cute little ✨gold flecks✨ that seemed to artificially brighten my eyes. It was moisturizing, and probably best suited for someone in their late teens-early 20s for whom dark circles are not yet an issue. The eye cream I bought after running out of that was L'ORÉAL - Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream Treatment . Definitely not ❌ one of my favourites. My dark circles seemed to get worse, and for some reason my under-eye area would be puffier than usual. To give it the benefit of the doubt (and because I hate wasting money) I am sticking with it, but only using it a few nights a week. I know there are many benefits to retinol (which this product contains) and that’s why I bought this eye cream. However, it doesn’t seem to be doing anything to my crow’s feet yet (it was over a month of consistent use 😥). I no longer wanted to use the L’Oréal eye cream every morning and night, so I bought CeraVe - Eye Repair Cream recently. While I can’t say anything on its effect on my crow’s feet, my under eyes do seem to be brighter (likely due to the niacinamide) and I have never once experienced puffiness after using this! I am a fan of CeraVe products in general, so I am optimistic that this will work well for me. I took off one star because it’s not quite as creamy of an eye cream as I’m used to, but once I manage to spread and pat it under my eyes it melts in quite easily. If anyone has any suggestions for eye creams that they love, let me know!
PHYSICIANS FORMULA-24-Karat Gold Collagen Eye Cream
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