What It IsThe Ordinary's Marine Hyaluronics is an ultra-lightweight hydration support with marine-derived vegan water reservoirs.
What Else You Need to KnowThis serum contains exopolysaccharides from skin-friendly marine bacteria, Hawaiian red algae, glycoproteins from Antarctic marine sources, micro-filtered blue-green algae, and several health-supporting amino acids. It is light in texture and supports skin hydration.
Anti-Aging, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant
Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract
Anti-Aging, Fungal Acne
Soothing, Hydrating, Comedogenic
Dehydrated vs. dry? How to know the difference
Dehydrated and dry are often seen as interchangeable words when it comes to describing your skin. These two terms actually mean different things so I wanted to shed some light on them. What is dehydrated skin? Dehydration is a skin condition. It is where your skin is lacking water (aka it needs more hydration). How do I increase hydration? You’re going to want to use humectants. Humectants are really good at retaining moisture in the skin. Some examples of ingredients you’re going to want to be on the look out for are glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera. Product example? Currently I’m using the The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics . I almost think of this as their hyaluronic acid’s cooler, older sister. It has marine derived water reservoirs that attract and hold water like HA but the formula is a lot more pleasant! It’s very lightweight and watery feeling. I use this first in my routine and ALWAYS with a wet face so it drives that water into the skin instead of pulling water from the skin. What is dry skin? Dry is a skin type. This skin type lacks oil and needs moisture. How do I increase moisture? With emollients! Emollients form a barrier on the surface of the skin to prevent TEWL (or Trans Epidermal Water Loss). They are also used to soften the skin. You’re going to be on the look out for ceramides, oils, waxes, and silicones (which sounds scary but I promise it’s not). Product example? My favorite has to be the GOOD MOLECULES - Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil . Rosehip oil is perfect for every skin type, including oily, but can really be beneficial to dry skin. Not only does it have fatty acids but it’s rich in vitamin A to moisturize the skin. In the long run rosehip oil can help improve texture, fine lines/wrinkles, and even reduce the appearance of acne scar. You want to use this last in your routine always. After a moisturizer I apply two drops into the palm of my hands, mush them together, and press them into the skin to create that beautiful moisture barrier. A little goes a long way with oils! If you have any questions I will try to answer them the best I can down below 🖤
The Ordinary-Marine Hyaluronics
the product I really believe that has helped fix my skin up is deciem The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics. This super lightweight formula is has been the perfect addition to my routine to bring a healthy balance of hydration to my skin. The product itself contains exopolysaccharides from skin-friendly marine bacteria, Hawaiian red algae, Glycoproteins from Antarctic marine sources, micro-filtered blue-green algae and several health-supporting amino acids, held in an ultra lightweight water sourced from marine-derived water reservoirs, all sustainably sourced. It's consistency is runny like water, you literally just have to pat in on to your face and it's absorbed within seconds. It gives me a noticeable instant plumpness, especially paired on top of the snail mucin essence. I find this especially good at locking moisture in and is super versatile.
The Ordinary-Marine Hyaluronics
So what exactly are serums?
So you have your basic routine down but you still have some skincare concerns. That’s where serums come in! Serums are designed to deliever concentrated doses of active ingredients to the skin. They can either be specific to one active or a blend of many actives. My two favorite serums at the moment are The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics and GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum . I have oily yet dehydrated skin that is acne prone with redness and some post acne hyperpigmentation. For me, I look for serums that help with oil control, pigmentation lightening, and bringing hydration into the skin. The Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum has been an absolutely must in my routine. I’ve gone through two bottles already. I like it a lot better than The Ordinary version. It’s a little bit thicker than your typical serum consistency but it absorbs really easily. It doesn’t have that tacky or pill like effect some serums can have. You can use this during the day or night but I personally use this at night at the first step in my routine after I cleanse my face. I’ve been using this for months now and I’ve seen such a huge reduction in hyperpigmentation, redness, and oiliness of my skin. Now in the morning is when I use The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics. I wasn’t a fan of their hyaluronic acid as it pills up on me. Unlike the thicker consistency that is this is very water like. I’ll wash my face in the morning and while it’s still wet I’ll apply this serum. That way the water on my face is being driven into the skin to add hydration. This is perfect for all skin types but especially my oily but dehydrated people as it’s going to give you hydration but not feel heavy. The best part is they are both inexpensive. They are $6 and $6.80 respectively. What are your favorite serums?
GOOD MOLECULES-Daily Brightening Serum
How I deal with acne caused by my environment
Hi y’all! I hope everyone is doing great and staying safe! Today I am going to talk about acne and inflammation caused by the environments we live in, and how to try and counteract it! I found out that where I live (New York City) was a big player in how my skin looked when I noticed a pattern in decreasing redness and inflammation every time I went home to Baltimore (a smaller city but we live in the suburbs). Within a day or two my skin would be looking so much better, and when I went back to New York, the redness would come back. I thought maybe it was stress or diet, but no, it was the city and my apartment that were the biggest players. How living in a city can affect your skin: Cities have more air pollution, which can pile onto your skin and clog your pores, causing breakouts and pimples, and weaken your skin’s protective barrier This is called Chloracne and can show up as blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and pustules Living in cities also exposes us to more free radicals, which cause inflammation in the skin. When there are toxins in our body, which often come from air pollution, we try and dispose of them through sweating and...doing other things. If our body is overloaded with these and can’t get rid of them though, we start getting acne, rashes, and sensitive skin. So how do we stop this from affecting our skin so much? SPF!! Sunscreen is a necessity no matter where you live, but if you live in a city or somewhere with lots of pollution, maybe lean towards a zinc sunscreen, or one with antioxidants like: Krave - The Beet Shield This is my favorite sunscreen that I’ve tried so far. It leaves my skin feeling nice and protected! Cleanse gently but effectively! My skin is more on the dry side, but I cleanse twice daily because of the buildup of grime from the city on my skin. Whichever cleanser you use, follow the 60 second rule! If it doesn’t break you out, or if you wear makeup, double cleanse to make sure you get everything off your skin! As my cleanser I use either VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser which I adore because it is super basic and good for my sensitive skin Or CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser which I love but is too harsh for my skin to use daily. Actives: Antioxidants, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Ceramides, rose oil, marine hyalauronics! These are options you might want to include in your routines! These specifically will help with the issues I’ve mentioned here! Some products that might help: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner NATURIUM - Marine Hyaluronic Water Cream NATURIUM - Vitamin C Complex Serum CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin THE inkey LIST - 15% Vitamin C and EGF And an air purifier if needed! 🦋✨
THE inkey LIST-15% Vitamin C and EGF
Full AM Skincare Routine
I have sensitive combo skin and focus on fading PIH in the AM- I layer lightweight calming products in my skincare routine to soothe my skin, moisturize, but minimize oiliness and fade hyperpigmentation. • CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser : A non-stripping cleanser with gentle surfactants, humectants, and ceramides. I cleanse 4-5 mornings per week depending on my schedule! I don’t repurchase cleansers often since I test multiple, but I’d definitely buy this again. • The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics : Marine-derived humectants and amino acids to help pull water into my skin, without the tacky finish of TO’s HA+B5 serum. A daily hydrating must for me, and one of my favourite budget serums so far. • PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster : Pore-minimizing, acne-soothing, anti-aging, and so wonderful for calming down inflammation. Includes niacinamide, vitamin c, allantoin, licorice root extract, and humectants like sodium hyaluronate. My skin loves Niacinamide so I incorporate this serum daily. Forever repurchasing this holy grail. • NIOD - Modulating Glucosides : Glucosides act on inflammation pathways to minimize redness and inflammation- fantastic for rosacea and eczema! A daily addition but not sure I’ll repurchase until winter when my skin flares easily. • PAULA'S CHOICE - Omega + Complex Serum : A creamy serum that brings ceramides and a variety of emollients (oils, shea butter, etc) to nourish the skin barrier to prevent inflammation/irritation. Great layered on before an Rx treatment. This is a daily must for me, forever repurchasing! • *Apostrophe 15% Azelaic Acid + 4% Niacinamide Lotion: A prescription lotion to fade PIH/scars even as the azelaic acid minimizes acne bacteria and works as an exfoliant, with some simple emollients to lightly moisturize. I use this 3 times per week. Definitely refilling. • *Allies of Skin - Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment : A lightweight lotion packed with antioxidants, peptides, ceramides, caffeine NP, a vitamin C derivative, bisabolol, honey... wonderful for fighting environmental damage! I use this daily but honestly would not purchase myself. • PAULA'S CHOICE - Youth-extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 : Broad-spectrum SPF 50, tons of antioxidants, and humectants make this a seriously refreshing + protective sunscreen! It has a sheer satin finish and I will forever keep a bottle on hand. • colorescience - Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 : SPF 35, antioxidants, peptides, silicones... what more could you want in an eye cream? It improves the look of dark circles with a natural, moisturizing finish, and offers long-term protection against collagen breakdown caused by sun damage and environmental pollutants. The only eye cream I’ll be splurging on again!
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
Comparing hyaluronic acid serums
This is a review comparing the ordinarys hyaluronic acid serums as well as my opinion about them. In the 2 included videos you can clearly see the texture difference between marine hyaluronics and hyaluronic + B5. This is my opinion only about how these 2 serums perform what they did for my skin. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 This serum only gets 3 stars as I feel it didn’t provide enough difference to my skin. It didn’t give any extra hydration than a good moisturiser with hyaluronic acid in it already and therefore I believe an unecessary step even for super dry skin like mine. This serum worked best when my face was damp and as the first step after cleansing. Without the damp face this serum foams as you pat or rub it in to your skin. I wouldn’t repurchase this product as I have come to the conclusion that hyaluronic acid is an extra and unecessary step for a skincare routine. A good and simple moisturiser that has hyaluronic acid in it removes the need to put on a seperate layer of hyaluronic acid. Due to the nature of hyaluronic you will always need to put on a moisteriser on afterward, so why not just have both with one product. The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics Out of the 2 I preferred the hyaluronic acid + B5 purely due to application of the product. As you can see in the video marine hyaluronics is extremely watery and because of this it’s difficult to apply to your skin easily. This is also best applied to damp skin with the dropper close to your skin, dispense a drop and catch the product as it falls down your face and rub it in. This can be an annoying and slightly stressful time to try and not overdo it with the product as you can’t really control how much comes out because it’s so watery. Both products hydrate well enough but leave a tacky residue which goes away once moisturiser it placed on top. Overall. Both products hydrate in their own ways. However having both and comparing both and trying to incorporate them into my routine I find it difficult not to notice how unecessary they are in my routine. Let’s just say that if I went travelling tomorrow I would not be taking them with me.
The Ordinary-Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
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