THE inkey LIST
Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner
What It IsA gentle exfoliant for sensitive skin that helps remove dead skin cells for a smoother, brighter complexion.
What Else You Need to KnowThis toner uses larger PHA molecules to gently remove dead cells from the surface of the skin to improve texture whilst PHA’s humectant properties naturally lock in moisture. This toner is also formulated with aloe barbadensis leaf juice and three percent niacinamide formulation to sooth the skin and calm the look of redness, making this toner suitable for AM and PM use.
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
Soothing, Hydrating, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant
Hydrogenated Castor Oil
Soothing, Hydrating, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Soothing, Hydrating, Anti-Inflammatory
NIACINAMIDE RIBOSIDE CHLORIDE
Hydrating, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant
A quick Cheat guide to choosing the right Acid ✨
I find this Flowchart to be a cheat guide to start with your Chemical exfoliation routin. 😊✨ Exfoliation is one of the steps in your skin care routine that can elevate your current routine from good to great. So often I find my skin starting to feel a little bit dull, and I realize that I have been leaving out exfoliation. When I wake up after a night that I have applied a chemical exfoliant, (I really like The Ordinary’s 7% Glycolic Acid, Sunday Riley's Good Genes) The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment I notice my skin has a much more rested and fresh look. Also, my skin has that 'Glass skin' look and feel. My textural irregularities get even and my skin tone is evened out! Some of the skin concerns that exfoliation is great for targeting include: 🌻Enlarged pores 🌻Uneven skin tone/Hyperpigmentation 🌻Rough skin texture 🌻Fine lines So… back to the big question: ✨What does exfoliate mean? Skin is consistently renewing its cells, by shedding its surface layer. When dead skin cells are flushed away and a fresh layer of cells comes to the surface, the new layer is younger and smoother in appearance. This process is frequent in younger skin, however slows with age. The process of exfoliating is advancing the process of removing dead skin cells and revealing the fresh new layer of healthy skin either physically or chemically. Physical exfoliators are granular, using natural beads or crystals that are rubbed on the skin, sloughing away the dead cells on the top layer of skin. Chemical exfoliants work by targeting the bonds between cells, breaking these bonds, allowing the dead skin cells to break away. Chemical exfoliation is able to penetrate deeper into the skin, targeting congestion that is associated with clogged pores leading to acne. In short exfoliation simply means to shed away dead skin cells with the help of a product. Want to know which exfoliating acids are best for your skin? Follow through the flowchart in Image above to figure out which is best for you! Here are some options/products I love and you can choose from: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque THE inkey LIST - Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner TULA SKINCARE - Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner Allies of Skin - Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum
NATURIUM-BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2%
Affordable and Effective Skincare Anyone?
Let’s talk The Inkey List. I’ve been hearing about this brand for MONTHS and never really paid much attention, until recently. I started seeing people I really trust enjoying a lot of their products and thought, hm, maybe there is something to this. So, I asked the company for a skincare routine for me based on my type of skin and concerns. So far, these are the products I’ve tried from the routine and my thoughts. I’ve been incorporating 1 new product per week but I started with the basics all together, so the Bakuchiol, Brighten-i Eye Cream, Salicylic Acid Cleanser, and Hyaluronic Acid serum have been in rotation for about a month at this point and were the first 4 products I used together. Next I incorporated the PHA Toner, and lastly was the Vitamin C serum. •Bakuchiol - I like this a lot. It sinks right in and doesn’t leave a residue, but it isn’t quite hydrating enough for me. I do think I’ll need to incorporate an oil on top, but I don’t mind. The only negative I have with this so far is the packaging. I hate this packaging. The product is too thin for this kind of tube. •Brighten-i Eye Cream - I’ve seen nothing crazy with this, but I don’t see anything crazy with any eye cream. I do like this a lot though and I like the applicator. •Hyaluronic Acid - this feels very nice on the skin. It feels velvety on the skin and soaks right in for me. It leaves no residue and I’ve been enjoying it. I don’t know that it’s helping much with keeping my skin hydrated though. •PHA Toner - I think I’m liking this a lot. I feel like it’s helped my texture and made my face feel softer. It doesn’t seem to be causing any issues, but I think it is a little drying for me. A heavier moisturizer would solve this problem, I think. •Vitamin C Serum - I’ve only been using this for a little over a week and I’m uncertain about it. I do not like the smell and and it leaves my skin EXTREMELY sticky initially. Like, I could stick a spoon to my face and it would probably stay, sticky. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem to linger and sinks in after a few minutes. Even if there is a teensy bit of tackiness if I get impatient, after putting on a moisturizer it’s gone. •Salicylic Acid Cleanser - I feel like this does work well and is very gentle. It doesn’t irritate my skin or feel drying, so I really like it. It seems to help with blackheads a lot and with any active breakouts I have, so I’ve definitely been enjoying it. THE inkey LIST - Brighten-i Eye Cream THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Serum THE inkey LIST - Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner THE inkey LIST - 15% Vitamin C and EGF THE inkey LIST - Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser
THE inkey LIST- Hyaluronic Acid Serum
I have an issue with this toner
When I first purchased this toner, I really loved it. Right off the bat, the milky texture felt hydrating and nourishing. But, as I have grown more familiar with the product, I have realized that is not quite the case. First, I have very sensitive and reactionary skin. Sometimes it feels like I’ll break out in a rash if the wind just happens to blow in the wrong direction. This likely explains the issue that I have but I am nevertheless disappointed. Due to my sensitivity level, I introduce actives VERY slowly and cautiously. It has taken me about a year and a half to work my way up to using the CeraVe - Resurfacing Retinol Serum every other day. It has also taken me about 6 months to work up to using the By Wishtrend - Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water once or twice a week (on nights that I don’t use the CeraVe). After emptying this product, I realize that this was part of the problem!! For weeks now, I have experienced a moderate to strong tingling sensation when applying the Wishtrend Mandelic Acid and even experienced a similar (but not as strong) sensation with THE inkey LIST - Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner which is apparently about as gentle as you can get with chemical exfoliants. I assumed that this was just part of the process for me as I was experimenting with chemical exfoliants for the first time. I hadn’t used either product independently of the FAB toner and since it says “safe for sensitive skin” I never once thought it could be prepping my skin for a stronger reaction. That, however, is what appears to have been happening. When I ran out of the toner, the reactions to the Wishtrend Mandelic acid immediately dissipated. While I still feel a slight tingle for a few seconds, it is only a fraction of the sensation I used to feel. I find this to be incredibly frustrating because I do enjoy other products from FAB (I love the cleanser). My issue is this, FAB’s entire brand seems focused on caring for the health of your skin. Hell, the name is FIRST AID Beauty!! If you are going to sell products that are marketed as “safe for sensitive skin” they should truly be safe for sensitive skin!! I realize that anyone can develop or have a reaction to anything so it is not entirely their fault. Everyone has to test every product for themselves. It is frustrating, though. Anyways, I’ll wrap up my rant now. Thanks for stopping by and congrats if you made it this far!!
By Wishtrend-Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water
Two Simple Maskne Fixes!
My sensitive, combination skin + wearing a mask for a couple hours = breakouts and peeling. No fun, least of all for my jaw and cheekbones where the suffering is focused. Maskne is typically going to be caused by one or more of the following- with each I’ve included some fixes that have helped tons for me and that I would recommend for anyone that can’t seem to kick maskne to the curb. • Friction: Applying an occlusive on the skin where your mask frequently rubs can reduce peeling/irritation there. It also prevents that skin from becoming dry as easily. My favourite occlusive is CeraVe - Healing Ointment because it’s a heavy-duty balm that really protects my skin. However, oily-skinned folks may prefer the less thick LA ROCHE-POSAY - Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm , which is more of a thick lotion. • Heat: If you can, try to take small breaks in a bathroom or your car to have your mask off. Apply a hydrating mist during these small breaks, to cool and hydrate the skin- or even just a splash of water in the bathroom can help! • Clogged Pores: If you can afford it, keep multiple masks in your arsenal and rotate between them, washing them at least once a week to prevent bacteria/skin cell build-up in the inside of the mask. As well, be sure you’re including an exfoliant in your routine at least once or twice a week- I love and swear by the ultra-lightweight but incredibly hydrating PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator , but those with more sensitive skin may prefer a wash-off treatment like CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin . Dry-skinned folks (or sensitive skinned folks that react badly to salicylic acid, such as those with rosacea) may prefer a gentle PHA-containing product that offers the exfoliation of AHA without as much of the irritation risk- like THE inkey LIST - Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner , which is incredibly hydrating. As well, be sure you’re not overexfoliation, as that can lead to irritation that exacerbates acne! #CheriePartner
LA ROCHE-POSAY -Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm
Do you have maskne? Read this...
Hey friends! I want to start off my post by saying I have sensitive acne-prone skin, combination dry with rosacea. I work in a people-facing job about 25 hours a week, wear a mask for 8-9 hours on the days that I work. MASKNE IS REAL! I have some helpful tips as well as some products that have really been helping my skin. One of the main factors contributing to maskne is having a mask pressed against your skin for hours and hours at a time, trapping your dead skin as well as any bacteria that is exiting your nose or mouth onto your face. There’s nothing you can do to stop this if you have to wear a mask all day like me... Let’s get into my maskne tips! TIP 1: Never re-use a used mask. This should be obvious. If you are using a disposable mask, throw it away after you’re done using it. If you are using a cloth or reusable mask, it must be cleaned after each use. By re-using used masks you are reintroducing bacteria that is already on the mask as well as any makeup, sunscreen, dirt, and oils left over on the mask from the previous use. AND NO, just spraying it with disinfectant won’t do it...run it through the washing machine or hand wash them! TIP 2: Always wear sunscreen under your mask. This is one of my KEY tips. You might be thinking—my face is covered, why do I need to wear a sunscreen? Well, sunscreen provides a barrier between your skin and anything around it, especially mineral sunscreens, which means it could help stop maskne from forming as easily. My favorite sunscreen to use under my mask is PAULA'S CHOICE - Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 —it truly creates that perfect barrier, plus it has great antioxidants in it so you get skin benefits as well. I love this SPF a lot, but it does leave a beige white cast on darker skin tones, so I’m rating it 4/5. It’s available at Nordstrom for $32. TIP 3: Exfoliate! Washing your face at the end of the day is obvious—however, just cleansing your face won’t clear out your clogged pores or remove all of your dead skin. I recommend using a gentle toner, like THE inkey LIST - Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner every other night to un-clog your pores and help remove dead skin. This will help prevent acne from forming! The PHA Toner is quite inexpensive, at $9, and is available at Sephora, and has no fragrance! I’m rating it 4/5 since it’s a very basic formula without any additional benefits. TIP 4: Alleviate irritation. Irritation in the skin can cause acne—yep, when your skin is red and/or hot it means it’s in attack mode, and acne can form. What irritates the skin then? Well, a mask rubbing against it for 9 hours can do the trick... so what do we do? Grab some Azelaic Acid! PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster this formula is not only anti-inflammatory, it’s also antibacterial. DOUBLE-YAY! I mix it into my moisturizer in the AM. $36 at Nordstrom. #CheriePartner
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
“Build Me Up Buttercup”
My skincare journey has been rough the past few years (check first post made for details but basically I have sensitive, reactive skin) and I have finally found something that works thanks to this app and all the wonderful people on here. I have done lots of reading and learning!! I am wanting to extend my routine; add an eye cream for dark circles in the AM and maybe a vitamin c - am looking at The Ordinary - Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%as I have had bad experiences with vitamin c previously and want to go slow. And maybe THE inkey LIST - Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner I have noticed that my face doesn’t like niacinamide either. Both CeraVe AM and PM creams contain this and my skin reacted, as well as with another brand I used that contained it. Please help, any and all suggestions/helpful hints welcome 😊 This is my current routine. I have reviewed these products in previous posts. AM CLEANSE: Water SERUM: The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 makes the skin feel so soft and supple. A great base! EYE CREAM: SEPHORA COLLECTION - Brightening Eye Cream – Hydrate & Depuff I have come back to this after a long and painful journey with eye creams. Great for hydration and fine lines but would still like an eye cream to use in the AM that helps with dark circles. MOISTURISE: The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA have just recently started using this as my DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lala Retro Whipped Cream is finished. Loving it so far. Not as heavy as the DE cream but perfect for going into the warmer months ahead. SUNSCREEN: PAULA'S CHOICE - Calm Mineral Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 this has really helped with reducing the redness i get on my cheeks. PM CLEANSE: CeraVe - Hydrating Face Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin feels so great and leaves the skin feeling hydrated well after use! Previous cleansers always left me feeling tight immediately after use. I can now wash my face at the beginning of a shower and it stays hydrated till I get out (although I still prefer as my last step) EYE CREAM: SEPHORA COLLECTION - Brightening Eye Cream – Hydrate & Depuff MOISTURISE: The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA SEAL THE DEAL: The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane I was using this before the DE cream and have recently learned that it is meant to go last to seal everything in. I use about 4-5 drops and pat it across my face. Twice a week (Sun & Wed), after the eye cream, I use The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and then PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster I am finding that it has helped reduce the redness across my cheeks. It has only been 2 weeks of using this so too early to review this product.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
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