21 DAYS LATER WITH THE ORDINARY
So my first post was when I used the products for 3 days... Today it’s been 21 days of consistent use of everything you see here! The SHISEIDO - Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Cream Enriched i use it during the AM but is a bit to oily for me and doesn’t sink into my skin as I would like so I will discontinue it after I’m done using it (it was pretty pricey so I’m going to finish it LOL) DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel has worked so far .. I haven’t had any major breakouts .. it’s light and watery once you put it on your face.. you also don’t need a lot .. I need to buy another one because I bought the small size to test it out... there were a lot of reviews indicating that your face would “purge” when you first start using it but that wasn’t the case for me.. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I use it at night since I can’t mix it with vitamin c and it does control your oil and breakouts.. I don’t wake up oily AF anymore lol..it does sting sometimes .. specially after a mask or the peel.. but nothing I can’t handle... The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution I’m using it 1x a week .. I started with 5 min first and then 8 min and then finally 10 min.... I was scared it would burn my face off... it does tingle and burn but it goes away quickly. I use The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA at night after applying everything to my face.. super light.. it seals everything in so it’s my last step... my skin really absorbs it.. HADALABO - Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist I read about this in the Japanese industry... and it’s one of the leading timers/lotions used.. I use it am/pm after cleansing ... all you need is a pea size for all your face.. you can pay it all over and it quickly disappears... I really like Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Treatment Essence Since I already have oily skin I was scared to get a vitamin C that was extremely oily.. this is another product use in the Japanese industry and it’s very soft and light.. my skin absorbs it right away without leaving any heavy traces of oil ... I have definitely seen changes in my skin pigmentation and the amount of breakouts I’ve had .. even when I was on my period... I will continue the routine and keep you all posted!!!
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
HADALABO - Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist This is an intense hydrating toner from Hada Labo that has hyaluronic acid in it. It replenishes moisture and locks it in. This is for everyone and extremely popular in Japan. There they call this a lotion but in western terms this is what we call a toner. It’s quite a thick one compared to others, as the normal toners I’ve tried are close to water consistency. This was my holy grail toner for a really long time! It’s super hydrating and really helped my skin to become what it was when it was at its best. You wake up with supple and soft skin every day. If you’re diving into j-beauty I truly recommend this one! It’s super affordable as well and Hada Labo is such a great brand.
HADALABO-Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist
MYTHS ABOUT HYALURONIC ACID
Today I’m going to talk about hyaluronic acid. It’s one of my favorite skincare ingredients ever and I hate seeing so many myths about it! Today I’m going to bust two major myths I keep seeing about hyaluronic acid. ✖️MYTH ONE:✖️ You can ONLY apply this to damp skin for it to work. 💧I see a lot of people posting about the idea that you can only apply hyaluronic acid to damp skin so it can ‘grab’ the water on the skin and bring it to the deeper layers for hydration. 💧The thing is, this isn’t true. When you look at your hyaluronic acid product formula, the first ingredient 100% of the time is going to be some form of water. Whether that’s mineral water, infused water, glacier water, whatever—it’s still water, which the hyaluronic acid can grab and take into the skin with it. If you prefer to apply your HA this way, that’s fine—just be aware that it’s not a hard and fast rule. HA works just as well when applied to just-dried skin as it does on damp skin. ✖️MYTH TWO:✖️ Hyaluronic Acid can actually dehydrate the skin 💧People think that hyaluronic acid can secretly dehydrate your skin if you live in a dry environment. What’s the truth? Well, it’s true that HA relies a lot on grabbing water from the air in a humid environment. 💧However, studies have shown that it also takes moisture from the deeper layers in the skin—specifically from the moisture in our blood. So, the truth is that HA takes moisture from two sources—the environment and our bodies. However, it’s ALWAYS a good idea to ‘lock in’ HA with a thicker moisturizing product to ensure that it’s keeping hydration where it should be—in your skin! 💧Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Review 💧HADALABO - Gokujyun Premium Lotion This is the thicker, richer, more hydrating version of my absolute favorite Hada Labo Gokujyun (the regular, runny version). have a full review of this on my blog, but I’ll put a short version here. For my oily skin, I can only use this as a hydrating serum—not a runny lotion that I can use the 7 skin methods for. For oily skin, I would recommend the regular Gokujyun lotion over this. HADALABO - Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist The Premium lotion was just too rich to use for the 7 skin method, and actually clogged my pores a little bit when I tried to use it that way.
HADALABO-Gokujyun Premium Lotion
10 week progress pic :))
Just posting this as a little reminder to myself that my skin will have its ups and downs, I just gotta be patient :)) About 2.5 months ago I got this weird pile of breakouts on my cheeks and I felt SO bad about myself, and now it’s still not completely cleared and I’m dealing with quite a few acne scars but I still need to appreciate my progress! Here’s my stuff in case it helps whoo CeraVe - Salicylic Acid Facial Cleanser mild, gentle, does the trick. I use this evenings! ma:nyo Cleansing Soda Foam: 5 stars bit of an obscure brand but I use this mornings and sometimes evenings and it feels great, my face feels super clean but not stripped or dry HADALABO - Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist a lovely light toner! Full of hyaluronic acid, dries really nice on my face LOL The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 pretty staple serum, I may try one that’s more sophisticated LOL but this one is still great The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% still on the hunt for a better niacinimide product for my skin type since this doesn’t absorb super well, but I use this nights and only on my problem areas and it works pretty good Mad Hippie - Vitamin C Serum just starting on this and only using it nights but it absorbs well!! Hopefully doesn’t cause breakouts LOL since new products were the cause of my last pimple saga ETUDE - Soonjung Hydro Barrier Cream I really like this! Wonderful basic cream, very affordable. I’ve thought about switching to other more hyped moisturizers but this works so well already that I always just stick with it PURITO - Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ I admit, I almost never used sunscreen until I got this. . . but this is super light, never greasy, absorbs in a minute tops, and does the job! Happy holidays and this is just a reminder that you’re awesome no matter what ur skin is deciding to do at the moment. That’s something I wish I remembered more often :))
PURITO-Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+
Too Cute to be True 😻
I’m giddy to share my entry for skincare stuff which I find super kawaii :) 🧸RoseGold PinkQuartz facialmassager - supposed to function like the jade rollers but instead of rolling, it is vibrating. The crystal is cold too so it’s very helpful with eye puffyness 🧸Kitty Lipsmacker LipBalm - given to me by the sweetest SIL and I couldn’t make myself open it because of the packaging lol. It’s in my fave flavor too, which is watermelon. 🧸Innisfree No sebum mineral powder - which are the in the emoji and mentos packagings. I’m such a suckah for cute packaging and innisfree never fails me. The powder is also my hg oilcontrol setting powder. A sure ride and die for my oil- slick skin and oily scalp because it also doubles as dry shampoo love it to bits! 🧸Kose cosmeport suncut UV Sunblock - excited to try this but also not looking forward to throw that gawjus packaging LOL. This has always been my dilemma with japanese products! The brand is pretty popular in Japanese drugstores and it is also waterproof and SPF50+ PA++++. 🧸Skinpotions Peach thy lashes Lash serum - for brows and lashes. I’ve been using this for several months now and I must say they’re effective! It has castor oil,aloe vera,tsubaki oil, and rosehip oil btw :) 🧸Hada labo Gokujyun Skin lotion - got this limited edition Snoopy packaging from a Japan trip and I must say I’m in love. Will repurchase over and over. I might repurchase the refills and never throw this bottle ever.;p 🧸Watermelon, Bunny, and egg lipbalms from Sephora and Nordtrom - bec. Why not. Lol. *cough*whocouldsaynotothatpackaging*cough* :D Curious to see your fave kawaii stuff too!🥰
beauty ORA- Crystal Electroller Rose Quartz & Jade
AM, PM, Occasional, and New Products!
I’ve been simplifying my day to day routines and working in “specialty” products on occasion, to save time and money. AM (Alllll about quick and easy!) Andalou Apricot Cleansing Milk Cerave PM Moisturizer Nivea Super Watery Gel SPF PM Cerave Hydrating Cleanser (or Andalou if I want more richness) EB5 Anti Aging Toner Curology (clindamyacin 1%, tretinoin .04%, azelaic acid 7%) Hadalabo Hyalruronic Acid Illiyoon Ceramide Moisturizer Acure Blue Tansy Oil Rotating Products Makeup Removal: Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm (I know some of you swear by the double cleanse, but it’s typically too irritating for me daily) Exfoliating (in place of EB5): Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Peel (great when I feel a breakout coming on), Alpha H Liquid Gold (for when I’m feeling super lazy—I cleanse, use this, and slap on a thick moisturizer...that’s it!) Laneige Water Sleeping Mask: Great top coat to seal in extra moisture Cicaplast Baume 5: Also a great top coat, more occlusive and I love when I’m feeling super dry Acne Spot Treatment: Kate Somerville EradiKate reduces size and redness overnight. Tends to pull off the whiteheads and cause bleeding & thus scarring when removed the next morning, so use with caution Holy Grail: Naturopathica Alpine Rose Recovery Serum. This is a 7-day treatment serum that reduces redness, plumps you up, and helps bump up the glow. For use 3-4 times a year at most, so would be great to use if you have an event you want to look extra glowy for. (Who goes anywhere nowadays? I can dream...) New Products (both recommended by my skincare group. Will update) Stratia Liquid Gold: Additional evening moisture layer Stratia Rewind: evening moisture layer, supposed to help with redness too
ANDALOU NATURALS-Age Defying Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk
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