P.m. skincare routine. Suggestions ?
Here is my pm skincare routine. Started to care about my skin couple months ago only. Never had major issues but fine lines are starting to appear and let’s face it, I was bored during quarantine. I wanted to give double cleanse a try but had trouble finding a drugstore cleansing balm. I came across cocokind - Oil to milk cleanser and was pleasantly surprised. Works okay on make up and is gentle with nice ingredients. I wish the gliding would be a bit more smooth though. I can sometimes feel some pulling and tugging. 🌾 I follow with sioris - Cleanse Me Softly Milk Cleanser as I like milky cleansers. This one is fine especially in colder weather but I sometimes feel like its a bit heavy and not deep cleansing enough. I prefer LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser but have run out. 🥛 I then follow with a first essence and a toner. People always say they are not essential in your routine but they’re actually my fave step. Adding soothing and hydrating ingredients without any heavy/greasy texture (I damaged my skin barrier after over exfoliating). I'm from - Mugwort Essence & COSRX - Propolis Synergy Toner are the ones I’m using right now. My skin agrees with both and it calms down any redness or tight feeling after cleansing. 🐝 I wanted to try snail mucin and was missing a small amount for free shipping (I know you feel me) so opted for MIZON - Snail Repair Eye Cream . Haven’t seen any results on the fine lines around my eyes yet as its only been a couple weeks but the texture is amazing and light and silky. 🐌 Once a week I will use THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum . Will step up to two times a week very soon. Just started my retinol journey and almost made the mistake to go with a 1% OTC retinol. Boy am I glad I did some research. This one is 0,05% retinol. Would really like your recommendations for a next step retinol for my next purchase :). I end the routine with CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion . Really love this. It has niacinamide which is nice because I don’t use it in serum form. I have it in my am toner as well and its just enough for me. Would maybe wanna switch up for a heavier moisturizer for winter if you have any suggestions. Cerave is always sold out in drugstores so wanted to try something else when I run out. Please feel free to recommend products you like. I will mention I use I'm from - Honey Mask and dear, klairs - Midnight Blue Calming Cream on nights my skin feel really bothered (like the night after I used the retinol) I adore the mask but will not be repurchasing the klairs cream. Its a bit overpriced and overrated in my opinion. I will gladly pay less for a similar white “less instagramable” cream. Any suggestion for this one as well? 🍯💙
sioris-Cleanse Me Softly Milk Cleanser
My small skin journey, please help me!
Usually skin journeys are to show the improvement of your skin when you use certain products, however my skin has been getting worse. My first picture was August 10th, I don’t remember what face wash I was using, but I was using The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG . I rated the Niacinamide 5 out of 5 because it really helped with my dark spots, at the time I was at the beach a lot and even though I put on sunscreen, dark spots would appear on my nose. That’s where I would notice them the most. Whenever I used the Niacinamide, I really noticed that it would help fade the dark spots and I really liked that. I’ve been using the Caffeine Solution for a while because I have pretty bad dark circles, I can’t tell if it’s been helping or not but I think it has a little. In the second picture which was today November 2nd, my skin is freaking out. You might not be able to tell in the picture but I have two cystic acne pimples, one on my forehead and one on my left cheek. Usually I don’t really get cystic acne but I have been getting them a lot more often. I believe this is the most I have been breaking out throughout the months. Let me give a quick background, I was on vacation June-August 19th and that’s why I only had few products. When I got home I bought more products, these products were from The Ordinary. These products included The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA. The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%and since I ran out of the Niacinamide I had before I bought the 60 mL bottle because they were out of the 30mL on Sephora. I used The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%in the morning. Then The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA in the night. At first everything was fine, I had a few pimples but I didn’t think much of it, however my skin became very irritated, it dried out, which was weird because I have oily skin. I stopped using all of those products for a bit and used The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5and The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% together since I knew Hyaluronic Acid helps with moisture and I knew Niacinamide worked for me already, that’s why I used them together. Even when I used those two and stopped using the others, my skin didn’t get much better, it was still very dry, it hurt to put products on it. Even the niacinamide I felt like it wasn’t working for me and I’m not sure why because it worked before. In the second pic, I recently started to use COSRX - Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser, íUNIK - Calendula Complete Cleansing Oil,MIZON - Snail Repair Eye Creamas well as The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane
The Ordinary-Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
Budget Care for Eye Wrinkles and Dark Circles
You care a lot for your skin, but do you ever notice the skin around your eyes? My skincare routine consists of all the basics: cleanser, toner, essence, serum, spot treatment, moisturizer, and of course, eye creams. I’ve already talked about some of my favorite eye creams before like AHC - The Real Eye Cream For Face Season 5 and MIZON - Snail Repair Eye Cream so today, I’m going to talk about three kinds of products that also help me take care of the skin around my eyes. 1. Sheet Masks Sheet masks are good for the entire face, but they can be really beneficial for your eyes as well. As you know, these kinds of masks are packed with serums or essences that can really help in caring for your skin, including your eye area. One of my favorite budget masks is POND'S - Skin Brightening Serum Mask which costs only $1.99 per sheet mask. It brightens up my entire face as well as the area below my eyes. Plus, it’s just so refreshing. 2. Eye Pads Eye pads refer to those products that you put over your eyes. I normally just use real fruits or vegetables when I’m at home, but infused pads work well too, especially when I’m out traveling. The best budget eye pads I’ve found is PUREDERM - Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads costing $1.99 per pack of 10 pads. Each pad contains cucumber extract, which is really great if you want to soothe your tired eyes. 3. Under-Eye Patches Under-eye patches, as the name implies, are used for your under-eye area. Most of the patches I’ve seen and used before are for dark circles, which is perfect for me because while I don’t really have huge bags, I do get dark circles a lot, especially when I’m doing late-night work. Not only can under-eye patches reduce the appearance of dark circles, but they can also help with fine lines. One budget product that I’ve been using for quite some time now is PUREDERM - Dark Circle Reducer Eye Patches which retail for around $1.49 per pack of 4 patches. You typically just put them on your under-eye area and leave them there for about 30 minutes or so. Have you tried using eye pads and under-eye patches below? I’m still looking for the best products in these categories so if you’ve got any suggestions, feel free to share in the comments below!
PUREDERM-Dark Circle Reducer Eye Patches
Best Eye Cream: 3W Clinic, Mizon, AHC?
There’s an old saying that my mom used to tell me when I was younger: you can see how old someone is by their neck, their hands, or their eyes. Eye wrinkles are some of the earliest signs of aging. My mom was very insistent about that. She’s already in her 50s now but she gets mistaken as my friend or my older sister all the time, thanks to her wrinkle-free, flawless skin. That’s why even though I was only in my late teens then, I decided to already add eye creams to my routine. Here are three products that I’ve tried before. The first one I tried was MIZON - Snail Repair Eye Cream when I was still a university student. That was 5 years ago, and until now, this product is still a fan-favorite from the Korean skincare-loving crowd. I noticed some nice effects after just a few weeks of using this product. My eye area already seemed brighter and smoother. I would’ve stuck with this if only it was cheaper. It cost around $20 for 25ml of product which I found kinda pricey as a student. Next up is 3W CLINIC - Snail Eye Cream Yes, snail products were all the rage a couple of years back, haha. I really liked this product for two main reasons: one, affordability and two, value for money. It cost me only $7 for 40ml worth of product, which was a pretty great deal if you ask me. As an eye cream, I think it was less effective than Mizon’s, since the results weren’t as drastic. I used this for quite some time before giving it to my boyfriend. The last product is AHC - The Real Eye Cream For Face Season 5 I know, what a confusing name, right? Apparently, this can be used for the entire face, but since it cost around $19 for a 30ml tube, I reserved it for my eye area alone. I actually bought this alongside 3W Clinic (because I couldn’t decide which one was better haha) but I ended up finishing this one instead of 3W Clinic. Like Mizon, it managed to make my eye area brighter, smoother, and plumper. It made my eyes look alive, basically. I would have to give AHC the top spot out of these three, although they’re all pretty great products. If budget is your concern, 3W Clinic is a nice choice. It’s a close call between AHC and Mizon, but considering the price and the size of the products, you’re probably better off with AHC. Have you tried any of these? What’s your favorite eye cream? Feel free to share in the comments below!
3W CLINIC-Snail Eye Cream
🤩It’s okay to be extra🤩
🧼 Double cleanse!!! MONAT VANISHING BALM and surprise surprise, CERAVE FOAMING CLEANSER 💧 Hydrate: REVOLUTION HYALURONIC ACID.. I apply this when my face is still wet-ish. This holds 1000x its weight in water. I love this brand, but will try Inkey to see if it’s less sticky 💧Hydrate again: MONAT REVITALIZING ESSENCE -hydrates, calms, brightens, and has so many beneficial ingredients 🧴 Exfoliate: PAULA’S CHOICE 2% BHA -The best salycilic acid I’ve used, non drying, non irritating, great formulation 💊 Treatment: DERMATICA tretinoin and niacinamide - Retinoids are recommended by so many dermatologists, whether you’re fighting wrinkles or acne. Dermatica is an online dermatology service. 💧 Moisturize: MONAT AGE REWIND SERUM mixed with CERAVE MOISTURIZING CREAM - The serum is packed with peptides and antioxidants - This moisturiser is cheap and does an amazing job! Protect that skin barrier 👁 MIZON SNAIL REPAIR EYE CREAM: Snail creams are amazing and inexpensive
REVOLUTION-2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum
🌜simple night time routine 🌛
My nighttime skincare routine is one of my favorite parts of the day. It’s the time when I begin to relax and take off everything the day has thrown at me. With that being said the nighttime skincare routine should be geared toward healing, treating, and repairing. It’s so important to have a well balanced nighttime routine. 🌜🌜🌜🌜 My first step is always using BIODERMA - Sébium H2O it’s the best micellar water I have ever tried and it’s super gentle. Oily/combo skin folks will LOVE this because it really does do a great job breaking down oil and removing dirt/makeup. (not pictured) Step two is always COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser Although it says morning I always use it at night because it’s pH balanced and very gentle. It won’t strip your skin which is so important especially if you plan to go in with active ingredients after. Step 3 on DAMP skin I apply The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 it helps my skin retain moisture and prepares it for the next steps in my routine (not pictured for a detailed review see my previous post) Step 4 I pat in ETUDE - SoonJung pH 5.5 Relief Toner which is my absolute HOLY GRAIL toners, it not only keeps skin hydrated, but it’s also pH balanced and helps protect the skin barrier. This is probably my 20th bottle of this stuff. It’s incredible. Step 5 Is ETHEIR DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel or The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I would never use these in the same routine. Instead I alternate and use each one every other day. Differin is a great product , it helped clear my skin up so fast. (I do plan on doing a more detailed review soon so stay tuned) The niacinamide has also worked amazing in balancing my sebum production and lightening my hyperpigmentation. Both of these products are amazing if you suffer from acne. Step 6 I use my MIZON - Snail Repair Eye Cream which I’ve talked about before. It’s really moisturizing and if you have very allergy prone eyes like me this is an absolute MUST. The price is also really affordable! Step 7 ETUDE - SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream My last and favorite step is of course this moisturizer by Etude House, I use it day and night and I can’t sing it’s praises enough. It’s just the perfect fit for all skin types and does an amazing job at protecting the skin barrier. 🌛🌛🌛🌛 Do you use any of these products or would you like a more detailed reviews on a specific part of my routine? Let me know! Sweet Dreams!
DIFFERIN-DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel
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