Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane
What It IsRetinol 0.5% from The Ordinary is a water-free formula containing 0.5% retinol. This Oil-like serum (anhydrous) is great for experienced users of pure retinol products looking for solutions for textural irregularities / signs of aging.
What Else You Need to KnowThis water-free serum contains 0.5 percent of pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, photo damage, textural irregularities, and the general look of skin aging.
Summer Top Picks!☀️
As a combo, I really do not enjoy summer time. I found my skin condition is really unstable during summer times due to humidity and temperature. Oily and easily breakout. These three are my favorite skincare products that bring my skin back to life during summer. The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane This 0.5% Retinol from the Ordinary is great for my PM skin care regimen. It deals with the appearances of fine lines and photo damage by minimizing fine lines and reduce the signs of aging. It is gently enough to use every day. I have found that my skin glows after each use. Normally i just Apply a small amount to face in the PM. I tend to have enlarged pores during summer. After a month of using it, my pores have been shrinking. It is actually a good elementary product with go with if you want to start on retinol. The concentration is comparatively low. For a skin with no retinol experience should always start low. I would recommend to anyone struggling with acne or skin discoloration CLARINS - UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Tint SPF 50 This is definitely a good sunscreen for summer. As a sunscreen, it have enough protection of SPF 50 from radiation as well as chemical pollutants. I love how smooth it goes on and it smells great. Sunscreen is my must-have item through out the year. As a combination, I found many sunscreen either to oily or heavy that can easily breaks me out. I wore this all summer and never had any breakouts or bumps. The product is incredibly liquid, to the point I'm always afraid I'm not applying enough; Nice lightweight texture. Soothing and absorbs quickly. I found that it can be used as a primer under foundation. or just use few drops mixed into moisturizer or foundation. Good thing about it is that it blends well and is not thick and heavy. SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum I found this serum very friendly to normal Oily Combination Dry. I like to use it all over my face in my morning routine under sunscreen, Since vitamin C can help make sunscreen. From the ingredients side, it is a stable form of vitamin C (15% Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) that helps fight the signs of aging caused by time, stress, lifestyle. As so it does not irritate my skin which is really great. It can be used as a highly-potent, fast-absorbing serum because of the high concentration of VC. I found it really helpful for dullness, discolorations and on my face. As a serum, it is very light and doesn’t leave my face with a sticky residue.
SUNDAY RILEY-C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum
So you want to start using a retinol...
So you want to start using a retinol.. that’s awesome! But you may be asking yourself how do I start incorporating this into my routine? Are there products I can’t mix with it? Any precautions I need to take? I want to shed a little bit of light on those questions. (Disclaimer: this is a beginners guide. Not intended for those already experienced with retinol) Firstly, what is retinol? A retinol is a form of Vitamin A and is one of the most effective anti-aging treatments on the market. It is really amazing for repairing deep damage within the skin like fine lines/wrinkles, acne scars, dark spots etc. I personally have oily skin that is acne prone with hyperpigmentation so I use mine to help treat those concerns. When should I be applying a retinol? Hypothetically you can apply it at any time. If you want to use it during the day you can BUT I recommend using it at night because it can make your skin photosensitive to the sun. That being said you must ALWAYS pair a retinol with a sunscreen or else you’re not going to see the results you want (you might just get the opposite). It’s like waiting for an oven to preheat but the door is wide open. It just doesn’t work. How often should I be applying a retinol? This is a product where you slowly have to work your way to using it. I currently am using The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane . I am using this every Sunday night for a few weeks until my skin gets used to the ingredient. Then I’m slowly going to be working my way up to twice a week and then three times a week maximum. I apply this right after my toner and before any heavier treatments per The Ordinary’s instructions. The formula is very runny and feels like a lighter version of an oil. It doesn’t leave my face feeling oily or greasy. Is there anything I can’t mix with a retinol? Technically no.. /but/ I personally wouldn’t recommend mixing it with an AHA or BHA. While retinol increases cell turn over, a chemical exfoliator like an AHA or BHA helps shed off the dead skin cells which in turn can potentially cause over exfoliation or an increase in sensitivity if paired together. If you’re super new to retinol I would recommend it being your only “treatment” the day you are using it. Any other tips? Personally I wait until my face is dry before applying this. The reason behind this is water can actually help make products penetrate deeper (which in most cases is what you want) and I don’t want to risk irritating my face because the product went too deep. I know that sounds scary but I promise it’s not. If any irritation occurs stop use immediately and switch your routine to very gentle ingredients. If you work your way up slowly and wear sunscreen daily you should be good. 🖤
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane
Current Rotating Serums/Masks
🤍SO I’m in a limbo of buying/trying new products I’ve researched for my skin type & finishing up what I have. Here are my thoughts so far: DISCLOSURE: My main misstep is I’m not completely sure what to pair products with. I have a decent idea but I’m no professional. At night, if my skin can handle a harsh mask, I do that alone. If it’s feeling more sensitive - I do a calming mask and a less intrusive serum. This is after cleansing, toner and mist. ￼￼￼￼￼I got the black clay collagen mask free with a purchase from Collagen For Her. The mask does have a stinging sensation when applying but then it’s unnoticeable. This isn’t too harsh or too tame it’s “juuuust right.” I love a good mask followed by a serum. It isn’t reputable on any skin site but it was free so I’m going to finish it up 🤷🏼♀️ ￼￼￼￼￼The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane I love this product (and brand), cheap & leaves my skin so soft. I’m just starting to use this regularly so tbd on results! So far, so good. ￼￼￼￼￼The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution I’ve only used this 3-4x but now I’m in the sun too often so I’m afraid to use it due to the sunburn warning. I did begin to see results - purged a bit but otherwise my skin reacted well overall. This will probably go on my shelf until fall. ￼￼￼￼￼The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 heard great things about this and it’s hydration powers. I don’t think I’ve mastered when I should use this in my routine. It does pill a little if you don’t let it dry completely. But that is probably my inexperience at fault. ￼￼￼￼￼HERBIVORE - Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask OK I know people love this mask & it might just be me but - I HATE the smell. My bf says he loves it but I feel like it is assaulting my nostrils. I probably won’t buy again for the price tag and I don’t notice results. But at the same time - my skin takes the mask well and I don’t have any side effects. ￼￼￼￼￼GLOW RECIPE - Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Masknot sure how I feel about this one. It’s loved by many but it doesn’t seem to do much for me. I’ve used it on top of my moisturizer and Rose hip oil so I’m just not convinced it penetrates into my skin. I’ve only used it 2x so I’m holding out hope. ￼￼￼￼￼ORIGINS - Retexturizing Mask with Rose ClayI’ve only used this 2x but I’m loving it so far. I like thicker masks followed by a serum and this fits the bill. It has exfoliating granules which I love - I tend to get dry patches, sebum & blackheads. So far this has been that happy medium between harsher masks and lighter recovery treatments. Best mask I’ve tried in quite some time. As always - any advice is appreciated! 🤍
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
my night time skin care routine 🌜✨
hey guys! so i’ve been wanting to write about my night time skin care routine for a while now because i’m just obsessed with skincare lol. so this is my skin care routine, nothing CRAZZZY , it’s pretty simple and I use affordable products! 1. okay so firstly i remove any makeup that i might have been wearing that day using the reusable cloths that are good for the environment (and trust me.. they actually work!) but, if i wasn’t wearing any makeup that day then i skip this step and move on. VENICS - Makeup Removing Cloth Duo 2. next, i cleanse my face using Cetaphil - Daily Facial Cleanser. i absolutely loveeee this product because it is very gentle and has no perfumes (which can be damaging to the skin). this cleanser is very basic and can be found at literally any drugstore ever. when i cleanse my face, i make sure to be very gentle and use warm water to open up my pores a bit. 3. after i cleanse my face it’s time for toner! this just helps to remove any excess dirt, traces of oil, and makeup. it also can correct and balance the pH level of your skin and helps control acne! i am acne prone so the toner that i use is good for my acne Murad - Clarifying Toner. but, this can get expensive over time (around $25) so if i ever want to buy a cheaper version of this... i buy THAYERS - Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Tonerwhich is cheaper! (always make sure to get your products alcohol free!!!!) 4. nowww i use an acne serum The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalanewhich works very well for my acne spots! 5. lastly, i use a moisturizer Cetaphil - Facial Night Creamwhich is very gentle on my skin and leaves it feeling healthy and refreshed! (and sometimes if i’m really feeling like going the extra step with my skincare, i’ll use VITAMASQUES - Jade Rollerto roll on my moisturizer). okay... that’s my night time skin care routine!! written out it looks really lengthy and drawn out but i promise this takes me about 5 minutes and it’s super simple!
THAYERS-Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner
Deciem The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane
➤ ⠀ 𝑰𝑵 𝑻𝑯𝑰𝑺 𝑺𝑯𝑶𝑻: 🤍 @deciem The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane. *knock on wood* I haven’t experienced any serious negative effects. It’s been four months of consistent use, and instead I’ve experienced brighter, more even-toned skin that stays hydrated even in the cold. It also feels very lightweight and absorbs quickly imo ✨ I usually mix it into @cerave moisturizer (instead of applying separately) just to ensure that I’m getting good results with little irritation, as that’s one product I can depend on no matter what. I’m giving it 4 stars because as of recently I have been waking up with a small rash on my forehead, cheeks and around the mouth whenever I’ve used this. I’m not sure why that’s been happening. It clears up within a few days as this is the only product I use once a week. ⠀The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane ⠀
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane
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