Should we give products a second chance?
Do your products don't seem to work? Do you stop using them and then later after few weeks give them a second chance? Do some products work at all for you? When is too soon to know certain product isn't working? I dealt with these questions for months before finally able to answer them. I am a skincare ingredients learner, I am studying ingredients, skin science and skincare products formulation for more than a year and everyday I learn something new. The products I'm talking about and shown in picture are the ones that didn't work for me in the first run. I stopped using them and I realized I like the ingredients, like the formula, I know certain ingredients show result on my skin then why isn't these working? So, I gave these a second chance and Vola! I actually liked them! And not only liked, some of them quite actually worked amazing in giving me good results! These products may not be the exact same ones that need second chance from you but I believe if you have similar skin like me, this will be helpful. 1. Tonymoly AmpoulesTONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Poresole Ampoule TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Brightening Ampoule TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Synergy Ampoule TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Ampoule Moisture I love ampoules. They are more potent form of serums that are packed with ingredients which penetrate deep in skin and work their magic. But for some reason I did not like these ampoules from Tonymoly. They didn't do a thing for my skin. After weeks, I incorporated them again in my routine but with different moisturizer, sunscreens and toners and they started to feel better. I still didn't see ground breaking results from these yet but I really enjoy the formula of these amouples. It's lightweight, watery consistency that absorb quickly and doesn't feel sticky at all. I like to use these in the morning. 🌟 2. The ordinary RetinolsThe Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum Retinol is my go-to after Niacinamide. I love the results they give. The ordinary's Retinol in squalane oil was a big No for me. It was too heavy for my liking and didn't work. Then I gave it a second chance and used it along with Niacinamide serum in my routine. Of course it's oil so it goes at the very last in your night time skincare routine and it's actually great! It is very gentle, you will have to use it for 2-3 weeks atleast to see any results. Granactive Retinoid emulsion is my most favorite formula. It not only works amazing in just one use but the milky texture gets absorbes very quickly and feels amazing. My skin feels super soft and less textured the next morning. ( I have oily, Textured skin so I really like results of products that reduce that) 3. Centella Asiatica PureHeals - Centella 90 Ampoule If you're Acne prone or have sensitive skin in general, this ingredient must have been hyped a lot about in your social life. It's actually an amazing ingredient that works amazing in reducing redness and inflammation. It's calming soothing as well as hydrating. So what went wrong? It irritated my skin. It started to burn and itch a bit and I didn't feel it calming at all. Then I used it in less amount. Just three drops for entire face and I liked it! It works better if you consistently use it for 3-4 weeks. 4. Fourthray beauty Reveal. Fourth Ray - Reveal 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Serum It's an interesting one. I love AHAs. This was the first product that had both Glycolic acid and Lactic acid so it was quite harsh at first when i started to use. But, later when my skin could actually handle AHA and their high potency I started using this again. I loved it! It worked amazing. It gave well known AHA results, skin felt smoother and it reduced texture and hyperpigmentation. 5. Fleur and bee Fleur & Bee - Nectar of the C / Natural Vitamin C Serum This serum is supposed to work slowly so my bad that i felt it did not work at all. It does work if you use it for weeks. Simple as that. Some products do take time than others,this is one of them. I like the feel and tecture of this Vitamin C serum It's an affordable option for anyone who wants a good Vitamin C serum. Let me know do you give your products a second chance? ❤️
PureHeals-Centella 90 Ampoule
Today’s favourite is The Ordinary‘s Retinol 1% in Squalane. The ingredients are pretty straightforward: Squalane, a few other oils, 1% retinol, tomato fruit extract, a preservative. Retinol is a form of vitamin A and one of the very few actives that has scientifically proven anti aging potential. There are other retinoids, some of which like adapalen or isotretinoin are considered pharmaceuticals. They are generally used as an acne treatment, isotretinoin is probably also the most effective anti aging topical there is (prescription only though, and for good reasons!) Retinol also helps with acne, thickens your skin and can even help with scars. Too good to be true? As with everything, there has to be a downside: Your skin has to get used to it and while it does you will either get very dry skin or your skin will purge and you’ll get extra pimply. It’s very important to start retinol slowly and with a low percentage. As I have used prescription retinoids for acne in the past, I decided to skip the lowest percentage The Ordinary offers (0.2%) and start with 0.5%. The first one and a half months were bad, so many new pimples. After the initial purging my skin got better fast. When I ran out of my 0.5 bottle I decided to try out 1%. It went smoothly and I‘m on my second bottle now. I use it two to three times a week and it works nicely. I rarely get spots and I like to think that my skin looks more even in general. Like all The Ordinary products, this one is really cheap, I personally also like the squalane base as it‘s pretty moisturising. Definitely a good retinol product for beginners. A few words of warning though: if you have very sensitive skin or skin issues like rosacea, retinol might not be for you. If you’re in your 20s you can wait, unless you have issues with acne and/or scarring (like me). And: Sunscreen is even more important while using Retinol!!
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
Rate my skincare routine please!!
I look at my first post and I’m just like WOW! My skin has gone a long way especially with my dark spots. My dark spots were such a big insecurity as well as my fungal acne on my forehead and look at the difference almost a year made!! Do you have any tips as to what I can add? Or what good eye creams work for dark circles? In the AM I use: The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA artnaturals - ArtNaturals LUXE Vitamin C Serum Murad - Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ I have three PM routines,: PM 1 The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA PM 2 The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA PAULA'S CHOICE - Radiance Renewal Mask PM 3 The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I always cleanse with Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser and after I use PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Active Ingredients for Oily Acne-Prone Skin
Where are my oily-skin peeps at? 🙋🏻♀️ I hated looking like a shiny-faced grease ball as a pre-teen and teen, but now glowy skin is in! But that doesn't mean we can't benefit from having some oil-targetting ingredients in our routine. The oil on our skin is called sebum. It is produced by sebaceous glands naturally and is made up of a mixture of lipids (oily molecules) like wax esters, squalene, cholesterol, triglycerides, and various fatty acids. It’s essential for normal skin function by creating a protective coating on our skin that helps keep it moisturized. However, if our body produces too much sebum, then we have “oily” skin and if our body produces too little sebum we have “dry” skin. People with oily skin are prone to clogged pores and acne because this sebum then mixes with dead skin cells and builds up on our skin. In order to prevent or reduce this, we can use ingredients that target our sebaceous glands to reduce how much is produced, and also target components of the oil to prevent build up. RETINOIDS are great for many reasons (check out my last post for a guide on retinoids and what’s so great about them) but I mention there here because they specifically shrink the size of sebaceous gland which leads to less oil production. SALICYLIC ACID is a BHA and is the only oil soluble chemical exfoliant which means that it can dissolve the oil to clear our pores. This is great especially for targeting blackheads (check out my second post for more info on this BHA). NIACINANIDE (also known as Vitamin B3) is a molecule essential for metabolism in all cells. It has also been shown to reduce triglycerides and other fatty acids in oil. Research shows that 2-5% of niacinamide is effective for the benefits of topical application even though several brands have products with concentrations as high as 10%. Some people experience redness with higher concentrations of niacinamide, so just remember that more does not necessarily mean better and try starting with products that have <5% niacinamide. Which products do you already use with these ingredients? Some I’ve used and enjoyed are: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I'm from - Rice Toner PURITO - Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator #CheriePartner
PURITO-Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence
Bringing to you The Ordinary (@deciem) for my #FriyayFaves and I mean who doesn’t love seeing The Ordinary on their feed? I know I do!Featuring: ✨ Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane: I absolutely adore this product, it has truly changed my skin for the better. This is suitable for my dry/sensitive skin which is amazing because sometimes it can be hard to find things that truly work for my skin. And its great for anti-aging. ✨Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1%: On top of having dry/sensitive skin, I have mild acne-prone skin (occasional mild cystic acne). This product as many of you may know, reduces the appearance of blemishes and congestion overtime, and it does exactly that for me! ✨”Buffet” Serum: This was the very first product I ever tried from The Ordinary and I genuinely loved it. I am on my 5th bottle now. This contains many different peptide and probiotic complexes as well as hyaluronic acid complexes that help target skin aging! My skin seems more youthful looking and glowy and I notice the difference whenever I don’t use this! I am looking to try the “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%, if you have ever used that before, please comment how it worked for you and if it’s worth giving a try? ❤️ ✨ AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution: Ok, so. At first I hated this product. Let’s be real, if you have dry/sensitive skin.. this will burn as hell when you put it on. The first time I ever tried this, I couldn’t even bare keeping it on for more than 3 minutes. My skin felt itchy, hot and it was just overall not a good feeling. Fast forward a few months later, I love it. I realized I needed to build a tolerance to high % of acids before using this again. Once I started to commonly incorporate different AHA, BHA to my face on a more so regular basis, my skin is now loving this product! I wake up the next morning after use, and my skin is GLOWING & feels so smooth. Let me know what @deciem products you like below. 🌱 #TheOrdinarySkincare
Budget skincare for acne/sensitive skin ‼️
WE’RE NOT PLAYING AROUND! You have acne. You want to help it. But your on a budget...I FEEL you. Before we begin, I just want to say: acne cannot be healed overnight. There is no safe, effective way to get rid of acne in a short period of time. Most acne treatments and preventative treatments take a long time to work. Keep that in mind! These are my favorite budget products (UNDER $10) to treat and prevent acne on sensitive skin. The Ordinary is a budget-friendly brand that spends little to no money on marketing or fancy branding. I love how affordable and accessible they are to consumers—they’re available at both Sephora and Ulta. Here are my thoughts on each product: Products: The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane Discovery: Lactic: I discovered this while researching which AHAs are best for anti-aging and acne treatment. My initial thought was to go for a budget-friendly brand like The Ordinary. Retinoid: I had been interested in trying a Retinoid or retinol for a while but wanted to start slow, so I went with this formula which is formulated specifically for sensitive skin. How long have they been in my routine? Lactic: 3 weeks Retinoid: 7 months When do I use these in my routine? Lactic: PM routine after cleansing + toning, before moisturizing Retinoid: PM routine usually mixed into my moisturizer or another facial oil WHY do these work for sensitive skin? Lactic: the lactic acid in this formula is only at 5% meaning it’s a great starter formula for beginners OR it’s a gentler formula for people who have used acids before. It also includes hyaluronic acid which is a hydrating ingredient to help this not dry out your skin as much. Retinoid: this specific formula is only 2% and it is a Granactive Retinoid which is formulated specifically for sensitive skin, to not make your skin peel or deal any real damage. It did take 3 months for me to see a real difference in my skin texture but I couldn’t live without this in my routine now! It’s also suspended in squalane which is a super moisturizing facial oil—thus helping not to dry out the skin too much. See a pattern here? Price: Lactic: $6.50 Retinoid: $9.60 Rating: Lactic: 5/5 Retinoid: 5/5
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
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