The Ordinary products you SHOULD MIX them to boost more Vitamin C.
I am going to give you a general idea of what you can mix, and I am also going to share my favorite pairings that I like to use in my skincare routines. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA I want to share with you today that I see results with, and that worked together. I love to incorporate The Ordinary hyaluronic acids 2% + b5. It is a hydration product, so this will give you a lot of hydration and moisture. So if you have dry skin, this is a serum that you want to incorporate into your skincare routine. It can be used in morning and night, and this can be paired with anything. You can pair this with retinol, and you also can pair this with an acid. I like to add this for extra hydration, especially when I am using those higher strength products. Still, I especially like to use this in the morning in combination with my Vitamin C. The vitamin C that I want to use from The Ordinary is The Ordinary ascorbic acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%. So I do like to use these two products in the same routine in the morning. And if there is a day that I don’t feel like using The Ordinary Vitamin C, and I am using a different brand. I will pair my hyaluronic acids with a different type of vitamin c, which is completely fine. So, I love this pairing, and I love how this makes my skin feel. After using this pairing, I see a lot of brightness in my skin. And I love the way that the Hyaluronic Acids+b5 gives my skin that beautiful glow, so when I am wearing makeup on top, I feel like this serum shines through and gives my skin an elegant dewy, youthful look. And I think that is beautiful in skincare is to have a subtle sheen to your skin. I think it looks healthy. So if you are looking for a good pairing and you want to boost your Vitamin.
The Ordinary-Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
💖💖I've tried 5⃣ hyped RETINOL products and here is my personal ranking...
I have combo-oily skin. It’s common to link oily skin to acne. So I am always looking for products that help clear up my acne and blemishes, and give my skin a healthy glow. My dermatologist recommended RETINOL to me. 🧑🏻⚕️🧑🏻⚕️ For those unfamiliar with retinol, it is a type of retinoid. Alongside other retinoids, such as retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate—retinol is essentially a derivative of vitamin A and it helps with acne (including blackheads and whiteheads), also help stimulate collagen in the long term, reducing the overall appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.♥♥ However, retinol can be very irritating if used too frequently or if the formulation is too strong for your skin. So beginners should start off with a pea-sized amount of a low percentage over-the-counter formula, and using it two times per week, slowly increasing the usage to give the skin a chance to acclimate. ⚠⚠ There are lots of retinol products in the market, with various claims and price tags. Today I'm going to review popular products from 5 brands. If the post is too long, I'll divide it into several parts. If you want to try retinol, you may find the post quite useful. 👇🏻👇🏻 Here is my personal ranking: 1⃣PETER THOMAS ROTH 2⃣Paula's Choice 3⃣CeraVe 4⃣The Ordinary 5⃣Algenist PETER THOMAS ROTH Retinol PM Night Shift System-The kit has a serum, an eye cream, and pads. PETER THOMAS ROTH - Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum 🌟It contains 1.5% retinol, making it by far the product with the highest retinol concentration on the market. It is transparent, oily, and has a very runny consistency. It makes your face look oily when you first apply it, but it's then immediately and completely absorbed by the skin. I highly recommend this retinol night serum as it gives you smoother and more radiant skin. It is oil-free, scent-free, and consists of simple ingredients, main squalene for moisture and a little vitamin C & vitamin E. The major downside is the price - $65.00 for 30ml, a bit pricey. PETER THOMAS ROTH - Retinol Fusion Pm Eye Cream-0.5oz for $55 🌟This is a white, silky paste that is easily absorbed and non-greasy. Its ingredients include 1% retinol for anti-aging, anti-oxidative vitamin C for whitening, caffeine to reduce puffy eyes, and hyaluronic acid plus shea butter for moisturizing. It's not moisturizing enough for me, so I normally add a moisturizing product with a higher oil content to my follow-up skincare routine. Fusion PM Overnight Resurfacing Pads-30pads for $52 🌟I will use the resurfacing pads to wipe my face and neck with the Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum after cleansing. The light yellow resurfacing pads turn white after use. There is not a particularly high concentration of retinol in these pads and I don't recommend buying and using them as a single product. I give it 5/5 cuz of the oil-free formulation, the highest retinol concentration and other helpful ingredients like squalene, vitamin C & vitamin E. I'll talk about the other 4 products in my next posts. If you have any suggestions or questions please hmu 🥰
PETER THOMAS ROTH-Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum
“NO FAIL” RETINOL ROUTINE - PM
I shared earlier this week my “no fail” AM skincare routine the products seen in that post I’ve used time and time again. They’ve never let me down and along with the ones listed here, are repurchases that keep my skin happy and healthy! Milk MAKEUP - Vegan Milk Cleanser I like to use this cleanser when my face needs a little extra pampering. Milk Cleanser is super soft and gentle and leaves my face feeling very nourished. INDIE LEE - CoQ-10 Toner same as used in the AM. I'm from - Rice Toner I honestly cannot get enough of hydrating products, especially when I am using my retinal. I have probably five open at this time and will use them all or a few at a time. This Rice Toner is so soft and smooth. If you’re into essences or toners this is a must try! I splash a few drops into my hand and then pat it onto my face leaving it wet until I add.... THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Serum I lock the Rice Toner in with HA. I am indoors most of the time, a bit of a recluse, but my skin still get very dry so I lock in the hydration first and end with the moisturizer! Medik8 - Crystal Retinal this is a bit expensive but well worth it to me because within weeks of use I saw significant changes. I’ve been asked my so many what I use for skincare as I have hardly any lines and I used to worship the sun with no sunscreen (⚠️) But I’ve been lucky and take very good care of my skin now. You only need a pea size amount of retinal for your face and add it to DRY skin. YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask last up is my new favorite (on my second bottle), the YTTP Dream Mask. You only need a small amount with this and I go through about two a year as I use it every night. It’s gentle enough to use nightly but if you’re using other treatments you may want to alternate nights (if you have sensitive skin as it has vitamin c). You can put a light layer of moisturizer on before applying this but for me, this is plenty. The Crystal Retinal I use is non-drying so I am good with just the mask. But if your retinol tends to dry your face, I’d recommend adding a light layer of moisturizer before the dream mask. ⭐️ That’s it! You could eliminate the 2 toners (Co-Q10 & Rice Toner) and simplify it down to 4 steps. I’ll be sharing my PM exfoliating routine soon! One of my favorites!!! I never thought I’d love exfoliating so much 😂 Much ❤️ my @cherie family! 🍒 #cheriecreator
THE inkey LIST- Hyaluronic Acid Serum
My Retinol Routine
I introduced retinol into my routine for the first time a little over a month ago. I use it 2 nights a week and when I do, this is my routine: 1 - Cleanser: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser my go to cleanser every day, twice a day! It has a gel texture, ‘green drink’ smell, and leaves my face clean but never stripped 2 - Serums: Glossier. - Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5 Serum and Sweet CHEF - Beet + Vitamin A Serum Shot sweet chef’s beet serum has a cool gel-like texture and a beautiful pinkish red color. I want to give it another few weeks of use before I do a full review, but so far, I am impressed and have seen a noticeable improvement in skin tone, especially on my cheeks! Because retinol can be drying, Ive been pairing it with Super Bounce, glossiers HA serum to boost hydration. I’m almost through the bottle and have really enjoyed super bounce on the days I’m feeling a little dehydrated. 3 - Eye Cream: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Hydrate + Firm Peptide Eye Cream luxuriously thick eye cream that sinks in fast and is amazing for maintaining hydration around my eyes - I use this every night! 4 - Moisturizer: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi yttp’s adaptogen cream is deeply soothing and hydrating so it’s the perfect pairing to combat the irritating and drying effects of retinol 5 - Face Oil: 10 DEGREES COOLER - 03 MIDNIGHT IN CORSICA FACE OIL I will do a full review on this oil soon, but I love it and use it most nights! It’s an herbal smelling blend of oils (first ingredient is marula) and is a bit on the heavier side. It does an unbelievable job of locking the rest of my routine in for the night! What do you think of my retinol routine? What are your favorite ingredients or products to use alongside retinol? I’m still figuring out the best way to have it in my routine (particularly because I like to use acids on other nights and don’t want to overdo it!) so would love to hear what has worked for you!
10 DEGREES COOLER-03 MIDNIGHT IN CORSICA FACE OIL
How to decrease irritation from acids & retinol
With acids and retinols being so popular on the market today it can be very easy to be overwhelmed. It’s also just as easy to jump in head (face) first and start putting everything on your face at once. Stop! As tempting as that is don’t do that. This can turn into flaking, peeling, redness, and all around irritation. Here are some steps to remember when using acids and retinol: 1.) Don’t overuse them I’m super guilty of this myself. I tend to want to pile everything on and this can actually hurt your skin rather than help it. Best case scenario you dry your skin out which is going to hurt your moisture barrier. Worst case scenario your skin gets irritated, peely, and all around not happy. This isn’t always the case with acids so please don’t be scared. Just remember you need to introduce one into your routine at a time (to properly see how your skin reacts and not to risk irritation) and work your way up to using the product. Try once a week and then once your skin gets used to the product you can up it to twice a week, then three times a week etc. When it comes to acids and retinol the slow race always wins. Also, if you need to dilute the product because it is too strong that’s okay and an option to! You can always mix the acid in with a moisturizer or oil to dilute it some. 2.) Always pair with hydrating ingredients Acids exfoliate the skin while retinol helps with skin turn over. In order to prevent your skin from being stripped and ruining your moisture barrier you need to pair it with hydrating ingredients. You’re going to want to look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, panthenol, ceramides etc. I also really like producers with colloidal oatlmean and cannabis sativa oil for soothing and hydration. Something I am always repeating to my sister is “if you cleanse your face you have to moisturize”. The same goes for acids. If you use acids you have to pair it with hydrating and moisturizing products. The e.l.f. - Happy Hydration Creamis a good option at the drugstore for a good moisturizer to pair with acids or retinol that’s easily accessible. 3.) USE SUNSCREEN!!! Acids and retinol make your skin more photo sensitive to the sun. That means your face is more prone (which it’s always prone to UV damage so sunscreen should already be a must) to UV damage. Minimizing sun exposure and using a sunscreen with SPF 30+ can help prevent irritation (and premature aging). Currently I’m using the KINSHIP - Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturzing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32 . These are all tips I’ve picked up from Skincare by Hyram on YouTube. I’ve been watching him for a couple months now and his views on skincare mirror my own. It’s almost like I’m looking in a mirror sometimes when I watch his videos. He has such a vast knowledge of skincare and he can break it down and explain it in a way where everyone understands. I highly recommend everyone go follow him. 🖤
e.l.f.-Happy Hydration Cream
Retinol use for beginners from an Esthetician!
If you’re ever wondering how to start using retinol, this is for you! I want to start off by saying that if you’re interested in using retinol you must wear sunscreen daily. If you know you’re never going to wear it PLEASE do not use retinol. With that being said, let’s start off by explaining what retinol is and what it does for you! Retinol is Vitamin A! There are many types of retinol, like retinoids, retinol esters, etc. These are all derivatives of Vitamin A, and are more gentle and less potent versions of pure retinol. Retinol helps speed up our cell turn over rate in our skin. What that means, is that it will help you shed your dead skin cells faster to reveal new skin that’s brighter, smoother and healthier! As we get older, our “cell turnover rate” (CTR) slows down. So we use products like retinol to keep speeding it up so we can stay younger longer! Most people know retinol for treating fine lines and wrinkles, but it’s actually incredible for treating acne and acne scars! This is what I personally use it for. Retinol is strong and acts as an exfoliant so you must be careful with what products you’re using along with it in your regimen. Don’t layer or mix Vit C and retinol as they don’t like each other! Retinol should ONLY be applied at nighttime never in the morning. It makes you photosensitive which is a term to describe sensitivity to the sun. Most people experience some purging in acne, peeling/dryness, redness/irritation, and burning sensations when using a high dose of retinol without buffering it properly. If you use my buffering method properly you will not experience that at all! Now that you understand what you’re putting on your skin, I will explain how to use it! You shouldn’t start retinol by just applying it straight onto your skin without ever using it before. Your skin has to adjust to this new product and should be incorporated gently and slowly. It takes a month for your skin to adjust. You want to buffer your retinol with a gentle moisturizer. Nothing with actives like exfoliants (AHAs or BHAs)! Retinol goes after serums and before moisturizer in your routine! Week 1: use your retinol maximum 2x weekly. Start with one pea size amount of retinol and buffer it with 3 parts of moisturizer! Mix & apply to your skin! Week 2: use your retinol maximum 3x weekly. You’re going to do equal parts retinol and moisturizer. 2 parts retinol and 2 parts moisturizer. Mix & apply to your skin! Week 3: use your retinol maximum 3x weekly. Use 3 parts retinol (equal to a pea size) and 1 part moisturizer. Mix & apply to your skin! Week 4: use your retinol maximum 4x weekly. Apply a pea size amount of retinol directly onto your skin! Then apply your moisturizer directly on top of the retinol! If your skin cant handle retinol alone then stick to the buffering method forever! It will be just as effective as applying it alone! This method will minimize purging and keep your barrier healthy! Hope this helped! ❤️COSRX - Propolis Light Cream
COSRX-Propolis Light Cream
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