9 month skin transformation (old photo included)
So i just found this app through instagram and i figured i'd share this with you guys. Basically, i've dealt with severe acne & (less severe) eczema for 4 years. I also have very sensitive skin, to the point where just washing my face with Neutrogena Oil Free Face Wash would cause my skin to flare up. Through a LOT of trial and error, i've found the perfect combo of products for my skin. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I apply this along with the hyaluronic acid every morning and night first. It has improved the random discolorations and acne scars for sure! VANICREAM - Moisturizing Skin Cream After all of the Ordinary acids, i apply this. It's super cheap to just buy a big jug of it and it lasts quite a while. Aczone - ACZONE Gel 7.5% At night, (unless there are a significant amount of pimples in which case i also apply this twice a day), I apply this last. It has definitely been the most influential on my acne. I still occasionally am left with patches of pimples, but none are even close to the severity of those i dealt with for years. I hope this is helpful to anyone dealing with skin issues similar to mine!
Aczone-ACZONE Gel 7.5%
10-step Korean method
* Please know that this is NOT NECESSARY and I’m sharing as someone who has done a small amount of research regarding the topic. I personally refuse to go without a double cleanse, tone, mask treatments (3 times a week), treat, moisturize & SPF. __________________ The 10-Step is more than a routine—it's a lifestyle that has become a global phenomenon, grounded in Korea's cultural obsession with healthy skin and backed by decades of scientific advancement. * It's not about having more products than you can count, but rather about having the RIGHT products that do the right things, and using them in the right order. Having what works for YOU is important. Again, this is NOT necessary! 1) Remove makeup & sunscreen with an oil cleanser. I use a balm or an oil. I recommend huangjisoo - Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil 2) Follow up with a water based cleanser - INDIE LEE - Brightening Cleanser is one of my favorites. 3) Exfoliate - Do not exfoliate more than twice a week or you can damage your skin barrier. I have a few I enjoy YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial & The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution as well as TATCHA - The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser 4) Tone - I personally love a good hydrating toner. Toners are great at removing any residue that may have been left from your cleanser as well as preps the skin to effectively absorb the products to follow. INDIE LEE - CoQ-10 Toner is one of my absolute faves as well as YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner 5) Essence - the right essences will be lightweight and packed with a blend of hydrating, anti-aging and complexion enhancing ingredients. Some of my faves are TATCHA - The Essence Plumping Skin Softener & CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Essence Also this is when I’d add my HA The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 6) Treatments - this is where your specific needs come into play. From treating hyperpigmentation, dark spots, acne and fine-lines, this will be where you add those targeted products. Vitamin C, AHA/BHA serums, retinol...etc. Medik8 - Crystal Retinal CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Radiance Serum The Brightening Solution and a good vitamin c are my must haves! Be sure to know what can safely be used together. 7) Mask - following the K-beauty method this is when they would add a sheet mask. I rarely sheet mask and use more topical masks. 8 - Eye cream - I personally don’t have any favorites. 9) Moisturize - Yes everyone should moisturize. Pick one that suits your skincare needs (no fragrances or essential oils) 10) SPF- EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! Let me know your thoughts regarding the 10-step method. #CherieCreator
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
the korean 10-step skincare routine ! 🐹
this routine became pretty popular a while ago and i wanted to explain some parts, good and bad) 1. A 10-step skincare routine is not at all necessary! many believe that the more products you use the better, but many actually believe that it’s the simple routine’s that work best. koreans are known for their amazing skin, but the reality is that it may not work for you. now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are some of the steps broken down: oil cleansing- oil cleansing has also recently gotten a lot of attention and rightfully so. oil cleansing can really help to get gunk out of your pores and actually works for oily skin. not only that, but oil cleansing is good for breaking down makeup and dirty leftover on your face. people have claimed that using oil cleansing on oily skin actually makes it less oily, just make sure to do your research and test it out! water based cleanser- these are your normal day to day cleansers that most people use. you can do just fine without an oil cleanser and solely use a water based one! cleansers aren’t supposed to be used to remove makeup, but they do clean your skin of any residue left from the day (dust, dirt, oils, etc.) exfoliator- exfoliating is amazing, but should it be used every day? it depends. if you’re using a harsh chemical exfoliator then i would recommend using it how ever many times it says on the product label. on the other hand, if it’s a gentle exfoliator then it’d be great to use it daily! exfoliators are used to remove dead skin cells and increase cell turn over rate giving you a fresh layer of skin faster (great for scarring). just remember, don’t use a physical exfoliator on your face. physical exfoliation can create micro-tears on the face. toner- again, something that isn’t necessary but can up your skincare routine if used correctly and in the right circumstance. i used to use a toner and i can say it’s great for people who like to rebalance their skin and help redness/irritation. if you do get a toner, use an alcohol-free one so it doesn’t strip your skin. (especially great for oily skin) essence- essences are not really that talked about but are a staple in korean skincare. essences are known to help reduces fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, hydrate, and make the skin less dull. another thing many use it for is to prep the skin (like a primer) before makeup. ampoules- these are your boosters or serums! serums are what i’m going to talk about since they’re the most used. serums can be great for your skin in the sense that they’re subtle but usually packed with whatever you’re looking for. i personally haven’t used a serum but really want to! many use it as there are a variety (the most popular coming from the ordinary and at a low price). serums are super easy to add into your routine as a bonus. sheet mask- i’ve noticed that many korean celebrities religiously use sheet masks every single day. sheet masks can be very helpful to revive your skin but you also have to make sure you aren’t buying a low quality one that could make your skin worse in the long run. i do have a habit of collecting cheap ones i find at the store and use them before special days. they’re fun and useful but don’t have to be used on a daily basis. eye cream- great for preventing and reducing fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes as well as brightening the complexion. it’s easy to get eye-bags from going to sleep late every single night and it’s normal. we all get them. it’s best to prevent damaging your under eye region by applying cream every night. moisturizer- super important! you should always use moisturizer even if your skin is oily (like mine), seriously. it’ll make you skin less oiler and benefit it in the long run. even better, the people with dry skin should already know not to skip moisturizer. there are many amazing moisturizers on the market. spf- sunscreen is just as important as anything else on this list. without sunscreen, your skin will age much quicker and everything you’ve been doing to make your skin look nice up to this point will have been for nothing. again, many people with oil skin are afraid to use it and make their skin more oily but it’s just about finding the right one. the *note* in the post is very crucial, simplicity is best sometimes~
My EASIEST daytime ☀️ skincare routine
When I’m being lazy or just super short on time, this is my go-to combo skin routine! This keeps me hydrated and oil production under control all day!! Remember, a good skincare routine does not have to be complicated or take a lot of time! Simple is best, especially during the day ☀️! **I did not apply sunscreen today because I won’t be leaving the house** I start with cleansing using my boscia - Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser I’ve reviewed and showcased this a lot because it’s such an amazing oily skin cleanser! Then while my face is still damp 💦 I use my PETER THOMAS ROTH - Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum One if my favorite hyaluronic serums of all time but it’s super pricey! I found this at TJ Maxx super cheap!! It gives me a super hydrated plump that lasts all day! And finally, other than sunscreen if I’m even going to step outside, I use my all time favorite moisturizer of oily skin. boscia - Revitalizing Black Charcoal Hydration Gel it keeps my face from getting oily and has a cooling sensation that I adore! That’s it! If you have combo to oily skin, especially acne prone, give this routine and these products a try!! I promise you won’t be disappointed! 🖤Do you love charcoal products as much as I do? If you have any questions about these products or this routine let me know!!
boscia-Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser
The Ordinary? More like extraordinary!!
With The Ordinary growing increasingly popular by the day, I thought I’d review some of my The Ordinary products! There’s so many reviews out there already, so I’m going to simplify mine and keep them really short and simple! (From left to right) Salicylic Acid 2% Masque: Got it to clear up some blackheads on my nose, but ended feeling really grainy and I didn’t see results. Didn’t like. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5: Really sticky initially, but after a minute or so, it sinks into your skin. Can be tacky upon initial application. Like!! Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density: Almost like water. I apply it at my hairline before bed. I haven’t seen any dramatic results, but I’ve noticed more baby hair. But, not sure if it’s the serum or my new shampoo. Feel meh about this. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%: My second bottle! Love it. Not sticky at all, but definitely a little thicker than Glossier’s Super Pure. Can really see the effects. LOVE! 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil: Really oily by itself. Perfect when you drop it into your moisturizer. I use less moisturizer and my skin feels so much better! Like! The Ordinary Coverage Foundation: A really good foundation! Dewy finish, but it’s a little runny/liquidy. Great coverage as well and the price is really great. Like! Let me know if any of you guys have tried these products as well! I’d love to hear what you think and your experience.
The Ordinary-100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Please critique my skincare routine!
Disclaimer: very new to this app, not exactly sure if i’m doing this right 😂 I was hoping that a kind soul could give me some feedback on my skincare routine! I’m not sure whether or not to add or remove any of these, so any help is much appreciated! Step 1: To cleanse, I use the Murad - Clarifying Cleanser ! On days I wear makeup, I do a double cleanse adding sulfur soap since it’s much gentler on the skin. I do one cleanse in the morning, and two at night. This process sometimes does leave my skin feeling a bit dry, especially after a double cleanse, but on their own, have worked wonders for treating my pesky mask acne :) Step 2: I use the SK-II - Facial Treatment Clear Lotion Toner I dab it on a soft face towel and use it on my T zone, as well as any acne spots I have. I absolutely looove this product and have definitely seen results as described, other than my minor breakouts here and there Step 3: I use the SK-II - Facial Treatment Essence (Pitera Essence) For this, I do a couple shakes and pat all over my face. I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews about this product, and whether or not it’s just a gimmick, but since using this product, I have rarely had excessively dry or oily skin, and it has definitely evened out my skin tone, and (before covid/mask wearing) minimized pores! Step 3: (Alternate) I couldn’t find product information on here, but now and then I will use the Ambre Blends Skin Tonic. This is a local Midwest company that started as a fragrance line that I have been wearing for years! I tried the skin tonic when they first released during a time when my skin was extremely dry and flaky. It gave me soooo much hydration and the smell is absolutely amazing! However, it wasn’t so great at keeping my breakouts to a minimum, and I haven’t been able to tell which ingredients caused that. They pride themselves on natural ingredients and I included a slide of the contents of the bottle! Step 4: For under eye serum, I use L'OCCITANE - Immortelle Divine Eye Cream I have extremely dark circles, and I decided to give this a try and it definitely has reduced them a bit! It’s a very soothing and light cream, but I do wish it showed better results! I do this entire routine twice a day, and so far it has seemed to work out for me! I still go through periods of oily skin, and lately with having to wear a mask all the time, my pores have appeared a lot larger :( I also have a constant battle with maskne, but I do occasionally use acne patches ( Rael - Miracle Ratch ) The last slide also shows the product I use when I do an occasional face mask. I try to keep this to a minimum, at least 2-3 times a month. I’ve never had better results than the ELEMIS - Papaya Enzyme Peel !
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