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Advice for beginner!!
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Reply: Hi @ashton1012 ! Sounds like your main skincare goal is to treat your breakouts. Since you have very sensitive skin, my first reco ...read more
Hi @ashton1012 ! Sounds like your main skincare goal is to treat your breakouts. Since you have very sensitive skin, my first recommendation is to see a dermatologist if you can. Your breakouts might be symptomatic of a skin condition. A derm can diagnose that and provide personalized treatment options. Even if you can't see a derm in person, you could try an online derm service like Apostrophe (if you're in the US), or maybe see if some local derms will do video consultations. Meanwhile, I'll suggest a fairly basic routine: Wash with a gentle hydrating cleanser. SpoilerMy favorite is Paula's Choice RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser, a no-lather cream cleanser. I use it primarily in the morning. Paula's Choice has other options worth exploring; I usually use one of their gel cleansers (Hydralight) at night. Have you ever tried CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser? That's usually a good option. Heck, sometimes I use my CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar on my face as well as my body while I'm in the shower. I also love to use The INKEY List Oat Cleansing Balm at night, let it sit on my face for 5-10 minutes as a soothing oat mask, then gently rub another cleanser (either my usual nighttime gel cleanser or the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar) over it and rinse everything off at once. On some mornings, I use this oat cleansing balm instead of the Paula's Choice hydrating cleanser. My favorite is Paula's Choice RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser, a no-lather cream cleanser. I use it primarily in the morning. Paula's Choice has other options worth exploring; I usually use one of their gel cleansers (Hydralight) at night. Have you ever tried CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser? That's usually a good option. Heck, sometimes I use my CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar on my face as well as my body while I'm in the shower. I also love to use at night, let it sit on my face for 5-10 minutes as a soothing oat mask, then gently rub another cleanser (either my usual nighttime gel cleanser or the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar) over it and rinse everything off at once. On some mornings, I use this oat cleansing balm instead of the Paula's Choice hydrating cleanser. Treat acne, assuming your breakouts are indeed acne. SpoilerBHA (salicylic acid) is the usual go-to for acne: it's oil soluble, so it can get down into your pores to attack acne-causing bacteria and clear out the blocking gunk. The INKEY List Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum looks like a good option. My favorite BHA products are all made by Paula's Choice. I recommend using BHA exfoliants only 1-3 times a week, so you don't over-exfoliate and break your skin barrier. A non-BHA option is azelaic acid. It also attacks acne-causing bacteria, plus it can lighten "acne scars" (dark marks left behind by acne, aka PIH—post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). This is something you can use more times a week than BHA, but since you have very sensitive skin, I'll warn you that it might make your skin very itchy at first. You don't have to use it on your whole face; you can just apply it where you have acne. I'm currently alternating between 2 OTC products: The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% and Paula's Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster. The PC product also contains salicylic acid, so I try not to use that one more than 3 times a week. There are other things that can help acne, like benzoyl peroxide which, I dunno, your sensitive skin might not like very much. I can't use it at all because I'm allergic to it. 😞 A retinoid can also help acne, particularly adapalene which you can get OTC as Differin or La Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel. But before you jump straight into a retinoid, wait til your skin's recovered from your DE Beste beatdown (for the record, my skin also hated that cleanser) and maybe discuss options with a dermatologist. BHA (salicylic acid) is the usual go-to for acne: it's oil soluble, so it can get down into your pores to attack acne-causing bacteria and clear out the blocking gunk. looks like a good option. My favorite BHA products are all made by Paula's Choice. I recommend using BHA exfoliants only 1-3 times a week, so you don't over-exfoliate and break your skin barrier. A non-BHA option is azelaic acid. It also attacks acne-causing bacteria, plus it can lighten "acne scars" (dark marks left behind by acne, aka PIH—post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). This is something you can use more times a week than BHA, but since you have very sensitive skin, I'll warn you that it might make your skin very itchy at first. You don't have to use it on your whole face; you can just apply it where you have acne. I'm currently alternating between 2 OTC products: and Paula's Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster. The PC product also contains salicylic acid, so I try not to use that one more than 3 times a week. There are other things that can help acne, like benzoyl peroxide which, I dunno, your sensitive skin might not like very much. I can't use it at all because I'm allergic to it. A retinoid can also help acne, particularly adapalene which you can get OTC as Differin or La Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel. But before you jump straight into a retinoid, wait til your skin's recovered from your DE Beste beatdown (for the record, my skin also hated that cleanser) and maybe discuss options with a dermatologist. Hydrate with plain ol' water and maybe also a humectant. SpoilerIf your skin has dried down by this point in your routine, mist or tap some water on your face to get it damp. Then immediately apply a humectant that'll bearhug that moisture and pull it into your skin. My skin's favorite humectant is hyaluronic acid in all its forms, including its very popular salt form, sodium hyaluronate. This ingredient's already in many skincare products. If you really want to use a toner (which is arguably unnecessary, since most cleansers aren't formulated to be very harsh or alkaline these days; your skin can rebalance its own pH without the help of a pH balancing toner), think of it more as a hydration and skin-soothing step. I use e.l.f. Hydrating Water Essence in the morning as my hydrating "toner" because it's loaded with hydrating ingredients, including hyaluronic acid. At night, I often use COSRX Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner which comes in a spray bottle; I mist it all over my face. Centella asiatica (aka cica) is an anti-inflammation plant extract my skin likes a lot. You can also try a hyaluronic acid serum, or a serum that contains lots of that ingredient. My favorite of those is The Ordinary "Buffet" 1 oz/ 30 mL which also contains lots of hydrating skin-strengthening peptides. Or you could try The INKEY List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum , or maybe The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 1 oz/ 30 mL . Honey is another humectant to consider. My skin has a love-hate relationship with honey, so I don't frequently use it. But Farmacy is a brand known for their honey-based products, and COSRX has a honey-based line of products. If your skin has dried down by this point in your routine, mist or tap some water on your face to get it damp. Then immediately apply a humectant that'll bearhug that moisture and pull it into your skin. My skin's favorite humectant is hyaluronic acid in all its forms, including its very popular salt form, sodium hyaluronate. This ingredient's already in many skincare products. If you really want to use a toner (which is arguably unnecessary, since most cleansers aren't formulated to be very harsh or alkaline these days; your skin can rebalance its own pH without the help of a pH balancing toner), think of it more as a hydration and skin-soothing step. I use e.l.f. Hydrating Water Essence in the morning as my hydrating "toner" because it's loaded with hydrating ingredients, including hyaluronic acid. At night, I often use COSRX Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner which comes in a spray bottle; I mist it all over my face. Centella asiatica (aka cica) is an anti-inflammation plant extract my skin likes a lot. You can also try a hyaluronic acid serum, or a serum that contains lots of that ingredient. My favorite of those is which also contains lots of hydrating skin-strengthening peptides. Or you could try , or maybe . Honey is another humectant to consider. My skin has a love-hate relationship with honey, so I don't frequently use it. But Farmacy is a brand known for their honey-based products, and COSRX has a honey-based line of products. Moisturize with something that contains occlusive ingredients that'll actually prevent moisture loss—especially while your skin's healing from your DE Beste experience. Make sure your skin's still damp before you apply moisturizer: you want to give this product some hydration to seal in. SpoilerThe only DE product I've tried that my skin tolerates is Drunk Elephant Lala Retro™ Whipped Moisturizer with Ceramides . It's a very good moisturizer with marula oil as the occlusive ingredient. But honestly, you could try a far less expensive CeraVe moisturizer and get just as good (if not better) results, depending on your particular skin's sensitivities. Some folks are actually sensitive to dimethicone, which is in CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. That product also contains petrolatum, which is a FANTASTIC occlusive moisturizing ingredient and is not dangerous for skin, no matter who claims otherwise. So if you're not sensitive to dimethicone, I recommend trying the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. Another good occlusive ingredient is shea butter. Some folks are also sensitive to this, so your mileage may vary. But you could try The INKEY List Peptide Moisturizer which is shea butter based. Squalane is another good occlusive ingredient. Try Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer which contains lots of squalane plus ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and a peptide. My skin hates Drunk Elephant Protini™ Polypeptide Moisturizer 1.69 oz/ 50 mL , and if you happen to be sensitive to coconut derived ingredients, I'll warn you to steer clear of this product. If your skin has no issue with anything in this moisturizer, a good less expensive dupe is Acure Radically Rejuvinating Whipped Night Cream, according to a friend who's substituted all her DE products and was a longtime Protini user. The only DE product I've tried that my skin tolerates is . It's a very good moisturizer with marula oil as the occlusive ingredient. But honestly, you could try a far less expensive CeraVe moisturizer and get just as good (if not better) results, depending on your particular skin's sensitivities. Some folks are actually sensitive to dimethicone, which is in CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. That product also contains petrolatum, which is a FANTASTIC occlusive moisturizing ingredient and is not dangerous for skin, no matter who claims otherwise. So if you're not sensitive to dimethicone, I recommend trying the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. Another good occlusive ingredient is shea butter. Some folks are also sensitive to this, so your mileage may vary. But you could try which is shea butter based. Squalane is another good occlusive ingredient. Try Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer which contains lots of squalane plus ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and a peptide. My skin hates , and if you happen to be sensitive to coconut derived ingredients, I'll warn you to steer clear of this product. If your skin has no issue with anything in this moisturizer, a good less expensive dupe is Acure Radically Rejuvinating Whipped Night Cream, according to a friend who's substituted all her DE products and was a longtime Protini user. Use sunscreen (minimum SPF of 30) each day your skin's exposed to the sun, no matter how overcast the weather is, all year long. And be sure to reapply every 2-3 hours you're out in the sun. SpoilerWhich one you use depends on your preference for chemical or physical/mineral sunscreens. My current favorites are Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Sheer Mineral Sun Spray SPF 50 and Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 , but I rotate through several other brands and types of sunscreens. CoTZ also makes very good mineral sunscreens; if you're in the US, Ulta carries them. Which one you use depends on your preference for chemical or physical/mineral sunscreens. My current favorites are and , but I rotate through several other brands and types of sunscreens. CoTZ also makes very good mineral sunscreens; if you're in the US, Ulta carries them. As for eye creams, masks, and other products: that'll depend on your skincare goals and any issues you want to address. Eye cream isn't necessary unless your full face moisturizer isn't enough for your undereye skin. Instead of using products marketed as "eye cream," I just use a facial oil or a balm (either Aquaphor Ointment or CeraVe Healing Ointment) under my eyes if they're super dry and my full face moisturizer's not doing enough for them. I do use various sheet masks (and occasionally some wash-off masks—in fact, the Oat Cleansing Balm I mentioned earlier can be used as a mask). But whether you need any of this stuff depends on what you want to get out of them—what you expect these products to do for your skin. 🙂 Welcome to the overwhelming world of skincare! Seriously though, once you nail down a good basic routine, you can assess your skin once or twice a month to identify any other issues you want to address, then look up ingredients that can address those issues, and seek products that contain those ingredients. That's my approach to skincare: I'm VERY ingredient-driven. This approach helps me quickly weed out bad-for-me or subpar products during my product searches.
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Beat mascara
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Reply: Thank you so much !! Will try your advice !! Stay in touch xoxo
Thank you so much !! Will try your advice !! Stay in touch xoxo
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Share your October Fall Hauls (2020)
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Reply: Had a bunch of recyclables so I went to my local mall for the first time since we were at a stay at home order. They just opened 3 ...read more
Had a bunch of recyclables so I went to my local mall for the first time since we were at a stay at home order. They just opened 3 weeks ago. I got some free stuff at MAC and at Kiehl’s. The rest are from Nordstrom, Pat McGrath, For Her Vanity, ShopDisney, and new MAC holiday collection
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Ulta GWPs
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Reply: For Maybelline fans! In conjunction with the current Maybelline $5 in-app sale, I have a coupon code to share from a sampler bag I ...read more
For Maybelline fans! In conjunction with the current Maybelline $5 in-app sale, I have a coupon code to share from a sampler bag I got at my local Ulta recently. Code is 828334 (doesn’t appear to be a unique code), takes $5 off $20 purchase of Garnier, L’Oreal or Maybelline. Expires 12/30/20. So essentially, if you add 4 of those $5 items, you get one of them free. Of course, you’ll need $10 or $20 more spend for free shipping (depending on tier), or pick it up in store.   Tagging @ohheyitscindyk, the keeper of the spreadsheet! 😊
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US Secret Santa 2020
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Reply: Time to switch out Halloween crafts for Christmas!!! Can't wait to see who I get this year!
Time to switch out Halloween crafts for Christmas!!! Can't wait to see who I get this year!
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🎃 A Haunting We Will Go ☠ Halloween elf Exchange (2020)
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Reply: @sprocketta Yay your box came. Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures. ...read more
@sprocketta Yay your box came. Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures.
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Monthly Favorites: October 2020 Edition!
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Reply: Thank you @tsavorite !
Thank you @tsavorite !
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It’s mostly just the middle of my hair that hold all the frizz and lack of curls.any tips
It’s mostly just the middle of my hair that hold all the frizz and lack of curls.any tips
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