Monday, July 6, 2020

A few of my favourite things - skincare

I'm still working on perfecting my skincare routine after my skin went bonkers from going off the pill/pregnancy/losing the baby. It has mostly calmed down and now I'm just working on specific issues. My skin is sensitive though and I can't introduce new products often, so the journey to my holy grail perfect skincare routine is a slow one. I don't mind though - compared to how my skin was during the pill/baby time, I'm very happy with it.

Obligatory disclaimer - everyone is different and just because something works for you doesn't mean it will work for me, and vice versa. When I started my skincare journey, I bought all the popular products and I believe that some people with normal/tolerant skin can use pretty much anything and see 'results'. Some people like me though, no. So, do your own research and find what works for you. No affiliate links used. Aside from being sensitive, my skin is kind of combo/normal. Mostly normal with a side of dehydrated, sometimes oily sometimes dry. I only really breakout around my period.

Anywho, while I'm not going to share my full routine because I've not finalised it, I thought I'd share a few of my favourite things.


Timeless Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid - I tried 4 other vitamin c serums before I tried this one. They either irritated my skin, didn't do anything or I hated the tacky feeling. I've gone through 5 bottles of this one. I love it. If they ever stop making it, I will protest. I highly doubt they will, since it's so popular. Some people say it is a dupe for the skinceuticals one, I wouldn't know because I've never tried it and never will- no judgement at all, just way out of my budget. I use it first thing in the morning (after cleansing if I workout, after just a splash of water if I don't workout). If I have time, I wait 15-20 minutes before continuing my routine. If I don't, I just wait until it dries. They recently changed the bottle and I haven't tried the new one*. I love it because it has brightened my skin and evened out my skin tone. I can never remember the exact wording, but your skin does something in the sun and using a vitamin c serum acts as a shield so the sun takes that instead of the stuff from your skin (a professional, I am not). So I use it for that reason too. I keep mine in the fridge. From what I remember, took about 2-3 months to see a difference, it was definitely gradual.
*I wrote this post a couple of months ago, I've since used the new bottle and I hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. It leaks and stopped pumping in less than 2 weeks. I bought the bigger one - which is also the new bottle, but so far it doesn't leak or hasn't stopped pumping. So I really hope they fix it, because I'm not sure I can recommend the smaller one with the crappy bottle, and the big one is too expensive/too much for someone to try it out.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA - this moisturiser, holy moly. It is so simple and unassuming. It's so cheap. I have like 27 in storage because again, if they stop making it, I will revolt. It is amazeballs, I can't shut up about it. I only use it in the morning, I like to be more of a slug at nighttime.
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - ahhhh I love this. It does not do anything amazing for existing breakouts (for me anyway) but this is 100% the reason my skin stopped breaking out in general. Also, if I do get a breakout now, the life of it is dramatically reduced (used to be 7-10 days, now it's 2-3 days without any special treatment). It cleared all the congestion and little bumps under my skin. I also think it helped with the overall dull appearance of my skin - with tone, redness and texture. There are some places that say you can't use this with vitamin c, but from what I've read, that myth has been debunked and you should only avoid them together if your skin doesn't like it. My skin does. Love it. Took a bit over a month to really notice it worked.
Kate Somerville Anti Bac - I was hesitant to put this one on here, because I'm not sure yet if I will repurchase. I bought it when my skin was at its worst - the first time I used it (as directed, thin layer all over), I had a very bad reaction. I almost got rid of it then, but my friend who'd recommended it told me to use it as a spot treatment, and it was amazing. It's expensive, in my opinion, but the bottle lasted me almost 2 years, I used so little each time. I have had several spot treatments work miracles the first few times but then stop working - this one worked every.single.time. I used this before I started using the niacinamide and it would get rid of a breakout within a few days (the ones that used to hang around for well over a week). Now that I use the niacinamde, this product will reduce a huge breakout overnight, and it'll be completely gone within 2 days. I tried the up&up BP but it's not cruelty free, and it didn't work anywhere near as well. I also tried this Paula's Choice 5% BP one, and it does work but not as well though it is much cheaper. I don't really get huge breakouts anymore, so I suppose I don't *need* the Kate Somerville one, but honestly, it's definitely the best (for me).
DHC Cleansing Oil - I hate that I love this. It is not cruelty free. I have tried every other cruelty free oil cleanser in the entire world (perhaps slight exaggeration) and none of them worked as well as this one or my skin instantly hated them (burts bees, qv, body shop, paula's choice, bare minerals). When I run out of my hoarder stash though, I will not repurchase because I simply cannot in good conscience support something that isn't CF. From what I think I've figured out, my skin does not like fragrance, mineral oil or coconut oil. It loves olive oil though. Sigh. Wish it wasn't so perfect for my skin. I do love my makeup eraser that I got in a Fab Fit Fun box, but I only have one and my skin doesn't exactly feel clean once I've used it, just makeup-less.
Sunscreen - Australian Gold & EltaMD - I won't go on a rant about how everyone should use sunscreen since everyone knows, right?? These two are my favourites - if I'm wearing makeup, I prefer the Australian Gold, if I'm going to be outside running or something, I prefer the EltaMD.
Anyway - there are a ton of other products I use or have liked in the past, but these are definitely my 'holy grail' items.

Currently, I'm trying to find that holy grail heavy night time moisturiser. I asked on instagram a month or so ago and got tons of cruelty free suggestions, so working through those now. Currently using this Derma E one which sometimes feels amazing and sometimes does not. The scent is super strong and sometimes it makes my face feel super tight and dry which is super weird for a moisturiser. Won't be repurchasing.

I've also been trying to find a good body moisturiser, one that actually sinks in and doesn't feel greasy - if you have any cruelty free suggestions, please share!

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