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Favorite Skincare Products

Wanted to start off my first post in Beauty with some recommendations for skincare products. Having a good routine to take care of your skin is just so important. I think the best form of makeup is actually just clear skin. When your complexion looks clean and radiant, then there's no need to cake on the foundation or coverup.

Besides, it's never too early to take care of your skin! It's definitely better to start taking care of your skin young, to prevent permanent damage when you're older.

I also can speak to the fact that keeping a consistent routine just helps me feel better. It's a good form of self-care, and having a fixed routine helps to have reliability in my life.

I have a mix of products that I prefer -- some are daily, and others are more weekly. Then for daily products, some are meant to be used in the morning and others are reserved for night.


In terms of just general favorite brands, mine include:

  • Tatcha (clean skincare)

  • Drunk Elephant (clean skincare)

  • GlamGlow

  • Summer Fridays (clean skincare)

  • Ren (clean skincare)

  • Sunday Riley

  • Herbivore (clean skincare)

(Clean skincare brands don't use toxic ingredients or harmful parabens)


Treatments & Serums:

Lactic Acid Treatments

What does lactic acid do? Lactic acid helps to improve the skin's natural moisture levels to keep skin from feeling less dry, also promotes collagen growth and firms skin

Skincare concerns: fine lines & wrinkles, pores, dark spots

Skin type: normal, dry, combination, and oily

When to Use: can be used day or night, but I use at night

Vitamin C Serums

What does Vitamin C do? Reduces redness and evens out skin tone, helps hydrate the skin, helps brighten overall complexion

Skincare concerns: fine lines & wrinkles, dullness & uneven texture, loss of firmness and elasticity

Skin type: normal, dry, combination, and oily

When to use: apply in the mornings

AHA Serums

What is AHA (aka Alpha Hydroxy Acid)? Helps to exfoliate and brighten skin, promotes collagen production, helps to treat and prevent acne

Skincare concerns: dullness & uneven texture, pores, and acne & blemishes

Skin type: normal, dry, combination, and oily

When to use: apply 4-8 drops nightly



For Replenishing:

How it works: two-in-one mask with microbeads to exfoliate and buff skin (making it clearer and brighter), made of a mix of natural oils to help add moisture to the skin

Skincare concerns: dark spots, dryness, and fine lines & wrinkles

Skin type: normal, dry, combination, and oily

*it's also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free!

For Acne:

Benefits of charcoal masks: remove impurities from the skin by absorbing bad bacteria and toxins, helps fight acne and clear pores

Skincare concerns: pores, acne & blemishes, and oiliness

Skin type: combination and oily

*Special ingredients: "Super six acid blend" (Lactic, Salicylic, Glycolic, Mandelic, Tartaric, and Tyruvic acids)

*GlamGlow makes a full-sized, but also a

mini version for travel and to try out

For Brightening/Radiance:

Benefits of Glycolic acid: treats breakouts, helps even skin tone by fixing hyperpigmentation and dullness, gently exfoliates my removing dead skin cells

Skincare concerns: dark spots, dullness, and loss of firmness & elasticity

Skin type: normal, dry, combination, and oily

*Tips for using Glycolic acid: make sure it's a high enough percentage, results take time and you have to be consistent in use


Cleansers & Toners:

*What's the difference between cleanser and toner? Cleansers clean skin, while toners balance the pH of skin and help to control acne*


How to Use Toners:

~Soak a cotton pad with the toner, then swipe the moistened pad over face and neck and chest (don't just do face because neck and chest area are also important!)

~Use toner AFTER washing face, but BEFORE serum or treatment

~Note if it's a strong acid-concentrated toner, avoid open wounds or raw blemishes because it can cause irritation

~There are different toners on the market that target different skin types (e.g. oily skin should use alcohol free, whereas dry skin should use a toner with hydrating effects)

Allure recommended toners: Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic, E.L.F. Cosmetics Supertone (great budget friendly option!), Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner


*Cleansing and washing might not be the most glamorous of the skincare routine steps, but this one is the MOST IMPORTANT

*Choose your cleanser based on your personal skincare needs! Do you have frequent breakouts? Then you should consider cleansers with sulfuric acid and other acid blends. Do you have sensitive skin? Look for all-natural products with lighter formulas

*This Tatcha Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder is one of my absolute favorite cleansers. It comes in 4 different formulas based on your personal needs. The

Other cult favorites: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, exfoliating Japanese rice bran

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser (budget transforms to a creamy foam for extra

friendly), Le Mer The Cleansing Oil (luxury), nourishment and a smooth finish.

Drunk Elephant Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser, Kate

Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser



On Finding the Right Moisturizer for You:

~Just like your cleanser, make sure your moisturizer is appropriate for your skin type (i.e. if you have dryer skin, go for a heavier moisturizer; whereas someone with acne-prone skin should steer clear of moisturizers with oils that will clog your pores)

~Especially if you have sensitive skin or a skin condition, look for special formulas built for your needs because there are moisturizers out there that can also help treat conditions like eczema

~If you can, definitely opt for moisturizers with built-in sunscreen, especially during summer time or if you live in sunnier environments

~Consider moisturizers with other factors built-in, like creams that have retinol for collagen production or soothing plant-based formulas for soothing redness and irritation

~Sometimes you'll need to switch up the type of moisturizer you use based on the season -- winter time generally brings with it dryer skin, so you may need to boost your moisturizing game to combat the cold

~The game of moisturizers has evolved, and you don't just have to go for your basic cream-base! There are also moisturizing gels and serums out there too that can do the same job. You just got to figure out what works better for your lifestyle and your skin type.


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