I used to be someone who smeared on a random tinted moisturizer in the morning. Even worse, I only used a cheap face wipe in the evening to get rid of the remnants of the day. Over the years, however, I have found pleasure and an interest in all things beauty products and skin care. I probably will never turn full on beauty blogger. Mostly, because I find it incredibly hard to write about how the products are formulated and working on my skin. But I do want to show you my favourites from time to time. Especially because I know that some of you are suffering from acne-prone skin as well.
As you might know, from Instagram or previous beauty posts, I have been suffering from severe acne and skin problems for the most part of my twenties. I was ashamed of my skin and never really figured out how to get rid of this problem. After countless doctors appointments and tried treatments, I decided to do some research. What I found out is, that it’s all about the ingredients you put on your skin. I did lose myself in beauty research and probably spent days reading up on Retinol, Acids and the way oil- and water-based treatments work on your skin. And now, my skin looks better than ever.
I cannot claim that any of these products healed my acne because a lot of the change that has happened over the past year might have come also from my diet, lifestyle change and/or my hormones finally calming down after getting off the contraceptive pill a couple of months ago. However, these are some of the beauty products I have been loving lately and want to introduce to your life as well.
Okay, here are my hero products of the year. The DECIEM Ordinary line has literally changed my beauty regime for the better. I never thought I would say this but this brand is one I never want to miss because I do think that the main reason why my skin has cleared up so well actually are these products. Admittedly, the Ordinary can be a bit daunting to get started on. They have so many products and it sometimes is hard to navigate your way around them. Hence, I did an extensive online research session. I tried to read into as many ingredients as I could, watched about 30 YouTube videos of people with similar acne problems as I had and then decided on which products to get.
My The Ordinary Favourites for the morning:
The Ordinary “Buffet” was the first product I tried of theirs. It’s their all-in-one solution for better skin and can be applied both in the AM and PM underneath any heavy cream. I do use it as a base layer in the morning, right after cleansing and toning my face. Whenever my skin is feeling dry, I also go in with the Squalane for some added moisture-fix.
- “Buffet”: It is a multi-peptide serum featuring an array of anti-ageing technologies that stimulate collagen synthesis. It also contains hyaluronic acid to plump fine lines and wrinkles.
- 100% Plant-Derived Squalane: Squalane is a hydrocarbon found naturally in the skin. It works as a hydrator, preventing the ongoing evaporation of moisture and in turn, maintains skin’s suppleness and bounce.
My The Ordinary Favourites for the evening:
In the evenings I usually cleanse my face with micellar water and a face foam and then apply a bit of the 2% Granactive Retinoid in Squalane Serum. As Retinoid is quite aggressive you need to be very cautious here. I do not use it every day and try to give my skin some days off to regenerate and breathe. Also, you have to use SPF always when using Retinoid on your skin. I did intentionally only go for the 2% version rather than the 5% Retinoid in order to not be too aggressive to my skin – and it still works wonderfully. Another product I do use in the evenings in the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Solution in order to combat any blemished and/or acne scars.
- Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%: This serum targets breakouts, minimises visible pores and clears congestion by balancing skin’s oil production.
- Retinoid: Retinoids are vitamin A derivates which ‘irritate’ sluggish skin cells to kick-start creation of essential scaffolding: the elastin and collagen which keeps skin strong, supple and resilient. Hence, making Retinoids the perfect product for anti-aging and combating acne.
Origins Original Skin
I used to love Origins for their clay mask back in the day. When I was at our local drug store and wanted to get a new mattifying moisturizer for spring, the woman working there recommended me this creme and so I did take it home. I do love the way this Origins Original Skin moisturizer smells and feels on my skin. It probably wouldn’t be the best pick for dry winter skin but during the warmer months, I find my face constantly being oily. In order to combat that unwanted greasy glow, I think this one will be a game changer.
Pixi Glow Tonic
I was introduced to the Glow Tonic from Pixi by a friend of mine who got it sent as a pr sample. When she started raving about it, I asked her whether she would be willing to let me try it. I love it ever since. I bought my own bottle and once I started to frequently use it and really incorporate it into my beauty regime, I saw a huge change in my complexion and glow. But there was also a change in the way my acne around the nose and on the forehead looked.
The main ingredient in this tonic is 5% Glycolic acid, which technically makes it a chemical peeling. Hence, I do not use this product every AM and PM as recommended. Rather, I do use it every morning when my skin is worse, which usually happens when I’m on my period. Whenever my skin is clearing up I try to go a few days without peeling my face in the mornings so it can calm down and breathe.
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