anonymous asked:

Hey, what are some of your skin tips?

1. Eat healthy, drink water, teas, sleep and exercise - I know everyone says this but I do think it’s so important long term (for skin, body and overall health)

2. Make sure the products you’re using are right for you - I found that once I stopped using oils on my skin it cleared up considerably, the oils must have been too much for me. I personally try to stay away from products containing fragrance or colours and I won’t use anything containing sulfates - way too drying for me. I also stay away from any products/DIY recipes containing bi-carb soda, 

3. I sleep on a silk pillowcase as cotton can absorb a lot of the product you put on your face meaning it’s going into your pillowcase instead. It’s also better for your hair and is supposed to help prevent wrinkles

4. I wash my pillowcase at least once a week and try to always use a fresh towel

5. Be consistent with your skincare. I use one of those makeup eraser microfibre cloths if I have worn makeup that day, cleanse, then cleanse again with my Clarisonic. Also if you’re washing your hair, do it before you wash your face as ingredients in some hair products can cause breakouts. I would also recommend chemical exfoliation rather than physical exfoliation (I really like the First Aid Beauty Blemish Patrol/Radiance Pads).

6. If you’re getting breakouts, figuring out what type of acne you’re getting can help you find a solution - for me, I was getting deep, cystic acne on my cheeks and jawline and it was a hormonal issue. I was able to clear up the majority of it by taking a supplement called Estroblock/equivalent supplements, as well as zinc, vitamin C and magnesium

7. Understand the difference between oiliness/dehydration, your skin could be really oily and still be dehydrated. Products containing Hyaluronic Acid are great (the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra is really nice), and you could try a product like Sunday Riley Good Genes which contains Lactic Acid

8. For scarring I highly recommend using a Vitamin c product and looking into derma needling

Some of my favourite skincare brands/products: Sunday Riley, Sircuit Skin, Drunk Elephant, Tata Harper, Ren, the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (SO moisturising, my lips haven’t been dry at all this winter), First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance/Blemish Patrol pads and the Glamglow Clearing Mud (as a spot treatment) - none of the products mentioned test on animals.

It’s been forever since my last beauty review, but they’re finally back! Chick Advisor was kind enough to send me a few things from the Vichy Normaderm line to try out, and I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts with all of you. This was my first time trying products from Vichy, and while I’ve heard of the brand, I’m not extremely familiar with them. The Normaderm line that I was sent is designed to treat oily, acne-prone skin. It’s actually formulated to treat adult acne, which sounds like a godsend.

Keep reading to see my thoughts on some of their products!

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Updated Perfect Skin Routine

This is obviously the most unflattering selfie of all time, but I wanted to post an unretouched picture of my skin after 8 months of using Paula’s Choice skincare. I started on Oct. 18, with my major concerns being cystic acne, oiliness, pore size, dehydration and dullness. However, like last time, I’m making recommendations for all skin types. As always, use this link to get 10% off your order:

Before bed:

-Cleanse with Hydralight Cleanser. This is a great option for all skin types, but especially sensitive and oily skin. It doesn’t foam, which I love because I find that non-stripping cleansers prevent my skin from overproducing oil. Since Paula is discontinuing her Hydralight line, the giant 16 oz. bottle is under $22. If you miss out on Hydralight, go for one of the Redness Relief cleansers ($17), whose ingredients are super similar. There is a Redness Relief cleanser for oily skin (which is closer to Hydralight) and one for dry skin, which is milkier and lathers slightly.

-I will never be a big proponent of using toners because there is nothing in a toner that isn’t in your serum or moisturizer - it’s basically just $20 for a bottle of water plus some beneficial plant extracts and fillers. But…I’ve started using one. I love the Redness Relief toner for oily skin. I find that it genuinely calms down inflamed and ruddy skin. Also for my trans sisters who are looking for a good aftershave - this is the one. The RR toner geared toward dry skin has a few extra silicones and emollients. Some people are fans, but it’s not my thing - the one for oily skin works for all skin types.

-I prefer BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliants over AHA (glycolic, lactic acid) exfoliants for myself, since I have oily skin and huge pores. BHA cuts through oil and shrinks pores - two things AHAs can’t do. However, for people with dry/dehydrated skin and those with a BHA allergy, AHA is amazing at restoring the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Both AHA and BHA exfoliants are equally potent, depending on concentration, at treating acne and wrinkles and sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal smooth, glowing skin without the use of a scrub or physical exfoliant.

Every night, I use the 2% BHA liquid ($28), splashing some into the palm of my hands and smoothing it all over my face, avoiding my lashline but being sure to spread some onto the milia on my eyelids. Paula also makes a gel version if you prefer that over liquid, plus a lotion version for dry skin sufferers (the liquid is the intensest and fastest-acting of those three). For those with very sensitive skin, Paula makes a 1% BHA in her Redness Relief line ($26). For people with moderate acne, the Clear Regular Strength exfoliant with 2% is a good option. For those with severe acne, there is the extra-strength version.

AHA lovers should go for the 8% AHA gel ($28), using it 2-3 times per week. If the concentration is too low, a 10% liquid is available for $35 as a weekly treatment, and for those with sensitive skin there’s a daily 5% treatment for $32.

Once per week, I use the 4% BHA foam ($35). I’m obsessed with this stuff - it’s amazing for the areas I have the biggest pores and where I’m most prone to breakouts, like my nose and hairline, respectively. It’s easy to overuse it - I don’t have sensitive skin at all but when I use this treatment too often my nostrils get flakey, so be careful. But this exfoliant is heaven for white heads, big pores and acne.

On cystic breakouts, I use one of two treatments: the BHA 9 Spot Treatment ($42) which is AMAZING for blackheads/clogged pores/whiteheads; or the way more reasonably-priced 5% benzoyl peroxide treatment ($18). There’s a regular strength (2.5 %) version for the faint of heart.

On the acne on my body (this is especially for anyone who shaves or waxes their privates, etc.) I use the 2% BHA Body Spray ($24), although people suffering from dry skin or keratosis pilaris will love the 10% AHA Body Lotion ($27). I hate its texture - it goes from thick lotion to watery liquid as you spread it, which a lot of people love I guess. The BHA version ($25) might be better, depending on preference.

-I switch around between three serums: the Redness Relief serum ($32) which everyone is obsessed with - it’s amazing for dehydration, dryness, redness, acne, etc. - and two retinol serums: the amazing 1% retinol treatment ($55) and the lighter Resist retinol serum ($40). Retinol is an amazing anti-aging treatment for pores and fine lines, as well as other skin texture issues like acne scarring. If you have dry skin and want an all-in-one anti-aging treatment moisturizer, try the Resist Intensive Repair Cream ($32).

I mix three drops of the Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster in with my serum every night, in place of a moisturizer. Not only does it keep my skin moist, but it also helps calm down my sebum glands to prevent excess oiliness. It contains all my favorite oils, from argan to sunflower seed. It’s important NOT to apply the oil directly on the parts of your face prone to white heads (I make sure it doesn’t really touch my nose).

For anyone who has dull, discolored skin a few drops of the Vitamin C15 Super Booster helps brighten and correct the complexion. I have some dark spots and hyperpigmentation from sun damage on my ass, and my roommate has severe hyperpigmentation on her face from being on wonky birth control. Both of us use the Super Booster every night all over, but we apply the Resist Dark Spot Corrector with 7% AHA directly on dark patches.

If you need a moisturizer at night, there’s a ton of options. The $28 Redness Relief moisturizer (dry/oily) is my fave and a no-brainer, but check here to take your pick.


-I usually don’t cleanse in the daytime unless I’ve fallen asleep without cleansing, which obviously is something none of us should be doing. I prefer to just rinse my face in the shower (never with hot water, which can bust your hydrolipidic film). Then I just tone and slap some of the Redness Relief serum all over.

-Everyone needs a sunblock. If you’re using a retinoid, exfoliant, or skin brightener, your skin might be more sensitive to sun damage, which obviously defeats the purpose of using any of those treatments. People with sensitive skin, and really anyone else, will love the $28 Redness Relief sunblocks (dry/oily). Even people with sensitivities to silicones and sunblocks tend not to have reactions to these formulas, so I don’t often recommend other formulas. But! Hydralight sunblock (also $28) is a terrific alternative for oily skin that needs light moisture, and for very dry skin I love the Skin Recovery SPF 30 sunblock ($28). All of them make amazing primers for foundation, but my personal favorite for oily skin is the Super Light SPF 30 formula ($32). However, Super Light is very drying and it leaves an obvious grey cast on dark skin, more so than Paula’s other sunblock formulas. @agavehoney has some smart hacks on how to prevent sunblock from making dark skin appear ashy. Be sure to encircle your sunblock around your eye area as this skin is the thinnest and most prone to damage, discoloration, and wrinkles.