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Skin Type: dry/sensitive | Country/Climate I'm in: Coastal California/Cool humid | Top Skin Concern: redness/sensitivity/dryness/wrinkles
Current Routine/Products I'm Using:
ETUDE HOUSE Real Art Cleansing Oil Mild (this is fairly new to my routine, but I've been using oil cleanser for about two years now)
Paula's Choice Calm cleanser for normal/dry
Paula's Choice 1% BHA lotion
Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moisture (this is fairly new to my routine)
Holy Snails Shark Sauce
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE Age Prevention Superfood Cream
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid ((this is fairly new to my routine)
Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++
ehhh, I don't always wash my face more than once a day. I'm a SAHM, so I don't always get out of the house. I've been trying to wear makeup in an effort for force myself to cleanse my face at night, but it has been irritating the bejesus out of my face. I likely have pre-rosacea (it runs in the family) and my face gets tight/hot/sensitive every time I try.
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I am just starting my journey into Asian/Korean beauty. I have a a friend who has been helping me along. I have ROSETTE | Skin Care | Aqua Ceramide Gel on deck to replace my YTTP moisturizer. I am also nearly finished with my PC cleanser, and I tried the Cosrx low ph but it really irritated my skin. I am waiting to try the Innisfree Blueberry cleanser that was recommended to me in a previous thread. I also have some Alpha Lipoic acid from The Ordinary, but I'm not sure where to put it.
I am looking for tips, product suggestions, and order of operation advice!
Ok. Many thanks for the replies by the way. I'm in the uk, is the link below the same ceramide gel you use?
ROSETTE | Skin Care | Aqua Ceramide Gel 80g (japan import) [Badartikel] [link]
If i used that as a 'base' layer then my aveeno skin care on top...would that be an acceptable combo do you feel?
For ceramides and moisture barrier problems try this [link].
Rosette Ceramide Gel is raved about on AB reddit and it's pretty cheap. You probably know this already, but to help your moisture barrier you'll want anything with a high amount of ceramides.
Aside from the lists that we can find on the sub, I'm not sure off the top of my head of ampoules or serums that contain ceramides. Of course, we can find plenty of creams and other moisturizing products that are full of ceramides. The Rosette Ceramide Gel is going for about $12 with free shipping on Amazon, here, and you can find plenty of reviews on the sub. I ordered one and I'm pretty excited to start using it. Maybe this could help in combo with your toner and emulsion? What are you using to moisturize at the moment, besides the emulsion?
> I had already bought it and felt like I needed to use it all to justify the price
lmao I'm slogging through like...3 products I'm not a huge fan of right now just because I don't wanna waste them
You maaay have seen me rec these products before because I rec them all the time in the DHT and I consider you DHT friend (I recognize your username, it's a good username), so I apologize if you've seen them before:
CeraVe Baby Lotion - I really like this one a lot! I have dry skin in the winter, oily skin in the summer, and I find that this moisturizer works during all seasons for me. It's lightweight and dries matte, so it works for me in the summer, yet it's incredibly moisturizing so it works for me in the winter, too! It's a stiff, thick lotion, but despite this it doesn't feel heavy on the skin whatsoever. I highly recommend this - it seems like it would work for a lot of different skin types. Kind of a...light clean smell? It's not an obvious scent, nor is it offensive or chemical-y, just...present if you stick your nose in the bottle.
Trader Joe's Oil-Free Moisturizer/CosRx Oil Free Lotion - from reviews, these guys seem very similar. I have the TJ one and it's a thin, runny lotion that dries quickly and dries matte. I don't find it to be moisturizing enough on its own, but it may be suitable for oily skin types. Definitely dries matte and lightweight! The TJ's has no scent, I imagine CosRx is the same.
Acure Mattifying Moisturizer - this one is similar in moisturizing ability to the CeraVe Baby Lotion, but I find it dries a bit shinier. It does dry down super fast, but it just...leaves a bit of shine behind. I still dig this one though! Smells like chamomile :D
I'm gonna link some gel moisturizer recs that I haven't personally tried, but the reviews may be of interest:
> * Rosette Ceramide Gel (review, amazon)
> * Hada Labo Premium Hyaluronic Oil Jelly (review, amazon)
> * Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream (review, jolse)
> * Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream (review, jolse)
> * Skin Ceramic Donkey Milk Yogurt All-In-One Gel Cream (review, yesstyle)
> * Dr Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer (sephora, review)
> * CosRx Advanced Snail 92 All-In-One Cream (review, jolse)
I tried a sample of the CosRx Snail AIO Cream, and I found it to be a nice basic gel-cream. No scent, feels lightweight, all around a nice bland moisturizing gel.
> * Belief Aqua Bomb (review, sephora)
> * Meishoku Ceracolla Perfect Gel (review)
I also have some products that you may wish to avoid in case you end up stumbling across them on your search:
Skinfood Watery Berry Gel Cream - "light gel that dries down fast with lots of slip; AWFUL smell like the lovechild of old lady floral and stereotypical skincare; stings like the dickens; ended up frantically trying to use it up on my body but it even sucked at that"
(description pulled from my notes cuz I used it forever ago, but the experience has stuck with me. 0/10)
You could try the Rosette Ceramide Gel. I've heard some great things about it here.
Here's a link to it on Amazon. I've purchased it from here recently, I haven't gotten it yet to review though.
And a link to a reddit thread about it.
The picture of the jar on Amazon just says Ceramide Gel Rosette. If you mean the Japanese, it says ロゼットセラミドゲル
Yaaay hug No problem, I'm happy to help!
I know what you mean, I didn't hear about the Aqua either, until I was forced to look for a replacement for my Honey.
The Rosette is on Amazon! In the US at least. It's not terribly expensive either!
I'm glad you have other awesome products to use in the meantime too.
Also, because I'm an enabler, just fyi there's a 30mL version of the Sulwhasoo. So you can try it out for a lot cheaper, or have a small bottle for special occasions, like me. :)
For DMAE a la Rewind:
For ceramides and antioxidants a la Liquid Gold:
Just order from TO or Paula's Choice.
>I’m not sure if it’s the cleanser, but I use it in the shower in the morning (maybe a bad idea?) and every time I use it it makes my skin feel a bit tight/“squeaky clean”.
Yeah, that doesn't sound like the cleanser is working for you. I'd drop it for now and just rinse with water, and check out some alternative cleansers once your skin isn't feeling so irritated :)
>Honestly I don’t think it’d be a bad idea to drop everything until I see a dermatologist but I’m worried I might breakout.
Eh, breakout > irritation & damage imo. If your routine of cleansing + moisturizing was enough to mitigate some acne, I don't think rinsing with water would set you back too far
>I say this because before, my acne wasn’t bad at all, then I had one breakout and may have freaked out and I feel like everything’s causing more and more.
Totally possible!! Throwing a whole bunch of stuff at your skin can often cause more trouble than it's worth - it's best to take skincare slowly and methodically, working your way through your options but never rushing things. When you start adding too many things at once you never really know what's causing what, or which products are actually working for you. Nothin wrong with scrapping everything and starting over, slowly taking your time to build a routine that you really like and enjoy :)
>And does sunscreen really make a big difference when I’m in school all day? Or a big difference in general?
Everyone's going to weigh this differently, but I think sunscreen is less important if you're inside most of the day and only outside when the UV index is low. So during the winter I'm fine with skipping sunscreen, but during the summer I usually apply once in the AM and then again in the early afternoon if I'm planning a hike or something. (And of course if I'm planning on being outside for a significant portion of time.)
UV damage is cumulative, skin cancer blows, and UV rays account for 80% of the extrinsic signs of aging. I think it's more important to use sunscreen if there's a high UV index, if you'll be outside for a good period of time, if you're prone to hyperpigmentation, or if you're concerned with anti-aging. That said, all those factors are up to you! You decide if it's worth it or not
Personally, even though most of the time I'm not a huge stickler on sunscreen, I think it's a good habit to get into. Once it becomes routine it becomes less of a chore. So even though I don't sweat it if I forget to apply in the winter, I do still try to use it more often than not.
>I feel like it will leave an oily look. Which is why I don’t like using moisturizer.
Ahh, you just haven't found the right sunscreen yet! There are plenty of non-oily, mattifying sunscreens out there! You should check out the sunscreen HG thread, and here are some recs accumulated from various oily skin HG threads:
Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF50+/PA+++
Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk SPF50+
Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Lotion
CeraVe Ultra Light Moisturizer + SPF 30
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ WetForce
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid SPF 60
>My moisturizer just feels weird in general to use. I do t really know how to explain it.
You might like CeraVe Baby Lotion - it's a stiff, thick lotion that's very moisturizing but feels very lightweight and isn't greasy or oily at all.
You might also enjoy gel or gel-cream moisturizers, which tend to be lightweight and not shiny:
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream
Rosette Ceramide Gel
Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream
Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream
Dr Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer
CosRx Advanced Snail 92 All-In-One Cream
What kind of skin do you have? Are you using any exfoliants? Was it an issue, the flaky skin, before you started using the lotion? Does your skin still get flaky if you DONT use the Hada Labo lotion? Does it only happen when you use it in combination with the Clinique moisturizer? Do you have any ingredients allergies or sensitivities?
I have fairly normal skin/leaning more towards dry. I was using Josie Maran Argan oil whipped face butter and it was working good, but when I made the switch to an AB moisturizer I tried the rosette ceramide gel and had good and the Hada Labo Cream and had good success.
But I’ve read that sometimes if you don’t have a good enough moisturizer to go on top of the Hada Labo lotion, because it has HA in it, it can actually draw moisturizer out of your skin making it more dry.. this could maybe explain the flaking.
I would suggest going to /r/asianbeautyexchange and looking for some decants! It’s he best way to try out moisturizers without fully committing. :)
This is what i posted on AsianBeauty, but i also really wanted to post on here because you guys helped me A LOT in understanding the way the skin works (pH, AHAs, BHAs, oil cleansing, etc... even my moisturizer!! i got it from your guys' recommendations!!❤ )
I work in an environment where there is a lot of bicarbonate in the air. Since bicarbonate is alkaline, im worried that im messing with my skin's pH. I was wondering if anyone knows a way to combat the alkalinity with maybe a toner, or lotion, or anything?!! something that would bring my skin's pH down to the slightly acidic level it should be at. I've also noticed my skin get a lot drier ever since starting work there. Has anyone tried ROSETTE Ceramide Gel?? How does it compare with the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion i currently use in my routine?
I'm asking AsianBeauty because your products & recommendations helped me a lot!!
PS, i think my skin is clog-prone, so keep that in mind when recommending products!! (i've read a lot that people got clogged skin from the CeraVe that i use, but to me, it doesn't clog my skin at all! just thought i'd mention it since even though it clogs a lot of people's skin, it doesn't clog mine, so still recommend whatever it is that came to mind!! even if it may clog skin!!)
Skin type: on the sensitive side || Country/Climate i'm in: Canada // colder weather approaching now :(((
Top Skin Concern: CCs and hyperpigmentation, and acne :(((
Current Routine / Products I'm Using:
splash face with water; pat dry; apply CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
apply EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41 Sunscreen
on Thursdays and Sundays, after splashing my face with water and patting dry, i apply ZOMEDICAL Glycogent and then follow up with the rest of the routine (Cerave and EltaMD)
remove sunscreen with KOSE Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil
wash face with Rohto HADA LABO Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam
apply the same CeraVe lotion that i use in the morning
on Thursdays and Sundays, instead of washing with the Hada Labo cleansing foam, i wash with CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and then apply ZOMEDICAL Brightenex, and i DO NOT apply the CeraVe lotion over that
I'm an 18-year old female, if that helps, who may or may not have hormonal issues (don't get a regular period :/) and i eat gluten- and dairy- free, and i limit the amount of sweets i have (mainly i eat protein and veggies, or protein and fruits throughout the day). Also, i drink only teas and water (no fruit juices, coffee, or pop!). I also don't eat artifical things/things with preservatives, etc. (i like to eat things that are minimally processed).
Any help is appreciated
Sorry for the lengthy post, i just want to make sure you have as much info so you can best recommend something for me!!
TL;DR started working where the air is alkaline. worried about that fucking up my skin's pH and the horrible clogged skin, dry skin, reddness, etc, that results from that. wondering if there's anything i could add to my routine to combat the alkalinity -- perhaps a toner, lotion, etc, that will bring down my skin's pH to a more acidic level (as it naturally should be slightly acidic). ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED ❤❤
*edited for formatting lol ❤
Ethnicity: White (Eastern-European)
*edited for formatting & added in ethnicity in case that's useful??
Thanks! Is this it? Whats your skin type and which sunscreens dried you up by the way?
Thank you! Is this product on Amazon Prime the same thing?
The Rosette can be purchased from Amazon.co.jp through Amazon Global. I haven't purchased from this site yet, but others have said shipping is very fast - about a week (or less!) to get their items. Here's the thread about purchasing from Amazon.co.jp.
Some people are sensitive to the nut oil in the Rosette, and the Meishoku Ceracolla Perfect Gel is similar but without the oil.
Are you not in the US??? I found it at Amazon, which is where I buy it usually: