kinda related... but did you all know that reusable cotton or bamboo makeup pads exist? (i didn’t until some months ago)
i’ve switched over to using them to remove my make up with my micellar water and they do a great job and i just throw them into the wash with my laundry. they were affordable and available on amazon (also seen DIY versions too!). just sharing in case you were interested in reducing your waste! :)
edit: this is the amazon link to bamboo ones i have purchased (comes with one cute bag and one mesh bag) but there are many other listings and someone also suggested etsy. i personally have no other experiences with other reusable pads but these work and wash fine! (they require slightly more liquid product but this is a trade off i am fine with)
edit 2: also these unfortunately don’t work to replace pads to remove nail polish just FYI!!!
I’ve been thinking about getting a skincare fridge for a while now but never really had any extra money to, so it was really nice of him to get me one!
The brand is called Cooluli and he got it off of Amazon. It’s so cute (and pink) and stores a good amount of products.
So far my favorite has been using a nice and cold rose quartz roller under my eyes first thing in the morning to reduce the puffiness I get.
Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm - Banila Co
Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer - Glow Recipe
Strawberry Milk Sheet Mask - A’PIEU
Pond’s Clarant B3 Dark Spot Correcting Cream
Tea Tree Water Toner - Lush
Lotus Face Mask - Real Nature
This is the organizer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JLFZEGY/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I set up each shelf based on the extreme sizes of some of my products (looking at you, Body Hero!). All of my vitamins are on the top, as well as my tub of CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, Moroccan Oil Treatment, brushes and cotton pads.
Try using a 2% Pyrithione Zinc soap with a back scrubber such as a hemp or sisal strap, a nylon mesh rope or an old fashioned, long handled backbrush. Don't scrub your skin raw, gentle daily exfoliation is what you want. You should wet the scrubber, lather it with your soap scrub as with a washcloth.
Cystic acne won't come to the surface, and I wish I would have known that a lot earlier, because for years I would squeeze at the damn thing trying to get it to pop. When a cystic zit is forming, a bunch of oil is being produced deep down in the pore causing the pore walls to break down and then a infection starts with a lot of inflammation. So there isn't a pocket of sebum, dead skin cells and other gunk like with pimples where you can pop it. When you try pushing on it, it will just swell more and cause more damage. After I found this out I quit messing with them and they go away a lot faster and don't leave and the PIE doesn't stick around as long either.
Just keep your skin clean and use a cleanser with salicylic acid or use a spot treatment with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. You can ice it, take NSAIDS like naproxen or ibuprofen to bring the swelling down. I use these pimple patches and unlike other patches these ones have cica, tea tree oil, and calendula oil to help sooth and kill bacteria. Even though it won't get a bunch of gunk like on pimples it still keeps it clean, soothe it, and absorb some oil. I always wake up to them being smaller and less inflammed. The patches come in 3 sizes and the big ones cover cystic acne with room to spare and it has the perforated strips to get the patches off of the backing easier.
Hey, I see you have oil in a little pot. May I suggest these. I have a ton for travel and I love them because they work for everything and they're durable. I have the 5 and 10 ml.. 5ml bottles are the size of a Drunk Elephant mini airless pump from the deluxe samples set
I’ve seen some beauty gurus recommend some bamboo reusable pads from amazon for like $10-12. This is an example
I wasn't sure if this would fit in product questions or diy, so I put it in misc.
Seriously though, I get that the brand is a lot of the price, but these are just pure ingredients. The brand didn't do much other than create packaging with their brand on it.
You can get all of these, with more product, for less than $15 on amazon with just a quick search and hardly any effort.
Squalene, 2 fl oz (60 ml): www.amazon.com/dp/B003MJG19K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_9UIBzbJZ2ASP5
Argan Oil, 4 fl oz (120 ml): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QVR0O6Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_FLIBzbJPQ620Q
Shea Butter, 7 oz: www.amazon.com/dp/B000F4J8VI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_5KIBzbV2CPQG2
You can get them for even cheaper if you bought them from ingredient suppliers as well.
Or if it's your own house (or apartment, they come off easily), you can put a clear UV film on the window, which I think is the best option if you're not going outside that day since it virtually eliminates user error w/ sunscreen.
Fellow depressive here!
It’s dirt and grime and dead skin.
You need to exfoliate , it’s going to take a longer shower or two before you get rid of it all. It’s exhausting but once you get rid of it. It won’t come back unless you stop showering again.
These work really good
Salux Nylon Japanese Beauty Skin Bath Wash Cloth/towel (3) Blue Yellow and Pink https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B007IAE5WY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_jxW.Fb6MWH6MZ
You can just get them at your local pharmacy, either generic brand or Band-aid sells them, which is what these are. These are the extra-large variety, which includes 3 for about $4. https://www.amazon.com/Band-Aid-Waterproof-Adhesive-Bandages-Blisters/dp/B077TN7L3R/ref=sr_1_5_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1536020792&sr=8-5&keywords=bandaid+blister+bandage
2 weeks difference!
I think the biggest change has been adding safflower oil. I've been struggling with fine lines in my forehead and cheeks for several months since winter kicked in, and it didn't seem like there was much of a difference. But I started adding safflower oil during my routine and it seems like most of the lines are faded!
I previously used jojoba, argan, or squalane, but this has been the best oil for me so far.
EDIT: Safflower oil is from Whole Foods 365 line. Literally the type you can cook with.
Thank you! On days I'm going to be in the sun more than an hour or so I use this. I don't think it's holy grail but it gets the job done and doesn't make me break out. Do you have a suggestion of a sunscreen you love?
I have this cleanser, and it's pretty cheap, under $10 at Walmart. Amazon pantry has it for $6.
I have this hat in a "natural" color. I love it. Except every time I wear it some stranger tells me about their melonoma.
San Diego Women's Ultrabraid X... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0032AMW10?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Same thing happened to me when I moved to DC a couple months ago. It made my skin so dry that I started developing eczema on my eyelids which was super painful and a bit scary looking.
Another redditor on this sub recommended this water filter for my shower and it’s been a huge help for my skin! Super easy to install as well
All hail Amazon. Also, it's SUPER soft and amazing. https://www.amazon.com/Sidecca-Cats-and-Donuts-Tank-Blue-Small/dp/B00X6I3H9E/ref=sr_1_fkmr3_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1504035946&sr=8-2-fkmr3&keywords=cats+riding+donuts+tank+top
As a guy, I can say I don't need something marketed for men. Once I found a non-greasy sunscreen that didn't make me smell like a beachball, I wear it every day. I like this one.
Not OP but this is the one I use and IT IS AMAZING. Op is right, shaving makes your makeup stay on better and I feel it also absorbs my facial products better! https://www.amazon.co.uk/TINKLE-eyebrow-Trimmer-Twinkle-Removers/dp/B00621EBTW/ref=sr_1_5_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1520679498&sr=8-5&keywords=facial+razor
Thanks OP for the reminder that it's time to shave mine. Your skin is amazing <3
Thanks for your review!
Found it on prime for $6.50 in case anybody was interested and too lazy to run to Walmart haha. Just bought rn because of this review.
Great to see someone with a darker shade of skin posting, thanks for this. Have you had any experience with "Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer" (SPF 30)? It's specifically for oil control. I had a better experience with this one, rather than their regular Daily Moisturizer product. Again, thanks for posting for your results.
You have LHA in your routine (Effaclar duo plus) which is a BHA - oil soluble and clearing the pores. But you don't have an AHA, which is water soluble and will break up the "mortar" between the "skin cell bricks" to help the dry skin come off more easily. Basically, exfoliation. Try starting very slowly (once a week then twice then three times) with an AHA toner or serum, don't use glycolic because it's got the smallest molecule size and is most irritating. Either try lactic (a little larger) or mandelic (the largest). Lactic is generally easier to find and cheaper. Something like The Ordinary 5% lactic. Also add some more humectants to your routine- your tea tree also has alcohol in it which is both drying and irritating on many people. Try a thin hyaluronic acid toner like Hada Labo Light https://smile.amazon.com/Rohto-Goku-Jun-Hyaluronic-Lotion-Light/dp/B074GX61B2/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1532700445&sr=8-3&keywords=hada+labo+light or any other "moisturizing toner" you'd like before your tea tree gel morning and night. You can give it a few seconds to soak in and apply as many layers as you'd like. I'm in a hot humid climate and still use 3 layers. It has nothing in it that's going to irritate acne. Just replacing some of the moisture that you're taking out with other products.
So my son's shoulder developed this eczema patch and he was absolutely miserable. After trying a bunch of other moisturizers and lotions, I grabbed this Aveeno Baby Eczema Balm and hoped for the best.
And holy crap, did the best come through! This is literally the difference of 2 days. I applied it 2-3 times a day, just like I had been with the other products. It's a thick, smooth formula that goes on easily and soaks in fast. What an amazing difference!
There's one tiny little raised dot left, but it otherwise barely feels like there's any difference to the rest of his arm, not to mention how well the redness vanished.
Aveeno, you have one very happy customer... and a very un-itchy baby!
Hey, I looked up that AHA! Skin Tonic and found that there was no mandelic acid listed in the ingredients list, rather a blend of citrus oils (including bergamot) which are clinically proven to cause photo-toxic dermatitis. I would not recommend using, especially during the day!
Yes! I’ve tried it with all my cleansers and it works for all of them!! Even Cosrx good morning gel cleanser which is a really clear gel that doesn’t foam much when I just use my fingers to wash my face with it. When I put it in this thing it made a giant glob of soft foam!! Best beauty tool ever
I got mine from YesStyle but I saw similar ones on amazon I’ll try to link them ina minute
Edit: Here is this one
Mine is from the brand A’pieu and it works really well so I’m not sure if the two I linked will work as well as mine, since they’re different brands but I think they will ��
These things. I mean, I guess this is a different application than moisturizing but I think they helped with that as well. They feel so nice on a sore nipple. I also used lanolin for moisturizing them.
Found it on Amazon! Where else?! haha... It also has a few different colors (i think), if teal isn't your jam.
Here the Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007U54P36/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1 Bought it with Amazon Prime. Looking at the back of my product it says made in France, whereas the listing photo says made in USA
lol I'm totally the opposite. I like my skincare cheap but I don't mind spending $ on clothes, as long as the quality is high. In my experience a high quality clothing item that costs a bit more money can last me a decade, but a skincare product may only last me a few months...plus ingredients are cheap, there's often not an increase in quality with really expensive skincare items. edit: I understand the urge to spend money on sheet masks though! I've actually made myself only use diy sheet masks with these guys, because purchasing them was taking up too much of my budget
You COULD go to the dermatologist but...
I extract my own blackheads sometimes with extraction tools (I use this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019SVHLEY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_BO6CFb019G3Y3). Use rubbing alcohol to sanitize the tools+the skin where the blackhead is before extracting. You shouldn’t be using enough pressure that you cause bleeding.
Warning you that it’s easy to go overboard with extractions, so it’s best to limit extracting to blackheads like these and not touch pimples/active acne. If you have a lot of blackheads, this isn’t the best long-term solution and should look into blackhead-reducing products.
Product name: Stridex Maximum Strength (red box)
Price (range): ~$5 for 55 or 90 count; can purchase in any drugstore or grocery store in the U.S.; amazon
Country of purchase: U.S.
Skin info: Normal-dry; mild but persistent acne; Fitzpatrick Type II
Ingredient list: (cosdna); Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (2%) Inactive Ingredients: Amino Methyl Propanol, Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Menthol, PPG 5 Ceteth 20, Water (Purified), Simethicone, Sodium Borate, Tetrasodium EDTA
Special info: Alcohol-free; has menthol; pH 3-4; 2% salicylic acid
Experience & opinion: Cult-fave for a reason - simple, cheap, effective. Dries down fast, alcohol-free, incredibly convenient to use. Even with my normal-dry skin, I find that the drying effects of this product are easily mitigated with moisturizer (obviously ymmv.) This has seriously helped manage whiteheads, sebaceous filaments, and those lil red inflammed buggers.
I suggest the Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil. I switched from the DHC to the Kose and love it just as much!
Don’t know if you’ve already tried it, but using hydrocolloid patches really helps me curb the picking. I’ve got ADHD so NOT doing something is outside of my capacity, and I often start to pick before I even realize what I am doing, but now I can redirect that energy into sticking on the patch, and when my fingers wander over to my face I just end up poking and rubbing the patch incessantly, which is infinitely better than poking and squeezing and picking the actual infection.
Or, like, when I just can’t help but pop them, sticking one of these on afterward really helps with the healing and keeps the crap from spreading around. 10/10.
This particular set comes with a whole buttload of them.
Or, if your acne is more widespread such that these dots would just be overlapping each other, you can buy larger bandage-type ones and just cut to size to cover a whole area of the face. That’s what I did at the start when I had a whole giant breakout during my divorce.
(Edit: Link Fixed!)
So based on your comment that you are outside in the sun most of the time, I would suggest investing in a good UV blocking hat + polarized sunglasses and buying cheaper sunscreen. Yes I know we all want to use our HG products, but if this sunscreen is too expensive to use in the proper manner yet sun protection is important to you, I would just give in and try something else. For non sweaty days such as your winter job, this one is $7 for almost 3 oz. For hotter summer months, this one is $12 for 3 oz. Both are SPF 50+ and Pa++++ with filters that cover UVA1, UVA2, and UVB. They have that excellent Asian sunscreen formula, which means light and comfortable to wear, no whitecast
These are the ones I use because the blue matches my bathroom and they're still transparent, but you can also get clear ones. The pumps can be replaced pretty cheaply whenever you want, I usually get new pumps once a year.
Yes! I go to a Korean bathhouse nearby several times a year and get the scrub treatment. I come home feeling baby soft all over.
When I get there, they instruct me to take a good warm shower, and then soak in a warm pool for at least 45 minutes before the scrub. Then they call me in for the treatment and roll me over a few times as they scrub away all the dead skin. I was disgusted the first time I had it done but the results were incredible and now I can't wait to go in and have my spa night!
For in between maintenance, I bought a package of four cloths from Amazon--Skyroad Top Quality Exfoliating Scrub Bath Mitten -4 items per package Large Size- (Made in Korea) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I905XBO/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_nssYvbM5FYPAS. They've held up well and even though I can't get into some of the spots like my back and such as thoroughly as the lovely Korean spa ladies, it definitely helps :)
One tip for OP or newbies: moisturize well afterward and your skin will soak it right in.
Hm, that definitely makes me nervous. I am wary of dermatologists who do this. I wouldn't say you have to find a new derm, I would just be firm that her items are out of your budget and that you would like advice on finding more affordable options.
I sat with my derm for 30 mins after she prescribed tretinoin and she looked through my entire skincare routine, and her only concern was the ingredients and whether they'd work for me. Bottom line, as your doctor she should be putting your skin's health first instead of trying to turn a profit on products like a salesperson. It's especially concerning she told you other products "wouldn't work the same," because that's just not true.
Edit: Looked up some dupes for you. For a brightening/dark spot corrector, I found The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, and for the sunscreen, Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50, a mineral based sunscreen that I personally use and love. Both are ~10 dollars. You can get great Vitamin C serums for lightening hyperpigmentation and ageing, and great mineral sunscreens for way under the price of the products she's saying "work best." I hope this is helpful!
I got you. I honestly didn't realize how many sunscreens that they had under the same name. So after I moisturizer it starts out with a bit of a whitecast and a greasy feeling but it takes about 20mins and alot of rubbing for it to set into the skin and not have that greasy feeling. You can tell that it has melted in when you can touch your face and not really feel anything, nor can you feel it on your face.
He might really like Kinesys Sunscreen Spray. It won't cling to body hair and dries to a really light finish. Get him the SPF 30. The SPF 50 is a little too greasy/oily. Teach him how to spray it first in his hand and then rub it onto his skin for good coverage and to help it dry faster.
I sometimes keep one of those stick sunscreens in my purse. Like this one:
Check out the reviews on amazon (lots of dudes use on their face after shave to take care of redness, bumps, irritation and ingrown hairs).
I am a girl with serious ingrown hair issues (for years, shaving, waxing, laser.. everything), I found this at target and I swear my legs are starting to look like "normal" legs now, I apply with a cotton pad on dry skin after shower, I also apply a regular moisturizer after to fight the dryness of the product)
Btw, this smells very strong and do a patch test first! (Like, this is no joke stuff) Also, check out their website in case you are using any BHA/AHA or pretty much any acidic stuff to see how to be careful about that.
for the canadians out there : similar for the same price
It’s a mix of 9-10 popular oils along with vitamin e/c and retinol. Its really hydrating and feels really smooth on your skin. It sinks in pretty quickly and adds a glow to your face the next day (at least it did for me). It’s also $8-10 at target
September 17th: https://www.amazon.com/CeraVe-Post-Acne-Refining-Resurfacing-Brightening/dp/B07VWSN95S/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=cerave+retinol&qid=1567887241&s=gateway&sr=8-5
Can someone take this after they finished a course of Accutane?
Syn-ake is a man made chemical to resemble venom. In theory it helps keep the forehead from moving as much and reduce lines and wrinkles. I actually love this brand. SHILLS Snail Mask, Hydrating Face Mask, Anti Wrinkle Serum Repair Mask Sheet brightening facial mask 10 Combo Pack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J6516W4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_1VQSCbFP7FD4E
Edit: fixed spelling.
clarifying what it is not that it's not a funny name.
I'm not sure if there is a specific way to search but I will drop you a link just in case. I would put the seller name in the search bar on Amazon to see if that works! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G57YOAY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_yH6uBbMWM2WGG
Not OP but I am from the US and was able to get it from Amazon. I ordered some a few months back and they came in perfect!
I use the Timeless brand. I really like it. I buy mine from amazon, but if you buy it straight from Timeless I read it is much fresher. Timeless Skin Care 20% Vitamin C Plus E Ferulic Acid Serum, 1 oz. I also use their squalane oil and Matrixyl.
So I use the extractor tool on the right.
And I just puncture the pimple going deep enough to know that it's been punctured (I may hear/feel a pop). Then once oil/blood starts oozing out I use the other side to make sure all the evil is out and put on a hydrocolloid bandage over it.
If you're looking for a cheaper Lanolin alternative someone mentioned to me Nipple cream. Its super cheap and you can get A LOT of it. I personally love any products that have lanolin in it. Bite's lip balm and lip mask are my favs.
I ended up buying these for when I want something simple and effective. Would highly recommend.
O'Keeffe's Working Hands!! I cannot overstate this, it is a life changer. I'm a huge germaphobe and I've struggled with compulsive hand washing for years, which has led me to try a zillion remedies for dry cracked skin. This is by FAR the best. It actually works even better if you apply it to damp skin. It's an odd sensation at first but once it dries your hands will feel like a baby's butt. I actually even resorted to using it on patches of super dry skin on my face while on accutane (though I wouldn't recommend this except in extreme circumstances...some of the ingredients are supposedly highly comedogenic).
I put cleanser, micellar water, oils and moisturizers in them. I have never had any issues with leaking.. but for transparency, they are usually organized in this bag that I bought a long time ago. Katy (used to be Lustrelux on YT) showed it in a Hot New Sh*t video and I've never been happier with an Amazon suggestion. It has all of these mesh pockets inside and it keeps all of my bottles and containers upright. I can't speak on the performance of being put in a bag loosely. Hope this info helps!
I use an Aberlite Beard Shaper with a straight razor and Aloe Vera as a shave “soap”
I also pluck the thicker hairs on my cheeks while I do homework lol
I'd argue that in skincare you're just adding. Adding a habit is very simple, but since there's no way to get rid of bad habits, only to replace them with better habits (see "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg), dieting is much harder. Foods have to be changed to healthier options, and there's an incredible amount of willpower that needs to be spent to inhibit impulses to eat unhealthy foods.
TagBand Skin Tag Removal Device for Medium to Large Skin Tags https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RVYW2PY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_KCxUDb2H260A7
Micro TagBand Skin Tag Remover Device for Small to Medium Skin Tags https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014FOLDZW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_jDxUDbJMGE176
I see in your comments the soap must contain sodium laureth sulfate. I don't know what soap you currently use, but I did a quick google and found a cleanser which is specifically made for use on the face, contains sodium laureate sulfate secondary to more gentle cleansing agents, and gets a lot of reviews that say it's not super drying. It's called Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash. It has some fragrance in it which can be irritating, but it still might be a better option to your current soap while satisfying the SLS requirement.
I also agree with the other comments about a ceramide containing moisturizer. I see you tried Cerave in the tub and petroleum jelly, both of which can feel kinda heavy/filmy/not well absorbed to me. I'd say give Cerave PM at try since it has ceramides and is lighterweight. Depending on how dry you are you could work on finding something to layer on top. It helps a lot to moisturize right after washing your face if you aren't already doing that.
And finally, SPF is always recommended! It's the number one anti-aging tool (and protects against skin cancer, obviously).
P.S. Internet hugs and support for the trials of mental illness. Glad you're working with a therapist!
Exactly. But I have to admit, I kinda dig this one because it reminds me of Daft Punk: sun visor mask thing
Airless pump bottles. I transfer all of my jars to them reguardless.. I hate exposing the product to open air daily, and these also scrape the tube clean on the way up. I have indeed dropped them, they're durable enough. Highly reccomend.
I have this one and it's awesome! Highly suggest use to everyone. Not a necessity of course.
I'm not too excited about this. Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is just another name for 3-O-Ethyl-L-Ascorbate Acid. There's currently no information on:
X Collagen Synthesis
X Conversion to Ascorbic Acid
These are the only confirmed traits:
O Melanin Inhibition
I don’t use a cleanser. I use those makeup remover cloths with plain water, then toner(s) serums and jojoba oil to moisturize. My face has never looked better. makeup remover cloths
*Me looking at the third photo*: "Huh, that looks like a tretinoin glow."
*Looks at routine in comments*: "Yep." ��
All jokes aside, you look amazing! So glad you've found a routine that works.
If you're looking to try a different moisturizer, I recommend CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream. Like the First Aid Beauty one, it has dimethicone, shea butter and ceramides, but unlike that one, it has niacinamide (which is an anti-inflammatory that can help with redness), and hyaluronic acid which is great for hydration/plumping. BUT, it does not have the colloidal oatmeal which you might be enjoying. Just something to think about to try. I'm on tret cream and have been putting it on at night to a wet face and it does wonders for hydration.
Zinc can also help with redness, so maybe look for a sunscreen with this.
Here is a Dr. Dray video she just came out with about redness skin care, maybe check that out for some more info. ��
Sure! The fine little wire that you insert into the pore is a cartridge that attaches to the end of the pen (called stylet tips, shown here). Because they're so fine, they're very easy to bend, and they lose effectiveness once they bend too far or too frequently. (This product is much like a printer in that the unit cost is moderate, but you end up paying out the azz for an endless pile of stylet tips.)
Anyway, these particular stylet tips are packaged SO poorly. They come in sets of two, snapped into a clamshell with too shallow of a "trench" for the cylinder of the stylet. The wire tip is free and open, so it rattles around in the clamshell and more often than not, comes already a bit bent. The product is already partway through its life when it's delivered "new".
TL;DR: Their packaging engineer sucks at his or her job.
Just added a UV umbrella to my Amazon shopping cart. I am Asian so I can blend in with all the other Asians doing this.
I got two of these in August, and I love them so much I just ordered another one. I notice a difference in my hair and skin whenever I don’t sleep on one now. I was wary of the price at first, but this is about as affordable as they come for 100% mulberry silk. I’ve washed mine in the washing machine and line dried and they’re still nice.
Radha Rosehip Oil Started using this again recently and forgot how much my skin loooooves it.
American here! I get SebaMed from Amazon. I order hyaluronic acid from The Ordinary. Pure aloe vera gel is also available on Amazon, but around here I can usually just find aloe vera on sale by the cut leaf, and you know for sure that’s pure haha.
I use binder clips on the plastic ones. When you have used a decent amount the product will fall to one side so you can squeeze out the air and fold the end down while moving the remaining product and then you clip it. Works pretty well, it's just not as fast as the key. :)
Also my Grandmother used a more attractive version of this
I think this is just some kid’s class project but it’s how I figured out that I had KPRF rather than rosacea. Yours looks kind of in between so maybe the other criteria will help.
I use facial razors. I use it on entire face to get rid of the peach fuzz. They work well and exfoliate too. https://www.amazon.com/Schick-Multipurpose-Exfoliating-Dermaplaning-Precision/dp/B0787GLBMV/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=face+razors+for+women+peach+fuzz&qid=1611018338&sprefix=face+raxor&sr=8-3
200% true. Bought a haul on amazon, just realized for my last 2 periods, I’ve had small whiteheads, but ZERO cystic acne.
I have a hard time believing it was just the tea, but the only other thing I changed was adding Laroche Posay Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatment.
NO. Try Cosrx BHA Blackheads Power Liquid. It's very gentle and moisturizing. More gentle than Paula's Choice BHA and far more gentle than Stridex pads.
Def do! I use this dry brush before the shower. The pads right after. Then this Alpha glycolic AHA body lotion after
For anyone who loves this, have you heard about the god that Korean tabletop makeup organizers? Game changer. Link for ease. Not affiliated or anything. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0721PCG3H/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_WEKKDbG0BJPNN
It's a tube squeezer. I brought it on amazon. This is the specific model: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071FT2NC7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1It's quite sturdy and has a hefty build, would recommend but any metal tube squeezer should get the job done. Needs to be metal if tube is metal, I also used it for my toothpaste tubes. Pays for itself to be honest, the tube became paper thin so I know I'm getting all the product out.
Here’s the Amazon link! It’s actually $6.99, not $5 (my bad). I’ve had mine for about a year and a half at this point and definitely recommend. that bad boy second from the right has completely changed the game when it comes to my cystic breakouts
JPNK Blackhead Remover Tools 6 PCS with a Leather bag https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CNMASFY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_j.m9CbBZ9TP19
I suggest if it’s your first time to go see a professional at a spa near you so they teach you how to do it at home. Also check YouTube (it’s called a Moroccan bath or the Arabic name “Hammaam”)
You’ll need an exfoliating glove like this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0076YIPZU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_m73RCbC8WPBJ1
I saw this photo book at my local bookstore. It's a giant photography book with REALLY close-up, large portraits of celebrities posing for this photographer. Made me feel a lot better about my skin.
If you're in NYC, you can flip through it at the Strand.
Product name: Bioderma Sensibio H2O
Product type: Micellar water
Price (range): ~$15 for 500ml, Amazon
Country of purchase: USA
Skin info: Normal, Fitzpatrick 2, very mildly PD/eczema/rosacea-prone
Ingredient list: Water (aqua), Peg-6 Caprylic/capric Glycerides, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Edta, Cetrimonium Bromide
Special info: fragrance-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, hypoallergenic, FA safe
Experience & opinion: Started using this about a year ago as well, and I really like it. I normally only use it as a first cleanser on a cotton round to remove sunscreen and minimal makeup, followed up with Vanicream Gentle Cleanser. Occasionally I'll use it as a mid-day cleanse if I've gone to the gym, following up with a water rinse.
It seems a little pricy, but lasts about four months using it once a day, or longer since I've gotten lazy and stopped using it nightly.
It's gentle, effective, and doesn't break me out. Would recommend.
Art Naturals and Body Merry. Both are affordable and work great on my sensitive skin. (favorite products are linked)
Here’s the link to the fridge!
Cooluli Mini Fridge Electric Cooler and Warmer (4 Liter/6 Can): AC/DC Portable Thermoelectric System w/Exclusive On the Go USB Power Bank Option (White)
If you have to extract, use a proper tool. Clean the tool before using, between each extraction, and after finishing up. The proper method for cleaning is to remove all the physical matter, then washing with 70% rubbing alcohol. Wait for the alcohol to evaporate each time, it doesn't take long.
edit: any tools like this. make sure they're surgical steel and the tools are smooth. Avoid using the hole in a metal spoon, use the round wires, since they don't have a sharp edge.
If you buy them in bulk (100 pc), you can easily pay under $ 0.10 per blade (I like the Astra Platinum).
Just an idea but you could get one of the metal keys for the end, helps squeeze all of the product out of the tube. Linked one below
Urbana 35462TK Metal Tube Squeezer Key, Sliver https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XQ1R78I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Kt5DDbD2BP93W
Good idea, and fantastic sunscreen. Wish they had a water resistant version or something because I need to find an equally amazing sunscreen for a beach vacation coming up!
Edit: Y’all they’re only like $3 damn. Metal Tube Squeezer Key https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XQ1R78I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_FvRBDb7NZNAQJ
I bought a Biore sunscreen on Amazon a few weeks ago and love it. It was recommended on a beauty blog but I don’t think it’s available in US stores? IDK, but the packaging is in Japanese. It’s super light, has a very subtle scent but it isn’t “sunscreen-y” and dries relatively matte. There’s a little bit of shine but it doesn’t feel greasy or hot. Not sure if I’m allowed to post links, but here’s a shot:
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence 50g, 2019 Renewed Sunscreen, SPF50+ PA++++, Set of 2 with YUMERIA Original Sakura Compressed Hand Towel (2019 Renewed)
Klairs Supple Preparation Toner. It's a K-beauty hydrating toner, and it's fantastic! I've tried four additional toners (Thayers Witch Hazel, Hada Labo Premium, Kikumasamune High Moist, and Mebika Moist) and while they all have their virtues, I really do like the Klairs as my go-to. On Amazon US it's $18 for 180ml, which honestly isn't terrible - it's lasted me two months of (2x daily) use so far and I still have more than half the bottle left.
I apply it after BHA or AHA, by putting 5-7 drops in one hand, transferring half to the other hand, and patting it on my face. I let it dry (takes only a couple minutes depending on humidity level) and continue with moisturizer. It provides an extra soothing, hydrating, and plumping layer that makes my skin feel so nice. It also layers well, if you do the seven-skin method!
Another benefit: it has a light and refreshing scent, but contains no added fragrance. The scent comes from the floral, citrus, and herbal ingredients already within. 5/5, definitely recommend.
if you're trying to maximize bang for buck washing off your actives is probably not the way to go. I'd switch to a gentle cleanser like cerave or an oil cleanser and follow with an exfoliant that I leave on-- maybe Corsrx AHA/BHA?
I know Dr Sam Bunting has said that azelaic acid is safe for use during pregnancy and that she's recommended that to her patients who are expecting. Topical niacinamide and sodium ascorbyl phosphate might be pregnancy-safe, as well, and those do have some evidence demonstrating that they reduce sebum overproduction. You may want to run those by your doctor and see if he/she is okay with them.
According to Mayo Clinic, benzoyl peroxide is unknown, and they seem to recommend topical antibiotics. 
Vitamin A and its derivatives (retinoids, retinol, retinaldehyde, * retinoate) are almost always a "no", and the concern with salicylic acid is that there is similarity between it and aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid).
Ok fellow SC addicts that may be living thier best summer like I am...here's my routine to help make Monday mornings 150% better! After I shower and cleanse/tone, I apply these super affordable friends to get my best face on ready to slay the day:
Physicians Formula Refreshmint Cucumber and Bamboo Eye De-puffer: so refreshing, instantly brightens up and calms puffy eyes. I use it on my eyelids and undereye. Game changer and so affordable, will repurchase.
TO HA2% + B5: apply all over face right up to undereye area to help elasticity and wake my complexion up. HG status for me.
QTBT Daily Routine Morning Sheet Mask: apply right over both products, 3-5min to aid absorption and reduce puffiness. I love that it's in a large tub so less waste, and it's easy to order on Amazon.
Edit: heres the sheet mask link: QTBT Daily Routine Morning Face Mask Sheet Hydro Boost, Pack of 30 Sheets, EWG Verified https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FPZLMMX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_o3znDb9TH3T7E
I got this one from Amazon! I haven't used the serums/lotions that go with it, so I probably could've just gotten one without the add-ons.
Product name: Melazepam
Azelaic acid %: 20%
Price (range): ~$12 for 1.7oz
Country of purchase: USA, Amazon
Skin info: Normal, Fitzpatrick 2, very mildly PD/eczema/rosacea-prone
Ingredient list: Deionized water‚ Azelaic Acid‚ Cetearyl Alcohol‚ Ceteareth-20‚ Mineral Oil‚ Propylene Gycol‚ Petrolatum‚ C12-C15 Alkyl Benzoate‚ Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Seed oil)‚ Polyacrylamide‚ C13-C14 Isoparaffin‚ Laureth-7‚ Glyceryl Stearate‚ PEG-100 Stearate‚ Isopropyl Alcohol‚ L-carnitine‚ Benzyl Alcohol‚ Xanthan Gum‚ Potassium Sorbate‚ Potassium Hydroxide.
Special info: N/A
Experience & opinion: I've been using Melazepam for 9+ months and I love the stuff. It's my only active, so I feel comfortable attributing the vast majority of my progress to it specifically.
It's a suspension, so be prepared for a gritty texture. I see a lot if complaints about this but I personally have no issues with spreadability or skin-feel. Comes in a tube and has somewhat of an alcohol scent.
I use it once every two nights over moisturizer as my last step. I personally haven't experienced any dryness or irritation. I do get a slight itchy/tingling feeling if I don't let my moisturizer sink in fully first, but I think that's pretty normal for azelaic acid.
My skin tone has evened out a lot, redness on/around my chin has decreased, hormonal acne has been eliminated, and my skin is a lot smoother. I have no intention to stop using it any time soon, or to change up the frequency or method of application.
My current favorite exfoliators for my sensitive skin are the Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel for physical exfoliation and The Ordinary's Lactic Acid 5% for chemical exfoliation. Most AHAs are too much for me. However, I find that The Ordinary's 5% Lactic Acid seems to work almost immediately in that my skin feels super smooth very soon after I put it on. So I just wash it off after 5 min to give my skin a break, but I still seem to reap the benefits.
Thing is, anyone can send in a product and say "this is Elta MD AM" (for example) and Amazon just tosses it in a bin with every other Elta MD AM. Fakespot just looks for fake reviews for, example, off-brand products like these trekking poles I was gonna buy: (and didn't)
Travel toiletry bag with a bag lock.
This is how my niece protected her stuff from her younger siblings. She had one for morning routine and basic makeup, one for evening routine, and one for special makeup and brushes.
My routine is pretty simple.
AM & PM: - wash with Neutrogena naturals purifying facial cleanser - apply vitamin c serum (I’m on mobile so I’ll paste the link at the end) - apply Neutrogena visibly even daily moisturizer - If my skin is looking a little dull I might exfoliate with generic Walmart brand apricot face scrub
Vitamin C serum: https://www.amazon.com/Timeless-Skin-Vitamin-Ferulic-Serum/dp/B0036BI56G