04, 04, 2017
You might’ve noticed by now that I’ve been on a skincare roll. Yeah, I know I always talk about my constant struggle and past with having major acne and breakouts, but anyone who’s had horrible acne knows it can be very traumatizing to your self-esteem. It’s been an ongoing battle, but for the last while things have looked up. I’ve been on a personal quest for the perfect skin and the results have really started to show-through.
When you have acne or are breaking out, finding the root of the cause can be tricky. That’s why I decided to scratch everything out and completely start over. I didn’t want to hold onto skincare products that “kinda helped” anymore. I wanted everything to make sense and do exactly what it said it would do. Although I went back to using Korean skincare products (you can see what I use in my Skincare Renovation article here), I was curious to experiment more and take things to the next level.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding this homegrown Canadian DECIEM skincare brand, The Ordinary, that I needed to check out for myself. If you’re a fellow Canadian, you know things ain’t that cheap here, so if I can help support a local brand (an affordable one at it as well) while getting the skin I want, then by all means! If you’ve already checked out The Ordinary website you’d know it can be quite overwhelming for those who don’t have a clue on skincare chemistry. Even as someone whose studied a bit of skincare in college, I needed to use Google to it’s full advantage. From what I understood, I picked up 4 precious goodies that were most suitable for my skincare needs.
My skin type:
Acne & Scars,
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
In all honesty, my under eyes have always been a part of my face that I never really paid much attention to until recently. I’ve tried out a few eye creams and eye serums and had great results with them. The Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG for me kind of just does what the other eye products I’ve tried out before do. This formulation of high-solubility caffeine and green tea extracts claims to reduce the appearance of eye contour pigmentation and puffiness; it does help with the puffiness much more than the pigmentation. Perhaps this one needs more testing out, but for now I’m just okay with it. I have to admit that the tightening effect you get after application is quite nice though.
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
After the Caffeine Solution, I apply this in the AM before I put on my moisturizer. In combination with everything I use, the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is one of the biggest reasons to why my acne has really been under control. If you’re wondering what the hell Niacinamide is, it’s Vitamin B3 (don’t worry, I was scratching my head too). With the added Zinc this is a wonderful product to fight off acne. Where I normally get the most congestion has been clearing up and feeling smoother. The Korean beauty products I use already minimize the appearance of pores, but a little extra help from this never hurts! I could be imagining things, but I’ve also noticed that my skin hasn’t been overly producing oily since using this. Regardless, I’m in love!
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
I’m new when it comes to Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) for skin, and I’ve heard so many benefits to it. That’s why I watched a few videos before purchasing the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. Most of the reviews were 50/50, but I needed to try it out for myself. If you’re not use to or a fan of tingling/almost burning sensations, then you’re not going to like this. The first few times of applying the Suspension was weird. First off, it’s a very grainy texture (but does dissolved overnight…or maybe just rubs off on my pillow, who knows); and second, it can make you feel like you’re on fire or that your face is being eaten alive by ants if you slather on just a bit too much (I’m telling you this from experience). Call me a freak, but I learned to accept and love the feeling. Aside from the horror this product may bring, I absolutely love the way my skin has been evolving with each nightly use. My skin looks brighter and it has really been helping with evening out my skin tone.* Note: Niacinamide and L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) cancel each other out and no longer work when layered together. Always alternative between the two.