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Skincare Recommendations: The Ordinary, Deciem

August 25, 2017

If you’re in the market for new, affordable skincare – read on. A few months back, my skin was miserable. I dealt with constant bumps, break outs, dryness, and discoloration. About a month ago I developed a skincare routine based solely on The Ordinary products by Deciem and my life is forever changed. My skin is smooth, hydrated, and healthy overall. I do still struggle with eczema, but that’s the one thing that no piece of skincare can “heal”.

Note: I purchased all of these products with my own money. Nothing in this post is sponsored or gifted. 

If you’ve never heard of “The Ordinary” before, it’s a skincare range by a larger umbrella company called Deciem. Deciem own a lot of high-end expensive brands, but The Ordinary is their affordable baby brand. The products in this range have won some amazing luxury beauty awards, and the internet has been RAVING about them lately. Unlike most beauty products that contain 20-50 ingredients, The ordinary products usually contain only one or two. They are concentrations of specific acids as well as moisturizing agents. What does this mean? It means that with a little bit of research, you can create your ideal skincare routine, perfect for your skin. Pretty cool huh?

You can check out their website here, but before you do – here are some products I’m absolutely obsessed with.

 

Morning serums:

I like to do the majority of my pampering in the mornings. Having said that though, I don’t use a lot of products, only what I feel is necessary together my skin looking radiant and glowing.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%: Right off the bat, I can tell you that this is my favorite product for every day use. Niacinamide, or to put it simply, Vitamin B3 is reduces the appearance of blemishes, and cleans out your clogged pores. It also evens out any discoloration you may have, and will be a staple in my skincare for years to come. My forehead is bump-free, the blackheads on my nose are slowly going away, and my pores are visibly smaller.

Price: $5.90

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG: Five percent of Caffeine is a fairly high concentration, and EGCG is basically green tea leaves. Can you guess what this is for? ALIVE AWAKE ALERT ENTHUSIASTIC (as my best friend would say)! This is an eye serum. It reduces black circles, gives you radiance, and hydrates the under-eye area. I have stopped using eye creams, and just dab a bit of this on in the morning. I can absolutely notice a lack of puffiness, but I might have to use it a bit longer to see my dark circles vanish!

Price: $6.70

 

Face creams:

 

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA: This is one of the most luxurious-feeling daily moisturizers that I have ever used. I was disappointed that the tube was so small, but a tiny bit of this moisturized goes a LONG way. I use this in the morning, and sometimes I even skip the night cream and go for this. It’s so powerful, yet so gentle that it doesn’t sting my eczema (even when it’s inflamed), and leaves my skin feeling situ smooth! Unlike the high concentrations of things, this cream offers a bit of a mix of amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid. There’s your fancy mumbo-jumbo of the day.

Price: $7.70

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%: This, my friends, is my night cream. The first thing I will warn you is that if you do plan on using this in the day, make sure the SPF the frick out of your face. Vitamin C attracts sunlight, and will make you more prone to sunburns. Although, use this as I do (before bed) and you’ve got nothing to worry about! This cream is very different in texture from the my day cream. It’s more liquid-based, and has some very fine grains in it which aren’t particularly abrasive. If you’re a guy and have a freshly shaved face, this might sting. If you have an inflamed patch of eczema, this will definitely sting. All of that aside, the morning after applying this cream, my skin is extremely radiant and smooth. I tend to use this 4 nights a week!

Price: $5.80

 

Non-daily products: 

These two products are very different, but I bundled them together in one photo only because they’re products I do not use on a daily basis.

High-Spreadability Fluid Primer: This makeup primer is absolutely gorgeous. It’s silicone based, so if that’s something that bothers you, don’t get it. For me, this has worked wonders. I wear this under my makeup almost every time I apply it (which is no more than 2-3 times a week, I’m trying to let my skin breathe!), and it keeps my makeup in place all day! It also creates an unbelievably smooth surface to work with, as well as a dewy finish!

Price: $7.90

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution: Don’t be fooled by the fact that this is the last thing on my list. This is the most amazing value-for-money product you can find, and I am never going back to anything else. What this is, essentially, is an at-home chemical peel that you do once a week. If your skin has never been exposed to chemicals, this will definitely sting. When this comes out of the dropper, it looks like blood, and once you slather it on, you will 100% look like Kim K getting a “vampire facial”. Rinse off after 10 minutes, and you’re left with the most amazing, soft, glowing skin, that you never thought you would have. The ingredients in this chemical peel are equivalent to those of brands like Sunday Riley that sell for over $100 a bottle. This is a miracle potion.

Price: $7.20

 

Have you tried anything by “The Ordinary” before? Do you have any other recommendations for me? I would love to hear them!

Until next time,

Srna

 

 

 

 

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Eczema and skincare (that doesn’t irritate it)

July 2, 2017

Eczema

If you’ve clicked on this post, chances are that you have eczema (or a similar skin condition), and are aware of how absolutely miserable it is to deal with it. My eczema story began when I was very young. At three year old, my parents noticed that I had red splotches on the top of my hands and for the next few years I was “allegedly allergic” to nuts, citrus, ketchup, etc. After a few years passed and I had many tests done, my rashes spread all over my body and we learned that I was suffering from atopic dermatitis, or eczema. My eczema is mainly triggered by stress, anxiety, or just general discomfort. I have also noticed that hormonal changes affect me greatly, so this is what I’m attributing it to for now. Mind you, I am almost 24 years old, and my eczema is still very much present! I’ve gone through so many stages with it, and have tried every “cure” known to mankind (spoiler alert, nothing has fully worked, but stick around).

I like to believe that the worst stage of my eczema journey is truly over. From age 10 all the way to age 16, I dealt with eczema so severe that it was borderline disgusting. Okay, not borderline – it was truly gross. I scratched my hands and fingers so much that they were constantly covered in open wounds. Shampooing my hair burned my wounds, and flexing my fingers would rip the fragile skin that could never fully heal. I even had a huge patch of eczema on one side of my face (never the other one), and to this day I still get break outs on and around my lips and nose. If you put a severity scale in front of me, I would say that my eczema was at an absolute 10 back then, and at a measly 1 or 1.5 at this very moment. There are many things that I believe contributed to this change. Mainly time, hormones, and taking care of my body, skin, and mind. Today, I’m going to share with you a few products that have really helped me manage my eczema through the years.

1: Bioderma Atoderm

I discovered this lotion just a few months ago, and I now find myself reaching for it multiple times each day. It’s a very gentle lotion that is aimed at people with very dry to atopic skin (ding ding ding!). It’s so gentle that you can put it on newborn babies, so you know that there isn’t any junk in there. Fragrance-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic, it truly covers all the bases. I’ve officially stopped using any other body lotion, and slather this all over my body and face, not only after showering, but often right before bed. The formulation isn’t very greasy, which is amazing when it comes to a product like this. It takes just a few minutes for it to fully soak into my skin, and I am ready for a great, itch-free night of sleep.

2: Forever Living lip balm

I have tried many Forever Living products in the last couple of years, but because my lips are one of my biggest problem areas, this lip balm is always in my hand bag. It’s extremely soft and moisturizing, and leaves a bit of a glossy finish to the lips. It’s completely colorless, but it has a sweet and fruity scent that I really enjoy the smell and taste of. I’ve found that aloe is not only soothing for eczema, but it often heals my lips for a period of time!

 

3: Body Shop Vitamin E oil

This was a completely accidental discovery, and it is perhaps my favorite part of my nightly skincare routine. I cleanse, I tone, and I cover my whole face and neck in this gorgeous serum-in-oil. I let it soak all night, and by morning time I find that the dry spots of eczema on my face have gotten all of the hydration they need. This little baby helps my makeup glide on the next day, and I couldn’t recommend it enough! It has a very elegant, almost old lady-esque cosmetic scent, and I am all about it. It makes me feel like I am at a luxurious spa.

 

 

4: Essential oil roller

Last, but by no means least is the Tisserand Aromatherapy Roller Ball. Like I mentioned before, my eczema is triggered by stress, anxiety, and discomfort. I roll this oil onto my pressure points (mainly my wrists) any time I might feel a bit off, and it does a wonderful job at relaxing me. I’ve taken it on flights, and have even used it first thing in the morning if I’m not feeling particularly calm.

 

 

I am on the lookout for other products that may help me and others suffering with eczema. If you are a beauty or skincare brand with a product for sensitive skin, I would love to try it and review it! Feel free to email me at info@acrushonlife.com.

All my best,

Srna

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