So back in November, I put up this post ; On Saying Bye To Makeup . I spoke about my hyperpigmentation and how I've decided not to buy anymore foundation/concealer till I'm satisfied with my skin. I've sort of kept to my promise. (I did get a new tube of concealer but that was a gift). I also invested in some skincare products. They're not too expensive and I'm going to review them. xx
DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional in any way , my skincare finds are through trial and error. Also, please be mindful of the fact that what works for me might not necessarily work for you. Everyone's skin is different. Thank you.
- The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23%+ HA Spheres 2%
So I read about The Ordinary brand in a magazine and I was impressed when I read about how they offer skincare products that are usually expensive (e.g. serums, acids and so on) for less. I was looking for a Vitamin C serum as Vitamin C helps improve the appearance of scars, increases cell turnover and reduces hyperpigmentation. I had been considering getting the Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum but at £40 it's quite expensive. When I saw that this one was only £4.90 and was getting good reviews , I decided to try it. It's a water free stable suspension and I apply in the mornings after washing my face. For the first few days, it made my face really tingly for about 5 minutes then I got used to it. It was okay, for the price. I wouldn't call it a spectacular product though.
Would I Repurchase? No. I think I'll just invest in a better vitamin C serum
- Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel with Glycolic Acid
In all the products I purchased, this is my favorite. It is a chemical exfoliant which is much more effective than a physical one e.g facial scrub. I didn't even get a full sized version, I got a trial one. The trial size is 30 ml and it costs £8 . I have been using this for two months now and it hasn't run out. I apply it at night after washing my face. I use it at night because AHAs (alpha hydroxyl acids make your skin more prone to sun damage). Initially, I used it every two days because it was my first time using a chemical exfoliant and I wanted to be on the safe side. Eventually I started using it every night and guys, it actually works. When I wake up in the morning my skin is so smooth, my pores are clear and my complexion is even and beautiful. It has been fading my hyperpigmentation scars . I know this because I got a new scar recently and it disappeared within days, I kid you not. Obviously, my older scars will take more time so I'm being patient. I really love this product. On the Paula's Choice website, you can get helpful skincare tips and they even advice you about what product to get depending on your skin type.
Would I Repurchase? Yes Yes Yes
- La Roche-Posay Effaclar H
I bought this on Feel Unique for £9.50. Boots and Superdrug also have it but they sell it for £15 and it's the same 40 ml. La Roche Posay is a French brand that is very popular. I decided to buy this after reading a lot of positive reviews about how good a moisturizer it is. I've actually run out of it now but I loved using it. I applied it in the mornings after my Vitamin C suspension and in the evenings after my AHA Gel. My face was always smooth in the morning, not dry and flaky in some areas like it used to be before.
Would I Repurchase ? Yes, definitely. I want to try the other Effaclar creams though. I hear Effaclar Duo is wonderful for oily skin. I'll keep you guys posted.
- The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
I got this for £9 . I had heard about rose hip oil and how good it is for the skin but never paid any attention to it until my friend Nida testified about its awesomeness. Now Nida has gorgeous skin so I took her word for it. She even borrowed me a bottle of hers so that I could test it. I liked it a lot, when I saw that The Ordinary makes it, I bought a bottle. I put this on at night after my AHA Gel and moisturizer. You know how when you're moisturizing your hair, you apply your water based products first then lock it with an oil? Same thing I do with my face. I always put the oil last and it helps to lock in all the other products. Rose hip oil helps fade scars and fight lines and wrinkles. It's not greasy at all and my skin absorbs it pretty quickly. The only con for me is the scent, I don't like it at all. The price is wonderful because I know my bottle will last me for months, if not all year. All you need is one or two drops and you're good to go.
Would I Repurchase? Yes
These are the products I've been using on my skin and I can see a difference. My face is always smooth and my complexion is even. I still have my spots on my cheeks but that will obviously take time to clear up. I know I'm supposed to have like before and after pictures but I honestly forgot about that lol.
Anyways, thank you for reading and if you have any product recommendations or tips , please leave them in the comment section. xx