PM Routine

What did everyone get up to this Easter weekend? I just spent the whole weekend with the kiddos on an Easter staycation and to be honest I am not sure who was more excited me or them, I felt like it was take-2 on my childhood this weekend and I scoffed a whole chocolate easter egg
Tomorrow’s plans: Back to the gym!

1️⃣ @isclinical_uk CComplex – Consider this very much as an AHA/BHA cleansing gel, purifying, exfoliating and smoothing. Good for acne-prone skins. ⁣

2️⃣Mineral Mist – Mineral Mist⁣

3️⃣ @skinmedica Lytera – Dark spot treatment. Covered in previous stories a good serum to tackle hyperpigmentation with the trending ingredient Tranexamic Acid. ⁣

4️⃣ @officialmedik8 Retinaldehyde – Squeezing every last bit of this for my forehead (see yesterday’s post).⁣

5️⃣ @replenix Retinol 0.25 – 0.25% Retinol buffered in silicones (applying this around the mouth area). I am definitely not a fan of the heavy use of silicones in skincare but I am testing a few retinol creams for my elder sister who is incredibly sensitive (she cannot use Vitamin C (L Ascorbic Acid, NuFace gel and so much more and is another accutane survivor like every single one of my siblings). To me the heavy use of silicones really makes it feel like the Benefit Primer but I think this might be an excellent option for those dealing with a lot of sensitivities to retinoids, that’s if one can get past the heavy use of dimethicone). Replenix is not a brand I have experimented much yet it is regarded as brand appropriate for breakout-prone skins and has 90% polyphenol isolates derived from green tea alongside caffeine which have excellent anti-oxidant properties. A surprisingly short INCI list which also includes the hydrating sodium hyaluronate.⁣

📖 Now studies do suggest you need a minimum of 0.25% Retinol for efficacy and most efficacy studies against retinol usually start around 0.25 so this is always a good starting point for first-time users

If you do have sensitive skins or are new to retinol, I would also recommend FAB 0.25% retinol for people looking for a low dosage but more buffered retinol application it also includes avocado oil, glycerin, colloidal oatmeal, and ceramides all working against the irritating effects of retinol. ⁣