>>8801724 My sister got me the 12 (?) pack of the tonymoly sheet masks for Christmas and oh god they leave my skin so soft PS collagen applied topically or ingested doesn't do shit, the molecules are too long to be absorbed and will just sit on the surface of your skin or be broken down by your stomach, the only way to get collagen is through injection. Save your money
Asked in the last thread as it was already in auto-sage, but has anyone used Shiseido's Future Solution lx line? If so, any thoughts on it? I have fairly sensitive, combination skin and usually use a combination of Missha and the Face Shop products, but I received pic related as a gift.
So I'm just starting out, haven't even made my first purchase yet, and I just wanted to know what you would recommend as far as cheap and effective goes? Where do you guys usually shop? As far as online stores go.
>have normal skin, acne once in awhile >take small course of steroids to help overcome violent allergic reaction >have horrific break out all over chest and neck >become a hermit just a big fucking FYI, if you're a lady and take steroids for whatever reason it can cause really bad acne that hangs around for a few weeks. didn't know that before taking the steroids.
I think I'm about to take a plunge and do a Garden of Wisdom haul soon-- some of their masks sound delightful. Particularly interested in their oat enriched gel (my skin loves oats!), "restore my rosey glow" mask, diamond dust exfoliating gel, and the Rhassoul clay.
The rosey glow mask sounds so lovely and lolita-life-esque. I just imagine relaxing in a strawberry and rose scented bubble bath, with a rose mask on, and petals floating in the water.
Probably will also grab some anti-acne stuff, since I still get the occasional, irritating whitehead, and would like to find my HG spot treatment.
>>8801900 Depends on what your skin issues are. From the last thread, my basic recommended regime to start treating acne would be: Cerave cleanser/Cetaphil for sensitive skin Thayers witch hazel toner Spot treatment for active acne/zits (e.g. benzoyl peroxide, neosporin, adapalene) Cosrx BHA power liquid (buy online, beautykoreanet or a shop recommended by the asianbeauty Reddit) Aloe vera gel to moisturize (try for a really high percentage of aloe with minimal additives, brand is unimportant)
>>8802035 Oily skin anon, here. I'm gonna second >>8801938 reccomendation, that's the routine I started with and am currently using, though a bit tweaked. Try to avoid foaming cleansers because they are overly drying and just make your skin more oily. If you get a BHA, wait a bit, as in at least a few weeks, before introducing it because you want your skin to get used to the new routine.
Hi guys, my dermatologist decided to put me on birth control today to help my hormonal acne. The only breakouts I seem to be getting anymore are bad flare ups around my period. I'm a bit confused by how bc works. I just got over my period yesterday, and it says that I should start taking the pills the Sunday after/when I get my period? So would that be this upcoming Sunday, or the Sunday when I next get my period? Sorry, this is a bit confusing to me. Anything I should look out for while on this too? I've heard from some people to just do a bit more cardio when I can because there can be weight gain.
>>8802177 Honestly, anon, it doesn't matter. Just jump into them right now. The timing only matters if you want them to act as a reliable contraceptive immediately. If you start taking them now you'd just have to wait ~7 days before you could trust them as a contraceptive. If you're taking them primarily for your skin, no big deal.
>As far as other things to take note of.. Don't listen to the people who are going to tell you "You're just adjusting! Give it another 6 months!" if you start getting side effects or feeling 'off' about it. You know your body better than anyone else. If you go back to your doctor/GP/derma, they WILL help you find another pill until you have something that works for you.
>>8802177 Basically the reason why they say sunday is to set it up so that you get your period on the weekdays not the weekend. It doesnt actually matter when you start, but that method is likely the most convenient. If you do not care then start whenever, if you want the sunday start it is this sunday.
>>8802193 It takes 3 months to adjust to medication, and some side effects are known to go away. This is how medication works, it takes time for your body to adjust, just as it will take time for people to get used to a new routine. No doctor will give you new medication if you are unwilling to actually let your body adjust.
>>8801724 okay so i just bought a mask, a tonic, and a hydrator from GoW I've really only been cleansing and moisturizing daily, so where do I fit all of these into my routine? Do i replace moisturizing with hydrating? My skin is acne-prone due to hormones and i have an oily t-zone. sorry for a question that is probably asked a lot but google is giving me different answers
>>8802193 >>8802205 So, even though I won't get my period for another month, I should just start this week? I'm not going to be having sex anytime soon so I'm not worried about it as a contraceptive. So if I was going to use it as a contraceptive, it takes 7 days to kick in when you're not on your period?
My pill cases came with little stickers so if I didn't do a Sunday start, you just place down a new calender sticker and follow that, but I would prefer to start on a Sunday for convenience's sake.
I'm so sorry for all these dumb questions, it's confusing to me for some reason. It was a lot of info to take in, like if you skip a pill, you take two the next day but if you miss two or something in the third week you throw out the rest of that case and start a new one etc. I'm going to have to reread the instructions again a few times...
Hey anons, my skin is super sensitive so I can barely use any new products on it without having a bad reaction. My routine is wash my face with warm water twice daily, and put on moisturizer and that's it. I have really dry skin, so I was wondering if there are moisturizing ones for sensitive skin you guys would recommend?
>tldr; sensitive skin, need deep moisturizer that won't cause problems but keep my skin hydrated
>>8802193 >>8802205 it took me 5 months to get back any of my sex drive after when I first got on BC. your mileage *will* vary.
>>8802434 it takes around 7 days, yes. it's probably best to start on the first Sunday after your period has started - to not throw a complete curveball at your body - but that is honestly up to the exact meds you're on. just follow the instructions and your doctor's orders, seagulls can't really diagnose you over the internet
>>8802622 on the off chance that you're in Europe, my mother has the same issue as you and she swears by this lotion called Essex. might want to look into it, northern Europe definitely has it but idk about west/south
>>8802434 The sex part has nothing to do with your period. It's about when the pill protects you. For missing pills, it's like if you are off it too long you are not protected anymore. That is all. Only care when you are in that situation, it is more important to get on the taking of the pill first.
I bought a big pack of the Dermal masks and love them. I do full masks 3x a week, target area masks another 3 days. I love doing my nightly skin ritual. I diffuse lavender oil, listen to relaxing music. This is what I use:
TheFaceShop Rice cleansing oil first, then the foaming cleanser with my clairsonic. If I missed any eye makeup, I will use either Lumene remover, or Simple Miceller water Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener! St. Ives Exfoliation pads (I was missing using an AHA) SK-II Facial Essence RoC maximum retinol Resurfacing treatment Mizon Multi Functional Formula All In One Snail Repair Cream If I need a sleep pack, I use the Moistful collagen pack by Etude House. Of course I don't use everything every night.
My masks are full sheet masks, smile line masks, masks that go around the entire mouth area, eye collagen patches, and lip patches.
You can introduce collagen to your skin using a micro needle tool. I've been using one for two years they're fabulous.
>>8802434 actually on my pills package it says that if you forget a pill you have to take it as soon as you remember (or as soon as you can) EVEN if it means taking two the next day (like you check the package and see you forgot one) and that as long as the delay is not longer than 12 hours you should still be relatively safe
>>8802740 >did your back hurt like hell Occasionally. Not very often, but earlier into the treatment there'd be days it would ache. It wasn't unbearable though, just super uncomfortable at times.
>did you get angry mood swings Yes. Think of PMS mood swings, it's like that. They became less the longer I was on it, but I'd get irritated super easily. It was a lesson in self control.
>did your arms/legs crack and bleed No. I figured the best defesnse was prevention, so I got that First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair cream. Every night before bed I'd rub it on my feet. My hands and fingers began to crack after a while, so I got cotton spa gloves. I'd rub the cream on my hands and slip the gloves over it when I went to bed too. I never bled or anything, just the first signs of cracking. Eczema patches would appear on my arms and a spot on my stomach, but I had a steroid cream for that because it's happened before.
>What were your tactics for avoiding the sun I kind of never really left my house. The whole thing with my skin made me very depressed. The Accutane didn't contribute, if anything I got happier because my skin was clearing up, despite it taking almost a year on it. When I went outside I used a sunscreen and I would wear a sunhat. If I had to do yard work or something I would wait until it was later in the afternoon so the sun was not at it's strongest. I also went through an insane amount of chapstick and was chugging water like crazy because it made me very thirsty.
>>8803272 I've been using it for months, and it has worked miracles keeping my acne-prone skin under control. Works great for me even though I'm 22 and the product is meant for teenagers. Once I tried to change into another ampoule just to try something new, but had to change back because my skin started to break out.
Hey gulls, what are your favorite sleeping packs/night creams? I'm young but my mom said I should be moisturizing the area around/under my eyes starting now. Not on birth control or anything that would screw with my hormones Skin stats: 18 years old, oily, acne prone skin. Avoids the sun, I use facial sunscreen and foundation with a high spf daily
>>8803866 My favorite sleeping pack is Mizon's Good Night White. While I don't really see any or care about whitening/brightening effects, it's so moisturizing and is also my HG makeup primer. Lets everything go on super smooth, no flakes, makes my skin crazy soft. Love it!
>>8801873 I just ordered the Innisfree It's Real 15 pack from Amazon. I'm really excited to try them out. But MBD is my absolute favorite. The only thing is I don't know where to buy them from where I won't get fakes.
Where do you get your legitimate Korean/Asian skin care items, anons? I'm always so scared of getting fakes in the mail but paying the price of a real product.
Additionally, what are your favorite exfoliators?
I've got gross skin (red, sensitive, dull, acne-prone, huge pores, oily yet dry, ect.) and I want to try Cetaphil, but I'm scared of it fucking up my skin even more because of the alcohol I saw listed in the ingredients.
I can't wait until I have enough money saved up to do a huge skincare haul. There's so much I need to try to do to save whatever youthfulness my skin still has left.
>>8802622 If you're in the US, I really actually enjoy the simple daily moisturizer. Additionally, I recommend Burt's Bees sensitive night moisturizer. Sorry, I've only tried drugstore products.
>>8804250 I've just started to use BHA so I cannot really tell the difference yet. However, I do use a toner that helps controlling sebum production, Etude House's Skin [Mal:gəm] Fresh. Does its job great when also using the Dr. Ampoule at the same time. Overall my skincare routine is quite throughout, so that might also contribute to the fact that my sebum production and acne is kept under control.
>>8804295 >>8804370 Oh I'll definitely check out their mascara! Sorry though, should've clarified. I have cpmbination skin and dark circles. Looking to hydrate my skin, minimize my panda eyes, moisturize my lips, and focusing on age prevention. Just willing to try any of these products from these brands though for fun, so any make up or sheet masks/other products recommendations will be considered. I might even do a haul and review any products after my shopping spree as well, if people are interested!
>>8804936 >>8804984 Hyaluronic acid isn't the type of acid you're thinking of, and it doesn't exfoliate. It's actually an extremely potent hydrator due to it's impeccable ability to retain moisture, of over 1000x it's own mass.
Also, skincare products aren't supposed to make your skin tight or dry, unless it's a mask that's known to be stripping or somewhat harsh (like the aztec clay mask). However, if you think it's working for you, include another moisturizer afterwards. It's supposed to be more of a serum, anyways.
>>8804936 the hadalabo lotion works best applied to moist skin then layered with another moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid attracts moisture to your skin, if your skin is feeling tight you need to provide more moisture for it to work best.
>>8804630 Thank you. I'm trying to tweak my routine to help my oily/acne prone skin and it's a bit of a slow process. I wanted to add a BHA to help keep my pores clean and something to help control sebum production.
>>8804295 A lot of people like the Missha BB creams, although they are quite thick - consider trying them.
>>8804331 beautynetkorea and roseroseshop although I have heard roseroseshop had some issues with open packaging recently. The alcohol in the cetaphil is literally only touching your skin for seconds before you rinse it off so it's not as much an issue as in a lotion or cream. My current exfoliating combination is Cosrx BHA skin returning A-sol which I use more as a toner, BHA Power Liquid/AHA liquid and Bravura London 15% glycolic acid night cream (which has been a HG product for me) however I have normal-oily skin which isn't sensitive. I would recommend starting just with Cosrx skin returning A sol.
if you ordered from rubyruby76, slim to none. If you ordered from any other store with the similar/same name, pretty high. Also, looking at their official ebay there's really not much bad feedback at all, I don't know what you were looking at.
I've been ordering from both bnk (f2plus1, beautynetkorea) and rrs (rubyruby76, bring-bring-shop) without any issues for the past 3 or so years. Check r/AsianBeauty on reddit every now and then (ignore the SJW posts), they often share their online shopping experiences on there and will say if someone's being shady.
>>8805256 No problem anon. Just choose products that cater to your skin-type + skin-problems and you'll probably be fine. And if your acne gets bad, consider medication - that's what I did, and it made my constant bad acne reduce to just occasional acne proneness. Made my oily skin normal too.
>>8806370 I ordered directly from their own website, so hopefully it'll be alright. The positive feedback definitely outweighs the bad, although there is a fair few saying items arrived opened/leaking.
>It was literally half the price of anywhere else, though, so whatever.
I want to order from rrs too, but >Live in Australia. >Shit exchange rates. >Choosing Won is way cheaper. >But when I go to checkout, Paypal automatically converts it to US. >So I'm paying Paypal to convert it from Won > USD > AUD.
For reference, I'm looking at like a $40 difference. I messaged rrs to ask if they could invoice me directly for AUD, but I doubt it.
>>8804331 >>8806304 Has anyone else have issues with Cetaphil? I don't think its the alcohol but we recently bought 2 huge bottles for the family and both me and my father broke out in acne after using it.
Is there a nice exfoliating cleanser you guys recommend? Or a nice daily one with a scrub i should try every other day or so? I have combination skin but I have moisturizing products to use so I don't mind products that dry/tighten my skin a bit.
>>8806558 Haha I wish someone would make a guide for that actually! Might possibly live in Seoul in a few years with my husband for a couple of years because of his work. But that's in the future, I'll just check out this asian plaza in my area for now. Thanks for your recommendations! I'll probably just do a haul and cherry pick whatever looked good to me and make a review later. Definitely excited about the mascara and bb cream since I'm always looking for my new favorite.
my skin has been very dry this winter to were anytime I wear makeup my skin looks very dry and flaky and if I don't my skin is very red. right now it's gotten so bad that the skin on my nose is almost raw, like I feel like it's just peeling off.
Does anyone recommend any lotions or something to get my skin smooth again? should I exfoliate or will that make it worse?
I'm at my wit's end. I don't what happened or how, but the area around my eye (lids, undereye) have turned dry, flaky and lifeless. I've got few lines that seem to have become more prominent with this sudden change and I feel absolutely terrible. And when I say sudden, this all happened within a week few weeks ago and doesn't seem to be stopping.
The area is not red or swollen, it doesn't itch and my eyes don't feel dry at all. All the makeup I use turns flaky and creases terribly, I look tired and old and if I look closely it looks like I've got more and more of these tiny, almost scale-like indents or lines around that area.
I admit it that I haven't used any eye creams and despite trying to find one that would suit me, I have no idea where to begin or what to pick. I've tried different types of facial moisturizers (yeah, I know, probably shouldn't), heavier creams meant for dry skin, honey, switching to gentler cleansers but nothing seems to work. I have a sensitive, acne-prone skin and I usually get most of my skincare products from pharmacies. My skin looks bad as it is but this just makes it all the more terrible.
>>8806946 I feel like this gets rec'd to death in these threads, but First Aid Beuty Ultra Repaid Cream. It also wouldn't hurt to get some deep hydrating sheet masks to help lock in moisture, like the Royal Jelly mask from Etude House, or something with hyaluronic acid, which retains moisture like crazy and deep moisturizes.
I would also maybe go a bit without foundation or something on your skin during the day for a bit, just until your skin heals up. If you are using physical exfoliation, same deal as always, don't exfoliate more than twice a week because anything more will just be irritating.
Can I get some opinions on this? I have oily/acne prone skin and I'm at the point where I am ready to add a BHA to my routine. I heard this is not as harsh as Stridex or Paula's Choice. Also, I have been using a vitamin C serum for a few months now. I just wait about 20 minutes between using the vitamin C, and then apply this? Or does it go on before the vitamin C serum? Sorry for the dumb questions.
how bad are cleansers/toners with alcohol in them? I'm using a fairly natural one that has alcohol in it because I had a bad experience with a non-alcohol one before (seemingly did nothing besides triggering my apple allergy), but is there any risk with it?
My acne isn't very active anymore, but I still have red dots ALL OVER my fucking face, and they never seem to disappear. Even if I don't squeeze the zit, or even if the zit doesn't really fully develop at all they all leave bright red marks for MONTHS. So even though my acne got better, every time I have a small breakout (like around my period) it will leave my face with red marks for what seems to be an eternity. My chin is bright red and there are spots all over my cheeks. Honestly I can deal with getting one or two zits a week, but it's the brightass red marks that fuck me up.
I use a gentle face wash, a face mask once a week, toner and moisturizer/sunscreen, all as gente and anti allergic as possible. I'm currently on the lookout for new exfolication stuff, I admit I was a bit sloppy regarding that the last weeks. I avoid the sun (not that there is much during winter now), and as said my acne got better but the marks they leave, goddamnit. This only happened once I broke out in my adutlhood from birth control, I cannot remember it being so awful in my teens. >inb4 see a doctor I consider this, but my health care is pleb tier. The last two doctors I went to looked at my face for literally less than a minute before prescribing some generic shit, because there's no money to be made on me. I also need to see an endocrinologist but again, thanks to pleb healthcare I'll have to wait at least 3-6 months before I get an appointment. So I'd like to try some home treatment in the meantime.
>>8807110 Sounds like you have an issue with hyperpigmentation. I usually use a mask for this specifically. When I decide my face has too many residual acne marks I treat it, maybe once a month. Cheap option: Sephora pearl sheet mask; expensive: boscia bright white mask. Both are also good for undereye circles.
>>8807092 Just some drying. At the most your skin will feel tight. People like to avoid products with alochol in them because they don't want to overdry their skin. So I wouldn't say they are necessarily bad for you, just that they can be irritating to people with sensitive skin, or too harsh. Toners without alcohol tend to be more gentle, but to each their own. Some people's skin simply need a bit more of a kick, everyone is different.
>>8807110 Best thing for acne scars and hyperpigmentation is vitamin c serum. It promotes cell turnover rate, which helps bring the new skincells underneath the surface to the front. Another thing that helps is an AHA, which is a chemical exfoliant that gets rid of dead skin cells.
I recently got back from a week in Florida that was a lot of intense outdoor activity and arrived back home to blistering cold and windy weather. As a result my face is suffering (both from unwanted sunburn and freckles due to the long sun exposure and additionally being super dry from the cold weather) Is there any mask/product that could help with the sun damage but also the dryness? (or even 2 different products that work well together)
Sorry if it's a super basic question, but I'm a complete skincare beginner and I figured it'd be better to ask people with actual knowledge on skincare rather than aimlessly trying to find a good product, haha.
>>8807127 cool, thanks! it actually felt a bit strange and numb last night for the first time, but I think that was just me being worried/paranoia. I use a pretty watery lotion over it so I think I should be good with moisture, and I do have sensitive skin (more than average at least) but haven't had an issue with this.
I'm in a similar sorta area with >>8807110 in having marks on my face (and arms, chest and back) after spots, although I've not got hyperpigmentation or acne but rather scars from being a compulsive spot picker. Can the treatments described in >>8807125 and >>8807129 be used to help fade my scarring from picking? I'm really self conscious about the marks, even though I'm probably the only person who can see them. I'm finally managing to control the urge to pick so I'd love a point in the right direction to help my skin recover from me abusing it.
>>8808840 Yes. They help scarring in general as well. If you have compulsive picking, I suggest you try hydrocolloid bandaids, aka blister bandages. You slap one over a white head or if you popped a zit and it helps suck out the puss. It also doubles to protect your skin from scarring and prevents you from getting to the zit to pick at it.
>>8808915 Clay masks have def worked for me in getting rid of black heads. Not miraculously they're all gone but an overtime it looks less and less by a noticeable amount. Still have some though. Haven't tried much of the other stuff though I'm thinking of it later this week. Kinda spent all the past weekend building a skin routine based on christmas money but idk if it'll work or not.
And on that note does this sound like a decent routine? Anything to add or take away?
Main issues being dry patches of skin + black heads. No horribly bad acne just the occasional pimple. Previously I've used garnier blackhead wash but more often an orchid wash that dries my face out + a coco vaseline moisturizer. Adding lip care at night because I wake up to dry lips that I end up picking out of habit and a lipstick with supposedly crazy moisture/staying and spf so that'll keep me from picking during the day.
Before Bed >illi Total Aging Care Cleansing Oil >Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam >Youthful Radiance Eye Cream for Dark Circles & Puffiness >Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Mask >C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Night Balm No 306 .
Morning >Dr.Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water >[Cosrx] Advanced Snail 92 All in one Cream >MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen >MEET THE BULL DOG Original Eye Roll-On, (maybe?) >Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick SPF 15
Then weekly I'd do what's basically >http://fiftyshadesofsnail.com/2015/03/28/how-to-shrink-pores-temporarily-plus-3-pore-myths/ with those cosrx bha/aha and some aztec secret indian clay mask. I don't really wanna add regular bha/aha treatments into a daily routine right off the bat. Seems like a bad idea considering I've had so little skin care before.
Then for body skincare I'm trying to get rid of some back acne and minimize stretch marks along with adding moisture. In the past year I've lost a lot of weight and there's some stretch marks and given workouts and actually sweating my body has some stupid level of acne now.
So >Nubian Heritage African Black Soap With Shea Butter Oats & Aloe Deep Cleansing >Murad Acne Clarifying Body Spray >Bio-Oil on scars/stretch marks >Cellulite Cream & Muscle Relaxation Cream, really more cause a hot cream sounds amazing after working out >Tony Moly Pure Snail Moisture Gel
>>8808915 I did this on my boyfriend (minus the let the oil soak part, i forgot about that). He has extremely noticerable, but relatively small, blackheads. It worked like a charm and his nose was sooooo crazy much cleaner for about a week or wo, but they gradually came back, of course. I used some different products though, the Emma S ageless enzyme peel, some drugstore clay mask without terrible ingredients and kaolin as second ingredient, and almond oil. The results were far less noticerable on me, but that's because i hardly have blackheads.
>>8809439 Remember NOT to start all of these at once. If you start them and react, you'll have no idea what it is. With stretch marks it's important to rub them frequently and for like 5mins at a time to break down scar tissue, some people reckon 4 times per day.
>>8809332 Can we just make some sort of copypasta post that details a basic skincare routine, anons? Basic routine: >cleanser >toner >moisturizer
Starter products: cleanser - Cetaphil or CeraVe
Toner: witch hazel (preferably Thayer's brand)
Moisturizer: Cetaphil Lotion, Aloe Vera gel
Those are the basic items we tend to reccomend in threads for people who are just getting started. They also double as products that are good if you have sensitive skin. Now, the point of the steps are: Cleanser - wash off any accumulated dirt and oils from the day.
Toner - helps pick up anything missed from the cleanser, helps reset the pH of your skin, also low key exfoliates.
Moisturizer - yes this is necessary, even if you have oily skin. You tend to wash off some of the natural oils of your skin when you wash it. This helps trap in moisture and keeps your skin hydrated.
I'd suggest you start a basic routine, get the hang of it and learn what your skin reacts to best. You can switch out products here and there for something you find works better for your skin. After that, you can worry about adding things that target problems, such as acne, wrinkles, sun spots, acne scars, etc.
I hope that helps, and if you have any more questions or are looking for products that help with specific skin conditions, feel free to ask. Also, if you drop some more info about your skin, such as type (is it dry, acne prone, sensitive, oily) we can reccomend more products specific to your skin type rather than a general routine.
This is honestly a dumb question but I figured I'd have better luck here than in the dumb question thread What do I do after taking off a sheet mask? I just took off my sheet mask (tonymoly i'm real aloe vera to be specific) and now my face is wet (this happens every time I take off a sheet mask) Do I wipe my face or let the stuff absorb? Having a dripping wet face isnt fun
>>8809654 Yeah that's what I figure. I'm gonna start with the cleansing oil. Then the overnight mask, then fill in the rest of the night routine week by week, then the morning starting with the cleanser. Same with body just starting with soap, gonna add bio-oil and spray and creams week by week.
Thanks for the stretch mark advice though. I really didn't know that often was required. I was gonna just do it every time after I showered.
Also just buying as many samples of those instead of full in case shit sucks so I don't blow 200+ bucks all at once.
I know someone's gonna get mad at me for saying this but I wanna start by saying that I do not believe light skin is necesarily prettier/better, this is something I just want to do So I'm mixed latina/white and that left my skin an unusual orangish color. I look like a white person with skin that's too dark and when I tan I turn spray tan orange. What are your experiences with lightening products? I just wanna alleviate some of the orange tones
>>8809949 this >>8810033 I like the Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, my skin is acne prone. Plus it's sold at Ulta now! It's odd that you had a reaction to Cetaphil of all things, but everyone's skin is different.
Skincare newb here: I have a slightly noticeable birthmark on my face, would vitamin C serum be effective in fading it further? All I do currently for skincare is a foaming cleanser, would adding vit C serum before anything else be dumb? My skin isn't terrible and I really want to even my color out but not sure if I should be adding things like a moisturizer first.
>>8810135 You need to add a moisturizer and toner first. Vitamin C serum can be drying, and pH sensitive. Look a few posts up for an anon who posted a basic routine. We generally suggest not using foaming cleansers because they can be drying, but if it's worked for you that's fine. As for the birthmark, what kind are you talking about? One of those brown freckle things, a red one, discoloration?
>>8801724 I don't have any favorites yet. I just started out using sheet masks and loved every one of them. I did, however, want to let you gulls know that Forever 21 is selling Korean sheet masks and I bought a few last time I went. I loved them and keep recommending them to my friends.
>>8811504 I'm sure someone will jump in to say hat this couldn't possibly work, but I found that my hereditary tear troughs have filled in heaps since I've been more careful about drinking enough water and using sleeping packs.
>>8813264 If you're on Amazon, I'd say Cosmetic*Shop. I got 3 samples for every 2 items bought, and they were all relevant to my ordered items.. Like I got the Skinfood Peach Sake emulsion, so they sent samples of the toner and serum.
Hi everyone, I hope you don't mind but I got the innisfree sheet masks and wanted to review them. But I don't have a blog because I'm a sperg, so I'll just do it here (and be a bigger sperg.)
I got them off Amazon. From what I can tell, they seem to be legit. I got the 15 pack for $16; so for a little under $1 for a mask, it's pretty good.
I've only used two masks out of the tons of them I received: Green tea and pomegranate. My face has reacted positively to both of them. (For reference, I have sensitive, acne prone skin, reddish/easily irritated, dull, both severely oily and extremely dry.) I tried green tea first because my skin was feeling really worn out. I used it at night for about 20 minutes (after washing and using toner,) and when I took it off I massaged the serum in and didn't wash it off.
For some reason, I forgot to put on my nighttime skincare stuff. But when I woke up in the morning, my skin looked and felt so much better. My acne had even subsided!
I used the pomegranate one this morning, and it was soothing. I've also noticed that my skin isn't as oily at the end of the day as it usually is.
The masks themselves are made of artificial silk, and seem to fit my face pretty well. But they are fragile and tear easily, so be gentle. I'm used to the ones from My Beauty Diary: they are a lot stronger fabric. Also, I have sensitive eyes and sometimes sheet masks make them burn, but I didn't experience that this time.
Tl;dr I recommend trying out Innisfree It's Real sheet masks. I'm impressed by the ones I tried, and I'm excited to try the rest of them. They are a good value and have generally positive reviews online.
I'm just a baby at skincare but I have really sensitive skin, even using just washing with water and air drying tends to dry me out so much that usually fine products become painful. I've finally got something that works but if anyone has any advice on how to improve I'd be thankful! >A supermarket brand 'sensitive' face-wash, because it actually doesn't hurt whereas the usual high street brands like 'Simple' and 'Nivea' did. >Clinique 'dramatically different' as a night cream (any advise for a good nightcream?) >Skin Food SPF15 as a daycream and Baby Lips lipbalm with SPF >Missha BB cream with 25 SPF on rare occasions >Liz Earl 2-step Toner and Cleanser with muslin sheet every 2 or 3 nights, trying to remember to use the toner every night though I have constant blackheads, dark circles and fine lines, so it's already too late to be kawaii forever, I just want to look alive.
>>8809896 Please do this! I've been lurking these threads on and off for about a year and I still don't really know how to get into BHA/AHA at all other than to wear suncream when you do. Product recs would be amazing.
They are chemical exfoliants. BHA sinks into your pores and clears out the gunk that accumulates. BHA is what you start with if you have oily/acne prone skin. AHA promotes a high skin cell turnover rate by sloughing off dead skin. AHA is good if you have dry skin, but makes you incredibly photosensitive. When introducing either of these, be sure to use sunscreen.
You start off with ONE by patch testing to make sure you don't have a reaction. If all's good, start by using once a week at night. When you feel up to it, move that up to twice a week. Over a period of time you will work your way to every other night, and then if you need it, every night. Some people can do it every day, others can't, you need to remember that everyone's skin is different.
You mentioned above that you have constant blackheads. Try Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. This is a BHA, and a favorite one. Other easily accessible BHAs are Stridex Red Box, and Paula's Choice; I prefer the BHA power liquid because my skin is sensitive.
But before you add a BHA/AHA, I honestly suggest you rework your routine. Reread >>8809896 post. Anon describes a basic routine. Twice a day, every day, you need to CLEANSE, TONE, MOISTURIZE. You mentioned you only use your toner every few nights. You need to use that shit twice a day. Especially if you want to introduce a BHA b/c toners are important for resetting your skin's pH, which is a must have with chemical exfoliants.
Sorry for bad English in advance. When I was in a shop back in Korea I hear shoplady tell tourists that are Caucasian that it is not very adviseable to do the "Asian skincare" routine because they have different skin. They also say makeup from their country is more beneficial to their skin than buying from Korea, because here our skin is different. I do not know if it is true but I do get some breakouts when I used the brands like Revlon. My skin especially did not like the L'Oreal make up my sister bought from London.
Anyway. My skin care routine is very simple.
1. Makeup remover - coconut oil. Not too much though. I use this very heavy only for eye make up. I use the Nature Republic makeup remover sometimes but, I like the oil more.
2. Tony Moly Tea Tree Foam Cleanser - wash first with warm water, and then rinse with cold. Tony Moly face cleansers are cheap but they are very good.
3. Etude House Wonder Pore - good for oil skins. When it is winter my skin gets dry so I use Nature Republic Aloe Vera toner.
4. Skin Food Gold Caviar Serum - this is my favorite serum out of all the serums I tried. Good for dry skin and for skin tired from makeup.
5. Face Mask - This one varies because I use different masks but my favorite is Nature Republic and Tony Moly. I do not use face masks everyday only when I have occassion the next day.
Optional after mask: eye creams if you have dry dark circles or puff eyes. Emulsion for dry skin. Sleeping pack again I do not use always only when there is occassion the next day I like the Laneige sleeping masks but they are a bit expensive.
I get them easily, and my latest hobby is pretty active and I'm getting them pretty frequently. Any tips for making them heal up better or good make up to disguise them away? I dont really want to show up to con with black and blue spots on my arms and legs.
So, I think this is where I should go but... Ever since I moved I've put on stress weight. This has actually put me at a healthy weight than I have been in the past, but it also brought with it stretch marks.
>>8813598 That was extremely helpful, thank you anon. I have acne prone, blackhead full, skin too
(this is kind gross and tmi read at your own risk) On an unrelated but still skincare note, I've been very sick these past few days. My nose has been running constantly and constantly rubbing it has made it raw, dry, and stinging. The area under my nose is also like that due to constant exposure to mucus. How do I accelerate the healing process and sooth the stinging? I tried using a generic CVS facial moisturizer for senstive skin but it just burned
I forgot to ask this question, too! So I'm anemic with really low iron and one of the side effects is SUPER dry lips. Like its ridiculous how dry and how fast it takes for them to get dry. I was wondering if there were any products out there that can help my lips not be so gross without having to apply chapstick every 30 minutes. Anything I leave on at night or put on before makeup or anything at all, I'm desperate! Also sorry it's not entirely skincare but can someone recommend lipstick or something for those with really dry lips? Its so hard to find something that doesn't look yucky on me
>>8814195 anon, i've just now been in the same spot. extra moisture at nightm as well as using something to moisturize after every time you blow your nose, wokred for me. i just carried around a very fatty chapstick that i use in the winter. barely noticerable, but definitely helped.
>>8814195 moisturise, use a healing cream at night (I steal my mum's Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream for any skin damage), and when at home rinse your nose out in the sink instead of blowing it - it makes a huge difference cutting out some of the rubbing
>>8813939 Invest in a good bruise cream, like Arnicare. You want something with Arnica, Vitamin e, Vitamin a, etc. Stuff like that that promotes healing. For cover up, get an orange concealer. Bruises turn purple, with orange being its complementary color. Rub in some concealer, and then put a BB cream or foundation in your skin tone over it. Hope that helps!
>>8814021 Massage the area daily and get an italy towel to phsyically exfoliate a few times a week. Something like a retinol cream, vitamin c serum, AHA/BHA to use to help fade them. You can fade them but they won't ever go away. Just remember that every girl has them somewhere. I got mine on my inner thighs from constant muscle gain and loss because of sports and diet changes in high school. It helps to think of them as battle wounds from fighting a demon or some stupid shit.
>>8814195 I'm in the habit of whenever I get a cold, I carry around a travel thing of vaseline. Every time I blow my nose I rub a little beneath it. I look like a shiny loon, but it's prevented me from getting a raw nose like when I was a kid.
>>8814240 Aquaphor! When I was on accutane I used Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy every day. You can buy a little two pack travel sized thing at Target or Walmart. I slathered this on my lips every night before bed to keep them moisturized while I slept because otherwise they would be bone dry and crack during those 8 hours. Aquaphor adds moisture, unlike vaseline which traps moisture. Unfortunately, you should also just get used to applying chapstick every hour. I use those EoS balls, but not everyone seems to like them for whatever reason? But those two things were huge life savers.
If you have dead skin all over your lips from chapping, look up "brown sugar lip exfoliating." You should find a bunch of tutorials on how to make a quick and easy gentle sugar exfoliant.
Hey anons, I just wanted to send a shoutout to everyone struggling with face milia (miluim, milia seeds, white hard lumps of hell, whatever you wanna call them).
Over Christmas my sister gave me the Lierac anti-blemish keratolytic solution. I was wary at first since it is from a line of product marketed for oily skin and I don't have it, but this is the only product I have ever tried that made my milia disappear. I suffer from them especially on my eyelids, undereye area and at the top of my cheeks, so I could never really exfoliate there.The only thing that had worked so far was to let them sit there for months to the point I could pick away at them using a needle, which was not really desirable. I started applying this serum with a q-tip once a night (it has HAs so no sunlight!) and in three uses most of them were GONE. The surrounding skin feels completely unaffected (no tingling, no redness, nothing), just smoothness at last. I am so fucking happy I found a solution, and I just really wanted to recommend this to y'all.
>>8815130 kind of related question, how did your milia develop? I have one (at least I'm pretty sure it is) and it's been there forever. I worry more are going to show up if I don't get it together and start a treatment. Whenever I mention milia to friends or family irl they have no idea what it is or what I'm talking about.
>>8815148 I don't know really, it's just something that my skin does. One day I will look at the mirror to tweeze my eyebrows or do my makeup and notice that I got a new one just chilling there, enjoying the view. They're kind of a pore malfunction, so if you already have one chances are you will probably get others in the futurem but they're not an infectious process so it won't spread even if you leave it unattended. If it is on a treatable area, extensive exfoliating or a skin peeling will get rid of it, but if it is on a delicate spot (like mine are) I wouldn't suggest that. Before I learned about this spot I used to inmobilize them with my tweezers and stick a sterilised needle (dip it in alcohol and then light it on fire, let it air cool) through the milia, and then gently twist it until the growth is pulled out, and use an antiseptic afterwards. If you do not pirck the alive tissue under the milia it won't even bleed or scab, but disinfect it anyway for safety.
>>8813935 that sounds untrue - especially if she was talking to tourists
it might be more difficult to get a color match for things like BB creams or concealer or even lip colors but skincare? i've never heard of a white person (or anyone for that matter) ever having negative effects from asian skincare use - the ingredients are usually less harsh than their western counterparts.
>>8813935 That sounds like a racist crock of shit. I'm a pasty Irishwoman, born and raised and I've never had any issues with any kind of Asian makeup, and I've used everything from Lakmé to Tonymoly to Canmake.
That just sounds like that drivel Asian-Americans spout because they've no cultural identity of their own anymore so they cling to mass-marketed consumer products to make themselves feel more special.
Also, you may want to try using Western makeup that isn't drugstore shite. Many Asian makeup artists on Youtube use Chanel and Bobbi Brown and their 'different Asian skin' seems fine.
Hey, how well does Cosrx Aloe Sunscreen moisturize? I'm thinking about picking it up after reading so much good about it, but I'm trying to use as few products as possible and would like to be able to skip out on any extra steps. Right now I'm just using Scinics Honey AIO and Cosrx Snail essence in the mornings and slap on some sun milk if I'm going outside, but I don't think it's moisturizing enough. Slightly dry, sensitive skin here and recently also battling acne+scarring because I'm an idiot.
Also going backpacking in a few months and I'll probably only bring some bioderma h2o and a sunscreen if possible to save on space.
>>8813935 That sounds like she had a lack of understanding about different skintypes, and racism. Western cosmetics and skincare have more harsh chemicals. It works for some people but there's also a good amount of Westerners whose skin is too sensitive for certain products. Asian products use more natural ingredients and are all around less harsh. It doesn't matter what side of the world a product comes from, if it works for you that's what you use. It's not an ASIANS ONLY CLUB
I've got extremely dry lips especially on winter and have tried tons of different lip balms (mostly western stuff tho). So far nothing has helped in the long run. Any lip balm recommendations? Asian or western, doesn't matter.
>>8815130 Holy hell, I didn't think there was anything besides laser treatment to get rid of them [and like you said, picking them out with a needle], thanks for the tip! Definitely gonna look for it. My doctor had prescribed me Adapalene cream, but that takes months to show even the slightest improvement.
1. For the oil based cleansing step in an asian skin care routine, is it okay to use makeup wipes instead? I just hate rinsing my face off in a sink, I always make a huge mess. So with having to do that already for the water-based cleanser, my bathroom ends up flooded in water. Tips to get better at washing my face are welcome too.
2. Is Etude House wonder pore the same thing as toner? Or should I use toner as well as the wonder pore?
>>8816689 Have you tried the aztec indian clay masks?
>>8816681 Makeup wipes are not as gentle as oil cleanser. If you fill the sink and splash your face rather than using running water that's usually less messy.
Yes, wonder pore is a toner.
>>8814021 Massage with vitamin E/vitamin A at least four times per day, they are scars/pigmentation from stretching so you need to treat them like you would other scars and pigmentation. Vitamin C, retinol and BHA/AHA can help with the skin turnover and pigmentation; massage and moisture help with collagen/elastin production and getting the scar to go more like normal skin.
>>8816901 Yes but given that the other products are labelled as serum, emulsion, cream, foaming cleanser etc. in the name I assumed they meant the "wonder pore freshener" which doesn't have "toner" in the name
So my current insecurity obsession are nasolabial folds. There isn't a total fold, but there is also usually a line of redness there too, which may or may not be some really mild rosacea, and it makes it wven more obvious. I wear a fuckton of concealer there and it gets rid of the redness, but I still look yayahan-ish in certain lighting. I'd like to know if there's a more permanent solution. Is it just fillers? Pic related is an ad for some injection thing, but her nose and mouth and lines are similar to mine.
>>8817081 Yep, fillers are pretty much it. Just keep in mind that they are expensive and make sure you can keep up with them. Depending on the type of fillers you get, it will last 6 months to a year. If you can't keep up with it, the folds will return.
>>8817808 Honestly, there's no preventing breaking out on Biotion if you're going to. Some people break out, others don't and it just depends on your body. Since it's a supplement, you are breaking out because of an internal reason. I think it's because biotin is essentially an influx of Vitamin B7. Everyone's body is different. When you break out from taking biotin, it's because your body already had a surplus of it, which then causes a deficency of vitamin B5, which causes breakouts. If it works for you, then you probably had a deficency of vitamin B7, which is what biotin is. It's kind of like a guessing game, and skin type has nothing to do with it. If it works for you, great! If it doesn't, or causes breakouts, try taking Zinc.
>>8815968 I think it also has to do more with climate than skin types, since most products get adjusted to the climate conditions in that country when being sold overseah (at least that's what I know of some brands)
I've recently started using the Clinique three step program again and it hasn't done that much of a difference but my skin certainly does not feel as unbalanced as before. I'm still not a fan of their exfoliating tonic even though the formula is different now...anybody remember now harsh it used to be?
>>8818024 Climate is way more a factor than most people realize. I used to live in a colder, dryer climate and my skin would get so dry and cracked that it would bleed. Now I live in a warm, humid climate and my skin feels fine maybe even bordering on oily/normal combination.
I think skincare and make-up reviews should list where you are living because sometimes people shit on a product in reviews when it could be a great product for someone who lives somewhere else. The Bobbi Brown gel liner for example is great in warm climates, but it gets crumbly and breaks up in the cold.
What do you do when you get a new product and realize your skin hates it? I ordered three Benton products from Jolse and the Snail Bee High Content Essence really doesn't agree with my skin (breakouts in unusual places). I'm not entirely sure what to do with it since I still have 95% of the 60mL bottle left. I checked out r/asianbeautyexchange but I'm more of a lurker on Reddit, so I don't have enough karma to make a sales post.
With clean hands, rub the remainder of the serum in. There might be a couple out there in which you would wash the serum off, but the point of sheet masks is to keep the serum on your face long enough for it to properly absorb without drying out.
If there's a huge excess, rub the remaining serum on your hands.
Hot, as in temperature hot or "spicy" hot? Even though the latter doesn't make much sense, I'd be really careful as it could potentially be very irritating to your skin.
Temperature hot (as long as it's not hot enough to burn) should be beneficial as the warmth will make your pores to open up, allowing for the oil to dissolve whatever gunk is in them and moisturize your skin. I'd follow up with a nice, warm steam towel to get the excess off, however.
Look for gentle exfoliants, and things geared towards getting rid of inflammation, as that's what the redness is. Perhaps honey based treatments? Honey itself has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as having AHAs so it provides mild exfoliation while helping to maintain the redness and preparing your skin for moisture. If it persists in the long run it might be worth seeing a derm, but I think with the right routine and time your skin will heal and the marks will go away.
If that's your cheek, the texture of your skin seems to be fine (which is great considering you've had acne, the scars are pretty hard to diminish, near impossible to be rid of). So it's just an issue of color, which is a result of inflammation so I really do believe it will eventually go away.
Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize(even if your skin is oily), treat(masks, sleeping packs, etc) and protect your skin. If it's the biotin breaking you out and not your naturally oily skin, don't take the biotin of you don't want to break out.
>>8817091 >>8817825 Thank you! Isn't collagen not supposed to do much when applied topically, though? The creases themselves aren't that bad, so I'm going to try heavier moisturizer and look into dermarolling/stamping more for the red tough skin.
I'm a similar boat to >>8806946 but probably not as bad as that anon. I normally have pretty oily skin but since moving to a bit colder and drier climate, (from a place where it never got below 40 F) I'm getting dry patches.
It's nothing major but is pretty irritating and would like to get something to remedy it. I'm afraid of making my skin super oily though. Any recommendations?
>>8822610 I quite like using Steam Cream in winter but it breaks me out in summer
>>8822637 Often cystic acne is hormonal so beyond BC and roaccutane, not a lot. If you know that it's triggered by something e.g. food, etc. then avoid that. If you already have a cyst DON'T squeeze and poke it, try to bring it to a head - hot compresses, sulfur compresses etc - and then use topical treatments like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid creams etc. once it's at a head and slap on a hydrocolloid bandage. Before it gets to a head it's unlikely topical treatments will penetrate much
>>8822533 oh fuck man I thought I was alone I had this problem for ages and honestly I don't know what exactly made it go away. I just rubbed it off and moisturised my face properly I guess (no you shouldn't have to put lotion in your brows). sorry I can't help but at least there's 2 of us
>>8822637 Honestly, you're going to have to do your own researh on this. Cystic acne is caused by different things. It could be hormonal, which, if you're a lady, means going on birth control. It could be your diet, which means something like dairy or gluten is causing it. It could be a result of your diet and body, which means going on particular supplements to target what vitamin you're lacking. Or it's your immune system, which means you need antibiotics. Or shitty genes, in which you're fucked. Cystic acne is a huge bitch and I suggest you go to a dermatologist if it's honestly bad.
In the meanwhile, look up cystic acne on things like reddit's skincareaddiction, google, etc. Try temporarily cutting our gluten and dairy. Look up "acne vitamin cocktail" to read about supplements. Drinking ACV, yes, drinking it, can also help with it and overall skin and diet health. You're in for a long haul, my friend.
Invest in hydrocolloid bandages, they are blister bandages. You slap one over the cyst when it comes to a head and it helps suck out all the gunk inside of it. They were a godsend when I had it. Topical treatments aren't going to do much to help you since the problem is ultimately internal. If it's incredibly severe, your derm will consider Accutane.
>>8822637 I had cystic acne for a very long time and am just now getting rid of it. It's a variety of factors. >drink lots of water >watch your diet, sugar is often at the root of it >try different kinds of birth control, my new pills follow natural hormone patterns so my body isn't fighting hormones with hormones and therefore, calmer skin >wash your goddamn pillowcases >do not use cheap moisturizers with mineral oil in them >switch up make-up routine and find something that doesn't make your skin feel oily or weighed down Believe it or not, mineral make-up gives me deep red zits like crazy, switching to Clinique really helped. Besides that, lots of people will tell you it's hormonal but that's not usually the case. Eat a clean, fresh diet and then watch as your skin freaks out when you down 3 slices of pizza in one night, or gorge on chocolate while you're on your period. Ask me how I know.
I keep asking this on /r/asianbeauty but people keep answering the wrong thing.
What is the order to get things for someone who wants to get into the routine? I got the cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. Do I get the toner and serums/essences next and then actives? When should I start the second cleanse?
>>8824656 Oh my god we definitely need to copy paste that BASIC ROUTINE thing. Look at this >>8809896 Now look at this >>8804975 You did good with what you initially got, but you need a toner. Let your skin adjust to that routine for about a month or two, and then introduce other products in one at a time. Do not buy like 5 products at once and add all of them at the same time. You need to figure out what works for your skin, what causes a reaction, and you can't do that if there are multiple possibilities. Figure out what cleanser, toner, moisturizer works best. Then add a serum. Then add an active. Second cleanse honestly isn't necessary, but if you feel that your skin needs it, then you can add it with your basic routine. Remember everyone's skin is different, so some people really need to double cleanse while for others it doesn't really make a difference. I suggest double cleansing if you regularly wear makeup.
Just want to put this out there, a really good serum for red/uneven skin tone and texture, and visible pores is Medik8's C-Tetra, like I was noticing amazing results after a week of using it. Eucerin's dermopurifyer hydrating care is also a really good moisturiser if you're prone to get spots but not full-blown acne. Using them together has improved my skin so much.
It just feels like every beginner guide I've read, gives like 6-7 products to try all at once. Not one of them actually gives a timeline to try it. I've researched what I can otherwise I would have gotten the cleanser, toner then an active, just basing it chronologically.
I plan on trying the three things I've gotten, adding something new every two weeks but I just wanted to make sure that I'm going in the right order of adding them into my routine.
just want to check - my current routine is exfoliate (not every night) -> toner -> zit cream -> lotion, is this the right order? thinking in particular about the zit cream. also, is a cleanser 100% necessary? I usually just rinse my face off and it's been working ok I guess. if yes, eurofag cleanser recommendations would be nice
>>8824817 Yes it is necessary. Use sunscreen, especially since you exfoliate. Decent cleansers: >Cetaphil (UK, you can order it from Boots online but I honestly wouldn't bother) >Eucerin DermatoCLEAN line (use the mild cleansing milk myself, love it) >SebaMed Face & Body Lotion (some people reported increased flaking but most love it) >SebaMed Clear Face Cleanser >ACO 3 in 1 Cleanser for Mature Skin (N. Europe, ignore the labelling) >Avene (expensive but if you wanna feel posh go for it I guess) >simple (UK) >La Roche Posay Toleriane line (simple ingredients, nothing to write home about, if your skin isn't super mega sensitive I'd skip it, it's expensive)
>>8824726 Nah, it's cool anon. Skincare is so confusing because people seem to dance around answering things, or breaking it down into easy to understand tidbits. It's why I lurk these threads, at least people here are willing to explain basic skincare, let alone AHA/BHAs, which confused the hell out of me for over a year.
Anons! I don't really have much of skin problems. I have normal acne when I get my period, but not that much. Tho there's one thing about my skin that really bothers me, its oily in certain spots, like my chin, or my nose, and that's it. Besides drinking a lot of water and eating vegetables and fruits, what do you advise me to do? Is there a nice brand for oily skins? Thank you.
Does anyone know how to lighten my tummy and butt area? I've been whitening my skin for 3 years with Kojic soap and my stomach and butt area are the hardest to lighten. What other strong whitening products are there I can use to whiten/lighten that area?
>>8825167 I have sunscreen and try to remember to apply it, but most of the time during the winter we have 100% cloud coverage during the day (north europe, 7-8 hours of light per day) so I don't bother unless it's actually sunny thanks for the recommendations, I'll prob go pick up some eucerin or sebamed
weird question but-- i'm a lighter-skinned black girl, like peanut butter-mocha colored, and i have a alot of skin discoloration, but it's really bad around my butt.....like my entire butt, but especially on the bottom where my it curves into my thighs, and inside my ass cheeks ;--; it makes me super uncomfortable to be seen in my panties and i can't wear a bikini or anything; is there anything i can do? i tried using Kojie soap, but even after like 3 months of that i didn't notice much if any change.
if i were to find some sort of skin chemical peel would that affect things?
i asked this before but forgot to check the thread now its gone
Anyone got opinions on the Hada Labo skincare line? I moved to Japan but am on the whole pretty unfamiliar with their skincare brands, but I see a lot of buzz online about Hada Labo. Anyone here use any products? Recommendations?
>>8826994 Never used that, but I really miss senka hoshitsu lotions. My skin is combo with really bad dryness in the winter, and it's two-step lotion (first the watery one, then the thicker, creamier one) moisturized super well without making me oily or breaking me out. It's also cheap and comes in two types based on your skin type/needs.
Now, I'm going to start off and say you only need one face wash, not two, and that you should avoid products with Microbeads. They are abrasive, and also if you are in the US, they will be taken off of shelves within the next few months because they pollute the water supply. You do your routine once in the morning and once a night, every day. You gotta look fresh for the day and clean off any accumulated dirt and oil from the day.
The white flakes that come off when you wipe down your face are dead skin cells. This is normal, your skin regularly sheds. This is why you have an exfoliater, which you use twice a week if it's a scrub. It doesn't hurt to lightly rub your washcloth over your face every night during your shower, not a hard scrub, but gently rubbing it with the terrycloth helps lightly remove dead skincells. It should help with those white flakes you see.
You're a dude, so I don't know if you're up for a total basic routine which includes a toner. It may actually help make shaving go smoother? I'm not sure but Thayer's brand Witch Hazel is our general reccomendation. Cetaphil is a good moisturizer, if you feel like you want something more, try Aloe Vera gel. I've heard from guy friends that they find it soothing after a shave, and you can cary around a little travel sized thing of it during the day if dry skin.
You can also mix sunscreen with moisturizer, but it's not necessary. Just put on your moisturizer, wait a bit for it to sink in, then add the sunscreen. Now for the sunscreen, I don't particularly care for Nutrogena brand, it doesn't absorb too well. Also, generally sunscreens don't actually go higher than SPF35. Even when the number says 60, 100, etc, it doesn't do anything more than a 35 would do. It's your call if you honestly care about that.
Acne is directly linked to your diet, a shitty diet with junky and greasy foods, your skin will reflect that. Avoid greasy foods, soda, junk food in general.
I never knew they were getting rid of micro bead stuff.
Thanks a lot. I have so many fucking products from my fashionable friends who go "try this! try this!". I probably have like 30 products sitting under my sink. I can't wait to toss them out. That list you linked is simple and to the point.
Yeah, I think the Cetaphil is fine after I shave.
I wasn't aware regarding the sunscreen. I won't waste my money buying anything above 35 SPF, since it tends to be more expensive.
>>8827062 No problem, I understand the feeling of having too many products from friends reccomending stuff to me. You honestly only really need like three or four things if you just do the daily basics. Not to mention what's good for one person's skin might not be good for yours. If you want a rundown on the microbead ban you can read it here: >http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/30/health/obama-bans-microbeads/
Anons in these threads talk regularly about sunscreen, so I learned about that here actually. I just find Neutrogena annoying, since I used it before, it doesn't seem to all rub in right? L'Oreal Paris has a pretty good one called Advanced Suncare. You said you had dry skin, so there's also Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch sunscreen. Those were two easy to get drugstore sunscreens I've used and liked, maybe other anons can chime in with easy to get reccomendations?
As for a scrub, to help remove dead skin, there's >Aveeno Daily Brightening scrub >Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask
Those are two easy to get, drugstore brand scrubs. The second one is more of a mask, you leave it on for a few minutes and then scrub it like you're using a cleasner, and wash it off. Both are very gentle and not overdrying. You only use it two or three times a week, and it gets off the accumulated dead skin cells.
>>8827371 I've read that some people take it daily which is surprising to me since this seems like a relatively large dose. I was thinking of just taking it once a week. >>8827405 Did you consult a dermatologist before taking biotin, and how much is the dosage that you take?
>start new routine to help cope with problems caused by new medicine >Seems to be working >holy shit I'm looking fly af >start new job two weeks ago >workplace is a mess >lots of stress >skin breaks out >problems I've never had before >lizard skin, flaking, redness everywhere >skin routine doesn't work anymore >too poor to change my entire routine >mfw
>>8828049 it's temporary, your skin should clear up once your stress level drops. I've been getting flareups too because of graduation approaching (plus I just started another product), I went from practically clear skin to red blotches and four spots I'm breaking out on
tips on what to do when travelling by plane? should I invest in those mini-size makeup bottles to bring along my skincare shit? I'm only going for 4 days this time, how bad do you reckon it'll be? I'd also appreciate any suggestions to make me bother doing my routine twice a day
I...What? It's not like it's that hard? You just do it after you take your shower, and then in the morning when you wake up. It's hardly five minutes of your time if it's a basic routine. Get your shit together.
>>8828213 I don't have the chance to take a shower every day but that's beside the point - I struggle with even getting out of bed and dressed in the mornings half of the time. I'm not much of a makeup person either so before makeup isn't really a thing. I'm looking for some sort of motivation to push myself
What's your opinion on this glamglow mask? It was recommended to me for removing blackheads, and while it does get rid of some of them, I still have an insane amount all over my nose, cheeks, and chin. They may be enlarged pores too, no idea really. I'm going to try the routine mentioned in >>8809439 their link, but my skin is relatively unresponsive to most things, so I was totally shocked when this mask even made a slight difference. Only thing is, it burns like hell.
>>8828243 Honestly, the truth is you need to motivate yourself? What can we say to you, as random strangers on the internet, to heartfully motivate you to get off of your ass? Unless you are physically disabled in some sort of way, you need to take that intiative. No body is going to help you if you can't help yourself. If you want pretty skin then you need to motivate yourself to have it. You're honestly saying you can't take five minutes in the morning to do a quick wash, tone and slap on some lotion? You brush your teeth, don't you? Well you do it right before or after. Hell, you could do this while taking a shit on the toilet. Grow the fuck up and take control of your life, otherwise enjoy having greasy, dull looking skin. Get your priorities staight.
>>8828243 I used skincare as a way to help pull myself out of depression. Even if I had nothing else I could look forward to, I could take care of my face. And having a routine made me less stressed out.
>>8828492 This. If anything having really nice skin made me less depressed. Plus it pushed me into a routine. I did skincare and got plants to take care of and forced myself into a schedule. Someone's gotta keep those fuckers from dying.
>>8828492 I think anon was just implying that they suck at getting up in the mornings. Sometimes I just roll out of bed throw on some clothes and go to class, but honestly it feels better to be in a routine and give myself at least 10 minutes to get ready.
I bought the Missha Wonder Woman cushion compact but I hate their BB cream formulation and would like to replace it with my own. Anyone done this before?
As far as I can tell I just need to take apart the compact, clean out what's inside, and replace with my own sponge + BB cream, but the Missha sponges are sold out on their site: http://www.misshaus.com/magic-cushion-case-replacement-sponge-for-15g-case.html If anyone knows where I can buy them I'd probably be set.
>>8828576 I believe that you can probably put any BB cream refills in there, since most Korean companies are owned by Amore Pacific (?). So honestly, any replacement sponge should be fine. Do a bit of googling about creating your own BB compact, I believe there's a lot of articles on it. If you need help, I can help you look a bit later.
>>8828589 I killed so many succulents. I wound up getting a really sick jade plant from a clearance sale and it took so much time and effort caring for it. Gnats, fungal infection, mealy, root rot, it's had everything. It's about half the size it started out at, and has grown leggy because of the shitty winter weather but at least it's still alive?
>>8828596 Mine got all poopy at first but then I got a clamp light at a hardware store and out a grow bulb in it.
thread related: do I treat PIH from an allergic reaction the same way I would treat the kind you get from acne? Whenever I had a pimple I spot treated the mark with this spot lightener I got somewhere but now I have pih spots all over my entire shitty face. I already use an aha gel and a konjac sponge.
Hey guys, apparently I got a stye on my lower eyelid? It's not super bad, but just kind of painful every time I blink. Any tips? I read they go away on their own if I take care of it, and to not cover the area with makeup. So far I steeped some green tea and put the teabag on it for a bit and it's really helped with the pain. And I read to gently clean the area with some baby shampoo.
>>8828949 Honestly, don't pay for a doctor's visit just for a stye if it's not super painful or super persistent. It should go away by itself in a week, so just give it time and don't wear any eye makeup that might irritate. If it doesn't go away by itself after some time, then you should see a doctor.
My skin is looking splotchy and it's dry but also oily even though I moisturize it multiple times throughout the day and now I'm starting to get more black heads and acne and I'm not really sure what to do My chin and nose are reaaaally bad no matter what I do and now around the bridge of my nose is getting bad and I'm not sure what to do. It looks like shit Any suggestions? I'm in the process of cutting out a lot of junk food and stuff and I've heard that can make you break out but I'm not sure
Have any seagulls ever tried any laser or IPL hair removal tools for home-use? I've read a lot of test reports so far, but I'm still unsure whether to try one or not (ain't quite cheap). If yes, how was your experience?
(Sorry if this has been discussed before, i usually don't lurk the skincare threads)
>>8831624 Yeah. It hurts like a motherfucker and you have to be consistent but it generally gives results. Don't be too dark skinned, do have dark thick hair, and keep up with it instead of just being mad it didn't work for you after 2 weak attempts. To manage the pain I'd take painkillers before and use a numbing cream, felt much more bearable, with aloe after. Also I broke it up instead of trying to do full body one day I'd do legs one week, armpits the next, bikini the following, arms last.
Keep in mind it's hair reduction not removal so it's not guaranteed but it does damn well reduce. Been pretty hairless for a year now. Also hormones and things like biotin or just getting pregnant later can undo all that work. And it might not be as effective on male skin or just thicker skin with deeper hair roots.
>>8831665 Oh and 9/10 overall just because I'm so damn happy to finally not have those pesky little black hair dots poking out a day after I shave because my skin is so goddamn pale and thin and hair so damn thick and dark. But it could use improvements like not being fucking battery powered cause it will die half way through a leg on the highest power and takes forever to charge. Or the pain obviously. But it's overall worth the price at less than 500 compared to spending thousands just to get your legs done professionally.
current skin care treatment. sorry about the shitty image.
i have combination/oily skin with normal cheeks and eye area. my cheeks and eye area suffer from winter dryness.
i will be replacing wonder pore toner with thayers witch hazel toner with lavender, and im looking to purchase boots no7 night cream. any other changes i should make? im making an order to drugstore.com and i'd like some new goodies to try out.
>>8831779 Feels like a tattoo kinda pain. Quick needle like burn. Except tatttooing your pits and bikini area hurts like a bitch. So yeah painful. There's less painful ones than the one I bought with less strong lights/lazers, ipl is least painful, but they take longer to work and might not get the most stubborn hairs.
>>8831911 just echoing what other anons have told me, pretty much anything that isn't nivea or neutrogena - eucerin, bioderma, sebamed etc are good brands and you should have at least one of them available in murica
Hey guys! My Cosrx blackhead power liquid finally came in today. I'm going to do a patch test tonight to make sure it agrees with my skin. It's a pump thing, so I was wondering, as a BHA, should I just squirt it on my fingers and rub it in, or apply it with a cotton pad?
>>8832409 Fat soluble vitamins stay in the body. They are also the vitamins you can overdose on, such as vitamin K. Water soluble vitamins do not get stored in your fat and the extra your body does not need at the time is flushed from your system. You pee it out. Middle schooled.
>>8832423 >>8832429 Yeah, but not in the case of biotin. You don't pee out extra biotin and everything is a-ok. Your body has so much of it that it causes a b5 deficency. So no, you may "pee out the extra" but your body has already absorbed what it can, and considering vitamins are a balancing act, taking too much of one is still a bad thing.
>>8831911 Doesn't matter if it "gives a better deep clean" you're still using a physical exfoliant twice a day, which only leads to skin problems in the long run. You have way too many products that you are using twice a day, and you're overly drying and over irritating your skin, which in turn causes it to be oily. Scroll up for the basic routine post and go from there.
My derm wants to put me on birth control because I always have flare ups around my period. I'm really nervous because I've never been on BC before, and I heard that you usually have a really bad breakout when you go off of it. Can I get some opinions of going on BC? Sorry if this is a dumb question but I've heard people can put on weight and just the thought something foreign controling my hormones seems weird to me...
>>8816159 Corona ointment. I know it sounds weird (was originally used for animals) but it's AMAZING. My mum and I have been using it for years. We usually use it as a lotion in extremely dry areas and as a lip moisturizer. Stuff is amazing.
>>8833037 Taking vitamin B7 (Biotin) doesn't cause a B5 deficiency. >"So no, you may "pee out the extra" but your body has already absorbed what it can... taking too much of one is still a bad thing."
A water soluble B vitamin is not stored in the body, you CANNOT take too much, and there are no ill effects, no drug interactions, and the worst it could possibly get is if you are allergic to an additive in the pill/method of intake, you /might/ experience a reaction.
Way to go, invalidate your argument before even stating a matter of your OPINION that is baseless falsehood, you da man.
>>8831889 You need more layers to your daily moisturizers, less cleansers- if it has 'sodium lauryl sulfate' or any 'sulfate' or any combination of similar sounding ingredients, you don't want it, it'll just make the oiliness worse.
>>8833487 There's a number of different bc options. Oestrogen/progesterone (combined) ones are usually the ones that get prescribed for acne, and it's unlikely that just going off bc would give you acne unless you have pcos or some other hormonal issues. Weight gain isn't clearly demonstrated in any studies (probably because overall some people gain weight, some lose weight, some stay the same and it's not really clear that the bc had anything to do with it) although you can definitely retain fluid so be careful about your salt intake. Honestly, the good thing about the pill is that you can stop taking it if you don't notice any benefit or get side effects. I'd suggest give it 2-3 months and if it doesn't do anything, either try a different one or don't bother with it.
You shouldn't be prescribed the mini pill or depo or any progesterone only contraception as they can make things worse.
>>8834418 I picked them up and it says "desogestrel" on the label. It has about three rows of little orange pills and then a row of white. And that I'm to start them on a Sunday when I get my period (I decided to do the Sunday start because it's just less of a hassle). My derm told me not to quick start because a lot of patients that did had severe nausea for a few days.
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