Two weeks after updating my skin care routine…

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Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Cream

After two weeks of updating my skincare routine, I made changes…

Face Wash: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Facial Wash

I only have a third left this face wash left. Should I try something new after I finish it? I haven’t had any issues with the face wash. It feels super soft and silky on my skin. I was thinking of trying another face wash just for fun. Maybe…we’ll see after I’m done with my current one.

Moisturizers: Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream & Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Cream for Dry to Normal Sensitive Skin

I’ve been using the Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Cream for Dry to Normal Sensitive Skin day and night to keep my skin moisturized. I’m still using the Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream as an eye cream (new jar!). I haven’t had any issues with either lately. I’m on my second jar of the Cetaphil cream. It moisturizes, protects my skin, and keeps it from drying out. Hmm! I think it’s working!

Acne Care/Other Products: Neutrogena Stubborn Acne AM Treatment, tret,  Melano CC Vitamin C Essence

I’ve been alternating my benzoyl peroxide, tret, and vitamin c products. Using benzoyl peroxide when my skin needs it, vitamin c on other days, and tret once a week at night. I use these products with my Cetaphil cream, which has kept my skin from becoming dry and flakey. Sometimes I just moisturize without any actives. But these are the three actives I’ve been using. So far, it’s been good.

Sunscreen: Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Still using Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 as my main sunscreen while using the others when I feel like it. I stopped using sunscreen indoors. Not because of laziness but because it’s unnecessary. All I do is moisturize my skin while indoors. I’m still trying to use up my other sunscreens. The CeraVe Tint SPF is the most difficult one to use. It’s so freaking orange on my skin! 🙁

My Attempt At Using Tret Again.

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Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Cream

I started using tret again. My skin was looking dull. It was lifeless. I needed to do something about those issues. Acne marks became more prominent as well. I can’t use too many skin care products, but I thought I could give tret another chance. So here I am using tret again. Here’s my 1 week experience using tret.

I was able to use tret 4 times this week. I used it back-to-back for a total of 4 days and took a break for the rest of the week. During my use of the product, I was using a moisturizer. It was the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Face Gel Hydrator. It worked amazingly for my skin. My skin felt extremely moisturizing. At one point, I thought it gave my skin too much hydration. I thought about dialing back on the product. I didn’t. I just kept using it. Tret and this moisturizer went well together. I noticed smoother skin that’s brighter (probably the niacinamide in the hydrator). I was so happy that I was seeing results with this combination of products. Yesss! Finally! It’s working! Sadly, the moisturizer ended up breaking me out. I had clogged pores in areas that were acnegenic. I had to stop using it. Once I did, the breakouts went away. Once I stopped using the moisturizer, my skin couldn’t take tret daily anymore. It burned my skin. For the rest of the week, I took a break. I picked up another moisturizer called Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Cream for Dry to Normal Sensitive Skin. I purchased this to use as an eye cream, which works so much better than what I was using (Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Face Creme). Eucerin wasn’t that moisturizing and did nothing for my skin. I noticed some fine lines and wrinkles underneath my eye area vanished with Cetaphil! It works better as a moisturizer! I’m switching!

So! The Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Cream helped to alleviate any scalding, burning, and redness. This is awful! I burned my skin again. I’ll have to use a moisturizer with tret. I hope Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Cream works! I’ve been using it for 3 days and night without any issues. No breakouts. Nothing yet. It leaves my skin feeling soft too. It’s a two-in-one product for me. It works as a face cream AND an eye cream. Hey! Let’s see what happens. So far, so good.

Stay tuned for what’s going to happen next! 🙂

Review: Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Face Gel Hydrator

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Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Face Gel Hydrator

I picked up a new moisturizer/hydrator. It’s the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Face Gel Hydrator! My skin was very dry from the acne products I was using. My skin was falling apart. Flakey, crusty, peeling. I needed a moisturizing product. I stumbled upon the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Face Gel Hydrator and thought I would give it a shot. It comes in a large tube also (5.0 oz bottle). Maybe it might work. Maybe not. This is my experience with this product!

The texture of the product is a lightweight gel. It’s soft, smooth, and easy to apply to the skin. Once applied to the skin, it makes the skin look so much better. I loved how it made my skin appear softer and smoother after a single application. My skin felt hydrated, and it helped alleviate any dryness I was experiencing. The product does contain the ingredient dimethicone. Hmmm! That’s what’s giving it that silky, smooth texture, which I love very much!

So I used it for about a week. The first couple of days went well. The rest of the week? I questioned the product since I was noticing some breakouts in random places. My skin felt good, but weird things were going on with my skin. Since it contains dimethicone (a hit or miss for my skin), I thought it was breaking me out. I continued to use it because I was hoping for the best. Unfortunately, my skin started to get clogged up so fast. I really wanted this moisturizer to work! I can’t seem to find a moisturizer that works on my skin. On a good note, the 4% nicinamide helped to fade some acne scars and brightened my skin. My skin texture, pores, and acne marks looked SO much better using this product! But it didn’t do any good for my acnegenic skin. And the bottle says that it won’t clog pores too. That was a lie. At least for my skin. Back to the drawing board. sigh I’ll use the rest under my eyes or something. It works great as a makeup primer!

My Updated Thoughts on Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream

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Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream

I still have Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream in #21 Light Beige. I also picked up another shade as well (#13 Neutral Ivory). #21 Light Beige is a bit too dark for my complexion, so I thought I would try #13 Neutral Ivory.

What do I think about this bb cream now?

Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream is very affordable and lasts for quite some time. If you’re looking for an affordable bb cream, this one looks attractive. So the texture of the bb cream is soft and smooth. It’s very simple to apply and blend into the skin. It doesn’t provide much coverage though. I had to use a concealer to cover up any blemishes and dark under-eye circles. The bb cream does make the skin appear somewhat dewy. I would even say shiny. But not if you have dry skin. This bb cream is terrible on dry skin. Make sure to exfoliate any dead skin off and moisturize for a smooth application. Even after exfoliating and moisturizing, it settles into every little pore. Ugh.

The shade of #21 Light Beige is too dark on my skin as I mentioned. I’m trying to finish up the very last bit of it. It also has greyish undertones too. It makes my skin look dull and lifeless. I won’t purchase it again after I finish it. As for #21 Light Beight, it looks yellowish. It is lighter compared to #21 Light Beige. The color worked better on my complexion. But, unfortunately, it didn’t provide much coverage either. The product wears off on the skin fast. I had the same issues with #13 as I did with #21. It was just a different shade. I wasn’t impressed by this bb cream (even after trying another shade). Like, what’s the point of using this product if it has so many negatives and doesn’t do much for my skin? It’s just taking up space at this point.

Once I finish both tubes, I’m done with Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream. I’m so over it. I’m going to look into other foundations or even another bb cream. I just wasn’t impressed by this brand and their products. Yeah, I’ve tried other products from them, and they didn’t do much for me. Meh, it’s time to move on and try something new.

Update: My Skin Care Routine!

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skin care routine

Here’s another update on my skincare routine! This photo was one of my previous skincare routines. I’m still using the same face wash and benzoyl peroxide acne treatment. The 2 sunscreens pictured (LRP SPF 100, Altruist SPF 50)…I still have it and use it. Read more about it in this post! Lastly, I finished the Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10. I stopped purchasing it because I liked the Neutrogena BP product a lot more. It seems to work better on my acne.

Face Wash: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel with Hyaluronic Acid Fragrance-Free

I’m using the same face wash as before. Same old. It’s the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel with Hyaluronic Acid Fragrance-Free. This product seems to work for me. It doesn’t help with acne, but it doesn’t break me out. It works to cleanse my skin. It’s fragrance-free. I love the big bottle. It lasts for months. I tend to be very generous with the amount I use also, haha. But at least I’m using it. If it works, why fix it? I guess I’ll stick with it. 😀

Eye Care: Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream is moisturizing and affordable. It doesn’t do much for wrinkles or fine lines. I like using it because it leaves the skin around my eyes moisturized. It’s perfect for that. Once again, it’s affordable. I don’t feel like spending that much on an eye cream anyway. From my experience, they don’t do much but keep the skin around the eyes moisturized. This is good enough for now.

Acne Care: Neutrogena Stubborn Acne AM Treatment 

I use Neutrogena Stubborn Acne AM Treatment as an all-over acne treatment and a spot treatment. I’m leaning toward a spot treatment. But I use it as an all-over acne treatment when needed. My skin loooveesss benzoyl peroxide. Possibly the only acne product that works on my skin over so many years!

Sunscreen: Whatever sunscreen I have. *See the list below*

I’ve been experimenting with sunscreens. Here’s a list of sunscreens I use. I switch it up.

I haven’t used Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50 on my face in a while, but I thought I would toss it on the list of sunscreens to use. I like that it’s lightweight, a mineral sunscreen, and contains SPF 50. It’s not a full mineral sunscreen, but it’s better than nothing. This sunscreen works great as a makeup primer as well. It tends to dry out the skin a bit and accentuate dry patches though. That is why I’m not purchasing it again after I finish it.

I wish LRP SPF 100 was a mineral sunscreen. Too bad that it’s a chemical-based sunscreen. This sunscreen seems to work some days. On other days, it doesn’t. On the good days, it leaves my skin moisturized, smooth, and protected. I have no issues with it. On the bad days, it gives me really terrible headaches that it’s making me think if I should continue to use it. I haven’t used it since, but it’s there. I most likely won’t stick to this sunscreen when I finish it. Something is off about this sunscreen. The headaches are just so bad. Maybe it’s something else…I don’t know…

I’m only using Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 only on the skin around my eyes. It doesn’t dry it out or make it look bad. It works. I think I may have found a sunscreen for the eyes. Just not my face because it accentuates skin dryness, makes my skin flake, and just makes it look awful. I tried. It just didn’t work for me. It’s an affordable sunscreen to use around the eyes. Hey! Even my neck. And it’s a 100% mineral-based sunscreen. 🙂

Sometimes I use Altruist SPF 50. It’s a bit heavier on the skin. It leaves my skin greasy when used often. I might as well use it so it won’t go to waste. It’s a lot more moisturizing compared to my mineral sunscreens. It doesn’t give me a headache like the LRP SPF 100 does. Seems to work better during the colder months since it’s dryer.

So I haven’t spent a single dollar on a new sunscreen. I really still don’t feel like it. I think it’s a waste of money, especially when I have a bunch of sunscreens to finish. I’ll try my best to use what I have before I try another new sunscreen. This works for now, I guess.

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