3 Weeks With The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution + BP!
It’s the 3rd week using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. I’ve only used it once this week. This product really makes my skin glow. I love it for that, but I think it’s time for me to move on to other skin care products for my acne. This toner isn’t cutting it. As I said, it helps to brighten my skin. I just haven’t noticed a drastic difference in my acne. It helped to unclog some pores, but I think it has created more pimples. Every time I use it, I feel like I get new pimples (not from purging). My skin isn’t liking an ingredient or ingredients in this toner. I love liquid-based skin care products. I love that it’s affordable and feels very nice when applied to the skin. It helps to remove excess sebum and debris too when used with a cotton pad. This glycolic acid toner just isn’t working for me. I’m not going to drag it on using it when I don’t feel like it’s right for me. Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum seems to work better on my skin. It’s soft, gentle, and doesn’t clog my pores or irritate my skin. I’ll try this serum out by itself instead. It’s a higher percentage of glycolic acid, but it hasn’t caused my skin issues like The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. Maybe my skin just doesn’t like The Ordinary skin care products. They seem to work better on my body though! Just not my facial skin. It’s time to switch things up!
I added benzoyl peroxide in the 2nd week. I needed an acne product that’s anti-bacterial. Yes, I’m back to using benzoyl peroxide. I used it once during the first week. During the second week, I used it as often as possible. I’m still trying to transition my skin into using benzoyl peroxide. Currently using moisturizer first then applying benzoyl peroxide. The results have been pretty good. After this week, using it more often compared to the first week, my skin has improved drastically. My acne (mainly closed comedones) are not completely gone, but my skin has changed for the better. I’m getting results very quick. I wish I could use it in the morning to get faster results. It’s just too difficult to apply benzoyl peroxide, let it dry on the skin, and apply other skin care products afterwards in my morning routine. I don’t have the time to let it dry on the skin. I just can’t. Since I need an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial in the morning to help with acne, I started using Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid again. I know! It’s back! I don’t use it every morning. I’ve only used it twice this week. This has been working for me so much better. I might’ve been using too many salicylic acid products before (face wash and a leave-on product). This is working for me right now. Just a few times a week to help unclog pores and for its anti-bacterial properties. Let’s see what happens in the upcoming weeks!
I tried some moisturizing skin care products this week too!
My Thoughts on Moisturizers…
La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer for Oily Skin:
This is a lightweight, mattifying moisturizer. It’s not the most moisturizing moisturizer. It moisturizes a little bit. It doesn’t keep the skin moisturized throughout the day. I’ve been using it for nearly a month now, and I’m not too impressed. It should work on my skin because I have oily skin. But, it’s not doing much for my skin. I need something that actually moisturizes my skin a little bit more. After I stopped using this moisturizer, I noticed some breakouts vanished. I wonder if it’s breaking me out? 🤔 I’ll try it again when I’m ready.
Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence:
I tried using Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Essence for extra moisture this week. I didn’t think it was moisturizing enough for my skin. It lightly hydrates the skin, but the hydration doesn’t last. My skin started to feel drier throughout the day. Honestly, I think it caused my skin to dry out more. I noticed more gunk in my pores too while using it. I stopped using it on my facial skin because of this.
Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence:
I wasn’t going to use the Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence on my skin again, but I have a few bottles of this left. I’ve been using it on my body to use it up. I thought I would try it again on my facial skin just to see if it’ll work or not. This essence (like the Snail Mucin Essence) ended up drying my skin out. I used the Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence on damp skin too. It just didn’t work. It made my skin look worse. I noticed my pores filling up too. Clogging my pores? I guess it doesn’t work on my skin. Back to using it on my body.
Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin:
I was in need of a moisturizer that moisturizes my skin that I started to use Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin again. This moisturizer left my skin feeling moisturized and soothed my skin. It helps with dryness and skin irritations. I stopped using my other moisturizers and just stuck with this one after trying the other moisturizers. I prefer to keep my routine as minimal as possible instead of using a bunch of moisturizers all at once, lol. And this moisturizer did a better job at moisturizing. I’m currently just using Vanicream (once again) as my moisturizer. I don’t use it every day though. Only when my skin needs to be moisturized. Hopefully it works this time around since I’m using benzoyl peroxide, which is helping a ton with my acne.
Catch up on what happened right here:
My Experience After 1 Week Using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution + Other Skin Care Updates
2 Weeks Using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. My Results!
Review: Timeless Matrixyl 3000 Serum
I’ve been searching for a matrixyl serum after my experience with The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA. I’ve heard so many good things about this brand, so I thought I would give it a try. Don’t forget to checkout my review on their vitamin c serum! Go here: Timeless Vitamin C Serum The purpose of the matrixyl 3000 serum is to improve skin elasticity, firmness, and texture. The serum fights against aging skin by stimulating the skin’s collagen repair mechanisms. It also contains hyaluronic acid to maintain hydration levels for smoother and healthy-looking skin. The product does state that it can be used on normal, dry, mature, and even oily skin. So I really hope it works for oily skin! I’ve had this serum for about 5 months already. Here are my thoughts on this product! Read on! ⬇⬇⬇
This serum is clear. It feels a little sticky when applied to the skin, but that stickiness vanishes within a few seconds. It leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft. This is possibly one of the most hydrating, non-heavy serums I’ve used. It didn’t leave any residue behind. Absorbs into the skin quite well. This serum can easily be used with other skin care products without any issues. I didn’t experience any pilling. It feels lightweight and thin on the skin. Love that the ingredient list is simple and short. It contains matrixyl 3000, peptides, aloe, hyaluronic acid, and a few other ingredients.
So I’ve used it for a total of 5 months. The results in terms of fine lines and wrinkles were average. I didn’t see much of a change in my skin. It didn’t do much for fine lines and wrinkles as I had hoped for. I was hoping it would diminish fine lines and wrinkles just a little bit, but I didn’t see any of that. The only improvement I saw from this skin care product is the hydration levels in my skin. It really does help to increase moisture levels in the skin. My skin felt very moisturized whenever I used this serum. But isn’t this serum suppose to help with skin elasticity, firmness, and texture? Anti-aging? I feel like it’s just another hydrating serum. Hmm.
So after 5 months of use, even though it contains matrixyl and peptides, not much of a difference in my skin. It feels like I just wasted my money, to be honest. Also, unfortunately, I had to stop using it due to breakouts. I think it’s too hydrating for my skin type. It claims to work on oily skin, but it’s a no for me. I don’t want to deal with breakouts. The breakouts were pretty bad too. I had a bunch of whiteheads all over my face. I stopped using it immediately, and my skin started to clear up. Something in this serum didn’t click with my skin. It could just be the overall formula of the product. Not just a particular ingredient. Who knows. I just know that I can’t use it anymore.
This is what the serum looks like. It’s just a clear serum.
Pros & Cons
- Very moisturizing
- Feels lightweight on the skin
- Contains Matrixyl 3000
- Contains other ingredients such as peptides, aloe, hyaluronic acid
- Too hydrating for oily skin (on my skin, it was)
- Breakouts, whiteheads all over the skin
- No change in fine lines and wrinkles
- Did nothing for anti-aging, just another hydrating serum
I really wanted Timeless Matrixyl 3000 Serum to work, especially after using The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA. Unfortunately, the results weren’t that great. It’s supposed to be an anti-aging serum, but I didn’t see a difference in fine lines and wrinkles. I didn’t see a huge change in anything else besides it hydrating my skin. This serum is basically just a lightweight hydrator. Sadly, I ended up with breakouts all over my face. I didn’t expect that from this serum, since the ingredients didn’t look too bad. It looked pretty good compared to other facial serums I’ve used. But, that’s what happened. I had to stop using it. I think this would probably work better for people with normal or dry skin.
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