Update: My Skin Care Routine
Not shown in photo: Taz & BP
Here’s my new skin care routine. 🙂
Face Wash: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel with Hyaluronic Acid Fragrance Free
I’ve been using this face wash for a little over 2 months now. I love how it foams up and feels soft on the skin as I wash my face. It cleanses the skin nicely. But, I feel like it’s kind of drying my skin out. It cleanses my skin very well, but my skin feels a little dry afterwards. It feels chapped. I don’t feel like switching cleansers right now, but I’ll use what I have left. I might search for another cleanser when I’m done. We’ll see what happens.
Skin Treatments: Taz & BP (Acne) & L’Oreal Revitalift 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum (Brightening)
I’m only using taz and bp (not together, separately) 1-2 times a week. My goal is once per week. I also spot treat with bp when I see any pimples forming. As for the vitamin c serum, I’ve been using it on my cheekbones and lightly tap it under my eyes. I noticed brighter under eyes after doing this so I continued to use it this way. I use it on my neck too. I can’t use it on my face because it clogs my pores. This vitamin c serum has a silicone feel to it, and it makes my skin feel very soft, smooth, and silky. It’s been working great for those areas of my skin. Unfortunately, just not my face.
Sunscreen: CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint & Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40
I have two sunscreens that I’m using right now. It’s the CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint and Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40. I use CeraVe most of the week, but if I feel like it, I use Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s sunscreen leaves my skin feeling moisturized and protected at the same time. It works great as a makeup primer too. My skin feels so silky smooth after I use it.
I’m still trying to keep my skin care routine short and minimal. I’m really not into extensive skin care routines anymore. haha. I tried it. It didn’t work for me. I prefer to keep my skin care routine as simple as possible. It seems like my skin starts to break out when I’m layering on too many products. By the way, I stopped using moisturizer on my face. It’s time to call it quits. I’ve been trying to make it work for so long that it’s just not working. I keep getting random breakouts whenever I try to moisturize my skin. I decided to just leave my skin alone. I never used moisturizers years before either. I guess some people just can’t use moisturizers (like me). 🤷🏻♀️
That’s my updated skin care routine! Hope this was helpful. Have an amazing day! 😄
My Thoughts on CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Face Sheer Tint!
Here are my thoughts and experience on CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint! Did it work this time? Read on to find out!
My Updated Thoughts on CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint!
Why I chose this product?
I had a tube of this product that I needed to finish. It was just sitting there, and I didn’t want to waste it. So I thought I would give it another try again to see if it’ll work for me or not this time. Also, I was really fed up with my main mineral sunscreen leaving a white cast on my skin (even if it’s subtle, there’s still a noticeable white cast). It gets annoying when people start to stare, lol. I just couldn’t do it anymore. I needed a tinted mineral sunscreen that blends into the skin and hides the white cast. I’ve been guilty of walking around with a slight white cast over the summer. 😂 At least my skin was protected. But, it’s time for a change. And that is, no white cast, haha.
My first time experience with CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Sheer Tint was not good. It didn’t go well, and it just didn’t work for me. I didn’t like it at all. I stopped using it immediately when I noticed that it made my skin appear more greasy (felt moisturizing on the skin though!), left my skin looking orange, and provided no coverage. I was used to a little bit of coverage from makeup during that time. Hmmm! Let’s get into what happened to my skin while using this product again! If you missed out on my previous thoughts on this product, go here! 👈🏻
It’s a moisturizing mineral sunscreen.
Most mineral sunscreens I’ve tried are drying. This one is not. It feels very moisturizing on the skin! I love that it contains 3 ceramides. My skin seems to adore ceramides in skin care products. I noticed a huge difference in how hydrated my skin is after use. It also doesn’t just moisturize, but it helps to repair and protect my skin from dryness. I enjoyed reapplying this sunscreen each time because it helps to replenish moisture in my skin throughout the day!
Product Shade & Coverage.
I thought the shade of the product was a little too dark on my skin at first, but it seems to blend and vanish into the skin. It’s a little orangey, but it’s not too noticeable. I started off using this sunscreen as a makeup product and just blending it in to hide the white cast from my main sunscreen. But, that eventually led me to using it as a sunscreen + makeup. The product doesn’t provide any coverage at all. I could still see my freckles (not a bad thing), under eye circles (if there’s any), and a few acne marks (which are fading). I don’t think the shade of this product is too bad because I received compliments on my skin while using it. It makes me look like I’m not wearing any makeup (well, it’s not truly makeup, it’s just tinted) at all while giving my skin a natural glow. It doesn’t look cakey or heavy on the skin. Like, damn! My skin looks pretty good wearing it! My skin is currently clear, and it worked out just fine!
Breakouts? Clogged pores?
I didn’t get any breakouts from this product this time. I wonder what happened the first time. 🤔
I didn’t expect my skin to even out while using this tinted mineral sunscreen, but it did. I noticed a more even complexion with some acne marks fading. This product contains niacinamide. I’m surprised that it worked that well on my skin. Who needs a brightening serum when a sunscreen product does it as well. My skin just keeps getting brighter and brighter. I started noticing the brightening effect after the third day.
I’m pretty shocked that this CeraVe product worked on my skin. I have yet found a CeraVe product that delivered results. This one did. Even though it doesn’t provide much coverage, it’s still a good product to use. It’s a tinted mineral sunscreen that blends easily and smoothly into the skin. I don’t have any issues with the application process with this product. I love that it’s SPF 30 too. Wish it was SPF 50! That would be awesome! I didn’t get any breakouts or clogged pores from this product. Another amazing thing that happened! I hope I don’t jinx it and start breaking out! Well, as for now, no breakouts! Also, it helped to brighten my skin. It must be the niacinamide. I’m not a huge fan of niacinamide serums or products, but this one that contains niacinamide worked on my skin while moisturizing my skin. My skin looked brighter. So far, I’m loving this product. I’m running low and need to get another tube soon! It might even become a staple in my routine.
Clear Skin & Trying Out CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Face Sheer Tint!
Check out another tinted mineral sunscreen I tried recently ~ Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen Lotion (Fair-Light)
Tonight’s Update on Andalou Naturals Vitamin C Beauty Balm
I had Andalou Naturals Vitamin C Beauty Balm on all day. Here’s my first review on this bb cream right here. Now on to my thoughts on this bb cream! I thought it would take a week for me to make up my mind on this bb cream. Nope! Here are the results!
So I had OK results the first time I used it. The only thing that truly bothered me about the bb cream is that it would accentuate dry patchy skin. Well, sadly, that didn’t change as the day went on having this bb cream on my face. My skin looked worse by the end of the night. I think the zinc oxide in this product is way too drying for my skin. I love how it protected my skin from the harsh UVA and UVB rays, but I’m not going to walk around with dry patches of skin on my face like I did today. That’s one aspect I didn’t like about the bb cream — it accentuates dry skin/patches on my face. There are other aspects of this bb cream that I tried to make work but couldn’t, but it started to bother me real quick. My skin just looked terrible with this bb cream on in many other ways.
The bb cream felt too moisturizing and heavy on my skin. Even though this bb cream feels very moisturizing (and accentuated dry skin at the same time). It’s a combination of moisturizing and making it look dry. It’s has a weird moisture/dry effect on the skin. I didn’t like it at all. So the bb cream felt too heavy on my skin. I’ve used other bb creams before that provided more, better coverage and felt more lightweight on the skin. The instructions on this product does state that it can be used daily alone or under makeup. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure and as needed. I only used it alone this time. I used it as a makeup primer before (under makeup). It just made my skin look so fake and caked. Also, applying liberally and as needed, with this bb cream, is a bit too much. It felt like there’s a thick layer of makeup every time I apply this bb cream to my face. Layer after layer. No, just no. haha.
As mentioned before, it dried my skin out. I want to elaborate more on that. The bb cream didn’t just accentuate dry patches, but it made the overall appearance of my skin look drier even though it didn’t leave my skin feeling dry. Visually, the bb cream did not look nice on my skin. I want my makeup to look neat when applied to my skin. This bb cream just made it look like a huge mess. And I applied it correctly to my face. How can anyone mess up on that? It just didn’t look good in the end. Just a huge pile of goop on the face. Yuck! The zinc oxide is definitely the culprit of the dryness. I’ve used other skin care products and makeup with zinc oxide, and they all dried my skin out and made it look aged. Also, the bb cream didn’t stay put on my skin. After applying the bb cream to my face, it would swish around. It doesn’t sit and cling on to the skin well. It moves around. It would transfer on to my clothes. If I gently just itched my face, the bb cream would smear and leave a makeupless spot on my face. It creased on my eyelids too. I found a thick chunk of product in the crease of my eyelids, lol.
Last but not least, it made me breakout! I don’t recall this product making me breakout last summer, but it did by the end of the day. I noticed two little pimples on my chin. Ugh! Why did I bother trying this bb cream again??!! 😭 Hopefully it goes away soon! I feel that the bb cream is way too heavy, way too moisturizing, and way too cakey for my skin. It’s thick, oily, and greasy. It felt like thick makeup suffocating my skin. I won’t be trying it again. It didn’t work before. It didn’t work this time around. Never again. On to something new…
My First Time Trying Andalou Naturals Vitamin C Beauty Balm Again Since Last Summer! 🌞
Here’s a beauty balm that I used last summer. It’s been sitting in my makeup bag unused. I still have ton of product left. I decided to try it again to see if it works. I didn’t like it the first time. Let’s see if it’s any different this time around. I didn’t want to let it go to waste. Either way! Let’s try it! The makeup product is Andalou Naturals Vitamin C Beauty Balm. Yep, another Andalou Naturals product. I did a bunch of reviews on this brand in the past week or so. Check them out if you haven’t yet!
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Eye Revive Contour Gel
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Pearl Exfoliator
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask
Andalou Naturals Luminous Eye Serum
Andalou Naturals Clear Skin Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub
Here’s some info on Andalou Naturals Vitamin C Beauty Balm real quick! >>> It’s a bb cream that contains fruit stem cell complex and vitamin c. A multi-benefit balm providing broad spectrum from zinc oxide. A natural, sheer mineral tint for flawless coverage in one easy step! 98% nature derived, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.
That’s awesome! I was attracted to this bb cream because it contains vitamin c and utilizes zinc oxide to protect the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays! I wanted a bb cream that’ll improve my complexion and also has some good SPF in it. This bb cream just looked so appealing and natural, so that’s why I purchased it in the first place. This is round 2 of using the bb cream. And, also, it’s the first day. Here are my thoughts! 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
This bb cream comes in a 2 fl. oz. (58 mL) tube with a twist cap. The product is a thick cream when dispensed from the tube. It feels soft and creamy. The shade is light-medium beige. It has a citrus smell to it. It smells really good. It makes me think of oranges. 🍊 YUM! This bb cream goes on the skin very well. It soft, blendable, and leaves the skin feeling moisturized due to how thick and rich the bb cream feels. Does it feel heavy on the skin? I would say it’s between lightweight and heavy, so in the middle. Not too light and not too heavy. It leaves a dewy finish behind. Makes the skin feel a bit sticky though. It feels very moisturizing on the skin.
As for coverage, it is a sheer tint (as it claims to be), so it doesn’t provide any coverage for dark under eye circles, blemishes, acne marks, and so on. It does help even out the skin tone a little bit and makes it appear brighter. I think that has to do with the zinc oxide in this product. If you’re worried if this bb cream leaves a white cast on the skin, I’m sorry, it does! So if you have a darker, richer complexion, this may not work for you, but you can try it out if you want. It made my skin look a little whiter. Back to the zinc oxide, I love zinc oxide, but since it contains zinc oxide, if you have dry patches or dry skin in general, it might accentuate those areas. I noticed some dry skin on my face looking more obvious after applying this bb cream. The bb cream feels moisturizing on the skin, but it makes dry patches more noticeable. Something else about this bb cream I noticed is that it moves around on the face and settles into creases easily.
The bb cream utilizes vitamin c in the form of magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. This isn’t the most effective vitamin c on my skin, but I love that it still has it. I love makeup and skin care that have vitamin c. Vitamin c helps to even out the skin tone, brighten it, and fights against free radicals and aging. But, unfortunately, I haven’t noticed a difference in my complexion after using this product (today and last year). My skin didn’t look brighter, more even toned, or even better. But it’s nice to have it in the product along with my skin care. I just can’t get enough of vitamin c, lol.
This is what the bb cream looks like. It’s a light-medium beige color.
Pros & Cons
- Contains SPF 30 (20.0% Zinc Oxide)
- Contains vitamin c (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate)
- Makes the skin look brighter (visually)
- Feels sticky on the skin
- No coverage at all
- Not long-lasting during the summer months
- Not made for humid weather
- Doesn’t sit on the skin well, creases
My first time trying this bb cream wasn’t too bad. My previous experience with this bb cream was much worse. I wonder if it has to do with the change in weather (summer vs winter). So I’m glad things are turning out differently this time. I would love for this bb cream to work. I’ve been searching for one that contains vitamin c and zinc oxide to brighten my skin and protect my skin from the sun. This hits both of those points. Also, it feels moisturizing on the skin. I’ll put up with the stickiness and creasing if it works out. haha. All in all, the only thing that bothers me about this bb cream is that it settles into dry patches on the skin. I hope it stops doing that, but we’ll have to see. Stick around for a new update in a week. See you all there! 😊
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