My Lip Care Routine

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Lip Care Routine

Here’s my lip care routine! πŸ‘„ This is what I use to keep my lips smooth, moisturized, and healthy-looking. πŸ™‚

Lip Mask

I’ve been using a lip sleeping mask for almost 2 years now. The lip sleeping mask I’m currently using is Carenel Lip Sleeping Mask. I’m on my second jar. I’ve been using this lip mask every night and haven’t made a dent in the jar yet. I still have a lot of product left. This stuff seems to last forever! So this lip mask isn’t my favorite. I don’t have a favorite yet. I haven’t tried that many lip masks. Just the one I’m using right now. Since I haven’t finished it yet, there’s no reason to purchase a new one any time soon. I do have a small jar of Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (sample size, pictured in photo) that I haven’t tried out yet. I’ll test it out once I finish Carenel. I just don’t feel like moving on from Carenel yet until I finish it, lol.

So the Carenel Lip Sleeping Mask feels sticky when applied to the lips. I apply enough product over the lips to keep my lips moisturized. Just like I’m applying a facial mask but for the lips. The sleeping mask stays in place and doesn’t run off of my lips, which I love! It’s non-messy even though it has a sticky texture to it. I wish it was more moisturizing, but I’m not too dissatisfied with this sleeping mask. I’m able to use it without skipping nights and disliking it. It’ll work for the time being. It has a berry-ish scent to it. The fragrance of the product isn’t overwhelming. I don’t love it, but I’m not bothered by it. I can use it without any issues. No burning or irritation of any kind.

Lip Scrub

I usually don’t use a dedicated lip scrub product for my lips. I have a face brush that I run over my lips when I use it to wash my face, or I just use a toothbrush. I feel that the methods I use work the same as a store-bought lip scrub. The results are pretty much the same. They both remove dead skin cells. But, one summer I purchased a few jars of St Ives Lip Scrub Juicy Watermelon to try out. This is a lip scrub made out of sugar crystals. It feels a bit sticky, but it works to remove dead skin from the lips. I wish I was able to move the product over the lips much more easily and comfortably. To add some slip to the lip scrub, I added a few drops of almond oil or jojoba oil to make it easier to move over the lips without tugging the skin too much. I don’t use this product often. I feel like I don’t need it. Once I finish it up, I won’t purchase it again. Also, I prefer the other methods I mentioned earlier to remove dead skin from my lips. It’s inexpensive and works long term for me. I’ve been doing it for so long that there’s no need to change it. It was nice to try out a lip scrub again though. Maybe I just haven’t found a lip scrub that I really liked yet. This one wasn’t too bad. I’m just not overly ecstatic about it.

Healing Ointment

This is my favorite product out of all of the products I use on my lips. It’s the CeraVe Healing Ointment. This product contains mineral oil, paraffin, ceramides, cholesterol, vitamin e, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, etc. I use this healing ointment on my lips every night to seal in moisture after I apply the lip sleeping mask. It works to keep my lips soft and moist the next morning. The CeraVe Healing Ointment isn’t just great for the lips. It works for dry patches of skin, itchy skin, irritated skin, and so much more! It’s an awesome sealant to keep moisture in the skin. I love that it contains ceramides. That makes it an even better product! This is a multi-purpose product that I love to have around since I can’t use what people recommend all the time (Aquaphor). Aquaphor makes my skin really irritated and itchy. It must be the lanolin! Every time I use a product with that ingredient on my face, my skin breaks out in hives. My face hates it! With CeraVe (lanolin-free), I have no issues. Just soft, smooth, and moisturized skin. It’s great for healing the skin. I have a few bottles of CeraVe Healing Ointment sitting around just in case I need to save my skin.

Sun Protection

In the morning, I use Up & Up Sport Sunscreen Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 50. It’s not the most moisturizing lip balm, but it’s not drying. This is a chemical-based SPF lip balm. Broad spectrum. It’s water-resistant (80 minutes). I’ve gone through so many that I’ve lost count. It’s an affordable SPF for the lips. I just stuck with it because I have no reason to switch to any other SPF. It works. It’s inexpensive. It does what it’s supposed to do. It protects the lips from harmful UVB and UVA rays. It’s a high SPF lip balm too (SPF 50!!!). I always make sure to stash one or two in my pocket or bag just in case I need it. I get freckles on my lips. This lip balm with sunscreen has helped prevent more freckles from forming.

That’s my lip care routine for now. 😊

My Acne Journey: 6 MONTHS!!! πŸŽ‰

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Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50

It’s been 6 MONTHS on this acne journey! Even though I’ve been on this acne journey for 6 months, I’m going to be counting the days when I started to use tret daily (at least try to). I’m nearing 3 weeks soon! Today marks 19 DAYS!! I’ve decreased from the highest dose to the lowest so I can use it daily. I would stick to the highest dose, but I got tired of my skin peeling constantly. Peeling skin isn’t a bad thing, but while my skin was peeling, it didn’t help much with acne. There could be many possibilities why it didn’t work during that time. Maybe it’s because I was using that pore-clogging moisturizer (Vanicream Daily Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin). That’s one of the products that ruined my progress plus other skin care products that I don’t use anymore. It’s just cleanse, treat, and sunscreen for me. I think what else ruined my acne progress was my past vegan diet (here’s a new update!). My skin had a difficult time healing. Now, my skin heals quickly if there’s a wound. Thanks to the high quality protein from meat. πŸ– It was a combination of things in my life. Why not just use the high dose without a moisturizer now?? I honestly don’t feel like switching right now. I’m already using what works. Low dose of tret is definitely working. I can see visible results. It took time to get there, but it’s finally working. Patience is key at this point.

The Purge & Results.

My skin purged and peeled twice this week. I was pretty ecstatic about it because that’s a sign that tret is working for my acne. I could feel a thick layer of dead skin sitting on my face. It felt so gross, but it was extremely satisfying to remove by the end of the day, lol. Once the dead skin came off, I noticed breakouts. πŸ˜’ It sucks, but it’s bound to happen. Cell turnover and new skin cells. I’m not happy with the new breakouts but at least I know it’s doing something. So far, I’ve experienced 3 cysts that randomly popped up out of nowhere. They healed much faster instead of lingering on for weeks. I’ve also had smaller pimples. The pimples that have been living underneath my skin for several months end! I’ve been trying to zap them with other acne treatments like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to no avail. Now, they are finally out! I noticed some blackheads too. I made a mistake of extracting some of the blackheads and that pressure created red marks in my skin. Technically, I ripped my skin off. πŸ˜“ Note to self, don’t ever do this again even if it’s tempting. I thought the blackheads were from my sunscreen. It’s actually from the tret purge. The rest of the blackheads loosened up and fell out of my pores the next day (woohoo! but yuck?). Those red marks faded away at the end of the week too. Thankfully.

Most of the breakouts I experienced this week have healed on its own, except for one cyst, but it’s shrinking quickly. I noticed that cyst just a day ago, so that’s why it’s still hanging out on my face. Overall, my skin looks softer and smoother. It looks way better now (3 weeks) compared to when I started. It also looks better compared to when I was on the highest dose. I went through a short phase of irritation (burning, red/pink skin, some dryness). Now those signs of irritation have lessened quite a bit. There’s some irritation, but I can get by without problems arising. My skin is just peeling and unclogging pores now with every day use. I was applying my bb cream and was super impressed that my bb cream just glides over my skin smoothly. It looked sooo smooth! Like what my skin used to look like when it was fully clear! I’m very ecstatic with the results so far! Can’t wait to see further improvements within the next few weeks! By the way, I stopped using bha since I don’t need it right now. I’ll use it whenever my skin needs it. I don’t want to dry my skin out when I’m not using a moisturizer. All of a sudden I had the urge to look for one, but I haven’t found one that I think would suit my skin. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I’m still moisturizer-free.

Some products I love this week…

Blue Lizard Sunscreen Stick Sensitive:

This wasn’t the type of sunscreen for the summer, but it’s working for me in the winter. I’m not using it on my face. It contains shea butter, coconut oil, candelilla wax, sunflower seed oil, sunflower seed wax, castor oil, jojoba seed oil, and even cocoa butter. This sunscreen is a haven for clogged pores. So! I used it around my eyes, neck, and ears. It’s too heavy and oily for me for the back of the hands. I love using this product on my neck. It helps to moisturize and protect that part of my skin from harmful UV rays. Works great during the cooler, colder months!

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Face Sheer Tint:

I have so many good things to say about this sunscreen. I’m on my second tube, and I’m almost running low! Thank goodness I stocked up on this sunscreen. I can’t run out. I won’t. As long as it’s available. This sunscreen is tinted and makes it very easy to apply mineral sunscreen (usually leaves a white cast behind). This sunscreen just blends into the skin well, leaves the skin moisturized (hasn’t clogged my pores yet!), and makes my skin look super soft and dewy. It helps to brighten my skin too with niacinamide. The only thing I would change about this sunscreen so far would be the SPF. I still wish it was SPF 50+!!

Just finished up 6 months! πŸ₯³

My full acne journey from the beginning ’til now! πŸ‘‡πŸ»

My Acne Journey: 1 Week In…

My Acne Journey: 2 WEEKS!! 

My Acne Journey: 3 Weeks Results!

My Acne Journey: 4 Weeks Results!

My Acne Journey: 5 WEEKS IN!

My Acne Journey: 6 Weeks Results…

My Acne Journey: 7 Weeks Results

My Acne Journey: 2 MONTHS!! 

My Acne Journey: 2 Months + 1 Week Results!

My Acne Journey: 2 Months + 2 Weeks!

My Acne Journey: 2 Months + 3 Weeks Results!

My Acne Journey: 3 MONTHS!! πŸ˜ƒ

My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 1 Week Results

My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 2 Weeks Results

My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 3 Week Results

My Acne Journey: 4 MONTHS!!

My Acne Journey: 4 Months + 1 Week Results.

My Acne Journey: 4.5 Months + Clear Skin!!

My Acne Journey: 4 Months + 3 Weeks! What I’m Doing to Maintain My Clear Skin. πŸ™‚

My Acne Journey: 5 MONTHS!!

My Acne Journey: 5 Months + 1 Week Results

My Acne Journey: 5.5 Months Results!

My Acne Journey: 5 Months + 3 Weeks

November Skin Care Empties πŸ¦ƒ

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Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence SPF 50

I didn’t have any empties last month (October). Here are my skin care empties for the month of November! If you missed out on my empties for August and September πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

SOME BY MI Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask:

I’ve been trying to finish my last jar of SOME BY MI Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask. I tried using it on my face and body. My experience using it on my face was not that good. The sleeping mask feels very drying on the skin. I could see the skin along my chin cracking. It’s not a good product if you have dry skin. I don’t. I have oily skin, and this sleeping mask dried my skin out like crazy. It helped to temporarily brighten my skin, but the brightening effect faded within a week. Maybe my skin just doesn’t like niacinamide in this product? I just know that it’s very drying and made my skin feel awful. With the rest of the product, I used it on my body and won’t repurchase ever again.

Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence Super Waterproof SPF 50+ PA++++:

This sunscreen is lightweight, blends into the skin easily, absorbs quick, has SPF 50+ PA++++, comes in a 110 mL bottle instead of something tiny like 40-50 mL (yes!!!), sweat-resistant, water-proof. Ah, how this sunscreen could’ve been perfect because I can overapply and my skin wouldn’t feel sticky or greasy. But, this sunscreen lists ‘ethanol’ as the second ingredient on the list. It smells like alcohol and dried my skin out and irritated it. I couldn’t believe how my skin looked so aged after using it at least once. Sun protection is important, but this product is not for me if it makes my skin look all wrinkly because of how drying and irritating it is. I won’t purchase again. By the way, I also tried it on my body and hands. It made my skin super itchy. I ended up with a bad rash and blisters.

Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop:

This vitamin c serum feels gentle on the skin. It contains 5% ascorbic acid. The serum didn’t irritate or burn my face. But I wasn’t a fan of the texture of the product. It’s on the oily side. As for fading acne marks, I didn’t see much results using this serum. It didn’t help to brighten my complexion either. Maybe the 5% concentration is just too low for my skin? All I know is that I didn’t see any results while using it. So I wasn’t able to use the whole bottle, the serum turned really orange. It oxidized. Hmmm, note to self, never purchase a vitamin c serum that claims to be formulated with stabilized vitamin c that comes in a clear, see-through bottle. It’s clearly not stabilized. It turned really orange, and I kept it in a dark, safe place. I had to toss the serum out. Not recommended.

Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30:

This is a moisturizer with sunscreen. It feels like a moisturizer. It’s thick, rich, and feels heavy on the skin. I have oily skin, so it felt very rich and heavy on my skin. It left my skin looking more shiny and greasy on the surface, but it helped to moisturize and soothed my skin. I don’t think this is a bad product. It’s just that, it’s only SPF 30, and I’m using another product that contains similar ingredients to the Vanicream that works better for me. This product works to moisturize and protect. It’s not something I need in my life right now. It was nice to try it out.

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint:

One of the products I finished this month that I really like! It contains ingredients like ceramides and niacinamide. The sunscreen moisturizes my skin and helps to brighten my skin up. I haven’t noticed any breakouts using it. I’m still keeping my eye out for any clogged pores just in case! Some things I would love to change about this product is to boost the SPF 30 to 50, make it water/sweat-resistant, and add more shades. The shade isn’t a perfect match for my skin. It does blend into the skin, but I wish it wasn’t too orangey. I wish it was a more natural-looking skin color. As for reapplication, it’s really easy to reapply sunscreen with this product. There’s no white cast. This sunscreen comes in a 1.7 fl. oz. (50 mL) tube. It would be nice if it was larger, especially for the price. It’s 13.99 where I am. It’s not super affordable compared to other sunscreens I have tried.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50:

I figured out that I still had a bottle of the SPF 50. I found it in my bag, lol. And it’s still usable and hasn’t expired yet. I didn’t use it on my face. It’s not the type of product for my facial skin. So I used it on my hands instead. The sunscreen absorbed into my skin very well and quickly. The fragrance was awful. I didn’t like it at all. Since I didn’t use it on my face, I didn’t have to worry about the alcohol content in this product. I used this sunscreen up and threw it out. I won’t repurchase. I hope this is the last Neutrogena Hydro Boost sunscreen that I have, haha!

August Skin Care Empties! 🧴

September Skin Care Empties 😎

Review: Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50

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Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50

I’ve been itching to try this sunscreen due to good reviews and the fact that it has a 5 star ultra UVA rating of PPD 54! Someone, anyone, please take this sunscreen to a lab and see if the SPF and UVA rating is accurate. I really want to know! This sunscreen contains photostable UV filters including the world’s most advanced filter Tinosorb A2B. It claims to be fast absorbing, non-sticky, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, water-resistant, cruelty-free, coral-friendly, vegan, and feels like a moisturizer! I’ve been using it for 1 month. Here are my thoughts on this sunscreen after a month of using it!

My Experience with Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50:

Texture & Application

This product is a cream. It’s soft and blends into the skin easily. It just vanishes into the skin and leaves the skin feeling very moisturized. It’s a hybrid sunscreen and doesn’t leave a white cast behind. This is an alcohol-free sunscreen. Yes! I’ve been searching for a sunscreen that’s high UVB and UVA and is alcohol-free! This one meets that criteria. I didn’t have any issues applying this product to the skin. I used it on my bare skin, and it went on just fine. It didn’t pill or ball up. The application was good. I love that it’s moisturizing. It moisturizes the eye area very well too. But be careful not to get the product into the eyes. It’ll burn. It’s fragrance free, but it has a smell to it. It has a chemical smell that lingers on for a while but doesn’t last all day. Thank goodness! The sunscreen is water resistant and stays in place.

Non-sticky. Is it?

This was an issue that I had with this sunscreen. I thought it felt sticky on my skin with reapplication. The first application is OK (not the best, just OK), but as I continue to reapply, my skin starts to feel sticky, shiny, and oily. It feels like I have product sitting on top of my skin. Technically, yes, I have product sitting on top of my skin, but it would be nice if it was a little less tacky and sticky. My hair tends to stick to my face while using this sunscreen too. I prefer to use it once (due to the stickiness) and reapply with my other sunscreens instead to avoid this problem. I can’t see myself reapplying with this sunscreen throughout the day. It’s way too much trouble and feels awful on the skin. My eyes would burn with reapplication.

Did it clog my pores??

I didn’t get any breakouts from this product, but it is on the moisturizing side. Too much moisture leads to an increase in sebaceous filaments for me. I’ll report back if I see any breakouts with continued use.

Final Thoughts

I love that this product is high UVB and UVA. What a dream come true! I feel like I’ve been using inferior sunscreen products compared to this one by looking at the stats. SPF 50 and PPD of 54? ALCOHOL FREE?? Yes!! Sign me up! I didn’t have major issues with this sunscreen besides the product being sticky and some eye burning (if it gets into the eyes). Otherwise, my experience with this sunscreen went pretty well. It’s moisturizing. No moisturizer is needed when using this sunscreen. It’s moisturizing enough. It also comes in a 100 mL bottle. It was super affordable too. How is this possible? There’s so many sunscreen options nowadays. I really despise sunscreens that come in tiny little bottles with high price tags. Using sunscreen properly is very important to get the protection specified on the bottle. A small bottle of sunscreen isn’t going to last too long, and it’s just a waste of money, in my opinion. I tend to go through bottles of sunscreen rather quickly. This sunscreen seems to fit almost all bullet points that are important to me. It’s alcohol-free, water-resistant, fragrance-free, larger bottle for the face (100 mL), moisturizing, hasn’t clogged my pores (as I know of yet), and it’s SPF 50 with PPD of 54. I’ve decided to keep using it since it’s working on my skin. I’m still on my first bottle. Trying my best to use it as often as possible and when I’m exposed to prolong periods of sun exposure. I’m glad I stumbled upon it. I just hope my skin doesn’t start reacting negatively to it. So far, so good. πŸ‘πŸ»

The product was not sealed upon opening. It comes in a flip cap bottle.

Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50

This is what the sunscreen looks like.

Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50

Review: Dermal Collagen Essence Sheet Masks

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Dermal Sheet Masks

It’s been a few years using Dermal Collagen Essence Sheet Masks. I bought a few packs. 😬 Dermal sheet masks are made of pure essence. It contains collagen and hyaluronic acid to keep the skin soft, moist, and bright. It is formulated with highly concentrated active ingredients and effectively delivers essential nutrients to the skin. It comes in a variety of flavors from strawberry, charcoal, arbutin, bird’s nest, olive, snail, and so much more. I still have a bunch of these sheet masks left. I’ve used (most) each and every mask already. I’ll explain why I haven’t finished them soon. But here are my thoughts on the Dermal Collagen Essence Sheet Mask!

My Experience with Dermal Collagen Essence Sheet Masks:

Texture & Application

The texture and consistency of this sheet mask is a lightweight essence. It is fully soaked in the sheet mask with some extra essence at the bottom of the pouch. I didn’t have any issues taking the sheet mask out of the package. I mention this because some sheet masks stick together and don’t come out properly. Some I’ve used even ripped. They were too thin. This one was easy to unfold and use. It sticks to the face too. When applied to the face, it feels soothing and comforting on the skin. It adds moisture to the skin without feeling heavy. I left the mask on for 20 minutes (sometimes 15). The instructions on the mask states to leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes. I haven’t noticed a difference between 15 or 20 minutes. I guess it depends how much time I have when using this mask. The results were pretty much the same either way.

It’s moisturizing.

The sheet mask provides moisture to the skin. Just lightly rub the essence into the skin and let it absorb. The excess essence in the pouch can be used on the face, neck, body after mask removal. If you’re searching for a product with long-lasting moisture, this isn’t it. This product provides light moisture.

One size does not fit all.

This mask was not a good fit for my face. It was quite large. The mask would fold oddly and not lay flat on my skin. It has eye flaps too, but I would just fold them underneath the mask. I tried unfolding them and placing them over my eyes, but that didn’t work out, lol.

Breakouts?

I’ve tried most of these sheet masks, except for a few. I tried the pearl sheet mask, and I noticed breakouts from it afterwards. I guess my skin doesn’t like pearl powder. Some other sheet masks I didn’t use were the seaweed (contains algae extract) and red sea cucumber. I didn’t feel comfortable using any of these on my facial skin. All of the other sheet makes worked for me. I didn’t get any breakouts from them.

Final Thoughts

I tried liking this mask due to the price and quantity. Dermal Collagen Essence Sheet Masks are really affordable. I can see why someone would like this mask. Who wants to pay 5 dollars for an individual sheet mask? Not I. I didn’t have a problem applying this sheet mask to my face besides the size of the mask and how it folds on the face. It still sits on the face quite well even with a few quirks here and there. But, I’m willing to put up with it for the price. It didn’t bother me that much. A pack of these sheet masks provide a variety of star ingredients that you can choose from. I love that I can choose from one type of mask to the next, but from my experience using them, they’re all the same when it comes to results. It doesn’t matter if I’m choosing the strawberry mask, ginkgo, platinum, red gingseng, gold, aloe, or wine. They all provide the same benefit. And that is, moisture. I haven’t noticed a difference in any of these sheet masks even when they claim to be brightening or refining. They were just moisturizing. Maybe some were more moisturizing than others. But they all do the same thing in the end. And that is, moisturize the skin. So I lost interest in this product because it didn’t improve my skin over time. I felt like I was just wasting time and money on a product that didn’t provide any valuable benefits. If I wanted to moisturize my skin the same way this mask did, I would just purchase a bottle of essence. It would be less expensive too. Also, I’m not really into sheet masks anymore. It’s something I would do once in a blue moon. It’s really not a part of my weekly routine. I gave up on a lot of skin care products and sheet masks were one of the first ones to go. I won’t purchase this sheet mask in particular again after I finish them.

Here are some examples of the sheet mask. 😊

Strawberry & Charcoal

Dermal Strawberry Charcoal Sheet Mask

Arbutin & Bird’s Nest

Dermal Arbutin & Bird's Nest Collagen Essence Mask

Olive & Snail

Dermal Olive Snail Collagen Essence Mask

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