Giving Up on Skin Care Products I Used to Love 😭👋🏻
I have two products that I had a hard time giving up on. But I finally decided to let them go once I finish whatever I have left. They are Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ (Clear) and GUERISSON 9 Complex Cream. Let’s start off with Canmake! 🧜🏻♀️
Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ (Clear):
I’ve been using Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ for over a year now. The sunscreen feels lightweight, gel-like, smooths over the skin, and doesn’t leave any residue behind. It absorbs into the skin quickly due to it being a gel-based sunscreen. The finish is dewy. Sometimes it made my skin look shiny like plastic. I didn’t like the finish of this sunscreen much. At first I did, but I got over it after a while. I love that this sunscreen is SPF 50+ PA++++, but this did not make a good summer sunscreen. I developed freckles and burned while using it. Maybe it’s because it’s not water or sweat-resistant. The sunscreen comes off easily. It feels skin-like (compared to most sunscreens I’ve used) and nice on the skin and all, but it doesn’t work well in sweaty, humid, hot weather. I just know that my skin burned and noticed new freckles on my face. Since the weather is cooler now, I thought it would work better. But…that’s not the case. It dried my skin out even with a moisturizer underneath. I have oily skin, and it made my skin feel extremely dry. I don’t think it’s worth it anymore. It’s not an affordable sunscreen knowing how much sunscreen I use within a single day. It comes in a 40 g tube. It’s really tiny. 😫 As for acne, it didn’t break me out. One of the main reasons why I kept using it. But I have other sunscreens that are more affordable, accessible, and comes in larger bottles, which is better for my lifestyle. After going through numerous bottles and still finishing up what I have, I’m ready to give it up. I was really obsessed with this sunscreen at one point. I’m pretty much done with it now. I’m over it. It’s not working on my fair complexion.
GUERISSON 9 Complex Cream:
I’ve been using GUERISSON 9 Complex Cream since the beginning of this year. I’m on my 3rd jar. I still have one more jar of this product left to finish, lol. I thought I was going to keep it in my routine, but I changed my mind. So this cream feels rich, creamy, soft, and silky smooth. I loved the texture and consistency of the product when I first used it. It smooths over the facial skin nicely, but it doesn’t seem to absorb into the skin well. It sits on top of the skin. This cream ended up clogging my pores after a few days. It could be the combination of ingredients too. It contains Horse Oil/Fat, Shea Butter, Niacinamide, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Peptides, Jojoba Seed Oil, to name a few. I was hoping to find a face cream that moisturizes, but this product did a terrible job at keeping my skin moisturized. It just didn’t work. Also, I didn’t like how it has a silicone feel to it. I can swish it around on my face. How it sits on the skin is so weird (plus the breakouts!!) that I stopped using it as a face cream and started using it as a neck/chest/eye cream instead. It worked better on those areas, except as an eye cream. The cream doesn’t blend well under the eyes. I only used it as a neck and chest cream since. It’s an OK product for those areas of the skin, but I’ve finally lost interest in this product. Lastly, it comes in a lot of packaging too (see photo above). Is that even necessary? It looks pretty excessive for a cream. And I hardly ever used the spatula that was included in the container. I think I’m ready to move on to something better, new. Possibly a product that comes with less packaging material. 👀
More products that I stopped using…
Benton Fermentation Essence
The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA
Melano CC Vitamin C Essence
Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum
The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% Ferulic Acid 3%
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
I have a new sunscreen! La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body & Face Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50! Does it work?
I finally bit the bullet and picked up a La Roche-Posay sunscreen. 🙂 This brand has been floating in my head for quite some time. I’ve heard so many good things about it. But I was pretty much committed to my other sunscreens and didn’t want to venture out just yet. My skin is very picky, and I have trouble finding a good sunscreen for my skin type. There’s only been a lucky few that landed on my favorites 💞 list. But I needed a new sunscreen that is mineral-based (what my skin AND eyes prefer, my eyes have issues with chemical sunscreens, they burn!!), comes in a larger bottle, fragrance-free, and is water-resistant. That’s when I stumbled upon La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body & Face Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50. This sunscreen seems to hit all of those points. I just went for it! Here’s more information on this sunscreen:
- 100% mineral sunscreen for face and body with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide
- Leaves the skin feeling soothed and protected
- Formulated with Cell-Ox Shield® technology
- Broad spetrum UVA/UVB protection with antioxidants
- Suitable for sensitive skin
Titanium Dioxide 5% Zinc Oxide 15%
Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isohexadecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dicaprylyl Ether, PEG-30, Dipolyhydroxystearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid, Copolymer, Triethylhexanoin, Silica, Poly C10-30, Alkyl Acrylate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Diethylhexyl, Syringylidenemalonate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Stearate, Chlorphenesin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Tocopherol, P-Anisic Acid, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Carbonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin.
I just hope this sunscreen doesn’t break me out. It says that it’s non-comedogenic but who knows what may happen. I’m just crossing my fingers and hope all goes well!
The product is sealed at the cap. Kind of hard to see in the photo but it is sealed.
So I’ve only used this sunscreen for 5 days. Here are my thoughts on it so far.
The sunscreen lotion feels very soft and smooth. It’s fragrance-free. I was very impressed with the texture of the sunscreen, especially when compared to other mineral sunscreens I’ve used. This one wasn’t too thick like the Cetaphil mineral sunscreens I used. It’s thick in texture and consistency compared to the liquid mineral sunscreens, but I didn’t feel like it was a blob of mess on my face. It was pretty easy to apply to the skin. It did take more time to apply compared to a chemical sunscreen, but it is a mineral sunscreen after all. Mineral sunscreens tend to give off a white cast. This sunscreen, yes, there is a slight white cast. Fortunately for me, it wasn’t that big of a deal. I was able to blend the sunscreen into the skin. The white cast definitely blends into the skin much better compared to other mineral sunscreens I’ve tried.
This sunscreen also works very well under makeup. On days when I apply makeup, the white cast doesn’t even matter. It’s covered by my foundation. The sunscreen doesn’t ball up either. This sunscreen left my skin feeling very moisturized, which I really loved! It didn’t burn my eyes or irritate my skin. But it did accentuate peeling skin or flaky skin. So if your skin is peeling or have dry patches, be aware that this sunscreen will make dry skin more obvious. During this short experience, the only negatives so far would be the white cast (it has one even if it’s subtle), how it settles into dry patches/flaky skin, and the sunscreen takes some time to set on the skin. Otherwise, I really like it. I saw an improvement in my skin after using it for nearly a week now (almost a week!). Not just in sun protection but also the moisture in my skin. My skin feels and looks so much healthier. Lastly, I didn’t notice any breakouts or clogged pores from this sunscreen. I hope it stays this way. 🤞🏻
What the sunscreen looks like. 🙂
I’m really happy that my experience was overall positive. Now I’m kicking myself for not picking it up in the first place! I still like my current sunscreen, but this one is moving up there real quick! Now let’s see what happens when I finish the whole bottle! I picked up the 3 fl. oz. bottle by the way! This brand had other lightweight options for oily skin, but they were out of my budget (price vs size). Knowing how much sunscreen I use per day, I didn’t think it was worth it. I’m better off with a bigger bottle for sure! This was it. I’m really happy that I went for this one. It wasn’t too bad after all! Stay tuned for another update soon! I hope all works out! I hope this review was helpful! Have a nice day! 🙂
You can read more on sunscreens right here:
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