Beauty Routines
Affordable powerhouse combo for problematic skin

Affordable powerhouse combo for problematic skin

This regimen is good for many skin concerns, but it's been a game changer for me with acne. This combo makes a huge difference with inflammatory breakouts and hyperpigmentation.Ever heard of "Accutane" and similar prescription-only acne treatments? They're retinoids - a stronger version of retinol. I was always scared of going down the Accutane route, but I've had really good results with this retinol. Please read in full for safety + effectiveness tips!HOW TO AM:  1. Cleanse2. Marine Hyaluronics [if you have prescription acne treatment, this goes here]3. Vitamin C: Ascorbic Acid + Alpha Albutrin4. SPF PM:  1. Cleanse2. Marine Hyaluronic[if you have prescription acne treatment, this goes here]3. Retinol 1% in Squalene [Vitamin A] HOW IT WORKSIf you deal with acne, you will make a huge difference to your skin if you address two things (aside from antibiotics):  1. Fight inflammation - inflammation is the chief cause of symptoms, abnormal skin texture and scarring.2. Use SPF - UV dries out the skin and causes overproduction of sebum, leading to congestion. UV rays also disrupt your skin's healing process, contributing to scarring and pigmentation marks post-inflammation. Honorary mention: hydration. Often, oily skin = thirsty skin that is overcompensating for lack of moisture. Hydrated skin heals quicker and better too. THE PRODUCTS Marine Hyaluronics Hydrator. I prefer it over TO's Hyaluronic Acid - it's a lot lighter and less tacky. Since this is a water-based formula, make sure it absorbs before applying the Ascorbic Acid, otherwise you're making it ineffective and potentially damaging. Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Albutrin 2%Vitamin C. Strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant; speeds up skin repair, helps reduce sun damage + protect from it. Helps fade marks left after inflammation by blocking further melanin production. Generally, it makes your skin look a lot 'brighter' and healthier. Alpha Albutrin is a sort of 'same destination, different path' ingredient.  Retinol 1% in SqualeneVitamin A. It’s also a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Retinol speeds up cell turnover (exfoliates) which speeds up the skin repair process. It improves texture and tone, and helps prevent congestion. It’s normally said to be drying, but Squalene is an ingredient that helps hydrate and lock moisture in your skin, so I personally skip moisturising after. Bondi Sands Face SPF 50+ (Fragrance Free) This is a really nice lightweight lotion that absorbs quickly and works below make-up. Note I’m light-skinned - if you’re worried about white cast, I’m not sure how it performs on darker skin. Yes, I fail, but try to use this daily. Yes, even in the overcast UK, even indoors - neither clouds nor windows make you impervious to UV effects (and yes, my dermatologist nodded emphatically in approval upon learning of this habit). The point is, the use of sunscreen has a huge effect on how a skincare routine performs. You may be doing all these good things: hydrating, speeding up healing, lightening marks - and then undoing or slowing down all of this with UV exposure, or worse, exposing your skin to damage while it’s more vulnerable. If you don’t have the spoons, cleansing and SPF are the last skincare steps you should drop. IF YOU'RE NEW TO VIT A/VIT CI've been using Ordinary for a few years - this routine worked for me straight away despite being new to retinol, but both the Vit A + C products above are on the stronger end of their respective categories in the Ordinary line. They might be too strong for you - do a bit of research about how to get started with them safely. Generally, it may be a case of using them a couple times a week at first until your skin adjusts, or starting with lower strengths. I personally haven't had any irritation or peeling - but the SPF probably helps with this too. ;-)P.S. If you're using this routine with prescription acne topicals of any sort, or just combining it with other products, make sure to do research on whether that's safe. Topical acne treatments may overlap with some of these products, or be unsafe with them. Alternate if that's the case, and give your skin a break if it's too much too soon (i.e. swap to cleanse + moisturise + SPF only for a bit).
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics 30ml
The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% 30ml
The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane 30ml
BONDI SANDS Spf 50+ Mineral Body Lotion 120ml
Does your beauty routine have a theme?
Sensitive, problematic skin
Why do these products compliment each other so well?
Vit A + Vit C are both skin powerhouses that address both the precursors that lead to acne, and secondary effects of acne (which are actually the ones that lead to marks!). SPF helps seal the deal. Alternate them in the AM/PM.
What’s your beauty secret?
It can be hard to stick to lengthy routines. At bare minimum, cleanse + SPF will do.