The Ordinary…LOVE

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There is a rather new skin care line on the market which fascinates me. It is called The Ordinary.  All products are ” free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone” as it is stated on The Ordinary website. They also do not test their products on animals, which as an animal lover, I happen to like a lot.

And because I have learned about it about 8-9 months ago, I have been trying it AND because it is “formulated with integrity” and it really works I wanted to share it with all of you, because it’s always so nice to share info about good stuff out there. Isn’t it?!

They have some super potent acids and oil free products which are great for oily problematic skin and they also offer some super hydrators which are good for any skin type at the end of the day. Because as we all know, even if your skin is oily and problematic, that doesn’t mean that it might not lack hydration.

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So here I will only share the products that I have been testing on my own skin and on my patients. Because who doesn’t need a great skin care line at such a great price? Oh, haven’t I mentioned? The price point is so affordable that you’ll want to go buy the entire line! And if something doesn’t work for your face, you can always use it on your elbows, arms or heels 😉

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  • 1. First of all, my first product was a gift from my patient and friend in the US, who happened to go to university with the founder of DECIEM which is the umbrella brand of The Ordinary and a few other amazing skin care brands. Believe it or not, on my wedding day, Myron pulls out this small bottle and he gives it to me saying “you have to try this!” It was the Hyaluronic Acid 2% and B5. And I tried it on my face the night after my wedding. I know, funny timing! But I did fall in love with it. The consistency is so light weight and easy to spread, I always apply it on my neck and decolletage as well.

This product uses 3 types of HA Acid with different molecular structures so it can penetrate into the skin and hydrate it at different levels, for a more plump and hydrated skin from the inside out. It is not    harsh at all, and it can be used morning and night before your moisturizer, but I apply it after anti-  oxidants and retinoids. It does not contain silicone, fragrances, artificial coloring, alcohol or oils.

 

  • 2. After trying the above product for a good couple of weeks, I decided to get myself a couple more. Because I am in Mexico at the moment, it’s been a little hard to find everything I want. So as the acid lover that I am, I got the Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%. And oh boy did I absolutely fall in love with it! This serum with such a concentrated amount of Lactic Acid is probably what I love the most from this line and many others. It’s right there among my top choices, along with a good Retin A product for anti-aging, brightening and tightening effects.

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However, because of the high concentration of lactic acid in this product, I don’t recommend it for sensitive, very dry or reactive skin types. I only use it every other night myself, because I alternate with the RetinA product I am using at the moment. Attention! I can do this only because my skin has been prepped for years for using acids. If you are looking for a milder formulation of Lactic Acid, that would be Lactic Acid 5% + HA from the same brand. And you can always start using it only 2 nights a week, followed by something emollient and hydrating like the 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil or the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, which I spoke about above. So, happy anti-aging and brightening!

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  • 3. And the last absolutely fave product for this post, before it becomes too much to take in, is Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. This really is a very concentrated dose of Niacinamide (Vit B3 and Nicotinic Acid), which is not easy to find in other skin care products. And even if the texture is a bit sticky, I still love using this product knowing all the benefits it has on my skin. Niacinamide is an ingredient used in skin care for inflammation, hyper pigmentation, congestion, and as an aid for treating blemishes. But it can also be used against dullness, dehydration and for skin that lacks elasticity. Basically this ingredient has so many benefits for pretty much any skin type/condition, that is a must HAVE serum for your skin care cabinet at home. It can be used morning and night, and my recommendation is to use 5-6 drops on clean dry skin, underneath moisturizer and sunscreen.

To be continued…

xoxo,

Bianca

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Oils for your forever beautiful skin (Part 1)

Bianca-1smallAre you one of the people who’s suffered with acne all your teenage years and then some… and who has always tried to find the latest best thing in skin care which could help you get rid of that unwanted acne? Of course in your tireless searches you’d buy anything with the condition to be OIL FREE! Because in your mind your skin was already very oily naturally, so it didn’t make any sense to apply more oil on it…

Or maybe you are someone who has rosacea and sensitive skin and you’re always on the look for the best thing out there to hide and possibly treat that redness…

Or maybe you are like me, someone who has never dealt with the terrible acne or rosacea, but always conscious of the aging signs; always wanting to look good and for the skin to not look prematurely dry and wrinkled and stained…

Well, today I will tell you my secret about the oil cocktails I’ve been using on my skin, which work wonders, even on acneic or rosacea skin. Especially after I turned 30 my skin started looking less plump, more fatigued, dryer, my pores started looking enlarged…So I started reading about the use of oils in skin care and because I found them very accessible wherever I am, I said why not! Anything is worth trying when it comes to aging! Well, almost anything. So far I have been so happy with my results and I think when used correctly, they beat any moisturizer out there! Oils are lipophilic, which means that they love or are attracted to fat, so they are able to penetrate through the skin’s lipid layer faster and more effectively, providing the skin with moisture and preventing the water loss much better than other regular skin care products.

So here we go!

coconut oil

Coconut oil

It has a very light molecular formulation, which is why it is able to penetrate through the skin layers deeper than your regular skin care products, to hydrate and maintain that hydration in your skin, as it bonds really well with our skin proteins. I use it to massage my face lightly once or twice a week, to remove my makeup, I make my own body scrub with it (you can find my recipe here), I apply it on my cuticles and I also apply it in my hair (as you can see here), alone or in combination with a couple of other ingredients.

 

rosehip oil

Rosehip Oil

It’s an intensely hydrating, brightening and healing oil, rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which has the ability to penetrate deeply into the skin as well, and it is perfect for applying on the skin at night for an instantly hydrated and plump skin in the morning. Before I massage the Rosehip oil into my skin though, I apply about 10 drops of pure Vitamin A oil on clean skin…and these nights I skip other brands of Retinol/RetinA, because this oil is a pure retinol acetate itself. So you wouldn’t want to use too much of it, because it can dry out and irritate the skin.

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Vitamin A oil 

It’s a natural anti-aging, which stimulates your skin’s cell turnover, without the sting that some RetinA products can give you sometimes. It is also a very affordable product and it really delivers great radiant clear skin. Great for aging, acneic and dull skin. I usually like to apply it underneath Rosehip Oil or an anti-aging night moisturizer. And it’s also great for the eye area. I buy mine in Romania, but I am sure that with a little research you can find one in your area.

 

 

avocado oilAvocado Oil (cold pressed)

Very rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, similar with the ones contained in the olive oil, it’s a natural hydrator for the skin. It’s molecular formulation is very similar with the molecules that compose our natural oil (sebum) produced by our own skin. That’s why, when massaged into the skin, it’s able to penetrate, retain the moisture and give your skin this velvety smooth sensation. Being very rich as well in vitamin E, C and K, makes it also a great antioxidant. I like to apply it on damp skin. Just 4-5 drops, then follow with a mineral sunscreen and makeup and you’re good to go.

That’s all for today, but next timeI’ll write more about this topic, as I find oils so highly effective, and I have an entire collection in my bathroom. Thanks for reading!

Please share with me which are your favorite oils to use topically on your skin.

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