I love Vitamin C! The star ingredient is everywhere and does almost everything. It brightens, protects, tackles uneven skintone etc etc
Ideally you want your vitamin c product to be between 8 to 20% for effectiveness. Anything higher will risk irritation although effective but anything lower will produce unimpressive results if any
Pure Vitamin C, Ascorbic acid is what you want however it is very unstable and there are many derivatives of vitamin c available that are more stable and equally as effective
Note- it is important to reduce exposure to light and air with Vitamin C as it can make it oxidise quicker. When your vitamin C goes darker or turns brown- it is a sign of oxidation- it is no longer effective and should be thrown out! For this reason, I do not like to store Vitamin C serums for too long and I never buy backups for this reason.
I’ve tried many vitamin c serums, these are my all-time favourites. I tend to use mine in the AM for extra protection in addition to sunscreen. I will frequently update this list as I try new Vitamin C serums:
Hyperpigmentation is the bane of my existence! My skin is SO prone to it too, the tiniest spot will leave a dark spot that will take weeks or months to fade. It is the reason why I am always shouting about sunscreen lol because it’s one of the ways to protect and prevent it from getting worst.
I’ve tried a TON of products for hyperpigmentation and I have learnt whilst it’s important to fade the dark spots, it’s more important to prevent them from happening (triggers that are in my control) and skin barrier health is also important.
I do want to start getting clinic treatments soon but for now, I’m happy with treating it at home
A word- hyperpigmentation is difficult to treat so please do not get frustrated if it seems nothing is working. Almost everything is a trigger: heat, sun, acne, inflammation etc, so be patient!
Key to hyperpigmentation is sunscreen! Finding your triggers and prevention (this is above my pay grade lol please go to a professional) but I can share products/ingredients I have used that have helped mine
I have a separate list for sunscreens- view this here
This will be a growing list so keep checking for more
Medki8 Crystal Retinal 10 (I found 20 to be more effective but this is on professional advice only & in clinic. You also have to build tolerance to it! Please don’t start on retinal 10 if you have never used retinol before)
So you have a routine but how to pick a serum?! The serum will be the main attraction to your routine, it is this product that would target any issues you want to address. They say if you are going to splurge on any part of your routine, it should be a serum ( and SPF).
The key to success is picking one for YOUR skin concerns instead of what your fav tiktoker uses. What works for them, may not work for you. There are general ingredients everyone can benefit from, but if you have more specific concerns please choose a serum especially for that
I love serums and I have tried a lot! Most target hyperpigmentation as that is my main skin concern. I have also used a lot of general/ skin barrier support ones.
This list will be updated frequently and I will do a separate post on hyperpigmentation products
Cleansing is an important first step in any skincare routine for all skintypes!
Cleansing not only helps with a clean slate for your skincare, but also gets rid of excess oil, dirt and makeup! I’ve used many cleansers so this post will be updated frequently with any new ones I fall in love with
Double Cleansing- basically cleansing your face twice. You don’t have to do this every time you wash your face but it is recommended if you are wearing a lot of makeup, reapplied SPF several times and have been out in about in the sun etc.
The first cleanse is usually an oil or balm which breaks down makeup and dirt easily and the second cleanse is your usual face wash. You can also use the same face wash twice if you prefer or micelle water as the first cleanse (it doesn’t have to be fancy!)
Next is the most important part- sunscreen! I work from home however I sit close to a window so I make sure to apply (and reapply) sunscreen daily. I switch between the Nivea Luminous 630 Anti Dark Spot SPF50 OR Supergoop SPF50. The Nivea SPF has a matte finish, at the moment my skin needs more moisture hence why I reach for the Supergoop sunscreen which I absolutely adore.
That’s it! After this I just go about my day until it’s time to take it all off (current evening routine coming soon)
My quick and easy routine feature the brand new Nivea Luminous 630 Anti Spot collection. My full review on the collection will be after 4 weeks when I have had enough time to test it
I hope all is well. Today’s post will be on the new Nivea Luminous 630 Anti Dark Spot Collection that promises a lot! Read all about it and details on my new challenge
The new Nivea Luminous 630 Anti Dark Spot Collection features Nivea’s patented luminous 630 complex that promises visible results in 4 weeks. The complex works by lightening old dark spots and prevents new dark spots from forming. It also promises
-Visible results in dark spots in 4 weeks
-50% reduction in dark spots in 8 weeks
The collection features 5 main products:
-an SPF50 day moisturiser
-Eye treatment cream
About my skin
I am very excited to test these products out. I will be testing everything except the hand cream for now.
I have normal to combination oily skin which is prone to hyperpigmentation. I get breakouts occasionally and no matter what I do, it leaves a dark spot which sometimes take months to treat. I mainly get spots on my cheeks, so this is where my pigmentation issues are concentrated.
In my next post, I will share my full routine using the products, it’s been a week so far and I have had no issues
For more information on the whole routine, check out Nivea’s website
If you’ve been using sunscreens for a while, I’m pretty confident you would have heard of the La Roche Posay Shaka fluid and probably even tried it. La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50+ Shaka fluid is one of the best mid-range SPFs in the market. Its broad-spectrum, high PA rating and has antioxidant protection.
This would be my 2nd tube of the Shaka Fluid SPF. The texture is very fluid and it feels light on the skin. It has a sunscreen scent but no more than the others I have tried. Shaka fluid has a semi matte finish and it’s non-perfumed.
For me, I’m not the biggest fan of this SPF. Its 100% invisible on dark skin but I find it takes a while to fully dry on my skin. Because of the finish, I prefer to use this in the spring/summer when my skin is oiler. Also because of the ball inside it, it makes it slightly harder to get the last bits of the sunscreen out. Sometimes it pills
Watch my demo of this product in my insta reels below:
I would still recommend the sunscreen. If you prefer a semi matte finish this is a good one. It also has high PA rating and a high SPF. It doesn’t feel greasy on the skin. It’s mid-range priced at £18 but it does go on sale often on LookFantastic. Shaka fluid also has a tinted version so you may prefer that (the tinted version may not invisible on dark skin). The Anthelios range in general have some good sunscreen products
Hello everyone, it’s been a while but I have a new sunscreen review for you!
Today we are talking about the Supergoop Play SPF50 Everyday Lotion. This is a chemical based suncream.
The first thing I look for in an SPF is invisibility on dark skin and this one is completely invisible on dark skin! The lotion is lightweight, feels good and comfortable on the skin and doesn’t sting my eyes. The finish is non greasy and doesn’t pill on the skin
It feels moisturising on and has a dewy finish. I can’t recommend this enough.
See the demo of this suncream on my Instagram below
Verdict- I’ve been wanting to try Supergoop’s range of SPFs for a while so I am very happy to finally try it and love it! They have a few different ones so I will be happy to try them all later!
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