Wednesday 4 August 2021

The Ordinary haul | updated beauty routine


New beauty hauls!

The Ordinary Retinol, Niacinamide and Peeling Solution

Recently emptied my HadaLabo Hydrating Perfect Jelly and so it's time to decide on which beauty finds to experiment on! I want to change my lotion initially (it is a favorite!) because I saw one with ingredients I'm super like and super curious about. At the same time, a friend introduced me to retinol. As I researched about it, I find there's quite a hype about it and in many reviews, The Ordinary being brought up.

My curiosity got the better of me and so I decided to get The Ordinary 1% Retinol in Squalane (Shopee MY),  Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (Shopee MY) and The Peeling Solution (Shopee MY). These all came up to RM116.95, with some Shopee Coins. 

Because I want to see if they work, I decided to maintain the Hada Labo Hydrating Perfect Jelly (Shopee MY) as an experiment constant. The lotion is a steal at RM59.55 (RP RM93.50) after discount + Shopee Coins redemption on Shopee Mall! Together with these are my unfinished Hada Labo Japanese Green Tea Extract face wash, Wahadabisen Gokujo Fermented Sake Yogurt Face Pack, Melano CC Essence and Thursday Plantation's Tea Tree Oil.

Interlude: I shared my recent beauty hauls in this video. Tell me what you think by commenting or clicking the like button. Lotsa love!

WHY Retinol & Niacinamide?

While checking out reviews on Retinol, many times Niacinamide is mentioned together. YouTubers like Hyram, Dr Maxfield and Dr Shah (their channel is called Doctorly), Anthony Youn and many others rave about them on and on! To put it in layman terms, they're active ingredients targeting specific skin concerns. The benefits of using it includes reduces sebum production (they can be drying if you have dry skin), have anti-aging properties, assist in treating acne, helps reduce pigmentation and even improves skin texture!

My target is mostly on my adult acnes and pigmentation & scars due to that. Perhaps its the lockdown and more time staring at myself in the mirror (vain LOL) that I have been considering another laser treatment. I don't like the uneven texture and yes, it is partly due to my itchy fingers. DO NOT pick on your acne if you don't want to fork out $$$ to fix your skin! But obviously, clinics isn't operating now so that got to wait. So what better time than now is to experiment with these supposedly holy grail of the beauty industry.

WHY The Ordinary's Peeling Solution?

For the above reasons and because I'm extra curious, I also got this Peeling Solution to try. There's quite a lot of hype about it with many TikTokers (yeah I doomscroll TikTok a lot!) applying this blood red liquid on their faces. Many too have a lot of great thing to say about this. 

HOWEVER, use this with care! This is an ACIDIC SOLUTION which means you SHOULD NOT apply on skin with active-slash-inflamed acnes or broken skin due to recovering acnes or whatsnot. Besides that, applying too much and leaving it on over the recommended 10-minutes is a NO-NO!! The brand recommends using this only up to twice a week, but many say once a week is enough. It is recommended to do a patch test on the sensitive spot in your arms to see how it'd react to it.

The precaution is important because people over-abused this a lot and that lead to many issues like sensitive skin and even first degree burns. I know it sounds like a very dangerous thing to use on your skin, but use it properly and it should be good. No need so kiasi. Still, keep it away from children!

WHAT's my new routine like?

There are RULES to follow with the addition of these active ingredients. Some of the common rules include:

  • Retinol is to be apply every other day. I'm starting with twice a week since I'm introducing a high concentration retinol.
  • Retinol + Niacinamide combination is OK
  • Vitamin C + Niacinamide combination is a nope. Because of this, I'm alternating them.
  • Sunscreen is a must when introducing Niacinamide into the routine.
  • Use the Peeling Solution once or twice a week. Starting with once a week, on the weekend for myself. 
  • Finally, I'm using the Hada Labo Hydrating Perfect Jelly and Tea Tree Oil daily as usual.

As always, starting with cleansing. Sometimes I just use the Wahadabisen Gokujo Fermented Sake Yogurt Face Pack. 

My post-cleansing regime will be as follow:

The Ordinary

I'll be documenting my new skincare journey with The Ordinary and update y'all about the result. Until then, stay tune!

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