Y’all know I love skincare posts. Maybe it’s because I have acne, or what, but I can’t get enough skincare posts. Tell me your good, your bad, and your ugly about the products you try. I will eat it up with a spoon.That being said, I have been trying a lot of new things the past year, and especially have been trying to test them out the past few months to track some change. And now that I feel I have a good range of things to show off, allow me to share my thoughts with you:
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment
This was a trend I jumped on last year. Totally crazy price-tag be damned, I ordered one as soon as I heard some major gurus spitting it’s praises. Immediately, I wasn’t a major fan, but I wanted to give it time. I even did a full review of it last year after buying a second bottle. But instead of returning the second bottle, I decided to use it and see if I was wrong.
Nope. I was right. This was a total let down for my skin. I actually finished it up a few months ago, but kept it purposely for this post. Now I am going to throw it away and enjoy every single moment of it.
L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal (Golden Serum)
Along the same lines, I saw this little ditty in a tiny tester size at Target a few months ago. I wanted a chemical exfoliator serum (it has LHAs in it, similar to AHAs, check my review of Good Genes I linked above above if you want to know what I’m talking about!), so I thought I’d try it.
I enjoyed using it in the morning, as it definitely gives my skin a glow after application, but I used it daily for about 8 weeks, and didn’t see too much of difference in my actual skin. I had purchased it in hopes that it would help fade my hyper-pigmentation from my acne, but if it did, I still haven’t noticed. For people who don’t have bad scarring or red marks and are just looking for an exfoliator or something to help them sparkle underneath their make-up, I’d recommend trying it out. Though it is really scented, so those with sensitive skin, beware.
DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated Acne Control Serum
I can’t remember if this was recommended to me or if I just grabbed it online, but it became my holy grail acne treatment. It really calmed my breakouts for awhile, and I just actually purchased a new tube after I squeezed the life out of this one– as you can tell. It was my ride-or-die, so when I just orderd my second tube after running out for a few weeks, I was super stoked.
Unfortunately, I’m becoming disenchanted with it now that I’m on this second tube. I apply it after my toner, let it dry while I brush my teeth and change my clothes, and then apply moisturizer. This has been my routine for as long as I can remember with this product. With this new bottle, however, it has started balling up on my skin when I apply moisturizer. Literal tiny white balls, like my moisturizer is rolling the layer up off my skin when I apply it. Which means two things to me: 1) It’s not soaking in, even though I’m giving it a good 5-10 minutes to do so, and 2) It’s not treating my skin anymore because it can’t soak in.I tweeted DERMAdoctor about it this morning (because I’m that kind of person!) and they responded with “….Generally that means you need to use less. 2 pumps at most and let dry before moisturizer.”
Even though I already only use 1 – 1 1/2 pumps, I am going to try using even less and seeing if it works. If not, I am going to return the bottle. I have no time for bad products when it comes to my acne. Especially with it’s higher price tag.
EDITED LATER: I tried using only one pump, and making sure to spread it over my entire face, and not just the lower half of my face like I had been doing. And what do you know, it stopped balling up on me. Who knew that if you just followed the instructions, products could work?
Bioré Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
Tried these for the very first time. I got a box of 6, was not happy with the price in the first place, and now I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing. I can very clearly see gunky pores on my nose, and onto the tops of my cheeks (TMI, but totally true). I tried these –and I’ve used all 6 of them, so I feel like I’ve given it a good try– and I am not impressed.
A few times I tried pulling them off and they left a white layer on my skin, like the strip separated or something, and I had to wash the white layer off. Or, if that didn’t happen, then literally nothing came out of my pores, and I got back a blank strip with no gross but satisfying little gunk lines on it. I followed the directions, tried making them more wet, less wet, leaving it on for longer, for shorter, etc, but these did just work for me. If anyone has any other ideas, or has a trick for them, let me know, please!
Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
Overall, not impressed, but didn’t hate it. I like having it around for just taking off my make-up because it does a good job of doing so without leaving a film on my face. But other than that, it didn’t WOW me. I may repurchase, but I recently switched to oil cleansing my face, which also takes my make-up off amazingly, so I’m not sure if I really even have need for it anymore.
And that’s it. I’m now testing a new cleanser, which I am loving so far, so I’ll give an update on that at the end of the month. But that’s it for my finished up products for this fall.Got any skincare favorites you think I should try? Please let me know!