My skin has been quite terrible for a looooooong time. I’m talking, as soon as I hit puberty that was it, spots everywhere. Unluckily for me, I had no idea how to get rid of them, so I just covered them up with makeup, and hoped for the best…
Now, skip forward however many years, and we’re in this lockdown situation. I have an indefinite amount of time at home, and during this time, I thought I may as well help my skin. Now, whilst I don’t get a lot of spots anymore (I am writing this with a mahoosive spot on my chin just so you are all aware) I do have some redness and scarring from all those years ago.
A few years ago I was considering saving my money for some kind of treatment that gets rid of the scarring, but in all honesty the thought of saving up £1000/2000 just did not resonate with me and my spending habits, so I left that idea alone. However, during this lockdown I have been researching a lot about skincare and the ingredients and what is useful and what isn’t, and my god there’s a lot of information.
I have recently started using The Ordinary’s retinoid serum which is their lightest formula (aka perfect for someone who has never used retinol and has sensitive skin) and when I have finished with this bottle, I may up the dosage and go for their next one (I believe that’s a 0.2% retinol, don’t quote me on that). Now this is meant to help with reducing the appearance of fine lines (don’t be fooled by my young age, I have a very expressive face) and also scarring. I was very impressed when I first started using this, as I really have noticed a difference. Now I don’t use this alone, I do also mix it with The Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid which is an acid that is not only found in our skin already, but can hold up to 1000 times its water weight, so it helps to hydrate your skin (without making it appear oily).
Now, I have also ordered a few bits to add to my skincare routine, as I did say, I have been doing a lot of research on ingredients (by the way, if you are interested in learning about ingredients, I have found INCIDecoder great as you can copy the ingredient list for a product, or search the product itself, and see what actually benefits (or doesn’t benefit) your skin.
I was thinking of definitely doing some reviews on the products, as I will be introducing them one-by-one into my routine as I do want to see what kind of difference they will actually be making to my skin, and whether they’re worth buying or not.
I will be doing this over on my YouTube channel so feel free to subscribe (and press the bell button to get notified) in preparation of the uploads!
Thank you for reading my rambles, and I will write to you soon.
Alexandra Grace XxXx