Meredith
Meredith
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38
Dry Skin
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Boulder
Routine
“ Simple, effective, science-backed, clean, and cruelty free”
Routine
“ Simple, effective, science-backed, clean, and cruelty free”
  • Maelove-Day Eraser Cleansing Oil
    STEP
    1
    I'm still testing this. I'm not sure that I love it, but I surprised myself by coming back to it after trying another cleanser or two. I love that it's an oil and that it rinses cleanly, since I have zero patience for double-cleansing and I don't tend to wear stubborn makeup that requires two steps. That said, I think I'd prefer a cleansing milk of some kind. I'll keep using this until I fall in love something else.
  • Pharma Developpement-A313
    STEP
    2
    New product currently. I've used Avibon in the past with some success, and with my dry skin the petroleum texture is actually a selling point. I've tried retinoid products from Avene, Drunk Elephant, Versed, Mad Hippie, and more but I'm still trying to find my balance of effective but not skin destroying. Starting this at 1x a week, then will build 2x week for two weeks, and so on. At max capacity I plan to alternate it every other night with an acid exfoliant.
  • COSRX-Aha 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
    STEP
    3
    New product. I don't have a long history of using acids; my only other one was Maelove's the Night Renewer and I didn't fall in love with it. I swear that my pores looked the nights after using it and I purged, which drove me crazy because pore size and breakouts were never skin concerns of mine (dryness, fine lines, mild discoloration and occasional milia were the primary targets). I also ordered the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, but thought I'd start with this first and reserve the BHA for the keratosis pilaris I get on my arms and legs in the winter. The ultimate goal is to alternate an acid with retinoid every other night.
  • COSRX-Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
    STEP
    4
    I tried the Snail Mucin All In One Cream and loved it, but I don't love that it has dimethecone in it, so I'm going to try the essence to see if I like it as much. The texture of snail mucin doesn't bother me -- I perversely like it -- though I debate the animal welfare status. I'm not strictly vegan in that I use animal products that don't cause suffering or kill an animal (eg, I'll eat only humanely raised eggs but not chickens). Cosrx assures us that this is a cruelty free process but I'll need to ponder longer how trustworthy I find that. In the meantime, snail mucin seems to be beneficial to my skin.
  • Acure Organics-Facial Marula Oil
    STEP
    5
    Affordable, hydrating, effective, what's not to love?
Commented 1 month ago
Thanks for the thorough reviews! Which retinol do you use? Any you would recommend?
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Commented 1 month ago
I don't use retinol in my day routine, which this describes. My night routine that's posted currently has A313 which I just started testing. Long story short, I don't have any HG retinols right now; I've lately tried a bunch to varying effect. Drunk Elephant's was way too strong and dehydrating for my dry, sensitive skin; Avene's retrinal products (0.05 and 0.1 ) were gentle but I didn't see any effect after months of use. Versed's was pretty good, not super strong either in harshness or effect though I saw a little improvement. I might go back to that if A313 doesn't work out. I picked A313 because I had tried Avibon years ago and liked it but it went off market; I find the vaseline-like texture a potential plus for me because, as I mentioned, I have dry skin and plan to use it at night.
Commented 1 month ago
I think I'm gonna try this Peter Thomas Roth retinol product next. I'll report back here on how it works out for me. It costs a pretty penny, so hoping to see some good results from the product.