MarMac MarMac
4 months ago

RE: What is most confusing about skincare for you?

Everything! I need more information about active ingredients, especially the strength of these ingredients and when and how to use them. I don't mind paying a little more for a product if it legitimately works, but often I find that drugstore products are as good or better than the pricier brands. And even at 61 years old, products cause pimples!

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One of the reasons I personally wanted to create WIMJ was discovering that more expensive often does not mean better with skincare (at all). And that actives are confusing and it often feels like you need to get a PhD to be able to put together an effective skincare routine... ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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That is exactly how I feel. I just want to find a simple routine that gives me healthy looking skin.

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I hope we can help! Please give a shout if youโ€™d like an opinion or a recommendation!

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I hope so too. I tied to college the skin routine questionnaire but many of the products I use aren't listed. I am in the US, does that matter?

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Yes, it's good to know where you are to suggest products available in your country ๐Ÿ‘ Overall it sounds like your main skincare friends will be retinoids (helps reduce signs of aging, control blemishes and improve skin tone) and sunscreen (the best skincare every invented for any skin concern๐Ÿ˜ƒ), and maybe a vitamin C serum (skin tone and anti-aging). Could you list what products you are using right now in a comment - just brand + product names?

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Morning: 1. Bioderm molecular water 2. Avon Iso Knox pore booster 3. Avon Platinum Day Cream 4. Green God's oil 5. The Balm BB cream with spf 25 Evening: 1. Avon Rice Water foam cleanser 2. Polaar Polar Night Elixir (sample) or 2. Skin Nutrition Double Stregth Retinol 3. Lubriderm lotion with niamicide 4. Green Goddess Oil Avon skincare products are my usual go-to

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You are doing quite well already by using daily sun protection and a good retinol serum ๐Ÿ‘. Ludriderm lotion is a great choice as well. I'd recommend just a few changes. Unfortunately, Avon does not publish their ingredient lists online (this is the case for the Iso Knox pore booster), and we couldn't find this info anywhere else, so we have no idea what's in that jar, and if it's good or not. Also, sadly we couldn't find the info for the Green God's oil eigher. I don't think you need both Avon Platimun Day Cream and the Balm BB cream, both of them contain UV filters. It is best to choose one sun protection product, and ideally something with SPF 30+. (But of course, broad spectrum spf 25 is close enough and better than not using SPF!). I would not recommend the Green Goddess oil unfortunately: high irritation risk, but low benefit: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/milani-green-goddess-glow-oil (if this is the product you are using!). I'd also say that there is no need to purchase a full size of the Polaar night elixir. Instead, I'd recommend to add an ascorbic acid serum to your AM routine. For example, here are a few options: - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/paulas-choice-c15-super-booster - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/cerave-skin-renewing-vitamin-c-serum. If you'd like, you can upgrade your retinol serum once your current bottle is gone. These products can be more effective (but your current one isn't bad): - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/skinmedica-retinol-complex-0-5 - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/paulas-choice-1-retinol-booster Hope this helps!

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*correction: Avon does not publish ingredient lists for some products, not all of them

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That explains why I couldn't find them in the survey.

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Absolutely helps! I will follow your recommendations and let you know how it works. Thank you so much. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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