Mighty_Quinn Mighty_Quinn
2 months ago

Advice for improving skin barrier/dry skin and anti-aging

I’ve been trying to improve my skincare regimen with goals of improving skin barrier (we live in an extremely dry climate with intense sun and my skin is quite dry and have occasional breakouts mostly on chin) as well as wanting to age gracefully. Admittedly, consistency has been challenging as I have a 2 year old and 2 month old (so retinol products are a no-go)… this is my general routine and I would love any suggestions on how to improve it! In addition to the attached regimen, I Gua sha 2-4 days per week using a hydrating oil I purchased from a local shop (I’m not sure exactly what it’s called), and I use this oil at night as well. The cetaphil moisturizer in the morning has spf50 so that is what my sunscreen is, and usually do an additional application mid day. I would love any recommendations for better products and a better routine to follow!

AM - Everyday
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Hydrating Cleanser CeraVe - Hydrating Cleanser
2
Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Thayers - Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol Free
3
Unscented Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion Cetaphil - Unscented Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion
AM - Twice a week
1
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
2
Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser CeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser
PM - Everyday
1
Hydrating Cleanser CeraVe - Hydrating Cleanser
2
Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Thayers - Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol Free
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I should mention, I’m not married to any of these products and am willing to spend more money on products that are more effective :)

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I think a few changes can help make your regimen more effective: - I'd skip the cleanser in the morning, just splash your face with water to re-fresh. Also saves time - and I know it's precious for you:). Cleansing less = less damage to the skin barrier (but you need to cleanse with a cleanser once per day at night). - Skip the Thayers toner - it is doing more harm than good unfortunately to the skin barrier because of irritating extracts - I recommend you try a product with azelaic acid in the morning, daily - like this one: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/inkey-list-azelaic-acid-serum - You need a daily broad spectrum sunscreen (the last step in your skincare in the morning). A few options here: https://whatsinmyjar.com/search/sunscreens?countries=United%20States&light_texture=true&category_body_part=Face&category_texture=Lotion&sortBy=Irritancy -Finally, instead of retinol, you can try a serum with bakuchiol. It can help prevent blemishes and help prevent premature aging (to a degree of course): https://whatsinmyjar.com/search/serums/bakuchiol-products?category_body_part=Face&category_functional=Serums. On another note, there is actually no reason to avoid topical retinol on your face when breastfeeding - but of course, you don't have to use it if you don't want to!

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I like the inkey list hyaluronic acid, I use it every other evening underneath my other actives & it keeps my skin well moisturised. When I don't use it for a long time, my skin gets dry. It's cleared up all the dry patches I had. I think it's great!

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You may want to consider upping the useage of the Ordinary Hyaluronic acid you're using. But check the routine analyser to ensure its not irritating.

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