4 Hydrating Toners That Battle Winter Dryness

When fall and winter comes around, there is nothing more important than having a routine that is based in hydration.

Toner vs Essence:

A toner is typically swiped over the face with a soaked cotton pad, and an essence is pressed straight into the skin. … Essences are better for soothing irritated skin, hydrating a dehydrated skin and helping your skincare absorb more effectively.

Why you should use a toner/essence:

Toner removes any last traces of dirt, grime and impurities stuck in your pores after you wash your face. When added to your daily skincare routine and used regularly, it can have major positive impact on the appearance and tightness of your pores.

Are toners really necessary?

No, toning is not necessary for skin health. Toners were originally developed to remove soap scum from the face when lye-based soaps combined with hard water left a sticky residue post cleansing. The alcohol-based toner removed the soap scum eliminating irritation and contributing to cleanser mildness.

These are my top 4 hydrating toners/essence’s for this winter that everyone should try 🤍

4 toners on a white table

❄️ @tiam_global Snail&Azulane Water Essence is enriched with 87% snail secretion filtrate and azulane, is very moisturizing great for damaged skin barrier. After I use this my skin instantly feels soothed and hydrated.
20$ on @yesstyle

❄️ @rovectin_global Clean Lotus Water Calming Toner – consistency is a bit thicker than normal water toner, which is why it feels very moisturising when applied. It’s perfect for the dry winter season.
20.4 $ on @yesstyle use IRINA1993 for 5% OFF

❄️ @fentyskin Fat Water – this is a newbie in my skincare stash but I am really glad that I bought it because is a serum and toner in one, it’s very gentle, helps me to make my pores smaller and it’s also very hydrating.
28$ on @sephora

@laneige_europe Cream Skin Refiner- omg if you didn’t tried this yet, definitely you should!!!This product is amazing! Helped me so much when my skin barrier was compromised and is the main product that’s giving me a crazy glowy skin. It’s a creamy toner with the consistency of water. Love it!
33 $ at @sephora

What’s your favourite toner/essence? I am really courious 🥰

3 skin barrier support picks

Most of the barrier damage comes from stripping your skin of its natural oils with harsh cleansers, acne medication, and acids. Scrubbing too hard, waxing, and using DIY ingredients like lemon and baking soda, and on some skin types, alcohol and fragrance are also common culprits for damage.

Signs of a Damaged Skin Barrier

Disruption in the core functions of the skin barrier can present in a number of ways, including: 

  • Rosacea and eczema. These conditions are partly caused by a genetic defect in the skin barrier. However, additional outside damage to the skin barrier can cause these conditions to flare up. 
  • Chronic skin irritation 
  • Itchy skin
  • Dehydrated, dull skin
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Skin infections
  • Delayed wound healing
damaged skin barrier

What Can Damage Your Skin Barrier?

In general, life damages the skin barrier. 

  • Pollution
  • Wind
  • UV radiation
  • Frequent handwashing
  • Use of cleansers that strip the skin barrier of its natural oils 
  • Overuse of exfoliating acids 
  • Use of harsh physical exfoliants
  • Smoking
  • Lack of sleep 
  • Stress 
  • Nutrient-light diet 

A combination of avoidable and unavoidable daily habits cause varying degrees of damage to the skin barrier.

How do you fix a damaged skin barrier? Hydrate Continuously. A damaged epidermis requires moisture, so keeping your face and body well hydrated is critical in the fight to restore and maintain a healthy skin barrier. Reach for creams, lotions and serums that contain moisture-binding humectants, such as glycerin, sorbitol, ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

These are the 3 most used products by me when my skin gets damaged:

@cosrx Snail Mucin- this stuff is awesome; it has made a huge difference in my skin. I have oily acne prone skin and this smoothed out my skin, helped with hyperpigmentation and is my saviour when my skin barrier is damaged! I totally recommend this to anyone! ✨

@vegreen_official Cica Serum – this serum contains Centella Asiatica extract to soothe and moisturize sensitive skin. It has a lightweight texture that get’s absorbed into the skin very quickly.

@cerave Hydrating Cream – has a unique formula that provides 24-hour hydration and helps restore the protective skin barrier with 3 essentials ceramides and hyaluronic acid. It has a non-greasy texture and is fast absorbing ideal for sensitive skin on both face and body.

What’s your skin saviours? 🤍

Tips for Influencers: How to Pitch for More Brand Deals

I know how hard it is to make courage to pitch yourself to a brand. Been there and it was really scary!

At first I didn’t know how to reach out to brands, I didn’t know what to say , how my email should look, and I din’t know if I was qualified enough to collaborate with a brand. I was rejected many times, because most of the brands like just the gifting idea and they think that’s enough for our work.

Girl making a photography in a mirror with an iphone 12 pro

The first step (and the hardest) is to know how to format your email pitch encouraging a brand to work with you. This email should be unique because brands receive tons of offers daily so you need to stand out and be persuasive.

These are some steps that you need to follow when creating the email:

  • Introduction
    Why are you reaching out?
  • Who you are
    What type of blogger are you? Which niche?
  • Why should they work with you
    Have you used the brand before? What are your favorite products?
  • Link to your social media
    Do you want to do a collaboration through Instagram or your blog? Both? Include that!
  • Statistics
    How many followers do you have? How many monthly readers?
  • Experience
    Who have you worked with in the past? Include examples and links!
  • And one of the most important steps: a MEDIA KIT

Brand Pitch Email Template:

“Hi [insert brand representatives name],
My name is [insert your name here] and I am reaching out to you in regards to a collaboration. I love [brands name here] and believe your products align well with my brand.

I am a [niche here] influencer and/or blogger with [number of followers or readers here]. You can find me at [social media site here]. I have experience working with [insert brands here]. You can find some of my past work [link here] and [link two here].

Looking forward to your reply!

Thank you,
[your name here]

MEDIA KIT

Media kits are a type of pitch, a digital portfolio that tells the brands everything they need to know about you.To become a successful influencer, it is imperative for you to have an influencer media kit. When you reach out to brands, a media kit is the best way to showcase your work.

In simple words, an influencer media kit is a mix of the testimonials section, your work history.There are many free media kit templates available. All you need to do is enter your information into the template.

What to include:

  • About section
  • Follower demographics
  • Link to your social media accounts
  • Social media statistics and insights
  • Number of followers on each channel
  • Contact information
  • Photos, samples, testimonies *
  • Pricing *

Media Kit Examples:

media kit example

This is the first page on my media kit, and I have the basics here . I think is pretty simple and easy to read, I also showed to my friend and she told me that it looks very professional, hehe. Your media kit can contain just one page or you can make make a multiple page media kit, but don’t forget to update it every few months, just like you would with a resume.

Always remember:

Every email pitch should be personalized to the brand.You don’t want to forward the same email to 10 brands because that’ll be pretty obvious and not look good. If you haven’t tried their products out don’t fake it and say you have. Simply state that you’ve always been interested in giving their products a try. And the most important step trust yourself, be confident and get ready to be rejected many times until you get the first YES.

Pyunkangyul Calming Moisture Repair Balm

What should it be used for?

Pyunkangyul Calming Moisture Repair Balm is infused with skin-soothing extracts derived from centella asiatica, tea tree, and honeysuckle flower, and further enriched with Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, this concentrated balm soothes, repairs and protects sensitive and irritated skin. It’s free from 20 kinds of harmful chemicals.

Calming moisturiser for sensitive and dry skin keeping in a hand

My honest opinion:

This balm feels dreamy to apply! It goes a little thick and melts into the skin, leaving it smooth and calm! There is no greasy feeling, and makeup applies seamlessly on top of it! Also it immediately reduce the redness on the first application, and within two days of using it, you’ll feel like your skin is totally repaired! Very good for people with dry, sensitive or combo skin. Even my sensitive oily skin enjoys it! 🤍

How is the texture:

The texture is light, very easy to apply, spreads well and perfectly mousturizes without weighing down the skin!

I am really courious to try the rest of the line 🤍

texture of a moisturiser on autumn leaves

Ingredients:

Water, dipropylene glycol, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, isohexadecane, cetearyl alcohol, ethylhexyl palmitate, cetyl ethylhexanoate, stearic acid, hydroxypropyltrimonium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf extract, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, cetearyl glucoside, pentylene glycol, trehalose, ceramide np, arachidic acid, glucose, palmitic acid, oleic acid, centella asiatica extract, madecassoside, madecassic acid, asiaticoside, asiatic acid, squalane, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, camellia japonica flower extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, hydroxyacetophenone, butylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, tocopherol, disodium edta, 1,2-hexanediol, tromethamine, hydrogenated lecithin, ethylhexylglycerin.

Where should you buy it:

The price is also very affordable 13.23 $ on @yesstyle and if you use my code IRINA1993 you will receive 2-5% discount 🛍🛒

Bakuchiol vs Retinol 💗

Have you heard about the latest, greatest skincare ingredient? Bio-Retinol, the natural alternative to retinol, the vegan retinol, the plant based retinol, the natural retinol – all different names for one thing: Bakuchiol. ✨

anti aging products on a wood brown table

What is backuchiol used for ?

Bakuchiol is found in the seeds and leafs of the Babchi plant, also known as Psoralea Corylifolia, so basically a plant extract. It is a natural occurring antioxidant and is called “herbal alternative to Botox” (no topical products are an alternative to something you inject, so let’s just forget that quickly) and “natural version of retinol”.

Bakuchiol has no structural resemblance to retinoid acid, but there are studies showing that it has similar effects on the skin,so let’s quickly look at the mechanisms of retinoids on your skin.

What is retinol used for?

Retinoic Acid works through specific receptors in the cell that trigger an increase in gene expression and increased production of collagen Typ I, III and IV as well as aquaporin 3 expression. Translated that means that your skins firmness and elasticity increase, while your wrinkles and fine lines decrease.

On top of that it speeds up cell turnover, which leads to younger looking, more even skin and less hyperpigmentation. 💦

How different are they?

Both Retinol and Retinaldehyde are precursors of Retinoic Acid that are slowly transformed into Retinoic Acid in the skin, which is why they act slower and are weaker in terms of effects and side effects. You can buy those as OTC products, while Retinoic Acid usually is prescription only.

All retinoids can lead to retinol dermatitis, a period of inflammation, dryness and flaking skin, typically occurring within the first four weeks of treatment. That can be prevented by using lower concentrations, slowly building up a tolerance or using the products less frequently than once a day. Some people though never tolerate retinoids. 💦

Do they both slow down the signs of aging?

Bakuchiol is a great retinol alternative for everyone that is sensitive to retinol side effects, but there is no need to replace the retinoids that have been working for you. And if you are on prescription strength, you won’t find the same effects in Bakuchiol products.

difference between retinol and bakuchiol

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm vs The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser: Which is better?

differences between oat cleanser and squalane cleanser on a white table with white flowen in the back

How The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm works?

🌿 @theinkeylist Oat Cleansing Balm – works so well because of two key ingredients: oat kernel oil and colloidal oatmeal. The oat kernel oil is noncomedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores as it dissolve makeup and grime), it contains naturally occurring antioxidants, and because it’s a humectant, it’s an excellent hydrator. Colloidal oatmeal is excellent at cleansing the skin and is known for having soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

What’s the texture?

The texture of this balm is thick and has a slight graininess to it, which m, once worked into the skin, dissolves easily.

This cleanser is unscented, which I love and very affordable 9.99 $.

It effectively removes all of my makeup, doesn’t cause irritation, it’s really good for sensitive skin.

oat balm texture

How The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser works?

🌿 @deciem Squalane Cleanser contains squalane, lipophilic, and emulsifying sucrose esters ingredients. It’s suitable for all skin types.

This product looks like moisturiser when you squeeze it out of the tube, but it changes to an oil consistency when you rub it between your hands.

The cleanser washes off really well and doesn’t leave behind an oily film and my face felt moisturised and hydrated afterwards. I didn’t experienced any irritation.

This one also is unscented and affordable 7.99 $ .

cleanser creamy texture

What should you choose between them?

Well is hard for me to choose a favourite from this too, but @theinkeylist formula and texture works much better for me! 🤍

differences between two cleansers

Did you tried this? Which one do you prefer? 👇❤️

CeraVe Hydrating Foaming Oil Cleanser

For a month I tested the new @cerave Hydrating Foaming Oil Cleanser that is formulated to be ultra-mild, yet effective in cleansing the skin of dirt, oil and pollution with moisturising the skin. 💦

Specifically formulated for?

This foaming formula is suitable for delicate skin and skin prone to mild eczema. It contains 3 ceramides to help strengthen and maintain the skin barrier, and triglycerides and squalane oil to help replenish natural skin’s lipids, suitable for normal to dry skin on the face of body.

You’ve seen on my IG that I am a big fan of Cerave, and I was really excited to try their new product.

Some of my favourite points about this product:

  • the texture is gel-like and really hydrating without dry out my skin
  • one pump is enough for my whole face, neck and chest
  • it is good for double cleansing and every day use
  • the quantity for the price 26.99 $ for 473 ml
cleanser in my hand on a sunny day . You can see the blue sky and the green trees in the backround

The only thing I would note is that you’ll still have to use a separate makeup remover, as this isn’t that effective as dissolving makeup and definitely won’t help you take off the waterproof mascara !

This is a nice gentle everyday cleanser, without any irritation. It is also fragrance free, a huge plus. 🤍

the texture of the cleanser on a glass. The texture is clear in oily

Ingredients:

Aqua/Water, Glycerin, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Coco-Betaine, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Polysorbate 20, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sualane, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Carbomer, Triethyl Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cholesterol, Citric Acid, Capryloyl Glycine, Hydroxyacetophenone, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Benzoic Acid.

Did you tried it? Comment down below your favourite oil cleanser 👇🤍

Like a Virgin -Coconut & Fig Hair Masque Coco&Eve

The Coco&Eve Coconut & Fig Hair Masque is one of my favourites. It’s a deeply conditioning hair treatment.

What does Coco and Eve hair mask do?

Your hair is going to go coco-nuts for the Like A Virgin hair treatment. The highly concentrated formula helps to improve the health of the hair by delivering hydration from root to tip to reveal lustrous locks. Formulated with coconut, fig, shea butter, linseed and argan oil to strengthen and restore hair so it’s ‘Like a Virgin’ again! Ideal for reviving dry hair damaged by heat styling, dyes and the environment, as well as taming frizz and split ends.

Free tangle tamer brush included to apply of the masque and detangle locks with minimal breakage.

Hair Mask on a pink color keeping it on my hand

My hair type:

Thick wavy frizzy hair, a little bit damaged with medium porosity.

Hair routine

At first I use the scalp scrub from Cristophe Robin ( Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub) and I like it to massage my hair with it for 2 minutes the I use a second shampoo from The Ouai (Detox Shampoo) and then I apply a hydrating mask or a hydrating conditioner.

How you should use Coco and Eve hair mask?

1. Shampoo your hair as normal then evenly distribute a generous amount of coconut hair mask to your towel dried hair.

2. Comb the product through the hair using the tangle tamer that comes with the mask.

3. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse with warm water.

4. You also can keep the masque in overnight using a microfibre towel wrap and wash out in the morning for super damaged hair or for even better results.

How my hair looks after the mask?

I can say that my hair definetely loves this mask. ’ve used this for a few weeks now and would definitely recommend it. I tend to wash my hair in the evening leave it in overnight on damp hair (don’t dry it) and wash it out in the morning. Smells lush, makes my hair feel super soft and healthy.The mask makes my hair silky soft, visibly less damaged and tangled, and it generally looks so much healthier. But aside from the good results, as I mentioned earlier, the mask smells incredible — honestly

The only thing that I do not like is that’s kinda expensive, but Iin the last few moths I’ve bought so many expensive hair and face products that I really don’t know how I will ever empty them :)). Seriously now it costs around 47 $ in Romania.

If you buy this hair mask you will not make mistake, this is the best I have ever tried. I get alot of compliments after I am using this one.

hair mask texture, looks like youghurt
The texture of the masque

Ingredients:

AcquaSeal® Coconut: Adds hydration, shine, and softness to the hair. Strengthens and repairs hair by preventing breakage and split ends.

Fig Extract: Contains high concentrations of polyphenols, flavonoids, anthocyanins, omega fatty acids and Vitamin A, B1, and B2. Rich in antioxidants that neutralize radicals that are present in the environment.

Shea Butter: Moisturises and detangles the hair without making it heavy and weighing it down.

Linseed: Improved gloss and texture so it is silky soft to the touch.

Argan Oil: Treats split ends and tames frizziness to give pure hair vitality.

Probiotic Extract: Restores balance for healthier and stronger hair.

Aqua (water), cetearyl alcohol, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, dimethicone, behentrimonium chloride, parfum, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, sodium benzoate, ficus carica (fig) fruit extract, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, shea butter ethyl esters, caryocar brasiliense fruit oil, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, hydrolyzed linseed extract, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, phenoxyethanol, cetrimonium chloride, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, selaginella lepidophylla extract, saccharomyces/silicon ferment, saccharomyces/iron ferment, saccharomyces/magnesium ferment, saccharomyces/copper ferment, saccharomyces/zinc ferment, tocopherol, lactobacillus ferment, benzyl alcohol, benzyl salicylate, coumarin, limonene, linalool.

What’s your favorite hair mask? Recommend me the best hair mask in the comments !

Affordable drugstore products under 20 $

I want to show you some awesome affordable drugstore products that are affordable and really effective, because you know how much I love drugstore products because they are affordable and very easy to find.

4 affodable skin care products on a white table on white backround

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream For Dry, Rough, Bumpy Skin 10% Urea

Is an intensely moisturising formula designed to combat a variety of skin concerns, including unwanted bumps, scaliness and extreme dryness. Replenishing and non-irritating, the rich cream is packed with essential ingredients to benefit both face and body.

moisturiser for oily skin

Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid gently exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and soften rough areas of skin, taking care not to disturb the skin’s moisture barrier in the process. Ceramides help to strengthen the barrier of the skin and lock in a layer of moisture to prevent further patches of flaking or dryness. Though rich in texture, the cream is non-greasy and avoids leaving behind an unpleasant, sticky residue. Boasting soothing properties and 24-hour hydration, this face and body moisturiser is highly nourishing and can be applied to psoriasis and eczema-prone skin. In Romania costs 19.31 $ for 340 g.

It’s a very good moisturising cream with a thick soft consistency. It applies smoothly and soaks into the skin quickly, leaving it feeling moisturised but not greasy. I use it just for my body acne and it really helped me to keep my acne under control but is not for everyday use. Use this for 2-3 times a week.

Ingredients:

AQUA / WATER, UREA, CETYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, CETEARYL, ALCOHOL, NIACINAMIDE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER, C12-13 ALKYL LACTATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, GLYCERIN, BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, DIMETHICONE, TRIACETIN, CERAMIDE NP, CERAMIDE AP, CERAMIDE EOP, CARBOMER, SODIUM LACTATE, SALICYLIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, CHOLESTEROL, PHENOXYETHANOL, DISODIUM EDTA, CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID, HYDROXYACETOPHENONE, CITRIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, XANTHAN GUM, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF30 50 ml

Offers a high sun protection for the face (UVA, UVB). The Shaka Fluid SPF 30 is ultra-light on the skin and extra waterproof, sweat-resistant and sand-repellent. The texture does not burn in the eyes.

sunscreen for oily skin

Thanks to innovative Intelimer technology, the sun fluid can also be applied to the sensitive eye area. The ultra-light texture can be easily distributed on the skin and also provides athletes reliable protection from the sun. The Shaka Fluid LSF 30 is extra waterproof, sweat-resistant and sand-repellent. In addition, the sun care does not burn in the eyes.

It’s like a lightweight serum that gets absorbed very easily into the skin, has watery texture and I could easily spread it across my skin and rub it in easily. In Romania it costs 14 $.

Ingredients:

Aqua/Water, Alcohol Denat. Disopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol, Methoxyphenyl, Triazine, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Glycerin, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Perlite, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Triethanolamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Parfum/Fragrance.

CeraVe’s PM Facial Moisturising Lotion 52 ml

Is your new evening essential. Developed with dermatologists, this rich but lightweight moisturiser helps your skin to hold onto moisture and restore the skins barrier, while you sleep, delivering a steady stream of moisture throughout the night. With a blend of three restorative essential ceramides, niacinamide to calm the skin and hydration hero hyaluronic acid, this facial moisturiser will have you waking up on the right side of the bed do not like that it has a really strong fragrance so if you are sensitive to fragrance this is not a good choice for you.

night cream for all skin types on a white backround

Is one of my favourites as it is gentle, and does not have fragrances or oils that can precipitate acne. The niacinamide and hyaluronic acid are perfect for acne or rosacea-prone skin. It costs 9.54 $.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Niacinamide, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

The Inkey List 3% Polyglutamic Acid 30 ml

A powerful hydrator for the skin’s surface, Polygluatmic Acid can hold 4x more moisture than Hyaluronic Acid, locking in moisture and helping the skin appear instantly smoother.

This 3% high molecular weight amino polymer is specifically designed to enhance skin moisturization on the surface. This helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, as well as brighten and even skin tone. The lightweight silky texture creates a perfect make-up canvas.

hydrating serum for all skin types

Help reduce the effects of aging like dry or sagging skin by keeping your skin hydrated. Polyglutamic acid is five times more hydrating than hyaluronic acid. This serum makes my skin bouncy and plump. Works a lot better than any hyaluronic acid serum I’ve used. It costs 16.45 $ not 26.45 $ now is too late to change it 🥲

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua / Eau), Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-12 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysilicone-11, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Propanediol, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Benzoate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Decyl Glucoside, Dimethylacrylamide/Acrylic Acid/Polystyrene Ethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Sorbitan Oleate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Polyglutamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract

Now is your turn: What’s your favorite skincare product from drugstore?

My top 3 affordable drugstore sunscreens

Who doesn’t love affordable drugstore products that works? I think everybody ! Today I am gonna to talk about my top 3 favourites sunscreens that which I always rebuy because they work great for my oily acne prone skin but they will definetely work on a combo skin as well.

3 drugstore sunscreens on a white table . In the backround you can see a sunflower

@eauthermaleaveneromania very high protection Dry Touch Fluid SPF 50+ – is a facial sunscreen suitable for normal to combination skin that is effective against both UVA and UVB. This formula has been designed to be very water resistant and to regulate sebum production, thanks to its content in Monolaurin. The ultra-fluid texture ensures that the skin stays matte throughout the day and Avène Thermal Water soothes any irritations. Characteristics Dry touch ultra fluid emulsion; Very water resistant; Paraben-free.

This sunblock comes in a pump bottle that it makes very easy to dispense.The moment I applied this it left a little bit of white cast but after 20 minutes it tones down and I can not spot it anymore. It set quite quickly so I had to apply it fast, I didn’t notice any pilling the finish is semi-matte which I really like !

I kinda liked it under makeup, but I can’t say it’s my favourite sunscreen under makeup.It doesn’t sting my eyes at all, cuz you know how sensitive they are and I did not experienced any irritation or breakouts from using it. Doesn’t feel sticky or greasy and absorbs almost immediatelyOffers a really good oil control, my face remain matte for like 4-5 hours.

Contains 4 UV filters: Tinosorb M, S, Uvasorb HEB, Avebonzone and it doesn’t contains fragrance which I like very very much! It costc only 12 $ so I think is a fair price for 50 ml.

Ingredients:
AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER (AVENE AQUA). C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE. METHYLENE BIS-BENZOTRIAZOLYL TETRAMETHYLBUTYLPHENOL [NANO]. WATER (AQUA). DIISOPROPYL ADIPATE. ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE. SILICA. DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE. BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE. DIETHYLHEXYL BUTAMIDO TRIAZONE. ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE. BUTYL ETHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE. POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE. DECYL GLUCOSIDE. 1,2-HEXANEDIOL. C10-18 TRIGLYCERIDES. VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER. ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER. BENZOIC ACID. BUTYLENE GLYCOL. CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE. DISODIUM EDTA. FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). GLYCERYL BEHENATE. GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE. GLYCERYL STEARATE. OXOTHIAZOLIDINE. PEG-100 STEARATE. PROPYLENE GLYCOL. SODIUM BENZOATE. TOCOPHEROL. TOCOPHERYL GLUCOSIDE. TRIBEHENIN. XANTHAN GUM.

@altruistsun Altruist Dermatologist SPF50 Light Face Fluid is a broad-spectrum, dermatologist facial sunscreen created to provide superior protection, in a moisturising super-light transparent formula suitable for daily use. Enriched with Vitamin E to help prevent cellular damage from UV induced free radicals, to reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature skin ageing. Suitable for use under make-up or after shaving.

This is a hybrid sunscreen it contains both chemical and physical UV filters ( Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane; Ethylhexyl Salicylate; Octocrylene; Titanium Dioxide (Nano); Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid; Tris-Biphenyl Triazine (Nano); Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine; Ethylhexyl Triazone) .

It has a lightweight texture, it gets absorbed into the skin very fast, absolutely no white cast and the finish is a little bit dewy, but I like it is very natural, and it look very nice on the skin when you reapply it. I did not see any pilling and also stays very nice under the makeup.

The only thing that I do not like is that stings my eyes really really bad, so if you have sensitive eyes use another sunscreen around them. What I’ve learned is that Octocrylene filtere is the cause for the feeling of stinging. I only buy this because I know that is safe and it look very good on my skin and is also really afforrdable. This is also an unscented sunscreen, 50 ml for 10.55 $

Ingredients:
Aqua, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Glycerin, Octocrylene, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Titanium Dioxide (Nano), Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Panthenol, Tris-Biphenyl Triazine (Nano), Aminomethyl Propanol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, Simethicone, Butylene Glycol, Piroctone Olamine, Disodium Phosphate, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, Xanthan Gum, Silver Chloride, Propylene Glycol.

@larocheposay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF 30 – is a daily facial sunscreen that offers very high protection against the harmful effects of solar radiation. It has a minimalist and hypoallergenic formula. Specifically developed for sensitive skin it should suit any and all skin types. With a unique combination of antioxidants and sunscreen filters, it offers broad and photostable protection against solar radiation. It has the ability to not only protect the skin from UVA, UVB and infrared rays but also from oxidative stress. In addition, its formula has a unique technology that makes this sunscreen ultra-resistant to water, sweat and sand. Besides all this, its texture is also ultra-light and non-greasy, gliding easily over the skin without creating a feeling of discomfort and unsightly white marks. And the best part? It’s also suitable for the eye contour area, as the minimal formula won’t sting the eyes.

La Roche Posay Shaka Fluid is like a lightweight serum to me that gets absorbed very easily into the skin , has watery texture and I could easily spread it across my skin and rub it in easily. No sticky feeling left on my skin, my skin remains quite refreshed and hydratated after I am using this sunscreen. I also like that this sunscreen is water/sweat resistent.

I do not like that it contains fragrance and is quite strong but if you do not like fragrance in products you can choose the La Roche Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF 50+ 50ml the unscented version ( I think I will chose this next time). The quantity is 50 ml and the price is a little bit higher than the other two 15 $.

Ingredients:
AQUA /WATER ALCOHOL DENAT. DIISOPROPYL SEBACATE SILICA ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE ETHYLHEXYLTRIAZONE BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE BUTYLMETHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE GLYCERIN C12-22ALKYLACRYLATE / HYDROXYETHYLACRYLATE COPOLYMER PROPANEDIOL DROMETRIZOLE TRISILOXANE PERLITE TOCOPHEROL CAPRYLIC / CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE ACRYLATES / C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER CAPRYLYL GLYCOL HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE TEREPHTHALYLIDENE DICAMPHOR SULFONIC ACID TRIETHANOLAMINE TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE.

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