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Aren’t they pretty?
We’ll go from L to R…
First up is my love aka Ole Henriksen Truth Serum. I just allowed myself to buy a larger size during the Sephora VIB sale after running through some smaller bottles throughout the past year. It’s a Vitamin C serum which I am told by my dermatologist is to be applied in the morning to help shield the skin from sun damage. That in and of itself is a joke because I get to work when it’s still dark out, sit in my cubicle farm all day and then go home. But for the weekend, the Truth Serum is the bomb 😅 It absorbs quickly, smells of orange and has never once broken me out.
Next up is my current moisturizer, the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream. I bought this over the Spring to replace the moisturizer that I grew up smelling and using—it’s by Olay and both my mother and sister use it! It was great but I had heard amazing things about Drunk Elephant and decided to give a couple of their moisturizers a go in sample form before indulging myself in a full size. The morning after I applied the Protini cream I was actually taken aback by how good my skin felt. I haven’t gone a day without using it since! TBH I may survive the Winter after all because it’s so thick and luxurious.
My current eye cream is Benefit’s It’s Potent! Eye Cream. I’ve been using this for years on end and have never had any issues. It’s marketed to diminish dark circles, though and I’ve gotta say it does not do much in that regard. Supposedly it contains alcohol, too (thanks for that lesson, /r/skincareaddiction) so I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing it once I run out. Until then, it’s a fine cream in my experience.
Into the “actives”..
My dermatologist sold me on retinols when I went in for an overall check-up and to inquire on Botox (still want it. haven’t gotten it. LMK if you have $500 I can borrow!!!) The product sold in my doctor’s office is the Alastin Renewal Retinol. It is a less.. “intense” retinol so it was good for a beginner. I haven’t noticed much of a difference but I like to think it’s doing its job. I make sure to only use this at night and under my Protini so that 1. I don’t get some breakout from overworking my skin and not moisturizing properly and 2. it doesn’t counteract my next product…
Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic. This stuff. I LOVE this stuff. My same dermatologist (and others in the past) have told me that toners are not necessary and are full of alcohol and dry out our skin. I don’t care. This stuff will remove texture on your skin like an eraser on one of those *good* mechanical pencils from when we were in school. The ones with the erasers that barely had to touch your pencil marks to get rid of them. Texture = gone. I make sure to not use this at the same time of day or on the same day as my retinol because it is an active and they will cancel one another out, making each useless. If I’m not using this in the morning I will use it at night and just skip my retinol that evening.
I guess I’m in the market for a new eye cream then, yeah? I’m considering the DE Eye Serum but I would love to hear any holy grails that y’all have. Leave me a comment below! Anyone use these products? Also, really, if anyone has $500 so I can get Botox I’ll take it heh