Skincare Wishlist

About a week ago I uploaded a video about 5 skincare products that I’ve used, thoroughly enjoyed and felt like I could recommend to a wide range of people. That wasn’t all I wanted to share, and what better place to share the rest than right here? If you missed the video, here it is:

I originally wanted to add my skincare wishlist, but quickly learned videos very easily become way longer than you expect them to. I think I might stick to this habit of adding a blog post related to my latest video, but with different and new information.

So, you know what I’ve already enjoyed. Here’s what I still want to get my hands on, and psst, they’re all vegan!

1. A good Vitamin C serum

Vitamin C is a hard one. L-Ascorbic Acid (most popular form of vitamin C in skincare) is a highly effective ingredient but incredibly unstable. It’s a water soluble powder that pretty much starts degrading from the moment it is dissolved.
This makes for Vit C serums to quickly oxidize and deteriorate from the moment you open their packaging, and the fact that they are usually in UV protective packaging does not change that much about that fact. It’s not only sensitive to light, but also air and heat.
That and pH being so important in skincare makes for a challenge: manufacturers have to find ways to create a stable, comfortable formula that doesn’t lose its potency to the stabilizing. If you ever wondered why (for example) the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is so expensive ($165) you now know why.

As a consumer you’re left with a variety of choices, and it all comes down to what you prioritize. Longevity, price, effectiveness, how do you balance them?

I currently use The Ordinary’s Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, but I have to say I am not sure of its effectiveness in my regimen. It wasn’t the cheapest, but it’s really stable and non irritating. That’s what I prioritized at the time. I’m now questioning its place in my routine and am thinking of trying alternatives, to see whether I can get that strong impact people rave about from Ascorbic Acid.

What does it do?

  • Takes care of dullness
  • Improves fine lines and wrinkles
  • Protects skin from sun damage
  • Evens out tone, slows melanin production (fighting pigmentation) and smooths skin

Here’s the two I’ve been considering:

Klair’s Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

It has only 5% L-Ascorbic Acid, which is quite low, but do you see that transparent packaging? That’s courage right there. I’ve heard this one is really durable and stable, and the price tag ($23) is decent and attractive. At the time of making the video this was on my wishlist, but it’s already on its way to me right now. I’m curious to see whether the low concentration makes it just as seemingly insignificant as my current TO serum.

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop, img by TripleRin

This product is vegan and cruelty free.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23%

This one is so interesting to mention. I was afraid to use it until my chem prof and I started chatting about skincare and she told me to reconsider. Deciem basically said, “Oh, water makes this unstable? We’ll just not put any water in here.” Applying a powder to your face obviously isn’t that effective or comfortable, so people choose to still make water or silicone based AA serums. Water makes them unstable, silicone interferes with the exposure. Deciem thought outside the box and created a suspension—a formula in which the acid is not dissolved but kind of floating around? Encapsulated by the rest of the ingredients, not interacting with them.

The downside of this is that they’re just lil’ grits of Ascorbic Acid in a cream, making it an uncomfortable formula to apply. Other than that, the high concentration makes it prickly on most people’s skins when they initially start using it. I’d heard about the grittiness and stinging and it scared me off… But not anymore.
I’m dying to get my hands on it and apply it to clean skin, and then maybe rinse and do the rest of my routine. It’s very reasonably priced (or perhaps ridiculously) at €5.80 and I’m just waiting for it to be restocked at this point.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension, img from ASOS

This product is vegan and cruelty free.

2. A Glycolic Acid Toner

Up next is a purchase I’ve been procrastinating for way too long. Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA.) AHA’s basically break the bonds between your skin and the very top layer of your skin (which consists of dead skin) making it “shed” dead skin cells. Eliminating the buildup of dead skin cells clears the way for any substances in your pores that need to come out, preventing a buildup in the pore that will cause clogging and inflammation (which then causes acne and other skin impurities.)
Still with me? I use Lactic Acid (also AHA) right now, but Glycolic Acid has a smaller molecular size, which means it can go into your skin deeper and easier. This makes it more effective and also means it can reach deeper skin layers, where AHAs can boost hydration and collagen production. Ever since I found out about the benefits of Glycolic compared to Lactic Acid I’ve been sold.

What does it do?

  • Prevents impurities
  • Makes skin less dull and more even toned
  • Hydrates

Other than that, I’ve heard many people rave about how Glycolic Acid completely freed them of closed comedones, those little bumps that don’t have a white head nor are they blackheads. You can’t pop them. They usually come in large numbers, creating an ugly texture and a big dose of panic because oh my god they’re everywhere and I can’t pop them my skin looks so gritty and gross.

Now you know: Glycolic is your savior. I’ve been debating between a normal priced one and a really cheap one:

Pixi Glow Tonic

The Pixi glow tonic has 5% Glycolic Acid, aloe and ginseng, witch hazel, castor oil and some other extras. It’s a very much raved about product, and at €20 it’s okay, but thanks to Deciem I know there are cheaper options.
The benefits of this one compared to the one from The Ordinary is that this is slightly more hydrating thanks to the amount of Aloe Vera juice, and because the higher pH and smaller concentration less of it actually makes it to your skin but that also means it’s more gentle.

The Pixi one is basically the best option for more sensitive people, it’s less effective but nicer to your skin. Then again, let’s not forget that being nice to your skin is really effective in itself.

Pixi Glow Tonic, img from ASOS

This product is vegan and cruelty free.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

Deciem should honestly sponsor me at this point, I’m a walking advertisement. Thanks Reddit and YouTube. Anyway, The Ordinary has a way cheaper Glycolic toner and I’ve been eyeing it for a while. At €8.70 for 240ml, it makes the Pixi one entirely lose its label of affordable.

As I mentioned, this one is more effective and therefore also slightly harsher. It’s slightly less packed with soothing ingredients, but that shouldn’t be a problem if the rest of your routine is nicely hydrating and moisturizing. I would recommend this one to people who aren’t sensitive and/or have a solid routine, the Pixi one is just slightly more pampering and accessible. It definitely isn’t just a cheap, bad version!

The Ordinary Glycolic Toning Solution, img from ASOS

This product is vegan and cruelty free.

3. The Face Halo

I haven’t mentioned this in any content yet, but I use a Makeup Eraser to remove my makeup. I have 4 minis, they’re machine washable cloths that you wet with only water to remove all your makeup. Everyone was talking about this a couple years ago, so when Chloe Morello announced the Face Halo and pretended the entire concept was new to her…I found that hard to believe.

The difference that most stands out to me between my current Makeup Erasers and the Face Halo is that the shape of the Face Halo looks like it’s more convenient to use. I use the minis, but the large Makeup Eraser is even worse: it’s basically a big towel that you use different bits of until all of it is dirty. It’s not functional at all. The minis are alright, and the shape definitely doesn’t take away from how amazing they are at removing my makeup, but with the shape and the rubbing it doesn’t feel like a perfected experience.

The main thing I’ve understood from user reviews is that the Face Halo tugs less, which especially makes it nicer to remove eye makeup and gentler to the skin. I’m considering getting a Face Halo to remove my eye makeup while I use the MUE for my complexion makeup. I’ve been waiting for a long time to be able to compare the two myself.

Why Face Halo?

There’s multiple benefits to using a washable makeup cloth:

  • Cheap: no need to buy expensive removers, it’s a one-time purchase
  • Generates less waste, you’re not using cotton pads, wipes or bottles of remover
  • Travel friendly: it’s way more compact than a bottle of remover, so easy to store and you only need water to use it. Perfect for (air) travel.
  • Doesn’t leave any residue on the skin nor use any irritating or unwanted substances
The Face Halo, img from Face Halo

This product is cruelty free and vegan.

That sums up the three skincare items I’m most excited about trying right now! Each of them is an upgrade of something currently in my routine, addressing the skin concerns I currently target with my regimen. Keep in mind to find out what skin concerns you want to target first, and find products to address those concerns after. Don’t buy products just because someone else is seeing results with them!

Wishing you the best skin ever,

Jaz Delilah

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