We have all gone through it, that cult product that takes over the skincare world, promising miracle results. We saw our favorite beauty influencer was using a product and we bought it with the quickness, and it wasn’t just from seeing them post, we saw the results! We might have even seen results from a friend we see regularly. But then you use the product and you do not get the results you saw others getting. This has been a common occurrence with The Ordinary range with products like Niacinamide and The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. Tow really great products with remarkable results.
So, what went wrong? You bought the 8-step routine, it was all the products that are supposed to stop future breakouts and clear acne scars and hyperpigmentation. Yet your skin is worse than when you started. Even I am guilty of this, but we live and we learn.
WHAT I HAVE LEARNT:
- Some ingredients react badly with each other so certain products should not be mixed. Always be on the lookout for this before splurging on 8 cult products at once. At Kutowa Store, we welcome questions from customers asking about how to use some products. We spend hours researching ingredients so our customers don’t have to. However, we are not skincare experts or professionals in any way, so do even more research whenever you can. We are all fans of brands like The Ordinary, The Inkey List, Paula’s Choice, and the like, but some ingredients are not to be mixed!
- SUNSCREEN! We can not stress this enough, do not skin sunscreen! Whether or not you use direct acids and chemical exfoliants, your skin is sensitive to the sun, and if your goal is to get rid of hyperpigmentation, your hard work will not be seen because the sun is still at work triggering your skin to produce melanin to protect itself.
- understand what a product is meant to do – We see a new cult product all over TikTok, people posting amazing before and afters… Before jumping on the train, make sure the product is what you need. This will also help you have realistic expectations.
- Avoid piling – you can have a routine with just 5 products: a cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Or you can have a routine with 8 products split into day and night. You do not necessarily have to only use 3 or 4 products to avoid piling, you can spare enough time that allows each product to settle into your skin before applying the next one. However, when you are using 3 serums that are all meant for hyperpigmentation, you are being excessive. If your moisturizer contains mostly the same active ingredients as your serum, one has to go. For products like Niacinamide, too much of it will irritate your skin, it does not mean you will get even better benefits (learned the hard way). If you use a chemical exfoliator like The Ordinary AHA + BHA, make sure the rest of your routine has little exfoliants, otherwise, you risk over-exfoliating and weakening your skin’s barrier. For instance, lactic acid and Salicylic acid are milder exfoliants compared to The Ordinary AHA + BHA peel, but if your routine has all these, you are overdoing it. Furthermore, you only need The Ordinary AHA + BHA peel once a month, twice if you’re pushing it.
- CLEANSER – Mild cleanser without a strong scent (avoid heavily scented products in skincare)
- TONER – Get a good toner like The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution or The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Toner
- ANTI-OXIDANT SERUM – anti-oxidants are nutrient-dense and basically food your skin nutrients that strengthen the barrier. One such serum is The Ordinary Niacinamide
- SPOT TREATMENT OR SPECIFIC SKINCARE CONCERN – Ideally, this is where you bring in serums for hyperpigmentation. Use The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin for those pesky dark spots from previous breakouts
- MOISTURISER – Whether your skin is dry or oily, use a hydrating moisturizer. Anything that says ‘matte’ is a big red flag because it will dry out your skin and make it produce even more oil. Try Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser or Eucerin DermoPurifyer Adjunctive Soothing Cream. This product is great if you are using strong products in your routine as it calms and soothes the skin from irritants.
- SUNSCREEN – EVERYONE NEEDS SUNSCREEN
- DOUBLE CLEANSE – Double cleansing at night is important because we usually have extra grime and dirt from the day, as well as makeup. Use Garnier Oil-Infused Micellar Water. Use this before using your regular cleanser
- TONER – Clean your face with toner
- BOOSTER SERUM – This is where you can use serums like Hyaluronic Acid another good booster serum is Neutrogena Hydro Boost Supercharged Booster Serum
- TREATMENT OR EXFOLIANT – Any special treatment goes here, such as anti-aging, exfoliating serums, and the like. Try The Ordinary Buffet which plumps skin and leaves it looking youthful and glowing. or The Inkey List AHA serum which is a mild exfoliant. To soothe breakouts and inflammation you can use your rosehip oil
- MOISTURISER/NIGHT CREAM – finally, you can use your general moisturizer or night cream