Retinoids and Vitamin C Serum Inventory 2019

Beauty Inventory | Day 5A – Actives (Vitamin A Serums) + Reviews

I’ve been using topical retinoids / Vitamin A serums (e.g. tretinoin, adapalene, and more recently, retinol) for more than a decade now. This whole category of products is my ride or die. I decided to permanently switch to retinol from tretinoin because the latter is so fussy to use. A small deviation on the timing of use or quantity applied can result in flakes and dehydrated skin. You also have to quit at least a week before doing any activity involving a lot of direct sunlight, and when you get back on tretinoin again, back to flake-y skin and skincare…

Beauty Inventory | Day 4 – Chemical Exfoliants and Acid Toners

From last year’s 3, I’m down to 2 chemical exfoliators. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution I only use this on the areas of my face that are prone to blackheads (i.e., my nose). It’s gel-type, and feels and dries like raw egg whites. I wish The Ordinary products have a more elegant texture. I guess they have to sacrifice something to keep their prices low. It took me a while to finish this because I prefer Alba Botanica AcneDote Lotion that also has 2% Salicylic Acid but comes in a cream-type moisturizing base. Anyway, I recently started using this…

Beauty Inventory | Day 3 – Cleansing Tools

Within the past year, I quit buying makeup wipes and I let go of my cleansing brush. I also recently stopped using micellar water which reduced my cotton pad consumption. Now I’m left with a green exfoliating cloth and a microfiber mitt. I use the green cloth to exfoliate my body. It can be found on shopee as “Italy Towel” and is also known as Korean Exfoliating Mitt. It feels almost like sandpaper so I avoid being rigorous with it. It gives a very satisfying physical exfoliation that I haven’t had the urge to buy body scrub since getting it….

Second Cleansers Inventory 2019

Beauty Inventory | Day 2 – Second Cleansers

Same as last year, I have 4, but this time a different set of products. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser I bought this last year after I had CO2 Laser Resurfacing done. I needed something I was sure won’t irritate and strip my skin of moisture. Alba Botanica AcneDote Deep Pore Wash This is a gel-type cleanser with 2% Salicylic Acid. It’s not as drying as I thought it would be. I use this several days before and during my period to preempt and address any zit that might erupt. Jason Super-C Cleanser It’s a non-drying gel-type cleanser and smells overwhelmingly…

Skincare Samples

Declutter Diary: Skincare Samples

Last weekend I went through my stuff to collect skincare samples and I threw them all away. I wish I took a photo of everything but I forgot. Above are some of the samples I had. I decided not to give them away because most (if not all) samples have shorter shelf-lives compared to their full size counterparts. Samples usually don’t have the expiration date printed on the label too. From now on, I’ll either use samples as soon as I get them or I’ll just decline them. The number of purchases I made from the samples I tried is…