Written By Jess Hillyard · September 30th, 2020

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Ok, so we’re diving headfirst into a new lockdown, it’s sad we can’t be out partying all night with our besties, but this is where I have decided to take control of my skin! I have developed BAD makeup and skincare habits and I just need to find a solution that works for my skin.

Firstly, I have to say a huge thank you to one of my besties, Hannah, who showed me these products and let me try them out for myself for 1 night. Oh, my goodness life changing.
When I tell you I woke up to my skin feeling healthy and VISIBLY HELPED REDUCE MY BRIGHT RED, PAINFUL CYSTS.

I have since done a little more research (mostly into the big fancy words) into these products and they have all received amazing reviews from accredited skincare professionals (linked below) therefore all the items were straight in my basket.

 




1) The first product was the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin.
 

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

This retails for £15.00 on Look Fantastic and uses Hyaluronic Acid (HA) to ‘strengthen and restore the natural barrier function for long lasting hydration’

Hyaluronic Acid is naturally produced throughout our entire bodies with high concentrations in the skin, joints and cornea[1]. Basically the reason hyaluronic acid is so wonderful is it is a macromolecule but it can hold up to 1000x it’s weight in water to keep the skin plump and hydrated! Although as we age the amount of hyaluronic acid in our skin decreases[2] meaning the skin will start to look less plump, so by using products with HA in them we can help restore the HA in our skin and get it looking all fab again!

 



 

2) Next was the Pixi Glow Tonic (a FIRM fan fave here on Love To Slay!)
 

Pixi Glow Tonic

This product retails for £10.00 on Look Fantastic and this glow tonic contains 5% Glycolic Acid (GA), now this beautiful little acid is the most common type of Alpha-hydroxy peels[3] (please don’t run away I will explain!)
I think we’ve all heard of chemical peels right? Well, I’ve got to be honest I’ve always been a little afraid of them (I’ve seen some things that would put me off forever) BUT these peels are used for acne and acne scaring treatments at a higher percentage such as 35% for superficial depth and up to 70% for a medium depth peel. Now this tonic is only 5% GA, this means it just takes away the dead layers of skin while you get all the benefits of glycolic acid some of which include increasing hyaluronic acid in the skin (remember this is a fabbbb chemical that keeps the skin hydrated) it’s all interesting stuff!

 



 

3) Next is the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads
 

Glycolic Fix Pads

This product retails for £19.95 (for the large pot) on Amazon. Yes, these pads are called Glycolic Fix therefore like the Pixi Glow Tonic, they contain glycolic acid! The same amount as the Pixi Glow Tonic only 5% and has the same gentle exfoliating effects.

The one huge difference is these have a couple of other ingredients that work absolute wonders on the skin. These are Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide. So, lets dive into those:

Salicylic Acid (SA) is a Beta Hydroxy Acid and these are lipid-soluble meaning it can dissolve in fats and oils[4] (remember this bit it’s important) this makes it different to glycolic acid which is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (and only water soluble) meaning it works on the surface of the skin but cannot go deeper into the skin[5].
To explain in more simple terms the SA bonds with the fats and oils (known as sebum) often found in pores (these cause black and whiteheads) this then helps clear out the pores and can help reduce spots or acne and keeps skin clean it also has natural calming effects is gentle to use on skin with rosacea. The only downside to salicylic acid is in some studies it has been found to dry out the skin therefore it should be used only once or twice a week.

Niacinamide is seen to be an antioxidant, now this word is thrown around relatively often in skincare, but I must tell you I have never understood what it actually means. Something to remember is our skin is an organ and all organs are susceptible to ‘free radicals’ these are unstable molecules that can build up in cells and cause damage (basically) in other organs in our body these can cause things like heart disease and cancer. The skin, being an organ, is also susceptible to these wild molecules. Antioxidants for the skin specifically ‘help reduce free radical production’ (Mack, 2019). In simple terms it helps protect your skin from harmful things in the air, sunlight (uv’s), smoking and poor nutrition! 😊  

 



 

4) Next is The Ordinary EUK 134 Serum 0.1%!
 

Ordinary EUK 134

The Ordinary products have risen to fame in the last year and for good reason!  

Similar to Niacinamide, EUK 134 is an antioxidant, which again protects your skin from harmful environmental free radicals. Although unlike the Glycolic Fix Pads, this product is much more potent form meaning you need less for it to be effective. When looking at the ingredient list this product literally has 2 and they are: Propanediol and Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol manganese chloride or EUK 134. So let me break both of those down for ya! Propanediol is an ingredient that essentially helps other ingredients absorb into the skin (nice and simple). Ok the next one Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol manganese chloride is a lovely little molecule that acts like the natural producing enzymes in the skin. Manganese products have healing properties as it can aid in the production of collagen and this is what we need to heal wounds!
So essentially this product is a proper little barrier of protection for your skin.


 


 

6) Ok last product the most simple of them all the CeraVe Moisturising Cream
 

CeraVe Moisturising Cream
 

This is the last step in the routine, the first two ingredients in this product are Water and Glycerin! Now we all now as humans we are made up of up to 60% water so it’s a no-brainer that this is an essential ingredient in a hydrating moisturiser and next is glycerin which helps water attract to itself basically meaning it will help you skin hold it’s moisture! Not to mention this product has hyaluronic acid in it too! Which as I explained earlier is fabulous for plumping the skin!

 

So! That concludes this whistle-stop tour of my new skincare routine, and I have also subjected you all to my hours of research into these products, so I knew exactly what was going on and in my skin.
Don’t forget that we have some of these products on Love To Slay the ones that are will be linked you just need to click on the name or image and that will take you to the product!

 

 

References

[1] Kakehi, K. Kinoshita, M. Yasueda, S.. (2003). Hyaluronic acid: separation and biological implications. Journal of Chromatography B. 797 (1-2), 347-355.

[2] Lubart, R; Yariv, I; Fixler, D and Lipovsky, A. (2019). Topical Hyaluronic Acid Facial Cream with New Micronized Molecule Technology Effectively Penetrates and Improves Facial Skin Quality: Results from In-vitro, Ex-vivo, and In-vivo (Open-label) Studies. Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 12 (10), 39-44

[3] Sharad, J (2013). Glycolic acid peel therapy – a current review. Clinical Cosmetic Investigational Dermatology. 6 (1), 281–288.

[4] Arif, T (2015). Salicylic acid as a peeling agent: a comprehensive review. Clinical Cosmetic Investigational Dermatology. 8(1) 455–461.

[5] Paula's Choice Skincare. (N/A). The Difference Between BHA and AHA exfoliants. Available: https://www.paulaschoice.co.uk/the-difference-between-aha-and-bha-exfoliants. Last accessed 28th Sept 2020.