Recently, my skin has been acting up like cray. Like all other acne fluctuations, I'm sure it's some combination of stress, diet, hormones, and everything else that I can't control. As a beauty blogger though, it is my duty to attempt to remedy the situation with products.
Instead of doing my triple-threat mask once a week, I've been layering on a combination of serums to hopefully cull some of the breakouts and get to work on the scarring. The hyper-pigmentation alone is starting to stress me out, and since stress leads to more breakouts...it's a vicious cycle.
First I'll layer on a brightening/evening serum; usually, I'll look for anything with a slightly acidic ingredient, like lactic or glycolic acid. I'm using Pepta-Bright from Indeed Labs, which I don't think actually contains either of the ingredients I just mentioned, but I do think it's been working. The texture and tone of the skin around any active breakouts has improved; I can't wait to see what happens next.
To follow your brightening serum, apply your favourite antioxidant serum. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster is a Vitamin C serum -- one of my favourite ingredients. I'm that person who applies lemon juice after cleansing; my skin loves it. This serum is an extremely light, spreadable liquid, so a little goes a long way. Mine is a sample size from a Black Friday set last year.
Finally, a dose of hydration, even if you don't think you need it. Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum is a new one for me, but it has that signature Caudalie fragrance that I can't get enough of. Caudalie hasn't disappointed me yet -- I'll report back!
What you put on next is up to you! During the day, I'll put on a moisturizer with SPF, at night I'll apply an oil.
I'm really struggling to find a moisturizer that works for my uber-finicky skin; please let me know of any recommendations!