For as long as I can remember I’ve always been a big fan of beauty, specifically skincare. Growing up I always enjoyed watching the grown-ups in my family go through their skincare routine and discuss which products worked for them.
I would fantasize about the days of having a vanity of my own stacked with beauty products. Young Lucielle got excited back then of taking a shower and trying other people’s products. Yep, I remember one particular moment when I was staying at my aunt’s house that I tried a face mask that I had been so curious about. After a couple of minutes of me having it on, my face turned so red and so itchy. I was probably around 11 years old. This is one of my earliest memories of finding out I have sensitive skin. Of course, it’s worth mentioning I was using products meant for people a bit more mature.
Fast forward a couple of years, not too many… I am fully equipped with beauty products. I find it so amusing to take the time to research, buy and test beauty products. There have been so many moments where my skin has completely rashed out or became super dry. As well as moments where I’ve raved of how great my skin looked due to some beauty discoveries. Like anything in life, it’s all trial and error and I’m all for it — even though my bank account sometimes prefers not to be involved.
From my experiences so far I have been loving these two ingredients. I am not necessarily vouching for particular brands although I will mention a couple. These two ingredients have been recommended by my dermatologist. Not to quote them, but they seem to say they are pretty beneficial universally. Of course, do your research and speak to experts.
Without further ado, here they are! I am talking about Vitamin C and Tretinoin.
I think these two are having a great moment these days.
Vitamin C is seriously my favorite thing on earth. Therefore, I am not surprised by how beneficial it has been for my skin. I love anything citrusy. The smell, the taste and now the benefits for the skin. It’s like heaven in a bottle.
I’ve been using Vitamin C serums– although I have a Vitamin C cleanser and creams. I would add this ingredient to your beauty routine ASAP. It helps with scars, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles. If you are not jumping right now of excitement, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. OK, I know I’m exaggerating and acting silly. But, for real. Check these brands out. They all cover different price points and I’ve used them too.
OK, now off to tretinoin, a derivative of vitamin A. I honestly did not know about this before speaking with my dermatologist. She raved about it and didn’t vouch for any brands. A generic brand from the pharmacy would do. They can give you a prescription and voilá! There are some over-the-counter/direct to consumer options available as well.
- reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- improves the health of sun-damaged skin.
- improves skin texture and tone.
- treats acne.
- reduces the appearance of dark spots.
In my case, I was given a prescription and it was under $35. Not too expensive and you only need a pea-size amount. It makes your skin super sensitive, especially at the beginning. So, do not start using it every day. It must be used at night followed by SPF in the morning! You can apply it with your nighttime moisturizer. Let your skin get used to it. You’ll probably start seeing your skin become so dry and purge. It’s slightly tough for a couple of weeks, but it gets better. You can then increase the application.
I hope you enjoyed this quick read about my skincare obsession memories + favorite discoveries. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments!