[Shelfie][Review] Face + body shelfie for dry sensitive skin and KP


Hi there everybody! Very long time lurker right here who has locked in a face + physique routine via some trial and error. I’ve dry/dehydrated pores and skin that’s pretty delicate. My brow leans oily and my cheeks lean dry. I’m not particularly zits susceptible however closed comedones pop up with some regularity, and I am liable to PIH. My elbows, knees, and backs of my thighs are liable to keratosis pilaris, and the remainder of my physique will get itchy/dry with out upkeep within the winter. My pores and skin is definitely pretty straightforward to maintain joyful, so long as I do not experiment an excessive amount of – however, uh, I’ve been identified to experiment previously.

Under are all merchandise I’ve been utilizing constantly for no less than 6 months (and a few a few years) that I do know work very effectively for me. Usually, I goal for as easy a routine as potential – one that does not take me quite a lot of minutes within the mornings/evenings. I would like to have the ability to simply journey with the necessities (cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen). I would like merchandise to be moderately inexpensive, in sanitary packaging and fragrance-free.

r/SkincareAddiction - [Shelfie][Review] Face + body shelfie for dry sensitive skin and KP - plus products that didn't work for me.

From left to proper: Paula’s Selection Pores and skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel, Paula’s Selection Pores and skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel. Cerave Hydrating Cleanser, Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, Pores and skin Aqua UV Tremendous Moisture Milk SPF 50 P++++, London Medication Day by day Moisturizing Lotion, Cerave Renewing SA Lotion, Vaseline.


Morning Routine

  1. Cleanse: Rinse face with heat water

  2. Moisturize: Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion

  3. Sunscreen: Pores and skin Aqua UV Tremendous Moisture Milk SPF 50 PA++++

  4. Lips: Vaseline

  5. Physique: Cerave Renewing SA Lotion on any areas liable to keratosis pilaris; London Medication Day by day Moisturizing Lotion all over the place else as wanted

Night Routine

  1. Cleanse: Cerave Hydrating Cleanser

  2. Exfoliate: Paula’s Selection Pores and skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel as soon as every week; Paula’s Selection Pores and skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel two instances every week; skip this step all different evenings

  3. Moisturize: Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion

  4. Lips: Vaseline

  5. Physique: London Medication Day by day Moisturizing Lotion all over the place as wanted

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  1. Cleanse: Coconut oil (no matter model is on sale) – used solely to take away eye make-up when wanted, all the time adopted by Cerave Hydrating Cleanser.

Product Particulars

  • Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion: Cannot be beat! This man supplies a number of hydration and absorbs shortly. It has the consistency of a light-weight lotion and feels nearly gel-like when utilized – very soothing. Simple to comply with up with sunscreen and/or make-up.

  • Cerave Hydrating Cleanser: Your pores and skin doesn’t must squeak to really feel clear. I hated that about earlier cleansers. I might be so determined to moisturize as a result of my pores and skin would really feel like a mummy’s asshole after cleaning. Not with these items! My pores and skin feels refreshed with out being stripped. I have been utilizing it for nearly 6 years (with a number of interruptions to strive different merchandise) with no complaints. More often than not I put on mild/no make-up, but when I am sporting a very cussed mascara I’ll use coconut oil round my eyes first, earlier than stepping into with the cleanser.

  • Pores and skin Aqua UV Tremendous Moisture Milk SPF 50 PA++++: When you’ve got not gotten into Japanese or Korean sunscreens, you really want to. Utilizing is believing. This one specifically is Japanese. I selected it as a result of it’s alcohol free, which fits my dry pores and skin higher than the very fashionable Biore UV Aqua Wealthy Watery Essence. It is a bodily and chemical sunscreen, and it is also waterproof, which is nice for somebody who spends outing within the rain working round with their canine. It has a liquidy/milky consistency and applies very, very easily. It disappears into the pores and skin. It is technically perfume free, however naturally has a really nice, frivolously candy odor.

  • Paula’s Selection Pores and skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel: The AHA on this product is glycolic acid. It applies like your typical gel, and is obvious and odourless. I’ll use this a pair instances every week, or extra constantly if I am coping with any sort of PIH or closed comedones. I discover this drastically accelerates the therapeutic strategy of any blemish and vastly diminishes PIH. Beforehand I used to be caught with hyper-pigmentation for weeks after a blemish – now it is extra like days. I strive to not use it greater than 3-Four days in a row as a result of my pores and skin wants a break. This was truly the primary exfoliant I purchased after discovering SCA and I have never discovered something that’s considerably higher. I just like the packaging, I just like the system, and the value level works for me.

  • Paula’s Selection Pores and skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel: The BHA on this product is salicylic acid. In any other case the system and consistency is an identical to the AHA gel, so I will not go into rather more element. I’ll use this about as soon as every week, largely targeted on my T-zone, which produces extra oil and is extra liable to blackheads and visual sebaceous filaments.

  • Cerave Renewing SA Lotion: The KP slayer. Very related consistency to Cerave PM. I seen vital enchancment in my KP inside every week of utilizing this day by day. I may even splurge and use this on extra of my physique throughout winter once I get actually dry and itchy. Thanks Cerave Jesus.

  • London Medication Day by day Moisturizing Lotion: London Medication is a Canadian retailer akin to…Walgreens? CVS? Perhaps? Disclaimer: I’ve by no means been in a Walgreens or a CVS. They promote title model skincare merchandise and a few in-house dupes. As you possibly can see, this lotion is a dupe of the Aveeno Day by day Moisturizing Lotion – the substances record is an identical and it is half the value. It is fragrance-free, and really hydrating with out feeling greasy. Massive fan.

  • Vaseline: I used to be a type of deeply confused blistex addicts earlier than studying (due to SCA) that the majority chapstick/lip balm merchandise are literally drying/irritating and basically simply tubes of betrayal. I take advantage of completely vaseline now – as soon as within the morning and as soon as at evening, possibly a number of instances all through the day throughout the winter when it is dry. Haven’t had chapped lips since. Thanks y’all. I may even throw this on prime of a therapeutic blemish after the remainder of my common night routine – it serves the identical perform as a hydrocolloid bandage.

  • Coconut Oil: I’m not choosy with this, I simply seize no matter is available in a handy measurement at an honest value, and I do not undergo it in a short time as a result of I do not put on eye make-up fairly often. I selected coconut oil as a result of it solidifies at room temperature and so it is much less messy to make use of for me. It removes make-up extra successfully than every other cleanser I’ve tried and it would not irritate the pores and skin round my eyes, which tends to flip the fuck out if I even blink too onerous. I am fortunate sufficient that it doesn’t break me out – I do know coconut oil is extremely comedogenic for some, so use with warning!

Merchandise I Minimize from the Crew

  • Cerave Moisturizing Cream (Cerave within the tub): This was my first moisturizer bought after discovering SCA. I used this on my face for a protracted whereas, considering that my pores and skin was very dry and this was the most effective factor for it. It was simply too heavy. It made it onerous to use sunscreen or any make-up within the morning, and it by no means totally absorbed at evening. It was a very good physique lotion, however nonetheless greasy, and I did not like the truth that it got here in a bath reasonably than with a sanitary pump. Plus, it was simply too costly for me to justify persevering with to make use of it as a physique lotion solely. I changed it with the Cerave AM + PM moisturizers for my face (finally switching to simply the PM), and the London Medication Day by day Moisturizing Lotion for my physique.

  • Cerave AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion: After deciding that Cerave within the tub was too heavy for morning use, I switched to this within the morning for years. It was fairly good, however not nice. It left a slight white residue (that briefly led me to imagine I had eyebrow dandruff) and wasn’t fairly moisturizing sufficient. As soon as I discovered the Pores and skin Aqua sunscreen I dropped this from my routine and switched to utilizing the Cerave PM moisturizer day and evening.

  • Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water: I used this instead of the Cerave Hydrating Cleanser for a number of months, simply out of curiosity. It cleansed effectively sufficient however began to annoy/burn the pores and skin round my eyes and nostril. I dropped it and switched again to Cerave.

  • The Extraordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA: Final time I ran out of the Paula’s Selection AHA Gel, I switched to this because of all of the hype round TO, and the value level. It was…fantastic? I truthfully simply most well-liked the gel system + pump bottle that PC provided. I felt like I used to be losing lots of product making an attempt to make use of the TO liquid. I stick to purchasing the PC Gel now after they have their 20% gross sales, and it is just a few cents extra per ml, which is ok with me.

  • The Extraordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion: Oops. My pores and skin is manner too delicate for these items. I had the worst escape of my life – closed comedones throughout my face – after just a few makes use of. It took months to clear. I feel this was my fault – I ought to have eased into utilizing it extra regularly – however I made a decision it simply wasn’t price it to strive once more.

  • Cosrx Superior Snail 69 Mucin Energy Essence: I purchased this after seeing a submit right here praising this as a HG for dry pores and skin. Did I really want it? No. Did it make a big distinction? No. It simply gave me a extra sophisticated, gooey routine, which I did not need. I am certain it really works nice for some folks, however I wasn’t satisfied to repurchase. I’ll say that the packaging was lovely and I beloved having it on my shelf only for the aesthetic~~

  • Paula’s Selection Weightless Physique Remedy 2% BHA: This line has been rebranded, so I am not 100% certain that the product had the identical title once I purchased it a number of years in the past, but it surely’s the identical purple tube and energetic ingredient. This was the primary product I attempted for KP. It smelled unhealthy – past the standard fragrance-free impartial odor. It felt a smidge greasy. I am unsure there have been any noticeable outcomes. The Cerave Renewing SA Lotion has been significantly better in each manner.

  • OLEHENRIKSEN Reality Serum: This product was given to me as a present – I do not suppose I might have bought it myself, however I had learn good issues about vitamin C on this sub, so I used to be excited to strive it. I truthfully do not bear in mind noticing any vital distinction, however I completed the complete bottle. I feel it is fairly overpriced and there are higher formulated vitamin C merchandise on the market.

  • Paula’s Selection C15 Tremendous Booster: Hoping I might have higher luck with a distinct vitamin C formulation, I purchased this bonkers costly product. I do not doubt that Vitamin C does some nice issues for folks – the science is clearly there – it simply did not really feel price it for me. Once more, I need a easy routine and until a product actually impresses me, I am not going to repurchase. Any distinction I seen in brightness/tone/texture was not vital sufficient for me.

  • Neutrogena Extremely Sheer Dry-Contact Sunscreen SPF 45: Offers good protection, however leaves a particular white solid, and makes my pores and skin really feel like a used Massive Mac wrapper. I used this on-and-off earlier than I began utilizing the the Cerave AM (later subbed out for Pores and skin Aqua).

  • Mineral Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil: I used these as cleaning oils earlier than I settled on the coconut oil. They did not do something mistaken. I simply desire the coconut oil as a result of it is stable at room temperature. I make an enormous mess of myself and my toilet counter once I use a liquid oil.

  • Physique Store Vitamin E Moisture Cream, Nourishing Night time Cream, Eye Cream, Cream Cleanser, Hydrating Toner: My pre-SCA routine. Chosen as a result of I had a Physique Store reward card one time. It was higher than nothing, and that is about all the great I can say. As soon as I discovered extra about tips on how to consider substances lists, I noticed these have been fairly mediocre, overpriced merchandise and moved on.

Thanks everybody! Hope this was useful. Blissful to reply any questions within the feedback.


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