If any good came out of 2020, it’s what it did to my skin. With the extra time stuck inside, I spent hours researching and scrounging the Internet for new products to try. I have combination skin and my biggest issues are post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH or dark spots) and black heads. You know we’re into science over here, so I did my research on ingredients that were best to combat these issues.
I’ll be doing a full post on my skin’s progress soon, but in the meantime, here are FIVE ingredients that changed up my skin for the better!
- Niacinamide (The Ordinary & Glossier)
Niacinamide is a vitamin derivative used to support the skin barrier, reduce the visibility of pores and wrinkles, and is an anti-inflammatory. I love this product so much because its great for most skin types and it works well with other products in my routine such as Vitamin C and retinoids.
Product Recs: Glossier Super Pure, The Ordinary Niacinamide
2. Vitamin C
With the influx of support for black owned businesses last summer, Hyper Skin began to receive recognition by many beauty blogs and magazines. I bought a bottle after asking for a Vitamin C recommendation on my IG story, and immediately bought 3 more before I could even finish the first bottle. Y’ALL THIS STUFF WORKS. Within 4 weeks, I saw a noticeable difference in my hyperpigmentation.
Product Rec: Hyper Skin Vitamin C Serum
There’s something about masking that instantly makes me feel relaxed and luxurious. I particularly love using charcoal masks, because you can visibly see the oil/dirt being extracted from your pores. If only certain areas of your skin are oily, target them specifically using the mask. You don’t have to apply it all over!
Product Rec: Rosen Charcoal Mask
Out of all the hundreds of skin care ingredients and products out there, retinols have the most scientific literature to back them up. While higher potencies must be prescribed by a dermatologist, there are several products available over the counter. When I first incorporating retinol in my routine, I started once a week and then worked my way up to 3 times a week.
Product Rec: Differin Gel
I don’t know who needs to hear this but, YOU SHOULD BE WEARING SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY. It doesn’t matter whether it’s sunny outside or if you’re spending most of your time indoors. Sunscreen is an important preventative measure, especially if you’re already suffering from dark spots.
Product Rec: Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
Let me know your favorite ingredient to have in your regimen!
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* This post is not intended as medical advice. Please contact a dermatologist for your skin concerns.