Skin Care Series: Vitamin A | First Impression

Hi Everyone!

I’m trying something new, a vitamin regimen! I’m taking the recommended daily dose of Vitamin A everyday with my lunch. I also started cutting open the capsules and applying it directly to my skin. I’m using Jamieson Vitamin A capsules since they contain natural carrier ingredients (soybean oil, etc).

I do this after using my favourite cleansing and toning products. My post on cleansing can be found here and the one on toning is here.

My internet research has shown that some people have had success clearing their acne with a similar regimen. I don’t plan on keeping this up forever as Vitamin A can build up to toxic levels over time (especially if taking more than the recommended dose, so just don’t). I’ll be keeping this up for a month or so to see if there’s any improvement. If there is I might continue for a few months hoping for lasting results.

Apparently it can reduce the amount of oil the skin produces which will then reduce the amount of blocked pores and acne. So far I’ve noticed my skin texture is improved after around one week of use. The skin that isn’t affected by acne looks more smooth and pores are less visible. I’m still dealing with (some, but less) acne. I read that part takes at least a few weeks before seeing major improvement *crosses fingers*.

 

I’m using one capsule in the morning as moisturizer (my oily skin doesn’t need more) and two capsules at night (drinks it up overnight). Side note: don’t forget the SPF during the day since it can increase sensitivity to sun exposure.

I’ll keep you posted! I’m taking other supplements alongside so let me know if you’re interested in knowing more about that.

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Have you ever taken vitamins or supplements to clear acne? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Skin Care Series: Acne / Sensitive Toning | Favourites 

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the second instalment of my skin care series. In this post I’ll be discussing toning. If you missed the first instalment of this series you can read it here.

 

There are two toners I rotate depending on how my skin feels that day or night.

 

The first one is a long-term favourite and one I don’t want to be without. It’s the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner. It uses fruit acids to gently refresh and refine the skin. I sweep this over my face after cleansing and before moisturizing (as you normally would with a toner). It’s definitely gentle enough for me to use twice daily. The quality that makes this special is that it doesn’t feel stripping whatsoever. If you’re looking for a light refresh and a good skin prep before using a treatment, I highly recommend checking this out.

 

My other favourite toner is one I’ve been using for about a year. The Kate Somerville Clarifying Toner boasts the ingredient phytic acid to brighten skin tone and diminish acne scars. It also has aloe which calms skin. This is more intense than the Clarins one, and I reach for it morning or night when my skin feels gunky. I highly recommend it if you have oily skin.

There are so many options for toners based on your skin type as well as concern. It’s not the same thing (as per the teachings of Caroline Hirons). Skin type is, for example; oily. Skin concern, for example; is blemishes. If I got that wrong I have seriously failed Mrs. Hirons, haha. I highly recommend her blog to anyone looking for expert knowledge on which products are best from which brands and for what skin types.

The next topic in this series is treatments. I have annoyingly finicky skin that’s sensitive but also requires powerful ingredients to make a difference. I’m happy to report I’ve found some that strike a good balance, so they might be helpful to other people too!

Which products do you use for toning? Let me know your favourites in the comment section below!

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The Body Shop | Haul

Hi Everyone!

I was shopping for the boyfriend’s birthday and walked past The Body Shop, intrigued. I was determined to go back after I had found some presents for Mr. MWM, haha.

There were a few things that had been on the “little list at the back of my head”, you know, those moments of “I should pick that up the next time I’m there!”.

 

I found the Mineral and Ginger Warming Massage Clay Mask (has been repackaged in Canada) as well as the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask. I’m well aware that a clay mask is a clay mask (they all do the same thing, draw out impurities) but I love them so I didn’t mind picking up both. The Body Shop always has a three for two and I have a membership card so I ended up getting a good deal altogether. I’m looking forward to trying these out and adding them into my weekly mask routine. I would recommend these for oily and/or acne prone skins since they are designed to purify.

  

The next two things I picked up are the Mango Shower Gel and the Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Serum. The shower gel smells like a delicious tropical juice (yum!) and the serum felt divine on the back of my hand. Drops of Light is meant to brighten dark spots and even tone but I didn’t realize it was “tested on Asian skin” (says on the back of the box) so I’ll have to report back if it works for me.

Here’s a bonus picture featuring my cat, Bee, who wanted in on the hauling fun!

 
Keep an eye on my Instagram which is where I will do quick features of things I’m using and what I’m liking. You can find me at michellewearsmakeup.

Picked up anything new from The Body Shop, recently? Let me know in the comments below!