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Skin type: unknown.
Skin concerns: most of them.
Skin triggers: no idea.
Current projects: barrier repair, hydration.
I am brand-new to skincare and catching up as fast as I can. I've had acne and visible pores most of my life, so I must be oily, right? Except I never see oil. Dehydrated? Dry? Combination? There is no telling until I get my TEWL under control.
I really, really love finally taking care of this face.
Strange thing to get excited about: since I’m purging, there’s no point being super disciplined about trying new products one at a time because I can’t possibly isolate which product caused a breakout. Which means I get to fool around with a new night cream and try sheet masks I’ve been gazing at in my own stash for ages. Hooray!
I just had my first experience where somebody went, “You look nice!” and was specifically commenting on my changing skin. <3 Feels good.
Tretinoin begins today. Say a prayer to the skincare gods for me …
Aw, man … I can’t find those mystery boxes anymore since the redesign. Are they no longer an option? I really liked paying $50 and getting someone else’s choice of products worth $100! Such a great way of discovering new things, and fun to unbox!
Oops, I fell in love with Sulwhasoo. (grumbles) Expensive products, why do you have to be so good?
Holy redesign, Beautytap! Looking good!
I’m about to use this term for the very first time:
Holy grail. I found one. It’s the seaNtree donkey milk sunscreen … and now I don’t see it on the website anymore! Sending up all my prayers to the skincare gods that it’ll be back soon, because I LOVE this product!
Here’s what was in my $100 Mystery Box:
Y’all my order came! I thought it would never come but it came!
I am now officially the sort of person who has a skincare fridge.
I don\’t know about y\’all, but I *love* the feeling of watching the dailytap timer count down, waiting to find out what the next deal is, when I\’ve got a cart full of goodies and I\’m just waiting for the right moment to pull the trigger.
I just opened the door wearing a Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask – Box of 5 to a neighbor who was looking for some 2x6s. To his credit he didn\’t bat an eye.
Product recommendation request!
Tapisphere, help. I think my next step will be to start a vitamin C serum, but I\’m having trouble finding one I like. I want L-AA for its antioxidant properties and I do not want the formulation to contain niacinamide.
Do you have a vitamin C you love?
Y\’all, I am not going to double cleanse my neck over the sink. I\’m just not. My neck can make do with micellar water until I\’m in the shower, and that is all.
Skin type mystery! Help, tapisphere!
* My skin is chronically dehydrated.
* I\’m pretty sure my skin is also oily.
Why am I only seeing surface oil on my skin now that I\’m hydrating it properly? I never thought I had oily skin because it wasn\’t shiny, but I\’ve always had acne and visible pores. I\’m taking care of my skin now (although I\’m still figuring it out)– and now is when I\’m beginning to shine!
Am I using too many products with occlusive properties? Should I switch to mostly water? And if so … how do I keep all that water *in* my face when my barrier needs so much help?
MY LATEST ORDER HAS ARRIVED
I wish there were a substitute for time and experience. It\’s hilariously difficult to figure out which products are doing what to my face, and it\’s not because I don\’t understand the concept of introducing new products slowly. It\’s because I haven\’t been in skincare world long enough to have done anything slowly.
Woke up with 37% moisture this morning. That\’s an all-time high. Go barrier go!