actives & acids that i use in my skincare routine

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I have been off Accutane for over a month now and I am finally bringing back actives into my skincare routine. What is an active you ask? Well, according to Chemist Confessions: Actives are what we call a group of ingredients that bring long term, targeted improvements to your skin beyond the basic moisturizing benefits. They may fight wrinkles, reduce unwanted hyperpigmentation, and prevent further damage to your skin. The actives that I have loved and have worked for me are: Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s), Beta-hydroxy Acids (BHA’s), Vitamin C and Retinol.

My goals for my skin are: free from hyperpigmentation, even skintone, an overall healthy appearance and of course, the glow! My current issues are: hyperpigmentation (which has cleared a lot) and an uneven skintone – the outer part of my face is darker than the inner part.

AHA and BHA products

AHA’s are chemical exfoliants that help with getting rid of dead skin cells on the surface of your face and you get an evenm clear and healthy-looking tone. I’ve started using the Pixi Glow Tonic which has 5% glycolic acid, I use it 2-3 times a week in the evening. In the past I’ve used The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid.

BHA’s work inside the pores of your skin to remove any oil and build-up that has clogged up the pore. I’ve found that my pores appear so much smaller when I use a BHA product regularly. My trusted BHA product is the COSRX Blackhead Power Liquid, I use it 2-3 times a week in the morning.

AHAs and BHAs on steroids! The Ordinary’s AHA and BHA Peeling Solution, I use every 2 weeks because of its potency, it has a great mixture of actives and it gives your skin an effective exfoliation. I’ve written more about this product here.

Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate

Vitamin C helps with skin brightening and reduces the appearance of signs of aging – this is the active that will give your skin that glow! Vitamin c is an antioxidant and it helps your skin to repair itself. My current Vitamin C product of choice is the Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate, I use it twice a week in the evening.

Retinol 1% in Squalane

Retinol is the ultimate anti-aging product, it reduces the appearance of fine lines and gives your skin an overall smooth texture. Retinol is a potent product, I’m currently using the 1% formulation because my skin is used to the higher concentration, but it is always recommended that as a first time user, you start with a low concrentration like 0.2% and work your way up.

Please note! You must use a broad-based sunscreen of at least SPF 30 but I prefer SPF 50 everyday when you’re using any of these products.

Which skincare actives are in your routine?

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Nomali

    The closest i have come to using actives i think was 2018 when i used the vitamin c exfoliant from the body shop. Did you bring the pixi from a trip or did you buy it locally?

    1. Lungi

      I bought it in Australia when I went in 2019

  2. Oreleona

    GIRLLLL my AHA/BHA mask has been my saving grace this period and its almost out 🙁 I’m scared I won’t be able to restock it till this period is over so I’ve been using it sparingly lol

    1. Lungi

      Same for me here, stocking up on international products is going to be hard especially because the local currency is not doing well.

  3. Thato Ngwenya

    Hi Lungi. Great blog. I am new to skin care. Where do you buy all these International brands ie, ordinary and cerave etc? Keep it up! Thato

    1. Lungi

      Hi Thato, I’ve bought these products from Cult Beauty, BayOne and GlowTheory. I haven’t bought any Cerave products yet

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