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Márcia  Scientific researcher on nerd quest: streamline skincare & find effective routine for healthy skin |30+| combo & sensitive 📩skinminimalist7@gmail.com

More IG love ❤️
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#MaySkinChallenge | day 27 | "needs more IG love" | hosted by @antiagingamber & @morethanjustskin 😊
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I must start this post by sharing my deepest love and appreciation by this #skincarecommunity - I recently reached 7k followers and I can hardly believe it 😮How did this happen? Skincare is my passion, not my job and not my main expertise but I truly appreciate the exchange of info & tips as well as the generosity and love I've been receiving here! IG became a part of my "me time" and is as important as my skincare rituals! I aim to inspire & be inspired every single day! THANKS TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU ❤️
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The 2nd part of this post goes to 2 brands I truly enjoy but do not receive enough IG love:
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1️⃣NIOD (@niod ): contrarily to The Ordinary (which is quite affordable and receives lots of daily buzz), NIOD is a more expensive brand under the @deciem umbrella but, in my opinion, has some of the best skincare items I ever tried. I will do a brand review very soon... but I leave here a product I believe everybody could benefit from: CAIS - NIOD's copper peptides serum - this blue serum has done wonders for my acne healing and skin firmness. If you ever tried the is clinical copper mist, you will love this even more. Besides it's anti-aging power, I find that nothing else helps skin to recover and heal like this serum!
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2️⃣Yüli (@yuliskincare ): a so-called #greenbeauty brand that is not as known and talked about like #demamiel, #maylindstromskin , #tataharper, etc. It's quite expensive (similar to ML and TH) but it does not contain any essential oils or potential irritants. Their Halcyon cleanser is my all-time favorite morning cleanser, the purifying mask (called Pure) is a powder-based mask that works as good as The Problem Solver but much gentler and the facial oil features in the 📷 - Liquid Courage is absolute perfection. I will add the full INCI list in 1st comment below because it speaks for itself. Besides an incredible blend of oils, it contains black garlic ferment, L-Ferulic Acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitC), CoEnzyme Q10, Soy Peptides and VitE. The only con: it's expensive.

INDULGENT
ɪnˈdʌldʒ(ə)nt/
adjective
1. willing to allow excessive leniency, generosity, or consideration.
2. done or enjoyed as a special treat or pleasure.
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Taking definition no. 2 for #MaySkinChallenge day 26 (hosted by @antiagingamber & @morethanjustskin ), these 3 are my picks as indulgent skincare items. They all contain a small amount of essential oils (specially the JR mist). I wish that all were essential-oils-free because the other ingredients (the majority of this INCI list) are already indulgent, full of vitamins and antioxidants ❤️
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📌#demamiel Cleansing Dew: contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids, phytosterols and gamma oryzanol and to soothe signs of redness, irritation, dullness or fatigue; it also contains free radical scavengers such as Raspberry Seed oil, Ferulic Acid ester and Prickly Pear seed oil; and Blue Tansy oil that calms my skin and my senses. I love to mix a few drops of this Cleansing oil with a scoop of #clinique TTDO balm for a beautiful 1st evening cleanse or use it on its own as 2nd cleanse. Works 👌🏻 either way!
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📌#joshrosebrook Hydration Accelerator: I talked aboutit in a previous post about mists. Contrarily to most mists, it does not contain water as base; the 1st ingredient is vitamin-infused aloe water (lowers skin surface tension, enhancing the delivery of hydration and active nutrients into the skin) and it contains an array of antioxidants and fatty acids from plant seed oils and extracts to soften, boost skin structure, and reinforce the protective acid mantle barrier. Despite the presence of some essential oils at the bottom of the INCI list (I wish they were NOT there; and their presence makes me question if I will re-purchase it), this mist did not cause visible irritation on my skin and has the most hydrating power I ever experienced in a mist! Super indulgent hydration for my skin 👍🏻
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📌#maylindstrom The Blue Cocoon: this is my all time favorite facial oil and probably the only one I will keep re-purchasing; if I could only pick one indulgence, this would be the one! The Blue Tansy is a real treat for my skin and the oil blend of this beauty balm really agrees with my skin 💙

ANTI HAUL
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#MaySkinChallenge | day 25 | anti-haul | hosted by @antiagingamber & @morethanjustskin -
• WHAT NOT TO BUY❓
For those that know me, you know what is coming as first no-buy... Here we go:
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🚫DON'T BUY TOO MUCH: • don't buy another cleanser if already have a full cabinet with more than you will ever be able to use; • don't buy another serum if it will take 47 days to use each one in rotation 😂• you don't need a 10th face oil or another mist to your collection of 23... YOU GOT THE IDEA! Pick favorites and occasionally try a new product! Do not overload yourself, your cabinet and specially your skin with too many products!!!!
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🚫BACKUPS - I know it's tempting to buy 3 bottles of your favorite product but be aware of: 1) expiration dates (4 bottles of your favorite Serum might expire in one year but will take you 2 years to use them up; and 2) if you are a skincare lover you will want to try that latest Serum from brand X or Y... and having 5 bottles of your favorite Serum might be not be a good idea. Keep in mind that if a certain product becomes discontinued, you will still be able to find that one retailer that has it and that you can stock from.
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🚫OVERPRICED ITEMS: I believe that if our budget allows, skincare pampering is one of the things I love the most but... (and that's a big but) do not assume that something is better just because is super expensive (there are unbelievably amazing products that are so reasonably priced)! Try to get the best for your hard-earned buck!
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🚫IRRITANTS: avoid, when possible, anything with fragrance, alcohol, essential oils and/or any other possible irritants that lead to sensitized skin! I have a few that have natural essential oils (like the EH balm or the Blue Cocoon) but they are the exception of the rule. Most of my skincare is fragrance-free.
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📌And that's it!!! In the end, buy with moderation. Before buying, ask yourself:
1️⃣Does it suit my skin type & needs?
2️⃣Do I need it? (Or do I have 10 other products at home of the same category?)
3️⃣ Did I finished a similar product recently? #1empty1newbie -📍If you have 3 fat "yes"... it is not an #antihaul anymore 😊
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#antihaul #skincare #skincaretips #minimalist

Warm weather = Hydrate in & out 💧
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MaySkinChallenge | day 24 | warm weather | hosted by the lovelies @antiagingamber & @morethanjustskin 💚
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Warm weather usually translates in loss of water, so my must-haves are all related with restoring lost water from my body and skin:
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♻️DRINK LOTS OF WATER - but do it using re-usable water bottles like my "memobottle A5". I prefer to use a re-usable plastic bottle instead a buying & discarding several single-use plastic bottles per day (note: 1500 plastic bottles used and thrown every second in the United States; now imagine the numbers of the entire 🌎and its damaging effect on the environment and also on our budget). Bottled water is about 1400 times more expensive than tap water and often less regulated. In response to this, I have turned to the most environmentally friendly alternative - reusable bottles. Just fill it up & and keep on hydrating your body.
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💦HYDRATE YOUR SKIN with the combo hydration-mist + Hyaluronic-acid (HA) serum; I love spritzing my face before applying a HA serum to provide enough moisture on my skin for the HA to bind to. Josh Rosebrook's mist is one of the best hydration mists you can find in the market, full of skin-loving ingredients and with an affordable price & the #hadalabo gokujyn lotion is one of the nicest HA serum I ever tried with the lowest price, which makes it perfect to be used on the face, neck, chest and arms 👌🏻When used in the face, I will follow it with a lightweight moisturizer (and SPF during the day)!
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💚REFRESH / COOL DOWN with a nice layer of Aloe Vera gel! It spreads like water and cools down my body temperature while keeping my skin hydrated! I use it mainly as body lotion but is suitable to be used on he face too (works like a very lightweight moisturizer). Inexpensive but amazing! I love this one from #naturerepublic (Korean brand) that has 92% aloe Vera, no dyes to make it look green and no added fragrance 👍🏻
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📌What are your tricks for warm weather?!?
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#skincare #warmweather #hydration #aloevera #hyaluronicacid #reusablebottle #recycle #environmental #environmentalfriendly #drinkwater #hydrate #skinbeauty #healthyglow

Skincare routines: 🌙PM, ☀️AM & Travel essentials ✈️
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#MaySkinChallenge | day 23 | routine | challenge hosted by the sweeties @antiagingamber & @morethanjustskin ❤️
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I posted a few weeks ago, a summary of my AM & PM routines as well as my travel essentials... and guess what? Not much as changed (except for the exclusion of the Kate Somerville cleanser from my AM routine (pH was too high and was drying my skin; that Cleanser will be replaced the IS Clinical Cleansing Complex). I believe in CONSISTENCY and this is all the skincare I have in rotation (except for weekly purifying masks, not featured here). You can find details about each one of those pictures in previous original posts but you can leave questions/comments here too!!! I believe in consistent routines, so this will not change in the next much in the next months... ☺️ However, I will keep you all updated with my empties & newbies - #1empty1newbie 🤓
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📝Note: I am still streamlining my skincare wardrobe but I also love to have several options (e.g. different types of exfoliants) to be able to listen to my skin and tailor the perfect routine for my current skin daily condition!
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#skincareroutine #skin #skinbeauty #consistency #healthyglow #scienceskincare #healthyskin #skincarecommunity #antioxidants #cleanser #exfoliants #cream #spf #vitC #retinoids #ceramides #travelessentials

INGREDIENTS...
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#MaySkinChallenge | day 22 | Ingredient | challenge hosted by @antiagingamber & @morethanjustskin ❤️
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I can't can't choose one single ingredient as the one-and-only skin hero!!! And you skin shouldn't have to choose either 😉
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📌basic ingredients that I use in every routine: peptides, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants (niacinamide, polyphenols, etc)
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☀️day time: Vitamin C
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🌙 night time: retinoids
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📅3x to 4x a week, I will do a chemical exfoliation with a AHA and/or BHA blend
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I've dedicated single posts to each ingredient category mentioned here (so far, I detailed my thoughts on ceramides and peptides) and I will do future post about all the others...) but I guess most of all are well aware of the advantages of incorporating all of these in your routines!
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👉🏻CAN YOU PICK A FAVE ? ? ? -
#skincare #ingredients #skincareroutine #ceramides #hyaluronicacid #vitc #retinoids #antioxidants #aha #bha #antioxidants #niacinamide #skinbeauty #healthyglow

Self-care 😊
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#MaySkinChallenge | day 21 | self care | challenge hosted by the sweeties @antiagingamber & @morethanjustskin 💛
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You skin is your largest organ and will reflect how you feel and how much self care you dedicate to it! Good skincare is fundamental (no doubts here) but if you don't have a balanced life and take some time to rewind, there is no miraculous skincare regime that can save your skin from looking tired and dull...
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My personal favorites self-care rituals:
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1️⃣ neck & facial #massage 💆🏻: I've tried to replicate massages that I received during facials or from videos I saw online but the movements that relax me the most are the ones shown by @sumanskincare (check her IG page) - she always starts the frame of the face: neck and ears and then moves to the face. Love it! I massage my face every night during my second cleanse and serum application 🙌🏻
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2️⃣beauty sleep 😴: it seems obvious that we need a good sleep everyday... but I suffer from insomnia and I have troubles to fall asleep. So, I am trying different techniques to get that bliss from a 7h daily rest (without interruptions) 💤 - and this is the only thing that truly helps my dark circles (that and a good concealer !!! ) 😉
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3️⃣What else? Laugh, hydrate you body, eat healthy, do sports, enjoy time outdoors, wave to a stranger, dance during your skincare routine, sing while preparing breakfast... whatever makes you smile! Overall happiness will shine through your skin ❤️
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#selfcare #healthyskin #skin #skincare #skincareroutine #massage #facial #sleep #behapoy #dancelikenooneiswatching #smile #skinbeauty #glow #beautysleep #facialmassage

SCENT
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#MaySkinChallenge | day 20 | "Scent" (challenge hosted by @antiagingamber & @morethanjustskin 💛)
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📌Who does not love to inhale a beautiful aroma during a skincare ritual 👃🏻? However, we must be careful w/ alcohol-based perfumes & other aromatic ingredients (like essentials oils) as they can be quite irritating for the skin. If you think that all the irritation is visible (redness, burning sensation…), think again! Fragrance (as in perfumes) can break collagen, sensitize your skin cause non-visible inflammation 😱
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📌What about natural fragrance - is that ok? Fragrance is not ideal for your skin, whether is "natural" or synthetic. I think we should use fragrant-free skincare (most of my skincare is fragrance-free - all my serum and cream) but we should also enjoy the "little things" in life and I do have a couple exceptions in my skincare cabinet ( a couple of cleansers and facial oils) but none of has perfume, only natural-fragrance from ingredients w/ added benefits to the skin!
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📌If you really want something to smell good (I do), spritz some good old perfume: but NOT in your skin - apply it on your hair and/or clothes - it will not cause any harm to your skin and will last longer! Why hair? Well, have you ever realized that after a dinner or a night out, your hair is the one that holds most of the smells (food, smoke, etc)?Guess what? It also holds perfume longer 👍🏻Plus, every time I move my head, my long hair spreads that beautiful aroma around me. My one & only fragrance is the "Intuition" by Estee Lauder, which seems to be discontinued 😢
📝update: it's still available 🎉
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📌Everybody connects me to this smell. Once my sister forgot her perfume at home and borrowed mine. On the following day, she told me: "I will never borrow perfume from you again!" Why? - I asked. "It was weird, I knew you were not there but I kept thinking you just arrived; this perfume is you" 💛
📍PS - the girl in the 📷 is me; a friend took the photo, prepared this fake-ad and wrote me: "this scent is you and nobody else should advertise it" ☺️
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#skincare #fragrancefree #scent #parfum #healthyskin #skinbeauty #esteelauder #intuition

WISHLIST
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#MaySkinChallenge | day 19 | "Wishlist" (hosted by @antiagingamber & @morethanjustskin 🙌🏻)
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📌Independently of its format (a detailed spreadsheet w/ pros & cons, prices, INCI list, etc or a simple brainstorm in paper), a skincare wishlist helps me to avoid impulsive purchases. when I feel like buying a new product, I write it down & analyze it later. A couple weeks later, I realize that I would love to buy 79 cleansers 😱obviously I choose only one, which will be bought after finishing 1 cleanser from my cabinet (#1empty1newbie).
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📌What's on my wishlist?
• SOMETHING OLD - oldies but goodies 🙌🏻:
#paulaschoice 1% retinol booster – finished my latest bottle a while ago and I miss it; I love to alternate this PC booster with The Ordinary 2% Retinoid; and I will re-purchase both after finish testing a deluxe sample from Medik8 0.3% retinol.
#skinceuticals CE Ferulic – I’m loving the DE C-firma but it's hard to get it in Europe; plus, I prefer the watery-consistency of skinceuticals.
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• SOMETHING NEW: #isclinical Cleansing Complex – in my wishlist for such a long time (I blame Sari @talesofskincare ) but since I had too many cleansers, I will only allow myself to buy a new skin-cleanser after finishing 3 other from my cabinet (which will happen in 1- 2 weeks ☺️)
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• SOMETHING BORROWED: #biologiquerecherche Masque Vivant – I wanted to try this mask for such long time but reviews did not help as some people love it and some people hate it. Hence, I wanted to judge from my own experience before investing on the full-size. Never had the chance to get try a sample until a week ago, when the lovely Andy @nobullshitskincare was kind enough to send me a sample (thank you 😘) - will report my thoughts in a future post.
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• SOMETHING BLUE - aka copper-peptides 💙- one of the best anti-aging ingredients! Most of you already know how much I love #niod CAIS 1% but I'm not blind to other options in the market. Before re-purchasing CAIS, I would love to try #osmotics cosmeceuticals Blue copper 5 serum & cream (currently testing samples) or the Medik8 Firewall (contains copper peptides, & loads of other antioxidants, incl. vitC) – but could not get samples 😞

🌈BALM: Beautiful Almost-Liquid Magic 🌈
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#MaySkinChallenge | day 18 | "balm" | hosted by the lovelies @antiagingamber and @morethanjustskin 💙
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Some of my favourite skincare are balms:
#clinique Take The Day Off Balm: simple and efficient 1st evening cleanser - removes SPF and makeup efficiently👌🏻
#maylindstromskin The Blue Cocoon: no surprises here; this blue tansy beauty balm melts on it touches your skin. Treats and moisturizes 🙌🏻
#nuxe Rêve di Miel lip balm: it only left my bedside table to be photographed; this is the perfect protection for my lips during the night 👏🏻
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👉🏻👉🏻👉🏻swipe to see more 🎥
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Not all balms come in pots & jars:
#bitebeauty Agave Lip Balm is a practical lip balm that comes in a tube format (perfect to carry around with me during the day 👍🏻
#rms Signature Set - Mid Colection: an adorable palette w/ makeup essentials (that multitask as eye shadow, highlighter, contour, blush, lipstick, lipbalm, etc). Portable goodness 👍🏻
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📌Let me finish this post w/ a DIY-color-lip-balm: keep swiping and you will see how great nuxe lip balm works as a base for any colored lip balm; just add your favorite liquid lipstick, mix & enjoy a more moisturizing version of it 🙌🏻 --> if you try it, please take a 📷or share in your stories 🎥; oh and please tag me so that I can see it 💋
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#diy #lipbalm #redlipstick #balm #lipmask #cleanser #skincare #bluecocoon #maylindstrom #facial oil #skinbeauty #healthyglow #healthyskin #healthyskincare #skincarecommunity

Skincare journey: #1empty1newbie 🙌
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#MaySkinChallenge | day 17 | "Skincare Journey"
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Skinminimalist (me) was not always a minimalist. In true honesty, I am not there yet. I will always get super excited w/ new releases & raving reviews like most skincare lovers but I've learned to control myself. I usually write my wishes and let them mature for some time. If after some days/weeks, I’m still excited about those items, I will go through and pick 1 item of each category (1 cleanser, 1 cream, etc) to be ordered whenever I finished an equivalent one. If possible, I try to get samples or trial-sizes before purchasing a full-size.
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📌What motivated me to slow down skincare purchases❓
• unhappy skin due to inconsistent routines
• lack of storage space
• too much money spent
• could not tell if products work (if I try 3 newbies, how do I know which one works and which one broke me out?)
• products expiring (it's hard finish 20 serum in 6 months)
• guilt instead of happiness every time I bought skincare
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1️⃣I stopped buying skincare and opening products from my stash without finishing a similar product already in use and created the hashtag #1empty1newbie to inspire others to follow this strategy while keeping myself inspired too (see older posts)!
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2️⃣I created a personal rule: "all my skincare must fit in one cabinet" (swipe to see old picture from early Feb 2017 – now, I only own half of the products you can see there)
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3️⃣I changed my IG name to @skinminimalist to spread awareness for skincare sustainability and #buylessbutbetter philosophy (disclaimer: by minimalism I do NOT mean "one soap + one cream" kind of approach, I mean a reasonable amount of products that you can use & enjoy consistently)!
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📌Unless your job is reviewing products, I would suggest you to stop, analyze, and then streamline your skincare wardrobe. Avoid impulsive purchases, try #1empty1newbie strategy, do curated wishlists (let your wishes mature for days/weeks and only buy 1 item of each category); if you have already too much and you don’t use it all, try to re-purpose, giveaway or sell! --> It's liberating and your skin will thank you... I promise 😊

Anti-aging - RETINOIDS
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#MaySkinChallenge | day 16 | "Anti-aging" (hosted by @antiagingamber and @morethanjustskin )
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Despite sounding like a "broken record", I‘ll keep saying: the best anti-aging strategy is protecting your skin from photo-damage ☀️- aka SPF, SPF, SPF everyday; but there are other anti-aging heroes --> RETINOIDS: vitamers of vitA or chemically related to it, such as tretinoin, isotretinoin, acitretin, adapalene, tazarotene, retinol, hydroxypinacolone retinoate, etc. Prescription vitA derivatives are highly effective in reversing sun damage & signs of aging; for instance, tretinoin has been shown to decrease fine lines, even skin color, improve texture, tighten pores, and stimulate blood flow and collagen production but quite a few people cannot tolerate tretinoin because it can be irritating and drying 😞This is why I've choosen (for the present moment) over-the-counter retinoids - retinol & hydroxypinacolone retinoate. While the results by consistent use of these over-te-counter retinoids may not be as dramatic as prescription-strength options, studies have shown that milder retinoids (like retinol) do encourage skin cell turnover and can deliever similar skin benefits with less undesired side-effects like dryness, irritation and peeling 🙌
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My 2 current faves:
📌#paulaschoice 1% Retinol Booster - water-based booster w/ a lightweight consistency that can be used on its own or mixed with other serum/cream/oil. Great INCI list (besides the obvious 1% retinol, it contains ceramides glycerin, plant extracts, soothing agents (like licorice root-, willow bark- and oat- extracts), etc.
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📌#deciem The Ordinary Advanced 2% Retinoid – gentle milky formula w/ 1.9% Hydroxypinacolone retinoate and 0.1% retinol that I love to alternate w/ the PC booster; and it's so affordable that became the perfect option for the #takeittothetits approach.
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• Recently, I bought a generous sample of Medik8 3TR retinol (3€/5mL); it contains 0.3% retinol (like JSS Etoile Retinol), which makes it perfect for Summer days (when I usually decrease the retinoids use) - 0.3% is enough to work and low enough to be used daily without sensitizing the skin.
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FINAL THOUGHTS: 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

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