read: I have run out of a few of my favorite things and I am sad.
Yulï Skincare Panacea Elixir
($36): I adore this
. I love the smell, it’s refreshing when you hit that midday slump or you’re traveling 9 hours straight on a plane, it feels calming on my blemish-prone skin post-cleansing–nothing bad I can say about this except that I went through this in a month. *cry.
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum
($33.99): I am eagerly waiting my repurchase of this because this stuff is awesome
. It’s an antioxidant punch bowl that, in conjunction with my argan-tamanu moisturizing
, has lightened up my acne scars from my crazy summer breakout to the point that, while I’m not ready to go concealer-less everyday, I was okay with going skiing barefaced last week (on the basis that I needed to be able to reapply sunscreen. And yet I still got burned. *owned by life).
In order of usage,
- ~5-6 drops of Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum ($33.99). I went in depth about it here, but in short, this is a powerhouse against the discolorations leftover by my summer breakout and is chock full of antioxidants and moisture. I let this sit for 5 minutes to make sure all the goodness has been absorbed as recommended by Mad Hippie.
- 2 drops of Acure Organic’s Argan Oil ($14.99) + 1 drop of Aura Cacia’s Tamanu Oil ($15.99) mixed together in my palm, which I then gently press and massage into my face. I’m using this pair together to combine argan oil’s abundant fatty acids and vitamin E along with tamanu oil’s topical healing and super antimicrobial abilities to heal up my blemish scars. It’s no overnight miracle, but this plus Mad Hippie has been really healing my skin.
- 3 drops of Now Solutions’ Jojoba Oil on my arm, 3 for my other arm, 3 for one calf, 3 for another calf, you get the idea.
Note: As for smells and textures, I’m not really picky about these things, so I enjoy Tamanu’s vaguely nutty herbal scent and I don’t smell Argan at all (I don’t know what people are talking about when they say Argan smells bad).
Second note: Yes, they’re oils, and I’m in love with oils, if you can’t tell. And I’m acne-prone, and my skin just drinks these up. Don’t be afraid of oils. They feed your skin amazingness and I think the term oil-free now is kind of silly.
Since I have been recovering from my nasty summer-probably-because-of-coconut-oil breakout, I have a lot of leftover scarring and hyperpigmentation on my cheeks. (This brings the debate: would you rather have to deal with concealing scars or legit pimples? They both suck, really.) I am currently using Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum ($33.99) aka major antioxidant punch bowl as an extra punch to help heal those up (too many punch puns in one sentence?).
The smell first reminded me of shampoo, but now I just recognize it as kind of citrusy-fruity (while also recognizing that the shampoo industry has potentially conditioned us all to associate citrusy-fruity smells with shampoos…that was a good condition pun). The serum has a sort of gloopy, liquidy texture, and when you rub 5-6 drops between your hands, you can just feel the moisture level multiply by 100000000x times (this is totally scientific), and then you gently massage it into your face post-treating. Within a few smidgens of a second, it’s all been absorbed. It’s really quite fantastic. Wait 5 minutes or so per Mad Hippie’s recommendation, and you’re ready for moisturizer.
So what kind of amazing gloop am I rubbing onto my face?
- Vitamin C: a “powerful antioxidant…effective at healing sun damage & discoloration”
- Vitamin E: “heals and corrects sun damage, wrinkles, and signs of aging”
- Ferulic acid: “when combined with Vitamins C & E, [it] has been shown to reduce UV generated skin damage by 8 fold”
- Hyaluronic acid: “works to smooth and plump up the skin by retaining moisture”
- Konjac root powder: “rich in nutrients like copper, zinc, phosphorus, fatty acids, protein, carbohydrates, lipids, potassium, magnesium, iron, niacin, folic acid & vitamins A, E, C, D & B!”
- Grapefruit: “acts as a natural exfoliant,”
- Chamomile extract: “naturally soothes and calms the skin,” and
- Clary sage: “balances the production of sebum.”
(see here for full descriptions and details c/o Mad Hippie but like seriously, aren’t you in love with it already just from the ingredients list???)
Improvements are supposed to be seen in ~30+ days and I have been using mine for almost a month now, morning and night (~half of the bottle left). I can definitely attest that my scars have been gradually lightening, as supplemented with my current regimen (night routine pt 4: moisturizing is on its way). This is a wonderful moisture boost pre-officially-moisturizing and totally powerful for protecting your skin. Totally in love with it.