Recommendations

This page lists some recommended products and services that I use and/or those I know are valuable. This way you can quickly find great products and services all in one place!

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Skincare Products

Cleansers

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser: The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser is a super gentle, moisturizing facial cleanser that easily dissolves makeup and washes away impurities. The formula is oil and alcohol-free, pore friendly, soap-free, non-drying and works wonders for my oily acne-prone skin. I use this cleanser morning and night and my face feels refreshed! And the price is very affordable!

Osea Ocean Cleanser: Ocean Cleanser is high in minerals, algae, dermal proteins, vitamins, and mineral salts. This hydrating formula gets rid of dirt and impurities but will leave your skin feeling refreshed and energized. Ocean Cleanser is pH balanced, free of chemical surfactants and cleans thoroughly.

THE FACE SHOP Rice Water Bright Cleanser+ Cleansing Oil: The Rice Water Bright Cleanser and Cleansing Oil are both enriched with rice water that contains vitamins A, B, and E, and minerals that work to brighten and nourish your skin. These both have a subtle smell but it’s not at all overpowering. The cleansing oil does a great job getting rid of my makeup and after using these products my skin immediately feels clean and hydrated. And my blemishes clear up in a few days.

Moisturizers

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA: The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors is a very basic unscented moisterzer that does what it’s supposed to do. Which is keep your skin protected and well-hydrated. Made up of amino acids, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid and many other compounds, this moisturizer won’t make your skin oily nor cause breakouts. And like all the other ordinary products it’s very affordable.

The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream: The Green Tea Cream is packed with 100% pure fermented green tea extract to soothe and hydrate your skin. This gel-cream absorbs easily and won’t leave behind any residue or stickiness. The formula is also super gentle so it’s suitable even if you have sensitive skin. While using this cream, my face felt so soft! It even seemed as if I was looking younger. I definitely used every drop of this cream and missed it when it was gone.

Atmosphere Protection Cream: The Protection Cream is a lightweight moisturizer that hydrates and helps protect your skin against damage caused by environmental stressors and air pollution. Made with organic algae, shea butter and avocado oil it helps moisturize and your skin leaving a matte, silky finish. It also makes an amazing, invisible base for your makeup!

Treatments

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%: Niacinamide and Zinc can reduce the look of blemishes and balance your oil production but neither is really a treatment for acne because they can’t kill the bacteria that cause it. But they can calm down inflammation. Which is why it’s a good idea to include niacinamide into your skincare routine. The great thing is this one from The Ordinary works and its cheap!

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant: The BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant is a gentle non-abrasive leave-on exfoliator with 2% BHA (Beta hydroxy acid) to unclog & diminish enlarged pores, exfoliate dead skin cells, smooth wrinkles & brighten & even out skin tone. Acne-prone skin needs salicylic acid. It’s an acid that helps to remove all the dead cells and excess oil stuck in your pores. It also exfoliates the surface of the skin so dead cells can’t fall into the pores in the first place. All the things you need when you have oily acne-prone skin.

COSRX – Acne Pimple Master Patch: Hydrocolloid bandages will help to quickly heal and fade your pimples. These patches work by covering the pimple and absorbing all the gunk while promoting healing. Note that it really only works on pimples that already have the white part showing.  But it’s such a lifesaver! Just put a sticker on your pimple and sleep with it on and in the morning it is gone! you can even wear it during the day with a bit of concealer and no one will notice!

Sunscreen

Centella Green Level Unscented Sunscreen SPF 50: This awesome sunscreen is unscented, enriched with cica extracts to moisturize your skin, while also providing effective protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays. It’s also free of parabens and mineral oils, safe for sensitive skin and won’t leave a sickly looking white cast.

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50: This watery essence goes on clear (so no white cast), is waterproof and won’t leave a sticky feeling on your skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which helps keep your skin hydrated and makes an excellent primer!

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40: Super Goop Sunscreen is an invisible, weightless, unscented, oil-free formula that does an amazing job protecting the skin from UVA and UVB rays. It also has great shine control and gives makeup a great finish.

Blogging Resources & Tools

Siteground: If you’re looking to start a WordPress blog but working on a tight budget, then choosing Siteground for your hosting needs may be your answer. Siteground is one of the top web hosting companies, is one of the recommended web hosts of WordPress.org and you can start your own blog with them for just $6.99 a month!

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