I’m From Rice Serum and Cream Review

Back in November 2020, I received a lovely package of I’m From’s Rice Toner, Serum and Cream. I’m a fan of their toner for how it instantly softens and brightens my skin while performing as a great supplemental moisturizing product. I even featured it in my Skincare Favourites of 2020!

I’ve been rotating all three products in my skincare routine for a few months now and I’m ready to share my thoughts! Note I have already done a full review on I’m From Rice Toner so I’ll leave a link to that down below. In this post, I’ll specifically be reviewing their serum and cream.

I’m From Rice Toner Review

I also have a Youtube video reviewing all 3 products!


Products are PR Samples. This does not change my opinion of the products.
My thoughts are honest, always *casts doe patronus*

All shopping links are affiliate links. This means when you use the link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to search a new link.


About I’m From Rice Serum and Cream

I’m From Rice Serum

This serum contains 73% Rice Germ Fermented Extract, which retains more than 65% of the nutritional value in a grain of rice. It is also rich in vitamin B and powerful antioxidants, which will boost collagen production and improve skin elasticity. Use this serum before the rice cream to double the effect.

Wishtrend.com

Price: $27 USD
Amount: 30ml
pH: 5.0~7.0 (6.1)
Where to Buy:
Wishtrend
YesStyle

I’m From Rice Cream

“Rice is known as the 1000 years Asian Beauty Secret. The cream contains rice bran extract rich in ceramide that has been distilled and specially treated by the in-house technology to help improve the skin tone and barrier from sun damage. It is rich in beauty minerals and vitamins B and E and effectively controls excessive sebum production. Together with the rice toner and serum, this cream will be ideal for daily use.”

Wishtrend.com

Price: $30 USD
Amount: 50ml
pH: 6.6~8.6 (7.9)
Where to Buy:
Wishtrend
YesStyle

ADDITIONAL CLAIMS:

  • Made in Korea
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Cruelty Free

I’m From Rice Serum and Cream Ingredients

I’m From Rice Serum

INCIDecoder

Aspergillus/Rice Germ Ferment Extract Filtrate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Caprylyl Methicone , Water (Aqua), Cyclohexasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol,Squalane, Betaine, C12-14 Pareth-12, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Panthenol,C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Disodium Edta, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Madecassoside, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Glutathione

I’m From Rice Cream

INCIDecoder

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water, Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Vinyl Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Bisabolol, Cetearyl Olivate, Panthenol, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Tocopherol, Phytosphingosine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin

“…rice bran is a rich source of over 100 antioxidant compounds, including vitamin E, ferulic acid, and oryzanol.

The bran also contains moisturizing polysaccharides, omega-3 fatty acids, and micronutrients like calcium, selenium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.”

Paula’s Choice’s ingredient dictionary

I personally enjoy using rice based products in my skincare routine because I notice various benefits such as brightening, skin softening, and extra moisture. I experienced this from the Naruko Jing Cheng Face Renewal Miracle Essence (gift) with 94% Rice Lee’s Extract (featured in my latest morning winter skincare routine), as well as I’m From’s Rice Toner (gift) with 77.78% Rice Extract.

The I’m From Rice Serum contains a good 73% of Aspergillus/Rice Germ Ferment Extract Filtrate, in addition to other brightening ingredients like Niacinamide and Licorice Root Extract. There are also some soothing factors in this serum coming from the Panthenol, Allantoin, Madecassoside, and Purslane Extract. In addition, we have some lovely moisturizing ingredients in the formula such as Glycerin and a couple of Hyaluronic Acid molecules for humectants, and Squalane, an oil that can be found in our skin’s own sebum.

The I’m From Rice Cream has 41% Rice Bran Extract Water. Since this is Rice Bran Extract Water, I’m assuming that the claimed benefits of Rice Bran Extract will be more watered down. Similar to the serum, the cream contains moisturizing ingredients Glycerin, HA molecules and Squalane; It also has Shea Butter, Rice Bran Oil, Ceramide NP, and Phytosphingosine to add more emollience. The cream also has Panthenol and Bisabolol for soothing, all rounder Niacinamide and Tocopherol for antioxidants.

Based on the ingredients list alone, both the I’m From Rice Serum and Cream contain a really nice variety of moisturizing, soothing, brightening, antioxidant and wound-healing ingredients, all of which are great at supporting any actives in your skincare routine.


Experience using I’m From Rice Serum and Cream

I’m From Rice Serum and Cream are both in glass components; Serum dispenses product with a plastic pump, and the cream is in a jar with a twist off lid. Texture wise, both the serum and cream definitely have cosmetic elegance. Neither of them are sticky and they are enjoyable to use in my skincare routine. The serum is a gel milky texture, the cream feels like it’s a dense but light cream. There is no scent coming from these products and it’s fairly easy to incorporate them in my existing skincare routine.

I use both the serum and cream as supplemental moisturizing products in my skincare, to which find myself using a generous amount of each of them. I’m so used to using layers of a viscous lotion this time of year, the serum does not seem enough with one or two pumps – I actually use around four pumps. I have used this as the 2nd hydrator step in my current Nighttime Winter Skincare Routine and have noticed its soothing benefits if my skin felt particularly sensitive that night. While the cream is a lovely texture, it is definitely not enough for my skin this time of year; I tried using it as a standalone moisturizer and I felt my skin become dry as the day progressed. I feel it may perform better come the warmer, more humid months for my skin type, but for those that are not as dry and prone to rough texture, you may enjoy this cream during the colder months. For now I have been using it either to “sandwich” my Retin-A Micro or ocassionally swap it with the serum as a 2nd hydrator step.


Final Thoughts on I’m From Rice Serum and Cream

At first I was a bit “meh” about the new I’m From Rice Serum and Cream, but continued use of them changed my mind. The I’m From Rice Toner is still my preferred product out of the line because I find it gives me better skin benefits such as brightening, even complexion, skin softening, and additional moisture. Out of the two new products, I like the serum best; I became fond of it with increasing use because it still has a high amount of a rice extract, plus how gentle it is with the concoction of supportive ingredients it has. My one gripe is the 30ml amount, but I should try to lower the amount I use. I probably don’t need that much but I’m so used to applying a generous amount of supplemental moisturizing products, especially this dry time of year. The cream is also lovely to use, but if you watched my recent Winter Skincare Routine, you know that the 50ml of moisturizer is not enough for me and it doesn’t seem as cost-effective. I also find I notice the instant brightening benefits from rice extract the best from the toner and serum vehicles, but overall I enjoy using it and like the formula.

And that’s all folks! As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative.

WHERE TO BUY:

Wishtrend – “MICHXMASH” 15% OFF
YesStyle – “YESMICH” 4% OFF RETURNING ORDERS

xo, M

My Winter Skincare Routines for Dry Acne Prone Skin 2020/2021

Weather is in the negatives, the heat is on, and my face is feeling it! Come the colder, winter months, I need to adjust my skincare routine accordingly to prevent the uncomfortable feelings of dehydration and dryness.

Fortunately, it isn’t as crazy and elaborate as some would think; Once the colder months come around, I alter my skincare routines in the following ways:

  • Replace products
  • Use existing products differently
  • Add in more emollient products

The key points are that all steps of my skincare routines are gentle and/or leave an additional moisturizing film to my skin.

Before we continue on, please take a look at previous posts I have written which will provide more context for this one!

Skin type: Acne prone, normal to dry. Becomes easily sensitized from drying products or environment.
Skincare Focus: Acne control, hydration, barrier protection.
What my skincare addresses: Acne prevention and healing, hydration, barrier protection, promoting graceful aging, fade pigmentation, minimizing pore size, reducing redness and inflammation, improves texture, promotes collagen synthesis, skin thickening.


Products marked with * are PR Samples/gifts. This does not change my opinion of the product. My thoughts are honest, always *casts doe patronus*

All links are affiliate links. This means when you use the link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to search a new link.


Breakdown of my Winter Skincare Routines

Below is the full list of steps in both my morning and nighttime winter skincare routines, including the optional steps.

Morning Winter Skincare Routine

  1. Morning Cleanse (OPTIONAL) – Water Rinse or Paula’s Choice Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
    • On an as-need basis, when overnight moisturizing layers, fluff and sweat create too much build up
  2. First Hydrator – Naruko Jing Cheng Face Renewal Miracle Essence *
    • More watery than the second hydrator, acts as a morning cleanse if I do not do the first step
  3. Antioxidant – Geek & Gorgeous 101 C-Glow Serum
  4. Second Hydrator – Rovectin Skin Essentials Activating Treatment Lotion *
    • More viscous and moisturizing than the first hydrator, will sometimes swap for something more emollient
  5. Acne Control Active – Aczone
  6. Moisturize – Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume
    • Will sometimes mix in an occlusive
  7. Sunscreen – Krave Beauty Beet the Sun SPF50+ PA++++

Nighttime Winter Skincare Routine

  1. Eye Makeup Removal (OPTIONAL) – Kiss Me Heroine Make Speedy Mascara Remover
    • On an as-need basis when I wear mascara
  2. Double Cleanse (OPTIONAL) – Purito From Green Cleansing Oil *, Paula’s Choice Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
    • Will use a cleansing oil on an as-need basis when I wear face makeup or feel like I need it, otherwise I just use my current cleanser by itself
  3. First Hydrator– Rovectin Skin Essentials Activating Treatment Lotion *
  4. Acne Control Actives – Retin-A Micro and Aczone
    • Will use an OTC Retinol every other day on my neck and chest
  5. Second Hydrator – Jumiso Super Soothing Cica & Aloe Facial Serum *
    • Opt for a serum/ampoule that has more emollience than the first hydrator
  6. Moisturize – Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume
  7. Occlusive (OPTIONAL) – Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment
    • On an as-need basis if skin is feeling particularly chapped

Main Winter Skincare Products

AKA products I frequently use in my morning and nighttime winter skincare routines. The products featured are my tried and trues out of the rotation of items I receive from PR, gifts, and my own purchases. Each are purposeful and contribute to my skin’s overall health.

Kiss Me Heroine Make Speedy Mascara Remover

How I use it: Apply on a cotton round and rest on eyes to break down waterproof mascara. After a few seconds, I lightly move the cotton round through my lashes to remove as much as possible.
Why I use it: My eyes are quite sensitive – any oil-based cleanser I have used around my eyes for a few seconds burn them. I need to go in with something gentle, especially when I wear eye makeup. Instead of repurchasing my go-to Marcelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes, I decided to try out the Herone Make Speedy Mascara Remover that was recommended by my colleague. It easily removes waterproof and non-waterproof mascara and does not irritate my eyes.
Related Content: Skincare Favourites 2020
Where to Buy:
DokoDemo
YesStyle

Purito From Green Cleansing Oil *

How I use it: Dispense 2 full pumps and gently massage all over my face and neck. After 30 seconds or so, I wet my hands and massage my face and neck again to emulsify the oil. I do this for another 30 seconds and then rinse.
Why I use it: Sometimes, the copious layers of moisturizing products get a bit much and I sometimes feel some pilling action going on or excess build-up. Using a cleansing oil always does the trick in having a thorough cleanse. The Purito From Green Cleansing Oil in particular makes me reminisce of the original Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) where I would use a kitchen oil on my face, and take a damp cloth to remove it. The benefits of this cleansing oil is that it emulsifies and rinses off without the need of a cloth!
Where to Buy: YesStyle

Paula’s Choice Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser

How I use it: Dispense 2 pumps and lightly massage all over my face and neck.
Why I use it: Most of the time I use this as my stand-alone cleanser since I have not been double cleansing a lot lately. It is pH balanced around 5.5 (last time I checked), non-foaming, gentle, creamy, and it feels like it adds a bit of extra moisture to my skin.
Related Content: Skincare Favourites 2020
Where to Buy: Paula’s Choice Website

Naruko Jing Cheng Face Renewal Miracle Essence *

How I use it: Apply on a cotton round and wipe face to remove a night’s buildup or fluff, and follow with another 2 nickel-sized layers.
Why I use it: Due to my problematic skin, layering something as light as a hydrating toner/essence/lotion really helps reduce my skin’s chance of becoming dehydrated without feeling congested. I also find hydrators make my skin just a bit plumper, brighter, more even, softer. I like using Naruko’s Jing Cheng Face Renewal Miracle Essence as the first step or “morning cleanse”; It has a light watery consistency that wakes up my skin, it also softens and subtly brightens. Perfect first and prep step!
Alternative: If my skin feels like it has too much build up in the morning from all the moisturizing layers the night before, I will rinse my face first before going in with the first Hydrator, maybe even use Paula’s Choice Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser if I feel it is necessary.
Related Content: Skincare Favourites 2020
Where to Buy:
Naruko Canada (not affiliate)

Geek & Gorgeous 101 C-Glow Serum

How I use it: Apply immediately while skin is still slightly tacky from hydrator step. Massage a full dropper all over face and neck and pat once evenly spread.
Why I use it: Mainly for photoprotection, and it’s nice that it maintains my bright and even complexion. Vitamin C is the most finnicky product in my routine – L-Ascorbic Acid oxidizes in 3 months and I can’t visibly tell if it’s working. I spoke with my dermatologist about it, and she’s pro-Vitamin C. I decided to keep it in my routine as an extra boost to the graceful aging aspect. Geek & Georgous 101 C-Glow Serum is my current go-to/Holy Grail because it is affordable and checks all the boxes of what I want in a vitamin C serum – low pH, right percentage of LAA, contains Ferulic Acid and Tocopherol, is gentle.
Related Content: Geek & Gorgeous Review
Where to Buy: Geek & Gorgeous Website

Rovectin Skin Essentials Activating Treatment Lotion *

How I use it: Apply a nickel-size amount in the palm of hands and massage all over face and neck. Follow with another 2 layers.
Why I use it: Due to my problematic skin, layering something as light as a hydrating toner/essence/lotion really helps reduce my skin’s chance of becoming dehydrated without feeling congested. I also find hydrators make my skin just a bit plumper, brighter, more even, softer.
Alternative: If my skin feels very dry and rough, I will use a more emollient second hydrator such as Laneige Cream Skin Refiner.
Related Content: Moisturizing Skincare Recommendations
Where to Buy:
Wishtrend
YesStyle

Retin-A Micro 0.1% Tretinoin

How I use it: Dispense 2 pumps (pea size amount) and apply it all over my face and underneath my jaw. Because my skin is acclimated to it, I also bring it underneath my eyes.
Why I use it: It is the star ingredient that controls my acne. It works by normalizing my skin cell turnover so there is no buildup of dead skin, and reduces my skin’s sebum production. Tretinoin in particular is also the only FDA-approved ingredient effective at diminishing the signs of photoaged skin (pigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines). I have also noticed it help refine my skin’s texture and minimize my pores, making my skin look overall clear and healthy. It is my Holy Grail active.
Blog Post: SKIN UPDATE #5: 0.04% to 0.1% Tretinoin, 6+ Months of Spironolactone, Professional Microneedling
PRESCRIPTION ONLY

Aczone Gel 5% Dapsone

How I use it: Apply a thin layer all over face and under jaw.
Why I use it: Helps reduce inflammation around any active acne lesions, also helps to control non-inflamed lesions. It also pairs well with my Retin-A Micro, Vitamin C serum, and chemical exfoliants.
Blog Post: SKIN UPDATE #5: 0.04% to 0.1% Tretinoin, 6+ Months of Spironolactone, Professional Microneedling
PRESCRIPTION ONLY

Jumiso Super Soothing Cica & Aloe Facial Serum *

How I use it: After prescription topicals have set, apply 4 drops or a dropper full all over my face and neck.
Why I use it: During the colder months, moisturizing layers are key! With this serum in particular, it has a ton of barrier-strengthening ingredients in a very soothing base of Centella and Aloe extract, and has a more emollient finish. A great item to comfort and add more moisture to my skin, especially when my Retin-A Micro prescription strength increased and my skin was feeling more sensitive.
Blog Post: REVIEW: Jumiso Super Soothing Cica & Aloe Facial Serum
Where to Buy:
StyleKorean
YesStyle

Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume

How I use it: Apply once Aczone has settled. Massage a full pump all over face and neck.
Why I use it: After applying layers of supplemental moisturizing products, it is important to seal all of it in with a moisturized barrier. Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume is a cost-effective moisturizer with ceramides, zinc pca, sugar molecules as humectants and various emollient oils. It always leave my skin feeling comfortably moisturized without feeling congested. Calms my skin, softens it, and leave a non-greasy residue on my skin. I have repurchased this moisturizer many times and is my Holy Grail moisturizer.
Alternative: If my skin is feeling particularly chapped before I apply my moisturizer, I mix a small amount of Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment to make it more occlusive.
Related Content: Moisturizing Skincare Recommendations
Where to Buy:
Dermstore
Well.ca

Krave Beauty Beet the Sun SPF50+ PA++++

How I use it: Apply once moisturizer has settled. Shake up bottle and pour a generous amount in the palm of hand. Lightly massage all over face, ears, and neck.
Why I use it: Due to my nightly use of Retin-A Micro and other actives, as well as wanting to prevent and prolong, sun protection is a must. Applying a fairly high UVA/UVB sunscreen in the proper amount has made a difference in my skin’s health. It has helped to further prevent pigmentation from lasting on my skin, I rarely have irritated skin or an uneven skin tone, and in pair with my prescription topicals my skin texture seems softer. I am currently revisiting Krave Beauty’s Beet the Sun SPF50+ PA++++; I remember liking the texture and various UV filters in this sunscreen. I had my sister purchase some for me before she came back from South Korea.
Related Content: Krave Beauty Matcha-Hemp Hydrating Cleanser, Kale-lalu-yAHA, Beet the Sun – Brand Review
Where to Buy: Krave Beauty Website (not affiliate)


Skincare Products in Rotation

The following products are my go-to’s that I occasionally use in my skincare routine when I find necessary.

Laneige Cream Skin Refiner

How I use it: Apply a dime-nickel size amount in the palm of hands and massage all over face and neck. Follow with another 2 layers.
Why I use it: I will swap out the Rovectin Skin Essentials Activating Treatment for the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner when my skin feels like it needs something richer in moisture, more emollient. It is a watery texture yet sets on the skin like you applied a cream!
Where to Buy: YesStyle

Paula’s Choice Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol Mini

How I use it: Every other night I apply 2 pumps all over my neck and chest after using Retin-A Micro on my face.
Why I use it: I want to start taking care of my neck and chest area more, so I decided to use an over the counter retinol for prevent and prolong benefits. I started with Paula’s Choice Clinical 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment and am slowly working my way up to tretinoin.
Where to Buy: Paula’s Choice Website

Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment

How I use it: AM will mix a bit in with my moisturizer, PM I will massage a dime-size amount all over face and neck in a separate layer after moisturizer.
Why I use it: I reach for Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment if my skin is feeling particularly chapped that night and is in need of more TLC. It is mainly petrolatum, a skin protectant that prevents 98% of trans-epidermal water loss, mixed with other goodie moisturizing ingredients like mineral oil and Glycerin, as well as soothing ingredients Panthenol and Bisabolol.
Related Content: Moisturizing Skincare Recommendations
Where to Buy: Well.ca


And that’s it, folks! As you can see, my winter skincare routines are quite similar to my summer ones, but with an emphasis on moisture! Be sure to check out my summer skincare routines to get the full picture on what the differences are:

xo, M

DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46 – SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #18

Like many, DRMTLGY’s Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46 first peaked my interest when I first saw Dr. Dray apply this on her face with no detectable cast, or tint! You can imagine once I found out they started shipping to Canada during Black Friday sales event, I picked up a bottle… or two (or three?). I have been using this sunscreen non-stop since I got it in the mail, and I am ready to share my experience! Friendly reminder, I am acne-prone, normal to dry. My current MAC shade is NC16/NC20.

Video review on DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46. Includes swatches, application demonstration, and a before and after.

Information on DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46

This antioxidant-rich SPF 46 is lightweight and oil-free. Formulated as an all-in-one sunscreen and foundation that blends naturally to match all skin tones, leaving a natural, healthy glow. Also features a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, and Vitamin E.Moisturizes and provides sheer color coverage.

Protects against UVA, UVB, and infrared radiation
Lightweight and oil-free formula
Works for all skin tones

– DRMTLGY.com

Price: $22 USD
Amount: 50 ml

UV FILTERS:
Zinc Oxide 12% (UVB, UVAII and some UVAI)
Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)

Protection:
UVB: SPF 46
UVA: DRMTLGY indicates this sunscreen is broad spectrum.

INGREDIENTS:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Polygonum Aviculare Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Polyisobutene, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium EDTA, Iron Oxides, Phenoxyethanol


Skinthusiast Perspective…

Firstly, I noticed this sunscreen has a fairly minimal ingredient list – 21 total to be exact! The reason why I mention the amount of ingredients is because sometimes, less is more! Especially if you’re first exploring skincare and not sure what ingredients work for your skin, using products with minimal ingredients list just helps with the process. I personally have been okay with lengthy lists, but it has also been after going through a process of elimination!

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this on my blog, but I’m quite partial to hybrid sunscreens (mineral-organic uv filtered sunscreens) because I always associated Zinc Oxide as an acne-prone skin friendly ingredient. Back when my acne was more out of control, I would apply diaper rash cream on my face to alleviate any redness or inflammation I was feeling from breakouts. With sunscreens, incorporating an organic UV filter in the formula gives it a higher likelihood of looking good on the skin compared to full mineral sunscreens (based on my experience anyways). The likelihood of a cast is also reduced with the inclusion of Iron Oxides to not only give additional protection against visible light, but to provide a tint to the sunscreen.

For highlighted ingredients, we have some Niacinamide, one of my favourite ingredients, as the 3rd ingredient on the inactive INCI list. *hits Niacinamide button* – an antioxidant that helps increase the skin’s lipid production, brightens skin, and helps with pigmentation, fine lines/wrinkles, and pore size. There are also a few standout moisturizing ingredients in the formula leaning on the humectant and/or emollient side, such as Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate. Tocopheryl Acetate, a form of vitamin E, is also included in the list for additional antixodant benefits.

DRMTLGY highlights Knotweed Extract as a key ingredient to their Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46. Listed as Polygonum Aviculare Extract in the INCI, it primarily acts as an antioxidant and emollient. The manufacturer of this ingredient claims it can help protect the skin against Infrared damage (it’s above Visible light; Visible light is 380nm to 700nm, Infrared is 760nm to 1mm) which surprise, contributes to photo-aging. Although INCIDecoder lists this ingredient as a “Goodie,” it is based off of one in-vivo study provided by the manufacturer. I overall look at Knotweed Extract as a nice-to-have ingredient but overall sunscreen is about whether or not you enjoy applying that generous amount on your face!


My Experience with DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46

PACKAGING:  Opaque grey plastic bottle with an airless pump.

CONSISTENCY:  Lotiony.

FRAGRANCE: Some have described the smell of this sunscreen as an indoor swimming pool. It may be slightly “industrial” smelling, but I barely notice the scent at all.

APPLICATION: I found a redditor shared that one pump is equal to 0.25g of product, so this makes it easier to measure how much I need! It glides on the skin so easily; I have applied this sunscreen both in two separate layers and in one layer, the way it sets is still the same. No pilling on my hairline or brows, but it can create buildup in those areas. Very easy to apply the 2mg/cm2 and reapply.

FINISH: Glowy, although I don’t find it emphasizes my texture. It seems like there are reflective particles in this sunscreen. It is also very skin-like an undetectable. The tint was quick to match my skin tone.

FEEL: After initial application, it does feel a bit greasy, but after waiting a few minutes it sets to a tacky finish. Overall feels light.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST / TINTED? Tinted. I do find sometimes the tint makes my complexion lean on the warmer side. In terms of coverage, it hasn’t significantly covered redness on my face, but it does slightly subdue the unevenness. Overall I wouldn’t rely on this to do any heavy-duty correcting on my face.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? I currently do not use it as a stand-alone moisturizer with SPF, but it does help keep my skin comfortable throughout these cold, dry months. This may however perform well on it’s own once the weather becomes warmer and more humid.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity, and I don’t find it compromises specific foundation finishes too much. Keep in mind I have a drier skin type, so I don’t really melt off makeup throughout the day as much as I used to during my oily skin days.


Final Thoughts on DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46

PROS:

  • Fairly high protection – over SPF 30, the recommended minimal amount by dermatologists
  • Easy to apply and reapply the 2mg/cm2 either in two layers or one layer
  • Feels light
  • Tint is barely detectable unless I reapply – in which case I notice the warm undertone more
  • Does not sting my eyes
  • Does not dry out my eye area
  • Looks very skin-like

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • I didn’t realize that the bottle is only 50ml, and the USD to CAD conversion is not so nice. However DRMTLGY has 20% off sales frequently, and I REALLY enjoy using this sunscreen!
  • If you’ve read my previous sunscreen reviews and my morning skincare routines, you know that I am an SPF50+ kinda gal. However, it is quite the feat to find some kind of mineral sunscreen I can use comfortably on my face, eyes and neck that does not dry me out, does not feel heavy and gross as you apply it generously on your neck, and of course a cast. Add to the fact that some people may be sensitive to organic filters, and I found this quite gentle (especially around my eye area).
  • The packaging. I do like that it is an airless pump packaging because I will use pretty much all of the sunscreen without having to bust the bottle open. However I find it quite bulky compared to it’s counterpart, EltaMD SPF 46 UV Clear, which is also an airless pump.

There you have it, folks, the hype is real! DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46 is very impressive and I’m so happy they are shipping to Canada so I was able to finally try it! Remember, the best sunscreen is the one you will wear everyday, and I never have any reservations reaching for this sunscreen since I started rotating it in my morning skincare routine.

WHERE TO BUY:
DRMTLGY Official Website *
Amazon.com

*Link is a referral link. If you use this link, you get 25% off your purchase and I get points. Anyone who has an account with DRMTLGY has this.

As, always I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

Picture Polish “Pooh” Swatch and Review

I was quite intrigued by this colour while browsing Picture Polish’s website. “Pooh” is described as a “honey mustard holographic nail polish with holo flakes and will dry smooth on nails.” Kelli Marissa describes it as a “pretty ugly” colour. I like the colour mustard (hate the taste of the condiment itself), love holo, so I thought why not give this shade of polish a go? I tried it on right away shortly after receiving it in the mail, I just had to kill my curiosity with this colour!

  • Base Coat: Mystery base I picked up from a shop – it’s a transparent green base?
  • Colour: Picture Polish “Pooh”
  • Top Coat: Holo Taco Glossy Top Coat

I needed about 3 coats to cover some nail line but it is still not fully opaque on me – could be that my nails are longer than what the recommended coating is. The first coat was quite questionable because I couldn’t help but feel like my nails looked like they had an infection. But as the coats layered, it looked a lot better.

The colour is indeed a honey mustard yellow and the holo does show through in certain lighting. I’ve sent these photos to a few friends, and got a few opinions

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  • A fine line between cute and infection
  • A happy yellow, but not one that seems wearable on skin with yellow undertone.

My opinion: I like it the more I stare at it, but then sometimes I reconsider. I’m just very confused how to feel lol. It could very well be that I like the colour, just not on me! Perhaps I’d prefer a pastel mustard. Or maybe it’s more of a summery shade. Who knows. All I know is that Picture Polish’s “Pooh” nail polish is making me feel all sorts of ways!

Hope you enjoyed this short and sweet post!

xo, M

SKIN UPDATE #5: 0.04% to 0.1% Tretinoin, 6+ Months of Spironolactone, Professional Microneedling

My last skin update back in the summer 2020, I was using 0.04% Retin-A Micro for 1 month, and started taking Spironolactone. Since then, I have done 3 professional microneedling sessions for my acne scars, got prescribed the highest strength of Tretinoin, and have experienced a few side effects from Spironolactone.

For further context, please check out previous posts!


ACNE – 0.1% Tretinoin, 6 months of Spironolactone

As mentioned in my previous skin update, I noticed a huge improvement in acne control since upgrading to 0.04% Tretinoin from 0.3% Adapalene. A lingering pimple on my cheek finally disappeared, if I breakout, it’s not as inflamed and disappears very quickly. I’m now at the highest strength of 0.1% Tretinoin, and I did find my skin breaking out a bit from using it daily, so I cut back to using it 4-5 days of the week and it seems to be the sweet spot for my skin needs. Overall using topical prescriptions Retin-A Micro and Aczone have really boosted the clarity of my skin and I’ve been really happy with the results!

For Spironolactone, I experienced some annoying side effects the first 3 months of taking 4 tablets of 25mg. I was very dizzy for around two weeks, to the point where I had a few close calls of fainting. The second most annoying side effect was spotting. I’m not talking one week (which did happen), I’m talking an entire month. AN ENTIRE MONTH OF SPOTTING! I really wanted to give up at this point lol. However I stuck through it for 3 months, got my blood tests done (all good), and have currently found my sweet spot dose of 2 tablets daily. I noticed when I tried to go down to 1 tablet and I carb cycled that week, I would get breakouts – albeit not as large or inflamed as they used to be! With 2 tablets I notice I rarely break out and my skin has not felt uncomfortably inflamed from active acne in a long time! Overall Spironolactone is helpful at controlling breakouts particularly when I have too much carby foods, but other than that my skin seems well controlled with my regular eating habits plus the use of Retin-A Micro and Aczone.


SCARS – Microneedling Treatments

Yes, I FINALLY got professional microneedling done! I did all 3 sessions and plan on writing up a separate post on what both the medical esthetician and I have noticed prior to the treatment.

For those of you who have read previous skin updates, I mentioned that I would be getting treatments at my dermatologist’s office. However I went with the medical esthetician who’s certified in microneedling because I know her personally, and she has been in this profession as an educator and consultant for decades. Having said that, it also didn’t cost me $1525, but I saved up expecting to pay a high amount either way!


PLAN OF ACTION

  • Continue taking 50mg of Spironolactone – I have been thinking of discontinuing because I know how my eating habits effect my breakouts, this has just been a bandaid for my indulgences.
  • Use 0.1% Tretinoin forever – Seriously, I have the peak of its strength, my acne is under control, and all I can do at this point is be patient and consistent for well aging benefits.
  • Still apply Aczone (5% Dapsone) day and night – I’ve noticed this year using it consistently has greatly contributed to my acne control. So if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  • Since I have completed 3 sessions of microneedling, I was told to wait 8 months to do more if needed. In the meantime, I can do other treatments (not like I can anymore).

And that’s it for this update! It’s probably the quickest one I’ve ever done, but I guess that’s a good thing – less things to complain about and pay attention to lol. I have to say, with a shit show of a year 2020 has been, at least I’ve come to the point where I am quite content with my skin – at age 30!