Regimen Lab C.R.E.A.M. Review

Final product in my series of reviews from Regimen Lab – their C.R.E.A.M.! Be sure to check out my reviews on their Vitamin X and Wave Serum.


General Information on Regimen Lab C.R.E.A.M.

“C.R.E.A.M. is based on game-changing research that gives us a new understanding of how moisture moves through the skin. We use high-concentration ceramides to better replenish your skin’s natural barrier and aquaporins to help generate and lock in moisture.” – regimenlab.com

Price: $49 CAD/$39 USD
Amount: 50ml
Packaging: Opaque white bottle with an airless pump
pH: 4.5 – 5.0


Regimen Lab Vitamin C.R.E.A.M. Ingredients

Aqua, Glycerin, Isostearyl Isostearate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Isosorbide Dicaprylate, Bisabolol, Glyceryl Glucoside, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide EOP, Ursolic Acid, Propanediol, Adipic Acid, Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Phospholipids, Cholesterol, Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Tocopherol, Dimethoxymethyl Chromanol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth 7, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin

INCIDecoder

For the skincare enthusiasts, I’m sure we have seen the “Why Most Ceramide Products are a Scam” reddit post and felt shook if our beloved moisturizer was mentioned to not have the 3:1:1 (ceramides, cholesterol, essential fatty acids) ratio of ingredients. So what is this ratio and why are us skincare enthusiasts obsessed with it? The 1:1:1 or 3:1:1 molar ratio of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids is sought after in skincare because this is reportedly the ideal ratio seen to recover the skin barrier. Since our skin is made up of these substances, it only makes sense that if we have an impaired skin barrier, we replenish it with what the skin lacks. The reason there is a range of the molar ratio is due to the barrier recovery being dependent on factors such as your skin type, your use of topicals, etc. You can read more about it in the pdf down below, but it is a difficult read for us non-science lingo oriented folk:

Optimization of Physiological Lipid Mixtures for Barrier Repair

Regimen Lab states their C.R.E.A.M. has a 3:1:1:1 (note the extra 1) ratio of ceramides, cholesterol, essential fatty acids (EFAs), and non-essential fatty acids (NEFAs). So naturally, I was excited to try it out and see what impact it may have on my skin!

Quick Briefer:

  • Ceramides – make up 50% of the outer layer of our skin – they help make up the glue that holds our skin cells together, keeping our skin hydrated.
  • Cholesterol – make up 25% of the lipids on the outer layer of our skin
  • Fatty Acids – make up 15% of the lipids on the outer layer of our skin

From my understanding (a non-science profession one), the ratio C.R.E.A.M. is as follows based on their 5% of the following ingredients and how it’s ordered in the INCI list:

2.5% Ceramides (NP + EOP) : 0.833% Cholesterol + Phospholipids : 0.833% Lineonic Acid (Omega 3, essential) + Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) : 0.833% Stearic Acid

Alright, now that we (including I) understand this 3:1:1:1 ratio offered in C.R.E.A.M., time for the rest of the standout ingredients!

5% Glycerin – also an ingredient naturally occurring in our skin that acts as a humectant.

2% Isosorbide Dicaprylate and 2% Glyceryl Glucoside – according to Regimen Lab, help activate more efficient hydration alongside Glycerin.

2% Bisabolol – soothing.

2% Ursolic Acid Liposomes – according to Regimen Lab, this ingredient helps support the skin barrier.

Tocopherol – antioxidant.

Are you still with me? That was quite a doozy to go through and write down considering I haven’t blogged in quite a while. But I’m glad you made it through this skinthusiast perspective about the madness behind this 3:1:1 ratio! Now on to my personal use of C.R.E.A.M.


My Experience Using Regimen Lab C.R.E.A.M.

As you may have guessed, I used Regimen Lab C.R.E.A.M. as my moisturizer lol. In the AM it was after all the serums, before SPF (of course), in the PM it was the last step in my skincare routine. I applied 2 pumps of C.R.E.A.M. for my face and neck as it was well within summer I started using it. Now that we’re going into the colder weather, I find myself doubling the amount!

The finish feels nice and velvety, it also doesn’t look super glowy, it just gives the skin a nice healthy look. Unfortunately both in the summer now fall months I found this moisture to disappear, particularly if I was inside majority of the day; My skin felt dry to the touch and my face would start to feel a tad tight. My face would feel comfortable if I was out and about, producing tidbits of my own oils mixed into C.R.E.A.M. When I used this moisturizer at night on its own however, I found myself waking up with dry, slightly tight skin. This plus the weather change is what prompted me to increase the amount I used; While the feeling did improve a bit, I still sometimes find myself applying my go-to moisturizer as a safeguard.

I also tried using C.R.E.A.M. in combination with the Wave Serum and I wasn’t a fan of this mixture, I’d rather use the two separately. In addition I used it as a “supplemental” moisturizing product in my routine on its own but I just wasn’t into the feel and finish of it on my skin, I preferred the Wave Serum for this purpose.


My Final Thoughts on Regimen Lab C.R.E.A.M.

I appreciate the formulation of Regimen Lab’s C.R.E.A.M. in that it’s offering us skincare nerds that “golden” ratio of barrier repairing ingredients, but unfortunately it doesn’t really suit my routine at the moment. It is not rich enough for my dry skin to use as a moisturizer, I just use too much for 50ml. I wasn’t a fan of mixing it with the Wave Serum, and overall on its own I didn’t really notice any significant impact it had on my skin’s health. I don’t think I am the right candidate for this skincare product, it may be better suited to those who are in dire need of something repairing.

Where to Buy: Regimen Lab Official Website

As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative!

xo, M

Regimen Lab Wave Serum Review

A continuation of my review of Regimen Lab Skincare! Be sure to check out the first review of their Vitamin X Serum.


General Information on Regimen Lab Wave Serum


“Wave hydrates instantly and deeply using multi-molecular weight hyaluronic acid to penetrate each layer of the skin. We designed it to mimic the skin’s moisture barrier, using 24 humectants for intense hydration and plant and marine hyaluronics to lock that moisture in. The result is a serum that hydrates as effectively and deeply as scientifically possible.” – regimenlab.com

Price: $47 CAD/$37 USD
Amount: 30ml
Packaging: Opaque white bottle with an airless pump
pH: 5.3-5.5


Regimen Lab Wave Serum Ingredients

Aqua, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Betaine, Glycerin, Urea, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Pentylene Glycol, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Lactate, PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol, Lactic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, PCA, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Sclerotium Gum, Pullulan, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

INCIDecoder

In a nutshell, Regimen Lab’s Wave serum is a crazy cocktail of proven moisturizing molecules part of our skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) as well as plant and marine-derived humectants. But lets get into what I think are some highlights (majority of the ingredients lol)!

5% Urea and 5% Hydroxyethyl Urea – Urea is a humectant naturally found in our skin. It also helps thicken our skin barrier to prevent excess Trans-Epidermal Water Loss, and regulates our skin cells shedding process. HE Urea is a derivative from urea that has the moisturizing elements.

The Wave Serum also has 5% Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Glycerin and Betaine, 2% Sodium PCA and Sodium Lactate, 1% Sodium Hyaluronate – all great humectants that will help our skin hold on to water and keep the surface plump and hydrated.

1% Panthenol – also a humectant that has additional soothing and wound-headling benefits, always a goodie to have in a skincare formula.

0.5% Centella Asiatica constituents – Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid and Asiatic Acid. Add antioxidant, moisturizing, barrier repairing, and wound-headling benefits.

Amino acids Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, and Phenylalanine. Amino acids are also moisturizing ingredients part of our NMF, some may play a role with soothing the skin as well.


My Experience Using Regimen Lab Wave Serum

Just like the Vitamin X Serum, I use one full pump of Regimen Lab’s Wave Serum all over my face and neck. In the AM I will use after the Vitamin X Serum, PM I use on damp skin after applying a hydrating toner or essence, then follow up with my tretinoin or fermented serum.

The texture looks like a thin gel, but it’s rather thick and emollient in feel, which I personally like in a serum that’s primarily used to add more moisture to my skin. I’ve come to the conclusion that runny gel serums are not my thing, I always associate them with a lotion like Hada Labo Premium Lotion but in smaller packaging.

After applying the Wave Serum, my face instantly looks so smooth and plump! Right before my eyes, I also notice my pores looking smaller and my face in general just feels comfortably moisturized throughout the day when I use this serum in conjunction with the Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume.


My Final Thoughts on Regimen Lab Wave Serum

After rotating Regimen Lab’s Wave Serum in my morning and nighttime skincare routine for the past month, I am quite impressed. I usually don’t like buying just a hydrating serum because I feel like any serum I use does that, but I have noticed it’s performance and the difference it makes in my skincare routine, so it is officially my go-to hydrating serum. It’s also the urea product I’ve been looking for – it contains 5% urea which is an ingredient I have been struggling to incorporate in my skincare routine for years. Back then I didn’t know hydroxyethyl urea was different and didn’t have the same benefits to urea other than the moisturizing aspect. Also for moisturizers I haven’t found one that keeps my skin feeling calm, collected and well moisturized throughout the day like Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume. The Wave Serum is exactly what I need it to be – a serum form of urea that I can easily include in my existing skincare routine without sacrificing my HG moisturizer.

Where to Buy: Regimen Lab Official Website

As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative!

xo, M

Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum Review

I first heard of Regimen Lab from Sarah of No BS Beauty, and shortly after watched Dr. Dray’s brand review. I was so pleasantly surprised to learn that a science-backed, peer-reviewed skincare brand existed in Toronto, Canada, where I’m from!

When I looked at Regimen Lab’s website for the first time, I really liked what I saw. Here’s the breakdown of their brand, products, and website in general:

  • Products made for us skincare nerds
  • Only use ingredients backed by thorough, independent scientific evidence
  • Use the best ingredients in their highest effective concentrations
  • Formulation, sourcing, production are all done in their lab
  • Curate specific products with a cocktail of beneficial ingredients, don’t release based on an individual key ingredient
  • List the pH of each product
  • An encyclopedia of skincare ingredients
  • Informative blog posts
  • No fear-mongering “free of” marketing, but just say that their products do not contain common concerns to make their skincare as straight to the point as possible
  • Cruelty-free

Perusing their website more, it is probably the first time in a while I felt like I was learning something new about skincare, all coming from a skincare brand no less! I find their encyclopedia on skincare ingredients and blog very insightful and I feel like a skincare student again.

As you can imagine, after checking out what they have to offer and rave reviews, I was very keen on trying Regimen Lab products, so I bought 3 out of the 5 that seemed to suit my skin needs – Vitamin X serum, Wave Serum, and C.R.E.A.M. I have been incorporating all of these items in my skincare routine one by one over the course of a few of months – so I’m ready to share my experience with you all!

In this post, I will be reviewing the Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum. I originally attempted to review all 3 items in this post, but as you can imagine, it got quite lengthy!


General Information on Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum

Vitamin X is packed with more antioxidants, in the highest clinically proven concentrations, than anything before it. It’s the antioxidant of the future, but we got it here a little sooner.” – regimenlab.com

Price: $59 CAD/$47 USD
Amount: 30ml
Packaging: Opaque white bottle with an aireless pump
pH: 3.0


Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum Ingredients

Aqua, Propanediol, Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Pentylene Glycol, Acetyl Zingerone, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Ferulic Acid, Resveratrol, Genistein, Quercetin, Silymarin, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Sclerotium Gum, Pullulan, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid

INCIDecoder

We see – of course – the Ascorbic Acid (AA), Ferulic Acid, and Tocopherol trifecta all at a lovely low pH of 3.0. I saw the brand was doing a Q&A on instagram so I asked there what the percentage of LAA was, and they said 15%! So to all the vitamin C conoisseurs out there, the Vitamin X serum hits the bells and whistles.

But as advertised, this is more than just a vitamin C serum, we can’t forget the 8 other antioxidants in the formula! EGCG, Resveratrol, Quercetin, and Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone also have soothing properties. Definitely a nice bonus, as AA at a low pH can irritate my skin and this has always been a struggle for me when trying to find a vitamin C serum!

Regimen Lab also highlights 2% Acetyl Zingerone helps reduce immediate and delayed DNA damage, and Dimethulmethoxy Chromanol provides double scavenging action against reaction nitrogen and oxygen species.

Genistein helps reduce UVB-induced redness, and Silymarin adds some skin-conditioning benefit (I feel like a lot of plant-derived skincare offers some moisturizing ability…).

And lets not forget good ol’ Glycerin – one of the best humectants out there and always welcome in a skincare product.

Another interesting point to make note of is that Regimen Lab also shared on their Instagram Q&A that the Vitamin X Serum (as well as the other products) are good for up to a year. Without refigeration. Actually, they said not to refigerate Vitamin X as it was formulated to be stable at room temperature.


My Experience Using Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum

Upon first pump, I did get thrown off that the colour was a bright neon yellow despite being told by the brand that this is the natural colour. I was even more thrown off when they said not to put it on the fridge as it was tested to be stable at room temperature. I have been using it daily in my AM skincare routine for a couple of months and I haven’t noticed any intense oxidization until the 3rd month when the colour became deeper.

The texture is not watery like I’m used to using, but a rather slippy, runny gel. As mentioned, I use the Vitamin X Serum in the AM after applying a hydrating toner or essence, and one pump is enough to cover my entire face and neck. Regimen Lab suggests to wait 5 minutes for maximum absorption until following up with the rest of your skincare routine. I personally just wait until it feels like it settled on my skin then continue. I don’t like waiting long between steps because I run the risk of dehydration. First time I applied the serum, I did feel a little bit of irritation, but I have not experienced this since so overall I find it gentle. I also find it leaves a bit of a moisturizing layer on my skin.

As with any properly formulated AA serum, I find the Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum maintains a bright complexion on my skin, even in recent times where I have been going to the beach a lot, my skin does not look compromised. While this didn’t do anything to prevent freckles (I don’t really care), I have noticed that when I get a breakout on my chin, it performs well alongside my tretinoin to help reduce the colour and longevity of post-acne red marks I may get. I used to get very dark red marks after dealing with a breakout and it would take 6 months minimum for them to fade. I’ve noticed this since using gentler, properly formulated vitamin C serums that they disappear significantly faster – I’d say within a couple of months. With the Vitamin X Serum in particular, I also notice my skin is looking smoother.

Unfortunately you can’t have so many good things without a little bad involved. One major con I have with this serum is that it does oxidize after a few months and I can’t refrigerate this serum to prolong its freshness. I tried to remove my bias of using clear coloured vitamin C serums and continued to keep on with Vitamin X. Unfortunately I started to notice blackheads on my nose, around my nose, and surprisingly some faded black dots all over my chin. I’m no stranger to using richer products in the colder months and the only time I experience blackheads like this is in the summer with too many emollient layers. In addition I have been continuing the same skincare routine as I had in the summer months, so why am I getting these blackheads? Well, it’s because the vitamin C in the Vitamin X Serum has oxidized, and it’s showing on my face.


My Final Thoughts on Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum

Regimen Lab’s Vitamin X Serum has the bells and whistles I’m looking for in a vitamin C serum but with a hell of a lot more antioxidant prowess (I’ve been liking this word recently lol). It is quite a pricey serum at $59 CAD for a 30ml bottle, but in my opinion I believe it is worth it considering its formula and that you use it in a timely manner. I say timely because you still notice the colour of the serum changing and for me I need any skincare product with L-Ascorbic Acid to be as fresh as possible. Vitamin C has been one of the biggest-love hate products for me for quite a while because of 1) finding the right formula 2) whether or not it is gentle 3) price and 4) accepting that there are some results I will not see unless I use it longterm. With Regimen Lab’s Vitamin X Serum, it fits in my skincare routine, I like the texture, I see the brightening, post-acne mark fading benefits, it’s gentle, my skin feels smoother, it feels like it adds a touch of moisture to my skin, it’s local (or was local, currently in Europe lol)… It is one of the best vitamin C serums – or antioxidant serum I have come across. I am considering repurchasing, but right now I actually repurchased the Geek & Gorgeous 101 C-Glow Serum (reviewed) and I want to try NIOD’s Survival 0. It may be 2 products, but I want to see if both would last longer. I’ve used 2 bottles of C-Glow in the past and the clarity was kept for a long time when stored in the fridge.

Where to Buy: Regimen Lab Official Website

As always, I hope you find posts like this helpful and informative!

XO, M

SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #10: Indeed Laboratories inDefense30 – Moisturiser & Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen with SPF 30

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inDefense30™ is a lightweight moisturiser and partial mineral-based broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30. This formula easily absorbs into your skin to provide intense hydration and protect your skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays and premature aging. It contains zinc oxide, a non-toxic and soothing mineral that increases skin’s stability and defends against hyperpigmentation and brown spots; and Pycnogenol®, one of nature’s most powerful natural antioxidants that rebuilds collagen and protects skin from harmful enzymes to rebuild elasticity for smoother, younger-looking skin.

– Indeed Labs

Price: $20 CAD
Amount: 1.0 fl oz/30 ml

UV FILTERS:

Type: Hybrid – mineral and organic
Octinoxate – 7.5%
Zinc Oxide – 7%

Protection: UVA/UVB, SPF 30

HIGHLIGHT INGREDIENTS (skinthusiast perspective):
Petrolatum – probably the best occlusive to prevent TEWL
Glycerin, Urea, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA – humectants that are all skin-identical ingredients (already found in our skin)
Allantoin – soothing, skin softening, wound-healing
Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract (Pycogenol) – antioxidant, when applied topically has shown to provide photoprotection
I appreciate that for a drugstore SPF there’s quite the handful of beneficial ingredients in the formula to help moisturize the skin and keep it calm. I noticed there’s Mica in the formula as well, but I don’t even pick up a glow from the swatch alone, so the amount seems fairly tasteful.

EXPERIENCE

PACKAGING:  Opaque plastic tube with a small spout.

CONSISTENCY:  Mid-weight cream.

FRAGRANCE: No additional fragrance or noticeable scent.

APPLICATION: On my hand it was very easy to apply, but on my face there was a constant struggle to prevent pilling.

FINISH: Moisturized, subtle glow, some pilling (eyebrows, nose, jaw)
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FEEL: Comfortable. I tried using this as a stand-alone moisturizer and it was not enough for my normal to dry skin type.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST / TINTED? Yes.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS?
Adds some moisture to the skin. Not significant for us drier types, but it does not take away moisture!

UNDER MAKEUP:
I haven’t bothered to try this under makeup because I couldn’t get it to work in my skincare routine in general.


PROS:

  • Gentle
  • Has additional moisturizing ingredients for skin’s health
  • Contains a cool antioxidant that may aid in photoprotection in pair with your SPF
  • Spout doesn’t get disgusting

CONS:

  • The insane pilling
  • Still has a cast despite there being an organic filter in the formulation

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • I wasn’t a fan of the price for the amount you get, but the amount of beneficial ingredients in the formula make up for it

FINAL THOUGHTS

I have tried to Indeed Labs inDefense30 a number of ways:

  • Minimal skincare routine
  • After exfoliating
  • Exfoliating the night before
  • Shaved face night before
  • Regular skincare routine

And it just does NOT want to work with my skin. The only place this sunscreen seems to perform well on are my hands. I’m thinking for those of you with oilier skin, you might fare better with this one, maybe my face is just too dry. If you apply 2mg/cm2 with this SPF, I find it is slightly more comfortable compared to other greasy mineral-based formulas I have tried.

After reviewing this, it turns out that both my local drugstore and Indeed Labs official website do not sell this sunscreen anymore. Is there a reformulation in the works? I sure hope so!

Either way, I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M


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My Scalp & Hair Care Routine 2020 (1A, Low Porosity, Thick, Long Hair)

If you read my Hair Care Haul post, you already know that last year I began an overhaul on my scalp and hair care routine. My routine prior to that was standard – scalp serum, shampoo, conditioner,  hair serum, air dry most times, only blow dry when necessary. I found it all very tedious because I have a lot of hair and long hair, I just wanted it to be over with as soon as possible. I was definitely never as attentive to my hair back then as I am now. My scalp and hair were barely problematic for most of my life; It wasn’t until I started working in aviation and bleached my hair multiple times that I started developing problems. I would spend most of my money on scalp serums that definitely helped, but didn’t really pay attention to the other products as much – as long as my hair felt smooth and didn’t irritate my scalp, it was okay in my books.

I’m sure many of you have seen Holistic Habits and Organically Anna, the ladies with long, healthy, gorgeous hair. They pretty much inspired me to pay attention to my scalp and hair more. Also just me getting older and realizing I banked on my hair just being dead straight and with Asian genes equating to unproblematic. Oh how that is not the case!

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Using the recommended products and applying their tips and tricks, I have been doing the following routine for about a year since purchasing the recommended products to achieve and maintain healthy hair.


ABOUT MY SCALP & HAIR

My Scalp
Used to be super inflamed when I bleached for years, to the point where I developed a disgusting amount of dandruff. Now it is fairly balanced – no dandruff, but scalp gets itchy by the 2nd day after washing. Scalp can get quite oily. I tried “adjusting” to wash my hair only 1-2x a week for a year and it never adjusted (yes, even without using heat, using SLS and silicone-free shampoo / conditioners, dry shampoo).

My Hair
Long (just above waist). Dark brown that gets natural highlights in the summer, tips are dyed because I’ve been growing out my natural hair – haven’t dyed my hair since December 2017. Pretty much straight 24/7 – although when I get a haircut there is a slight wave. Would say mostly my hair is 1A. Low porosity. Not thick like typical Asian hair but still considered thick (if that makes sense). It didn’t look unhealthy, but I personally felt like my hair was lifeless and becoming dull.


MY SCALP AND HAIR ROUTINE

1x Week/Every Other Week:

Scalp Treatment: On a wash day, I massage the Innate Life Scalp Treatment all over my scalp by sectioning off my hair and rubbing the treatment on my hair line. Once I have covered my entire scalp, I massage it for 3-5 minutes, then let the treatment sit for 2 hours before shampooing with a clarifying shampoo twice (Aveeno Scalp Soothing Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo) and a Calia Natural Shampoo. I have to shampoo my hair 3 times to get the treatment out, so that’s why I like following up with Calia Natural.

Conditioning Treatment: I have tried Calia Natural’s Intensive Conditioner, Briogeo’s Don’t Despair Repair, Innate Life’s Herbal Hair Mask… None satisfy me! I stopped using a conditioning treatment for a bit and just leave plain conditioner in my hair for longer. Currently I am trying to start to use Coconut Oil on my ends more consistently; It is able to penetrate the hair shafts, create a water-blocking layer, and prevent protein loss. I have a lot of hair, so it’s definitely the more affordable option!

Every Other Day:

Shampoo & Condition: After much trial and error, 1-2x a week hair washing is not for me. The buildup of oils is too much that no dry shampoo can help, also my scalp becomes irritated. It’s felt a lot better since giving up that endeavour and just washing it when I need to. I alternate my Calia Natural shampoos and conditioners depending on my mood.  I’ve been loving this brand because it doesn’t irritate my scalp at all, and the shampoos and conditioners are actually pH balanced to match the pH of your scalp and hair shaft! I make sure to massage the shampoo on my scalp for a few minutes, and leave conditioner on the mid-shaft to my ends for a few minutes as well. I recently started using a clarifying shampoo on days where I feel like my hair looks weighed down. The Calia Shampoos barely lather and I don’t see any cleansing agent in the ingredient list, but my hair always feels clean after using them and never oily. Sometimes my hair starts to look a little weighed down if I use them too much, so I use my clarifying shampoo (Aveeno Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo) to help add back volume.

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Drying: I like to use a microfibre towel (Kitsch Microfibre Towel) to absorb as much water out of my hair as possible and I find it helps minimize hair breakage(you can also use an old T-shirt). I usually have it on for 30 minutes to an hour depending how chill I am lol. I find doing this helps lessen the amount of time I apply heat on my hair. When I am ready to dry my hair, I apply a leave-in conditioner all over, with a focus on my ends (I have been rotating between Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray and Beach Cosmetics Mellow Out Leave-in Conditioning Detangler). I keep the dryer a fair distance away from my scalp and hair, and I switch to the cool setting once I feel that my hair has dried enough. I have tried air drying my hair for years and frankly I haven’t noticed much of a difference for what it does to my hair other than it being annoying and causing more frizz to my seemingly straight hair.

Every Day:

 

Apply Hair Serum to Ends: The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir is the first oil-based hair serum that I actually really like. It moisturizes my ends really well, has a faint rose scent, and I only need a few drops! Occasionally I use the Hask Monoi Nourishing Shine Oil; While I like that it smells nice and softens my hair, I find it’s not as long-lasting. Silicone-based products tend to build up in your hair, this one just disappears lol. Usually my hair likes silicone-based hair serums, I guess this one just can’t compete with the bleach! On occasion, I also like to spray my hair again with leave-in conditioner to make my hair feel softer (and smell good).

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Brush hair 2-3x a day: I have been using the TEK Oval Brush religiously for over a year to brush my hair. Wooden brushes are recommended to help with scalp massage, distribute your natural oils through your hair strands, and prevent excessive breakage. I personally haven’t noticed a difference with hair oil distribution, but I love it for scalp massages and it has been one of the gentler brushes I have used on my hair. It’s tips are rounded and I had a hard time trying to dupe it. I like that I can put some pressure on my scalp and get a nice, comfortable massage going without it getting tender up there.


And that is is for my current scalp and hair routine! I honestly never thought I’d be the type of person to put this much effort into my hair, but I’ve really been noticing the benefits from all this TLC and the difference when I get lazy. I have also received compliments from friends and family that my hair looks shinier and thicker, and feels softer! I actually find my haircare more relaxing and contributes to my #SelfCare more than skincare lately!

I’m almost finished all my Calia Natural Shampoos and Conditioners and have actually purchased the Innate Life Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner to try out. I also purchased their new Neroli Hair Primer and Leave-In Conditioner! I actually wanted to repurchase the Beach Cosmetics Mellow Out Leave-in Conditioning Detangler, but it looks like they’re not operating anymore 😥

Overall I find this routine has been working really well for me, but my curiosity has peaked with the Capillary Schedule (Cronograma Capilar) and I may be trying that soon! Have you tried it before? Let me know in the comments, I’m super intrigued by it.

As always, I hope you found this helpful and informative! I had fun talking about something other than skincare, so I may be doing some more scalp and hair related content in the future.

xo, M


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