Product Reviews by Semisomnia

Moisturizers - Deciem - The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics

5.0
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May/14/2018

As the weather warms and my skin grows more oily, I've switched to this as a more lightweight substitute for my usual hyaluronic acid serum (Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster). Marine Hyaluronics is a clear liquid with a very watery consistency, more similar to a hydrating toner than a serum. It doesn't actually contain hyaluronic acid, but is supposed to work in the same way (attract …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - No Brand (DIY or homemade) - Homemade Vitamin C Serum

5.0
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Apr/16/2018

I've been using vitamin C for many years now and firmly believe it's one of the best anti-aging ingredients currently available. It promotes collagen synthesis (to repair damaged skin) and some studies have shown it can also protect the skin from UV damage (NOTE: it is NOT a substitute for sunscreen!). It has brightened my skin and kept most of the wrinkles away so …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - RESIST C15 Super Booster

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Apr/15/2018

This has a watery, non-greasy consistency and contains ascorbic acid, the most studied and effective form of vitamin C for skin. It promotes collagen synthesis (to repair damaged skin) and some studies have shown it can also protect the skin from UV damage (NOTE: it is NOT a substitute for sunscreen!)

It also contains vitamin E and ferulic acid which work with vitamin C to increase …
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Moisturizers - Paula's Choice - RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer

4.0
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Apr/15/2018

It can be really hard to find a good moisturizer if your skin is sensitive to silicones. I started using this years ago because it was the only one I could find that was lightweight, silicone-free and alcohol-free, as well as anti-aging. It contains retinol and a peptide to treat wrinkles, ceramides to hydrate and a number of antioxidants such as pomegranate, green tea and soy …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Deciem - The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

5.0
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Apr/14/2018

I use this combined with a vitamin C serum to produce a strong antioxidant 'cocktail' for my skin. Ferulic acid works to boost the stability of vitamin C, and resveratrol (the antioxidant in grapes and wine) provides additional protection against harmful free radicals.

Other brands may boast about their products containing these ingredients, but in most cases they are added …
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Moisturizers - Deciem - The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

5.0
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Apr/12/2018

This has made my skin feel noticeably softer and more supple. It's too rich for my face to handle, but I use it as a treatment on my hands overnight (2 drops per hand), followed by a cream to seal it in (La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+). This combination has done much more for my skin than any 'fancy' hand creams I've tried in the past. Rosehip oil is rich in antioxidants and …Read more

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Skincare - Face - No Brand (DIY or homemade) - Rosehip Seed Oil

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Apr/12/2018

This has made my skin feel noticeably softer and more supple. It's too rich for my face to handle, but I use it as a treatment on my hands overnight (2 drops per hand), followed by a cream to seal it in (La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+). This combination has done much more for my skin than any 'fancy' hand creams I've tried in the past. Rosehip oil is rich in antioxidants and …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - CALM REDNESS RELIEF Repairing Serum

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Apr/10/2018

While I have not noticed this doing much to calm my skin, I like it as a lightweight serum featuring many skin-beneficial ingredients. It contains two forms of hyaluronic acid as well as ceramides to provide hydration and improve the skin's condition, plus antioxidants to fight damaging free radicals. I layer this on after applying a vitamin C serum (Paula's Choice C15 Booster) - one …Read more

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Skincare - Face - Deciem - The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

5.0
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Apr/08/2018

I've been looking for an anti-aging product that doesn't cause irritation and sun sensitivity like retinoids can. This peptide serum has been very gentle to my skin and effective, too. I've been using 3 drops every night and after about 2 months have noticed a subtle softening of some fine lines on my forehead and under my eyes. It's not quite a miracle worker - I don't …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Deciem - Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster

5.0
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Apr/07/2018

This is my new favorite hyaluronic acid serum. I had been using products by Paula's Choice and Hada Labo before this with decent to good results, but my skin never did feel as nice as it does now.

It has a very faint yeast-like scent but is not offensive at all IMO, and after weeks of use I don't even notice it anymore. I use 3 drops at night after applying a peptide serum …
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