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Hey y'all, I know I've been away for a while and I owe you guys updates! I've been so busy but I've missed you guys! I will go ahead and admit that I have not been as meticulous with my routine as mid terms and prep for finals has been absorbing lots of time this semester but I still saw some results using dead sea salt soap, my lightening lotion, and ga cream. Anyway, this is the routine I started doing this week - what do you guys think?

Supplements:

- Hair Skin and Nails Vitamin ( Currently using Nature's Bounty but I like Nioxin and BellaNutri as well)

- Flaxseed Oil

- 1,000 mg of pycnogenol ( this stuff is the bomb!!)

- L-Arganine ( I've read in many articles written by doctors that this stuff is the singular most powerful anti-aging supplement)

 

Morning (face):

- Wash with Biore Cleanser or Dead Sea Salt Soap

- Apply Pycnogenol Toner mixed w/ Lemon Biopeel ferment

- Apply NuFountain 20% Vitamin C serum with niacinamide and licorice

- Apply Devita Sunscreen

 

Morning (Body):

- Dead Sea Salt soap or Castille soap (it's gentle and moisturizing so I alternate between the two)

- Nufountain Vit C serum

- Olay Niacinamide lotion (add pycnogenol powder, licorice extract, ceramides (for moisture and skin repair), and lemon biopeel ferment)

- Apply Sunblock

 

Night (Face and Body):

- Bio're Cleanser or Sea Salt Soap

- Alternate between Walgreens GA cream and a Retinol product

- Revive Labs lotion with added ingredients on face and body ( has arbutin, lemon peel bf, licorice, kojic acid, and i forgot what else i put in it but i wrote the recipe down somewhere lol)

 

Weekly:

44% LA peel followed by Gold Bond Shea Butter Lotion

 

I've also been drinking at least 4 16 oz bottles of water a day and I have started doing hair removal with an epilator instead of shaving. I'm really excited because the glow I have is so healthy, I've been doing this for 5 days and I'm already getting compliments on my skin! So what do you guys think? Should I add anything else?

 

 

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bump lol

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Bump?  Girl it's been 16 minutes.

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Originally Posted by futurecaramelbabe View Post

Hey y'all, I know I've been away for a while and I owe you guys updates! I've been so busy but I've missed you guys! I will go ahead and admit that I have not been as meticulous with my routine as mid terms and prep for finals has been absorbing lots of time this semester but I still saw some results using dead sea salt soap, my lightening lotion, and ga cream. Anyway, this is the routine I started doing this week - what do you guys think?

Supplements:

- Hair Skin and Nails Vitamin ( Currently using Nature's Bounty but I like Nioxin and BellaNutri as well)

- Flaxseed Oil

- 1,000 mg of pycnogenol ( this stuff is the bomb!!)

- L-Arganine ( I've read in many articles written by doctors that this stuff is the singular most powerful anti-aging supplement) Don't know anything about it...

 

Morning (face):

- Wash with Biore Cleanser or Dead Sea Salt Soap

- Apply Pycnogenol Toner mixed w/ Lemon Biopeel ferment Interesting mix!

- Apply NuFountain 20% Vitamin C serum with niacinamide and licorice

- Apply Devita Sunscreen

 

Morning (Body):

- Dead Sea Salt soap or Castille soap (it's gentle and moisturizing so I alternate between the two)

- Nufountain Vit C serum

- Olay Niacinamide lotion (add pycnogenol powder, licorice extract, ceramides (for moisture and skin repair), and lemon biopeel ferment) interesting mix.  the pH?

- Apply Sunblock

 

Night (Face and Body):

- Bio're Cleanser or Sea Salt Soap

- Alternate between Walgreens GA cream and a Retinol product

- Revive Labs lotion with added ingredients on face and body ( has arbutin, lemon peel bf, licorice, kojic acid, and i forgot what else i put in it but i wrote the recipe down somewhere lol) what's the pH?

 

Weekly:

44% LA peel followed by Gold Bond Shea Butter Lotion

 

I've also been drinking at least 4 16 oz bottles of water a day and I have started doing hair removal with an epilator instead of shaving. I'm really excited because the glow I have is so healthy, I've been doing this for 5 days and I'm already getting compliments on my skin! So what do you guys think? Should I add anything else?

 

 

 

Are you seeing results with what you're already doing?  My only concern is slight, about the pH.  Should be around 4 to 6.5.  The actives are compatible, though, which is good.  It seems like you're doing a lot as is.
 

 

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post #5 of 28
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lmao sorry i forgot this place is a little slow at times, thanks for the input Diva! I have absolutely no idea what the pH is, what is the best way for me to find out? I've been seeing results already my skin just looks radiant and glowy

post #6 of 28

Your *best* bet is to buy a pH meter.  But I'll tell you a secret. 

 

I don't even have one yet.
 

But don't tell DragoN!  It's on my list of things.  Your second bet is just use strips.  They are a little crappy and a little unreliable but they do give ballpark estimates.  You just need to make sure you're hitting around 5.5 for your actives.  Do you own a scale?

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lmao sorry i forgot this place is a little slow at times, thanks for the input Diva! I have absolutely no idea what the pH is, what is the best way for me to find out? I've been seeing results already my skin just looks radiant and glowy



 

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post #7 of 28


I've been looking for that darn dead sea soap. where did you get yours from?

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Originally Posted by futurecaramelbabe View Post

Hey y'all, I know I've been away for a while and I owe you guys updates! I've been so busy but I've missed you guys! I will go ahead and admit that I have not been as meticulous with my routine as mid terms and prep for finals has been absorbing lots of time this semester but I still saw some results using dead sea salt soap, my lightening lotion, and ga cream. Anyway, this is the routine I started doing this week - what do you guys think?

Supplements:

- Hair Skin and Nails Vitamin ( Currently using Nature's Bounty but I like Nioxin and BellaNutri as well)

- Flaxseed Oil

- 1,000 mg of pycnogenol ( this stuff is the bomb!!)

- L-Arganine ( I've read in many articles written by doctors that this stuff is the singular most powerful anti-aging supplement)

 

Morning (face):

- Wash with Biore Cleanser or Dead Sea Salt Soap

- Apply Pycnogenol Toner mixed w/ Lemon Biopeel ferment

- Apply NuFountain 20% Vitamin C serum with niacinamide and licorice

- Apply Devita Sunscreen

 

Morning (Body):

- Dead Sea Salt soap or Castille soap (it's gentle and moisturizing so I alternate between the two)

- Nufountain Vit C serum

- Olay Niacinamide lotion (add pycnogenol powder, licorice extract, ceramides (for moisture and skin repair), and lemon biopeel ferment)

- Apply Sunblock

 

Night (Face and Body):

- Bio're Cleanser or Sea Salt Soap

- Alternate between Walgreens GA cream and a Retinol product

- Revive Labs lotion with added ingredients on face and body ( has arbutin, lemon peel bf, licorice, kojic acid, and i forgot what else i put in it but i wrote the recipe down somewhere lol)

 

Weekly:

44% LA peel followed by Gold Bond Shea Butter Lotion

 

I've also been drinking at least 4 16 oz bottles of water a day and I have started doing hair removal with an epilator instead of shaving. I'm really excited because the glow I have is so healthy, I've been doing this for 5 days and I'm already getting compliments on my skin! So what do you guys think? Should I add anything else?

 

 



 

post #8 of 28
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Your *best* bet is to buy a pH meter.  But I'll tell you a secret. 

 

I don't even have one yet.
 

But don't tell DragoN!  It's on my list of things.  Your second bet is just use strips.  They are a little crappy and a little unreliable but they do give ballpark estimates.  You just need to make sure you're hitting around 5.5 for your actives.  Do you own a scale?



 


lol i used the strips too...there not that bad but when it comes to Sepiwhite i think thats a whole different ball park....im gonna dump my current batch and start over and invest in a digital scale...

 

 

 

 

 

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post #9 of 28

 

FCB: Hello there.... long time no see

 

Regie looks great but what is your goal:what are you trying to achieve....I love your array of products but im more interested in your DIY mix...how long have you been using it? and as DIYDiva said  ph is VERY important..just make sure all your active are compatible...you can use the strips for now..they will give you semi-accurate reading....

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post #10 of 28

What's wrong with your current batch and measuring pH of formulations with sepiwhite?  I really recommend the Jennings JS-200XV http://www.lotioncrafter.com/jennings-js-200xv-scale.html.  You don't necessarily have to buy from LC.  Shop around to make sure you're getting the best deal!  It's a nice scale.  Nice for small batches (8 oz) and is quite accurate. 
 

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lol i used the strips too...there not that bad but when it comes to Sepiwhite i think thats a whole different ball park....im gonna dump my current batch and start over and invest in a digital scale...

 

 

 

 

 



 

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post #11 of 28

Welcome back FCB and DIYDiva!

 

FCB your regi look good...is the weekly peel head to toe, or just face?

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post #12 of 28

Where'd you find the pycnogenol 1,000 mg?!? 

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Originally Posted by futurecaramelbabe View Post

Hey y'all, I know I've been away for a while and I owe you guys updates! I've been so busy but I've missed you guys! I will go ahead and admit that I have not been as meticulous with my routine as mid terms and prep for finals has been absorbing lots of time this semester but I still saw some results using dead sea salt soap, my lightening lotion, and ga cream. Anyway, this is the routine I started doing this week - what do you guys think?

Supplements:

- Hair Skin and Nails Vitamin ( Currently using Nature's Bounty but I like Nioxin and BellaNutri as well)

- Flaxseed Oil

- 1,000 mg of pycnogenol ( this stuff is the bomb!!)

- L-Arganine ( I've read in many articles written by doctors that this stuff is the singular most powerful anti-aging supplement)

 

Morning (face):

- Wash with Biore Cleanser or Dead Sea Salt Soap

- Apply Pycnogenol Toner mixed w/ Lemon Biopeel ferment

- Apply NuFountain 20% Vitamin C serum with niacinamide and licorice

- Apply Devita Sunscreen

 

Morning (Body):

- Dead Sea Salt soap or Castille soap (it's gentle and moisturizing so I alternate between the two)

- Nufountain Vit C serum

- Olay Niacinamide lotion (add pycnogenol powder, licorice extract, ceramides (for moisture and skin repair), and lemon biopeel ferment)

- Apply Sunblock

 

Night (Face and Body):

- Bio're Cleanser or Sea Salt Soap

- Alternate between Walgreens GA cream and a Retinol product

- Revive Labs lotion with added ingredients on face and body ( has arbutin, lemon peel bf, licorice, kojic acid, and i forgot what else i put in it but i wrote the recipe down somewhere lol)

 

Weekly:

44% LA peel followed by Gold Bond Shea Butter Lotion

 

I've also been drinking at least 4 16 oz bottles of water a day and I have started doing hair removal with an epilator instead of shaving. I'm really excited because the glow I have is so healthy, I've been doing this for 5 days and I'm already getting compliments on my skin! So what do you guys think? Should I add anything else?

 

 




This sounds really good so far. :) I have nothing to add since you seem to have all the areas taken care of: vitamins + water, sun protection, exfoliating and lightening products.

Keep us updated and post pics too if you get the chance. :D (not of your face if you don't want to, but like your arm or something) I love comparison photos.~

Btw I ordered  alpha arbutin, lemon peel bioferment, niacinamide, etc. a few weeks back but I've yet to use them. I'd like to start soon but I'm just wondering, how much of each active do you mix in your reviva lotion typically? ex. a tsp, a tbsp. Your mix seems to be wondering well for you even though you don't measure/use ph strips. 

 

Hope to hear from you and congrars with your progress~

post #14 of 28
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Heyyy hun! My DIY mix consists of:

 

- Reviva Labs Skin Lightening Lotion as a base ( it has all natural ingredients and kojic acid and mulberry extract as lighteners)

- MAP ( vit c)

- lemonpeel bioferment

- niacinamide

- pycnogenol powder ( you can order it at bulk actives)

- Arbutin

- Kojic acid ( I added some more in addition to what's already in there)

- Licorice Extract

 

 

Now, I will be honest. I have NO idea what the pH is for this. I'm clueless when it comes to that but maybe one of you could help me come up with an actual recipe? I eyeballed the amounts and did the calculations in my head.

The first time I made this, it was without the pycnogenol powder. I wanted to make something that I could hopefully wear during the day, after my vit c serum and under my sunscreen. I literally lightened two or 3 shades at least, in less than two weeks. However, I was also using dead sea salt soap, occasionally koje san soap, lactic acid, vit c serum, LA peels, and avoiding sun exposure/ wearing Devita Sunblock.

 

This time around, I've decided to add pycnogenol powder to the mix since I've been seeing great results taking the pycnogenol supplement

post #15 of 28
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sorry I meant to quote Jermy's post

post #16 of 28
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Basically jodar, I put approximately the highest recommended % of kojic acid, niacinamide, alpha arbutin, etc. but for the lemon peel bioferment you can put as much as you want, and same with the pycnogenol - I think. But maybe we can get one of our resident chemists to guide us a little bit lol

post #17 of 28
Does the pycnogenol toner dry out the skin ..n u think it helps with pores???
post #18 of 28

Hey, Future... how did you DIY megatoner go? How long you'd use it?

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post #19 of 28

looks good

post #20 of 28
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Sorry, I'm sooo confused by the new layout since it's totally different than what I'm used to but hopefully in this post I can answer all your questions...

The first time I used it straight for about 2 - 3 weeks and saw really great results! Since I didn't have any retin a ( still don't lol) I used it day and night but once I get retin a I will do an RA/ Nadinola mix at night time. My skin felt smoother, softer, lighter AND brighter, which is really important to me because I don't want to look like a bleached out faded t-shirt. I got the pycnogenol at vitacost.com, and I think I'm going to go up to 1,500 mg instead!

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