Belei Retinol Refining Moisturizer+ Review

Belei Retinol Refining Moisturizer+ Review

My skin has pretty much always been a hot mess.The severe acne I once dealt with has now given way to hyperpigmentation spots, unevenness and texture issues.

This has caused me to seek out and try many different products that I thought might help me.

The retinol moisturizing cream by Belei is a product I have been using for a few months now. I wanted to provide a little bit of information about it and give my review for this post.

The Belei brand

Belei is a skincare line by Amazon. It is still a pretty new as it only came out around 2019.

The line includes 15 different products that address issues such as wrinkles, dryness, acne and clarity. They offer these products in the forms of moisturizers, serums, cleansers, spot treatments and they also sell a face mask.

Amazon makes it easy to pick out the Belei product(s) that might work for you. This is done by giving customers the capability of choosing by their skin concern or preferred skin solution (i.e. brighten).

The prices for these products range from $9-40.

Belei Retinol Refining Moisturizer

The Retinol Refining Moisturizer was made to improve the look of our skin and provide moisturization. The ingredients in this product include retinol and a lot of things that are considered to be moisturizing (i.e. squalene, aloe vera, green tea extract etc.).

Retinol is a skin care ingredient that is found in a lot of OTC products and is a form of vitamin A. It is used for certain skin conditions such as wrinkles, fine lines, unevenness and dark spots.

It has a light, creamy consistency and can be applied in the morning and/or night. When using it in addition to other skin care products, it should be applied after the serum (if you use one). The company also recommends putting on sunscreen throughout the day.

The Retinol Refining Moisturizer is said to be good for any skin type. It comes in a 1.7 oz portion for $35.00. The container is a round, plastic tub with a push top that dispenses the product.

My review

As stated before, I have been using the Retinol Refining Moisturizer for a while now.

I came across it on my hunt for a retinol treatment and I have been using it pretty much every night since it was delivered. Miracles were never expected but I was hoping that some positive change might happen.

I had put up a post a while back about my skin care plan (which included this product). It was going to involve using a multitude of things. This did not happen.

I got lazy.

I have only been using sunscreen during the day and the retinol moisturizer at night. Nothing else!

After these few months of using the product, I have not noticed a difference. This is most likely due to the fact that I did not pair it with anything else and because it is not strong enough to combat my skin issues.

I do actually like the retinol moisturizer though. It has not made my skin worse which is a good thing. Also, it does do a very nice job of moisturizing.

Belei products being fragrance-free is something that I really appreciate. My husband has severe fragrance allergies so I am unable to use many products on the market due them having fragrances in them. It is nice that a company realizes that their products smelling perfume-y does not make them any better.

The thing that I really do not like about the product is the container. It looks nice but the push-top for dispensing is just weird to me. That is really my only grip about it.

Retin-A will definitely be my next skin care product. This is because I can get lazy (having it be the only thing I use) and it will most likely still yield some good results in my skin.

I would still recommend this product

Even though the Retinol Refining Moisturizer by Belei has not done anything for my skin issues, I am not going to say it is total trash or anything like that. I think it could be really good for other people.

If you are searching for new skin care products, consider checking out what Belei has to offer. You might find your holy grail!

What is your favorite skin care product you are using currently?

Thanks for reading!

Belei Retinol Refining Moisturizer: https://www.amazon.com/Belei-Retinol-Refining-Moisturizer-Fragrance/dp/B07HXGWRNH?ref_=ast_sto_dp

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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream-My Review

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream-My Review

I think I mentioned in another post that I have terrible hyperpigmentation mainly due to acne but also from some skin picking that I used to do. I am not into wearing a lot of makeup but I do like the idea of putting on some foundation once in a while just to feel a little better about myself when going out. I found the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream a while back and wanted to give a review on it.

What is BB Cream?

BB cream stands for “Beauty Balm.” It is said to be a foundation, moisturizer and sunblock all in one. There are a lot of different ones available on market. They range in coverage from light to full. You can wear them alone or under foundation.

The Smashbox BB cream contains 35 SPF sunscreen. It comes in eight different shades and provides a medium coverage. It is also supposed to control oil . The reason it is called “Camera Ready” is because it is said to give a flawless look to your skin that photographs well. It costs around $40 depending on where you buy it from.

Did I like it?

I got the Smashbox BB cream in the dark color which is the darkest shade they offer. It matches my skin tone pretty well and has a nice feel to it. I do not like anything too thick feeling on my skin so this one is great in that regard. In terms of banishing oil, I must have extremely oily skin because it really did not do that good of a job for me.

I would say for me the coverage is pretty light. It does even out my skin tone a little bit but with all of the hyperpigmentation I have it just does not make that much of a difference. I am thinking that maybe I need to put concealer on underneath it to give me better coverage. Due to me being a makeup novice, I was hoping I could get by with just a foundation and not have to have a bunch of different products to cover my dark spots up. I guess that only works for people with clear skin.

I think I will continue looking at other BB creams to see if something works better for me.

https://www.smashbox.com/product/17619/21835/Face/BB-CC/Camera-Ready-BB-Cream-SPF-35/Studio-Artist-Favorite#/shade/DARK

Skin Problem: Severe Hyperpigmentation

Skin Problem: Severe Hyperpigmentation

I have had skin problems since the second half of my 5th grade year. Having to hear that it happens to all children who are going through puberty was rough due to the fact that very few of my peers had acne.

It was really bad for a long time. I have used many different treatments in order to get it under control. These include oral antibiotics, Retin-A (multiple times), salicylic acid, benzyl peroxide, Clindamycin, Differin, alpha hydroxy acids and spironolactone. The treatments helped only a little. Starting at about the age of 28, the amount of acne I got started lessening considerably. Currently, I only get a few pimples around the time my period starts. Not sure why this has occurred by I am certainly not going to complain.

Now that my acne is under better control, I am left with the aftermath called hyperpigmentation. This is when a blemish leaves a dark mark behind after it has healed. It is very common in darker skinned individuals and it is hard to treat (at least for me it is). I have scoured forums and articles about getting rid of these marks which has led me to try all sorts of products (chemical peels, acid serums, acid toners, hydroquinone etc). It seems like they have either just not worked due to them not being strong enough for my skin or they would actually work but take more time than I gave them. It is really frustrating.

I have been keeping my face routine simple these days and pretty much have accepted the fact that my skin will be crappy looking for the rest of my life. For “treatments”  I have started to use a homemade 5% niacinamide cream (supposed to be good for hyperpigmentation), a lactic acid serum (occasionally) and sunscreen every 2 hours. I am not going to get my hopes up about the 5% niacinamide cream that I made but I do have to say that it moisturizes my skin really well and leaves me with a glow.  I would highly recommend it to anyone into making their own products or to find a product on the market that contains it.

If you are interested in skin care and want to find good products I would highly suggest going over to https://www.makeupartistschoice.com/. They have so many products to choose from. Another good site is https://www.makeupalley.com. You can see reviews on products and decide if you want to try them or not.