2021 Lazy Poll Community Results

Here we'll update all the results of our #lazypolls we've ran in 2021. All of these are general snapshots and products are in no particular order. We highly recommend browsing the poll comments to get personal takes and use experiences. The #lazypoll has been running for the past 3 years and we've enjoyed the evolution of this series. You'll find users helping lost souls, sharing all sorts of detailed experiences, and discovering all sorts of new products.

*To help readers learn more about products showcased in each poll, we built out and organized these results in Shop My Shelf. We do receive a small commission for using our affiliate link. Thank you for your support!

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January 26, 2021: Retinoids Poll

instagram community retinoid favorites 2021

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Some observations:

  • Those looking to start, consider a low level retinol: ~0.1-0.3% range. Drugstore brands are a great starting point!
  • Those looking to troubleshoot irritation, consider lowering the concentration and/frequency. You can also consider switching to an alternative like granactive retinoid (hydroxypinacolone retinoate) or bakuchiol.
  • There's a retinal cohort! For those curious about this avenue, consider a low level of 0.05% to start. Remember that this concentration range is different than retinol.

March 23, 2021: Vitamin C Poll

2021 Community Vitamin C Poll

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Some specific notes we have:

  • The traditional format has been the classic water-based ascorbic acid serums that turn brown and smell like 7-eleven hotdogs over time.

  • Another common L-AA format is the waterless formulas that are generally silicone oil suspensions.

  • There's a subset of you that don't do well with ascorbic acid. A good method is to either dial down your concentration to the 5-10% ascorbic acid range or start looking into vitamin C derivatves (sodium ascorbyl phosphate, magenesium ascorbyl phosphate, THD Ascorbate, ascorbyl glucoside, etc.)

  • There's also a subset that have mentioned it does jack diddly squat for you.

April 14, 2021: Chemical Exfoliant AHA / BHA / PHA Poll

2021 Chemical Exfoliant AHA BHA Community Poll

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A couple takeaways:

  • We noticed people dialing in on their ingredient sweet spot. Some champion 1 AHA, while others enjoy switching it up with a combo of these guys. It's always great to see people finding their personal combo. We've found chemical exfoliants to really highlight how personal skincare can be.
  • PHAs are a thing! We've definitely enjoyed hearing that people are finding exfoliant alternatives in PHAs, gluconolactone and lactobionic acid. PHAs are really the most gentle out of the bunch and have some pretty cool data on evening skin tone.

May 18, 2021: Sunscreen Poll

Sunscreen Community Poll 2021

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The two immediate takeaways we had was:

  • There are soO many sunscreens to choose from.
  • It makes us happy to know so many have really put in the effort to find their sunscreen favorites.
  • A lot of these aren't sold in the US and have to be purchased through more creative means (ie. Amazon, Stylevana, Yesstyle, etc.) Be sure to check the expiration date to make sure the lot you received is still valid.

 

  • nal combo. We've found chemical exfoliants to really highlight how personal skincare can be.
  • PHAs are a thing! We've definitely enjoyed hearing that people are finding exfoliant alternatives in PHAs, gluconolactone and lactobionic acid. PHAs are really the most gentle out of the bunch and have some pretty cool data on evening skin tone.

July 15, 2021: Summer Moisturizer Poll

Chemist Confessions Lazy Poll Summer Moisturizers

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The two immediate takeaways we had was:

  • Moisturizers are one of the most personal categories of skincare so definitely a diverse category.
  • A majority of recommendations were gel cream textures which makes sense to keep things light and breezy.

September 23, 2021: Cleanser Poll

2021 Community Cleanser Poll

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*one minor edit: Bioderma's Sensibio is a micellar water not a cleansing oil

Probably the easiest way to shop by cleanser is by cleanser format. Here's our 5-second, rapid fire recommendations based on cleanser format:

  • 🧈 Cleansing oil & cleansing balm: dry skin, makeup heavy routines. Double cleansing optional for residue-free formulas
  • 🧼 Cream & gel cleanser: the most diverse and wide range of formulas. General good starting point for anyone just starting their journey. Avoid the squeak!
  • 💧 Micellar water: ultra gentle, quick pick me up

October 28, 2021: Hyperpigmentation Serum Poll

2021 Community Poll Hyperpigmentation Serum

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Ultimately it was very clear that hyperpigmentation is stubborn and a product can work great for one individual and do nothing for someone else. It really is a skin concern that takes a full, regimented routine and then some to tackle. If you've been at it for some time with little improvement, it might be time to bring in the big guns and see your derm or medi-spa for an in-office treatment.

 

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