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Skincare routines, what do you actually need?
I'm new to these boards, so I'm sorry if this has already been covered!    I'm a bit overwhelmed trying to pick a morning/nightly skincare routine. There are so many different products you can use, but what do you think is actually necessary?  I've also noticed that a lot of you ladies will only use some products every few nights, why is that?  And how do you determine which products are not for daily use?    I have normal to dry skin, and I break out on my chin when I don't wash my brushes every week.  I'm 27 so I've started to worry more about anti aging products.  Right now, I wash my face at night only, I have a serum I use in the morning as well as night (is this necessary?), and I use a day cream or night cream.  Am I missing anything?
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Roro25! Here's a break-down of skin care products:   Cleaners will generally be the first step in a regimen. While cleansers today come packed with beneficial ing... see post
Skin Help !
Hi Everyone!   So, I have a wedding to attend this weekend. I recently went tanning a few times to get some color before. (I know it's not good) and it has caused my oil/combo skin to be a bit more dry in some places.   Well here is why I need your help! I have been looking so dry on my cheeks and chin under my makeup. While my T-Zone is still on the oily side! What will help me ASAP.   I started using, The Regimen Kit Combination/Oily, by Mario Badescu last night. I used a night cream moisturizer last night by this brand also called Seaweed Night Cream  to help get moisture into my skin, it felt somewhat better.   BUT when I put on my marc jacobs foundation and make up for ever smoothing primer this morning I felt like you could still see the dryness on my cheek and unevenness.   & I am still unsure of a primer. I haven't found my HG! I have acne marks in my skin and indents on my cheeks/forehead that causes it not too look very smooth.    I hope I can find some products that I will fall in love with! I need to look amazing for the wedding!   Thank you in advance!
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Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
has anyone with combination skin tried the Tatcha mist? I get oily around my nose but and normal/occasionally dry on the cheeks. The packaging is gorgeous and I'm a sucker for pretty purples. Just wanted to see what a non dry skinned person thought. 
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BEAUTY MAVEN EDZ90 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Thanks! If I do get it maybe I'll keep it for a refresher on no makeup days.  see post
Need Moisture Recommendations!
Hi Ladies!   So, I am testing Boscia Clear Complexion Moisturizer right now. But, I am looking for recommendations from you all from experience!   I have combination skin. Pretty oily around my nose, forehead and chin. Recently, I have been kind of dry on my cheeks. Looking for something to balance it out.    I am using Marc Jacobs foundation and don't have a set primer right now. (Trying out some different ones). I also have been using the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, but was told to just use it on my oily spots, because my cheeks are dry right now and it was looking dry under my foundation.   I know this is a lot of information, but I need help choosing a moisture for day/night to keep my skin hydrated so it doesn't get dry and flaky and doesn't cause it to create more oil. And doesn't look oily under makeup!   Thank you!
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BEAUTY MAVEN daisygrace88 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Dermaxsol is a moisturizer with SPF 30. It is suitable for all types of skin. It will keep your skin hydrated, won't let your skin dry and is quickly absorbed in the ski... see post
Skincare in Late 20s for a Normal Skin Newbie
Thanks to some new revelations about my health and some new medications, my oily, acne-prone skin is normal and mostly blemish free for the first time in my life at almost 27! I'm feeling awesome but also kind of lost. My skincare routine no longer revolves around my acne and I'm not really sure how to address some new problems. My skin seems a lot thirstier and less elastic than it used to be, I'm assuming because it is no longer covered in an oil slick. Even though I've always had fine lines around my eyes thanks to genetically crinkley eyes, I'm starting to notice more lines with staying power around my mouth and on my forehead. I'd love to add in or swap out some products for this new skin to keep it healthy, bright, and to keep the aging process at a appropriately, slightly slower pace. I was thinking of maybe adding a serum or swapping out a cleanser or moisturizer? But I'm open to suggestions!   Routine as follows! Any help or advice would be much appreciated!   Evening: - First Aid Beauty Cleanser or Boscia Detoxifying Cleanser - 3x a week Clarisonic - trentinoin cream most nights on my acne prone areas (forehead and chin) unless I am dry/irritated - Amore Pacific Sleeping Mask (which I love)  or Shiseido Refining Moisturizer Enriched (sometimes feels a little heavy/greasy for summer) - Clinique All About Eyes   At least once a week a clay mask or more recently various Tony Moly sheet masks.   Morning: - Rinse lightly with water - Various SPF - I bought the sunscreen kit this year and still am working through some samples - Sometimes also Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel because it doesn't do much anymore and I am trying to finish up my bottle. - Clinique primer and light makeup    
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SPECIAL GUEST caselle21 / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Thanks! I'll definitely check out some of those products! :) see post
Best Primer for Smashbox Studio Skin Foudation
Pantone Color IQ: 3Y04 / 2Y03 (I've been matched to both at on point or another) Skin Type: Combination Personality Type: A (Extremely picky) I, like many, am on what seems like a never ending quest to find my perfect, holy grail, end-all-be-all, go-to foundation...and I think I've gotten pretty close. I went to Sephora for the umpteenth time looking for the right "face makeup" after having been given samples of Tarte BB Primer, NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, and Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation. I was given those three samples after describing what I wanted: a medium/buildable coverage base that felt light on my skin like a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer. I also told them that I loved the Buxom Show Some Skin Foundation (I had gotten a sample with an order a while back) but the color IQ-er said that even the lightest shade was too yellow. SO I was given those three samples and sent on my merry way. After trying out those three, I wasn't totally in love with any of them... I LOVED the way the NARS Tinted Moisturizer went on immediately, but it was oily/shiney/almost gone by lunch time.  I tried adding a couple different primers under it and that helped marginally, but I couldn't get it to really last all day which I need because I work retail. Some days I don't get a break and when I do, it's certainly not to re-apply makeup. This was a bummer because I really did love the look shortly after applying. I hated everything about Tarte. The only thing they got right about recommending this one was that it felt light on my skin...it felt like nothing was on my skin but it also looked like nothing was on my skin. If I wanted that look, I wouldn't wear makeup. Marc Jacobs Genius Gel was alright, but it oxidized really badly on me and after a while looked quite patchy (I also tried Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse and it was a tragedy...My skin definitely produces oil o my t-zone but it's combination and the dry parts of my skin hatedddd the mousse. They looked drier and cakier and this was almost impossible to blend.) I've also tried Laura Mercier's Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer (both with a primer and without...also added her setting powder) AND Trish McEvoy's Tinted Moisturizer...both were the same story as NARS' tinted...love the look, it just didn't last. So...as much as I wanted to love tinted moisturizers for the natural, glowing, my-skin-but-way-better look they provided, they were always gone by lunch time mostly because my t-zone is so oily. Enter SMASHBOX STUDIO SKIN! I tried this one at the urging of a Sephora salesperson...I insisted that I would look cakey, fake, flat, didn't want a foundation really wanted to try to stick to BB or tinted moisturizers...but she assured me I would love it. I tried it the next day with my usual Smaxhbox Light Primer & a MUFE full cover foundation brush. As I suspected, I didn't love it. It was too much coverage, I looked chalky almost. Especially around my nose. My nostrils looked like they had tiny cheetah prints of foundation...Surely this was not the "hydrating" foundation my Sephora saleswoman raved about. I googled it and saw that people were saying how much better the Studio Skin foundation was when applied with a beauty blender. I've never owned or used one of those but thought why not? I'll try it. So, I bought one and WOW what a difference!!! The Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation looked exactly like I wanted it to. Amazing. My-skin-but-better. I don't know if that means that the beauty blender is amazing or the foundation is amazing or both...but...at any rate, I liked the foundation SO much better applied with a beauty blender. (I'm almost done rambling, I swear, and will get to the "question" part of this post) My one and only complaint about the Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation is that once it sets, it does look sliiiiightly flat...a little one-dimensional and does still "cake up" a little around my nose/nostrils. Am I using the wrong primer? Like I said, I've been using Smashbox Light (the white formula) because of the oil control it provides but I wonder if its drying me out TOO much? And maybe that's why it clings/gathers/goops up around my nose and why the other parts of my face look a little dull? Bottom line--my question is this: how can I simultaneously brighten/illuminate my complexion AND control the oil that my nose produces? Could I possibly use an oil controlling primer and mix a little illuminizer in with the foundation? OR should I get a luminizing primer and trust that the foundation would do enough oil control on its own? OR is it possible I'm using the wrong foundation all together and should look for a foundation that will provide radiance/luminosity and pair it with an oil controlling primer? Okay....I've almost confused myself with this post...I guess just...help?
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The Smashbox Studio Skin foundation dries to a soft-matte finish, so when you said it dries flat, that's because it's definitely not going to give a dewiness or satin fi... see post
Question for the beauty geniuses out there!
I am 69 years young with a few (well earned) wrinkles - laugh lines and crow's feet especially, AND a very oily t-zone.  I've been thinking of trying Josie Maran's Argan Milk and her Light Argan Oil.  Do you think these would benefit my problem areas?  Thanks a bunch - I need all the help I can get.
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BEAUTY MASTER Jesuslover14 / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
Hi!  I would definitely recommend those Josie Maran products you are interested in! They are meant for any age but help especially with anti aging!:) try them!  see post
(Very) Combination skincare recommendations!
Okay ladies, I'm the market for some new product. I fell off the routine bandwagon (ugh!) and I feel like I need to rescue my poor skin. Unfortunately I deal with numerous issues and it's always so hard to decide what products to use!  None of my issues are extreme cases, but enough to drive me crazy!   My face is dry with an oily/clogged T zone, but my oily areas still tend to flake a lot! I have some mild rosacea in my cheeks and while I don't tend to have many breakouts, I do get a pimple or two in my T-zone (darn chin!) that tend to leave some hyper-pigmentation.    All in all I would love something to just help me balance and smoooooth everything out!    I already love my Clinque Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream for my daytime moisturizer, but I would love a great serum or any other treatments that you'd recommend! 
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BEAUTY PRO JillyBeanTX / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
OOOOOO!!!     I have very tricky combination skin.  Dry patchy areas like leather AND prone to cystic acne!   Since using this TATA HARPER DAILY CLEANSER - NO dry pa... see post
Would you consider Clarins Beauty Flash Balm a moisturizer or a primer?
BEAUTY WHIZ Narumanchi / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Depends on your skin needs and time available to get ready, for me the best results are when I use it as a mask before I go out for an event. It is definitely not an eve... see post
Is t?here a good face primer for oily t-zone
BEAUTY BOSS Elles117 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I use Becca's Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector and it works great for me. You can buy a small size to trial it too.   http://www.sephora.com/ever-matte-poreless-p... see post
Liquid peel or peel pads?
Should I do the Dr. Gross peel pads or should I do the Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel?
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i am looking for the most affordable moisturizer for my age - I'm 46 years old
I would like to buy/order online the most affordable moisturizer for my skin and age; I use Sephora brand instant moisturizer and it's OK; I've used Hope in a Jar and I've tried Amore Pacific for my eyes.  Right now I'm using Claudel for my eyes and it's OK Thanks S.
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HALL OF FAMER makeitup305 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
There's currently a free box from Cerave that includes their moisturizer and a cleanser. Just go to their Facebook page and it has the link. It's one of the best skincar... see post
im in high school and I'm looking for a skin care routine
Im in high school and i still haven't found a good skincare routine. I don't mind switching products in the winter and summer because my skin does somewhat change because I have combination skin. Im looking for something i can do quickly before school and at night. Im also looking for inexpensive products. Any help would be great!!
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What are the top must do's in my skin care regimen? (36 years old with sun spots)
Currently I wash my face AM and PM. I use eye cream and day cream w/spf & night cream. I also use my clarisonic every other day. I feel like im missing something because my face looks so blah. Anything else that is a must to include in my daily facial regimen?  
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HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Exfoliate regularly with a gentle chemical exfoliant (twice a week), and add a serum with Vitamin C.  This will help remove dullness due to dead skin ..... see post
3 Weeks in China - What skin products are a must?
Hi all,   I'm going to China for three week in October and I know that the smog and air is going to do a number on my skin. Does anyone have any skin products that you know can combat smog? In my neck of the woods in Canada, we don't get too much smog so I've never needed smog-specific skin care.   Thanks in advance!
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BEAUTY MASTER jbana / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I'm sure you're going to have a great time in all the cities! I've spent months on end in Beijing and enjoyed every day of it, and loved my time in Shanghai and Hangzhou... see post
Night cream for sensitive/dry combo skin?
My skin is dry combination and I tend to get redness on my cheeks. I currently use the same moisturizer for day and night, but I am in need of a good night cream. Any recommendations?
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HALL OF FAMER IAmLadyLiterary / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I actually use Origins Drink Up intense overnight mask as my night cream!  It feels so lovely.  Origins Night-A-Mins is also stellar! see post
Best skincare for late 20s/early 30s acne
I turned 29, and my skin decided to rebel on me with cystic and chin acne. I've tried multiple face washes and moisturizers and nothing has helped. Anyone have advice on how I should change my skincare for my 30 yo skin? I have combo-oily, light Hispanic skin.    Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Are you using these products night and day? The PTR cleanser might have been a bit too potent for daily use, and depending on whether you were using it once or twice a d... see post
I need recommendations for skin care Combination Skin.
 I am 45. I don't use anything except for Cetaphil and a moisturizer. I would like to start an eye cream and maybe some anti aging products too.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Are you washing once or twice a day? Do you have any sort of SPF that you wear with/over the Clinique moisturizer in the day time? see post
foundation help for dry/combo skin
hey! I am looking for foundation for my dry/comb skin my nose , eyelids and underneath my eyes gets really shiny but the other parts of my face is dry I use a heavy moisturizer everyday so I don't have to surfer for extremmly dry skin (maybe that's why I get super shiny) I have been told that I have great skin I don't have any acne or pimples but I do suffer with discoulartion I just want something lightweight that can even my skintone  without my skin looking super oily and/or dewy but not looking matte and/or dry keep in mind that  have a deeper complexion and not a lot of brands have foundation color for myself (color iq is 1r14) I have netural undertone which makes it hard find a great color match due to the fact foundations are either too red for me so then I look weird or too yellow making me appear ashy im right in the middle Spoiler (Highlight to read)         thanks for your time I really do appreciate your help
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BEAUTY SAVANT hopkinss33 / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Have you tried using a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation? It'll even out your color a bit without covering everything. I also have neutral undertones and I really... see post
Favorite primer and moisturizer to use with Estee Lauder Double Wear?
So I bought the Estee Lauder Double Wear and I love it, the only issue is my little greaseball nose! I've tried the Benefit Porefessional, CoverFX Mattifying Primer, and the Hourglass Mineral Veil and nothing has worked longer then 5 or 6 hours so far. Please help. D:    
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AnnaLove / FRESH FACE / replied
I use double wear and have the same problem and I love the matte primer by estee lauder! Sephora doesn't have it but younkers, macys, dillards and Von Maur all carry it.... see post
Night Cream
Hello Beauties!       I am looking for a night cream for my combination skin. I am hoping for something that is hydrating, moisturizing, and rejuvenating for my skin. I know that these products can be pricy, so I am looking for something that is WORTH the investment. Any suggestions? XOXO Sarah
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HALL OF FAMER calcutta / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Or I could get the Sunday Riley's luna sleeping oil and pair it with Origin's minus a night. http://www.sephora.com/luna-sleeping-night-oil-P393718?skuId=1681881 http:... see post
Acne and Blemish Treatments
Hello,   I have combo skin. Usually I suffer hormonal acne in the T-zone. I want to know people's opinions on these products:   Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment Kate Somerville EradiKate Mask Foam-Activated Acne Treatment   Which one has worked the best?   I heard that the Glamglow masks dry out fast even when the container is half full. But I had a sample of the Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment and I noticed that my skin felt smoother and somehow different. Can't describe it.    The only product that I have used is PTR's complexion pads. Recently switched from gentle to max so I will see how that works.   Also read some reviews on here that the two Kate Somerville products work well together....   Thank you ladies!!!
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BEAUTY PRO shells72 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I just recently started using EradiKate on the one or two deep cystic hormonal pimples (the kind that don't want to come to a head) that have popped in on my cheeks in t... see post
Sunscreen
Hello ladies and gentlemen,   I have a question: I am looking at sunscreen for the face. I am 24 and I currently have Boscia  B.B. Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 27 PA++ and I rarely use it since I consider it more of a make-up item and I don't wear make up. I was wondering what is a good sunscreen, preferably not tinted but if there is one that has the same texture as the Boscia one and looks very natural and maybe adapts to the skin tone (since my skin tone ranges during the seasons). I would greatly appreciate your advice!
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HALL OF FAMER pixiedust2 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I still recommend Devita. They changed the formula but it's still the best physical sunscreen I've ever found. Cheapest price is on Vitacost. They're is a bit of a white... see post
dark circles
Hi! I have dark circles under my eyes and was wondering what I could use to minimise or get rid of them?? I am 22 and my skin is normal/oily.
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HALL OF FAMER jobro1027 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Like callmefafi said, a lot of it depends on what causes them. If there are any external factors (lack of sleep, allergies, dehydration), remedy those as much as you can... see post
Combination skin and in need of a bb cream
Hello. I have combination skin and I am looking for bb cream. I want something that won't make me break out and I've been using Proactive+ so I hope the bb cream won't make my skin worse. I want something that covers my acne as well as post-acne marks, has SPF, won't come off from sweat because I do a lot of dance performances, lasts all day and does not give a flakey look. Maybe a natural or glowey look? Makes me look fresh or clear? Not sure if a matte look is for me. Please help! 
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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Klairs.  Award winner for Korea, designed for troubled skin, not too grey and natural so it won't interfere with the ingredients of other products you're using.  Amazing... see post
Kat Von D tattoo lock it foundation
Hi....I am from the UK and want to buy the Kat Von D tattoo lock it foundation and am not sure of what shade to buy. I am a NC20 in MAC foundation Please can you advise me
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BEAUTY WHIZ haleyhamill / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Which MAC Foundation? see post
Closest peel to acne peels at dermatologist offices?
I'm looking for a peel that would be closest to my dermatologist office's chemical peel for acne & acne scarring. I had this done at their office two weeks ago to experience Zero peeling (I was told I should indeed peel if I'd left it on long enough for my skin's needs). I can't have it done again for a month for insurance reasons - any input on a strong product to mimic this in-house service? I've only tried the Ole Lemon Strip Flash Peel and thought it was decent.. I have combo, medium-toned skin with near-constant clogged pores (& blackheads) around my t zone (& nose), especially with the warmer weather. I have acne scarring with some pitting and discoloration/ dark spots as well. I use my Clarisonic Mia 3 once a day (& love it!) with REN's Rosa Centifola Cleansing Balm, KS toner & Murad Essntial C Day Moisturizer, which has SPF 30. At night I use a homemade serum, alternated with my Retin A. Thanks guys!!   **The peel at my dermas was some % glycolic acid and 15% TCA
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HALL OF FAMER meecheroo / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Not a huge difference.  I think they recommend three, but I only did two. I still have acne scars on the sides of my face. It left a brown mark on my forehead that has t... see post
Help!! I'm looking for a good face mask
I have a dry skin with an oily T zone...have huge pores...I don't know which mask will suit my skintone....suggest please
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BEAUTY GURU EmmyLove / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I also have dry skin that is prone to breakouts with an oiler t-zone,  and I absolutely love the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Mask. Not only is it very purifying due... see post
fresh Rose Face Mask
Ladies, if you have not placed an order this week-  you must! Sephora is offering a 100pt fresh Rose Face Mask. This mask is to die for. If you leave it on for a full 10 minutes, your skin will be in heaven! I am praying they make this in a lotion or something. The full size is $62.00.  http://www.sephora.com/rose-face-mask-P12336?keywo rd=FRESH%20Rose%20Face%20Mask%20P12336&skuId=56209 ...
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BEAUTY PRO shells72 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I really like this mask after using a clay one. I live in an incredibly dry climate and I have breakout prone skin. This adds moisture without clogging my pores.  see post
Skin Regimen Advice
 Alright, I know I have been asking lots of questions lately but I need some help: -what is an exfoliator used for, how often to use it and the best one out there -what is a toner, how often to use it and the best one out there -morning and night oils -morning and night cleansers   I currently have Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil and it works great, I also have Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, Caudalie Mask (I believe it's the purifying one), First Aid Beauty Moisturizer which I am happy with, Tatcha Oil Cleanser and PTR Gentle Complexion Pads.   My skin is combination type and my main concern is pores (on my cheeks are kind of big but they have gotten smaller), blackheads on the nose and all over the face, whiteheads, clogged pores and pesky under the skin acne.   I want to aim for products that aren't too harsh or that dry out my skin. I am open to other cleansers since mine is about to run out. I kind of want to stick to an oil cleanser but I am open to buying another cleanser for my night routine. Or just for someone to give me advice on what to use and when.   Also, I have dark circles under my eyes and veins (which I know no cosmetic treatment will cure). So I am looking for a good eye cream.   I have a Clarisonic but I think that either: 1) I continue using it with a good cleanser and not oil based since I don't feel like they work together or 2) stop using the Clarisonic and substitute it with an exfoliator or anything else.   Also any good emergency acne treatments for the before mentioned problem areas.   Thank you ladies and thank you for being patient with me. 
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I would definitely recommend incorporating a sunscreen layered over your FAB moisturizer in the day time or even switch to their mineral SPF moisturizer, the texture is ... see post